Humber Music alumna and faculty member Dione Taylor peers into the camera wearing a black hat cocked to one side


Humber will be well-represented at the 2021 JUNO awards. Nine Humber Music faculty and alumni were nominated this year. 

The renowned programs have produced exceptional musicians, including Anthony Carone, who was nominated for Group of The Year with his band Arkells. 

The Jazz program also counts jazz singer Laila Biali as one of its successful grads. Both Biali and Humber Music faculty member Jocelyn Gould were nominated in Jazz categories including Vocal Jazz Album of the Year and Jazz Album of The Year: Solo, respectively. 

“The JUNO Awards are an annual reminder of the important role Humber has in Canadian music education. Extraordinary educators, technicians and facilities foster extraordinary talent,” said Guillermo Acosta, senior dean, Faculty of Media & Creative Arts.

Here is the complete list of Humber’s 2021 JUNO nominees: 

Group of the Year 


*Band personnel includes Humber Music alumnus Anthony Carone 

Songwriter of the Year 

“A Little Bit Yours”  

JP Saxe and co-songwriters Benjamin Rice, Ryan Marrone and Alex St. Kitts (St. Kitts is a Humber Music alumnus) 

Vocal Jazz Album of the Year

Out of Dust  

Laila Biali (Humber Music alumna)  

Jazz Album of The Year: Solo 

Elegant Traveler 

Jocelyn Gould (Humber Music faculty) 


Brandi Disterheft Trio with George Coleman (Disterheft is a Humber Music alumna) 

Jazz Album Of The Year: Group 


Brandi Disterheft Trio with George Coleman (Disterheft is a Humber Music alumna) 

Trane of Thought, Live at the Rex  

Pat LaBarbera/Kirk MacDonald Quintet (MacDonald and members Neil Swainson and Brian Dickinson are Humber Music faculty and LaBarbera is a retired Humber music mentor.) 

Blues Album of the Year 

Spirits in the Water  

Dione Taylor (Humber Music alumna and faculty) 

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For a full list of 2021 JUNO nominees, visit