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Ben Kowalewicz of Billy Talent to host the 48th annual JUNO Gala Dinner and Awards Presented by SOCAN to celebrate achievements in Canadian music on March 16

Mar 05, 2019

Featuring live performances by nominees Dizzy, Donovan Woods, Exco Levi, Hubert Lenoir, and one of the 2018/2019 Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class winners, Port Cities

CBC Music’s Julie Nesrallah to join Ben Kowalewicz to co-host special moments throughout the evening

TORONTOThe Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) today announced the JUNO Gala Dinner and Awards Presented by SOCAN will be held at the London Convention Centre on March 16, 2019, for an evening in honour of Canadian music. The event will be live streamed starting at 6pm ET on Saturday, March 16, on, the free CBC Gem streaming service and CBC Music’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages.

The highly anticipated industry event, hosted by Ben Kowalewicz, lead singer of the 7-time JUNO Award-winning band Billy Talent, and co-hosted by CBC Music’s Julie Nesrallah, will feature the presentation of 36 JUNO Awards. Click here to check out his announcement reveal video. This year’s special achievement award recipients will also be recognized, including the Humanitarian of the Year Award Presented by Music Canada (David Foster), the Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award (Duff Roman) and the 2019 MusiCounts Teacher of the Year (Kim Hastings).

Five live performances will light up the evening including 2019 JUNO Award nominees Dizzy (2019 Breakthrough Group of the Year Sponsored by FACTOR, The Government of Canada and Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters, Alternative Album of the Year Sponsored by Long & McQuade), four-time JUNO nominee Donovan Woods (2019 Contemporary Roots Album of the Year, Songwriter of the Year Presented by SOCAN), five-time JUNO Award winner and seven-time nominee Exco Levi (2019 Reggae Recording of the Year), and Hubert Lenoir (2019 Album of the Year Sponsored by Music Canada, Francophone Album of the Year, Pop Album of the Year). One of the 2018/2019 Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class winners, Port Cities, will also grace the JUNO Gala stage.

“The JUNO Gala Dinner and Awards Presented by SOCAN is an important platform for the music industry and fans to discover the phenomenal creators we have in this country,” said Allan Reid, President & CEO, CARAS/The JUNO Awards and MusiCounts. “We’re so proud of the nominees attending and performing, and we thank SOCAN for their continued dedication to celebrating the achievements of Canada’s artistic community.”

“It’s impossible to find more passion, heart and soul than what’s experienced at the JUNO Gala Dinner and Awards,” said Eric Baptiste, CEO of SOCAN. “The evening glows with the incredible talent of Canada’s greatest music creators, composers, publishers, performers and professionals as they catapult Canadian music to even greater levels of success here and worldwide, and SOCAN is honoured again to present this incomparable night.”

The 48th Annual JUNO Awards and JUNO Week will be hosted in London, ON from March 11 through March 17, 2019, with The JUNO Awards Broadcast live from Budweiser Gardens at 8pm ET on Sunday, March 17, on CBC, CBC Radio One, CBC Music, the free CBC Gem streaming service in Canada and globally on

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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



SOCAN is a rights management organization that connects more than four-million music creators worldwide and more than a quarter-million businesses and individuals in Canada. Nearly 160,000 songwriters, composers, music publishers and visual artists are its direct members, and more than 100,000 organizations are Licensed To Play music across Canada. With a concerted use of progressive technology and unique data as well as a commitment to lead the global transformation of rights management, with wholly-owned companies Audiam, Dataclef and MediaNet, SOCAN is dedicated to upholding the fundamental truths that music and visual arts have value and creators and publishers deserve fair compensation for their work. For more



Ben Kowalewicz is the lead singer of the multi-platinum selling, seven-time Juno-award winning group Billy Talent.  Since their debut record in 2003, Billy Talent has released five studio albums and have sold over 4 million records worldwide.  Progressing from basements to bars to clubs to arenas to headlining international festivals, Billy Talent have solidified themselves as one of the most important rock bands to come out of Canada in the past 20 years.  The band has also been relentless in their charitable work since the very beginning, recently launching their own Charitable Trust which has raised money for the various causes they have aligned themselves with including F.U.MS and WarChild through the Plus1 program and last summer, Ben & his bandmates organized TOronto TOgether, an all-star concert which successfully raised significant funding to support victims of the Danforth shooting.   The members of Billy Talent are also proud ambassadors of MusiCounts, which supports students’ access to music education. In 2017 Ben took to the stage, this time as an actor, in the critically-acclaimed play A&R Angels, written by and co-starring Broken Social Scene’s Kevin Drew.


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.

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