Saskatoon’s The Sheepdogs to headline event benefiting MusiCounts
TORONTO – The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) today announced that tickets for a highly anticipated JUNO Week event, JUNO Kick-Off Concert Presented by CBC Sports, are now on sale. JUNO Award winners and Saskatoon’s own, The Sheepdogs, will headline the event along with a night of classic Canadian covers and collaborations with your favourite JUNO artists and players from JUNO Cup. Proceeds from the event support MusiCounts, Canada’s music education charity associated with CARAS and the JUNO Awards.
This year’s lineup will also feature appearances from Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductee Jim Cuddy (Blue Rodeo) and members of JUNO-Award winning bands Billy Talent, Splash’N Boots, The Strumbellas, as well as Eagle & Hawk, Hollerado, and Saskatchewan’s own The Hunter Brothers. Additional participants to be announced in the coming months.
“Music programs in schools are something that is not only important to us as a band but something that helped make us the band we are. Ewan and I met in grade 7 as part of our school’s ‘Zone Band’ while both playing the clarinet, as well as the fundamentals we learned during this time, contributed to us evolving as musicians later in life,” said Ryan Gullen, The Sheepdogs. “MusiCounts is an amazing charity that does fantastic work and we are always happy to be aligned with the work that they do. We are very excited to be a part of this event and using our music to help bring money directly to improve school music programs in our hometown.”
WHEN: Thursday, March 12 | Doors 7 p.m. | Show 8 p.m. CT
WHERE: Coors Event Centre, 241 2 Ave South, S7K 1K8
The 49th annual JUNO Awards and JUNO Week 2020 will be hosted in Saskatoon, SK from March 9 through March 15, 2020, culminating in The JUNO Awards, on Sunday, March 15, at the SaskTel Centre, broadcast live on CBC, CBC Radio One, CBC Music, the free CBC Gem streaming service in Canada and globally at 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.
Lead Partners: Apple Music and TD Bank Group
Funding Partners: The Government of Saskatchewan, the City of Saskatoon, Tourism Saskatoon.
Promotional Partners: 92.9 The BULL, 93.3 The ROCK, 94.5 JACK FM, 96.3 Cruz FM, 98COOL, 800 CHAB, 900 CKBI, 1050 CJNB, 105 CJVR, Country 100, CBC Saskatoon, CJWW, ROCK 102, Saskatoon StarPhoenix and XFM
Official JUNO Awards website: www.junoawards.ca
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 icons through the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. For more information on the 49th Annual JUNO Awards or The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) please visit www.junoawards.ca
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, MusiCounts Inspired Minds Ambassador Award, Scholarships and other music education initiatives. MusiCounts is funded by many of Canada’s most dedicated individuals, events, and corporate citizens. Since 1997 MusiCounts has awarded over $13,000,000 in support of music education in Canada. These funds have benefitted over 1,200 schools and communities, supported over 400 post-secondary music program graduates, and honoured 14 extraordinary music teachers and four MusiCounts ambassadors.
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