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JD Era, Classified & Maestro among presenters at 2013 JUNO Awards [News]

Regina, SK – This coming weekend, on Sunday April 21st in Regina, Saskatchewan the Canadian music industry will be coming together to celebrate the achievements of all the talented artists across the country at the 2013 JUNO Awards. Overall, the JUNO’s are a great way to showcase artists from all genres, but this year I feel that Canadian hip-hop has a very strong presence. Toronto rapper JD Era (@JDEra), East Coast chart-topper Classified (@classified) and Canadian hip-hop legend Maestro Fresh Wes (@MaestroFreshWes) are among the presenters (and nominees) at this year’s award show.

CTV released a press release yesterday announcing all the presenters and performers, plus any information you need to know about when and where to tune in. Hit the jump to see the full press release.

News: JD Era, Classified and Maestro Among Presenters at 2013 JUNO Awards -

Press Release: Presenters Announced for CTV’s Broadcast of the 2013 JUNO Awards, April 21

CTV and The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced today a confirmed list of presenters that will take the stage for CTV’s live broadcast of the 2013 JUNO Awards on Sunday April 21. Hosted by superstar Michael Bublé, the awards will be presented by a diverse range of Canadian Talent – from rapper Maestro Fresh Wes, singer-songwriter Kathleen Edwards, and hitmakers Dragonette to fan favourite Jim Cuddy, up and comer Victoria Duffield, and musical legend Anne Murray. Additionally, chart-topping East Coast rapper Classified with David Myles, and multi-platinum recording artists The Tenors are both slotted to be musical presenters performing their respective hit singles “Inner Ninja” and “Forever Young”. The 2013 JUNO Awards brings together some of the country’s most well-respected artists to deliver Canada’s most exciting night in music. The 2013 JUNO Awards airs from Regina’s Brandt Centre, live in Atlantic Canada, Québec, Ontario, and Saskatchewan at 8 p.m. ET (9 p.m. AT/6 p.m. CT), as well as at 8 p.m. CT/MT/PT in Manitoba, Alberta, and British Columbia.

To date, confirmed presenters for the 2013 JUNO Awards broadcast are:

2013 JUNO Nominees:
• Singer-songwriter Adam Cohen
• Indie roots musician and 2012 Polaris Prize nominee, Bahamas
• Chart-topping East Coast rapper Classified
• Blues/rock/neo-swing guitarist and singer-songwriter, Colin James
• Country music sensation Dean Brody
• Electro group Dragonette
• Canadian hip-hop artist JD Era
• Singer-songwriter Kathleen Edwards
• Canadian rapper Madchild
• The ‘Godfather of Canadian hip hop’, Maestro Fresh Wes
• Internationally acclaimed, multi-platinum recording artists The Tenors
• Canadian icon, 2013 JUNO Songwriters’ Circle host, and recipient of the 2013 Allan Waters Humanitarian Award, Tom Cochrane
• Pop singer and triple-threat JUNO Award nominee, Victoria Duffield

Additional Presenters:
• 24-time JUNO Award winner Anne Murray (inducting k.d. lang into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame)
• Blue Rodeo frontman, Jim Cuddy
• Canadian musician and co-founder of critically acclaimed Broken Social Scene, Kevin Drew
• Regina native and star of Space’s Original Series ORPHAN BLACK, Tatiana Maslany

The red-hot lineup of performers confirmed for the 2013 JUNO Awards on CTV include: Billy Talent, Carly Rae Jepsen, Hannah Georgas, k.d. lang, Marianas Trench, Metric, Michael Bublé, Serena Ryder, and The Sheepdogs.

Twitter: @TheJUNOAwards | @CTV_Television

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Natasha was born and raised in Toronto. She graduated from York University almost 2 years ago and since then has co-founded a youth led, social enterprise called The Next Edition which uses media and art to engage youth with their community. For the past year and a half she has been working with young aspiring artists who are looking for a way to showcase their skills and have their voice heard. With juggling weekly meetings, managing a website, and planning events for hundreds of people Natasha takes refuge in urban music. Researching and knowing the latest headlines, and newest tracks in the hip-hop world is something that she loves. But more importantly for her hip-hop is a lot more than just a genre of music, it is a culture and it has shaped who she is today. Finding a way to combine her passion for music, the knowledge she has gained from working with young people and the issues she has seen in the community is a goal Natasha would like to achieve in the near future. Recently, Natasha has taken on PR work for rappers and DJs.

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