The celebration of Canada's musical best officially got underway over the weekend.

On Saturday, March 11, more than 40 awards were presented at the 2023 Juno Opening Night Awards in Edmonton, including in the classical and jazz categories. 

Winners (and some of their online reactions) are noted in bold. 

The Juno Awards ceremony will air on Monday, March 13, televised and broadcast from Rogers Place. 


Classical album of the year (solo artist)

  • Winner of the 18th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition Warsaw 2021, Bruce Liu 
  • Prokofiev: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 1, David Jalbert
  • La Zingarella: Through Romany Songland, Isabel Bayrakdarian
  • Bach: Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin, James Ehnes 
  • Fables, Philip Chiu

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Classical album of the year (large ensemble)

  • Clara – Robert – Johannes: Lyrical Echoes, Canada's National Arts Centre Orchestra, conducted by Alexander Shelley 
  • Handel: Messiah, HWV 56, Ensemble Caprice, Ensemble Vocal Arts-Quebec, conducted by Matthias Maute, featuring Karina Gauvin
  • Richard Strauss: Metamorphosen – Arvo Pärt: Symphonie No. 4, 'Los Angeles,' I Musici de Montréal, conducted by Jean-Marie Zeitouni
  • Viola Borealis, Orchestre de l'Agora, conducted by Nicolas Ellis, featuring Marina Thibeault 
  • Radiant Dawn: Music for Advent and Christmas, The Elora Singers, conducted by Mark Vuorinen



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Classical album of the year (small ensemble) 

  • Nagamo, Andrew Balfour and musica intima
  • Hemsi: Chamber Works, ARC Ensemble 
  • Vagues et ombres, collectif9 
  • Early Italian Cello Concertos, Elinor Frey and Rosa Barocca, conducted by Claude Lapalme 
  • De la cour de Louis XIV à Shippagan! Chants traditionnels acadiens et airs de cour du XVIIe siècle, Suzie LeBlanc, Marie Nadeau-Tremblay, Vincent Lauzer, and Sylvain Bergeron



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Classical composition of the year 

  • An Overall Augmented Sense of Well-being, Anthony Tan 
  • Bestiary I & II, Bekah Simms 
  • The Black Fish, Keyan Emami 
  • Prayers for Ruins, Nicole Lizée
  • Supervillain Études, Vincent Ho

Jazz album of the year 

  • Joy, Ernesto Cervini 
  • A Little Louder Now, Lauren Falls
  • El Tinajon, Luis Deniz 
  • Rumba, Rafael Zaldivar 
  • Kinds of Love, Renee Rosnes



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Jazz album of the year 

  • Semantics, Andrew Rathbun Quintet 
  • Talk Memory, BadBadNotGood 
  • The History of Us, Carn Davidson 9 
  • Desert Bloom, Florian Hoefner Trio 
  • The Dragon's Tail, Mark Kelso & the Jazz Exiles



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Vocal jazz album of the year 

  • Featuring, Caity Gyorgy 
  • Blue, Diana Panton 
  • Venez donc chez moi, Laura Anglade and Sam Kirmayer 
  • Nikki by Starlight, Nikki Yanofsky 
  • The Ostara Project, the Ostara Project

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