Juno support curious after blues musician’s nomination ignored

Local guitarist/songwriter basically ignored in his hometown

I found it ironic that Saanich has committed $100,000 to bring the 2014 Junos here when local Saanich musician Bill Johnson was not recognized by local media for being nominated for a 2012 Juno Award for “Blues CD of Year.”

His CD Still Blue has received national acclaim in blues circles. This was the first time a Victoria-area musician has ever been nominated for that award.

Bill ventured forth to the Ottawa awards and performed to an enthusiastic packed house. Unfortunately he lost out to Monkeyjunk from the Ottawa-Eastern Canada scene. Good luck in 2014 Bill, if you can scale that momentous mountain again.

John R. Hunter

Saanich