The 2017 JUNO Awards are just over a week away and will celebrate the best in Canadian music. This year’s nominations are dominated by pop and rap, with Drake, The Weeknd and Shawn Mendes all nominated for five awards, and the three Toronto artists going head to head for Single of the Year, Album of the Year and JUNO Fan Choice.
Not far behind is Brampton native Alessia Cara, who this year is up for four nominations, including Single of the Year, Artist of the Year, Pop Album of the Year and JUNO Fan Choice.
As for International Album of the Year, hitmaker Sia and her 2016 disc This Is Acting scored a nomination.
So, what else do these five artists have in common? They’re now part of a brand-new mash-up.
This year’s JUNO Awards include nominations for Canadian singers Matt Dusk, Heather Bambrick and Barbara Lica in the Vocal Jazz Album category for their most recent albums. To celebrate the upcoming award show, the three singers have taken on Shawn Mendes, The Weeknd, Alessia Cara, Drake and Sia in a jazz-inspired mash-up that has us even more excited for this year’s show.
Crooning out hits like “One Dance” and “Starboy,” the three JUNO-nominated artists put their own spin on some of the biggest songs of 2016, with a high top, some smooth kicks, and all that jazz.
Both Mendes and Cara are scheduled to return to the JUNOs stage on April 2, along with an impressive lineup of Canadian acts.
A Tribe Called Red, who are up for three JUNO Awards in April will perform for the second time, as will four-time JUNO Award winners Arkells. JUNO Fan Choice Award nominees The Strumbellas and Songwriter of the Year nominee Ruth B will both perform for the first time.
Also taking the stage at this year’s show is global superstar Sarah McLachlan. The Nova Scotia native has received 29 nominations and taken home 10 JUNO Awards over her incredible career, earning another nomination this year for Adult Contemporary Album. This year’s JUNO Awards will also feature McLachlan’s induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.
This year’s JUNO Awards will be co-hosted by musician Bryan Adams and comedian Russell Peters, marking Peters’ third time hosting the annual music show.
Watch the 2017 JUNO Awards on Sunday, April 2 starting at 7 p.m. ET on CTV and CTV GO. Tickets to the award show, taking place at The Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, are available through Ticketmaster.