Junos 2015: All the winners and memorable moments

By Sarah Kelsey

Well, that’s a wrap on the 2015 Junos – and what an star-studded evening it was. From the fashion to the performances, this was one of the best years yet for the Canadian music industry.

Kiesza took the stage to perform "Sound of a Woman" and "Hideaway." Photo: © Getty Images

Stepping into the spotlight for the first time was Calgary-based artist Kiesza. The 26-year-old, who rocked one of her signature creative 'dos, was definitely the night's biggest winner, clinching the Breakthrough Artist of the Year category as well as winning Dance Recording of the Year and Video of the Year (the latter two happened during Saturday night’s untelevised Junos gala).

"I'm shaking. I'm a little nervous," she said as she accepted her breakthrough award. " Thank you to all my fans... thank you for all the support this past year — it hasn't been a full year yet, which is crazy."

Arkells took home a Juno for Rock Album of the Year. Photo: © Getty Images

The "Sound of a Woman" singer also gave an electric performance. So, too, did Hamilton’s own Arkells, who seemed to feed off the energy of the hometown crowd. They belted out their hit tune "Come to the Light," a song that helped them win Rock Album of the Year. Hedley's performance was also on point.

Read more: Juno winner Lights shares her five on-the-road essentials

One of the best moments of the night came when Alanis Morissette took to the stage as part of her induction ceremony into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. The recognition, appropriately enough, came on the heels of the 20th anniversary of her world-famous album, Jagged Little Pill. The 40-year-old Ottawa-native was pitch perfect as she belted out her hit tunes Uninvited, "You Oughta Know" and "Thank You."

Alanis Morissette looked radiant performing at the Junos. Photo: © Getty Images

Accepting her honour before the Steeletown crowd, she said, " I am deeply appreciative of this country… A lot of people around the planet ask me what [it] is about you Canadians that make you so expressed and so compelling… And I say, 'There's definitely something in the water other than fluoride.'"

She added, "As an artist, I write for myself in a very self-indulgent way… I love you, and I thank you, and I thank all people who have supported me in Canada for the many decades."

Check out all the winners below!

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2015 JUNO AWARDS: ALL THE WINNERS

JUNO FAN CHOICE AWARD
Arcade Fire
Bobby Bazini
Drake
Hedley
Leonard Cohen
Magic!
WINNER: Michael Bublé
Nickelback
Serge Fiori
You+Me

SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Hold On, We’re Going Home Drake ft. Majid Jordan
Crazy for You Hedley
Hideaway Kiesza
WINNER: Rude Magic!
We’re All in This Together Sam Roberts Band

INTERNATIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR
PRISM Katy Perry
Pure Heroine Lorde
Midnight Memories One Direction
WINNER: In the Lonely Hour Sam Smith
1989 Taylor Swift

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Where I Belong Bobby Bazini
Wild Life Hedley
WINNER: Popular Problems Leonard Cohen
No Fixed Address Nickelback
Serge Fiori Serge Fiori

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Bryan Adams
Deadmau5
Leonard Cohen
Sarah McLachlan
WINNER: The Weeknd

GROUP OF THE YEAR
WINNER: Arkells
Chromeo
Mother Mother
Nickelback
You+Me

BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY FACTOR AND RADIO STARMAKER FUND)
Glenn Morrison
Jess Moskaluke
WINNER: Kiesza
Mac DeMarco
Shawn Mendes

BREAKTHROUGH GROUP OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY FACTOR AND RADIO STARMAKER FUND)
Adventure Club
Alvvays
WINNER: Magic!
USS
Zeds Dead

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY SIRIUSXM CANADA)
WINNER: Bahamas
“All the Time”, “Bitter Memories”, “Stronger Than That”
BAHAMAS IS AFIE – Bahamas

Catherine MacLellan
“Jack’s Song”, “Tell Me Luella”, “The Raven’s Sun”
THE RAVEN’S SUN – Catherine MacLellan
Henry “Cirkut” Walter
“Birthday” – co-songwriters Katy Perry, Luke Gottwald, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee
“Dark Horse ft. Juicy J” - co-songwriters Katy Perry, Jordan Houston, Luke Gottwald, Sarah Hudson, Max
Martin
PRISM – Katy Perry
“Wild Wild Love” – co-songwriters Armando C. Pérez, Luke Gottwald, Michael Everett, Max Martin,
Ammar Malik, Alexander Castillo Vasquez
GLOBALIZATION – Pitbull
Jenn Grant
“Bring Me a Rose”, “No One’s Gonna Love You (Quite Like I Do)”, “Trailer Park”
COMPOSTELA – Jenn Grant
Magic!
“Don’t Kill the Magic” – co-songwriter Adam Messinger, “Let Your Hair Down”, “Rude” – co-songwriter
Adam Messinger
DON’T KILL THE MAGIC – Magic!

COUNTRY ALBUM OF THE YEAR
WINNER: Lifted Dallas Smith
Light Up The Night Jess Moskaluke
Caffeine & Big Dreams Kira Isabella
MacKenzie Porter Mackenzie Porter
Wheels The Road Hammers

ADULT ALTERNATIVE ALBUM OF THE YEAR
WINNER: Bahamas Is Afie Bahamas
Compostela Jenn Grant
The Lemon Squeeze Jeremy Fisher
Popular Problems Leonard Cohen
Sleeping Operator The Barr Brothers

ALTERNATIVE ALBUM OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY LONG & MCQUADE)
Alvvays Alvvays
Shrink Dust Chad VanGaalen
WINNER: July Talk July Talk
Animism Tanya Tagaq
Hot Dreams Timber Timbre

POP ALBUM OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY TD)
Avril Lavigne Avril Lavigne
Party For Your Life Down With Webster
WINNER: Little Machines Lights
Don’t Kill The Magic Magic!
Little Secret Nikki Yanofsky

ROCK ALBUM OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY SIRIUSXM CANADA)
WINNER: High Noon Arkells
Ghost Big Wreck
Lo-Fantasy Sam Roberts Band
The Union The Glorious Sons
Between Illness and Migration Your Favorite Enemies

VOCAL JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Angela Galuppo Angela Galuppo
WINNER: Red Diana Panton
The Signal Elizabeth Shepherd
Counting Dreams Julie Crochetière
Because of Billie Molly Johnson

JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR: SOLO
Zoetrope Jim Head
WINNER: Vista Obscura Kirk MacDonald
LA Bootleg 1984 Lenny Breau
La vie commence ici Marianne Trudel
Drum Lore Vol. 2 – More Lore Owen Howard

JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR: GROUP
Bristles Andrew Downing, Jim Lewis & David Occhipinti
Bobby Rice Latin Jazz Big Band: X-Treme Latin Jazz Bobby Rice
Fishs Eddy Brian Dickinson Trio
WINNER: Jane Bunnett and Maqueque Jane Bunnett and Maqueque
The Where Myriad3

INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Great Wall of China Canadian Brass
Flesh and Machine Daniel Lanois
Off With the Cuffs John Stetch
WINNER: Encuentro Quartango
Symphony! Sultans of String

FRANCOPHONE ALBUM OF THE YEAR
WINNER: Maladie d’amour Jimmy Hunt
L’alchimie des monstres Klô Pelgag
Ornithologie, la nuit Philippe B
Valse 333 Sagot
Serge Fiori Serge Fiori

CHILDREN’S ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Wave Your Antlers Bobs & LoLo
WINNER: Where In The World Fred Penner
Le chat botté LuLu et le Matou
Love Bug Raffi
Happy Times Splash'N Boots

CLASSICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: SOLO OR CHAMBER ENSEMBLE
Blanc Angèle Dubeau & La Pietà
Akoka: Reframing Olivier Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time David Krakauer, Matt Haimovitz, Socalled, Jonathan Crow & Geoffrey Burleson
WINNER: Bartok: Chamber Works for Violin Vol. 3 James Ehnes
Prokofiev: Sonates & Mélodies Jonathan Crow & Paul Stewart
Ysaÿe Sonatas for Solo Violin Karl Stobbe

CLASSICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: LARGE ENSEMBLE OR SOLOIST(S) WITH LARGE ENSEMBLE ACCOMPANIMENT
WINNER: Schubert: Winterreise Gerald Finley & Julius Drake
Handel & Porpora: The London Years Julie Boulianne, Clavecin en concert & Luc Beauséjour
Mozart: Opera & Concert Arias Karina Gauvin, Les Violons du Roy & Bernard Labadie
Terra Tremuit Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal
The Heart's Refuge Theatre of Early Music, Schola Cantorum & Daniel Taylor

CLASSICAL COMPOSITION OF THE YEAR
Glistening Pianos Alice Ping Yee Ho GLISTENING PIANOS
WINNER: Airline Icarus Brian Current AIRLINE ICARUS – COMPLETE OPERA
Magister Ludi Gordon Fitzell MAGISTER LUDI
Sextet, OP. 71 Jacques Hétu COMPLETE CHAMBER WORKS FOR STRINGS
Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello, Piano and Orchestra John Estacio A CONCERT FOR NEW YORK

RAP RECORDING OF THE YEAR
PA2: The Director’s Cut Marco Polo
WINNER: The Legends League Presents: Naturally Born Strangers Naturally Born Strangers
Dear America P Reign
Amani Saukrates
Stigmata Tre Mission

DANCE RECORDING OF THE YEAR
Calling All Heroes Adventure Club
White Women Chromeo
Goodbye Glenn Morrison
WINNER: Sound Of A Woman Kiesza
Soundwave Trevor Guthrie

R&B/SOUL RECORDING OF THE YEAR
Dirty Laundry Ben Stevenson
Got To Have It jacksoul
JRDN JRDN
Four Seasons Melanie Durrant
WINNER: Often The Weeknd

REGGAE RECORDING OF THE YEAR
WINNER: Welcome the King Exco Levi
Love Inna Wi Heart Kirk Diamond ft. Bob da Builda
Wake Up Mikey Dangerous
Hold On Till I Die Steele
Real Talk Tasha T

ABORIGINAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY ABORIGINAL PEOPLES TELEVISION NETWORK)
The Whole World’s Got the Blues Crystal Shawanda
For The Light Digging Roots
Heart of the People Leela Gilday
WINNER: Animism Tanya Tagaq
The (Post) Mistress Tomson Highway

ROOTS & TRADITIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: SOLO
They Promised You Mercy Amelia Curran
WINNER: The Raven’s Sun Catherine MacLellan
Prairieography Del Barber
The Old Silo James Hill
Weightless Matt Andersen

ROOTS & TRADITIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: GROUP
South Blackie and The Rodeo Kings
Work and Love Elliott Brood
WINNER: Let It Lie The Bros. Landreth
Jubilee The Deep Dark Woods
Departures The Once

BLUES ALBUM OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY STINGRAY MUSIC)
Belmont Boulevard JW-Jones
WINNER: Solo Recordings, Vol. 2 Steve Hill
Let Me Prove It To You Steve Strongman
Wicked The 24th Street Wailers
A Real Fine Mess The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer

CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN/GOSPEL ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Introducing Chelsea Amber Chelsea Amber
Analog Love in Digital Times Drew Brown
The Moment Manafest
WINNER: VIP Manic Drive
The Joy Tim Neufeld

WORLD MUSIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY CANADA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS)
Ayrad Ayrad
Singing in Tongues Eccodek
The Key Emmanuel Jal
Le dernier empereur bantou Pierre Kwenders
WINNER: 500 Years of Night Quique Escamilla

JACK RICHARDSON PRODUCER OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY SLAIGHT MUSIC)
WINNER: Adam Messinger “Change Your Life” (co-producer Nasri Atweh) THE NEW CLASSIC – Iggy Azalea | “Rude” DON’T KILL THE MAGIC – Magic!
Eric Ratz “Ghosts” GHOSTS – Big Wreck Anthem*Warner | “Leather Jacket” – HIGH NOON – Arkells
Gavin Brown “I Am Machine” – Three Days Grace | “Reaper Man” VERY GOOD BAD THING – Mother Mother
Jesse Zubot “Caribou”, “Uja” ANIMISM – Tanya Tagaq
Thomas “Tawgs” Salter “Soundwave”– Trevor Guthrie | “Up We Go” LITTLE MACHINES – Lights

RECORDING ENGINEER OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY ONTARIO INSTITUTE OF AUDIO RECORDING TECHNOLOGY [OIART])
WINNER: Eric Ratz “Ghosts” GHOSTS – Big Wreck Anthem*Warner | “Satellite Hotel” BLACK BUFFALO – One Bad Son
George Seara “Got To Have It”, “Whole Day” GREATEST HITS – jacksoul
Jeremy Darby “Mosaic”, “Nomad’s Arrival” MANDALA – Monsoon
John “Beetle” Bailey “Any Day Now” JUST PASSING THROUGH – The Breithaupt Brothers | “Fine and Mellow” BECAUSE OF BILLIE – Molly Johnson
Lenny Derose “I Am Machine” – Three Days Grace | “Reaper Man” VERY GOOD BAD
THING – Mother Mother

RECORDING PACKAGE OF THE YEAR
Alex Durlak (Art Director/Designer), Jeff McMurrich and Bry Webb (Art Directors) FREE WILL – Bry Webb
Caroline Blanchette (Art Director) WONDERS OF THE WORLD – The Lost Fingers
Menno Versteeg (Art Director), Zack Mykula (Designer), Jason Bartell (Illustrator), Yoshi Cooper (Photographer)PUP – PUP
WINNER: Roberta Hansen (Art Director/Designer/Illustrator), Mike Latschislaw (Photographer) PILGRIMAGE – Steve Bell
Taylor Kirk (Art Director/Designer/Photographer), Robyn Kotyk (Designer), Laura Margaret Ramsay (Photographer) HOT DREAMS – Timber Timbre

VIDEO OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY MUCHFACT, EXCLUSIVELY FUNDED BY BELL MEDIA)
Preach Dane Collison SONREAL
Lost You Grandson & Son ZEDS DEAD FT. TWIN SHADOW
Guilt Trip Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux and Chandler Levack PUP
WINNER: Hideaway Kiesza, Blayre Ellestad, Rami Afuni and Ljuba Castot KIESZA
Not Up To Me Natalie Rae Robison KANDLE

ELECTRONIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR
WINNER: Our Love Caribou
While (1<2) Deadmau5
Right From Real Lydia Ainsworth
EX Plastikman
Alone For The First Time Ryan Hemsworth

METAL/HARD MUSIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR
WINNER: Z² Devin Townsend Project
Waiting for the End to Come Kataklysm
Brotherhood of the Ram Shooting Guns
Negative Qualities Single Mothers
Chasing the Dream Skull Fist

ADULT CONTEMPORARY ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Womyn Alysha Brilla
Everything Almost Jann Arden
Trauma: Chansons de la série télé (saison no. 5) Coeur de pirate
Dark Swing Ndidi
WINNER: Shine On Sarah McLachlan

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