Just got back from Vancouver after attending the 47th JUNO Awards and I’m still riding a high. I didn’t think I was going to feel this way for Canadian music’s biggest night, but to experience the show in person is a lot different than streaming or watching it on the CBC. The biggest difference? The sound mix. This was evident during the performance from Lights and even the Barenaked Ladies. The crowd was really into it, and the energy was a sight to behold, but that didn’t translate audibly during the telecast.
Umm, why is there a 50-50 draw at an awards show? Not at any point during the recording of the JUNO Awards was a draw made to give away money, let alone a $1,000,000.
Naked Ladies and the Great Divide. It was known that Steven Page and the rest of the Barenaked Ladies did separate interviews during JUNO week, but you can see for yourself that not even an aisle could bring the band together after nine years apart.
Off camera, the teleprompter was used by host Michael Bublé, but he barely used it. He would go off the top of his head which made him a naturally great master of ceremony. On the other hand, the entire acceptance speech of BNL was scripted when they were inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. It made for a ‘not as real’ spur of the moment that one could have hoped for. The tears were real though, and that made up for it, which ultimately leads to this:
Surely, you have to make it your mission to attend at least one JUNO Award. You would see how they played past JUNO performances during commercial breaks. You would see the two mayors passing the JUNO off to one another (Vancouver to London). You’ll be able to take in ‘the behind the scene’ components of what goes on to bring the show to life. And you’ll be in awe of the Canadian talent that represents our music. That’s something to stand on guard for.
The Rickster (wondering how if he had a $1,000,000, he would buy a tank of gas in Vancouver at a $1.54 a litre).