This year's Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award-winner's acceptance speech was both inspirational and a game-changing moment for women in music. Her words and the arc of her career earned her a heartfelt standing ovation from everyone in the audience Saturday night.
Saturday night, at the Juno Gala Dinner & Awards, 36 off-camera Juno awards were handed out, while four people were recognized for special achievement honours in the Canadian music industry. BC native Diana Krall won two statuettes.
When Canuck media superstar Denise Donlon accepts the Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award in Vancouver next month during the Juno Awards festivities, there will be widespread (probably universal) acknowledgement that this one hit the bullseye.
The Montreal art-rockers and the fast-rising Toronto singer lead with four nods apiece, closely followed by Arkells, Gord Downie, Hedley and Ruth B. We interviewed some of the nominees for their reactions.
The maverick broadcaster and former music industry executive is to be celebrated in Vancouver at a March 24 gala the evening before the Juno Awards. Expect a royal court of well-wishers to tipple and offer tributes to a gal whose first taste of the high-life was road-managing the Headpins.