Canada's Juno Awards, now heading into its 41st year, have been moving city to city each year since 2002, and even with the next one scheduled for Ottawa, ON, on April 1, The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) has announced the winning bidder for 2013.
Regina, Saskatchewan, with a population of less than 200,000, will play host for the first time to the biggest awards show in Canada. Preceded by a week of Juno-related events from concerts to fan-fest, April 15-21, the televised ceremony will take place at the Brandt Centre on Sunday, April 21.
In 2007, the province hosted the awards in Saskatoon.
The host city is awarded each year after municipal governments put bid committees together to lobby the CARAS board to host the awards show and companion events in their city. Regina's successful bid was a combined effort of the Government of Saskatchewan, the City of Regina, the Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan, the Regina Hotel Association and the City of Moose Jaw, in partnership with SaskMusic and the Regina Regional Opportunities Commission (RROC).
"Regina and Moose Jaw are excited and ready to welcome the Juno Awards back to Saskatchewan," said host committee chairman Michael MacNaughton in a press statement. "Everyone across Canada is invited to come and experience our province, our culture, and have a great time at the 2013 JUNO Awards. We hope to see you here."
Regina, known as Canada's Queen City (Latin for queen), is the capital of Saskatchewan with an urban forest of more than 350,000 hand-planted trees, home of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and football team Roughriders. In 2004, Heritage Canada designated Regina as the country's cultural capital, based on its century-year-old symphony orchestra, festivals, museums, galleries and science centers.
Sponsors of the 2013 JUNO Awards include FACTOR, Canada's Private Radio Broadcasters and The Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage's "Canada Music Fund," Radio Starmaker Fund, the Government of Saskatchewan, the City of Regina, the Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan, the Regina Hotel Association and the City of Moose Jaw.
To date, the Juno Awards have been held in St. John's (2002), Ottawa (2003), Edmonton (2004), Winnipeg (2005), Halifax (2006), Saskatoon (2007), Calgary (2008), Vancouver (2009), St. John's (2010) and Toronto (2011). The 2012 Juno Awards and Juno Week will be held in Ottawa March 26 - April 1.