Juno Awards of 1979

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Juno Awards of 1979
Date21 March 1979
VenueHarbour Castle Hilton Hotel, Toronto, Ontario
Hosted byBurton Cummings
Television/radio coverage

The Juno Awards of 1979, representing Canadian music industry achievements of the previous year, were awarded on 21 March 1979 in Toronto at a ceremony hosted by Burton Cummings at the Harbour Castle Hilton Convention Centre.[1]

Claudja Barry and Ginette Reno were live performers on the ceremony telecast, seen on CBC Television from 9:30pm Eastern Time. Gino Vannelli and Chilliwack provided videotaped performances.

Pierre Trudeau attended the ceremonies, the first time a Canadian Prime Minister did so. He introduced Hank Snow into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.

Cummings and Dan Hill led nominations with four each. In an unusual move, Hill was nominated in the "Composer of the Year" category for "Sometimes When We Touch" for the second time as it had sold more than 75,000 copies after the first award at the 1978 Juno ceremony.[1]

This was the first year when Gordon Lightfoot failed to pick up an award, and Anne Murray was not present to claim her two awards. The CBC television broadcast was seen by an estimated 1,827,000 viewers which was down from the year before.[2]

Nominees and winners[edit]

Female Vocalist of the Year[edit]

Winner: Anne Murray

Other nominees:

Male Vocalist of the Year[edit]

Winner: Gino Vannelli

Other nominees:

Most Promising Female Vocalist of the Year[edit]

Winner: Claudja Barry

Other nominees:

Most Promising Male Vocalist of the Year[edit]

Winner: Nick Gilder

Other nominees:

Group of the Year[edit]

Winner: Rush

Other nominees:

Most Promising Group of the Year[edit]

Winner: Doucette

Other nominees:

Composer of the Year[edit]

Winner: Dan Hill (Co-composer with Barry Mann), "Sometimes When We Touch" by Dan Hill

Other nominees:

Country Female Vocalist of the Year[edit]

Winner: Carroll Baker

Country Male Vocalist of the Year[edit]

Winner: Ronnie Prophet

Country Group or Duo of the Year[edit]

Winner: The Good Brothers

Folk Singer of the Year[edit]

Winner: Murray McLauchlan

Other nominees:

Instrumental Artist of the Year[edit]

Winner: Liona Boyd

Other nominees:

Producer of the Year[edit]

Winner: Gino Vannelli, Joe Vannelli & Ross Vannelli, Brother to Brother by Gino Vannelli

Other nominees:

Recording Engineer of the Year[edit]

Winner: Ken Friesen, Let's Keep It That Way by Anne Murray

Other nominees:

Canadian Music Hall of Fame[edit]

Winner: Hank Snow

Nominated and winning albums[edit]

Best Selling Album[edit]

Winner: Dream of a Child, Burton Cummings

Other nominees:

Best Album Graphics[edit]

Winner: Alan Gee & Greg Lawson, Madcats by Madcats

Other nominees:

Best Children's Album[edit]

Winner: There's a Hippo in My Tub, Anne Murray

Best Classical Album of the Year[edit]

Winner: Hindemith; Das Marienleben, Glenn Gould and Roxolana Roslak

Best Selling International Album[edit]

Winner: Saturday Night Fever, Bee Gees

Best Jazz Album[edit]

Winner: Jazz Canada Montreux 1978, Tommy Banks Big Band with Guest "Big" Miller

Comedy Album of the Year[edit]

Winner: The Air Farce Comedy Album, The Air Farce Other nominees:

Nominated and winning releases[edit]

Best Selling Single[edit]

Winner: "Hot Child in the City", Nick Gilder

Best Selling International Single[edit]

Winner: "You're the One That I Want", John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John


  1. ^ a b LeBlance (2010), p. 33.
  2. ^ LeBlance (2010), p. 34.
  • McGrath, Paul (22 March 1979). "Junos laid at same old shrines". The Globe and Mail. p. 17.
  • Cherry, Zena (24 March 1979). "Gino went shoeless at the Junos". The Globe and Mail. p. 15.


  • LeBlanc, Larry. (2010). Music from far and wide: Celebrating 40 years of the Juno Awards. Key Porter Books Limited, Toronto. ISBN 978-1-55470-339-5

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