Leonard Cohen, Gord Downie and Celine Dion Among Nominees for 2017 Juno Awards


Leonard Cohen, Gord Downie and The Tragically Hip and Celine Dion are among the 2017 Juno Award nominees.

The nominations, announced this morning in Toronto, see Cohen, who passed away last November, up for four awards – Album of the Year for his brilliant final disc You Want It Darker, Adult Alternative Album of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Artist of the Year. In fact, the former Zoomer cover subject, who completed his final album with his son Adam while battling terminal cancer, is the only person over 45 up for Artist of the Year honours. At age 82 when he died, the next oldest nominee in the category, rapper Drake, 30, is 52 years younger and the youngest nominee in the category, Shawn Mendes, 18, is 64 years younger.

The Tragically Hip landed Group of the Year and Rock Album of the Year noms for their latest disc, Man Machine Poem, for which they embarked on a final tour last summer with frontman Gord Downie, who announced he is battling terminal brain cancer. The singer/songwriter, who celebrated his 53rd birthday yesterday, earned four Juno nominations for The Secret Path, an album centred around the story of Chanie Wenjack, a 12-year-old Ojibwe boy who died in 1966 while attempting to find his way home after running away from a residential school in Northern Ontario. The album landed Downie nominations for Songwriter of the Year (“The Stranger,” “The Only Place to Be,” “Son”), Adult Alternative Album of the Year, Recording Package of the Year and Video of the Year (“Stranger”).

Céline Dion, meanwhile, received nominations for both Album of the Year and Adult Contemporary Album of the Year for Encore un soir. The latter category pits the 48-year-old against Sarah McLachlan (Wonderland) and Heather Rankin (A Fine Line), both 49.

The Junos will also hand out honorary awards at the ceremony, including the Canadian Music Hall of Fame induction of Sarah McLachlan, the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award to singer, artist and activist Buffy Sainte-Marie, 75, and the Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award to music and broadcasting executive and champion of Canadian music artists Randy Lennox.

The 2017 Juno Awards take place in Ottawa on April 2nd. See next page for the full list of the 2017 Juno nominees… 

The 2017 Juno nominees are…

Album of the Year

The Weeknd, Starboy

Shawn Mendes, Illuminate

Leonard Cohen, You Want It Darker

Drake, Views

Céline Dion, Encore un Soir

Artist of the Year

Shawn Mendes


Alessia Cara

Leonard Cohen

The Weeknd

Group of the Year

Billy Talent

The Tragically Hip


Tegan and Sara

The Strumbellas

Songwriter of the Year

Donovan Woods, “Leaving Nashville,” “What Kind of Love Is That,” “They Don’t Make Anything in that Town”

Tegan & Sara, “Boyfriend,” “100x,” “Stop Desire”

Gord Downie, “The Stranger,” “The Only Place to Be,” “Son”

Leonard Cohen, “You Want It Darker,” “It Seemed the Better Way,” “Traveling Light”

Ruth B, “Lost Boy,” “Superficial Love,” “2 Poor Kids”

Rock Album of the Year

Arkells, Morning Report

Billy Talent, Afraid of Heights

Monster Truck, Sittin’ Heavy

Sam Roberts Band, TerraForm

The Tragically Hip, Man Machine Poem

Adult Alternative Album of the Year

Basia Bulat, Good Advice

Gord Downie, Secret Path

Wintersleep, The Great Detachment

Leonard Cohen, You Want It Darker

Andy Shauf, The Party

Adult Contemporary Album of the Year

Céline Dion, Encore un soir

Chantal Kreviazuk, Hard Sail

Mark Masri, Beating Heart

Sarah McLachlan, Wonderland

Heather Rankin, A Fine Line

Indigenous Music Album of the Year

Crystal Shawanda, Fish Out Of Water

Bryden Gwiss Kiwenzie, Round Dance & Beats (Powwow)

Quantum Tangle, Tiny Hands

Silla + Rise, Debut

William Prince, Earthly Days

JUNO Fan Choice Award


Justin Bieber


Shawn Mendes

Alessia Cara


Ruth B

The Weeknd

Tory Lanez

The Strumbellas

Breakthrough Artist of the Year


Ruth B

Tory Lanez

Andy Shauf

Jazz Cartier

Breakthrough Group of the Year


Cold Creek County

Bob Moses

The Zolas

The Dirty Nil

Single of the Year

Shawn Mendes, “Treat You Better”

Drake, “One Dance ft. Wizkid & Kyla”

Alessia Cara, “Wild Things”

The Weeknd, “Starboy “ft. Daft Punk

The Strumbellas, “Spirits”

International Album of the Year

Sia, This is Acting

Rihanna, ANTI

One Direction, Made in the A.M.

Coldplay, A Head Full of Dreams

Ariana Grande, Dangerous Woman

Country Album of the Year

Aaron Pritchett, The Score

Chad Brownlee, Hearts on Fire

Dallas Smith, Side Effects

Gord Bamford, Tin Roof

Jess Moskaluke, Kiss Me Quiet

Alternative Album of the Year

July Talk, Touch

Grimes, Art Angels

Black Mountain, IV

Weaves, Weaves

Dilly Dally, Sore

Pop Album of the Year

Alessia Cara, Know-It-All

Coleman Hell, Summerland

Marianas Trench, Astoria

Shawn Mendes, Illuminate

Tegan and Sara, Love You to Death

Vocal Jazz Album of the Year

Matt Dusk & Florence K, Quiet Nights

Heather Bambrick, You’ll Never Know

Barbra Lica, I’m Still Learning

Bria Skonberg, Bria

Amanda Tosoff, Words

Jazz Album of the Year: Solo

Brandi Disterheft, Blue Canvas

Renee Rosnes, Written in the Rocks

Shirantha Beddage, Momentum

Seamus Blake, Superconductor

Mike Janzen, Nudging Forever

Jazz Album of the Year: Group

Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, Real Enemies

Dave Young Quintet, One Way Up

Metalwood, Twenty

Quinsin Nachoff’s FLUX, Flux

Order of Canada Band, Sweet Canadiana

Instrumental Album of the Year

Sarah Neufeld, The Ridge

David Braid, Flow

Blitz//Berlin, Movements 1

The Fretless, Bird’s Nest

Pugs & Crows and Tony Wilson, Everyone Knows Everyone

Francophone Album of the Year

Karim Ouellet, Trente

Yann Perreau, Le fantastique des astres

Fred Fortin, Ultramarr

Koriass, Love Suprême

Laurence Nerbonne, XO

Children’s Album of the Year

Diana Panton, I Believe in Little Things

Raffi, Owl Singalong

Splash’N Boots, Big Yellow Tunes

Kattam, De Tombouctou à Bombay

Will Stroet, Wordplay

Classical Album of the Year: Solo or Chamber Ensemble

Janina Fialkowska, Schubert: Sonatas and Impromptus

Matt Haimovitz, Overtures to Bach

New Orford String Quartet, Brahms: String Quartets, Op. 51 NOS. 1 & 2

Stewart Goodyear, Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, OP. 71 TH14

Charles Richard-Hamelin, Beethoven, Enescu & Chopin: Works for Piano (Live)

Classical Album of the Year: Large Ensemble or Soloist(s) with Large Ensemble Accompaniment

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir, Beethoven Symphony No. 9

Louis Lortie, Hélène Mercier, BBC Philharmonic, Poulenc: Piano Concertos & Aubade

Steve Wood and the Northern Cree Singers, Tanya Tagaq, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra,,Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation

Jan Lisiecki, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Schumann

Les Violons du Roy & Mathieu Lussier, Vivaldi: Concertos

Classical Album of the Year: Vocal or Choral Performance

Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Kent Nagano, L’Aiglon

Tapestry Opera, Gryphon Trio, Elmer Iseler Singers, Dark Star Requiem

Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Sir Andrew Davis, Handel Messiah

Arion Baroque Orchestre, Alexandre Weimann, Bach: Magnificat BWV 243

Daniel Taylor, The Trinity Choir, Four Thousand Winter

Classical Composition of the Year

Christos Hatzis, “Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation”

Kati Agócs, “The Debrecen Passion”

Jordan Nobles, “Immersion”

Ana Sokolović, “And I need a room to receive five thousand people with raised glasses…or…what a glorious day, the birds are singing ‘halleluia'”

Andrew Staniland, “Dark Star Requiem”

Rap Recording of the Year

Belly, Another Day in Paradise

Drake, Views

Tory Lanez, I Told You

Jazz Cartier, Hotel Paranoia

Tasha the Amazon, Die Every Day

Dance Recording of the Year

Adventure Club, “Limitless” ft. Delaney Jane

Zeds Dead, “Northern Lights”

Shaun Frank, “Let You Get Away” ft. Ashe

Bit Funk, “Off the Ground” ft. Shae Jacobs

Jacques Greene, “You Can’t Deny”

R&B/Soul Recording of the Year

The Weeknd, Starboy

Dvsn, Sept. 5th

Daniel Caesar, Pilgrim’s Paradise

Tanika Charles, Soul Run


Reggae Recording of the Year

Ammoye, “Sorry”

Blessed, “Cry Every Day”

Dubmatix, “Roll ‘Dem” ft. Gappy Ranks

Exco Levi ,”Siren”

Jay Kartier, “Who Feels It Knows”

Contemporary Roots Album of the Year

Matthew Barber & Jill Barber, The Family Album

Lisa LeBlanc, Why You Wanna Leave, Runaway Queen?

Corin Raymond, Hobo Jungle Fever Dreams

William Prince, Earthly Days

Kacy & Clayton, Strange Country

Traditional Roots Album of the Year

The High Bar Gang, Someday the Heart Will Trouble the Mind

Maria Dunn, Gathering

Jenny Whiteley, The Original

Ten Strings And A Goat Skin, Auprès du poêle

The East Pointers, Secret Victory

Blues Album of the Year

Whitehorse, The Northern South Vol. 1

Paul Reddick, Ride The One

Colin Linden, Rich in Love

Colin James, Blue Highways

Sean Pinchin, Monkey Brain

Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year

Warren Dean Flandez, Eternally Grateful

Tim Neufeld & the Glory Boys, Hootenanny!

Steve Bell, Where the Good Way Lies


Jaylene Johnson, Potter & Clay

World Music Album of the Year

Lorraine Klaasen, Nouvelle Journée

Sultans of String, Subcontinental Drift

Okavango African Orchestra, Okavango African Orchestra

Turkwaz, Nazar

Nomadica, Dance of the Infidels

Jack Richardson Producer of the Year

Howie Beck, “Work” (Charlotte Day Wilson), “High Five” (Dragonette)

Eric Ratz, “The Enforcer” (Monster Truck), “Fever” (Royal Tusk)

A Tribe Called Red, “R.E.D.” (A Tribe Called Red ft. Yasiin Bey, Narcy & Black Bear), “Sila” (A Tribe Called Red ft. Tanya Tagaq)

Nineteen85, “One Dance” (Drake), “Too Good” (Drake)

Ian D’Sa, “Afraid of Heights” (Billy Talent), “Rabbit Down the Hole” (Billy Talent)

Recording Engineer of the Year

Eric Ratz, “Afraid of Heights” (Billy Talent), “Don’t Tell Me How to Live” (Monster Truck)

George Seara, “Treat You Better” (Shawn Mendes), “Don’t Be A Fool” (Shawn Mendes)

Andy Shauf, “The Magician” (Andy Shauf), “To You” (Andy Shauf)

Matty Green, “Shine a Light” (Banners), “Armageddon” (Michelle Treacy)

Jason Dufour, “Push + Pull” (July Talk), “Beck + Call” (July Talk)

Recording Package of the Year


Harmonium L’Heptade

Gord Downie, Secret Path

Alexisonfire, Live at Copps

Grimes, Art Angels

Video of the Year

Grimes, “Kill v Maim”

KAYTRANADA, “Lite Spots”

A Tribe Called Red, “R.E.D.” ft. Yasiin Bey, Narcy & Black Bear

Wiwek/Skrillex, “Killa”

Gord Downie, “The Stranger”

Electronic Album of the Year


Holy Fuck, Congrats

A Tribe Called Red, We Are the Halluci Nation

Bob Moses, Days Gone By

Harrison, Checkpoint Titanium

Heavy Metal Album of the Year

Devin Townsend Project, Transcendence

Protest the Hero, Pacific Myth

Despised, Icon Beast

Annihilator, Suicide Society

Mandroid Echostar Coral Throne