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BNL won Juno Award for "Snacktime!" in the "Children's Album of the Year" category

The Barenaked Ladies pose with their JUNO award for Children's Album of the Year during the JUNO Awards Gala in Vancouver, Saturday, March 28, 2009.
photo credit: Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press

Videos
YouTube/SUN FM at the Junos: Awards Gala recap plus Barenaked Ladies Freestyle RAP! (BNL freestyle rap starts at 1:26)

Links
Juno Awards
Juno Awards - 2009 JUNO GALA DINNER & AWARDS WINNERS
Juno Awards - Children's Album of the Year

Articles
Notes and quotes from Saturday's Juno winners
The Province, March 28, 2009
by Stuart Derdeyn, The Province
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The Barenaked Ladies will go on. They recently played to 14,000 people in Florida and said it went great. They didn't rehearse. Ed Robertson then did an awesome freestyle and reminded us all why they have endured for so long.
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http://www.theprovince.com/Entertainment/Notes+quotes+from+Saturday+winners/1440707/story.html

Field wide open after bulk of Juno Awards handed out at private ceremony
Metronews Vancouve/The Canadian Press, March 29, 2009
by Nick Patch, The Canadian Press
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The Barenaked Ladies won children's album of the year for "Snacktime!" and thanked former frontman Steven Page, who recently left the band.
"I'd like to send a word of love out to Steven Page, who was also a part of this record," said multi-instrumentalist Kevin Hearn.
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http://www.metronews.ca/vancouver/entertainment/article/204596

The Stills, Sam Roberts win big at Junos
The Vancouver Sun, March 29, 2009
by Elaine Corden, Vancouver Sun
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Things got interesting with the Children’s Record of the Year, when the Barenaked Ladies, who recently split with singer Steven Page, won the award. The four remaining boys in the band (and they still seem just boys) were gracious, with Kevin Hearn noting Page’s contributions to the record. Indeed, backstage, drummer Tyler Stewart noted that the group’s only regret was “the shorts”, referring to some earlier sartorial mistakes in their career. By the time singer Ed Roberts performed an ad-libbed freestyle rap about the joys of a Juno, everyone on hand was putty in the band’s damnably charming hands.
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http://www.vancouversun.com/Entertainment/Nickelback+denied+Stills+Roberts+Junos/1440544/story.html

Barenaked Ladies on life after Steven Page: group feels 'reinvigorated'
News1130/The Canadian Press, March, 29, 2009
by Nick Patch, The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER, B.C. - If the Barenaked Ladies miss former frontman Steven Page, they're doing an excellent job of hiding it.

After winning a Juno Award for children's album of the year for "Snacktime!" on Saturday, singer Ed Robertson said the group felt "reinvigorated and revitalized."

"It's been a tough year for the band, but at the same time it's been a really galvanizing year," he said backstage at the private dinner ceremony. "The four of us feel really confident and really proud of what we've done.

"We have all felt really reinvigorated and revitalized and to kick things off like this is a great boost."

The rest of the Junos were to be handed out Sunday night during a gala show airing on CTV.

The Barenaked Ladies announced in February that Page would be leaving the group after 20-plus years to pursue other projects, including a career in theatre.

Page's departure followed a tumultuous year for the band.

Last summer, Page, his girlfriend and her roommate were charged with drug possession after police found cocaine at a Fayetteville, N.Y., apartment.

In late October, all three secured a deal that will result in their charges being dropped if they stay out of trouble for six months.

Drummer Tyler Stewart acknowledges that the group has been through a lot, yet he says it's drawn the remaining members closer together.

"Everyone I think is looking for us to say one way or the other that, you know, it's been an incredibly hard year, so I'm going to say it: it's been an incredibly hard year," he said. "These three guys and myself have become closer than we ever have been over the last year, and we're committed to each other, and committed to the music, and committed to you, everyone, all of our listeners, because we love what we do.

"And we feel like, in some ways, we've rescued it out of a certain fire, and we are very, very grateful to do what we do for a living. We're going to protect it, we're going to nurture it, and we're going to soar into the stratosphere. That's our goal and we couldn't be happier."

Robertson said the group is still finding its way as a four-piece, but they seemed right at home on Saturday in an entertaining question and answer session, which closed with Robertson freestyling a rap about winning the award.

When multi-instrumentalist Kevin Hearn said he hoped their latest album inspired children the same way the Beatles' "Yellow Submarine" affected him when he was a kid, Robertson interjected: "Kevin's directly comparing us to the Beatles."

"Well, there's four of us now," replied Stewart.
http://www.news1130.com/news/entertainment/more.jsp?content=e032911A

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