The Junos in Edmonton

Published: 2004-03-04
The Juno Awards are more than an awards show on Sunday night; they are a weekend full of music and musicians. The festivities kick off on Friday April 2 with the Juno Cup. The Juno Cup is a hockey game of Juno nominees and winners both past and present who will test their skills of the nation's favourite sport against alumni of the National Hockey League.

Friday evening kicks off Juno Fest 2004, two nights of shows in 14 venues scattered around Edmonton. Each venue will showcase four bands each night. That's over 100 different performances in two nights. About half of the band participating in Juno Fest 2004 will be local talent from the Edmonton area.

The West Edmonton Mall Ice Palace will be the site for Fan Fest. From 11:30am to 3:30pm on Saturday April 3 fans can come to the Ice Palace for a meet and greet with some of the Juno nominees. Bands and artists confirmed for Fan Fest so far are Pilate, Sam Roberts, Nickelback, Shawn Desman, Doc Walker, and Sound Bluntz. More bands may be added before the event. Fan Fest is free and open to the public.

Juno weekend caps off with the big show on Sunday April 4. Joining host Alanis Morissette and performers Nickelback, Sarah McLachlan, Nelly Furtado, Avril Lavigne, and Michael Buble on stage to perform are Finger Eleven, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Kathleen Edwards, Simple Plan, Three Days Grace, and Billy Talent who will be returning from a tour of Europe just in time for the festivities.

This year is the first time the Juno Awards have been held in Edmonton.

Writer: Sherrill Fulghum



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