Juno Awards 2014

Okay. I know I’m almost a week late on this, but I just finished my 2nd last exam and I don’t have my next one for another 2 weeks. So I’m taking advantage of this time to FINALLY blog about the Junos. There are a couple of things that I need to get out there about the Junos, because this year was in my opinion, a good one. You’ll see why later. Here are my top 5 moments of the Junos.

5. Olympians

I know every two years we get Olympians on the Junos, and every time, I enjoy it. I don’t care what y’all think, but I love Canadian pride, and the Junos took advantage of getting gold medalists Team Jennifer Jones and Dara Howell to be presenters for this year’s broadcast.

4.  A Tribe Called Red

Congrats to these guys on winning the Breakthrough Group of the Year! Originally, I was rooting for the Born Ruffians, but I’m very happy to see this group get some love from the Junos too. It was much deserved. If you haven’t heard of them, they’re an electronic music group that combines elements of First Nations music into their sound. I know, you’re questioning it, but trust me. It’s a great combination.

3. Arcade Fire

These guys. Every time they play a show, they slay. I’m always impressed with their performances and  their stage presence. If you haven’t heard their new album, get it. It features so many catchy songs. These guys won two Junos out of six nominations! Congrats to them!

2. Serena Ryder

Fell in love with her 2 years ago, fell back into love with her when she hosted the Junos. Hosting suits her! I especially liked the mashup she did with her fellow co-host, Classified to open the show. I love watching her perform. She always looks like she loves what she’s doing and having a good time. She sang For You later in the show, and all I could say was “WOW”. Her voice is incredible. Let’s not forget when she stood up for the Biebs. #classy I’d also like to point out the mega girl group that she “formed” with Tegan and Sara called The Frost Biters was probably one of my favourite skits of the night. Serena won two awards at the Junos. 🙂 I need more Ryder in my life.

1. Tegan and Sara

Oh goodness. How can I even start. If you read my blog you know these ladies are my favourite artists to grace this earth, and even SEEING them at the Junos made me cry tears of joy. They were awarded the first award of the night, Single of the Year, then later received Group of the Year. They had won Pop album of the Year at the Gala the previous night, giving them a total of three Junos of the night. Guess what. That was the most Junos awarded at the Junos, and I couldn’t be more happy to be a fan of theirs. I’m glad that they’re FINALLY getting recognition within the industry, and more importantly within their home country. I can now say that they’re Juno award winners, and Grammy nominees. Well, nominee could turn into winner someday. They won an award for Heartthrob and I don’t think anyone really knows how happy this makes me. I personally love the album from beginning to end. There has been a lot of controversy within the fan base because of  the change of sound, but really, EFF that. They’re expressing artistry, and they’ve actually done pop in their earlier records, it just wasn’t as prominent. Heartthrob has created a new kind of pop; smart pop, not cliche mainstream pop, but alternative smart pop music that pulls on your heartstrings. I’m not saying this because I’m biased, but really, if you like music and pop as a genre, this is the start of something new. Tegan and Sara, congrats on your success. I’m very very proud of you.

Haha, I kinda got all emotional there with the T&S part. I really do love that the Junos are a way to give love to Canadian artists and that all of these artists that I’ve mentioned have been fortunate enough to win that love from the Junos. Congrats to all of the other winners and nominees as well. Overall, the Junos this year were great. Some minor let downs like the lack of appearances by big Canadian stars, and booing Canada’s very own Bieber, but minus that, still a great show.

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Music That Gets Me | Bridges – Broods

Okay, no more excuses. I’ve got nothing as to why I haven’t been blogging lately. It’s probably because of school. Funny how I decide to make a post during the final days of classes. Next week is the final week of school. Errr… stress is coming. I can feel it.

This song… is probably one of my favourites so far of 2014. The Broods have this sound of synth pop and ease. You can relax to their music and you can jam to their music. I personally love their sound. When I first heard this song, I instantly fell in love. Georgia’s voice is so clear and pure. You can hear those little cracks in her voice that makes her voice sound so raw. That’s kind of my favourite kind of voice and I have no explanation as to why that is. I just love it. The production of this song is something else. The piano chords and that variations of it are so simple in this song, but it’s the melody of the instrumentals that make this song so easy to love. It’s catchy and it builds up. The verses are intimate and chilled, then the buildup of the drums and the synths come in at the pre-chorus, and in the chorus everything comes together and combines into a melodically catchy chorus with backup vocals to die for, and synths that will take you back to the 80s. I’m in love with this song and this band. This is music that gets me.

You can check out the Brood’s new EP on iTunes (etc.) and check out the song and newly released music video for “Bridges” down below. Happy listening!

Hillsong United’s new album!

I’ve been a long time fan of Hillsong. I’ve been a fan since I was like.. able to talk. I think Hillsong’s music has revolutionized Christian music, not only as praise & worship type of songs, but more contemporary. They were our go to church for music. I’ve been performing their songs for as long as I can remember. A Hillsong album was a household item in my place. We had it playing on the radio, we had the vhs on concert (later on they were DVDs), and probably every album up until 2004. Since then, I’ve just been discovering what types of music their Youth group, Hillsong United has been up to.
Hillsong United do not disappoint. They really reach out to their target audience, and I find it so inspiring that they do so. They’re able to reach out to people with their music, and to allow God to work through them. I’m not going to get all religious here, but I’m just really blessed.
With all of that being said, Hillsong United recently put out a new album called “Zion”. I am absolutely amazed with their new stuff. Last year’s live album was a step up from their usual sound, but this year they really pushed it. This new sound is more driven towards an alternative/indie rock sound. Everyone who knows me, knows that this is my favourite genre. I guess that’s why I’m absolutely in love with this album. As usual, their songwriting is very impressive, and very powerful. I think by going with this kind of sound, they were pushing themselves to reach out to a wider audience. That goal will definitely be achieved, and I’m looking forward to seeing them work through God to reach a new audience. I’d like to perform some of their songs in the near future.
Here’s the most popular song off of the new album : Oceans (Where My Feet Fall)

The lyrics are uplifting, and the vocals and the music that accompany the lyrics polish the song. It’s a beautiful song. Whether you’re a Christian or not, there’s no denying that this song is a great one. I’d check out Relentless and Up In Arms if you liked that… or even better, just get their whole album. 🙂