Juno Awards of 1984

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Juno Awards of 1984
Date 5 December 1984
Venue Exhibition Place, Toronto, Ontario
Hosted by Joe Flaherty, Andrea Martin
Television/radio coverage
Network CBC

The Juno Awards of 1984, representing Canadian music industry achievements of the previous year, were awarded on 5 December 1984 in Toronto at a ceremony hosted by Joe Flaherty and Andrea Martin of SCTV at Exhibition Place Automotive Building.[1] The ceremonies were broadcast on CBC Television from 8pm Eastern Time.

1984 was a pioneering year for music video in Canada as MuchMusic began broadcasting in September, and a new Juno award for "Best Video" was presented for the first time.

As it had been 20 months since the last Juno show, a number of new artist nominees debuted this year including Corey Hart, Honeymoon Suite, Platinum Blonde, The Parachute Club and Zappacosta.

The Juno Award itself was revised from 18-inches high to a 15-inch statuette, retaining the metronome shape.[1]

Awards ceremony

In October 1983, Juno organizers CARAS decided to move the awards date later in the year, tentatively to 3 December 1984 at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto, Ontario. A stated reason for this move was to promote Canadian artists during the Christmas shopping season.[1] CARAS also wanted to assume more control over the awards broadcast from CBC. Eventually, it was determined that CBC would continue to televise the Junos, but for 1984 would work with major music promoter Concert Productions International on the broadcast.

In August 1984, it was confirmed that the awards would take place at Exhibition Place two days later than planned. At the same time, a preliminary selection of "semi-finalist" artists and albums was also announced. The final set of nominations were determined in late October.

Bryan Adams was the heavy favorite of the evening with nominations in five categories of which he would take home four awards including "Male Vocalist of the Year" and "Album of the Year" for the hit Cuts Like a Knife album which had sold more than 3 million copies in the U.S. and over 300,000 copies in Canada.[2] When Adams and his co-writing partner Jim Vallance won the "Composer of the Year" award, Adams excitedly accepted it on behalf of the absent Vallance: "This is the one I really wanted to win. Jim and I have been writing for six years together. Jimmy we did it! Right on!"[2]

Performances during the show included the three "Canadian Music Hall of Fame" inductees: The Crew-Cuts, The Four Lads and The Diamonds, and also Jane Siberry.[3]

The ratings for the television broadcast were far down from the previous year with an estimated 1,443,000 viewers.[2]

Nominees and winners

This was the last year that the "Comedy Album of the Year" was awarded.

Bryan Adams was nominated twice in the same category for "Composer of the Year" award for two different songs both from the Cuts Like a Knife album.

The Good Brothers were given their final "Country Group of the Year" award after a record eight years in a row, while Loverboy claimed the "Group of the Year" award for the third year in a row, as did Liona Boyd for the "Instrumental Artist of the Year" award.

Director Rob Quartly received four of the five nominations for the nascent "Best Video" award category, and also took the win for the "Sunglasses at Night" music video.

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: Sherry Kean

Other nominees:

Most Promising Male Vocalist of the Year

Winner: Zappacosta

Other nominees:

Group of the Year

Winner: Loverboy

Other nominees:

Most Promising Group of the Year

Winner: Parachute Club

Other nominees:

Composer of the Year

Winner: Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance, "Cuts Like a Knife" by Bryan Adams

Other nominees:

Country Female Vocalist of the Year

Winner: Anne Murray

Other nominees:

Country Male Vocalist of the Year

Winner: Murray McLauchlan

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: Bryan Adams, Cuts Like a Knife by Bryan Adams

Other nominees:

Recording Engineer of the Year

Winner: John Naslen, Stealing Fire by Bruce Cockburn

Other nominees:

Canadian Music Hall of Fame

Winner: The Crewcuts, The Diamonds, The Four Lads

Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award

Winner: J. Lyman Potts

Nominated and winning albums

Album of the Year

Winner: Cuts Like a Knife, Bryan Adams

Other nominees:

Best Album Graphics

Winner: Dean Motter, Jeff Jackson and Deborah Samuel, Seamless by The Nylons

Other nominees:

Best Children's Album

Winner: Rugrat Rock, The Rugrats

Other nominees:

Best Classical Album of the Year

Winner: Brahms: Ballades Op. 10, Rhapsodies Op. 79, Glenn Gould

Other nominees:

International Album of the Year

Winner: Synchronicity, The Police

Other nominees:

Best Jazz Album

Winner: All in Good Time, Rob McConnell & The Boss Brass

Other nominees:

Comedy Album of the Year

Winner: Strange Brew, Bob & Doug McKenzie

Other nominees:

Nominated and winning releases

Single of the Year

Winner: "Rise Up", Parachute Club

Other nominees:

International Single of the Year

Winner: "Billie Jean", Michael Jackson

Other nominees:

Best Video

Winner: Rob Quartly, "Sunglasses at Night" by Corey Hart

Other nominees:


  1. ^ a b c Krewen (2010), p. 54.
  2. ^ a b c Krewen (2010), p. 57.
  3. ^ Krewen (2010), pp. 57, 65.
  • Canadian Press (18 October 1983). "1984 Juno Awards moved to December". The Globe and Mail. pp. E2.
  • Canadian Press (29 August 1984). "Adams has seven chances as leading Juno contender". The Globe and Mail. pp. M7.
  • "Final Juno nominees announced". The Globe and Mail. 22 October 1984. pp. M11.
  • Lacey, Liam (6 December 1984). "Adams the big winner as Junos polish up act". The Globe and Mail. pp. E1.


  • 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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