Juno who’s gonna host?
We speculate on who gets the reins when Canada’s annual celebration of music takes over the MTS Centre at the end of March
IF there is such a thing as awards-show karma, Winnipeg deserves a major celebrity to host the Junos this year. The last time the Canadian music awards were held in the city of spring flooding and Salisbury House, broadcaster CTV decided to give us Brent Butt. At the time, it sort of made sense: the Saskatchewan actor-comedian was starring in a CTV sitcom set on the Canadian Prairies. But the pride of Tisdale, Sask., couldn’t quite make his nice-guy humour work in front of a national audience, not to mention on an arena-sized stage. With the Junos set to return March 30, Winnipeggers can be justified in hoping for a host with a little more of an edge, as well as greater star power. Confirmed performers at the show so far include Tegan & Sara, Serena Ryder and Walk Off the Earth, while Arcade Fire, Michael Bublé and Ryder have the most nominations. The character of the show will be determined by who else is booked to perform, who else agrees to show up to present and accept awards and who gets tapped to play the role of host. While only CTV knows what its actual options are, there’s no harm in making semi-educated guesses about the Canadians who may be considered for the hosting job. What we came up with is a list of actors, musicians and comedians — plus Toronto Mayor Rob Ford: