Award-winning musician Shawn Mendes to perform at 2020 TIFF Tribute Awards on CTV

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Shawn Mendes. Image credit: Facebook page

The performance will be aired on September 15 at 8 pm ET/PT on CTV and everywhere CTV content can be found, as well as streamed internationally by Variety, during this year’s 45th annual Toronto International Film Festival.

Mendes’ debut studio album, Handwritten, was released in 2015, with the single “Stitches” reaching the Top 10 charts in the US and Canada. This was followed by two other albums: Illuminate (2016), with singles including “Treat You Better” and “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back,” and Shawn Mendes (2018), with the single “In My Blood.”

Mendes has been nominated for three Grammy Awards. He had been the proud recipient of 13 SOCAN awards, 10 MTV Europe Music Awards, eight Juno Awards, eight iHeartRadio MMVAs, and two American Music Awards.

“Shawn shares TIFF’s commitment to elevating and empowering young changemakers to transforming the world through advocacy, and we’re absolutely thrilled to have him join us to perform at this year’s TIFF Tribute Awards as we honor the film industry’s contributors,” said Joana Vicente, Executive Director and Co-Head, TIFF.

Mendes’s performance comes as TIFF announces its new Shawn Mendes Foundation Changemaker Award, presented by the Shawn Mendes Foundation, which in addition to a $10,000 award, would be given to a Festival film that tackles issues of social change.

The winning film will be chosen by TIFF’s Next Wave Committee, a group of young film lovers who recognize cinema’s power to transform the world. The Shawn Mendes Foundation will also be making an annual contribution in support of TIFF Next Wave, helping TIFF deliver key initiatives to elevate young voices.

“I’m so excited for the Shawn Mendes Foundation to be partnering with TIFF to give this new annual Changemaker Award at the Festival, to support filmmakers that are tackling world and social issues with their films,” stated Mendes. “It’s important now more than ever that we lift up the powerful voices of creatives who are helping inspire change.”

Produced by Bell Media Studios, the 2020 TIFF Tribute Awards airs Tuesday, September 15 at 8 pm ET/PT on CTV and everywhere CTV content can be found. The broadcast will also be streamed by Variety from 8:30 pm ET.

“We are thrilled to have Shawn, one of Canada’s biggest and brightest stars, perform on the inaugural broadcast of the 2020 TIFF Tribute Awards,” said Randy Lennox, President, Bell Media. “And as Canada’s go-to entertainment news brand, ETALK, is always front and center during TIFF, having Chloe and Tyrone as hosts is a natural fit. We are looking forward to bringing this entertaining, star-studded event to viewers across Canada.”

It was also announced today that ETALK’s Chloe Wilde and Tyrone Edwards will host the broadcast and will be joined by presenters including Golden Globe Award-winning actor Colin Farrell, award-winning director Ava DuVernay, Bollywood star Tabu, Academy Award-winning and Emmy Award-winning actress Regina King, Academy Award-winning actress Olivia Colman, Academy Award-winning actress Jodie Foster, and NAACP Image Award winner Delroy Lindo. ​

During the one-hour broadcast, Academy Award-winning actress Kate Winslet and Academy Award-winning actor Sir Anthony Hopkins will both receive a TIFF Tribute Actor Award; Montreal-based director Chloé Zhao will receive the TIFF Ebert Director Award; Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Mira Nair will be honored with the Jeff Skoll Award in Impact Media; Grammy Award-winning composer Terence Blanchard will receive the TIFF Variety Artisan Award, and Beans director Tracey Deer will receive the TIFF Emerging Talent Award.

Wilde emerged in 2013 as the winner of the Much VJ Search and has since brought her fresh perspective and outgoing personality to her role as ETALK reporter. Covering all things entertainment, Wilde brings viewers into the heart of events such as TIFF, Toronto Fashion Week, and THE IHEARTRADIO MMVAs, where she co-hosted five IHEARTRADIO MMVA RED CARPET specials. Following her MUCH VJ Search win, Wilde became the host of E! before arriving at Canada’s #1 Entertainment Show ETALK as a reporter. To view Wilde’s full bio, click here.

Tyrone Edwards With his extensive pop culture knowledge and an innate ability to ease his guests into an intimate and candid conversation, Tyrone Edwards brings his expertise to Canada’s most-watched entertainment program, ETALK. Edwards began his television career as the host of RAP CITY, before becoming a host on Much and E!, where he also hosted the MUCH ICONS social media series, co-hosted the Golden Globes for E!, and IT LIST: CALIFORNIA, the annual E! Travel special. To view Edward’s full bio, click here. The 45th Toronto International Film Festival runs September 10–19, 2020

Continuing to work closely with the Province of Ontario, the City of Toronto, and public health officials on the safe execution of the Festival, TIFF’s number-one priority is the health and well-being of both Festival filmgoers and the residents of the entire community.

An international leader in film culture, and a not-for-profit cultural organization with a mission to transform the way people see the world through film, TIFF projects include the annual Toronto International Film Festival in September; TIFF Bell Lightbox, which features five cinemas, learning and entertainment facilities; and innovative national distribution program Film Circuit.

The story first published in Canadian-Media ( on Sep 9, 2020.

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