It has been 9 years since The JUNO Awards were last hosted in the great city of Vancouver.
Anyone that was around back in 2009 can tell you that one of the best parts of the JUNOs being here, was all the events leading up to the award show.
Well, this 2018 instalment is no different. There is a bevvy of concerts and events surrounding the main event that everyone should take advantage of.
So, we compiled a list of all the JUNO events and simplified it on to one page.
Take a look and start planning your upcoming week.
Wednesday, March 21st, 2018
Featuring Mother Mother, The Zolas, Said The Whale, Hey Ocean!, Leif Vollebekk, Dawn Pemberton, Khari McClelland, Louise Burns, and Peach Pit
Wednesday, March 21st, #SingItFwd – Vancouver’s acclaimed charity concert series will return to the Vogue Theatre for a special Junos Edition, more than 2 years after it’s final show. Between 2011 and 2016 the annual event sold out the historic theatre by bringing together 35+ of the city and country’s most acclaimed musicians alongside the kids of Saint James Music Academy (SJMA) raising awareness and more than $200,000 for the non-profit music school (started 10 years ago by DTES resident and mother, Kathy Walker).
Helping to kick off Juno week you can expect another 8+ artists performing short stripped-down sets of music including a performance by event founders and former JUNO nominees, Hey Ocean!. The SJMA’s children’s choir and orchestra will also collaborate with performers both in concert and new instalments of #SingItFwd’s ongoing video series. For this year’s videos, artists will cover nominated artists/songs with the kids.
Thursday, March 22nd, 2018
The third annual JUNO Cup Jam will set the tone for an exciting JUNO weekend. Iconic artists and hockey legends playing in the annual JUNO Cup Presented by CBC Sports will entertain with an unforgettable night of musical collaborations and covers. Canada’s most talented musicians will come together for this one-night performance at The Imperial (319 Main Street, Vancouver) on Thursday, March 22 at 8 p.m. PT. Ticket proceeds will benefit MusiCounts.
Artists confirmed to participate in this year’s event: Aaron Pritchett, Adrienne LaBelle (Supermoon), Alysha Brilla, Barney Bentall, Chad Brownlee, Chuck Keeping (Big Wreck), Cosmo Ferraro (Ferraro), Dallas Smith, Darryl James (The Strumbellas), Devin Cuddy, Dustin Bentall, Grant Lawrence, Jay Bodner (Indian City), Jill Barber, JJ Shiplett, Kellylee Evans, Matt Sobb (MonkeyJunk), Nice Horse, Nuela Charles, Odds, Rose Cousins, Sam Polley and Shawn Hook. NHL greats Brad Dalgarno (New York Islanders) and Gary Nylund (Toronto Maple Leafs, Chicago Blackhawks, New York Islanders), will also join in the music and hockey hootenanny in support of MusiCounts.
Promotional Partners: CBC Music, CBC Vancouver, CFOX, JACK 96.9, Metro News, Rock 101, Vancouver Courier, Vancouver Sun
Friday, March 23rd, 2018
The evening will feature two shows on Friday, March 23 at 8:00 p.m PT and 10:30 p.m. PT at the Comedy MIX (1015 Burrard Street, Vancouver) and feature sets by this year’s Comedy Album of the Year Sponsored by SiriusXM Canada nominees Charlie Demers, DJ Demers and Rebecca Kohler. Celebrated comedian Graham Clark will host and MC this inaugural event.
Canadian music icons will be going head to head with NHL legends at the 2018 JUNO Cup Presented by CBC Sports at 7:30 p.m. PT on Friday, March 23 at Bill Copeland Sports Centre, in Burnaby, BC, in support of MusiCounts.
Joining the NHL legends are:
BJ MacDonald (Edmonton Oilers, Vancouver Canucks), Danielle Dube (Canadian National Women’s Hockey Team), Gary Nylund (Toronto Maple Leafs, Chicago Blackhawks, New York Islanders), Jill Saulnier (Canadian National Women’s Hockey Team), Kaillie Humphries (Team Canada Olympic Bobsleigh), Kyle Wellwood (Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks, San Jose Sharks, Winnipeg Jets), Mark McMorris (Team Canada Olympic Snowboarding), Natalie Spooner (Canadian National Women’s Hockey Team), Paul Reinhart (Atlanta Flames, Calgary Flames, Vancouver Canucks), Rebecca Johnston (Canadian National Women’s Hockey Team), with game play-by-play by Craig McMorris and Rob Snoek.
Players previously announced include Brad Dalgarno, Cliff Ronning, Dave Babych, Kirk McLean and Troy Crowder.
Confirmed to join the musicians are:
Aaron Pritchett, Adrian Sutherland (Midnight Shine), Adrienne LaBelle (Supermoon), Barney Bentall, Bobby Martin (James Barker Band), Chuck Keeping (Big Wreck), Cosmo Ferraro (Ferraro), Darryl James (The Strumbellas), Dean Back (Theory), Doug Elliott (Odds), Dustin Bentall, James Barker (James Barker Band), Jay Bodner (Indian City), JJ Shiplett, Kellylee Evans (JUNO Cup Coach), Kendel Carson, Matt Sobb (MonkeyJunk), Michael Hollett, Nancy Mike (The Jerry Cans), Sam Polley, Shawn Hook, Taylor Abram (James Barker Band), and Victor Micallef (The Tenors).
Players previously announced include Chad Brownlee, Craig Northey (Odds, JUNO Cup Coach), Dallas Smith, Devin Cuddy, Grant Lawrence (The Smugglers, CBC Music) and Jim Cuddy (Blue Rodeo).
JUNOfest Day 1 – 2018
Saturday, March 24th, 2018
Featuring Aaron Pritchett, Arkells, Chad Brownlee, Dallas Smith, Dan Davidson, Daniel Caesar, James Barker Band, Marianas Trench, Lights, Ruth B., Shawn Hook, Theory, and Virginia to Vegas.
Hosted by CBC Music’s Odario Williams, Amanda Parris and CBC Vancouver’s Anita Bathe, JUNO Fan Fare Presented by CBC Music will also feature live performances by Jess Moskaluke, High Valley, Ria Mae, Scott Helman, and Tim Hicks. DAVE (Dave Ritter of The Strumbellas) will DJ the event.
So how does it work? Easy! Bring your best smile and a fully charged cell phone or camera to Metropolis at Metrotown on Saturday, March 24. The entire event, which features performances and giveaways, runs from Noon to 3 p.m., however, your Selfie Session time may vary.
This is a free public event open to all ages. Doors open at 9 a.m.
Featuring 2018 JUNO Award nominees Big Block Singsong, Bobs & LoLo, The Moblees, Splash’N Boots!
The JUNO Awards and CBC Kids invite Vancouver families to put on their dancing shoes and join featured Children’s Album of the Year JUNO Award nominees for a morning of movin’ and groovin’ in the heart of the city. Hosted by CBC Kids stars Tony and Gary the Unicorn, this free festival site will be brought to life with crafts, interactive activities, and the opportunity to meet favourite CBC Kids friends PJ Masks for hugs and photos.
JUNOfest Day 2 – 2018
Sunday, March 25th, 2018
Eight-time JUNO Award-winning artist Jann Arden and Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductee Bob Rock will co-host and perform at the 2018 JUNO Songwriters’ Circle Presented by SOCAN in association with Canadian Music Publishers Association, on Sunday, March 25, 2018 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. PST at Vancouver’s Orpheum Theatre.
Considered the ‘Jewel of JUNO Week’, JUNO Songwriters’ Circle offers fans the unique opportunity to hear the stories behind the songs and then hear those songs performed in a raw, acoustic format.
Joining Jann Arden and Bob Rock on stage will be current and past JUNO Award nominees:
- Iskwé (Indigenous Music Album of the Year Sponsored by Aboriginal Peoples Television Network)
- Jim Cuddy (13x JUNO Award winner)
- Rose Cousins (Songwriter of the Year Presented by SOCAN)
- Ruth B (Album of the Year Sponsored by Music Canada, Artist of the Year Presented with Apple Music, Pop Album of the Year)
- Scott Helman (Songwriter of the Year Presented by SOCAN, Pop Album of the Year)
Moderated by CBC Music’s Raina Douris, JUNO Songwriters’ Circle will broadcast nationwide from the Orpheum Theatre live on-air via CBC Music and CBC Radio One on Sunday, March 25 at 12 p.m. PT (3 p.m. ET).
The 2018 JUNO Awards, hosted by Michael Bublé (12x JUNO winner), will broadcast LIVE nationwide from Rogers Arena in Vancouver on Sunday, March 25 at 5 PM PT / 8 PM ET on CBC, CBC Radio and globally on cbcmusic.ca/junos.
Performing at The 2018 JUNO Awards:
- Arcade Fire (9x JUNO winners and 2018 International Achievement Award Recipients)
- Arkells (4x JUNO winners)
- Daniel Caesar (3x JUNO nominee)
- Diana Krall (8x JUNO winner)
- Felix Cartal (3x JUNO nominee)
- Jessie Reyez (4x JUNO nominee)
- Lights (2x JUNO winner)
- Shawn Hook (3x JUNO nominee)
- The Jerry Cans (2x JUNO nominee)
- 8x JUNO Award winners Barenaked Ladies will be joined onstage by former member and co-founder Steven Page for a one-time special performance to celebrate their induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.
- Singer-songwriters City and Colour (4x JUNO winner) and Sarah Harmer (2x JUNO winner) will a team up for a special tribute performance honouring musician, writer, activist, and beloved Canadian Gord Downie.
The JUNO Awards has once again partnered with Plus 1 so that $1 from every ticket is donated to MusiCounts, helping to ensure that children and youth across Canada have access to musical instruments. Plus 1 is a non-profit that partners with touring artists to facilitate a $1 add-on from every concert ticket to go to a cause the artist partner believes in.
note - information about each show was taken from junoawards.com