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.

48th Annual JUNO Awards nominees (top categories)

JUNO Fan Choice Award

Alessia Cara
Jessie Reyez
Justin Bieber
Shawn Hook
Shawn Mendes
The Wknd
Theory of a Deadman
Walk Off the Earth

Voting is now open for JUNO Fan Choice Award. Voting closes during The 2018 JUNO Awards Broadcast on CBC.

Album of the Year

Michael Bublé, Nobody But Me
Arcade Fire, Everything Now
Johnny Reid, Revival
Ruth B, Safe Haven
Shania Twain, Now

Artist of the Year

Daniel Caesar
Gord Downie
Ruth B
Shania Twain

Group of the Year

A Tribe Called Red
Arcade Fire
Broken Social Scene

Breakthrough Artist of the Year

Allan Rayman
Charlotte Cardin
Jessie Reyez
Virginia to Vegas

Breakthrough Group of the Year

James Barker Band
The Beaches
The Dead South
The Franklin Electric
The Jerry Cans

Toronto’s The Beaches is up for Breakthrough Group of the Year.

Songwriter of the Year

Amelia Curran
Charlotte Cardin
Gord Downie
Rose Cousins
Scott Helman

Special awards include this year’s inductee(s) into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame (Barenaked Ladies); Humanitarian Award; the Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award; and the International Achievement Award (Arcade Fire).

For a complete list of categories and nominees, visit For a special buy 1 ticket, get 1 free promotion, visit

Scheduled performers

Arcade Fire—The Montreal band has collected nine JUNO Awards and are this year’s recipents of the 2018 International Achievement Award. Their latest album is Everything Now.

Daniel Caesar—The three-time JUNO-nominated R ‘n’ B singer released his debut album, Freudian, last year.

Jessie Reyez—The Canadian-Colombian singer/songwriter is based in Toronto and has been nominated for four JUNOS. She has released one EP, Kiddo.

Arkells—The Hamilton, Ontario rock band has collected four JUNO Awards. Their latest album is Morning Report.

Tickets for The 2018 JUNO Awards are available through Rogers Arena Box Office, by phone at 1-855-985-5000 and online at

Planned events

JUNOS Cup—Musicians face off against former NHL players Friday, March 23 at Bill Copeland Sports Centre, in Burnaby; proceeds go to music education charity associated with CARAS.

JUNOS Cup Jam—Musicians playing in the JUNO Cup and guests play a fundraising concert the night before the Cup (Thursday, March 22). Venue TBD.

JUNO Songwriters’ Circle—According to the JUNOS website, “The JUNO Songwriters’ Circle offers fans the unique opportunity to hear the stories behind the songs and then hear those songs performed in a raw, acoustic format.” This year, Iskwé, Jim Cuddy, Rose Cousins, Ruth B. and Scott Helman join hosts Jann Arden and Bob Rock at the MusiCounts benefit. (March 25 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. PST at the Orpheum Theatre, 601 Smithe St. Tickets start at $39.50 and are available through or by phone at 1-888-991-2787.)

For a complete listing of nominees and events visit

Accommodation is offering a special deal: Buy One Get One FREE ticket to the JUNO Awards.

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