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THE SCOOP | Jan Lisiecki Wins 2018 Juno Award For Classical Album Of The Year

By Michael Vincent on March 25, 2018

Jan Lisiecki wins Classical Album of the Year: Large Ensemble at the 2018 Juno Gala, Vancouver, BC.
Jan Lisiecki wins Classical Album of the Year: Large Ensemble at the 2018 Juno Gala, Vancouver, BC.

Awards for the 47th annual Juno Gala Dinner and Awards were presented to 32 winners last night at Canada Place in Vancouver.

Hosted by CBC q’s Tom Power on Saturday evening, special honour awards included the Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award, Humanitarian Award, International Achievement Award, and the MusiCounts Inspired Minds Ambassador Award.

The awards wrap-up with the final six awards on Sunday night at Rogers Arena, Vancouver BC.

The “classical” category winners:

Classical Composition:

My Name is Amanda Todd, Jocelyn Morlock



Classical Album, Large Ensemble:

Chopin: Works for Piano and Orchestra, Jan Lisiecki with NDR Elophilharmonie Ochester

(Deutsche Grammophon)


Classical Album, Solo or Chamber:

Chopin Recital 3, Janina Fialkowska

(ATMA Classique)


Classical Album, Vocal or Choral:

CRAZY GIRL CRAZY. Berio: Sequenza III. Berg: Lulu Suite. Gershwin: Girl Crazy Suite (arr. Bill Elliott & Barbara Hannigan). Bonus: DVD “Music is Music”, a film by Mathieu Amalric. Barbara Hannigan, soprano & conductor. Ludwig Orchestra. Alpha Classics 293. Total Time: 57:23.

Crazy Girl Crazy, Barbara Hannigan with Ludwig Orchestra

(Alpha Classics)


The ceremony will be hosted by Michael Bublé and feature live performances by Arcade Fire, Arkells, Barenaked Ladies with Steven Page, Daniel Caesar, Diana Krall, Felix Cartal, Jessie Reyez, Lights, Shawn Hook, The Jerry Cans and a tribute to Gord Downie featuring City and Colour and Sarah Harmer.

The broadcast will be on CBC television between 5 p.m. PDT/8 p.m. EDT from Rogers Arena.

For the full list of winners scroll down below:

Juno Fan Choice Award:

Jessie Reyez
Shawn Hook
Shawn Mendes
The Weeknd
Theory of a Dead Man
Walk Off the Earth
Justin Bieber
Alessia Cara

Single of the Year:

Shawn Mendes – “There’s Nothin’ Holding Me Back”
The Weeknd – “I Feel It Coming” (ft. Daft Punk)
Alessia Cara – “How Far I’ll Go”
Arkells – “Knocking at the Door”
Arcade Fire – “Everything Now”

International Album of the Year:

Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
Post Malone – Stoney
Taylor Swift – Reputation
Bruno Mars – 24K Magic
Ed Sheeran – ÷

Album of the Year:

Johnny Reid – Revival
Michael Bublé – Nobody But Me
Ruth B – Safe Haven
Shania Twain – NOW
Arcade Fire – Everything Now

Artist of the Year:

Ruth B
Shania Twain
Gord Downie
Daniel Caesar

Group of the Year:

A Tribe Called Red
Arcade Fire
Broken Social Scene

Breakthrough Artist of the Year:

Jessie Reyez
Virginia to Vegas
Allan Rayman
Charlotte Cardin

Breakthrough Group of the Year:

James Barker Band
The Beaches
The Dead South
The Franklin Electric
The Jerry Cans

Songwriter of the Year:

Rose Cousins
Scott Helman
Amelia Curran
Gord Downie & Kevin Drew
Charlotte Cardin

Country Album of the Year:

James Barker Band – Game On
Jess Moskaluke – Past the Past
Tim Hicks – Shake These Walls
Dean Brody – Beautiful Freakshow
High Valley – Dear Life

Adult Alternative Album of the Year:

Leif Vollebekk – Twin Solitude
Terra Lightfoot – New Mistakes
Timber Timbre – Sincerely, Future Pollution
Whitehorse – Panther in the Dollhouse
Gord Downie – Introduce Yerself

Alternative Album of the Year:

Land of Talk – Life After Youth
Tanya Tagaq – Retribution
Arcade Fire – Everything Now
Weaves – Wide Open
Alvvays – Antisocialites

Pop Album of the Year:

Lights – Skin & Earth
Ria Mae – My Love
Ruth B – Safe Haven
Scott Helman – Hôtel de Ville
Hedley – Cageless

Rock Album of the Year:

Nickelback – Feed the Machine
The Glorious Sons – Young Beauties and Fools
Theory of a Dead Man – Wake Up Call
Big Wreck – Grace Street
Death From Above – Outrage! Is Now

Vocal Jazz Album of the Year:

Kellylee Evans – Come On
Matt Dusk – Old School Yule!
Michael Kaeshammer – No Filter
Bria Skonberg – With a Twist
Diana Krall – Turn Up the Quiet

Jazz Album of the Year (Solo):

Hilario Durán – Contumbao
Mike Downes – Root Structure
Ralph Bowen – Ralph Bowen
Brad Cheeseman – The Tide Turns
Chet Doxas – Rich in Symbols

Jazz Album of the Year (Group):

Andrew Downing’s Otterville – Otterville
Carn Davidson 9 – Murphy
David Braid, Mike Murley, Anders Morgensen & Johnny Aman – The North
Christine Jensen & Ingrid Jensen – Infinitude
Ernesto Cervini’s Turbopop – Rev

Instrumental Album of the Year:

Kristofer Maddigan – Cuphead
Oktopus – Hapax
Peregrine Falls – Peregrine Falls
Do Make Say Think – Stubborn Persistent Illusions
Five Alarm Funk – Sweat

Francophone Album of the Year:

Klȏ Pelgag – L’étoile thoracique
Pierre Lapointe – La science du coeur
Patrice Michaud – Almanach
Alex Nevsky – Nos Eldorados
Daniel Bélanger – Paloma

Children’s Album of the Year:

The Moblees – The Moblees (Songs from the Hit TV Show)
Splash’N Boots – Love, Kisses and Hugs
Big Block Singsong – Greatest Hits, Vol. 3
Bobs & LoLo – Blue Skies
Fred Penner – Hear the Music

Classical Album of the Year (Solo or Chamber Ensemble):

David Jalbert – Stravinsky & Prokofiev: Transcriptions pour piano
James Ehnes with Andrew Armstrong – Beethoven: Violin Sonatas Nos. 6 & 9 ‘Kreutzer’
Janina Fialkowska – Chopin Recital 3
Louis Lortie – Louis Lortie Plays Chopin, Vol. 5
ARC Ensemble – Chamber Works by Szymon Laks

Classical Album of the Year (Large Ensemble):

James Ehnes with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra – Beethoven & Schubert: Violin Concerto
Jan Lisiecki with NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester – Chopin: Works for Piano & Orchestra
Johannes Moser with Orchestre de la Suisse Romande – Elgar & Tchaikovsky
Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra & Nunavut Sivuniksavut Performers – The Shaman & Arctic Symphony
Arion Orchestre Baroque – Rebelles Baroques

Classical Album of the Year (Vocal or Choral):

Isabel Bayrakdarian with Coro Vox Aeterna – Mother of Light: Armenian hymns & chants in praise of Mary
Philippe Sly & John Charles Britton – Schubert Sessions: Lieder with Guitar
Barbara Hannigan with Ludwig Orchestra – Crazy Girl Crazy
Daniel Taylor with The Trinity Choir – The Tree of Life
Gerald Finley with Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra – In the Stream of Life: Songs by Sibelius

Classical Composition of the Year:

Andrew Staniland – Phi, Caelestis
James Rolfe – Breathe
Jocelyn Morlock – My Name is Amanda Todd
Vincent Ho – The Shaman
Alice Ping Yee Ho – Cœur à Cœur

Rap Recording of the Year:

Maestro Fresh Wes – “Coach Fresh”
Lou Phelps – “001: Experiments”
Tory Lanez – “Shooters”
Belly – “Mumble Rap”
Clairmont The Second – “Lil Mont from the Ave”

Dance Recording of the Year:

KAPRI – “Deeper”
Nick Fiorucci – “Closer” ft. Laurell
Sultan + Shepard – “Almost Home” ft. Nadia Ali & Iro
Felix Cartal – “Get What You Give”
DVBBS – “Not Going Home” ft. Gia Koka & CMC$

R&B/Soul Recording of the Year:

Jahkoy – Foreign Water
Jessie Reyez – Kiddo
Jhyve – Human
Keshia Chanté – Unbound 01
Daniel Caesar – Freudian

Reggae Recording of the Year:

Kirk Diamond – “Greater”
Kreesha Turner & K’Coneil – “Love How You Whine”
Ammoye – “The Light”
Blessed – “Hold Up Slow Down”
Eyesus – “Neva Judge”

Indigenous Music Album of the Year:

Indian City – Here & Now
Iskwé – The Fight Within
Kelly Fraser – Sedna
Buffy Sainte-Marie – Medicine Songs
DJ Shub – PowWowStep

Contemporary Roots Album of the Year:

The Jerry Cans – Inuusiq
The Weather Station – The Weather Station
Amelia Curran – Watershed
Bruce Cockburn – Bone on Bone
Buffy Sainte-Marie – Medicine Songs

Traditional Roots Album of the Year:

Jayme Stone – Jayme Stone’s Folklife
The East Pointers – What We Leave Behind
The Dead South – Illusion & Doubt
Cassie and Maggie – The Willow Connection
Còig – Rove

Blues Album of the Year:

rJunk – Time to Roll
Steve Strongman – No Time Like Now
Williams, Wayne & Isaak – Big City, Back Country Blues
Big Dave McLean – Better the Devil You Know
Downchild – Something I’ve Done

Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year:

Jon Neufeld – We Are Free
Love & the Outcome – These Are the Days
Manafest – Stones
Matt Maher – Echoes
The Color – First Day of My Life

World Music Album of the Year:

Beny Esguerra and New Tradition – A New Tradition Vol. 2: Return of the KUISi
Kobo Town – Where the Galleon Sank
Autorickshaw – Meter
Battle of Santiago – La Migra
Briga – Femme

Jack Richardson Producer of the Year:

Jordan Evans & Matthew Burnett (“Get You ft. Kali Uchis”, “We Find Love” – Freudian by Daniel Caesar)
Thomas “Tawgs” Salter (“PDA” – Hôtel de Ville by Scott Helman, “Electric Love” [co-producer Mike Wise] – Utopia by Serena Ryder)
Brian Howes & Jason Van Poederooyen (“Better Days” [co-producer Jacob Hoggard] – Cageless by Hedley, “The Drugs” [co-producer Ryan Guldemond] – No Culture by Mother Mother)
Felix Cartal (“Get What You Give” – Get What You Give by Felix Cartal, “Drifting Away” – Drifting Away by Felix Cartal)
Diana Krall (“L-O-V-E”, “Night and Day” [co-producer Tommy Lipuma] – Turn Up the Quiet by Diana Krall)

Recording Engineer of the Year:

Riley Bell
Shawn Everett
Ben Kaplan
Eric Ratz
Gus van Go

Album Artwork of the Year:

The Lost Fingers – Coconut Christmas
Esmerine – Mechanics of Dominion
Daniel Caesar – Freudian
Do Make Say Think – Stubborn Persistent Illusions
Arcade Fire – Everything Now

Video of the Year:

Leonard Cohen – “Leaving the Table” (Christopher Mills)
Mother Mother – “The Drugs” (Emma Higgins)
Grimes – “Venus Fly” (Grimes)
Jessie Reyez – “Gatekeeper” (Peter Huang)
Arkells – “Knocking at the Door” (Shane Cunningham & Mark Myers)

Electronic Album of the Year:

Kid Koala – Music to Draw To: Satellite
Rezz – Mass Manipulation
Blue Hawaii – Tenderness
CRi – Someone Else
Dabin – Two Hearts

Metal/Hard Music Album of the Year:

Longhouse – II: Vanishing
METZ – Strange Peace
Striker – Striker
Anciients – Voice of the Void
Archspire – Relentless Mutation

Adult Contemporary Album of the Year:

Johnny Reid – Revival
Michael Bublé – Nobody But Me
Nuela Charles – The Grand Hustle
The Tenors – Christmas Together
Alysha Brilla – Rooted

Comedy Album of the Year:

Ivan Decker – I Wanted to Be a Dinosaur
K. Trevor Wilson – Sorry! (A Canadian Album)
Rebecca Kohler – In Living Kohler
Charlie Demers – Fatherhood
DJ Demers – [Indistinct Chatter]

Disclosure — the author of this article was a judge in the classical categories for the 2018 Juno awards.

[Updated: March 26, 2018, 9 a.m. Article updated to include winners from both Saturday and Sunday’s award ceremonies.] 


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