It’s JUNOS Week in St. John’s!

For the past few weeks there’s been a lot of buzz around town about the JUNOS. My good friend Katie is working for the committee, so I’ve been getting Facebook event invitations and requests to volunteer my time.

But apparently being consumed by my job and the travel world caused me to overlook the significance of the event: it’s like the freaking Canadian version of the Grammys. That means Canada’s best musicians (including yes, Justin Bieber) are invading the city this week. And I just sat here completely oblivious to the shit-show about to take place.

Shame on me.

Once again, St. John’s proves itself to be the most damned fun city ever by turning the JUNOS into a week-long celebration instead of the normal two-day bash.

In fact, there are really two events going on: Ruckus on the Edge and JUNO Weekend (including JUNO Fest).


Ruckus on the Edge starts today until Thursday, and showcases all the local musical talent. The event launched today with performances in random spots all over the city: downtown, Mount Pearl, Holiday Inn, etc.

Then throughout the week there’s a bajillion different things going on, like Gospel Night, Jazz and Blues Night, and Rock Night. I just received an email from a friend of mine who’s performing on Wednesday night, and he throws a “You never know who’s gonna be around!” line in. No biggie.

I don't know who these pretty ladies are, but I want their swag!

I don't know who these pretty ladies are, but I want their swag!

JUNO Weekend then picks up on Friday, with a two-day JUNO Fest event. Over 100 bands playing in over a dozen locations, everything from Rex Goudie to Wintersleep (loves me some Wintersleep). All you do is buy a wrist band at $30, and then you get free access to all the venues. Can you say musical overdose?

I don’t have tickets to JUNO Fest unfortunately, because I have about 10 people crashing at my house this weekend and that’s a whole different celebration. But I’ll tell you what I do have tickets for: Sunday’s JUNO on George.

Shit yeah, there hasn’t been a street event in quite a few months. The whole street is going to be closed off, 4000 people will be given free-range of all the bars, live entertainment will be performed on the street’s stage, and the JUNOS will be showing on three different big screens. Needless to say, my roommate and I rushed to pick up our tickets ($20 each).

It’s a good blogging week for Candice.

JUNO logo

Also, last week my guest post Four Mistakes I Made in France was featured on A Pair of Panties and Boxers. Check it out! Thanks for letting me get all up in your business, Monica.

  • meg

    ahhh I am super jealous. That sounds like so much fun. If you randomly run into Sam Roberts or Joel Plaskett on the streets of St. John’s, please take photos!!!!! Have an awesome time!

  • maggie

    I wish I could be more excited about the junos… but i’m gonna be pretty tapped (financially, and missing-nights-at-home-ally) from my vacation… poor planning on my part, I know! D: I’ve been getting all kinds of fb invites… but can’t really wrap my head around the craziness right now 😉 Sunday sounds like it will be awesome!!

  • Trisha Miller

    OMG I am so super-jealous too! St. John’s really knows how to throw a party – maybe it could start a new business teaching other cities/towns how to throw cool parties too? I can’t wait to read about it and yes – please take photos!!

  • Alouise

    This sounds really awesome, can’t wait to read some first hand experience from all the festivities. And really you never know who you might run into. I worked at the airport the morning after Junos were in Edmonton and we saw tons of celebrities, which was pretty cool.

  • Katie

    Thanks for the shout out Candice!
    It only took a few tries before I convinced you how huge this week is!

    People can check out the Ruckus on the Edge fan page on Facebook for lots of exciting event clips :)

  • Candice

    LOVE Sam Roberts! Hahaha. Would you believe my camera is sent away for repairs? Yep.

  • Candice

    Well, not JUNOS-related, but we’re having a celebration at our place on Friday if you wanna join! (Haha, of course we are…)

  • Candice

    Oh man, can you imagine if that were a business?! Start it up, and I’m in. Hahaha.

  • Candice

    The streets are alive already! Exciting stuff. Unfortunately it looks like the JUNOS on George event will be the only one I can make/afford…

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  • Sabina

    Okay, everyone knows this but me. What does JUNOS stand for? I have never heard of this, and I think that fact may be due to my lack of television. I could google it, but it’s more fun to ask you.

  • Candice

    Umm, I totally don’t even know. :-/ How terrible is that? I can’t seem to find a good explanation anywhere either. Hah!

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