Feist, Finger Eleven and Michael Bublé to Rock 2008 JUNO Awards on Sunday, April 6

“1, 2, 3, 4”…The count is on! CTV and the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced today that Feist, Finger Eleven and Michael Bublé are the first artists slated to perform on The 2008 JUNO Awards broadcast on Sunday, April 6 from Calgary’s Pengrowth Saddledome. CARAS also announced today full details surrounding ticket sales for Canada’s Music Awards.

All three Canadian acts have been recognized with previous JUNO Award nominations and wins, and are enjoying huge successes both at home and internationally. (See “About Feist,” ”About Finger Eleven” and “About Michael Bublé,” below). More performers will be announced next Monday, February 4 on the eve of the JUNO Awards nominees’ media conference on Tuesday, February 5 at The Fairmont Royal York hotel in Toronto.

“Feist, Finger Eleven and Michael Bublé are about as diverse as you can get when it comes to musical styles, but they do share one thing in common: worldwide success,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. “The 2008 JUNO Awards is shaping up to become another great homecoming for Canadian artists who continue to shine on the international stage.”

“The experience of live music performances is what makes The JUNO Awards so exciting from year to year,” said Melanie Berry, President of CARAS and an Executive Producer of the broadcast. “Having artists such as Feist, Finger Eleven and Michael Bublé perform on the same night will be an incredible experience for the fans and audiences watching worldwide – what a great way to show off our homegrown talent!”

JUNO Awards organizers also confirmed today that 500 Early Bird Ticket Packages will be available for purchase beginning Saturday, February 2 at 10 a.m. (MST), providing music fans with a chance to secure prime seating at select Juno Weekend events. For more information on Early Bird Packages, visit www.junoawards.ca. Packages can be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.ca, by phone at (403) 777-0000 or in person at the Pengrowth Saddledome.

About Feist
Feist’s already legendary album, The Reminder, continues to astound listeners, having sold over one million copies worldwide. The hit single “1234” is one of the most popular downloaded songs and videos since being featured in a commercial for the iPod nano.

Feist - The Reminder The Reminder

Feist recently garnered four 2008 Grammy nominations, but long before her international breakthrough success, she was the Canadian indie-rock poster girl with solo albums including Open Season (2006) and Let it Die (2004), which garnered her two JUNO Awards for New Artist of the Year and Alternative Album of the Year. She was also a member of Broken Social Scene, contributing to four of the group’s albums from 2000-2005.

About Finger Eleven
Finger Eleven rocketed back into the music limelight with the introduction of their latest musical creation, Them vs. You vs. Me, released in March 2007. The album’s first single, “Paralyzer,” was an instant success becoming a multi-format, No. 1 hit in Canada and the U.S. with an accompanying No. 1 video on MuchMusic’s Top 30 Countdown. The phenomenal reception enabled the band to break the Rock Radio record for most consecutive weeks at No. 1, contributed to the album’s Platinum plus certification and positioned them at No. 10 on Billboard’s Top 100. Finger Eleven was invited to perform at the 2008 New Year’s Bash in Times Square and has also performed atop the CHUM building roof for the MMVAs along with appearances on programs such as Canada AM, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and Live with Regis & Kelly. The band continues their wave of success with a second No. 1 track on Rock Radio and a second No. 1 video on MuchMusic from the single “Falling On.” The band’s third release, “I’ll Keep Your Memory Vague,” is currently in the Top 10 and still growing.

Finger Eleven - Them vs. You vs. Me Them vs. You vs. Me

About Michael Bublé
2007 was another landmark year for Michael Bublé. His album Call Me Irresponsible topped international charts on the strength of his self-penned No. 1 hit “Everything” and his subsequent tour saw him playing to sold-out arenas and theatres including London, Paris, New York and Sydney. Following up his previous two 143/Reprise bestsellers, 2003’s self-titled debut and 2005’s multi-platinum follow-up, It’s Time, Michael Bublé’s worldwide sales are in excess of 10 million records. Call Me Irresponsible boasts more of Bublé’s buoyant, modern interpretations of standards from a variety of eras including songs by such greats as Leonard Cohen, Eric Clapton, Cy Coleman and others. Bublé has achieved critical acclaim and international success as a Grammy-nominee and five-time JUNO Award winning artist. In 2006, he swept the JUNO Awards with wins for Single of the Year, Pop Album of the Year, Artist of the Year and Album of the Year for It’s Time.

Michael Bublé - Call Me Irresponsible Call Me Irresponsible

Broadcast in High-Definition and 5.1 Surround Sound, The 2008 JUNO Awards, Canada’s Music Awards, will air on CTV on Sunday, April 6th from the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta. It is the seventh 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 million of Canadians. Since going live from St. John’s in 2002, CTV has broadcast The JUNO Awards from Ottawa (2003), Edmonton (2004), Winnipeg (2005), Halifax (2006) and Saskatoon (2007). Previous hosts of The JUNO Awards on CTV include Nelly Furtado (2007), Pamela Anderson (2006), Brent Butt (2005), Alanis Morissette (2004), Shania Twain (2003) and Barenaked Ladies (2002).

The 2008 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. Susanne Boyce is President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc.

Sponsors of the 2008 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 Government of Alberta, The City of Calgary, Tourism Calgary, Calgary Arts Development and Radio Starmaker Fund.

Broadcast sponsors for The 2008 JUNO Awards are Pontiac, Doritos, TD Canada Trust and Rogers.

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 television vehicles such as The JUNO Awards. For more information on the 37th Annual JUNO Awards, visit the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences’ (CARAS) website at www.junoawards.ca.

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