Thirty-two Awards Handed Out at 2007 JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan



    SASKATOON, March 31 /CNW/ - Thirty-two Awards were handed out this
evening at The 2007 JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony attended by over 1,200
artists, industry executives, CARAS members, sponsors, VIPS and Saskatchewan
dignitaries.
    Hosted by Quebec superstar and double-platinum recording artist Gregory
Charles, the evening celebrated an amazing year in Canadian music at TCU Place
in Saskatoon and featured a series of collaborative performances by twenty
JUNO Award nominees.
    Highlights from the winners circle include a double win for Nelly Furtado
(Artist of the Year, Pop Album of the Year) who tomorrow hosts The JUNO Awards
broadcast on CTV, City and Colour (Alternative Album of the Year), Gordie
Sampson (Songwriter of the Year), Jim Cuddy (Adult Alternative Album of the
Year) and Mobile (New Group of the Year sponsored by FACTOR and Canada's
Private Radio Broadcasters).
    Other wins of the evening include: Dianna Krall (Vocal Jazz Album of the
Year), Dixie Chicks (International Album of the Year), George Canyon (Country
Recording of the Year sponsored by SIRIUS Satellite Radio), Jim Byrnes (Blues
Album of the Year), Swollen Members (Rap Recording of the Year) and Sam
Roberts (Video of the Year sponsored by VideoFACT).
    A complete list of The 2007 JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards winners including
biographies and images, can be found at http://www.junoawards.ca
    Two special honours were bestowed at the JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards: the
Humanitarian Award and the Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award.
    Receiving the Humanitarian Award is Tom Jackson, accomplished musician,
actor and philanthropist honoured for his outstanding contributions to the
social landscape of Canada. Tom Jackson founded the Huron Carole Benefit
Concert Tour that became an annual cross-country Christmas concert that has
successfully raised millions to support Canada's food banks since 1987.
    The tour wrapped up after 18 years in 2005; however, Tom Jackson
continues to initiate and participate in benefit fundraisers to raise
awareness for food and family service agencies as well as disaster relief. He
established the Christmas & Winter Relief Association, Singing for Supper and
Golfing for Supper to raise funds for community food banks.
    The Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award recipient is one of Canada's
most successful concert promoters, record label executives and influential
music industry entrepreneurs, Donald K Tarlton.
    Friend and colleague, Michael Cohl honoured Tarlton at the ceremony
citing many of the 5,000 events he promoted and produced for some of the
world's most iconic musicians including record-breaking concerts for the Bee
Gees, Bryan Adams, David Bowie, Elton John, Genesis, KISS, Madonna, Michael
Jackson, Tina Turner and U2 to name a few. His most recent involvement was the
record-breaking two-night sellout of The Rolling Stones A Bigger Bang Tour
concert at the Mosaic Stadium in Regina, Saskatchewan.
    Winners of the remaining seven JUNO Award categories will be announced
tomorrow during The 2007 JUNO Awards broadcast, hosted by Nelly Furtado on CTV
from the Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon, SK.
    Sponsors of the 36th Annual JUNO Awards include FACTOR, Canada's Private
Radio Broadcasters and the Government of Canada through the Department of
Canadian Heritage's "Canada Music Fund", the Government of Saskatchewan, the
City of Saskatoon, SaskTel and Radio Starmaker Fund.
    Broadcast sponsors of The 2007 JUNO Awards are Acuvue, Bombardier,
Doritos, Pontiac and TD Canada Trust.

    About CARAS:
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    The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences/L'academie canadienne
des arts et des sciences de l'enregistrement (CARAS) is a not-for-profit
organization created to preserve and enhance the Canadian music and recording
industries and to contribute toward higher artistic and industry standards.
The main focus of CARAS is the exploration and development of opportunities to
showcase and promote Canadian artists and music through television vehicles
such as the JUNO Awards. For more information on the 36th annual JUNO Awards,
visit www.junoawards.ca.

    For information on the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
(CARAS), visit www.carasonline.ca.





For further information:

For further information: Sara McLaren, Holmes Creative Communications,
Toronto: (416) 628-5606, Saskatoon: (306) 281-6906, swmclaren@hccink.com

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