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Measha Brueggergosman to Host Juno

Toronto, On March 27, 2008

For Immediate Release

MEASHA BRUEGGERGOSMAN to Host JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards
on Saturday, April 5th

32 JUNO Award winners to be announced along with
unique line-up of ensemble performances by more than a dozen
JUNO Award nominees

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced today that acclaimed soprano and JUNO Award nominee, Measha Brueggergosman, will host the JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards happening on the evening of Saturday, April 5th. Nominees, performers, music luminaries and peers will convene at the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre for a private industry event to celebrate an extraordinary year in Canadian music.

Thirty-two JUNO Awards will be presented during the non-televised ticketed event. Two distinctive honours will also be awarded: the Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award to television mogul Moses Znaimer; and the inaugural Allan Waters Humanitarian Award to country topliner Paul Brandt.

The JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards will also feature stellar performances and unique collaborations from more than a dozen of Canada’s brightest music stars and JUNO Award nominees.

The Gala Reception sponsored by FACTOR starts at 4:30 p.m. followed by the Gala Dinner & Awards at 6:00 p.m. The evening will be hosted by Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman, who has emerged as one of the most magnificent performers and vibrant personalities in opera today. Her captivating voice has filled concert halls around the world, and her highly acclaimed release, Surprise, garnered a 2008 JUNO Award nomination for Classical Album of the Year: Vocal or Choral Performance.

JUNO Gala & Awards Performances and Artists:

2008 JUNO Award nominees Jorane (Francophone Album of the Year) and saxophonist Richard Underhill (Instrumental Album of the Year) will perform together.

Autorickshaw, Celso Machado, Jesse Cook and Kiran Ahluwalia will perform an electrifying set celebrating their nominations in the World Music Album of the Year category (sponsored by the Canada Council for the Arts).

Nominees Jeremy Fisher, Jill Barber and Serena Ryder (New Artist of the Year category, sponsored by FACTOR and Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters) will perform together on stage backed by seven-time JUNO Award-winning group, Blue Rodeo.

illScarlett, nominated for New Group of the Year (sponsored by FACTOR and Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters) will rock the stage with one of their hit songs.

Artist of the Year nominee Pascale Picard will perform a song from her top-selling album, “Me, Myself & Us.”

Calgary’s young “musical ambassadors to the world” – the Calgary Stampede Showband, and Young Tribe, student First Nations drummers from Tsuutina Junior and Senior High School in Calgary, will perform an upbeat and entertaining musical showcase in celebration of MusiCan – CARAS’ music education charity that benefits students, schools and teachers across the country.

Songstress Serena Ryder will take to the stage again with a very special In Memoriam performance.
For more information on the JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards, performers and 2008 JUNO Award nominees, visit www.junoawards.ca.
Sponsors of the 2008 JUNO Awards include FACTOR, Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters and the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage’s “Canada Music Fund”, The Government of Alberta, The City of Calgary, Tourism Calgary, Calgary Arts Development and Radio Starmaker Fund.
Broadcast sponsors for The 2008 JUNO Awards are Pontiac, Doritos, TD Canada Trust and Rogers.
About CARAS:
The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences/L’academie canadienne des arts et des sciences de l’enregistrement (CARAS) is a not-for-profit organization created to preserve and enhance the Canadian music and recording industries and to contribute toward higher artistic and industry standards. The main focus of CARAS is the exploration and development of opportunities to showcase and promote Canadian artists and music through television vehicles such as The JUNO Awards. For more information on the 37th Annual JUNO Awards, visit the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences’ (CARAS) website at www.junoawards.ca.

For information about CARAS and the 2008 JUNO Awards , contact:
Tiffany Astle, Holmes Creative Communications, (416) 628-5603 or tastle@hccink.com
Chris McDowall, Holmes Creative Communications, (416) 628-5648 or cmcdowall@hccink.com

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