TORONTO, March 5 /CNW/ - Pop/Punk and R&B join Rock, Opera, Country and
Pop to bring down the house on The 2008 JUNO Awards broadcast. CTV and the
Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced today that
Canadian rockers Hedley and R&B songstress Jully Black, both nominees for JUNO
Awards this year, will complete the stellar performance lineup on The 2008
JUNO Awards. The announcement brings the total number of musical acts for the
broadcast to an astounding 15. Hosted by Russell Peters, The 2008 JUNO Awards
will be broadcast from Calgary's Pengrowth Saddledome on Sunday, April 6 on
Featuring a wide variety of musical genres, The 2008 JUNO Awards will
have fans in Calgary and television viewers from across the country moving to
the music. This year's broadcast includes some of Canada's most celebrated
musical talents, internationally renowned superstars and up-and-coming chart
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Hedley and Jully Black join 13 other acts filling out The JUNO Awards
star-studded roster for the CTV broadcast, including previously announced
performers Avril Lavigne, Feist, Finger Eleven, Measha Brueggergosman and
Michael Bublé. Anne Murray will appear in special duet performances with Jann
Arden and Sarah Brightman. Aaron Lines, Gord Bamford, Johnny Reid, Paul Brandt
and Shane Yellowbird will perform in a special all-country musical tribute to
the host city and province.
Hedley's 2005 self-titled album was the most successful domestic rock
debut release of the year and reached nearly double-platinum status in Canada,
churning out hits including "321", "On My Own" and "Trip". With a successful
album under their belt and two years touring North America, their most recent
release, Famous Last Words (Universal Music Canada), shows an edge, a purpose
and a defined personality that only comes from experience and development. The
album's hit lead single "She's So Sorry", followed by the gospel-tinged piano
ballad "For The Nights I Can't Remember" and reggae nod "Never Too Late" shows
off their versatility and fierce no-holds-barred attitude. Hedley has been
nominated for a total of six JUNO Awards since 2006, including Group of the
Year at The 2008 JUNO Awards.
About Jully Black
Jully Black's much-anticipated sophomore album, Revival, released by
Universal Music Canada, serves as a shining reflection of who she is, where
she is, and how she got there. Produced by Black Eyed Peas' drummer Keith
Harris (Busta Rhymes, Fergie, Mary J. Blige and Michael Jackson), the album's
lead single "Seven Day Fool" was a No.1 hit song and video in Canada, and also
includes the feel-good tunes "DJ Play My Song" and "My Baby". The
multi-talented R&B songstress penned 10 of the album's 11 songs and has
written for numerous artists including Destiny's Child and Nas. She is also a
television personality and regular correspondent on CTV's eTalk, a
motivational speaker for various charities and youth organizations, and has
shared the stage with the likes of Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Bon Jovi and Josh Groban.
Black is nominated for R&B/Soul Recording of the Year and Single of the Year
awards at The 2008 JUNO Awards.
Hosted by Russell Peters, 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 2002, CTV has
presented The JUNO Awards from across Canada, bringing a local, electrifying
stadium show to millions of Canadian viewers at home. 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 Line 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.
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
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.
CTV's JUNO Awards website: www.junos.ctv.ca
Official JUNO Awards website: www.junoawards.ca
CARAS website: www.carasonline.ca
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