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Alumni and Faculty Win 10 Prizes at 2019 Juno Awards

Alumni and Faculty Win 10 Prizes at 2019 Juno Awards

Published on March 18, 2019

Arkells at 2019 Junos (image by CBC Music)
Arkells at 2019 Juno Awards (CBC Music)

Alumni and faculty of The Royal Conservatory of Music won 10 prizes at the 2019 Juno Awards. The prestigious prizes, the most high-profile awards in the Canadian music industry, were given out at ceremonies in London, Ontario on March 16, and 17, 2019.  

This year’s winners were particularly diverse, representing a wide range of musical genres. Beloved band Arkells won prizes for Group of the Year and Rock Album of the Year. Also among the Conservatory-connected winners were Laila Biali (Jazz Vocal Album of the Year), Gordon Grdina (Instrumental Album of the Year), Mike Milosh (Album Artwork of the Year), (Traditional Roots Album of the Year), and Splash’N Boots (Children’s Album of the Year).




 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Laila Biali cradling her 2019 Juno Award

Alumni and faculty swept the classical categories. The Toronto Symphony Orchestra, which counts many alumni among its members, won the award for Classical Album of the Year: Large Recording for its critically acclaimed recording of the works of Ralph Vaughan Williams. Among the featured artists is oboist and faculty member Sarah Jeffrey. Other classical winners included Barbara Hannigan (Classical Album of the Year: Vocal or Choral) and the Gryphon Trio (Classical Album of the Year: Solo or Chamber).

Alumnus and Honorary Fellow David Foster received the special 2019 Humanitarian. The legendary producer, composer, and arranger received the prize in recognition of more than 30 years of philanthropy through The David Foster Foundation. The foundation raises awareness about organ donation and provides financial support to Canadian families in need of life-saving transplants.

In his heartfelt introduction to Foster, Michael Bublé declared: “David is a reminder to all of that we can – and should – raise our game, look into our own hearts, and leave here thinking about what else we can do.”
 


This year, artists and groups with a connection to The Royal Conservatory were nominated for more than Juno Awards. The full list of nominees and winners (in boldface) appears below.

Allison Au Quartet (Allison Au, alumna)
Jazz Album of the Year: Group

Andrew Rathburn Large Ensemble
Jazz Album of the Year: Group

Arkells (Mike De Angelis, Nick Dika, and Dan Griffin, alumni)
Album Artwork of the Year
Group of the Year
Rock Album of the Year


The Barr Brothers (Andres Vial, alumnus)
Adult Alternative Album of the Year

Beppie (Stephanie Nhan, alumna)
Children’s Album of the Year

Laila Biali
Vocal Jazz Album of the Year (two nominations)

Detroit Symphony Orchestra (Jeremy Epp, alumnus)
Classical Album of the Year: Large Ensemble (with James Ehnes)

Warren Dean Flandez
Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year

David Foster
Jack Richardson Producer of the Year

The Fretless (Trent Freeman and Brent Plotnick, alumni)
Instrumental Album of the Year

Gordon Grdina
Instrumental Album of the Year

Gryphon Trio
Classical Album of the Year: Solo or Chamber

Barbara Hannigan
Classical Album of the Year: Vocal or Choral

Angela Hewitt
Classical Album of the Year: Solo or Chamber

Tim Hicks
Country Album of the Year

Vincent Ho
Classical Composition of the Year

KEN Mode
Metal/Hard Music Album of the Year

Miriam Khalil
Classical Album of the Year: Vocal or Choral

Kobra and the Lotus (Brittany Bullen and Josio Kulakowski, alumni)
Metal/Hard Music Album of the Year

Diana Krall
Vocal Jazz Album of the Year

Manic Drive (Shawn Cavallo, alumnus)
Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year

Metric (Emily Haines, alumna)
Group of the Year

Monster Truck (Jon Harvey, alumnus)
Rock Album of the Year

Jess Moskaluke
Country Album of the Year

National Arts Centre Orchestra (many alumni)
Classical Album of the Year: Large Ensemble

Patricia O’Callaghan
Classical Album of the Year: Vocal or Choral

Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal (Kent Nagano, alumnus)
Classical Album of the Year: Vocal or Choral

Diana Panton
Vocal Jazz Album of the Year

Meghan Patrick
Breakthrough Artist of the Year
Country Album of the Year

Pharis and Jason Romero
Traditional Roots Album of the Year

Jodi Proznick 
Vocal Jazz Album of the Year

Blake Pouliot
Classical Album of the Year: Solo or Chamber

Rhye (Mike Milosh, alumnus)
Adult Alternative Album of the Year
Album Artwork of the Year

Bekah Simms
Classical Composition of the Year

Splash’N Boots
Children’s Album of the Year

Three Days Grace
Album of the Year
Rock Album of the Year

Thunder Bay Symphony (many alumni)
Classical Album of the Year: Large Ensemble

Tim Neufeld & The Glory Boys (Jon Mushaluk, alumus)
Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year

Tokyo Police Club (Greg Alsop, alumnus)
Alternative Album of the Year

Toninato / Thiessen (Jennifer Thiessen, alumna)
Instrumental Album of the Year

Toronto Symphony Orchestra (many alumni and faculty among its members)
Classical Album of the Year: Large Ensemble

The Wailin’ Jennys (Annabel Chvostek and Ruth Moody, alumnae)
Traditional Roots Album of the Year

Andrew Wan
Classical Album of the Year: Solo or Chamber

Greg Wells
Jack Richardson Producer of the Year

Whitehorse (Melissa McLelland, alumna)
Adult Alternative Album of the Year

Charlotte Day Wilson
R&B/Soul Recording of the Year