Media Release


Dec 08, 2015

Purchase your limited release holiday tickets, join our volunteer force or apply for a micro-grant to showcase our city’s musical talent

Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015 – Today at Calgary’s infamous Palomino Club, The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) and the Calgary Host Committee announced a limited release of specially priced holiday tickets for The 2016 JUNO Awards taking place at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Sunday, April 3, 2016. Our city will also host JUNO Week – a celebration of Canada’s best musical talent – from March 28 to April 3.

“The unparalleled enthusiasm and famous hospitality of Calgarians make our city the ultimate host for Canada’s Music Awards,” said Mayor Naheed Nenshi. “Calgary’s depth of musical talent and passionate fans are exactly what makes Canadian music great, and we’re excited for what’s in store as we celebrate the 45th annual JUNO Awards and the Year of Music.”

One of the key criteria for being selected to host the JUNO Awards was a commitment to giving all Calgarians opportunities to get involved, and today the JUNO Host Committee is thrilled to share three ways to be part this extraordinary music and cultural event:

»    Volunteer! A diverse group of dedicated, enthusiastic community volunteers has already been working hard to organize and promote the event, but we’re going to need a lot more. Opportunities abound for volunteering in everything from box office and merchandise sales to helping out as stagehands and seat fillers. For full details about JUNO Awards and JUNO Week volunteer opportunities and how to apply, visit

»    Apply for a micro-grant to implement your innovative and collaborative ideas for how to share music with all corners of Calgary. The JUNO Host Committee is launching a Micro-Grant campaign to support collaboration, diversity and access to local music by seeding numerous small and unique musical events in Calgary. The Micro-Grant concept challenges applicants to imagine events that showcase the talent, inventiveness and passion of the local music community. Calgary musicians, venue operators, community organizations and music promoters are encouraged to submit proposals in December and January for events that will occur in February and March. Micro-Grants ranging from $500 to $5,000 will be available to the successful applicants – residents of Calgary or the immediate vicinity with the skills to imagine, create and pull off unique, exciting music events in a tight timeframe. See for details.

»    JUNO Awards and JUNO Week events – a great way to demonstrate your support for our country’s musical talent (and, perhaps, a terrific way to wow that special someone on your Christmas gift list)! Just in time for the holidays, a limited amount of tickets to The 2016 JUNO Awards will be released this Friday, December 11 at 10:00 a.m. MST. These specially priced tickets start at $34, and are available through the Scotiabank Saddledome Box Office, by phone at 1-855-985-5000, and online at

“For Calgarians who love to volunteer or who love music, we aim to give them a first class volunteer experience”, noted, Marco De Iaco, 2016 Host Committee Chair. “Our volunteer positions cover everything from: ticket takers, ushers, office assistants, photographers, drivers, to seat-fillers, PR assistants, and production crew assistants, he added. “All details are on our new website”.

“This year’s JUNO Awards will be one to remember,” said Allan Reid, President & CEO, CARAS/The JUNO Awards & MusiCounts. “Our volunteers play a major role in our success, and we are calling on all Calgarians to join the excitement and apply now for the opportunity to get an insider’s view of the celebration of JUNO Week 2016!”


For more information call:

Susan Veres
Volunteer Chair, Marketing and Communications Committee
2016 JUNO Host Committee


Cassandra McAuley
Volunteer and Director, Corporate Communications & Strategy
Tourism Calgary


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