JUNO TV has launched, celebrating Canadian music with exclusive original content and iconic archival footage

Celebrate Canadian music with exclusive original content
and iconic archival footage at www.junotv.ca

Interviews include Carly Rae Jepsen, Dragonette and Maestro Fresh Wes

Toronto, ON (January 29, 2013) – Today marks the launch of the long-anticipated JUNO TV! The online channel’s exclusive programming, introduced today by The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS), will showcase Canada’s vibrant music scene 365 days a year. JUNO TV was made possible with the support of the Ontario Media Development Corporation on behalf of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

Every Tuesday at www.junotv.ca, Canadian music fans can access new programming that features today’s hottest stars and pays tribute to historic JUNO Awards moments. Content will also be syndicated via social media such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

“JUNO TV helps us cast a spotlight on Canadian music year round, and honours the past, present and future of the JUNO Awards,” said Melanie Berry, President & CEO, CARAS/The JUNO Awards “It’s not just about one night or one week. It’s about an ongoing and thriving Canadian music industry.”

Four programs will be featured on JUNO TV: STRANDED, in which today’s hottest artists, such as Carly Rae Jepsen, Down With Webster and Dragonette, talk about the 5 things they can’t live without; TAKE TWO, where iconic artists such as Maestro Fresh Wes and Jim Cuddy (Blue Rodeo) and Alan Doyle (Great Big Sea) discuss their defining JUNO moments; THE EXPERTS, featuring Canada’s entertainment movers and shakers offering their candid insights (experts include Randy Lennox, President and CEO of Universal Music Canada, and radio broadcaster and musicologist Alan Cross); and VINTAGE VIDS, which will unearth classic JUNO Awards performances and other highlights.

“We’re excited to provide music fans with an engaging mix of original programming featuring Canada’s favourite artists, and rich archival content,” said Jill Primeau, Sr. Manager, Business Development, CARAS/The JUNO Awards. “JUNO TV offers the chance to see fun and candid interviews, and vintage footage pulled straight from the vault, each week.”

JUNO TV’s videographer is Ben Knechtel, who won a 2012 MMVA for Video of the Year for Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe.”

JUNO TV EXTRAS will include special bonus footage from the February 19th JUNO Awards Nominee Press Conference; JUNO Hype Reels, and on-the-ground coverage from Regina during JUNO Week 2013 such as the industry-only JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards.

JUNO TV Programming Highlights:

STRANDED
•   Tuesday, January 29: Dragonette
•   Tuesday, February 5: Carly Rae Jepsen
•   Tuesday, March 12: Down With Webster

TAKE TWO

  Tuesday, January 29: Maestro Fresh Wes recounts what it was like to perform on the JUNO Awards in 1990 and winning the JUNO for Rap Recording of the Year in 1991 (the year the award was introduced).
  Tuesday, February 19: Alan Doyle of Great Big Sea spins yarns about the JUNO Awards’ first memorable visit to St. John’s, Newfoundland.
  Tuesday, March 26: Jim Cuddy discusses what it was like to play backup to The Band for their induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame – and then to be welcomed into the Hall of Fame himself in 2012 as part of Blue Rodeo.

THE EXPERTS

  Tuesday, January 29: Meet two of our experts this week – Dine Alone Records/Bedlam Music Management President Joel Carriere and radio broadcaster and musicologist Alan Cross – and find out how they got their start in the music business. This season’s panel of experts also includes: True North Records founder Bernie Finkelstein; Eric Alper, Director of Media Relations and Label Acquisitions for eOne Music Canada; President of Arts & Crafts Jeffrey Remedios; Melanie Berry, President & CEO, CARAS/The JUNO Awards; and Randy Lennox, President and CEO of Universal Music Canada.
  Tuesday, March 5 and 19: In this two-part episode, get advice from The Experts on how to break into, and get a job, in the music industry.

VINTAGE VIDS

  Tuesday, January 29: Re-live classic opening numbers from past JUNO Awards including Rick Mercer’s 2001 satirical number and The Moffatts “Hard Day’s Night” inspired intro sketch from 2000.
  Tuesday, February 5, 12, 19 and 26: The JUNO Awards are in love this month! Watch some of the most romantic love songs ever performed on the show.
  Tuesday, March 5, 12, 19 and 26: JUNO fashion trend setters! Tune in for profiles on four iconic female musicians and their style evolution at the JUNOS: Nelly Furtado, Sarah McLachlan, Shania Twain and Céline Dion.

The 42nd Annual JUNO Awards and JUNO Week will be held in Regina and Moose Jaw, SK, April 15 – April 21, 2013.