2015 | Vocal Jazz Album of the Year | Diana Panton | | The JUNO Awards

Three-time JUNO Award nominee and Hamilton native Diana Panton’s emotive voice and strong aesthetic vision have established her as one of the brightest lights on the jazz scene today. As a sequel to her critically acclaimed Pink album about the twists and turns of new love (winner of the 2011 Silver Disc Award in Japan), Red is a conceptual offering about a deeper bond. Enhanced by specially tailored string arrangements written by Don Thompson (OC), Diana leads a stellar group of Canada’s finest musicians (including highlight performances by Phil Dwyer and Harrison Kennedy) from the jazz, blues and classical worlds who come together to create an album of rare beauty and emotional intensity. This communal effort earned Red a SiriusXM Indie Award nomination, a top pick selection by Peter Hum of The Ottawa Citizen and a 10 week spot at Number 1 on the jazz charts in Taiwan and Hong Kong upon its release. “I’m a big fan of this recording. It’s a pleasure to experience a musical project that grew so surely and elegantly from concept to execution, and that brings together such talented artists as these.” – Katie Malloch (prior host of CBC’s Tonic)