Waterloo-based Patti McKague has been immersed in music for as long as she can remember. A public relations specialist, mother of two teens, and occasional performer herself, McKague had often dreamed of attending the JUNO Awards. This year, her wish was granted as Patti entered and won the TD Ultimate JUNO Awards Experience contest. From Friday March 28 through Sunday March 30, she and friend Paul Moser soaked in a mass of Canadian music moments. McKague spoke with TD Music to share some of her experiences.
Patti McKague and Paul Moser in the TD Music Green Room
TD Music: Why is music important to you?
Patti McKague: Really, I don’t remember a time when music wasn’t something that I was really drawn to. I remember going to concerts from the time I was 10 or 11, and I’ve always had a really deep connection and reaction to music of many genres. I tend to be drawn to anything with a really nice acoustic guitar and a lot of rich harmonies.
Also, my dad is a musician; he literally plays every instrument you can imagine. I used to sing in a band too; we performed in pubs on weekends. We played a lot of acoustic folk, with lots of harmonies.
TD’s Ultimate JUNOS Experience info!
What inspired you to enter TD’s Ultimate JUNOS Experience contest?
I do most of my banking online, and there was a contest offer that popped up. Most pop-ups, I tend to just keep going through, but this one mentioned the JUNOS so when I saw it, I thought ‘Of course I’m going to enter this.’ I filled it out in a few minutes, hit ‘submit,’ and didn’t think twice until I got a phone call at work one afternoon. I actually didn’t believe it! At work, we have open-spaced work cubicles, and the people around me gradually became concerned that my kids had been up to something as I kept saying ‘Seriously? Are you sure?’ By the time the conversation had finished, there were a lot of people around my desk.
Have you been to the JUNOS before?
Never, but I have watched the broadcast, and have thought that it would be a great show to see live because there’s so much fantastic music in one place. It never dawned on me that I would get the chance to go.
From the moment I arrived, it was the most unbelievable experience. We landed, and within half an hour of being at the hotel, we were headed to the JUNO Cup hockey game to watch the Rockers play the NHL Greats.