Juno Awards of 2018

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Juno Awards of 2018
2018 Juno Awards Logo White BAckground.jpg
The 2018 Juno Awards Logo
Date24–25 March 2018
VenueRogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia
Hosted byMichael Bublé
Television/radio coverage

The Juno Awards of 2018, honouring Canadian music achievements, were presented in Vancouver, British Columbia during the weekend of 24–25 March 2018. The primary telecast ceremonies were held at Rogers Arena. Vancouver previously hosted the Juno Awards in 1991, 1998 and 2009.[1][2] Michael Bublé hosted these awards after having stepped down from his scheduled hosting the previous year due to his son's cancer diagnosis.[3] Nominations were announced on 6 February 2018.[4]

Changes in 2018 from previous years include the reintroduction of the Juno Award for Comedy Album of the Year, a category which has not been awarded since 1984, and the ceremony's television broadcast returning to CBC Television, after previously being broadcast by CTV.[5][6]

Potential host city bids[edit]

In September 2015, the Capital Region Music Awards Society in Victoria, British Columbia announced its intention to bid for hosting the 2018 Juno Awards. Victoria made a bid to host the 2014 Junos, but that year's ceremonies were hosted in Winnipeg.[7]

In April 2016, various groups in Edmonton were also investigating a potential bid for the 2018 Juno Awards. The city previously hosted the Junos in 2004.[8]

In early April 2017, Vancouver was announced as the 2018 Juno Awards host after the 2017 awards concluded.[9] On 19 April 2017, it was announced that CBC Television would take over broadcast rights to the Junos beginning in 2018, their first since 2001.[6]


Jann Arden and Bob Rock performed and hosted at the Songwriters' Circle on 25 March, prior to the main awards ceremony.[10] The Juno Cup charity hockey game between musicians and former NHL players was held at the Bill Copeland Sports Centre in Burnaby on 23 March.[11]


Performers for the main ceremony included Jessie Reyez, Arkells, Daniel Caesar, Lights, Arcade Fire, Dallas Green and Sarah Harmer. Canadian pop-rock band Hedley were originally part of the Juno lineup, but pulled out due to sexual harassment allegations against lead singer Jacob Hoggard[12] On 19 February, Hedley announced that they withdrew all their nominations from the Juno Awards.[13]

List of musical performances [14]
Artist(s) Song(s)
Main show
Arcade Fire "Everything Now"[15]
The Jerry Cans "Ukiuq"[16]
Shawn Hook & the B.C. Youth Chinese Orchestra "Reminding Me"[17]
Lights "Giants"[18]
Daniel Caesar "Freudian"
"We Find Love"[19]
Northern Touch All-Stars:
Checkmate, Choclair, Misfit, Kardinal Offishall, Red1, Thrust
"Northern Touch"[20]
Sarah Harmer
City and Colour
Kevin Hearn
Tribute to Gord Downie
"Introduce Yerself"
Arkells "Knocking at the Door"[15]
Diana Krall & Michael Bublé "L-O-V-E"[15]
Jessie Reyez & Daniel Caesar "Figures, a Reprise"[15]
Barenaked Ladies with Steven Page "One Week"
"If I Had $1000000"[15]


Main Show[edit]


Nominees and winners[edit]

Barenaked Ladies are the year's inductees into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. Former band member Steven Page joined the band and performed at the primary Juno ceremonies.[20][22][23] They were inducted by Geddy Lee of Rush.[24]

Denise Donlon, a former personality of MuchMusic and former president of Sony Music Canada, is the 2018 recipient of the Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award for her contributions to the Canadian music industry.[25]

Gary Slaight is the recipient of the Humanitarian Award. He and his father founded the Slaight Family Foundation which supports music industry and artist development, healthcare and other social causes. As of this year, the Humanitarian Award is no longer named after Allan Waters. Slaight received the Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award at the 2012 Juno Awards.[26]


Artist of the Year Group of the Year
Breakthrough Artist of the Year Breakthrough Group of the Year
Fan Choice Award Songwriter of the Year
  • Blue ribbon Gord Downie and Kevin Drew — "A Natural", "Introduce Yerself", "The North" from Introduce Yerself by Gord Downie
  • Amelia Curran — "Come Back for Me", "Watershed", "Try" from Watershed by Amelia Curran
  • Charlotte Cardin — "Main Girl", "Paradise Motion", "The Kids" from Main Girl by Charlotte Cardin
  • Rose Cousins — "Chosen," "Grace" (co-songwriter Mark Erelli), "White Flag" (co-songwriter KS Rhoads) from Conclusion by Rose Cousins
  • Scott Helman — "21 Days" (co-songwriters Simon Wilcox, Thomas "Tawgs" Salter, Michael J. Wise, Ron Lopata), "It's Kinda Complicated" (co-songwriters Thomas "Tawgs" Salter, Todd Clark, Ron Lopata), "PDA" (co-songwriters Simon Wilcox, Thomas "Tawgs" Salter, Ron Lopata) from Hôtel de Ville by Scott Helman
Producer of the Year Recording Engineer of the Year


Album of the Year Adult Alternative Album of the Year
Adult Contemporary Album of the Year Alternative Album of the Year
Blues Album of the Year Children's Album of the Year
Classical Album of the Year – Solo or Chamber Ensemble Classical Album of the Year – Large Ensemble or Soloist(s) with Large Ensemble Accompaniment
  • Blue ribbon Janina Fialkowska, Chopin Recital 3
  • ARC Ensemble, Chamber Works by Szymon Laks
  • David Jalbert, Stravinsky & Prokofiev: Transcriptions pour piano
  • James Ehnes with Andrew Armstrong, Beethoven: Violin Sonatas Nos. 6 & 9 "Kreutzer"
  • Louis Lortie, Louis Lortie Plays Chopin, Vol. 5
Classical Album of the Year – Vocal or Choral Performance Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year
Country Album of the Year Electronic Album of the Year
Francophone Album of the Year Indigenous Music Album of the Year
Instrumental Album of the Year International Album of the Year
Jazz Album of the Year – Solo Jazz Album of the Year – Group
Vocal Jazz Album of the Year Metal/Hard Music Album of the Year
Pop Album of the Year Rock Album of the Year
Contemporary Roots Album of the Year Traditional Roots Album of the Year
World Music Album of the Year Comedy Album of the Year

Songs and recordings[edit]

Single of the Year Classical Composition of the Year
Dance Recording of the Year R&B/Soul Recording of the Year
Rap Recording of the Year Reggae Recording of the Year


Album Artwork of the Year Video of the Year


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