Juno Awards full of energy

Lisa Goudy
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Regina comes alive during Sunday’s event

Singer Serena Ryder fields a question from the media after the 2013 Juno Awards broadcast in Regina.

REGINA - It was a high-energy show at the 2013 Juno Awards in Regina on Sunday night.

“Hello Canada. Welcome to the 2013 Juno awards right here in Regina, Saskatchewan,”said host Michael Bublé at the beginning of the broadcast. “Ah Regina, the city that rhymes with fun ... You guys got the Grey Cup coming here. It’s like St. Patrick’s Day except you guys drink way more here.”

During the two-hour show at Brandt Centre, audience members went wild with cheers and applause at many points during the awards broadcast. A total of 7,976 tickets were sold, making Sunday’s broadcast the biggest event ever held at the venue. More than 10 artists and Juno nominees took to the stage to entertain the crowd with memorable performances.

Carly Rae Jepsen, 27, took home the highest number of awards Sunday night, claiming album of the year for her album, Kiss, and single of the year for her international hit, Call Me Maybe. She also performed her hit single at the Junos in a medley with Tonight I’m Getting Over You. Her performance included an outfit change.

Serena Ryder, 30, was a performer and a Juno winner on Sunday. She performed her hit Stompa as the first performance of the show and she teamed up with Billy Talent to perform Stand Up and Run together. Ryder also won adult alternative album of the year, making it the second time she won that award.

“It’s unreal. It’s unbelievable. I’m so, so proud right now because I had the most fun making this record out of any record that I’ve ever made,” said Ryder in a media question and answer session after winning the award. “I just feel so proud and so excited.”

She added she had no idea her song Stompa would be as popular as it was. She said she didn’t know right from the beginning how involved she would be in the Juno Awards this year.

“I knew that I wanted to have an amazing time. I know that coming to the Junos is a huge honour,” said Ryder. “There’s so much going on. It seems like this is kind of overwhelming and a little bit crazy, but I just wanted to have a really good time ... It was really awesome to get a text message from Ben from Billy Talent (to perform together).”

Justin Bieber won the Juno fan choice award. Although he was not present for the ceremony, the audience cheered regardless when his win was announced.

Also at Sunday’s broadcast k.d. lang was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. She also performed a song, Sing it Loud.

Further, the Juno Award for group of the year went to Marianas Trench.

Frontman Josh Ramsey said after the broadcast that he didn’t expect to win the award.

“We’re not good at winning Junos usually,” said Ramsey. “All has changed for us this year.”

During Marianas Trench’s performance of Fallout/Stutter medley at the event, lead singer Josh Ramsay lifted off the stage and flew into the crowd. The group also had a choir singing backup with their medley.

“I thought it would be cool to do something acapella with (the choir),” said Ramsey. “They were amazing. You know, if you want to look good always hire people better than you.”

Bublé also performed during the show a song off his new album called It’s a Beautiful Day complete with confetti.

Other performers included The Sheepdogs performing Feeling Good, Classified and David Myles performing Inner Ninja, Hannah Georgas performing Robotic and Metric performing Synthetica. Classified and David Myles got the audience clapping along with the song.

The other two awards presented at Sunday’s ceremony were breakthrough group of the year, which went to Monster Truck, and songwriter of the year, which went to Leonard Cohen.

“I can’t begin to list the ways in which (Leonard) has shaped and inspired and encouraged and instructed and corrected,” said Cohen’s son Adam to the media after accepting the award on his father’s behalf. “I think he’ll be very pleased with what I said.”

To view a photo slideshow of the Juno Awards, go here.

Organizations: Brandt Centre, Times-Herald

Geographic location: REGINA, Saskatchewan

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