Joe Jonas on MMVAs, binge-watching and The Six
Joe Jonas hosts and hangs with Alessia Cara at the MMVAs Sunday. MUCHMUSIC
Joe Jonas knows his way around the iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards stage in Toronto having hosted previously and performed before with the Jonas Brothers in 2009.
Now Jonas will co-host the nationally broadcast show - which unfurls Sunday night on CTV at Much's Queen and John studios - as a solo artist with co-host and Brampton native Alessia Cara. Plus, his dance/rock band DNCE - of Cake By The Ocean fame - will perform their latest single, Kissing Strangers.
"It's going to be so amazing - I'm excited," said the 27-year-old singer who arrives in town to start rehearsing after his band's Friday night gig at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, N.Y.
"I've been a part of this show so many times. Now to be able to host it again with DNCE [performing] it's going to be a blast, especially hosting with Alessia is going to be a dream come true."
24 Hours caught up with the handsome singer - whose current girlfriend is Games of Thrones beauty Sophie Turner - down the line from L.A. recently.
Do you like the award show's unconventional format?
Definitely! The fact that you can actually see a setting where you're outside, where you're involved with a lot of fans of the actual music. Some of these award shows it's just the artists in the room.
Are you excited to return to T.O. given your filming past with Disney's Camp Rock and Camp Rock 2?
Oh yeah, I love Toronto. We spent a lot time there. We shot two movies there so we pretty much lived there on and off. Actually, to get to hang out with friends that are there around the show itself, to go to my favourite restaurants. I'm pumped.
What's your summer look like other than that one Canadian tour stop at Festival d'été de Québec on July 10?
We're on tour and then we're going to Cannes right after the MMVAs to perform at a festival. We were just there. We performed at AMFAR three weeks ago. And now this is a different conference that we're going back for. It's just a coincidence that it also happens to be taking place in Cannes. It's always really exciting to go somewhere new like that.
Any new music coming from DNCE given your first album came out in 2016? We're headed into the studio now. We're constantly songwriting. We want to be able to have an audience out there that constantly has something fresh to listen to. We don't know necessarily if it's going to be on the album just yet but definitely a body of work over the next year so we can release more.
How do you decompress on the road?
Definitely binge-watching shows. I'm halfway through the last season of House of Cards and am eager to finish it. But at the same time, the beauty and the frustration of shows that all come out at once is that once you bingewatch, then it's gone. So I try to space it out a little bit. With the band travelling, we find ways to always do something different in each city. We're also kind of coffee snobs. So we always try to find our new favourite coffee shop in different locations. And, hopefully, find something that can be a hidden gem.
Any sibling rivalry between you and your bro Nick?
We try not to be competitive when it comes to music because there's plenty of other acts that you're supposed to be competitive with. We try to keep our friendship and support really strong because it's easy to have that kind of rivalry but we'd rather have really great support.
5 PERFORMANCES TO WATCH FOR AT MMVAs
Like every other music awards show, Sunday night's iHeartRadio MMVAs will be remembered more for its standout performances than who brings home the most trophies.
Here are five artists to watch out for:
Joe Jonas and his band will perform their sexy latest single, Kissing Strangers, whose chorus goes, "Kissing strangers, 'til I find someone I love."
BONUS: If Nicki Minaj, who is featured in the song and the video, shows up.
Toronto's latest hip-hop star will offer up two songs, Tempted and Red Alert, and represent rap at what is otherwise very much a pop-skewing, younger show.
BONUS: Representing The Six, so you know who might turn up ...
New Zealand's biggest musical export will dish out her latest singles, Green Light and Perfect Places, from her highly anticipated second album, Melodrama, which drops Friday.
BONUS: If she dances Lorde-style on top of a car like she does in the video for Green Light.
This Hamilton, Ont., band will rock out with their 2017 surprise hit song, Knocking At The Door (from the deluxe edition of 2016's album Morning Report), which was featured in a recent Toronto Blue Jays fans-themed Budweiser commercial following a T.O.-centric video.
BONUS: If Jays slugger Josh Donaldson hits the stage.
The lone Irishman of One Direction has gone solo with both his pretty acoustic love song, This Town, and the sexier, grooved-filled follow-up Slow Hands, he's set to perform both.
BONUS: If fellow former 1D member Harry Styles - who's also been making the rounds with his Sign Of The Times single from his selft-itled 2017 debut - turned up to surprise him (and us).
- JANE STEVENSON