The Canadian Academy Of Recording Arts And Sciences (CARAS) announced today that submissions for the 2012 Juno Awards (the Canadian equivalent of the Grammy Awards) open on October 1, 2011. A new category will be added to the Awards roster in 2012: "Metal/Hard Music Album Of The Year", making a total of 41 categories up for grabs. The 41st annual Juno Awards will be held in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, March 26 - April 1, 2012.This new category is an award to honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the Canadian recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position. Eligible albums include metal, metalcore, hardcore, heavy rock, thrash metal, death metal and their respective sub-genres including (but not limited to) nu-metal, power metal, grindcore, extreme metal, industrial metal, viking metal, folk metal, doom metal, gothic metal, speed metal, and sludge metal. Submissions for the 2012 Juno Awards open October 1, 2011. Apply online at junosubmissions.ca. For more information about CARAS and the Juno Awards, go to www.junoawards.ca.