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It is that time of the decade where one stares at their music collection and promptly regrets buying 95% of the music they now own.  Everyone does it. Okay, maybe I do it.  I buy a lot of music, so much so my children are convinced that I actually buy milk at the local vinyl store and bread from iTunes. This small habit has created a massive music collection that can be somewhat unwieldy.  It doesn’t stop me from gathering up hundreds of albums from the past decade and asking myself a very simple question:

If I could only save fifty of these albums from the past ten years, what fifty would it be?

It would be easy for me to write-up a list in which only Green Day, and White Stripes albums are on it, simply because they produced amazing albums this decade. I could have simply gone with my kids suggestion and made the list all about Hannah Montana and the Wiggles. That was tempting, they could have written it for me.

My criteria was simple. First- I must have actually listened to it. I still have a couple of albums in the plastic. Most of these albums were gifts from well-meaning people who thought that I really needed Daniel Bedingfield’s album.

Second-  How often did I listen to this album? Having the most listens didn’t mean that it would be number one.  Music is very much my day between the hours of six a.m. and six p.m. There are albums on this list I only listened to once and found so compelling that I felt it needed to be on the list. Most I have listened to so often my CD player refuses to open to play them again and my iTunes has decided that they are the only artists I listen to.

Lastly- I must have had fun listening to it at some point. Dreary music is of no interest to me. That doesn’t mean sad music is ignored for the oeuvre of Britney Spears. On the contrary, I find Britney Spears to be enormously depressing. But her greatest hits album makes for a delightful coaster.

The list, in full, after the break.

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After all, with B.C.’s status for weed capital on North America, it led to way too easy jokes by our host, funniest man alive Russell Peters.

Of course, Nickelback opening the show with a song about strippers having things in their mouths was also a silly plan, as ” Be Somebody” is a far superior song. This opinion from someone who dislikes the band a great deal.

Peters took advantage of the increased interest in Bollywood by having dancers with him at the beginning, but let’s face facts, Peters is not a Bollywood dude, he’s a hip hop head, and he brought that to the floor. He was hilarious tonight.  Be proud, he’s Brampton’s favorite son.

Winners of the evening:

Songwriter- Dallas Green ( City and Colour)

Group- Nickelback

Rap Album- Kardinal Officiall

New Artist- Lights

Canadian Music Hall Of Fame-  Loverboy

Fan Choice- Nickelback

Artist- Sam Roberts

Album- Dark Horse ( Nickelback)

As for the performances-

Sam Robert’s ” Them Kids” was awesome.

But the two best performances of the night were City and Colour featuring Gord Downie, doing an amazing version of C&C’s  ” Sleeping Sickness”, and Great Big Sea featuring Hawksley Workman doing an awesome cover of Zeppelin’s ” Gallows Pole”.

Considering the weakness of the past year in Canadian music, it was a pleasant evening.

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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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25. Constatines ” Hard Feelings”

Canadian art-punks bring us a grinding, hard charging about the difficulty of emotions.

24. Ne-Yo ” Closer”

Usher’s heir apparent delivers on a R&B-hip hop jam that is smoother than creamy peanut butter.

23. T.I. ” Whatever You Like”

He’s such a generous guy, over trippy hio hop beats and a surprisingly warm chorus.

22. Jordin Sparks f. Chris Brown ” No Air”

Gorgeous, soaring vocal gymnastics by two teen sensations as they sing about the importance of oxygen, but the devastation of love.

21. Kings Of Leon ” Sex On Fire”

Southern gothic melodrama, with ringing guitars, as the Followills literally set things a flame.

20. Kid Rock ” All Summer Long”

Someone had the courage to do what I always thought about- put ” sweet Home Alabama” and ” Werewolves of London” together and see how similar they are. Add lyrics about partying and booze and sex, you have a classic summer jam.

19. Vampire Weekend ” Oxford Comma”

Bouncy African beats mixed with lyrics about sex and punctuation. I’m not joking.

18. Flo Rida ” Low”

Inescapable spring jam about Apple Bottom jeans and Reeboks with the straps.

17. Adele ” Chasing Pavements”

Soulful ruminations about being torn between love or happiness.

16. Kanye West ” Love Lockdown”

Autotune works for the master, and he creates a song about loss and love that is for the ages.

15. Rihanna ” Take A Bow”

“Disturbia” got the glory, but this song about kicking his ass to the curb remains her strongest single.

14. Sam Roberts ” Them Kids”

More folk country rock from the Canadian master of the guitar, with a charming SIMS inspired video mixed with 50s nostalgia.  A song about the fact kids don’t dance to rock and roll anymore.

13.  P!nk ” Sober”

” So What” maybe the typical hard rocking kiss off we expect from her, but Pink’s second single from her album is a more mature, honest song about divorce, alcohol, and love.

12. Katy Perry ” I Kissed A Girl”

Bouncy fun about same sex experiments and old fashioned button pushing. Not as jaw dropping as Jill Sobule’s track of the same name, but this grimy flirty track is a delight.

11. Estelle f. Kanye West ” American Boy”

Soulful British song stylist asking for a trip to NYC. Girl knows her shit. Discofied brilliance.

10.  Ting Tings ” Shut Up And Let Me Go”

Duo of punk inspired dance artists sing about how you are never gonna hit this again.

9. City And Colour ” Waiting…”

Quiet acoustic jam about waiting for the end of everything. Depression sounds almost peaceful.

8. David Cook ” Bar ba Sol”

Grinding punk guitar stylings mixed with lyrics about regretting the night before, where alcohol and possibly blonde skanks played a role in humiliation. Did I just say that?

7.  Billy Talent f. Rise Against ” Turn Your Back”

Two of the modern punk bands of note dress us down for ignoring the ecological disasters looming in the near future.

6. Duffy ” Mercy”

Sixties style pop soul with a Dusty vibe, and a girl with a voice grittier than gravel.

5. Hedley ” Old School”

Jacob Hoggard reminisces about setting tires on fire and the days where little mattered except getting wasted behind the old school.

4. Coldplay ” Violet Hill”

” Viva La Vida” has gotten all the glory, but this first single remains their grittiest, gungiest track. And the lyrics are mysteriously baroque and the vocals soar.

3. Metro Station ” Shake It”

Eighties inspired dance rock. God, how I’ve missed this stuff. Vaguely reminds me of Flock of Seagulls and Loverboy. Weird, but wonderful. And frickin’ catchy.

2. R.E.M. ” I’m Gonna D.J.”

Alt rock fore fathers come back to form with raging guitars and a plan for the end of days. I wanna be at that party.

1. M.I.A. ” Paper Planes”

I want to thank Seth Rogan and David Gordon Green for allowing this song to explode after the trailer for Pineapple Express introduced it to the world. Clash inspired guns and cash registers mixed with trip hop beats and the idea of exceeding what your borders permit. Stunning.

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