Jukasa Studios sees four artists bring in Juno nominations

TORONTO — Juno nominations are in and four projects by Canadian artists that worked with Jukasa Studios on Six Nations of the Grand River are nominated.

First, Canadian rock band ‘Alexisonfire’ has been nominated for Best Rock Album of the Year for their latest release, ‘Otherness’. It is the fifth studio album from ‘Alexisonfire’ and comes 13 years after their last full-length album. It was recorded at Jukasa Studios on Six Nations of the Grand River and is another nomination for the studios award winning recording engineers Darren Magierowski and Jill Zimmerman.

’Explosions’, the new album from ‘Three Days Grace’ is also nominated for Best Rock Album of the Year. Magierowski and Zimmerman have production credits for that album as production engineers. The band’s 2018 release, ‘Outsider’ was a project worked on with Jukasa’s team and saw a Juno win for Rock Album of the Year.

Hamilton native and iconic Canadian blues artist Harrison Kennedy has been nominated for ‘Thanks for Tomorrow’ in the Blues Album of the Year category. Magierowski and Zimmerman are credited for that album as engineers as well. The production duo also saw a Juno win in 2016 for their work with Kennedy on the ‘This Is From Here’ album.

Blackie and the Rodeo Kings are nominated for ‘O Glory’ in the Contemporary Roots Album of the Year. The band includes Lee Harvey Osmond, better known as Tom Wilson, an indigenous musician from Hamilton who was featured in the biography ‘Beautiful Scars’ — describing his mothers removal from her home reserve of Kahnawake and growing up not knowing about his Mohawk heritage until he was an adult.

“We’re pretty excited — hard work pays off,” said Magierowski, who will be attending the Junos this spring in Edmonton as a part of the Alexisonfire stage production during the live broadcast show.

Jukasa Studios opened in 2009 and was a vision for supporting the arts and music on Six Nations of the Grand River by late businessman, Ken Hill, who passed away in January 2021.

Magierowski says that all of the studios accomplishments and the growth in those artists need first to be attributed to that vision.

“We are very thankful. I have to first and foremost thank Kenny Hill for making such an amazing spot, believing in us and granting us the opportunity to do all of this. That is where it starts. We still want to be thankful for him for giving us the opportunity to do this, and being so generous to create this space. None of it would have happened without him.”

With the most recent nominations the studio is now boasting a list of 14 Juno nominations. There have been three Junos awarded for work by Jukasa’s engineering team — Harrison Kennedy in 2016, julytalk in 2017 and The Sheepdogs in 2012.


Juno Nominations 2023


TikTok Juno fan choice

  • Avril Lavigne
  • Lauren Spencer-Smith
  • MacKenzie Porter
  • Preston Pablo
  • Rêve
  • Shawn Mendes
  • Tate McRae
  • The Reklaws
  • The Weeknd
  • Tyler Shaw


Single of the year

  • “Bite Me,” Avril Lavigne
  • “Flowers Need Rain,” Preston Pablo and Banx & Ranx
  • “When You’re Gone,” Shawn Mendes
  • “She’s all I Wanna Be,” Tate McRae
  • “Sacrifice,” the Weeknd

International album of the year

  • =, Ed Sheeran
  • Harry’s House, Harry Styles
  • Montero, Lil Nas X
  • Midnights, Taylor Swift
  • Red (Taylor’s Version), Taylor Swift


Album of the year

  • Who Hurt You?, Ali Gatie
  • Love Sux, Avril Lavigne
  • Demons Protected By Angels, Nav
  • I Used to Think I Could Fly, Tate McRae
  • Dawn FM, the Weeknd


Artist of the year

  • Avril Lavigne
  • Lauren Spencer-Smith
  • Michael Bublé
  • Shawn Mendes
  • The Weeknd


Group of the year

  • Arcade Fire
  • Arkells
  • Billy Talent
  • Metric
  • The Reklaws


Breakthrough artist of the year

  • Dax
  • Devon Cole
  • Preston Pablo
  • RealestK
  • Rêve



Breakthrough group of the year

  • Banx & Ranx
  • Harm & Ease
  • Rare Americans
  • Tommy Lefroy
  • Wild Rivers


Songwriter of the year

  • Abel Tesfaye: “Less Than Zero” (co-songwriters Tomoko Yamaguch, Hamada Tetsuro, Daniel Lopatin, the Weeknd); “Out of Time” (co-songwriters Max Martin, Fragogian Josefsson, Axel Hedfors, Oscar Holter, Sebastian Ingrosso, Carl Nordstrom, Kevin Duane McCord); “Sacrifice” (co-songwriters Max Martin, Fragogian Josefsson, Axel Hedfors, Oscar Holter, Sebastian Ingrosso, Carl Nordstrom, Kevin Duane McCord).
  • Faouzia: “Anybody Else” (co-songwriters Andre Davidson, Michelle Buzz, Sean Davidson);
  • “Puppet” (co-songwriters Andre Davidson, Johnny Goldstein, Sean Davidson); “RIP, Love” (co-songwriters Fran Hall, Jakke Erixson).
  • Tate McRae: “Chaotic” (co-songwriter Victoria Zaro); “Feel Like Shit” (co-songwriters Victoria Zaro, Jacob Hindlin, Russell J Chell); “She’s all I Wanna Be” (co-songwriter Greogry Kurstin).
  • Tenille Townes: “The Last Time” (co-songwriters Gordon Sampson, Benjamin Goldsmith); “When you Need It” (co-songwriter Stephen Wrabel); “When’s it Gonna Happen” (co-songwriters Stephenie Jones, Stephen Wrabel).
  • Tobi: “Before we Panic” (co-songwriters Alex Goose, Eric Hagstrom, John Stephen Sudduth, Kevin Martin, Tony Martin, Stephenie Jones, Stephen Wrabel); “Flowers” (co-songwriters Alex Goose, Daniele Luppi, Homer Steinweiss, Nick Movshon, Nicole Wray, Leon Michels, Paul Spring); “Move” (co-songwriters Alex Goose, Jessica Lee Hansell, Jon Bap, Robin Hannibal, Tavon Thompson, Tyler Demorest).

Country album of the year

  • Way Back, High Valley
  • Honkytonk Revival, Jade Eagleson
  • Bronco, Orville Peck
  • Masquerades, Tenille Townes
  • Good Ol’ Days, the Reklaws



Adult alternative album of the year

  • Born Losers, Altameda
  • The Garden, Basia Bulat
  • Being Somewhere, Dan Mangan
  • Colder Streams, the Sadies
  • How is it That I Should Look at the Stars, the Weather Station


Alternative album of the year

  • Blue Rev, Alvvays
  • Duality, Luna Li
  • Sewn Back Together, Ombiigizi
  • The Unraveling of PupTheBand, Pup
  • Tongues, Tanya Tagaq


Pop album of the year

  • In the Meantime, Alessia Cara
  • Love Sux, Avril Lavigne
  • The Loneliest Time, Carly Rae Jepsen
  • I Used to Think I Could Fly, Tate McRae
  • Dawn FM, the Weeknd



Rock album of the year

  • Otherness, Alexisonfire
  • Crisis of Faith, Billy Talent
  • Get Rollin’, Nickelback
  • Outta Sight, the Sheepdogs
  • Explosions, Three Days Grace


Vocal jazz album of the year

  • Featuring, Caity Gyorgy
  • Blue, Diana Panton
  • Venez donc chez moi, Laura Anglade and Sam Kirmayer
  • Nikki by Starlight, Nikki Yanofsky
  • The Ostara Project, the Ostara Project


Jazz album of the year

  • Joy, Ernesto Cervini
  • A Little Louder Now, Lauren Falls
  • El Tinajon, Luis Deniz
  • Rumba, Rafael Zaldivar
  • Kinds of Love, Renee Rosnes


Jazz album of the year

  • Semantics, Andrew Rathbun Quintet
  • Talk Memory, BadBadNotGood
  • The History of Us, Carn Davidson 9
  • Desert Bloom, Florian Hoefner Trio
  • The Dragon’s Tail, Mark Kelso & the Jazz Exiles


Instrumental album of the year

  • Canadiana, Canadian Brass
  • Everything was Forever Until it was no More, Esmerine
  • Iguana, Hard Rubber Orchestra
  • Aubades, Jean-Michel Blais
  • Lionheart, Stephan Moccio


Album francophone de l’année

  • Medium plaisir, Ariane Roy
  • Mercure en mai, Daniel Bélanger
  • Pictura de ipse: Musique directe, Hubert Lenoir
  • Crash, Les Louanges
  • Chiac Disco, Lisa LeBlanc





Children’s album of the year

  • Nice to Meet You, Beppie
  • Say Hello, Jeremy and Jazzy
  • I am Love, Splash’N Boots
  • Walk off the Earth & Romeo Eats, Vol. 2, Walk off the Earth and Romeo Eats
  • Maestro Fresh Wes Presents: Julia the Great, Young Maestro and Keysha Freshh


Classical album of the year (solo artist)

  • Winner of the 18th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition Warsaw 2021, Bruce Liu
  • Prokofiev: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 1, David Jalbert
  • La Zingarella: Through Romany Songland, Isabel Bayrakdarian
  • Bach: Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin, James Ehnes
  • Fables, Philip Chiu



Classical album of the year (large ensemble)

  • Clara – Robert – Johannes: Lyrical Echoes, Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra, conducted by Alexander Shelley
  • Handel: Messiah, HWV 56, Ensemble Caprice, Ensemble Vocal Arts-Quebec, conducted by Matthias Maute, featuring Karina Gauvin
  • Richard Strauss: Metamorphosen – Arvo Pärt: Symphonie No. 4, ‘Los Angeles,’ I Musici de Montréal, conducted by Jean-Marie Zeitouni
  • Viola Borealis, Orchestre de l’Agora, conducted by Nicolas Ellis, featuring Marina Thibeault
  • Radiant Dawn: Music for Advent and Christmas, The Elora Singers, conducted by Mark Vuorinen


Classical album of the year (small ensemble)

  • Nagamo, Andrew Balfour and musica intima
  • Hemsi: Chamber Works, ARC Ensemble
  • Vagues et ombres, collectif9
  • Early Italian Cello Concertos, Elinor Frey and Rosa Barocca, conducted by Claude Lapalme
  • De la cour de Louis XIV à Shippagan! Chants traditionnels acadiens et airs de cour du XVIIe siècle, Suzie LeBlanc, Marie Nadeau-Tremblay, Vincent Lauzer, and Sylvain Bergeron


Classical composition of the year

  • An Overall Augmented Sense of Well-being, Anthony Tan
  • Bestiary I & II, Bekah Simms
  • The Black Fish, Keyan Emami
  • Prayers for Ruins, Nicole Lizée
  • Supervillain Études, Vincent Ho


Rap album/EP of the year

  • Gonzo, Boslen
  • Retrospected (Acoustic), Classified
  • The Fleur Print Vol. 2, Jazz Cartier
  • Demons Protected by Angels, Nav
  • Shall I Continue?, Tobi


Dance recording of the year

  • “Afterglow,” Bob Moses and Kasablanca
  • “Shinigami Eyes,” Grimes
  • “These Nights,” Loud Luxury feat. Kiddo
  • “Ctrl + Alt + Del,” Rêve
  • Spiral, Rezz


Contemporary R&B recording of the year

  • When Flowers Bloom, Adria Kain
  • “If I get Caught,” dvsn
  • No Longer in the Suburbs, Dylan Sinclair
  • Yessie, Jessie Reyez
  • “WTF,” Savannah Ré


Reggae recording of the year

  • Water, Ammoye
  • “Like a Star,” Celena
  • “Jah Love,” Exco Levi
  • “In the Streets,” Kairo McLean
  • “Reggae Party,”  Kirk Diamond, Kairo McLean and Finn feat. Kairo McLean


Contemporary Indigenous artist or group of the year

  • Watin, Aysanabee
  • Zhawenim, Digging Roots
  • Code Red, Indian City
  • Beyond the Reservoir, Julian Taylor
  • The Crossing, Susan Aglukark


Contemporary roots album of the year

  • O Glory, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings
  • That was you and Me, Fortunate Ones
  • Hold on to Love, Shakura S’Aida
  • Come Morning, the Bros. Landreth
  • House of Dreams, the East Pointers


Traditional roots album of the year

  • Hurricane Clarice, Allison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves
  • 20 printemps, Le Vent du Nord
  • Narrow Line, Mama’s Broke
  • Tell ‘Em You Were Gold, Pharis & Jason Romero
  • The Empress, the McDades


Blues album of the year

  • Long River, Angelique Francis
  • Midnight Blues, Crystal Shawanda
  • Thanks for Tomorrow, Harrison Kennedy
  • Preach to my Soul, Spencer Mackenzie
  • Live at the King Eddy, the Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer


Contemporary Christian/gospel album of the year

  • Into the Wild, Dan Bremnes
  • Trust, Daniel Ojo
  • Jordan St. Cyr, Jordan St. Cyr
  • Only Ever Always, Love & the Outcome
  • The Church Will Rise, Tehillah Worship

Global music album of the year

  • In the Footsteps of Rumi, Ghalia Benali, Constantinople, Kiya Tabassian
  • Thieves of Dreams, Lenka Lichtenberg
  • José Louis and the Paradox of Love, Pierre Kwenders
  • Infold, Ruby Singh
  • Tradisyon, Wesli


Jack Richardson producer of the year

  • Akeel Henry: “For Tonight,” Giveon (co-producers Sevn Thomas, Jahaan Sweet); “Splash,” John Legend (co-producer Tone, Kevin Ekofo).
  • Banx & Ranx: “Ctrl + Alt + Del,” Rêve; “Dynamite feat. Sia,” Sean Paul (co-producers Greg Kurstin, Jason Jigzagula Henriques).
  • Kaytranada: “dog food,” IDK; “Iced Tea,” Joyce Wrice and Kaytranada.
  • Mike Wise: “10 Things I Hate About You,” Leah Kate; “Yuck,” Charli XCX.
  • Murda Beatz: “California Breeze,” Lil Baby (co-producer Marcel Korkutata); “Have Mercy,” Chlöe (co-producers Chlöe, BoogzDaBeast, Fnz, Joseph L’Etranger).


Recording engineer of the year

  • Derek Hoffman: “My Body,” Lili-Ann De Francesco; “Stronger Than you Know,” the East Pointers.
  • George Seara: “Hell/Heaven,” Keshi; “It’ll be Okay,” Shawn Mendes.
  • Gus van Go: “Grow up Tomorrow,” the Beaches; “What Feels Like Eternity,” Metric.
  • Jason Dufour: “She Don’t Know,” Jade Eagleson; “The old Me,” Ria Mae.
  • Serban Ghenea: “That’s What I Want,” Lil Nas X; “Unholy,” Sam Smith feat. Kim Petras.



Album artwork of the year

  • Emy Storey (art director, designer, photographer), Becca McFarlane and Pamela Littky (photographers): Crybaby, Tegan and Sara.
  • Ian Ilavsky (art director and designer), Maciek Szczerbowski (illustrator): Everything was Forever Until it was no More, Esmerine.
  • Jud Haynes (art director, designer): Kubasongs, Kubasonics.
  • Kee Avil (art director), Lawrence Fafard (photographer): Crease, Kee Avil.
  • Lights (art director, illustrator), Virgilio Tzaj (designer), Matt Barnes (photographer): PEP, Lights.


Music video of the year

  • “Fraud” by Emma Higgins (Jessie Reyez)
  • “Unholy” by Floria Sigismondi (Sam Smith and Kim Petras)
  • “Have Mercy” by Karena Evans (Chlöe)
  • “Different Than Before” by Mayumi Yoshida (Amanda Sum)
  • “Remember me for Me” by Sterling Larose (SonReal and Lily Moore)


Electronic album of the year

  • Not OK, Mecha Maiko
  • Spectrums, Odonis Odonis
  • Nightmare on Rezz Street 2 Mix, Rezz
  • Synthetic Season One, Rich Aucoin
  • Interior, Teen Daze


Metal/hard music album of the year

  • Psychic Jailbreak, Cancer Bats
  • Merciless Destruction, Get the Shot
  • Paid in Full, Skull Fist
  • Synchro Anarchy, Voivod
  • Thought Form Descent, Wake


Adult contemporary album of the year

  • Adventure Book, Francois Klark
  • Descendant, Jann Arden
  • He Sang she Sang, Marc Jordan & Amy Sky
  • Higher, Michael Bublé
  • A Tyler Shaw Christmas, Tyler Shaw


Comedy album of the year

  • Let me Hold Your Baby, Courtney Gilmour
  • Splash Pad, Jackie Pirico
  • A Person who is Gingerbread, Jon Dore
  • Here Live, not a Cat, Matt Wright
  • Things Black Girls Say — the Album, Zabrina Douglas


Traditional R&B/soul recording of the year

  • “Please do not Lean,” Daniel Caesar feat. BadBadNotGood
  • Palisade, Jon Vinyl
  • “All I Need,” Safe
  • How to Make Love, TheHonestGuy
  • “Last One,” Savannah Ré feat. Dylan Sinclair

Rap single of the year

  • “Alejandro Sosa,” 6ixbuzz and Pengz
  • “Been Himma,” Dom Vallie
  • “Wrath,” Freddie Dredd
  • “Twin Flame,” Kaytranada and Anderson .Paak
  • “Wrong Decisions,” Nav


Underground dance single of the year

  • “Debonair,” Bensley
  • “Aye Aye,” Blond:ish and Cameron Jack
  • “The Time Is (Now),” Fred Everything
  • “I Knew Techno,” Greg Gow
  • “Easy,” Tiga


Traditional Indigenous artist or group of the year

  • Kâkîsimo ᑳᑮᓯᒧᐤ, Cikwes
  • Katajjausiit, Iva & Angu
  • Mikwanak Kamôsakinat, Joel Wood
  • Ôskimacîtahowin: A New Beginning, Northern Cree
  • Unbreakable, the Bearhead Sisters

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