Five ways the Juno Awards are making Ottawa the place to be this weekend

The 46th annual Juno Awards are in town as part of Canada’s 150 celebrations. And while the big show is set for 6:30 PM on Sunday, April 2nd, there are at least five big reasons why you should be in Ottawa this weekend – whether you are going to the show or not.

* Fun fact (that only people in Ottawa will care about): Stan Klees, co-creator of the Juno Award, designed the MAPL system adopted in 1971 by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to that stipulates what percentage of music aired on Canadian radio must be Canadian content (Cancon).

  1. Canadian musicians (like Blue Rodeo and Billy Talent) will drop their mikes – and hopefully even their gloves – to face-off against ex-NHLers at TD Place Arena at Lansdowne. Game starts at 7:30 PM tonight, tickets are only $20 and you can be basically guaranteed the CRTC will be happy with Cancon playing through the arena speakers.
  2. Ottawa’s largest museum-cum-nightclub, The Canadian Museum of Nature, is hosting its monthly ‘Nature Nocturne’ event themed #PicturePerfect. For $25 you get access to the party and huge sections of the museum. Based on the theme, you can bet that there will be a red carpet and paparazzi.
  3. Several 2017 JUNO Award nominees will take part in the JUNO Songwriters’ Circle at the National Arts Centre on Sunday from 12-2 PM. Tickets (ranging in price from $40-$65) are quickly selling out BUT, the entire event will be broadcast after-the-fact on CBC Radio.
  4. On Friday and Saturday, over 100 artists – including 35 Juno nominees – will take to various stages throughout the city for Junofest. For $30, you can get two nights of ‘choose your own adventure’ entertainment. You can also buy single show tickets, but why would you?
  5. Apparently the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) will be visible over many parts of the country this weekend – including here in the nation’s capital.   

Let us know where you end up using the hashtag #neverstopbeingatourist. We’ll be adding our peanut gallery commentary to social media live from the Juno Awards on Sunday so follow along!