TORONTO - The first-ever Juno Hoops celebrity basketball game in support of MusiCounts, Canada's national music education charity, will take place at Ryerson's Kerr Hall Gymnasium on Monday, March 21.

As part of the 40th Anniversary of the Juno Awards, two teams of acclaimed Canadian musicians and athletes will compete for the inaugural Juno Hoops trophy, complemented by musical performances. Following the Juno Hoops celebrity game, a special exhibition contest  will take place between two of Ontario's top midget boy's teams.

Ryerson Rams players Ashley MacDonald, Alexandrea Tkaczyk, Jordon Gauthier and Bjorn Michaelsen will partipate in the game, while Ryerson coaches Roy Rana and Charles Kissi will coach to the celebrity squads.

Game time is 7 p.m. and admission is $5.

Who is Participating in Juno Hoops?

Celebrity Players

  • Donovan Bailey, three-time World champion and Olympic double gold medalist sprinter
  • Max Kerman, lead singer of The Arkells
  • Glenn Lewis, Grammy nominated and Juno Award winner Best R&B/Soul Recording (2002)
  • J.E. Skeets & Tas Melas, co-hosts of The Basketball Jones Show on The Score
  • DJ Future the Prince, Drake's official tour DJ
  • Skratch Bastid, first DJ to be nominated for a Juno (Producer of the Year, 2008)
  • Ray Robinson, former R&B/Soul Juno Award nominee
  • Will Strickland, former professional player and UMAC president
  • Dwayne Morgan, award-winning spoken word poet
  • DJ Doc, Kardinal Offishall's official tour DJ and programmer on CHRY 105.5 FM
  • Devo Brown, media personality
  • Michael Grange, Globe and Mail writer, author of Basketball's Greatest Stars
  • Dwayne Pitt, MAS Band bandleader (2009 Scotiabank Caribana Band of the Yearwinner)
  • Aion Clarke, Toronto R&B star
  • Adam White (lead vocalist) & James Nelan (lead guitarist) of The Reason, top rock band.

Honourary Guest Coach

  • Tanya Kim, etalk Anchor
  • Archie Alleyne, Award-winning jazz drummer and founder of group, Kollage

Hosting and Game-Day Beats

  • Mark Strong, Toronto Raptors game-day host and hype man
  • Kid Kut, renowned urban music producer/promoter
  • DJ Garrick Estick (Roots Canada)

 Pre-game Entertainment

  • Toronto R&B singer Aion, who sang Canadian national anthem at this year's NBA All-Star game weekend festivities in Los Angeles, will do the honours at Juno Hoops

Half-time Entertainment

  • Renowned CW Jeffreys Collegiate Institute Drum Line will be performing a new piece written just for Juno Hoops. The school's music program received MusiCounts funding in 2010.

Ryerson University Rams participants

  • Men's Basketball Coach, Roy Rana
  • Women's Basketball coach, Charles Kissi
  • Jordan Gauthier (Ontario University Athletics East All-Rookie Team), Bjorn Michaelsen
  • Ashley MacDonald (Ontario University Athletics East First-Team All-Star), Alexandrea Tkaczyk

Midget Boys' Teams for Exhibition Game

  • Toronto Triple Threat vs Mississauga Monarchs

Admission Information

$5 admission at the door.

Benefit Information

In addition to the entertainment value it will provide, Juno Hoops will also support two worthy causes.

  • Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit MusiCounts, Canada's national music education charity.
  • A used clothing drive will be hosted during the event by Clothe Your City to raise awareness about the importance of "clothing recycling" to defer clothing from landfills.

For More Information:
Media contact: Kathleen Garrett, 416-885-2102 or kathleen.m.garrett@gmail.com  
Website: http://junoawards.ca/40th-anniversary-events/juno-hoops/
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