Media Release

Beloved Canadian Musician Alan Doyle to host 2019 JUNO Songwriters’ Circle Presented by SOCAN In Association with Canadian Music Publishers Association

Jan 03, 2019

Tickets go on sale January 9, 2019;

Proceeds to benefit MusiCounts – the music education charity dedicated to keeping music alive in schools and communities across Canada 

JUNO Songwriters’ Circle to broadcast live nation-wide on CBC Radio


TORONTOThe Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced today that treasured musician, storyteller and 12-time JUNO Award nominee Alan Doyle will host and perform at the 2019 JUNO Songwriters’ Circle. This year’s event, will take place on Sunday, March 17, 2019 at 12 p.m. ET at London’s Centennial Hall and will be broadcast live on CBC Radio One, CBC Music and be available to live stream via

Proudly dubbed the “Jewel of JUNO Week,” the intimate showcase is unlike any other event during the week-long celebration of Canadian music. Presented by SOCAN (The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada) in association with the Canadian Music Publishers Association, JUNO Songwriters’ Circle demonstrates the powerful role that songwriting plays.

Fans and guests experience rare collaborations between artists and get the inside scoop on the inspiration and process behind their favourite songs.

Best known as lead-singer for Newfoundland’s adored Great Big Sea for the past 20 years, the actor, producer and best-selling author recently released his third solo album, A Week at the Warehouse, produced by 2018 JUNO Songwriters’ Circle co-host, Bob Rock.  Lauded as one of Canada’s most beloved musicians, Doyle will bring an unmistakable presence to this year’s event.  

Alan Doyle, Photo Credit: Margaret Malandruccolo

“As an avid storyteller, it’s a true honour to host one of JUNO Week’s most authentic moments,” said Doyle.  “JUNO Songwriters’ Circle connects exemplary artists with rising stars, in an intimate and captivating setting that gives the audience an experience they’ll never forget.  I’m delighted to be able to do what I love, while helping benefit Canadian youth through MusiCounts.”

Tickets for the 2019 JUNO Songwriters’ Circle are going on sale January 9, at 10 a.m. ET through, by phone at 519-672-1967, 519-672-1968 or toll-free 1-888-999-8980 or in person at the Centennial Hall Box Office 550 Wellington St. London, ON and are available starting at $49.50 (plus taxes and service fees). Proceeds from JUNO Songwriters’ Circle will benefit MusiCounts – Canada’s music education charity associated with the JUNOS – MusiCounts believes that all children and youth should have access to music programs through their schools and communities.

Look out for more 2019 JUNO Songwriters’ Circle announcements in the New Year. Previous performers include Chantal Kreviazuk, Daniel Caesar, Iskwé, Jim Cuddy, Ruth B., and Scott Helman.

Last year’s JUNO Songwriters’ Circle at Vancouver’s Orpheum Theatre
Photo Credit: CARAS/ Ryan Bolton

The 48th annual JUNO Awards and JUNO Week 2019 will be hosted in London from March 11 through March 17, 2019, culminating in The JUNO Awards, on Sunday, March 17, at Budweiser Gardens, broadcast live at 8 p.m. ET on CBC, CBC Radio and globally on

Photos of Alan Doyle are available here.

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: / Digital Toolkit

JUNO Awards

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Alan Doyle

Twitter: @alanthomasdoyle / Instagram: @alanthomasdoyle / Facebook: @alandoylemusic


Twitter: @MusiCounts / Instagram: @musicounts / Facebook: @MusiCounts

Centennial Hall

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About Alan Doyle

Alan Doyle, actor, producer, best-selling author, and best-known as lead singer for Newfoundland’s beloved Great Big Sea these past 20+ years hardly needs an introduction. With two solo albums under his belt, Doyle recently released his new album A Week at The Warehouse, produced by the legendary Bob Rock. Doyle has been touring the world with his ace six-piece band for the last five years. In late 2014, Doyle released his best-selling memoir Where I Belong, and followed it up in late 2017 with a second book A Newfoundlander in Canada.

Doyle hails from Petty Harbour, NL, and formed Great Big Sea in 1993 with Sean McCann, Bob Hallett, and Darrell Power, in which they fused traditional Newfoundland music with their own pop sensibilities. Their nine albums, double-disc hits retrospective, and two DVD releases have all been declared Gold or Platinum and have sold a combined 1.2 million copies in Canada. So Let’s Go continues to cement Alan Doyle’s reputation as one of our country’s most treasured musicians and storytellers, “I always want people to have the greatest night of their life when the house lights go down.”  


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

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 various programs and music education initiatives. Since 1997 MusiCounts has awarded over $11,000,000 in support of music education in Canada.


SOCAN is a rights management organization that connects more than four-million music creators worldwide and more than a quarter-million businesses and individuals in Canada. More than 150,000 songwriters, composers, music publishers and visual artists are its direct members, and more than 100,000 organizations are Licensed To Play music across Canada. With a concerted use of progressive technology and unique data as well as a commitment to lead the global transformation of rights management, with wholly-owned companies Audiam, Dataclef, MediaNet, RoyaltyGuru and SODRAC, SOCAN is dedicated to upholding the fundamental truths that music and visual arts have value and creators and publishers deserve fair compensation for their work. For more information:

About Canadian Music Publishers Association
The Canadian Music Publishers Association is a membership-based organization, founded in 1949, that ensures the views of music publishers in Canada are heard. It is our mission to create business opportunities for our members and to promote 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: 

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

Holly Wilks, rock-it promotions, [email protected], 416.656.0707 ext. 102