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Canadian musicians gather in Hamilton this week to kick-off the 2015 JUNOfest.
Over 64 acts are set to perform, including four-time JUNO Award winners The Sheepdogs and legendary Punk band Teenage Head.
The festivities are set to take place in 16 different venues over the course of two days and feature a long-list of Canadian independent musicians.
30 JUNO Award Nominees have also been added to this years JUNOfest – the most in festival history.
This year’s festivities kick off on Friday, March 13 with a celebrity fundraising hockey game in support of MusiCounts, Canada’s music education charity associated with CARAS.
NHL Greats and Canadian musicians will face off in a fun, competitive, non-contact hockey game.
The game will feature Jim Cuddy (Blue Rodeo) and JUNO nominee Sam Roberts. NHL Greats include former Maple Leafs Gary Roberts and Wendel Clark.
All proceeds from ticket sales go to MusiCounts.
Pulling double-duty as host and performer, Jacob Hoggard – also nominated for three JUNO Awards this year with Hedley – will bring his explosive energy and no-holds-barred attitude to the stage for Canada’s biggest night in music.
It is Hoggard’s first time hosting the JUNOS and only the second time the city of Hamilton has hosted the festivities in the last fifteen years.