More than 50 big-name Canadians join national broadcast to salute to COVID-19 front-line workers
TORONTO, ON, APRIL 23, 2020 – It’s more a question of who ‘isn’t’ appearing on the ‘Stronger Together, Tous Ensemble’ 90-minute (originally 60-min.) national broadcast saluting workers combatting COVID-19 on the frontlines as a virtual who’s who of over 70 Canadian artists and athletes band together also in the aid of Food Banks Canada on Sunday April 26, 2020 at 6:30 pm.
With the announcement that Justin Bieber, Mike Myers, Serge Ibaka, Avril Lavigne, Pascal Siakim, Ryan Reynolds, he cast of Schitt’s Creek, and now legendary Nova Scotia songstress Anne Murray, have also signed on, the list of Canadian superstars appearing Sunday night is at least 70 strong. It 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 Toronto music giants Drake and The Weeknd.
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