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Hosts Announced For This Year’s Juno Awards

So, who are they?

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

CTV and The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced that 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 take the reins as previously announced host Michael Bublé steps down to focus on his family.

Bringing a mix of rock-and-roll and irreverence to The 2017 Juno Awards stage, Adams and Peters play host to an impressive list of performers, including A Tribe Called Red, Alessia Cara, Arkells, Ruth B, Sarah McLachlan, Shawn Mendes, and The Strumbellas. Recent additions to the performer’s slate are Billy Talent, platinum-selling country star Dallas Smith, and indie quintet July Talk.

It was also confirmed that the broadcast will expand to two-and-a-half hours for the first time in five years. This announcement also comes on the heels of The 2016 Juno Awards winning the Canadian Screen Award for Best Music Program or Series last week.

The Junos will air live from the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa on CTV and CTV GO on Sunday, April 2nd at 7pm.

“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 in a press release.

“Third times 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.

“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 of Content and Programming at 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.”

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