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JUNO Awards to Return to Toronto for 50th Anniversary Celebrations in 2021

The JUNO Awards will be returning to Toronto for its 50th anniversary, the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) has announced. The 2021 JUNO Awards and JUNO Week will take place March 22-28, 2021 culminating in The 50th Annual JUNO Awards Broadcast at the Scotiabank Arena on Sunday, March 28, 2021, to be aired live on CBC.

“50 years ago Walt Grealis and Stan Klees created the JUNO Awards right here in Toronto and it’s an honour to bring Canada’s biggest night in music back home to where it all started,” says Allan Reid, President & CEO, CARAS / The JUNO Awards and MusiCounts. “This country continues to produce some of the most vibrant artists in the world and we invite you to join us in what will be the greatest national celebration of Canadian music ever.”

JUNO Week 2021 returns to Toronto after a decade, with the support of the Province of Ontario and the City of Toronto. This will be the 26th time that Toronto has hosted Canada’s biggest celebration of music, which remained in Toronto for its first 20 years – starting out in 1970 at St. Lawrence Hall, a historic venue that held an intimate 250 people. Since then, the awards show has grown to fill venues of over 15,000 seats and traveled from coast-to-coast, from St. John’s, NL, to Vancouver, BC, honouring the best in Canadian musical talent.

“Toronto is proud to host The JUNO Awards for their 50th anniversary,” adds Toronto Mayor John Tory. “As the biggest event in Canadian music, this is a great opportunity for Toronto to welcome The JUNO Awards back home to where it all began 50 years ago and highlight the city’s truly diverse yet quintessentially Canadian spirit. We look forward to hosting the best of Canadian music in 2021!”

According to CARAS, since the JUNO Awards began being held in a different location each year since 2002, each host city has seen an average of over $10 million in economic impact of the awards broadcast, JUNO Week, and surrounding events.

The origins of the JUNO Awards date back to 1970. In that year, Walt Grealis and Stan Klees, publishers of the weekly trade publication, RPM, organized the Gold Leaf Awards, held at the St. Lawrence Hall in Toronto. A year later, the name of the award was changed to honour Pierre Juneau, the first head of the CRTC and responsible for the implementation of the Canadian Content Regulations in 1971.

The 50th annual JUNO Awards and JUNO Week 2021 will be hosted in Toronto, ON from March 22 through 28 with the finale event, The JUNO Awards Broadcast, on March 28 at Scotiabank Arena. The broadcast will be aired live on CBC, CBC Radio One, CBC Music, the free CBC Gem streaming service in Canada and globally at www.cbcmusic.ca/junos.

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Michael Raine is the Senior Editor at Canadian Musician. He is also a co-host of the popular Canadian Musician Radio weekly podcast.