Canadian crooner Michael Buble says that he feels privileged to be hosting the 2018 Juno Awards, a music industry gala he describes as “my happy place.”

The British Columbia native was tapped to direct the music awards show last year until he bowed out when his eldest son, Noah, was diagnosed with cancer.

“It has been a rough season, for not only me. I am sure it has been a rough year for a good deal of people,” Buble said, speaking at a Junos event in Vancouver on Tuesday.

“The simple fact is, in desperate times we get to have one night to really, really celebrate Canadian songs and all these gorgeous things. I thank you so much for giving me the chance to take care of that again.”

The 47th annual Juno Awards will be staged at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on March 25, 2018.

Buble, who was born in Burnaby, B.C., announced earlier this month that he had been getting back to work next year, with events booked in Dublin and London in July 2018.

He and his wife, Argentine actress Luisana Lopilato, had stated last year they would put their careers on hold while their son received treatment for an unspecified kind of cancer.

Buble stated in February that Noah, now four, was progressing nicely and that physicians were “very optimistic” about his future, as he explained his son’s courage as an inspiration.

Buble is a 12-time Juno award winner and hosted the gala in Regina in 2013.

This is the fourth time that the event was held in Vancouver.

The town’s mayor, Gregor Robertson, thanked the Junos team for bringing the week-long celebration of Canadian music back to Vancouver.

Robertson, who was also mayor once the Junos were last in Vancouver in 2009, said he believes the city could do better” this time.

“We were somewhat distracted by a large, giant thing we were carrying on in 2010, which some of you might recall: The Olympics and Paralympics,” he said. “But we’re really excited to have the Junos bac”

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, which conducts the Junos, announced earlier this year it’s reinstating the comedy album of the year group after a 33-year hiatus.

Singer Bryan Adams and comedian Russell Peters stepped in to host the 2017 Junos in Ottawa after Buble cancelled.

The episode became controversial after Peters made remarks during his opening monologue which were criticized as sexualizing women.

Peters opened the series by referencing young women in the crowd as a “felony waiting to happen,” and clarified federal Heritage Minister Melanie Joly, who was handing out an award, as “ho”

Allan Reid, head of the Junos, apologized for the remarks, which he described as script.

Courtesy: The Globe And Mail

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