Big Names Coming to JUNO Awards

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Some of Manitoba's biggest musical stars will be shining at the 2005 JUNO Awards in April. Big names like Neil Young and Burton Cummings will be participating in the 34th annual celebrations along with other major Canadian talent.

Cummings, known for his solo work and his incredible music with the Guess Who, has been approached to host the popular JUNO Weekend event, the Songwriters Circle on April 3 at the theatre recently renamed after him.

Young, whose musical career got its start in Winnipeg in the 1960s, has confirmed that he will be on hand for the JUNO Awards gala on April 3.

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) confirmed on January 20 that Saskatchewan comedian Brent Butt and the cast CBC's Corner Gas will host the gala at the MTS Centre, contrary to rumours that former Winnipegger Nia Vardalos - of My Big Fat Greek Wedding fame - would host. Former Winnipegger Chantal Kreviazuk had also publicly expressed interest in hosting the awards show in her home town. Vardalos is rumoured to be a potential presenter at the ceremony.

The Tragically Hip have confirmed that they will be at the JUNO Awards to be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame at the ceremony.

The nationally-televised 34th annual JUNO Awards will be held at the brand new MTS Centre on April 3, 2005. The weekend will feature a number of events, including the two-night JunoFest, the Juno Fan Fare autograph session, Songwriter's Circle, the Juno Cup celebrity hockey game, and the Aboriginal music celebration of Juno Jam. Tickets will go on sale February 12 through Ticketmaster.

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