Published Apr 01, 2012Having celebrated 40 years in the industry in 2011, the annual Juno Awards are back for a 41st time to honour the best in Canadian music. While the main ceremony doesn't take place until tonight (April 1) at Ottawa, ON's Scotiabank Place, many winners were announced last night at a Junos gala.
At this non-televised ceremony, Arkells won Group of the Year, while Dan Mangan took home Alternative Album of the Year with Oh Fortune. The Sheepdogs were awarded two prizes: New Group of the Year and Rock Album of the Year (for Learn & Burn). Feist was also a big winner with Adult Alternative Album of the Year (Metals) and Music DVD of the Year (Look at What the Light Did Now).
Elsewhere, KEN Mode won the inaugural Metal/Hard Music Album of the Year award for Venerable, while Drake scored Rap Recording of the Year with Take Care. Adele's 21 won International Album of the Year, Malajube came out on top in the Francophone Album of the Year category for La Caverne, and Tim Hecker's Ravedeath, 1972 triumphed in the Electronic category. The Sadies also took home a prize for Video of the Year with "Rumbleseat."
Stay tuned for some of the biggest winners to be announced tonight at the main ceremony.