Londoners are learning more about the lead up to the Juno awards with details announced and tickets now available for the Juno Cup and Juno Cup Jam.
The Juno Cup will take place Friday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Western Fair District Sports Centre in London. The event pits Canadian music icons against NHL alumni and Canadian Women’s Hockey League players and raises awareness and funds for MusiCounts, Canada’s music education charity.
“Juno Cup is the perfect kick-off to Juno Weekend, with artists and players engaged in friendly competition for a great cause. We are all here to help MusiCounts put musical instruments into the hands of children that need them most,” said Jim Cuddy, founder of Juno Cup.
“We’re thrilled to bring this event to London, and I’m looking forward to connecting with both Juno Cup regulars and first-timers — it’s going to be a great time!”
Attendees will also get a chance to try para ice hockey. A portion of the evening will pay tribute to the late Mike “Beard Guy” Taylor from Walk off the Earth, a longtime Juno Cup player.
This year’s roster includes hockey stars Doug Gilmour, Gary Roberts, Mark Napier, Dennis Maruk, Dave McLlwain, Mike Kostka, Brad Dalgarno, and Sami Jo Small, Natalie Spooner, Sarah Nurse, and Renata Fast of the Toronto Furies. Brandon Prust will coach and former NHL referee Bill McCreary will officiate.
Musical talent includes Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo, The Reklaws, Classified, Adrian Sutherland of Midnight Shine, Amanda Rheaume, Menno Versteeg of Hollerado, Mitch Derosier and Luke Lalonde of Born Ruffians, Jeff Giles of Jane’s Party, Katie Munshaw of Dizzy, and others. Ryan Boldt of Deep Dark Woods will coach.
Individual tickets are $20 plus fees and can be purchased online while tickets are available for $15 when purchasing 10 or more, with all proceeds benefiting MusiCounts.
The Juno Cup Jam presented by CBC Sports, meanwhile, will take place at Rum Runners at 176 Dundas St. in London on Thursday, March 14. The evening showcases musical collaborations involving both the musicians and athletes participating in the Juno Cup. It will be hosted by CBC Sports broadcasters Rob Snoek and Sophia Jurksztowicz.