Now that will be a party!!

St. Johnís, NL (January 22, 2009) – The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) along with broadcast partner, CTV, today announced St. Johnís, Newfoundland and Labrador as the Host City for The 2010 JUNO Awards to be held April 15-18, 2010. This marks the second time St. Johnís will host Canadaís Music Awards that encompasses four days of local festivities and popular JUNO Awards Weekend Events. The 39th Annual JUNO Awards will be broadcast on CTV, Sunday, April 18, 2010.
ìThe JUNO Awards have come full circle to arrive back in St. Johnís following the great success of our visit here in 2002, and we at CARAS are thrilled to be returning to a city of such enthusiasm and rich musical tradition,î said Melanie Berry, CARAS President. ì2010 will mark the beginning of an exciting new city to city cycle for the JUNO Awards.î
ìWith the 2010 JUNO Awards, CTV will have broadcast this tremendous celebration of Canadian music from one coast to the other and back again,î said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. ìIt was in St. Johnís that CTV began our partnership with CARAS and started taking the show on the road, so next yearís broadcast has special meaning.î
ìThe return of The JUNO Awards to St. Johnís is wonderful news for the music industry in this province whose members are firmly established on national and international stages,î said Premier Danny Williams. ìWe invite the country to celebrate with us in 2010 the extraordinary musical talent of both our province and the country as a whole. Our artists define who we are culturally and contribute substantially to the rich and diverse heritage of Canada, and we look forward to hosting this amazing award show.î
A strong bid was presented to CARAS and was awarded to St. Johnís based on a combination of solid commitments from the municipal, provincial and federal governments, its first-class venues as well as its reputation as a city that embraces and promotes Canadian music and culture.
ìThe Government of Canada is proud to support The JUNO Awards, which have played a pivotal role in recognizing the careers of our nationís most talented and emerging musicians,î said the Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency). ìOur cultural industries are powerful drivers of economic growth that enrich education and help make vibrant, creative communities.î
St. Johnís, known as The City of Legends, is surrounded by spectacular coastlines. Downtown St. Johnís is a vital urban centre of arts and culture built on significant historic sites, charming streetscapes and exceptional entertainment venues.
ìWe are extremely delighted to host The JUNO Awards once again in St. Johnís,î remarked Mayor Dennis OíKeefe. ìWe are proud of our reputation as a cultural capital, and this prestigious event affords us a tremendous opportunity to show the country why St. Johnís is the place to be.î
Many venues in the surrounding area of St. Johnís will host various JUNO Awards Weekend Events. Location and programming details will be announced at a later date.
The successful bid for The 2010 JUNO Awards in St. Johnís received commitments from all levels of government totaling $1.5 million including $750,000 from the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, $500,000 from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and $250,000 from The City of St. Johnís.
Broadcast in high definition and 5.1 surround sound, The 2010 JUNO Awards, Canadaís Music Awards, will air on CTV on Sunday, April 18, 2010. It will be the ninth year in a row that The JUNO Awards will air on CTV, the official broadcast partner of the JUNO Awards. Since CTV joined forces with CARAS in 2002, The JUNO Awards have travelled across Canada, bringing a live, electrified stadium show to millions of Canadians. Since going live from St. Johnís in 2002, CTV has broadcast The JUNO Awards from Ottawa (2003), Edmonton (2004), Winnipeg (2005), Halifax (2006), Saskatoon (2007) and Calgary (2008).
The 2009 JUNO Awards will take place in Vancouver, BC, March 26-29, and will air on CTV on Sunday, March 29, 2009.