KMA2407 Various Artists/Various Blogs Festival: The Official 1991 (20th Anniversary) Juno Awards Collection

Welcome to the Various Artists/Various Blogs Festival! The festival runs December 1st-10th, across many blogs in the Community… Check out THIS PAGE at Bruce’s site for all the posts as we go along! And most importantly: our huge thanks to Bruce for getting the ball rolling on this, and for all his hard work in making it all happen!

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I start off my contributions with a bit of a weird set. You see…

Discogs doesn’t list this, neither does Amazon. Google doesn’t even find it.

There is no barcode or label information anywhere on the packaging. But it still looks like an official release, manufactured by Cinram in Canada. So while I don’t know what this is, precisely (besides the obvious, that it is a compilation of Juno Award artists from 1991, natch!), I can surmise that perhaps it was handed out at the Juno event that year, as on the very back inside page of the included booklet it says NOT FOR SALE. Who knows. I can’t find anything about it, not even an image online!

It’s quite a mix (as you can see by the shite photie of the track listings). Lots of favourites here, several Canuck evergreens, a bit of a time capsule for the songs included (check out the Hip, Rush, Colin James, Maestro Fresh Wes! oh my). There are several classical pieces included here, which made me happy indeed. And there are several folks here about whom I knew nothing prior to buying this set (Susan Hammond, Mike Murley, Simply Majestic and B. Cool, Jayson & Friends). I am a bit miffed that I now have Celine Dion and Rita MacNeil in my collection (not my cuppa), but what the hell. Saving the whole thing, though, is the grand master, Leonard Cohen. Lovely!

As you can imagine, it’s a bit of an uneven listen, but not any weirder than putting my entire iTunes collection on shuffle… if you could somehow filter only Canadian artists in 1991…

Check out the shite photies (below), for which I apologize. My iPhone’s camera has stuff in front of the lens on the inside where I cannot get at it without dismantling the phone. I may soon have an updated (for me) iPhone, though, so perhaps by the new year I’ll have things clearer for you! I did try to get a picture of the front cover (above), the back cover with the track listing (below), and the sponsor page where it says NOT FOR SALE (bottom left corner of that last shite photie, below).

Also included in the booklet: four pages of all the artists nominated that year, with printed checkmarks beside the winners’ names… which tells me it was done well after the show? If so… how long after…?; two pages with the track list and all accompanying label/album information for each track; and two pages of all the (then current) contact details for management of every artist on the compilation… which makes me think this was handed out to the judges, or insider people in the crowd who might want to arrange tours or recordings with the acts… That last page indicates the set was presented by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS)… I wonder how many copies were even made…

I just don’t know how this set came about, so I don’t know if I have a rarity here, or not. But it’s a cool enough 2CD mix, and I’m happy it’s here!

Posted on December 1, 2017, in posts by aaron and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 21 Comments.

  1. Shite photies rule!

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  2. Definitely looks like a promo for those involved / attending. A nifty wee curio (even if it does mean you own Celine Dion!)

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  3. That’s great! A mysterious anonymous compilation that is NOT FOR SALE.
    AND a photo of your thumb!
    Link duly added, dude.

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    • Yeah man, I had this fear as I was posting this that someone somewhere will say ‘hey! you’re not supposed to have that!” But the comp is 26 years old and it would take a weirdly specific search for someone to find it. I just don’t want the Juno police coming to get me! 🙂

      Thanks for the link at your site! I have include a link to your Page in the opening paragraph of this post – I will include a paragraph (with link) on all my posts for the festival.

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  4. No Juno police.
    Just Celine Dion showing up and singing to you.
    That’ll teach you.

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  5. I just read about the 1991 nominees for hard rock/metal album.
    Rush
    Lee Aaron
    Voivod
    Andy Curran
    Killer Dwarfs

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  6. There’s a few good ones mixed in there. I seen Prairie Oyster, good band. Colin James is still doing it. He’s playing in CB’s neck of the woods. The old Civic Center. The venue is a little dicey. You have my curiosity on some of those folks I’ve never heard of.

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    • Prairie Oyster is awesome! Colin James has been varied but he’s been consistent in staying at it. And he’s got his career as a grizzled old blues man all sewn up when he gets old… Let me know if you want thoughts on any of the others!

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  7. The Hip, Blue Rodeo are couple faves of mine. Leslie Spit I think did a real cool version of a John Prine tune “Angel From Montgomery’. As far as thoughts yeah. Other than the ones we both mentioned any surprises on there? Nice to see you getting behind the Canuck thing. We have some good music coming from our country. I’ll check out your other takes when I get a minute.

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