As Canada celebrated the best records released from homegrown talent over the last year with the Junos, (Drake, Feist and Justin Bieber to name a few), the Music Unlimited service was there to take it all in. With Deadmau5 and Our Lady Peace playing our launch parties, we had a little help making an entrance! Checkout our event pictures and weekend wrap-up.

“People are going to be talking about this show for years” exclaimed Our Lady Peace vocalist, Raine Maida, to a crowd of contest winners, Junofest wristband holders and music industry folks in town for Canada’s single biggest music event each year.

Indeed the Bronson Centre crowd was treated to a blistering two hour set which covered mid 90’s hits from OLP’s, Clumsy, record to their latest album, Curve, which released yesterday. (Music Unlimited customers in Canada have of course enjoyed the exclusive preview of, Curve, all last week!). The band graciously met with contest winners following the show and tried out their new PlayStation Vitas.

Mansion nightclub was the place to be on Saturday night as a lucky few were treated to a 2 ½ hour set from Ontario’s own, Deadmau5. The night began with a high energy performance from Canadian rap star, Kardinal Offishall. The Mansion arrival of some of Music Unlimited’s favorite artists including Hedley, Down With Webster and Marianas Trench signaled the moment was near as the clock struck 1 a.m.

 

Then Deadmau5 took over the DJ booth and the biggest party of the weekend was in full flux. Just a year removed from playing Toronto’s baseball stadium, Deadmau5 treated a fortunate 700 people to a non-stop mix of favorites and surprises, including a Rage Against the Machine mash-up. It was well past 3 a.m. when the opening beats of “Raise Your Weapon”, (a song Deadmau5 would reprise with pop sensation, Lights, at the following night’s Juno Awards,) signaled the closing of an amazing night.

 

The Juno Awards themselves were quite a different affair, hosted by William Shatner in a 20,000 capacity hockey arena 30 minutes outside of Ottawa. Nickelback kicked off the show with enough pyro to burn Scotiabank Place to the ground. Deadmau5’s aforementioned performance with Lights would send everyone home with smiles on their faces. Performances from Hedley, City and Colour, Blue Rodeo w/ Sarah MacLachlan and Feist were among the other highlights of the two hour show. Congrats to Michael Buble who took home the award for best album.

The Music Unlimited service would like to personally congratulate some of our favourite artists of the past year for their Juno Award nominations. Hedley and Down With Webster both released excellent Pop-Rock records and wreaked havoc over the Billboard charts. Kudos to Hedley for winning Best Pop Album in a tight battle with DWW. The Arkells continue to be one Canada’s best rock bands winning Group of the Year, and appear ready to take on America if this year’s SXSW is any indication. Vancouver’s Mother Mother released their finest record to date and were rewarded with a nomination in the New Group of the Year category. We are big fans of New Artist of the Year nominee, Lindi Ortega, and are loving her Last Gang Records release, Little Red Boots. She will be touring all spring with Social Distortion and we can’t wait to see her live.

A big thanks to everyone in Ottawa for their welcoming spirit. The Music Unlimited service is happy to be playing a small part in spreading an incredibly eclectic roster of music and artists from Canada to the rest of the world.

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