Meet the youngest-ever Juno Awards nominee, a food-loving 4-year-old from Burlington, Ont.
May 14, 2022
The four-year-old son of Walk Off The Earth's Sarah Blackwood and Gianni (Luminati) Nicassio is the youngest nominee in Juno Awards history. Romeo Eats & Romeo Eats, Vol 1 is nominated in the children's album category at Sunday's show honouring the best in Canadian music. Social Sharing
Meet 4-year-old Romeo, the youngest nominee in the history of the Juno Awards
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4-year-old Romeo, the son of Walk Off The Earth band leaders Sarah Blackwood and Gianni Luminati is the youngest ever nominee in the history of the Juno Awards. Sarah Blackwood and Gianni (Luminati) Nicassio say that as soon as their son Romeo started eating solid foods, "he ate everything." "We gave him a massive bowl of olives when he was very young, like, right off the boob, for lack of a better term," Nicassio told CBC Toronto. "And I remember we just turned around and then we came back and they were all gone, and he was just like, like pointing to the bowl." The couple, who head the pop indie band Walk Off The Earth, now have a Juno-nominated son. At four years old, he got the nod for Walk Off the Earth & Romeo Eats, Vol. 1 in the category of children's album of the year. He's also the youngest Juno nominee since the start of the awards 52 years ago. Canadian actor and Marvel star Simu Liu hosts the 2022 show on Sunday. Blackwood said she was shocked at Romeo's food passion at such a young age. "We have two other kids … and we know that sometimes they don't have the most extensive palates, but he was just willing to eat anything and everything." A fruit and veggies kid
Romeo's journey from food-loving baby to Juno nominee started when he and his dad began eating diverse fruits and vegetables together in their social media stories and livestreams. "That all kind of happened naturally," said Nicassio, "I would just be eating random stuff, and he would be like, 'Dada, I want some,' or whatever. And yeah, so I finally found my food soulmate." Blackwood said people connected with Romeo's diverse palate were eager to see more. "As we as we went along, as we knew that people were interested, we just said, 'Let's make a show,' and we put it together, we put a set together, we did a lot of research on all kinds of different foods, fruits and vegetables and foods." That's how the series Romeo Eats was born, where Romeo and his dad try all kinds of foods, vegetables and fruits from around the world.