– THE 2016 JUNO AWARDS airs Sunday, April 3 at 7 p.m. ET on CTV and CTV GO from The Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary –
– Tickets currently available through www.ticketmaster.ca –
TORONTO, March 3, 2016 /CNW/ - Jann and Jon take on the JUNOS! As announced live on CTV's THE SOCIAL today, CTV and The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) confirm that Calgary native and JUNO Award winner Jann Arden and THE AMAZING RACE CANADA host and Olympic Gold Medallist Jon Montgomery are set to take the stage as the co-hosts for CTV's broadcast of THE 2016 JUNO AWARDS, Sunday, April 3 at 7 p.m. ET.
Bringing a mix of wit and their renowned energy to THE 2016 JUNO AWARDS stage, Arden and Montgomery play host to an impressive list of performers, including Alessia Cara, Bryan Adams, Dean Brody, Shawn Mendes, and The Weeknd. With exactly one month to go before the big show, more talent announcements will be made in the coming weeks.
A beloved Canadian artist, Arden hosts the JUNO Awards for the second time, after previously taking the reins in Hamilton in 1997. In her career to-date she has received eight JUNO Awards including Female Artist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year, and is a nominee this year for Adult Contemporary Album of the Year for A Jann Arden Christmas. A seasoned and charismatic host, Jon Montgomery is no stranger to the JUNO Awards, appearing in 2010 as a presenter after becoming a Canadian household name when he defied the odds, and nabbed Gold for the men's skeleton race at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Now, he's known to millions of Canadians as the host of the most-watched television program in the country, THE AMAZING RACE CANADA.
"I hosted the JUNO Awards almost 20 years ago and I am completely thrilled, shocked, elated and excited to be doing it again with Jon!" said Jann Arden. "It's an honour to be a part of this year's celebration of the best of Canadian music in my home town."
"Being asked to assist Jann Arden with hosting the JUNOS is a bit sad actually...because when it's over, then what?" said Jon Montgomery. "I might as well pack it in, because nothing could ever be cooler than this opportunity."
"Jann and Jon are going to knockout JUNO viewers and the crowd in Calgary with their charisma, comedy, and great sense of fun," said John Brunton, Executive Producer, THE 2016 JUNO AWARDS. "This year's show is shaping up to be a memorable night in Canadian music!"
THE 2016 JUNO AWARDS airs live from Calgary on CTV and CTV GO at 7 p.m. ET/8 p.m. AT. Check local listings to confirm broadcast times and stations.
Arden is a Canadian born, singer, songwriter, broadcaster, and author. The much- celebrated multi-platinum, award winning artist catapulted onto the Canadian music scene in 1993 with the release of her debut album Time For Mercy featuring the hit single, "I Would Die For You". A year later with Living Under June, she would have her career breakout hit "Insensitive" that would solidify her position in the music world. Arden has released 12 albums with 19 top ten singles. Arden is also the recipient of 10 SOCAN Awards, four Western Canadian Music Awards, a MUCH MUSIC VIDEO AWARD, and a star on Canada's Walk of Fame. Arden has also been inducted into the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame and was awarded the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Montgomery's historic victory in skeleton at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games made him a champion, but it was his now-famous beer swilling walk through Whistler Village, and genuine awe-inspiring joy on the podium receiving his gold medal, that made him a household name across Canada. Hailing from Russell, Manitoba, Montgomery knows a thing or two about small town Canada. The honourary Albertan has also visited every major Canadian city, and countless international destinations both as a traveller and athlete, and maintains that Canadians share a connection that no other country on earth can boast. As the host of CTV's THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, Montgomery wasn't all that surprised to see the success of the series, as he has seen first-hand the collective enthusiasm Canadians share for this country. Season 3 of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA delivered an impressive 2.54 million viewers per episode, making it the #1 regularly scheduled television program, #1 competition series, and #1 Canadian series in the 2015 calendar year. CTV's THE AMAZING RACE CANADA returns to CTV this summer.
**Media Note** – Photos and biographies for THE 2016 JUNO AWARDS co-hosts are available at www.bellmediapr.ca/network/CTV and www.junoawards.ca.
Tickets are currently on sale for THE 2016 JUNO AWARDS. Tickets range from $39-$149 (plus service charges), and are available through the Scotiabank Saddledome Box Office, by phone at 1-855-985-5000, and online at ticketmaster.ca.
THE 2016 JUNO AWARDS is produced by Insight Productions in association with CTV and The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS). Executive Producers are John Brunton and Barbara Bowlby for Insight Productions, and Allan Reid and Mark Cohon for CARAS. Lindsay Cox is Supervising Producer. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, CTV Networks, and CraveTV, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Entertainment Production and Broadcasting, Bell Media.
Premier Partners of The 2016 JUNO Awards: CARAS acknowledges the financial support of FACTOR, the Government of Canada and of Canada's Private Radio Broadcaster, Radio Starmaker Fund, the Province of Alberta, the City of Calgary, Tourism Calgary, the National Music Centre, Google Play Music and TD Bank Group.
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 industry and to contribute toward higher artistic and industry standards. The main focus of CARAS is the exploration and development of ongoing opportunities to showcase and promote Canadian artists and music through vehicles such as The JUNO Awards and other year-round initiatives. For more information on the 45th Annual JUNO Awards or The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) please visit www.junoawards.ca.
CTV is Canada's #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada's most-watched television network for the past 14 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada's premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada's largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network's website at CTV.ca.
Official JUNO Awards website: www.junoawards.ca
CTV's JUNO Awards website: www.junos.ctv.ca
JUNO TV: www.junotv.ca
CTV website: www.ctv.ca
For further information: For more information about THE 2016 JUNO AWARDS on CTV, contact: Nicola Krishna, 416.384.5276 or firstname.lastname@example.org; Laura Berkenblit, 416.384.3173 or email@example.com; Amanda Rinaldo, 416.384.5325 or firstname.lastname@example.org; For more information about CARAS and THE 2016 JUNO AWARDS, contact: Adrienne Kakoullis, 416.628.5610 or akakoullis@holmesPR.com