December 2010

A decade after he got his start on the network, superstar recording artist Drake is coming home to CTV as host of THE 2011 JUNO AWARDS, ETALK revealed tonight.

The announcement from CTV and The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) was made just hours before Drake was nominated for four 2011 Grammy Awards®.

The Toronto native returns to his hometown to host the 40th Anniversary of Canada’s Music Awards, and CTV’s 10th Anniversary broadcast, airing live from the Air Canada Centre on Sunday, March 27, 2011.

Tickets for THE 2011 JUNO AWARDS broadcast go on sale Saturday, February 5, 2011 through all Ticketmaster outlets.

At 24, Drake becomes one of the youngest-ever hosts of THE JUNO AWARDS. Since getting his start on CTV in 2001, Drake, a.k.a Aubrey Graham, has gone on to take the music world by storm over the past few years, becoming one of the fastest rising newcomers ever in hip-hop. At last year’s JUNO Awards in St. John’s, NL, Drake brought down the house when he joined fellow Canadian pop phenom Justin Bieber on stage, and later took home two awards for Rap Recording Artist of the Year and New Artist of the Year. Nominations for the 2011 JUNO Awards will be announced on Tuesday, February 1, 2011.

“I am beyond honoured to be hosting this monumental JUNO Awards in the greatest city on Earth,” said Drake.  “I want to bring a youthful energy to the show and encourage people to be excited about what Canadian music has to offer. See you all at the show.”

“Drake is the single most formidable force in music right now,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. “He’s risen to the top of the charts, garnered worldwide acclaim, worked with the best in the business, and continues to deliver hit after hit. But at the end of the day, he’s a gentleman who makes his mother, and all of us, proud. We can’t wait to celebrate his success as host of this year’s show.”

“Drake has made monumental strides on the national and international music scene in the past year and exemplifies the next generation of Canadian artists. We’re thrilled to have him host the 2011 JUNO Awards in his hometown of Toronto,” said Melanie Berry, President and CEO of CARAS and The JUNO Awards. “People are still buzzing over his performance last year on THE JUNO AWARDS and we can’t wait to see what’s in store this time around!”

With just one full-length album under his belt, Drake has become a staple at awards shows across the planet, including the 2010 MUCHMUSIC VIDEO AWARDS, where he took home two awards and delivered a killer performance in the broadcast. Last year Drake closed out the 52ND ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS, performing “Forever” alongside Lil Wayne and Eminem. Now, he has been nominated for four more Grammy Awards, including Best New Artist, Best Rap Album, Best Rap Solo Performance, and Best Rap Performance By A Duo or Group.

Additionally, Drake received the Breakthrough Artist nomination for Best Hip-Hop Newcomer of the Year at the AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS and has also garnered multiple MTV VMA, MTVU, and BET Awards nominations and wins. 

Drake charted success with his very first single “Best I Ever Had,” which went to #1 on the Billboard Rap Chart and #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, accomplishments made without being signed to a label. After an intense bidding war, Drake signed to Aspire/Cash Money/Young Money and released his debut album Thank Me Later earlier this year.

Drake has worked with, and earned the respect of, the most innovative artists in the hip-hop world, including Lil Wayne, Kanye West and Eminem, as well as musicians such as Alicia Keys, Rihanna, Nicki Manaj and Mary J. Blige. Since April 2010, Drake has headlined the Away From Home Tour, dubbed the Campus Consciousness Tour. He also toured Europe and Canada in Summer 2010, with stops at major festivals such as Roskilde and Wireless.

As an actor, Drake has gained worldwide attention for playing Jimmy Brooks on CTV’s award-winning series DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION, the cult hit drama also airing on TeenNick in the U.S.

THE 2011 JUNO AWARDS, Canada’s Music Awards, is broadcast for the tenth year in a row on CTV on Sunday, March 27 from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. Previous hosts of The JUNO Awards include Russell Peters in Vancouver (2009) and Calgary (2008), Nelly Furtado in Saskatoon (2007), Pamela Anderson in Halifax (2006), Brent Butt in Winnipeg (2005), Alanis Morissette in Edmonton (2004), Shania Twain in Ottawa (2003) and Barenaked Ladies in St. John’s (2002).

THE 2011 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 Ed Robinson for CARAS. Louise Wood is Producer and Lindsay Cox is Supervising Producer. Susanne Boyce is President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc.

Broadcast sponsors of THE 2011 JUNO AWARDS are General Motors, L’Oreal, and Rogers.

Sponsors of the 2011 JUNO Awards include FACTOR, Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters and The Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage’s “Canada Music Fund,” and Radio Starmaker Fund, Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC), The City of Toronto, Tourism Toronto, and funding partner Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg will conduct his first television interview this weekend since the release of the film centring on the beginnings of the social networking website.

CBS has announced that the interview will air on Sunday night in the US on 60 Minutes.

Zuckerberg will discuss the controversial film The Social Network which traces the early beginnings of Facebook while he was studying at Harvard.

He will also chat about the direction Facebook is heading in and his status as one of the most influential figures in the internet business world.


10:00pm – Wednesday, December 1 on CTV

When pro golfer Kristin Halstead (guest star Maggie Contreras, GREEK) turns up murdered, Detectives Rex Winters (Skeet Ulrich) and Tomas “TJ” Jaruszalski (Corey Stoll) quickly discover clues leading them to another pro golfer.

Wednesday, December 1 at 10pm ET/PT (9pm CT, 8pm MT) on Citytv

The remaining four chefs must re-create a dish without a recipe, using only their eyesight, sense of smell and taste. The winner gets a day at the spa while the losers do the Hell’s Kitchen laundry before it’s time for another dinner service.

Wednesday, December 1 – 10pm ET/PT *One-hour Special* on Global

Hosted by NCIS: LA star LL Cool J, this one-hour special will set the stage for the 59th Annual Grammy� Awards. Featuring performances by past Grammy� winners and/or nominees, including Justin Bieber, B.o.B., Miranda Lambert, Bruno Mars and Katy Perry, the special will also reveal nominations in several categories.

9:30 p.m. ET/PT – Wednesday, December 1 on Space

Chode enters Bob and the crew in a space race called “The Fifty MKronig Flaming Colossus.”

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Global Television and Entertainment Tonight Canada celebrate 2011 with ‘New Year’s Eve at Niagara Falls,’ a nationally televised New Year’s Eve bash for the entire nation.

On Friday, December 31 – 10pm ET/PT on Global, ET Canada’s two-hour live countdown to the New Year gets underway across from the world-famous Falls in the heart of Queen Victoria Park. One of Canada’s most celebrated live performers, Great Big Sea will kick off the second annual celebration followed by performances by international music sensation Kardinal Offishall and the GRAMMY® nominated and JUNO award-winning, Barenaked Ladies.

“Coming off of last year’s incredible show and enormous crowds, there was no question we would be returning to Niagara Falls for this amazing party,” said Barbara Williams, SVP of Content, Shaw Media. “Whether you’re in eastern, central or western Canada, audiences can tune in for off the chart performances, exclusive interviews by our ET Canada hosts and of course, a spectacular view of the Falls.”

Hosted by ET Canada’s Cheryl Hickey and Rick Campanelli, this year’s fete promises to dazzle audiences with a breathtaking fireworks display at the stroke of midnight. With last year’s show having drawn crowds of up to 15,000 and a peak audience of 1.6 million viewers (national 2+) at 12:01am ET, ‘New Year’s Eve at Niagara Falls’ has firmly established itself as Canada’s foremost NYE celebration.

Event partners include: The Niagara Parks Commission (NPC), The City of Niagara Falls, Fallsview Tourist Area, Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort, Victoria Centre Tourist Area, Clifton Hill Tourist Area, VIA Rail, Celebrate Ontario and other stakeholders within the city. For more information, log on to the NPC’s website at

ET Canada airs weeknights at 7:30pm ET/PT on Global and 11pm ET/8pm PT on SLICETM. To catch up on special episodes and all the latest in entertainment news, please visit

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9:00pm – Wednesday, December 1 on /A

Also airs at 10 p.m. AT on /A Atlantic and 8 p.m. MT on ACCESS

Marti (Aly Michalka) decides to come clean to Savannah (Ashley Tisdale) after Dan (Matt Barr) gives Marti an ultimatum. When Marti decides to take Savannah to a barbecue party to cheer her up, Savannah ends up drinking too much, ending up in a compromising position with the DJ.