Media Release

The 2019 JUNO Awards celebrates the country’s biggest achievements in Canadian music, live on CBC

Mar 17, 2019

Corey Hart inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame

Surprise appearance by international icon Sting

Exclusive performance by Shawn Mendes from Europe

Avril Lavigne wins JUNO Fan Choice Presented by TD


London, ON – The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) and CBC took over Budweiser Gardens this evening for Canada’s biggest awards night in music. The live broadcast, hosted by Sarah McLachlan, was featured on CBCCBC Radio One, CBC Music, the free CBC Gem streaming service, and globally at The highly anticipated event opened with London’s own Loud Luxury who took the stage with an electrifying performance alongside the Western University Marching Band for their London homecoming.

The country’s cream of the crop took home some of JUNO Weekend’s most coveted awards. Emerging pop-singer bülow was awarded 2019 Breakthrough Artist of the Year Sponsored by FACTOR, The Government of Canada and Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters. The Canadian-German songstress also took the stage with a medley of “Two Punks in Love” and her multi-platinum hit, “Not a Love Song.”

One of Canada’s most exciting talents, Jessie Reyez, was presented with R&B/Soul Recording of the Year for her second EP, Being Human in Public. Critically acclaimed rock ‘n’ roll band, Arkells, who won Rock Album of the Year award at the JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards last night, added Group of the Year award Presented with Apple Music this evening. Canadian country star Brett Kissel was awarded Country Album of the Year for his latest album, We Were That Song. Eight-time JUNO Award winner Avril Lavigne took home JUNO Fan Choice Presented by TD.

Following his four major wins last night, Shawn Mendes also took home Album of the Year award Sponsored by Music Canada and delighted fans with a special performance from his current tour in Europe.

The night was capped with a very special and memorable occasion – the induction of legendary singer-songwriter Corey Hart into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. Presented by host Sarah McLachlan, Hart was honoured for being one of Canada’s biggest success stories of all time. Fans were treated to the singer’s first live television performance in over 20 years – a stirring rendition of his massive hit, “Never Surrender”.



The evening’s stellar roster of presenters included Amanda Parris, host of CBC Arts: Exhibitionists, The Filmmakers, From the Vaults and Marvin’s Room on CBC Music; 2019 Humanitarian Award Presented by Music Canada recipient and Canadian icon David Foster; singer-songwriter, broadcaster, composer, activist Elisapie Isaac; francophone rocker Hubert Lenoir; cross-genre sensation, singer-songwriter Jessie Reyez; up-and-coming recording artist KILLY; Canada’s Godfather of hip-hop Maestro Fresh Wes; political satirist and author Rick Mercer; host Sarah McLachlan alongside Meriel Reed of London Girls Rock Camp; Simu Liu of CBC’s award-winning comedy Kim’s Convenience; award-winning Toronto Star journalist, author and the 2018 CBC Massey Lecturer Tanya Talaga; Canadian ice dancer and Olympic champion Tessa Virtue; The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism; and a surprise appearance by world-renowned musician and icon Sting.

The 2019 JUNO Awards Broadcast is produced by Insight Productions in association with CBC and The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS). Executive Producers are John Brunton for Insight Productions, Allan Reid and Mark Cohon for CARAS and Lindsay Cox is Executive Producer and ShowRunner, Insight Productions. Susan Taylor is Executive in Charge of Production, Factual Content, CBC; Mark Steinmetz is Senior Director, CBC Music; Lisa Clarkson is Executive Director, Business & Rights and Content Optimization, CBC; Bonnie Brownlee is Executive Director, Communications, Marketing, Brand & Research, CBC; Susan Marjetti is Executive Director, Radio and Audio, CBC; Jennifer Dettman is Executive Director, Unscripted Content, CBC; and Sally Catto is General Manager, Programming, CBC.


Exclusive Broadcast and Content Partner:  

CARAS acknowledges the financial support of FACTOR, the Government of Canada and of Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters.

The JUNO Awards are made possible with the support of Ontario Creates (formerly OMDC).

Lead Partners: Apple Music and TD Bank Group.

Funding Partners: The Province of Ontario, the City of London, Tourism London.


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The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences/L’académie canadienne des arts et des sciences de l’enregistrement (CARAS) is a not-for-profit organization created to preserve and enhance the Canadian music industry and to contribute toward higher artistic and industry standards. CARAS’ mandate is comprised of four key pillars: Educate through our music education charity MusiCounts programs and initiatives, Develop emerging artists through mentorship and development programs, Celebrate Canadian artists with year round JUNO Awards showcasing, and Honour music industry icons through the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. For more information on the 48th Annual JUNO Awards or The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) please visit

About CBC/Radio-Canada

CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also deliver content in Spanish, Arabic and Chinese, as well as both official languages, through Radio Canada International (RCI). We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world.


About CBC Music:   

From Canada’s public broadcaster, CBC Music is Canada’s free digital music service connecting Canadians with the very best in Canadian and international music across all genres. Easy to navigate and available on your smartphone or tablet, CBC Music gives music fans access to over 100 online music streams plus content from the most knowledgeable music personalities and programmers from across the country.


About Insight Productions:

Insight Productions, known for its award-winning ratings juggernauts and many of the Country’s biggest award shows, music series and variety specials – is back in the producer’s chair for their 18th JUNO Awards.  Headed by John Brunton, Insight is Canada’s most established content producer and an industry leader in the development, financing and production of hit programming, both scripted and unscripted, as well as digital content.  Insight Senior Vice-President and Showrunner, Lindsay Cox, serves as Executive Producer along with John Brunton on The JUNO Awards, The Canadian Screen Awards, The Launch, A Christmas Fury, Canada Day 150! From Coast to Coast to Coast, Canada’s New Year’s Eve Countdown and The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration which was seen by one in three Canadians – among others.  Insight collectively received 21 Canadian Screen Award nominations in 2019.  Other 2019 Insight productions include The Amazing Race Canada, Big Brother Canada, Top Chef Canada and Intervention.  Insight Productions was founded in 1979 and has since created thousands of hours of groundbreaking content. For more information on Insight Productions, please visit or on Twitter – @insightprod. or Facebook


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For more information about The 2019 JUNO Awards Broadcast on CBC, contact:                   

Teaghan Hawke, CBC, [email protected]416.205.686