The road to the JUNOs — so far

  • By Whitney South

By Whitney South, Best of London. 03.04.19

It was a busy week for announcements surrounding the upcoming JUNO Awards here in London — and as we prepare to welcome the nation for the biggest night in Canadian music, let’s take a look at some of the exciting things happening across the Forest City.

JUNO Fan Fare to take over London’s CF Masonville Place

Flocks of fans hoping to snap a selfie with some of their favourite JUNO nominated artists will get the once in a lifetime chance at this year’s JUNO Fan Fare Powered by Live Nation Canada and CBC Music at Centre Court, CF Masonville Place (1690 Richmond St.) on Saturday, March 16 at 12 p.m.

Hosted by CBC Music’s Odario Williams, the afternoon will feature meet and greets with a number of 2019 JUNO nominees, including Brett Kissel, KILLY, Loud Luxury, Johnny Orlando, Meghan Patrick, The Reklaws, Scott Helman and Tyler Shaw, along with sensational live performances.

Tickets are free and available for all ages through now — while they last — and are available on a first come, first served basis.

The JUNO Awards present JUNO Stories from the Studio

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) recently announced the return of Stories from the Studio, an event in support of MusiCounts, Canada’s music education charity associated with the JUNOS.

Music fans are invited to join renowned JUNO nominated and winning engineers and producers for a panel discussion on what exactly goes into the recording sessions that have resulted in some of Canada’s most iconic songs.

This year, Canadian recording artist and three-time JUNO Award nominee Emm Gryner will host the discussion alongside a talented roster of artists, including three-time JUNO Award nominee Ben Kaplan (Recording Engineer of the Year), two-time JUNO Award winner and 11-time JUNO Award nominee Eric Ratz (Jack Richardson Producer of the Year), two-time JUNO Award nominee Greg Wells (Jack Richardson Producer of the Year), JUNO Award winner and two-time nominee Jason Dufour (Recording Engineer of the Year), first-time nominee Mike Wise (Jack Richardson Producer of the Year), nominee Robbie Lackritz (Recording Engineer of the Year), JUNO Award winner and three-time nominee Shawn Everett (Recording Engineer of the Year), first-time nominee Steve Bays (Recording Engineer of the Year), first-time nominee Thomas D’Arcy (Jack Richardson Producer of the Year) and guest panelist, CEO of Sandbox Studios Rookz.

Talk about an awesome line-up.

“Canada is home to so many gifted sound engineers and producers and JUNO Stories from the Studio allows us to get a glimpse of the production and creation process behind our favourite songs,” said Allan Reid, President & CEO, CARAS/The JUNO Awards and MusiCounts. “If you’re a music student, enthusiastic, aspiring engineer or producer, or music industry professional – we encourage you to come and check out this one-of-a-kind event.”

JUNO Stories from the Studio will take place on Saturday, March 16 at Fanshawe College - School of Tourism, Hospitality, and Culinary Arts, 130 Dundas Street. Doors open at 12 p.m. and the panel will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets are on sale now for $15 (including fees) and can be purchased via TicketWeb or 1-888-222-6608.

Proceeds from the event support MusiCounts, the music education charity associated with the JUNO Awards. JUNO Stories from the Studio supports the Women In The Studio program created by the Canadian Music Publishers Association.

JUNOfest presented by CBC Music two-night Full line-up announced

Two nights, 100 artists, 17 venues, one wristband — JUNOfest is ready to hit the Forest City in a big way.

Featuring everyone from local London artists to 2019 JUNO Award nominees to some of Canada’s top touring talent, a veritable musical feast for the senses will take over locales from Aeolian Hall to Fitzrays, Norma Jean’s to Rum Runners and more on Friday, March 15 and Saturday, March 16.

And that’s not all.

Ivory Hours, Hiroshima Hearts, Jim Cuddy, Lost in Japan, Nice Horse, Sumo Cyco, The Trews — frankly, there’s just too many to list here.

That said, for a complete list of artists and venues or to purchase wristbands, please visit

Diverse line-up of performers confirmed to take the stage at JUNO Songwriters’ Circle

It’s said to be the jewel of JUNO Week — the Songwriters’ Circle is an intimate showcase, giving fans the exclusive opportunity to hear the stories behind their favourite songs in a live, acoustic setting.

 Six-time JUNO Award winner and recipient of the 2019 Humanitarian Award Presented by Music Canada David Foster, two-time JUNO Award winner Dan Mangan (Adult Alternative Album of the Year), Elisapie (Indigenous Music Album of the Year Presented by APTN), Laila Biali (Vocal Jazz Album of the Year), Meghan Patrick (Breakthrough Artist of the Year Sponsored by FACTOR, The Government of Canada and Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters; Country Album of the Year) and Tyler Shaw (Pop Album of the Year), will all perform for music enthusiasts on Sunday, March 17 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Centennial Hall (550 Wellington St.).

In addition, Tom Power, host of q on CBC Radio One, will act as co-host alongside the previously announced Alan Doyle as they join the artists for an intimate show, providing fans with the rare experience of hearing the stories behind the song directly from their favourite artists.

 “The work of a songwriter is the work of the heart and the soul,” said Eric Baptiste, CEO of SOCAN, the largest organization in Canada’s music ecosystem. “It also takes time, diligence and a lifetime of learning and striving to perfect their artistic craft. By collecting, identifying and distributing their hard-earned royalties, SOCAN helps music creators to keep creating, and it is an honour to present the JUNO Songwriters’ Circle, celebrating some of Canada’s greatest and most passionate creative talent.”

Proceeds from JUNO Songwriters’ Circle will benefit MusiCounts - Canada’s music education charity associated with CARAS and the JUNO Awards.

Tickets for JUNO Songwriters’ Circle are on sale now through or by phone at 1-888-999-8980 or at the Centennial Hall Box Office, starting at $49.50 - $69.50 (including taxes plus service fees).

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