2017 Juno Nominees Announced

The Juno Awards released their list of nominees in honour of the best Canadian artists of the past year and the list is an impressive one. The late Leonard Cohen highlights the list of nominees for Album of the Year, while Toronto’s The Weeknd is up for Artist of the Year, and the Zolas are getting some recognition with a nomination for Breakthrough Artist. Check out the full list of nominees. The show takes place on April 4th in Ottawa.

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Tegan and Sara Unimpressed with Lack of Juno Diversity

The twin sister pop-duo of Tegan and Sara weren’t exactly thrilled with the list of nominees despite earning themselves nominations for Songwriter of the Year, Group of the Year, and Pop Album of the Year. Though appreciative of the nominations, the sisters were quick to criticize the lack of gender diversity among the nominees, highlighting the fact that many categories do not have a single female nominee. While thanking the CARAS (Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences), they also feel the need for some change stating, “we wouldn’t be Tegan and Sara if we didn’t speak our minds about this important issue”. See the full message.

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Mac Demarco, Depeche Mode Release New Music

Mac Demarco has announced a date for his new album This Old Dog, while also releasing a couple of singles (My Old Man, and This Old Dog). The album is set for a May 5th release date and will be his first since 2015’s Another One. Pitchfork has the full story.

Depeche Mode have also released a single, Where’s the Revolution?, off their upcoming album, Spirit, due out on March 17th. The song deals with all the crazy things going on in the world, without getting too political. Singer Dave Gahan recently sat down with Rolling Stone to discuss the new album, which was influenced by David Bowie. The full interview is worth reading.

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Tom DeLonge Will Be Releasing His UFO Book

Former blink-182 frontman, and noted UFO enthusiast Tom DeLonge has long been interested in whether aliens exist and his search for the truth will culminate with his book Sekret Machines: Gods, co-written with author Peter Levenda. The book, which will be the first of a three-part series, sets out to shed some light on the secrecy surrounding the UFO phenomenon. Look forward to the book hitting shelves on March 7th.

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