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Nova Scotians at the 2008 JUNOS

By Tamzzs

Several Nova Scotians are nominated, performing and even playing hockey at the 2008 JUNO Awards in Calgary, Alberta this weekend. Music Nova Scotia will also be there to support the artists.

Jill Barber is nominated for New Artist of the Year and album For All Time is nominated for Roots and Traditional Album of the Year (solo). Wintersleep’s Welcome to the Night Sky is nominated for Alternative Album of the Year and the band itself is nominated for New Group of the Year. Joel Plaskett is once again nominated for Songwriter of the Year. This time, it’s for his efforts on “Fashionable People” “Nothing More To Say” and “Face of the Earth” from Ashtray Rock. The Nova Scotian urban scene receives two nods, as Skratch Bastid from Halifax is nominated for Producer of the Year for his landmark efforts on Buck 65’s “Way Back When" and "The Outskirts" from Situation. And long-time rapper Classified from Enfield continues to ride the wave of accolades with a nomination for Rap Recording of the Year for Fall From Paradise. Music Nova Scotia would also like to pass along congratulations to Holy Fuck, co-founded by Yarmouth native Brian Borcherdt and often featuring members from Wintersleep. Holy Fuck’s LP is nominated for Alternative Album of the Year.

Nova Scotians are performing throughout the Juno weekend, starting with Sloan, Halifax’s original supergroup, who played last night’s Opening Concert at Olympic Plaza and Pictou County’s George Canyon, who offered a tribute to Alberta Country Music at the Jubilee Auditorium. Jill Barber will offer her talents at Saturday’s Gala Awards Dinner. Barber will also play JunoFest, along with Wintersleep and The Superfantastics (see schedule below). Joel Plaskett will be hosting the Songwriter’s Circle at on Sunday, April 6th, along with Alex Cuba, Jeremy Fisher, Serena Ryder and Tegan and Sara. Joel Plaskett and Jill Barber are also participating in FanFare, where they will meet and greet fans.

Aside from the music, three Nova Scotians will put down their instruments and pick up hockey sticks at the 2008 Juno Cup. Andrew Scott and Chris Murphy of Sloan and Tim ‘Squirly D’ D’Eon of Wintersleep are expected to dominate on the ice.

Executive Director Gordon Lapp will be representing Music Nova Scotia and supporting Nova Scotian musicians at the Juno Awards. Lapp, along with all of the staff at Music Nova Scotia wishes the best of luck to the nominees and performers.

The 37th Annual Juno Awards will take place on April 6 in Calgary, Alberta with host comedian Russell Peters and will be broadcast nationwide live on CTV.

Nova Scotians at JunoFest

Jill Barber - Friday 12:00 a.m., Cantos Music Foundation

Wintersleep – Friday 12:00 a.m., The Republik

The Superfantastics – Friday 1:00 a.m., Marquee Room

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