Johnny Reid, K'NAAN and The Sheepdogs to perform live on the 32nd ANNUAL GENIE AWARDS - March 8, 2012 on CBC-TV


Plus special tribute to Best Original Song nominees by figure skating stars Joannie Rochette, Jamie Salé & David Pelletier

TORONTO, Feb. 28, 2012 /CNW/ - Live performances by three of Canada's worldwide chart-topping musical acts plus a special tribute by champion figure skaters to the Best Original Song nominees have been announced for the 32nd ANNUAL GENIE AWARDS on CBC-TV on March 8, 2012 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT).

Acclaimed multi- platinum singer/songwriter Johnny Reid, Saskatchewan rockers The Sheepdogs, and global phenomenon K'NAAN will augment the broadcast with live musical performances at the Genies, honouring the best achievements in Canadian film.  Plus, a special tribute to this year's Best Original Song nominees will be presented by figure skating stars Joannie Rochette, Jamie Salé and David Pelletier.

Two-time Juno Award winner Johnny Reid will perform his brand new single "Fire It Up" for the first time on live television.  Nominated for a 2012 Juno Award for Single of the Year, Reid has sold more than a million copies of his music in Canada and on March 12th, will release his brand new album, "Fire It Up", the follow up to 2010's No. 1 selling album, "A Place Called Love".

K'NAAN's "Wavin' Flag" became a global sensation after it was chosen as the official anthem of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.  K'NAAN will perform a track from his newly-released EP titled "More Beautiful Than Silence."  The EP release is a set up for his new album Country God or The Girl which is to be released this spring and features collaborations with Bono, Nas, Nelly Furtado and Keith Richards.

Retro-style rockers The Sheepdogs went from Saskatoon to the cover of the Rolling Stone last year.  They have been busy touring Canada and the U.S. in support of their latest release, "Learn & Burn" and are 2012 Juno Award nominees for Single of the Year, Rock Album of the Year and New Group of the Year.

Adding some special flair to the show are the 'rock stars' of the figure skating world: six-time Canadian champion and bronze medalist in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, Joannie Rochette, and World Champions, Olympic Gold medal winners, Jamie Salé and David Pelletier.  They will present a special performance to honour the Best Original Song nominees, one which Rochette promises viewers "will be something unlike they have ever seen." 

"For a skater to be asked to be part of the Genie Awards is a great honour. I am sure many people will wonder what our role will be. All I can say is it will be very special, creative and no doubt a highlight of my career," said Pelletier.

All songs nominated for Best Original Song can be heard online at CBC MUSIC ( - the free new digital music service designed to connect Canadians to the music they love. With a choice of 40 different web radio stations, 14 distinct genre-based communities, and music from nearly 1,000 major and independent music companies, CBC MUSIC provides listeners with access to the very best Canadian and International music.

As previously announced by CBC and the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, Andrea Martin and George Stroumboulopoulos will host the 32nd ANNUAL GENIE AWARDS on Thursday, March 8, which will be broadcast from Toronto on CBC Television at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT). Joining Martin and Stroumboulopoulos, rising TV and film star Rossif Sutherland will serve as the voice of the broadcast.

Prior to the televised coverage, will bring all the excitement and glamour of the CBC Live Red Carpet.  Canadian supermodel Stacey McKenzie will host the Genie Awards Red Carpet live stream for CBC Live from 5 to 5:30 p.m. ET, sharing an exclusive look at the arrivals, red carpet fashion and pre-gala emotions. Fans can join in the conversation on Twitter via @CBCLive using the hashtag #GenieAwards.

The Genie Awards Gala Pre Show brings fans the non-televised broadcast portion of the awards gala live from 6 to 6:45 p.m. ET on CBC Live. And then from 7 to 8 p.m. ET it's the Genie Awards Gala and Backstage Lounge.  Audiences can watch the live stream of the awards show online at CBC Live, where commercial breaks will be replaced by exclusive backstage access and interviews with presenters, nominees and winners, hosted by CBC Live's Jamey Ordolis, who will also be taking questions for the stars on Twitter via @CBCLive.

About the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television
Established in 1979, the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television is a national, non-profit, professional association dedicated to the promotion, recognition and celebration of exceptional achievements in Canadian film, television and digital media. Unifying industry professionals across Canada, the Academy is a vital force representing all screen-based industries.

About CBC/Radio-Canada
CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada's national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. The Corporation is a leader in reaching Canadians on new platforms and delivers a comprehensive range of radio, television, Internet, and satellite-based services. Deeply rooted in the regions, CBC/Radio-Canada is the only domestic broadcaster to offer diverse regional and cultural perspectives in English, French and eight Aboriginal languages, plus seven languages for international audiences. In 2011, CBC/Radio-Canada celebrated 75 years of serving Canadians and being at the centre of the democratic, social and cultural life of Canada.  

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