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Right now, being in Ottawa is electrifying.
As the nation’s capital is about to welcome The JUNOS this Sunday (April 1), both the city and the fans are starting to get into the swing of things in anticipation of the show.
There are several events set up in advance of the show featuring some of the music industry’s best, including Canada’s talented country singers.
Another popular event, the JUNO Songwriters’ Circle, will include Canada’s talented Terri Clark, among others, as they share both songs and stories on stage.
Of course, all eyes are on the actual show, taking place at the Scotiabank on Sunday night. Nominees for Country Album of the Year are:
In addition, Jim Cuddy will be up against some other great contenders for the Songwriter of the Year award. A favourite here at Keepin’ It Country, Johnny Reid, is also nominated for Single of the Year for his hit “Let’s Go Higher”; his fellow nominees include Canadian talents like Hedley, City and Colour, Nickelback, and The Sheepdogs.
Not only will Blue Rodeo be performing, but The JUNOS will honour them for being inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.
The JUNOs will be hosting a LIVE CHAT with Bell Media personalities during the show at Facebook.com/CTV, JUNOS.CTV.ca and on the CTV iPad App Social Screen. Also, check out the ongoing JUNOS Fantasy Poll on Facebook – you can select YOUR picks for some of the biggest categories of the show!
Tickets for the show can still be purchased HERE, as well as tickets for events around the city preceding the show that any of our Ottawa readers would like to attend!
The JUNOs will air LIVE on Sunday, April 1st at 8PM EST on CTV.
Today, nominees for the 2012 Juno Awards were announced. The show will take place in Ottawa, Ontario on April 1st at Scotiabank Place – it will also be broadcast on CTV. In addition, it was unveiled that William Shatner will be the host of the event.
Among the nominees are some of our favourite Canadian country artists!
Single of the Year
Fragile Bird - City and Colour
Invincible - Hedley
Let’s Go Higher - Johnny Reid
When We Stand Together - Nickelback
I Don’t Know - The Sheepdogs.
Songwriter of the Year
The award show will also feature Blue Rodeo being inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.
Australian country music artist Tommy Emmanuel was presented with the 2011 CMA Global Country Artist Award by Keith Urban on Monday. The ceremony was part of the CMA Music Festival celebration in Nashville this week.
Emmanuel was in the middle of an acoustic set on the Chevrolet Presents The CMA Global Artist Party At The Stage in Nashville, when Urban surprised him on-stage for the presentation. He was recognized for his achievement in furthering country music’s popularity in a country outside the United States.
Previous winners of the CMA Global Country Artist Award include Paul Brandt (Canada), Troy Cassar-Daley (Australia), Lee Kernaghan (Australia), and Jason McCoy (Canada).
CMA Music Festival takes place in downtown Nashville from June 9th to June 11th. Follow us on Twitter for the latest pictures on the ground from the fanclub parties, LP Field, and to stay updated on the daily agenda for country fans.