When the Juno Awards are presented on March 15, Jann Arden will become the 11th woman to be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. She’ll be the sixth woman to receive the honor in the past decade, an indication that the Canadian Hall, like many American cultural institutions, is working to achieve closer gender parity in its awards.
Arden, best known in the U.S. for her 1996 hit “Insensitive,” follows such greats as Joni Mitchell, Anne Murray and Alanis Morissette. Here’s a complete list of the women who have received this honor from the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. (They’re listed in chronological order by the date of their induction.)
Joni Mitchell (1981). Mitchell was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame before she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame or the Songwriters Hall of Fame (both 1997) and before she received a lifetime achievement award from the Recording Academy (2002). She has won four Juno Awards, from 18 nominations. Mitchell has notched just one top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 as an artist — “Help Me,” which reached No. 7 in 1974 — but she has written many other classics, including “Both Sides Now,” “Woodstock” and “River.”
Maureen Forrester (1990). The operatic contralto was most active from 1953-83. Forrester’s only previous Juno nomination was for best classical recording for The Stratford Ensemble (1980). She amassed four Grammy nominations between 1959-92 for her performances of Brahms-Schumann, Mahler and Tchaikovsky. She died in 2010 at age 79.
Sylvia Fricker (1992). Fricker was inducted as one-half of the folk duo Ian & Sylvia alongside her then-husband, Ian Tyson. They have no other Juno nominations. Fricker wrote the folk-pop gem “You Were on My Mind,” which We Five took to No. 3 on the Hot 100 in 1965. Ian & Sylvia never cracked the Hot 100, but came close in 1967, when “Lovin’ Sound” bubbled under at No. 101. The Tysons divorced in 1975. Since 1993, Fricker has been a member of the all-female folk group Quartette.
Anne Murray (1994). Murray has won 25 Juno Awards, from 52 nominations. Her wins include back-to-back awards for both single and album of the year in 1980 and 1981. (Neat trick.) She landed four top 10 hits on the Hot 100, more than any other artist on this list. “You Needed Me” topped that chart in 1978, making Murray the only artist on this list to top the Hot 100 as an artist.
Buffy Sainte-Marie (1995). Sainte-Marie has won seven Juno Awards, from 10 nominations. Her only top 40 hit on the Hot 100 as an artist was “Mister Can’t You See” (No. 38 in 1972). But a decade later, she co-wrote a No. 1 smash, Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes‘ “Up Where We Belong.” The song, from the film An Officer and a Gentleman, brought Sainte-Marie and collaborators Will Jennings and Jack Nitzsche (her husband at the time) an Academy Award.
Shania Twain (2011). Twain has won 13 Juno Awards, from 32 nominations. She was the first Juno winner for both artist of the year and the fan choice award (both 2003). She landed three top 10 hits on the Hot 100 in the late ’90s: “You’re Still the One,” “From This Moment On” and “That Don’t Impress Me Much.”
k.d. lang (2013). Lang has won nine Juno Awards, from 20 nominations. She won the Juno for album of the year for Ingénue (1993). She shared the award for producer of the year with Ben Mink (1993). She has landed just one top 40 hit on the Hot 100: the torch ballad “Constant Craving” (No. 38 in 1992).
Alanis Morissette (2015). Morissette has won 13 Juno Awards, from 21 nominations. She received back-to-back Juno Awards for single of the year for “You Oughta Know” (1996) and “Ironic” (1997). She won the Juno for album of the year for her blockbuster Jagged Little Pill (1996). She won songwriter of the year (1996 and 1997) and producer of the year (2003). Morissette landed two top 10 hits on the Hot 100, “Ironic” and “You Learn.” In addition, she landed three top 10 hits on the Hot 100 Airplay chart.
Sarah McLachlan (2017). McLachlan has won 12 Juno Awards, from 29 nominations. Her wins include single of the year for “Building a Mystery” (1998). She and Pierre Marchand also shared the award for songwriter of the year in both 1998 and 2004. She landed two top 10 hits on the Hot 100 in 1998, “Adia” and “Angel.”
Margo Timmins (2019). Timmins was inducted as the lead vocalist of Cowboy Junkies. She is the sister of Michael Timmins, the band’s lead guitarist, and Peter Timmins, the band’s drummer. The group received three Juno nominations, but no wins. The group had two hits on the Hot 100 Airplay chart in the mid-’90s, “Sweet Jane” and “A Common Disaster.”
Jann Arden (2020). Arden has won nine Juno Awards, from 27 nominations. Her wins include single of the year for “Could I Be Your Girl” and songwriter of the year (both 1995). Her only Hot 100 hit was “Insensitive,” which reached No. 12 in 1996.
Canadian women who have yet to receive this award include Céline Dion, Diana Krall, Avril Lavigne, Nelly Furtado, Carly Rae Jepsen, Tegan and Sara, Alannah Myles, Feist, Serena Ryder and Alessia Cara (who is set to host this year’s show). In many of these cases, it’s just a matter of time.