Juno Awards of 1983

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Juno Awards of 1983
Date 5 April 1983
Venue Harbour Castle Hilton, Toronto, Ontario
Hosted by Burton Cummings, Alan Thicke
Television/radio coverage
Network CBC

The Juno Awards of 1983, representing Canadian music industry achievements of the previous year, were awarded on 5 April 1983 in Toronto at a ceremony hosted by Burton Cummings and Alan Thicke at the Harbour Castle Hilton in the Metropolitan Ballroom.[1]

Western Canadian artists have proven to be a major force in the music industry in the 1980s with 1983 Juno winners such as Bryan Adams, Loverboy and the Payola$.

Awards ceremony

The Juno ceremonies were broadcast as a two-hour special on CBC Television from 7pm Eastern Time. Interest in the telecast was growing substantially, with 3.2 million viewers in 1982, and 4.4 million for this year's edition.

During their opening co-hosts Cummings and Thicke introduced the Compact Disc to the viewing audience, likely the first introduction to the new media for many people. Columbia Records had just released their first ever batch of titles on CD about one month before the broadcast. As Cummings recalled: "Alan held up Toto IV, and it was also the first time I held one in my hand. I don't think Alan had seen one before that night... It felt like 'show and tell' and it was pretty cool for that to happen on national TV."[2]

Payola$ were the top band this year with three awards including "Most Promising Group" and "Best Selling Single" for "Eyes of a Stranger". Bob Rock was absent (ironically he was mixing Loverboy's next album) and so band-mate Paul Hyde accepted their awards. For the "Most Promising Group" award he remarked "Somebody told us that to get this award is the kiss-off. Nobody's going to kiss us off."[3]

Loverboy continued their winning streak by taking both the "Group of the Year" and "Album of the Year" awards for the second year in a row, this time for their sophomore effort Get Lucky. Other repeat winners for the same awards from the 1982 Juno's included Liona Boyd, Anne Murray and The Good Brothers.

Bryan Adams won his first ever Juno award but was unable to accept it in person as he was touring in the U.S., so his manager Bruce Allen accepted it on his behalf.[3]

The "Canadian Music Hall of Fame" award was posthumously given to Glenn Gould who had died the previous year. Gould's award was presented by then Governor General Edward Schreyer and accepted by Gould's former manager John Roberts.[3] Gould was also nominated twice in the same category for "Best Classical Album" and won this award for his 1981 re-recording of Bach: The Goldberg Variations.

Nominees and winners

Similar to the 1981 Juno's, the category for "Best Comedy Album" was not awarded this year.

Female Vocalist of the Year

Winner: Carole Pope

Other nominees:

Male Vocalist of the Year

Winner: Bryan Adams

Other nominees:

Most Promising Female Vocalist of the Year

Winner: Lydia Taylor

Other nominees:

Most Promising Male Vocalist of the Year

Winner: Kim Mitchell

Other nominees:

Group of the Year

Winner: Loverboy

Other nominees:

Most Promising Group of the Year

Winner: Payola$

Other nominees:

Composer of the Year

Winner: Bob Rock and Paul Hyde, "Eyes of a Stranger" by the Payolas

Other nominees:

Country Female Vocalist of the Year

Winner: Anne Murray

Other nominees:

Country Male Vocalist of the Year

Winner: Eddie Eastman

Other nominees:

Country Group or Duo of the Year

Winner: The Good Brothers

Other nominees:

Instrumental Artist of the Year

Winner: Liona Boyd

Other nominees:

Producer of the Year

Winner: Bill Henderson and Brian MacLeod, "Whatcha Gonna Do" and "Secret Information" by Chilliwack

Other nominees:

Recording Engineer of the Year

Winner: Bob Rock, No Stranger to Danger by the Payola$

Other nominees:

Canadian Music Hall of Fame

Winner: Glenn Gould (posthumous)

Nominated and winning albums

Album of the Year

Winner: Get Lucky, Loverboy

Other nominees:

Best Album Graphics

Winner: Dean Motter, Metal on Metal by Anvil

Other nominees:

Best Children's Album

Winner: When You Dream a Dream, Bob Schneider

Other nominees:

Best Classical Album of the Year

Winner: Bach: The Goldberg Variations, Glenn Gould (1981 re-recording)

Other nominees:

International Album of the Year

Winner: Business As Usual, Men at Work

Other nominees:

Best Jazz Album

Winner: I Didn't Know About You, Fraser MacPherson and Oliver Gannon

Other nominees:

Nominated and winning releases

Best Selling Single

Winner: "Eyes of a Stranger", Payolas

Other nominees:

International Single of the Year

Winner: "Eye of the Tiger", Survivor

Other nominees:


  1. ^ Krewen (2010), p. 52.
  2. ^ Krewen (2010), pp. 52-53.
  3. ^ a b c Krewen (2010), p. 53.
  • Lacey, Liam (3 March 1983). "Big rock acts dominate Junos". The Globe and Mail. p. 23.
  • Lacey, Liam (2 April 1983). "Tip of the cap from a troubled trade". The Globe and Mail. p. 5.
  • Lacey, Liam (6 April 1983). "Bands make Junos a West Coast affair". The Globe and Mail. p. 13.
  • Canadian Press (18 October 1983). "1984 Juno Awards moved to December". The Globe and Mail. pp. E2.


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

External links

  • Juno Awards site
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