Who says you can’t go home? Former Calgarian Feist proved you can by sweeping the Juno Awards last night in the town she grew up in.
“It is a strange, very strange night, that it’s all lead me back here,” she told media assembled backstage at the Saddledome, where the indie sensation saw her first big concert.
Showing her down-to-earth stripes, Feist walked the red carpet in a vintage gold-beaded dress and wrote her thank you list in marker on her arm. After her victory for single of the year was announced, the 32-year-old songstress hugged and kissed her mom.
Feist’s The Reminder beat out heavyweights Anne Murray, and Celine Dion, as well as singers Michael Buble and Avril Lavigne for album of the year and was also named top pop album. Her three wins last night follow victories at a Saturday gala for songwriter and artist of the year.
In honour of the host province, country star Paul Brandt performed the Ian Tyson classic Alberta Bound with fellow country crooners Shane Yellowbird, Gord Bamford, Aaron Lines and Johnny Reid. Tyson later presented Brandt with the Juno for country recording of the year.
As in previous Juno years, the performances stole the show. The musical diversity reflected the multiplicity of both this year’s nominees and the national scene.
Sporting a Canadian flag, Avril Lavigne kicked off the musical set with her peppy single I Don’t Like Your Girlfriend. Effervescent soprano Measha Brueggergosman honoured jazz legend Oscar Peterson, who died late last year, with a touching rendition of his song When Summer Comes.
Hedley front man Jacob Hoggard was uncharacteristically subdued as he belted out the band’s single For The Nights I Can’t Remember on a bright red piano.
Jully Black closed out the Junos with a Tina Turner-inspired stage show, performing her hit Seven Day Fool.