Junos Week packed full of shows

After a long two years, the JUNOs will be back in full force this year, starting with a jam-packed week. 

The big event, of course, is the awards ceremony on Sunday, May 15, broadcast from Toronto’s Budweiser Stage starting at 8 p.m. EST on CBC TV, CBC Radio One and CBC Music, and streaming on CBC Gem, CBC Listen and internationally at CBCMusic.ca/junos, along with the CBC’s social media pages. 

The JUNO Songwriters’ Circle kicks off the festivities on Wednesday, May 11, at the beloved and reopened Massey Hall, a perfect setting to see “Canada’s top songwriters, and 2022 JUNO nominees come together on stage for a night of intimate conversations and stripped-down performances,” hosted by Tom Power from CBC Q.  Featured guests include Allison Russell, Charlotte Day Wilson, Devon and Connor from Half, Moon Run, Metric, Mustafa, Serena Ryder, TOBi and The Weather Station. 

On Thursday, head over to Artscape Daniels Launchpad on Queens Quay East for ADVANCE X JUNO Talks: Influential Black Women in Music, the fifth episode, and first in-person panel, of the JUNO Talks series. The event, hosted by A. Harmony, starts at 4 p.m. and features a panel including Vivian Barclay and Carla Beauvais with Savannah Re’.

Things really start to heat up on Thursday with CBC Music JUNOFest, five days of showcases at venues across Toronto and the GTA with more than 35 artists performing at places like the ArtHaus, CODA, the El Mocambo, Lee’s Palace and Supermarket. 

The list of performers is top-notch, featuring Ceréna, DJ Shub, Korea Town Acid, Sam Coffey and the Iron Lungs, SATE, The Beaches, the Pursuit of Happiness and so many others. 

And then, for the main event on Sunday, Simu Liu will host the JUNOs from Toronto with performers scheduled to include Arcade Fire, Arkells, Avril Lavigne, bbno$, Charlotte Cardin, Deborah Cox — who will be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame! — DJ Shub, Haviah Mighty, Mustafa, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Lauren Spencer-Smith and Tesher. 

All events are ticketed; a full list of events, performers and other details about the festivities can be found here. And remember, $1 from each ticket sold to the JUNO Songwriters’ Circle, certain JUNOFest shows and the main ceremony will be dedicated to MusiCounts, in honour of the charity’s 25th anniversary. 

Amber Healy

I write about music policy and lawsuits because they're endlessly fascinating.

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