William Shatner: Rock Star

Every year, Canadians celebrate the best in the Canadian music scene with the Juno Awards. The Junos are not much unlike the Grammies or the American Music Awards. However, they focus solely on Canadian talent. Past winners include Bryan Adams, Arcade Fire, Jann Arden, Bachman–Turner Overdrive, Barenaked Ladies, Billy Talent, Michael Bublé, Justin Bieber, Tom Cochrane, Crash Test Dummies, Celine Dion, Alanis Morrissette, Avril Lavigne, and I could go on and on, but will stop here for brevity’s sake. Needless to say, these artists represent many diverse types of music, and thus such an awards show has no lack of great content. 

This year was no different. On April Fool’s Day, in the nation’s capital, Ottawa, the Juno Awards took place, hosted by none other than another notable Canadian, William Shatner. He made an hilarious attempt to pass for a rock star in his opening segment. Accompanied by three leggy backup singers, the self-depracating 81-year-old strapped on an electric guitar and doddered his way through medley of rock hits. Nevertheless, it was a memorable evening for many, and at the end, the big winner was Feist, who took home the “Canadian Artist of the Year” award.