SIRIUS Canada and CIRPA Celebrate Canadian GRAMMY(R) Nominees

    Live broadcast from Los Angeles featuring emerging Canadian artists Jenn
    Grant, Plants & Animals and Shad

    TORONTO, Feb. 2 /CNW/ - SIRIUS Canada, the country's leading satellite
radio company, today announced it will broadcast Canadian Blast(R) - a live
concert event celebrating Canadian music excellence on the occasion of the
51st Annual GRAMMY Awards(R). The concert, part of The Consul General of
Canada's Showcase and Celebration of Canadian Music Excellence will be held at
the Official Residence for Canada in Los Angeles on February 5, 2009 during
GRAMMY(R) Week and includes recognition of this year's 12 Canadian GRAMMY
nominees as well as the additional 4 nominations with a Canadian connection.
    Hosted by SIRIUS Canada / CBC Radio 3's Grant Lawrence, the Canadian
Blast concert broadcast will feature live performances by emerging Canadian
musicians Jenn Grant, Plants & Animals and Shad, and will honour Canadian
artists nominated for the 2009 GRAMMY Awards. The exclusive broadcast will air
live on SIRIUS Satellite Radio's CBC Radio 3 channel 86 at 8 p.m. ET on
Thursday February 5, 2009.
    "We are incredibly proud of the Canadian artists nominated for the 2009
GRAMMY Awards and are honoured to host Canadian Blast in partnership with
SIRIUS Canada," said Mr. David Fransen, the Canadian Consul General in L.A.
"An excellent opportunity to showcase the Canadian music industry's
achievements, the live broadcast on SIRIUS Satellite Radio will allow
listeners to participate in the celebration."
    "It is a top priority for SIRIUS Canada to provide emerging and
independent musicians with support and opportunities to increase their fan
base in North America," said Andreanne Sasseville, Director of Canadian
Content Development and Industry Relations, SIRIUS Canada. "We are thrilled to
support Canadian Blast and to give these exciting Canadian artists exposure to
SIRIUS listeners throughout Canada and the U.S."
    Launched in December 2005, SIRIUS Canada continues to help emerging
Canadian musicians grow their audiences in Canada and the United States.
SIRIUS Canada promotes Canadian artists via direct sponsorship activities,
music industry showcases and live broadcasts featuring Canadian talent.
    "Live broadcast opportunities like Canadian Blast on SIRIUS Satellite
Radio provide emerging Canadian artists with the exposure they need to achieve
success, both at home and abroad," said Duncan McKie, President and CEO of the
Canadian Independent Record Production Association (CIRPA). "Many of the
GRAMMY nominated Canadian artists achieved success today thanks in part to the
support they received as independent artists in Canada."

    Canadian nominees for the 2009 GRAMMY Awards include:

    -   ARC Ensemble
    -   Deadmau5
    -   East Village Opera Company
    -   Ellen Page & Michael Cera
    -   Isabel Bayrakdarian
    -   Karina Gauvin
    -   Marc-André Hamelin
    -   Neil Young
    -   Northern Cree
    -   Rufus Wainwright
    -   Rush
    -   Walter Ostanek

    GRAMMY Award nominations with Canadian connections include:

    - David Foster
    - Pierre and François Lamoureux
    - Eric Mosher
    - Shawn Pierce

    About SIRIUS Canada

    SIRIUS is Canada's number one choice for satellite radio with 120
full-time channels broadcast from studios in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and
New York. SIRIUS offers 100% commercial-free music plus premium sports, news,
talk and entertainment programming from North America's most recognizable and
respected personalities and brands. SIRIUS offers listeners unparalleled
coast-to-coast signal coverage and digital quality sound broadcast from three
high-orbit satellites.
    SIRIUS is the Official Satellite Radio Partner of the CFL, NFL, NASCAR
and NLL and broadcasts live play-by-play games of the CFL, NFL and NLL. SIRIUS
is also the exclusive satellite radio home of CBC's Hockey Night in Canada
Radio. In addition, SIRIUS broadcasts live NASCAR races, the Wimbledon Tennis
Championships as well as Barclays English Premier League and UEFA Champions
League soccer.
    SIRIUS products for the car, truck, home, RV and boat are available in
more than 4,000 retail locations, including Best Buy, Canadian Tire, Centre
Hi-Fi, Costco, Dumoulin, Future Shop, Home Hardware, London Drugs, Staples,
The Source By Circuit City, Visions, Wal-Mart and 2001 Audio Video. All SIRIUS
programming is available for a monthly subscription fee of only $14.99.
    SIRIUS Canada's automotive partners include Aston Martin, Audi, Bentley,
BMW, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, Jaguar, Jeep, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda,
Mercedes Benz, MINI, Mitsubishi, Pana-Pacific, Subaru, Toyota, Volkswagen,
Volvo and the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA). SIRIUS automotive
partners make up nearly 60 per cent of light vehicle sales in Canada.
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For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Jeff Roman, SIRIUS Canada, P:
(416) 513-7434, E:

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