March 31, 2014
Official Opposition Statement for the JUNO Awards
Official Opposition Heritage critic Pierre Nantel (Longueuil – Pierre-Boucher) made the following statement following the JUNO Awards’ Gala:
"The NDP would like to congratulate all the artists who excelled at the JUNO Awards Gala this weekend."
The NDP would like to salute Serena Ryder for taking home the award for artist/singer-songwriter of the year, to Tegan and Sara for taking group of the year honours and winning song of the year for their "Closer", and to Tribe Called Red for winning breakthrough group of the year. Congratulations also to Arcade Fire for taking home album of the year for 2013's "Reflektor", and to Karim Ouellet, for winning Francophone album of the year for his "Fox".
The Canadian music industry remains dynamic and diversified and continues to make significant contributions to our economy. This year’s Gala was held in Winnipeg, Manitoba; a province with more than 4000 entrepreneurial artists and 368 businesses in the sector. The area is also home to BTO, Burton Cummings, Neil Young and the Crash Test Dummies.
The NDP would like to remind our federal government of the importance of continuing to support our musicians in their efforts to create and broadcast their music."