HBO Canada's exclusive Canadian broadcast of Obama inaugural opening festivities features additional guest performers

       - Live broadcast at 2:30 p.m. ET/MT and repeat presentation at
                      7 p.m.ET/MT on Sunday, January 18

     - In addition to previously announced guests, Mstr.Sgt. Caleb Green
        (US Army), Jon Bon Jovi, Bettye LaVette and Pete Seeger added to
        musical lineup; Jack Black, Steve Carell, Rosario Dawson,
     Ashley Judd, Tom Hanks and Laura Linney, Kal Penn, Forest Whitaker
                 and Tiger Woods added to lineup of readers

    TORONTO, Jan. 16 /CNW/ - HBO Canada, a multiplex channel of Astral
Media's The Movie Network and Corus Entertainment's Movie Central will
exclusively televise the opening celebration for the 56th Presidential
Inauguration, We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln
Memorial in Canada on Sunday, January 18 with a live broadcast at 2:30 p.m.
ET/MT and repeat presentation at 7 p.m. ET/MT on HBO Canada. President-elect
Obama and Vice President-elect Biden, with the help of an all-star line-up,
will kick-off the inaugural celebration at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington
    The confirmed list of musical performers to date includes Beyoncé, Mary
J. Blige, Garth Brooks, Sheryl Crow, Renée Fleming, Mstr.Sgt. Caleb Green (US
Army), Josh Groban, Herbie Hancock, Heather Headley, Jon Bon Jovi, Bettye
LaVette, John Legend, Jennifer Nettles, John Mellencamp, Usher Raymond IV,
Pete Seeger, Shakira, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, U2, and
Stevie Wonder. Among those reading historical passages will be Jack Black,
Steve Carell, Rosario Dawson, Ashley Judd, Jamie Foxx, Tom Hanks, Martin
Luther King III, Queen Latifah, Laura Linney, Kal Penn, Denzel Washington,
Forest Whitaker and Tiger Woods, while Rt. Reverend V. Gene Robinson will give
the invocation.
    This special presentation will also premiere simultaneously in high
definition on HBO Canada HD and will also be available on The Movie Network
OnDemand and Movie Central On Demand the week following its premiere. The
special will also re-air on HBO Canada on Tuesday, January 20 at 1:15 p.m.
ET/MT and 8 p.m. ET/MT; Saturday, January 24 at 4 p.m. ET/MT; and Friday,
January 30 at 5 p.m. ET/MT.

    HBO Canada is a multiplex channel offered by Astral Media's The Movie
Network (Eastern Canada) and Corus Entertainment's Movie Central (Western
Canada). HBO Canada brings Canadians the current slate of signature dramatic
programs for which HBO is known, together with new and never-before-seen
programming including comedy series, live specials, sporting events,
behind-the-scenes content and titles from HBO's extensive library - all in an
uncut and commercial-free environment. HBO Canada is offered in high
definition on HBO Canada HD and programming is accessible on demand where
available by service provider. For more information, please visit

    The Movie Network is an Astral Media Television Network. Astral Media
(ACM.A/ACM.B) is a leading Canadian media company, active in specialty and pay
television, radio, outdoor advertising and iMedia.

    Movie Central is owned by Corus Entertainment Inc. (CJR.B/CJR), a
Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in
specialty television and radio with additional assets in pay television,
advertising and digital audio services, television broadcasting, children's
book publishing and children's animation.

    For access to The Movie Network's media room or Movie Central's press
site, please visit or

For further information:

For further information: Media contacts: The Movie Network (eastern
Canada), Roopa Shah, (416) 956-8584,; Movie Central
(western Canada), Owen McCorquodale, (416) 530-2249,

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