Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Hamilton Plans 2019 Juno Awards Bid with Hopes of Becoming Permanent Home

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Hamilton Plans 2019 Juno Awards Bid with Hopes of Becoming Permanent Home

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Hamilton wants Junos to make city its home

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TORONTO - Hamilton is bidding to host the 2019 Juno Awards with an extra request: it wants to become the permanent home of the coveted Canadian music event.

The city council general issues committee reached an agreement on Wednesday to submit an offer that will be hitched to the belief that Hamilton's burgeoning arts community offers enough reason for the Junos to stay put.

A spokeswoman for mayor Fred Eisenberger confirmed that even if the Junos don't agree to those terms, the city wants to host the ceremony for at least three to five years in a row. Questions about how much it was willing to pay were not immediately answered by local representatives.

Hamilton's city council will make a final vote on the bid at a meeting slated for Oct. 11

Juno organizers have a long history with the city, which most recently held the awards show there in 2015. …

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