The 2019 Juno Awards celebrated music from a Canadian perspective and hit home for viewers across the country last night.
Singer Sarah McLachlan hosted this year’s awards in London, Ont.
Shawn Mendes won album of the year with Avril Lavigne bringing home the fan choice award. Pop singer bülow took home the Juno as breakthrough artist of the year.
Artist Corey Hart takes an induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. He also took over the Junos with a performance of his smash hits from the 1980s, such as Never Surrender and Sunglasses at Night.
At the Juno Gala Dinner & Awards on Saturday, Jeremy Dutcher received the award for Indigenous music album of the year.
Dutcher thanked supporters, and took his minute to spread awareness about indigenous communities before he quickly left the stage.
When a Juno Award went to Arkells, Dutcher was invited on stage to finish his ideas (using the band’s own allotted time) and spoke about reconciliation across the country.
Humber graduates and teachers from the music programs were also taking the spotlight at the Junos.
Arkells won Rock Album of the Year, and keyboardist Anthony Carone was recognized by the college for being alumni.
For one night, Carone also took over the college’s Instagram account and took viewers backstage at the awards.
Humber Music grad Laila Biali took home an award for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year.
Music professor Robi Botos also won a Juno for Solo Jazz Album of the Year.
–With files from CBC