Junos come to Ottawa…by Terina Ram…

Ottawa is gearing up for a STAR STUDDED weekend as we prepare to recognize the best of the best in music in Canada with the Juno Awards!

While many Canadian’s watch the JUNO’s every year, many don’t know the history or importance of behind these awards. Since the JUNO’s are in Ottawa this year, we thought now was a good time to brush up on our JUNO’s knowledge.  So, here is everything you need to know about the JUNO Awards!

How the JUNO Awards Came to Be

Before the JUNO Awards came along, RPM – a Canadian music industry publication, polled readers to determine who the best bands, singers were within Canada. The magazine would then publish the results of these polls for the delight of Canadians.

However, the music industry wasn’t satisfied with this being the only celebration of Canadian music. Therefore, Record label owner Stan Klees met with RPM founder Walt Grealis to create a ceremony to commemorate Canadian artists.  The ceremony eventually titled the JUNO Awards was then born in the late 1970’s.

Fun Facts

Let’s start with the name of the JUNO Awards, do you know how they ceremony originally called The Gold Leaf Awards got its name? Don’t worry we didn’t either! The JUNO’s got its name a year after the original ceremony as a tribute to Pierre Juneau, the first chairperson of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).

On to the prize! You may be familiar with what the JUNO Statuette looks like now, but do you know what is looked like in 1970? The iconic statuette looks nothing like the original thanks to 6 makeovers during its lifetime.

You’ve probably heard of the CARAS, but if you’re like us you have just nodded along not knowing what the acronym stood for. Well in case you are in the same boat, the CARAS are the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.  Formed in 1975, to oversee the annual JUNO Awards ceremony, CARAS is the official voting body of the awards. Over the years CARAS has evolved to also become non-profit organization created to preserve and enhance the Canadian music industry and to contribute toward higher artistic and industry standards.

Juno’s Then

  • Initially, the JUNO Awards were a private event, officially being broadcast in 1975
  • In 1978, The Canadian Music Hall of Fame was introduced with jazz pianist Oscar Peterson and band leader Guy Lombardo as the first inductees.
  • In 1979, Pierre Trudeau was the first Canadian Prime Minister to attend the JUNO’s, he was also a presenter
  • Due to scheduling mishap, the JUNO Awards were not held in 1988
  • For the first time, the JUNO Awards are hosted outside of Toronto and took place in Vancouver
  • The JUNO Awards celebrated 25 years since being televised in 1995
  • In 2001, the awards are last held by CBC being hosted by CTV the following year
  • 2006, marks the year the Allan Water Humanitarian Award was created to showcase a Canadian whose humanitarian contributions have had a positive impact on the social fabric of Canada
  • In 2011, The JUNO Awards celebrated their 40th anniversary by bringing the ceremony back to Toronto
  • Ottawa hosts the awards for the last time until this year, with William Shatner as host in 2012
  • Last year’s ceremony was broadcast from the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, and featured performances by The Weekend, Alessia Cara, Shawn Mendes, and Bryan Adams!

JUNO Awards Now

Just in time for Ottawa2017 and in celebration for Canada150, the JUNO Awards are being brought back to the nations capital! The city has a buzz about it as the pre-events and JUNO Week are already in affect and the countdown to the show is on!

This year’s ceremony will be held at the Canadian Tire Centre on Sunday, April 2, with the show starting at 6:30. It’s sure to be a hoot with Canadian comedian Russell Peters and Canadian icon Bryan Adams hosting the event!

Hip Hop artists Drake and The Weekend along with up and coming pop singer Shawn Mendes lead the scoreboard with five nominations each!

The set list for evening is filled is sure to awe the crowds as Alessia Cara, Arkells, A Tribe Called Red, Billy Talent, Dallas Smith, July Talk, Ruth B., Sarah McLachlan, Shawn Mendes, and The Strumbellas all take the stage. In addition JUNO winner Feist will play special tribute performance to the legendary singer and songwriter Leonard Cohen.

On Friday the city will be hosting the JUNO Cup and JUNOfest as pre-events for the show. The city is going to be packed with activities and great Canadian artists, with many bars and restaurants staying open late this weekend!  We are READY!!! Bring on the party!

Spring in Ottawa

Sugar Bush Ottawa

Sugar Bush Ottawa

by Terina Ram

What we think (hope) will be the last snow storm of the year is passing and it looks like the warmer air is on the way, along with some rain in the forecast. With only a couple of more days until the first official day of spring and we are SO ready for it!!  We thought it would be a good idea to share how Ottawa transforms in preparation for the new season. The coming months are filled with activities that make the most of the warmer weather and get people out and about!

Although Gatineau Park has trails open all year round, March and April is spectacular time for hikers and trail lovers! The snow still litters the floor, however the sun illuminates the dense forests and the warm rays reflecting off the cold snow make it the perfect time to get back to exploring! The trails continue to be a wonderful spectacle as the weather increases, with many of the beaches opening up in mid May and right through the summer!

Parc Omega offers many different options for families, animal lovers, and those who want to be outside all year round! They offer car tours as well as walking tours which allow you to get into nature and see a variety of animals in their natural habitats.

Sugar Bush and Sugar Lumber Fest are great ways to experience Canada’s very own sweet and sticky treat: Maple Syrup! Fulton’s Pancake House and Sugar Bush,  Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm, Proulx Maple & Berry Farm, Vanier Museopark are all open from March to the beginning or middle of April! SugarLumberFest will take place April 8 and celebrates all things maple!

Visit the Arboretum, located on Ottawa’s experimental farm which is home to Canada’s Agriculture and Food museum! Not only is the area beautiful to walk through but the museum also hosts March Break and Easter events which are fun for the whole family!

Yoga on Parliament Hill will be back for another spring and summer starting May 3rd! Join Lulumon as they present renowned yoga instructors every Wednesday at noon! Just bring your own mat and water, all levels of yogis are welcome for free yoga on the hill!

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Poutine Fest is back May 5-8  for another year to celebrate Canada’s favourite food! Join local and national vendors as they serve their own unique takes on the classical Canadian dish. Be sure to see one vendor take the crown for best poutine, all happening at Ottawa City Hall.

Get on the water at Dow’s Lake. Starting mid May, canoe, kayaks and paddle boats are available for rental until the end of the summer.

Camp Fortune is known to Ottawa as ski resort during the winter. However, starting in the spring those giant hills get a makeover and are turned into zip lines and high ropes courses! Leave your skis at home and bring your sneakers for an aerial adventure.

The annual Canadian Tulip Festival will be happening this May 12 -22. The festival marks that April showers are gone and that May flowers are here to stay, with summer looming around the corner. Be sure not to miss the millions of tulips in bloom along with entertainment and fireworks!

Ottawa marathon (Race Weekend) on May 27th and 28th, which has become one of the largest marathon events in North America, is a weekend dedicated to road running events, there are multiple different events to suite many different running abilities. From 2k to over 40k the event welcomes all to participate or support runners.

Ottawa Marathon - Lord Elgin Hotel

Race Weekend Ottawa

Canada’s very own music awards will be held in nations capital this year. Be sure to catch the Juno’s at the Canadian Tire Centre on April 2. Also take a look at the website for all the smaller events occurring in anticipation for the Juno’s.