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CARAS Announces Record-Breaking Sellout for Winnipeg's 2005 Juno Awards

The 2005 JUNO Awards, Canada's Music Awards, broke all previous sales records today, selling out the 34th Annual JUNO Awards telecast in 16 minutes. The ticket buying frenzy began at 11:00 A.M. (EST) when tickets went on sale through selected Ticketmaster outlets across the country by phone and online. The 2005 JUNO Awards, hosted by TV star, Brent Butt and featuring performances -- announced to date -- including Billy Talent, k-os, k.d. lang, Simple Plan, The Tragically Hip and Neil Young will be broadcast on CTV on Sunday, April 3rd from the MTS Centre in Winnipeg MB.

The previously held JUNO Awards ticket sales record was for the 2003 Awards at Ottawa's Corel Centre. Tickets sold out for the Shania Twain-hosted show in 21 minutes. "We anticipated a sell out, but this exceeded our expectations," said Melanie Berry, President of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and an Executive Producer of the JUNO Awards, "We are very excited by the outstanding support shown by Winnipeggers!"

In addition, 500 Early Bird Juno ValuPaks sold out in two minutes on Friday, February 11th. These limited value packages include the four public events held during JUNO weekend.

Sponsors for The 2005 JUNO Awards include FACTOR and the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage's "Canada Music Fund", Western Economic Diversification Canada, the Province of Manitoba and the City of Winnipeg. Broadcast sponsors for the event are General Motors, Pantene Pro-V, Doritos and Nice 'n Easy.

For more information on the 34th annual JUNO Awards, visit the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) Web site at

About CARAS: The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences/L'academie canadienne des arts et des sciences de l'enregistrement (CARAS) is a not-for-profit organization created to preserve and enhance the Canadian music and recording industries and to contribute toward higher artistic and industry standards.

The main focus of CARAS is the exploration and development of opportunities to showcase and promote Canadian artists and music through television vehicles such as The JUNO Awards. For more information on the 34th annual JUNO Awards, visit the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) Web site at The 2005 JUNO Awards will air live on CTV, on Sunday, April 3, 2005.

About CTV:

CTV, Canada's largest private broadcaster, offers a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming. It boasts the number-one national newscast, CTV News With Lloyd Robertson, and is the number-one choice for prime-time viewing. CTV owns 21 conventional television stations across Canada and has interests in 14 specialty channels, including the number-one Canadian specialty channel, TSN. CTV is owned by Bell Globemedia, Canada's premier multi-media company. More information about CTV may be found on the company site at
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