Monday, March 28, 2016

Calgary musicians turn it up on the CTrain during JUNO Week

Mayor Naheed Nenshi with Calgary's own Steel & Timber left to right(Nathan H-Thompson, Phil Brayton & Ben Rogalsky)

During JUNO Week, Calgarians and out-of-town visitors will have the pleasure of taking in some of our City’s local musical talent on the CTrain. Musicians will play for Calgary Transit passengers and provide a sampling of the vibrant music scene we have right here in our city.

“On behalf of the citizens of Calgary and the JUNO Awards host committee, OutLoudYYC, I am pleased to welcome the JUNO Awards to our great city,” says Marco De Iaco, Chair OutLoudYYC. “There are so many wonderful Canadian musical acts playing, and I encourage Calgarians to take part in the numerous events that are taking place at both large and small venues during JUNO Week and leading up to the JUNO Awards.

JUNO volunteers will accompany the musicians to tell passengers about all the multitude of events taking place in Calgary leading up to the JUNO Awards. So if you happen to get on a train car with a little more rhythm than your regular commute, take a moment to tap your feet to the beat and say hello.

Musical acts will be playing on both CTrain lines (red and blue) between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. from Monday March 28 through Friday April 1 and include Steel & Timber, Jan Rachel and Jiggity James and the Canadian Tuxedos just to name a few.

“Calgary is a music city. We have an immense amount of talent here, and we’re so excited to showcase our performers to the world, especially leading up the JUNO Awards when so many music professionals will be visiting,” says Mayor Naheed Nenshi. “We have a great busking scene, and there isn’t a night when you can’t go out in Calgary and see some wonderful live music at one of our many local venues.”

Calgary’s musical talent is evidenced not only by the entertainers that make it big and go on to win JUNOs and other awards, but also by the acts that remain local and help to animate our city for all Calgarians to enjoy. When we launched the busking pilot program in January, we made a commitment to help promote and showcase local up-and-coming talent. The JUNOS on the CTrain program is one of the ways we’re supporting, celebrating and elevating the profile of street performing as a cherished art form.

Find out more about what’s going on in Calgary for the 2016 JUNO Awards and JUNO Week.

Find out more about becoming a busker in Calgary at

With so much happening in Calgary’s music scene, it’s easy to see why 2016 has been dubbed the Year of Music!

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