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Alexandra Stréliski, Allison Russell, and Aysanabee to Honour Canadian Legends at 2024 Juno Awards

The artists will pay tribute to three Canadian legends we lost last year — Karl Tremblay, Gordon Lightfoot and Robbie Robertson — at the televised Juno Awards on Mar. 24 in Halifax. Jeremy Dutcher and Elisapie will also perform, joining previously announced acts like Charlotte Cardin, The Beaches and Karan Aujla.

Alexandra Stréliski

Alexandra Stréliski

Emmanuelle Girard

The Juno Awards have announced the final performers at next month's awards ceremony in Halifax, including special tribute performances that will honour Canadian legends who passed last year.

Contemporary classical pianist Alexandra Stréliski, Americana artist — and newly-minted Grammy winner — Allison Russell and singer-songwriter Aysanabee will honour three influential artists in a special joint performance: Les Cowboy Fringant's Karl Tremblay, folk-country star Gordon Lightfoot and The Band guitarist and Martin Scorsese collaborator Robbie Robertson.


Elisapie and Jeremy Dutcher will also perform at the ceremony, joining previously announced performers Charlotte Cardin, The Beaches, Karan Aujla, Josh Ross and TALK.

Stréliski is also nominated for two awards at the ceremony, for her pensive instrumental album Néo-Romance, while Russell and Aysanabee are both up for three awards each.

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All three artists had big years in 2023: Stréliski amassed millions of streams and several ADISQ awards while also achieving the third most CD sales, Aysanabee was shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize and performed at the gala, and Russell released her sophomore album The Returner to critical acclaim, while also advocating for LGBTQ+ rights south of the border (though some legislators have blocked recognition of those achievements).

Hosted by Canadian pop icon Nelly Furtado, the Juno Awards ceremony promises to spotlight exciting new artists while also honouring influential artists like Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductee Maestro Fresh Wes. Outside of the televised ceremony on Mar. 24, the Junos will also host a week of events and performances in Halifax, including a block party with five-time nominee Talk, a songwriters' circle featuring Begonia, Leith Ross, and William Prince, and a comedy show co-presented by SiriusXM.

The Junos will air on CBC at 8:00 p.m. EST on Mar. 24. For tickets to the ceremony and other Juno week events, head to the Junos website.

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AP Dhillon smashing his guitar at Coachella

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AP Dhillon Drops Off Coachella's Second Weekend

The Punjabi-Canadian star has faced backlash in Indian media and on social media for his guitar smash on weekend one, but the festival says he's cancelling due to scheduling conflicts.

AP Dhillon is leaving the California desert behind. Coachella announced that the Punjabi-Canadian star will not appear at the festival's second weekend as planned, citing scheduling conflicts. The festival announced it in a follow up tweet to one announcing that rapper Kid Cudi has been added.

While Dhillon's first-weekend performance was well-received by the Coachella crowd and many of his supporters, he's also had some backlash due to how he closed his set, which has been widely covered by media in India.

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