A capella group Cadence leads York Juno nominees

York’s Music Department, Faculty of Fine Arts, will be well represented at the Juno awards again this year, as no less than 10 artists from York have been nominated for the awards being presented in Halifax on Sunday, April 2. This year’s nominees include four graduates, two faculty members, three former students and an honorary doctorate recipient.


Right: Members of a capella jazz group Cadence, from left, Ross Lynde, Carl Berger, Kevin Fox and Dylan Bell

A Capella quartet Cadence, which includes three alumni from the Faculty of Fine Arts, has been nominated for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year for its latest album Twenty for One. The group features Dylan Bell (BFA ’95), Ross Lynde (BFA ‘00) and Carl Berger (BFA ‘99) along with Kevin Fox, a director-producer who worked with award-winning York a capella group Wibijazz’n’. Bell is also nominated for Recording Engineer of the Year.

Alumnus Shawn Marino (BFA ‘94), international marketing director for Universal Music Canada, is one of a group of people nominated for Music DVD of the Year for Hipeponymous featuring Canadian rock group Tragically Hip.

Nancy WalkerViolinist Peggy Hills McGuire (right), artistic director of the Chamber Music Society of Mississauga, and pianist/composer Nancy Walker (left), both part-time instructors in York’s Music Department, were each nominated – Hills for Children’s Album of the Year (A Butterfly In Time) and Walker for Instrumental Album of the Year (Rainy Days and Mondays).

Classical violinist Jeanne Lamon (D.Litt ‘94), musical director of the Canadian-based chamber orchestra Tafelmusik, was nominated for Classical Album of the Year: Large Ensemble or Soloist(s) with Large Ensemble Accompaniment (Concerti Virtuosi) and Children’s Album of the Year (Baroque Adventure: The Quest for Arundo Donax).

Perennial nominee Jane Bunnett, one of Canada’s best-known jazz artists and a former York music student, is up for an award again this year. Her album Radio Guantánamo (Guantánamo Blues Project ,Vol. 1) was nominated for Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year.

Former York students and rappers Kardinal Offishal and k-os are both nominated this year. “Kardi” as he’s known (his real name is Jason Harrow) is nominated for Rap Recording of the Year (Fire & Glory). K-os (Kevin Bereton) is up for both Single of the Year (Man I Used To Be) and Music DVD of the Year (Publicity Stunt).

For more information on the 2006 Juno awards, including a full list of nominees and their biographies, visit the Juno Awards Web site.