Now that the Grammy’s are over with, we can now turn our eyes to Canada to find folks in an uproar over the Juno Awards ceremony.
In what is being called the “ultimate snub”, Canadian music lovers are outraged by the news that hometown heroes Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings have not been invited to perform at this year’s Juno Awards.
In an article in the Winnipeg Sun by TOM BRODBECK:
“Talk about a slap in the face. Winnipeg rock legend Randy Bachman spends the past couple of years lobbying to help get the Juno Awards to come to Winnipeg for the first time.
He’s asked by Juno organizers to contact another Winnipeg rock legend, Neil Young, and convince him to perform at the televised event, scheduled for April 3 in Winnipeg.
Bachman travels to the U.S. and finds Young and gets him to agree.
And what does Bachman get from Hogtown Juno organizers for his enthusiasm and effort? A pig sticker in the eye.
Turns out there are no plans for Bachman to perform at the Junos.
He wants to. But they won’t invite him.”
The Winnipeg Sun goes on to speculate that Neil Young might boycott the Junos if Bachman is not invited to perform.
So the newspaper has started a petition drive …
DEAR JUNO ORGANIZERS:
I’m insulted by your snub of Winnipeg music legends Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings and demand they be invited to perform at this year’s awards ceremony.
You can e-mail submissions to email@example.com. Deadline is 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 17, 2005.
So fire off an email to the Winnipeg Sun address above. You can make a difference if you really try.