Media Release

JUNOfest set to shine light on Canadian talent in Vancouver-wide festival, presented by CBC Music

Mar 06, 2018

Performers confirmed for 2018 JUNOfest include nominees
The Jerry Cans, Weaves, Ria Mae, and Maestro Fresh Wes

TORONTO — The exciting lineup of Canadian talent confirmed to perform at JUNOfest was announced today by The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS). Over 95 artists are set to heat up JUNO Week during the two-night annual music celebration that can be seen at 15 stages across Vancouver. The music festival presented by CBC Music will take place on Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24.

Wristbands for JUNOfest will be available for $30 (plus tax and service fees) and are on sale now at JUNOfest wristbands offer priority access to all JUNOfest venues over two nights (subject to capacity). Individual tickets will also be sold in advance at and available at the door of each venue ($15-$30). JUNOfest is produced by MRG Concerts.

Artist confirmed to perform include:

ARC Ensemble*
Band Of Rascals
Barney Bentall
Beach Season
Brad Cheeseman*
Buckman Coe
Cadence Weapon
Carsen Gray
Chet Doxas*
Christine Jensen*
Clairmont The Second *
Common Deer
Dear Father
Diana Boss
Dj Kookum
DJ Shub*
Ensign Broderick
Ernesto Cervini*
Evy Jane
Fake Shark
Ford Pier
Gang Signs
Goodwood Atoms
Harrow Fair
Ingrid Jensen*
Isabel Bayrakdarian*
Ivory Hours
Jan Lisiecki*
Jesse Roper
Jim Cuddy
Jo Passed
Jon Neufeld*
Kellylee Evans*
Khari Wendell McClelland

Kinnie Starr
Land Of Talk*
Leah Barley
Leif Vollebekk*
Lou Phelps*
Louise Burns
Maestro Fresh Wes*
Matt Blais
Mike Downes*
NQ Arbuckle
Nuela Charles*
Peach Kelli Pop
Phil Dwyer
Philippe Sly*
Phono Pony
Pretty Filthy
Reid Jamieson
Ria Mae*
Rollin Trainwreck
Rosemary & The Sweet Sound Revival
Sam Polley
Sex With Strangers
Steve Strongman*
Still Creek Crows
Tara Davidson*
Terence Jack
Terra Lightfoot*
The Battle Of Santiago*
The Color*
The Courtneys
The Franklin Electric*
The Jerry Cans*
The Middle Coast
The Treble
The Weather Station*
The Wild!
Titus Calderbank
Warren Dean Flandez
William Carn*

Venues will include:

Biltmore Cabaret
CBC Studio 1, CBC Vancouver Broadcast Centre
Coastal Church
Fortune Sound Club
Frankie’s Jazz Club
Railway Club
The Fox Cabaret
The Rickshaw Theatre
The Roxy
The Yale
The Vogue Theatre [AA] Venue
[AA] denotes All Ages venue

For a full JUNOfest schedule, visit

This year the festival will include JUNOfest Classical presented by CBC Music in association with the Canadian Music Centre on Saturday, March 24 at 2p.m.. The line up includes performances by phenomenal Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki, stars of the opera world Isabel Bayrakdarian and Philippe Sly, Toronto’s celebrated ARC Ensemble, internationally acclaimed cellist Johannes Moser and a spotlight on two of Canada’s greatest composers – Jocelyn Morlock and Alice Ping Lee Ho. Hosted by CBC Music’s Paolo Pietropaolo, the showcase will be held in CBC’s Studio 1 (700 Hamilton St., Vancouver, BC V6B 2R5), and will be streamed live via and pre-recorded to broadcast the highlights on Sunday March 25 on CBC Music at 11 a.m. (11:30 a.m. NT). Complimentary tickets for this JUNOFest showcase are available via

This year’s event will also see CBC Music Presents q LIVE at the JUNOS on Thursday, March 22. Featuring live interviews and performances from Lights, Jann Arden, Bob Rock, Jill Daum, Ivan Decker, and a special ‘q This’ segment with Raina Douris and Odario Williams at the Vogue Theatre (918 Granville St.) at 7 p.m. 50 JUNOfest wristband holders will be permitted access on a first-come-first-serve basis. The show will also be live-streamed via the CBC Music website, Facebook and YouTube pages and will be recorded to air Canada-wide on Friday, March 23, on CBC Radio One at 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. Tickets are $20 including all service charges and can be purchased on the q website.

Also joining this year’s festivities on Friday, March 23 is JUNOfest Christian hosted by Coastal Church (1160 W. Georgia St.). The night will begin at 6:30 p.m. and is set to combine music and meaning with performances by 2018 JUNO Award nominees Jon Neufeld, and The Color, as well as Vancouver’s own Warren Dean Flandez and his high energy, soulful, Gospel choir. The evening will also support ACTS, providing clean water to communities in Uganda. Tickets are available for $10 at, 25 JUNOfest wristband holders will be permitted access on a first-come-first-serve basis.

CBC Music and Coastal Jazz and Blues will present JUNOfest Jazz, featuring performers from across Canada representing a number of 2018 JUNO-nominated albums. This special evening will be directed by multi-JUNO Award winner, Phil Dwyer, and hosted by CBC’s Margaret Gallagher at 9 p.m. on Friday, March 23 at Frankie’s (755 Beatty St.). The musical night will also include a tribute to the late Tommy Banks and feature performances by William Carn, Ernesto Cervini, Tara Davidson, Mike Downes, Phil Dwyer, Christine Jensen and Ingrid Jensen. Additionally, the showcase will be recorded for jazz fans to relive the highlights on CBC Radio One’s Hot Air, Saturday, March 24 at 5 p.m. PT and later that night on CBC Music’s Saturday Night Jazz at 8 p.m

A limited number of JUNOfest wristband holders will also be permitted access to other shows throughout the weekend including Brett Kissel at the Vogue Theatre (100 wristbands each night).

CARAS is proud to partner with Good Night Out (GNO) Vancouver, Tegan and Sara Foundation, The Vancouver JUNO Host City Committee, WorkSafe BC and the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association,, to implement safety measures inside music venues and on the streets of Vancouver during JUNO Week. In collaboration with venues, security staff and Vancouver Police Department, the Good Night Out Street team will be deployed downtown Vancouver and around JUNOfest venues, maintaining a visible presence and providing support to any vulnerable patrons when needed. For more on this initiative visit

Promotional Partners: 93.7 JRfm, 102.7 THE PEAK, CBC Music, CBC Vancouver, CFOX, Do250, Do604, Exclaim! Media, Georgia Straight, Global BC, KiSS 104.9, Metro News, Rock 101, Vancouver Courier, Vancouver Sun and Z95.3

For more information on the 2018 JUNO Awards, please visit

The 47th annual JUNO Awards and JUNO Week 2018 will be hosted in Vancouver from March 19 through March 25, 2018, culminating in The JUNO Awards, on Sunday, March 25, at Rogers Arena, broadcast live nationwide 5 p.m. PT / 8 p.m. ET on CBC, CBC Radio and globally on

Exclusive Broadcast and Content Partner:

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

Premier Partners of The 2017 JUNO Awards: The Province of British Columbia, Creative BC, the City of Vancouver, Apple Music and TD Bank Group


Web Links:

Official JUNO Awards website:

Twitter: @TheJUNOAwards // @JUNOfest

Instagram: @TheJUNOAwards

Hashtag: #JUNOS // #JUNOFest


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 47th Annual JUNO Awards or The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) please visit


About MusiCounts:

MusiCounts, Canada’s music education charity associated with CARAS and the JUNO Awards, is keeping music alive across Canada by putting musical instruments into the hands of children that need them most. MusiCounts’ mission is to ensure that children and 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, Scholarships and other music education initiatives. MusiCounts is funded by many of Canada’s most dedicated individuals, events, and corporate citizens.


About CBC Music:

CBC Music connects Canadians with the very best in music. Available through the CBC Music app, online, on radio and in television specials throughout the year, CBC Music privileges Canadian artists and songs. Offering over 100 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


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