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electronic music gets recognized

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

We’re almost at October, when the Juno Awards, Canada’s annual music awards run by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) asks for artists to submit their recordings to be considered for annual acknowledgement.

This year not only marks the 40th anniversary of the awards, but its return to Canada’s largest city – Toronto. I’ve had the pleasure of working on the category committees (I co-chaired the instrumental category until this year) for a number of years now and this year, we were successful in bringing on a brand new category. I’m pleased to say that we finally have an electronic music category at the Junos!

Our volunteer screening committee has experts from all sides of the electronic industry in Canada. And, full disclosure, I’m chairing the committee – along with my co-chair journalist Joshua Ostroff who is the current music editor of Spinner Canada and former electronic editor of Exclaim! Magazine. We wanted to come up with a definition that understood that samples are a form of creativity in this style and could be considered a building block to more original new music. We also wanted to acknowledge many styles of electronic music that wasn’t being recognized in the dance category which has existed for a number of years. This new category is a craft category, which means that it’s not sales that gets you through the two rounds of selection, it’s by meritorious vote by industry jurors.

So what do you think of this definition? Comments welcome.

Album-length original recordings composed with electronic equipment as the essential songwriting tools and defined by their electronic elements. Musical genres and respective subgenres such as (but not limited to) techno, house, electro, trance, drum’n’bass, dubstep, grime, electro-acoustic, turntablism, sample-based music, ambient and downtempo are eligible for this category.