The JUNO Tour of Canadian Art at the National Gallery of Canada. Great Canadian music meets great Canadian art

Ottawa - February 24, 2012

To celebrate the 41st annual JUNO Awards taking place in Ottawa on April 1st 2012, the National Gallery of Canada (NGC) is partnering with The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) and the JUNO Awards to pair great Canadian art with great Canadian musicians.

Eight Canadian JUNO Award nominees and winners are in the process of visiting the Gallery in Ottawa to choose artworks with particular meaning to them. Their responses are being captured in a series of short videos, which will be hosted online beginning March 26th until the end of October 2012. The responses will also be made available as an audio tour for those visiting the NGC.

Participating artists: Classified, Hollerado, Kellylee Evans, Lynn Miles, Mighty Popo, Gabriel Malenfant (Radio Radio), Shad and Chuck Comeau (Simple Plan).

Bell audioguides are available to visitors in the Great Hall. Cost: $6 each.

This project is sponsored in part by the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC).

Admission and NGC hours
Tickets for the Gallery’s collection are $9 for adults, $7 for seniors and full-time students, $4 for youths aged 12 to 19 years, and $18 for families (two adults and three children). Admission is free of charge for children under 12 and for Gallery members. Open daily from 10 am to 5 pm, and on Thursdays, until 8 pm. For more information, call 613-998-8888 or 1-888-541-8888. 

About the National Gallery of Canada
The National Gallery of Canada is home to the most important collections of historical and contemporary Canadian art. The gallery also maintains Canada's premier collection of European Art from the 14th to the 21st century, as well as important works of American, Asian and Indigenous Art and renowned international collections of prints, drawings and photographs. Created in 1880, the National Gallery of Canada has played a key role in Canadian culture for well over a century. Among its principal missions it aims to increase access to excellent works of art for all Canadians. To do so, it maintains the largest touring art exhibition programme in the world. For more information, visit gallery.ca.

About CARAS
The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences/L'académie 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 ongoing opportunities to showcase and promote Canadian artists and music through vehicles such as The JUNO Awards and other year-round initiatives. For more information on the 41st Annual JUNO Awards or The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences' (CARAS) website please visit www.junoawards.ca or www.carasonline.ca.

About OMDC
Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) is an agency of the Ontario government that facilitates economic development opportunities for the province’s cultural media industries including: music, book and magazine publishing, film and television and interactive digital media industries. Visit www.omdc.on.ca.

Twitter: @gallerydotca 
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/nationalgallerycanada

JUNO Tour of Canadian Art Twitter:
@classified
@hollerado
@kellyleeevans
@lynnmilesmusic
@laradioradio
@shadkmusic
@chuckcomeau

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Media inquiries only:

For more information, please contact:

Josée-Britanie Mallet
Senior Media and
Public Relations Officer
National Gallery of Canada
613-990-6835
bmallet@gallery.ca

For more information on CARAS and the 2012 JUNO Awards, please contact:

Adrienne Kakoullis
416.628.5610
akakoullis@hccink.com
www.hccink.com