St. John's is bracing for an influx of artists and industry from Canada's music industry. Festivities for the 2010 JUNO Awards include the popular two night JunoFest, Songwriter's Circle, massive autograph session Juno Fan Fare, and of course the awards themselves.
Juno nominee Romi Mayes will play JunoFest, taking the stage at Yellow Belly's on April 16. The hard-touring singer/songwriter is up for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year: Solo for her latest independent release, Achin' In Yer Bones. Mayes was a double winner at the 2009 Western Canadian Music Awards in Brandon in October, bringing home Roots Solo Recording of the Year and Songwriter of the Year. This is Mayes’ first Juno nomination.
Three other Manitoba artists have chances to bring home hardware at the 2010 JUNO Awards. Country rock act Doc Walker is up for Country Recording of the Year for the second year in a row, this time for it latest release, Go. Acclaimed singer/songwriter Steve Bell is nominated for Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year for his latest release, Devotions, out on Winnipeg-based label Signpost Music. Another previous Juno winner, Brandon-born violinist James Ehnes is up for Classical Album of the Year: Solo or Chamber Ensemble for his latest effort, James Ehnes plays Paganini 24 Caprices.
This year's winners will be declared at the JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards on April 17, and the 2010 JUNO Awards broadcast on CTV on April 18 in St. John’s.
Eagle & Hawk's Vince Fontaine and Jay Bodner will once again play the annual rockers vs. NHL greats hocking game, Juno Cup on April 16.
Click here to find out more about the 2010 JUNO Week.
Click here to find out more about this year's Juno nominees from Manitoba.