Juno Awards to Celebrate 50th Anniversary in Toronto

The 2021 awards ceremony will take place in the city
Juno Awards to Celebrate 50th Anniversary in Toronto
While the 2020 Juno Awards are set to be handed out in Saskatoon early next year, organizers have announced the awards ceremony will celebrate its milestone 2021 with a return to Toronto.

The 2021 Juno Awards will mark the 50th instalment of the awards ceremony, and it will take place on March 28 at Toronto's Scotiabank Arena. Juno Week, which also features numerous other musical events across the city, will run from March 22 to 28, 2021.

In 2021, it will mark the first time the Juno Awards have been held in Toronto since 2011. That year saw Drake host the ceremonies at the Air Canada Centre (now Scotiabank Arena).

"Fifty years ago Walt Grealis and Stan Klees created the Juno Awards right here in Toronto and it's an honour to bring Canada's biggest night in music back home to where it all started," said Allan Reid, president & CEO, CARAS/the Juno Awards and MusiCounts, in a statement. "This country continues to produce some of the most vibrant artists in the world and we invite you to join us in what will be the greatest national celebration of Canadian music ever."

Toronto Mayor John Tory added: "Toronto is proud to host The JUNO Awards for their 50th anniversary.As the biggest event in Canadian music, this is a great opportunity for Toronto to welcome The JUNO Awards back home to where it all began 50 years ago and highlight the city's truly diverse yet quintessentially Canadian spirit. We look forward to hosting the best of Canadian music in 2021!"

Drake led the pack with six total nominations, while Arcade Fire followed closely with five. Broken Social Scene, Justin Bieber and Hedley each received four nominations, while Neil Young, Die Mannequin, Johnny Reid and Sarah McLachlan each earned two nominations.

The 2011 ceremony also saw influential Canadian music executive Deane Cameron receive the 2011 recipient of the Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award. Shania Twain was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, while Young was presented with the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award.

The 2020 Juno Awards will take place on March 15 at the SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon.