WINNIPEG, March 31, 2014 /CNW/ - It was a great pleasure to take part in
the JUNO Awards ceremony this evening in my hometown of Winnipeg. The
evening was a wonderful conclusion to an entire week of activities that
gave music lovers an opportunity to celebrate our artists to the beat
of our own music. Again this year, Canadian singers, songwriters,
composers, musicians, entrepreneurs and other music professionals have
astounded us with their talent and their achievements.
Our Government recognizes the importance of the Canadian music industry.
Canada is the world's third-largest exporter of musical talent. The
Canadian music industry generates close to $3 billion a year in
economic activity from concerts, commercial radio, performing rights
and sales of recordings.
I would like to congratulate the group Bachman-Turner Overdrive (BTO) on
its induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. The Winnipeg band
has left a distinct impression on the imagination of an entire
generation with songs like "Takin' Care of Business" and "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet."
On behalf of the Government of Canada, I commend all of this year's
nominees and award winners. I also want to thank the Canadian Academy
of Recording Arts and Sciences, which, through the JUNO Awards,
recognizes the exceptional achievements of Canada's music makers.
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