Ottawa's A Tribe Called Red takes home Juno at gala dinner

Electronic group A Tribe Called Red took home a Juno at a gala dinner Saturday evening, leading the pack of Ottawa acts recognized ahead of the Sunday evening award show.

The Ottawa trio won the Jack Richardson producer of the year award for the track R.E.D. from their politically charged electronic album, We Are the Halluci Nation. 

Ian Campeau, who also goes by DJ NDN, said he was overwhelmed after receiving the award at the Shaw Centre gala. 

"Ya I'm still trying to process what's going on right now," Campeau said backstage. "It's exciting when you just mentioned that it's 'two time Juno winner,' that's pretty – wow."

A Tribe Called Red also recognized the influence Ottawa has on their music and their beginnings as artists. 

"We worked on this album all over the world but we put it together right here in this city so it was definitely a muse," Tim Hill said. 

The group was also nominated in two other categories: electronic album of the year and video of the year. Those awards went to Kaytranada and Grimes, respectively. 

Other Ottawa-Gatineau nominees

A Tribe Called Red was the first Ottawa group to win an award Saturday and is scheduled to perform at the Junos Sunday night in Ottawa at the Canadian Tire Centre. 

Gatineau's Laurence Nerbonne also won a Juno award for best French-language album of the year for her XO album. 

Ottawa's Daniel Taylor was nominated for Classical vocal album of the year: vocal or choral, but lost to Montreal's L'Aiglon, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Kent Nagano. 

Jenny Whiteley was nominated for traditional roots album of the year, but went home empty handed Saturday. The East Pointers took home the award.

A surprise win in the rap recording of the year category saw Jazz Cartier take home the Juno Saturday, beating heavyweights like Drake and Ottawa's own Belly. 

In the metal category, Guelph's Mandroid Echostar took home a Juno for metal/hard music album of the year. Ottawa's Annihilator was among the nominees. 

And Silla + Rise was nominated for Indigenous music album of the year. Quantum Tangle won the award for their album, Tiny Hands. 

More Juno awards will be handed out during Sunday's live broadcast. Visit for more coverage this weekend.