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Posts Tagged ‘Marc-André Hamelin’

Canada ROCKS the GRAMMYs

Posted by bigincanada on February 3, 2009

TORONTO, Feb. 2 /CNW/ – SIRIUS Canada, the country’s leading satellite radio company, today announced it will broadcast Canadian Blast(R) – a live concert event celebrating Canadian music excellence on the occasion of the 51st Annual GRAMMY Awards(R). The concert, part of The Consul General of Canada’s Showcase and Celebration of Canadian Music Excellence will be held at the Official Residence for Canada in Los Angeles on February 5, 2009 during GRAMMY(R) Week and includes recognition of this year’s 12 Canadian GRAMMY nominees as well as the additional 4 nominations with a Canadian connection.

Hosted by SIRIUS Canada / CBC Radio 3’s Grant Lawrence, the Canadian Blast concert broadcast will feature live performances by emerging Canadian musicians Jenn Grant, Plants & Animals, and Shad, and will honour Canadian artists nominated for the 2009 GRAMMY Awards. The exclusive broadcast will air live on SIRIUS Satellite Radio’s CBC Radio 3 channel 86 at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday February 5, 2009.

“We are incredibly proud of the Canadian artists nominated for the 2009 GRAMMY Awards and are honoured to host Canadian Blast in partnership with SIRIUS Canada,” said Mr. David Fransen, the Canadian Consul General in L.A. “An excellent opportunity to showcase the Canadian music industry’s achievements, the live broadcast on SIRIUS Satellite Radio will allow listeners to participate in the celebration.”

“It is a top priority for SIRIUS Canada to provide emerging and independent musicians with support and opportunities to increase their fan base in North America,” said Andreanne Sasseville, Director of Canadian Content Development and Industry Relations, SIRIUS Canada. “We are thrilled to support Canadian Blast and to give these exciting Canadian artists exposure to SIRIUS listeners throughout Canada and the U.S.”

Launched in December 2005, SIRIUS Canada continues to help emerging Canadian musicians grow their audiences in Canada and the United States. SIRIUS Canada promotes Canadian artists via direct sponsorship activities, music industry showcases and live broadcasts featuring Canadian talent.

“Live broadcast opportunities like Canadian Blast on SIRIUS Satellite Radio provide emerging Canadian artists with the exposure they need to achieve success, both at home and abroad,” said Duncan McKie, President and CEO of the Canadian Independent Record Production Association (CIRPA). “Many of the GRAMMY nominated Canadian artists achieved success today thanks in part to the support they received as independent artists in Canada.”

Canadian nominees for the 2009 GRAMMY Awards include:
– ARC Ensemble
– Deadmau5
– East Village Opera Company
– Ellen Page & Michael Cera
– Isabel Bayrakdarian
– Karina Gauvin
– Marc-André Hamelin
– Neil Young
– Northern Cree
– Rufus Wainwright
– Rush
– Walter Ostanek

GRAMMY Award nominations with Canadian connections include:
– David Foster
– Pierre and François Lamoureux
– Eric Mosher
– Shawn Pierce


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