- Medal ceremonies to air live on CTVolympics.ca and RDSolympiques.ca -
- MuchMusic to provide exclusive live coverage of nightly concert series -
TORONTO and VANCOUVER, Feb. 9 /CNW/ - CTV's Ben Mulroney, Tamara Taggart and Fred Ewanuick have been given the distinguished honour of hosting the nightly Victory Ceremonies concerts in front of thousands in Vancouver and Whistler during the 2010 Winter Games. ETALK's Mulroney and CTV Vancouver's Taggart co-host from BC Place beginning February 14, while DAN FOR MAYOR's Ewanuick hosts from Whistler Medals Plaza in the heart of Whistler Village beginning February 13.
"The Victory Ceremonies concerts will be the place to be in the evenings in Vancouver and Whistler during the Games," said Christy Nicolay, vice president, sport production and Victory Ceremonies for the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC). "Spectators will get a chance to witness top athletes in their shining moments on the podium and be treated to an amazing night of top Canadian and international entertainment."
The nightly Victory Ceremonies enable spectators to share in the excitement of the shining moment when Olympic Games athletes receive their medals. Each of the Vancouver Victory Ceremonies begins with a 30-minute show by the host province or territory for the night, which is also simulcast live in Whistler. This is followed by the inspiring medal presentations to athletes in both locations. The evening concludes with concert finales that honour the medallists and feature performances by top Canadian and international recording artists. The medal presentations will air live on CTVOlympics.ca and RDSolympiques.ca as well as on many television channels within Canada's Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium.
Victory Ceremonies in Whistler will take place from February 13 to 27 during the 2010 Winter Games and include 15 headliners such as All American Rejects, DEVO, Feist, Usher, Our Lady Peace, and The Fray performing for one night each. In Vancouver, Victory Ceremonies take place from February 14 to 26 inside BC Place and feature 12 headliners such as Nelly Furtado, Barenaked Ladies, Loverboy, and Hedley, performing as part of the VANCOUVER 2010 CONCERT SERIES, PRESENTED BY BELL. For more information, visit www.vancouver2010.com.
MuchMusic provides exclusive live coverage of the Victory Ceremonies' star-studded nightly concerts in VANCOUVER 2010 CONCERT SERIES PRESENTED BY BELL. Airing nightly throughout the Games from 8 - 9 p.m. PT, the one hour show features performances primarily from Victory Ceremonies in Vancouver, except for Feb. 13, 22 and 27, when performances will come from Whistler.
"To play this privileged position at the Victory Ceremonies is the dream of so many of us who admire the skill and dedication of our athletes," said Mulroney. "I consider myself very lucky to be standing by in awe."
"I'm a third generation Vancouverite, I love this city and I am so excited to share it with the world during the Olympic Winter Games," said Taggart. "I'm honoured to co-host what are sure to be magical nightly events, and can't wait to share this story with my kids when they get older."
"As a born and bred British Columbian, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I couldn't be more stoked," said Ewanuick. "It's a real honour for me, and if I can get over my nerves, should be a lot of fun too!"
As host of Canada's most-watched entertainment newsmagazine, ETALK, Ben Mulroney delivers entertainment news from the studio in Toronto, but also travels the world to interview the biggest stars and report from the hottest red carpet events, including the OSCARS(R), GOLDEN GLOBES(R) and the JUNO Awards. A veteran of entertainment reporting for the past decade, Montreal-born Mulroney added radio airwaves to his repertoire last year as host of ETALK 20, a weekly two-hour radio show that airs on 11 CHUM radio stations across Canada.
Vancouver native Tamara Taggart, CTV British Columbia's lead Weathercaster for the past nine years, is CTV's National Weathercaster for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Tamara's engaging personality and charity work have won her over with viewers. She's been named many times "Best Local TV Weather Person" and "Best Local TV Personality." Last August, she co-hosted with Regis Philbin on LIVE! WITH REGIS AND KELLY in New York City. Tamara joined CTV British Columbia in 1997 as co-host of the VANCOUVER BREAKFAST SHOW and as an entertainment reporter. She also spent two years as host of Canada's hit show LOVE IT OR LOSE IT and has appeared in several movies, including AntiTrust, Josie and the Pussy Cats, Halloween 8 and Along Came a Spider.
Raised in Port Moody, British Columbia, Fred Ewanuick is the star of CTV's new comedy series, DAN FOR MAYOR, premiering March 1. Ewanuick was a series regular on CTV's multiple award-winning hit comedy CORNER GAS for six seasons, co-staring as Brent Leroy's (Brent Butt) best friend Hank Yarbo. Nominated for an International Emmy Award for Best Comedy Series and a multiple Gemini Award winner, CORNER GAS is Canada's most successful comedy series ever. Ewanuick's other credits include a series regular role on CTV's ROBSON ARMS for three seasons, and guest starring roles in DA VINCI'S INQUEST and DARK ANGEL. Ewanuick made his television debut as "a spinning gnome" in THE ADDAMS FAMILY.
*Media Note* - Download photos of Mulroney, Taggart and Ewanuick at www.ctvmedia.ca/olympics. For a full list of performers and provincial/territorial celebrations, visit CTVOlympics.ca and RDSolympiques.ca.
CTV, Canada's Olympic Network, is also Canada's largest private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV is Canada's most-watched television network. CTV Inc. also owns radio stations across the country and owns or has interests in leading national specialty channels, featuring news, sports, factual, arts, entertainment, music, youth and fashion programming. CTV Inc. is owned by CTVglobemedia Inc.Canada's premier multi-media company, which also owns Canada's national newspaper, The Globe and Mail. CTV is the official broadcaster of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and London 2012 Games of the Olympiad. More information about CTV may be found on the network's website at www.ctv.ca.
VANOC is responsible for the planning, organizing, financing and staging of the XXI Olympic Winter Games and the Paralympic Winter Games in 2010. The 2010 Olympic Winter Games will be staged in Vancouver and Whistler from February 12 to 28, 2010. Vancouver and Whistler will host the Paralympic Winter Games from March 12 to 21, 2010. Visit www.vancouver2010.com.
SOURCE VANCOUVER ORGANIZING COMMITTEE FOR THE 2010 OLYMPIC AND PARALYMPIC WINTER GAMES
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