Surprise win saw the band beat our powerhouse Drake for the honours.
Strumbellas lead singer and Trent alumnus Simon Ward was so sure that internationally acclaimed rapper Drake was going to win the Single of the Year Juno, that he ended up taking the stage shoeless -- his hard to lace boots sitting under his table, instantly forgotten.
While it was a surprise win, it was a well-deserved one. The Strumbellas, who rose to international fame last year with their chart-topping single Spirits, were nominated for three Junos, including single of the year, group of the year, and the Juno fan choice award.
It was a busy year for the band who began an international tour in the summer of 2016, continuing this year, through Australia, Europe, and North America, including festival stops such as Bonnaroo and The Governor's Ball.
They appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the Conan O'Brien Show, and performed at the NHL Heritage Classic in Winnipeg during the first intermission.
Looking back at his time at Trent, Trent Radio, and Peterborough he notes: “I met so many local musicians there, and I went to shows all the time, so that was probably more a musical influence, and just being involved in music. It’s Peterborough, to be honest.”
You can read more about Ward's time at Trent and in Peterborough in this Electric City Magazine article.
Formed in 2008 in Toronto, Ontario, the band consists of songwriter Ward on vocals and guitar, David Ritter on vocals and keys, Jon Hembrey on lead guitar, Isabel Ritchie on violin, Darryl James on bass guitar, and Jeremy Drury on drums.
The Strumbellas took home the Roots & Traditional Album of the Year Juno in 2014.