Avril Lavigne and Measha Brueggergosman Set to Perform on The 2008 JUNO Awards, Sunday, April 6 on CTV

    TORONTO, Feb. 4 /CNW/ - Canada's pop princess meets opera sensation. On
the eve of tomorrow's JUNO Award Nominees Press Conference, CTV and the
Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced today that
multiple JUNO Award-winner Avril Lavigne and opera superstar Measha
Brueggergosman are the latest artists slated to perform on The 2008 JUNO
Awards broadcast on CTV, Sunday, April 6 from Calgary's Pengrowth Saddledome.
    These newest additions to the performance lineup for The 2008 JUNO Awards
broadcast come just one day before CARAS and CTV name this year's nominees
vying for Canada's Music Awards, along with a special announcement of the 2008
Canadian Music Hall of Fame recipient and the unveiling of the Host for The
2008 JUNO Awards broadcast on CTV. A portion of the media conference, to be
held at The Fairmont Royal York hotel in Toronto on Tuesday, February 5, will
be broadcast live on Canada AM on CTV and CTV Newsnet, on the CTV Broadband
Network at CTV.ca and in a 30-minute special on Star! beginning at 8:30 a.m.
    The two artists join previously announced acts for the CTV broadcast,
including Feist, Finger Eleven and Michael Bublé. Additional acts continue to
be announced with the next announcement at tomorrow's press conference.

    About Avril Lavigne

    Avril Lavigne rocketed straight to superstardom, at just 17 years old,
when she released her debut album, Let Go, in 2002. No.1 hit singles
"Complicated," "Sk8ter Boi" and "I'm With You" helped the album sell more than
16 million copies worldwide, garnering eight Grammy nominations and four JUNO
Awards (including Album of the Year and New Artist of the Year). Her follow
up, Under My Skin (2004), entered U.S., Canadian, and U.K. charts at No. 1,
and collected three more JUNO Awards along the way. Avril's most recent album,
The Best Damn Thing, is considered her best yet. She was involved in every
aspect of the album's production from writing to recording. The lead single,
"Girlfriend," instantly became an international anthem spawning versions in
Italian, Spanish, Mandarin and Japanese, to name a few.

    About Measha Brueggergosman

    Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman has emerged as one of the most
magnificent performers and vibrant personalities of the day. In addition to a
highly acclaimed sold-out recital at Toronto's Roy Thomson Hall, she has
appeared in solo recitals at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, and Edinburgh
and Verbier festivals, as well as in concert performances with leading
orchestras across North America and Europe.
    On the opera stage, Brueggergosman has bowed in Dialogues des Carmélites
(Vancouver Opera), Dead Man Walking and Turandot (Cincinnati Opera), and in
Aeneas in Karthago (Staatsoper Stuttgart). Her extraordinary versatility,
intuitive musicality, and radiant star quality have yielded an exclusive
recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon. Her first recording on the label,
Surprise, was released to critical acclaim in Autumn 2007. Visit her website
at www.measha.com.

    Broadcast in High Definition and 5.1 Surround Sound, 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 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).
    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 Supervising 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
www.junoawards.ca. About CTV: 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:
    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, CTV, (416) 332-4596 or reneedupuis@ctv.ca; For general
information about 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

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