The Juno Awards for music are great for canadian culture. I think it’s important for us, as a country, to evaluate our music and present our best to the world. I personally enjoy watching it (or reading about it) FAR more than the grammys. I’m not sure why. It could be because its canadian and I connect with that, but I also like that there doesn’t seem to be a heavy emphasis on POP music.

Case in point, New Group of the Year was given to the Arkells, one of the MANY fine artists to come from canadian Dine Alone Records (Alexisonfire, City and Colour, Attack in Black, Tokyo Police Club, and others). I LOVE this band, and if you listen to the edge then you probably like them too. They beat out Down with Webster (who i really like) and Stereos (who I DO NOT like) among others, for this honour and I think they really deserve it.

You can go here for a full list of the nominees/winners, and here to listen to the Arkells if you haven’t listened to them before.