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The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) will be celebrating 50 years of the JUNO Awards in 2021. A national celebration of Canadian music, the 50th annual JUNO Awards will take place in Toronto, ON. In honour of 50 years of music, CARAS will be launching exciting initiatives in the host city, and nationally across our country. These events will align with CARAS’ mandate that is comprised of four key pillars: Educate through our music education charity MusiCounts programs and initiatives, Develop emerging artists through mentorship and development programs, Celebrate Canadian artists with year-round JUNO Awards showcasing, and Honour music industry icons through the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.

Judges will be balanced geographically to represent all major markets across the country. Judges will independently review the submissions, without conferring with other members of the panel. This will allow them to make objective decisions without the influence of others.

Music will be distributed electronically to the judges using DMDS. Judges will have the ability to listen, download and cast their votes online. PwC is the official ballot accountants for the JUNO Awards and will oversee all ballot votes and results.


  • October 2, 2020 - Nov 20, 2020: Apply to be a 2021 JUNO Awards judge.
  • November 27, 2020: All selected judges are contacted.
  • Round 1 - Dec 4, 2020 - Dec 17, 2020: The judges listen to all submissions in their respective category and cast their online votes to determine the five nominees.
  • Round 2 - Jan 29 - Feb 11, 2021 (Dates are subject to change): Following the JUNO Award nominee announcement, the same 10 judges will then review the nominees and cast their final online vote to determine the winner.

All selected judges will be contacted by Bryce Delyea. If you have any additional questions please email bryce@junoawards.ca. Thank you for your interest in the 2021 JUNO Awards!

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