Music News Monday: The 2014 JUNO Awards week begins today!

The 43rd JUNO Awards begin today in Winnipeg, making it the second time in more than a decade since Winnipeg is graced with the honour of hosting the JUNO Awards.

2014 JUNO Awards in Winnipeg!

The city is set to show off its best and brightest with a line-up of great events showcasing all-ages local talent including a music history lecture, elementary school choir performances, and fiddle/violin educational program performances.

Winnipeg is also proud to be the hometown for this year’s Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductees, Bachman-Turner Overdrive. Arguably BTO’s most successful hit, “Takin’ Care of Business” still stands as the workday anthem for the modern day.

Dubbed We Speak Music this year’s JUNO Awards week is planned with ‘entertainment’ at the forefront. The list of events is intimidating at first glance, yet the host committee put together a very hospitable list of basic comforts for any visitor to the city.

JUNO award-winning musicians Johnny Reid, Serena Ryder, and Classified are set to perform and co-host the television broadcast portion of the awards show. A complete list of award nominees can be found here.

Aside from co-hosting, Serena Ryder is nominated this year for a total of five awards including single of the year for “What I wouldn’t Do”.

Serena Ryder – “What I Wouldn’t Do”

This year’s awards will be held at the MTS Centre—home of the Winnipeg Jets—as it was in 2005 when Winnipeg last hosted the awards show.

Tickets are still available for the awards show March 30. Prices range from $39 to $189 and are available here.

Sustainability has recently been a priority for the JUNO Awards, as last year’s sustainability efforts were quantified into measurable values. For example, 1,262 trees were planted last year—one for every 2013 JUNO Awards t-shirt sold.
This year’s JUNO Awards are partnering with Bullfrog Power. As one of Canada’s leading alternative energy providers, Bullfrog Power helps to generate 100% low/no impact electricity.

Results of the sustainability efforts from the 2013 JUNO Awards can be seen here.
Sustainability efforts aside, the JUNO Awards have always been an initiative to sustain the Canadian music culture. The JUNO Awards are a combination of efforts from The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS), The Canadian Music Hall of Fame, and MusiCounts. All three organizations work tirelessly to educate, nurture, and empower Canadian youth through music, as well as recognize our national music success stories.
More information about the JUNO Awards is available on their website, and remember to follow the JUNO Award action on Twitter @TheJUNOAwards.
Plans are already underway for the 2015 JUNO Awards in Hamilton, Ontario.
Stay tuned to for more exciting JUNO discussion and photos as NMC hits the road to Winnipeg on Friday for JUNOFest and the awards ceremony. Be sure to follow NMC on Facebook and Twitter (@nmc_canada) to catch the action.

Leyland Bradley

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Leyland Bradley

Born in Halifax and raised in small town Alberta, Leyland is happily enjoying the big city life. When she's not writing for NMC, Leyland is either watching German movies or dreaming about running through forests.

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