Media Release

Nominees to hit the stage at the JUNO Gala Dinner and Awards Presented by SOCAN

Mar 15, 2018

Clairmont The Second, Iskwé, James Barker Band, Terra Lightfoot and 2018 Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class winner, Caveboy, set to perform live

TORONTO – The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced today the JUNO Award nominees confirmed to perform live “under the stars” at the Vancouver Convention Centre, on Saturday, March 24 at The 47th JUNO Gala Dinner and Awards Presented by SOCAN.

The exclusive industry ceremony, hosted by CBC q’s Tom Power will honour artists and industry leaders with 36 JUNO Awards. This year’s special achievement awards will also be presented at the event, including the 2018 International Achievement Award (Arcade Fire), Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award (Denise Donlon), MusiCounts Inspired Minds Ambassador Award presented by the Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation (Jim Cuddy), and the Humanitarian Award (Gary Slaight).

The night will feature electrifying live performances by 2018 JUNO nominees Clairmont The Second (Rap Recording of the Year), Iskwé (Indigenous Music Album of the Year sponsored by APTN), James Barker Band (Breakthrough Group of the Year Sponsored by FACTOR, the Government of Canada, and Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters and Country Album of the Year), Terra Lightfoot (Adult Alternative Album of the Year) and one of the 2018 Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class winners, Caveboy.

“As we honour the creators of the Canadian music industry, we are thrilled to have an outstanding group of nominees perform at the JUNO Gala Dinner and Awards,” said Allan Reid, President & CEO, CARAS/The JUNO Awards and MusiCounts. “We are also proud to partner with SOCAN to celebrate the achievements of our home-grown talent.”

“SOCAN is excited to once again present the JUNO Gala Dinner and Awards, honouring the diversity of talent, genres and identities that make us collectively so successful,” said Eric Baptiste, CEO of SOCAN. “This evening is emblematic of the shared commitment of CARAS, the JUNO Awards and our extended music-industry family to foster a bright future for music creators. Canadian music is at the heart of SOCAN, and we are dedicated to ensuring fair compensation for the extraordinary talent and hard work of songwriters, screen composers and music publishers.” 

CBC Music will live stream the event at 6 p.m. PT (9 p.m. ET) via CBCMusic.ca/JUNOS and CBC Music’s Facebook and YouTube pages, allowing music fans across the nation to get an intimate look into the celebrations.

JUNO TV will also offer live stream channels at junotv.ca with backstage access to the media room cam and portrait studio cam and the JUNO TV Apple Music Lounge hosted by YouTuber Sam Sutherland and The Peak’s Casey-Jo Loos, giving audiences the opportunity to listen in on interviews and artist Q&As. The live streams are funded by CreativeBC and the Province of B.C.

Listen to music by all this year’s nominees at www.applemusic.com/JUNOS.

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 PM PT / 8 PM ET on CBC, CBC Radio 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.

Premier Partners of the 2018 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: junoawards.ca

Twitter: @TheJUNOAwards

Instagram: @TheJUNOAwards

Hashtag: #JUNOS

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 junoawards.ca.

About SOCAN:

SOCAN connects more than four-million music creators worldwide and more than a quarter-million businesses and individuals in Canada. Nearly 150,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers are its direct members, and more than 130,000 organizations are Licensed To Play music across Canada. With a concerted use of progressive technology and a commitment to lead the global transformation of music rights, with wholly-owned companies Audiam and MediaNet, SOCAN is dedicated to upholding the fundamental truths that music has value and music creators and publishers deserve fair compensation for their work.

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

Zai Karim, rock-it promotions, [email protected], 416 656 0707 ext. 127

Christine Zoulianitis, rock-it promotions, [email protected], 416 656 0707 ext. 126