Release: Hamilton set to host the 2015 JUNO Awards

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HAMILTON TO HOST THE 2015 JUNO AWARDS

CANADA’S MUSIC AWARDS WILL MARCH TO
THE BEAT OF STEELTOWN

HAMILTON, Ontario (January 9, 2014) — The JUNO Awards “road trip” is heading back to southern Ontario as The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) and broadcast partner CTV, announced today that Hamilton will host The 2015 JUNO Awards and JUNO Week celebrations, March 9-15. The 44th annual JUNO Awards will be broadcast on CTV from Copps Coliseum on Sunday, March 15, 2015.

JUNO Week 2015 will touch down on the province through the combined efforts of the Province of Ontario and the City of Hamilton. The JUNO Awards return to Hamilton after the success of THE 2001 JUNO Awards; previous stops to the city include 1995, 1996, 1997, and 1999.

“Bringing the JUNO Awards back to Hamilton offers the opportunity to further support and develop the city and province’s vibrant music scene,” said Melanie Berry, President & CEO, CARAS/The JUNO Awards. “We are very excited to return to the venue that was our first arena show and the first time fans had access to a live JUNO Awards experience.”

“Hamilton is renowned for having some of the best fans in the country,” said Phil King, President, CTV, Sports, and Entertainment Programming. “We look forward to spotlighting Hamilton and sharing the infectious spirit of its hometown crowd with viewers across the country.”

“Ontario continues to climb the international music charts, gaining recognition as a premier destination for performing and producing great artists and music experiences,” said The Honourable Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “We are proud to partner with the JUNO Awards to turn up the volume on Ontario’s incredible industry and creative communities like Hamilton in a celebration of the finest talents in Canadian music.”

Hamilton is located on Lake Ontario, and is home to major attractions including the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats, the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, the Royal Botanical Gardens and the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum. 2013 JUNO winners from Hamilton include Monster Truck, Steve Strongman, Elliott Brood and The City Harmonic.

The JUNO Awards history dates back to 1970 when the inaugural Gold Leaf Awards were held in Toronto as an industry awards event. In 1971, it became recognized as the JUNO Awards in honour of Pierre Juneau, the first chairman of the Canadian Radio-Television Commission (CRTC). Today, the JUNO Awards have evolved from a one-day awards event to a weeklong celebration featuring events that attract thousands of music fans from across the country and abroad.

From 2007 to 2013 the JUNO Awards have created a total economic impact of almost $78 million, including $14 million for The 2011 JUNO Awards in Toronto and $11 million for the 2012 JUNO Awards in Ottawa.

Sponsors of the 2015 JUNO Awards include FACTOR, Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters and The Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage’s “Canada Music Fund,” Radio Starmaker Fund, the Province of Ontario, the City of Hamilton and TD Bank Group.

Since CTV first partnered with CARAS in 2002, the JUNO Awards have travelled city to city across Canada starting in St. John’s, and followed by Ottawa (2003), Edmonton (2004), Winnipeg (2005), Halifax (2006), Saskatoon (2007), Calgary (2008), Vancouver (2009), St. John’s (2010), Toronto (2011), Ottawa (2012), Regina (2013) and this year in Winnipeg.

For more information on the 2014 JUNO Awards, go to http://www.junoawards.ca. The 2014 JUNO Awards Broadcast airs March 30 on CTV, from Winnipeg’s MTS Centre.

Sponsors of the 2014 JUNO Awards include FACTOR, Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters and The Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage’s “Canada Music Fund,” Radio Starmaker Fund, Province of Manitoba, the City of Winnipeg, Tourism Winnipeg, Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries and TD Bank Group.

Broadcast sponsors of The 2014 JUNO Awards are Dodge Dart, Garnier, TD and Virgin Mobile.

Web Links:
Official JUNO Awards website: http://www.junoawards.ca
CTV’s JUNO Awards website: http://www.ctv.ca/junos
CARAS website: http://www.carasonline.ca
CTV website: http://www.ctv.ca

About CARAS:
The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences/L’académie canadienne des arts et des sciences de l’enregistrement (CARAS) is a not-for-profit organization created to preserve and enhance the Canadian music industry and to contribute toward higher artistic and industry standards. The main focus of CARAS is the exploration and development of ongoing opportunities to showcase and promote Canadian artists and music through vehicles such as The JUNO Awards and other year-round initiatives. For more information on the 43rd Annual JUNO Awards or The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences’ (CARAS) website please visit http://www.junoawards.ca or http://www.carasonline.ca.

About CTV:
CTV is Canada’s #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada’s most-watched television network for the past 12 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network’s website at CTV.ca.

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For more information on CARAS and the 2014 JUNO Awards, contact:

Adrienne Kakoullis
416.628.5610
akakoullis@holmespr.com
http://www.holmespr.com

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