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The Least Embarrassing Canadian Awards Show of All Time?

The Least Embarrassing Canadian Awards Show of All Time?

The 40th Juno Awards (aka Canada’s Grammys) went down in Toronto last night, and in a shocking turn of events, they weren’t that bad. Usually Canadian awards shows are a self-deprecating joke, whether intentional or not… with poor production values and a “who-is-that?” list of presenters and performers. But last night, aided by a surprisingly funny and entertaining host in Drake, a classy batch of winners (Arcade Fire, Neil Young, Caribou) and some great performers (Arcade Fire again, as well as Chromeo, Broken Social Scene, and fantastic tribute to Gordon Lightfoot, The Band, and Joni Mitchell performed by Sarah Harmer, Justin Rutledge, Jim Cuddy, Dallas Green, and Serena Ryder), the Junos may very well have been the first Canadian awards show that left Canadians feeling proud.

You can watch the whole show here (though it may be locked outside Canada itself), and here’s a clip of the opening:

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