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City of Halifax selected to host 2006 Juno Award celebrations
HALIFAX (CP) – The Juno Awards will continue their road trip next year with a jaunt to Halifax, the country’s recording industry association announced Tuesday.
The 2006 showcase of Canadian musical talent will be held April 2 in the Nova Scotia capital. It will be the city’s first time hosting the annual music bash, which always attracts the country’s biggest stars. “It’s great news,” said Halifax Mayor Peter Kelly. “It will give us a chance to showcase our people and our talents and we look very much forward to showing Canada and the rest of the world a show they won’t soon forget.”
This year’s ceremonies will be held in Winnipeg on April 3.
The move to Halifax follows a decision a few years ago to bring the awards show to cities across Canada.
“Halifax is home to many outstanding Canadian artists so we anticipate a warm Nova Scotia welcome next year,” Melanie Berry, president of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, said in a statement.
The show was staged in St. John’s, Nfld., in 2002, Ottawa in 2003, and Edmonton last year.
“It provides a tremendous opportunity from an exposure point of view for our province,” said Rodney MacDonald, Nova Scotia’s tourism minister.
“These are the types of marketing opportunities you just can’t go out and buy.”
Kelly said negotiations to bring the show to Nova Scotia began more than a year ago.
The event is expected to bring $34 million in economic spinoffs to the city.