Criteria by Category - The JUNO Awards
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Criteria by Category

Click on the category dropdown below to see the submissions criteria. 

To see a list of criteria that spans all categories, visit Criteria for All Categories.

Category #1: JUNO Fan Choice (Presented by TD)

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: RECORDING ARTIST

No submission is required for this category.

Artists who have one of the top 20 tracks based on consumption are given an individual rank. Next, these artists are evaluated using social data to measure their growth and popularity across social networks. All the results are reviewed by PwC, the Official Ballot Accountants of The JUNO Awards. Finally, each artist receives a rank after combining consumption and online buzz to determine the top 10 artists – The 2020 JUNO Fan Choice Award nominees!

Category #2: Single of the Year

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: RECORDING ARTIST

No submission is required for this category.

A list of the top 15 digital downloads, radio audience, and streams is compiled and voted on by the CARAS Academy Delegates to determine the 5 nominees.

Final decisions on category eligibility are at the discretion of CARAS.

Category #3: International Album of the Year

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: RECORDING ARTIST

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:
NOVEMBER 8, 2019 at 11:59pm EST – Online submission must be complete.

RELEASE DATE
Product submitted must have been released during the period September 1, 2018 to November 8, 2019.

ELIGIBILITY:
Foreign (non-Canadian) artists only are eligible for this category.

CALCULATING CONSUMPTION

SALES:

  • The sales portion will be calculated by combining physical scanned sales, which includes digital sales, with digital-only sales. All figures will be collected and reviewed by PwC.
  • Online sales are defined as units purchased in digital form that are available nationally.

STREAMS:

  • Streaming data will be collected from Nielsen Music Connect, and the total streaming figures will be reviewed by PwC.
  • Streaming data includes both on-demand and programmed streams.
  • Canadian streaming providers that report to Nielsen Music Connect include YouTube, Google Play, Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, Slacker, Napster, and Soundcloud PRO.

CONSUMPTION RATIOS

  • 1250 premium streams = 1 album
  • 3750 ad-supported streams = 1 album
  • 3750 video streams = 1 album

ADJUDICATION
Nominees will be determined by consumption only. The nominees will be sent out in January to the CARAS Board of Directors, whose votes will determine the winner.

Final decisions on category eligibility are at the discretion of CARAS.

If the category has more than 50 submissions, a screen down process may take place prior to the judges’ review.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Please be advised that multiple projects can be submitted if the eligibility requirements are met. Submitting multiple projects is allowed, however in doing so the submitter assumes the risk that this could split the votes between all their submissions during the voting process.

Category #4: Album of the Year (Presented by Music Canada)

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: RECORDING ARTIST

NOVEMBER 8, 2019 at 11:59pm EST – Online submission must be complete.

RELEASE DATE
Product submitted must have been released during the period September 1, 2018 to November 8, 2019.

CALCULATING CONSUMPTION

SALES:

  • The sales portion will be calculated by combining physical scanned sales, which includes digital sales, with digital-only sales. All figures will be collected and reviewed by PwC.
  • Online sales are defined as units purchased in digital form that are available nationally.

STREAMS:

  • Streaming data will be collected from Nielsen Music Connect, and the total streaming figures will be reviewed by PwC.
  • Streaming data includes both on-demand and programmed streams.
  • Canadian streaming providers that report to Nielsen Music Connect include YouTube, Google Play, Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, Slacker, Napster, and Soundcloud PRO.

CONSUMPTION RATIOS

  • 1250 premium streams = 1 album
  • 3750 ad-supported streams = 1 album
  • 3750 video streams = 1 album

ADJUDICATION
Nominees will be determined by consumption only. The nominees will be sent out in January to the Academy Delegates, whose votes will determine the winner.

If the category has more than 50 submissions, a screen down process may take place prior to the judges’ review.

Final decisions on category eligibility are at the discretion of CARAS.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Please be advised that multiple projects can be submitted if the eligibility requirements are met. Submitting multiple projects is allowed, however in doing so the submitter assumes the risk that this could split the votes between all their submissions during the voting process.

Category #5: Artist of the Year (Presented by CBC Music)

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: RECORDING ARTIST

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:
NOVEMBER 8, 2019 – The online submission must be complete by 11:59pm EST.

ELIGIBILITY
Qualifying artists must have been previously recognized for a JUNO Award. Duets by solo artists are not eligible for this category.

Final decisions on category eligibility are at the discretion of CARAS.

CALCULATING CONSUMPTION

SALES:

  • The sales portion will be calculated by combining physical scanned sales, which includes digital sales, with digital-only sales. All figures will be collected and reviewed by PwC.
  • Online sales are defined as units purchased in digital form that are available nationally.

STREAMS:

  • Streaming data will be collected from Nielsen Music Connect, and the total streaming figures will be reviewed by PwC.
  • Streaming data includes both on-demand and programmed streams.
  • Canadian streaming providers that report to Nielsen Music Connect include YouTube, Google Play, Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, Slacker, Napster, and Soundcloud PRO.

CONSUMPTION RATIOS

  • 1250 premium streams = 1 album
  • 3750 ad-supported streams = 1 album
  • 3750 video streams = 1 album

ADJUDICATION
The nominees will be determined by 50% consumption, 25% Academy Delegate vote 15% social data, and 10% radio audience. Calculations will be performed by PwC. The nominees will then appear on the online voting website sent out to all Academy Delegates in January. The votes of Academy Delegates will determine the winner.

If the category has more than 50 submissions, a screen down process may take place prior to the judges’ review.

Category #6: Group of the Year 

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: RECORDING ARTIST

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:
NOVEMBER 8, 2019 – The online submission must be complete by 11:59pm EST.

ELIGIBILITY
Qualifying groups must have been previously recognized for a JUNO Award. Duets by solo artists with only a single are not eligible for this category.

Final decisions on category eligibility are at the discretion of CARAS.

CALCULATING CONSUMPTION

SALES:

  • The sales portion will be calculated by combining physical scanned sales, which includes digital sales, with digital-only sales. All figures will be collected and reviewed by PwC.
  • Online sales are defined as units purchased in digital form that are available nationally.

STREAMS:

  • Streaming data will be collected from Nielsen Music Connect, and the total streaming figures will be reviewed by PwC.
  • Streaming data includes both on-demand and programmed streams.
  • Canadian streaming providers that report to Nielsen Music Connect include YouTube, Google Play, Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, Slacker, Napster, and Soundcloud PRO.

CONSUMPTION RATIOS

  • 1250 premium streams = 1 album
  • 3750 ad-supported streams = 1 album
  • 3750 video streams = 1 album

ADJUDICATION
The nominees will be determined by 50% consumption, 25% Academy Delegate vote, 15% social data, and 10% radio audience. Calculations will be performed by PwC. The nominees will then appear on the online voting website sent out to all Academy Delegates in January. The votes of Academy Delegates will determine the winner.

If the category has more than 50 submissions, a screen down process may take place prior to the judges’ review.

Category #7: Breakthrough Artist of the Year (Sponsored by FACTOR, The Government of Canada and Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters)

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: RECORDING ARTIST

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  
NOVEMBER 8, 2019 – The online submission must be complete by 11:59pm EST. 

ELIGIBILITY

A previous nominee or winner in any category is not eligible for the Breakthrough Artist of the Year category. To be eligible, an artist must never have been recognized by the JUNO Awards (i.e. never have been nominated).  If an artist submits in the Breakthrough Artist category, they are not eligible to enter the Artist of the Year category.  An artist who has been recognized previously (with a different group) and has now gone SOLO or changed his/her name does not qualify for Breakthrough Artist/Breakthrough Group, as they will be considered previously nominated.  Artists that have previously released tracks outside of the eligibility period that are now part of an eligible album may be eligible subject to CARAS’ discretion. 

Final decisions on category eligibility are at the discretion of CARAS.

CALCULATING CONSUMPTION

SALES:

  • The sales portion will be calculated by combining physical scanned sales, which includes digital sales, with digital-only sales. All figures will be collected and reviewed by PwC.
  • Online sales are defined as units purchased in digital form that are available nationally.

STREAMS:

  • Streaming data will be collected from Nielsen Music Connect, and the total streaming figures will be reviewed by PwC.
  • Streaming data includes both on-demand and programmed streams.
  • Canadian streaming providers that report to Nielsen Music Connect include YouTube, Google Play, Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, Slacker, Napster, and Soundcloud PRO.

CONSUMPTION RATIOS

  • 1250 premium streams = 1 album
  • 3750 ad-supported streams = 1 album
  • 3750 video streams = 1 album

ADJUDICATION

All submissions will go through three rounds of voting. First, submissions will be screened down by a jury taking into consideration the quality of the music, total consumption, and social data. The nominees will be determined by 50% consumption, 25% Academy Delegate vote 15% social data, and 10% radio audience. Calculations will be performed by PwC. The nominees will then appear on the online voting website sent out to all Academy Delegates in January. The votes of Academy Delegates will determine the winner. There is no minimum consumption, however the artist should demonstrate they have raised their profile and developed their craft in the recording industry.

Category #8: Breakthrough Group of the Year (Sponsored by FACTOR, The Government of Canada and Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters)

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: RECORDING ARTIST

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  
NOVEMBER 8, 2019 – The online submission must be complete by 11:59pm EST.  

ELIGIBILITY

A previous nominee or winner in any category is not eligible for the Breakthrough Group of the Year category. To be eligible, the group must never have been recognized by the JUNO Awards (i.e. never have been nominated). If a Group submits in the Breakthrough Group category, they are not eligible to enter the Group of the Year category. Artists who have been previously recognized (as a solo act or with another group) and have formed a new group, joined an existing group, or changed the band name does not qualify for Breakthrough Group, as they will be considered previously nominated. Groups that have previously released tracks outside of the eligibility period that are now part of an eligible album may be eligible subject to CARAS’ discretion. 

Final decisions on category eligibility are at the discretion of CARAS.

CALCULATING CONSUMPTION

SALES:

  • The sales portion will be calculated by combining physical scanned sales, which includes digital sales, with digital-only sales. All figures will be collected and reviewed by PwC.
  • Online sales are defined as units purchased in digital form that are available nationally.

STREAMS:

  • Streaming data will be collected from Nielsen Music Connect, and the total streaming figures will be reviewed by PwC.
  • Streaming data includes both on-demand and programmed streams.
  • Canadian streaming providers that report to Nielsen Music Connect include YouTube, Google Play, Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, Slacker, Napster, and Soundcloud PRO.

CONSUMPTION RATIOS

  • 1250 premium streams = 1 album
  • 3750 ad-supported streams = 1 album
  • 3750 video streams = 1 album

ADJUDICATION

All submissions will go through three rounds of voting. First, submissions will be screened down by a jury taking into consideration the quality of the music, total consumption, and social data.  The nominees will be determined by 50% consumption, 25% Academy Delegate vote 15% social data, and 10% radio audience. Calculations will be performed by PwC. The nominees will then appear on the online voting website sent out to all Academy Delegates in January. The votes of Academy Delegates will determine the winner. There is no minimum consumption, however the group should demonstrate they have raised their profile and developed their craft in the recording industry.

Category #9: Songwriter of the Year (Presented by SOCAN)

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: SONGWRITER

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  
NOVEMBER 8, 2019 at 11:59pm EST – Online submission must be complete.

ELIGIBILITY

  • Copyright owners (Publisher or Songwriter) must submit THREE (3) songs as a representation of the creative success of each songwriter’s body of work during the eligibility period (September 1, 2018 – November 8, 2019). Publishers and Labels must liaise on submissions for each Songwriter.
  • A Songwriter writing alone or in collaboration with others is eligible, as long as he/she is Canadian.
  • A Songwriter may make a submission as a single Songwriter or as part of a Songwriting Team.
  • Songwriters who wish to be considered as a team must all agree to submit as a team.
  • Songwriters submitting alone must provide credits for all co-songwriters (to be entered on the category details page).
  • Canadian Songwriters who write for international artists/releases are eligible. A song does not need to contain lyrics to be eligible.

Final decisions on category eligibility are at the discretion of CARAS.

PLEASE NOTE: Co-songwriters who are not entrants must be listed in the ‘Co-Songwriter(s)’ field in the applicable box on the category details page.

CREDIT(S)
Songwriters submitting alone are responsible for providing credits for all Co-Songwriters.

Any person, company or organization submitting, other than Songwriter, must obtain a signature from the Songwriter.

ADJUDICATION

Submissions will be adjudicated in two rounds of voting: the judge votes will determine the nominees. The nominees will then appear on the online voting website sent out to all CARAS Academy Delegates in January, whose votes will determine the winner. There are no sales qualifications for this category.

If the category has more than 50 submissions, a screen down process may take place prior to the judges’ review.

Category #10: Country Album of the Year

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: RECORDING ARTIST

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  
NOVEMBER 8, 2019 at 11:59pm EST – Online submission must be complete.

ELIGIBILITY: 

To be eligible for this category, at least 50% of an album (listening time) must fit the genre.

There are no sales qualifications for this category.

Final decisions on category eligibility are at the discretion of CARAS.

ADJUDICATION

Submissions will be adjudicated in two rounds of voting: The judge votes will determine the nominees. The nominees will then appear on the online voting site sent out to all CARAS Academy Delegates in January, whose votes will determine the winner.

If the category has more than 50 submissions, a screen down process may take place prior to the judges’ review.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

Please be advised that multiple projects can be submitted if the eligibility requirements are met. Submitting multiple projects is allowed, however in doing so the submitter assumes the risk that this could split the votes between all their submissions during the voting process.

Category #11: Adult Alternative Album of the Year

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: RECORDING ARTIST

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  
NOVEMBER 8, 2019 at 11:59pm EST – Online submission must be complete.

ELIGIBILITY

Eligible albums in the Adult Alternative category feature contemporary music built on a foundation of exceptional songwriting. Recordings may include music that displays influences from genres such as Pop, Rock, Alternative, Country, Roots / Traditional and World music, but albums that are firmly planted in those genres will be directed to the most appropriate category.  Adult Alternative is the home for contemporary Canadiana, the musical descendants of iconic artists like Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen and Gordon Lightfoot, and the story songs that help define our country.

There are no sales qualifications for this category.

Final decisions on category eligibility are at the discretion of CARAS.

ADJUDICATION

Submissions will be adjudicated in two rounds of voting: the judge votes will determine the nominees. The nominees will then appear on the online voting website sent out to all CARAS Academy Delegates in January, whose votes will determine the winner.   

If the category has more than 50 submissions, a screen down process may take place prior to the judges’ review. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

Please be advised that multiple projects can be submitted if the eligibility requirements are met. Submitting multiple projects is allowed, however in doing so the submitter assumes the risk that this could split the votes between all their submissions during the voting process.

Category #12: Alternative Album of the Year (Presented by Long & McQuade)

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: RECORDING ARTIST

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:

NOVEMBER 8, 2019 at 11:59pm EST – Online submission must be complete.

ELIGIBILITY

Eligible albums MUST have qualities and elements that set the music outside and/or ahead of mainstream Pop/Rock and other mainstream music styles. This category represents a genre of music that embraces attributes of progression and innovation in both the music and attitudes associated with it. It may embrace sub genres such as indie rock, punk, experimental, or any hybrids thereof.  

There are no sales qualifications for this category.

Final decisions on category eligibility are at the discretion of CARAS.

ADJUDICATION

Submissions will be adjudicated in two rounds of voting: a panel of experts will determine the nominees. The nominees will then appear on the online voting website sent out to all CARAS Academy Delegates in January, whose votes will determine the winner.

If the category has more than 50 submissions, a screen down process may take place prior to the judges’ review.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Please be advised that multiple projects can be submitted if the eligibility requirements are met. Submitting multiple projects is allowed, however in doing so the submitter assumes the risk that this could split the votes between all their submissions during the voting process.

Category #13: Pop Album of the Year (Presented by Live Nation Canada)

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: RECORDING ARTIST

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  
NOVEMBER 8, 2019 at 11:59pm EST – Online submission must be complete.

ELIGIBILITY

Eligible albums MUST have qualities and elements that set the music outside and/or ahead of mainstream Pop/Rock and other mainstream music styles. This category represents a genre of music that embraces attributes of progression and innovation in both the music and attitudes associated with it. It may embrace sub genres such as indie rock, punk, experimental, or any hybrids thereof.  

There are no sales qualifications for this category.

Final decisions on category eligibility are at the discretion of CARAS.

ADJUDICATION

Submissions will be adjudicated in two rounds of voting: a panel of experts will determine the nominees. The nominees will then appear on the online voting website sent out to all CARAS Academy Delegates in January, whose votes will determine the winner.   

If the category has more than 50 submissions, a screen down process may take place prior to the judges’ review. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

Please be advised that multiple projects can be submitted if the eligibility requirements are met. Submitting multiple projects is allowed, however in doing so the submitter assumes the risk that this could split the votes between all their submissions during the voting process.

Category #14: Rock Album of the Year (Presented by SiriusXM Canada)

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: RECORDING ARTIST

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  
NOVEMBER 8, 2019 – The online submission must be complete by 11:59pm EST.

ELIGIBILITY:

The sound of rock often revolves around the electric guitar or acoustic guitar, and it uses a strong back beat laid down by a rhythm section of electric bass guitar, drums, and keyboard instruments. Eligible styles for this category may encompass such sub-genres as, soft rock, glam rock, punk rock, progressive rock, hard rock and often approach what is considered mainstream, contemporary and/or popular rock. 

Final decisions on category eligibility are at the discretion of CARAS.

CALCULATING CONSUMPTION

SALES:

  • The sales portion will be calculated by combining physical scanned sales, which includes digital sales, with digital-only sales. All figures will be collected and reviewed by PwC.
  • Online sales are defined as units purchased in digital form that are available nationally.

STREAMS:

  • Streaming data will be collected from Nielsen Music Connect, and the total streaming figures will be reviewed by PwC.
  • Streaming data includes both on-demand and programmed streams.
  • Canadian streaming providers that report to Nielsen Music Connect include YouTube, Google Play, Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, Slacker, Napster, and Soundcloud PRO.

CONSUMPTION RATIOS

  • 1250 premium streams = 1 album
  • 3750 ad-supported streams = 1 album
  • 3750 video streams = 1 album

ADJUDICATION

The nominees will be determined by a combination of consumption and judges voting, equally weighted on a 50/50 basis.  Calculations will be performed by PwC. The nominees will then appear on the online voting website sent out to all CARAS Academy Delegates in January. The votes of CARAS Academy Delegates will determine the winner.

If the category has more than 50 submissions, a screen down process may take place prior to the judges’ review. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

Please be advised that multiple projects can be submitted if the eligibility requirements are met. Submitting multiple projects is allowed, however in doing so the submitter assumes the risk that this could split the votes between all their submissions during the voting process.

Category #15: Vocal Jazz Album of the Year

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: RECORDING ARTIST   

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 
NOVEMBER 8, 2019 at 11:59pm EST – Online submission must be complete.   

ELIGIBILITY:

Either the leader of the group is the vocalist or the recording has a consistent vocal group throughout. More than 80% of the songs must have vocals performed by the leader, the entire vocal group, or are split between solo members of the vocal group.  If there is a guest on the recording that contributes more than 80% of the vocals the album can also qualify in this category.   Artist-based projects where multiple vocalists are used to support the production of a singular project (i.e. a songbook or tribute project to the compositions of a particular artist or singer), shall be deemed eligible.  ‘Various artist’ compilations where numerous masters are compiled (new or old) into a single album, are not considered artist-based projects and will not be eligible. 

Eligible sub-genres include all vocal music styles with a strong base in the roots of jazz.  Sub-genres or styles include: Traditional jazz, stride, ragtime, swing, bebop, hard bop, cool jazz, modal jazz, fusion, Latin, Cuban or Afro-Cuban jazz, groove-based, nu-jazz, ‘acid jazz’, smooth, avant-garde, free improvisation, third stream, orchestral, world music-influenced, etc…  

Live recordings that have a ratio of 75% (or less) previously released material and 25% new material are eligible. Eligibility will be determined by the CARAS Screening Committee.

There are no sales qualifications for this category.

Final decisions on category eligibility are at the discretion of CARAS.

ADJUDICATION

Submissions will be voted on by judges in two rounds. The first round will determine the nominees and the second round (which takes place in January) will determine the winner.  

If the category has more than 50 submissions, a screen down process may take place prior to the judges’ review. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

Please be advised that multiple projects can be submitted if the eligibility requirements are met. Submitting multiple projects is allowed, however in doing so the submitter assumes the risk that this could split the votes between all their submissions during the voting process.

Category #16: Jazz Album of the Year: Solo

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: RECORDING ARTIST

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  
NOVEMBER 8, 2019 at 11:59pm EST – Online submission must be complete.

ELIGIBILITY

This category includes all artists with a project that are either recorded completely solo, or with any amount of accompaniment but credited by name to one individual as leader as billed on the album packaging. 

A tribute project or concept album (as long as all the masters are used or from new/recent recording sessions) spearheaded by one leader would also be applicable in this category.  In addition, solo artist-based projects where multiple instrumentalists are used to support the production of a singular project (i.e. a songbook or tribute project to the compositions of a particular artist or singer as long as all the masters are used or from new/recent recording sessions), shall be deemed eligible. ‘Various artist’ compilations (new or old) where numerous masters are compiled into a single album, are not considered artist-based projects and will not be eligible. 

If there is any confusion on this issue, (i.e. a project that bills itself as both a solo artist and group within these definitions) CARAS will have sole discretion in determining the appropriate category for the project.

Eligible genres of music include:

Any style of recording that predominantly features musical elements from the rich and diverse history of jazz music.  Sub-genres or styles include: traditional jazz, stride, ragtime, swing, bebop, hard bop, cool jazz, modal jazz, fusion, Latin, Cuban or Afro-Cuban jazz, groove-based, nu-jazz, ‘acid jazz’, smooth, avant-garde, free improvisation, third stream, orchestral, world music-influenced, etc  

Submissions may have guest vocalists but 50% or more of the material on the album must contain ‘instrumental’ recordings. Vocalists who sing as a section member with the group (i.e. without lyrics, vocal melodies in unison or in harmony with the instrumental members of the group) are not considered to be contributing towards a vocal jazz percentage of content. For example, a vocalist singing melodic, non-lyrical material within an instrumental project, is considered an instrumental contribution.  

Live recordings that have a ratio of 75% (or less) previously released material and 25% new material are eligible.

There are no sales qualifications for this category.  

Final decisions on category eligibility are at the discretion of CARAS.

ADJUDICATION

Submissions will be voted on by judges in two rounds. The first round will determine the nominees and the second round (which takes place in January) will determine the winner.  

If the category has more than 50 submissions, a screen down process may take place prior to the judges’ review. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

Please be advised that multiple projects can be submitted if the eligibility requirements are met. Submitting multiple projects is allowed, however in doing so the submitter assumes the risk that this could split the votes between all their submissions during the voting process.

Category #17: Jazz Album of the Year: Group

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: RECORDING ARTIST

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  
NOVEMBER 8, 2019 at 11:59pm EST – Online submission must be complete.

ELIGIBILITY

This category includes all artists who identify as a collective of musicians and are billed as such on the album. Applicable groups would include those with specific band names, or ensembles, orchestras, etc.  This category includes duos, trios, quartets, quintets, etc. that may be led by a single artist but bill themselves including the accompanists in the title (i.e. The Oliver Jones Trio, The Seamus Blake Quartet).    

A tribute project or concept album (as long as all the masters are used or from new/recent recording sessions) spearheaded by a group or collective of musicians would also be applicable in this category. In addition, group-based projects where multiple instrumentalists are used to support the production of a singular project (i.e. a songbook or tribute project to the compositions of a particular artist or singer as long as all the masters are used or from new/recent recording sessions), shall be deemed eligible. ‘Various artist’ compilations where numerous masters are compiled (new or old) into a single album, are not considered artist-based projects and will not be eligible. 

If there is any confusion on this issue, (i.e. a project that bills itself as both a solo artist and group within these definitions) CARAS will have sole discretion in determining the appropriate category for the project.

Eligible music includes:

Any style of recording that predominantly features musical elements from the rich and diverse history of jazz music.  Sub-genres or styles include: traditional jazz, stride, ragtime, swing, bebop, hard bop, cool jazz, modal jazz, fusion, Latin, Cuban or Afro-Cuban jazz, groove-based, nu-jazz, ‘acid jazz’, smooth, avant-garde, free improvisation, third stream, orchestral, world music-influenced, etc.

Submissions may have guest vocalists but 50% or more of the material on the album must contain ‘instrumental’ recordings. Vocalists who sing as a section member with the group (i.e. without lyrics, vocal melodies in unison or in harmony with the instrumental members of the group) are not considered to be contributing towards a vocal jazz percentage of content. For example, a vocalist singing melodic, non-lyrical material within an instrumental project, is considered an instrumental contribution.  

Live recordings that have a ratio of 75% (or less) previously released material and 25% new material are eligible. 

Groups with no individual listed as the leader must have 50% or more of the performers defined as Canadian.

There are no sales qualifications for this category.  

Final decisions on category eligibility are at the discretion of CARAS.

ADJUDICATION

Submissions will be voted on by judges in two rounds. The first round will determine the nominees and the second round (which takes place in January) will determine the winner.  

If the category has more than 50 submissions, a screen down process may take place prior to the judges’ review. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

Please be advised that multiple projects can be submitted if the eligibility requirements are met. Submitting multiple projects is allowed, however in doing so the submitter assumes the risk that this could split the votes between all their submissions during the voting process.

Category #18: Instrumental Album of the Year

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: RECORDING ARTIST

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  
NOVEMBER 8, 2019 at 11:59pm EST – Online submission must be complete.

ELIGIBILITY

Album-length original recordings which are primarily instrumentally-focused are eligible. For the purpose of this category, “instrumental” means using instruments and voice, where voice is used almost exclusively in the vocalization of notes or tones, as opposed to voice used in the rendition of lyrics. Eligible product must be at least 75% instrumental (playing time) and be the driving force to the overall popularity of the album.   Musical genres and respective subgenres such as (but not limited to) techno, world music, jazz, folk, funk, ambient, house, electro, classical, experimental, turntablism and ambient fit within this category. CARAS will have sole discretion in determining if an album is deemed predominantly instrumental.

There are no sales qualifications for this category.

Final decisions on category eligibility are at the discretion of CARAS.

ADJUDICATION

Submissions will be voted on by judges in two rounds. The first round will determine the nominees and the second round (which takes place in January) will determine the winner.  

If the category has more than 50 submissions, a screen down process may take place prior to the judges’ review. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

Please be advised that multiple projects can be submitted if the eligibility requirements are met. Submitting multiple projects is allowed, however in doing so the submitter assumes the risk that this could split the votes between all their submissions during the voting process.

Category #19: Francophone Album of the Year

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: RECORDING ARTIST

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  
NOVEMBER 8, 2019 at 11:59pm EST – Online submission must be complete.

ELIGIBILITY:

To be eligible, albums must have at least 70% French language content (playing time).

Please note this is a crossover category, so product may also be submitted into one other genre category as well as any artist or technical categories if applicable (e.g. Breakthrough Artist, Pop, Rap, Songwriter, etc).

Final decisions on category eligibility are at the discretion of CARAS.

CALCULATING CONSUMPTION

SALES:

The sales portion will be calculated by combining physical scanned sales, which includes digital sales, with digital-only sales. All figures will be collected and reviewed by PwC.
Online sales are defined as units purchased in digital form that are available nationally.

STREAMS:

  • Streaming data will be collected from Nielsen Music Connect, and the total streaming figures will be reviewed by PwC.
  • Streaming data includes both on-demand and programmed streams.
  • Canadian streaming providers that report to Nielsen Music Connect include YouTube, Google Play, Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, Slacker, Napster, and Soundcloud PRO.

CONSUMPTION RATIOS

  • 1250 premium streams = 1 album
  • 3750 ad-supported streams = 1 album
  • 3750 video streams = 1 album

ADJUDICATION

The nominees will be determined by a combination of consumption and judges voting, equally weighted on a 50/50 basis.  Calculations will be performed by PwC. The nominees will then appear on the online voting website sent out to all CARAS Academy Delegates in January. The votes of CARAS Academy Delegates will determine the winner.

If the category has more than 50 submissions, a screen down process may take place prior to the judges’ review. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

Please be advised that multiple projects can be submitted if the eligibility requirements are met. Submitting multiple projects is allowed, however in doing so the submitter assumes the risk that this could split the votes between all their submissions during the voting process.

Category #20: Children’s Album of the Year

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: RECORDING ARTIST

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  
NOVEMBER 8, 2019 at 11:59pm EST – Online submission must be complete.

ELIGIBILITY

Albums must be created and intended specifically for children. Albums will be judged on the basis of production value, musical quality, (dramatic quality if narrative), originality, repertoire, creative and imaginative impact for listener, and entertainment value. Live touring shows are eligible, provided that the characters are acting as one cohesive group and the project contains thematically linked material.

There are no sales qualifications for this category. 

Final decisions on category eligibility are at the discretion of CARAS.

ADJUDICATION

Submissions will be voted on by judges in two rounds. The first round will determine the nominees and the second round (which takes place in January) will determine the winner.  

If the category has more than 50 submissions, a screen down process may take place prior to the judges’ review.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

Please be advised that multiple projects can be submitted if the eligibility requirements are met. Submitting multiple projects is allowed, however in doing so the submitter assumes the risk that this could split the votes between all their submissions during the voting process.

Category #21: Classical Album of the Year : Solo or Chamber 

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: SOLOIST AND/OR ENSEMBLE AND/OR CONDUCTOR 

Only Canadian contributors to the project are deemed the nominees.  Canadian Composers cannot be nominated in this category and should refer to Category 24 “Classical Composition of the Year”

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  
NOVEMBER 8, 2019 at 11:59pm EST – Online submission must be complete.

ELIGIBILITY

This category includes instrumental soloists, chamber ensembles, instrumental soloists with chamber accompaniment, or conductor, and must meet the following criteria:

  1. Soloist must be Canadian
  2. A chamber ensemble, as deemed by CARAS, consists of 15 or less LIVE members
  3. In a chamber music setting, 50% of the group must be Canadian
  4. In a chamber ensemble, a Canadian conductor (if applicable) can be the sole qualifying point if the conductor is deemed to be the focus of the artwork
  5. The conductor can be a non-Canadian as long as the ensemble is at least 50% Canadian
  6. In all cases, repertoire and recording location will not affect eligibility

Final decisions on category eligibility are at the discretion of CARAS.

Nominee listing: Album Title, Soloist or Chamber Ensemble Name (individual members of an ensemble will not be listed separately unless prominently listed as soloist within the group), Conducted by Conductor Name (if applicable)

ADJUDICATION

Submissions will be voted on by judges in two rounds. The first round will determine the nominees and the second round (which takes place in January) will determine the winner.  

If the category has more than 50 submissions, a screen down process may take place prior to the judges’ review. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

Please be advised that multiple projects can be submitted if the eligibility requirements are met. Submitting multiple projects is allowed, however in doing so the submitter assumes the risk that this could split the votes between all their submissions during the voting process.

There are 4 Classical Categories open to submitters: 

21 – Classical Album of the Year: Solo or Chamber
22 – Classical Album of the Year: Large Ensemble
23 – Classical Album of the Year: Vocal or Choral
24 – Classical Composition of the Year 

Category #22: Classical Album of the Year : Large Ensemble

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: SOLOIST AND/OR ENSEMBLE AND/OR CONDUCTOR 

Only Canadian contributors to the project are deemed the nominees.  Canadian Composers cannot be nominated in this category and should refer to Category 24 “Classical Composition of the Year”

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  
NOVEMBER 8, 2019 at 11:59pm EST – Online submission must be complete.

ELIGIBILITY

This category includes instrumental ensembles, as well as instrumental soloists with large ensemble accompaniment and conductor. Canadian artists involved with ensembles containing foreign artists will be eligible, as long as the CARAS Classical Advisory Committee deems said Canadian artist to be the feature artist on the project. Eligible projects must meet the following criteria:

  1. Soloists must be Canadian
  2. A large ensemble, as deemed by CARAS, must consist of 16 or more LIVE  members
  3. A Canadian conductor of a foreign orchestra is eligible if the conductor is deemed to be the focus of the artwork
  4. Canadian orchestras conducted by a non-Canadian are eligible
  5. In all cases, repertoire and recording location will not affect eligibility

Final decisions on category eligibility are at the discretion of CARAS.

Nominee listing: Album Title, Large Ensemble Name, Conducted by Conductor Name featuring soloist(s) (if applicable)

ADJUDICATION

Submissions will be voted on by judges in two rounds. The first round will determine the nominees and the second round (which takes place in January) will determine the winner.  

If the category has more than 50 submissions, a screen down process may take place prior to the judges’ review. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

Please be advised that multiple projects can be submitted if the eligibility requirements are met. Submitting multiple projects is allowed, however in doing so the submitter assumes the risk that this could split the votes between all their submissions during the voting process.

There are 4 Classical Categories open to submitters: 

21 – Classical Album of the Year: Solo or Chamber
22 – Classical Album of the Year: Large Ensemble
23 – Classical Album of the Year: Vocal or Choral
24 – Classical Composition of the Year

Category #23: Classical Album of the Year : Vocal or Choral 

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: VOCAL SOLOIST AND/OR VOCAL ENSEMBLE AND/OR CONDUCTOR

Only Canadian contributors to the project are deemed the nominees. Canadian Composers cannot be nominated in this category and should refer to Category 24 “Classical Composition of the Year”

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  
NOVEMBER 8, 2019 at 11:59pm EST – Online submission must be complete.

ELIGIBILITY

This category includes choral ensembles, vocal soloists with large or small ensemble accompaniment, or conductor of a vocal ensemble. Canadian soloists/conductor involved with ensembles containing foreign artists will be eligible, as long as the CARAS Classical Advisory Committee deems said Canadian artist to be the feature artist on the project. CARAS shall have sole discretion in determining whether the submission is Canadian. Eligible submissions must meet the following criteria:

  1. Choral ensembles must be based in Canada and 50% of its members must be Canadian
  2. Vocal/choral music (as opposed to strictly instrumental)  must make up at least 75% of the recording
  3. A Canadian conductor (if applicable) or vocal soloist can be the sole qualifying point if the conductor is deemed to be the focus of the artwork
  4. The conductor or vocal soloist  can be a non-Canadian as long as the ensemble is at least 50% Canadian
  5. In all cases, repertoire and recording location will not affect eligibility 

Final decisions on category eligibility are at the discretion of CARAS.

Nominee listing: Album Title, Ensemble Name (choral ensemble and, if applicable, orchestra), Conducted by Conductor Name featuring soloist(s) (if applicable)

ADJUDICATION

Submissions will be voted on by judges in two rounds. The first round will determine the nominees and the second round (which takes place in January) will determine the winner.  

If the category has more than 50 submissions, a screen down process may take place prior to the judges’ review. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

Please be advised that multiple projects can be submitted if the eligibility requirements are met. Submitting multiple projects is allowed, however in doing so the submitter assumes the risk that this could split the votes between all their submissions during the voting process. 

There are 4 Classical Categories open to submitters: 

21 – Classical Album of the Year: Solo or Chamber
22 – Classical Album of the Year: Large Ensemble
23 – Classical Album of the Year: Vocal or Choral
24 – Classical Composition of the Year 

Category #24: Classical Composition of the Year

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: COMPOSER

Only Canadian contributors to the project are deemed the nominees

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  
NOVEMBER 8, 2019 at 11:59pm EST – Online submission must be complete.

ELIGIBILITY

This category is for a recording of a composition and includes all original Canadian classical works composed within the last fifty years.  A composition is one body of work, but may contain multiple movements.  

An album submitted into this category may also be submitted into one of the other classical categories in the same year.

Final decisions on category eligibility are at the discretion of CARAS.

ADJUDICATION

Submissions will be voted on by judges in two rounds. The first round will determine the nominees and the second round (which takes place in January) will determine the winner.  

If the category has more than 50 submissions, a screen down process may take place prior to the judges’ review. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

Compositions submitted into Classical Composition of the Year can be submitted into: 21 – Classical Album of the Year: Solo or Chamber, 22 – Classical Album of the Year: Large Ensemble and, 23 – Classical Album of the Year: Vocal or Choral; provided that the project meets the Canadian criteria and category-specific eligibility. Please note that it will be the performer, not the composer, who will be the nominee in these categories.

Please be advised that multiple projects can be submitted if the eligibility requirements are met. Submitting multiple projects is allowed, however in doing so the submitter assumes the risk that this could split the votes between all their submissions during the voting process.

There are 4 Classical Categories open to submitters: 

21 – Classical Album of the Year: Solo or Chamber
22 – Classical Album of the Year: Large Ensemble
23 – Classical Album of the Year: Vocal or Choral
24 – Classical Composition of the Year

Category #25: Rap Recording of the Year

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: RECORDING ARTIST

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  
NOVEMBER 8, 2019 – The online submission must be complete by 11:59pm EST.

ELIGIBILITY

Product must predominantly fall in the genre of rap music. Predominance means 50% or more of the recording. Lyrics must be delivered in an MC style and music/beats must reflect the sound of traditional and/or current rap.

Eligible configurations include:

  • Single
  • 1 Mix from a multi-mix single
  • 3 cuts from an album
  • In all 2 formats (CD, Vinyl)
  • Both singles and complete albums are eligible. To be eligible for this category, at least 50% of an album (listening time) must fit the genre.

Please Note: 

  • If an Album is nominated one year, it may NOT be resubmitted the following year using different “listening” cuts.
  • When submitting an album/EP for consideration, you can choose to submit three tracks or one single to represent the body of work being reviewed and voted on by the judges.
  • If an album/EP or single is nominated one year, it may NOT be resubmitted the following year using three different tracks or another single.
  • An album can be submitted the following year, that contains a nominated single, if that album was not available for sale during the previous eligibility period.
  • Final decisions on category eligibility are at the discretion of CARAS.

CALCULATING CONSUMPTION

SALES:

  • The sales portion will be calculated by combining physical scanned sales, which includes digital sales with digital only sales. All figures will be collected and reviewed by PwC.
  • Online sales are defined as units purchased in digital form that are available nationally.

STREAMS:

  • Streaming data will be collected from Nielsen Music Connect, and the total streaming figures will be reviewed by PwC.
  • Streaming data includes both on-demand and programmed streams.
  • Canadian streaming providers that report to Nielsen Music Connect include YouTube, Google Play, Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, Slacker, Napster, and Soundcloud PRO.

CONSUMPTION RATIOS

  • 1250 premium streams = 1 album
  • 3750 ad-supported streams = 1 album
  • 3750 video streams = 1 album

ADJUDICATION

The nominees will be determined by a combination of consumption and judges voting, equally weighted on a 50/50 basis.  Calculations will be performed by PwC. The nominees will then appear on the online voting website sent out to all CARAS Academy Delegates in January. The votes of CARAS Academy Delegates will determine the winner.

If the category has more than 50 submissions, a screen down process may take place prior to the judges’ review. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

Please be advised that multiple projects can be submitted if the eligibility requirements are met. Submitting multiple projects is allowed, however in doing so the submitter assumes the risk that this could split the votes between all their submissions during the voting process.

Category #26: Dance Recording of the Year

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: RECORDING ARTIST

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  
NOVEMBER 8, 2019 at 11:59pm EST – Online submission must be complete.

ELIGIBILITY

All forms of dance music (also known as EDM, club music, or simply Dance) and all its sub-genres (including but limited to): Commercial Dance (but not Pop), House, Techno, Trance, Progressive, Electro, Dubstep, Deep House, etc. are eligible for this category.

It is the submitter’s express responsibility to ensure that any music samples, video clips or other audio and/or visual materials contained in any recording, video or other materials that form part of your submission are fully authorized by master rights owners, music publishers and any other third parties that have rights in such materials.   CARAS reserves the right to require written confirmation that these rights have been secured.  CARAS reserves the right to disqualify submissions, nominees or winners should CARAS determine, in its sole discretion, that these rights have not been secured.

Submissions will be accepted in either the original mix or a remix. Where more than one mix, extension or remix exists, the artist/label must indicate the specific submission.

Only songs originally released as dance recordings will be considered for this category. Dance remixes of other genres/styles of music are NOT eligible. Exception: if a dance version and non-dance version of the same recording are released simultaneously (i.e. the album release includes both versions)

COLLABORATIONS:

The artist listing may include the acronym’s “vs” “&” or “featuring”/ for the recording to be acceptable at least 50% or more of the individual parts of all participants that make up the artist must be Canadian, hold a Canadian passport, or be a landed immigrant. (I.e. 5 members, 3 must be Canadian). The Canadian can be the featured artist on the track as long as it still meets the 50% threshold.  The person deemed the principal performer must be Canadian if the above criteria is not met. Sampled vocals/music is not factored into this equation. 

NOTE: 

  • To be eligible for this category, at least 50% of an album (listening time) must fit the genre. Both singles (stand-alone and from an album/EP) and complete albums/EPs are eligible.
  • When submitting an album/EP for consideration, you can choose to submit three tracks or one single to represent the body of work being reviewed and voted on by the judges.
  • If an album/EP or single is nominated one year, it may NOT be resubmitted the following year using three different tracks or another single.
  • An album can be submitted the following year, that contains a nominated single, if that album was not available for sale during the previous eligibility period.
  • The album/ep/single must also meet at least 1 point in the following point scale:
  1. At least 50% of the lyrics are written by a Canadian = 1 point
  2. At least 50% of the track is produced by a Canadian = 1 point
  3. At least 50% of the music/arrangement is by a Canadian = 1 point
  4. At least 50% of the track is produced in Canada = 1 point

There are no sales qualifications for this category.

Final decisions on category eligibility are at the discretion of CARAS.

ADJUDICATION

Submissions will be voted on by judges in two rounds. The first round will determine the nominees and the second round (which takes place in January) will determine the winner.  

If the category has more than 50 submissions, a screen down process may take place prior to the judges’ review. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

Please be advised that multiple projects can be submitted if the eligibility requirements are met. Submitting multiple projects is allowed, however in doing so the submitter assumes the risk that this could split the votes between all their submissions during the voting process.

Category #27: R&B/Soul Recording of the Year

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: RECORDING ARTIST

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  
NOVEMBER 8, 2019 at 11:59pm EST – Online submission must be complete.

ELIGIBILITY

R&B (including modern R&B derivatives), Soul, Funk and Nu Jazz product are eligible for this category.

Both singles and complete albums are eligible. To be eligible for this category, at least 50% of an album (listening time) must fit the genre.

Please Note: If an album is nominated one year, it may NOT be resubmitted the following year using different “listening” cuts.

NOTE:

  • When submitting an album/EP for consideration, you can choose to submit three tracks or one single to represent the body of work being reviewed and voted on by the judges.
  • If an album/EP or single is nominated one year, it may NOT be resubmitted the following year using three different tracks or another single.
  • An album can be submitted the following year, that contains a nominated single, if that album was not available for sale during the previous eligibility period.
  • There are no sales qualifications for this category.

Final decisions on category eligibility are at the discretion of CARAS.

ADJUDICATION

Submissions will be voted on by judges in two rounds. The first round will determine the nominees and the second round (which takes place in January) will determine the winner.  

If the category has more than 50 submissions, a screen down process may take place prior to the judges’ review. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

Please be advised that multiple projects can be submitted if the eligibility requirements are met. Submitting multiple projects is allowed, however in doing so the submitter assumes the risk that this could split the votes between all their submissions during the voting process. 

Category #28: Reggae Recording of the Year

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: RECORDING ARTIST

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  
NOVEMBER 8, 2019 at 11:59pm EST – Online submission must be complete.

ELIGIBILITY

Eligible music styles include Ska, Rocksteady, Roots, Lover’s Rock, Classic Rockers, Dancehall, Dub Poetry and Reggae infused Folk.

Both singles and complete albums are eligible. To be eligible for this category, at least 50% of an album (listening time) must fit the genre.

NOTE:

  • When submitting an album/EP for consideration, you can choose to submit three tracks or one single to represent the body of work being reviewed and voted on by the judges.
  • If an album/EP or single is nominated one year, it may NOT be resubmitted the following year using three different tracks or another single.
  • An album can be submitted the following year, that contains a nominated single, if that album was not available for sale during the previous eligibility period.
  • There are no sales qualifications for this category. 

Final decisions on category eligibility are at the discretion of CARAS.

ADJUDICATION

Submissions will be voted on by judges in two rounds. The first round will determine the nominees and the second round (which takes place in January) will determine the winner.  

If the category has more than 50 submissions, a screen down process may take place prior to the judges’ review. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

Please be advised that multiple projects can be submitted if the eligibility requirements are met. Submitting multiple projects is allowed, however in doing so the submitter assumes the risk that this could split the votes between all their submissions during the voting process.

Category #29: Indigenous Artist or Group of the Year (Presented by APTN)

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: RECORDING ARTIST

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  
NOVEMBER 8, 2019 – The online submission must be complete by 11:59pm EST

ELIGIBILITY

This category recognizes Indigenous people making music in any genre. To be eligible, solo acts must be Inuit, First Nation, or Métis and at least 50% of all groups must be Inuit, First

Nation, or Métis. Solo acts are defined as artists who market their releases or performances under their own name and groups must identify their Indigenous members in the promotional photograph that they used to market the album they are submitting. 

Indigenous Nations in Canada are diverse and their unique vocal styles, instruments, and songs have value. This category will follow the lead of Indigenous collectives who identify the improper use of the vocal styles, instruments, or songs created by their ancestors.

SUBMISSIONS MUST INCLUDE

The promotional photograph that was used to market the album being submitted (groups must identify their Indigenous members in the photograph). Illustrations are not acceptable and submissions in question will be asked for additional documentation. Please use this photo in the artist/band photo upload.

Contact information for two people who can verify the Indigenous ancestry of the solo act or group members (i.e. status cards are not required and the contact people do not have to be elected officials of an Indigenous Nation).

Please note this is a crossover category, so product may also be submitted into one other genre category as well as any artist or technical categories if applicable (e.g. Breakthrough Artist, Pop, Rap, Songwriter, etc).

There are no sales qualifications for this category. 

Final decisions on category eligibility are at the discretion of CARAS.

ADJUDICATION

Submissions will be voted on by judges in two rounds. The first round will determine the nominees and the second round (which takes place in January) will determine the winner.

If the category has more than 50 submissions, a screen down process may take place prior to the judges’ review. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

Please be advised that multiple projects can be submitted if the eligibility requirements are met. Submitting multiple projects is allowed, however in doing so the submitter assumes the risk that this could split the votes between all their submissions during the voting process.

Category #30: Contemporary Roots Album of the Year

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: RECORDING ARTIST

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  
NOVEMBER 8, 2019 at 11:59pm EST – Online submission must be complete.

ELIGIBILITY

Recently composed vocal or instrumental music influenced by roots music styles, repertoire, performance practices and musical structures, that uses new sounds/instrumentation (e.g., that combines instruments from more than one culture, roots or otherwise), to create music that is distanced from traditional roots music is eligible for this category. The music is often, but not always, composed by the submitting artist.  

There are no sales qualifications for this category. 

Final decisions on category eligibility are at the discretion of CARAS.

ADJUDICATION

Submissions will be voted on by judges in two rounds. The first round will determine the nominees and the second round (which takes place in January) will determine the winner.  

If the category has more than 50 submissions, a screen down process may take place prior to the judges’ review. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

Please be advised that multiple projects can be submitted if the eligibility requirements are met. Submitting multiple projects is allowed, however in doing so the submitter assumes the risk that this could split the votes between all their submissions during the voting process.

Category #31: Traditional Roots Album of the Year

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: RECORDING ARTIST

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  
NOVEMBER 8, 2019 at 11:59pm EST – Online submission must be complete.

ELIGIBILITY

Music from instrumental and song traditions that are specific to a cultural or geographic group or groups is eligible for this category. It is generally acknowledged that the repertoire and stylistic elements of traditional music have been shaped through oral transmission over a period of years. Although a great deal of traditional repertoire consists of older songs and tunes, this does not exclude recent compositions which come to artists through the oral tradition, or which model themselves on specific traditional musical structures (e.g., recently composed jigs and reels). 

There are no sales qualifications for this category. 

Final decisions on category eligibility are at the discretion of CARAS.

ADJUDICATION

Submissions will be voted on by judges in two rounds. The first round will determine the nominees and the second round (which takes place in January) will determine the winner.

If the category has more than 50 submissions, a screen down process may take place prior to the judges’ review. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

Please be advised that multiple projects can be submitted if the eligibility requirements are met. Submitting multiple projects is allowed, however in doing so the submitter assumes the risk that this could split the votes between all their submissions during the voting process.

Category #32: Blues Album of the Year

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: RECORDING ARTIST

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  
NOVEMBER 8, 2019 at 11:59pm EST – Online submission must be complete.

ELIGIBILITY

Eligible music styles include traditional/contemporary, acoustic/electric blues in a solo or group setting.

Albums must be predominantly Blues.  Predominance means 50% or more of the recording.

“Dedicated live recordings” that have a ratio of 75% (or less) previously released material and 25% new material are eligible.  Eligibility to be determined by the CARAS Screening Committee.  

There are no sales qualifications for this category. 

Final decisions on category eligibility are at the discretion of CARAS.

ADJUDICATION

Submissions will be voted on by judges in two rounds. The first round will determine the nominees and the second round (which takes place in January) will determine the winner.  

If the category has more than 50 submissions, a screen down process may take place prior to the judges’ review. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

Please be advised that multiple projects can be submitted if the eligibility requirements are met. Submitting multiple projects is allowed, however in doing so the submitter assumes the risk that this could split the votes between all their submissions during the voting process.

Category #33: Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: RECORDING ARTIST

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  
NOVEMBER 8, 2019 at 11:59pm EST – Online submission must be complete.

ELIGIBILITY

Eligible music includes any and all styles that demonstrate inspirational faith in God, including (but not limited to): traditional, contemporary, country, alternative, pop/rock, and urban/dance.

Submissions will be accepted from choirs, groups, solo performers and instrumental artists.

Please note this is a crossover category, so product may also be submitted into one other genre category as well as any artist or technical categories if applicable (e.g. Breakthrough Artist, Pop, Rap, Songwriter, etc).

There are no sales qualifications for this category.

Final decisions on category eligibility are at the discretion of CARAS.

ADJUDICATION

Submissions will be voted on by judges in two rounds. The first round will determine the nominees and the second round (which takes place in January) will determine the winner.  

If the category has more than 50 submissions, a screen down process may take place prior to the judges’ review. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

Please be advised that multiple projects can be submitted if the eligibility requirements are met. Submitting multiple projects is allowed, however in doing so the submitter assumes the risk that this could split the votes between all their submissions during the voting process.

Category #34: World Music Album of the Year 

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: RECORDING ARTIST

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  
NOVEMBER 8, 2019 at 11:59pm EST – Online submission must be complete.

ELIGIBILITY

All world music recordings are eligible for this category including, but not limited to, roots based or cross-cultural music from the following regions: South and Central America, Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Oceania, and the Caribbean (excluding Reggae and New Age music).

Albums must be predominantly World Music. Predominance means 50% or more of the recording.

Albums must meet up to 4 points in the following point scale:

  • Featured Artist – performing in at least 50% of the tracks is Canadian = 3 points
  • Accompanying Artists – if more than 50% of them are Canadian = 1 point
  • Music/Arrangement – in at least 50% of the tracks are by a Canadian = 1 point
  • Lyrics – at least 50% of the tracks written by a Canadian = 1 point
  • Producer – at least 50% of the tracks produced by a Canadian = 1 point
  • Production – in Canadian studio = 1 point

There are no sales qualifications for this category. 

Final decisions on category eligibility are at the discretion of CARAS.

ADJUDICATION

Submissions will be voted on by judges in two rounds. The first round will determine the nominees and the second round (which takes place in January) will determine the winner.  

If the category has more than 50 submissions, a screen down process may take place prior to the judges’ review. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

Please be advised that multiple projects can be submitted if the eligibility requirements are met. Submitting multiple projects is allowed, however in doing so the submitter assumes the risk that this could split the votes between all their submissions during the voting process.

Category #35: Jack Richardson Producer of the Year

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: PRODUCER

CONTRIBUTING CERTIFICATES MAY GO TO: UNSUBMITTED CANADIAN CO-PRODUCER, CANADIAN ARRANGER, CANADIAN CONDUCTOR

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  
NOVEMBER 8, 2019 – The online submission must be complete by 11:59pm EST

ELIGIBILITY

A maximum of 2 selections per Producer may be submitted.

International product qualifies, as long as the Producer is Canadian. A Producer must have contributed to a minimum of 50% of work.

If an artist submits their own work to the category, they must have also produced another artist’s work (one track minimum) within three years of the current eligibility criteria deadline (proof may be required).

In the case of a team submission, 50% of the team must have also produced another artist’s work (one track minimum) within three years of the current eligibility criteria deadline.

There are no sales qualifications for this category.

Final decisions on category eligibility are at the discretion of CARAS.

ADJUDICATION

Submissions will be voted on by judges in two rounds. The first round will determine the nominees and the second round (which takes place in January) will determine the winner.

If the category has more than 50 submissions, a screen down process may take place prior to the judges’ review.

The spirit of this award is to recognize the achievement of an individual (or in some cases equal partners) who have substantially contributed to an exceptional recording.

Category #36: Recording Engineer of the Year

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: RECORDING ENGINEER

CONTRIBUTING CERTIFICATES MAY GO TO: CANADIAN TRACKING & ADDITIONAL ENGINEER(S), CANADIAN MIXING ENGINEER, CANADIAN MASTERING ENGINEER

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  
NOVEMBER 8, 2019 at 11:59pm EST – Online submission must be complete.

ELIGIBILITY

A maximum of 2 selections per Recording Engineer may be submitted. International product qualifies, as long as the Engineer is Canadian.

Final decisions on category eligibility are at the discretion of CARAS.

ADJUDICATION

Submissions will be voted on by judges in two rounds. The first round will determine the nominees and the second round (which takes place in January) will determine the winner. There are no sales qualifications for this category. 

If the category has more than 50 submissions, a screen down process may take place prior to the judges’ review.

The spirit of this award is to recognize the achievement of an individual who have substantially contributed to an exceptional recording. Please state the percentage (%) of the work that the Recording Engineer contributed.

Category #37: Album Artwork of the Year 

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: ART DIRECTOR, DESIGNER, ILLUSTRATOR/PHOTOGRAPHER

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  
NOVEMBER 8, 2019 at 11:59pm EST – Online submission must be completed and physical product in the CARAS office (12 copies of your album in the same format (CD, Vinyl, cassette, etc.) and the printed submission summary form.)

ELIGIBILITY

CDs, DVDs and Vinyls featuring original artwork by Canadian Creative Directors, Graphic Designers, Illustrators and/or Photographers will be considered for this category. A maximum of four (4) people will be recognized for this award. There must be a physical product in order to submit to this category. Digital artwork is not eligible.

Final decisions on category eligibility are at the discretion of CARAS.

ADJUDICATION

Submissions will be voted on by judges in two rounds. The first round will determine the nominees and the second round (which takes place in January) will determine the winner.

If the category has more than 50 submissions, a screen down process may take place prior to the judges’ review.

There are no sales qualifications for this category.

Criteria for judging include: 

  1. Strength and cohesiveness of design concept of the whole package (including the disc), typography, materials used and connectedness to the music and/or recording artist
  2. Ability to impact on its intended market
  3. Marketing potential (ability to translate the continuity of design from package to merchandising etc.)

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

Please be advised that multiple projects can be submitted if the eligibility requirements are met. Submitting multiple projects is allowed, however in doing so the submitter assumes the risk that this could split the votes between all their submissions during the voting process.

Category #38: Music Video of the Year (Presented by Stingray)

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: DIRECTOR AND RECORDING ARTIST

CONTRIBUTING CERTIFICATES MAY GO TO: CANADIAN DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY, CANADIAN PRODUCER, CANADIAN EDITOR, CANADIAN ART DEPARTMENT, CANADIAN SPECIAL EFFECTS

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 
NOVEMBER 8, 2019 at 11:59pm EST – Online submission must be complete.

ELIGIBILITY

Only music videos recognized by the artist and/or the record label as the official video for an individual single or track are eligible for this category. All official videos must be available for national public consumption.

The video director must be Canadian in order to submit to this category. International product qualifies, as long as the Director is Canadian.  A Co-Director is eligible, as long as he/she is a Canadian or is listed in the video credits as Co-Director with a Canadian. If necessary, the official video slate will be referenced as the definitive source.

Only music videos produced in support of a sound recording are eligible for this category.  All videos must be available for national public consumption

There are no sales qualifications for this category.

Final decisions on category eligibility are at the discretion of CARAS.

ADJUDICATION

Submissions will be voted on by judges in two rounds. The first round will determine the nominees and the second round (which takes place in January) will determine the winner.

If the category has more than 50 submissions, a screen down process may take place prior to the judges’ review.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

Please be advised that multiple projects can be submitted if the eligibility requirements are met. Submitting multiple projects is allowed, however in doing so the submitter assumes the risk that this could split the votes between all their submissions during the voting process.

Category #40: Electronic Album of the Year

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: RECORDING ARTIST

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  
NOVEMBER 8, 2019 at 11:59pm EST – Online submission must be complete.

ELIGIBILITY

Album-length original recordings composed with electronic equipment as the essential songwriting tools and defined by their electronic elements. Musical genres and respective subgenres such as (but not limited to) techno, house, electro, trance, drum’n’bass, dubstep, grime, electro-acoustic, turntablism, sample-based music, ambient and downtempo are eligible for this category. 

There are no sales qualifications for this category.

Final decisions on category eligibility are at the discretion of CARAS.

ADJUDICATION

Submissions will be voted on by judges in two rounds. The first round will determine the nominees and the second round (which takes place in January) will determine the winner.

If the category has more than 50 submissions, a screen down process may take place prior to the judges’ review. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

Please be advised that multiple projects can be submitted if the eligibility requirements are met. Submitting multiple projects is allowed, however in doing so the submitter assumes the risk that this could split the votes between all their submissions during the voting process.

Category #41: Metal/Hard Music Album of the Year

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: RECORDING ARTIST

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  
NOVEMBER 8, 2019 at 11:59pm EST – Online submission must be complete.

ELIGIBILITY

Album-length original recordings will be judged on artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence. Eligible albums include heavy metal and hard music, as well as their respective sub-genres. Heavy metal and hard music and corresponding sub-genres are largely characterized by aggressive distorted electric guitar as the primary source of composition. There may be clean, growled, or screamed vocals.

Mainstream rock, alternative, and punk artists are not eligible for this category. Rock based albums should submit to Rock Album of the Year and alternative and punk based albums should submit to Alternative Album of the Year.

There are no sales qualifications for this category.

Final decisions on category eligibility are at the discretion of CARAS.

ADJUDICATION

Submissions will be voted on by judges in two rounds. The first round will determine the nominees and the second round (which takes place in January) will determine the winner.

If the category has more than 50 submissions, a screen down process may take place prior to the judges’ review. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

Please be advised that multiple projects can be submitted if the eligibility requirements are met. Submitting multiple projects is allowed, however in doing so the submitter assumes the risk that this could split the votes between all their submissions during the voting process.

Category #42: Adult Contemporary Album of the Year

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: RECORDING ARTIST

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  
NOVEMBER 8, 2019 at 11:59pm EST – Online submission must be complete.

ELIGIBILITY

Eligible entries for this vocal album category should contain a minimum of 51% of the tracks which feature light instrumentation, easygoing melodies and casual tempos that can include elements of soul, rhythm and blues, smooth jazz, classic style crooning and soft rock influence.  Any submission might incorporate some A/C radio airplay and/or corresponding streaming, though this is not a prerequisite for submission.

There are no sales qualifications for this category.

Final decisions on category eligibility are at the discretion of CARAS.

ADJUDICATION

Submissions will be adjudicated in two rounds of voting: the judge votes will determine the nominees. The nominees will then appear on the online voting website sent out to all CARAS Academy Delegates in January, whose votes will determine the winner.   

If the category has more than 50 submissions, a screen down process may take place prior to the judges’ review. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

Please be advised that multiple projects can be submitted if the eligibility requirements are met. Submitting multiple projects is allowed, however in doing so the submitter assumes the risk that this could split the votes between all their submissions during the voting process.

Category #43: Comedy Album of the Year (Presented by SiriusXM Canada), Subsidized by Just For Laughs

JUNO AWARD GOES TO: RECORDING ARTIST

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:
NOVEMBER 8, 2019 at 11:59pm EST – Online submission must be complete.

ELIGIBILITY

Eligible albums must be recorded by a comedy performer or performers of any of the following disciplines: stand-up, sketch, improv or musical comedy. This category represents a genre that embraces satire, social commentary, absurdism, parodies, character based humour and monologists.

There are no sales qualifications for this category.

Final decisions on category eligibility are at the discretion of CARAS.

ADJUDICATION

Submissions will be voted on by judges in two rounds. The first round will determine the nominees and the second round (which takes place in January) will determine the winner.

If the category has more than 50 submissions, a screen down process may take place prior to the judges’ review. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

Please be advised that multiple projects can be submitted if the eligibility requirements are met. Submitting multiple projects is allowed, however in doing so the submitter assumes the risk that this could split the votes between all their submissions during the voting process.