Michael Bublé to host 2018 Juno Awards in Vancouver

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      Burnaby-born singer and international star Michael Bublé will be hosting the 2018 Juno Awards.

      The 12-time Juno Award winner and beloved Christmas music crooner will take the stage on March 25 at Rogers Arena (800 Griffiths Way).

      “I’m so grateful for the opportunity to host such an iconic night in Canadian music,” said Bublé in a press statement. “To be able to host the Juno Awards in my hometown is both an honour and a privilege.”

      Michael Bublé making a speech at a Juno media event today (November 21).
      Tammy Kwan

      The Canadian singer was slated to host the music awards show last year before his son was diagnosed with cancer, but is now on the road to recovery.

      At a press conference this morning, the 2018 Juno Host Committee and the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) made several announcements about the 47th annual Junos taking place in Vancouver.

      Juno Week (March 19 to March 25, 2018) will consist of many initiatives and entertaining activities, including the Let’s Hear It Celebration Site (a free festival site feature local music and culture); U-19 Songwriters’ Circle (an evening event for those under 19 years of age); Music Cities Summit (a one-day roundtable session featuring guest speakers discussing the importance of music); B.C. Artist Showcase (a series of pop-up performances in unique venues from January to March), and many others.

      The last time the Juno Awards was hosted in Vancouver was back in 2009.
      Tammy Kwan

      “We are so proud that Vancouver has been chosen to host the Juno Awards for the fourth time, and the local committee is committed to the delivery of Juno activities that will support the amplification of British Columbia’s vibrant and diverse music scene,” said 2018 host committee co-chair Catherine Runnals, in a press statement.

      CARAS also announced that TD Bank Group will be contributing $1.875 million over the next three years to MusiCounts—a music education charity associated with CARAS and the Juno Awards that provides musical instruments to underserved children.

      Several notable members of the community were also present at the Junos event this morning, including Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, Allan Reid (president and CEO of CARAS, the Juno Awards, and MusiCounts), as well as Michael Bublé himself.

      Mayor Gregor Robertson and Allan Reid, president and CEO of CARAS, the Juno Awards, and MusiCounts.
      Tammy Kwan

      “We are really excited to have the Junos back,” said Mayor Robertson. “The present and future of music in Vancouver is strong and only getting stronger.”

      Tickets (starting at $59 plus taxes and fees) for the 2018 Juno Awards go on sale this Friday (November 24) at 10 a.m., and are available online.

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