JUNO Awards launches JUNO Hoops
JUNO winners, nominees, and music personalities compete for inaugural JUNO Hoops Trophy at Ryerson University as part of the 40th Anniversary celebrations.
DJ Skratch Bastid, Ray Robinson, DJ Future the Prince (Drake's official tour DJ), and 17 other personalities participate in the inaugural JUNO Hoops game benefiting charity MusiCounts at Ryerson University’s Kerr Hall Gymnasium.The event was presented by The Globe and Mail and sponsored by Clothe Your City.
Tanya Kim sporting a "coach" t-shirt was joking that at best, she can cheer her team on.
Tanya Kim of CTV’s eTalk was a guest coach alongside the head coaches of the Ryerson Rams men’s and women’s varsity teams. Mark Strong, Toronto Raptors game-day host and hype man was also in attendance as commentator.DJ Skratch Bastid (far left) was the first-ever DJ to be nominated for the Jack Richardson Producer of the Year Award in the 2008 JUNOS. He also used to be a point guard for his high school basketball team.
“I’m excited to be part of this game. I came here an hour early to warm up and practice. I’m feeling good about this,” says Bastid before the game began. Turns out, his premonition was correct—his team, Bounce, won the game.Ray Robinson (far right) took home an MVP award.
R&B musician Ray Robinson, who played in the opposing team, Groove, took home an MVP award. Another MVP award went to Alexandra, a Ryerson women’s basketball player who played for team Bounce.
MusiCounts, Canada’s music education charity associated with CARAS (Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences), is helping to keep music alive in schools across Canada. MusiCounts’ mission is to ensure that children in Canada, regardless of socio-economic circumstances and cultural background, have access to a comprehensive music program through their school. MusiCounts includes Band Aid musical instrument grants, the MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award, Scholarships, and other music education initiatives.