Twelve-time JUNO winner and Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductee Sarah McLachlan hosted the 48th Annual JUNO Awards live from London, Ontario’s Budweiser Gardens.
The show opened with a bang… not to mention cheers, flips and more from the Western Mustangs Band and Cheerleaders who joined London’s own Loud Luxury on stage for their performance of “Body” featuring Brando.
The crowd was audibly surprised when the previously unannounced international icon Sting took the stage to introduce another living icon, David Foster. Together, the two music legends awarded global emerging star Jessie Reyez with her second JUNO statuette. The evening’s additional awards were claimed by bülow, Arkells, and Brett Kissel.
After a hard-fought social campaign driven by fans around the world, 8-time JUNO winner Avril Lavigne took home the JUNO Fan Choice Award Presented by TD for the second time in her career. She last won the award in 2005.
Following his four major wins at The JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards Presented by SOCAN, Shawn Mendes also took home Album of the Year Sponsored by Music Canada and delighted fans with a special performance of “In My Blood” from his current tour in Europe.
The broadcast also featured performances by Arkells, Bahamas, bülow, Cœur de pirate featuring Loud, Jeremy Dutcher featuring Blake Pouliot, Nav, The Reklaws, Sarah McLachlan, and Tyler Shaw.
The night was capped with a very special and memorable occasion – the induction of legendary singer-songwriter Corey Hart into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. Fans were also treated to the singer’s first live television performance in over 20 years – a stirring rendition of his massive hits, “Never Surrender” and “Sunglasses at Night”.
Photo Credit: CARAS/Ryan Bolton
March 25, 2018
Multiple JUNO Award winner Michael Bublé returned to host The 2018 JUNO Awards at Rogers Arena in his hometown of Vancouver, BC.
The evening was packed with several special moments, including a moving tribute to Gord Downie introduced by Kevin Drew and Pearl Wenjack with performances by Sarah Harmer, Kevin Hearn and City and Colour. Downie was also awarded Artist of the Year during the broadcast, making him the most awarded male artist in JUNO Awards history.
From start to finish, The 2018 JUNO Awards featured amazing performances by some of Canada’s top artists, including Arkells, Daniel Caesar, Diana Krall with guest Michael Bublé, Felix Cartal, Jessie Reyez, Lights, Shawn Hook, and The Jerry Cans. International Achievement Award winners Arcade Fire opened the broadcast with their mega-hit “Everything Now”, and the Northern Touch Allstars: Rascalz, Checkmate, Kardinal Offishall, Thrust and Choclair surprised fans with a performance of their hit song, “Northern Touch”, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the groundbreaking hip-hop release.
The evening’s awards were anchored by the Canadian Music Hall of Fame induction of eight-time JUNO Award winners Barenaked Ladies, alongside co-founder and singer-songwriter Steven Page. Presented by rock icon and fellow Hall of Famer Geddy Lee, the recognition marked three decades as legendary performers and one of Canada’s most celebrated groups. To cap off an already unforgettable evening, the Barenaked Ladies and Page took the stage for a special one-time performance of “If I Had $1,000,000” with original member Andy Creegan and “One Week,” joined by friends Jann Arden, Jim Cuddy, The Jerry Cans, City & Colour, Eric McCormack and Northern Touch Allstars and more.
April 2, 2017
As a signature event for Ottawa 2017, in honour of Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation, The 2017 JUNO Awards aired live from the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa on Sunday, April 2, 2017.
The two-and-a-half hour broadcast, co-hosted by Russell Peters and Bryan Adams, opened with a greeting from 2017 Allan Waters Humanitarian Award recipient Buffy Sainte-Marie, and featured performances by Alessia Cara featuring Zedd, Arkells, A Tribe Called Red, Billy Talent, Bryan Adams, Dallas Smith, July Talk, Ruth B., Shawn Mendes, The Strumbellas, and 2017 Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductee Sarah McLachlan.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau delivered a touching speech on Leonard Cohen’s legacy and introduced a tribute performance of “Hey That’s No Way to Say Goodbye” by Feist. Bryan Adams closed the broadcast with an all-star jam of the co-host’s classic hit “Summer of ’69.”
April 3, 2016
Hosted by eight-time JUNO Award winner Jann Arden and The Amazing Race Canada host Jon Montgomery, The 2016 JUNO Awards was broadcast in 4K from the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary. The broadcast featured performances from The Weeknd, Alessia Cara, Shawn Mendes, Bryan Adams, and an all-star tribute to Burton Cummings, the 2016 Canadian Music Hall of Fame Inductee.
March 15, 2015
Alanis Morissette was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in Hamilton, the same city where she won 5 JUNOS for Jagged Little Pill in 1996.
March 30, 2014
Bachman-Turner Overdrive, the 2014 Canadian Music Hall of Fame Inductees, performed on-stage together for the first time since 1991
April 21, 2013
International superstar Michael Bublé hosted The 2013 JUNO Awards—the biggest event ever held at the Brandt Centre in Regina, SK!
April 1, 2012
The JUNO Awards returned to Ottawa, Canada’s Capital Region for the second time! Captain Kirk himself, William Shatner, hosted the show!
March 27, 2011
The JUNO Awards celebrated their 40th Anniversary and returned to Toronto for the first time since taking the “show on the road” in 2002. Aptly, the show was hosted by Drake.
April 18, 2010
This year, the JUNO Awards saw 94 first time nominees and returned to St. John’s Newfoundland for the second time
April 6, 2008
Feist won all five categories in which she was nominated (Single of the Year, Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Pop Album of the Year)
April 1, 2007
Nelly Furtado swept up all five categories in which she was nominated (Single of the Year, Album of the Year, Pop Album of the Year, Artist of the Year and JUNO Fan Choice Award).
April 3, 2005
For the first time since CTV had taken over as broadcaster, a non-musician hosted the show (Brent Butt).
April 6, 2003
As the host, Shania Twain wore six custom-designed outfits emblazoned with different hockey team logos throughout the evening.
March 4, 2001
This year was the last for the JUNO Awards to be televised by CBC. Rick Mercer served as host.
March 12, 2000
The Moffatts hosted and The JUNO Award statuette was redesigned by artist Shirley Elford.
March 22, 1998
Hosted by Jason Priestley with performances by Jann Arden, Sarah McLachlan, and Shania Twain. David Foster was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. A backstage telecast was introduced to add to the JUNO Awards website.
March 10, 1996
Alanis Morissette took home five JUNO Awards for the album Jagged Little Pill, including Female Vocalist of the Year.
March 21, 1993
The Canadian Music Hall of Fame welcomed its newest inductee, Anne Murray.
March 3, 1991
Maestro Fresh Wes won the first JUNO Award for Rap Recording of the Year for his debut album, Symphony in Effect.
March 12, 1989
Every band that performed at the Awards this year had double platinum records. Performers were: Tom Cochrane and Red Rider, Crowded House, Glass Tiger, Jeff Healy Band, Colin James, k.d lang and the Reclines, Rita MacNeil, The Band and Blue Rodeo.
November 2, 1987
k.d lang won Country Female Vocalist of the year, ending Anne Murray’s seven consecutive wins in that category.
Loverboy won six JUNO Awards that night: Group of the Year, Album of the Year, Single of the Year, Composer of the Year, Producer of the Year, and Engineer of the Year.
March 29, 1978
The Canadian Music Hall of Fame was introduced and its first inductees were jazz pianist Oscar Peterson and band leader Guy Lombardo.
March 15, 1976
When accepting their award for Group of the Year, Bachman Turner Overdrive’s Randy Bachman pulled a maple leaf-styled plaque from a brown paper bag and presented it to Walt Grealis.
February 23, 1970
The JUNO Awards was originally named the RPM Gold Leaf Awards, created by RPM Publishers, Walt Grealis and Stan Klees.