‘To state we weren’t dissatisfied would be a lie’: Artists respond to cancellation of Juno Awards – CBC.ca

Many Canadian artists were bound for Saskatoon on Thursday when they discovered this year’s Juno Awards were cancelled due to issues over the spreading coronavirus.

Saskatchewan nation artists Hunter Brothers were headed to Saskatoon for the Juno Awards on Thursday when they got word the yearly event of Canadian music was cancelled. (Peter Mills/CBC)

The Hunter Brothers and their families were bound for Saskatoon on Thursday– travelling in a three-car convoy somewhere in between Kyle and Rosetown– when they learned this year’s Juno Awards were cancelled due to issues over the spread of COVID-19

” To state we weren’t disappointed would be a lie since it is something we have actually been so excited about,” J.J. Hunter said.

The brother or sister country music group, slated to play in a Junos kickoff performance Thursday night, have long been fans of the annual awards show celebrating Canadian music.

” Maturing in small-town Saskatchewan, understanding that they were being held here in our house province, understanding that we got to be a part of them … we have actually been thrilled for a very long time,” Hunter said.

The Hunters Brothers were on the roadway to Saskatoon when they learned the Juno Awards were cancelled. 3: 05

On Thursday early morning, the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) formally announced it was cancelling this year’s event, which had actually been set to include several days of activities, shows and occasions leading up to a televised awards show on Sunday.

” When you take a look at all the work that’s gone into it– the preparation procedure, the multiple groups that are a part of it — I think dissatisfaction is a natural response to it. At the same time, we likewise understand that security is of utmost importance and so we stand behind the governing authorities and the ones that make these decisions,” J.J. Hunter stated.

Jann Arden, who was to be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Popularity as part of Junos week, called the cancellation “absolutely the smartest, most sensible decision that might have been made,” in a video message.

Jann Arden states she’s dissatisfied The Juno Awards have been cancelled over coronavirus issues however says it was a clever move. The singer-songwriter was slated to be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame at the awards show. 1: 06

” We are all listening to our community leaders, which is extremely key today: to listen to what we need to do to be safe as a nation, to stay safe, to keep the numbers down,” Arden said.

She added that CARAS was “determining how to move forward” with revealing and distributing the several dozen Juno Award prizes to this year’s winners.

Working artists in ‘quite a circumstance’

Ending on several days of Junos occasions was a tough choice, but it was the best one, country artist Blake Berglund stated.

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

In current weeks, the spread of COVID-19 to different countries has triggered a growing number of cancellations, closures and posts ponement. Against this background, picking whether or not to attend this year’s Junos put many Canadian musicians “in a bit of a pickle,” Berglund described.

” We had these dedications to venues, we had commitments to promoters, we had dedications to the Junos,” he stated.

” For us to take the responsible path and simply pull out on our own … it would have forced venues, it would have required fellow entertainers, it would have required personnel to pick up our slack. So we remained in quite a circumstance.”

Berglund said that, as a musician, the present situation surrounding COVID-19 is something completely brand-new to him.

” I have actually never really had to deal with that: understanding that I can’t get onstage since somebody in the crowd may be sick,” he stated.

Berglund likewise had a recommendation for fans:

Fans who were eagerly anticipating participating in Junos-related shows can still support their preferred musicians, states nation artist Blake Berglund. 0: 14

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

” My mom taught me something: out of every bad circumstance, some good is going to come. And we’re blessed in this gorgeous country. It’s all of [our] concern. We will interact to clean this negative virus,” Douglas said after getting to the Saskatoon airport.

Reggae artist Jay Douglas responds to the cancellation of the Juno Awards, which he learned of mid-way through his flight to Saskatoon. 0: 16

Though he noted his manager was checking out return flights, the music veteran stated he likewise would not mind remaining in the area for a couple of days as initially prepared.

” The force has actually brought us here for a reason,” he said, smiling. “The people of Saskatoon have been eagerly anticipating this. We send them enjoy.”

Seeing the growing variety of cancellations is frustrating, admitted Ty Hunter of the Hunter Brothers.

” It is among those things that is hard, but you got ta roll with the tides.”

His bro J.J. added that it is necessary for individuals to support each other in times like these.

” Whether that’s in the music household, whether that remains in the media household, whether that remains in little communities or huge neighborhoods, it’s so crucial to stand side by side through difficult times.”

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