Vancouver Rolls Out the Red Carpet for The 2009 JUNO Awards



    Since taking the show on the road The JUNO Awards will have gone coast to
    coast, from St. John's in 2002 to Vancouver in 2009

    TORONTO, Feb. 12 /CNW/ - The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and
Sciences (CARAS) along with broadcast partner CTV have named Vancouver,
British Columbia, as the Host City for the 38th Annual JUNO Awards in 2009.
All of the popular JUNO Weekend Events including Juno Cup, Juno Fan Fare,
JunoFest and Songwriters' Circle will take place over a four-day weekend
alongside local festivities and events starting March 26, 2009. The 2009 JUNO
Awards will be broadcast on CTV on Sunday, March 29, 2009.
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    "As the world watches on, we're thrilled to be part of Vancouver's
exciting horizon and bring the experience of the JUNO Awards in 2009," said
Melanie Berry, CARAS President. "A city well known for its diversity,
inclusiveness and cultural heritage, Vancouver is a natural fit to host
Canada's music awards show."
    "Canada's music awards and the world's premier sporting event - a winning
combination," said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels,
CTV Inc. "CTV is proud to shine the spotlight on Vancouver in both 2009 and
2010."
    Preparations are underway in Vancouver for the 2009 JUNO Awards with the
help and support of the Vancouver Host Committee, the Province of British
Columbia and the City of Vancouver.
    "We are delighted to have the JUNO Awards come to Vancouver in 2009,"
said British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell. "Vancouver is one of British
Columbia's most vibrant cities and we look forward to hosting a national and
international event that will celebrate and showcase Canada's best musical
talent to the world."
    On hearing the announcement, Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan said, "The JUNO
Awards will help showcase Vancouver as a premier international destination for
arts and culture. We are blessed to have so many wonderful recording artists
from Canada - and Vancouver - that are recognized and successful around the
world. The 2009 JUNO Awards will be a great platform to celebrate this success
and inspire the next generation of Canadian recording artists. I want to
congratulate the Vancouver team for its successful bid."
    Bob D'Eith, Executive Chair of the Vancouver 2009 Bid Committee for the
JUNO Awards said, "This bid would not have been successful without the hard
work of the bid committee, Tourism Vancouver, the staff of Music BC, the
Province of British Columbia and the City of Vancouver who showed great vision
in creating a new Cultural Tourism Strategy to fund this initiative."
    Bob D'Eith adds, "Working together, the City of Vancouver and the
Province of British Columbia made this dream a reality and created a legacy
which will help to fund other cultural tourism initiatives going into the
future. Thanks to CARAS for choosing our wonderful city to host the JUNO
Awards in 2009."
    Sponsors of The 2009 JUNO Awards include FACTOR, Canada's Private Radio
Broadcasters and the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian
Heritage's "Canada Music Fund," The Province of British Columbia through the
Ministry of Tourism, Sport and the Arts, The City of Vancouver and Radio
Starmaker Fund.
    Vancouver is Canada's third largest city and consistently ranked among
global surveys as one of the world's best places to live. It boasts one of the
mildest climates in Canada and is renowned for its beautiful vistas, natural
resources and bustling metropolis. Vancouver has one of the most ethnically
diverse populations, which is reflected in the city's world-class arts and
cultural venues, exceptional events and festivities. Vancouver is a hotbed for
musical talent and has helped cultivate mega artists and bands including Bryan
Adams, Diana Krall, Hedley, Michael Bublé and Sarah McLachlan.
    Hosted by Russell Peters and featuring performances by Anne Murray, Avril
Lavigne, Feist, Finger Eleven, Measha Brueggergosman and Michael Bublé, The
2008 JUNO Awards will be broadcast from Calgary, Alberta, on Sunday, April 6th
at the Pengrowth Saddledome. Broadcast in High-Defintion and 5.1 Surround
Sound, The 2008 JUNO Awards will air for the seventh year in a row on CTV, the
official broadcast partner of the JUNO Awards.
    Since CTV joined forces with CARAS in 2001, The JUNO Awards have been
broadcast from St. John's (2002), Ottawa (2003), Edmonton (2004), Winnipeg
(2005), Halifax (2006) and Saskatoon (2007).

    About CARAS:

    The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences/L'academie 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 television vehicles
such as The JUNO Awards. For more information on the 37th Annual JUNO Awards,
visit the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences' (CARAS) website at
www.junoawards.ca.

    About CTV:

    CTV, Canada's largest private broadcaster, offers a wide range of quality
news, sports, information, and entertainment programming. It has the
number-one national newscast, CTV National News With Lloyd Robertson, and is
the number-one choice for prime-time viewing. CTVglobemedia Inc. is Canada's
premier multi-media company which owns CTV Inc. and The Globe and Mail. CTV
Inc. also owns radio stations across the country, and leading national
specialty channels. Other CTVglobemedia investments include an interest in
Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, and in Dome Productions, a North American
leader in the provision of mobile high definition production facilities. More
information about CTV may be found on the company website at www.ctv.ca.





For further information:

For further information: The 2009 JUNO Awards and Vancouver Media
Contacts: CARAS and The JUNO Awards: Katherine Holmes, Holmes Creative
Communications, (416) 628-5604, (416) 919-6310 mobile, kholmes@hccink.com;
Province of British Columbia: Don McDonald, Ministry of Tourism, Sport and the
Arts and Minister Responsible for ActNow BC, (250) 356-9869,
Donald.McDonald@gov.bc.ca; City of Vancouver: Dave Hurford, Office of Mayor
Sam Sullivan, (604) 561-3970, David.Hurford@vancouver.ca; Vancouver 2009 Bid
Committee: Bob D'Eith, Music BC Industry Association, (604) 873-1914,
bob@musicbc.org; CTV: Scott Henderson, (416) 332-5305, shenderson@ctv.ca

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