2013 Canadian Music Hall of Fame Inductee k.d. lang Set to Perform During CTV's Broadcast of THE 2013 JUNO AWARDS

-Canadian icon Anne Murray to induct lang into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame -
- THE 2013 JUNO AWARDS air Sunday, April 21 from Regina's Brandt Centre -
- Tickets currently available through www.ticketmaster.ca -

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TORONTO, March 26, 2013 /CNW/ - CTV and The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced today that the incomparable k.d. lang will perform on CTV's live broadcast of THE 2013 JUNO AWARDS. Lang, the 2013 Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductee, becomes the eighth performer confirmed for the broadcast, and joins previously announced acts Billy Talent, Carly Rae Jepsen, Hannah Georgas, Marianas Trench, host Michael Bublé, Serena Ryder, and The Sheepdogs.

During the broadcast, one of lang's childhood idols, Canadian icon Anne Murray, will induct the renowned artist into the prestigious Canadian Music Hall of Fame, where she will join the ranks of Murray, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, Oscar Petersen, Joni Mitchell, Rush, and Blue Rodeo, among others.

**Media Note** - Photos of k.d. lang are available at www.bellmediapr.ca and www.junoawards.ca.

A constant presence in Canadian music since she began re-writing the rules of country and pop music more than 25 years ago, k.d. lang's wide-ranging career is one that continues to grow. A winner of eight JUNO Awards and four Grammy Awards®, lang, was first drawn toward music while she was in college, attracted initially to country darling Patsy Cline. Lang's first band, The Reclines, formed in 1983, was a tribute to Cline and her music. After receiving national attention in 1984 with her second album A Truly Western Experience, lang won her first JUNO Award in 1985 for Most Promising Female Vocalist. Lang recorded her second major label album in Nashville in 1987 and performed a duet with Roy Orbison on his hit song "Crying," for the film Hiding Out. From there, lang's popularity really grew, first within the mainstream country music circles, followed by modern and alternative fans, and eventually adult contemporary pop. Her contemporary pop album Ingénue was released in 1992, with the first single, "Constant Craving," becoming a Top 40 American hit, and lang winning the Grammy Award® for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female. The album achieved platinum status in the U.S., Britain, and Australia; while at home in Canada it was certified double platinum. Ingénue also garnered lang three JUNO Awards, including Album of the Year and Songwriter of the Year. Lang found continued success with her follow up albums All You Can Eat, Invincible Summer, and Drag. In 2004, lang recorded Hymns of the 49th Parallel, a collection of songs by Canadian songwriters, including Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Ron Sexsmith, and Neil Young. 

In 2007, lang and Anne Murray recorded Murray's Grammy®-winning hit, "A Love Song", which was included on the album, Anne Murray Duets: Friends & Legends. At the Opening Ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, lang performed a haunting rendition of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" to rave reviews (she also famously sang the hit to a standing ovation on THE 2005 JUNO AWARDS in Winnipeg). In 2011, she revisited her country roots with a new album Sing it Loud, which she released alongside her band, the Siss Boom Bang. Lang has also championed many causes throughout her distinguished career, supporting the LGBTQ community, animal rights, and Tibet.

Tickets are currently on sale for THE 2013 JUNO AWARDS. Tickets range from $59 to $189 (plus taxes and service charges) and are available through the Evraz Place Box Office, by phone at 1-855-985-5000, and online at www.ticketmaster.ca.

Additional performers and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks.

THE 2013 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 Ed Robinson for CARAS. Lindsay Cox is Supervising Producer. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production. Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice President, Programming, CTV Networks. Phil King is President, CTV Programming and Sports.

Broadcast sponsors of THE 2013 JUNO AWARDS are Chevrolet, Garnier, TD Bank Group, and Virgin Mobile.

Sponsors of the THE 2013 JUNO AWARDS include FACTOR, Canada's Private Radio Broadcasters and The Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage's "Canada Music Fund," Radio Starmaker Fund, the Province of Saskatchewan, PotashCorp, the City of Regina, the Regina Hotel Association, the City of Moose Jaw, and TD.

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences/L'académie 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 ongoing opportunities to showcase and promote Canadian artists and music through vehicles such as The JUNO Awards and other year-round initiatives. For more information on the 42nd Annual JUNO Awards or The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences' (CARAS) website please visit www.junoawards.ca or www.carasonline.ca.

About Bell Media Independent Production
Bell Media has commissioned and co-produced some of Canada's most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, while working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit CTV series include ratings success stories SAVING HOPE and THE LISTENER, and the recently concluded game changer FLASHPOINT. New for 2013 on CTV are the drama series MOTIVE and PLAYED (working title), relationship comedy SATISFACTION, multi-cam office comedy SPUN OUT, and THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, a Canadian-produced, complementary version of the hit international series. Among the scripted series on Bell Media specialty channels are the two-time Emmy®-nominated hit DEGRASSI and the upcoming dramas ORPHAN BLACK and BITTEN. In total, Bell Media ordered 26 new original Canadian series in 2012, and put 35 scripted projects into development.

About CTV
CTV is Canada's #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada's most-watched television network for the past 10 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada's premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio and digital. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada's largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network's website at ctv.ca.

Web Links:
Official JUNO Awards website: www.junoawards.ca
CTV's JUNO Awards website: www.junos.ctv.ca
CARAS website: www.carasonline.ca
CTV website: www.ctv.ca

Twitter: @kdlang
Twitter: @annemurray1

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SOURCE: Bell Media

For further information:

For more information on THE 2013 JUNO AWARDS on CTV, contact:

Nicola Krishna, 416.384.5276 or nicola.krishna@bellmedia.ca
Mary Costa, 416.384.7702 or mary.costa@bellmedia.ca

For more information on CARAS and THE 2013 JUNO AWARDS, contact:
Adrienne Kakoullis, 416.628.5610 or akakoullis@holmesPR.com


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