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Simu Liu To Host First Outdoors Juno Awards

The Asian-Canadian star actor will take on the role of host when the Junos take to Toronto's Budweiser Stage on May 15.

Simu Liu To Host First Outdoors Juno Awards

By FYI Staff

Star Canadian actor Simu Liu has been named host of the 2022 Juno Awards, to be held on Sunday May 15, at the Budweiser Stage in Toronto. The announcement came from CARAS and the CBC on Feb. 2.


This past year, Liu made history as the star of the first Asian-fronted movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings, which earned him The People’s Choice Award for Favourite Action Movie Star. He also made headlines last December after a widely-applauded hosting debut on Saturday Night Live. Prior to that, Liu starred for five seasons in the CBC original comedy series Kim’s Convenience, which won ACTRA and Canadian Screen Awards. Liu’s other film and television credits include ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat, Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens and NBC’s Taken. His memoir, We Were Dreamers: An Immigrant Superhero Origin Story, will be published by HarperCollins in May.

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In a press release, Liu stated that “It’s an absolute honour to be hosting The 51st Annual Juno Awards. Canadian entertainment and culture hold a very important place in my heart and getting the chance to experience the festivities in my hometown makes the experience even more special to me.”

"We’re thrilled to have Simu Liu joining us as host for this year’s Juno Awards," said Allan Reid, President & CEO, CARAS/The Juno Awards. "From Kim’s Convenience to Shang-Chi, to SaturdayNight Live, Simu has established himself as a versatile and tremendously talented performer and I can’t wait to see him become a champion for Canadian music live on the Budweiser Stage.”

The Juno celebration will broadcast and stream live from Toronto's Budweiser Stage at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on CBC TV, CBC Gem, CBC Radio One, CBC Music, CBC Listen, and globally at CBCMusic.ca/junos and CBC Music’s Facebook, YouTube and Twitter pages. This will be the first use of an open-air venue in Juno history. Tickets to the big night go on sale Friday, March 4.

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