Friends Jann Arden and Sarah Brightman Join Music Legend Anne Murray on The 2008 JUNO Awards, Sunday, April 6 on CTV



    TORONTO, Feb. 21 /CNW/ - CTV and the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts
and Sciences (CARAS) announced today that Calgary native and national darling
Jann Arden and international sensation Sarah Brightman have been added to the
performance line-up for The 2008 JUNO Awards broadcast on CTV. Arden and
Brightman will each share the stage with Canadian icon Anne Murray for duet
performances during the broadcast. Hosted by Russell Peters, The 2008 JUNO
Awards airs Sunday, April 6 on CTV from Calgary's Pengrowth Saddledome.

    Both Arden and Brightman are featured guest performers on Anne Murray's
most recent album, Duets: Friends & Legends - a collection of Murray's
greatest hits re-recorded as duets with some of her favourite women of song.
The album, Murray's 35th to-date, went double platinum in just six weeks and
debuted at No. 4 on the Top 200 SoundScan Chart in Canada, making it her 
highest debut in over 20 years.

    Arden and Brightman join Murray and five other acts filling out The JUNO
Awards line-up for the CTV broadcast, including previously announced
performers Avril Lavigne, Feist, Finger Eleven, Measha Brueggergosman and
Michael Bublé. Additions to the superstar roster will continue to be announced
as the broadcast nears.

    About Jann Arden
    ----------------

    Calgary's very own Jann Arden continues to be an icon of the Canadian
entertainment industry. In February 2007, Arden released her ninth album,
Uncover Me, a collection of her favorite songs, including the Top 10 singles
"At Seventeen" and "Son of a Preacher Man". Uncover Me debuted at No. 1 on the
Digital SoundScan Chart and was certified platinum in April 2007. Among the
list of many critically acclaimed and platinum-selling albums includes the
two-times platinum, Greatest Hurts (2001), two-times platinum, Happy? (1997),
and the five-times platinum, Living Under June (1994). Arden has continued to
tour at an unstoppable pace. Her 2007 Uncover Me Tour, visited 23 cities,
performing 31 shows to sold-out crowds across Canada, becoming one of North
America's most successful tours that year. This past summer, Arden returned to
the U.S. with Canadian crooner Michael Bublé and continues to add more concert
dates into 2008. With nine CDs, 17 Top 10 singles, a substantial collection of
industry-related awards and honors including a star on Canada's Walk of Fame
and eight JUNO Award wins, Arden is also busy with acting, writing, producing
and charity work (including national spokesperson for Kids Help Phone and
active supporter of World Vision).

    About Sarah Brightman
    ---------------------

    Genre-defying Sarah Brightman has achieved spectacular crossover success
and established herself as the world's best-selling soprano of all time. Her
newest album, Symphony, brought Brightman her highest chart debuts ever in
both Canada (No. 4) and the U.S. (No. 13) this year. Symphony offers an
enchanting and exhilarating experience for the senses. Many first fell in love
with Brightman during her successful stage career, when she starred in hit
musical productions like The Phantom of the Opera. She has since released
several gold and platinum albums, such as Time to Say Goodbye (which included
the title's best-selling duet with tenor Andrea Bocelli), La Luna, Classics
and Harem. Her exquisite voice and undeniably electrifying stage presence have
resulted in massive record-breaking tours and sales of more than 26 million
albums and two million DVDs. Brightman is one of the most trailblazing
entertainers, effortlessly transcending and blending musical styles from pop,
rock, and Broadway show-stoppers, to operatic and classical arias.

    About Anne Murray
    -----------------

    Anne Murray's most recent album, Duets: Friends & Legends, is a
collection of her hits re-recorded as duets with some of her favourite women
of song including; Shania Twain, Martina McBride, Nelly Furtado, Jann Arden,
Sarah Brightman, k.d. lang, and Anne's daughter, Dawn Langstroth. Duets:
Friends & Legends, Anne's 35th album to-date, went double platinum in just six
weeks and debuted at No. 4 on the Top 200 Soundscan Chart in Canada, making it
her highest debut in over 20 years.

    Recognized worldwide as one of Canada's most enduring national treasures,
Anne's signature voice has graced the airwaves with a catalogue of hits, such
as "A Little Good News", "You Needed Me", "Love Song", "Could I Have This
Dance" and of course, "Snowbird". Anne Murray has garnered countless accolades
and awards over the course of her illustrious career, including four Grammy
Awards and numerous Country Music Association Awards. With 24 JUNO Awards,
Anne still holds the record for the most Juno's awarded to an artist. Over her
forty-year career Anne has sold in excess of 50 million albums.

    Hosted by Russell Peters, 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 has travelled across Canada, bringing a
live, electrifiying 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 Line 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
(less than)file://www.junoawards.ca(greater than) 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, rdupuismacht@ctv.ca; For general
information about The 2008 JUNO Awards, contact: Tiffany Astle, Holmes
Creative Communications, (416) 628-5603, tastle@hccink.com; Chris McDowall,
Holmes Creative Communications, (416) 628-5648, cmcdowall@hccink.com


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