COVID-19: Canadian stars and broadcasters unite to fundraise for Food Banks Canada

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      While numerous efforts have been made to support Canadians food banks, the nation’s biggest names and broadcasters are uniting to give a helping hand.

      Over 24 TV, radio, and streaming platforms from across Canada, including CBC and Bell Media, will donate their airtime for a one-hour presentation, free from commercials, of a star-studded show to raise funds for frontline workers and

      Stronger Together, Tous Ensemble will air at 7 p.m. on Sunday (April 26) on numerous English and French services, including CTV, CBC, Global TV, Virgin Radio, iHeartRadio, Citytv, OMNI Television, FX, National Geographic, ABC Spark, and more.

      Viewers will be invited to donate to Food Banks Canada (FBC) to support food banks across the country.

      The show will feature appearances (from their own homes) by some of the biggest Canadian names from various fields and professions.

      Among the singers, entertainers, actors, activists, athletes, and more who will participate will be 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.

      More details will be confirmed later this week.

      Food Banks Canada has been in operation for over 40 years and collaborates with a national network consisting of over 3,000 food banks and community agencies that support 1.1 millions visits within the span of one month.

      In March, FBC announced it was aiming to raise $150 million to ensure Canadians had access to food during the pandemic, which Rogers and Shaw Communications both announced donations for. 

      To donate, text COVID to 30333 for donations of $5, $10, or $20 or visit Food Banks Canada online.

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