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Warner Music Canada Artists Claim 25 Nominations At The 2014 Juno Awards
February 04 2014

At a press conference held today in Toronto, Warner Music Canada and its affiliated labels earned a total of 25 nominations for the 2014 JUNO Awards. Leading the way is Michael Bublé with a total of 5 nominations for the platinum album To Be Loved and Tegan and Sara with four nods for their breakthrough certified gold release, Heartthrob. CTV will broadcast the JUNO Awards from the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba on Sunday, March 30, 2014.

Michael Bublé – Juno Fan Choice Award, Single Of The Year (“It’s A Beautiful Day”), Artist Of The Year, Album Of The Year (To Be Loved), Pop Album Of The Year (To Be Loved)
Michael Bublé’s nomination count now totals 30 since the release of his self-titled major label debut in 2003. In that time, he has taken the podium eleven times to accept Juno Awards. Over the past decade, Michael Bublé has become one of the world’s biggest musical stars with multi-platinum selling albums and sold-out concert tours. In 2013, he celebrated the release of his fifth major label release, To Be Loved, with another sold-out world tour that included 10 sold-out nights at London’s O2 Arena. Michael will tour Canada early this summer.

Tegan and Sara – Single Of The Year (“Closer”), Group Of The Year, Songwriter Of The Year (“Closer,” “I Was A Fool,” “Now I’m All Messed Up”), Pop Album Of The Year (Heartthrob)
2013 was a true break out year for Tegan and Sara. Since releasing their debut album in 1999, the group’s growing fame in the indie music world has led to having their songs covered by the likes of the White Stripes and collaborating with superstar DJs David Guetta and Tiesto. Their seventh album, Heartthrob, brought Teagan and Sara long overdue international commercial success thanks to the monster radio hit “Closer.” These nominations bring the duos total to nine since their first in 2006 (So Jealous – Alternative Album Of The Year). Tegan and Sara will be performing live on the Juno Awards telecast.

Brett Kissel – Breakthrough Artist Of The Year, Country Album Of The Year (Started With A Song)
Brett Kissel was THE Canadian country music story of 2013. His debut single “Started With A Song” became a Top 5 radio hit and the video for the track hit #1 on the CMT video charts. The Flat Lake native overcame the odds of making it out of small town Alberta to sign a major label recording contract as well as finding a home with the same management company that helped guide the career of Garth Brooks. This is the first he has been nominated for a Juno Award.

Ron Sexsmith – Songwriter Of The Year (“Deepens With Time,” “Nowhere To Go,” “Snake Road”), Adult Alternative Album Of The Year (Forever Endeavour)
Ron Sexsmith is one of Canada’s most critically acclaimed songwriters. His list of admirers starts with Paul McCartney and Elvis Costello and just never ends. His 2013 release, Forever Endeavour, reaffirmed his remarkable skills winning raves all around the world. Ron won his first Juno award as Songwriter Of The Year in 2005 for the track “Whatever It Takes.”

Blue Rodeo – Group Of The Year
Blue Rodeo have long been recognized as one of the most influential bands in Canadian music history. In 2012 they were inducted in to the Canadian Music Hall Of Fame, recognizing 25 years of platinum selling records, hit singles and sold-out tours. In late 2013, the band released their thirteenth studio album, In Our Nature, to glowing reviews with critics calling it one of the band’s best in years. The album debuted at #2 on the Canadian album sales chart. Blue Rodeo are currently in the midst of a six week cross-Canada tour in support of the new album. In December of 2013, Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor were named to the Order Of Canada.

Courage My Love – Breakthrough Group Of The Year
In 2013 twin sisters Mercedes (vocals/guitars) and Pheonix Arn-Horn (drums/vocals) along with bassist Brandon Lockwood, released their sophomore EP Becoming and then set out on the road winning over audiences one gig at a time. In the Fall they headed to New York City to play the fabled CMJ conference where their aggressive and energetic shows brought them rave reviews. In 2012 Alternative Press Magazine named Courage My Love one of the Top 100 bands You Need To Know and in August 2013, the band graced the cover of Canadian Musician Magazine.

The Sheepdogs – Video Of The Year (“Feeling Good”)
In 2011 The Sheepdogs became the first indie act ever to grace the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine. Their subsequent major label release, Learn & Burn, became a platinum success and helped earn the group three Juno Awards. In 2012 the worked with The Black Key’s Patrick Carney to produce their self-titled sophomore album which earned them three more Juno nominations.

Bruno Mars – International Album Of The Year (Unorthodox Jukebox)
Bruno’s nomination comes on the heels of his performance on the most watched Super Bowl in television history. Bruno is acknowledged as one of the most dynamic entertainers in the world today. The multi-platinum Unorthodox Jukebox has spawned the hits “Locked Out Of Heaven,” “When I Was Your Man,” “Treasure,” “Gorilla” and the current single “Young Girls.”

Nominations for related Warner Music Canada recordings and distributed labels include:

Matt Mays – Rock Album Of The Year (Coyote) / Sonic
The Devin Cuddy Band – Roots & Traditional Album Of The Year: Group (Volume One) / Cameron House Records
The Strumbellas - Roots & Traditional Album Of The Year: Group (We Still Move On Dance Floors) / Six Shooter
MonkeyJunk – Blues Album Of The Year (All Frequencies) / Stony Plain
Sabor A Café – World Music Album Of The Year (Adonis Puentes) / Tumba King
Thomas “Tawgs” Salter – Jack Richardson Producer Of The Year (“This Is The Best” – USS) / Coalition
Kevin Churko – Recording Engineer Of The Year (“Stardust” – Gemini Syndrome)
Randy Stayb - Recording Engineer Of The Year (“Be My Baby” – Michael Bublé)

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For more information: Steve Waxman, Warner Music Canada
P: (416) 758-1097
E: steve.waxman@warnermusic.com