Canada's Top Country Stars to Perform Alberta Tribute on The 2008 JUNO Awards, Sunday, April 6 on CTV



    TORONTO, Feb. 27 /CNW/ - CTV and the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts
and Sciences (CARAS) announced today the addition of a special performance by
all five of this year's JUNO Award nominees for Country Recording of the Year.
Canadian country artists Aaron Lines, Gord Bamford, Johnny Reid, Paul Brandt
and Shane Yellowbird - four of whom are Alberta natives - will pay tribute to
the JUNO Awards host city and province, Canada's heartland of country music,
in a special segment on the broadcast. Hosted by Russell Peters, The 2008 JUNO
Awards airs Sunday, April 6 on CTV from Calgary's Pengrowth Saddledome.

    Today's announcement brings CTV's The JUNO Awards broadcast lineup to
13 performers, including previously announced acts Anne Murray, Avril Lavigne,
Feist, Finger Eleven, Jann Arden, Measha Brueggergosman, Michael Bublé and
Sarah Brightman. Additions to the superstar lineup will continue to be
announced as the broadcast nears.

    (*)(*)Media Note(*)(*) - Download photos of all performers for The 2008 JUNO
Awards at ctvmedia.ca.

    About Aaron Lines
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    A family man at heart, acclaimed country music artist Aaron Lines was
born and raised in Fort McMurray, Alberta. With four albums to-date since his
debut Love Changes Everything in 2001, Lines has garnered four JUNO Award
nominations and won two CCMA Awards for Male Artist of the Year and Rising
Star Award in 2003. He has recorded hits such as "Waitin' on the Wonderful"
and "The Lights of my Hometown", which in 2005 and 2006 were the most-played
songs on Canadian country radio. Additionally, "You Can't Hide Beautiful"
became a Top 3 song and No. 1 video in the U.S. Lines' latest album, Moments
That Matter, reflects not only his heartfelt lyrics in songs like the title
track and "Somebody's Son", but it also reflects his playful side with songs
like "Let's Get Drunk and Fight" and the No. 1 hit "Cheaper to Keep Her".

    Gord Bamford
    ------------
    From singing at community functions in Lacombe, Alberta, to opening shows
for Tim McGraw and Kenny Rogers, Gord Bamford is hailed as one of the young
guns of "honest" country. In 2000, Gord released his debut album, God's Green
Earth, and spent considerable time in Nashville, crafting his songwriting
abilities with country music's best, including Steve Fox, Tim Taylor and Byron
Hill, who would eventually co-produce his second album, Life is Good (2003).
Hill and Bamford penned several Top 20 radio hits, including honky-tonk
kickers "Joe's Place" and "The Watering Hole" to great love songs such as "I
Would For You" and "We're All Cowboys." With a 2008 JUNO Award nomination for
Country Recording of the Year, Bamford's third album, Honkytonks and
Heartaches, features the Top 10 hit singles "Blame It On That Red Dress" and
"Stayed 'Til Two".

    Johnny Reid
    -----------
    Scotland native, but Canadian-bred, Johnny Reid brings a unique
perspective to country music. Performing in pubs at a young age, Reid mixed
traditional Irish and Scottish folk music with his parents' musical
influences, including Charlie Rich, Etta James, Chuck Berry and Joe Cocker. By
the age of 17, Reid moved to Canada, where he attended Bishop's University,
playing football by day and performing his music in the local bars by night.
After graduation, Reid toured across Canada and travelled to Nashville to
further build his repertoire of original songs and released his debut, Born to
Roll, in 2005. The first single from the album, the infectious "You Still Own
Me," reached Top 15 on country radio while the video reached Top Five on
Country Music Television, and the chart-topping hit "Missing An Angel,"
received the No. 1 Song Award from SOCAN. The album also garnered five
nominations and three wins for Johnny at the 2006 CCMA Awards. His most recent
release, Kicking Stones, has gone gold in Canada, selling more than
50,000 copies, and garnered a 2008 JUNO Award nomination for Country Recording
of the Year.

    Paul Brandt
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    Paul Brandt is known as the voice of country music in Canada. Growing up
in Airdrie, Alberta, he has been singing since the age of 13, and began making
trips to Music City USA - Nashville, Tennessee - where he was offered a
development deal. His debut album, Calm Before the Storm, was recognized as
Billboard magazine's Best-Selling New Male Artist Album in 1996, and spawned
such hits as "My Heart Has A History" and "I Do", which was the first song to
chart No. 1 by a male Canadian country artist since the days of Hank Snow.
Brandt went on to record seven more hit albums over the last 10 years, winning
countless Country Music Awards and six JUNO Awards to-date, setting this
multi-platinum selling artist apart as the most-awarded male Canadian country
artist in history. Paul Brandt will be the recipient of the inaugural Allan
Waters Humanitarian Award at this year's JUNO Awards and also received a
2008 JUNO Award nomination for Country Recording of the Year for his album,
Risk.

    Shane Yellowbird
    ----------------
    Growing up within the rodeo lifestyle in Hobbema, Alberta, Shane
Yellowbird was a typical cowboy. He began singing when a speech therapist
suggested he sing his sentences to help him with his stuttering problem. Not
only did this cure his speech impediment, but he developed a great love for
music. In just a few short years, Yellowbird has gone from quietly pursuing a
fine arts degree at Red Deer College to becoming a rising country music star.
In November of 2006, he released his debut, Life is Calling My Name, which won
three Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards including Best New Artist, Single
of the Year ("Beautiful Concept") and Best Video ("Beautiful Concept").
Yellowbird was named the Chevy Trucks Rising Star of the Year at the
2007 Canadian Country Music Awards and the hit "Pickup Truck" became his first
Top Five song on the Canadian Country Singles chart. He is nominated for a
2008 JUNO Award for Country Recording of the Year.

    Broadcast in High Definition and 5.1 Surround Sound, The 2008 JUNO
Awards, Canada's Music Awards, will air on CTV on Sunday, April 6 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 millions
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:
    ------------
    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:

For further information: about The 2008 JUNO Awards broadcast, contact:
Renée Dupuis Macht, CTV, (416) 332-4596, or rdupuismacht@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


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