Our blog from 2010 – post-Juno weekend, St .John’s, Newfoundland, April 2010
There are no words to describe what it felt like to hear our names called and we couldn’t quite believe it was happening.
There are so many people to thank. We wouldn’t be here accepting this award if you weren’t all rooting for us and making this possible to do, so thank you.
To our parents, our brothers and sisters, and our husbands and boyfriends… you have been amazingly supportive beyond just coming to our shows. Without you we would be in the weeds. Thank you so, so much.
Looking back at the 2010 Junos (from June 2021)
I remember how hard we’d been going for six weeks before the Junos. We had been on tour with the Vinyl Cafe when we were nominated. That morning, we boarded the tour bus, and the VC team had posted our announcement beside Stuart McLean’s seat on the bus – with a caption saying “appearing for the last time on the Vinyl Cafe” the Good Lovelies – joking that we were stealing his thunder.
We toured for three weeks with the Vinyl Cafe, then three weeks on our own – then flew directly to Newfoundland for a weekend full of meetings, sessions, parties and two Juno ceremonies. To say we were tired is the understatement of the century.
I remember we gave the most hyper acceptance speech ever. We were nominated alongside incredible folk and roots musicians – people we admired deeply, people whose music we love, people who are our friends to this day. I don’t remember walking to the podium, but I do remember laughing and smiling so hard that it felt like I had broken my cheek bones.
Later that night (like around 11pm, basically, the latest time slot we’ve ever played) we had a show. It was 45 minutes long I think, we’d probably been “celebrating” for a couple hours by then. We were upstairs in Greensleeves on George Street – party central in St. John’s. We got up on stage for our set and Sue Passmore (SUE!!!) who has never before and never again, sworn in a public setting, shouted into her mic, after welcoming the crowd, that we had just won a %$&^ JUNO!!! Until the day I die, I will never forget the look on her face, the sound of her voice, and those sweet, sweet, words coming out of her elated, overtired, exuberant voice!
As the Junos 2021 weekend approaches, we want to send out a huge congrats to all our friends who are nominated, to every musician who released music in 2020 and then had all their touring cancelled. You deserve a week and a weekend of celebration in your honour – all of you. We will be watching!
And to Jann Arden for being inducted into the Canadian Hall of Fame – congrats! You are one of our favourite humans, and musicians. Thanks for all your music, humour and generosity over the years and most recently for being a special guest for one our virtual Christmas shows last winter. You are a gem.