Bryan Adams, Russell Peters take over as Juno Awards co-hosts
TORONTO — Rocker Bryan Adams and comedian Russell Peters will co-host next month’s Juno Awards, replacing Michael Buble who continues to care for his three-year-old son who is fighting cancer.
The Junos have found success in the past by pairing hosts that were well-known to Canadians but shared seemingly little else in common.
Last year’s Calgary show was hosted by singer Jann Arden and “Amazing Race Canada”’s Jon Montgomery, while 1983’s gala was led by Burton Cummings and Alan Thicke, and the 2014 event had three musicians — Classified, Johnny Reid, and Serena Ryder — as hosts.
In Adams and Peters, the Junos have an unlikely comedic duo but two global stars.
Adams is a radio favourite with hits like “Summer of ’69” and “Heaven,” but he’s not usually a guy to host an awards show. His Juno connections are deep though, with 18 awards to his name, including multiple best artist, best album and best single trophies.
Peters has encountered the Junos a couple of times himself, even if he doesn’t have one on his mantle.
He hosted the 2008 show in Calgary and a year later in Vancouver, and he’s probably better acquainted with quick-witted banter than his counterpart.
Peters also has an upcoming TV series he might try to plug. “The Indian Detective” is currently in production and will premiere on CraveTV, which is owned by CTV’s parent company Bell Media.
Buble had lots of Juno experience too, winning several of the awards and hosting in past years, but the pop crooner chose to sideline his career last fall and exit other recent hosting duties to put his family first.
He pulled out as emcee of the Brit Awards last month, and released a statement saying his son Noah was “progressing well” from his treatment.
“The doctors are very optimistic about the future for our little boy,” he added.
The Junos will be held in Ottawa on April 2, with scheduled performances by artists including Alessia Cara, Arkells, Sarah McLachlan and Shawn Mendes.