Kowalewicz will preside over the lengthy celebration of Canadian music, where the majority of the Juno trophies (36 of the 42) are handed out, in addition to the special achievement awards. (Only six awards, plus the Hall of Fame, are presented on TV.)
The evening -- presented by performing rights organization SOCAN -- is private, attended by mostly by members of the music industry and the nominees, but will be streamed live starting at 6pm ET on cbcmusic.ca/junos, the free CBC Gem streaming service and CBC Music's Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages.
This year's special achievement awards go to producer/songwriter David Foster (the Humanitarian of the Year Award, radio veteran Duff Roman (the Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award) and Kim Hastings (MusiCounts Teacher of the Year).
Nominees performing at the gala will be Dizzy, Donovan Woods, Exco Levi, Hubert Lenoir, along with one of the 2018/2019 Allan Slaight Juno Master Class winners, Port Cities.
The 48th Annual Juno Awards and Juno Week will be hosted in London, Ontario from March 11 to 17, culminating that evening in the broadcast show live from Budweiser Gardens. Corey Hart ("Sunglasses at Night") will be inducted into the Hall of Fame.