10 artists share why it's important to submit to the JUNOS - The JUNO Awards

With The 2023 JUNO Award Submissions Presented by TD opening September 26th, we wanted to remind Canadian artists the importance of submitting your music for consideration. Not only is submissions the first step toward winning a JUNO award but it allows your work to be heard by the many music industry professionals that make up the CARAS nominating and voting bodies.

But don’t just take our word for it. Past JUNO winners and nominees share exactly why they think it is important for eligible Canadian musicians and creators to submit to The 2023 JUNO Awards.

“It’s important to submit to the JUNOS because why not? What do you have to lose? For us, we took a chance and now we won a JUNO. It’s the craziest thing in the world… We didn’t expect to win even when we submitted it. We just took a chance.” – 2x JUNO winners Loud Luxury

2019 JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards. Dance Recording of the Year winner Loud Luxury. London Convention Centre, London, On. March 16, 2019.


“It’s really important for young engineers and producers who are starting out to submit. Even if you don’t think you’re going to win. Even if you’re not sure your submission is award-worthy. It’s important for the people on the committees, on the screening committee, and the judges to see your work consistently every year coming in. That is really important. You pay a few bucks and you can force a bunch of very high-level people to listen to your work and they see your name consistently and they’re keeping an eye on you.” – 2x JUNO winner John “Beetle” Bailey

“Look it’s very simple. If you don’t ask you’re always going to get a no. Submit to the JUNOS. That’s the only way you’re going to get a chance to win a JUNO. If you don’t submit you don’t get a chance. You’re not in the running.” – 7x JUNO winner David Foster

“I think it helps further the whole music community, not only in Canada but around the world. Submitting and getting recognized for things like the JUNO Awards ceremony are great for the culture and music community all around Canada.” – 2022 Recording Engineer of the Year nominee Evan Miles

“Submit to the JUNOS. Why? It’s Canada’s Biggest Night in Music and you know what? This celebration is like none other. So please submit and maybe just maybe you can celebrate with us…” – 3x JUNO winner Brett Kissel

“This is the industry event in Canada. I grew up watching this as a child. I dreamed of winning a JUNO award and I am very grateful that my label Stephanie Hutchinson at Chronograph submitted. It’s important to submit. I am happy to hear submissions keep growing every year… I am living proof that it can happen so submit!” – 2019 Vocal Jazz Album of the Year winner Laila Biali 

“So I think it’s really important for everybody and every band in Canada to submit for the JUNOS because we submitted when we first started 15 years ago. We used to have a JU-No party every year that we didn’t get nominated for probably 7 years… No one believes in yourself more than you do. So you got to believe in your own music and keep putting it out there as much as possible. And keep going, 15 years later and here we are.” –  2x JUNO winners Splash N’ Boots

2019 JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards. Children’s Album of the Year winner Splash’N Boots for You, Me and the Sea. London Convention Centre, London, On. March 16, 2019.


“[A JUNO award] is one of the biggest achievements as far as music goes so if you want to get that you need to submit. That’s the only way.” – 2x JUNO nominee YogiTheProducer

“I think it’s nice to submit so that your projects can be heard… At first we’re always making music for ourselves but it’s really nice to have our music heard and to have it heard by your peers and people who inspire you potentially etcetera.” – 2012 Recording Engineer of the Year winner George Seara

“We just won a JUNO and I’ll tell you what the fun part about this is… we didn’t even think we could do this and we did win the award. But y’know what we had to do first? All we had to do was submit for the JUNOS and here we are now. And that’s about as easy as it was.” – 2019 Breakthrough Group of the Year winners The Washboard Union

Don’t miss out on your chance to win a JUNO. 2023 JUNO Awards Submissions Presented by TD will be open from September 26 10:00AM ET to Friday, October 28, 11:59PM ET. ​​For a complete list of JUNO Awards categories, eligibility rules, and voting criteria, visit www.junoawards.ca/submissions

Featured Image: 2019 JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards. Vocal Jaz Album of the Year winner Laila Biali. London Convention Centre, London, On. March 16, 2019. Credit: iPhoto.