Canada’s major networks will be singing the same song during the Hope for Haiti special Friday.
The networks will produce a one hour special which will run at 7 p.m., prior to George Clooney’s extravaganza that will see stars in London, New York and Los Angeles attempt to raise money for the island country that was devastated by an earthquake.
The Canadian special will be examining Canada’s close relationship with Haiti, and will be broadcast on CBC, CTV and Global at 7 p.m.
Hosted by Cheryl Hickey, Ben Mulroney and George Stroumboulopoulos, CANADA FOR HAITI’s stellar roster includes live performances from The Tragically Hip and K’naan, and features musical superstars Céline Dion, Justin Bieber, Nelly Furtado, Sarah McLachlan, Barenaked Ladies, Simple Plan, David Foster, Chantal Kreviazuk, Raine Maida and Measha Brueggergosman. Hollywood heavy hitters James Cameron, Michael J. Fox, Ryan Reynolds, William Shatner, Rachelle Lefevre, Joshua Jackson, Pamela Anderson, Jason Reitman, Eugene Levy, Norman Jewison, Tom Jackson, Will Arnett and Sandra Oh have signed on, joined by television stars Brent Butt, Hugh Dillon, Mike Holmes, Rick Mercer and Alex Trebek and humanitarian Craig Kielburger. MVPs Steve Nash and Wayne Gretzky will be participating, and Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Governor-General Michaelle Jean will also have special messages for Canadians.
CBC, CTV, Global Television, MTV, MuchMusic and the National Geographic Channel all plan to simulcast Hope for Haiti Now in Canada. The Canada for Haiti special will give Canadians a chance to donate to a group of Canadian organizations doing work in Haiti. The groups featured include:
• Canadian Red Cross Society.
• Care Canada.
• Free the Children.
• Oxfam Canada.
• Oxfam Quebec.
• Plan Canada.
• Save the Children Canada.
• UNICEF Canada.
• World Vision Canada.
For a link to organizations offering relief to Haiti, click here.
The telethon has attracted a who’s who from the entertainment industry, including Wyclef Jean, Shakira, Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, Bono, and Jay-Z .
The two-hour telethon special will also be broadcast on all MTV networks and will benefit the victims of the catastrophe in the Caribbean country.
According to RadarOnline Wonder, Keys, Christina Aguilera, Dave Matthews, John Legend, Justin Timberlake, and Taylor Swift will make appearances from Los Angeles, while Keith Urban, Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow will perform together.
Jean, Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Shakira, and Sting will join the broadcast from New York, while Coldplay, Bono, The Edge, Jay-Z, and Rihanna will perform in London, England.
Supporters will be available to buy songs online on iTunes at $0.99 per song starting January 22. All proceeds will benefit the Haitian relief funds managed by “Hope for Haiti Now” charities.
Many familiar faces are expected to show up and lend their support by manning the phones during the telethon.
Clooney will host in L.A., while Jean will be in N.Y. Anderson Cooper will be reporting from Haiti.