2009 Juno nominations announced

Former Western students’ band up for Christian/Gospel Album of the Year

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Article One

Former Western music students Nathan and Matthew Piche received word yesterday their band Article One is up for a Juno award in the Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year category.

“We were just really excited. I think all of us in the band for years have grown up watching the Junos,” says Nathan, who studied in the Don Wright Faculty of Music for three years before dropping out to pursue a music career.

Article One’s sophomore album, Colors and Sounds, was released in May 2008 and has been praised as a “more nuanced, synth-heavy alternative pop/rock [sound], reminiscent of The Killers” by Christian Music Today magazine.

“When we put the record out I remember thinking, ‘This would be really cool if we could get nominated for a Juno award,’ and when we found out yesterday morning, it was awesome,” Nathan says.

Article One’s album is up against other Canadian Christian and gospel heavyweights Downhere, Life Support, Newworldson and Starfield " bands Nathan says he’s played shows with and considers friends.

“They’re just great bands. It’s an honour to be nominated with them.

Leading this year’s Juno nominations is Nickelback with five " Juno Fan Choice, Single of the Year, Group of the Year, Producer of the Year and Album of the Year. Montreal rocker Sam Roberts follows closely behind with four nominations in the Artist of the Year, Rock Album of the Year and Video of the Year categories. Celine Dion and Hedley both received three nods.

“This list [of frontrunners] demonstrates what the entire list of nominees does, the diversity of the scene " a couple of established artists, some younger ones, a nice balance,” says James Grier, a music professor at Western.

Lesser-known and more controversial bands have also received some recognition. Toronto hardcore punk band, Fucked Up, was nominated under the alternative album category for The Chemistry Of Common Life.

“You’d think with a band called Fucked Up, the Juno committee would stop right there, but I’m so happy they didn’t. I’m also surprised at this press conference that they actually said the word ‘fuck.’ It’s great,” says Moneen’s frontman, Kenny Bridges, fellow member of Canada’s indie punk scene.

More familiar faces have been welcomed back to perform for the Junos, like City and Colour, Nickelback, Simple Plan and Sarah McLachlan. McLachlan will also receive the 2009 Allan Waters Humanitarian Award.

Catch the 2009 Junos on CTV March 29.

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