Over the years, B.C. has produced several internationally renowned recording artists. Michael Bublé, Bryan Adams, and Sarah McLachlan all made it big while based in the Vancouver area.
But at this weekend's JUNO Awards, B.C.-based musicians didn't spend a lot of time on stage scooping up statues.
Sure, Burnaby's Bublé was able to tell the country how much he loved Jann Arden before she picked up her lifetime achievement award. And David Foster, who long ago left his home in Saanich home, was nominated for Instrumental Album of the Year for Eleven Words.
The winning trio in this category, Blitz//Berlin, has B.C. roots. Composers Martin Macphail, Dean Rode, and Tristan Tarr were all been raised in Victoria, but they Launched Blitz//Berlin in Toronto and moved to Los Angeles in 2018. The group took home the JUNO for Movements III.
Also nominated in this category was Vancouver's Gordon Grdina for Prior Street. The name of this disc reinforces that he's still deeply connected to the local scene.
Another B.C. winning act was the husband and wife team of Pharis and Jason Romero, who hail from the small community of Horsefly. They won the JUNO for Traditional Roots Album of the Year for Bet on Love.
The Romeros were also JUNO winners in 2016 and 2018. Vancouver Island banjo player Nick Hornbuckle was nominated in the same category this year for 13 or So.
Vancouver comedian Jacob Samuel won for Comedy Album of the Year for Horse Power. And the heavy-metal band Unleash the Archers, which was launched in Vancouver, took home the JUNO for Metal/Hard Music Album of the Year for Abyss.
Meanwhile, Vancouver-born pianist Jon Kimura Parker was among three nominees (along with violinist James Ehnes and trumpeter Jens Lindemann) for Classical Album of the Year: Solo or Chamber for Bach & Brahms Reimagined. The Brandon-born Ehnes, who has performed over the past year with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, was also nominated for Beethoven: Violin Sonatas Nos. 4, 5 & 8.
The Juno in this category went to Ensemble Made in Canada's Mosaïque, which was an ambitious project featuring piano quartets conceived by 14 Canadian composers. Each was inspired by a particular region. Orchestre symphonique de Montréal composer in residence Ana Sokolović's “Splendor Sine Occasu” represented B.C.
Karina Gauvin, Alexander Weimann and the Pacific Baroque Orchestra snagged a JUNO nomination for Classical Album of the Year: Vocal or Choral for Nuits blanches: Airs d'opera à la cour de Russie au XVIIe siècle/Opera Arias at the Russian Court of the 18th Century.
The winners in this category were Erin Wall, Joshua Hopkins, and the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir.
Vancouver's Felix Cartal and Los Angeles-born Sophie Simmons (daughter of Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed) were nominated for Dance Recording of the Year for "Mine". The JUNO in this category went to KAYTRANDA for "Bubba".
Another bridesmaid was the Vancouver-born rapper Powfu, who was a finalist in Breakthrough Artist of the Year. The winner was JP Saxe.
Vancouver-based Mazacote was nominated for World Music Album of the Year for Patria. The JUNO went to OKAN for Espiral.
Vancouver's Bob Moses was nominated for Electronic Album of the Year for Desire. The JUNO in this category was won by Caribou, a.k.a. Dan Snaith, for Suddenly.
Vancouver children's entertainer Ginalina—who sings in English, French, and Mandarin—was nominated for a Juno for Small But Mighty; the statue, however, went to Splash N' Boots, which emerged from Kingston, Ontario.
Nanaimo-born Diana Krall also received a nomination. It came for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year for This Dream of You. Vancouver's Laila Biali was also nominated in this category for Out of Dust, with the JUNO going to Sammy Jackson for With You.
And Langley-born country musician Dallas Smith was nominated for Country Album of the Year for Timeless.
The big winner was the Weeknd, who won Artist of the Year, Album of the year for After Hours, and three other JUNOs. The fan choice award was the only nomination in which he lost. That went to Sghawn Mendes.
Justin Bieber had five nominations but only won one JUNO for Pop Album of the Year for Changes. Bieber reportedly wasn't happy when the disc was nominated for a Grammy as a pop album because he believes that it should have been in the R&B category.