Sound Check
  •  ALBUM OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY MUSIC CANADA) : Arcade Fire Arcade Fire Music*Universal Reflektor

    Tegan and Sara Warner Bros.*Warner

    A Tribe Called Red Tribal Spirit/Pirates Blend*Sony

      Serena Ryder, Serenader Source*Universal/Independent: Stompa "What I Wouldn’t Do” – Serena Ryder/”When You Know ft. Serena Ryder” – Matt Epp & The Amorian Assembly

    : Justin Bieber , Island Def Jam * Universal

    SINGLE OF THE YEAR: 'Closer' Tegan and Sara, Warner Bros. *Warner

    COUNTRY ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Crop Circles Dean Brody Open Road*Universal
    ADULT ALTERNATIVE ALBUM OF THE YEAR : Forever Endeavour Ron Sexsmith Warner


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  • Carly Rae Jepsen performing at the 2013 Junos in Regina, Sask. (Photo by Jag Gundu/Getty Images)
    Canadian musicians have taken the music world by storm more than once -- and you can thank them for some of the greatest singer/songwriter tracks, pop tunes and rock anthems of all time.

    For instance, it wasn’t so long ago that Canadian Idol alum Carly Rae Jepsen went viral with her catchy song “Call Me Maybe” -- and it’s hard to make it through the day without hearing Justin Bieber's name uttered in one context or another.

    The Canadian music landscape is also filled with long-lasting artists who have contributed to the soundtrack of our lives. We are proud that we still care about bands like Rush, Great Big Sea, Barenaked Ladies and this year’s Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductee, Bachman-Turner Overdrive.

    Fans of “The Big Bang Theory” can also thank BNL for writing the theme song to their favourite sitcom.

    Canada is also home to some of the most amazingly talented female artists like k.d. lang, Joni Mitchell, Celine Dion, Anne Murray, Avril Lavigne, Sarah McLachlan, Feist, Shania

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  • OK, we'll admit it: the Juno Awards don’t have the greatest reputation for being the world’s most entertaining awards show.

    We can probably count on more than one cheesy joke, a performance by a band or two that your parents never heard of and someone screaming “Thank you, Canada!” at least once during the night -- but the Junos are actually so much more than that.

    You might not know it, but the Juno Awards go above and beyond that two-hour show that you watch on TV. Here are five reasons why

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  • Serena Ryder receives the Juno for Adult Alternative Album of the year during the 2013 Juno Awards in Regina on Sunday, April 21, 2013. (The Canadian Press/Liam Richards)
    Singer/songwriter Serena Ryder will co-host this year’s Juno Awards with fellow Canadian artists Classified and Johnny Reid and we could not be more excited. A four-time Juno winner, Ryder is one of the coolest and most inspirational musicians around.

    Don't believe us? Here are five reasons why you should care about Serena Ryder:

    1) She dances to her own music.

    Seeing a musician stand still and sing can sometimes be excruciatingly boring to watch. Luckily, when Ryder hits the stage, she rocks out to her own tunes and usually has a pretty cool guitar. Need proof? Take a look at her performance of “Stompa” at the 2013 Juno Awards.

    2) She cares about others.

    In addition to being an incredible musician, Ryder also lends herself to philanthropic efforts --  like donating a painting she created called “Away From Home” to The Kidney Foundation of Canada. Last year, she was also present at Woodbine Jr. High School for a surprise performance and to help MusiCounts announce $1 million in music

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    Winning a Juno Award or landing a nomination doesn’t guarantee that you will have a long-lasting career in music. After being named alongside the Canadian music award, some musicians flourish while others fade away.

    Check out these artists who appear on both ends of the scale.

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  • Matt Webb
    Last year, Vancouver rockers Marianas Trench picked up their first Juno Award for Group of the Year. Looking back, guitarist Matt Webb tells Yahoo Canada Music that the experience was full of surprises.

    “When we won, I was sort of expecting Josh [Ramsay] (lead singer) to take the reins and everybody sort of froze [and] I was the only one who had actually prepared a speech,” Webb said. Adding with a laugh, “I got the microphone and the limelight, which I deserve.”

    Since winning one of the Canadian music industry’s highest honours, the musician has released his sophomore solo EP “Right Direction” and fulfilled his creative goal of making what he has dubbed “late night driving music.”

    “My favourite kind of music is the kind that you put on in your car when you’re having a sh---y night and you just go for a drive just to chill out and centre yourself,” he explains. “Lyrically [the album is] definitely a reflection on the last couple of years of my life.”

    Webb likes to call “Right

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  • Leave it to Bieber. Not only did pop's most notorious or annoying bad boy -- depending on who you ask -- make a surprise appearance at Sunday night at South By Southwest, but he serenaded on-and-off-again girlfriend Selena Gomez from the stage.

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    Bieber's acoustic set at Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden featured "Boyfriend" and "As Long As You Love Me," he latter of which he dedicated to Gomez. "This next song goes out to my baby," the Bieb said, before launching into the track. Perhaps even more shocking, Gomez was there to take it all in.

    To say it was all a surprise puts it lightly. Although SXSW features all kinds of acts, the festival is primarily known for showcasing the next indie-rock darlings, although Lady Gaga is performing and featured as a keynote speaker this year.

    Perhaps journalist Maria Nunez summed up the surprise up best with this selfie:

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  • Getty ImagesJust like a great movie needs a great soundtrack, winter sports need some great Canadian tunes.

    Musicians from the Great White North like Fefe Dobson, Down With Webster and Montreal's Sam Roberts Band have joined forces with CBC to release new tracks, which will drop during the network’s coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

    Sam Roberts Band’s song “Broken Teeth” will make its debut on Feb. 15. This moment sounds like something frontman Sam Roberts has been looking forward to -- especially since the song’s future on group’s new album seemed uncertain.

    “’Broken Teeth’ found itself without a home and, luckily, it found a pretty amazing one that I could never have imagined,” Roberts told Yahoo Canada Music. “It’s a song about picking up the pieces at your lowest moments and finding that you’re still alive and breathing and have something to live for.”

    Like many of us, the lead singer has been paying close attention to this year’s Olympics.

    “I love the downhill skiing, hockey and I

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  • Even though they both lost in their respective categories, we’d like to take a minute to shine a light on Canadian artists Henry ‘Cirkut’ Walter and WondaGurl, who were each recognized at this year’s Grammy Awards.

    In previous years, the award for Song of the Year has gone to tracks like Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep,” Amy Winehouse’s “Rehab,” Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On,” Eric Clapton’s “Tears In Heaven” and Tina Turner’s "What's Love Got to Do with It."

    In 2014, tunes like Pink’s “Just Give Me A Reason” featuring Nate Ruess, Bruno Mars’s “Locked Out of Heaven,” Lorde’s “Royals,” Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ “Same Love” featuring Mary Lambert and Katy Perry’s “Roar” were up for the prestigious award -- with “Royals” coming out on top.

    Even though "Roar" didn’t win, Halifax-born songwriter/producer Henry ‘Cirkut’ Walter was still among those who contributed to Perry’s powerful Grammy-nominated anthem, and it sounds like the musician is already onto his next adventure.

    “It’s a great

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