Hamilton, ON’s Arkells and hometown heroes July Talk joined forces Saturday night for their biggest shows to date in front of a capacity crowd at Toronto’s Budweiser Stage. Prior to taking the stage for their 16 song set, July Talk were surprised with Gold award plaques by Sleepless Records for “Push + Pull,” the lead single from their 2016 album Touch.
July Talk with Sleepless Records staff in Ottawa (Credit: Sleepless Records)
Toronto rock band July Talk were the talk of the 2017 JUNO Awards following their sensational performance of “Picturing Love” from Ottawa’s Canadian Tire Centre. The performance capped off an exciting weekend for the group, who took home Alternative Album of the Year for their sophomore album Touch at Saturday’s Gala.
On Friday, March 31, July Talk were also surprised with a Gold award plaque by Sleepless Records for their hit “Guns + Ammunition” at Ottawa’s Albion Room. The track was the third single from July Talk’s debut self-titled album, which was certified Gold in Canada on September 1, 2015.
The video for “Guns + Ammunition” can be viewed below.
JUNO-winners Billy Talent, Dallas Smith, and July Talk have been confirmed as performers for the broadcast, joining the previously announced artists Arkells, A Tribe Called Red, Alessia Cara, Ruth B, Shawn Mendes, and The Sturmbellas. Diamond-certified Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductee Sarah McLachlan rounds out the list of confirmed performers for this year’s broadcast.
CARAS has also revealed that in light of its superstar roster, the 2017 JUNO Awards, hosted by Bryan Adams and Russel Peters, will expand to two-and-a-half hours for the first time in five years. This announcement also comes on the heels of the 2016 JUNO Awards winning the Canadian Screen Award for Best Music Program or Series last week.
Tickets for the 2017 JUNO Awards, starting at $59, are available through Ticketmaster or by phone at 1-877-788-3267. $1 from every ticket is donated to MusiCounts through the JUNOs’ partnership with Plus 1, a non-profit that partners with touring artists to facilitate a $1 add-on from every concert ticket to go to a cause the artist believes in. The donation will help ensure that children and youth across Canada have access to musical instruments.
During a recording session in their hometown of Toronto, ON, alternative/blues-rockers July Talk were surprised with custom Gold record plaques for their 2012 debut self-titled album in an award presentation spearheaded by Sleepless Records. The band thanked their fans with the following Instagram post:
July Talk are getting set to head out on an American tour starting in Boston, MA on October 26. Recently, the band played one of their biggest shows to date, opening for Alabama Shakes at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre.
The video for “Summer Dress” off the Gold-certified July Talk can be viewed below: