Band takes new group, alternative album kudos

Montreal indie rockers The Stills saw double in Vancouver tonight, picking up the best new group and best alternative album Juno Awards,Canada’s top music honors, for their 2008 album “Oceans Will Rise.”

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Science (CARAS) handed out 32 Junos at tonight’s non-televised warm-up, attended by 1,200 music artists and industry folk. The remaining seven top awards will be given out during Sunday’s primetime broadcast (CTV, 6 p.m. PST), hosted by comedian Russell Peters.

Other big winners tonight include Toronto rap star Kardinal Offishall, who nabbed single of the year for “Dangerous,” a collaboration with U.S. hip hop sensation Akon. Serena Ryder, last year’s best new artist, won best adult alternative album for “Is It O.K.,” while Alanis Morissette’s “Flavors of Entanglement” won best pop album.

Best rock album went to Montreal’s Sam Roberts for “Love at the End of the World,” and alt-popsters (and dads) Barenaked Ladies’ “Snacktime!” won best children’s album.

Soul songstress Divine Brown landed her first Juno for “The Love Chronicles,” named best R&B recording, and veteran folk artist Buffy Sainte-Marie won best aboriginal album for “Running from the Drum.”

Brit rockers Coldplay won international album of the year for “Viva La Vida.”

Eight-time Juno winner Sarah McLachlan was honored with the 2009 Allan Waters Humanitarian Award, recognizing her contributions to a range of charities and organizations in both Canada and abroad.

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