JUNOs Expand to 2.5 Hours; New Performers Announced

The 2017 JUNO awards main gala April 2 has been upgraded from the standard 2-hour affair to 2.5 hours (for the first time in five years). Let’s hope it’s not so CTV can add more commercials to the broadcast. Three new acts have been confirmed to perform. They are punk band Billy Talent, country superstar Dallas Smith, and indie rock group July Talk. They join already confirmed stage acts of alternative rock band Arkells, EDM collective A Tribe Called Red, R&B sweetheart Alessia Cara, adult contemporary storyteller Ruth B., singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan, acoustic pop star Shawn Mendes, and folk rock group The Strumbellas. According to CARAS, additional performers are to be announced later. The 2017 show will be co-hosted by icon Bryan Adams and comic Russell Peters and kicks off at 6:30 p.m. ET from Peace Tower City.