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CITYTV BRINGS HOLIDAY JOY WITH FESTIVE SPECIALS AND THE RETURN OF SEASONAL FAVOURITES


- Hark! The herald angels sing in the third annual Citytv Carol Sing, supporting local food banks -
- Gord Martineau checks in on beneficiaries of the Herbie Fund, in an exclusive in-depth special, Second Chances -
- Curl up by a roaring fire with the annual presentation of the Citytv Yule Log -

(Toronto – Thursday, December 15, 2011) Citytv heads into the holidays with festive specials and perennial favourites, celebrating the season of joy and giving. Tune-in Dec. 24 at 8pm ET/PT to an exclusive, behind-the-scenes special chronicling the Herbie Fund - Second Chances, looks at children from around the world getting a second chance at life through the Herbie Fund and the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. Next at 11pm ET/PT, listen to the jubilant voices of carollers ring in Christmas Eve with the third annual Citytv Carol Sing in support of local food banks, hosted by CityNews anchor Gord Martineau. Finally, snuggle up and imagine chestnuts roasting on a hassle-free fire, as the Citytv Yule Log rings in Christmas morning starting Dec. 24 at 2am ET/PT until Dec. 25 at 9am ET/PT.

Relax on Dec. 26 with Toronto’s favourite morning show hosts Kevin Frankish and Dina Pugliese as Citytv delivers a one-hour special feature on Spirit of the Season, including musical guests Sean Jones, Neverest, and the cast of Hair.

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Below is a chronological listing of the holiday specials for December 24 – December 26. All programming is subject to change.

Second Chances: Saturday, December 24 at 8pm ET/PT/CT/MT
Every year the Herbie Fund helps children from around the world come to Toronto's hospital for sick children to get the life saving surgical help they can't get at home. In Second Chances, children from around the world get a second chance at life through the Herbie Fund and the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

Citytv Carol Sing: Saturday, December 24 at 11pm ET/PT/CT/MT
Carollers assemble to bring holiday cheer with Citytv’s third annual Carol Sing, hosted by Gord Martineau at Toronto’s Yorkminster Park Baptist Church. Special guest Tenor Richard Margison of Leoncavallo's I Pagliaci performs, along with his daughter soprano Lauren Margison. Other performances include the High Park Choirs of Toronto, the Larkin Singers and the Yorkminster Park Baptist Church and Christ Church Deer Park choirs. Viewers are able to spread the holiday joy by making a donation to a local food bank in their region by contacting the number located at the bottom of the screen.

Citytv Yule Log: Saturday, December 25 at 2am ET/PT/CT/MT
Curl up on the couch and relax by an amber glow and sounds of crackling flames and carols, as Citytv brings the fire into each and every home with the classic holiday Yule Log.


Spirit of the Season: Saturday, December 26 at 8pm ET
Hosted by Breakfast Television’s Dina Pugliese and Kevin Frankish, this one-hour special showcases highlights of Citytv’s annual Spirit of the Season celebration, supporting the Daily Bread Food Bank at the Sheraton Centre Toronto. Check out special musical performances from Neverest, Sean Jones and the cast of acclaimed musical Hair. Plus, catch a guest appearance all the way from the North Pole, as Santa Claus drops by. Tune-in and find out if Citytv surpassed last year’s success!

Check out Citytv.com for full episodes and exciting extras from some of your favourite Citytv programming, available next day, post broadcast. You can now also catch up on your iPad by downloading the free Citytv video app on iTunes Canada. Breakfast Television Toronto and CityLine, both stream live online and on the Citytv iPad app from 6:00 am to 9:00am ET and between 9:00am-10:00amET respectively.

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Citytv™ television stations in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg offer viewers intensely-local, urban-oriented, culturally-diverse television programming. A distinct alternative to other conventional television stations, Citytv engages its viewers with dynamic on-air personalities and delivers an entertaining mix of news, local-interactive formats such as: Breakfast Television and CityLine; as well as local Canadian and US acquired prime time entertainment programming. Citytv is a part of Rogers Broadcasting Limited, a division of Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX: RCI and NYSE: RCI) which is a diversified Canadian communications and media company. For more information on Citytv stations and programming, visit www.Citytv.com

Media Contacts:
Stephanie Leslie, Rogers Media Television, 416.764.3191, Stephanie.leslie@rci.rogers.com
Nicolas Brancaccio, Rogers Media Television, 416.764.3261, nicolas.brancaccio@rci.rogers.com


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