Vancouver running with the ball at 2018 Juno Awards

Juno Awards 2018

When: March 25, 5 p.m.

Where: Rogers Arena

Tickets and info: From $59 at

Nine years ago, Vancouver hosted the Juno Awards. If you don’t remember it, you’re not alone. A straw poll of people on the street about the 2009 event had a near 90 per cent response of “was that here?”

Even Mayor Gregor Robertson is on record stating that “in 2009, we kind of dropped the ball.”

Nickelback played. Russell Peters hosted. Lights won New Artist of the Year. There was a certain sporting event just over the horizon that assumed priority over everything else at the time.

No, not the second edition of the Vancouver hockey riots, the Rugby Sevens or the awesome Vans Park Series. The 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympics owned the podium, period.

That won’t be the case for the 2018 Juno Awards.

This one is so jam-packed, you should register at and start getting your calendar of events sorted out.

“We really wanted to take that negative vibe about 2009 to task and put together something that really strikes a balance between the glitz and glamour of the Junos and also arts out West,” says Rob Calder, programming lead for the host committee. “You need everybody on point and, this time, everyone from the city to the province and right down to the industry is coming together to reach the quite ambitious mandate that we all came into this with.”

Rob Calder, programming lead for the Juno Host Committee. (Photo: PNG files)

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Rob Calder, programming lead for the Juno Host Committee. (Photo: PNG files)

What is that mandate? You could break it down into a multi-tiered plan to provide the proper showcases for both the vibrant national and B.C. music scenes. In a city known worldwide not for its art, but rather its outrageous real-estate costs, staggering opioid crisis and environmental frontlines, the 2018 Junos are aiming to position the music industry in the news.

Named after Pierre Juneau, former CBC president and first chairman of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), the whole purpose of the Junos being established in 1970 was to honour the Canadian music industry’s achievements. The touring roadshow has been fulfilling that mandate, in varying degrees, for nearly

Source:: Vancouver Sun – Entertainment


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