It's Show Time: The Junos Up Their Game!

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Billy Talent among the showstoppers on this year's Juno music extravaganza
Billy Talent among the showstoppers on this year's Juno music extravaganza

Billy Talent, Dallas Smith, and July Talk have been added to this year's Juno Awards telecast, joining the already announced lineup featuring Arkells, A Tribe Called Red, Alessia Cara, Ruth B, Shawn Mendes, The Strumbellas, and Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductee Sarah McLachlan.

Hosting duties this year will be shared by Bryan Adams and Russell Peters, and CARAS also revealed that this year’s broadcast will expand to two-and-a-half hours for the first time in five years.

Executive Producer Lindsay Cox of Insight Productions reports from the inside: "We were thrilled when CTV gave us the extra half-hour to program more Juno content. It is a really exciting addition for CARAS, CTV and Insight and it allows us to properly celebrate the breadth of Canadian Music and talent for the Canada 150 telecast."

She says the team was already pleased with the previously announced lineup and credits the show and its organisers for "reflecting the diversity of sounds and talent" from across the country and "championing" new and classic acts.  "We’re crossing genres with electronic, pop, rock and country...making this show exciting and every performance bespoke."

Cox reveals that “more performers are to be announced (that will result in) some really special moments by incredible artists.”

The fact that 2017 is Canada’s 150th anniversary will not go unmentioned. “Our artists come home for these Awards and their patriotism and their love of our country will always show through. The theme of honouring our country and our 150 years will definitely be felt throughout the Broadcast from our hosts and performing artists.”

Cox promises “there are a couple of epic surprises in store .Let’s just say it’s a party you won’t want to miss.  Come on … Bryan Adams and Russell Peters are hosting the celebration. Anything can happen!”

The Juno Awards will be held at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa on Sunday, April 2. In a partnership with non-profit org Plus 1, $1 from every ticket is donated is to be the educational charity, MusiCounts.