Justin BieberRiding on the successes of the 2019 JUNO Awards, which were held in London, Ontario, artists from Southwestern Ontario have flooded the 2020 nominations list for 27 different nods.

Hailing mostly from London, Windsor and Hamilton, Southwestern Ontario artists can be found in 18 different categories – from the highly coveted Fan Choice award with Loud Luxury and Justin Bieber to music categories and various production and behind the scenes credits, the 519 is a powerful force in several categories.


London makes up 10 of the 27 nominees, with Hamilton at five and Windsor at three.

London’s Loud Luxury could walk away from the March 15th awards show with nods for Fan Choice, Group of the Year and Dance Recording of the Year.

Hamilton’s eyes will be on iskwē who is up for Adult Alternative Album of the Year as well as a nod for her music video Little Star, directed by London’s Sarah Legault.

Windsor is hoping The Blue Stones walk away with Breakthrough Group of the Year or Children’s Album of the Year nominees Girl Pow-r with Windsorite Krisalyn Bell.

The 49th annual JUNO Awards and JUNO Week 2020 will be hosted in Saskatoon, SK from March 9 through March 15, 2020, culminating in The JUNO Awards, on Sunday, March 15, at the SaskTel Centre, broadcast live on various CBC products.

First-time host of this year’s JUNO Awards Broadcast, Alessia Cara, leads this year with a total of six nominations including: JUNO Fan Choice*, Single of the Year, Album of the Year*, Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year* and Pop Album of the Year*. Tory Lanez received five nominations including JUNO Fan Choice*, Artist of the Year, Rap Recording of the Year and two nominations in the R&B/Soul Recording of the Year category.

The Juno Awards are presented annually to Canadian musical artists and bands to acknowledge their artistic and technical achievements in all aspects of music. New members of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame are also inducted as part of the awards ceremonies.

Members of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS), or a panel of experts, depending on the award.

Southwestern Ontario Juno Awards Nominees

Fan Choice
Justin Bieber (Stratford)
Loud Luxury (London)

Group of the Year
Loud Luxury (London)
The Reklaws (Cambridge)

Breakthrough Group of the Year
The Blue Stones (Windsor)

Adult Alternative Album of the Year
City & Colour (St.Catharines)
Devon Portielje (Half Moon Run) (London)
iskwē (Hamilton)

Pop Album of the Year
Tokyo Speir (Walk Off The Earth) (London)

Rock Album of the Year
The Dirty Nil (Hamilton)

Instrumental Album of the Year
Bill Mcbirnie (The Silent Wish) (Port Colborne)
Kevin Hearn (Calm and Cents) (Grimsby)

Children’s Album of the Year
Diana Panton (Hamilton)
Krisalyn Bell (Girl Pow-r) (Windsor)

Dance Recording of the Year
Loud Luxury (London)

Contemporary Roots Album of the Year
LeE HARVeY OsMOND (Hamilton)

Traditional Roots Album of the Year
Miranda Mulholland (Guelph)

Blues Album of the Year
Whitehorse (Hamilton)
Dawn Tyler Watson (London)

Producer of the Year
Ben Kaplan (London)

Recording Engineer of the Year
George Seara (London)
John “Beetle” Bailey (New Hamburg)
Jason Dufour (Windsor)

Album Artwork of the Year
Kris Knight (Windsor)

Music Video of the Year
Sarah Legault (for iskwē’s Little Star) (London)

Electronic Album of the Year
Rezz (Niagara Falls)

Metal/Hard Music Album of the Year
Drew Thomson (Single Mothers) (London)

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