After almost 20 years, Edmonton will once again host Canada’s Juno Awards

After nearly two decades, the Juno Awards will return to Edmonton in 2023, the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences announced Tuesday.

The 52nd Juno Awards, Canada’s biggest celebration of music across genres, will take place at Rogers Place on March 12, 2023, with a week of festivities beginning March 6.

The academy has been trying to bring the Junos back to the Alberta capital for some time, said academy president Allan Reid.

“We’ve been working on it for almost six years,” he told CBC. Edmonton AM tuesday.

“We have made plans with the local organizing committee to bring the Junos back to Edmonton, and we are absolutely thrilled.”

The city last hosted the event in 2004, hosted by singer Alanis Morissette. This year’s big winners were Sam Roberts (Artist of the Year), Nickelback (Band of the Year and Fans’ Choice Award), Billy Talent (New Band of the Year) and Michael Bublé (New Artist of the Year). ‘year).

He said they chose Edmonton because of its diverse music scene, noting that the Edmonton Folk Music Festival is “one of the best music festivals I’ve ever been to across the country.”

With events like the Juno Songwriters Circle and Juno Fest, local artists will have the chance to perform in front of established musicians who travel to Edmonton for the ceremony. “We kind of go in and take over all the music venues in town,” Reid said.

The economic impact for the host city is usually between $10 million and $12 million, he said. “So that also has a definite financial benefit.”

Tickets for all public events held around the city for the awards show will be announced this fall.

The 2022 Juno Awards, taking place May 15 in Toronto, are hosted by Marvel’s star Simu Liu Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and formerly of Kim’s convenience.

Among the Edmontonians nominated for this year’s awards are Shawnee Kish, Maria Dunn, Jens Lindemann and Brett Kissel.

This year’s show marks its first return to an in-person event following the COVID-19 pandemic. Reid said Junos 2020, which would have marked the 50th anniversary of the event in Saskatoon, was among the first major events in Canada to be held online.

The 2022 show is also the first time it will be held outdoors. Reid said they made the decision that they could safely hold a large-scale event.