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We’ve got the music in us

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 SECTION B

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Ivory Hours’ front man Luke Rose performs with the band at the London Music Hall during a news conference Monday to announce that London will host the 2019 Juno Awards.

Thrills, surprise as London lands 2019 Junos, Canada’s biggest music bash
Junos put city on national stage
Jennifer Bieman The best acts in Canadian music pursuit of the coveted national
The London Free Press will step out in the Forest City not awards show. onto a national stage.
only for the nationally televised The news brought rousing “When you think about the im-
Monumental event, massive March 17, 2019, award show itself, applause and a standing ovation norman pact, it means digital companies
excitement. but also for the week-long festivi- from the crowd, started by Tourism de bono may see us as more attractive, the
After years of aspirations, plans, ties that start March 11. London general manager John news analysis younger creative class may be re-
grit and gumption, the Juno Awards “This is the single-largest enter- Winston in the front row. tained. This is the largest cultur-
— the single-biggest celebration in tainment event that our commu- All told, the Juno Awards fes- Hosting Canada’s national music al event in Canada and stamps us
Canadian music — are coming to nity will ever have the opportunity tivities could bring in at least awards will give London a massive with a brand you do not see in sec-
London in 2019. to host. It’s history in the making,” $10 million in economic spinoffs cultural profile that “stamps” the ondary markets,” said Chris Camp-
Already, the anticipation is Mayor Matt Brown said. to the city, Winston said. But the city as a centre for arts and enter- bell, Tourism London’s director of
palpable. “We talk about the Junos, we talk potential monetary boon for the tainment, industry observers said culture and entertainment tour-
“An event like this is just incred- about Juno week, but for London, city isn’t the only thing he’s excited Monday. ism. “We are punching above our
ible,” Chris Campbell, director of this is going to be Juno year.” about. The fallout from bringing weight.”
culture and entertainment tourism Brown and Tourism London “The relationship-building and the Juno awards here in March This year the event is being held
at Tourism London, said Monday. officials made the big announce- the contacts that we’ll create in 2019 starts with an estimated in Vancouver. Ottawa hosted the
“It’s going to have a huge indi- ment at a surprise news conference this sector will just be incalcula- $10-­million spinoff for hotels, res- Junos last year, and it was Calgary’s
rect and direct impact on culture Monday at the London Music Hall, ble,” he said. taurants and shopping but will, turn in 2015.
in our city.” the culmination of a years-long See junos | A6 over the long term, push the city See reaction | A6

As PCs face leadership backlash, Ford jumps in we asked you...
Kevin Connor ship vote and will be “the Conservatives don’t only party to put Ontario back on
Postmedia News instead appoint even trust their own members the right path.” Will you travel south during
interim leader enough to vote for their leaders, Ford said he was throwing his hat the winter?
TORONTO — Ontario’s Vic Fedeli to so why should you?” in the ring to save the party from YES 29%
Progressive Conservative party lead the Tories Meanwhile, Doug Ford, a former what he called political “elites.”
brass has faced growing backlash NO 71%
during the cam- Toronto councillor who had been “The elites of this party, the ones
for proposing to appoint, not vote paign report- running in Toronto’s mayoral race, who shut out the grassroots, do not Total votes cast: 1,692
in a new leader to replace Patrick edly has candi- announced Monday he’s seeking want me in this race,” he said.
Brown. dates, staff and Ford the leadership of Ontario’s PC “I’m here to give a voice . . . to Today’s question:
Brown resigned in the wake of riding associa- party. the hard-working taxpayers of Are you excited to see the Junos
explosive sexual misconduct alle- tion presidents and members con- “I am deeply troubled by what I this province, people who have come to London?
gations that left the party reeling sidering quitting. have recently seen unfold in the PC been ignored for far too long. This
and struggling to fill that void. “It’s complete hypocrisy,” a sen- party,” Ford said from his mother’s is truly a critical moment for our
However, a planned vote by ior Conservative party source told Etobicoke home where he made party, for our people and for the $ 1.43
the PC executive on Wednesday Postmedia, and a senior Liberal his announcement. future of our province.” (plus gst)

to overturn a general leader- source suggested their messaging “I love the PC party and it is the See tories | A5

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