When the JUNOs were handed out this past weekend, more than a few winners from Alberta made all of us at CKUA stand up and cheer.
David Myles, host of Myles from Home, took home the JUNO for Instrumental Album of the Year for his album That Tall Distance. Congratulations, David!
Congratulations to Caity Gyorgy. This rising star of jazz is originally from Calgary, and she won the JUNO for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year for her EP Now Pronouncing: Caity Gyorgy.
CKUA favourite and recent chart-topper Maria Dunn won Traditional Roots Album of the Year for her latest album, Joyful Banner Blazing. (We noticed that you thanked CKUA in your acceptance speech, Maria, and we appreciate that!)
Another winner with Alberta connections is Edmonton-born Andrew Wan, for Classical Album of the Year (Small Ensemble). Wan worked with Charles Richard-Hamelin on an album called Beethoven: Sonates pour violon et piano / Violin Sonatas Nos. 1, 2, 3 & 5.
Congratulations as well to Brett Kissel. This country singer, originally from St. Paul, won the JUNO for Country Album of the Year for his ninth studio album, What is Life?
Garth Prince, originally from Namibia and now living in Edmonton, won the JUNO for Children’s Album of the Year for Falling in Africa. He thanked the children of Namibia and the children of Edmonton, who sang with him on the album.
Fawn Wood, a Plains Cree/Salish singer from Saddle Lake, won the JUNO for Traditional Indigenous Artist or Group of the Year for her album Kakike.
Best wishes to all the artists listed here, plus many more winners whose music is beloved by the CKUA hosts and audience!