Chronology

2017

2017 JUNO Awards

April 2, 2017

As a signature event for Ottawa 2017, in honour of Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation, The 2017 JUNO Awards aired live from the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa on Sunday, April 2, 2017.

The two-and-a-half hour broadcast, co-hosted by Russell Peters and Bryan Adams, opened with a greeting from 2017 Allan Waters Humanitarian Award recipient Buffy Sainte-Marie, and featured performances by Alessia Cara featuring Zedd, Arkells, A Tribe Called Red, Billy Talent, Bryan Adams, Dallas Smith, July Talk, Ruth B., Shawn Mendes, The Strumbellas, and 2017 Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductee Sarah McLachlan.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau delivered a touching speech on Leonard Cohen’s legacy and introduced a tribute performance of “Hey That’s No Way to Say Goodbye” by Feist. Bryan Adams closed the broadcast with an all-star jam of the co-host’s classic hit “Summer of ’69.”

2015

2015 JUNO Awards

March 15, 2015

Alanis Morissette was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in Hamilton, the same city where she won 5 JUNOS for Jagged Little Pill in 1996.

2014

2014 JUNO Awards

March 30, 2014

Bachman-Turner Overdrive, the 2014 Canadian Music Hall of Fame Inductees, performed on-stage together for the first time since 1991

2013

2013 JUNO Awards

April 21, 2013

International superstar Michael Bublé hosted The 2013 JUNO Awards—the biggest event ever held at the Brandt Centre in Regina, SK!

2012

2012 JUNO Awards

April 1, 2012

The JUNO Awards returned to Ottawa, Canada’s Capital Region for the second time! Captain Kirk himself, William Shatner, hosted the show!

2011

2011 JUNO Awards

March 27, 2011

The JUNO Awards celebrated their 40th Anniversary and returned to Toronto for the first time since taking the “show on the road” in 2002. Aptly, the show was hosted by Drake.

2010

2010 JUNO Awards

April 18, 2010

This year, the JUNO Awards saw 94 first time nominees and returned to St. John’s Newfoundland for the second time

2009

2009 JUNO Awards

March 29, 2009

This year attracted more than four million viewers, pulling in a larger audience than any other broadcaster during its two-hour run time

2008

2008 JUNO Awards

April 6, 2008

Feist won all five categories in which she was nominated (Single of the Year, Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Pop Album of the Year)

2007

2007 JUNO Awards

April 1, 2007

Nelly Furtado swept up all five categories in which she was nominated (Single of the Year, Album of the Year, Pop Album of the Year, Artist of the Year and JUNO Fan Choice Award)

2006

2006 JUNO Awards

April 6, 2006

The Allan Waters Humanitarian Award was created to recognize an outstanding Canadian artist whose humanitarian contributions have positively enhanced the social fabric of Canada. The first recipient was JUNO Award winner Bruce Cockburn

2005

2005 JUNO Awards

April 3, 2005

For the first time since CTV had taken over as broadcaster, a non-musician hosted the show (Brent Butt).

 

2004

2004 JUNO Awards

April 4, 2004

Walt Grealis, founder of the JUNO Awards, posthumously received the Special Achievement Award named after him

2003

2003 JUNO Awards

April 6, 2003

As the host, Shania Twain wore six custom-designed outfits emblazoned with different hockey team logos throughout the evening

2002

2002 JUNO Awards

April 4, 2002

In 2002 CTV took over as the JUNO Awards Broadcast Partner and with CARAS took the show on the road to St. John’s, NL.

2001

2001 JUNO Awards

March 4, 2001

This year was the last for the JUNO Awards to be televised by CBC. Rick Mercer served as host.

 

2000

2000 JUNO Awards

March 12, 2000

The Moffatts hosted and The JUNO Award statuette was redesigned by artist Shirley Elford.

1999

1999 JUNO Awards

March 7, 1999

Best Album of the Year was expanded to include individual pop and rock categories and Luc Plamondon was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.

1998

1998 JUNO Awards

March 22, 1998

Hosted by Jason Priestley with performances by Jann Arden, Sarah McLachlan, and Shania Twain. David Foster was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. A backstage telecast was introduced to add to the JUNO Awards website.

1997

1997 JUNO Awards

March 9, 1997

Instrumental Artist of the Year, Ashley MacIssac, opened the show with his band blasting through “Devil in the Kitchen”, all while wearing wrestling masks.

1996

1996 JUNO Awards

March 10, 1996

Alanis Morissette took home five JUNO Awards for the album Jagged Little Pill, including Female Vocalist of the Year

1995

1995 JUNO Awards

March 26, 1995

This year marks the 25th Annual JUNO Awards and the first year fans attended the Broadcast show.

1994

1994 JUNO Awards

March 20, 1994

The most Promising Male Vocalist and Most Promising Female Vocalist categories are combined to become Best New Solo Artist

1993

1993 JUNO Awards

March 21, 1993

The Canadian Music Hall of Fame welcomed its newest inductee, Anne Murray

 

1992

1992 JUNO Awards

March 29, 1992

Bryan Adams sets a JUNO Awards record by being nominated in seven categories

1991

1991 JUNO Awards

March 3, 1991

Maestro Fresh Wes won the first JUNO Award for Rap Recording of the Year for his debut album, Symphony in Effect

1990

1990 JUNO Awards

March 18, 1990

Featured performances by Cowboy Junkies with special guest Lyle Lovett, Jeff Healy Band (with special guests), Maestro Fresh-Wes, Kim Mitchell, Alannah Myles, Rod Stewart, Milli Vanilli

1989

1989 JUNO Awards

March 12, 1989

Every band that performed at the Awards this year had double platinum records. Performers were: Tom Cochrane and Red Rider, Crowded House, Glass Tiger, Jeff Healy Band, Colin James, k.d lang and the Reclines, Rita MacNeil, The Band and Blue Rodeo.

1988

No Show in 1988

The JUNO Awards were not held this year due to the rescheduling of the Awards to take place in the spring instead of the fall

1987

1987 JUNO Award

November 2, 1987

k.d lang won Country Female Vocalist of the year, ending Anne Murray’s seven consecutive wins in that category

1986

1986 JUNO Awards

November 10, 1986

Bob Dylan makes a surprise appearance to induct Gordon Lightfoot into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame

 

1985

1985 JUNO Awards

November 4, 1985

The Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award was created to recognize individuals who have contributed to the growth and development of the Canadian music industry

1984

1984 JUNO Awards

December 5, 1984

This year a new category was added to the JUNO Awards: Best Video

 

1983

1983 JUNO Awards

April 5, 1983

During the opening segment, the hosts held up a compact disc and explained that it was going to be the future. Burton Cummings had never seen or touched one before that night

1982

1982 JUNO Awards

April 14, 1982

Loverboy won six JUNO Awards that night: Group of the Year, Album of the Year, Single of the Year, Composer of the Year, Producer of the Year, and Engineer of the Year

1981

1981 JUNO Awards

February 5, 1981

Pierre Elliot Trudeau made his second appearance at the JUNO Awards to induct Joni Mitchell into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame

1980

1980 JUNO Awards

February 4, 1980

The night’s biggest winner was Anne Murray who won four JUNO Awards (Album of the Year, Single of the Year, Female Vocalist and Country Female Vocalist)

1979

1979 JUNO Awards

March 21, 1979

Pierre Trudeau was the first Canadian Prime Minister to attend the JUNO Awards and he was also a presenter

1978

1978 JUNO Awards

March 29, 1978

The Canadian Music Hall of Fame was introduced and its first inductees were jazz pianist Oscar Peterson and band leader Guy Lombardo

1977

1977 JUNO Awards

March 16, 1977

New categories were introduced to the JUNO Awards: Best Classical Album of the Year, Best Jazz Album

1976

1976 JUNO Awards

March 15, 1976

When accepting their award for Group of the Year, Bachman Turner Overdrive’s Randy Bachman pulled a maple leaf-styled plaque from a brown paper bag and presented it to Walt Grealis

1975

1975 JUNO Awards

March 25, 1975

The first televised JUNO Awards was broadcasted on CBC television

1974

1974 JUNO Awards

March 25, 1974

For the first time, the Awards charged $12.50 a ticket for the event and the show sold out

1973

1973 JUNO Awards

March 12, 1973

The first radio broadcast of the JUNO Awards aired nationally on the CBC Radio program “The Entertainers”

1972

1972 JUNO Awards

February 22, 1972

This year, The Stampeders won in three different categories—Best Group, Best Produced Single, and Composer honours

 

1971

1971 JUNO Awards

February 22, 1971

The Awards formally changed its name to The JUNO Awards

1970

1970 RPM Awards

February 23, 1970

The JUNO Awards was originally named the RPM Gold Leaf Awards, created by RPM Publishers, Walt Grealis and Stan Klees.