Junos already making music in Winnipeg as kids get guitars
St. John Brebeuf, École Henri-Bergeron, get pricey Les Paul guitars
The Juno awards aren't here yet, but they are already making music in Winnipeg.
Two Winnipeg schools were presented with electric Gibson guitars at The Forks Market Saturday as the We Speak Music Performance series got underway.
The guitars, special Les Paul Signature "T" electric guitars, are from the Winnipeg JUNO Education Committee and are in support of music programs and young musicians.
The winning schools, St. John Brebeuf and École Henri-Bergeron, were chosen by random draw from dozens of local schools participating in the series.
St. John Brebeuf music teacher Louise Cianflone said the students are over the moon.
"It's very exciting," she said. "The first thing they asked is if they will get free tickets to the Junos."
Cianflone said the school's boys' choir will be performing at Winnipeg's James Armstrong Richardson International Airport as Juno celebrities and guests arrive.
"They are very excited and they are hoping someone famous comes off the plane while they are there performing on Thursday," she said.
Students and young musicians will also be performing Sunday at the West End Cultural Centre and Tuesday at the Manitoba Legislature over the lunch hour.