Stars Galore To Participate in Historical Canadian Fundraiser Stronger Together, Tous Ensemble
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A star-studded all-Canadian lineup of artists, activists, actors, and athletes are joining forces April 26 in support of Food Banks Canada for special entitled Stronger Together, Tous Ensemble, the biggest multi-platform broadcast in Canadian history.
Among the 80-plus people scheduled to perform or say a few words are Justin Bieber, Michael Bublé , Alessia Cara, Amy Poehler, Shania Twain, Avril Lavigne, Howie Mandel, Jason Priestley, Barenaked Ladies, Bianca Andreescu, Bryan Adams, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Burton Cummings, Céline Dion, Cirque du Soleil, Dallas Green, David Foster, Geddy Lee, Georges St-Pierre, Eric McCormack, Kiefer Sutherland, Mike Myers, Pascal Siakam, Robbie Robertson, Ryan Reynolds, Serge Ibaka, The Tenors, the cast of Schitt's Creek (including Catherine O’Hara, Eugene Levy and lone non-Canadian Chris Elliott), Margaret Atwood, Russell Peters, Sarah McLachlan, Tessa Virtue, and Will Arnett.
The 90-minute commercial-free event — presented on hundreds of TV, radio, streaming, and on demand platforms by 15 broadcasting groups, led by Bell Media, CBC/Radio-Canada, Corus Entertainment, Groupe V Média, and Rogers Sports & Media — will honour frontline workers with requests for donations going to Food Banks Canada, to provide immediate support to food banks across Canada during covid-19.
“Funds raised as a result of the broadcast will be used to source essential food and support items and provide operational assistance across the Canadian food bank network,” it says on the page for the event. Canadians who are able will be invited to donate during the broadcast.
Food banks are concerned about the amount of food they have in stock as demand increases while food donations and volunteers decline rapidly. Funds raised as a result of Stronger Together, Tous Ensemble will be used to source essential food and support items across the Canadian food bank network and support operational innovation, including creating alternative delivery systems to best serve people in need during covid-19.
”Frontline workers, across so many sectors including food banking, have been drastically impacted by covid-19,” Food Banks Canada CEO Chris Hatch said in a statement. “They need our support and we are thankful for Stronger Together for helping our most vulnerable neighbours.”
According to the Bell Media press release, Stronger Together, Tous Ensemble will also “feature a star-studded, virtual ensemble performance of a timely and treasured classic, sung by more than two dozen of Canada’s biggest international stars, homegrown favourites, and brightest newcomers.”
After the broadcast the unnamed song, produced by Jon Levine (Céline Dion, Alessia Cara, Avril Lavigne), will immediately be released on all streaming platforms. Tyler Shaw and Fefe Dobson from ArtistsCAN are leading this initiative. All proceeds from the song will go to support the Canadian Red Cross response to COVID-19 in Canada.
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