For the past few weeks there’s been a lot of buzz around town about the JUNOS. My good friend Katie is working for the committee, so I’ve been getting Facebook event invitations and requests to volunteer my time.
But apparently being consumed by my job and the travel world caused me to overlook the significance of the event: it’s like the freaking Canadian version of the Grammys. That means Canada’s best musicians (including yes, Justin Bieber) are invading the city this week. And I just sat here completely oblivious to the shit-show about to take place.
Shame on me.
Once again, St. John’s proves itself to be the most damned fun city ever by turning the JUNOS into a week-long celebration instead of the normal two-day bash.
In fact, there are really two events going on: Ruckus on the Edge and JUNO Weekend (including JUNO Fest).
Ruckus on the Edge starts today until Thursday, and showcases all the local musical talent. The event launched today with performances in random spots all over the city: downtown, Mount Pearl, Holiday Inn, etc.
Then throughout the week there’s a bajillion different things going on, like Gospel Night, Jazz and Blues Night, and Rock Night. I just received an email from a friend of mine who’s performing on Wednesday night, and he throws a “You never know who’s gonna be around!” line in. No biggie.
JUNO Weekend then picks up on Friday, with a two-day JUNO Fest event. Over 100 bands playing in over a dozen locations, everything from Rex Goudie to Wintersleep (loves me some Wintersleep). All you do is buy a wrist band at $30, and then you get free access to all the venues. Can you say musical overdose?
I don’t have tickets to JUNO Fest unfortunately, because I have about 10 people crashing at my house this weekend and that’s a whole different celebration. But I’ll tell you what I do have tickets for: Sunday’s JUNO on George.
Shit yeah, there hasn’t been a street event in quite a few months. The whole street is going to be closed off, 4000 people will be given free-range of all the bars, live entertainment will be performed on the street’s stage, and the JUNOS will be showing on three different big screens. Needless to say, my roommate and I rushed to pick up our tickets ($20 each).
It’s a good blogging week for Candice.