FIRST-TIME JUNO NOMINEES GIRL POW-R ON EMBRACING SOCIAL CAUSES WITH THEIR MUSIC

Several weeks after teenage pop group Girl Pow-r learned they were nominated for their first Juno award, they're still reliving the thrill of the moment.

Girl Pow-r pose for a photo in Mississauga, Ont. on Saturday, February 29, 2020. Several weeks after teenage pop group Girl Pow-r learned they were nominated for their first Juno award, they're still reliving the thrill of the moment. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

TORONTO — Several weeks after teenage pop group Girl Pow-r learned they were nominated for their first Juno award, they’re still reliving the thrill of the moment.

Dressed in matching pink and orange jackets, the group was huddled together at a Toronto television studio in late January for the splashy reveal of who was contending for trophies at the country’s biggest celebration of Canadian music.

Hundreds of other musicians and industry players were also in the room to see who’d be heading to Saskatoon for the big show.

Girl Pow-r had a hunch they might be among the nominees for children’s album of the year — they were invited to the event after all — but nothing was certain until their name flashed on the screen.

“It was like a scene out of a movie,” recalls Kalista Wilson, a 15-year-old member of the group.

“You could hear a pin drop almost — at least in my mind. My heart was pounding. And then we heard our name.”

The girls let out an elated scream that turned heads across the room.

A few minutes later, Juno Awards host Alessia Cara was so captivated by the girls’ energy that she paused a red carpet interview to watch them perform an impromptu a cappella, to a joyous round of applause.

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