"Goddess"

Did you know that Juno is the goddess of well, everything. She’s the Roman equivalent to the Greek goddess of all, Hera.

And the Canadian Junos had their own ‘Queen’ of all last night – Nelly Furtado.

Now, I’m pleased to say that Michelle and I were actually able to have a conversation about the Junos for once. I usually get on my soapbox and Michelle gets frustrated. I understand completely. I frustrate myself.

Anyways, I thought the show was lame in some aspects, great in others. Nothing was, “Oh. My. Goodness. That rocked. And nothing was, “Wow. That sucked.”

I thought SK Place (or Credit Union Center) looked fantastic. I thought the two ends of the stage was pretty cool, with the ‘pit’ in the middle. But, I have a few issues. Here goes:

1. The host. Nelly was okay. Not great, but not horrible. But the Junos should not have the host be the same person who’s likely going to win most of the awards. It was awkward. Especially after she won Album of the Year. She tried to hide her trophy while introducing the next act. Couldn’t George Stoumboulopoulos hosted? Even if he works for CBC? Or some MuchMusic dude/dudette? Or, I don’t know, Rachel McAdams?

2. The number of awards given out was pathetic. Why the hell is artist of the year not presented on the main telecast? Very, very, weird. A whole 7 awards given out over the course of the show. Now, I understand that they want to showcase the music, but you get more people involved as you have more presenters. Come on.

3. Length. Add another hour. Two just isn’t enough for all the effort cities put into hosting.

4. Variety of acts. Um, why was there no country? Country music is a huge industry in Canada. It has its own awards show. Why couldn’t somebody have performed from that genre? And why can’t we have a jazz performance? Aboriginal? Classical? Give the genres which have trouble getting noticed some screen time. It’s about CANADIAN music. Not just the best-selling artists. K-Os said it best: “This show is propaganda.”

5. CTV. Now, granted, the Junos were dying a slow death on CBC. But at least on CBC it seemed like a true celebration of music, of art. It had a significant place on the schedule. CTV’s constant shuffling of the show’s start time makes me wonder if they really care about supporting Canadian music. They’re all about ratings. CBC, though, as a public broadcaster, is mandated to support Canadian talent. CTV will ruin the Olympics in 2010. The Olympics belong on CTV. But that’s a whole other issue (and thank goodness CBC got HNIC back).

Good for you, Saskatoon. You put on a great show. My only quibble is that as a province, and city, we need to quit waiting for validation from the rest of the country (as in being deemed ‘worthy’ of hosting the Junos) in order to consider ourselves important. Screw the rest of the country. They don’t know what they’re missing.

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