Kevin Drew of Broken Social Scene summed up my feelings about the Juno awards perfectly the other night when he pleaded "Fight for better music, Canada. Fight for better music." Look even Chris Murphy from Sloan is so overwhelmed at his words that he's giving Kevin a kiss.
I know I've been ranting on to anybody who will listen about how the Junos do not represent what is happening in Canadian music and once I finish this rant, I promise it will be out of my system, but right now it is still pissing me off.
Canada is gaining a well-deserved reputation for making ground-breaking and critically-adored music. And what do we chose to honour at the national music awards? The polluted rip-off crap represented by, what was it, five Canadian Idol contestants. And performances by and awards to Coldplay (whom I have nothing against, but excuse me, don't we have a few bands in Canada that some of us might like to see perform instead?) and *puke, puke, puke* the Black-Eyed Peas.
I'm not even going to get started on Pamela Anderson; I'm concentrating on the music here. But I think you can probably guess how feel about that choice of host.
Sure I was glad to see bands like Bedouin Soundclash win new group, an artist like Buck 65 win best video, and Broken Social Scene win alternative album. But that, my friends, is merely a spit in the bucket. How many nominations were based solely on sales, not on merit? The majority of them.
Now I really hold no hard feelings against Michael Buble for winning a mitt-full of awards. I would likely never buy one of his cds, but at least he has some genuine talent, but these Canadian idol contestants with their manufactured pop celebrity crap have no place being nominated for anything. Their shit records sell because stupid people see them on tv. Period.
In the meantime, hugely talented and acclaimed musicians like Metric, the Weakerthans, Wolf Parade, Matthew Good, Constantines, New Pornographers, Joel Plaskett, Christine Fellows, Stars, Matt Mays, Hawskley Workman, Martha Wainwright, Ron Sexsmith, oh shit I could go on for days, tour their asses off around the world and don't get recognised at home. Until that changes, I will not acknowledge the Juno awards as a legitimate honouring of Canadian talent.