Michael Bublé steps down as host.
Iconic rocker Bryan Adams and megastar comedian Russell Peters are set to take the stage as co-hosts of CTV’s broadcast of THE 2017 JUNO AWARDS. Adams and Peters takeover as previously announced host Michael Bublé steps down to focus on his family.
“Our thoughts continue to be with Michael – we respect his ongoing commitment to his family and look forward to working with him again in the future,” said Mike Cosentino, Senior Vice-President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. “We are thrilled that his friends Bryan and Russell have stepped up to host this year’s broadcast and have no doubt they will deliver an unforgettable show.”
Bryan Adams career spans over 40 years. Adams won his first JUNO award for Male Vocalist of the Year for Cuts Like a Knife in 1983. Thirty-four years and 18 JUNO awards later, Adams’ celebrated career also includes a Grammy award, two Ivor Novello songwriting awards and in 2006, an induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. Also, an established and world-renowned photographer, this marks Adams debut as host of THE JUNO AWARDS.
Russell Peters returns to the JUNO stage for a third time following his Gemini Award-winning performance as host at THE 2008 JUNO AWARDS in Calgary, and repeat turn as host of THE 2009 JUNO AWARDS in Vancouver. Recently named in Rolling Stone’s 50 Best Stand Up Comics of All Time list, Peters started doing stand-up in 1989 at the age of 19 at open mics in his native Toronto. Over the past twelve months Peters has been busy with appearances in the Oscar-nominated The Jungle Book, TV series Life in Pieces, the feature film Supercon, indie feature Public Schooled, and The Clapper with Ed Helms and Tracy Morgan, which will have its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in April. Now, Peters is set to launch and star in his first scripted series, CraveTV’s THE INDIAN DETECTIVE. The series is currently in production in Cape Town, Mumbai, and Toronto.
“I’m honoured to be co-hosting this year’s JUNO AWARDS alongside Russell Peters. We have an incredible music community in Canada and this is the night we celebrate its success,” said Adams.
“Third time’s a charm! And who better to share the stage with than Bryan Adams?! I’m actually really excited to be back, and looking so forward to making THE 2017 JUNO AWARDS a memorable one,” said Peters.
Adams and Peters play host to a remarkable list of performers, including A Tribe Called Red, Alessia Cara, Arkells, Ruth B, Sarah McLachlan, Shawn Mendes, and The Strumbellas. The Junos Awards airs live in 4K from the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa on CTV and CTV GO on Sunday, April 2 at 7 p.m. ET.
The JUNO Awards has partnered with Plus 1 so that $1 from every ticket is donated to MusiCounts, helping to ensure that children and youth across Canada have access to musical instruments. Plus 1 is a non-profit that partners with touring artists to facilitate a $1 add-on from every concert ticket to go to a cause the artist partner believes in.