TORONTO (March 12, 2013) – Today CTV and The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced JUNO Award nominees The Sheepdogs as additional performers to rock the stage on CTV’s live broadcast of THE 2013 JUNO AWARDS. The Saskatchewan natives join previously announced performers Billy Talent, Carly Rae Jepsen, Marianas Trench, and host Michael Bublé. The Sheepdogs are nominated in three categories at this year’s awards: Rock Album of the Year (sponsored by the Musicians’ Rights Organization Canada), Single of the Year, and Group of the Year.
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"We unfortunately had to miss the JUNOS last year because we were on the other side of the world in Australia," recalls lead vocalist and guitarist Ewan Currie. "This year, we're honoured to be invited to perform and thrilled that it's only a two and a half hour drive down Highway 11."
Tickets are currently on sale for THE 2013 JUNO AWARDS. Tickets range from $59 to $189 (plus taxes and service charges) and are available through the Evraz Place Box Office, by phone at 1-855-985-5000, and online at www.ticketmaster.ca.
Additional performer and presenter announcements will be released in the coming weeks.
Hailing from Saskatoon, SK, three-time JUNO award-winning group The Sheepdogs have made a name for themselves with their hard work and determination, funding their first three albums and early tours entirely on their own. Their dedication culminated in 2011 when the band won an international competition securing them the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, the first unsigned band to ever appear on their front page. The following year, The Sheepdogs won three 2012 JUNO Awards: New Group of the Year, Single of the Year and Rock Album of the Year. In September 2012, The Sheepdogs released their self-titled album, which debuted at #1 on the Top 200 SoundScan Chart and just recently attained GOLD certification in Canada.
THE 2013 JUNO AWARDS is produced by Insight Productions in association with CTV and The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS). Executive Producers are John Brunton and Barbara Bowlby for Insight Productions, and Melanie Berry and Ed Robinson for CARAS. Lindsay Cox is Supervising Producer. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production. Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice President, Programming, CTV Networks. Phil King is President, CTV Programming and Sports.
Broadcast sponsors of THE 2013 JUNO AWARDS are Chevrolet, Garnier, TD Bank Group, and Virgin Mobile.
Sponsors of the THE 2013 JUNO AWARDS include FACTOR, Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters and The Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage’s “Canada Music Fund,” Radio Starmaker Fund, the Province of Saskatchewan, Potash Corp, the City of Regina, the Regina Hotel Association, the City of Moose Jaw, and TD.
The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences/L'académie canadienne des arts et des sciences de l'enregistrement (CARAS) is a not-for-profit organization created to preserve and enhance the Canadian music and recording industries and to contribute toward higher artistic and industry standards. The main focus of CARAS is the exploration and development of ongoing opportunities to showcase and promote Canadian artists and music through vehicles such as The JUNO Awards and other year-round initiatives. For more information on the 42nd Annual JUNO Awards or The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences' (CARAS) website please visit www.junoawards.ca or www.carasonline.ca.
About Bell Media Independent Production
Bell Media has commissioned and co-produced some of Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, while working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit CTV series include ratings success stories SAVING HOPE and THE LISTENER, and the recently concluded game changer FLASHPOINT. New for 2013 on CTV are the drama series MOTIVE and PLAYED (working title), relationship comedy SATISFACTION, multi-cam office comedy SPUN OUT, and THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, a Canadian-produced, complementary version of the hit international series. Among the scripted series on Bell Media specialty channels are the two-time Emmy®-nominated hit DEGRASSI and the upcoming dramas ORPHAN BLACK and BITTEN. In total, Bell Media ordered 26 new original Canadian series in 2012, and put 35 scripted projects into development.
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For more information on CARAS and THE 2013 JUNO AWARDS, contact:
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