This year’s Juno Awards — for the uninitiated, they’re like the Canadian Grammys, celebrating the best in Canadian music — will be held on Sunday night in London, Ont. If you don’t know who to root for in each of the prizes, you could do worse than to root for some hometown artists who either have roots in Ottawa, live here now, or call it their hometown. There’s plenty of talent from the 613 represented this year.

But where to start? Ottawa Matters has you covered with a recommendation for some of the Ottawa artists up for a prize this year.

Allison Young

Canada has an unusual knack for producing top-shelf female jazz players. Diana Krall. Molly Johnson. Bria Skonberg. After her first album, titled So Here We Are, you can probably go ahead and saxophonist Allison Young to that list. The Ottawa native put out a jazz record that’s solid front-to-back, with originals and a few standards thrown in.

It’s a tossup here, but for a sample of Young’s chops, listen to Young play the standard ‘Here’s That Rainy Day.’ Follow it right through to the next track, a bebop tune called ‘One Night Stan.'