‘To say we weren’t disappointed would be a lie’: Artists react to cancellation of Juno Awards

The Hunter Brothers and their households had been bound for Saskatoon on Thursday — travelling in a a few-car or truck convoy somewhere amongst Kyle and Rosetown — when they realized this year’s Juno Awards had been cancelled due to problems around the distribute of COVID-19.

“To say we weren’t let down would be a lie simply because it is a thing we’ve been so psyched about,” J.J. Hunter reported.

The sibling state tunes team, slated to participate in in a Junos kickoff concert Thursday night, have long been admirers of the once-a-year awards clearly show celebrating Canadian tunes.

“Increasing up in smaller-city Saskatchewan, being aware of that they had been getting held here in our residence province, being aware of that we obtained to be a portion of them… we have been psyched for a prolonged time,” Hunter reported.

The Hunters Brothers had been on the street to Saskatoon when they realized the Juno Awards had been cancelled. three:05

On Thursday morning, the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) formally announced it was cancelling this year’s function, which experienced been set to include several days of functions, concert events and events primary up to a televised awards clearly show on Sunday.

“When you glance at all the perform that’s absent into it — the setting up approach, the many teams that are a portion of it — I assume disappointment is a pure response to it. At the same time, we also fully grasp that security is of utmost value and so we stand driving the governing authorities and the types that make these choices,” J.J. Hunter reported.

Jann Arden, who was to be inducted into the Canadian New music Corridor of Fame as portion of Junos 7 days, named the cancellation “absolutely the smartest, most smart decision that could have been manufactured,” in a video clip concept.

Jann Arden says she’s let down The Juno Awards have been cancelled around coronavirus problems but says it was a wise go. The singer-songwriter was slated to be inducted into the Canadian New music Corridor of Fame at the awards clearly show. one:06

“We are all listening to our group leaders, which is really critical proper now: to pay attention to what we will need to do to be secure as a state, to continue to be secure, to maintain the quantities down,” Arden reported.

She additional that CARAS was “figuring out how to go ahead” with announcing and distributing the quite a few dozen Juno Award trophies to this year’s winners.

Functioning artists in ‘quite a predicament’

Pulling the plug on quite a few days of Junos events was a tough decision, but it was the proper a single, state artist Blake Berglund said. 

Screens at the Saskatoon Airport Thursday express news about the Juno Awards cancellation to arrivals. (Jackson Weaver/CBC)

In current months, the distribute of COVID-19 to unique international locations has prompted a rising number of cancellations, closures and postponements. Against this backdrop, choosing whether or not or not to show up at this year’s Junos put numerous Canadian musicians “in a tiny little bit of a pickle,” Berglund described.

“We experienced these commitments to venues, we experienced commitments to promoters, we experienced commitments to the Junos,” he reported.

“For us to choose the responsible route and just pull out on our have … it would have compelled venues, it would have compelled fellow performers, it would have compelled team to decide on up our slack. So we had been in rather a predicament.”

Berglund said that, as a musician, the existing situation bordering COVID-19 is a thing totally new to him. 

“I’ve under no circumstances actually experienced to facial area that: being aware of that I can not get onstage simply because a person in the crowd might be ill,” he reported.

Berglund also experienced a suggestion for admirers:

Followers who had been looking ahead to attending Junos-relevant concert events can still guidance their favourite musicians, says state artist Blake Berglund. :14

Reggae artist Jay Douglas, who realized of the Juno Awards getting cancelled while on a flight from Toronto to Saskatoon Thursday, took the news in stride. 

“My mother taught me a single matter: out of each bad situation, some superior is going to appear. And we’re blessed in this lovely state. It can be all of [our] problem. We will perform alongside one another to wipe this unfavorable virus,” Douglas said after arriving at the Saskatoon airport.

Reggae artist Jay Douglas reacts to the cancellation of the Juno Awards, which he realized of mid-way by means of his flight to Saskatoon. :sixteen

However he famous his manager was looking into return flights, the tunes veteran reported he also wouldn’t intellect remaining in city for a number of days as initially planned.

“The pressure has brought us here for a explanation,” he reported, smiling. “The persons of Saskatoon have been looking ahead to this. We deliver them appreciate.”

Viewing the rising number of cancellations is disappointing, admitted Ty Hunter of the Hunter Brothers.

“It can be a single of those people things that is complicated, but you gotta roll with the tides.”

His brother J.J. additional that it really is vital for persons to guidance every other in moments like these. 

“No matter whether that’s in the tunes family members, whether or not that’s in the media family members, whether or not that’s in smaller communities or big communities, it really is so vital to stand side by side by means of complicated moments.”  

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