“Tonight has been 40 years in the making, 40 years of celebrating the strength and diversity of our rich musical heritage and artists, and 40 years of bringing Canadian music closer to the fans.”
– Melanie Berry.

Although the 40th anniversary of the Juno Awards won’t take place until March 27th, the celebration began last evening at Toronto’s St. Lawrence Hall, site of the first Juno Awards show. Melanie Berry, President and CEO of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences announced a series of Juno-related events that will happen throughout the year.

The November 9th launch of the book Music From Far And Wide: Celebrating 40 Years of the Juno Awards kicks off the series. Written by Larry LeBlanc, Nick Krewen, Karen Bliss and Jason Schneider, the book includes more than 100 contributions from Juno winners and nominees.

After presenting a video montage of 40 year’s worth of memories at the Juno Awards, Berry went on to announce the other events to highlight the legacy of the awards. The diverse series of celebrations will include a showcase at the Bata Shoe Museum of 40 stylish shoes donated by winners and nominees throughout the years, and a series of concerts at the legendary Horseshoe Tavern with each night marking a decade.

Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo – author of the forward of the Juno book – took the stage briefly to talk about how important the Junos are to Canada and how informative the book is. “This book will be essential for anyone that has a coffee table,” Cuddy said wryly.

Juno organizers, with help from Billy Talent then unveiled the new award statuette, essentially a block of crystal with a three dimensional negative space model of the former award inside. Cheers erupted through the hall as the statuette was held high. Music played everyone off the stage and the audience was left feeling rather optimistic about the events to come.

Event Info:

JUNO Sole: Celebrating 40 Years of the JUNO Awards @ The Bata Shoe Museum
Date: November 10, 2010 – November 30, 2011
The Star Turns gallery at the renowned Bata Shoe Museum will be transformed into an exciting space that celebrates the past, present and future of Canadian music through fashion.

JUNO Decades: A 40th Anniversary Concert Series @ The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
December 4, 2010: Songs of the ’70s – Produced by Six Shooter Records and Starfish Entertainment
January 8, 2011: Songs of the ’80s – Produced by Last Gang Entertainment
February 5, 2011: Songs of the ’90s – Produced by Dine Alone Records and Bedlam Music Management
March 5, 2011: Songs of the ’00s – Produced by Pheromone Recordings and MapleMusic Recordings

The JUNO Tour of Canadian Art @ the AGO
Date: February 16 – August 31, 2011
Visitors to the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) will have the opportunity to experience a new and intimate perspective on the gallery’s existing works of art via The JUNO Tour of Canadian Art. Eight JUNO Award winners and nominees will select artistic works within the AGO’s Canadian collections that serve as a personal or artistic inspiration. Their response will be recorded and displayed in the gallery on a video screen next to their chosen piece.

“JUNO Rocks” Gardens @ Canada Blooms
Venue: Direct Energy Centre, Heritage Court
Date: March 16-20, 2011
Canada Blooms: The Flower & Garden Festival will present five specially designed themed gardens in honour of the JUNO Awards’ 40th Anniversary.

JUNO Week @ the Ontario Science Centre
Date: March 20, 2011 – March 27, 2011

Ovation: Celebrating 40 Years of the JUNO Awards
Venue: Roy Thomson Hall
Date: March 22, 2011
Past JUNO Award Classical nominees and winners gather to make music in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Canada’s Music Awards.

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