Western at the JUNOS

March 2019

Special Edition

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.


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.”

Loud Luxury

Alumni make Loud return to Western, London

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.

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Wiki project adds Western knowledge to mix

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.

Student playing viola onstage with piano accompaniment

Performance absence tugs at his viola, heart strings

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.

Stephan Moccio

Bringing an alumnus along for the ride

Discover what ‘Elements’ – including tunes penned and sung by Western alumnus Stephan Moccio – usher her into Juno weekend when Don Wright Faculty of Music Dean Betty Anne Younker takes a turn on Read. Watch. Listen.

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Playing games with the future of music

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.

Loud Luxury performing at Rock the Park 2018

Loud Luxury scores four Juno nominations

Loud Luxury, the Canadian dance/electronic duo born out of a friendship forged at Western, will not only be performing at the Juno Awards in London in March – they’ve just been nominated for four major awards at the event.

Four Western alumni that are part of London's musical legacy.

Western's JUNO Connections

Several JUNO nominees, winners and past judges are connected to Western - as alumni, faculty and students. Check out our list!

Downtown London aerial view

The secret musical history of London, Ont.

London, Ont., may be one of Canada's smaller cities, but it punches like a heavyweight when it comes to music.

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.

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