Part two of my coverage of the Juno Awards: After another break, Bryan Adams arrives on stage to introduce Shania Twain’s tribute video, followed by Shania coming up to receive her award. The second I spot her I have to admit I’m floored–she frankly looks stunning in a sparkling dress that makes her stand out in the crowd from six floors away.
Welcome to my 12th annual Juno Awards coverage. That’s right, I’ve been covering the Junos since 2000 when they were last in Toronto, but I’ve only been to the awards five times, including tonight. The special oddity of the night though is that this is the first year I’ve actually watched the show live. This should be interesting.
Shania Twain, 2011 Canadian Music Hall of Fame Inductee
It’s just before 4pm and that means it’s not long before I leave for the Juno telecast at the Air Canada Centre. I’ve been covering the Juno Awards for 11 years now, but the big difference this year is that I’m actually going to be watching the show for the first time ever instead of being in the media room.
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.
In honour of the Juno Awards, which have taken over Toronto this week for their 40th anniversary, and tonight’s Songwriter’s Circle, I thought I had to feature a little Johnny Reid this week.
Basia Bulat, The Planet Smashers, Bedouin Soundclash, and Justin Rutledge: these are just a few of the artists who will help kick off Juno Week festivities in Toronto as JunoFest lands on some of the city’s best concert stages on Friday, March 25, and Saturday, March 26.