March 28, 2014 11:40 am

Juno Awards bring Winnipeg road closures, music – and hockey

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WINNIPEG – The Junos are taking over Winnipeg this weekend ahead of the gala awards ceremony at the MTS Centre on Sunday night.

Stages across the city will host Junofest performers, Portage Avenue, the city’s main downtown thoroughfare, will be closed between Hargrave and Donald streets starting at 9 p.m. Friday, and the NHL Jets’ arena won’t be the only ice surface taken over by musicians.

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The Juno Cup will pit musicians against former NHL hockey players at the MTS Iceplex on Friday night in a match that raises money for MusiCounts, a music education charity.

Blue Rodeo frontman Jim Cuddy will lead the musicians’ team, which includes Winnipeg’s JP Hoe, Del Barber, Stephen Carroll of The Weakerthans and Vince Fontaine of Eagle & Hawk and Indian City.

Ab McDonald heads up the NHL team, which includes Thomas Steen, Mike Keane, Trevor Kidd, Wayne Babych and former New York Islander Brad Dalgarno.

“This is probably the apex of the Juno Cup on the artist side. I know that Cuddy … can pull some strings in the industry,” Delgarno said. “He’s got some good big skaters out there.”

The musicians and hockey players face off at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 from Ticketmaster.

RELATED: Find all of Global News’ Juno coverage on the Juno Awards page

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