Plus special tribute to Best Original Song nominees by figure skating
stars Joannie Rochette, Jamie Salé & David Pelletier
TORONTO, Feb. 28, 2012 /CNW/ - Live performances by three of Canada's
worldwide chart-topping musical acts plus a special tribute by champion
figure skaters to the Best Original Song nominees have been announced
for the 32nd ANNUAL GENIE AWARDS on CBC-TV on March 8, 2012 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT).
Singing sensation Johnny Reid, Saskatchewan rockers The Sheepdogs, and global phenomenon K'NAAN will augment the broadcast with live musical performances at the
Genies, honouring the best achievements in Canadian film. Plus, a
special tribute to this year's Best Original Song nominees will be
presented by figure skating stars Joannie Rochette, Jamie Salé and David Pelletier.
Reid will perform his newest single "Fire It Up" for the first time on
live television. Winner of the 2009 Juno Award for Country Album of the
Year (for "A Place Called Love"), Reid has sold more than half a
million copies of his music in Canada alone and is the winner of 13
Canadian Country Music Awards.
K'NAAN's "Wavin' Flag" became a global sensation after it was chosen as
the official anthem of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. K'NAAN will perform a
track from his newly-released EP titled "More Beautiful Than Silence."
The EP release is a set up for his new album Country God or The Girl
which is to be released this spring and features collaborations with
Bono, Nas, Nelly Furtado and Keith Richards.
Retro-style rockers The Sheepdogs went from Saskatoon to the cover of
the Rolling Stone last year. They have been busy touring Canada and the U.S. in support
of their latest release, "Learn & Burn" and are 2012 Juno Award
nominees for Single of the Year, Rock Album of the Year and New Group
of the Year.
Adding some special flair to the show are the 'rock stars' of the figure
skating world: six-time Canadian champion and bronze medalist in the
2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, Joannie Rochette, and World Champions,
Olympic Gold medal winners, Jamie Salé and David Pelletier. They will
present a special performance to honour the Best Original Song
nominees, one which Rochette promises viewers "will be something unlike
they have ever seen."
"For a skater to be asked to be part of the Genie Awards is a great
honour. I am sure many people will wonder what our role will be. All I
can say is it will be very special, creative and no doubt a highlight
of my career," said Pelletier.
All songs nominated for Best Original Song can be heard online at CBC MUSIC (www.cbcmusic.ca) - the free new digital music service designed to connect Canadians to
the music they love. With a choice of 40 different web radio stations,
14 distinct genre-based communities, and music from nearly 1,000 major
and independent music companies, CBC MUSIC provides listeners with access to the very best Canadian and
As previously announced by CBC and the Academy of Canadian Cinema &
Television, Andrea Martin and George Stroumboulopoulos will host the 32nd ANNUAL GENIE AWARDS on Thursday, March 8, which will be broadcast from Toronto on CBC
Television at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT). Joining Martin and Stroumboulopoulos,
rising TV and film star Rossif Sutherland will serve as the voice of
Prior to the televised coverage, www.cbc.ca/Live/GenieAwards will bring all the excitement and glamour of the CBC Live Red Carpet. Canadian supermodel Stacey McKenzie will host the Genie Awards Red Carpet live stream for CBC Live from 5
to 5:30 p.m. ET, sharing an exclusive look at the arrivals, red carpet
fashion and pre-gala emotions. Fans can join in the conversation on
Twitter via @CBCLive using the hashtag #GenieAwards.
The Genie Awards Gala Pre Show brings fans the non-televised broadcast portion of the awards gala live
from 6 to 6:45 p.m. ET on CBC Live. And then from 7 to 8 p.m. ET it's
the Genie Awards Gala and Backstage Lounge. Audiences can watch the live stream of the awards show online at CBC
Live, where commercial breaks will be replaced by exclusive backstage
access and interviews with presenters, nominees and winners, hosted by
CBC Live's Jamey Ordolis, who will also be taking questions for the
stars on Twitter via @CBCLive.
About the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television
Established in 1979, the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television is a
national, non-profit, professional association dedicated to the
promotion, recognition and celebration of exceptional achievements in
Canadian film, television and digital media. Unifying industry
professionals across Canada, the Academy is a vital force representing
all screen-based industries.
CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada's national public broadcaster and one of its
largest cultural institutions. The Corporation is a leader in reaching
Canadians on new platforms and delivers a comprehensive range of radio,
television, Internet, and satellite-based services. Deeply rooted in
the regions, CBC/Radio-Canada is the only domestic broadcaster to offer
diverse regional and cultural perspectives in English, French and eight
Aboriginal languages, plus seven languages for international audiences.
In 2011, CBC/Radio-Canada celebrated 75 years of serving Canadians and
being at the centre of the democratic, social and cultural life of
Image with caption: "Johnny Reid (CNW Group/CBC/RADIO-CANADA)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120228_C8196_PHOTO_EN_10526.jpg
Image with caption: "K'NAAN (CNW Group/CBC/RADIO-CANADA)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120228_C8196_PHOTO_EN_10528.jpg
Image with caption: "The Sheepdogs (CNW Group/CBC/RADIO-CANADA)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120228_C8196_PHOTO_EN_10530.jpg
Image with caption: "Jamie Salé & David Pelletier (CNW Group/CBC/RADIO-CANADA)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120228_C8196_PHOTO_EN_10522.jpg
Image with caption: "Joannie Rochette (CNW Group/CBC/RADIO-CANADA)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120228_C8196_PHOTO_EN_10524.jpg
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