Juno-related events announced 0
Have you caught Juno fever yet? Nah, me neither.
Maybe this will help. With little more than a month to go before Canada's music awards are handed out April 1 in Ottawa, organizers have announced a parade of Juno-related events being held in the nation's capital and elsewhere. Here's a rundown:
The annual pre-awards music festival features 100 local, regional and national acts showcasing their wares in Ottawa bars on March 30 and 31. This year's lineup includes: Austra, Bruthers of Different Muthers, D-Sisive, David Gogo, Deep Dark Woods, Devin Cuddy, Dustin Bentall & Kendel Carson, Falling Down Thunder & Rise Ashen, F---ed Up, Jenn Grant, Jim Cuddy, Harrison Kennedy, Kasm vs. Seed Organization, KENmode, Knife Party, Luke Doucet, MonkeyJunk, NQ Arbuckle, Oh Susanna, Pregnancy Scares, Randy Wood, Silver Creek, Socalled, Suzie Vinnick, Swollen Members, The Beauties, Good Lovelies, Wayne Pettit and Hollerado, with more acts TBA. Wristbands cost $30 at Ticketmaster. Individual tickets will be available at venues.
This fan-appreciation event -- which includes autograph sessions, interviews, performances and prizes -- is always packed. This year's Fan Fare will be held March 31 at Ottawa's St. Laurent Centre Court, with artists such as Alyssa Reid, Anjulie, Classified, Down With Webster, JRDN, Karl Wolf, Marianas Trench, Mia Martina, Simple Plan and Victoria Duffield taking part.
Multiple nominee Dan Mangan hosts a sitdown with David Francey, Lindi Ortega, Max Kerman of The Arkells and Terri Clark on April 1 at Ottawa's Centrepointe Theatre. Tickets are $39.50 at www.centrepointetheatre.com or 613-580-2700.
Gordon Lightfoot: Canadian Railroad Trilogy Exhibit
The Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa hosts a display dedicated to the story behind the folk legend's iconic song. See www.sciencetech.technomuses.ca for more info.
Juno Rocks Gardens
Artists such as Feist, Jann Arden and Sarah Slean partner with landscape artists to design and create gardens that reflect their personal styles. Seriously. Check them out at Toronto's Direct Energy Centre from March 16 - 25. See www.canadablooms.com.
Celebrating the Junos: Photographs & Album Artwork
The Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau spotlights Juno-winning album cover art category from 1975 to today, along with vintage photographs. The display runs from March 16 - April 9. See www.civilization.ca.
Live Music Labs
Carly Rae Jepsen, Chantal Kreviazuk, Down With Webster, JRDN, Kardinal Offishall discuss their songwriting process -- this year's theme is The Science of a Song -- on March 24 and 25 at Ontario Science Centre in Toronto. See www.ontariosciencecentre.ca.
Nominees Bee's Knees and Monkey Bunch do it for the kids on March 25 at Ontario Science Centre in Toronto. See www.ontariosciencecentre.ca.
Juno Tour of Canadian Art
Classified, Hollerado, Shad, and other musicians discuss Canadian art at the National Gallery in Ottawa beginning March 26. See www.gallery.ca.
Junos at TIFF: Celebrating Canadian Music on Film
This year's music DVD nominees -- David Francey's Burning Bright; Feist's Look at What the Light Did Now; Peter Katz's Live at the Music Gallery; Rush's Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland; and Tegan and Sara's Get Along -- screen March 29 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto, with filmmakers in attendance. See www.tiff.net.
The second annual Juno basketball game -- featuring baller-turned-singer JRDN and other artists -- takes place March 29 at the U of Ottawa's Montpetit Hall. This year's event also includes a slam-dunk contest. Admission is $10 ($5 students). See www.junohoops.ca or facebook/junohoops.ca.
The 2012 Juno Awards will be presented at Ottawa's Scotiabank Place in a televised gala hosted by William Shatner. Performers include this year's hall of fame inductees Blue Rodeo, along with nominees City and Colour, deadmau5, Feist, Hedley, Hey Rosetta! and Nickelback. Simple Plan will be given the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award for their work funding youth charities. See www.junoawards.ca for more info.