How many Humber Music alumni and faculty does it take to receive JUNO nominations?
Represented in 12 categories, the Humber College nominees are as follows:
Jazz Album of the Year: Solo
Shirantha Beddage, Momentum
Shirantha is a Humber faculty member and alumnus. His band includes Humber faculty Mike Downes (bass) and Mark Kelso (drums).
Brandi Disterheft, Blue Canvas
Brandi is Humber alumna. This is her third JUNO nomination.
Mike Janzen, Nudging Forever
Band personnel includes Humber alumnus Kevin Turcotte (flugelhorn) and Humber alumnus and faculty member Larnell Lewis (drums).
Vocal Jazz Album of the Year
Amanda Tosoff, Words
Amanda is a Humber faculty member. Her band includes Humber faculty members Jon Maharaj (bass) and Rebekah Wolkstein (violin). Words was mixed by Humber faculty member Andrew Mullin and mastered by Steve Bellamy, the dean of Humber’s School of Creative & Performing Arts.
Matt Dusk & Florence K, Quiet Nights
Arranged and produced by Humber faculty member Shelly Berger.
Jazz Album of the Year: Group
Dave Young Quintet, One Way Up
Band personnel includes Humber alumnus Kevin Turcotte. Produced by Humber faculty member Roberto Occhipinti.
Order of Canada Band, Sweet Canadiana
Band personnel includes Humber faculty members Shirantha Beddage, Alex Dean, Al Kay, Humber Community Music faculty member Tara Davidson and Humber alumni John Johnson, Christian Overton, Terry Promane and Steve Butterworth.
Contemporary Roots Album of the Year
Matthew Barber and Jill Barber, The Family Album
Humber faculty member Drew Jurecka played violin, mandolin and bass clarinet, as well as co-producing the album.
World Music Album of the Year
Nomadica, Dance of the Infidels
Band personnel includes Humber faculty member Drew Jurecka on violin and alto sax.
Adult Contemporary Album of the Year
Chantal Kreviazuk, Hard Sail
Band personnel includes Humber faculty member Drew Jurecka (violin/viola) and Rebekah Wolkstein (violin).
Songwriter of the Year
Donovan Woods, “What Kind of Love is That”
Humber faculty member Drew Jurecka wrote, performed and engineered the session for the string arrangement.
Adult Alternative Album of the Year
Andy Shauf, The Party
Band personnel includes Humber alumnus Colin Nealis on strings.
The JUNO Awards take place April 2 in Ottawa.