2018 JUNOS Songwriters’ Circle shines a spotlight on the stories behind the songs

Ruth B is one of the singer/songwriters performing at the 2018 JUNOS Songwriters’ Circle March 25 at the Orpheum.

With the 2018 JUNO Awards just a few weeks away, excitement is mounting for the Canadian music industry’s biggest night of the year. The March 25 event marks the first time since 2009 that Vancouver has hosted the annual awards show.

Along with the show, which will be broadcast live from Rogers Arena, a number of other JUNOS-related events are coming to the city. These include the JUNOS Cup (a hockey game with musicians facing off against former NHL players) and the 2018 JUNO Songwriters’ Circle.

Considered by many as “the jewel of JUNO Week,” the Songwriters’ Circle presents some of the country’s best-known songwriters performing some of their favourites in an acoustic setting. In addition, the songwriters share the stories behind the songs. For more info about hosts, performers, and tickets, keep reading.

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2018 JUNOS Songwriters’ Circle shines a spotlight on the stories behind the songs

Here come the JUNOS! What to expect on (and before) March 25.

Burnaby-raised singer Michael Bublé hosts this year’s JUNO Awards March 25. For the first time since 2009, the Canadian music industry awards show is being held in Vancouver.

For the first time since 2009, the JUNO Awards are coming to Vancouver.

Presented by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS), the annual celebration of the Canadian music industry takes place March 25 at Rogers Arena (800 Griffiths Way). A number of JUNO-related events are also planned as part of JUNO Week (March 19-25).

But the main event is the March 25 broadcast/live presentation. Host Michael Bublé and guest presenters will hand out a number of awards from 42 categories. Here’s a look at some of this year’s nominees and performers.

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Here come the JUNOS! What to expect on (and before) March 25.

Enter to Win a Musical Prize from the Vancouver Jazz Festival, Douglas Hotel at Parq, and the JUNO Awards

Music in Vancouver

Image by Lindsay Elliott

It’s a musical year in Vancouver! The Vancouver Opera, Chutzpah!, the Talking Stick Festival, and the JUNO Awards are all coming up quick this season with new sounds to lift you into a songwriter’s bliss, take in long notes of melancholia, dance you into heart-pounding percussion, and carry you through the human experience in a way that only music can – and they’re doing it all live and in-person in venues across the city. The music continues all year with the Vancouver Jazz Festival and much more from spring to summer and into fall and winter.

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Enter to Win a Musical Prize from the Vancouver Jazz Festival, Douglas Hotel at Parq, and the JUNO Awards

See What’s Happening During Vancouver’s Indulgence Season

Being on the edge of ocean and mountains in a temperate rainforest, Vancouver is blissfully set apart from much of Canada this time of year by having a lush, green, and mild winter. It’s chilly enough outside to want to indulge in all the warm foods, cocktails, and to hunker down for awhile at one of the events going on in the city, but not too cold to step out with little more than a warm sweater, cozy scarf and a jacket and get to them.

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See What’s Happening During Vancouver’s Indulgence Season

Tobias Jesso Jr., Destroyer and more Vancouver acts up for 2016 Juno Awards

Destroyer at the Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, Oct 17 2015. Kirk Chantraine photo for thesnipenews.com.

Destroyer at the Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, Oct 17 2015. Kirk Chantraine photo for thesnipenews.com.

The nominees for the 45th Juno Awards were announced earlier today. The Canadian equivalent of the Grammys, the annual event rewards success as recognized by the music industry. To no one’s surprise, Toronto chart-toppers Drake, the Wknd, Shawn Mendes and Justin Bieber (well, he’s originally from Stratford, Ontario, but close enough) led the pack.

Vancouver musicians and groups accounted for a respectable number of nominees, with the strongest showing by Tobias Jesso Jr. The Vancouver singer/songwriter had a breakout year for his debut solo album Goon and some high-profile songwriting credits (Adele, Sia).

Another Vancouver act that is new to the Junos is rock band Dear Rouge, who released their debut album earlier this year. Cellist Cris Derksen received a nod for her album Orchestral Powwow. Indie-rock sensation Destroyer received its second nomination, while perennials like Nickelback, Bryan Adams and Hedley are also acknowledged. The winners will be announced April 3 with a televised ceremony in Calgary.

Here’s a list of Vancouver artists nominated for Juno Awards.

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Tobias Jesso Jr., Destroyer and more Vancouver acts up for 2016 Juno Awards