Producer behind Uxbridge star’s EP first woman ever nominated for Engineer of the Year Juno

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Published March 2, 2022 at 10:27 am

Greenwood-raised Hill Kourkoutis

There will be a triple Durham Region connection to the Engineer of the Year category at this year’s Juno Awards.

Hill Kourkoutis, who was born in Toronto but raised in the north Pickering hamlet of Greenwood, produced Uxbridge singer-songwriter Tania Joy’s 2021 album I will Stand and is up for Engineer of the Year for her work on The Drought – a single from that album – as well as for producing Howler by Sate.


Kourkoutis is the first woman ever to be nominated in the category.

Uxbridge’s Tania Joy

“So well deserved,” Joy, the reigning Songwriter of the Year at the Oshawa Music Awards, said on social media. “A true superstar in my book. Thank you for bringing me along for the ride! I am honoured.”

Kourkoutis also produced Hill Sate’s album The Fool which is nominated for Alternative Album of The Year.

Kourkoutis will be up against Evan Miles, John ‘Beetle’ Bailey, Serban Ghenea and George Seara for the award.

Seara is the man behind Pickering superstar Shawn Mendes Wonder album and is nominated for Teach Me How to Love from that LP and for Coldest Fire, from AHI’s Prospect release.

The Junos will be held May 15 at the Budweiser Stage in Toronto. The host will be Marvel star and Mississauga’s own Simu Liu and will feature several live performances, including one by Hamilton band The Arkells, who are nominated for Group of the Year and Rock Album of the Year.

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