Testing the lights and other technical aspects at the stadium in Calgary which will host thousands of music fans for the biggest weekend of the year in Canadian music

Testing the lights and other technical aspects at the stadium in Calgary which will host thousands of music fans for the biggest weekend of the year in Canadian music
Photo Credit: CBC- Calgary

Canada’s biggest music awards party this weekend

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It’s the Juno Awards weekend in Canada. The 45th annual Juno weekend.
This is the weekend when Canada’s music industry gets together to highlight the best in Canadian music.

As part of the many events all week leading up to this year’s weekend awards show, music fans packed into the Juno Cup Jam Thursday night for some good tunes and charity. The event was raising money for music education
As part of the many events all week leading up to this year’s weekend awards show, music fans packed into the Juno Cup Jam Thursday night for some good tunes and charity. The event was raising money for music education © Rachel Maclean/CBC

There will of course be a variety of performances by Canadian music stars including roots duo, Whitehorse; synth-pop duo, Dear Rouge, country star Dean Brody; singer, The Weeknd,

The Weeknd performs during the 2015 Juno Awards in Hamilton, Ontario.
*The Weeknd* performs during the 2015 Juno Awards in Hamilton, Ontario. This year’s event will be held in the western city of Calgary, Alberta where he’ll also be among the many performers © Nathan Denette/Canadian Press)

Canadian artists in2015 had a banner year both in Canada and internationally. In December for example, seven of the top ten spots on the Billboard Hot 100 chart were held by Canadian singers.

This year there are 178 nominees in a variety of categories.

Singer-songwriter Alessia Cara is nominated for four Junos this year, including breakout artist and the fan choice award.
Singer-songwriter Alessia Cara is nominated for four Junos this year, including breakout artist and the fan choice award. © Owen Sweeney/Invision/Associated Press

The award is named in honour of Pierre Juneau, who was the first president of the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission, (CRTC) a regulatory body, and also a past president of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the public broadcaster. As head of the CRTC, Juneau was the man who brought in Canadian content regulations to promote Canadian artists, who previously got very little exposure on Canadian radio.  The “Junos” ceremonies which had been held annually for a few years previously, were televised for the first time in 1975.

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