Is anyone else as perturbed as I am by today’s announcement from CTV and the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, also known as CARAS?
The two organizations revealed today that St. John’s, Newfoundland would be the host city for the 2010 Juno Awards, which marks the second time that the city has hosted the awards in eight years.
“The JUNO Awards have come full circle to arrive back in St. John’s following the great success of our visit here in 2002, and we at CARAS are thrilled to be returning to a city of such enthusiasm and rich musical tradition,” said Melanie Berry, CARAS President. “2010 will mark the beginning of an exciting new city to city cycle for the JUNO Awards.”
Okay, that’s all well and good, but what about Montreal, or even Toronto? If this really is the nation’s music awards, shouldn’t they bring the party to Montreal, or some part of Quebec?
If nothing else it would be a good gesture to the French-speaking people of the country, not to mention the amazing music scene in the city.
And what about Toronto? Is it being skipped over because the city hosted the awards for so many years? Or on the second tour around the country will they skip Ottawa and come back here?
I’ve sent off a request to CTV and CARAS for their official line on the issue, but in the meantime I can’t help but feel a bit angry. Maybe most people across Canada don’t care, but frankly if the Junos are going to represent this country, they need to visit more communities, not pick a few favorites and keep going there.
Skip Toronto, fine, because the Junos were in Ottawa in 2003, but skipping Montreal is kind of a huge oversight.
For those following the awards, the 2009 Juno Awards are set for Vancouver on Sunday, March 29, and the 2010 Junos will be in St. John’s from April 15-18.
So, what do you think about this?