Calgary plays host to 178 nominees during a week-long celebration of Canadian music


Calgary was swept up in a storm of musical appreciation during the 2016 JUNO Awards, playing host to performances at some of Calgary’s most iconic venues, including the Nite Owl, Palomino, Ironwood Stage and Dicken’s Pub.

Venues were filled to capacity, many with lineups of eager concert-goers winding around the block. Local acts such as Chron Goblin, AM Static, Cowpuncher and The Dudes shared stages with some of Canada’s iconic artists such as Mariana’s Trench, Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy and Buffy Sainte-Marie.

Calgary artists even managed to stir up some JUNO award buzz themselves, with eight local nominees in the running. BRAIDS snatched Alternative Album of the Year, while indie-electronic act AM Static picked up a nomination for Electronic Album of the Year, among others.

A big winner this year was Toronto’s The Weeknd, walking away with five JUNOs in total, including Artist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year.

The Calgary Journal gives you an inside look at some JUNO week events.

For a complete list of winners visit

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