Canadian Olympians & Paralympians Make Early Arrival in Vancouver to Take Part in THE 2009 JUNO AWARDS on CTV, March 29

From the Olympic podium to the JUNO red carpet and stage, seven Canadian Olympians and two Paralympians will be in Vancouver this weekend to attend the hottest Canadian music event of the year – THE 2009 JUNO AWARDS, airing Sunday, March 29 at 9 p.m. ET on CTV (check local listings).

Jeremy Wotherspoon, 1998 Olympic silver medallist in long track speed skating, and Mellisa Hollingsworth, 2006 Olympic bronze medallist in skeleton, will appear live on stage during the JUNO telecast.

This marks the second time a Canadian Olympian has appeared live during the JUNOS. In 2006, Olympic curling gold medallist Brad Gushue presented Album of the Year during CTV’s broadcast.

With Vancouver 2010 less than one year away, Canadian Olympians are enjoying their rock-star status. Wotherspoon and Hollingsworth will be walking the ETALK Red Carpet with fellow Olympians and Vancouver 2010 contenders Emily Brydon (alpine skiing), Steve Omischl (freestyle skiing – aerials), Ashleigh McIvor (freestyle skiing – ski cross), Charles Hamelin (short track speed skating) and Denny Morrison (long track speed skating). The sporty seven will be joined by Paralympians Lauren Woolstencroft and Karolina Wisniewska (alpine skiing).

** MEDIA NOTE - For bios of Canadian Olympians and Paralympians, visit www.CTVOlympics.ca and www.RDSolympiques.ca

“We want to turn our Canadian Olympic athletes into celebrities. We want Canadians to know – and fall in love with – our Olympic hopefuls well before Vancouver 2010. This means taking the Olympians out of sport and putting them in the spotlight in other walks of life,” said Keith Pelley, President, Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium. “CTV has a unique and proven ability to elevate properties to new heights and extend them beyond a traditional television show, as evidenced by the JUNOS.”

Canadian music is playing a vital role in Canadian Olympic athletes’ preparations for Vancouver 2010. Hollingsworth stays focused and relaxed before a race by listening to eight-time JUNO Award-winner and 2009 JUNO performer Sarah McLachlan. Omischl’s iPod features JUNO Award-winners Sam Roberts and Simple Plan, whom Omischl listens to while training. McIvor gets fired up before a race listening to five-time JUNO Award-winner Nelly Furtado. Morrison dials down after a big race with two-time JUNO Award-winner Hawksley Workman, while Brydon gets energized during her workouts by tuning in to 14-time JUNO Award-winning rock group, The Tragically Hip.

Hosted by comic superstar Russell Peters, THE 2009 JUNO AWARDS boasts a star-studded lineup of performers, including Great Big Sea, Nickelback, City and Colour, Divine Brown, Simple Plan, The Trews, Sam Roberts, Serena Ryder, and The Stills.