Media Release

The 2019 JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards Presented by SOCAN shines a spotlight on newly discovered Canadian talent

Mar 16, 2019

Shawn Mendes takes the lead with four awards

Twenty first time nominees take home a coveted JUNO statuette including host city hometown favourite, Loud Luxury

Special awards given to industry icons David Foster (Humanitarian Award Presented by Music Canada) and Duff Roman (Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award)


London, ON – The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) today honoured and recognized the country’s top talent and industry veterans in the Canadian music industry at the 2019 JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards presented by SOCAN. Hosted by Ben Kowalewicz, lead singer of the seven-time JUNO Award winning band Billy Talent, and co-hosted by CBC Music’s Julie Nesrallah, the exclusive industry event featured the presentation of 36 JUNO Awards and three special achievement awards.


Shawn Mendes took the lead this year with an impressive four award sweep including Artist of the Year Presented with Apple Music, Single of the Year, Pop Album of the Year and Songwriter of the Year Presented by SOCAN.

An abundance of new faces were welcomed to the podium with more than half the evening’s awards presented to first time winners.  The Washboard Union (Breakthrough Group of the Year Sponsored by FACTOR, the Government of Canada, and Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters), Dizzy (Alternative Album of the Year, Sponsored by Long & McQuade), Loud Luxury (Dance Recording of the Year), Jeremy Dutcher (Indigenous Music Album of the Year, Presented by APTN), Donovan Woods (Contemporary Roots Album of the Year), LOVECOLLIDE (Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year), Wesli (World Music Album of the Year, Presented by Aeromexico), Mike Milosh (Album Artwork of the year), Ali Eisner (Video of the Year, Presented by Stingray), Laila Biali (Vocal Jazz Album of the Year), Andy Milne & Dapp Theory (Jazz Album of the Year: Group), Gordon Grdina (Instrumental Album of the Year), Loud (Francophone Album of the Year), Splash’N ‘Boots (Children’s Album of the Year), Ana Sokolović (Classical Composition of the Year), Milk & Bone (Electronic Album of the Year), Voivod (Metal/Hard Music Album of the Year), Dave Merheje (Comedy Album of the Year, Sponsored by SiriusXM Canada), and Post Malone (International Album of the Year) all took home their first JUNO statuettes.

Five live performances lit up the evening including 2019 Alternative Album of the Year Sponsored by Long & McQuade

Additional highlights of the evening include the presentation of three special awards: The Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award, presented by Jan Haust to broadcast pioneer, Duff Roman for his ongoing contributions and dedication to the Canadian music industry; multiple JUNO Award winner Michael Bublé introduced Canadian icon David Foster as the recipient of the 2019 Humanitarian Award Presented by Music Canada, honoured for his outstanding philanthropic contributions and commitment to supporting and inspiring others to give back; lastly, the 2019 MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award presented to Kim Hastings by Canadian icon and multiple JUNO Award winner Jann Arden.

The 48th annual JUNO Awards Broadcast, taking place at Budweiser Gardens in London on Sunday, March 17 at 8 PM ET, will broadcast live on CBCCBC Radio One, CBC Music, the free CBC Gem streaming service, and globally at

Exclusive Broadcast and Content Partner:  

CARAS acknowledges the financial support of FACTOR, the Government of Canada and of Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters.

The JUNO Awards are made possible with the support of Ontario Creates (formerly OMDC).

Lead Partners: Apple Music and TD Bank Group.

Funding Partners: The Province of Ontario, the City of London, Tourism London.


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The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences/L’académie canadienne des arts et des sciences de l’enregistrement (CARAS) is a not-for-profit organization created to preserve and enhance the Canadian music industry and to contribute toward higher artistic and industry standards. CARAS’ mandate is comprised of four key pillars: Educate through our music education charity MusiCounts programs and initiatives, Develop emerging artists through mentorship and development programs, Celebrate Canadian artists with year round JUNO Awards showcasing, and Honour music industry icons through the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. For more information on the 48th Annual JUNO Awards or The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) please visit

About CBC/Radio-Canada

CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also deliver content in Spanish, Arabic and Chinese, as well as both official languages, through Radio Canada International (RCI). We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world.

About CBC Music:   

From Canada’s public broadcaster, CBC Music is Canada’s free digital music service connecting Canadians with the very best in Canadian and international music across all genres. Easy to navigate and available on your smartphone or tablet, CBC Music gives music fans access to over 100 online music streams plus content from the most knowledgeable music personalities and programmers from across the country.

SOCAN is a rights management organization that connects more than four-million music creators worldwide and more than a quarter-million businesses and individuals in Canada. Nearly 160,000 songwriters, composers, music publishers and visual artists are its direct members, and more than 100,000 organizations are Licensed To Play music across Canada. With a concerted use of progressive technology and unique data as well as a commitment to lead the global transformation of rights management, with wholly-owned companies Audiam, Dataclef and MediaNet, SOCAN is dedicated to upholding the fundamental truths that music and visual arts have value and creators and publishers deserve fair compensation for their work. For more information:


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For more information about The 2019 JUNO Awards Broadcast on CBC, contact:            Teaghan Hawke, CBC, [email protected] 416.205.6863