The JUNO Awards are set to go down April 2, 2017 in the nation’s capital. The extravaganza of the year will be broadcast on the country’s number one private broadcaster, CTV, from Ottawa’s Canadian Tire Centre. Yes, the arena is currently named for Stephen Wetmore’s company. The year 2017 will mark Canada’s 150th birthday, as confederation came to be in 1867. CTV and The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) confirmed today that the host of the 2017 JUNOs will be none other than Michael Bublé. The diamond recording artist from British Columbia previously hosted the gala from Regina in 2013 which garnered him a Canadian Screen Award for Best Host. Michael will also be emceeing the 2017 BRIT awards, the UK’s equivalent of the JUNOs. The king of swing recently released his 9th studio album, Nobody but Me, which debuted on the Canadian and Australian charts at #3 and the UK and US charts at #2. Tickets for the 2017 JUNO broadcast, starting at $39, go on sale Saturday, Nov. 5 at Ticketmaster hopefully for fans only and not brokers and bots. One dollar from every ticket will be donated to MusiCounts, helping to ensure that children and youth across Canada have access to musical instruments. Additional performer and presenter announcements and the nominations for the JUNOs will be released in the coming months.
The Bublé Mansion
Besides having surgery on his vocal cords, Michael Bublé has been in the news recently regarding the 2,566-square metre mansion (27,625 square feet) he is having built in his hometown of Burnaby, BC. There are all kinds of ironies surrounding it. In his Christmas in Hollywood special last year, Michael told the following joke after pointing out that his family is from Canada and his wife’s is from Argentina. “… if Donald Trump wins, neither of them are going to get to cross the border.” It was a reference to the U.S. salesman turned politician who has proposed building walls along the U.S.-Mexico and U.S.-Canada borders. In a Facebook live session, Bublé stated that he was flabbergasted by the backlash that the joke elicited. In an interesting twist, Michael Bublé himself is having a wall built around his new home. Multiple rezoning applications had to be made to allow for the new property. These included combining lots into a 0.93-hectare space and erecting a 24-decimetre plus wall when city by-laws allow only a fence at 10 decimetres. This is happening while Burnaby City Council is planning to evict and render homeless an estimated 6,000 people (including pregnant women, children, and seniors) from rental units in the Metrotown District (which has already begun) as it prepares to sign away rezoning permits to allow developers to knock down the buildings and erect condo towers in their places. The buildings on death row represent 1/4 of all rental units in the city which has less than a 1% vacancy rate. Yes, United Nations-condemned gentrification is taking place right in Michael Bublé’s backyard! Once completed, the Bublé residence will have a swimming pool, tennis court, two driveways, and an ice rink. It is being built across from the elementary school Michael attended. The wall is being built for “security purposes”. As one would expect, opinions on the mansion are split.