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article imageJuno Awards to be held in Winnipeg March 30th

By Bryen Dunn     Feb 14, 2014 in Entertainment
Winnipeg - The 43rd annual Juno Awards will be taking place in Winnipeg, Manitoba this year, honouring Canadian musicians from across the country, in addition to spotlighting many of the local musical acts.
The 2014 JUNO Awards nominees include six for Arcade Fire, five for both Michael Bublé and Serena Ryder, and Céline Dion, Drake, Hedley, and Tegan and Sara are up for four each. With three nominations are both Robin Thicke and Walk off the Earth, who will also both perform on Awards broadcast. As well, the following acts garnered two nominations each — A Tribe Called Red, Brett Kissel, Classified, Daniel Bélanger, Eric Ratz, Group of 27, Henry ‘Cirkut’ Walter, James Ehnes, Ron Sexsmith, and Tim Hicks. Click here for a full list of all nominees in all categories.
Other stage performances during the evening include Serena Ryder, Tegan and Sara, Matt Mays, and platinum selling Saskatoon rockers The Sheepdogs, who will play a special tribute performance honouring Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductees, Bachman-Turner Overdrive (BTO). Music fans also have a chance to vote for their favourite artists in the JUNO Fan Choice. Robin Thicke, Walk Off The Earth, and Serena Ryder are all first-time nominees, joining previous contenders Arcade Fire, Avril Lavigne, Céline Dion, Drake, Hedley, Justin Bieber, and Michael Bublé. Click here by end of day Friday March 28th to vote for your favourite to win.
Legendary Winnipeg band, Bachman-Turner Overdrive (BTO) are the 2014 inductees into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. During their most explosive period between 1973 and 1979, Bachman-Turner Overdrive electrified the world with chart-topping rock ‘n’ roll hits like “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” and “Takin’ Care of Business.” During this era, the longest-serving members of the band were Blair Thornton, Fred Turner, Randy Bachman, and Robin Bachman.
From the 1960s to today, many pop musicians have called Winnipeg home. Neil Young formed his first band in Winnipeg, and it's also where he first met Joni Mitchell. The Guess Who were the first Canadian band to have a number one song on the Billboard charts, and lead vocalist Randy Bachman went on to form the legendary rock group, Bachman Turner Overdrive. The 70s and 80s brought about Harlequin, Streetheart, and Crash Test Dummies. Today, indie favourites The Watchmen and The Weakerthans are all local boys, and the latter even wrote a homage to their hometown with 'One Great City'. Tattooed songstress Bif Naked grew up in Winnipeg, and on the production end of things, Bob Rock achieved international success working with acts such as, Metallica, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Motley Crue, Our Lady Peace and Simple Plan.
There are also several other music related events that begin on March 24th leading up to the Awards ceremony, including the Juno Cup, Fan Fare, Fest, and Songwriter's Circle.
The last time Winnipeg hosted the awards was 2005, and more than 5,000 people are expected to head to Winnipeg for the 2014 edition, which could bring in as much as $10 million to the local economy.
The capital of Manitoba has much to offer music fans with plenty of live music venues, festivals, and cultural attractions. Winnipeg is currently experiencing a renaissance that has given this city an unmistakable buzz, with the return of the NHL's Winnipeg Jets, the new Canadian Museum for Human Rights, and the revitalization of the downtown core. Visit [url=http:// t=_blank]Tourism Winnipeg for all you need to know to plan your visit here.
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