In terms of classy moves, they don’t come much classier.
Check out a statement released by City and Colour:
“I have had the pleasure of performing on the JUNO Awards many times and have been honoured by the recognition I’ve received over the years. I’ve performed with Alexisonfire, as City and Colour and as part of a tribute to one of my musical heroes. Not a lot of people get a chance to say that. Given that I have not been nominated this year, I would much rather see a new nominee be afforded the opportunity to perform on the show and have the same experience.”
And with that, three-time Juno award winner City and Colour is not performing at the Juno Awards, which take place in Winnipeg on March 30th.
Now, it would be quick to assume that Green might be acting petty and dropping out because he hasn’t been nominated. But that would be stupid and you would be wrong. Although it is curious that he wasn’t nominated in the first place. When it was released last June,The Hurry and the Harm debuted at #1 on the Canadian Albums Chart, selling 23,000 copies in its first week. I actually love that City and Colour dropped out because they were nominated, because it’ll give a nominated performer a chance to shine in front of the award show that normally pulls in big ratings. And if the show’s producers listen to Green’s wishes, it will be a first time nominee. And they’ll have quiet a large pool to choose from. This year, there are more than 80 first time Juno nominees, including Breakthrough nominees Tyler Shaw, Tim Hicks, Brett Kissell and A Tribe Called Red. Other performers slated to perform in Winnipeg include Robin Thicke, Serena Ryder, Tegan and Sara, and Walk Off The Earth.
Fans of Dallas Green fret not, he’ll be touring this great country in May and June. Check out his dates.