Jann Arden, Jon Montgomery to host 2016 JUNO Awards
DH Calgary StaffMar 03, 2016 2:35 pm
Calgary native and eight-time JUNO Award-winner Jann Arden will co-host the 2016 JUNO Awards with Jon Montgomery, Olympic gold medalist and current host of The Amazing Race Canada.
This marks Arden’s second bout as a host for JUNOs, after the Canadian musician did the duties at the 1997 ceremony.
“I hosted the JUNO Awards almost 20 years ago and I am completely thrilled, shocked, elated, and excited to be doing it again with Jon!” Arden said in a statement. “It’s an honour to be a part of this year’s celebration of the best Canadian music in my home town.”
Montgomery is no stranger to the awards show either, appearing in 2010 as a presenter following his win in the men’s skeleton race at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
“Being asked to assist Jann Arden with hosting the JUNOS is a bit sad actually… because when it’s over, then what?” Montgomery said in a statement. “I might as well pack it in, because nothing could ever be cooler than this opportunity.”
For the 45th annual JUNO Awards, Arden and Montgomery will be joined by an impressive lineup of performers, which so far includes Bryan Adams, The Weeknd, Alessia Cara, Dean Brody, and Shawn Mendes. More performance announcements are expected to be made in the coming weeks leading up to the April 3 broadcast.
Aside from the main event, one of the most anticipated happenings of the weekend is JUNO Fest, which will feature over 100 Canadian artists, spanning across all genres, at more than a dozen venues around Calgary. Some of the notable performers include Buffy Sainte-Marie, Cancer Bats, and Lee Harvey Osmond. Tickets for Juno Fest are on sale now through ticketfly.com and will also be available at the door.
See the full list of confirmed JUNO Fest participants below, with award nominees highlighted by asterisk.