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Georgia Viaduct closure planned for JUNOS final event

Last Updated Mar 18, 2018 at 12:14 pm PDT

The Georgia Viaduct is pictured in downtown Vancouver, B.C. Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. Canadian cities are working to tame downtown white elephants of "wrong-headed planning." THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
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The Georgia Viaduct will be closed for two days to be turned into a red carpet for the JUNO Awards

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – If you heading into or out of Downtown Vancouver next weekend, you’ll want to avoid the Georgia Viaduct.

According to a release, the city is lending its support to the JUNO Awards by shutting down a portion of the viaduct. A section of it will be turned into a “red carpet walk” to mark the final event of the 2018 Awards, which begin on Monday at Rogers Arena.

“The City of Vancouver supports arts, culture and creative industries in many ways, from direct funding and licensing arts events to enabling street use for big events,” Mayor Gregor Roberston says. “Supporting the JUNOS is all about celebrating Canadian culture and giving national exposure to Vancouver’s music industry.”

The closure will begin on Friday, March 23rd at 9 p.m. and last until 3 a.m. Monday, March 26th. According to the city, the closure will allow crews to build the red carpet before it’s scheduled for use on Sunday.

Vancouver has hosted the JUNOS three times — back in 1991, 1998, and in 2009. The city put up a $250,000 grant to the Music BC Industry Association to host this year’s awards.

“We are thrilled to bring the JUNO Awards back to Vancouver,” says Allan Reid, who is the President and CEO of CARAS, the JUNO Awards & MusiCounts. “Thank you to Vancouver’s businesses, residents and visitors for your support of the Canadian music industry. I encourage you to get out and enjoy all that JUNO Week has to offer. We look forward to celebrating with you.”

The city says it remains committed to supporting arts and culture any way it can.

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