The Juno awards are fast approaching, and multiple Hamilton acts are nominated for trophies at Winnipeg's MTS Centre next month.
Getting there might be tricky, but don’t fret – a bunch of Juno-nominated acts are playing in and around Hamilton leading up to the awards so you can get your Juno fix.
Here are five Juno-nominated acts you can catch in Hamilton in the coming weeks:
British Columbia’s Hedley is up for the Juno fan choice award and group of the year.
The band has been nominated for several Junos in the past, and won for video of the year in 2011 and pop album of the year in 2012.
Hedley is playing FirstOntario Centre (the former Copps Coliseum) on Feb. 26. Visit ticketmaster.ca for tickets to the show.
Canadian music legends Blue Rodeo are up for group of the year at the 2014 Junos. Jim Cuddy and company have sold in excess of four million records and won a lofty 11 Juno awards.
Blue Rodeo is playing the Hamilton Place Theatre on Feb. 26 and 27. Visit Ticketmaster.ca for tickets.
Folk singer-songwriter Basia Bulat is up for adult alternative album of the year at the Junos for Tall Tall Shadow. Bulat was previously nominated for best new artist back in 2011.
Bulat is playing at The Casbah on March 8. You can pick up tickets on the venue’s website.
Hamilton Blues legend Harrison Kennedy is up for blues album of the year at this year’s Junos for Soulscape.
Kennedy took home four trophies at this year’s Hamilton music awards on top of a lifetime achievement award. He’s also been nominated for Junos four times.
The album release party for Soulscape happens this Friday at This Ain’t Hollywood. Buy tickets online on the venue’s website.
And fighting Kennedy for blues album of the year is British Columbia’s David Gogo. He’s a two-time Maple Blues Award winner, and his 2006 acoustic album was nominated for a Juno back in 2007.
Gogo is playing a matinee show on March 22 at the Liquid Lounge in Brantford. For tickets, call 519-756-3939.