Hot off the press: HELLO! Canada pays tribute to superstar Michael Jackson

    TORONTO, June 29 /CNW/ - HELLO! Canada is among the first - if not the
first - celebrity magazine in North America to hit the newsstands with a
special Michael Jackson tribute issue - and certainly the only one to provide
a large format pictorial celebration of the legendary entertainer's life. This
special issue is on newsstands in Southern Ontario today and rolling out
across the rest of Canada on Tuesday and Thursday.
    For the first time in its history, HELLO! Canada accelerated its weekly
publishing schedule by three days to provide readers with this moving tribute
just days after his sudden death in Los Angeles, which sent shock waves around
the world.
    "I heard the shocking news on Thursday night, while I was away," says
HELLO! Canada editor-in-chief Ciara Hunt. "I came back earlier than planned to
begin the mammoth task of creating a totally different magazine. The whole
team really had to pull together and work quickly, but the end result is a
gorgeous tribute to the king of pop. The experience shows the power of a
weekly publication and why each issue of HELLO! Canada now has over a million
    With more than 40 pages on the legend's personal and professional life -
from boy wonder to the world's greatest entertainer - the king of pop is
remembered in tributes, unforgettable pictures and poignant personal memories.
    The issue also features an exclusive article from one of his greatest
friends, illusionist Yuri Geller, who talks about the incredible pressure
Michael Jackson was always under, his views on his death and his friendship
with Liz Taylor.
    "Michael Jackson was a true international star," says Hunt, who remembers
the excitement of attending a Michael Jackson concert as a teenager in
Ireland. "He was the world's greatest showman, and everyone - from his fans to
the musicians he influenced - feel this great sense of loss. However, his
contribution to the entertainment world will reverberate and endure forever,
and for that we can be thankful."

    About HELLO! Canada

    HELLO! Canada is the No. 1 English Canadian magazine on newsstands. Every
week, it provides readers with news about and intimate access to the
lifestyles of the top international and Canadian celebrities. Featuring
spectacular photographs in a glossy, large format, HELLO! Canada also has
exciting lifestyle sections featuring fashion, beauty, food and travel. With
13 editions around the world, HELLO! worldwide now reaches more than 12
million readers in more than 100 countries. HELLO! Canada is published by
Rogers Publishing, a division of Rogers Media Inc. An average issue reaches
more than one million readers. (Source: Roper Reports Canada, 2009). See

    /NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: A photo accompanying this release is available on
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    Additional archived images are also available on the CNW Photo Archive
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