Western at the JUNOS
Western shines in star-studded Junos opener
The biggest stage in Canadian music was tinted purple Sunday night as Western alumni and students kicked off the 2019 Juno Awards with a surprise once-in-a-lifetime performance.
Behind the Scenes
When Loud Luxury knew they'd be opening The JUNO Awards, they knew right away that they wanted Western Cheer and The Western Mustang Band to join them on stage 💜 Here's our behind the scenes look at the months of rehearsals, hours of practice, death defying leaps and fast feet 🤸♂️🥁🤸♀️🎺
Our JUNOS Story
The Western community joins thousands of Canadians from coast to coast to coast in celebrating musical artists and bands for their artistic and technical achievements in all aspects of music.
Western has its own tradition of excellence in music education through the Don Wright Faculty of Music, where nationally recognized scholars, composers, administrators, teachers and performers engage students in a learning environment equalled by very few institutions.
This website captures just some of Western’s many connections to the Juno Awards. Stay awhile and learn about how many of the very best leaders in Canadian music got their start at Western.
It’s mid-afternoon and Joe Depace and Andrew Fedyk are relaxing on a sunny beach in Cancún, Mexico, wrapping up a spring break tour before returning to Canada. It’s a calm before the storm for the DJ duo most would recognize by their stage name, Loud Luxury.
From the prosaic to the arcane, Wikipedia offers a world of factual tidbits, images and data about millions of people, places and things. Now a group of volunteers is looking to add Western-rich content to a number of entries in the crowd-sourced public database.
When Christian Wrona arrived at Western four years ago, he shelved his viola. After more than a decade and a half with the instrument, he was at an impasse. Forgoing playing, he shifted his time and attention to Computer, Statistical and Actuarial Sciences. But the itch to perform never went away.
The future of music won’t be contained to the concert stage – it will be on screens in the games being played by millions around the globe. And if the music industry is going to thrive in the future, it needs to embrace this new performance arena, according to a Western professor.
A New Day starts in London
Stephan Moccio describes his first chance meeting with Celine Dion - right here on campus in Alumni Hall. Ten years later, he writes her comeback song - "A New Day" and the rest is musical history and a fairytale come true.
London’s own @LoudLuxury, who met at @WesternU & are now on the top of the global charts, will celebrate their homecoming with a live performance TONIGHT on the #JUNOS stage!— The JUNO Awards (@TheJUNOAwards) March 17, 2019
Don't miss it at 8pm ET / 5pm PT on @CBC & globally https://t.co/ORKYyA7mNM pic.twitter.com/SBAS9miUNH
From nights up past midnight in von Kuster Hall #WesternU, to the Olympics & performing at the Oscars. @stephanmoccio, thank you for sharing the songs that starred in your career with us 💜 #anewday #ibelieve #wreckingball #earnedit @westernuMusic Class of '94! #purpleandproud pic.twitter.com/j75Ib1oEEl— Western University (@WesternU) March 15, 2019