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What a weekend for Canadian country music! The 2019 JUNO Week kicked off in London, Ontario this past Thursday March 14 - and boy, was country music BIG this year!
The festivities started on Thursday evening with the JUNO Cup Jam at Rum Runners in downtown London. Among many acts throughout the night, there was a sobering rendition of Neil Young's "Old Man," performed by brother-sister duo, The Reklaws! The night also featured performances by Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo.
Friday afternoon is when the JUNO Train rolled into town! Lucky passengers on the JUNO Train enjoyed musical entertainment from all sorts of JUNO nominated acts, including The Washboard Union. Later that day, fans could also check out the JUNO Cup, a celebrity hockey game with the goal of fundraising for MusiCounts. This event combined hockey and musical celebrities alike - and in this case, country stars Jim Cuddy and The Reklaws traded in their microphones for hockey sticks for a good cause! Later that night, fans enjoyed a star-studded lineup at the JUNO Side Stage featuring The Washboard Union, Jess Moskaluke and headliners, The Reklaws - which was the perfect kick off party for country fans in the city of London.
On Friday and Saturday nights, JUNOfest offered fans the chance to see entertainment across all genres of the music industry. Most country fans flocked to The Bull & Barrel to see stars such as Owen Barney, Genevieve Fisher, Chris Buck Band, Julia Haggarty, Nice Horse, Aaron Allen and even JUNO Award winners - The Washboard Union.
Saturday afternoon featured the JUNO Fan Fare Selfie Sessions at CF Masonville Place where country fans could get up close and personal with Brett Kissel, Meghan Patrick and The Washboard Union! Saturday was an extra special night for The Washboard Union, as they were named "Breakthrough Group of the Year" - winning their first JUNO Award - and making them the first country act to win in this all-genre category!
Come Sunday night - all eyes were on The JUNO Awards at Budweiser Gardens. Country stars Tim Hicks, Jess Moskaluke, The Reklaws, The Washboard Union, Brett Kissel and Meghan Patrick all walked the red carpet, and attended this internationally televised event. The JUNO Awards featured an incredible upbeat performance of "Long Live The Night" by The Reklaws, and saw Brett Kissel take home the "Country Album of the Year" Award for his album, "We Were That Song."
It's safe to say, country music was killin' it at this year's JUNO Awards!