Jon Montgomery & Jann Arden host the 2016 Juno Awards in Calgary

by Jake Robinson
Juno Award hosts Jon Montgomery and Jen Arden

The Junos celebrate their 45th year honoring the best in Canadian music this weekend, with performances from Canadian music legends Bryan Adams and Buffy Sainte-Marie, as well as rising stars Shawn Mendes, The Weeknd, and returning favourite, Lights.

The biggest show for Canada’s recording artists broadcasts tomorrow night, April 3rd, at 7:00 PM (ET), will be hosted by Jon Montgomery of The Amazing Race Canada, and 8-time Juno Award recipient Jann Arden.

Nominees this year include the aforementioned The Weeknd and Shawn Mendes, Canadian rock superstars Nickleback and Metric, and Toronto rap artists Drake and Kardinal Offishall. You don’t have to wait until Sunday to get into the Juno-spirit though. Tonight you can catch Juno TV streaming live online after 8:00 PM (ET) at And then Sunday afternoon watch for backstage interviews, and live coverage from the red carpet.

Coming to you live from the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, the 2016 Juno Awards highlight the best in Canadian music. This year’s ceremony sees 6 first-time nominees to the Juno Fan Choice Award category. There’s also still time to cast your vote and help decide the winner here. Put on your headphones, and crank your favourite Canadian artists, or check out all the nominees and discover someone new.

2016 Juno Awards Top 10 Fun Facts By The Numbers:

  • 178: Juno Award nominees
  • 88: first-time nominees
  • 80: the age of the oldest nominee, Al Muirhead. Nominated for Jazz Album of the Year: Solo, this is the Calgary native’s first nomination and the first album he has released under his own name
  • 63 years: the age difference between this year’s oldest nominee (Al Muirhead, 80) and youngest nominee (Shawn Mendes, 17)
  • 30 under 30: Shawn Mendes and The Weeknd were both listed on Forbes 2016’s 30 under 30 in Music
  • 8: nominees from Calgary, including Al Muirhead (Jazz Album of the Year: Solo), AM Static (Electronic Album of the Year), BRAIDS (Alternative Album of the Year*), Jann Arden (Adult Contemporary Album of the Year), Paul Brandt (Country Album of the Year), Tommy Banks (Instrumental Album of the Year), Viet Cong (Alternative Album of the Year*) and Tareya Green from Autumn Hill (Country Album of the Year)
  • 6: first-time nominees in the Juno Fan Choice Award* category (Alessia Cara, Cœur de pirate, Dean Brody, Shawn Hook, Shawn Mendes, The Weeknd), and 4 past nominees (Carly Rae Jepsen, Drake, Justin Bieber, Walk Off The Earth)
  • 3: 2016 Juno nominees that have been inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame – Bryan Adams (2006), Bob Ezrin (2004) and Buffy Sainte-Marie (1995)
  • 2: lung transplants received by Toronto Jazz vocalist Alex Pangman, who is now nominated for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year
  • 1: 2016 Canadian Music Hall of Fame recipient, Burton Cummings, will be the first to place his name plaque in the Canadian Music Hall of Fame’s new home in Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre in Calgary

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