Junos 365 Songwriters’ Circle Launches May 1

Starting this Friday, May 1, CBC and CARAS introduce Junos 365 Songwriters’ Circle, a five-part series featuring stories and performances from the homes of some of Canada’s top musicians. This will be available every other Friday on CBC Gem and world-wide at cbcmusic.ca/junos

Described as the ‘Jewel of the Junos,’ the Songwriters Circle is an annual highlight of Juno Week, but the 2020 event, and the Juno Awards, were cancelled due to the covid-19 pandemic.

SOCAN and Music Publishers Canada are collaborating in presenting Junos 365 Songwriters’ Circle. The May 1 episode features Juno winner Brett Kissel bringing together stories and songs from Juno nominees Dominique Fils-Aimé, Kaia Kater, and Devon Portielje from Half Moon Run.

Junos 365 Songwriters’ Circlewill be available in Canada on the free CBC Gem streaming service and globally on CBC Music’s Facebook and YouTube pages and cbcmusic.ca/junos starting on Friday, May 1 at 8 pm ET (5 PT). The remaining four episodes will be released every other week on Fridays until June 26.

 “It is really special for us to be able to partner with CBC Music to bring the Juno Songwriters’ Circle to life virtually for Canadian music fans across the country and around the world so they can experience first-hand the magic of this event,” said Allan Reid, President & CEO, CARAS/The Juno Awards and MusiCounts. “During these difficult and unprecedented times, it’s the artist's words and music that we find solace in. We need our artists now more than ever so come and enjoy their stories and songs in this truly unique musical experience.”

“Juno Songwriters’ Circle is one of the most highly anticipated events each year during Juno Week," said Steve Jordan, Senior Director, CBC Music. “As we all continue to navigate this challenging time, we are happy to have an opportunity to partner with CARAS to bring this intimate musical event to audiences at home, and support some of our country's most talented musicians by sharing their powerful stories and performances.”

Each year during Juno Week, Juno Songwriters’ Circle provides fans with the rare experience of hearing the intriguing stories behind the song, directly from their favourite artists. Each host and the participating songwriters for future Junos 365 Songwriters’ Circle episodes will be revealed in advance of each broadcast. For more information, please visit cbcmusic.ca/junos

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