/R E P E A T -- High Achievers To Receive Prestigious Planet Africa And Harmony Tribute Awards At The Roy Thomson Hall/

TORONTO, Oct. 19, 2011 /CNW/ - Silvertrust Communications and its Planet Africa subsidiary (www.PlanetAfricaGroup.com) will present the 2011 Planet Africa and Harmony Tribute Awards at the Roy Thomson Hall on Saturday, October 22. UNICEF Ambassador and Canadian Idol Judge Farley Flex and Tré Armstrong, Judge on the hit television series, "So You Think You Can Dance Canada", will host the awards program, which has celebrated leadership, excellence and diversity since 2004.

"We are excited about this 8th annual Planet Africa Awards," says Patricia Bebia Mawa, President of Planet Africa Group. "The evening will commence with an exclusive VIP dinner, followed by the awards show, which will include performances by Grammy Award winner Mark S. Doss; Juno Award winner Divine Brown and legendary South African superstar Yvonne Chaka Chaka, among others."

The 2011 recipients of the Planet Africa Awards include Kevin W. Williams, President & Managing Director of General Motors of Canada; Yvonne Chaka Chaka, singer and UNICEF Ambassador; Dr. Ola Kassim, Chief Pathologist and Director of Laboratory Services, West Perry Sound Health Centre; Dr. Anthony Sterling, Founder, Sterling Dental; David Mark, President, Senate of Nigeria; SHAD, Juno Award winning Hip Hop star; Dr. Audley James, Founder, Revivaltime Tabernacle; and Dr. Cosmas Maduka, CEO, Coscharis Group.

Other recipients of the Planet Africa Awards are Courtney Betty, President, Diversity Business Network; Lancelot Imasuen, prolific Nollywood filmmaker; Mark S. Doss, Grammy winning opera star; David Bassiouni, CEO, The Bassiouni Group and UN Diplomat; Pia Bahile, journalism graduate; Vivine Scarlett, Founder, Dance Immersion; Detective Constable Don Yirenkyi, York Regional Police Service; and Devon Harris, author, motivational speaker & Olympian.

Recipients of the 2011 Harmony Tributes are Dave Toycen, President, World Vision Canada; Madeline Ziniak, National Vice President, OMNI Television; the Michael 'Pinball' Clemons foundation; War Child Canada, founded by Dr. Samantha Nutt; Roberto Hausman, Founder of the Canadian Law Enforcement College; and Honourable Jim Karygiannis, MP. Guests include senators, ministers, members of parliament, mayors, counsellors, diplomats, business leaders and other dignitaries from across Canada and the world.

Sponsors include Royal Bank, Scotiabank, Sobeys, Canadian Armed Forces, Sandals Beaches and Resorts, Chevrolet, OMNI Television, York Regional Police Service, Kenya Tourism and others. Chevrolet and its Toronto area dealers will present Planet Africa's Crossover Mentorship Program with a brand new 2012 Chevrolet Orlando at the awards.. Guests can get a close-up look at the Chevrolet Cruze, the 2011 Canadian Car of the Year; and the innovative Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle with extended range, both of which will be on display and can also enter a contest for a chance to win a new vehicle.

The Planet Africa brand includes a magazine that is on Canadian and international newsstands; a television show on OMNI in Canada, BEN TV in Europe and NTA in Africa. OMNI 1 will air the awards in a one hour special telecast on November 5. Awards tickets are $150 for VIP dinner and preferred seating in the grand theatre; $80 for preferred seating without dinner; and $60 for regular seating without dinner. Tickets are available online, or by calling 416-247-5777. The VIP reception and dinner is at 5.30 pm and awards show seating is at 7.30 pm. Toronto area youth are available to be sponsored by anyone to attend this world class event and be inspired to contribute more meaningfully to society.

For further information:

Media inquiries: Chibie Okoye or Rachel Scott  | Tel: 416-247-5777 
E-mail: awards@planetafricagroup.com | Website: www.PlanetAfricaGroup.com