The annual JunoFest pre-awards music festival features 100 acts showcasing their wares in Ottawa bars last night and tonight. This year’s lineup includes: Jim Cuddy, Devin Cuddy, and Dustin Bentall, son of Barney.
Fan Fare – This fan-appreciation event includes autograph sessions, interviews, performances and prizes today at Ottawa’s St. Laurent Centre Court, with Marianas Trench and Simple Plan.
The Songwriters’ Circle includes Max Kerman of Arkells tomorrow.
Gordon Lightfoot: Canadian Railroad Trilogy Exhibit; The Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa hosts a display dedicated to the story behind his iconic song. See www.sciencetech.technomuses.ca
Celebrating the Junos: Photographs & Album Artwork – The Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau spotlights Juno-winning the album cover art category from 1975 to today, along with vintage photographs. The display runs until April 9. www.civilization.ca.
Junos at TIFF: Celebrating Canadian Music on Film – This year’s music DVD nominees include Rush‘s Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland; They showed the films March 29 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto, with filmmakers in attendance. See www.tiff.net.
The 2012 Juno Awards will be presented at Ottawa’s Scotiabank Place in a televised gala hosted by William Shatner tomorrow night. Performers include this year’s Hall of Fame inductees Blue Rodeo, along with Nominees City and Colour, deadmau5, Feist, Hedley, Hey Rosetta! and Nickelback. Simple Plan will be given the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award for their work funding youth charities. www.junoawards.ca for more info.