MRU community members nominated for 2016 JUNO Awards!

Several talented MRU folks were nominated for this year's 2016 JUNO Awards, which took place in Calgary on April 3. Presented annually by The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS), The JUNO Awards is Canada's premier awards show and the Canadian music industry's most prestigious recognition for excellence in recorded music.

Mount Royal's Conservatory has played a pivotal role in Calgary's performing arts scene since 1911, enabling people of all ages and abilities to take part in the performing arts. We are so proud of our talented artists (teachers, mentor and staff) who inspire Canada's next generation of musical greats!

UPDATE: JUNO 2016 award winner James Ehnes (Classical Album of the Year), celebrated Canadian violinist, will play the Bella Concert Hall on May 13, 2016 as part of the Wyatt Concert Series. For more info check out the Conservatory pages.Mount Royal University 2016 JUNO nominees!

Paul Brandt - JUNO Nominee for Country Album of the Year
MRU Alumni Nursing Class of 1992

Hometown Calgary-boy Paul Brandt is the most awarded male Canadian Country Music Artist of all time. There's little doubt why this Nursing graduate's most recent album "Foreigner" was nominated for Country Album of the Year. Brandt will be playing with guests at the Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts' Bella Concert Hall for W: at MRU, an intimate concert to raise awareness and funds for Canada's Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Human Trafficking Victims and Survivors worldwide on March 30.

"My MRU experience prepared me for my journey to JUNO. At MRU, I learned how to learn. Lessons of perseverance, hard work ethic, respect for others, and the reward of a job well done were key takeaways from my time there. Ok… we had a lot of fun along the way too"

- P. Brandt

Paul Brandy - Junos 2016 Content

Al Muirhead - It's About Time - JUNO Nominee for Jazz Album of the Year
MRU Trumpet Clinician

Having recorded over 26 albums and gracing countless stages over 60 years of playing jazz trumpet, Muirhead received his first JUNO nominee at age 80. Muirhead has performed with celebrated artists including Diana Krall, Paul Anka, Rosemary Clooney and Dizzy Gillespie; all of whom have spoken highly of his talent. It's About Time is Muirhead's first solo album. It was recorded with friends and collaborators including other jazz legends Tommy Banks, P.J. Perry and MRU Conservatory's Tyler Hornby.


"First of all, you've got to learn how to play the trumpet. Take lessons from the best. Thank God for places like MRU."

- A. Muirhead

Alex Muirhead - Junos 2016 Content

Tyler Hornby - Drummer on JUNO-nominated album It's About Time
Jazz and Percussion Instructor

Featured in more than 30 recordings, Tyler Hornby's career has a certain rhythm. From touring with collaborators including Wycliffe Gordon, Tommy Banks, Jens Lindemann and more, to composing music featured in productions such as Samantha Whelan's Rocky Mountain Fairies (coming to the Bella Concert Hall in May 2016), Hornby is on a roll. He is a featured percussionist on Al Muirhead's JUNO Nominated album, It's About Time.

"Mount Royal Conservatory has given me a platform to continue and create unique drum-set education experiences for all ages and all levels of aspiring students."

- T. Hornby

Hornby - Junos 2016 Content

Nils Mikkelsen of AM Static - Nominated for Best Electronic Album of the Year
A/V Technician at the MRU Bella Concert Hall

AM Static is a collaborative project between Mikkelsen and Chris Austman, founded in 2011. The group fuse R&B and electronic influences into a beat-driven vocal dark pop fantasy. A Life Well Lived is their first full length album.


"Working at the Bella Concert Hall has offered insight into the technical aspect of music and live production."

- N. Mikkelsen

AM Static - Junos 2016 Content

March 15, 2016 — Compiled by Jonathan Love