More than 70 big-name Canadians join national broadcast salute to COVID-19 front-line workers
TORONTO, ON, APRIL 26, 2020 – Toronto mega-star Drake is one of the last major Canadian personas to be added to tonight’s broadcast and livestream of ‘Stronger Together, Tous Ensemble’ The unprecedented Canadian mega-special will featuring arguably the country’s largest talent pool ever assembled is 90-minute national broadcast saluting workers combatting COVID-19 on the frontlines and raising funds for Food Banks Canada.
Spotify’s ‘Artist of the Decade,’ Drake will close out the show with a message for Canadians. The benefit featuring a virtual who’s who of over 70 Canadian artists and athletes, airs Sunday April 26, 2020 at 6:30 pm. on numerous English and French Canadian TV channels asd well as streaming and radio platforms, including CTV, CBC.ca, CTV.ca, ET Canada and CP24.
Anne Murray, Canadian music legend and Nova Scotia’s sweetheart was also recently added to the bill, along with music superstar that Justin Bieber, perennial jokestar and actor Mike Myers, Raptors stars Serge Ibaka and Pascal Siakim, as well as Avril Lavigne, Ryan Reynolds, and the cast of Schitt’s Creek.
The COVID-19 special also includes iconic Canadian music legends Geddy Lee, Bryan Adams, Celine Dion, Robbie Robertson, Burton Cummings, as well as numerous other popular bands, musicians, comedians, famous athletes and more. And there is no telling whether even more superstars will put in an appearance, although there is only a scattering of remaining big-name acts yet to sign on, including another Toronto music hitmaker, The Weeknd.
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The event honouring frontline workers, is in support of Food Banks Canada’s $150-million campaign to provide immediate support to food banks across Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Updated list of top (mostly) Canadian performers, athletes public figures slated to appear on the ‘Stronger Together, Tous Ensemble’ April 26th, 6:30 pm
Alessia Cara, Amy Poehler, Andre de Grasse, Anne Murray, Arkells, Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde, Avril Lavigne, Bad Child, Barenaked Ladies, Bryan Adams, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Burton Cummings, Celine Dion, Charlotee Cardin, Christine Sinclair, Cirque du Soleil, Command Sisters, Dallas Green, Dan Kanter, David Foster, Desiire, Donovan Woods, Eric McCormack, Fefe Dobson, Geddy Lee, Georges St-Pierre, Hamza Haq, Howie Mandel, Jann Arden, Jason Priestley, Johnny Orlando, Josh Ramsay, Justin Bieber, Kiefer Sutherland, Margaret Atwood, Measha Brueggergosman, Mike Myers,, Morgan Rielly, Olivia Lunny, Pascal Siakim, Robbie Robertson, Russell Peters, Ryan Reynolds, Ryland James, Sam Roberts, Sarah McLachlan, Scott Helman, Serena Ryder, Serge Ibaka, Schitt’s Creek cast, Shania Twain, Shawn Hook, Sofia Reyes, TIKA, The Tenors, Tyler Shaw and Walk off the Earth, Will Arnett, William Prince.
“Front-line workers, across so many sectors, including food banking, have been drastically impacted by COVID-19,” says Chris Hatch, CEO of Food Banks Canada. “They need our support and we are thankful for Stronger Together, Tous Ensemble for helping our most vulnerable neighbours.”
The virtual TV special is a collaborative production by Bell Media Studios, Insight Productions, and CBC/Radio-Canada, and it will air over more than 24 TV, radio and streaming platforms. All broadcasters have donated their airtime for the 90-minute, commercial-free presentation.
story by Terry Lankstead