Gallery: 40 Years of the Juno Awards

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The Juno Awards have returned to Toronto for the first time in eleven years, but 2011 marks an even bigger anniversary for the event, which celebrates 40 years of celebrating Canadian music this year.

Organized today by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the event was originally called the Gold Leaf Awards and was founded by RPM Magazine. The first official “Juno Awards” took place in 1971 at St. Lawrence Hall after the awards were renamed, and just a few years later CBC started carrying the event on television.

Over the 40-year history, the Juno Awards have paid tribute to hundreds of artists, with countless Canadian and International stars coming out to show their support, including Paul Anka, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Céline Dion, Coldplay, Michael Bublé, and countless others.

Photo Gallery:

Photos courtesy of CARAS.

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W. Andrew Powell lives, sleeps, eats, and breaths movies and entertainment. Since launching The GATE in 1999 Andrew has enjoyed being a pest to any publicist who would return his calls.In his "spare time," Andrew is also an avid photographer, and writes about leisure travel and hotels around the world.