Ottawa set to host spectacular JUNO Awards in 2017

JUNO Announcement

Ottawa – The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) has selected Ottawa as the host city for the 2017 JUNO Awards. The JUNO Awards Broadcast will take place at the Canadian Tire Centre on Sunday, April 2, 2017, following a week of musical celebrations in venues across the National Capital Region.

Mayor Jim Watson, Co-Chair of the Ottawa 2017 Board of Directors, made the announcement at Mercury Lounge in the Byward Market, before the invited guests were treated to a surprise performance by local artist Rise Ashen and Toronto-based Ammoye. Both artists have previously been nominated for JUNO Awards and have recently collaborated on a new full length album, entitled Haffi Win.

Mayor Watson’s announcement included a challenge for the local arts and music community to begin planning an unprecedented week of music in the Capital. “For JUNO Week 2017, we want to fill every venue. We also want workshops, clinics and classroom programming,” he said. “This is your chance to inspire the next generation of Canadian artists and contribute to the legacy of Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations.”

Allan Reid, President & CEO, CARAS/The JUNO Awards & MusiCounts cited Canada’s sesquicentennial and the enthusiastic support of the Province of Ontario and City of Ottawa as the key reasons for bringing the ceremony to Ottawa. “The Capital’s devoted music fans are passionate supporters of both their local and the national music scene, making Ottawa the perfect home for the JUNO Awards in 2017,” he said.

“From kitchen parties to concert halls, music gives a voice to our culture and inspires our celebrations,” said Guy Laflamme, Executive Director of the Ottawa 2017 Bureau. “This is why we are so excited to include the JUNO Awards as one of the many high caliber events Ottawa will offer Canadians during our year-long celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday.”

Speaking on behalf of the Province, Minister Bob Chiarelli (MPP, Ottawa West–Nepean) noted that “the Government of Ontario is committed to supporting arts and cultural events across the province that draw tourists, boost local economies and create jobs. We’re proud to work with partners like Ottawa 2017 and CARAS to create meaningful celebrations all Canadians can come to enjoy.”

JUNO Week in Ottawa will take place March 27 to April 2, 2017 at venues across the National Capital Region.