First Performers Announced: Feist, Finger Eleven and Michael Bublé to Rock The 2008 JUNO Awards, Sunday, April 6 on CTV


    TORONTO, Jan. 29 /CNW/ - "1, 2, 3, 4"...The count is on! CTV and the
Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced today that
Feist, Finger Eleven and Michael Bublé are the first artists slated to perform
on The 2008 JUNO Awards broadcast on Sunday, April 6 from Calgary's Pengrowth
Saddledome. CARAS also announced today full details surrounding ticket sales
for Canada's Music Awards.

    All three Canadian acts have been recognized with previous JUNO Award
nominations and wins, and are enjoying huge successes both at home and
internationally. (See "About Feist," "About Finger Eleven" and "About Michael
Bublé," below). More performers will be announced next Monday, February 4 on
the eve of the JUNO Awards nominees' media conference on Tuesday, February 5
at The Fairmont Royal York hotel in Toronto.

    "Feist, Finger Eleven and Michael Bublé are about as diverse as you can
get when it comes to musical styles, but they do share one thing in common:
worldwide success," said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and
Channels, CTV Inc. "The 2008 JUNO Awards is shaping up to become another great
homecoming for Canadian artists who continue to shine on the international
stage."

    "The experience of live music performances is what makes The JUNO Awards
so exciting from year to year," said Melanie Berry, President of CARAS and an
Executive Producer of the broadcast. "Having artists such as Feist, Finger
Eleven and Michael Bublé perform on the same night will be an incredible
experience for the fans and audiences watching worldwide - what a great way to
show off our homegrown talent!"

    JUNO Awards organizers also confirmed today that 500 Early Bird Ticket
Packages will be available for purchase beginning Saturday, February 2 at
10 a.m. (MST), providing music fans with a chance to secure prime seating at
select Juno Weekend events. For more information on Early Bird Packages, visit
www.junoawards.ca. Packages can be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.ca, by
phone at (403) 777-0000 or in person at the Pengrowth Saddledome.

    About Feist
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    Feist's already legendary album, The Reminder, continues to astound
listeners, having sold over one million copies worldwide. The hit single
"1234" is one of the most popular downloaded songs and videos since being
featured in a commercial for the iPod nano.

    Feist recently garnered four 2008 Grammy nominations, but long before her
international breakthrough success, she was the Canadian indie-rock poster
girl with solo albums including Open Season (2006) and Let it Die (2004),
which garnered her two JUNO Awards for New Artist of the Year and Alternative
Album of the Year. She was also a member of Broken Social Scene, contributing
to four of the group's albums from 2000-2005.

    About Finger Eleven
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    Finger Eleven rocketed back into the music limelight with the
introduction of their latest musical creation, Them vs. You vs. Me, released
in March 2007. The album's first single, "Paralyzer," was an instant success
becoming a multi-format, No. 1 hit in Canada and the U.S. with an accompanying
No. 1 video on MuchMusic's Top 30 Countdown. The phenomenal reception enabled
the band to break the Rock Radio record for most consecutive weeks at No. 1,
contributed to the album's Platinum plus certification and positioned them at
No. 10 on Billboard's Top 100. Finger Eleven was invited to perform at the
2008 New Year's Bash in Times Square and has also performed atop the CHUM
building roof for the MMVAs along with appearances on programs such as Canada
AM, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and
Live with Regis & Kelly. The band continues their wave of success with a
second No. 1 track on Rock Radio and a second No. 1 video on MuchMusic from
the single "Falling On." The band's third release, "I'll Keep Your Memory
Vague," is currently in the Top 10 and still growing.

    About Michael Bublé
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    2007 was another landmark year for Michael Bublé. His album Call Me
Irresponsible topped international charts on the strength of his self-penned
No. 1 hit "Everything" and his subsequent tour saw him playing to sold-out
arenas and theatres including London, Paris, New York and Sydney. Following up
his previous two 143/Reprise bestsellers, 2003's self-titled debut and 2005's
multi-platinum follow-up, It's Time, Michael Bublé's worldwide sales are in
excess of 10 million records. Call Me Irresponsible boasts more of Bublé's
buoyant, modern interpretations of standards from a variety of eras including
songs by such greats as Leonard Cohen, Eric Clapton, Cy Coleman and others.
Bublé has achieved critical acclaim and international success as a
Grammy-nominee and five-time JUNO Award winning artist. In 2006, he swept the
JUNO Awards with wins for Single of the Year, Pop Album of the Year, Artist of
the Year and Album of the Year for It's Time.

    Broadcast in High-Definition and 5.1 Surround Sound, The 2008 JUNO
Awards, Canada's Music Awards, will air on CTV on Sunday, April 6th from the
Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta. It is the seventh year in a row that
The JUNO Awards will air on CTV, the official broadcast partner of the JUNO
Awards. Since CTV joined forces with CARAS in 2002, The JUNO Awards have
travelled across Canada, bringing a live, electrified stadium show to million
of Canadians. Since going live from St. John's in 2002, CTV has broadcast The
JUNO Awards from Ottawa (2003), Edmonton (2004), Winnipeg (2005), Halifax
(2006) and Saskatoon (2007). Previous hosts of The JUNO Awards on CTV include
Nelly Furtado (2007), Pamela Anderson (2006), Brent Butt (2005), Alanis
Morissette (2004), Shania Twain (2003) and Barenaked Ladies (2002).

    The 2008 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 Stephen Stohn for CARAS. Louise Wood is
Producer and Donna Luke is Supervising Producer. Ed Robinson is Executive
Vice-President, Programming, CTV. Susanne Boyce is President, Creative,
Content and Channels, CTV Inc.

    Sponsors of the 2008 JUNO Awards include FACTOR, Canada's Private Radio
Broadcasters and the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian
Heritage's "Canada Music Fund", The Government of Alberta, The City of
Calgary, Tourism Calgary, Calgary Arts Development and Radio Starmaker Fund.

    Broadcast sponsors for The 2008 JUNO Awards are Pontiac, Doritos, TD
Canada Trust and Rogers.

    About CARAS:
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    The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences/L'academie 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 opportunities to
showcase and promote Canadian artists and music through television vehicles
such as The JUNO Awards. For more information on the 37th Annual JUNO Awards,
visit the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences' (CARAS) website at
www.junoawards.ca.

    About CTV:
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    CTV, Canada's largest private broadcaster, offers a wide range of quality
news, sports, information, and entertainment programming. It has the
number-one national newscast, CTV National News With Lloyd Robertson, and is
the number-one choice for prime-time viewing. CTVglobemedia Inc. is Canada's
premier multi-media company which owns CTV Inc. and The Globe and Mail. CTV
Inc. also owns radio stations across the country, and leading national
specialty channels. Other CTVglobemedia investments include an interest in
Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, and in Dome Productions, a North American
leader in the provision of mobile high definition production facilities. More
information about CTV may be found on the company website at www.ctv.ca.

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




For further information: about The 2008 JUNO Awards broadcast, contact:
Renée Dupuis, CTV, (416) 332-4596 or reneedupuis@ctv.ca; For general
information about The 2008 JUNO Awards, contact: Tiffany Astle, Holmes
Creative Communications, (416) 628-5603 or tastle@hccink.com; Chris McDowall,
Holmes Creative Communications, (416) 628-5648 or cmcdowall@hccink.com