Matt Damon hosts One X One Gala - December 29 on CTV

Matt Damon Hosts One X One Gala, December 29 on CTV

– Television first features musical performances by Wyclef Jean and Shakira –
– Richard Gere, The Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson, Wyclef Jean, Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine and Petra Nemcova among those honoured for humanitarian efforts in two-hour special –

Academy Award-winner Matt Damon hosts the One X One Gala, featuring incredible music and A-list stars, in a two-hour holiday event premiering Saturday, Dec. 29 at 8 p.m. ET, exclusively on CTV (visit to confirm local broadcast times). Held in Toronto during the Toronto International Film Festival this past September, the One X One Gala features the musical direction of Grammy Award-winner and Golden Globe-nominee Wyclef Jean as well as performances by chart-topper Shakira, One X One Ambassador and Montreal singing prodigy Nikki Yanofsky, the African Children’s Choir, and many others.

CTV also announced today that a special eTalk profile interview with One X One foundation founder, Joey Adler, airs Wednesday, Dec. 26 at 1 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 28 at 10:30 a.m.; and Saturday, Dec. 29 at 5:30 p.m. on CTV (all times ET. Visit to confirm local broadcast times). During the 30-minute interview with CTV’s Seamus O’Regan, Adler shares her inspirations for the benevolent project and her plans for the foundation’s future.

This year’s One X One Gala – the One X One Foundation’s third annual event – raised $3.5 million for children living in poverty around the world, bringing the total amount raised since its inception in 2005 to $7 million.

“CTV is honoured to be a part of such an important cause and to bring this gala event to television for the first time,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc.

In September, One X One honoured Golden Globe Award-winner Richard Gere, The Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson, Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine and supermodel and philanthropist Petra Nemcova with the 2007 Difference Award. These awards, presented annually to recognize individuals who have dedicated their lives to fighting child poverty and suffering in Canada and around the world, are among the many highlights of the One X One Gala broadcast. Also part of the television event is the foundation’s honour of Wyclef Jean with a special One X One humanitarian award for his commitment to providing aid, resources and inspiration in his native country through the Yéle Haiti movement.

Additional honourees at the gala event included ultra-endurance athletes Charlie Engle, Ray Zahab and Kevin Lin from the documentary, Running the Sahara. They became the first modern runners to cross the Sahara Desert and raise awareness for H2O Africa, a clean water initiative founded by Matt Damon and his partners at LivePlanet that highlights the water crisis in Africa and gathers support for clean water programs in critical areas.

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