Billy Talent Frontman Ben Kowalewicz to Host Juno Gala Dinner and Awards

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Benjamin Kowalewicz, Ian D'Sa, Aaron Solowoniuk, Jordan Hastings and Jonathan Gallant of Billy Talent arrive at the 2017 Juno Awards at Canadian Tire Centre on April 2, 2017 in Ottawa, Canada. 

Billy Talent frontman Ben Kowalewicz will do the hosting honors at the upcoming Juno Gala Dinner and Awards at the London Convention Centre on March 16, the day before the televised Juno show that Sarah McLachlan is hosting.

"I'm very excited to be part of this years Juno Gala," the singer told Billboard. "I think having a host who has also been there as a nominee offers a bit of a different perspective than years past. Should be a fun night!"   

Billy Talent has won seven Juno Awards and been nominated 22 times. The multi-platinum-selling band is signed to Warner Music Canada.

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, the free CBC Gem streaming service and CBC Music's FacebookTwitter 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.