Drake Headlines Surprisingly Formidable All-Star Performers List

NEW YORK (January 24, 2012) – The 2012 Tim Hortons NHL® All-Star

Game in will feature performances from Grammy Award-nominated and

multi-platinum selling recording artist Drake; singer and rapper Outasight;

and winner of the inaugural season of NBC’s “The Voice,” Javier Colon, the

National Hockey League announced today. Live television coverage of the

2012 Tim Hortons NHL® All-Star Game at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa will be

provided by CBC and RDS in Canada and the NBC Sports Network in the United

States at 4 p.m. ET.

 

Drake will perform during the second intermission of the Tim Hortons

NHL® All-Star Game. Outasight will perform his hit single, “Tonight is the

Night,” during the NHL All-Star player introductions. Colon and long-time

Ottawa Senators anthem singer, Lyndon Slewidge, will perform the U.S. and

Canadian national anthems, respectively.

 

Drake released his second studio album, Take Care, in November 2011

and it debuted on the BILLBOARD Top 200 chart at No. 1 with more than

630,000 units sold. The critically acclaimed sophomore album was the

follow-up to Drake’s first studio album Thank Me Later, which also debuted

at number one on the BILLBOARD Albums chart in 2010 and went platinum.

Originally from Toronto, Drake is a two-time Juno Award winner and is

currently nominated for three 2012 Grammy awards.

 

Born Richard Andrew in Yonkers, New York, Outasight weaves together

the cadenced sounds of popular hip-hop and indie rock with the poignant

sensibility of classic pop and soul music to create a fresh, new sound that

is all his own. His single, “Tonight Is The Night,” is one of the hottest

songs in the country, climbing both the pop radio and iTunes charts at a

rapid pace. The single gained momentum when it was added to the soundtrack

for Pepsi’s “Music Icons” TV campaign. Outasight is currently planning to

release his debut full length album with Warner Bros. Records.

 

Colon captivated America as winner of the first season of NBC’s hit

television show, “The Voice.” After touring with The Derek Trucks Band for

two years, he released two major label albums via Capital Records— Javier

in 2003 and Left of Center in 2006. Both releases illustrated a daring

creativity that expanded beyond the confines of pop music, while still

retaining an undeniable sense of melody. Colon eventually split with

Capitol and released The Truth – Acoustic EP on his own label, Javier Colon

Music, in 2010. Original song and debut single, “Stitch By Stitch,” not

only clenched the top prize on “The Voice” for Colon, but it also became

something of a phenomenon. During the first week of its digital release,

the song exceeded sales of 145,000 and peaked at No. 17 on the BILLBOARD

Hot 100 chart. His Universal Republic debut album, Come Through For You was

released on November 21. Colon writes his own music, constantly keeping

himself open to inspiration.

 

Slewidge, who is an Ontario Provincial Police officer by day, has

served as the Senators’ official anthem singer since the 1992-93 season.

 

IMG Media, the production arm of the global sports, entertainment and

media company, IMG, will produce the 2012 NHL All-Star Weekend festivities,

including the 2012 Tim Hortons NHL® All-Star Game, under the helm of

executive producer, Steve Mayer.

 

About 2012 NHL All-Star Weekend

The 2012 NHL All-Star Weekend comes to Ottawa, Canada’s capital, Jan.

26 through Jan. 29. The excitement begins with the 2012 Molson Canadian NHL

All-Star Player Fantasy DraftTM on Thursday, Jan. 26, televised live on TSN

and RDS in Canada and NBC Sports Network in the United States at 8 p.m.,

ET, from the Hilton Lac Leamy in Gatineau-Ottawa, Quebec.

 

The players take the ice in the 2012 Molson Canadian NHL All-Star

Skills CompetitionTM, at Scotiabank Place on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m.,

ET, and for the 2012 Tim Hortons NHL® All-Star Game, at Scotiabank Place on

Sunday, Jan. 29 at 4 p.m., ET. Live television coverage of both events will

be provided by CBC and RDS in Canada and NBC Sports Network in the United

States.

 

Fans in the Ottawa area are encouraged to take part in the

festivities at the 2012 Scotiabank NHL Fan Fair™, a three-day fan festival

at the Ottawa Convention Centre, Jan. 26-28.

 

For the latest NHL All-Star news and exclusive content, visit NHL.com

and its dedicated microsite for the 2012 NHL All-Star Weekend,

NHL.com/allstar. Follow the NHL on Twitter (@NHL) and on Facebook

(Facebook.com/NHL).

 

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Steve Lepore is the Managing Editor of Puck the Media. His work has been featured in The Hockey News. Feel free to contact him at stevemlepore@gmail.com

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