The year’s Juno nominees for Group of the Year is perhaps my favourite category, just because it’s so strong. All five of the bands have done amazing things in the past twelve months. Even though some are newer than others, all five have left a huge impact on the Canadian music scene!

Notable winners:
Bachman-Turner Overdrive
Blue Rodeo (5  times)
Barenaked Ladies
Our Lady Piece

Notable snubs (nominated but didn’t win):
Hedley (Nominated four times and have never won.)
Great Big Sea (Nominated four times have never won)
Soul Decision
Simple Plan
Moxy Fruvos
Crash Test Dummies

2013 nominees:

Billy Talent
Mississauga, ON
Twitter followers: 89,849 (@billytalentband)

Marianas Trench
Vancouver, BC
Twitter followers: 148,563 (@mtrench)

Montreal, PQ
Twitter followers: 181, 000 (@Metric)

Rush (First won in 1978)
Toronto, ON
Twitter followers: 109,000 (@rushtheband)

The Sheepdogs
Saskatoon, SK,
Twitter followers: 23,692 (Thesheepdogs)

Mike Morrison


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