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- Posted on Nov 12th 2010 5:00PM by Lonny Knapp
In celebration of the Juno Awards upcoming 40th anniversary, Toronto's Bata Shoe Museum has launched JUNO Sole, a limited run exhibit displaying 40 pairs of memorable shoes worn by past and present Juno Award nominees, winners and Canadian music icons.
It's been said that more than any other article of clothing, the choice of footwear offers a peak into a person's psyche. If that is true, then Canadian musicians are a conservative bunch.
"The overwhelming majority of the shoes are sensible. We got a lot of Converse sneakers," Sarah Beam-Borg, assistant curator and exhibition manager of the Bata Shoe Museum, tells Spinner.
To create the collection, the museum put the word out to 80 musicians, with kicks arriving from the likes of Shania Twain, Nelly Furtado, K'naan, Avril Lavigne, Billy Talent, K-OS, Drake and Bif Naked.
Spinner attended this week's gala launch and ambushed a few participating musicians, asking them about the shoes they donated to the collection.
Hip-hop diva Jully Black donated the most stunning piece in the collection: a pair of bedazzled Monolo Blahnik sandals that would make fictitious footwear fetishist Carrie Bradshaw swoon.
JUNO Sole: Celebrating 40 Years of the JUNO Awards
As one half of the influential folk duo Ian and Sylvia, Sylvia Tyson recorded the campfire classic 'Four Strong Winds,' hopped on a train with the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, and the Band for the infamous 1970 'Festival Express Tour,' and has been nominated for seven Juno Awards. She donated a cute pair of John Fluevog boots adorned with a big purple bow.
"I believe in having fun within fashion, that's why I love those Fleuvogs -- the heel is very humorous," she remarked.
Hawksley Workman -- who took home the 'Best Solo Artist' honour at the 2002 Juno Awards -- donated a pair of well-worn combat boots to the collection.
"I've played hundreds of shows in them, and they have been resoled a number of times -- somehow seeing those on display somehow satisfies my narcissism," he joked.
JUNO Sole: Celebrating 40 Years of the JUNO Awards opens to the public on November 10, 2010 and will be on display until November 30, 2011.