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Archive for February 3rd, 2009

Yes, we have award shows up in Canuckland, and they don’t center around hockey. No, the Junos are not a clever play on the succcess of the charming indie hit from last year, but our music awards. This years noms are below, and as always, my picks for winner in bold.
JUNO FAN CHOICE AWARD (PRESENTED BY PEPSI)
Celine Dion Sony
Feist Arts & Crafts*EMI
Hedley Universal
Nickelback EMI
The Lost Fingers Tandem*Select/Sony
SINGLE OF THE YEAR
“Taking Chances” Celine Dion Sony
“Lay It On The Line” Divine Brown WEA*Warner
“Dangerous” Kardinal Offishall Kon Live*Universal
“Lost” Michael Bublé Reprise*Warner
“Gotta Be Somebody” Nickelback EMI
INTERNATIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Black Ice AC/DC Columbia*Sony
Viva La Vida Coldplay Capitol*EMI
Chinese Democracy Guns N’ Roses Geffen*Universal
Sleep Through The Static Jack Johnson Brushfire*Universal
Death Magnetic Metallica Warner Bros.*Warner
ALBUM OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY CANADIAN RECORDING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION)
Famous Last Words Hedley Universal
Dark Horse Nickelback EMI
Simple Plan Simple Plan Atlantic*Warner
70’s Volume 2 Sylvain Cossette Vega*DEP/Universal
Lost In The 80’sThe Lost Fingers Tandem*Select/Sony
ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Bryan Adams Polydor*Universal
City and Colour Dine Alone*Universal
k.d. lang Nonesuch*Warner
Sam Roberts Universal
Serena Ryder EMI
GROUP OF THE YEAR
Great Big Sea WEA*Warner
Nickelback EMI
Simple Plan Atlantic*Warner
The Trews Bumstead*Universal
Tokyo Police Club Mean Beard*Universal

( it actually should be Hedley,  Great big Sea or the Trews, but seriously, I’m not that stupid)
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY FACTOR AND CANADA’S PRIVATE RADIO BROADCASTERS)
Crystal Shawanda Sony
Jessie Farrell 604*Universal
Kreesha Turner EMI
Lights Underground Operations*Universal
Nikki Yanofsky A440*Universal
NEW GROUP OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY FACTOR AND CANADA’S PRIVATE RADIO BROADCASTERS)
Beast Pheromone/Vega*Universal
Cancer Bats Distort*Universal
Crystal Castles Last Gang*Universal
Plants and Animals Secret City*Fusion III
The Stills Arts & Crafts*EMI
SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIO)
Alanis Morissette
“Underneath” | “Not As We” | “In Praise Of The Vulnerable Man”
FLAVORS OF ENTANGLEMENT – Alanis Morissette Maverick*Warner
Dallas Green
“Waiting…” | “Sleeping Sickness” | “The Girl”
BRING ME YOUR LOVE – City and Colour Dine Alone*Universal
Gordie Sampson
“When I Said I Would”- Whitney Duncan/John Shanks
WHEN I SAID I WOULD – Whitney Duncan Warner Bros.*Warner
“Just A Dream” – Hillary Lindsey/Steve McEwan
CARNIVAL RIDE – Carrie Underwood 19*Sony
“Davey Jones” – Michael Logan
FOR THE FEW AND FAR BETWEEN – Gordie Sampson MapleMusic*Universal
Hedley
“Old School” | “For The Nights I Can’t Remember” – Dave Genn
“Never Too Late” – Greig Nori
FAMOUS LAST WORDS – Hedley Universal

Nathan Ferraro
“Never Again” | “Change For You”
“Unaware” – Gavin Brown
HOLES – The Midway State Remedy*EMI
COUNTRY RECORDING OF THE YEAR
Thankful Aaron Pritchett 604*Universal
Dawn Of A New Day Crystal Shawanda Sony
Beautiful Life Doc Walker Open Road*Universal
What I Do George Canyon Reiny Dawg*Universal
Chasing The Sun Tara Oram Open Road*Universal
ADULT ALTERNATIVE ALBUM OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY GALAXIE, RISING STARS PROGRAM OF THE
CBC)
Between The Beautifuls Hawksley Workman Universal
Asking For Flowers Kathleen Edwards MapleMusic*Universal
Exit Strategy Of The Soul Ron Sexsmith Ronboy Rhymes*Warner
The Baroness Sarah Slean WEA*Warner
is it o.k Serena Ryder EMI
ALTERNATIVE ALBUM OF THE YEAR
In The Future Black Mountain Jagjaguwar*Scratch
Soft Airplane Chad VanGaalen Flemish Eye*Outside
The Chemistry Of Common Life Fucked Up Matador*Alternative Dis. Alliance
Parc Avenue Plants and Animals Secret City*Fusion III
Oceans Will Rise The Stills Arts & Crafts*EMI

( the Stills wouldn’t disappoint me, but I wanna see how they announce Fucked Up as the winner)
POP ALBUM OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY 91.7 THE BOUNCE)
Flavors of Entanglement Alanis Morissette Maverick*Warner
No Sleep At All Creature Bonsound*Universal
Wake Up And Say Goodbye David Usher MapleMusic*Universal
Passion Kreesha Turner EMI
Holes The Midway State Remedy*EMI
ROCK ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Terminal Romance Matt Mays & El Torpedo Sonic*Warner
Fortress Protest The Hero Underground Operations*Universal
Love At The End Of The World Sam Roberts Universal
Parallel Play Sloan murderecords*Sony
No Time For Later The Trews Bumstead*Universal
VOCAL JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR
If the Moon Turns Green… Diana Panton Independent
Parkdale Elizabeth Shepherd Do Right! Music*Outside
Lucky Molly Johnson A440*Universal
Ella…Of Thee I Swing Nikki Yanofsky A440*Universal
Ima Yvette Tollar Rolvermaryem*Outside
CONTEMPORARY JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Existential Detective Barry Romberg’s Random Access Large Ensemble Romhog*Outside
Rasstones François Bourassa Quartet Effendi*Fusion III
Embracing Voices Jane Bunnett EMI
The Sicilian Jazz Project Michael Occhipinti True North*Universal
A Bend In The River Roberto Occhipinti Alma*Universal
TRADITIONAL JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Small Wonder Brad Turner Quartet Maximum*EMI
Solo Chris Donnelly Alma*Universal
For Kenny Wheeler Don Thompson Quartet Sackville Records
TV Trio John Stetch Brux Records
Second Time Around Oliver Jones Justin Time*Fusion III
INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Nostomania DJ Brace presents The Electric Nosehair Orchestra Balanced Records
The Soundtrack The Creaking Tree String Quartet Independent*Outside
The Furniture Moves Underneath Inhabitants Drip Audio*Fontana North
Telescope Steve Dawson Black Hen*Fontana North
Auk/Blood Tanya Tagaq Jericho Beach*Outside
FRANCOPHONE ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Tous les sens Ariane Moffatt Audiogram*Select
L’arbre aux parfums Caracol Indica*Outside
Coeur de pirate Coeur de pirate Dare To Care*Select
Le volume du vent Karkwa Audiogram*Select
Tradarnac Swing LAFAB*Select
CHILDREN’S ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Snacktime! Barenaked Ladies Desperation*Warner
FiddleFire! Chris McKhool Independent*Outside
Oui! Gregg LeRock Grafton*Fontana North
Catchy Tune Jack Grunsky Casablanca Kids*EMI
The Kerplunks The Kerplunks Independent
CLASSICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: SOLO OR CHAMBER ENSEMBLE
Schumann: Sonata in F# Minor & Humoreske Angela Hewitt Hyperion*SRI
Haydn: Six Sonatas for Piano Anton Kuerti Analekta*Select
Shostakovich: 24 Preludes & Fugues opus 87 David Jalbert ATMA*Naxos
Homage James Ehnes ONYX*SRI
Schubert: Complete Piano Trios The Gryphon Trio Analekta*Select
CLASSICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: LARGE ENSEMBLE OR SOLOIST(S) WITH LARGE
ENSEMBLE ACCOMPANIMENT
Bruckner: Symphonie Nº 9 Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal/Yannick Nézet-Séguin ATMA*Naxos
Beethoven: Ideals Of The French Revolution Orchestre symphonique de Montréal/Kent Nagano Analekta*Select
Bach: Métamorphoses Orchestre symphonique de Québec/Yoav Talmi ATMA*Naxos
Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 7 & 8 Tafelmusik/Bruno Weil Analekta*Select
Haydn: Symphonies 62, 107 & 108 Toronto Chamber Orchestra/Kevin Mallon Naxos
CLASSICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: VOCAL OR CHORAL PERFORMANCE
The Voice of Bach Daniel Taylor Sony
Gloria! Vivaldi’s Angels Ensemble Caprice Analekta*Select
Schumann: Dichterliebe & other Heine Settings Gerald Finley Hyperion*SRI
Handel: Arias Karina Gauvin ATMA*Naxos
Bach and the Liturgical Year Shannon Mercer/Luc Beauséjour Analekta*Select
CLASSICAL COMPOSITION OF THE YEAR
Manhattan Music Bramwell Tovey MANHATTAN MUSIC Opening Day*Universal
Flanders Fields Reflections John Burge FLANDERS FIELDS REFLECTIONS Marquis*EMI
Song of Songs Sid Robinovitch SEFARÁD Marquis*EMI
From The Dark Reaches T. Patrick Carrabré FIREBRAND Centrediscs*Fusion III
Notes Towards A Poem That Can Never Be Written Timothy Corlis NOTES TOWARDS Chestnut Hall
RAP RECORDING OF THE YEAR
A Captured Moment In Time DL Incognito URBNET*Fontana North
The Book D-Sisive URBNET*Fontana North
I Rap Now Famous HHC*KOCH
Not 4 Sale Kardinal Offishall Kon Live*Universal
Point Blank Point Blank TiltRock*KOCH
DANCE RECORDING OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY ENERGY 101.5)
Everything’s Gonna Be Alright James Doman Heaven*EMI
Get Blahsted Hatiras & MC Flipside Hatrax*IODA
Move For Me Deadmau5 vs. Kaskade Ultra*EMI
Random Album Title Deadmau5 Ultra*EMI

Yes We Can House Music United SPG*DEP/Universal
R&B/SOUL RECORDING OF THE YEAR
The Love Chronicles Divine Brown WEA*Warner
The Promise Deborah Cox Deco*KOCH
Elise Estrada Elise Estrada Rockstar Music*KOCH
TONY Ivana Santilli Do Right! Music*Outside
Money Zaki Ibrahim Sony
REGGAE RECORDING OF THE YEAR
Jah Lift Me Up Blessed Hard Drive Productions
Renegade Rocker Dubmatix 7 Arts*Fusion III
Everything Humble Palm of Gold Records
The Peacemaker’s Chauffeur Jason Wilson Wheel Records*Nuff Ent.
Truth Will Reveal Souljah Fyah One Girl Records*Love Empire Ent.
ABORIGINAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY ABORIGINAL PEOPLES TELEVISION NETWORK)
First Law Of The Land Billy Joe Green Americuse Empire/Strongfront*Indiepool
Running For The Drum Buffy Sainte-Marie Gypsy Boy*EMI
Auk/Blood Tanya Tagaq Jericho Beach*Outside
The World (And Everything In It) Team Rezofficial Arbor*EMI
No Lies Tracy Bone Arbor*EMI
ROOTS & TRADITIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: SOLO
Tinderbox Fred Eaglesmith Lonesomeday*Outside
Ghost Notes Matthew Barber Outside
The Contradictor Ndidi Onukwulu Jericho Beach*Outside
Proof Of Love Old Man Luedecke Black Hen*Fontana North
Happy Here Suzie Vinnick Independent*Outside
ROOTS & TRADITIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: GROUP
Chic Gamine Chic Gamine Independent
Fast Paced World The Duhks Sugar Hill*EMI
Mountain Meadows Elliott BROOD Six Shooter*Warner
XOK NQ Arbuckle Six Shooter*Warner
Highway Prayer Twilight Hotel Independent*Outside
BLUES ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Get Way Back – A Tribute To Percy Mayfield Amos Garrett Stony Plain*Warner
Acoustic Blues – Got ‘Em From The Bottom Big Dave McLean Stony Plain*Warner
Love & Sound Garrett Mason Soul In Sound
Mess Of Blues Jeff Healey Stony Plain*Warner
Ramblin’ Son Julian Fauth Electro-Fi*Outside
CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN/GOSPEL ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Colors And Sounds Article One Inpop*EMI/CMG
Ending Is Beginning Downhere Centricity*David C. Cook
Roar Of Heaven Life Support Downloaded Records
Salvation Station newworldson Inpop*EMI/CMG
I Will Go Starfield Sparrow*EMI/CMG

WORLD MUSIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY CANADA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS)
Shivaboom Eccodek White Swan*Outside
The Art Of The Early Egyptian Qanun George Dimitri Sawa Independent
Africa To Appalachia Jayme Stone & Mansa Sissoko Independent*Outside
Contrabanda Lubo & Kaba Horo Crosscurrent*Fusion III
Cairo to Toronto Maryem & Ernie Tollar Independent*Outside
JACK RICHARDSON PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
David Foster “A Change Is Gonna Come” – SOUL – Seal Warner Bros. | “Silent Night” – NOEL Josh Groban
143/Reprise*Warner

Daniel Lanois “Here Is What Is” | “Not Fighting Anymore” HERE IS WHAT IS – Daniel Lanois Red Floor* Fontana
North
k.d. lang “I Dream Of Spring” | “Coming Home” WATERSHED – k.d. lang Nonesuch*Warner
Nickelback & Joey Moi (co-producer Mutt Lange) “Gotta Be Somebody | “Something In Your Mouth” DARK
HORSE – Nickelback EMI
Stuart Brawley “Don’t Stop Now” | “Falling” INSIDE OUT – Emmy Rossum Geffen*Universal
RECORDING ENGINEER OF THE YEAR
Joey Moi “Gotta Be Somebody” | “Never Gonna Be Alone” DARK HORSE – Nickelback EMI
John “Beetle” Bailey “Lucky” | “If I Were A Bell” LUCKY – Molly Johnson A440*Universal
Kevin Churko “Disappearing” | “The Big Bang” U-CATASTROPHE – Simon Collins Razor & Tie*Sony
Mike Fraser “Rock N’ Roll Train” BLACK ICE – AC/DC Columbia*Sony | “Them Kids” LOVE AT THE END OF THE
WORLD – Sam Roberts Universal

Randy Staub “Something In Your Mouth” DARK HORSE – Nickelback EMI
CD/DVD ARTWORK DESIGN OF THE YEAR
Anouk Pennel (Director/Designer); Stéphane Poirer (Illustrator)
En concert dans la forêt des mal-aimés avec l’Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal PIERRE LAPOINTE
Independent*Select
Phoebe Greenberg (Director); George Fok (Designer), Daniel Fortin (Illustrator) Leda & St. Jacques,
Productions l’Éloi (Photographer)
Pulse Of The Planet SLIM WILLIAMS Phi*DEP
John Cook (Director); Kelly Ferguson (Designer); John James Audubon (Illustrator); Koko Bonaparte
(Photographer)
Sugarbird PAUL REDDICK Northern Blues* Outside
Mark Sasso (Director/Designer); Casey Laforet (Designer)
Mountain Meadows ELLIOTT BROOD Six Shooter*Warner
Dallas Wehrle (Director); Robyn Kotyk (Director/Designer); Alex vs. Alex (Photographer)
Kensington Heights CONSTANTINES Arts & Crafts*EMI

VIDEO OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY VIDEOFACT)
Honey Honey Anthony Seck FEIST Arts & Crafts*EMI
Going On Wendy Morgan GNARLES BARKLEY Downtown*Warner
Blond Kryptonite Davin Black SAINT ALVIA Stomp*Warner
Detroit ‘67 Dave Pawsey SAM ROBERTS Universal
Them Kids Dave Pawsey SAM ROBERTS Universal
MUSIC DVD OF THE YEAR
Blue Road Christopher Mills, Geoff McLean BLUE RODEO WEA*Warner
A MultiMedia Life Joan Prowse Gilles Paquin BUFFY SAINTE-MARIE Gypsy Boy*EMI
Live In Las Vegas – A New Day Jean Lamoureux Julie Snyder CELINE DION Columbia*Sony
Here Is What Is Adam Vollick, Adam Samuels DANIEL LANOIS Red Floor*Fontana North
It All Started With A Red Stripe Alex Liu, Greg Benedetto, Kenny Bridges, George Stroumboulopoulos MONEEN
Dine Alone*Universal

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It seems we learn something new about our beloved Sheldon every week.  Last episode, we learned that he is surprisingly persistent when it comes to say… rock wall climbing. This week we learn that Sheldon has no qualms in lending money.  Seriously. The man who made a label for everything including the label maker lends money quite easily with no strings.

Shocking, I know.

The show has consistently funny cold opens, and this one as exceedingly hilarious. We see our four nerds staring at what looks like a complex math problem on a white board, and then the proclamation that there is no answer. No, no, let’s work the math again- apparently, they’re trying to pick a movie theater and restaurant that meets Sheldon’s high standards. Failing this, they attempt to amend their usual plans ( 7-11 Slurpees instead of Icees, dinner after the movie instead of before, and one theater got knocked off for not having Red Vines, which is ridiculous, as Twizzlers are far superior, and if  you are lucky, you can find Nibs, which are made by Twizzler but are small little cherry flavored licorice bits that are the best candy in the world…) There is only one solution, and Leonard, Raj, and Howard leave Sheldon behind, staring at the white board and sighing ” They’re right. It was the only option.”

Penny, on the other hand, ducks into the boy’s apartment to avoid the landlord. She’s behind on her rent, and she’s miserable about it. Sheldon, surprisingly, offers her money to make it through. Penny’s reluctant to accept, but does take it ( with some hilarious physical comedy by Kaley Cuoco, who never gets enough credit, honestly).  But she’s a nice girl who begins to torture herself about it ( and it’s all in her head, as Sheldon never once mentions it first, and never questions her expenditures, which seems un-Sheldon like somehow, but it’s endearing that he trusts his friends with money when he doesn’t trust them with food). This ends with a mini break down over Shrimp with Lobster sauce take out, in which Sheldon warmly offers her more cash if she’s still cash strapped, and Penny storms out ( and returns for her fortune cookie, then she slinks out again looking rather pathetic).

Leonard decides to help Penny by looking at her expenses, but it’s clear Penny is reluctant to let anything go ( cable… acting classes… shopping… I’m basing that last one on the beret meltdown she had). The $1800 at the L.A. County Court House catches his eye, and Penny admits that she bailed ex-boyfriend Kurt out of a legal scrape. Leonard then fashions himself as Penny’s Lancelot and manages to convince the three very smart people playing Talisman across the hall that they need to go on a real life quest for Penny’s money. Even the Lord Of the rings argument falls on snark- as Sheldon points out, Frodo’s companions had a very hard time on the journey to destroy the ring. But they do join him on the journey to Kurt’s apartment, where Leonard gets called ” Lenny” ( heh- Lenny and Penny), Sheldon is mildly offended Kurt doesn’t remember him (  the last time they met, Sheldon was the Doppler effect), Howard insists that Leonard is going to die, and it all ends with Leonard ending up with Kurt’s IOU written on his forehead with permanent ink.

The closer has Penny paying Sheldon back in full after Kurt decides to pay Penny back. Leonard tries to discern whether Kurt admitted being shamed into it, but Penny says it was apparently all Kurt’s idea, and how he’d grown, and how they’re going out to dinner. Leonard looks miserable as Sheldon says that minstrels will actually write songs about Leonard’s achievement. The show ends with Leonard looking pained as Sheldon makes up a ditty about the brave pursuits of Leonard ( with a line about Raj’s nervous bladder to boot).

The show has a habit of taking tired old sitcom tricks and giving them a bit of a fresh spin ( usually, ” Never A Borrower Nor Lender Be”  ends with a near disintegrating friendship as the borrower forgets or splurges and the lender grows increasingly irritated about the fact they aren’t getting paid back- this was the complete opposite of that). I must give credit to the writers for taking cliched comedic premises and making them fun again. It was a truly delightful Penny and Leonard episode ( with a good dose of Sheldon), and I must say that Kaley Cuoco deserves some recognition from people for her comedic charms. It’s unfair that pretty girls can’t be funny, too.

Sheldon line if the night:  ” I’m never silly.” Were truer words ever spoken?

Grade- A-

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