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JUNOfest 2020 submissions now open for all Canadian artists!

Nov 12, 2019

TORONTO – The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) today announced that artist submissions are now open for JUNOfest Presented by CBC Music. This music series takes place during JUNO Week and will showcase artists of all genres from across the country in multiple venues across Saskatoon, SK. Over 50 artists will perform across two nights for the public, media and the music industry. This year, JUNOfest will be produced by Saskatoon’s Broadway Theatre, led by Kirby Wirchenko, Executive and Artistic Director.

“We’re very excited to bring JUNOfest to Saskatoon,” said Katy Venneri, Director of Events, CARAS/The JUNO Awards & MusiCounts. “Local music fans and industry alike will get to hear top musical talent from Saskatoon and across the country – these are the shows where new favourites are discovered and strong connections are made.”

Canadian artists interested in participating can apply online between November 12, 2019, and December 20, 2019, at www.junofestsubmissions.ca. Selected artists for JUNOfest will be contacted in February 2020.

About JUNOfest:

WHAT:  JUNOfest is an annual music celebration that includes artists of all genres from across the country. Over 50 musical acts participate in this event, including local Saskatoon artists, 2020 JUNO Award nominees and some of Canada’s biggest names in music.

JUNOfest is open to Canadian artists, solo acts and/or full bands of all genres. A $20 application fee will apply. Please note that a submission does not guarantee a performance slot within the showcase.

WHEN:  JUNOfest Presented by CBC Music will take place Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14, 2020

WHERE:  Over 10 venues across Saskatoon, SK

HISTORY: Over the years, JUNOfest has showcased over 1,000 Canadian artists and bands of all backgrounds and genres, including: Alexisonfire, Ammoye, Arkells, Bedouin Soundclash, Billy Talent, Cadence Weapon, Clairmont The Second, Classified, Dizzy, DJ Shub, Dwayne Gretzky,  Feist, Fucked Up, Hannah Georgas, Haviah Mighty, Hey Rosetta!, Hollerado, Iskwé, The Jerry Cans, Jim Cuddy, Jully Black, Kardinal Offishall, Karl Wolf, Maestro Fresh-Wes, Marianas Trench, Matt Mays, Metric, MSTRKRFT, Neon Dreams, Ria Mae, Said the Whale, Sam Roberts, Shad, The Sheepdogs, Silverstein, Sloan, Tanya Tagaq, The Trews, The Wailin’ Jennys, Tyler Shaw, Weaves, Whitehorse, Wintersleep, Yukon Blonde, and hundreds more.

Maestro Fresh Wes – JUNOfest 2019. Photo by CARAS/ Ryan Bolton

Web Links:

Official JUNO Awards website: www.junoawards.ca

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Twitter: @TheJUNOAwards

Instagram: @TheJUNOAwards

Facebook: @TheJUNOAwards

Hashtag: #JUNOS

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Exclusive Broadcast and Content Partner: 

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

Lead Partners: Apple Music, TD Bank Group

Funding Partners: The Government of Saskatchewan, the City of Saskatoon, Tourism Saskatoon.

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 icons through the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. For more information on the 49th Annual JUNO Awards or The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) please visit www.junoawards.ca

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 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.

For more information on the JUNO Awards or interview requests, please contact:

Sheri Clish, rock-it promotions, [email protected], 416.656.0707 ext. 122

Joyce Li, rock-it promotions,  [email protected], 416.656.0707 ext. 118