– The 2009 NHL All-Star Game on Sunday, Jan. 25 at Bell Centre in Montreal (6 p.m. ET, CBC, RDS, VERSUS, NHL Radio) will feature an eclectic, all-Quebecois line-up of performers including Juno Award-winning band Simple Plan, singer/songwriter Marie-Mai, the Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir, folk music group Mes Aïeux and the contemporary circus arts company, Cirque Éloize, the NHL announced today.
Simple Plan will perform during the second intermission of the All-Star Game. The band broke onto the music scene in 2002 with its quadruple platinum debut album, "No Pads, No Helmets...Just Balls" (Lava/Atlantic), which featured the radio hit singles "I'm Just a Kid," "I'd Do Anything," "Addicted" and "Perfect." The band followed its debut by recording two studio albums, a live album and a DVD and selling more than seven million units worldwide, all while playing thousands of shows on five continents. The band also has won a slew of awards, including five MuchMusic Video Awards for People's Choice Favorite Canadian Band. Its current album, the self-titled "Simple Plan," features the hit singles "When I'm Gone," "Your Love Is a Lie" and "Save You" and already has surpassed platinum certification in Canada.
Singer/songwriter Marie-Mai will take the ice during first intermission. Marie-Mai introduced her first solo album, "Inoxydable" shortly after being a finalist on Quebec's most popular variety show, "Star Académie." Her single, "Il faut que tu t'en ailles," went number one in 2005 and its music video garnered her a MuchMusic Video Award for Best French Video. Her latest album, "Dangereuse Attraction," released in August 2007, produced three chart toppers -"Qui Prendra ma place," "Mentir" and "Emmène-moi." "Dangereuse Attraction" was named Rock Album of the Year at the 2008 Adisq Gala Music Awards. Marie-Mai will follow up her successful November 2008 Bell Centre debut with another scheduled performance there in May 2009.
The Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir, widely considered one of the world's finest choirs, will perform the Canadian and U.S. national anthems prior to the opening face-off of the All-Star Game. The 40-member Montreal-based choir, under the direction of its founder, Prof. Trevor W. Payne, has performed for various heads of state, including Queen Elizabeth II and Nelson Mandela during his 1989 visit to Canada. The choir has performed with, among others, Céline Dion, Foreigner, New Kids on the Block, Michael Bolton and Ray Charles and collaborated with icons in the classical music field including the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and I Musici of Montreal. The choir has released 10 albums, picking up two Juno Awards for its recordings.
Mes Aïeux and Cirque Éloize will open the All-Star Game, celebrating the Montreal Canadiens
' 100th anniversary season. Although it is labeled as a leader of the "neo-traditional" movement in Quebec, Mes Aïeux frequently uses subjects and characters from traditional Quebecois folklore in order to approach modern themes with a sense of humor. Mes Aïeux also sings some humorous songs about Quebecois cultural phenomena. Mes Aïeux has released five albums, including its 2008 CD, "La ligne orange" (Victoire). In 2007, the group was honored with four Félix Awards, the highest honor for artists in the Canadian province of Quebec, including Group of the Year.
At the heart of the circus arts revival, Cirque Éloize has been creating moving performances filled with magic since 1993. Continually striving for artistic perfection, it is one of the leading companies in contemporary circus arts. Based on the multidisciplinary talents of its artists, Cirque Éloize expresses its innovative nature through theatricality and humanity and combines circus arts with music, dance and theatre in a break-through and original manner. With six original productions to its credit, Cirque Éloize has charmed audiences around the world with more than 3,000 performances in 330 cities and 30 countries. Cirque Éloize has taken part in numerous prestigious international festivals and events, has won numerous medals at the Festival mondial du Cirque de demain à Paris, and has conquered Broadway with its show, Rain.
The 2009 NHL All-Star Weekend in Montreal will celebrate the Montreal Canadiens
' Centennial season with live national broadcasts of Honda/NHL SuperSkills® on Saturday, Jan. 24, and the NHL All-Star Game on Sunday, Jan. 25 on CBC and RDS in Canada and VERSUS in the United States. NASN, ASN, J Sports, Sky Mexico, Fox Sports Australia and other NHL international broadcast partners will provide live coverage of both the Honda/NHL SuperSkills event and the NHL All-Star Game to more than 150 countries and territories in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, the Pacific Rim, Mexico and the Caribbean. NHL Radio™ will provide exclusive, national radio coverage which can be heard on stations around the United States and Canada as well as on Sirius XM Radio's NHL Home Ice, located at XM channel 204 and on SIRIUS channel 208 with the "Best of XM" programming package. NHL.com and NHL Network will provide extensive coverage of the All-Star Weekend.