Sirius XM Canada the country's leading audio entertainment company, today announced the return of JUNO Radio on Friday, March 13. Running through Sunday, March 15 on Sirius (channel 161) and XM (channel 173), the limited-run takeover will feature the best musical talent in the country from the past and present.
The JUNO Awards, being held this year in Hamilton, Ontario, honour Canada's vast collection of talented musicians and place the spotlight on the artists making music today. JUNO Radio will offer SiriusXM subscribers exclusive interviews, special moments, award predictions and more from artists such as Arkells, Billy Talent, Michael Bublé, Carly Rae Jepsen, Feist, Tegan and Sara, USS, Whitehorse and more. Listeners can also hear classic content from the JUNO vault spanning from across the Awards' history and live behind-the-scenes coverage of the 2015 JUNO Awards.
"We want all of our subscribers to have access to this very important celebration of Canadian music," said Jeff Leake, Director of Music Programming, SiriusXM Canada. "The JUNOs are more than an awards show; they showcase this country's unbelievable emerging and established talent who we work with every day in our studios. That's why we love capturing the thrill of the weekend over three special days for our listeners from coast to coast."
To officially get the weekend under way, The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (CARAS) and SiriusXM Canada will host the SiriusXM JUNO KickOff on Thursday, March 13, featuring four-time JUNO Award winners The Sheepdogs. Joining The Sheepdogs at Hamilton's historic Liuna Station will be three-time JUNO nominees Tokyo Police Club and Say Yes (members of Alexisonfire and Saint Alvia). Tickets are available now at www.ticketmaster.ca with all proceeds from ticket sales going toward MusiCounts, Canada's music education charity associated with CARAS and part of SiriusXM's ongoing dedication to music charities developed for youth.
JUNO Radio will start the weekend with a rebroadcast of the 2014 SiriusXM JUNO KickOff in Winnipeg, featuring The Trews on Friday, March 13 at 10 am and 10 pm EST. A live recording of the 2015 SiriusXM JUNO KickOff will air for the first time on Saturday, March 14 at 8 pm EST.
SiriusXM Canada will also be the presenting sponsor of this year's JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards on Saturday, March 14, 2015 in Hamilton, featuring performances from 2015 JUNO nominees Alvvays, Daniel Lanois, Matt Andersen and more. Hosted by Jessi Cruickshank, 35 awards will be given out at the industry event, including Songwriter of the Year sponsored by SiriusXM and the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award, awarded this year to Rush. JUNO Radio will be backstage during the Gala getting all the behind-the-scenes action from winners, presenters and performers.