The spring thaw (what there is of it) is always a signal that the Junos are coming. This year, Manitoba musicians will be making their presence felt in the Wheat Province as Canada's music awards take over Regina.
Three Manitoba acts are up for coveted Juno Awards this year, including singer/songwriter Don Amero, genre-bending outfit Burnt – Project 1, and Brandon-born violinist James Ehnes. The hardware will be handed out at the invite-only Juno Gala on April 20, while the main event will broadcast on CTV on April 21. Click here to read more about this year’s nominees.
And with the Junos comes a week of events, including two-night music festival JunoFest, which will feature three Manitoba acts. Amero, singer/songwriter JP Hoe, and acoustic pop band The Treble will hit JunoFest stages in Regina and Moose Jaw April 19 and 20. Click here for showcase details.
Eagle & Hawk’s Jay Bodner and Vince Fontaine will once again lace up their skates and battle the NHL greats in support of MusiCounts at the Juno Cup, along with the likes of Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy, and members of The Wooden Sky, Library Voices, and more.
There’s an added bit of excitement for the Manitobans at this year’s festivities, as anticipation grows for the return of the Junos to Winnipeg in 2014. The last time they were here in 2005, The Wailin’ Jennys picked up their first of two Junos, a street party shut down Portage Avenue, and music fans packed clubs for JunoFest. The 43rd annual Juno Awards will hit the MTS Centre on March 30, 2014.
Manitoba at JunoFest
FRIDAY, APRIL 19
JP Hoe @ The Club, Regina - 10 p.m.
Don Amero @ Whiskey Saloon, Regina - 11 p.m.
SATURDAY, APRIL 20
The Treble @ U of Regina Multipurpose Room, Regina - 8 p.m.
JP Hoe @ Java Express, Moose Jaw - 12:30 a.m.
Not lucky enough to be in SK this weekend? Check out videos from this year's JunoFest showcasers...