CBC and CARAS Partner to Launch a Virtual Version of the ‘Jewel of JUNO Week’ - JUNOS 365 Songwriters’ Circle - Starting This Friday, May 1 - The JUNO Awards

CBC and CARAS Partner to Launch a Virtual Version of the ‘Jewel of JUNO Week’ – JUNOS 365 Songwriters’ Circle – Starting This Friday, May 1

The five-part series features stories and performances from the homes of Canada’s top musicians and will be available every other Friday on CBC Gem and world-wide at cbcmusic.ca/junos


April 28, 2020CBC and The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) today announced the JUNOS 365 SONGWRITERS’ CIRCLE virtual series, adapted for an online audience after the popular ‘Jewel of the JUNOS’ event was cancelled in Saskatoon due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Presented by SOCAN in association with Music Publishers Canada, JUNOS 365 SONGWRITERS’ CIRCLE is a series of five virtual events beginning Friday, May 1, featuring some of Canada’s best songwriters telling the stories behind the songs and performing their work from their homes. The first episode will feature JUNO Award winner Brett Kissel bringing together stories and songs from JUNO Award nominees Dominique Fils-Aimé, Kaia Kater, and Devon Portielje from Half Moon Run.

JUNOS 365 SONGWRITERS’ CIRCLE will be available in Canada on the free CBC Gem streaming service and globally on CBC Music’s Facebook and YouTube pages and cbcmusic.ca/junos starting on Friday, May 1 at 8 pm ET (5 PT). The remaining four episodes will be released every other week on Fridays until June 26.

“It is really special for us to be able to partner with CBC Music to bring the JUNO Songwriters’ Circle to life virtually for Canadian music fans across the country and around the world so they can experience first-hand the magic of this event,” said Allan Reid, President & CEO, CARAS/The JUNO Awards and MusiCounts. “During these difficult and unprecedented times, it’s the artist’s words and music that we find solace in. We need our artists now more than ever so come and enjoy their stories and songs in this truly unique musical experience.”

“JUNO Songwriters’ Circle is one of the most highly anticipated events each year during JUNO Week, said Steve Jordan, Senior Director, CBC Music. “As we all continue to navigate this challenging time, we are happy to have an opportunity to partner with CARAS to bring this intimate musical event to audiences at home, and support some of our country’s most talented musicians by sharing their powerful stories and performances.” 

Each year during JUNO Week, JUNO Songwriters’ Circle provides fans with the rare experience of hearing the intriguing stories behind the song, directly from their favourite artists. Each host and the participating songwriters for future JUNOS 365 SONGWRITERS’ CIRCLE episodes will be revealed in advance of each broadcast. For more information, please visit CBCMusic.ca/JUNOS.

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

CBC Music connects Canadians with the very best in music. Available through the CBC Listen app, online, on radio and in television specials throughout the year, CBC Music privileges Canadian artists and songs. Offering 200 free music streams, CBC Music draws from all genres and classifications with knowledgeable hosts and programmers. Home to the JUNO Awards and your favourite music from across the country, discover the next great act with CBC Music. For more, visit www.cbcmusic.ca.


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 icons through the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. For more information on the 50th Annual JUNO Awards or The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) please visit www.junoawards.ca

For more information, please contact:

Teaghan Hawke, CBC
[email protected]

Meghan McCabe, CARAS/The JUNO Awards
[email protected]