The 2009 JUNO Awards to be Broadcast at Vancouverís General Motors Place

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The stage is set for Canada’s biggest musical event!
The 38th Annual JUNO Awards will take place in Vancouver, British Columbia in just seven short months. The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS), along with broadcast partner CTV, today announced that Vancouver’s General Motors Place, home of the Vancouver Canucks as well as a major concert venue and Olympic venue, will be the setting for the CTV broadcast of Canada’s premier music awards show. Broadcast in High-Definition and 5.1 Surround Sound, The 2009 JUNO Awards air Sunday, March 29, 2009 on CTV.

“General Motors Place is one of the most spectacular and accessible venues in Vancouver, right in the heart of the city’s cultural and entertainment district,” said Melanie Berry, CARAS President. “We’re thrilled to bring the JUNO Awards experience - complete with the excitement of Juno Weekend Events, celebrations and fanfare - to a world-renowned city and exceptional venue.”

“Just under one year before this venue hosts the Gold Medal hockey match at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, General Motors Place comes alive with the celebration of our other favourite national pastime, great music,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc.

Juno Awards Weekend, March 26-29, packs four days of local concerts, showcases, and popular fan events including Juno Cup, Juno Fan Fare, JunoFest and Songwriters’ Circle alongside MusiCan presentations, CARAS’ music education charity. The Vancouver Host Committee will join in for the celebrations with events throughout the city. The weekend’s festivities culminate Sunday evening with CTV’s national broadcast of The 2009 JUNO Awards, airing on CTV for the eighth year in a row.

As Canada’s most distinguished and recognized music prize, the JUNO Awards annually bestows 39 honours acknowledging outstanding Canadian achievements in music, both at home and abroad. Music icons such as Anne Murray, Céline Dion, Gordon Lightfoot, Nelly Furtado and Shania Twain have received the coveted statuette, along with today’s hottest acts including last year’s big winners, Blue Rodeo, Feist, Finger Eleven and Michael Bublé.

Submission, eligibility details and deadlines for the 2009 JUNO Awards will be available as of October 1, 2008. Also on the news horizon, announcements of the 2009 Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award, Allan Waters Humanitarian Award, Canadian Music Hall of Fame recipient and the 2009 JUNO Award Nominees press conference will follow in the months ahead.

General Motors Place is located at 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver, B.C. (www.generalmotorsplace.com). For more information about the 2009 JUNO Awards, visit www.junoawards.ca.

Sponsors of The 2009 JUNO Awards include FACTOR, Canada's Private Radio Broadcasters and the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage's “Canada Music Fund,” The Province of British Columbia, The City of Vancouver and Radio Starmaker Fund.

Since CTV joined forces with CARAS in 2001, the JUNO Awards has been broadcast from St. John’s (2002), Ottawa (2003), Edmonton (2004), Winnipeg (2005), Halifax (2006), Saskatoon (2007) and Calgary (2008). In April 2008, 1.45 million Canadians watched Russell Peters host The 2008 JUNO Awards, making it the second most-watched JUNO Awards broadcast ever on CTV. Previous hosts of The JUNO Awards include Nelly Furtado (2007), Pamela Anderson (2006), Brent Butt (2005), Alanis Morissette (2004), Shania Twain (2003) and Barenaked Ladies (2002).

The 2009 JUNO Awards is produced by Insight Production Company Ltd. in association with CTV and the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS). Executive producers are John Brunton and Barbara Bowlby for Insight Productions and Melanie Berry and Stephen Stohn for CARAS. Louise Wood is Producer and Donna Luke is Line Producer. Rob Farina is Vice-President of Programming for CHUM Radio. Ed Robinson is Executive Vice-President, Programming, CTV. Susanne Boyce is President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc.

About CARAS:
The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences/L’academie canadienne des arts et des sciences de l’enregistrement (CARAS) is a not-for-profit organization created to preserve and enhance the Canadian music and recording industries and to contribute toward higher artistic and industry standards. The main focus of CARAS is the exploration and development of opportunities to showcase and promote Canadian artists and music through vehicles such as The JUNO Awards. For more information on the 38th Annual JUNO Awards, visit the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences’ (CARAS) website at www.junoawards.ca.

About CTV:
CTV, Canada’s largest private broadcaster, offers a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming. It has the number-one national newscast, CTV National News With Lloyd Robertson, and is the number-one choice for prime-time viewing. CTVglobemedia Inc. is Canada’s premier multi-media company which owns CTV Inc. and The Globe and Mail. CTV Inc. also owns radio stations across the country, and leading national specialty channels. Other CTVglobemedia investments include an interest in Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, and in Dome Productions, a North American leader in the provision of mobile high definition production facilities. More information about CTV may be found on the company website at www.ctv.ca.

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