Ottawa’s throwing a party – Canada’s bringing the music

Ottawa – The 2017 JUNO Host Committee and the Ottawa 2017 Bureau are thrilled to welcome the 2017 JUNO Awards to the nation’s capital during the year-long celebrations of Canada’s 150th birthday.

The Host Committee, comprised of representatives of the capital’s private and public sectors, is adding to the buzz and offering activities that showcase Ottawa and its musical talent.


Lighting of the Ottawa 2017 Cauldron (free)

Wednesday, March 29, 5:15 pm

Festival Plaza, City Hall

Join distinguished guests as we reignite the Ottawa 2017 cauldron in honour of JUNO Week.

Presented in collaboration with Enbridge Gas Distribution.


Country in the Capital ($)

Wednesday, March 29, 9:30 pm – 12 am

House of TARG, 1077 Bank Street

A night of music and entertainment featuring emerging country music talent from in and around the Ottawa area. The event seeks to highlight up and coming local talent, and offer them a stage to showcase to industry and fans alike. Presented in collaboration with Ribbon & Shell Entertainment Group. Tickets available at the door.

Presented as part of the Ottawa Music Micro-Grant program, in collaboration with the Ottawa Music Industry Coalition (OMIC).


Ottawa Music Summit ($)

Thursday, March 30, 9 am – 5 pm

Canada Council for the Arts, 150 Elgin Street

The first-ever OTTAWA MUSIC SUMMIT AT THE JUNOs provides a premiere professional and network development experience for local and visiting artists and industry. Twelve music industry delegates from outside of Canada will participate in an all-day music conference, focusing on the topics of Selling Music to Film & TV, and Developing Export Music Markets. Tickets available via Eventbrite.

Presented in collaboration with FACTOR, the Government of Canada, the Ottawa Music Industry Coalition (OMIC), Music Canada Live and MEGAPHONO.


JUNO No Boundaries (free) 

Thursday, March 30, 5 pm – 7 pm

150 Elgin Street

Bucko (Chris Binkowski) will DJ JUNO nominated music in indoor public spaces. He will perform this DJ Set and will be joined by surprise artists for the closing reception at the Ottawa Music Summit at the JUNOs. An iPhone is his instrument. It runs a portable sound and light system mounted to Bucko’s power wheelchair. Witness no boundaries to creativity and connection!

Presented as part of the Ottawa Music Micro-Grant program, in collaboration with the Ottawa Music Industry Coalition (OMIC).


Music in the Air-Waves (free)

Thursday, March 30, 4 pm – 9 pm and Friday, March 31, 10 am – 9 pm

Ottawa International Airport, 1000 Airport Parkway Private

The 2017 JUNO Host Committee will be featuring local school bands at the airport arrivals to highlight some of Ottawa’s brightest rising stars.

Presented in collaboration with the Ottawa International Airport.


India’s Influence on Modern Day Rock N’ Roll ($)

Thursday, March 30, 8 pm – 11 pm

Amberwood Lounge & Eatery, 54 Springbrook Drive

Learn about the music and dance of India that inspired a generation of musicians while enjoying live entertainment from Stittsville’s own Anjali Patil and Aroha FineArts. Presented in collaboration with Aaroha Fine Arts. Tickets available at the door.

Presented as part of the Ottawa Music Micro-Grant program, in collaboration with the Ottawa Music Industry Coalition (OMIC).


Music City Panel (free)

Friday, March 31, 10 am – 1 pm

The Innovation Centre at Bayview Yards, 7 Bayview Road

This panel will focus on how to best develop a local “music economy”, highlighting the industry’s ability to significantly impact the economic, social and cultural vibrancy of a city. The panel of experts will delve into how strong, healthy music strategies can contribute to city-building, helping to attract and retain talent across industries, increase tourism and contribute to the quality of life of the people who live, visit and come to work in the nation’s capital. 

Moderated by CBC Radio’s Giacomo Panico featuring: Amy Terrill, Executive Vice President of Music Canada, Emmanuelle Hébert (Conseillère aux industries culturelles et créatives, Service de la culture, Ville de Montréal), Kelly Symes (General Manager, Ontario Festival of Small Halls), Kathleen Edwards (artist/entrepreneur, Quitters Coffee) and Shelley Fraser (Director, Communications & Marketing, Lixar IT).

Presented in collaboration with RE:SOUND, Counsellor Jeff Leiper and Canada Music Live.


Bridging Sound Worlds (free)

Friday, March 31, 11 am – 5 pm

Under the Plaza Bridge

Thelectric Breeze creates instant sound compositions, combining their love of innovative soundscapes and passion for pushing the boundaries of music. They hope to bridge many of the musical worlds that exist in Ottawa. Can you feel the Breeze? Presented in collaboration with Thelectric Breeze. 

Presented as part of the Ottawa Music Micro-Grant program, in collaboration with the Ottawa Music Industry Coalition (OMIC).



Welcome Reception for the JUNO Express, powered by VIA Rail Canada (free)

Friday, March 31, 1:50 pm to 3:00 pm

Ottawa Train Station – 200 Tremblay Road

The 2017 JUNO Host Committee will roll-out the red carpet for nominees and music industry leads as they arrive in the Capital for JUNO Week aboard the JUNO Express.

Presented in collaboration with the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) and VIA Rail Canada.



Les vitrines francophones du JUNOfest ($) 

Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1, 10 pm to 1 am
On March 31 and April 1, JUNOfest lands in Ottawa. This festival features over 100 artists performing at 15 different venues in the city.

Scheduled performers include 35 artists nominated for JUNO Awards.  It is also your chance to discover Francophone artists like Mélissa Ouimet, Damien Robitaille, Joëlle St-Pierre, Mehdi Cayenne, DJ UnPier, Menoncle Jason, Berhnari, Jason Bajada, MoonFruits, Joey Robin Haché, Céleste Lévis, Yao and La Bronze, among others. Information and tickets:

The Francophone Showcases at JUNOfest in Ottawa are presented in collaboration with the Mouvement d’implication francophone d’Orléans (MIFO), Musicaction, l’ADISQ, AOE Arts Council, the Council of Heritage Organizations in Ottawa and the Ottawa Arts Council.



Indigenous Honouring Ceremony (private event)

Saturday, April 1, 10 am to noon

Join special guests as we honour Indigenous artists nominated for 2017 JUNO Awards. Celebrations will include performances that showcase traditional Indigenous dancing, singing and drumming.

Presented in collaboration with Algonquins of Pikwàkanagàn First Nation and the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health.



Discussion Forum: How to Develop the Quebec Market (free)

Saturday, April 1, 1 pm – 3 pm

Cornerstone Bar & Grill, 92 Clarence

Breaking into a new market always requires a customized approach. The Quebec market is no exception. What are the keys to success? Who do you absolutely need to know and where do you absolutely need to perform? Sometimes, even the smallest piece of information on the local scene can make all the difference. This panel will bring together Quebec-based concert producers and entertainment agents to discuss best practices for breaking into this market.

Moderator André Guérette, Entertainment Agent with United Talent Agency, will be joined by the following panellists: Natalie Bernadin, Director General, Association des professionnels de la chanson et de la musique de l’Ontario (APCM), Louis Carrière, President, Entertainment agent, Preste, Steve Jolin, President, 7ième Ciel Records, 117 records, and Éric Tremblay, Promotion and Development, Audiogram.

Presented in collaboration with l’ADISQ.


JUNO Week in Ottawa will take place March 27 to April 2, 2017 at venues across the National Capital Region. JUNO Week and the 2017 JUNO Awards are an Ottawa 2017 Signature Event. For more information, visit

The 46th annual JUNO Awards Broadcast will take place at the Canadian Tire Centre on Sunday, April 2, 2017. Tickets are on sale now.

The 2017 JUNO Host Committee would like thank its sponsors: the Government of Ontario and Ontario Media Development Corporation, Ottawa Tourism, Bell, Gowling WLG, Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, McMillan and many more valuable partners and volunteers.

For more information about the JUNO Awards, visit:

Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations will offer Canadians and visitors from around the world an exceptional and memorable year of high-calibre experiences while bringing a record number of visitors to Ottawa in 2017 to celebrate this important milestone for our country.

Stay informed on plans for Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations in the capital. Visit, follow us on Twitter @2017ottawa (#Ottawa2017) and on Facebook.

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Media information:

Ottawa 2017

Denise LeBlanc – Manager, Media Relations

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