What to look forward to at this weekend’s Juno Awards in Edmonton


A few of Canada’s most sensible track abilities are headed to the Juno Awards in Edmonton this weekend.

The yearly party of homegrown track takes position over two nights in Alberta’s capital, with pop singer the Weeknd main the nominees with six, although he’s now not anticipated to wait.

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Many of the trophies will likely be passed out Saturday at a gala dinner for the track business. The primary display airs Monday on tv — a shift from the Junos’ standard Sunday night time slot with a purpose to keep away from overlapping with the Oscars.

Kim’s Comfort megastar Simu Liu returns as host of the Junos broadcast, the place a handful of marquee awards will likely be passed out, along performances from Jessie Reyez, Tenille Townes and a fiftieth anniversary tribute to Canadian hip-hop.

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Listed below are 5 different issues to look forward to on Junos weekend:


Amongst his six nominations, Toronto hitmaker the Weeknd is up for album of the 12 months for Daybreak FM, unmarried of the 12 months for “Sacrifice” and artist of the 12 months.

However he’s most effective one of the acquainted artists in most sensible rivalry. Calgary newcomer Tate McRae and Napanee, Ont., pop princess Avril Lavigne are tied with 5 nods every.

They’re going to compete towards every different in 4 of the ones classes — unmarried, album, pop album and fan selection.

Click to play video: 'Course on Drake and The Weeknd offered at Ryerson University'

Route on Drake and The Weeknd introduced at Ryerson College


Threes, threes, threes around the board! Infrequently do the connections align in the best way they’ve for 3 Juno contenders this 12 months.

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Emerging Montreal manufacturers Banx and Ranx cling 3 nominations, one among which they proportion with collaborator Preston Pablo on “Vegetation Want Rain,” up for unmarried of the 12 months.

Pablo is a three-time nominee himself, as is Montreal pop newcomer Reve who earned the accolades partly for her paintings with Banx and Ranx within the studio.

All 3 of them will attach after they carry out a medley in combination at the broadcast.

Click to play video: 'Canadian duo Banx and Ranx on their hit ‘Headphones’'

Canadian duo Banx and Ranx on their hit ‘Headphones’


An eclectic number of different artists is booked to play Monday’s giant display, together with Oji-Cree singer-songwriter Aysanabee, onerous rockers Alexisonfire, Punjabi-Canadian viral rapper AP Dhillon and Nashville-based nation singer Tenille Townes.

However even with a stacked lineup, one query lingers: will host Simu Liu sing once more? Ultimate 12 months, the Surprise megastar slipped on a guitar for a parody rendition of Lavigne’s hit “Sophisticated.”

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Juno organizers received’t say if audience can be expecting an encore.

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Nickelback will remind us in their mythical standing when the rockers are inducted into the Canadian Song Corridor of Popularity by means of Ryan Reynolds.

The actor will seem on Monday’s broadcast in a pre-recorded video message to the band whilst Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid provides an lend a hand in particular person.

The Hanna, Alta., natives will then release into an explosive medley in their largest hits.

On Saturday, Chad Kroeger and his pals may just stroll away winners too as they cling their thirty eighth occupation nomination for Get Rollin’ within the rock album of the 12 months class.

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Saturday night time may be the place one of the most friendliest of imaginable Juno showdowns will happen. Cree musician Joel Wooden competes towards his personal Alberta Indigenous making a song crew Northern Cree within the conventional Indigenous artist or crew of the 12 months class.

Wooden is nominated for his album Mikwanak Kamosakinat, whilst Northern Cree is within the operating for Oskimacitahowin: A New Starting.

Joel’s father Steve Wooden, some other member in Northern Cree, instructed The Canadian Press it’s “completely superb” to peer each albums vie for a win in the similar class.

&reproduction 2023 The Canadian Press



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