Johnny Reid excited for Junos co-hosting gig

Johnny Reid sings during a concert at the Northern Jubilee Auditorium at the University of Alberta...

Johnny Reid sings during a concert at the Northern Jubilee Auditorium at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alta., on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (Ian Kucerak/QMI Agency)

Jane Stevenson, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 12:27 PM ET

The big question about Johnny Reid co-hosting Sunday night’s Juno awards at Winnipeg’s MTS Centre: Will the Scottish-born, Canadian-raised country-soul singer be wearing a kilt on stage?

“There’s no chance,” said Reid, 39, down the line from his Franklin, Tenn., home that he shares with his wife and four children.

“From what I hear the cameras are actually shooting (up) from the (floor) so the thing with me is I don’t want to scare children.”

More seriously, Reid, who was raised in Brampton, Ont., (his parents now reside in Caledon), says it’s an honour to be co-hosting the Junos with East Coast rapper and double nominee Classified and five-time nominee Toronto singer-songwriter Serena Ryder, the latter two who are also scheduled to perform together.

“The only rapping I’m going to be doing is Christmas presents next year,” joked Reid, “There’s no chance of me rapping. I’ve never had the chance to work with Classified in the past. We’ve crossed paths several times throughout the years but never really had any time to spend with each other, get to know each other, so that’s going to be exciting just to sort of sit down with him and meet somebody different. I’ve worked with Serena in the past. I really like Serena, everything about her, her songs, she’s had a wonderful year. I’m just looking forward to it and I’m just humbled and looking forward to sort of standing on stage and being part of Canada’s big music night.”

Especially since the three-time Juno winner is only up for one award this year - adult contemporary album for This Christmas Gift to You.

He’s already working on his next studio record – which he promises will feature “some different styles where I’ve never stuck my nose before” - with two songwriters from the dance-pop-rock world that he’s recently clicked with in England where he’ll return next month.

“I’m in between records as you know,” said Reid. “I just came off the big Christmas tour and the big Christmas record, it was a wonderful time and really successful. I was not anticipating partaking in the Junos this year. I was actually looking forward to having a wee bit of down time. So I don’t really have any records or any singles or anything to be pushing per se. I imagine what I’m bringing to the table, is a tiny wee bit of international flair. Needless to say, it may be the first time in Juno history where they need subtitles. Just as long as there’s a bottle of whiskey backstage, you know what I mean, we’ll be in good shape.”

Reid does, however, think of himself as a immigrant success story in Canada and says his presence as co-host on the Juno stage best demonstrates that.

“People who come to Canada, chasing opportunity, looking for a better life and I don’t think there’s any greater example than that, humbly speaking, than myself,” said Reid. “I came to Canada in 1988, we really had nothing. ... I’m hoping I'm a reflection of sorts for a lot of young Canadians out there like myself.”

 

Here are my picks in the remaining six Juno awards to be handed out during Sunday night’s broadcast on CTV:

 

JUNO Fan Choice:

Arcade Fire

Avril Lavigne

Céline Dion

Drake

Hedley

Justin Bieber

Michael Bublé

Robin Thicke

Serena Ryder

Walk Off the Earth

SHOULD WIN: Montreal band Arcade Fire, who asked fans to dress up in costume and formal attire for their live shows, creating a carnival-like atmosphere and then delivered a whopper of a concert.

WILL WIN: The much maligned Biebs, as his Beliebers have mucho power online.

 

Single of the Year:

Arcade Fire, Reflektor

Classified, Inner Ninja

Michael Bublé, It’s a Beautiful Day

Serena Ryder, What I Wouldn’t Do

Tegan and Sara, Closer

SHOULD WIN: Arcade Fire’s Reflektor after the band got David Bowie to sing backup on the title track of their latest album, which is no easy feat. But the reclusive rocker is a major AC fan.

WILL WIN: Reflektor.

 

Album of the Year (sponsored by Music Canada):

Arcade Fire, Reflektor

Celine Dion, Loved Me Back to Life

Drake, Nothing Was the Same

Michael Bublé, To Be Loved

Serena Ryder, Harmony

SHOULD WIN: Reflektor, for incorporating Haitian rhythms on a great sounding dance record.

WILL WIN: Reflektor

 

Group of the Year:

Arcade Fire

Blue Rodeo

Hedley

Tegan and Sara

Walk Off the Earth

SHOULD WIN: Arcade Fire, whose only other competition is Tegan and Sara, who also deserve it for a breakthrough year in the U.S. with their 2013 release, Hearthrob, The Lego Movie song – Everything is Awesome, and a fall tour opening for Katy Perry.

WILL WIN: Arcade Fire

 

Breakthrough Group of the Year:

A Tribe Called Red

Autumn Hill Wax

Born Ruffians

Courage My Love

July Talk

SHOULD WIN: Since The Toronto Sun’s editorial kingpin Lorrie Goldstein’s daughter, Leah Fay is co-lead singer of July Talk I’d be foolish not to root for the home team.

WILL WIN: Toronto indie rockers Born Ruffians have the edge.

 

Songwriter of the Year:

Arcade Fire

Henry “Cirkut“ Walter

Ron Sexsmith

Serena Ryder

Tegan and Sara Quin

SHOULD WIN: Walter, who wrote two of the biggest pop songs of last year - Katy Perry’s Roar and Miley Cryus’ Wrecking Ball plus Pitbull’s Timber. Oh, well two out of three ain’t bad.

WILL WIN: It’s between Arcade Fire and the Quin twins.


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