JUNO Welcome ReceptionCalgary’s mayor, Naheed Nenshi proclaimed 2016 the city’s Year of Music, and hosting the 45th Annual JUNO Awards was just one reason for the year long celebration. The much anticipated, National Music Centre is scheduled to open its doors to the public this summer.
JUNO nominees, industry professionals and invited guests were treated to a sneak peak of Studio Bell, at the National Music Centre, as the venue hosted the JUNO Welcome Reception. This vast space, with its five floors, innovative and stunning design will house many artifacts of Canada’s musical history, as well as recording studios, performance stages, meeting rooms and a 300-seat concert theatre.
Walking into the building that night was a feast for the eyes, as those of us that live in Calgary have been watching the building take shape over the past three years, wondered what the finished product would look like.
The National Music Centre proudly becomes a hub to celebrate Canada’s rich musical heritage, a vast musical talent in a state-of-the-art facility.
JUNO Gala Dinner and AwardsSaturday night, the first set of JUNOS were handed out at the Gala Dinner and Awards. Presented by SOCAN, and streamed live on JUNO TV, in partnership with Entertainment One, TV personality, and local Calgary girl, Jessi Cruickshank emceed the evening. Featuring performances Fortunate Ones, SonReal, and Young Empires, among others, a total of thirty-five JUNOS were handed out. For a complete list of winners please visit the following link: https://junoawards.ca/nominees
2013 JUNO Awards BroadcastSunday night, Calgary’s iconic, Saddledome hosted the live Broadcast Awards. It was a warm spring night, perfect for Red Carpet arrivals, and fans, scrambling to get a glimpse of their favourite musician.
Calgary native and eight-time JUNO Winner, Jann Arden, & Canadian Olympic Gold Medalist, and Amazing Race, Canada host, Jon Montgomery, emceed the evening, which featured a whole list of Canadian superstars; Alessia Cara, Bryan Adams, Buffy Sainte-Marie, The Carpet Frogs, Coleman Hell, Dean Brody, Dear Rouge, Jann Arden, LIGHTS, Scott Helman, Shawn Hook, Shawn Mendes, The Tenors, The Weeknd and Whitehorse.
For a complete list of winners please visit the following link: https://junoawards.ca/nominees
What would be Canada’s Music Awards without MUSIC? JUNOfest 2016 featured performances by JUNO nominees, as well as some of the country’s and Calgary’s finest musicians over two nights, across more than 15 venues throughout the city. The PORTAL Magazine hit such venues as Flames Central, The Ironwood Stage & Grill, and the Nite Owl. To quote a colleague, “don’t drink and drive, shit goes bad”; The JUNOfest folks had you covered, via the JUNO Party Bus, courtesy of the good folks of Bass Bus. With the music thumping from their brightly painted converted school bus, they shuttled party goers from the downtown core, to the neighboring area, Englewood, to ensure music lovers could visit different venues, without getting behind the wheel themselves.
Photos by Nicki Chang-Powless