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Canada's next music generation

Canada’s next music generation made some noise at the 35th annual Juno Awards in Halifax in April. Hype was there to snap them up


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Canada’s next music generation made some noise at the 35th annual Juno Awards in Halifax in April. Hype was there to snap them up

matt mays // buck 65
Buck 65: Juno cohost; winner, Video of the Year
The East Coast never sounded so good: Dartmouth, N.S.’s own Matt Mays (left) delivers the little bit country, little bit rock ’n’ roll that’s pure Canuck gold. Mount Uniacke, N.S.’s Buck 65’s killer rhyming scheme has made him one of Canada’s hippest pop hoppers.

 

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hot hot heat
Nominees, Alternative Album of the Year
Vancouver’s four-man inferno has been creating some of the freshest rock to come out of the country since the dawn of The Tragically Hip. From the moment their debut album, Make Up the Breakdown, dropped in 2002 to their latest endeavour, Elevator, these stylish boys have lived up to their name.

 

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divine brown
Nominee, R&B/Soul Recording of the Year, New Artist of the Year
She won us over with her hit “Old Skool Love,” but it’s Brown’s riveting five-octave range that proves she’s the epitome of new-school soul. This Toronto native taps the heyday eras of Stevie Wonder and Liberty Silver and mixes in today’s sounds, prompting us to think before we funk.

 

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martha wainwright
Nominee, New Artist of the Year
Sister of Canadian pop prince Rufus Wainwright, daughter of famed folkies Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle and lover of all vibes (and clothes) that are vintage, Wainwright’s latest alterna-folk EP, I Will Internalize, and debut self-titled album are worthy of all of their international accolades.

 

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kalan porter
Nominee, Album of the Year, Pop Album of the Year, Artist of the Year
The little prince of Canadian Idol has caused a commotion on Canuck radio waves since his rise from the nation’s largest televised music contest. The 20-year-old’s modus poperandi sticks to the swoons and croons of the adult-contempo side (think Chicago, Journey), hence the all-age fan base.

 

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hedley
Nominees, Rock Album of the Year, New Group of the Year
Some call them Canada’s Green Day, but we call the Vancouver-based group simply unpredictable. The lead singer and the bassist removed their pants to show off their HED (left cheeks) LEY (right cheeks) tattoos during our shoot. They’re what music reporters dream of: full-on shock-rock antics with talent.

 

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rex goudie // melissa o’neil
Goudie: Nominee, Album of the Year, Artist of the Year
The Idol couple—runner-up Goudie of Burlington, Nfld., and reigning winner O’Neil of Calgary—are currently on tour and prove that opposites must attract. The 20-year-old Goudie and his truck-stop pop may be tonic for 17-year-old O’Neil’s infectious power ballads.

 

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amanda wilkinson
Nominee, Country Recording of the Year
Hailing from Belleville, Ont., this whippersnapper’s musical pedigree (her dad is country legend Steve Wilkinson) sparkles—as does her self-titled debut, which makes her a regular honky-tonker on CMT Canada.

 

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nickelback
Winners, Group of the Year, Rock Album of the Year
With nine Junos to their name, including two new ones this year, the Vancouver-based band is an unstoppable force of radio-friendly post-grunge rock. And Chad Kroeger? The lead singer is arguably Canada’s biggest
rock star.

 

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