54 40 & Friends the highlight of JUNOFEST 2009 - Video
PUBLISHED:  Mar 30, 2009
The Junos in Vancouver was a tasty blend of emerging boundary testing music and kitchen table Canadian sound. IndieCan enjoyed as many JunoFest showcases as humanly possible and there was not one that left us wanting. However, one performance lived up to the anticipation it billed and exceeded audience expectation; 54-40 and Friends was that show. As west-coast as snowboarding high on pot, 54-40 at the Commodore just go together like toque and scarf.

A Juno-drunk audience was treated to guest appearances by Sam Roberts, Jim Cuddy (Blue Rodeo), Alan Doyle (Great Big Sea) and George Canyon, fresh off a Juno Cup win against the exNHLers. Also, Grapes of Wrath were coaxed out of retirement to play some tunes that left the crowd feeling lucky as getting through a revolving door on someone elses push. Emerging artists, Jets Overhead and The Blue Violets also performed. I havent spoiled it all you still need to see who performed a cover of I want you to want me.

This montage, put together with the generous contribution of video clips from citizen-journalists in attendance that we have quilted together to create what we think is a meaningful moment in Canadian music history. 54-40 was conspicuously absent from the Juno performing and presenting line-up, but they stole the show with this years most talked about performance one that may be talked about for years to come.

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Joe C
IndieCan Radio
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