Avril Lavigne kicks topless protester off Junos stage

At the Juno Awards event on Monday night in Edmonton, a streaker who was objecting to Ontario’s development of the Greenbelt interrupted the performance and was subsequently thrown off stage by Avril Lavigne.

Avril Lavigne at Junos 2023
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On Monday, just after 8:30 p.m., the performance was cut short when a topless lady jumped onto the stage while writing the phrases “Save the Greenbelt” and “Land Back” all over themselves. The protester appeared to be dressed in pasties when the action took place.

The protester was told to “get the f*** off” by Avril after what appeared to be a brief period of toleration.

Avril Lavigne, a pop-punk icon, took home the TikTok Juno fan choice award, the evening’s last trophy.

Juno’s awards for 2023

Although he failed to appear at the award presentation, The Weeknd won album of the year for Dawn FM, drawing jeers from the audience. On Saturday night, when 40 prizes were given out, the Toronto singer also took home four honours from the Junos opening night program.

Toronto musician Jessie Reyez won the R&B award for her album YESSIE from 2022, and she afterwards gave a stage performance of her song Mutual Friend.

Preston Pablo, a pop performer from Timmins, Ontario, earned breakthrough artist of the year. The 21-year-old musician expressed gratitude to his family and “the incredible fans for being such a significant part of why I’m here today” during his address.

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The Canadian Music Hall of Fame later recognized the rock group Nickelback.

In a pre-recorded section, actor Ryan Reynolds referred to the group as “the pride of Alberta.” Edmonton Oilers hockey player Connor McDavid then made an onstage introduction.

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