If Michael Bublé’s stepping down from hosting the JUNO Awards to focus on family cuts like a knife, then perhaps who’s stepping into his shoes feels so right. Yes, that’s … right, as many of you have heard by now, Bryan Adams will be co-hosting the big gala in Ottawa April 2. Joining him will be internationally famous Canadian comic Russell Peters. This will be the latter’s third time hosting the event.
Bryan Adams, an officer of the Order of Canada, born in Kingston, Ontario (not too far from Ottawa) launched his music career from his home base in North Vancouver. He has the distinction of being the first Canadian artist to score a diamond album (Reckless). His “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” from the blockbuster film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves starring Kevin Costner and the late great Alan Rickman was the biggest song of 1991 throughout the English-speaking world.
Adams and Russell will trudge the stage to introduce a slate of great Canadian performers including A Tribe Called Red, Alessia Cara, Arkells, Ruth B, Sarah McLachlan, Shawn Mendes, and The Strumbellas.
Bryan says, “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.”
As for Russell Peters, the man who gets large crowds in stitches with his jokes, accents, and keen observations of various cultures, he won a Gemini award for his hosting of the Calgary show in 2008 in which he commented that people of Indian descent now claim a high demographic in Canada and that Calgarians better watch out because pretty soon their cowboys are going to be Indians. Peters was recently named in Rolling Stone’s list of the 50 Best Stand Up Comedians of All Time.