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JUNOS Fifty Fifty with Alan Neal

A special series exploring the impact of Ottawa music venues on local JUNO-nominated artists.

A special series exploring the impact of Ottawa music venues on local JUNO-nominated artists

JUNOS Fifty Fifty is a special series from CBC Ottawa ahead of the JUNO Awards. CBC's Alan Neal looks back on five decades of local JUNO-nominated artists and their most memorable performances at Ottawa music venues. (CBC Communications)

The 50th annual JUNO Awards will celebrate 50 years in Canadian music with a live broadcast on Sunday, June 6

To celebrate this milestone, All In A Day's Alan Neal is looking back on five decades of Ottawa JUNO nominees with a special series leading up to the award broadcast called JUNOS Fifty Fifty.

At a time when we can't go to concerts, festivals or experience live music in the same way, this is a chance to flash back to a time when audiences would pack local houses and hear these Ottawa award-worthy musicians shine.

About the series

Alan reached out to JUNO-nominated local musicians spanning 50 years to see what they recall about the stages they've performed on in Ottawa...the amazing, the disastrous, the unexpected and the inspiring. What transpired is a multi-platform series exploring the impact that local music venues have had in supporting and developing local JUNO nominees and how live music has been a backbone to this city for many decades.

It's your chance to hear never-before-told stories from some of your favourite artists. What Ottawa club got people to leave by having a bar manager yell, "We're burning your coats?" What Ottawa JUNO winner once had to dress up like an angel on stage in an Ottawa department store? Tune in to the series to find out the answers.

Where to listen and watch

Starting Friday, May 21, listen to Ottawa Morning, All In A Day and In Town and Out on the CBC Listen app and watch CBC Ottawa News at 6 and Our Ottawa to take a deep dive into the Ottawa music scene with JUNOS Fifty Fifty. 

You'll hear from artists such as Tom Green, The Halluci Nation, Bruce Cockburn, Kathleen Edwards, The Angstones and more as they reflect on their most memorable Ottawa performance and what that space has meant to their careers and their music. The concerts and halls that allowed music to thrive and memories to live. 

Some of the video highlights are below.

Featured artists include:

*Click or tap on an artist's name to hear their interview

Starting May 31, head over to CBC Ottawa's Instagram for a special video series featuring some of the artists and venues from JUNOS Fifty Fifty.

WATCH | JUNOS Fifty Fifty: Priscilla Wright:

JUNOS Fifty Fifty: Priscilla Wright

2 years ago
Duration 6:24
The 80-year old Juno nominee remembers the importance of the Canadian Grill at the Chateau Laurier.

WATCH | JUNOS Fifty Fifty: TJ's Speakeasy:

JUNOS Fifty Fifty: TJ’s Speakeasy

2 years ago
Duration 4:49
Juno winner Lynn Miles and Chris McKhool of Juno-nominated Sultans of String remember the Holland Avenue hub.

WATCH | JUNOS Fifty Fifty: Gallery spaces

JUNOS Fifty Fifty: Gallery spaces

2 years ago
Duration 6:58
Juno nominees Silla + Rise, LGS and The Angstones on galleries that showcased their sound.

WATCH | JUNOS Fifty Fifty: The Clog … and The Family Brown in biker bars:

JUNOS Fifty Fifty: The Clog … and The Family Brown in biker bars

2 years ago
Duration 5:00
The Gatineau festival organized by Juno nominee Wayne Rostad, and why you'd find The Family Brown in biker bars.

WATCH | JUNOS Fifty Fifty: Winterlude:

JUNOS Fifty Fifty: Winterlude

2 years ago
Duration 5:10
Juno winners Daniel Lanois and Capital Sound think back to their frostiest Ottawa stages.

WATCH | JUNOS Fifty Fifty: GCTC:

JUNOS Fifty Fifty: GCTC

2 years ago
Duration 4:02
Juno nominees The Angstones remember when they took over the Gladstone space for Hills Are Alive.

WATCH | JUNOS Fifty Fifty: Zaphod Beeblebrox:

JUNOS Fifty Fifty: Zaphod Beeblebrox

2 years ago
Duration 4:54
Tom Green, Kalle Mattson, Jenny Whiteley and Louise Reny of One To One reflect on the little club in the ByWard Market.

WATCH | JUNOS Fifty Fifty: Retail stages:

JUNOS Fifty Fifty: Retail stages

2 years ago
Duration 5:18
Juno winner Jesse Stewart praises The Record Centre and Juno winner Angela Schwarzkopf reveals her Holt Renfrew past.

WATCH | JUNOS Fifty Fifty: The Rainbow Bistro:

JUNOS Fifty Fifty: The Rainbow Bistro

3 years ago
Duration 1:33

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