Céline Dion Garners Six JUNO Award Nominations - Avril Lavigne, Feist and Michael Bublé Follow Closely with Five Nods Each



    - The 2008 JUNO Awards to be broadcast on CTV, April 6th -

    TORONTO, Feb. 5 /CNW/ - And they're off! Nominees who will be vying for
Canada's Music Awards were announced at today's JUNO Awards media conference
held in Toronto at The Fairmont Royal York hotel. The Canadian Academy of
Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) along with broadcast partner CTV, named
this year's best in the Canadian recording industry, including 2008 Canadian
Music Hall of Fame inductees, Triumph. CTV also revealed the Host of The 2008
JUNO Awards broadcast, international "comic superstar" Russell Peters.
    The 2008 JUNO Awards will be celebrated in Calgary, AB, starting April
3rd with a full weekend of JUNO Award events leading up to the awards
broadcast on CTV on Sunday, April 6th from the Pengrowth Saddledome.

    (*)Please visit www.junoawards.ca for a complete list of 2008 JUNO Award
    nominees, bios and photos.

    "Each year we continue to see more artists raising the profile of
Canadian music on the international stage - today's nominees have not only
achieved tremendous success in Canada, but worldwide," said Melanie Berry,
President of CARAS. "With such incredible talent represented, it's going to be
a tough one to call - but one thing is for sure, The 2008 JUNO Awards is going
to be Canada's biggest music party of the year!"

    Leading the 2008 JUNO Award nominations is international hit-maker,
Céline Dion, whose 4X platinum album Taking Chances and No. 1 French album,
D'elles, garnered her two nominations in the same category of Album of the
Year (sponsored by CRIA), along with nominations for Juno Fan Choice Award
(presented by Doritos), Artist of the Year, Pop Album of the Year and
Francophone Album of the Year.

    Avril Lavigne is also up for top honours in the categories of Juno Fan
Choice Award (presented by Doritos), Single of the Year, Album of the Year
(sponsored by CRIA), Artist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year. Her hit
single "Girlfriend" became an international sensation spawning versions in
German, Italian, Spanish, Mandarin and Japanese.

    Feist's hit song "1234" from her critically acclaimed album, The
Reminder, puts her up for five JUNO Award nominations including Single of the
Year, Album of the Year (sponsored by CRIA), Artist of the Year, Songwriter of
the Year and Pop Album of the Year. Her international success has skyrocketed
and earlier this year she received four Grammy Award nominations.

    No stranger to the JUNO Awards, crooner Michael Bublé will add five more
nominations in 2008 to his previous eight nominations and five JUNO Award wins
in years' past. Bublé is nominated for the Juno Fan Choice Award (presented by
Doritos), Single of the Year, Album of the Year (sponsored by CRIA), Artist of
the Year and Pop Album of the Year for Call Me Irresponsible, which includes 
the No. 1 hit single, "Everything."

    Artist of the Year nominations go to Avril Lavigne, Céline Dion, Feist,
Michael Bublé and Pascale Picard. Lavigne, Dion, Feist and Bublé are also all
contending for Album of the Year (sponsored by CRIA).

    Rock group Finger Eleven is nominated for three JUNO Awards including
Single of the Year for "Paralyzer," Group of the Year category with Arcade
Fire, Blue Rodeo, Hedley and Kain; as well as Rock Album of the Year for Them
Vs. You Vs. Me.

    Breakout artists Belly, Jeremy Fisher, Justin Nozuka, Serena Ryder and
Suzie McNeil are nominated for New Artist of the Year (sponsored by FACTOR and
Canada's Private Radio Broadcasters). Nominees for New Group of the Year
(sponsored by FACTOR and Canada's Private Radio Broadcasters) include
Dragonette, Faber Drive, illScarlett, State of Shock and Wintersleep.

    Pop Album of the Year nominations go to Anne Murray for Duets: Friends &
Legends, Bedouin Soundclash (Street Gospels), Céline Dion (Taking Chances),
Feist (The Reminder) and Michael Bublé (Call Me Irresponsible).

    U.S. chart-toppers Bon Jovi, Fergie, Josh Groban, Rihanna and Timbaland
all received nominations for International Album of the Year.

    There are 39 JUNO Award categories in total. For a complete list of 2008
JUNO Award nominees including biographies and photos, go to www.junoawards.ca.
    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).
    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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    Official JUNO Awards website: www.junoawards.ca
    CTV's JUNO Awards website: www.junos.ctv.ca
    CARAS website: www.carasonline.ca





For further information:

For further information: For information about CARAS and 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; For information about The 2008 JUNO Awards
broadcast, contact: Renée Dupuis, CTV, (416) 332-4596 or reneedupuis@ctv.ca

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