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MONTRÉAL, Aug. 16, 2016 /CNW/ - Bell Media announced today its support of international advocacy organization Global Citizen and a Canadian concert in support of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Bell Centre in Montréal. With special guests Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Bill Gates, the free-ticketed concert features performances by Usher, Half Moon Run, Metric, Grimes, and Charlotte Cardin. The concert is co-hosted by ÉNERGIE Montréal 94.3's Patrick Langlois, Africa Rising Foundation co-founder Kweku Mandela, media personality Maripier Morin, as well as TV and radio personality George Stroumboulopoulos.
With a star-studded roster of performances in celebration of progress in global health and development, GLOBAL CITIZEN: A CONCERT TO END AIDS, TUBERCULOSIS AND MALARIA will be broadcast live to Bell Fibe TV subscribers on TV1, channel 1158, on Saturday, Sept. 17 beginning at 7 p.m. ET. Additionally, in advance of the launch of iHeartRadio Canada in the coming weeks, the event will be the first-ever livestream at iHeartRadio.ca. The concert will be streamed on additional Bell Media Radio websites, also beginning at 7 p.m.
"Global Citizen is looking forward to working with Prime Minister Trudeau and the administration to eradicate HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria," said Hugh Evans, CEO, Global Citizen. "Canada's leadership in support of the Global Fund will have a lasting effect for the world's poor for many generations and we encourage leaders from across the globe to follow the Canadian example."
"Bell Media is proud to support Global Citizen through our participation in this important concert," said Randy Lennox, President, Broadcasting and Content, Bell Media. "It is our hope that through the Bell Fibe TV1 broadcast and iHeartRadio livestream that we will be able to engage and inform Canadians about the Global Fund and its mission to wipe out AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria."
Ten thousand free tickets to the concert will be given out to Global Citizens and people everywhere are invited to sign-up, take action, and enter the draw for free tickets. Starting today, fans and activists can start earning their tickets by joining the Global Citizen movement at www.globalcitizen.org/Canada, where they can take action in support of the Global Fund. The partnership of governments, civil society, the private sector, and people affected by AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria are united to end these epidemics by 2030.
Global Citizen: A Concert to End AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria will be a celebration of the power of the world to come together for global health, driven by Canada's leadership. Taking place after a pledging conference where governments and private sector partners commit to funding the Global Fund's lifesaving work for the next three years, the event will celebrate announcements from world leaders working together with the shared goal of ending three of the world's deadliest diseases. These funds, which will save an additional eight million lives and avert 300 million infections, are critical in the fight to end AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria as epidemics.
The concert is supported by major partner Johnson & Johnson, and associate partners The Coca-Cola Company, Ecobank, Nando's, and the United Nations Foundation.
The event is being produced in partnership with Live Nation and evenko, and official media partner Bell Media.
For more information about the artists and event please visit globalcitizen.org/Canada.
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The Global Fund
Half Moon Run
About Global Citizen:
Global Citizen is a social action platform for a global generation that wants to solve the world's biggest challenges. On the platform Global Citizens can learn about issues, take action on what matters most and join a community committed to social change. We believe we can end extreme poverty by 2030, because of the collective actions of global citizens across the world. Over the last five years, Global Citizens around the world have taken over six million actions to solve the world's biggest challenges. To date, the actions by our global community have resulted in 120 commitments and policy announcements from leaders, including financial aid valued at over $25 billion that will directly impact the lives of 656 million people.
About Global Fund:
The Global Fund is a 21st-century partnership designed to accelerate the end of AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria as epidemics. As a partnership between governments, civil society, the private sector and people affected by the diseases, the Global Fund mobilizes and invests nearly US$4 billion a year to support programs run by local experts in more than 100 countries. By challenging barriers and embracing innovative approaches, we are working together to better serve people affected by the diseases.
About Bell Media:
With passion and an unrelenting commitment to excellence, Bell Media creates content and builds brands that entertain, inform, engage, and inspire audiences through the platforms of their choice. Bell Media is Canada's leading content creation company with premier assets in television, radio, out-of-home advertising, and digital media. Bell Media owns 30 local television stations led by CTV, Canada's #1 television network; 31 specialty channels, including TSN and RDS, Canada's most-watched specialty channels in English and French; and four pay TV services, including The Movie Network and Super Écran. Bell Media is also Canada's largest radio broadcaster, with 105 licensed radio stations in 54 markets across Canada. Bell Media owns Astral Out of Home, one of Canada's most dynamic and innovative out-of-home advertising companies with a network of more than 30,000 advertising faces in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Québec, and Nova Scotia. Bell Media also operates more than 200 websites; delivers TV Everywhere with premium subscription on-demand streaming service CraveTV, as well as its innovative GO video streaming services including CTV GO, Discovery GO, TMN GO, and TSN GO; operates multi-channel network Much Digital Studios; holds an equity stake in digital startup Hubub; is partners in Cirque du Soleil Media, a joint venture with Cirque du Soleil; and owns Dome Productions Inc., a multi-platform production company. Bell Media is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada's largest communications company. For more on Bell Media, please visit www.bellmedia.ca.
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For further information: Eric McKelvie, Bell Media, 416.384.5246 or firstname.lastname@example.org; Andrew Kirk, Global Citizen, email@example.com