JUNO AWARDS WILL RETURN TO TORONTO IN 2021

Organizers of the country's biggest music awards show say they'll mark their 50th year by returning to their hometown with a historic celebration.

Several Juno award statues sit in the photo room before the awards show, Sunday, April 2, 2017 in Ottawa. (Sean Kilpatrick / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

TORONTO — The Juno Awards will pop the cork for their golden anniversary on the streets of Toronto.

Organizers of the country’s biggest music awards show say they’ll mark their 50th year by returning to their hometown with a historic celebration.

A week of music events will culminate with the live broadcast from the Scotiabank Arena on March 28, 2021.

It’ll mark the first time in a decade the Junos take place in the city.

In 2011, Toronto native Drake hosted the broadcast and led with six nominations. He walked away without picking up a single award.

It appears to have caused a rift between the performer and Juno organizers that hasn’t mended. Drake hasn’t attended the awards show since, and didn’t submit his 2018 album “Scorpion” or 2017’s “More Life” for consideration.

Allan Reid, head of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, says the benchmark event in 2021 will reflect on the Juno Awards’ Toronto origins, where they originally started as the Gold Leaf Awards in 1970.

The show was renamed the Juno Awards a year later in honour of Pierre Juneau, the CRTC’s first chairman and a key architect in the creation of Canadian content regulations in 1971.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 24, 2019.

David Friend ~ The Canadian Press

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