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- Posted on Mar 31st 2012 6:00PM by Paul Banwatt
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Banwatt's band of Sheepdogs adversaries is nominated in the New Group of the Year category in addition to being proxy nominees in the Video of the Year category where director Jose Lourenco got the nod for Rural Alberta Advantages' "Stamp" vid.
This means Banwatt will get to hang at all the best parties with all the best (worst?) people.
Here's his first report about traveling from Toronto to Ottawa and coming across Avril threatener Diamond Rings:
Juno Awards Weekend
Day 1 – Friday: You Schmooze, You Lose
Yesterday started with one of the oddest feelings for a musician: an early morning performance. My band, the Rural Alberta Advantage, was asked to play a couple of songs, stripped down and acoustic, at Union Station in Toronto to help see off a VIA train carrying nominees and esteemed dignitaries heading to Ottawa for the Junos. I pictured us busking in the train station to nobody in particular (a noble way to make a living as a musician, but not for me).
Union Station photo, Paul Banwatt
I muffled my snare drum with a pair of sweatpants that travels in my snare case, and I felt bad for sullying an otherwise classy affair.
John O'Regan a.k.a Diamond Rings was also playing on the fancy stage. But unlike us he also took the train station as an opportunity to do some real busking.
While RAAers Amy [Cole] and Nils [Edenloff] rode on the train enjoying massages and being attended to by personal servants,* I drove our band van with our gear from Toronto to Ottawa. Soon after arriving, it was time for the Juno welcome reception at the Museum of Civilization. This room was particularly massive. Nils ventured in and reported that the far end featured food and suits, while the near end was comprised of booze and jeans. I'll leave it a mystery which end we chose.
Tonight (Saturday), we play a show at Mavericks and I honestly can't wait. If I've realized anything so far, it's that I feel more comfortable partying in a dank club than in a museum.
Finally, to provide some closure, Johnny Diamond apparently did quite well busking at the train station, because when we saw him that night he looked amazing.
Diamond Rings busking photo, Paul Banwatt
2012 Juno Nominees
- Avril Lavigne
- Justin Bieber
- City and Colour
- Coeur de Pirate
- Dan Mangan
- Diamond Rings
- F---ed Up
- Kardinal Offishall
- 2012 Grammy Moments
- Bruce Springsteen
- Whitney Houston
- Bruno Mars
- Paul McCartney
- Beach Boys and Adam Levine
- Paul McCartey Jam
- 12 Artists Who Bombed on SNL
- Sinead O'Connor, October 3, 1992
- Ke$ha, April 17, 2010
- Cypress Hill, October 2, 1993
- Coldplay, October 25, 2008
- The Go-Gos, November 14, 1981
- Frank Zappa, October 21, 1978
- Britney Spears, October 13, 2003
- Laura Branigan, December 4, 1982
- Kanye West, December 13, 2008
- Linkin Park, February 5, 2011
- Taylor Swift, January 10, 2009
- Ashlee Simpson, October 23, 2004
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