CTV, CBC and Global to air Canadian benefit for Haiti
The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, January 21, 2010 12:46PM EST
TORONTO - Some of Canada's biggest stars including Celine Dion, James Cameron, Michael J. Fox and the Tragically Hip will be taking part in a multi-network benefit for Haiti Friday night.
CBC, CTV and Global Television will broadcast "Canada for Haiti" at 7 p.m. ET and PT.
Film stars who have signed on include Jason Reitman, Ryan Reynolds, William Shatner, Rachelle Lefevre, Joshua Jackson, Pamela Anderson, Eugene Levy, Norman Jewison, Tom Jackson, Will Arnett and Sandra Oh.
TV personalities Brent Butt, Hugh Dillon, Mike Holmes, Rick Mercer and Alex Trebek will appear.
Musicians Justin Bieber, Nelly Furtado, Sarah McLachlan, K'naan, Barenaked Ladies, Simple Plan, David Foster, Chantal Kreviazuk, Raine Maida and Measha Brueggergosman are on board.
Humanitarian Craig Kielburger and star athletes Wayne Gretzky and Steve Nash will participate, and Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Gov. Gen. Michaelle Jean will have special messages for Canadians.
The commercial-free show will be hosted by Cheryl Hickey, Ben Mulroney and George Stroumboulopoulos.
Donations collected during the broadcast will go to a number of non-profit organizations including the Canadian Red Cross Society, Care Canada, Free the Children, Oxfam Canada and UNICEF Canada.
Immediately following the show, the U.S. benefit "Hope for Haiti Now" will air on the same networks and on MTV, MuchMusic and National Geographic Channel.
The two-hour special will be hosted by George Clooney and include performances from the likes of Wyclef Jean, Bruce Springsteen, Alicia Keys, Justin Timberlake, Coldplay and Taylor Swift.
Keith Urban, Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow plan to perform a song together, as will Bono, the Edge, Jay-Z and Rihanna.