Winnipeg music lovers rejoice. The 43rd annual Juno Awards are coming to the 'Peg in 2014.
But of course, it's not just the awards show. It's an entire week of celebrations starting March 24 and culminating with the awards ceremony on March 30.
"Winnipeg has cultivated artists that have become part of our national identity... Winnipeg's enthusiastic music fans have helped launch numerous rock 'n' roll legends, and we're excited for what's in store when we return in 2014," said Melanie Berry, president and CEO of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.
More than 5,000 people are expected to come to Winnipeg just for Juno week, which could bring $10 million to the local economy.
"As a former music promoter, I've been able to see first-hand what an important role music plays in so many people's lives," said Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz.
By the way, the 2013 Junos are in Regina from April 15 to 21. The last time Winnipeg hosted the awards was 2005.
So, with today's news, we thought we'd pay tribute to the great bands and artists that have come out of Winnipeg. Here's a list of our favourites.
Neil Young: formed his first band in Winnipeg, while he was still in high school. Eventually, he played folk clubs in Winnipeg, where he first met Joni Mitchell. As a teenager, Young also spent time at Falcon Lake, Manitoba, where he would listen to Ian Tyson's 'Four Strong Winds' on the jukebox over and over.
About 15 seconds into this clip, Young tells the story. The audio is a bit out of sync, but it's still worth a listen. The doc is about Ian Tyson and is called 'Songs From The Gravel Road.'
The Guess Who: before 1965, there had never been a Canadian band quite like The Guess Who. When everyone else was doing folk, these guys brought the rock. They were the first Canadian band to have a number one song on the Billboard charts with 'American Woman'. It was the biggest-selling single of 1970.
Here's a clip of Burton Cummings in the red chair, with his thoughts on Justin Bieber and 'American Idol'.
BTO: when Randy Bachman left The Guess Who, he formed Bachman Turner Overdrive. Over the years, they've sold more than 30 million records and had six hit singles, including 'Takin Care Of Business' and 'You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet.'
Bob Rock: one of the most successful producers in rock, working with the likes of Metallica, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Motley Crue, Our Lady Peace and Simple Plan. Rock was honoured at the Juno Awards in 2007 for his lifetime contribution to popular music.
Chantal Kreviazuk: two-time Juno winner, several hit singles including 'Surrounded', 'Before You', and 'In This Life'. She also scored an international hit with her cover of John Denver's 'Leaving On A Jet Plane' for the 'Armageddon' soundtrack. You can see her most recent conversation with George here.
The Weakerthans: the first band in the history of CBC Radio 3's R3-30 charts to reach No. 1 with two different songs - a cover of The Rheostatics' 'Bad Time to Be Poor' and 'Civil Twilight'. 'Civil Twilight' was also the No. 1 song in The R3-30's year-end Top 100 chart for 2007. And don't forget their ode to Winnipeg - 'One Great City.'
Bif Naked: Juno award winning, multi-platinum selling, multi-tattooed singer/songwriter who spent her youth in Winnipeg. She's toured Canada, the U.S. and Europe as a headliner and peformed on shows with the likes of Snoop Dogg, The Foo Fighters, Chrissie Hynde and Sarah McLachlan. She even recorded one of her albums while undergoing treatment for breast cancer.
A few years ago, after her treatment, Bif had an emotional conversation with George. You can see that here.
Plus, here's Bif from a few seasons ago with her Best Story Ever - about her dogs, some feces, and a stranger.
The Watchmen: one of Canada's most successful alt-rock bands of the mid to late 90s, with three gold records and one platinum record. And they earned their keep out on the road, playing 150 dates across Canada every year for 4 years. Some of their classic songs included 'Boneyard Tree', 'Any Day Now' and 'All Uncovered'.
Lenny Breau: his family moved to Winnipeg in the 50s, when he was a teenager. Lenny was one of the best guitarists of his time, whether it was jazz, country, classical, flamenco or a combination of all four. He was inspired by country greats like Chet Atkins and inspired the likes of Randy Bachman. In 2009, CBC Radio aired a documentary entitled 'On The Trail Of Lenny Breau' and narrated by his son. You can check it out here.
Susan Aglukark: Okay, she's actually from Churchill, Manitoba but close enough. An Inuk musician who blends Inuit folk music traditions with country and pop, she's won three Juno Awards, and her song 'O Siem' hit No. 1 on the country and adult contemporary charts.