Humber Graduate takes home Juno

Published On March 31, 2014 | By Marielle Torrefranca | Arts

By Taylor Parsons

Sunday marked the 43rd annual Juno Awards, hosted in Winnipeg. The night also proved one to remember for a Humber graduate.

Jon Hembrey, and other members of the band The Strumbellas took home the award for “Roots & Traditional Album of the Year – Group”.

Hembrey is the bands guitarist, and a graduate of Humber’s journalism program.

Hembrey spoke to Humber News about his nomination on Friday.

“I’m more at ease this year, but when they announce our category I think I’ll be just as nervous and excited as I was last year,” he said.

After the announcement of the group’s win, Hembrey posted to his personal Facebook, with notably more excitement.

“To quote my good friend Jer: Holy f—” he wrote.

The band also posted to their own Facebook page, posing with their new award. Hembrey is pictured holding the award.

Hembrey wasn’t the only Humber connection to win a Juno this year.
Faculty member Mike Downes, won Traditional Jazz Album of the Year with the album Ripple Effect.Sienna Dahlen, a part time faculty member won “Vocal Jazz Album of the Year” for her feature on the Mike Rud track – “Notes On Montréal ft. Sienna Dahlen”
The award for “World Music Album of the Year” went to David Buchbinder & Odessa/Havana – Walk to the Sea, which featured the contributions of Humber faculty members Mark Kelso, Hilario Duran and Roberto Occhipinti.

Next year’s 2015 Juno awards will be hosted in Hamilton and broadcast on March 15th, 2015.

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