13 March 2000 -- Nancy Bouwma, BC fan and "just a rural Canadian gal from near Kingston, on the shores of Lake Ontario", contributed the following report on the recent Juno Awards. Additional research by Nigel Parry.
Bruce Cockburn, and the two producers of his last album, 'Breakfast In New Orleans, Dinner In Timbuktu' - John Whynot and Colin Linden, were nominees at the upcoming 29th annual Juno Awards, broadcast live from The Skydome in Toronto, Ontario, at 8:00pm on 12 March 2000, on CBC television (Canada).
The Juno is the Canadian equivalent of the Grammy Award, and is presented by CARAS, The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, an organisation created to "celebrate Canadian Music". CARAS is a not-for-profit organization created to preserve and enhance the Canadian music and recording industries and to contribute towards higher artistic and industry standards.
Cockburn was nominated for Best Songwriter on the basis of three songs - the single from his 'Breakfast' album, 'Last Night Of The World', for 'Mango', which is also on the album, and for 'Pacing The Cage'.
Although 'Pacing the Cage' appeared on Cockburn's 1996 album, 'The Charity Of Night', it is up for nomination as it was recently covered by Jimmy Buffet on Buffet's last album.
Cockburn was also nominated and won a Juno for Best Roots And Traditional Album-Solo for 'Breakfast In New Orleans, Dinner In Timbuktu'.
Best Recording Engineer nominees include John Whynot and Colin Linden (True North/Universal) for their work on both Cockburn's 'Last Night Of The World' single as well as 'Lean On Your Peers', a song by Blackie And The Rodeo Kings. Cockburn's recording engineers have previously been nominated for Junos - John Naslen in 1984 (for 'Stealing Fire'), 1987 (for 'Waiting For A Miracle'), and 1990 (for 'Big Circumstance') - but have never won.
Cockburn and others working on his albums have previously been awarded ten Junos, all during a ten-year period from the early 70s to early 80s:
Since 1982, Cockburn and others working on his albums have been nominated for 19 Junos, including those slated for the 2000 ceremony:
The 2000 Juno Awards were broadcast live on the Internet. See the Juno website for more information.