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2023 JUNO Awards

Photos + Recap: 2023 JUNO Awards

Photos by: Tyler Roberts (except where noted) –

EDMONTON, AB – March 13: Nickelback performs three song medley – “Rockstar”, “How you remind me”, and “Animals” at the 2023 JUNO Awards at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta on March 13, 2023. (Photo: CARAS)

The 2023 JUNO Awards took place last night (March 13th) with host Simu Liu at Rogers Place in Edmonton. The first traveling JUNOS since 2019, the show opened with Calgary native and five-time JUNO Nominee, Tate McRae, with her performance of her pop-punk track “she’s all i wanna be.”

Following his four major wins Saturday night at the 2023 JUNO Opening Night Awards, The Weeknd becomes the second most awarded JUNO winner in history after adding Album of the Year to his collection. He has now amassed 22 wins in a decade, breaking his tie with Bryan Adams while Anne Murray holds the top spot as the JUNOS’ most decorated artist with 25 awards.

“I am so honored to be recognized like this from my home country that I love so much. I’m so humbled by all this and could never thank fans enough,” said The Weeknd in a statement.

Singer-songwriter and producer, AP Dhillon, made JUNOS history as the first artist to sing entirely in Punjabi on the JUNO Awards stage, performing his track “Summer High”.

All first-time winners and musical collaborators, Banx & Ranx (Breakthrough Group of the Year winners) together with Preston Pablo (Breakthrough Artist of the Year winner) and Rêve (Dance Recording of the Year winner), performed a special mashup performance of their track “Headphones,” “CTRL + ALT + DEL” and “Flowers Need Rain.” Preston Pablo’s award was given out during the broadcast while the others received theirs earlier in the weekend at the JUNO Opening Night Awards.

Canada’s flourishing hip hop community came together for a collaborative performance shining a spotlight on the 50th anniversary of the genre. The four-song medley was written and produced by award-winning artist and four-time JUNO Award Winner Kardinal Offishall, who hosted the segment alongside 2022 JUNO Award winner Haviah Mighty. Rich Kidd mixed the track, while DJ Mel Boogie added her own unique spin to the music live on stage. The festivities began with Kardinal Offishall and hip hop pioneer Michie Mee performing her track  “Jamaican Funk,” before launching into Dream Warriors’ song “My Definition of a Boombastic Jazz Style.” Four-time JUNO Award winner Choclair followed with his song “Let’s Ride” and the showcase ended with TOBi and his track “Flowers.” The performance led into the presentation of Rap Album of the Year, which was awarded to TOBi, who wins in this category for the second time.

This evening’s broadcast included Nickelback’s induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. Ryan Reynolds made a special virtual appearance to induct the group and celebrate the band,  which included a greeting from Michael Bublé who congratulated the band. Edmonton Oilers’ Captain, Connor McDavid, was also part of the festivities joining the stage to honour the band in-person. To cap the evening, Nickelback performed a medley of their rock tracks including “Rockstar,” “How You Remind Me,” and “Animals.”

The 2023 JUNO Awards featured four more performances including Alexisonfire, who shared their track “Sans Soleil” after winning Rock Album of the Year on Saturday night. Aysanabee in collaboration with Traditional Indigenous Artist or Group of the Year nominees Northern Cree performed a choral rendition of “We Were Here,” while multi-platinum R&B artist and the winner of Contemporary R&B Recording of the Year Jessie Reyez did a soulful performance of “Mutual Friend,” the first track off her latest album.

Fans can rewatch every performance and memorable moment from the 52nd Annual JUNO Awards broadcast, on CBC Gem, CBCMusic.ca/junos and The JUNO Awards social channels.



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