by David Friend
Originally published: March 30, 2017
Alysha Brilla wasn’t surprised by the lack of female representation when this year’s Juno Awards nominees were announced.
Years ago, the Waterloo, Ont.-based musician and producer decided to conduct an experiment. She carefully tabulated the gender diversity among Juno nominees and found there wasn’t much at all, particularly in the technical categories, which were completely dominated by men.
After scrolling through this year’s list of contenders she concluded little has changed.
“I don’t want to see women take over the industry. I want to see a balance,” says Brilla, a two-time Juno nominee for best adult contemporary album.
“(But) there’s a lot of resistance,” she adds, “mainly from folks who don’t think there’s a problem in the first place.”