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The Gold Leaf Awards of 1970, which were the first Juno Awards, were founded by RPM Magazine to honour Canadian music industry achievements. The magazine had honoured musicians in the previous six years using a reader survey until this formal ceremony.

Gold Leaf Awards of 1970
Date23 February 1970
VenueSt. Lawrence Hall, Toronto, Ontario
Hosted byGeorge Wilson

These awards were presented at St. Lawrence Hall in Toronto on 23 February 1970. 250 people attended this inaugural awards ceremony, twice the number who were invited. Winners received walnut wood trophies that resembled metronomes. George Wilson of CFRB radio was master of ceremonies for these awards and for the subsequent Juno Awards ceremonies until 1974.[1]


Best Male VocalistEdit

Winner: Andy Kim

Best Female VocalistEdit

Winner: Ginette Reno

Best GroupEdit

Winner: The Guess Who

Best Country Male ArtistEdit

Winner: Tommy Hunter

Best Country Female ArtistEdit

Winner: Dianne Leigh

Best Country Group or DuoEdit

Winner: The Mercey Brothers

Best Folk ArtistEdit

Winner: Gordon Lightfoot

Canadian Industry Music Industry Man of the YearEdit

Winner: Saul Holiff

Best Produced SingleEdit

Winner: "Which Way You Goin' Billy?", The Poppy Family

Best Produced Middle-of-the-Road AlbumEdit

Winner: Which Way You Goin' Billy?, The Poppy Family

Best Overall Record CompanyEdit

Winner: RCA Victor

Best Company for Canadian ContentEdit

Winner: Quality Records

Best Promotion of Canadian ArtistsEdit

Winner: Capitol Records


  1. ^ The Juno awards : tenth anniversary special issue. RPM Publications. 1980. pp. 9–10. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  • (no byline) (23 February 1970). "Kim, Reno, Lightfoot among award winners". The Globe and Mail. p. 13.
  • "Awards". Juno Awards. Retrieved 23 July 2017.

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