JUNO Awards: The Weeknd, Buffy Sainte-Marie Among Big Winners At Gala Dinner & Awards

With the JUNO Awards to be held Sunday, tonight the JUNO Gala Awards and Dinner ceremony honoured a number of Canadian artists in advance of tomorrow’s televised ceremony.

The big winners at the pre-awards gala were Canadian music legend Buffy Sainte-Marie, chart-topping Canadian superstar The Weeknd and Arcade Fire, honoured with the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award in a ceremony held in Calgary hosted by Jessi Cruickshank.

The complete list of winners announced at tonight’s event are:

INTERNATIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR (IDLA ASSOCIATED LABEL DISTRIBUTION): 25, Adele (XL/Beggars Group*Select)

ARTIST OF THE YEAR The Weeknd, The Weeknd (XO*Universal)

BREAKTHROUGH GROUP OF THE YEAR(SPONSORED BY FACTOR, THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA, CANADA’S PRIVATE RADIO BROADCASTERS AND RADIO STARMAKER FUND) Dear Rouge (Universal)

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR (PRESENTED BY SOCAN) Abel Tesfaye “Can’t Feel My Face”  co-songwriters Max Martin, Savan Kotecha, Peter Svensson, Ali Payami, “In The Night” – co-songwriters Ahmad Balshe, Max Martin, Savan Kotecha, Peter Svensson, Ali Payami, “The Hills” – co-songwriters Ahmad Balshe, Emmanuel Nickerson, Carlo Mantagnese) BEAUTY BEHIND THE MADESS – The Weeknd The Weeknd XO*Universal

ADULT ALTERNATIVE ALBUM OF THE YEAR Leave No Bridge (Unburned Whitehorse Six Shooter * Universal)

ALTERNATIVE ALBUM OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY LONG & MCQUADE) Deep in the Iris, BRAIDS (Flemish Eye * Outside)

POP ALBUM OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY TD) Purpose, Justin Bieber (Island Def Jam * Universal)

ROCK ALBUM OF THE YEAR The Physical World, Death From Above 1979, (Last Gang* Universal)

VOCAL JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR Clear Day, Emilie-Claire Barlow (Empress * eOne)

JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR: SOLO Movin’ Forward, Robi Botos (A440*Universal)

JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR: GROUP Forest Grove, Allison Au (Quartet Independent)

INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR Never Were The Way She Was, Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld (Constellation * Outside)

FRANCOPHONE ALBUM OF THE YEAR À Paradis City Jean Leloup, (Dare to Care * Select)

CHILDREN’S ALBUM OF THE YEAR More Sheep, Less Sleep (The Swinging Belles Independent)

CLASSICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: SOLO OR CHAMBER ENSEMBLE Franck & Strauss: Violin Sonatas James Ehnes (Onyx * HM)

CLASSICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: LARGE ENSEMBLE OR SOLOIST(S) WITH LARGE ENSEMBLE ACCOMPANIMENT Symphony and New Works for Organ and Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal with Olivier Latry and Jean-Willy Kunz (Analekta * Select)

CLASSICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: VOCAL OR CHORAL PERFORMANCE Las Ciudades de Oro L’Harmonie des Saisons (ATMA * Naxos)

CLASSICLASSICAL COMPOSITION OF THE YEAR Airline Two Pop Songs on Antique Poems, Dinuk Wijeratne (Centrediscs * Naxos)

RAP RECORDING OF THE YEAR If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, Drake (Cash Money * Universal)

DANCE RECORDING OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY STINGRAY MUSIC) Save Me ft. Katy B Keys N Krates (Dim Mak * BMG Chrysalis)

R&B/SOUL RECORDING OF THE YEAR Beauty Behind the Madness, The Weeknd (The Weeknd XO * Universal)

REGGAE RECORDING OF THE YEAR Nah Complain ft. Daddy U Roy Kafinal (Sing N Act * Independent)

ABORIGINAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY ABORIGINAL PEOPLES TELEVISION NETWORK) Power In The Blood, Buffy Sainte-Marie (True North * eOne)

CONTEMPORARY ROOTS ALBUM OF THE YEAR Power In The Blood, Buffy Sainte-Marie (True North * eOne)

TRADITIONAL ROOTS ALBUM OF THE YEAR A Wanderer I’ll Stay, Pharis and Jason Romero (Borealis * eOne)

BLUES ALBUM OF THE YEAR This Is From Here, Harrison Kennedy (Electro-Fi*Outside)

CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN/GOSPEL ALBUM OF THE YEAR Where The Light Is, Dan Bremnes (Sparrow/Universal*David C. Cook)

WORLD MUSIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY CANADA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS) (Neo-Reconquista, Boogat, Maisonnette*Select)

JACK RICHARDSON PRODUCER OF THE YEAR Bob Ezrin “Honey Honey”, “What Love Is All About” WHAT LOVE IS ALL ABOUT – Johnny Reid (Johnny Mac Entertainment*Universal)

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