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March 9, 2006

Juno Awards Broadcast Criticized

Written by
cindy mcleod

The 2006 Juno Awards will be presented on April 2nd in a live broadcast from Halifax Metro Centre. The Canadian Music Industry honours its leading artists and industry persons at the prestigious event.

Of recent years critics say the televised program rarely showcases alternative, folk, classical, world music, jazz or country acts, all genres that have strong roots in Canada, overlooking entire genres as part of the television broadcast. Approximately one quarter of the 39 award categories will be presented during the 2006 broadcast, with time allotted for nine independent artist performances. The majority of the awards traditionally presented at a non-televised Juno dinner the previous night.

The 2006 broadcast has slotted indie alternative rock acts Broken Social Scene and Bedouin Soundclash, as well as urban vocalists Divine Brown and Massari, who will appear alongside major-label stars including rocker Nickelback and Bryan Adams, and standards crooner Michael Buble.

The Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent on Records (FACTOR) has championed Canadian independent label representation on the TV show, insisting that a performance slot be reserved for an independent act as part of its Juno sponsorship deal since 2001.

for more information visit www.junoawards.ca

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