Most people don’t know that the bulk of the Juno awards are given out each year at a gala dinner which happens the evening before the big broadcast (this year it was held at the St. John’s Convention Centre). A lot of people in the music industry call this night, the quote unquote true blue Junos because a) it mixes mature acts with developing ones b) allows each winner enough time to thank anyone they need to thank and c) nobody is on their best behavior since the show isn’t televised. The greatest hits of the night included: 1. K’naan winning artist of the year and giving the crowd a brief yet entertaining biography (nothing like that dull Oprah bio by Kitty Kelly). 2. Alex Cuba, singing a slick, soulful number backed by a mountain of percussion (and wearing a tailored grey suit which Tom Ford would approve of). 3. The ever-so cute Toronto-based trio known as The Good Lovelies, accepting the award for best roots/traditional album with more humour and humility than Drew Barrymore could dare to muster. 4. Michael Buble making fun of Justin Bieber’s weave after beating out the Biebs for album of the year. 5. Emily Haines’ stunning silver dress by Haute Hippie (Metric won an award for Alternative Album of the Year) 6. The sharp hosting abilities of Canada AM’s Seamus O’Regan (who was born and raised in Newfoundland). The man was a complete crowd pleaser˜he kept the show moving fast and had a few golden one-liners.