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Calgary natives Tegan and Sara will be receiving the 2024 Humanitarian Award for their work with the LGBTQ+ community at the 2024 Juno Awards in Halifax.
The duo, made up of twin sisters Tegan and Sara Quin, will receive the award from Oscar-nominated actor Elliot Page at the awards, which will be held at the Scotiabank Centre on March 24. The Quins got their start as teenagers in Calgary and have since released 10 studio albums, earned a Grammy nomination and a number of Juno nods.
The Quins’ Tegan and Sara Foundation was created to improve the lives of LGBTQ+ women and girls.
Past winners of the Humanitarian Award have included Susan Aglukark, Tragically Hip, David Foster, Gary Slaight, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Arcade Fire and Rush. Calgarians Tom Jackson and Paul Brandt won the award in 2007 and 2008, respectively.
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The 2024 Juno Awards will be hosted by singer-songwriter Nelly Furtado and feature performances by The Beaches and Charlotte Cardin. Rapper Maestro Fresh Wes will be inducted in the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, which is now permanently housed at the National Music Centre in Calgary.
The centre will hold an exhibition celebrating the hip-hop pioneer’s career that will open May 15.