January 2010

10:30pm – Thursday, December 31 on CTV

Lauren’s rekindled relationship with Scoot gets off to a rocky start, while Elle breaks the news to Matt that she’s leaving Whistler early. Amanda begins a modelling career and ends her relationship with Denis, only to dive into a new one with a former friend of Dré’s.

This is one party you won’t want to miss! ‘Sing’ in the New Year with Citytv at the 25th annual festivities and live broadcast of Citytv New Year’s Bash, 2010 from Nathan Phillips Square. One of the biggest New Year’s celebrations in Canada, this year’s special outdoor, free-concert boasts an impressive line up of Canadian musical talents including the latest edition Faber Drive, along with previously announced Anjulie, Jarvis Church, Kardinal Offishall, Karl Wolf, The Mission District and ROCK OF AGES.  The evening is hosted by Gord Martineau, Tracy Moore, Kevin Frankish and Dina Pugliese. Tune in to Citytv for all of the fun, Thursday, December 31 at 10:00pm ET/CT/MT/PT.

Send off 2009 with a bang with an alcohol-free evening of entertainment — bring out the hot chocolate, long johns and flannel blankets to keep you warm. Things will definitely heat up as you dance the night away and ring in the New Year! With previous year’s attendance reaching over 40,000 revelers, get there early to secure your spot!

The party is also streaming LIVE online at Citytv.com at 10pm ET only. Visit now to watch an exclusive video retrospective celebrating 25 years of live broadcast and get set for the holidays with tips on cocktail party planning, holiday fashion, recipes, hostess gifts and more.

About Faber Drive:

Expansive, eclectic, confident, and professional – Faber Drive released their second album can’T keEp A SecrEt.  It’s a different proposition than the Juno nominees of 2008. Their debut album Seven Second Surgery found the Vancouver-based band suspended between modern rock’s heft and the bracing immediacy of pop punk, can’T keEp A SecrEt deftly brings new colour, tone, and emotion into the fold, crossing borders into pure electropop, dance music, and one very pristine revamp of a familiar old classic. 

can’T keEp A SecrEt is bonded by the coherent force of a band ambitious enough to challenge itself and possessing the confidence and poise to actually pull it off. First single “G-Get Up and Dance” sits at one extreme of the spectrum; a platinum iTunes grand slam that affixes Faber Drives’ native exuberance to the synth-heavy moves of Justice and classic Chicago House.

On the opposite pole, “By Your Side” is smooth, melancholy, and buffed to a fine polish beneath a vocal performance from Faber that feels like a punch in the gut. “Never Coming Down” tackles the very issue of “loving life” itself, according to Faber, barreling into view on a thumping backbeat, keening U2 guitars, AAD electronica, and a chorus of amped-up whoa-ohs. On “Our Last Goodbye”, Genn and the band found themselves back at square one, constructing the perfect pop punk throwdown.

Faber is quick to admit that FD gets a little “goofy behind closed doors”, and “The Payoff” somehow walks the line between tongue-in-cheek and triumph, celebrating the band’s graduation into Canada’s mainstream with an irresistible chunk of spiky, exclamatory, sing along pop-rock.  Pritchett joins powerhouse drummer Andrew Stricko as the newest members of Faber Drive 09; an outfit that has only built on a foundation forged on the road with Nickelback, Collective Soul, Hedley, and more. That any of the ten tracks on can’T keEp A SecrEt would make worthy successors to iTunes gold favourites like “Tongue Tied” and “When I’m With You” goes without saying – as Faber himself maintains, “everything is a progression.”

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Thursday, December 31 at 10pm on Citytv

This is one party you won’t want to miss! ‘Sing’ in the New Year with Citytv at the 25th annual festivities and live broadcast of Citytv New Year’s Bash, 2010 from Nathan Phillips Square.  One of the biggest New Year’s celebrations in Canada, this year’s special outdoor, free-concert is hosted by Gord Martineau, Tracy Moore, Kevin Frankish and Dina Pugliese.  Tune in to Citytv for all of the fun, Thursday, December 31 at 10:00pm ET/CT/MT/PT.

“Citytv has had the pleasure of hosting some of the biggest names in Canadian music as part of our annual New Year’s celebrations for a quarter of a century”, commented Maureen Rogers, Vice President and General Manager, Citytv, Toronto. “Citytv viewers have made it a holiday tradition to brave the cold and ring in the New Year with Citytv at the live-broadcast from Nathan Phillips Square or tune in from home at their own celebrations with family and friends.”

cSend off 2009 with a bang with an alcohol-free evening of entertainment — bring out the hot chocolate, long johns and flannel blankets to keep you warm.  Things will definitely heat up as you dance the night away and ring in the New Year!  With previous year’s attendance reaching over 40,000 revelers, get there early to secure your spot!   

The party is also streaming LIVE online at Citytv.com at 10pm ET only.  Visit now to watch an exclusive video retrospective celebrating 25 years of live broadcast and get set for the holidays with tips on cocktail party planning, holiday fashion, recipes, hostess gifts and more.

Citytv New Year’s Bash, 2010 performances include:

Anjulie:
Anjulie is a captivating and authentic new talent in pop music.  Ingeniously fusing the world-music rhythms and Top 40 melodies she was inspired by growing up in Toronto.  For Anjulie 2009 has been an impressive year as she’s played to rapturous audiences including sold-out national tours setting the stage for Jesse McCartney, Swayze and Raphael Saadiq while supporting her self-titled debut album and it’s slinky, Nancy-Sinatra-esque first single “Boom”, a #1 Billboard dance hit this summer.
Songs from Anjulie have been heard all over network television since it’s release including The Hills, The City, Taking The Stage, Eastwick, Vampire Diaries and Melrose Place just to name a few.  Anjulie was recently selected as one of mtvU’s “Freshman 5”, one of five exciting new artists the channel believes are about to jump from college favorites to household names. Anjulie’s new single “Rain”, is a flamenco-flavored, sophisticated urban gem that hits with the sharp initial blast of her contemporaries, M.I.A., Nelly Furtado and Corinne Bailey Rae.

Jarvis Church:
Jarvis Church’s self produced sophomore CD The Long Way Home, the follow up to 2002’s Shake It Off, is an earth-quaking, booty-shaking Jamaican inspired musical love festival. From the opening grooves of the dancehall/reggae influenced “Just Like That”  and “I’ll Rock You”  through easy pop tunes like “Lover’s Kiss” and “Whole Day Long” to the CD’s slow dance special “Basic Guy”,  the Juno Award winning, Grammy-nominated Church drives a rhythmic, sexy pop-soul fusion with a distinct Jamaican accent.   Church was born in and lived in Jamaica until he was 8 when his parents moved the family Toronto, Ontario.  His birth name is Gerald Eaton and that’s how he started his career as a founding member of Toronto band The Philosopher Kings.   The band formed in the post-grunge era and distinguished itself with a sound that was a mix of smooth grooves, R&B and soul music. The Philosopher Kings had a series of hits including “Charms”, “It Hurts to Love You”, “If I Ever Lose This Heaven” and “Castles In The Sand”. The band toured from one corner of the country to the other earning the title of “Canada’s Favourite Live Band”. Along with fellow Philosopher King Brian West, Church formed Track and Field Productions and Track and Field Records. Church discovered a young singer named Nelly Furtado, and Track and Field developed and produced her acclaimed debut CD Whoa Nelly which sold more than 7 million copies around the world, earned several Juno awards, as well as a number of Grammy nominations, including Producer of the Year. With his career going strong in so many directions, it was the groove of the Jamaican music scene that pulled Jarvis back into the studio to create a much anticipated follow up to his solo debut CD Shake It Off, which was nominated for Pop Album of the Year at the 2003 Juno Awards. Spending time in Jamaica lit a spark in Church and fueled his desire to head back in the studio to explore his musical roots.

Kardinal Offishall:
Easily Canada’s most recognizable hip hop star, Kardinal Offishall has an international
appeal that resonates with both young and old.  He is world renown for his high-energy stage performances and has criss-crossed the globe performing in festivals, stadiums, concert halls and various clubs. He is a 4 time Juno award winner, including Single and Rap Recording of the Year for 2009. He has won 4 Much Music Video Awards and has had show stopping MMVA performances including his 2008 performance with Akon. In December Kardinal will be awarded the privilege of being a torchbearer for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games. He was nominated by Coca Cola Canada after he recorded his part for the Coca Cola song Open Happiness. He will be performing the Open Happiness Song in Vancouver during the Olympics. In the spring of 2010 Kardinal will release his new album entitled Mr. International. The title is fitting with the amount of global shows he does. Along with another hit he penned with Akon (Body Bounce), Mr. International features a duet he recorded with Grammy-winning U.K. singer Estelle (Hey Love). His current single, Clear, is in heavy rotation on the airwaves and in clubs around the country.

Karl Wolf:
The phenomenal success of his inventive remake of Toto hit “Africa” launched Karl Wolf into the international spotlight. This multi-talented Montrealer has long enjoyed serious peer and music industry respect in Canada as a producer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and singer of true skill and vision. Wolf’s music is now reaching the global marketplace, and his new album, Nightlife, dramatically confirms he’s the real deal.  He has recorded and released two albums previous to Nightlife – Face Behind the Face and Bite the Bullet, and has amassed an impressive list of accolades around the world. His accomplishments in Canada are no less impressive, his single “Africa” was certified 3X platinum, and secured the #1 spots on MuchMusic (video), the Adult Contemporary Charts (radio) and iTunes influential Pop chart (sales). The rest of the world has clearly taken notice, as Nightlife has already been released in the Middle East and Japan, with Australia and Europe to follow. Vocally, Wolf’s sweetly soulful delivery is a constant pleasure, while lyrically he digs deep, probing matters of the heart with real flair.

ROCK OF AGES:

Nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, ROCK OF AGES has  taken Broadway by storm.  Now it will have its Canadian premiere at the legendary Royal Alexandra Theatre, with performances beginning April 20, 2010. Set in 1987 on the Sunset Strip, a small town girl meets a big city rocker and in LA’s most famous rock club, they fall in love to the greatest songs of the ‘80s. It’s ROCK OF AGES, an arena-rock love story told through the mind-blowing, face-melting hits of Journey, Foreigner, Styx, Reo Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison, Asia, Whitesnake and many more.  With songs including “Sister Christian,” “We Built This City,” “I Wanna Rock,” “We’re Not Gonna Take It,” “Waiting For A Girl Like You,” “Wanted Dead or Alive,” “I Want To Know What Love Is,” “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” “Renegade,” and, of course, “Don’t Stop Believin'” It’s an awesomely good time, a musical joyride about dreaming big, playing loud and partying on.

The Mission District:
Originating from Montreal, The Mission District fuse Eighties-style synthesized power-pop with pure punk energy. With a sound perfectly suited to soundtrack a John Hughes teen movie, Mission District have already earned a devoted audience through shows with Simple Plan, McFly, Saving Aimee and Elliot Minor. They’ve also earned the unlikely but very welcome patronage of celeb blog king Perez Hilton who described the youthful Canucks as “a beautiful hybrid of California and British pop rock.” Vocalist David Rancourt and guitarists Travis Barfoot and Rob Rousseau paid their dues by playing in a local pop-punk band that was inspired by the likes of Green Day, The Clash and Jimmy Eat World. They hit the Warped Tour and became local scene favourites, but the trio considered the experience part of their induction into the music industry and soon set about searching for a new sound.  Joined by old friend, classically trained jazz musician and lapsed saxophonist Antoine Rochette on bass and keyboards, the early days of The Mission District focused on jamming and working towards that new sound. Mike Hand was recruited as drummer. The Mission District set about recording their upcoming debut album ‘Youth Games’ with producer Andy Green (Keane, Go: Audio, The Feeling) and mixer Mark Needham (Metro Station, The Killers). The Mission District’s ascendancy has commenced effortlessly with a growing legion of diehard fans and they possess all the necessary attributes to become Canada’s next global success story.

10:00pm – Thursday, December 31 on CTV

Lauren slips back into old habits and breaks her vow to stay single. Dré begins seeing an old flame and opens for the legendary Pete Tong, a night made even more dramatic when Amanda attends the show with Denis.

Canada’s favourite, critically acclaimed funny man, Ron James, continues his New Year’s Eve tradition of making the country laugh. Airing Thursday, Dec. 31, at 9 p.m., on CBC Television, THE RON JAMES SHOW: NEW YEAR’S EDITION has something for everybody.

Along with an extended version of James’s trademark standup comedy, the hour-long special also features two instalments of his popular ‘Lil Ronnie’ cartoons; a visit from that passive aggressive Cape Breton elder, ‘Aunt Vivian’; a struggling Bethlehem Innkeeper during ‘The Nativity’; a big city mayor at the mercy of a politically correct world; an homage to Boxing Day and those saccharine holiday seasonal musicals of the 1970’s; a historical look at a peculiar yuletide ‘feast’ during the ill fated Franklin expedition of 1846; and a  couple of well-meaning buddies who almost scuffle Ron’s New Year’s Eve.

This year’s show features appearances from an all-star cast including Eric Peterson (Corner Gas), Peter Keleghan (The Newsroom, 18 to Life, Love Letters), Patrick McKenna (Traders, The Red Green Show), Linda Kash (Made in Canada), Christian Potenza (6Teen) and Daniel Kash (Guns).

8:00pm – Thursday, December 31 on /A

Also airs at 8 p.m. AT on /A Atlantic and 9 p.m. MT on ACCESS

The CTV Original film, Spirit Bear, centres on Simon Jackson (Mark Rendall, Tales From The Neverending Story, Childstar), a charismatic teen who’s passionate about the environment and spends much of his time alone in the B.C. wilderness. Attacked during one such trip, Jackson is rescued by a rare white Kermode Bear. When he discovers that white bears are endangered and their habitat is targeted for clear-cutting, Jackson turns into a passionate and vocal political activist. The 15-year old takes on the powerful forestry industry and the provincial government, eventually mobilizing people across the world and forming the Spirit Bear Youth Coalition. The outcome of this David vs. Goliath fight is the protection of more than six thousand square kilometers of Princess Royal Island. It’s one of the largest land protection battles ever won. The Spirit Bear Youth Coalition is the world’s largest environmental network of young people with over 5 million members in 30 countries.

Thursday, Dec. 31, at 8 p.m.

What’re you doing New Year’s Eve? That’s the question Kirstine Stewart, CBC Television’s general manager, asked Royal Canadian Air Farce.

After 17 New Year’s Eves, and some of the highest ratings ever scored for Canadian comedy, Stewart says, “Air Farce has always been the one to watch on Dec. 31—it just wouldn’t be the same without them.”

So, the Farce is getting together again, for one night only—Thursday, Dec. 31, at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT), on CBC Television—laughing out 2009 and laughing in 2010. And they’ll be in good company, with special guest appearances by Battle of the Blades champions, Olympic skater Jamie Salé and hockey great Craig Simpson. While Battle turned a hockey player into a figure skater, the Farce plans to flip it up with “The Luck of the Puck,” as Salé faces Simpson in a shootout.

Plus, the Farce will welcome the dragons of Dragons’ Den—Arlene Dickinson, Robert Herjavec, Jim Treliving, Kevin O’Leary and W. Brett Wilson—who will turn in a high-stakes comedy performance, as the Farce’s political characters pitch solutions for Canada’s economic crisis.

Video star Dave Carroll, the Nova Scotia singer/songwriter whose true ballad “United Breaks Guitars” became a YouTube sensation this year, will take musical shots at the highs and lows of 2009, from Jian Ghomeshi’s radio encounter with Billy Bob Thornton to Susan Boyle’s vocal breakout.

A year ago, on New Year’s Eve, Air Farce took its final flight, and stepped away from their weekly Friday night comedy and satire series after 16 seasons on CBC-TV. The Donut Shop went to the CBC Museum, the Chicken Cannon was dismantled and de-registered, the wigs, costumes and props all went to new homes. So, expect an even more smashing new target-seeker of the “Zeroes & Heroes of 2009,” plus fresh features and fun as the Farce updates the act and kicks off the second decade of the 21st Century.

Air Farce New Year’s Eve – Thursday, Dec. 31, at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT), on CBC Television. Starring Roger Abbott, Don Ferguson, Luba Goy, Jessica Holmes, Craig Lauzon, Alan Park and Penelope Corrin.

8:00pm – Thursday, December 31 on CTV

For those who missed the dramatic results during the October finale, here’s a chance to see who was named Canada’s favourite dancer during the Season 2 finale of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA.

7:30pm – Thursday, December 31 on /A

Also airs at 7:30 p.m. MT on ACCESS

In 4REAL City of God, Sol Guy takes International rap superstar and A-list actor Mos Def into the infamous favela (slum) City Of God where they find Brazil’s #1 rap artist MV Bill, who speaks for a voiceless youth of the favelas.

7:30pm – Thursday, December 31 on CTV

News travels fast about Riley (Argiris Karras) and Sam’s (Wesley Morgan) big fight. Riley doesn’t think much of it, but admitting to gay bashing is way better than admitting to being gay. Ostracized from his friends, Riley searches frantically for something to ‘cure’ his ‘illness’. Meanwhile, when Sav (Raymond Ablack) finds out what Anya’s (Samantha Munro) up to, he’s confused by the LARPing and feels a little betrayed.