Juno Awards Weekend Event Update

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The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced today additional features highlighting the popular JUNO Awards Weekend Events including Juno Cup, Juno Fan Fare, JunoFest and Songwriters' Circle.

Only TWO weeks remain for fans to purchase tickets to select JUNO Awards Weekend Events as well as THE 2009 JUNO AWARDS broadcast on Sunday, March 29 at 5 p.m. PT. Tickets can be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.ca, or by phone at (604) 280-4444.

Juno Cup - Presented by The Keg Steakhouse & Bar
Date: Friday, March 27
Location: UBC Thunderbird Arena
Time: 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Tickets: $14.99

Joining the powerhouse roster of NHL Greats for the 6th annual Juno Cup game are former Canucks' alumni Garth Butcher, Gino Odjick and Troy Crowder. Although the NHLers are outnumbered by The Rockers, the pros do have a secret weapon: newly announced guest coach (and rocker turncoat), Greg Keelor of Blue Rodeo.

Adding power and punch to The Rockers team is two-time JUNO Award winner George Canyon, Matt Johnson (54-40), Paul Hawley of the Vancouver rock group, Hot Hot Heat and Captain Scotty of the infamous Jeff O'Neil show on 99.3 The Fox. These new additions will share ice time with their rocker teammates including members of Barenaked Ladies, Great Big Sea, State of Shock, Aaron Pritchett, Kathleen Edwards, Sarah McLachlan, and team captain Jim Cuddy.

TSN's Off the Record host, Michael Landsberg, will be announcing the live play-by-play commentary during the game's exciting two periods as well as the skills competition. For the complete line-up of 2009 Juno Cup players to-date, go to www.junocup.ca.

Media Partners: CTV, The Fox, Rock 101 and Vancouver 24 Hours.

Juno Fan Fare - Presented by Sirius Satellite Radio
Date: Saturday, March 28
Location: Granville Street Party (at Smithe St.)
Time: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tickets: FREE public event

Eight NEW acts join the all-time fan-favourite event, Juno Fan Fare. 2009 JUNO Award nominees and local artists including Carly Rae Jepsen, Cancer Bats, Deborah Cox, Faber Drive, Matt Mays & El Torpedo, Marianas Trench, The Midway State and The Stills make it a total of 20 confirmed artists on hand to meet and sign autographs for fans. This all-day extravaganza is also packed with interviews and prize giveaways – and it's all FREE to attend! World renowned and JUNO Award nominated DJ Hatiras will be spinning hits throughout the day.

For a complete list of The 2009 JUNO Award nominees participating to-date in Juno Fan Fare, go to www.junofanfare.ca.

Media Partners: CTV, The Beat 94.5, 93.7 JRfm, JACK FM and The Vancouver Sun.

Date: Friday, March 27 & Saturday, March 28
Location: Various venues
Time: 8 p.m. – 2 a.m. (both nights)
Tickets: $30 per wristband (must be 19 years of age or older to attend)
$12 at the door

Count ‘em! Over 50 new acts have joined the jam-packed line-up of live performances slated to hit the streets of Vancouver during JunoFest's two-night musical extravaganza. The matrix of dates, artists, times and locations is now posted on the JunoFest website, along with information about the Gospel Music Showcase presented by Coastal Church and the Classical Music Showcase co-sponsored by the Canadian Music Centre, Music in the Morning and CBC Radio 2.

NEW JunoFest Acts:
A Grey Medium
Armchair Cynics
Barney Bentall & The Legendary Hearts
Bel Riose
Ben Sigston
Black Betty
Chris Donnelly*
Cold Driven
Cousin Harley
David Blair
Divine Brown*
DL Incognito*
Doc Walker*
Dustin Bentall
Fluffy Starr
Francois Bourassa Quartet*
Free City Collective
Gord Grdina
Grass City
Jane Bunnett*
Jim Byrnes & The Sojourners
John Lee Sanders
Jon-Rae Fletcher
Ko Kapches
Matt Walker
Michael Occhipinti and The Sicilian Jazz Project*
Michelle Lee
Mohawk Lodge
Murray Atkinson
Mani Khaira
Ndidi Onukwulu*
Olliebollen Trio
On Holiday
Outlaw Social
Plants and Animals*
Ridley Bent
Savannah Leigh Band
Sherry St. Germain
Souljah Fyah*
Tara Oram*
Tanya Tagaq*
The Bleeding Horse
The Februarys
The Latency
The Midway State *
Warren Dean
Wide Mouth Mason
Yvette Tollar*
Zaki Ibrahim*

* denotes 2009 JUNO Award Nominee

JunoFest is produced in association with Vancouver-based Donnelly & Associates Event Marketing Inc.

For more information about JunoFest '09 and associated events, go to www.junofest.ca.

Media Partners: CTV, The Fox, 103.5 QM-FM, 94.5 The Beat, TALK 1410, The PEAK, JACK FM, The Province, 24 Hours.

Songwriters' Circle - Sponsored by CMPA and SOCAN
Date: Sunday, March 29
Location: The Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts
Time: Noon – 2 p.m.
Tickets: $34.75/$39.75

Intimate, live and unscripted. 2009 JUNO Award nominee Hawsley Workman will host this year's Songwriters' Circle, an exceptional concert event that sees today's most talented Canadian singer-songwriters sharing songs and stories on stage. Recording artist Greg Keelor and Hedley front man Jacob Hoggard are the newest additions to the esteemed line-up of artists. Keelor will perform with fellow Blue Rodeo bandmate Jim Cuddy; other previously announced songwriters include Doc Walker (Chris Thorsteinson and Dave Wasyliw), Ndidi Onukwulu and Sarah Slean as well as 1995 Canadian Music Hall of Fame recipient, Buffy Sainte-Marie.

CBC Radio 2 will broadcast Songwriters' Circle live to listeners across Canada. Proceeds from this event will go to benefit MusiCounts, Canada's music education charity, associated with CARAS to keep music alive in schools.

For more information on Songwriters' Circle, go to www.junosongwriterscircle.ca.

Media Partners: CTV, 103.5 QM-FM, and CBC Radio 2.

WestJet Street Party
Date: Thursday, March 26 – 29
Location: Granville Street
Time: All Day
Tickets: $15 at Ticketmaster

The Vancouver Host Committee for The 2009 JUNO Awards, WestJet and Donnelly & Associates are pleased to present the WestJet Street Party celebrating The 2009 JUNO Awards. Watch Granville Street transform into Vancouver's music hot spot as two city blocks are closed to include a 300' long performance tent on the 900 block of Granville, plus street performers, exhibitors, vendors, DJs and an outdoor stage.

Live music performances, nightclub shows, media broadcasts, free concerts and autograph sessions will all add up to an incredible weekend as the City of Vancouver celebrates the very best in Canadian talent with The 2009 JUNO Awards.

The Main Stage on the 900 block of Granville will feature a variety of musical genres supported by local radio stations.

Thursday, March 26 – 4 pm – 100.5 the Peak Performance Stage presents a free concert featuring Hot Hot Heat, Hey Rosetta!, Said the Whale, Jon & Roy, The Dudes with more artists to be announced… Listen to The Peak to win … Free tickets will be given away on March 21 at Best Buy locations.

Friday, March 27 – 4 pm – 94.5 the Beat presents an exclusive All-Ages Concert featuring JUNO Award nominees Elise Estrada, Divine Brown and Canadian Idol winner Eva Avila with more artists coming. Early Bird Tickets only $15 plus s/c on sale now at Ticketmaster.

Friday, March 27 – 8 pm – 99.3 the FOX Rocks with JUNO Award nominees The Trews, Matt Mays, Matt Mays & El Torpedo, plus local favorites Daniel Wesley and Fox Seeds winners Incura. Early Bird Tickets $15 plus s/c on sale now at Ticketmaster.

Sat. March 28 – 11 am – Juno Fan Fare presented by SIRIUS Satellite Radio – this free event will feature interviews and autograph session from some of the biggest names in Canadian music who are nominated for 2009 JUNO Awards including City and Colour, Divine Brown, Doc Walker, Kreesha Turner, Sam Roberts Band and The Trews to name a few. Check out www.junofanfare.ca for details.

Sat. March 28 – 7:30 pm – Virgin Radio Show features one of Vancouver's hottest bands of 2008, State of Shock, plus local faves Faber Drive, and JUNO Award nominees The Midway State and The Latency. Early Bird Tickets $15 plus s/c on sale now at Ticketmaster.

Sun. March 29 – 1:00 pm – The JR-FM Love Your Country Show features six-time CCMA winners and JUNO Award nominees Doc Walker with Canadian Idol's Jaydee Bixbee and Damian Marshall. Early Bird Tickets $15 plus s/c on sale now at Ticketmaster.

In addition to these premiere shows, there will be free performances on the WestJet Stage, educational workshops on the Tom Lee Music City Stage, vendors, live media broadcasts and Canada's largest indie music merch both featuring CDs and shirts from top Canadian artists performing at JunoFest 2009.

For details on the WestJet Street Party including a complete listing of shows, concerts and free events, go to www.musicfromseatosky.com.

Date: Sunday, March 29
Location: General Motors Place
Time: 5 p.m. (PST); broadcasts across Canada on CTV
Tickets: $69.00 and $189.00

Just last week, five more acts were added to round off the stellar line-up of performers for THE 2009 JUNO AWARDS broadcast on CTV. Bryan Adams, Great Big Sea (with Hawksley Workman and members of Eccodek) and Kathleen Edwards join previously announced performers including City and Colour, Crystal Shawanda, Divine Brown, Nickelback, Sam Roberts, Sarah McLachlan, Serena Ryder, Simple Plan and The Stills.

The cast of presenters who will be making an appearance at THE 2009 JUNO AWARDS will be revealed in an announcement at a later date.

Tickets to the broadcast can be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.ca, or by phone at (604) 280-4444. Tickets are priced between $69.00 and $189.00 (plus service charges) and are limited to four per person. For more information on The 2009 JUNO Awards, go to 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, Music BC and Radio Starmaker Fund.

Broadcast sponsors of THE 2009 JUNO AWARDS are Garnier, Pepsi, Pontiac and Rogers.

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 or The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) please visit our websites at www.carasonline.ca and www.junoawards.ca.

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