Russell Peters to Host The 2008 JUNO Awards, April 6 on CTV



    - "Global comic superstar" to host Canada's Music Awards -

    TORONTO, Feb. 5 /CNW/ - Internationally renowned comedian Russell Peters
will host The 2008 JUNO Awards broadcast, CTV and the Canadian Academy of
Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) confirmed today. The announcement was made
by Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc., during
the JUNO Award Nominees Announcement in Toronto. The 2008 JUNO Awards will air
Sunday, April 6 on CTV from the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta.

    Peters returns to the network that broadcast his 2003 CTV Comedy Now!
special which propelled him into an international phenomenon when it was
posted anonymously on the internet and made its way around the globe. The
Brampton, Ontario native now sells out theatres and arenas around the world
including England, Australia, Singapore and Dubai - and last week became one
of only a handful of comedians to ever headline and sell-out New York City's
Madison Square Garden. In June, 2007, Peters became the first comedian to
sell-out Toronto's Air Canada Centre, performing to over 30,000 fans over two
nights. Later this month, Peters is scheduled to perform before a sold-out
audience at the Sydney Opera House.

    "I'm excited to be hosting The Juno Awards - a show which I never would
have watched... until now," said Peters.

    (xx)Media Note(xx) Download photos of Russell Peters at ctvmedia.ca.

    Peters has made his reputation by speaking to immigrant communities - 
Indian, Arab, Caribbean, Chinese, Filipino, Korean, Vietnamese, and other
South and Southeast Asian audiences around the world. He has performed in
China, South Africa, Australia, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Jamaica, St. Maarten,
Trinidad, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates. In 2007, he was the first
North American comic to tour India. During his recent tour of Dubai, tickets
sold at a rate of one ticket every two seconds, eventually crashing the
computer systems and causing near riots at ticket outlets.

    "The 2008 JUNO Awards is a national television homecoming for this
multi-talented comedian who has taken the world by storm," said Susanne Boyce,
President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. "He's a huge 'get' and we
know he will bring a whole new element to the broadcast."

    "The JUNO Awards is thrilled to have Russell Peters join the growing list
of talented Canadians who have hosted the show over the years," said Melanie
Berry, President of CARAS and an Executive Producer of the broadcast.

    For the complete announcement, go to www.ctvmedia.ca.




For further information:

For further information: about CTV and The 2008 JUNO Awards broadcast,
please contact: Renée Dupuis, CTV Inc, (416) 332-4596 or reneedupuis@ctv.ca;
For information about CARAS and The 2008 JUNO Awards, please contact: Sam
Taus, Holmes Creative Communications, (416) 628-5612 or staus@hccink.com; Tran
Nguyen, Holmes Creative Communications, (416) 628-5607 or tnguyen@hccink.com


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