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Winnipeg to host Juno Awards in 2014

The Juno Awards are coming to Winnipeg in 2014.

A formal announcement with Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger and Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz is expected to take place on Thursday.

Chuck Davidson, vice-president of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, said the Junos’ return to the city is great news.

When Winnipeg last hosted the Canadian music awards ceremony in 2005, it added $ 5.5 million in economic activity to the Manitoba capital, Davidson said.

“What people have to remember is that the Junos isn’t just one event. It’s a weekfull of events, so there’s going to be an impact in terms of hotel stays, in restaurants and hospitality. So this is a big deal,” he told CBC News on Wednesday.

“Whether they have concerts, whether they have hockey games with celebrities, whether there’s workshops … there’s going to be an impact.”

Davidson said Winnipeg could be on a roll in terms of major events, as the Grey Cup final and an NHL all-star game could be held in the city sometime in the next few years.

CBC | Arts News