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Since 2011 we have created a unique audience experience while artistically representing the chosen host cities and ensured consistency in the JUNO’s branding which was provided by the client. This was all while needing to present 34 JUNO Awards, showcase five entertainment performances on two stages, and serve a three-course dinner in less than three hours.
The JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards is a star studded annual event that takes place in the JUNO Award’s host city the night before the televised broadcast award ceremony. It is an elegant evening where CARAS and the Music Industry honour the nominees. Approximately 1,300 artists, industry executives, sponsors, VIP’s and local dignitaries attended the exclusive reception and ceremony.
Guests enjoyed a reception and entered the dining space to find two main stages – a presenter stage and a performance stage – each on opposite sides of the room. Both stages were distinctly designed and, while cohesive in theme, still stood out from one another in design.
On the presenter stage, acting as the focal point to the room sat the word “JUNO” in 9 ft. tall by 4 ft. deep letters, digitally mapped to project imagery during presentations and performances. This unique stage set had the ability to transform the look and feel of the room with each performance, award segment, or presenter and added a focal point to the room.
On the opposite stage five live performances by Canadian artists were scripted throughout the dinner courses. These included: A Tribe Called Red, The Devin Cuddy Band, Erin Propp & Larry Roy with Mike Downes, JRDN ft. Kardinal Offishall and July Talk.
Highlights of the evening include recognition of Musicounts, the charitable arm within CARAS, and an In Memoriam moment acknowledging industry greats that had recently passed.
Industry leader Frank Davies was honored with the Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award and Chantal Kreviazuk & Raine Maida were celebrated with the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award for using their success to make a positive difference in the world.
“e” loves the Canadian “modest greatness” of the JUNO Awards. Each year we are blown away by the breadth and depth of musical talent that we have in this country – it’s astounding! The people involved – from the artists, to the management, to the labels – are down to earth, friendly, and a pleasure to work with. The giant letters (that post-show were donated to a Winnipeg school’s art program) were pretty cool too.
Various Cities Across Canada