Details announced for “Love Letter to Toronto” tribute on The 2011 Juno Awards, Sunday on CTV

CTV and The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced today additional details for the 40th Anniversary tribute performance on CTV’s broadcast of THE 2011 JUNO AWARDS this Sunday.

The “Love Letter to Toronto” sees current artists pay tribute to four of Canada’s most legendary musical artists: Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Gordon Lightfoot and The Band.

The announcement comes as a new block of tickets were released in all price ranges: $213.75, $112.00, $62.25 (includes HST).

The production holds, previously held back until the stage was constructed at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre, are available through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.ca or 1-855-985-5000. Tickets will continue to be released until Sunday’s broadcast.

Arranged by Musical Director Jim Cuddy (Blue Rodeo), the 10-minute all-star tribute not only pays homage to four of Canada’s most respected artists from the past 40 years, but also is a “love letter” to this year’s host city Toronto, where each of the artists first made their mark.

The performances in the “Love Letter to Toronto” tribute during THE 2011 JUNO AWARDS broadcast are:

• City and Colour performs “Old Man” by Neil Young

• Sarah Harmer performs “Carey” by Joni Mitchell

• Sarah Slean and Jim Cuddy perform “If You Could Read My Mind” by Gordon Lightfoot

• Kevin Hearn performs “The Genetic Method” by The Band

• Derek Miller, Greg Keelor, Justin Rutledge, Kevin Hearn, Serena Ryder and The Sadies perform “The Shape I’m In” by The Band

“The opportunity to sing the songs of some of the greatest artists Canada has produced, and sing them with some of my best musical friends was too good to be true,” said “Love Letter to Toronto”’s Musical Director Jim Cuddy.

The special extended broadcast also features performances by Arcade Fire, Broken Social Scene, Chromeo, Down With Webster, Hedley, Johnny Reid, Sarah McLachlan, and Tokyo Police Club, with special appearances by Barenaked Ladies, Ben Mulroney, Billy Talent, Bryan Adams, Buck 65, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Chilly Gonzales, Classified, Dan Hill, Daniel Lanois, deadmau5, Feist, Great Big Sea, Keshia Chanté, K’NAAN, Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley, Maestro Fresh Wes, Melanie Fiona, members of Metric, Randy Bachman, Robbie Robertson, Royal Wood, Rush’s Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee and Shad.

Hosted by Canadian superstar recording artist Drake, the special extended broadcast of THE 2011 JUNO AWARDS airs from Toronto’s Air Canada Centre on Sunday, March 27 LIVE in Ontario, Québec and Atlantic Canada at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. AT and at 8 p.m. in all other provinces.

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