Star Power Lights Up the TD Music Green Room during JUNO Week 2015!

Published on Thursday March 19th 2015

TD Music is still buzzing from this past weekend’s JUNOS, Canada’s Music Awards, which took place in Hamilton, Ontario. As an active supporter of Canadian music and artists since 2003, TD was proud to return to the JUNO Awards as a National Sponsor, and happy to host a special Music Green Room experience to welcome artists and music lovers alike on Friday March 13th and Saturday the 14th.

The room was bustling both days as amazing musicians performed, and guests were also treated to trims from an in-house barber, makeup applications, aromatherapy, and more.

On Friday, lots of kids participating in organizations supported by the MusiCounts TD Community Music Program were in the house to perform and enjoy. Members of Malvern community arts space The SP.O.T. worked both the stage and the room as rappers, singers, musicians, and a charismatic young spoken word artist all impressed with their talent. They were followed by fast-rising pop group Rebel Coast, namechecked as ‘Ones to Watch’ by a variety of media sources. With songs like “We Are the Brave,” Rebel Coast is far more than your typical boy band. Fantastic singer-songwriter and country artist Emily Reid then wowed the crowd with her bubbly persona and award-winning original music.

The TD Music Green Room grew even busier into the eve as word got out about a special presentation. Members of JUNO Award winning Hamilton band Arkells helped award their city’s An Instrument for Every Child program, a 2014 MusiCounts TD Community Music Program beneficiary, with an additional $60,000 of funding to help support the children in accessing high quality music education. Arkells – who went on to win 2015 JUNO Awards for both Group of the Year and Rock Album of the Year – absolutely rocked the room as they performed songs from High Noon and encouraged the kids to sing harmony. Along the way, lead singer Max Kerman stopped the song “Leather Jacket,” which references a pay phone, to ask younger members of the audience if they knew what one was. “No!” Good thing music is a universal language!

Saturday’s experience was even more packed with music, and the Green Room grew busier by the hour as JUNOS anticipation mounted. Members of Hamilton’s own TBF (Thought Beneath Film) kicked off the day with a stripped down, high-energy set augmented by guest violinist Meghan Ruel. Rising powerhouse vocalist Stacey Kay, as charming as she is talented, then performed her pop hits. Past JUNO Award winner Karl Wolf took to a keyboard to perform playful renditions of his hip-hop and R&B originals. The songwriter and producer also won the room over with his generosity and flair. Speaking of ‘won the room over,’ teenage musician Connor Ross, winner of the Music Monday Anthem Search, and his band impressed the entire room with their tight set. Next up was Eleven Past One, five guys originally from Bowmanville who have made it on the international stage through nonstop touring, charisma, and feel-good melodies showcased on releases like The World Is Ours. Children and youth from Hamilton’s Culture for Kids in the Arts, a 2014 MusiCounts TD Community Music Program Beneficiary, also took part while stunningly fresh a cappella group Eh440, recently back from a west coast tour, blew minds as they sang, rapped and beatboxed in perfect harmony. It was an ideal way to cap off a feel-good weekend of music and smiles!