JunoFest, Juno Awards – a fabulous weekend celebrating all things Canadian music. After a 9 year hiatus, the Juno Awards finally made a return appearance to Vancouver. Hosted by CBC Music, it was a spectacular weekend the crossed genres, age and musical tastes. Didn’t matter if you were into hip hop, funk, straight up rock and rock or some alt-country, there were shows for everyone.
Kicking Friday night off was the free concerts at the VAG courtyard. Caught The Boom Booms before heading on to other venues. The only question is, how have I not seen them before? And when do they play again!
Got swept up in a wave of neon-clad EDM lovers arriving for The Funk Hunters with their a high energy show and Typecast album release party. Sad to miss that, I’ve seen them before and it’s a high energy dance party, but so many shows and only one weekend . . .
$30 bought you a wristband to all Junofest venues all weekend. Seriously, what a fabulous deal. Didn’t want to get caught in lineups outside of capacity venues, so put all my eggs in one basket and headed over to the Imperial for the Outlaws and Gunslingers show. Good choice me. So much good music, so much party. Ok, maybe too much party but heck, it’s once every 9 years.
There was a collection of instruments on stage that would make you cry, this kind of says it all for me. And I’m a sucker for pedal steel.
Harrow Fair were my “oh wow” moment from this show. A little bit Civil Wars, a little bit Shovels and Rope, just damn good.
We jumped at a chance to be “seat fillers” at the Juno Awards show. Why not – free tickets and a glamorous, dress up night out. Ever wonder what it’s like pre-show leading up to a huge broadcast event like the Juno’s? Hurry up and wait. Hurry up, then wait some more. Then hurry up. Then do whatever you want, because it’s chaos and no-one really gives a f*ck what you do anymore! Walking the concourse was like being a kid in a candy store – just kept bumping into musicians all dressed up and looking fine! And kudos to Vancouver for putting in the effort to ditch jeans and lulu’s (for once!) and showing up all rock and roll glamour and finery.
The Red Carpet outside Rogers Arena. We didn’t get to walk it . so sad. We were lined up at the back gate . . .of course.
It feels a little bit like Cinderella after the ball sitting at home now in pyjamas, having peeled off the sparkly dress, high heels and false eyelashes (I said it was glam!). I’m still winding down from an amazing event, hosted by Michael Buble with Diana Krall, a Barenaked Ladies / Steven Page reunion and a tribute to Gord Downie that got it just right.
We were originally “holding” in seats looking down on the stage and could see both backstage and front of house at the same time. It looks like a composite shot, but it’s not. We watched performers arrive, walk up the stairs at the bottom of the picture and emerge through the screens on stage. Super cool to watch the transition and not something you get to see every day.
Arcade Fire opened the show, followed by Vancouver native, Lights. Everyone was on their feet for the Gord Downie tribute from Sarah Harmer, Kevin Hearn and a perfect acoustic version of Bobcaygeon from City and Colour. If you’re a Hip fan the video montage and simple vocals will give you goosebumps.
You always hope for a stand out, bring the house down performance and we got ours. Jesse Reyes had the musical who’s who of Canada on their feet and owned the night with Figures. A tiny little gal with a huge voice and a bigger attitude. You go girl.
And …..that’s a wrap because this Cinderella has an actual real job Monday morning; my little rock fantasy weekend is over. And what a fabulous, festive, fun-filled music weekend it was. Bucket list – check and check!