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Edmonton looking at 2018 Juno bid

City kicking the tires on bid for award show

The Weekend performs during the Junos in Calgary earlier this month. Edmonton is considering a bid to host the event in 2018.

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The Weekend performs during the Junos in Calgary earlier this month. Edmonton is considering a bid to host the event in 2018.

Edmonton has set its eyes on hosting the Junos in 2018.

Candice Stasynec, executive director of Edmonton Events, confirmed the city is looking at what it would take to bring the national music awards to the city, which last hosted them in 2004.

“We’re interested in the Junos as we are in a number of events,” she said.

Stasynec said the Junos are more than just the televised award ceremony and celebrate the local arts and culture scene.

“It’s a great opportunity to rally the community and have the community participate,” she said. "It’s just a really positive event and puts us on a national stage in a major way.”

The city is looking at the bid requirements now, Stasynec said, and is working with members of the city’s music community, as well as the Oilers Entertainment Group, because Rogers Place would be a likely venue for the award show.

Coun. Scott McKeen said Calgary’s recent event, which included not just the main awards but several community events, makes him confident Edmonton could do a great job.

“I am sure Edmonton would do even better in using the Junos as a platform for many, many other events around live music,” he said.

McKeen said it’s an opportunity to showcase the city’s art scene.

“We have an extremely strong live music scene in Edmonton and it’s underappreciated nationally, but it’s also underappreciated locally,” he said.

The cost of hosting the event is not yet known and a spokesperson for the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, who oversee the event, said each bid is different.

McKeen said he would have to now what the numbers break down to, but he hopes there would be a lot of interested from the Oilers to put the new arena front and centre.

“It will be a hell of opportunity to showcase Rogers Place to people who may not be hockey fans.”

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