Kevin McDonald is everywhere, and he’s giving out JUNOs

This gave me my morning giggle – Kevin Macdonald has apparently been roaming around downtown, presenting JUNO awards to Winnipeggers he deems awesome/worthy (and really, aren’t we all?)

This is all to help share the pre-Junos excitement – in just about 3 weeks, the downtown is going to be PACKED with musical events. I didn’t realize it until we were hosting them, but the official JUNO awards are just one of the events – we’re going to have:


A two-night pre-awards-show explosion of music. More than 100 Canadian acts are going to be playing at venues across the city, including the Burt, The Met, the Pyramid Cabaret, Times Changed High & Lonesome Club, the Windsor, and lots more. We’re talking three or four acts every night at every venue going till 2am! Federal Lights, The Treble, Wilderness of Manitoba, Sierra Noble, Nathan, Royal Canoe, The Lytics, and about a 90 more – check out the full listing at Tickets here!

Manitoba Rocks! with the WSO

The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra is going to join forces with some of the city’s best local acts. Put four of Manitoba’s best bands alongside the forces of the WSO, and you have a whole new experience. Imaginary Cities consists of multi-instrumentalist Rusty Matyas and vocalist Marti Sarbit. JUNO Award-winning Nathan Music Co. harnesses the essence of the Canadian Prairies, capturing the modern, old-fashioned sound of the lonesome, crowded west. JUNO-nominated Royal Canoe comes armed with falsettos, guitars, effects pedals, drums, basses, tambourines, shakers and a six-keyboard super-weapon. The Lytics is a five-man crew whose amalgam of old-school soundscapes and boom-box bangers celebrates, inspires and challenges.

JUNO Awards

Of course, the JUNO Awards themselves at the MTS Centre. Robin Thicke, Tegan & Sara, Walk Off the Earth are all going to be performing (I saw Tegan & Sara when they toured here last time, and if you missed them, GO NOW). I found some old pics from last time they were in town – the streets were shut down for a big red carpet, fingers crossed that happens again! Tickets for this one at Ticketmaster

The Afterparty

No party is complete without the afterparty, and there’s one happening at Manitoba House, aka the Met, right after the awards – entertainment is going to be presented by Countryfest, so I’m getting out my ripped jeans and cowboy hat. Ticket info here

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