Three of the countries biggest musical acts will take to the Genies stage on March 8th, Johnny Reid, K'naan and the Sheepdogs. The Genie Awards honour the best in Canadian film, and these Canadian artists will be augmenting CBC's broadcast of the ceremony with their own sounds. There will also be a special tribute to this year's Best Original Song nominees from figure skaters David Pelletier, Jamie Salé and Joannie Rochette.
Country music hero Johnny Reid will perform his newest single, Fire It Up, for the first time on live TV. Check out the newly released video below:
K'naan will perform a brand new track from his new EP, More Beautiful Than Silence. After winning the Juno in 2006 for Best Rap Recording, he shot to worldwide fame during the 2010 soccer World Cup with its official anthem, Wavin' Flag. It has almost 14,000,000 views on YouTube:
Saskatchewan's The Sheepdogs became the first unsigned band to ever make it on to the cover of Rolling Stone magazine last year, and this year have garnered three Juno nominations and one of the most popular Canadian rock records in Learn & Burn. Watch them perform Who? for George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight:
Battle of the Blades winner David Pelletier and his Olympic gold medal winning partner Jamie Salé will perform with Joannie Rochette during the ceremony, which Rochette promises the viewer will be "something unlike they have ever seen."
"For a skater to be asked to be part of the Genie Awards is a great honour. I am sure many people will wonder what our role will be. All I can say is it will be very special, creative and no doubt a highlight of my career," said Pelletier, who won Battle with Tessa Bonhomme.
The 32nd Genie Awards, hosted by George Stroumboulopoulos and Andrea Martin, take place in downtown Toronto on Thursday, March 8th. You can watch the ceremony live on CBC Television - but don't forget to join us here at CBC Live as we'll be live streaming from the Red Carpet before the show, from the pre-show and from backstage during the ceremony. Make sure you keep us close as we'll be bringing you interviews with guests and presenters backstage during commercial breaks.