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Junos weekend great for The Weeknd

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REGINA -- Let's get the obvious Canadian music pun out of the way right now: Everything is working for The Weeknd.

Toronto vocalist Abel Tesfaye, who records and performs trippy R&B under the name The Weeknd, won two pieces of hardware at the non-televised component of the 2013 Juno Awards, which are being held this weekend in the Saskatchewan capital.

The Weeknd was named Canada's breakthrough artist of the year and also won the R&B/soul recording Juno for Trilogy, a compilation of songs from three previous independent mixed tapes. Tesfaye did not attend the Saturday event, held at Regina's Queensbury Centre and emceed by CBC Radio's Jian Ghomeshi.

The non-televised gala is where the vast majority of the 45 Junos get handed out, including all the recordings in the classical, jazz and other genre categories. Only eight awards will be presented at tonight's CTV-broadcast awards, hosted by Michael Buble.

The only other multiple winner Saturday was a recording, not an artist. Synthetica by Toronto's Metric won the indie-rock band alternative album of the year -- and a recording-package Juno for the album's designer.

Among other big-name winners on Saturday, Leonard Cohen was named artist of the year, Carly Rae Jepsen won pop album of the year for Kiss, Rush won rock album of the year for Clockwork Angels and The Tragically Hip won music DVD of the year for Bobcaygeon.

Violinist James Ehnes, a former Brandonite who was up for a pair of awards, went 50/50 in Regina by winning best large-ensemble classical album for Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto.

Two other Manitoban nominees went home empty-handed.

Winnipeg singer-songwriter Don Amero and rock band Burnt Project 1 were up for aboriginal album, which was won by Manitoulin Island's Crystal Shawanda.

The non-televised gala also honoured Lynn Lake native Tom Cochrane as Canadian music's humanitarian of the year -- and journalist Larry Leblanc receive a special achievement award for decades spent covering the Canadian music industry.

Saturday winners

Artist of the year: Leonard Cohen

Breakthrough artist: The Weeknd

Pop album of the year: Carly Rae Jepsen, Kiss

Rock album of the year: Rush, Clockwork Angels

Country album of the year: Johnny Reid, Fire it Up

Alternative album of the year: Metric, Synthetica

R&B/soul recording of the year: The Weeknd, Trilogy

Dance recording of the year: Anjulie, You and I

Rap recording of the year: Classified, Inner Ninja (featuring David Miles)

Electronic album of the year: Grimes, Visions

Vocal jazz album of the year: Emilie-Claire Barlow, Seule ce Soir

Francophone album of the year: Louis-Jean Cormier, Le treizieme etage

Classical album of the year, vocal or choral performance: Karina Gauvin, Prima Donna

Roots and traditional album of the year, solo: Rose Cousins, We Have Made a Spark

Roots and traditional album of the year, group: Elliott Brood, Days Into Years

Metal/hard music album of the year: Woods of Ypres, Woods 5: Grey Skies & Electric Light

Adult contemporary album of the year: The Tenors, Lead With Your Heart

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 21, 2013 A4

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