2011 JUNO AWARD NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED!

Drake leads the pack with six JUNO Award nominations;
Arcade Fire, Broken Social Scene, Hedley, Johnny Reid, Justin Bieber
and Sarah McLachlan receive multiple nominations

Tickets to THE 2011 JUNO AWARDS broadcast on CTV
go on sale Saturday, February 5

TORONTO, Feb. 1 /CNW/ - The wait is over and the race is on! The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) today announced the 2011 JUNO Award nominees who will vie for the nation's highest music honour in Toronto, ON, where 40th Anniversary celebrations of the JUNO Awards will take place. Rapper Drake, who was also announced as the Host of THE 2011 JUNO AWARDS broadcast on CTV, is up for six nominations, as he and the other nominees get set for JUNO Week, March 21-27.

Winners will be declared at the JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards on Saturday, March 26, as well as THE 2011 JUNO AWARDS broadcast on CTV on Sunday, March 27 at the Air Canada Centre.

Tickets to THE 2011 JUNO AWARDS go on sale starting this Saturday, February 5 at 10:00 am (EST). Prices are $213.75, $112.00, $62.25 (includes HST) plus additional service fees and can be purchased through Ticketmaster www.ticketmaster.ca or by phone at 1-855-985-5000. Also announced today, performers slated for Canada's biggest night in music include 2011 JUNO Award nominees Arcade Fire, Broken Social Scene, Down With Webster, Hedley and Johnny Reid. More performers will be announced soon.

To view a complete list of 2011 JUNO Award nominees, bios and hometown information go to www.junoawards.ca.

Drake has multiple opportunities to follow up his two 2010 JUNO Award wins with nominations for Album of the Year (sponsored by Canadian Recording Industry Association); JUNO Fan Choice (presented by Live Nation); Artist of the Year; Songwriter of the Year (sponsored by SIRIUS Satellite Radio); Rap Recording of the Year and Single of the Year for his club hit "Find Your Love."

2010 certainly proved to be the year for anthems in the Single of the Year category. Joining Drake is fellow rapper Classified with "Oh Canada;" Hedley ("Perfect"); kd lang ("Hallelujah" Vancouver Winter Olympics 2010) and Young Artists for Haiti's rerecording of K'NAAN's "Wavin' Flag."

Album of the Year (sponsored by Canadian Recording Industry Association) nominees include THANK ME LATER (Drake); THE SHOW MUST GO (Hedley); A PLACE CALLED LOVE (Johnny Reid); MY WORLD 2.0 (Justin Bieber); and THE SUBURBS (Arcade Fire).

Indie rock band Arcade Fire earned an additional four nominations including Group of the Year; Songwriter of the Year (sponsored By SIRIUS Satellite Radio); Alternative Album of the Year (sponsored by Long & McQuade) and Jack Richardson Producer of the Year (sponsored by Slaight Music). The album's art directors also received a 2011 JUNO Award nomination for Recording Package of the Year.

Receiving four JUNO Awards nominations each: Indie rock movement, Broken Social Scene [Group of the Year, Alternative Album of the Year, Video of the Year (sponsored by VEVO) and Music DVD of the Year]; Pop-rockers Hedley [JUNO Fan Choice (presented by Live Nation); Single of the Year for "Perfect"; Album of the Year (sponsored by CRIA); Video of the Year (sponsored by VEVO)]; multi-platinum singer-songwriter Johnny Reid [JUNO Fan Choice (presented by Live Nation); Album of the Year (sponsored by CRIA); Artist of the Year; Country Album of the Year (sponsored by Country Style)]; and global pop phenom Justin Bieber [JUNO Fan Choice (presented by Live Nation); Album of the Year (sponsored by CRIA); Artist of the Year; Pop Album of the Year (sponsored by Recording Artists' Collecting Society - A Division of ACTRA)].

In celebration of the JUNO Awards 40th Anniversary, a new Electronic Album of the Year category was introduced for 2011. Artists who will make history as the first-ever nominees in this category include Caribou for his album SWIM, Chilly Gonzales (IVORY TOWERS), Crystal Castles (II), Holy Fuck (LATIN) and Poirier (RUNNING HIGH).

There are 82 first-time JUNO Awards nominees in 2011. Basia Bulat, Bobby Bazini, Caribou, Hannah Georgas and Meaghan Smith share the New Artist of the Year category; while New Group of the Year nominees include: Die Mannequin, Hollerado, Misteur Valaire, My Darkest Days and Said The Whale. (Both categories are sponsored by FACTOR and Radio Starmaker Fund).

Nine-time JUNO Award winner Sarah McLachlan is nominated for three JUNO Awards this year in the categories of Artist of the Year; Songwriter of the Year (sponsored by SIRIUS Satellite Radio) and Pop Album of the Year (sponsored by Recording Artists' Collecting Society - A Division of ACTRA).

Montréal rockers and 2010 Polaris Music Prize winners, Karkwa, received JUNO Award nods for Alternative Album of the Year (sponsored by Long & McQuade) and Francophone Album of the Year.

Neil Young, who will be honoured with the 2011 Allan Waters Humanitarian Award, is nominated for Artist of the Year and Adult Alternative Album of the Year (sponsored by Galaxie, Your Musical Universe).

Sponsors of the 2011 JUNO Awards include FACTOR, Canada's Private Radio Broadcasters and The Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage's "Canada Music Fund," Radio Starmaker Fund, Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC), The City of Toronto, Tourism Toronto, Aeroplan and funding partner Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund.

Broadcast sponsors of THE 2011 JUNO AWARDS are Chevrolet, Garnier, and Rogers.

About CARAS:

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences/L'académie canadienne des arts et des sciences de l'enregistrement (CARAS) is a not-for-profit organization created to preserve and enhance the Canadian music and recording industries and to contribute toward higher artistic and industry standards. The main focus of CARAS is the exploration and development of opportunities to showcase and promote Canadian artists and music through vehicles such as The JUNO Awards. For more information on the 40th Annual JUNO Awards or The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences' (CARAS) website please visit www.junoawards.ca or www.carasonline.ca.

About CTV:

CTV, Canada's Olympic Network, is also Canada's largest private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV is Canada's most-watched television network. CTV Inc. also owns radio stations across the country and owns or has interests in leading national specialty channels, featuring news, sports, factual, arts, entertainment, music, youth and fashion programming. Official broadcaster of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and London 2012 Games of the Olympiad, CTV Inc. is owned by CTVglobemedia Inc., Canada's premier multi-media company, which also owns Canada's national newspaper, The Globe and Mail. More information about CTV may be found on the network's website at www.ctv.ca.

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