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TORONTO (November 4, 2014) – Canada’s most-beloved family event returns for another year of festive cheer as THE 110TH ANNUAL SANTA CLAUS PARADE broadcast kicks off the holiday season on CTV Sunday, Nov. 16 beginning at 4:30 ET/PT on CTV, and 5:30 p.m. AT on CTV Atlantic, and on CTV GO. For the fifth straight year, CTV is the exclusive broadcast partner of the annual holiday parade. With more floats this year than ever before, returning to anchor the 90-minute broadcast of the world’s longest-running children’s parade are CTV Toronto’s Ken Shaw, THE SOCIAL’s Melissa Grelo, and TSN’s Gurdeep Ahluwalia.
Santa at THE 109TH ANNUAL SANTA CLAUS PARADE
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The countdown continues for the highly anticipated feature film, Corner Gas: The Movie, and fans will get a taste of what’s to come as cast members join THE 110TH ANNUAL SANTA CLAUS PARADE on their own float. In celebration of the 10-year anniversary of the debut of CTV’s smash-hit series, creator and star Brent Butt will reunite with cast members on the float, spreading holiday cheer to fans as they gear up for the film. Corner Gas: The Movie rolls out as a multi-platform event beginning with an exclusive theatrical debut across Canada, December 3 to 7, followed by television premieres on CTV, The Movie Network, and The Comedy Network.
Also new this year, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment will debut three floats in the Parade, featuring the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Toronto Raptors, and Toronto FC.
In addition to on-air coverage, CTV’s parade-day essential website CTV.ca/SantaClausParade returns, with a printable map of the parade route, plus all of the latest THE 110TH ANNUAL SANTA CLAUS PARADE news. Viewers will also be able to track Santa’s location along the parade route in one festive App available for free download on CTV.ca. The App also turns any iPhone into ringing sleigh bells when it’s shaken, allowing viewers to ring out proud as Santa and all of his floats go by.
During the broadcast this year, some of the biggest stars in entertainment - such as Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Shawn Mendes, and Hilary Duff - are set to deliver exclusive yuletide greetings as part of CTV’s broadcast of THE 110TH ANNUAL SANTA CLAUS PARADE. The broadcast will also ring in the holiday season with cross-country family holiday greetings, a spectacular lineup of floats, hundreds of performers, and the one-and-only Santa Claus. Following the broadcast, viewers can also catch the event on demand on CTV GO.
Full of holiday spirit, CTV asked this year’s hosts to share their favourite holiday tradition:
Ken Shaw: “With our kids all grown up, we’re now making new memories and traditions with them and their children. My wife Nancy and I travel between our kids’ homes throughout the holiday to make sure we spend time with everyone. Time together is the most precious gift we give each other.”
Melissa Grelo: “Since I was a young girl, my family and I celebrate the same way every year: the night begins with a feast of a dinner on Christmas Eve with my immediate family, followed by midnight mass at our local church. Afterward, we go home, get changed into our pajamas, drink hot chocolate, eat roasted chestnuts, turn on classic Christmas music (Diana Krall and Michael Bublé are our faves!) and open all our presents. We usually don’t get to bed until 3 a.m.!”
Gurdeep Ahluwalia: “After TSN’s TRADECENTRE, Christmas is my favourite time of year. My family is great; even though we're not part of the Christian faith, my parents always made sure we celebrated Christmas. Every year, my mom, brother, and I would decorate the tree, while pops would be stuck with the less enviable task of untangling lights and securing them to the roof, Chevy Chase-style. After that, it was an epic meal at my Aunt's place complete with turkey, ham, these delectable bacon-wrapped mini sausages (my favourite), Yorkshire puddings, and – the oddest combination, but one I still inexplicably try every year – rum nog!”
About The Santa Claus Parade
The Santa Claus Parade is the largest parade in Canada and the most popular holiday parade of its kind in the world. More information on the Parade, can be found at CTV.ca/SantaClausParade.
CTV is Canada's #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada’s most-watched television network for the past 13 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network’s website at CTV.ca.
SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:
@TOSanta – Official Parade Twitter account
@KenShawCTV – Ken Shaw
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For more information, please contact:
Tonia Addison, CTV Networks, 416.384.2194 or email@example.com