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Simu Liu will host the Junos for 2nd year in a row | CBC News

Shang Chi star, Kim’s Convenience alum, and stock photo legend Simu Lu have been selected to host the Junos — the second consecutive year.

The organizers of the ceremony to celebrate Canadian music made the announcement Wednesday during a surprise announcement at a CBC event at Toronto’s Massey Hall.

Liu released a statement saying that there are no words that can describe the energy that swept through Toronto last spring, and that he is eager to bring it to Edmonton. “If you thought my rendition Complicated was good, wait until you hear my Nickelback cover.”

Liu hosted the first Junos awards at Toronto’s Budweiser stage last year. This was in response to possible restrictions related to pandemics.

Both 2020 and 2021 saw COVID-related interruptions which forced the awards to cancel and then shift to a virtual event.

Simu Liu performs Avril Lavigne’s Complicated at the Junos:

Simu Liu performs Complicated Parody | Juno Awards 2022

Simu Liu performs Complicated parody at the Juno Awards 2022

The beleaguered musical showcase looked like it was returning to its former glory with Liu hosting. Liu danced alongside Regina’s Tesher to perform his song Jalebi baby. He also performed a parody of Avril Lavandigne’s Complex, while accompanying himself with guitar and opening the show by reading the famous “I Am Canadian” Molson commercial. Despite the previous pandemic, Liu’s charm made the show a great success.

This is no small feat considering the Junos COVID troubles and the run of some of most difficult years for awards shows overall. Many wondered if the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the awards’ parent organization, could put on a show.

Juno Awards’ familiar faces

Liu is not the only host who has returned for another year. Six other hosts have hosted the Junos twice over the ceremony’s five-decade history. Five of these were in the first 20 years of its existence. George Wilson, a radio broadcaster, hosted the original, untelevised version from 1970-1974.

In 1975, Paul Anka hosted the first show. David Steinberg was his host in 1977 and 1978. For the next two years, Burton Cummings from Guess Who took over hosting duties. After a year’s rest, he returned to host in 1982 and 1983, where he was joined by actor Alan Thicke.

Andrea Martin hosted the show with several other celebrities in 1981. In 1984, Andrea Martin co-hosted the show with Joe Flaherty and Martin Short. For the next two years, comedian Howie Mandel was the host. Then, after more than 20 years, Russell Peters was the next host, this time in 2008 and 2009.

Juno Awards show host Russell Peters strikes a pose during the show’s opening in Vancouver on March 29, 2009. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Liu’s return to host marks a return trend of celebrities supporting the awards with their personal fame. Unlike the Junos’ early years, comedians and actors were often the main stage. However, musicians have hosted the awards almost exclusively in the 21st Century.

Pamela Anderson (2006, William Shatner (2012) were the only entertainers who made a show as hosts outside of the comedy and music worlds. Their performances were mostly ignored.

The ceremony will be broadcast from Rogers Place, Edmonton on Monday, March 13, 2013. This is the second year Edmonton hosts the awards. The first was in 2004, when Alanis Morissette hosted.

The Junos will stream live from 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on CBC-TV and Gem and worldwide at CBCMusic.ca/junos.

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