COVID-19: More stars join Stronger Together, Tous Ensemble to raise funds for Canadian food banks

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      More Canadian stars are getting in on the act for an extravaganza that aims to raise desperately needed funds to ensure Canada's most vulnerable citizens have access to food.

      The commercial-free Stronger Together, Tous Ensemble will be broadcast at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday (April 26) on TV, radio, streaming and on-demand platforms as a fundraiser for Food Banks Canada.

      Although it was originally scheduled to be an hour long, the show has been extended an additional 30 minutes that will feature a who’s who of Canada's brightest lights.

      Musicians, actors, athletes, activists, and more will salute frontline workers fighting the COVID-19 pandemic while raising funds for organizations that provide food to Canada’s most at-risk residents.

      Also joining in the efforts are Vancouver’s Ryan Reynolds, B.C.’s David Foster, Justin Bieber, Avril Lavigne, Dan and Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Annie Murphy, Mike Myers, Robbie Robertson, Serena Ryder, Kiefer Sutherland, Measha Brueggergosman, Amy Poehler, Fefe Dobson, Serge Ibaka, Charlotte Cardin, Burton Cummings, and Cirque du Soleil.

      Among the stars previously announced who will be appearing are Michael Bublé, Sarah McLachlan, Bryan Adams, David Suzuki, Rick Hansen, Céline Dion, Shania Twain, Jann Arden, Rick Mercer, Howie Mandel, Barenaked Ladies, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Russell Peters, Bianca Andreescu, Eric McCormack, Alessia Cara, and more.

      Over 24 artists will participate in a virtual ensemble performance of a classic song that will be released after the broadcast, with proceeds going to the Canadian Red Cross response to COVID-19 in Canada.

      Viewers will be encouraged to donate to Food Banks Canada to support local food banks across the nation as demand has increased while donations and volunteers have declined.

      The show will be broadcast on hundreds of platforms, including CBC, CTV, CityTV, Global, APTN, OMNI Television, Much, MTV, OUTtv, Slice, and many more.   

      To donate, text COVID to 30333 to donate $5, $10, or $20 or visit the Food Banks Canada website.

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