JUNO Awards 2022 : Winners announced for JUNO Opening Night Awards ceremony

Charlotte Cardin leads with three awards at the JUNO Opening Night Awards Ceremony

With the  JUNO Awards about to take place Sunday night, The Juno Opening Night Awards presented by Ontario Creates Overview took place at the Metro Convention Center on May 14, 2022. We celebrate the presentation of 40+ JUNO Awards, the Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award, The Humanitarian Award Presented by Music Canada, The MusiCounts Inspired Minds Ambassador Award (MIMAA), presented by the Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation. Co-hosted by Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe and Ann Pornel, and performances by two-time JUNO Award nominees Valley, two-time award nominee Allison Russell, JUNO Award nominee Roxane Bruneau, and  2021/2022 Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class short list artist, Jesse Gold.

The evening started with Canadian group Valley starting the night with their hit like 1999.

Charlotte Cardin led the night with three awards: Single of the Year Presented by Live Nation Canada, Artist of the Year Presented by SiriusXM Canada and Pop Album of the Year. Some other Canadian emerging artists include 24 first time winners such as  Andrea Jin 金玉琪 (Comedy Album of the Year Presented by SiriusXM Canada), Kairo McLean (Reggae Recording of the Year), MONOWHALES (Breakthrough Group of the Year Presented by FACTOR, The Government of Canada and Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters), Maria Dunn (Traditional Roots Album of the Year), Mustafa (Alternative Album of the Year Presented by CBC Music), Olivia Rodrigo (International Album of the Year), TOR (Electronic Album of the Year) and Will Bonness (Jazz Album of the Year – Solo).

JUNO Opening Night Awards Q& A

Some of the big winners of the night spoke out about their big wins of the night. Check out some of the highlights below.

Charlotte Cardin- Single of the year winner/pop album of the year/artist of the year

Charlotte Cardin
Charlotte Cardin

Montreal-based electro-pop artist Charlotte Cardin speaks on how unexpected her big win was and that it is such an honor, especially for a Quebec-based artist , and being able to share her music in English. 

Andrea Jin 金玉琪- Comedy album of the year  (Grandma’s Girl)

Andrea Jin

Vancouver Comedian Andrea Jin speaks on diversity, and speaks on how her parents reacted and were confused about her career but they’ve been adapting more. She mentions, stand up during a pandemic has been a nightmare, without a crowd. The comedian tried zoom comedy for a while and she mnetioned it was a horrible experience for her, but she’s coming back to live comedy with baby steps. 

Kairo McLean – Reggae Recording of the year

Kairo McLean
Kairo McLean photo by Peter Welsh

The youngest winner at only 13 years old, tells us his inspiration comes from his parents. His father is Jamaican, and his mother is of Jamacian descent, so he grew up listneing to reggage and his biggest insipration was Bob Marley. 

Brett Kissel- Country album of the year

Brett Kissel
Brett Kissel

Canadian country singer Brett Kissel tells us how winning this award means everything to him and he feels accomplished because of how much he loves Massey Hall. He made a vow to himself he would not go to Massey Hall until he plays a show there, and for the first time, Kisell will be playing a show there May 21.

Serena Ryder – Adult Contemporary Album of the Year

Serena Ryder

Longtime Canadian singer-songwriter Serena Ryder opens up about mental health. The singer mentions she’s 3 and a half years sober and how it’s changed her life and with her mental wellness.

Dallas Green – 2022 MusiCounts Inspired Minds Ambassador Awards 

Dallas Green

Multi-JUNO Award Winner, Dallas Green (City and Colour, Alexisonfire) is an acclaimed musician, songwriter, and record producer. MusiCounts is Canada’s music education charity where music education is inclusive, sustainable, and accessible for youth across Canada by providing musical instruments, equipment, and resources. Dallas Green speaks on how he spent Covid thinking and putting everything into songwriting.  Green mentions, that he is standing here today because he was lucky enough to be supported in his passion for music. He loves being able to help MusiCounts and especially for the school he went to, music was not the first on his agenda and his teachers would tell him to think about other things, but he knew his interest was in music, and Green was lucky enough to have that support. Being able to help kids in that way, by putting an instrument in front of them, means everything to him. 

The 51st Annual JUNO Awards Broadcast will be live for the first time from outdoor venue Budweiser Stage in Toronto, broadcast and streamed live across Canada at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on CBC Gem, CBC Listen, and globally at CBCMusic.ca/junos, and CBC Music’s FacebookTwitter and YouTube pages.

FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF WINNERS AT THE 2022 JUNO OPENING NIGHT AWARDS PRESENTED BY ONTARIO CREATES INCLUDING BIOGRAPHIES AND IMAGES, GO TO WWW.JUNOAWARDS.CA.JUNO Opening Night Awards – Award Partners: Adult Alternative Album of the Year Presented by Sonos, Alternative Album of the Year Presented by CBC Music, Artist of the Year Presented by SiriusXM Canada, Breakthrough Group of the Year Presented By FACTOR, The Government of Canada, and Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters, Contemporary Indigenous Artist or Group of the Year Presented by Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada, Comedy Album of the Year Presented by SiriusXM Canada, Jack Richardson Producer of the Year Presented by Audio-Technica, Rap Single of the Year Presented by ADVANCE, Canada’s Black Music Collective, Rock Album of the Year Presented by Long & McQuade Musical Instruments, Single of the Year Presented by Live Nation Canada, Songwriter of the Year Presented by SOCAN.

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