A Massive 50th Anniversary of Hip Hop Performance Id Set For The 2023 JUNO Awards

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) and CBC today announced the complete list of performers who will take The 2023 JUNO Awards stage. This year’s show, hosted for the second time by Hollywood legend, Simu Liu, will broadcast live and nationwide from Rogers Place on Monday, March 13 at 6 PM MT/8 PM ET on CBC TV, CBC Radio One and CBC Music. The show will also stream live on CBC Gem, CBC Listen, globally at CBCMusic.ca/junos, and on CBC Music’s Facebook, Twitter and Youtube pages.

Canada’s biggest night in music will showcase nine show-stopping performances including a spotlight on the 50th anniversary of Hip Hop, written and produced by four-time JUNO Award Winner and Global A&R at Def Jam Records Kardinal Offishall and award winning artist, writer and actress Jemeni, with involvement from ADVANCE, Canada’s Black Music Business Collective and the JUNO Rap Music Advisory Committee. Kardinal will host the celebration with Haviah Mighty, who became the first woman to win the JUNO Award for Rap Album/EP of the Year at the 2022 Broadcast. The collective performance will showcase the talents of four-time JUNO Award winner Choclair, Toronto rap duo Dream Warriors, two-time JUNO Award winner Maestro Fresh Wes, hip hop pioneer Michie Mee, five-time nominee and 2021 JUNO Award winner TOBi and veteran entertainer DJ Mel Boogie spinning. The track was produced by renowned recording artist Rich Kidd in celebration of the history of the genre.

“The history of hip hop around the world is incredibly rich, with so many distinct voices contributing to the narrative,” said Kardinal Offishall, rap legend and Global A&R at Def Jam Records. “It’s an honour to be able to help tell this story through a distinctly Canadian lens and celebrate this important cultural milestone at The 2023 JUNO Awards.”

GRAMMY Award nominated powwow and round dance group, Northern Cree will perform in collaboration with previously announced performer Aysanabee. The performance will be introduced by 2023 JUNO nominated Digging Roots’ ShoShona Kish, an Anishinaabekwe producer, activist, songwriter, musician, Co-Founder of Ishkōdé Records and the Artistic Director and Founder of the International Indigenous Music Summit.

Last year, it was announced that globally renowned rock band Nickelback will be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame at The 2023 JUNO Awards. To mark the milestone, beloved actor, producer and entrepreneur Ryan Reynolds will make a special virtual appearance to honour the band for their incredible contributions to Canadian music. NHL All-Star and Edmonton Oilers’ Captain, Connor McDavid, will join the stage live to honour the band in-person. To commemorate the achievement, Nickelback will perform a medley of their chart-topping hits during their performance. Both their Induction and Performance are presented by TD Bank Group.

The artists announced today join previously confirmed performers Alexisonfire, AP Dhillon, Aysanabee, Banx & Ranx together with Preston Pablo and Rêve, Jessie Reyez, Nickelback, Tate McRae and Tenille Townes.

Five-time 2023 JUNO Award nominee and nine-time JUNO Award winner Avril Lavigne and three-time JUNO Award nominee Lauren Spencer Smith will both take the stage to present. Spencer Smith (a 2023 nominee for Artist of the Year Presented by SiriusXM Canada and TikTok JUNO Fan Choice) also joins the coveted roster of performers confirmed for JUNO Songwriters’ Circle Presented by SOCAN & FACTOR in association with Music Publishers Canada alongside new additions including JUNO Award winning country star Tenille Townes and Contemporary Roots Album of the Year nominees The Bros. Landreth. They will join Adria Kain, Dan Mangan, The Reklaws, Tyler Shaw and Wild Rivers on Sunday, March 12 at Winspear Centre. For the first time, the mash up event will kick off with a live taping of Q with Tom Power: A conversation with Simu Liu.

Other newly announced presenters for The 2023 JUNO Awards include some of Canada’s most notable personalities: actor and comedian Andrew Phung (Run the Burbs, Kim’s Convenience); star of CBC’s Push Bean Gill; multi-platinum R&B powerhouse Jessie Reyez; TikTok’s KallMeKris; Minister of Canadian Heritage The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez; Global Music Album of the Year nominee Pierre Kwenders; and multi-Platinum-selling artist, music producer, and actor Tyler Shaw.

Tickets for The 2023 JUNO Awards start at $49.00 (including tax plus fees) and are available for purchase at www.ticketmaster.ca/junos, by phone and in-person at the Rogers Place box office.

For a full schedule of where and when to tune into the 52nd annual JUNO Awards and CBC’s JUNO programming including the ROAD TO THE JUNOS concert series, visit CBCMusic.ca/juno