Establishing a career in the Canadian music industry can be quite the journey, so it only seems fitting some of the country’s Juno nominated artists arrived in Ottawa aboard the Juno train.

The train pulled into the VIA Rail station on Tremblay just before 2 p.m. Friday.

It was a scene straight out of Hollywood, with musicians strutting into the train station and up a green carpet lined with photographers.

Ron Sexsmith, who is nominated for Songwriter of the Year and Adult Alternative Album of the Year told 1310News it was great to be in the capital.

“I had a pretty big year for my own little world,” he said. “I did pretty well, so this was sort of a bonus to get nominated. I haven’t been here in a few years and I was excited that I didn’t have to go to the airport and fly, because I don’t like flying at all, so everything about this is great.”

Sexsmith added he was excited to see what host William Shatner will pull out of his sleeve during Sunday’s ceremony.

“William Shatner is such a survivor, you know?” he said. “He’s always coming at you with something. Like right now I think he has three television shows that he’s on, and those commercials. I don’t know, he just seems like a real kind of Renaissance man.”

Artists like Jully Black, Kardinal Offishall, Classified and Monkey Junk rubbed shoulders with Ottawa’s mayor and National Capital Commission executives, while being served fine champagne and decadent cupcakes.

Black, who was wearing a fuchsia top under a black vest, paused and smiled in front of the cameras.

“It’s a huge honour, especially being in Ottawa. I mean it’s our nation’s capital,” said Black, who is nominated for R&B/Soul Recording of the Year. “It just kind of confirms that I made the right choice in my career.”

The Juno Awards will be held on Sunday at Scotiabank Place.