In a brief red carpet chat with SOCAN, 2019 JUNO double winners (for both Group and Rock Album of the Year [Rally Cry]) Arkells talk about their songwriting process, “going for it,” how they connect with audiences, and what’s up for the rest of 2019.

The ever-flamboyant Hubert Lenoir was nominated in three categories at the 2019 JUNO Awards Francophone Album, Pop Album, and Album of the Year. He went home empty-handed, but still made heads turn. Whether it was his explosive performance during the Saturday night gala, his startling appearance on the red carpet, or his introduction of a performance by Cœur de pirate and Loud during the Sunday night broadcast gala, Lenoir left no head unturned, as he’s wont to do. We caught up with him on the red carpet to ask a few questions about his original make-up, his music, and his many musical travels over the last few weeks, including to France, Tokyo, and Austin, Texas, where he performed in front of an American audience for the very first time, at SXSW.

SOCAN Foundation Executive Director Charlie Wall-Andrews was elected the Vice-Chair of Music Canada’s new Advisory Council on March 21, 2019,  after the council was itself announced at the 2019 JUNO Awards Chair’s Reception, on March 15, in London, Ontario. Words & Music contributor and CBC Music  radio host Errol Nazareth also appointed to the 15-member council, which was struck to reflect the findings of a comprehensive organizational review.

The Music Canada Advisory Council members are (in alphabetical order):

  • Heather Bambrick
  • Steve Bellamy
  • Josh Colle
  • Nick Davis
  • ShoShona Kish
  • Amanda Martinez
  • Miranda Mulholland
  • Errol Nazareth
  • Alicia Rose
  • Mike Schroeder
  • Alka Sharma
  • Eon Sinclair
  • Darlene Tonelli
  • Chris Topping
  • Charlie Wall-Andrews
Errol Nazareth

Errol Nazareth

At the same reception, Music Canada announced two new independent member positions to Music Canada’s Board of Directors, increasing the representation of women on the Board to 40 percent. Music Canada President and CEO Graham Henderson also announced the appointment of Jennifer M. Sloan as the new independent Chair of the association’s Board.

“The changes announced are designed to ensure our leadership is guided by a broad spectrum of voices representing the exquisite mosaic that is our music community,” said Henderson. “I’m excited to welcome Jennifer Sloan and our new Advisory Council members to Music Canada to help us build a more robust music ecosystem. With the support of our members, Sony, Universal, and Warner, we are committed to reflecting the communities in which we live and work, and to fostering an environment in which music businesses can thrive, and artists can prosper.”

SOCAN congratulates Wall-Andrews and Nazareth, and looks forward to their contributions.