TORONTO (November 22, 2017) – Following an exhilarating playoff series, Canada’s biggest party touches down in the nation’s capital as TSN provides exclusive coverage of the 105th GREY CUP presented by Shaw – one of the 60+ iconic championship events that live on TSN – live from TD Place Stadium in Ottawa. Featuring the Toronto Argonauts vs. the Calgary Stampeders, coverage begins with the network’s expansive five-hour pre-game show, GREY CUP SUNDAY at 1 p.m. ET, followed by the COUNTDOWNT TO KICKOFF at 6 p.m. ET, and the 105thGREY CUP presented by Shaw championship game at 6:30 p.m. ET on TSN and TSN4K.
Leading up to Sunday’s big game, TSN and TSN Digital platforms deliver a must-watch slate of content and specials including wall-to-wall programming on GREY CUP SATURDAY (Saturday, Nov. 25), beginning at 12 noon ET. Hosted by SPORTSCENTRE’s Kate Beirness and Derek Taylor, GREY CUP SATURDAY also features updates, news, and analysis from the CFL ON TSN panel on-site at TD Place Stadium, plus coverage of the teams’ final walkthroughs before the big game.
Coverage continues with the GREY CUP SUNDAY PRE-GAME SHOW, featuring a five-hour slate of programming beginning at 1 p.m. ET. Live from TD Place Stadium in Ottawa, James Duthie hosts TSN’s GREY CUP coverage, along with three-time GREY CUP champion and two-time MVP, Henry Burris. Duthie and Burris are joined by Beirness, Darren Dutchyshen, and the CFL ON TSN panel featuring host Rod Smith, as well as analysts Milt Stegall, Matt Dunigan, and Jock Climie. TSN CFL Insiders Farhan Lalji and Dave Naylor join the pre-game coverage to provide analysis, and Brian Williams delivers interviews with a slate of special guests including CFL Commissioner Randy Ambrosie.
Featuring a performance by international musical icon, Canadian superstar, and CTV’s THE LAUNCH mentor Shania Twain as part of Shaw Halftime Show, the 105thGREY CUP presented by Shaw also includes iHeartRadio MMVAS award-winner SonReal during the Sirius XM Kickoff Show, with Toronto-based group Choir! Choir! Choir! set to perform the national anthem.
TSN is all hands on deck for the 105th GREY CUP presented by Shaw, with the following all-star team of broadcasters on-site at TD Place Stadium in Ottawa:
- Host: James Duthie
- Guest Analyst: Henry Burris
- Play-by-Play: Chris Cuthbert
- Game Analyst:Glen Suitor
- Features Host: Brian Williams
- Panel: Rod Smith, Milt Stegall, Matt Dunigan, and Jock Climie
- CFL Insiders Panel: Farhan Lalji and Dave Naylor
- Reporters: Sara Orlesky and Matthew Scianitti
- Grey Cup Saturday Hosts: Kate Beirness and Derek Taylor
- Grey Cup Sunday Pre-Game Show Hosts: Darren Dutchyshen and Kate Beirness
As part of TSN’s GREY CUP SUNDAY PRE-GAME SHOW, the network debuts a slate of TSN Original features including:
- Devier Posey – The Bubble Boy: Posey is one of the Toronto Argonaut’s most reliable offensive weapons. He’s also a medical miracle. As a baby, Posey was diagnosed with a rare immune deficiency. This kind of deficiency can result in a person having to live in a “bubble” their entire life. Brian Williams sits down with Posey to discuss his life and new foundation, whose mission is the utilization of athletics to provide nutrition education, food modeling, and physical fitness opportunities for youth and their families.
- Joshua Bell – The Alchemist: Calgary Stampeders standout Joshua Bell is the anchor and vocal leader of the CFL’s most intimidating defence. A chemistry major from Baylor University, Bell is an alchemist in the locker room and on the field, using his educational history to experiment and build strategy. Dave Naylor examines the mind of Joshua Bell and why he’s so unique in the world of football.
- The 1981 Grey Cup: The 1981 Grey Cup was expected to be a mismatch between the powerful Edmonton Eskimos and the “happy just to be there” Ottawa Rough Riders. At 22.5 point underdogs, nobody gave Ottawa a chance. Brian Williams speaks with Riders’ quarterback JC Watts, rugged tight end Tony Gabriel, clutch receiver Pat Stoqua, bruising linebacker John Glassford and reliable kicker Gerry Organ about how they came within a few seconds of pulling off the greatest upset in Grey Cup history.
- Journey to the Grey Cup: Argonauts and Stampeders: Two mini-documentaries focusing on the East and West Division champions and their season-long journeys to the big game, including in-game live mic sound from Ray and Mitchell from last weekend’s Eastern and Western Finals.
The 24-station Grey Cup Radio Network presented by Mark’s returns for another year, simulcasting TSN Radio’s pre-game, in-game, and post-game coverage, plus extensive content throughout the week. Hosted by TSN 1200’s Lee Versage and TSN 1040’s Matt Sekeres, coverage of the game begins on Sunday, Nov. 26 at 4 p.m. ET, with the GREY CUP PRE-GAME SHOW Presented by Vistaprint. Versage and Sekeres return to host the network’s 90-minute post-game show as well.
Calling the game across the Grey Cup Radio Network presented by Mark’s is CFL ON TSN play-by-play announcer Rod Black alongside analyst Giulio Caravatta from TSN 1040 in Vancouver. Live streaming radio coverage is also available on TSN.ca/Radio and on smartphones and tablets anywhere via the TSN GO and iHeartRadio apps.
TSN Radio stations from across the country deliver live broadcasts from GREY CUP RADIO ROW, with select station’s coverage beginning Wednesday, Nov. 23 and featuring the following highlights:
- TSN Radio 1200 in Ottawa’s TGOR with JR and Steve Warne at 6 a.m. ET, as well as IN THE BOX and THE DRIVE with hosts Steve Lloyd, Todd White, Ian Mendes, and Shawn Simpson at 10 a.m. ET
- TSN Radio 1050 in Toronto’s Scott MacArthur at 1 p.m. ET
- TSN Radio 1290 in Winnipeg’s Andrew ‘Hustler’ Paterson and Rick Ralph hosting THE AFTERNOON RIDE at 3 p.m. ET
- TSN Radio 1260 in Edmonton’s JASON GREGOR SHOW at 4 p.m. ET
- TSN Radio 1040 in Vancouver’s Matt Sekeres and Giulio Caravatta beginning at 6 p.m. ET
TSN’s exclusive live coverage of the 105th GREY CUP presented by Shaw is available for live streaming and on-demand viewing to TSN subscribers via TSN.ca/Live and the TSN GO app, which also provide fans a slate of must-see Digital content, including streams of Commissioner Randy Ambrosie’s “State of the League” news conference, digital reports, highlights, and analysis, plus much more. RDS delivers live French-language coverage beginning at 5 p.m. ET. TSN’s GREY CUP production will also air live on ESPN2 in the United States.