As per the first confirmed performers for the 2010 edition of the JUNO awards, Montrealers, and Quebecers in general, have unfortunately not yet cracked the big list. With the exception of indie rock sensation Metric, who have connections with Montreal having at some point been based out of the city, no Montreal artists were included on a CTV press release concerning the first confirmed acts to perform at the awards on April 18th.
This isn’t to say that no artists from the city will perform at the award show. Only the preliminary list of performers has been released. But the preliminary list may indicate which performers the organizers wanted to put the media focus on, or confirm very early, which will attract a large audience to the show. Undeniably, acts like breakout rap artist Drake, from Toronto, Ontario, and Canadian crooning legend Michael Bublé, who just performed at the Olympic closing ceremonies in Vancouver, will attract a mass audience all their own.
Organizers, however, will also need to consider a francophone performers, especially after the controversy about the language inequality at the Olympic games.
Regardless, with the mass of musical talent flowing out of Montreal, I wouldn’t be surprised if a few locals find their way onto the JUNO stage in April. Don’t be surprised if Montreal staples at the award show, like Sam Roberts and Simple Plan, who have performed on multiple occasions in the past, are added to that performers list later on this spring. Especially since the president of Creative, Content and Channels for CTV Inc., Susanne Boyce, said in the press release that there were “more surprises to come.”