Global Citizen and the World Health Organization (WHO) announced last week that they have partnered up to help fight boredom and simultaneously raise funds for the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund with the One World: Together At Home concert show.
To help spread word of the benefit gig, Corus Entertainment and Rogers Sports & Media announced on Tuesday that they are joining foundational Canadian partner Bell Media to bring Canadians the worldwide, star-studded TV/streaming special.
Corus Entertainment confirmed that it will air One World: Together At Home on Global, ABC Spark, and National Geographic in Canada this Saturday, April 18 at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT.
One World: Together At Home will show unity among all people who are affected by COVID-19 and will also celebrate and support brave health-care workers doing life-saving work on the front lines.
The broadcast will not only promote social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic but also encourage viewers to donate funds towards relief efforts that support local charities providing food, shelter and health care to those in need.
Curated in collaboration with Lady Gaga, One World: Together At Home will include performances and appearances by Alicia Keys, Amy Poehler, Andrea Bocelli, Awkwafina, Billie Eilish, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, Burna Boy, Camila Cabello, Celine Dion, Chris Martin, David & Victoria Beckham, Eddie Vedder, Ellen DeGeneres, Elton John, Finneas, Idris and Sabrina Elba, J. Balvin, The Killers, Jennifer Lopez, John Legend, Kacey Musgraves, Keith Urban, Kerry Washington, Lang Lang, Lizzo, LL Cool J, Lupita Nyong’o, Maluma, Matthew McConaughey, Oprah Winfrey, Paul McCartney, Pharrell Williams, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Sam Smith, Shah Rukh Khan, Shawn Mendes, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift and Usher.
Even British rock legends The Rolling Stones have joined the extensive roster of artists set to play the One World: Together at Home benefit concert, as confirmed in a statement made by the band on Friday.
On April 6, during the opening statements of a WHO media briefing, Gaga “proudly” revealed that with the help of “68 generous corporations,” she had helped to raise more than US$35 million for the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.
The Bad Romance singer said the proceeds would go towards essential personal protective equipment supplies and testing kits around the world, among many other things.
Gaga made a follow-up appearance with the WHO on April 17 to expand on the upcoming eight-hour concert.
She commended frontline health-care workers and medical professionals during her speech and said that One World: Together at Home would serve ultimately as a “love letter” for medical professionals.
In her Friday speech, she said: “I have witnessed an inspiring and fearless global effort while watching medical workers continue to battle the frontline of this pandemic,” said Gaga, 34.
“Leaders, other nonprofits, artists of many mediums and people of all nations have combined forces to write a love letter to the world. We call it One World: Together at Home,” she added.
Gaga continued: “It is a love letter to our doctors, a love letter to our nurses and other health care professionals who are risking their lives for the sake of ours to the delivery drivers, grocery store workers, factory workers, public transportation workers, postal workers and restaurant workers doing the same.”
Leading up to the global broadcast special, there will be a six-hour streamed event on globaltv.com, globalnews.ca, and etcanada.com beginning at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT Saturday, April 18.
The streamed event will include performances and appearances from Anitta, Becky G, Billy Ray Cyrus, Burna Boy, Connie Britton, Jason Segal, Jessie Reyez, John Legend, Lilly Singh, Michael Bublé and more.
One World: Together At Home is not a telethon. It’s a historic, first-of-its kind global broadcast event to celebrate the heroic efforts of community health workers, and to support the World Health Organization in the global fight to end COVID-19.
The broadcast will feature stories from front-line health-care workers on the COVID-19 response, commitments from philanthropists, governments and corporations to support and equip front-line health-care workers around the world with masks, gowns and other vital equipment, and to local charities that provide food, shelter, and health-care to those that need it most.
Check out One World: Together at Home’s full list of airing times below:
7-9 p.m. in Winnipeg
8-10 p.m. in Toronto, Montreal & BC
9-11 p.m. in Maritimes & Alberta
Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:
Health officials caution against all international travel. Returning travellers are legally obligated to self-isolate for 14 days, beginning March 26, in case they develop symptoms and to prevent spreading the virus to others. Some provinces and territories have also implemented additional recommendations or enforcement measures to ensure those returning to the area self-isolate.
Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.
To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out.
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