The 2006 celebrations in Halifax, Nova Scotia will mark the 35th anniversary of the Juno Awards and the 5th telecast with our broadcast partner CTV. What a fascinating history it has been as the Juno Awards have both reflected and encouraged the full coming of age of the Canadian music industry
The origins of the awards date back to 1970. In that year, Stan Klees and Walt Grealis, publishers of weekly trade publication RPM, organized the Gold Leaf Awards, held at the St. Lawrence Hall in Toronto.
A year later, the name was changed to the Juno Awards in honour of Pierre Juneau, then head of the CRTC and responsible for the implementation of the Canadian Content Regulations in 1971. When it was discovered that Juno had been the chief Goddess of the Roman Pantheon, the spelling was changed and the awards permanently named.
The Juno Awards operated as an exclusive industry event in those early years. In 1975, they assumed a much higher profile, being telecast nationally for the first time. The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) was established that year to handle the event, working with all segments of the Canadian music industry.
The show was based in Toronto from 1975 to 1994, with the exception of 1991, when it was hosted in Vancouver (it returned there in 1998). Hamilton?s Copps Coliseum was the Juno venue for 1995-97, 1999 and 2001, with Toronto again serving as the host city in 2000. Now the Juno Awards are traveling to different Canadian cities: St. John?s, Ottawa ? Gatineau, Edmonton and Winnipeg, thus establishing its claim as a fully coast-to-coast event.
Visit http://www.junoawards.ca for more information!