Feist Wins Big At the Junos

Feist Wins Big At the Junos
Breaking with a long history of handing out the big awards to the most banal, uninspired, soulless pop our country has to offer, (I'm looking at you Celine!) Junos were actually handed out to a few deserving artists this year.

Predictably, in the "Year Of Feist," with the awards ceremony being held in her old hometown of Calgary, the artist not known as Leslie dominated with five big wins. Her glorious bounty of Can-rock statues were awarded for Album of the Year, Artist of the Year, Pop Album of the Year, Songwriter of the Year (suck it Avril!), and Single of the Year for that IPod commercial song I refuse to make a cheap sequential number joke about.

In non-Feist related wins, with three albums under their collective belt, Halifax's seven-year perennial spring-chickens Wintersleep won the award for New Group of the Year. Trendy chameleons Rainbow Butt Monkeys Finger Eleven, picked up Rock Album of the Year for their latest stab at whatever was popular last year, but they also lost out to Blue Rodeo (as did the Arcade Fire) for Group of the Year. That thankfully means Hedley didn't win anything, and the Arcade Fire did at least get nods for Alternative Album of the Year and CD/DVD Artwork Design of the Year.

If you care enough, the full list of winners of Canada's version of the ARIA Awards (Australian Record Industry Association) - because calling it the Canadian version of the Grammy's is even more offensive than this frequently clueless awards ceremony deserves - can be found on the 2008 Juno Awards website.

Feist winning Single of the Year