06 | 2016 | Group of the Year | Metric | | The JUNO Awards

Hometown: Toronto, Ontario

Toronto’s Metric began as a duo consisting of singer/composer/keyboardist, Emily Haines, and composer/multi-instrumentalist/producer, Jame Shaw. In 2001 they completed their first album, entitled Grow Up and Blow Away, which would not be released commercially for another six years. During that interval, Metric added bassist Josh Winstead and drummer Joules Scott-Key and released two alternative rock albums that were very successful in Canada. Along the way they developed a fiercely independent approach to their business. In 2008, Metric still owed one album to Last Gang Records but owned Fantasies for the rest of the world. The group made a career-altering decision to self-release globally.

In 2015, Metric released its sixth album, Pagans in Vegas (the third on the band’s own MMI label). This album promises to add to the reasons Metric is an inspiration to indie bands everywhere. They’ve sold over a million albums and 2 million singles. They have 85 million views on Youtube and 45 million Spotify streams. Nine JUNO Award nominations yielded five wins. Metric music is featured extensively in films and television programs. The band tours worldwide.

Since choosing to take control of its own recordings, Metric has never regretted that decision.