Sarah McLachlan Lights Up The 2009 JUNO Awards, March 29 on CTV

                         First Performer Announced:
               Sarah McLachlan Lights Up The 2009 JUNO Awards,
                           Sunday, March 29 on CTV

    TORONTO, Jan. 28 /CNW/ - As revealed last night on ETALK, CTV and The
Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) confirmed today that
the 2009 Allan Waters Humanitarian Award recipient Sarah McLachlan is the
first artist slated to perform live on CTV's broadcast of The 2009 JUNO Awards
on Sunday, March 29. Hosted by Russell Peters, The 2009 JUNO Awards will air
on CTV from Vancouver's General Motors Place. Music fans should note, as
announced previously, Early-Bird JUNO Awards ticket packages go on sale this
Saturday, January 31 at 10 a.m. (PT).

    The Canadian songstress, who calls Vancouver home, is an eight-time JUNO
Award winner, multiple Grammy Award winner, and the recipient of the 2009
Allan Waters Humanitarian Award, recognizing her outstanding work as a
Canadian artist whose humanitarian contributions have positively enhanced the
social fabric of Canada.(See "About Sarah McLachlan" below). Additional
performers for CTV's broadcast will be announced next Tuesday, February 3,
immediately following the reveal of the nominees for The 2009 JUNO Awards at a
media conference at The Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto, ON.

    "The talented Sarah McLachlan is one of Canada's most successful
artists," said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV
Inc. "Her dedication to fostering the Canadian music community through
organizations such as the Sarah McLachlan Foundation gives young Canadians a
chance to follow in her footsteps. We are honoured to both celebrate her
accomplishments and have her perform on the JUNO stage."

    The JUNO Awards organizers have confirmed that only 500 Early Bird Ticket
Packages will be available for purchase beginning this Saturday, January 31 at
10 a.m. (PT), providing music fans with a chance to secure their place at
select JUNO Weekend Events. Packages can be purchased online at, or by phone at 604-280-4444.


    Since signing with Nettwerk Records in 1988, Sarah McLachlan has sold
more than 30 million records worldwide. Her debut album, Touch, was followed
by a string of monumental albums including Solace (1991, gold), Fumbling
Towards Ecstasy (1994, 3X platinum), Surfacing (1997, diamond), Mirrorball
(1999, 4X platinum) and Afterglow (2003, 5X platinum). McLachlan is a multiple
JUNO Award winner and received Grammy Awards for her stellar hits, "Building a
Mystery," "Last Dance" and "I Will Remember You." Closer: The Best of Sarah
McLachlan (2008) marks her first-ever career anthology featuring new and
classic tracks from her award-winning catalogue. Visit her Official Website
for more information:

    Broadcast in high definition and 5.1 surround sound and hosted by Russell
Peters, The 2009 JUNO Awards, Canada's Music Awards, will air on CTV on
Sunday, March 29th from General Motors Place in Vancouver. It will be the
eighth year in a row that The JUNO Awards will air on CTV, the Official
Broadcast partner of The JUNO Awards. Since CTV joined forces with CARAS in
2002, The JUNO Awards have travelled across Canada, bringing a live,
electrified stadium show to millions of Canadians. CTV has broadcast The JUNO
Awards from St. John's (2002), Ottawa (2003), Edmonton (2004), Winnipeg
(2005), Halifax (2006), Saskatoon (2007) and Calgary (2008). The 2010 JUNO
Awards will be broadcast once again from St. John's, NL.

    The 2009 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 Supervising Producer. Ed Robinson is Executive
Vice-President, Programming, CTV Inc. Susanne Boyce is President, Creative,
Content and Channels, CTV Inc.

    Broadcast sponsors for The 2009 JUNO Awards are Garnier, Pepsi, Pontiac
and Rogers.

    Sponsors of The 2009 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 Province of British Columbia, The City of
Vancouver, Music BC and Radio Starmaker Fund.

    About CARAS:

    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 vehicles such as The
JUNO Awards. For more information on The 38th Annual JUNO Awards or The
Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) please visit our
websites at and

    About CTV:

    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 & Entertainment Ltd., 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

    Web Links:

    CTV's JUNO Awards website:

    Official JUNO Awards website:

    CARAS website:

For further information:

For further information: about The 2009 JUNO Awards broadcast, contact:
Amanda Rinaldo, CTV Inc., (416) 384-5325 or; Allie Page,
CTV Inc., (416) 384-4596 or; For general information about
The 2009 JUNO Awards, contact: Tiffany Astle, Holmes Creative Communications,
(416) 628-5603 or; Chris McDowall, Holmes Creative
Communications, (416) 628-5648 or

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