TORONTO — Major Canadian broadcasters are coming together for star-studded, multi-platform benefit in support of frontline workers fighting COVID-19 across Canada.
Bell Media, CBC/Radio-Canada, Corus Entertainment, Groupe V Media, and Rogers Sports & Media have partnered for “Stronger Together, Tous Ensemble,” which will air on English and French services on Sunday evening (at 7 p.m. across all markets/7:30 p.m. NT).
The one-hour broadcast will premiere on CBC, Citytv, CTV, Global, and V network, as well as select specialty networks, radio stations, and streaming platforms across Canada.
The event is in support of Food Banks Canada’s $150 million campaign to provide immediate support to food banks across Canada during COVID-19.
The lineup includes musical acts Celine Dion, Shania Twain, Alessia Cara, Michael Buble, Bryan Adams, Jann Arden, Sarah McLachlan, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Barenaked Ladies, Arkells, Sofia Reyes, and William Prince.
Other celebrities expected to appear from their homes include author Margaret Atwood, skater Tessa Virtue, and TV stars Eric McCormack, Jason Priestley, Howie Mandel, Rick Mercer, Russell Peters, Will Arnett.
The lineup also includes astronaut Chris Hadfield, environmentalist David Suzuki, wheelchair athlete Rick Hansen, hockey players Hayley Wickenheiser and Connor McDavid, tennis player Bianca Andreescu, and swimmer Penny Oleksiak.
The event will feature a mix of music, messages, and more.
Canadians who are able are invited to donate to Food Banks Canada in association with the broadcast.
The broadcast was conceived and produced in collaboration between Insight Productions, Bell Media Studios, and CBC/Radio-Canada.
It’s being presented in part through the support of Made Nous, the industry-wide movement recognizing and celebrating creative Canadian talent.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 20, 2020.