The City will welcome the JUNOS by transforming seven blocks in London’s downtown to support a combination of free community programming and JUNO activities.
“London is honoured to be hosting the 2019 JUNO Awards and welcoming Canada’s most talented music industry professionals to our city,” says Mayor Ed Holder. “We believe in investing in culture so we’ve worked hard to create the conditions that’s allowed everyone involved to deliver an incredible roster of entertainment and events.”
A series of road closures will be put in place including a portion of Dundas Place, the City’s first flexible street, as well as closures on Talbot Street and Ridout Street.
“We’re working with community partners to create a high-energy, pedestrian-friendly space to give Londoners access to the best possible JUNO Week experience,” says Scott Stafford, Managing Director of Parks and Recreation at the City of London.
Pedestrians will be able to move through the area with ease and cyclists will be asked to dismount before entering. Cement barriers will be used to protect attendees and prevent vehicles from entering closed roads.
Upcoming events include a mix of paid and unpaid programming:
- March 14-18: JUNO Events
- March 15: JUNO Side Stage
- March 16: Host City Music Exchange
- March 15-17: Dundas Place complimentary programming
The City of London will also be allowing downtown establishments to have amplified sound up to 1:00 a.m. on the nights of March 14 to 18 to enhance the downtown experience during the City’s biggest event of the year.
“There’s a certain level of expectation that comes with hosting large-scale events like the JUNO Awards," says Stafford. “The City’s ability to come together, adapt and embody what it means to be a Music City is proof that London is able to meet that demand,” says Stafford.
Parking available in London’s core and surrounding areas can be identified in London’s Parking Guide and accessed via the Honk app. In addition to City owned parking lots, there are also publicly owned lots that will be available during the JUNOS. If driving, visitors can utilize the Waze app to maneuver local road closures and to be alerted of traffic back-ups. Alternatively, those interested in attending or participating in JUNO Week festivities can consider using London Transit and walking to their destination from a downtown bus stop location.
For a full road closure listing, links to all JUNO Week programming and other resources, visit london.ca/JUNOWeek.