The virtual evening will feature performances by nominees Ammoye, Kirk Diamond and TӦME, Crown Lands, Lindsay Ell and MacKenzie Porter, TOBi and 2020/2021 Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class short listers, MONOWHALES
TORONTO – The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) today announced Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe from CBC Music’s The Block as host of the JUNO Opening Night Awards Presented by Music Canada, taking place virtually on Friday, June 4, 2021 for an evening in celebration of Canadian music. This reimagined version of the renowned industry event will be live streamed on June 4 at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT) on cbcmusic.ca/junos, the free CBC Gem streaming service and CBC Music’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages.
Canadians across the nation can tune in to this celebration of musical artistry where 37 JUNO Awards will be presented along with this year’s special achievement awards. Pegi Cecconi will receive The Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award and Gary Slaight will be awarded the MusiCounts Inspired Minds Ambassador Award Presented by Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation.
The evening will feature five performances, including a joint performance from Reggae Recording of the Year nominees, Ammoye, Kirk Diamond and TӦME. Performers will also include Oshawa powerhouse rock duo Crown Lands (Breakthrough Group of the Year Presented by FACTOR, The Government of Canada and Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters and Rock Album of the Year), country music mavens Lindsay Ell and MacKenzie Porter (Country Album of the Year) and Nigerian-Canadian rapper and singer TOBi (Contemporary R&B Recording of the Year and Rap Recording of the Year). The alt-rock group from the 2020/2021 Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class short list, MONOWHALES, will also hit the virtual stage to give viewers an electric performance.
“The JUNO Opening Night Awards Presented by Music Canada is a crucial platform to recognize emerging and revered talent and industry veterans who’ve helped pave Canada’s musical history,” said Allan Reid, President & CEO, CARAS/The JUNO Awards and MusiCounts. “We are incredibly proud to celebrate and honour the remarkable skill and determination of Canadian artists and recognize 50 years of Canadian music with an evening that shines a light on this year’s impressive showcase of talent.”
“Music Canada is honoured to be this year’s presenting partner of the 2021 JUNO Opening Night Awards, helping to ring in the 50th anniversary and applauding the vast accomplishments made in Canadian music,’’ said Patrick Rogers, CEO of Music Canada “Now more than ever, it’s important to celebrate the outstanding achievements made by our homegrown artists and reward the impact their music has had on us all.”
The 2021 JUNO Awards will be broadcast nationwide Sunday, June 6 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on CBC TV, CBC Gem, CBC Radio One, CBC Music and globally on CBCMusic.ca/junos.
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CARAS acknowledges the financial support of FACTOR, the Government of Canada and of Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters.
Lead Sponsors: TD Bank Group, SiriusXM Canada, Freedom Mobile, Ford of Canada, and TikTok
Funding Partners: The Province of Ontario, the City of Toronto and Radio Starmaker Fund
The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) is a not-for-profit organization created to preserve and enhance the Canadian music industry and promote higher artistic and industry standards. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the JUNO Awards, a national celebration of Canadian music. In honour of this significant milestone, CARAS will launch exciting initiatives in the host city of Toronto, and nationally across our country. Each initiative will drive forward CARAS’ four key pillars: Educate through MusiCounts’ charitable programs and community resources, 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. In a time unlike any other, our sound connects and unites us. The JUNOS are proud to represent so many Canadian facets of music, performance and recording, distinctly, All Our Sound. For more information on the 50th Annual JUNO Awards or The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) please visit www.junoawards.ca.
About Music Canada
Music Canada represents Canada’s major record labels: Sony Music Entertainment Canada, Universal Music Canada and Warner Music Canada. We advocate for a healthy and vibrant Canadian music ecosystem, which includes labels, performing artists, publishers, songwriters, managers and others
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
CBC Music is the leading curator of emerging and diverse Canadian music talent across platforms, playing the most Canadian artists and genres on radio, CBC Listen and cbcmusic.ca. We prioritize Canadian artists in a wide variety of genres on over 200 playlists available on CBC Listen, and publish daily national music coverage. CBC Music Live features live music recordings from across the country. Our music partnerships and events include The JUNOS, the Polaris Music Prize, Searchlight, the CBC Music Festival, The Canadian Music Class Challenge and Canada Listens.
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