December 2009

Break out your winter best and cue the screaming girls. MuchMusic helps quell the latest affliction affecting the country – Bieber fever – with a potent dose of talk and tunes on Tuesday, Dec. 22 beginning at 8 p.m. ET as ROGERS PRESENTS LIVE@MUCH WITH JUSTIN BIEBER. The budding homegrown superstar sits down to chat with MuchMusic VJ Sarah Taylor about his skyrocketing debut Gold album My World. Bieber gives viewers a taste of his newest musical stylings with a live in-studio performance featuring two brand new songs. Fans looking to be inside MuchMusic’s Toronto studio need to be watching MuchMusic’s WTF (Watch This Friday) on December 18 starting at 5 p.m. for a chance to win wristbands to the event. Rogers Wireless customers can also visit beginning December 9 for a chance to win and be part of the studio audience.

Additionally, MuchMusic and Rogers are on the lookout for Justin Bieber’s biggest fan. Any fan who feels they deserve this title must go to before December 16 to submit a YouTube video to prove their claim. The lucky winner will be the envy of the entire country when they’re flown to Toronto for the LIVE@MUCH appearance and serenaded on national TV by Justin Bieber himself. Rogers’ customers can submit questions to quench their Bieber curiosities by texting JUSTIN to 4849 on their Rogers phones. Selected questions will be answered by Justin live on MuchMusic during the broadcast on Dec. 22.

Signed to Island Def Jam Records in fall 2008, Usher’s protégé Justin Bieber has taken the music world by storm. Justin’s YouTube views have already topped 100 million hits. His August appearance on MUCHONDEMAND marked his first ever performance on national television, and now he’s returning to MuchMusic to celebrate the release of his debut album. My World was released in November 2009 and has already gone No. 1 in Canada and remains in the Top 10 with sales surpassing Gold certification. His first single, “One Time” is currently on the Billboard Hot 100, and his latest hit, “One Less Lonely Girl” is constantly topping the MOD Daily 10. “One Time,” “One Less Lonely Girl,” “Love Me” and “Favorite Girl” were all in the Top 40 prior to the album’s release.

8:00pm – Tuesday, December 22 on /A

Also airs at 9 p.m. AT on /A Atlantic and 9 p.m. MT on ACCESS

An all-Canadian musical adaptation of Dickens’ classic Christmas tale, A Christmas Carol, the special features nine award-winning Albertan roots/folk musicians. An original score of 14 musical pieces link the transformative night-in-the-life of one Ebenezer Scrooge.

8:00pm – Tuesday, December 22 on CTV

The legendary Cape Breton singing group reunites for a one-time television special taped in front of a wildly enthusiastic audience at Toronto’s famed Masonic Temple. Jimmy, Raylene, Heather and Cookie Rankin sing all their hits, while Molly Rankin, daughter of the late fifth member of the Rankin family, John Morris Rankin, makes a guest appearance.

7:30pm – Tuesday, December 22 on CTV

At a posh party, feeling frustrated and insecure, Peter (Jamie Johnston) takes meth to escape the pressure. Back at Degrassi, Alli (Melinda Shankar) is concerned when new girl Jenna (Jessica Tyler) focuses on becoming Clare’s (Aislynn Paul) friend and Holly J (Charlotte Arnold) quickly becomes overwhelmed trying to please everyone when she takes on the role of the people’s president.

7:00pm – Tuesday, December 22 on CTV

Oscar’s (Eric Peterson) new get-rich-quick scheme seems to be flawless until it’s foiled by Emma (Janet Wright). Davis (Lorne Cardinal) starts borrowing Brent’s (Brent Butt) car without telling him why he’s taking it and Lacey (Gabrielle Miller) wins Hank’s (Fred Ewanuick) handyman services at a silent auction, but ends up having to do twice the amount of work because of it. Hockey star Travis Mullen guest stars.

On Monday, Dec. 21 at 9:00 p.m. on CBC Television, THE HOUR Holiday Special features a night of holiday song performances from celebrated Canadian and international musicians including Michael Buble, Avril Lavigne, Norah Jones, Metric, The Mighty Pope, Our Lady Peace, Kathleen Edwards, The Sadies, Hamilton’s Children’s Choir and Sweet Thing.

THE HOUR also welcomes celebrity guest readers for a special rendition of The Night Before Christmas from Scott Thompson, Stephen King, Eugene Levy, Margaret Atwood, Colin Mochrie, Chris Bosh, Chantal Kreviazuk and Jully Black, among others.


Monday, December 21 at 8:30 p.m. ET on MuchMusic

Disney Channel star Selena Gomez is a true jack of all trades. She hosts her own show, appears in movies and has just released her new album Kiss And Tell. MuchMusic VJ Devon Soltendieck travels to California to hook up with Selena and checks out her very large home just outside of Los Angeles. The young starlet opens up about the pressures of living in Hollywood and being catapulted to super stardom at 17.

Monday, December 21 at 8 p.m. ET on MuchMusic

Imagine Hedley, Stereos or Justin Bieber knocking on doors and surprising unsuspecting fans outside their homes by caroling popular holiday hits. Well, MuchMusic makes it happen and follows the stars around to start some holiday mayhem. Inside fans’ homes, they’ll hang out around Christmas trees, try to guess what gifts are inside the wrapping paper (and maybe even open a few), give some gifts of their own, and may even catch mom under the mistletoe. It’s the present that only MuchMusic can deliver – who needs Santa!

8:00pm – Monday, December 21 on /A

Also airs at 9 p.m. AT on /A Atlantic and 9 p.m. on ACCESS

In Rita MacNeil’s Cape Breton, the beloved songstress celebrates the island’s stunning beauty and unique musical heritage with special guests Jimmy Rankin, Ashley MacIsaac, Aselin Debison, North America’s only coal mining choir, Men of the Deeps, legendary gospel singer Mavis Staples, Canadian Idol’s Gary Beals and native ensemble, Sons of Membertou.

8:00pm – Monday, December 21 on CTV

In the first-ever DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION movie, hopes are realized, dreams are dashed and relationships are changed forever. Manny (Cassie Steele) and the Degrassi gang including Mia (Nina Dobrev), Sav (Raymond Ablack), Danny (Dalmar Abuzeid) and Peter (Jamie Johnston) venture to L.A. on a cross-continent road trip with Manny’s past love Jay (Mike Lobel) at the wheel. Everyone is hoping to score parts in Mewesical High, a big-budget movie musical directed by Jason Mewes under the mentorship of Kevin Smith. But, it’s not all limo rides and personal assistants. The Hollywood experience leads to the rekindling of old flings, a lot of heartache and deep soul searching as the aspiring stars are reminded that the rise to the top isn’t always smooth sailing. Paradise City also stars Degrassi alumni Lauren Collins, Adamo Ruggiero, Stacey Farber and Jake Epstein.