It’s Juno Week in Winnipeg.
Canada’s national music awards are set to be handed out in River City at two events over two evenings.
On Sat., March 29, most of the awards will be handed out at a gala dinner show at the RBC Convention Centre, while the last six trophies will be handed out during the 2014 Juno Awards broadcast at MTS Centre on Sun., March 30 — a show to be hosted by Serena Ryder, Classified and Johnny Reid which will feature performances by the hosts, Tegan and Sara, Matt Mays OneRepublic, The Sheepdogs and Walk Off the Earth, among others.
Apart from the awards, the Junos bring with them a host of other happenings, including an exhibition hockey game, fan events, a songwriters’ circle, an art exhibit and more.
Fans of live music will be galvanized by JunoFest, a series of live shows on the evenings of March 28 and 29 at several local venues, including:
The Burton Cummings Theatre, 364 Smith St.; Centennial Concert Hall, 555 Main St.; Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, 515 Portage Ave.; Exchange Event Centre, 291 Bannatyne Ave; the Folk Exchange, 2013-211 Bannatyne Ave; Le Garage, 166 Provencher Blvd.; Ozzy’s and The Zoo, 160 Osborne St.; Shannon’s Irish Pub, 175 Carlton St.; The Cavern, 112 Osborne St.; the Metropolitan Entertainment Centre (aka Manitoba House), 281 Donald St.; the Park Theatre, 698 Osborne St.; the Pyramid Cabaret, 176 Fort St.; the Windsor Hotel, 187 Garry St.; Times Change(d) High & Lonesome Club, 234 Main St; Union Sound Hall, 110 Market Ave.; the West End Cultural Centre, 586 Ellice Ave.; Whiskey Dix, 436 Main St.
For full details of everything Junos-related, be sure to visit: junoawards.ca
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The Manitoba acts whose work is nominated at this year’s Junos are:
Best aboriginal album
Desiree Dorion — Small Town Stories
Best alternative album
Royal Canoe — Today We’re Believers
Best classical album: vocal or choral performance
Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Isabel Bayrakdarian & Anne Manson — Ravel, Sayat-Nova & Kradjian: Troubadour & the Nightingale
Best children’s album
Marie-Claude — Mon coffret à surprises
Best instrumental album
Mahogany Frog — SENNA
Best metal/hard music album
KEN Mode — Entrench
Best roots & traditional album: group
Little Miss Higgins and the Winnipeg Five — Bison Ranch Recording Sessions
Best vocal jazz album
Erin Propp & Larry Roy — Courage, My Love
Best classical album: large ensemble or soloist(s) with large ensemble accompaniment
James Ehnes — Britten & Shostakovich: Violin Concerti
Best classical album: solo or chamber ensemble
James Ehnes — Prokofiev Complete Works for Violin
Best contemporary jazz album
Earl MacDonald — Mirror of the Mind
A Winnipegger is also part of Serena Ryder’s best songwriter nomination, as the tune When You Know, from Learning to Lose Control, by Matt Epp and the Amorian Assembly, was co-written by Ryder and Epp and is one of the three songs mentioned in her nomination for the award.
Best of luck to all!