Hamilton’s Arkells up for tenth JUNO Award and record seventh honours for Group of the Year


Published February 7, 2024 at 9:09 am


With an incredible 17 JUNO nominations, Hamilton rock band Arkells is hoping to smash their own record with a seventh win in the Group of the Year category at this year’s awards show in Halifax on March 24.

It took a “travel miracle” to get the band to the Junos in Edmonton last year – three-fifths of them anyway – after all flights but one from St. John’s, N.L., where they were playing a private gig, were cancelled and only three seats remained. So they drew straws and frontman Max Kerman, guitarist Mike DeAngelis, and drummer Tim Oxford made it across the country to the show to accept their sixth win for Group of the Year (and ninth JUNO overall), while bassist Nick Dika and guitarist-keyboardist Anthony Carone, in the words of Kerman, “to get wasted on George Street.”

Too bad the 2023 show wasn’t in Halifax as it might have made the travel a lot easier – massive snowstorms that seem to plague the east coast this time of year notwithstanding.

In any event, the band will be at the 2024 event and will be up against Loud Luxury, Nickelback, The Beaches and Burlington’s own Walk Off the Earth for the Group of the Year crown.

It is up for debate whether an tenth JUNO would stack against the honour Kerman received from the people of Hamilton last year when they overwhelmingly chose Max Kermanator as the winning name in a City of Hamilton name-the-snow-plow-contest.

Could go either way.

Arkells first won the group of the year Juno in 2012, won again in 2015 and ’19, and have won in each of the past three years. The band also won Rock Album of the Year in 2025 for ‘High Noon’ and in 2029 for ‘Rally Cry’ and took home the New Group of the Year award in 2010.

Arkells were formed in Hamilton in the early years of this century and have released eight albums, from 2008’s Jackson Square to 2023’s Laundry Pile.

Montreal-born singer-songwriter Charlotte Cardin leads all artists in nominations this year with six, followed by Oshawa R&B star Daniel Caesar and rising rocker TALK with five each.

Performers at the show include The Beaches, Josh Ross, Karan Aujla, TALK, Charlotte Cardin, Nelly Furtado (who will also host) and this year’s Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductee Maestro Fresh Wes.

The 53rd annual JUNO Awards will take place on March 23 and 24 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

For a complete list and biographies of all nominees and more information on the 2024 JUNO Awards, visit junoawards.ca.

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