MULTI-PLATINUM AND INTERNATIONALLY CELEBRATED CANADIAN ICON SARAH MCLACHLAN ANNOUNCED AS HOST OF THE 48TH ANNUAL JUNO AWARDS
Toronto – The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) and CBC today announced that this year, one of Canada's most celebrated singer-songwriters, 12-time JUNO Award winner, and Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductee Sarah McLachlan, will take the stage as host of The JUNO Awards Broadcast. The event will be held at Budweiser Gardens in London, ON, on Sunday, March 17, 2019. Canada's biggest night in music will be broadcast live across the country on CBC, CBC Radio One, CBC Music the free CBC Gem streaming service as well as globally at cbcmusic.ca/junos at 8 PM ET.
“I'm honoured to have been asked to host the 48th Annual JUNO Awards,” said McLachlan. “I know intimately what it feels like to be on the JUNO stage and I feel truly blessed to play a new role for an organization that has supported me throughout my career.”
“Sarah is perfect to host our show,” said Allan Reid, President & CEO, CARAS/The JUNO Awards & MusiCounts. “She's an inspiring artist with exceptional achievements and successes, who embodies our core beliefs of nurturing talent and celebrating the voices of our great nation. It has been a privilege to watch Sarah's career soar over the last 3 decades. She is a powerful force within the music industry and beyond, and we're thrilled to have her onboard to help us deliver another unforgettable JUNO Awards.”
McLachlan has sold over 40 million albums throughout her career and, in 2017, was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. She released her most recent studio album, Wonderland, in 2016, which won the JUNO Award for Adult Contemporary Album of the Year as well as a Grammy Nomination for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. The trailblazer has contributed to many philanthropic causes throughout her impressive musical career, including founding the Lilith Fair Tour in the late ‘90s, showcasing some of the top female artists and raising over $7M for local and national charities. In 2002 McLachlan founded her non-profit organization, the Sarah McLachlan School of Music, which provides top quality music instruction at no cost, in a safe and nurturing environment, for at-risk and underserved children and youth.