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First Performers Announced: Billy Talent, Three Days Grace to Rock The 2007 JUNO Awards, April 1 on CTV

Full Ticket Information Revealed:
— 500 Juno Early Bird Ticket Packages Available Saturday, February 3 —
— Individual Seats On Sale Saturday, February 10 —

Toronto, ON (January 30, 2007) – The first two acts to perform on CTV’s upcoming 2007 JUNO Awards broadcast were announced today, together with full details surrounding ticket sales for Canada’s Music Awards, airing Sunday, April 1 from Saskatoon’s Credit Union Centre. CTV together with the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) confirmed that Billy Talent and Three Days Grace have been named to the performance line-up. The Canadian rock acts are hugely popular both here and around the world and have been rocketing up the Canadian Rock charts recently. (See “About Billy Talent” and “About Three Days Grace” below).

Today’s news follows the January 16th announcement that Nelly Furtado will host The 2007 JUNO Awards on CTV, the biggest awards night in Canada. More performance slots will be announced next Monday, February 5 on the eve of a Toronto media conference announcing the nominees for The 2007 JUNO Awards the following day on Tuesday, February 6.

Individual tickets for The 2007 JUNO Awards will go on sale Saturday, February 10 at 11 a.m. ET. Ticket prices (limit four per person) range from $80 to $150 each (plus applicable taxes, service charges and facility fees).

“Billy Talent and Three Days Grace aren’t just Canadian artists – they are international stars from Canada,” said Susanne Boyce, CTV President of Programming and Chair of the CTV Media Group. “With their international success, landing these two groups is a great kick-off to what promises to be an exciting and eclectic JUNO Awards line-up.”
“We are very excited to welcome back to the JUNO Awards stage, Billy Talent and Three Days Grace, two amazing bands that rocked the 2004 JUNO Awards. We look forward to seeing what they have in store for us in Saskatoon!” said Melanie Berry, President of CARAS and an Executive Producer of the broadcast.

About Billy Talent
Toronto-based rockers Billy Talent (Warner Music Canada) confirmed today that they will interrupt their upcoming US Headlining Tour to appear on The 2007 JUNO Awards broadcast. Their self-titled major label debut in 2003 established the band as a pure fist-in-the-air rock n’ roll group. The album went triple platinum and garnered the band four Top 10 singles, one JUNO Award in 2004 for New Group of the Year (sponsored by FACTOR and Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters) and two more in 2005 (Album of the Year and Group of the Year). The band has toured Canada, Europe and the U.S. playing in renowned rock festivals such as Warped and the UK’s Reading and Leeds festivals. In June 2006, band members Aaron Solowoniuk, Benjamin Kowalewicz, Ian D’Sa and Jonathan Gallant released their sophomore album Billy Talent II. The album, fuelled by hit singles “Devil In A Midnight Mass,” “Red Flag” and “Fallen Leaves,” debuted at No. 1 in Canada and has since reached double platinum status. The group is currently in the midst of a major-market Canadian tour and recently announced it will headline a15-city U.S. tour in March and April, 2007.

About Three Days Grace
As confirmed today by the band, currently in the heart of Texas where they are in the midst of a mammoth U.S. tour, Three Days Grace (SONY BMG MUSIC (CANADA) INC.) will once again take to the stage at The 2007 JUNO Awards in Saskatoon, SK, having previously performed at the JUNO Awards in 2004. Since being nominated for New Group of the Year (sponsored by FACTOR and Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters) at The 2004 JUNO Awards and landing the Number 1 spot on Billboard’s Top Heatseekers Chart, Three Days Grace has gone nowhere but up. Their self-titled debut, Three Days Grace, rocked Canadian and U.S. charts and the album’s lead hit single, “I Hate Everything about You” reached No. 1 in the U.S. and No. 2 on the Canadian Mainstream, Alternative and Active Rock Charts. The band’s follow-up album, One-X, is on its way to double-platinum status with hit release singles “Animal I Have Become,” “Pain,” and “Never Too Late.” The band recently won Rock Single of the Year award at the Billboard Music Awards. TDG is comprised of Adam Gontier, Neil Sanderson, Barry Stock and Brad Walst.

First Performers Announced: Billy Talent, Three Days Grace to Rock The 2007 JUNO Awards, April 1 on CTV

Full Ticket Information Revealed:
— 500 Juno Early Bird Ticket Packages Available Saturday, February 3 —
— Individual Seats On Sale Saturday, February 10 —

Toronto, ON (January 30, 2007) – The first two acts to perform on CTV’s upcoming 2007 JUNO Awards broadcast were announced today, together with full details surrounding ticket sales for Canada’s Music Awards, airing Sunday, April 1 from Saskatoon’s Credit Union Centre. CTV together with the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) confirmed that Billy Talent and Three Days Grace have been named to the performance line-up. The Canadian rock acts are hugely popular both here and around the world and have been rocketing up the Canadian Rock charts recently. (See “About Billy Talent” and “About Three Days Grace” below).

Today’s news follows the January 16th announcement that Nelly Furtado will host The 2007 JUNO Awards on CTV, the biggest awards night in Canada. More performance slots will be announced next Monday, February 5 on the eve of a Toronto media conference announcing the nominees for The 2007 JUNO Awards the following day on Tuesday, February 6.

Potato Bowl

On February 19th’s episode entitled “Potato Bowl”, Wanda has to try and find a new potato bowl after accidentally breaking Emma’s and Hank tries to develop his story-telling skills.

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On February 12th’s episode entitled “Lacey Borrows”, Lacey and Karen test their friendship by instituting an open-borrowing policy, while Brent watches his very first horror movie.


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On February 5th’s episode entitled “The Good Old Table Hockey Game”, Davis buys a table hockey game for the police station. Karen seems to be the undisputed champion, until Brent steps up to set things straight.

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On January 29th’s episode entitled “Census Sensibility”, Hank and Oscar play it by the numbers as official Dog River census takers, while Lacey thinks Davis and Karen may be more than just work partners.

Corner Gas airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on CTV and Saturdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The Comedy Network.

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Last night at 8 p.m., more Canadians chose Corner Gas, than an all-new simulcast episode of Prison Break on Fox/Global. Corner Gas reeled in 1.5 million viewers vs 1.45 million watching Prison Break.

When measuring the half hour only (8-8:30 p.m), Corner Gas was unbeatable, with 6 per cent more total viewers head to head.

At 9 p.m., an encore episode of Criminal Minds on CTV nearly dethroned Heroes. Criminal Minds delivered 1.11 million viewers on CTV, just shy of Heroes (1.29 on Global/NBC).

Then at 10 p.m., the night’s biggest audience belonged to CSI: Miami, which delivered 2.83 million viewers to CTV, nearly three times the audience than watched 24.

In all, CTV had Monday night’s top 3 most watched programs of the night (CSI: Miami, CTV Evening News, Corner Gas).

All audience figures are courtesy of BBM Nielsen Media Research and represent a nation-wide picture of television viewing in Canada.

American Idol continues its record-breaking pace in Canada. Audiences for last night’s Season 6 premiere on CTV grew throughout the two-hour broadcast (8-10 p.m.) to peak at 3.6 million viewers in its last half-hour (9:30 – 10 p.m.)

The final average audience was 3.04 million, the biggest audience ever for an American Idol season premiere and up 3 per cent compared to last year’s season opener. It was the most-watched program on Canadian television last night in all demographics, both nationally and in Toronto and Vancouver.

All audience figures are courtesy of BBM Nielsen Media Research and represent a nation-wide picture of television viewing in Canada.

Corner Gas returns Monday Jan. 22 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV with the first new episode of the New Year. Eight new episodes remain leading up to the Season 4 finale in which all signs point to Brent LeRoy selling the Corner Gas station and moving on from the family business.

In Monday’s episode, entitled “Mother’s Day”, Brent’s in the doghouse when Hank proves to be a better son to Emma than Brent. Meanwhile, things backfire when Lacey pokes fun at Davis because he can’t wink.

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As American Idol makes its long-awaited return, CTV announced today further details about the upcoming cross-country, musician-friendly search for the next Canadian Idol. In addition to releasing audition venue information, the network also confirmed today that the tour will now begin Feb. 3-4 in Vancouver, one week later than previously announced, allowing prospective competitors additional time to prepare for the auditions. With the 10-city audition tour now kicking off in less than three weeks on the West coast, full details about how, where and when to audition are now available on the Canadian Idol website at http://www.idol.ctv.ca.

As previously announced, for the first time in North America competitors can audition while playing musical instruments. Like last year, the 2007 Canadian Idol “Easy-Access” tour makes it easier than ever to audition. There is no need to line up as competitors can arrive any time between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on each day of the auditions. As well, almost all of the auditions are scheduled on weekends and most of the auditions will be held at malls.

The auditions will be held at the following venues (all information subject to change):

City Dates Venues
Vancouver, BC February 3-4 Metropolis at Metrotown
Calgary, AB February 10 – 11 Southcentre Mall
Saskatoon, SK February 17 – 18 Market Mall
Winnipeg, MB February 24 – 25 Portage Place
London, ON March 3 – 4 White Oaks Mall
Montreal, QC March 10 – 11 Triplex/Old Montreal Forum
Ottawa, ON March 17 – 18 St-Laurent Centre
Halifax, NS March 24 – 25 Halifax Shopping Centre
St. John’s, NL April 4 Village Shopping Centre
Toronto, ON Starting April 11 TBC

Auditions for Canadian Idol are open to all Canadians between the ages of 16 and 28 (inclusive) as of February 1, 2007. Prospective competitors are encouraged to visit the Canadian Idol website, http://www.idol.ctv.ca, where they can download and complete a Regional Release Form which is required to audition (Release Forms will also be available at the auditions).

Featuring host Ben Mulroney and judges Farley Flex, Jake Gold, Sass Jordan and Zack Werner, Season 5 of Canadian Idol returns to CTV this June, building on the success of the series’ fourth season. After a record 12,000 auditions kicked off the fourth edition of the series, Season 4 ended with an astonishing 36.4 million votes cast by viewers – more than one for every man, woman and child in the country. Season 4 reached 55 per cent of the English Canadian population, meaning that one out of every two people in the country watched some part of the series last summer.