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

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - FRONT PAGE - By Jen Zo­ratti and Bart­ley Kives

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:

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