Today, at the CBC Studio downtown, CARAS and 2018 Vancouver JUNO Host Committee held a press conference and made two amazing announcements to the city and the music community. Firstly, Vancouver was confirmed to be the host city of the JUNO Awards in March 2018 and second, legendary entertainer Michael Bublé will be hosting the mega-event at Rogers Arena.
Bublé, with 12 JUNO wins and 32 nominations, was introduced and took the podium and quipped ‘Were you really that surprised? It would either be me or Sarah McLachlin!’ and implying that she was ‘too controversial’ to have the job. Having recently announced his return to show business, after taking time off to be with family, the JUNOs event will be wonderful return engagement for such a beloved performer. Bublé said “To be able to host the Juno Awards in my hometown is both an honour and a privilege.”
The event was hosted by award-winning journalist Gloria Macarenko with guest speakers including Mayor Gregor Robertson, CEO of Creative BC Prem Gill, and numerous sponsors and supporters of BC music community. 2016 JUNO Break Through Group Dear Rouge opened with an acoustic version of ‘Black to Gold.’
“We are so proud that Vancouver has been chosen to host the JUNO Awards for the fourth time, and the local committee is committed to the delivery of JUNO activities that will support the amplification of British Columbia’s vibrant and diverse music scene,” says 2018 Host Committee Co-Chair Catherine Runnals.
These local host committee initiatives include:
- The Let’s Hear It Celebration Site: Vancouver’s got heart
This free festival site will offer a centrally located venue for all of Vancouver to enjoy, celebrating local music and culture. The Celebration Site will incorporate family-focused programming including music for all ages, along with VIP zones for delegates and stakeholders.
- U-19 Songwriters’ Circle: Inspiring the future
Modelled after the JUNO Songwriters’ Circle yet only accessible to those under 19, this evening event will represent diversity of idiom and genre and will feature artists and producers from several musical areas including EDM and Classical composition, hitting the stage to share their talents and inspiration.
- Learning Resource Development: The JUNO Awards as a live textbook
Using the JUNO Awards will now be a live textbook for learning within BC. The Host Committee has developed three instructional packages, one each for grades 4-7, 8-9 and 10-12, which employ BC’s re-designed curriculum to provide a learning experience related to the JUNO Awards, the music industry in Canada and Canadian musicians.
- Music Cities Summit: Igniting creativity
In conjunction with the City of Vancouver and Music BC, this one-day roundtable session will be held on Thursday, March 22, 2018 featuring international guest speakers to explore how music influences and impacts community, policy, planning, and economy.
- Music Cities Hackathon: Where the left and the right brain meet
Held on Saturday, March 24, 2018, this one-day event, featuring guests from across the entire creative sector, is designed to engage the entire creative sector – tackle issues, collaborate and innovate!
- The BC Artist Showcase: Shining the spotlight on BC
A taste of what’s in store for JUNO Week, BC Artist Showcases will put our province’s diverse artists in unique venues, through a series of pop-up performances from January – March throughout the province. In doing so, the program will enrich spaces and create memorable moments with music where you would often least expect it.
As part of the BC Artist Showcase, the Committee also announced today that for the first time, they will be launching a Micro-Grant Program for province-wide initiatives that fit within the scope of the BC Artist Showcase.
With $25,000 in available grant funding, recipients will receive up to a maximum of $1,000 per application to support musical programming and events in their community running from January – March 2018
“We hope that through these micro-grants, we can extend our reach and support more of the amazing talent that this province has to offer,” shared 2018 Host Committee Co-Chair Nick Blasko.
Applications will be available on the 2018 Host Committee website, www.letshearitbc.com (going live November 24), as well as the www.MusicBC.org, starting this Friday, November 24 through to December 31, 2017.