Michael Bublé to Host CTV's Broadcast of THE 2013 JUNO AWARDS, April 21

Chad Kroeger, Michael Bublé and Avril Lavigne cozy up for their big JUNO Awards announcement. (CNW Group/Bell Media)

Michael Bublé to Host CTV's Broadcast of THE 2013 JUNO AWARDS, April 21 (CNW Group/Bell Media)

- Bublé slides under the covers with Chad Kroeger and Avril Lavigne to make surprise announcement during SUPER BOWL XLVII broadcast -
- ETALK to air exclusive interview with Bublé Monday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. ET -
- Nominees for the JUNO Awards to be announced February 19 -

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TORONTO, Feb. 3, 2013 /CNW/ - In an exclusive on-air message during tonight's SUPER BOWL XLVII broadcast, it was revealed that international superstar Michael Bublé will host THE 2013 JUNO AWARDS on CTV on Sunday, April 21 from Regina's Brandt Centre.

In the premiere of the 30-second promo, Bublé popped in-between Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger to deliver the message - both to the musical power couple and all Canadians - that he plans to hit all the right notes as host of this year's JUNO AWARDS broadcast. Click here to view the on-air message. Follow the conversation online at #JUNOAwards.

**Media Note**- Download photos of Michael Bublé at www.bellmediapr.ca

The multi-JUNO and GRAMMY® Award-winning artist takes charge of Canada's Music Awards at an exciting time in his career. Bublé will soon be announcing details on the release of his forthcoming fifth studio album and will perform the album's first single during the JUNO AWARDS broadcast. In June, Michael will headline an incredible 10-night run at London's O2 Arena.

ETALK, the country's most-watched, most-trusted, and longest-running source for entertainment news, delivers an exclusive interview with Bublé tomorrow, Monday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. ET on CTV.

"It's a huge honour to be the host of a show that has done so much for Canadian talent, including myself," said Michael Bublé. "I am going to do my very best to make it a great night!"

"We are privileged to have Michael Bublé take the helm as host of CTV's 2013 JUNO AWARDS broadcast," said Phil King, President, CTV Programming and Sports. "Mr. Bublé will no doubt impress Canadian audiences on the biggest and most spectacular night in Canadian music."

"This year's show is sure to be second to none with Michael Bublé lighting up the stage with his infallible charm and charisma," said Melanie Berry, President & CEO, CARAS/The JUNO Awards. "I can't wait to see his incredible sense of humour shine!"

"Michael is without a doubt, one of the coolest and funniest guys in showbiz," said John Brunton, Executive Producer, THE 2013 JUNO AWARDS.  "He's an absolute superstar and truly one of Canada's greatest ambassadors. This year the stars and moon have lined up and we're giving Canadians what they want, Michael Bublé."

Airing Sunday, April 21 from the Brandt Centre in Regina, tickets for THE 2013 JUNO AWARDS go on sale on Friday, Feb. 22 at 10 a.m. CST. Tickets range from $59 to $189 (plus taxes and service charges) and are available through the Evraz Place Box Office, by phone at 1-800-970-7328, and online at www.ticketmaster.ca. Nominations for the 2013 JUNO Awards will be announced on February 19, with further announcements on performers, presenters, and tickets to follow in the coming weeks.

A four-time JUNO Award performer and eleven-time JUNO Award winner, Bublé's trademark style has taken the world by storm since he first burst onto the music scene. Born in Burnaby, B.C., Bublé had dreamt of being a musician since he was just two-years-old. His self-titled, debut album, released in 2003, featured classic standards, including "Fever" and "The Way You Look Tonight". The album launched Bublé into the limelight, seeing him win New Artist of the Year at the 2004 JUNO Awards. Bublé's second studio album, It's Time, released the following year, again included classic standards, and as well included the original track "Home" which hit the top of the pop radio charts. The album won four JUNO Awards and, that same year, Bublé received his first two GRAMMY® Award nominations. With the success of his third and fourth albums, Call Me Irresponsible and Crazy Love, he continued his meteoric rise to international acclaim, with appearances on OPRAH, THE X FACTOR, and SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, as well as taking part in the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games torch relay in Vancouver before the opening ceremony.

Since CTV joined forces with CARAS in 2002, THE JUNO AWARDS have travelled all across Canada and back, bringing the biggest show in Canadian music to millions of Canadians live in person and on television. CTV has broadcast THE JUNO AWARDS from St. John's (2002), Ottawa (2003), Edmonton (2004), Winnipeg (2005), Halifax (2006), Saskatoon (2007), Calgary (2008), Vancouver (2009), back to St. John's (2010), Toronto (2011), back to Ottawa (2012) and now, for the first time, Regina (2013).

THE 2013 JUNO AWARDS is produced by Insight Productions in association with CTV and The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS). Executive Producers are John Brunton and Barbara Bowlby for Insight Productions, and Melanie Berry and Ed Robinson for CARAS. Lindsay Cox is Supervising Producer. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production. Phil King is President, CTV Programming and Sports.

Broadcast sponsors of THE 2013 JUNO AWARDS are Chevrolet, Garnier, TD Bank Group and Virgin Mobile.

Sponsors of THE 2013 JUNO AWARDS include FACTOR, Canada's Private Radio Broadcasters and The Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage's "Canada Music Fund," Radio Starmaker Fund, the Province of Saskatchewan, Potash Corporation, the City of Regina, the Regina Hotel Association, the City of Moose Jaw and TD Bank Group.

About CARAS:
The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences/L'académie canadienne des arts et des sciences de l'enregistrement (CARAS) is a not-for-profit organization created to preserve and enhance the Canadian music and recording industries and to contribute toward higher artistic and industry standards. The main focus of CARAS is the exploration and development of ongoing opportunities to showcase and promote Canadian artists and music through vehicles such as The JUNO Awards and other year-round initiatives. For more information on the 42nd Annual JUNO Awards or The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences' (CARAS) website please visit www.junoawards.ca or www.carasonline.ca.

About Bell Media Independent Production
Bell Media has commissioned and co-produced some of Canada's most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, while working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit CTV series include ratings success stories SAVING HOPE and THE LISTENER, and the recently concluded game changer FLASHPOINT. New for 2013 on CTV are the drama series MOTIVE and PLAYED (working title), relationship comedy SATISFACTION, THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, a Canadian-produced, complementary version of the hit international series, and a pilot for the half-hour comedy SPUN OUT. Scripted series on Bell Media specialty channels include two-time Emmy®-nominated hit DEGRASSI, mythological/action series PRIMEVAL: NEW WORLD, and the upcoming dramas ORPHAN BLACK and BITTEN. In total, Bell Media ordered 26 new original Canadian series in 2012, and put 35 scripted projects into development.

About CTV:
CTV, Canada's Olympic Network, is also Canada's largest private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV is Canada's most-watched television network and lead broadcaster of the London 2012 Olympic Games. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada's premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio and digital. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada's largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network's website at www.ctv.ca.

Web Links:
Official JUNO Awards website: www.junoawards.ca
CTV's JUNO Awards website: www.junos.ctv.ca
CARAS website: www.carasonline.ca
CTV website: www.ctv.ca

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Image with caption: "Michael Bublé to Host CTV's Broadcast of THE 2013 JUNO AWARDS, April 21 (CNW Group/Bell Media)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130203_C2694_PHOTO_EN_23260.jpg

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For further information:

For more information on THE 2013 JUNO AWARDS on CTV, contact:

Nicola Krishna, 416.384.5276 or nicola.krishna@bellmedia.ca
Mary Costa, 416.384.7702 or mary.costa@bellmedia.ca

For more information on CARAS and the 2013 JUNO Awards, contact:

Adrienne Kakoullis, 416.628.5610 or akakoullis@hccink.com
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