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Arcade Fire

JUNO Mania: The JUNO Awards Come to Ottawa

It's all about glitz and glamour on awards night. Photo credit: CARAS/iPhoto).

The JUNO Awards celebrate the best of the best in Canadian music, and after eight years away the celebrations are back in Ottawa with a week of events that run March 26 to April 1. As musicians from around the country descend on the city, we highlight some of the hip happenings taking place around town. By Misa Kobayashi.

Roll out the red carpet! Taking place on April 1 at Scotiabank Place, the awards show will be broadcast live on CTV. With William Shatner hosting and big name nominees such as Michael Bublé, Justin Bieber, Drake, Arcade Fire, Hedley, Avril Lavigne, and The Sheepdogs vying for top honours, it’s certain to be a night of glitz and glamour for the Canadian music industry. Also on the bill are performances by JUNO Award winners City and Colour, Deadmau5, and Feist. Blue Rodeo will also take the stage and are being honoured as the Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductees.

Singers, such as Michael Bublé, vie for top honours at the 2012 JUNO Awards, which will be hosted by William Shatner.

Can’t make it to the awards show? There’s still lots to see and do at these signature JUNO Week events. (more…)

Weekend Roundup, August 13 to 15

Take advantage of Toronto’s summer festival season before it passes you by!

Friday: See Philman George (a.k.a. the Rhyming Chef) at Harbourfront Centre's Hot and Spicy Food Festival

Friday, August 13
The annual After Dark Film Festival begins today, Friday the 13th! The Bloor Cinema (a local landmark) features a week of new and independent horror, sci-fi, action and cult films from around the world. Favoured by none other than Quentin Tarantino, this film festival is one of Toronto’s can’t-miss events.

True to the marketers’ words, you can “touch the puck that touched a nation” this weekend at the Hockey Hall of Fame. That puck, which Sidney Crosby shot past U.S. goalie Ryan Miller to end the 2010 Olympic hockey tournament, is now on display at the Hall’s Double Gold exhibit, which celebrates victories by both the men’s and women’s teams. Visitors can also stand in awe of Crosby’s stick and gloves, coach Mike Babcock’s lucky tie, and Hayley Wickenheiser’s jersey.

Start your weekend right by partaking in the first night of the Hot and Spicy Food Festival, part of the Harbourfront Centre’s World Routes slate of festivals. Tour the Red Hot Marketplace and taste spicy marinades, sauces, and dips (if you dare) and sample top chef Jamie Kennedy’s spiced frites. Then head to the stage to hear some sizzling international music!

Toronto’s historic Casa Loma hosts “A Clue to Murder” tonight! A riff on the classic board game, this dramatic murder mystery unfolds while you wine and dine. As the meal draws to a close, guests sift through the clues to guess the murderer, weapon, and room in which the mischief occurred. Miss Scarlet, in the library, with the candlestick, anyone?

Saturday: Renowned indie rockers Arcade Fire sing about The Suburbs

Saturday, August 14
India Day celebrations kick off with a parade down Yonge Street this morning, in honour of the country’s independence. Follow the floats to Yonge-Dundas Square, which hosts multiple cultural events and activities throughout the day! Sample Indian cuisine, buy local crafts, get a henna tattoo and enjoy live entertainment!

Cheer on the Toronto Argonauts as continue a fierce rivalry with the Montreal Alouettes. Off to a (surprisingly) strong start this season, the Argos hope to maintain their winning ways at the Rogers Centre.

Make your weekend a little greener! Learn about (and sample) sustainable cuisine at the Conscious Food Festival. Chat with local farmers, try Ontario wines, chow down on a grass-fed beef burger or artisan ice cream, and view chef and farmer demonstrations. Don’t forget to bring your own reusable bag if you’re planning to shop!

Catch one of the Western world’s hottest music groups, as Arcade Fire storms the stage tonight on the Toronto Islands! The Montreal-based band is set to perform songs from their newest critically acclaimed album, The Suburbs. Hip hop/R&B maverick Janelle Monae opens.

Sunday: Will Andy Murray amongst the Rogers Cup finalists?

Sunday, August 15
See the stars of men’s tennis battle at the Rogers Cup final today! With a multimillion-dollar prize and bragging rights heading into the U.S. Open on the line, its sure to be an exciting match.

It’s the final day of the SummerWorks Theatre Festival! This indie theatre expo gives emerging Canadian talent the chance to be seen. With plays showing all day, all over Toronto, nothing should keep you from being in the audience.

Another last chance: Catch the Bard’s Bus Tour, a travelling theatre troupe that’s set to perform Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night outside at Todmorden Mills this evening. This comedy of mistaken identity is sure to keep you laughing!

Cheer your favourite horse to victory in the Breeders’ Stakes. The final race in this year’s Canadian Triple Crown is a 1.5-mile turf derby run this afternoon at Woodbine Racetrack.

Weekend Roundup, June 11 to 13

This weekend kicks off a couple of annual Toronto traditions—the Luminato arts festival, as well as the start of a new Argonauts football season. In between, you can pull up a chair, order a pint and roar for your favourite side while watching the FIFA World Cup.

Friday: Arcade Fire! (photo by tammylo)

Friday, June 11
Gather your sports buddies and crowd into the bustling Football Factory to catch the much-anticipated opening matches of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Catch Canadian Idol’s Sass Jordan and R&B singer Melanie Fiona at Yonge-Dundas Square for Luminato First Night. This free showcase of pop-music divas is the first of many events comprising the Luminato Festival.

Get in line early for one of two last-minute chances (today and Saturday) to see Montreal-based mega-band Arcade Fire rock The Music Hall with old favourites and new tunes from their upcoming album, The Suburbs.

Saturday: Malkovich!

Saturday, June 12
You’re almost certain to shiver as John Malkovich takes to the stage as Jack Unterweger, a real-life serial killer-turned-literary celebrity, in Luminato’s The Infernal Comedy: Confessions of a Serial Killer.

Enjoy the penultimate day of performances for Fiddler on the Roof, the feel-good story of humble Tevye (portrayed by Broadway star Harvey Fierstein), who strives to protect his family’s traditions despite the allure of outside influences.

Who let the dogs out? And what about their owners? This weekend, the St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood goes canine for Woofstock, North America’s largest outdoor festival for dogs. Check out the pooch couture fashion show and many other fun events.

Sunday: Argos! (photo by ethanf_15)

Sunday, June 13
Cheer on the Toronto Argonauts—this city’s CFL football team—as they battle provincial rivals the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in pre-season action this afternoon at the Rogers Centre. 

Don’t miss your last opportunity to applaud the National Ballet of Canada’s West Side Story Suite, which features musical and dance highlights from the timeless love story. The production is complemented by Jerome Robbins’ Opus 19/Dreamer and Pur ti Miro, a world-premiere by Finnish choreographer Jorma Elo.

Help make hunger history at the Royal Ontario Museum, where a $250 ticket helps Second Harvest feed those in need—and also nets you an exquisite meal. Toronto Taste unites 60 of the city’s top chefs and 25 beverage providers for an evening of epicurean delights.