Juno nominations recognize Indigenous talent

TORONTO — The Juno bash is set to be held in person for the first time in three years at Toronto’s open-air Budweiser Stage on May 15. The outdoor event will be hosted by “Shang-Chi” and “Kim’s Convenience” star Simu Liu and broadcast on CBC.

Locally, three Six Nations and Mississaugas performers are among the nominees.

Manitou Mkwa Singers from Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation are nominated in the new Traditional Indigenous Artist/Group category for their “Manitou Mkwa Singers II” album.

Tim Tooly Hill of the Halluci Nation is nominated for his work on the album “One More Saturday Night” in the Electronic Album of the Year category.

DJ Shub is nominated for his latest album “War Club” in the Contemporary Indigenous Artist or Group of the Year.

Performers will include Cardin, Arkells, Avril Lavigne and Mustafa, organizers said Tuesday. 
Several changes are being introduced this year in an effort to recognize a wider array of musicians.

The rap category has been split into two new categories — rap album/EP of the year and rap single of the year — while Indigenous artist or group of the year is now two awards, with one honouring contemporary Indigenous artists and another for traditional artists.


A new award for underground dance single celebrates less mainstream sounds often heard on club dance floors.
 Among the other highlights, veteran Vancouver rock band Mother Mother scored their fifth career Juno nomination helped by their surprising explosion of popularity on TikTok.

This year they picked up a group of the year nomination.
 “In light of this new wave of energy born from TikTok, it’s that reaction times 1,000,” said guitarist and vocalist Ryan Guldemond of the latest recognition.
 “We can’t believe we’re here still and it going as well as it is. So the nomination is just unbelievable icing on the cake.”

CONTEMPORARY INDIGENOUS ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR NOMINEES:

“When The Magic Hits,” Adrian Sutherland

“War Club,” DJ Shub

“Wild Whisper,” Jayli Wolf

“Shawnee Kish,” Shawnee Kish

“Life After,” Snotty Nose Rez Kids

TRADITIONAL INDIGENOUS ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR NOMINEES:

“Kakike,” Fawn Wood

“Singing Is Healing,” Joel Wood

“Manitou Mkwa Singers II,” Manitou Mkwa Singers

“Nang Giizhigoong,” NIMKII & THE NINIIS

“Angel Eagle – Cree Round Dance Songs,” Young Spirit

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