SOCAN members Allison Russell, Mustafa, TOBi, The Weather Station, Serena Ryder, Charlotte Day Wilson, Metric, and Devon Portelje and Conner Molander from Half Moon Run shared intimate stories and played stripped-down versions of their songs at the 2022 JUNO Songwriters’ Circle, presented by SOCAN, on Wednesday, May 11, 2022, at Massey Hall in Toronto. Former CBC Music host Talia Schlanger moderated the circle, considered “The Jewel of JUNO Week,” which was co-presented by FACTOR, in association with Music Publishers Canada, and which was broadcast nationwide via CBC Music.
Big winner Charlotte Cardin took home four of the six honours for which she was nominated at the 2022 JUNO Awards on May 14 and 15 in Toronto. Cardin earned awards for Album, Pop Album (both for Phoenix), Single (for “Meaningless”), and Artist of the Year. “It’s really amazing for a Montreal-based project to get that kind of recognition with the other parts of Canada,” she said in the JUNOs backstage media conference, after her fourth win. “This is absolutely fantastic for me.”
Cardin performed “Meaningless” to a pumped-up crowd at the 16,000-capacity outdoor venue, the Budweiser Stage, as the JUNOs Gala Broadcast returned to live-in-person performance for the first time in three years, on Sunday, May 15. The show, hosted by Simu Liu, featured other exciting performances from Group of the Year Arkells, pop-punk icon Avril Lavigne, and anthemic rockers Arcade Fire, but was especially notable for its new, welcoming embrace of both diversity and youth (including a record 105 first-time nominees).
Alternative Album of the Year winner and Regent Park poet Mustafa played a moving performance of his mournful acoustic ballad “Stay Alive,” while Haviah Mighty – who made history as the first woman, and first Black woman, to win a JUNO for Rap Album/EP of the Year, for Stock Exchange – offered an incendiary take on her songs “So-So” and “Protest.” DJ Shub, who won the JUNO for Contemporary Indigenous Artist or Group of the Year, was joined by Snotty Nose Rez Kids to rock the stage with a medley of “War Club,” “Uncle Rico,” and “Rebirth.” Longtime Broadway, television, film, and fashion star Deborah Cox became the first Black woman to be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.
As the first JUNOs to occur in an era when TikTok has become an undeniable launching pad for the careers of young music creators, several were recognized for the first time. Pop songstress JESSIA, whose “I’m Not Pretty” blew up on the platform, took home her first JUNO, for Breakthrough Artist of the Year. Viral sensation Tesher wowed the crowd with some of his global hits, including “Jalebi Baby” – which featured a Bollywood-style dance routine with an energetic Simu Liu. Rap sensation BBNO$, whose songs have been streamed more than 2.8 billion times worldwide, had the audience dancing in their seats to his viral tracks “Lalala” and “Edamame.” TikTok star aidan347 was nominated in both the Breakthrough Artist and Fan Choice categories, while Reggae Recording of the Year winner (for Easy Now) Kairo McLean is only 13 years old.
At the pre-broadcast gala on Saturday, May 14, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, SOCAN CEO Jennifer Brown and JUNO nominee AHI (in the Contemporary Roots Album of the Year category, for Prospect) presented the Songwriter of the Year Award to The Weeknd, who – though he wasn’t in attendance – also won Contemporary R&B Recording of the Year (for “Take My Breath”). Keiko Devaux’s Arras was the Classical Composition of the Year, while the Francophone Album of the Year was Cœur de pirate’s Impossible à aimer.
Earlier in the week, on May 11, SOCAN presented the JUNO Songwriters’ Circle – known as “the jewel of JUNO week” – bringing together music creators to play their songs and share the stories behind them. This year’s event featured heartfelt performances and engaging stories from Allison Russell, Mustafa, TOBi, The Weather Station, Serena Ryder, Charlotte Day Wilson, Metric, and Devon Portelje and Conner Molander from Half Moon Run. SOCAN also presented a No. 1 Song Award to JP Saxe on Saturday, May 14.
SOCAN conducted private, exclusive interviews with several of our nominated members during JUNO weekend. Additionally, we chatted with SOCAN members on the red carpet, and during the backstage media conferences. In the coming days and weeks, we’ll share the No. 1 Award details, video highlights, interviews, and photos from the 2022 JUNO weekend, so stay tuned to www.socanmagazine.ca, www.socan.com, and our social media.
On Friday, May 13, 2022, Bros. Landreth release their third album Come Morning, and it marks a period of transition and adaptation. The two brothers, guitarist Joey Landreth and bassist David Landreth, both went from being hard-touring musicians to new husbands, and new fathers, in the past three years. In enforced seclusion (like all of us), they recorded the Come Morning slowly and intentionally, taking advantage of a long period of introspection. The sound of the new songs is less about flashy guitar parts and live interaction, and more about finding the textures that best serve them, while the content is largely about dealing with unconfronted past demons, and moving forward from that trauma. A few days before the release of Come Morning, we invited Joey and David to discuss their creative process and their vision for the album.