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Alumni and Honorary Fellows Dominate 2017 JUNO Awards

The Strumbellas accepting their 2017 JUNO Award for Single of the Year

Alumni of The Royal Conservatory dominated the 2017 JUNO Awards, winning prizes in nearly a third of all categories.

Artists, groups, ensembles, and orchestras with a Royal Conservatory connection won awards in 14 categories across multiple genres, as well as special prizes recognizing performers’ cultural impact and philanthropic work. The awards were given out on April 1 and 2 at ceremonies in Ottawa.

The members of beloved rock band The Tragically Hip – all Honorary Fellows of The Royal Conservatory – won awards for Group of the Year and Rock Album of the Year, while lead singer Gord Downie was named Songwriter of the Year.

Other high-profile prizes went to The Strumbellas, who won a JUNO for Single of the Year, and Sarah McLachlan, who took home the award for Adult Contemporary Album of the Year and earned an induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. Honorary Fellow Buffy Sainte-Marie received the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award.

Alumna and Bancroft, Ontario music teacher Dianne Winmill was named the 2017 MusiCounts Teacher of the Year in recognition of her work inspiring students through an innovative program of study based on The Royal Conservatory Certificate Program, our internationally acclaimed program of music study and assessment. 

Royal Conservatory Alumni Nominated for 2017 JUNO Awards (Wins in Italics)

Kati Agócs
Classical Composition of the Year
Kati’s piece Tantric Variations will be performed by the Cecilia String Quartet on May 25 as part of our 21C Music Festival.

Arkells (Mike De Angelis, Nick Dika and Dan Griffin, alumni)
Group of the Year
Rock Album of the Year

Billy Talent (Ian D’Sa, alumnus)
Group of the Year
Rock Album of the Year
Jack Richardson Producer of the Year

Bob Moses (Tom Howie and Jimmy Vallance, alumni)
Breakthrough Group of the Year
Electronic Album of the Year

David Braid
Instrumental Album of the Year

Tanika Charles
R&B/Soul Recording of the Year

Devin Townsend Project (Dave Young, alumnus)
Metal/Hard Music Album of the Year

Dilly Dally (Benjamin Reinhartz, alumnus)
Alternative Album of the Year

Gord Downie
Songwriter of the Year
Adult Alternative Album of the Year
Recording Package of the Year
Video of the Year

Maria Dunn
Traditional Roots Album of the Year

Matt Dusk
Vocal Jazz Album of the Year

Dvsn (Daniel Daley, alumnus)
R&B/Soul Recording of the Year

The East Pointers (Jake Charron, alumnus)
Traditional Roots Album of the Year

Warren Dean Flandez
Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year

The Fretless (Trent Freeman and Ben Plotnick, alumni)
Instrumental Album of the Year

Stewart Goodyear
Classical Album of the Year: Solo or Chamber

Gryphon Trio (Roman Borys and Jamie Parker, alumni)
Classical Album of the Year: Vocal or Choral (with Tapestry Opera and the Elmer Iseler Singers)

Hedley (Jacob Hoggard, alumnus)
JUNO Fan Choice

Holy F*** (Graham Walsh, alumnus)
Electronic Album of the Year

Mike Janzen
Jazz Album of the Year: Solo

July Talk (Peter Dreimanis, alumnus)
Alternative Album of the Year
Jack Richardson Producer of the Year

Kacy & Clayton (Kacy Anderson and Clayton Linthicum, alumni)
Contemporary Roots Album of the Year

Chantal Kreviazuk
Adult Contemporary Album of the Year

Barbra Lica
Vocal Jazz Album of the Year

Jan Lisiecki
Classical Album of the Year: Large Ensemble (with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale de Santa Cecilia)

Mathieu Lussier
Classical Album of the Year: Large Ensemble

Marianas Trench (Matt Webb, alumnus)
Pop Album of the Year

Sarah McLachlan
Adult Contemporary Album of the Year

Metalwood (Brad Turner, alumnus)
Jazz Album of the Year: Group

Monster Truck (Jon Harvey and Steve Kiely, alumni)
Rock Album of the Year
Jack Richardson Producer of the Year

Jess Moskaluke
Country Album of the Year

Kent Nagano
Classical Album of the Year: Vocal or Choral
(with Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal)

New Orford String Quartet (Jonathan Crow and Andrew Wan, alumni)
Classical Album of the Year: Solo or Chamber

Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal (multiple alumni)
Classical Album of the Year: Vocal or Choral (with Kent Nagano)

Order of Canada Band (Tommy Banks, Phil Dwyer, Jens Lindemann, and Phil Nimmons, alumni and Honorary Fellows)
Jazz Album of the Year: Group

Diana Panton
Children’s Album of the Year

Protest the Hero (Tim Millar, alumnus)
Metal/Hard Music Album of the Year

Pugs and Crows (Meredith Bates and Catherine Toren, alumnae)
Instrumental Album of the Year

Sam Roberts Band (Dave Nugent, alumnus)
Rock Album of the Year

Ana Sokolović
Classical Composition of the Year
Ana’s works Serbian Tango and Portrait Parle will be performed on May 28 as part of our 21C Music Festival.

Splash ‘n Boots (Taes F. Leavitt, alumna)
Children’s Album of the Year

Strumbellas (David Ritter, alumnus)
Single of the Year
Group of the Year

Sultans of String (Drew Birston, Chris McKhool, alumni)
World Music Album of the Year

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir (multiple alumni)
Classical Ensemble of the Year: Large Ensemble

Tasha the Amazon
Rap Recording of the Year

Tegan and Sara (Tegan Quin and Sara Quin, alumnae)
Group of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Pop Album of the Year

Ten Strings and a Goatskin (Rowen Gallant, alumnus)
Traditional Roots Album of the Year

The Tragically Hip (Rob Baker, alumnus and Honorary Fellow)
Group of the Year
Rock Album of the Year

Turkwaz (Sophia Grigoriadis and Jayne Brown, alumnae)
World Music Album of the Year

Weaves (Spencer Cole, alumnus)
Alternative Album of the Year

Whitehorse (Melissa McClelland, alumna)
Blues Album of the Year

Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (multiple alumni)
Classical Ensemble of the Year: Large Ensemble

Wintersleep (Tom D’Eon, alumnus)
Adult Alternative Album of the Year

Congratulations to all our winners and nominees!

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Artists, groups, ensembles, and orchestras with a Royal Conservatory connection won awards in 14 categories at the 2017 JUNO Awards.