CTV and CARAS yesterday announced final details of the swiftly approaching 2016 Juno Awards telecast, airing live from Calgary on CTV and CTV GO on April 3 at 7 p.m. ET/8 p.m. AT.
The most significant piece of news is that this will be the first music awards show in North America to be broadcast in 4K.
According to a CTV/Bell Media press release, “Live 4K production is a bold new frontier for the TV industry, intensifying the live viewing experience with enhanced motion detail, increased screen pixel counts, and greater brightness range.”
Randy Lennox, President, Entertainment Production and Broadcasting, Bell Media, stated that “Becoming the first media company in North America to broadcast an awards show in 4K enhances our continued goal of delivering the highest quality television experiences to our viewers. With 4K’s Ultra HD resolution, viewers are invited to experience the Juno Awards like never before.”
Longtime Juno Awards executive producer John Brunton added that “The Juno Awards broadcast has always utilized the latest technology to deliver a live, stadium experience to viewers at home. This year Bell Media, Dome Productions and the CARAS team are elevating the viewing experience through the use of 4K technology, and we look forward to taking the Junos broadcast to the next level by presenting it in a new and truly impactful way.”
Also announced yesterday was a list of presenters confirmed to take the stage during the broadcast, one comprising Kardinal Offishall, Nickelback, Alan Doyle, Paul Brandt, Josh Ramsay of Marianas Trench, comedian Jus Reign, Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi, the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Mélanie Joly, and the stars of CraveTV’s LETTERKENNY, Jared Keeso and Nathan Dales.
The legendary Buffy Sainte-Marie (a three-time 2016 Juno nominee) is set to make a special appearance, while LIGHTS (another 2016 nominee) will perform in support of the MusiCounts TD Community Music Program.
Previously announced performers rocking the stage on Juno night include Alessia Cara, Bryan Adams, Coleman Hell, Dean Brody, Dear Rouge, Scott Helman, Shawn Hook, Shawn Mendes, The Weeknd, and Whitehorse, as well as a special tribute to 2016 Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductee, Burton Cummings.
To help whet your appetite for the big night in Calgary, here's a video sample of each of the performers: