The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) was formed in 1975 as an umbrella not-for-profit organization for the JUNO Awards (Canada's Music Awards), MusiCounts (Canada's music education program associated with CARAS), and the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. www.carasonline.ca
The JUNO Awards is Canada's premiere music awards show, which encompasses a week-long celebration of Canadian music, culminating in the JUNO Awards broadcast. www.junoawards.ca
This project is sponsored in part by the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC). An agency of the Ontario government, OMDC facilitates economic development opportunities for the province's cultural media industries, including music, book and magazine publishing, film and television, and interactive digital media industries. www.omdc.on.ca
The National Gallery of Canada is one of the world's most respected art institutions, renowned for its exceptional collections, revered for its scholarship, and applauded for its unique ability to engage audiences of all ages and all levels of artistic knowledge. Created in 1880, the National Gallery of Canada is among the oldest of Canada's national cultural institutions. www.gallery.ca
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26 March – 31 October 2012
To celebrate the 41st annual JUNO Awards, taking place in Ottawa on 1 April 2012, The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) has partnered with the National Gallery of Canada to pair great Canadian art with great Canadian musicians. Eight JUNO Award winners and nominees visited the National Gallery in Ottawa and chose artworks with particular meaning to them.
Their responses to the artworks have been captured in an audio guide, which takes visitors on a tour through the galleries of the Canadian collection. The selected artworks are marked with special JUNO Tour of Canadian Art labels. The musicians' comments are featured in a series of online videos.
In a few short years Shadrach Kabango, a young rapper from London, Ontario, has become a member of Canada’s hip-hop royalty. Shad has released three albums, including his most recent, TSOL, which received a 2010 Polaris Music Prize nomination and a JUNO Award for Rap Recording of the Year.
After being shortlisted for the 2010 Polaris Music Prize for their second album, Belmundo Regal, 2011 JUNO Award-nominated hip-hop artists Radio Radio went on to win a Miroir Award for Best Hip-Hop/Urban Performance at the Festival d’été de Québec, a Félix Award for Producer of the Year, and a 2010–11 Révélation Musique Radio-Canada title. Their new album Havre de Grâce will be released this spring.
Lynn Miles is one of Canada’s most accomplished singer-songwriters. Her astute observations of life and its trials and triumphs are the hallmark of sincerity in her music. She has won multiple Canadian Folk Music Awards and a 2003 JUNO Award for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year (Solo).
Justin Nozuka is a New York City-born, Toronto-raised artist. His debut album Holly was released in 2007 to critical acclaim when Justin was only 17-years-old. He released his follow-up, You I Wind Land and Sea, in 2010. Justin’s music is influenced by soul, R&B, folk and blues. He is currently working on his third studio album, slated for release in 2012.
Charles-André Comeau, known as “Chuck,” is most recognized for being the drummer of the band Simple Plan. Originally from Montreal, Comeau’s love of the arts translates not only into hit songs and music videos (he has co-written many of Simple Pl an’s lyrics and video concepts and scripts) but also into an appreciation of modern and contemporary art.
Mighty Popo is a recording artist with five albums under his belt, including his latest, Gakondo, which was JUNO Award nominated in 2011 in the World Music category. He has a lifelong connection with rock ’n’ roll, blues, jazz, R&B, reggae and folk traditions. He is a Rwandan/Burundian refugee/ survivor whose music is steeped in African tradition.
Vocalist Kellylee Evans has continued to evolve her distinctive sound with her 2011 JUNO Award winning release Nina, a tribute to Nina Simone. Her energy-charged live shows have led to opening spots for George Benson, Tony Bennett, Chris Botti, Maceo Parker, and Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings.
Menno Versteeg plays guitar and sings lead vocals for Hollerado, which has become one of the most lovable groups on the planet thanks to their catchy and energetic guitar-pop and boundless creativity. Their full-length debut Record in a Bag was released in February 2010, and garnered them a JUNO nomination for New Group of the Year. This year, Hollerado's video for “Good Day at the Races” is nominated for Video of the Year.