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Article content After being pushed back several weeks, the 50th annual Juno Awards airs Sunday night on CBC.
Originally set for March, before being moved to May, the ceremony will beam in virtually from “iconic musical landmarks” from across the country, including Calgary’s National Music Centre, which will celebrate Canadian Music Hall of Fame honouree Jann Arden.
Toronto R singer The Weeknd leads all nominees with six nods, with Justin Bieber, Jessie Reyez and JP Saxe up for five trophies each.
After the 2020 ceremony in Saskatoon was forced to go virtual last June due to COVID 19, here are five things Canadian music fans should keep an eye out for this year.
TRAGICALLY HIP TO PERFORM
Canadian music icons The Tragically Hip will take to the stage for the first time since frontman Gord Downie died in 2017.
Article content “We’ve known Leslie Feist for over 20 years, having toured together in 1999,” the band said in a statement. “We are all huge fans and Gord loved her. It’s an honour to be able to play one of our songs with her. It’s been such a difficult year for our fellow musicians, we wanted to do something to honour them in a way that would make Gord smile.”
The Kingston, Ont. rockers, who recently released Saskadelphia, weren’t going to play the show, but when Feist’s name was floated around, they thought “Gord would really wholeheartedly approve.”
“I think everyone had the same reaction probably simultaneously of, ‘Gord would like that,'” lead guitarist Rob Baker told the Sun last month.
Gord Downie of the Tragically Hip performs at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on Aug. 10, 2016. Photo by Ernest Doroszuk/Toronto Sun “The only way I’m making any sense of it is to imagine I’ll be singing backups for Gord, and know my 20 year old self wouldn’t believe it,” Feist, who last played at the awards ceremony in 2017, added in a statement. “Like the rest of Canada, I’ll be so happy to hear these kings of song play again.”
Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush will also present the Hip with the 2021 Humanitarian Award during the ceremonies. herm of hermes statue mini replica
Past recipients of the honour include Arcade Fire, Neil Young, Bryan Adams and Buffy Sainte Marie.
JUSTIN BIEBER MAKES LONG AWAITED RETURN
Fresh off the chart success of his recent Justice LP, Stratford, Ont.’s Justin Bieber will be back onstage performing for the first time in over a decade.