Juno kudos surface for McLachlan

Canadian music nods also to Our Lady Peace, Spice Girls

TORONTO — Sarah McLachlan was the toast of the Canadian music industry Sunday night, scooping up four honors in the 27th annual Juno awards for excellence in Canadian music.

McLachlan received the nod for best female vocalist; her album “Surfacing” won best album; and “Building a Mystery” was named best single.

McLachlan and Pierre Marchand shared the songwriter of the year award for “Building a Mystery,” and Marchand won producer of the year for the same track.

Grunge rockers Our Lady Peace received two awards: group of the year, and rock album of the year for “Clumsy.”

Other multiple winners were Paul Brandt, who took male vocalist of the year and country male vocalist of the year. The Celtic clan Leahy was chosen best new group and instrumental artist of the year.

The Spice Girls’ “Spice” was the bestselling album (foreign or domestic); the best alternative album went to Bran Van 3000 for “Glee”; Javier Aguilera received the best video award for Moist’s “Gasoline” video; Shania Twain received the best country female vocalist of the year prize; and the best new solo artist award went to Winnipeg native Holly McNarland.

Producer/composer/musician David Foster received the Juno Hall of Fame award, and the Walt Grealis special achievement award went to Sam Feldman.

The awards ceremony was hosted by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences in Vancouver, B.C.

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