Ash cloud stalls Junos exodus from St. John's

6:34 AM PST 04/19/2010 by Etan Vlessing, AP

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TORONTO -- A gathering volcanic ash cloud has kept top Canadian music industry artists and executives from flying home from the 39th Juno Awards in St. John's, Newfoundland.

The stalled travel exodus follows thick fog delaying music artists from reaching St. John's this weekend for Canada's televised music awards on Sunday night.

And as the Canadian music industry honored its own last night, federal transport officials and meteorologists monitored a massive plume of volcanic ash headed towards Newfoundland from Iceland.

The ash cloud earlier kept Canadian rocker Bryan Adams from reaching St. John's from London, England, to accept a Juno humanitarian award. Adams was saluted from London via a satellite TV feed.

Some artists managed to board late Sunday night flights to the rest of Canada before Air Canada and other major carriers cancelled all remaining flights until Monday morning.

Crooner Michael Buble, the big winner at the Junos this past weekend with four trophies, cut short his post-kudosfest press conference in St. John's to dart to the airport.

By Monday morning, local media reports pointed to a mix of heavy fog and the threat of volcanic ash in the region keeping top Canadian music artists cooling their heels at the St. John's, Newfoundland, airport before outgoing flights resumed.
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