Story by Vacay.ca Staff
REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN — The Juno Awards are just days away and Regina is buzzing as stars prepare to descend into the city. With the Saskatchewan capital not being the most well-known of Canada’s destinations, we thought we would offer some advice to the nominees who may be wondering what to do in town.
Justin Bieber — RCMP Heritage Centre
The kid’s 19, the age of many of the recruits at the primary training academy for Canada’s chief law-enforcement agency. We think a stop the the Heritage Centre would do wonders for sales of RCMP gear and perhaps give Bieber inspiration for some new dance moves when he sees the rigorous steps the cadets go through each day. Bieber is nominated for four Junos this year: Fan Choice Award, Album of the Year and Pop Album of the Year (“Believe”), and Artist of the Year.
Leonard Cohen — Hotel Saskatchewan
Nothing but the finest for the iconic poet, up for three Junos, including the Fan Choice Award, Artist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year. The opulent Hotel Saskatchewan will charm Cohen and it could even wind up in a song one day.
The Sheepdogs — The Bushwakker Brewpub
For one thing, the Group of the Year nominees might hear their songs playing at Canada’s No. 1 brewpub, which is dedicated to playing only music from Saskatchewan artists. For another thing, they just might be inspired to put on an impromptu performance of “The Way It Is” or another hit. We can dream, can’t we? “The Way It Is” is nominated for Single of the Year and the band’s self-titled recording is up for Rock Album of the Year.
The Weeknd — Table 10
The Toronto-based hip-hop star was a frequent visitor to the Goodnight! Bar before it shut down for condo development late last year. He likes his cocktails and Table 10 serves up some fine ones, including a curious take on the mojito with raspberry rum and Chambord liqueur. The Weeknd, aka Abel Tesfaye, is up for Breakthrough Artist of the Year and R&B/Soul Recording of the Year (“Trilogy”).
Carly Rae Jepsen — MacKenzie Art Gallery
Canada’s pop princess would be right at home at this beauty of a museum. The “Call Me Maybe” singer seems poised to take the world by storm and getting to know some of the collection at the MacKenzie Art Gallery, which features historic pieces from around the planet, may help prepare her for her travels. Jepsen is up for a ton of Junos, including: Fan Choice Award, Single of the Year (“Call Me Maybe”), Album of the Year and Pop Album of the Year (“Kiss), and Artist of the Year.
Metric — Mosaic Stadium at Taylor Field
The CFL is still two months away from kicking off, so the historic field is barren. Emily Haines and Metric could solve that situation fast by belting out “Stadium Love” and other hits. Perhaps they could consider it a rehearsal for this year’s Grey Cup celebrations, which will take place at Mosaic Stadium and has yet to announce all of the headline entertainers. Metric is nominated for the Juno Fan Choice Award, Group of the Year, and Alternative Album of the Year (“Synthetica”).
Marianas Trench — Wascana Lake
The three-time 2013 Juno nominees are named after the deepest part of the ocean. So, being the aquatic types, they might like to check out this splendid manmade lake in the heart of a public greenspace designed by Minoru Yamasaki, who was one of the architects of the World Trade Center in New York. Marianas Trench are nominated for the Fan Choice Award as well as Group of the Year and Album of the Year (“Ever After”).
Kathleen Edwards — Regina Floral Conservatory
The “Asking for Flowers” singer will find plenty of blooms at this attraction, which features indoor gardens with different floral displays for each season. Edwards is nominated for Adult Alternative Album of the Year (“Voyageur) and Songwriter of the Year.
Deadmau5 — Italian Star Deli
Where else should a guy with a mouse for a head go but a deli with some of the best cheese in town? Deadmau5, nominated for Artist of the Year, would no doubt surprise the Giambattista family, who own the Italian Star Deli and have been satisfying cravings for 30 years. Chances are Deadmau5 will show up as his alter ego, Joel Thomas Zimmerman, and out of stage costume, so perhaps there would be no viral photo-op.
Rush — Saskatchewan Legislature
The statesmen of Canadian rock, about to embark on what they say is their final tour, deserve to be honoured officially in every parliament in the country. Nominated for Group of the Year and Rock Album of the Year (“Clockwork Angels”), Rush would also bring national attention to a beauty of a capital building.
More About the 2013 Juno Awards
Date: Sunday, April 21, 2013, 8 pm ET (CTV)
Location: Brandt Centre at Evraz Place, 1700 Elphinstone Street, Regina, SK (see map below)
Tickets: Prices range from $59-$189 and can be purchased on Ticketmaster.ca
Host: Michael Bublé
Performers: Metric, Billy Talent, Carly Rae Jepsen, Hannah Georgas, k.d. lang, Marianas Trench, Serena Ryder, and The Sheepdogs are among the acts scheduled to appear.
Website: For a full list of nominees, visit JunoAwards.ca.