It’s that time of year again! The Junos are back shining a spotlight on the best Canadian musical artists in the biz.
With the 47th annual Juno Awards being hosted in Vancouver this year, you may be lucky enough to catch a few Canadian stars out and about in the city. The Juno Awards are set to premiere on Sunday March 25 at 5 pm PST and will be streaming live from the Rogers Arena, with Juno Week happening from the 19-25.
Here are some stars to be on the lookout for in Vancouver!
Confirmed stars to attend
Lights will be performing at The Juno Awards this year, along with being nominated for Artist of the Year and Pop Album of the Year. Back in 2009 Lights won Breakthrough Artist of the Year, and most recently at the 2015 awards her album Little Machines, won Pop Album of the Year.
Expect to see band members Ed Robertson, Jim Creeggan, Kevin Hearn, and Tyler Stewart in Vancouver for the 2018 Juno Awards. The band will be performing with founding member and former lead singer/guitarist Steven Page to celebrate their induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.
BC native, Michael Bublé will be hosting The Juno Awards for the second time. Bublé hosted last year’s awards in Ottawa, and his 2018 nominations include Album of the Year and Adult Contemporary Album of the Year.
Montreal’s Arcade Fire will be performing at the awards this year, and will be honoured on stage with the Juno International Achievement Award. Leading the pack with four nominations this year, the band is being nominated for Album of the Year, Alternative Album of the Year, Group of the Year, and Single of the Year.
This rock band formed in Hamilton, Ontario and currently has four prior Juno wins. This year the Arkells have been nominated for the Juno Fan Choice Award, and their single Knocking at the Door is up for Single of the Year and Video of the Year.
Known for his hits like Reminding Me featuring Vanessa Hudgens and Sound of Your Heart, Shawn Hook will be performing at the Junos this year and is also nominated for the Juno Fan Choice Award.
From Nanaimo BC, Diana Krall is a popular jazz vocalist and pianist who will be performing at the awards. She is also nominated for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year for Turn Up the Quiet, along with Producer of the Year for song’s L-O-V-E and Night and Day.
Better known by his alias of City and Colour, Dallas Green will be performing a tribute to the late Gord Downie alongside Sarah Harmer at the Junos this year. Green was quoted in a press release saying this performance will be with a heavy heart as the last time Green performed at the Junos in Vancouver he was singing alongside Downie.
From Burlington Ontario, Sarah Harmer will be performing alongside Dallas Green to tribute the late Gord Downie at the 2018 Junos.
The Jerry Cans
The Jerry Cans from Iqaluit, Nunavut will be performing at the Junos this year, along with being nominated for Breakthrough Group of the Year, and Contemporary Roots Album of the Year. The band has a truly unique sound as they combine traditional Inuit throat singing with folk and country music.
R&B singer and Oshawa Ontario native, Daniel Caesar will be performing at the 2018 Junos, along with being nominated for Artist of the Year and R&B/Soul Recording of the Year. Caesar has had a crazy 2017 after debuting his album Freudian in August, which not only brought him into the spotlight, but also received critical acclaim.
Born and raised in New Westminster BC, this Canadian DJ is nominated for Producer of the Year and his song Get What You Give has been nominated for Dance Recording of the Year.
From Toronto ON, Jessie Reyez will be at the 2018 Juno Awards to perform. Reyez is best known for her single Figures which was on the Canadian Hot 100 list in 2017. She is nominated for the Juno Fan Choice Award, and Breakthrough Artist of the Year.
Likely/possible stars to attend
While Toronto’s favourite rapper hasn’t being nominated for anything this year, Drake does have a history of showing up to the Junos and may be at the 2018 awards.
Justin Bieber may be in Vancouver for the 2018 awards in which he is nominated for the Juno Fan Choice Award. Previously, Bieber was actually booed by fans for not attending the Junos after winning the award in 2016.
After winning the R&B/Soul Recording of the year at the 2017 awards, The Weeknd will likely be in Vancouver for the 2018 awards. This year he is nominated for the Juno Fan Choice award, and Single of the Year for I Feel It Coming ft. Daft Punk.
Formed back in 1995, this long time rock band that brought you catchy songs like Rockstar and Photograph will most likely be at The Juno Awards this year. Nickleback’s album Feed the Machine is nominated for Rock Album of the Year.
Shawn Mendes may be in Vancouver at the Junos in which his song There’s Nothing Holding Me Back is nominated for Single of the Year, along with the Juno Fan Choice Award. Mendes rose to fame in 2014 with his debut album Handwritten, which was on the top 10 list in Canada and the United States.
Alessia Cara will most likely be at The 2018 Juno Awards. Cara has made appearances at the awards in the past and is currently nominated for the Juno Fan Choice Award and Single of the Year for How Far I’ll Go.
Longtime country music star and often called “The Queen of Country Pop”, Shania Twain is proving she’s still got it with two nominations this year. Her first album in fifteen years Now is up for Album of the Year, and she is also nominated for Artist of the Year.
With three big nominations to anticipate over, Ruth B. will probably be at the Junos this year. She is nominated for Album of the Year, Pop Album of the Year and Artist of the Year. One of her most popular songs is Lost Boy, and her first studio album Safe Haven was released in May 2017.
While Johnny Reid may originally be from Scotland, he moved to Canada as a teenager and has a strong presence in the Canadian country music world. His album Revival is nominated for Album of the Year and Adult Contemporary Album of the Year.
From BC, Dean Brody will likely be at The Juno Awards this year. This country music artist has 16 CCMA awards and 2 Juno awards under his belt, and his album Beautiful Freakshow is currently nominated for Country Album of the Year.
From Nova Scotia, it is very likely that Ria Mae will be in Vancouver for the 2018 Junos. Her popular songs include Gold and Thoughts on Fire ft. Classified, and her second self-titled studio album is nominated for Pop Album of the Year.
While it may be a long shot since Ed Sheeran is not a Canadian, you never know, he may show his face at the Juno Awards — we can always hope right?! Sheeran’s latest album Divide has been nominated for International Album of the Year.