Media Release

Performers announced for JUNO Songwriters’ Circle Presented by SOCAN in association with Canadian Music Publishers Association

Feb 20, 2018

Iskwé, Jim Cuddy, Rose Cousins, Ruth B. and Scott Helman to join hosts Jann Arden and Bob Rock for MusiCounts benefit event on March 25

TORONTO, ON The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced the 2018 JUNO Award nominees confirmed to perform and participate in the event, dubbed as the “Jewel of JUNO Week”, JUNO Songwriters’ Circle.

Iskwé (Indigenous Music Album of the Year Sponsored by Aboriginal Peoples Television Network), multiple JUNO Award winner Jim Cuddy (Blue Rodeo), Rose Cousins (Songwriter of the Year Presented by SOCAN), Ruth B. (Album of the Year Sponsored by Music Canada, Artist of the Year Presented with Apple Music, Pop Album of the Year), and Scott Helman (Songwriter of the Year Presented by SOCAN and Pop Album of the Year) will join hosts Jann Arden and Bob Rock in an intimate musical showcase benefitting MusiCounts. Presented by SOCAN (The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada) in association with the Canadian Music Publishers Association, JUNO Songwriters’ Circle, will take place at Vancouver’s Orpheum Theatre on Sunday, March 25, 2018 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. PT.  

JUNO Songwriters’ Circle offers fans the unique opportunity to hear the stories behind the songs and then hear those songs performed in a raw, acoustic format.

Tickets for JUNO Songwriters’ Circle are on sale now through or by phone at 1-888-991-2787. Tickets are available starting at $39.50 (plus taxes and service fees).   

Moderated by CBC Music’s Raina Douris, JUNO Songwriters’ Circle will broadcast nationwide from the Orpheum Theatre live on-air via CBC Music and CBC Radio One on Sunday, March 25 at 12 p.m. PT (3 p.m. ET).

Promotional Partners: CBC Music, CBC Vancouver, JACK 96.9, LG104.3, Metro News, Vancouver Courier, Vancouver Sun.

For more information on the 2017 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 2018 JUNO Awards: The Province of British Columbia, Creative BC, the City of Vancouver, Apple Music and TD Bank Group.

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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

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.

About Canadian Music Publishers Association:  

The Canadian Music Publishers Association creates global business opportunities for our music publisher members and promotes their interests and those of their songwriting partners through advocacy, communication and education.

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