Media Release

JUNO Cup Presented by CBC Sports, returns to JUNO Week in support of MusiCounts

Feb 12, 2019

Hockey players Doug Gilmour, Gary Roberts, Mark Napier, Sami Jo Small, Natalie Spooner, Renata Fast, and more to go head-to-head with all-star roster of musicians including Jim Cuddy (Blue Rodeo), The Reklaws, Classified, Adrian Sutherland (Midnight Shine), Amanda Rheaume and members of Born Ruffians

Tickets on-sale for JUNO Cup Jam Presented by CBC Sports, featuring Jim Cuddy (Blue Rodeo), Classified, The Reklaws and more

Toronto – JUNO Cup Presented by CBC Sports, will celebrate its 16th year on the ice at the Western Fair District Sports Centre in London, ON on Friday, March 15, at 7:30 PM. The popular celebrity fundraising event playfully pits Canadian music icons against National Hockey League (NHL) alumni and Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) players. The event raises awareness and funds for MusiCountsCanada’s music education charity associated with The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) and the JUNO Awards.

“JUNO Cup is the perfect kick-off to JUNO Weekend, with artists and players engaged in friendly competition for a great cause. We are all here to help MusiCounts put musical instruments into the hands of children that need them most,” said Jim Cuddy, founder of JUNO Cup“We’re thrilled to bring this event to London, and I’m looking forward to connecting with both JUNO Cup regulars and first-timers – it’s going to be a great time!” 

Fans are invited to cheer along as the teams face-off in a game featuring special performances and a skills competition. As well, attendees to JUNO Cup will get a chance to try para ice hockey first-hand thanks to CBC Sports before heading to the Hockey Night in Canada social space with their unique Throne of Games chairs and hockey-themed space. A portion of the evening will pay tribute to longtime JUNO Cup player, the late Mike ‘Beard Guy’ Taylor from Walk off the Earth who recently passed away. 

“We are thrilled to have returned, and extended, our partnership as the presenting sponsor of JUNO Cup and JUNO Cup Jam,” said Chris Wilson, Acting Executive Director, CBC Sports. “This partnership allows us to bring iconic Canadian brands together as the JUNOS, CBC Sports and Hockey Night in Canada celebrate music and its connection to hockey, including para ice hockey. Through our robust multiple platforms we look forward to bringing the event to life nationally while locally in London, we’ll be there to connect one-on-one with passionate fans.”

This year’s roster includes hockey stars Doug Gilmour (Toronto Maple Leafs), Gary Roberts (Calgary Flames, Toronto Maple Leafs), Mark Napier (Montréal Canadiens, Edmonton Oilers), Sami Jo Small (Toronto Furies), Natalie Spooner (Toronto Furies), Sarah Nurse (Toronto Furies), Renata Fast (Toronto Furies), Dennis Maruk (Washington Capitals, Minnesota North Stars), Dave McLlwain (Toronto Maple Leafs, Winnipeg Jets), Mike Kostka (Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators), and Brad Dalgarno (New York Islanders). Brandon Prust (Vancouver Canucks, Montreal Canadiens) will coach, while storied former NHL ref Bill McCreary will officiate the game.

Musical talent includes Jim Cuddy (Blue Rodeo), The Reklaws, Classified, Adrian Sutherland (Midnight Shine), Amanda Rheaume, Menno Versteeg (Hollerado), Mitch Derosier & Luke Lalonde (Born Ruffians), Jeff Giles (Jane’s Party), Katie Munshaw (Dizzy) and more. 

Individual tickets to JUNO Cup are priced at $20 (plus fees) and are available online through budweisergardens.com. $15 tickets (plus fees) are available when purchasing 10 tickets or more, with all proceeds benefiting MusiCounts.

Also returning to JUNO Week this year is the highly anticipated JUNO Cup Jam Presented by CBC Sports. This memorable evening will showcase one-of-a-kind musical collaborations with some of Canada’s most talented musicians and athletes participating in JUNO Cup in support of MusiCounts, including Jim Cuddy (Blue Rodeo), Classified, The Reklaws, members of Dizzy, Born Ruffians, Cuff the Duke, Ferraro, Jeff Giles (Jane’s Party), and more, all backed by the Devin Cuddy Band. Hosted by CBC Sports broadcasters, Rob Snoek and Sophia Jurksztowicz, JUNO Cup Jam will take place at Rum Runners (176 Dundas St.) on Thursday, March 14

Tickets are available starting at $22.60 including HST (plus fees) at ticketmaster.ca, Ticketmaster’s automated phone service 1-855-985-500 or in person at the London Music Hall Box Office.  All proceeds benefit MusiCounts. The event is 19+.

For more information on the 2019 JUNO Awards, please visit junoawards.ca.

Promotional Partners for JUNO Cup Jam: 97.5 Virgin Radio, 103.1 Fresh Radio, 980 CFPL, BX93, Country 104, FM96, JACK 102.3, Pattison Outdoor Advertising, The London Free Press

Promotional Partners for JUNO Cup: 97.5 Virgin Radio, 103.1 Fresh Radio,

980 CFPL, BX93, Classic Rock 98.1, Country 104, FM96, JACK 102.3, Pattison Outdoor Advertising, The London Free Press

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 the Budweiser Gardens at 8 PM ET on Sunday, March 17, on CBC, both CBC Radio services, the free CBC Gem streaming service in Canada and globally on cbcmusic.ca/junos.


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.

Links:
Official JUNO Awards website: www.junoawards.ca / Digital Toolkit

Official MusiCounts website: https://www.musicounts.ca/

JUNO Awards

Twitter: @TheJUNOAwards / Instagram: @TheJUNOAwards / Facebook: @TheJUNOAwards / Hashtag: #JUNOS

MusiCounts

Twitter: @MusiCounts / Instagram: @MusiCounts / Hashtag: #MusiCounts

About CARAS

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 www.junoawards.ca

About MusiCounts

MusiCounts, Canada’s music education charity associated with CARAS and the JUNO Awards is keeping music alive in schools and communities across Canada by putting musical instruments into the hands of children that need them most. MusiCounts’ mission is to ensure that youth in Canada have access to music programs through their schools and communities. MusiCounts celebrates musical excellence and achieves its mission through its Band Aid Program, the MusiCounts TD Community Music Program, the MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award, MusiCounts Inspired Minds Ambassador Award, Scholarships and other music education initiatives.

MusiCounts is funded by many of Canada’s most dedicated individuals and corporate citizens including and especially The Leadership Circle, TD Bank Group, Bell Media, SiriusXM Canada, the Slaight Family Foundation, Canada’s Great Kitchen Party, and The London JUNO Host Committee. MusiCounts has been supported since inception by Sony Music Entertainment Canada Inc., Universal Music Canada, Warner Music Canada Ltd., JUNO Songwriters’ Circle and JUNO Cup. MusiCounts was established in 1997, and has awarded over $11,000,000 in support of music education in Canada. These funds have benefitted over 1,000 schools and communities, supported over 350 post-secondary music program graduates, and honoured 13 extraordinary music teachers and two MusiCounts ambassadors. www.musicounts.ca

About CBC Sports

CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s Olympic Network through 2024 and Canada’s Paralympic Network through 2020. The national public broadcaster is committed to showcasing Canadian and international athletes and sports across all platforms under the CBC Sports and Hockey Night in Canada brands, including on television, online at cbcsports.ca and via the CBC Sports app for iOS and Android devices. CBC Sports prides itself on telling the story of the high-performance athlete’s journey every step of the way, ensuring Canadians always know the people who represent them before they see them atop the podium.

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