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Stronger Together: Tune in as Canadian celebrities rally to support Food Banks Canada

Justin Bieber, Avril Lavigne, Drake and others join the all-star lineup of the 90-minute special that airs tonight at 6:30 p.m on CBC.

Justin Bieber, Avril Lavigne and Drake join the all-star lineup of the 90-minute show that airs April 26

Justin Bieber attends the premiere of YouTube Originals' Justin Bieber: Seasons on Jan. 27, 2020, in Los Angeles, Calif. (Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)

CBC is joining forces with Bell Media, Corus Entertainment, Groupe V Média, and Rogers Sports & Media to broadcast a multi-platform, commercial-free, 90-minute special in support of front-line workers across Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Drake, Justin Bieber, Avril Lavigne and Ryan Reynolds will join a star-studded lineup of Canadian artists, activists, actors, and athletes for Stronger Together, Tous ensemble, airing Sunday, April 26, at 6:30 p.m. across all markets (7 p.m. NT).

Through a mix of music, messages and more, the special broadcast aims to show that we are all #StrongerTogether when confronting the COVID-19 pandemic.

Viewers and listeners who are able are invited to support Food Banks Canada in association with the broadcast, and are encouraged to follow @strongercanada to stay up to date.

New participants announced April 23 are Amy Poehler, Andre de Grasse, Lavigne, Bad Child, Burton Cummings, Charlotte Cardin, Christine Sinclair, Cirque du Soleil, Command Sisters, Dallas Green, Dan Kanter, David Foster, Desiire, Donovan Woods, Fefe Dobson, Geddy Lee, Georges St-Pierre, Hamza Haq, Johnny Orlando, Josh Ramsay, Bieber, Kiefer Sutherland, Measha Brueggergosman, Mike Myers, Morgan Rielly, National Chief Perry Bellegarde, Olivia Lunny, Pascal Siakam, Robbie Robertson, Reynolds, Ryland James, Sam Roberts, Scott Helman, Serena Ryder, Serge Ibaka, Shawn Hook, Tika, the Tenors, Tyler Shaw, Walk off the Earth, and the cast of Schitt's Creek including Annie Murphy, Catherine O'Hara, Chris Elliott, Dan Levy, Dustin Milligan, Emily Hampshire, Eugene Levy, Jenn Robertson, John Hemphill, Karen Robinson, Noah Reid, Rizwan Manji, and Sarah Levy.

They join previously announced participants Alessia Cara, Arkells, Barenaked Ladies, Bianca Andreescu, Bryan Adams, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Céline Dion, Chris Hadfield, Connor McDavid, David Suzuki, Eric McCormack, Hayley Wickenheiser, Howie Mandel, Jann Arden, Jason Priestley, Margaret Atwood, Marie-Mai, Michael Bublé,  Penny Oleksiak, Rick Hansen, Rick Mercer, Russell Peters, Sarah McLachlan, Shania Twain, Sofia Reyes, Tessa Virtue, Will Arnett, and William Prince.

Immediately following the broadcast, a 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, will be released on streaming platforms everywhere. The initiative, led by artists Tyler Shaw and Fefe Dobson from ArtistsCAN, will see all proceeds support the Canadian Red Cross response to COVID-19 in Canada. 

Stronger Together, Tous ensemble will be broadcast across CBC's platforms: CBC TV, CBC Gem, CBC Listen, CBC Radio One and CBC Music.

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