JUNO BUZZ: Curran glowing after Juno win

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Amelia Curran was beaming with pride as she spoke to the media after her Juno win.

She said winning a Juno in her hometown feels exactly like one imagines it might.

She hoped her family were having a drink and she thanked Tony Poughman of Fred's Records for inspiring her over the years.

She's about to go on tour for two months and has no idea what the Juno will do for her career.

For a video of what the award means to her, see this.

To see her on the podium, go here.

To hear why country singer Johnny Reid thinks he's so popular, check this out.

To learn what Billy Talent thinks about the state of rock in Canada, click here.

To hear a singer's shout out to Pouch Cove, try this.

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Newfoundlander Amelia Curran won roots traditional solo album of the year seconds ago.

She's giving her acceptance speech.

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Michael Bubl just won his first Juno of 2010, for pop album of the year.

The crooner, who is nominated for six awards, won over pop sensation Justin Beiber, among others.

Bubl was in good humour and joked he wished he had hair life The Beibs.

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Amelia Curran just sang a touching in memoriam piece, where pictures of music industry people who passed away over the past year were played on a screen.

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The winner of the contemporary jazz album of the year, Charles Spearin, seemed extremely surprised with his win.

He used the word ridiculous to describe it twice.

I'm a visitor in the world of jazz, Spearin said.

To make the album, he asked his neighbours over, recorded their conversations and played melodies to match their intonation.

Spearin is also a guitarist with the band Broken Social Scene.

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Arkells, the band that just won the Juno for new group of the year, say they are going to get Screeched-in during their show at Junctions tonight.

Never mind shooting the rum or kissing the cod, the band members were wondering if they actually have to eat bologna.

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A touching moment as jacksoul won RB/soul recording of the year.

'On the count of three (say) Haydain Neale, Ron Lopata asked an obliging audience in accepting the award.

Neale was the driving force behind jacksoul. He passed away at 39 due to lung cancer last November.

The winning album, Lonesome Highway, was released earlier that month. It was recorded as he battled the disease.

It's a bittersweet kind of thing, Lopata told the media afterwards.

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Country singer Johnny Reid has made an impression on at least one fan.

A reader says he was stuck at the airport in Toronto Friday and Reid who is nominated for four Junos was among the stranded trying to reach St. John's.

The country singer apparently took time to speak with the reader, signing an autograph, trading birthday travelling stories about their kids and even chatting on cell phone to the reader's wife.

Talk about an honorary Newfoundlander, the reader wrote in an e-mail. Apart from his Scottish accent, you would swear from his friendliness and down to earth demeanor, he was already from The Rock.

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Danny Williams just offered the crowd at the Juno gala some fashion advice, suggesting they shouldn't wear purple.

With a purple scarf draped around his neck, the premier joked people have been coming up to him and suggested being premier wasn't enough for him, that now he wants to be pope.

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The 2010 Juno gala dinner and awards banquet is underway at the St. John's Convention Centre.

Seamus O'Regan is hosting.

Thirty-two awards are being presented in what's called the non-broadcast categories.

Among tonight's performers are Amelia Curran.

Premier Danny Williams is scheduled to speak.

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Montreal band The Handsome Furs didn't make it to a show at Club One Friday night due to all the fogged out flights.

In their place, locals Mercy The Sexton played and were reported to be very energetic.

The Halifax band Wintersleep was also on the bill.

Among those enjoying the show were Bubbles and Ricky from Trailer Park Boys.

They weren't in character.

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Left Juno Fan Fare an hour ago and my ears are still ringing.

Haven't heard that much screaming in St. John's since property assessments were mailed out last fall.

Anyway, homeowners weren't the ones making the noise at the Village Mall this afternoon.

That would have been an estimated 3,000 music fans screaming for the likes of country singer Johnny Reid, rock band Down With Webster, pop band Faber Drive, rapper Classified and pop/punker Shiloh.

The MuchMusic personalities on hand also generated a large share of howls.

There were young girls crying, grown men getting guitars signed and women getting Reid to sign cowboy hats.

It was utter madness and, to their credit, the artists stuck around a lot longer than planned to sign autographs.

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  • bill
    July 27, 2010 - 13:55

    Always giving awards to the wrong people.... no talent wannabes like A curran, makes one realizes how little awards really mean.