‘Juno’ What I Mean?
A look at all the events leading up to the big show
Bigoa Machar, Arts Editor
Oh boy, the city is in full on Juno fever with the ceremony just weeks away. If you’re like me and can’t wait to see who wins what on April 3, don’t worry, there’s a bunch of really cool stuff happening around the city leading up to the event. Here’s some of the few I recommend checking out.
Juno Tour of Canadian Art
When: Saturday, March 19, 2016
Where: Glenbow Museum
This event invites Juno award nominees and winners to select a piece of Canadian art that resonates with them and explain why it does so. Viewers are welcome to see where their favourite Canadian artists gain inspiration from in their everyday lives.
Juno Cup Jam
When: Thursday, March 31, 2016
Where: Flames Central
The Juno Cup Jam is a charity event which will feature a handful of big name Canadian artists collaborating and covering each other. Some of these performers include Brett Kissel, Paul Aucoin and Mike “Beard Guy” Taylor from Walk off the Earth. All proceeds from this event will go towards MusiCounts, Canada’s music education charity whose main focus is to make music lessons and activities available to all Canadian children, regardless of their socio-economic status.
When: Friday, April 1
Where: Max Bell Arena
While we’re at it celebrating Canada’s best music, let’s throw in a little bit of Canada’s favourite past time: Hockey! The Juno Cup is a celebrity fundraising hockey game in support of MusiCounts. The game will feature some of Canada’s best rockstars pitted against some sports legends, including former Calgary Flames player Curtis Glencross and former CFL running back and Olympic bobsledder Jesse Lumsden.
When: Friday, April 1-Saturday, April 2
Some of the best artists coming to the show will be tearing it up at some of Calgary’s biggest events once the weekend kicks off. Broken City, Commonwealth, Ranchman’s and Flames Central are all hosting different artists on both nights. To check out who’s playing where, visit www.junoawards.ca for a full list of performers.
When: Saturday, April 2
Where: Calgary Public Library, Central Library
If you’re looking for something a little more family friendly, then this is the event for you. All of the Juno nominees for the 2016 Children’s Album of the Year will be putting on a concert for young and old to all appreciate.
Juno Fan Fare
When: Saturday, April 2
Where: Chinook Centre
In what is shaping up to be one of the biggest events of the Juno weekend, the Juno Fan Fare is your opportunity to mix and mingle with some of the best musicians Canada has to offer. Hosted by eTalk reporter Liz Trinnear and Much Music’s Tyrone Edwards, the event will feature prize giveaways, autograph sessions and even live performances. Some of the artists that will be there include Alessia Cara, Dean Brody, Mariana’s Trench and Walk off the Earth. Tickets for this event are free on a first come first serve basis from www.junofanfare.com
All this, of course, leads up to the big show on Sunday, Apr. 3. The red carpet ceremony is set to start at 5 PM on CTV, with the award ceremony starting at around 7 PM.
These are some of the events that will be going down over the course of Juno weekend here in Calgary. For more information on the events and to buy tickets, visit www.junoawards.ca for more information and don’t forget to tune into the Juno Awards ceremony on Sunday, April 3.