Media Alert/Photo Opportunity - Real Canadian Anthem Search Finalists Compete for Their Chance to Sing the National Anthem at Air Canada Centre

    TORONTO, March 23 /CNW/ - After several rounds of competition, 16
finalists have been selected to advance to the Real Canadian Anthem Search
finals. On March 26th eight soloists and eight public school choir groups from
across the GTA and surrounding areas will show their pride and sing their
hearts out before a panel of celebrity judges with their friends and family
cheering them on. The competition is sponsored by Real Canadian Superstore in
association with Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment.

           Grade 6 - 8 choirs will compete for a chance to sing the national
           anthem before the Raptors game on April 13th, plus win $3000
           toward their school's music program and a catered breakfast for
           their entire school.

           Solo finalists (13-19 years old) will compete to sing the national
           anthem before the Leafs game on April 3rd, and win $1000 in Real
           Canadian Superstore gift cards and $2000 toward their charity of

    WHO:   Choir Group Finalists               Solo Finalists

           Birch Cliff PS, Scarborough         Hazel Ali, Toronto
           Ellesmere-Statton PS, Scarborough   Pascale Bernier, Whitby
           Emily Carr PS, Scarborough          Stephanie Duarte, Burlington
           Fleming PS, Scarborough             Stephanie Kallay, Toronto
           John G. Althouse MS, Toronto        Hans Munoz, Mississauga
           Redstone PS, Richmond Hill          Jennifer Thunem, Stouffville
           Ruth Thompson MS, Mississauga       Jessica Zapata, Toronto
           St. Brigid CS, Toronto

           Celebrity Judges & Sponsors

           Melissa O'Neil - Canadian Idol Winner
           Lauren Collins & Jennifer Podemski - stars of "Degrassi: The Next
           Tara Slone - singer/songwriter, former contestant on
           Rockstar: INXS
           Nicole Stamp - host of TVOntario's "Reach for the Top" and
           "TVOKids: The SPACE"
           Matt Austin - star of Disney's Power Rangers
           Lisa Whynot - EMI Music Canada
           Elizabeth Margles - VP of Public Relations for Loblaw Companies

    WHEN:  Monday, March 26, 2007
           1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    WHERE: Air Canada Centre
           RBK Court (enter through Gate 1 at the north end of the building)
           40 Bay Street

    /NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: A photo accompanying this release is available on
    the CNW Photo Network and archived at
    Additional archived images are also available on the CNW Photo Archive
    website at Images are free to accredited
    members of the media/

For further information:

For further information: Debra Goldblatt, for rock-it promotions, at
(416) 489-0055,; Rajani Kamath, for Toronto Maple
Leafs/Toronto Raptors, at (416) 815-5790, or visit

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