P.G. musicians up for Juno Awards

The nominees were announced Tuesday for the 2019 edition of the Juno Awards.

These trophies are presented by the The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (CARAS) and represent the pinnacle of the country's music industry.

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There were some acts shortlisted that have Prince George connection, and some others from the broader northern B.C. region.

Closest to home, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (conducted by Peter Oundjian featuring Louis Lortie, Sarah Jeffrey, and Teng Li) is up for Classical Album of the Year: Large Ensemble for their tribute disc entitled Vaughan Williams.

Toronto is obviously not a suburb of Prince George, but the connection is made by virtue of the TSO's concertmaster, Jonathan Crow, born and raised in this city where he became a standout young violin player, got his orchestral start with the Prince George Symphony Orchestra, then went on to climb the national ranks of classical musicians to the key post he now occupies.

Another Prince George musician who has caught on with a celebrated ensemble is Jimmy Baldwin, who was a supporting player for the trio Washboard Union from that band's inception.

Washboard Union is up for Breakthrough Group of the Year.

Only a short distance southeast of Prince George is the rural Cariboo hamlet of Horsefly and that's where folk duo Pharis & Jason Romero live and work. They won their first Juno Award in 2016 and they are up for another in the Traditional Roots Album of the Year. They are competing with David Francey, The Slocan Ramblers, The Wailin' Jennys and Vishtn.

The north coast got a shout-out with the nomination of Snotty Nosed Rez Kids, the rap duo from Kitamaat Village that's grabbing Canada by its hiphops. The one-two Haisla punch of Darren Metz and Quinton Nyce are up for Indigenous Music Album of the Year vying with Elisapie, Jeremy Dutcher, Leonard Sumner and Northern Cree.

The 2019 Juno Awards will be held in London on March 17, broadcast on CBC Television. This year's host is Sarah McLachlan and the inductee into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame will be Corey Hart.

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