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Four Niagara musicians nominated for this year’s Junos

By Don Redmond

Published on March 3, 2022 at 4:52 p.m.

Niagara-area DJ-musician-producers REZZ and deadmau5 are ready for a Juno with their first-ever collaboration with their album “Hypnocurrency.”

Four Niagara-area musicians have been nominated for the 2022 Juno Awards, which this year will be hosted on May 15 at the Budweiser Stage in Toronto.

This year is the 51st Junos presentation and the 27th time it has taken place in Toronto.

Niagara-area DJ-musician-producers REZZ and deadmau5 are ready for their first-ever collaboration with their album “Hypnocurrency,” one of electronic music‘s most memorable crossover moments of the year.

The album, nominated for Dance Album of the Year 2022, combines the artist’s various styles with dreamy mid-tempo drops playing against clean tones and minimalist arrangements, layered over the haunting and to the menacing synths of the track.

“I feel like my collab with deadmau5 is an exact separation of his sounds and mine which is a high standard I set before sending him an idea,” REZZ tweeted when the album was released. got out.

Niagara Falls native Tim Hicks, nominated for 2022 Country Album of the Year, is perhaps the best known for his boisterous shows and the party vibe that surrounds them, but like most entertainers he started out in the bar scene where he had to charm patrons every night with a vast repertoire of solo acoustic material designed to appeal to a crowd.

His latest EP, “Campfire Troubadour” remembers that past, reinventing his chart-topping sound for a more intimate setting, as much at home in a fireside jam as in the unassuming venues he once played. The opening song “Slow” sets the tone and if you listen closely you will hear embers crackling and crickets chirping.

“It’s funny because Jeff Coplan, who produced the EP, said he was going to start a fire in his backyard and add some sound effects.” said Tim when the album came out.“I said it would be great, but I figured it would never make it to the final mix. But it worked, and when I heard it in context, I thought it gave the record a real atmosphere.

This year’s Junos added five new categories: Rap Album/EP of the Year, Rap Single of the Year, Contemporary Indigenous Artist or Group of the Year, Traditional Indigenous Artist or Group of the Year, and Recording underground dance of the year.

It worked out well for Fort Erie musician-producer DJ Shub, who found himself nominated against four others with his contemporary Aboriginal album, “War Club.”

Shub said he sees music as a weapon – a weapon that can be used “to tell people what’s going on, to bring issues to the fore, to right wrongs, to speak my mind”. Called the godfather of the step powwow or electric powwow; a genre that mixes traditional powwow music with dubstep and electronica, Shub strays a bit from the formula with this one.

The Six Nations Mohawk artist has incorporated dancehall flavor and Latin rhythms and has collaborated with a host of artists including Phoenix Pagliacci, Boogát and Snotty Nose Rez Kids.

Country star Tim Hicks, left, and Indigenous musician DJ Shub are both up for Junos.

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