Mayor Reaffirms Support for Vancouver’s Bid to Host 2009 Juno Awards

Mayor Sam Sullivan and Councillor Elizabeth Ball today reaffirmed their support for Vancouver’s bid to host the 2009 Juno Awards. Earlier today, in Toronto, Mayor Sullivan met with members of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) to promote Vancouver’s bid.

“Establishing Vancouver as a premiere destination for arts and culture is one of the five goals we have established for our government,” said Mayor Sullivan. “Hosting the 2009 Juno Awards will help us achieve that objective, showcase local artists and build momentum for plans to celebrate the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. I want to thank CARAS for their warm reception today and for their thoughtful consideration of our bid.”

The Juno Awards are recognized as one of Canada’s most prestigious annual events – watched by millions across Canada each year. The 2008 Juno Awards show is scheduled for Calgary April 4-6.

“Hosting the 2009 Juno Awards will support the cultural tourism strategy the city is developing,” said Councillor Ball. “Given Vancouver’s rich history of excellence in the recording and performing arts, Vancouver is a great fit for the Juno Awards in 2009. On behalf of Mayor Sullivan, I want to thank the local organizing committee for the great work they are doing to support Vancouver’s bid.”

CARAS is expected to make their final decision on the 2009 Awards early in the New Year.