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.


Music That Gets Me | Don’t Find Another Love – Tegan and Sara

I know… I’ve made multiple posts on this band already, but I really can’t help it. They make great music.

Yesterday, January 28, 2014, Tegan and Sara released a new song entitled “Don’t Find Another Love” for the movie “Endless Love” which is set to be released this Valentines Day.

My reaction to this song was “This. Is. So. Good.”. It may sound like I’m biased and whatnot, but really, it’s a good song. It starts off with a folk-ish guitar riff, almost Western like, and on top are layers of vocals humming a catchy melody. The drums come in; they aren’t complicated, it’s simple and sweet. In the chorus, all hell breaks loose. The mix of the synths, the piano, the strings, the hint of guitar and the drums create the perfect dynamic that the message portrays. I love the touch of clapping sounds in the second part of the verses as well. Classy. The lyrics are quite cliche and cheesy, but it’s tailored to the plot of the movie. I like cliche. Tegan’s falsetto in the bridge was surprising.  A great surprise full of intimacy, raspiness and purity.  Both of them have grown so much vocally and I’m glad to see them pushing themselves harder as singers. Bless their souls. This song is catchy, so beware. It will be in your head forever. I see this as a good thing. This is music that gets me.

Until I get an official link to the song, you can hear it here: http://www.justjared.com/2014/01/28/tegan-sara-dont-find-another-love-exclusive-premiere-listen-now/

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Have a great day! Be Happy, Be Awesome, Be You.

Music That Gets Me | Call It Off – Tegan And Sara

The song “Call It Off” holds a special place in my heart for numerous reasons. It was the first Tegan and Sara song I heard four years ago, and it was the song that made me fall in love with them. The song captures a lot of emotion and the message pulls on my heartstrings. Ironically, Tegan, who wrote the song, wrote the song in a totally different context. During an on stage banter, she states that she wrote the song about stalking  someone on Myspace and wondered everything that their relationship could have been. The song is beautifully written in all aspects. The intimacy of the acoustic guitar, the light guitar riffs, and Tegan’s voice make the song so much more emotionally touching. Like a lot of fans, we all can easily connect to this song because the song’s lyrics are powerful and meaningful. Everyone’s favourite lyric from this song is “Maybe I would’ve been something you’d be good at. Maybe you would’ve been something I’d be good at.” It’s screaming what if. What would our relationship had been like?

Time for a personal story. I’ll try to make it as short as I can. Recently I met a guy. He was a nice dude, we got along nicely and he understood me and my awkwardness. About three days into our relationship, he started confessing things to me, was all cheesy and wrote poems, serenaded me and all that lovely stuff. Unfortunately, I’m not the person to want to be in a relationship just three days after meeting a guy. Let’s also add the fact that I’m socially awkward and I’m afraid of intimacy. You can say that maybe I was scared, maybe I just didn’t want to be with someone so clingy, or maybe  I just wasn’t ready to be in a relationship. Regardless, I did wonder what our relationship would have been like if I had accepted him. Unfortunately, I think he’s still mad at me for not answering his messages right away, but instead, five hours later. Hey, I had my reasons. And no, I don’t think he’s ever going to talk to me again. That’s my story of the day.

The song performed live is beautiful because singing along with Tegan relieves all kinds of pain and heartbreak. Go to a Tegan and Sara concert. Sing this song with them. You’ll cry. I can guarantee it. This song gets me.

You can listen to “Call If Off” down below and you can buy their whole album “The Con” which features “Call If Off”, on iTunes. You should also get their most recent album, “Heartthrob” which was released last year. It’s a step out of their usual sound, but it’s still a great album if you enjoy Alt-Pop. Maybe that’s worth another blog post. Hmmm..

Have a great day! Be Happy, Be Awesome, and Be You.