A Gravenhurst choreographer will be working with some exclusive clientele this weekend, and you can check out his handiwork for yourself on TV.
Dave Campbell, the co-owner of Gypsy Market Mews in Gravenhurst and the soon-to-opened Shipyards at the Muskoka Wharf also happens to be a choreography of some international renown and the choreographer of this weekend’s Juno Awards in Ottawa.
A celebration of the best in Canadian Musical Achievement, the Junos take place Sunday April 2 and will be broadcast live on CTV. This is actually Campbell’s second time around choreographing the Junos, as he played the same role during the 2014 Junos in Winnipeg.
“It’s an amazing experience,” says Campbell. “I started my career as a dancer, so I’ve always been fascinated with music.
The awards show draws the biggest musical acts in the country and Campbell says getting the chance to work with them is a thrill.
“Here I am high fiving Sarah McLaughlin, it’s unreal,” he says. “I watched Bachman-Turner Overdrive get inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2014. This is the music I grew up listening to.”
Campbell says he’s a big fan of the many the artists he gets the chance to work with, which this year will include acts like the Strumbelllas, Arkells and A Tribe Called Red.
“To get the chance just to be around these musicians is incredible,” says Campbell.
Campbell is no stranger to big shows, having choreographed multiple Gemini Awards, six seasons of Canadian Idol and the Toronto production of Cats.
Campbell started his career as an actor in live theatre, performing on stages across North America and Europe.
Speaking on Wednesday, Campbell said he was working on familiarizing himself with some of the Juno numbers, and getting ready to depart at 8 am the next day for Ottawa.
Putting the show together takes place over several days, with each of the performances run through several times before the real thing on Sunday.
“It’s tricky because you’re working with 13 different cameras, so you might have the perfect shot with one but then you have to transition to another camera and make it work there,” Says Campbell .”It’s actually a lot like dancing in that respect.”
Campbell says he he typically spends the show just offstage getting the next act ready and making sure they’re in position, while doing his best to stay out of the camera shot.
Never one to put his feet up for too long, when the final curtain falls on the Juno’s it’s back to Gravenhurst for Campbell, as he prepares for the opening of his latest venture The Shipyards – Muskoka Marketplace on May 19.