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5 Days to Go: Counting Down to the New M3 COUNTDOWN Hosted by Matt Wells, Premiering Jan. 18

– Matt Wells weighs in on the top music videos of the week and interviews entertainment’s biggest stars –

– Featuring in-studio performances from today’s hottest artists –

– “Brunchin’” with Lauren Toyota and Matt Wells to debate the hottest topics in the music industry –


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TORONTO (January 13, 2014) – M3 counts and sings its way to #1 when revamped countdown series M3 COUNTDOWN premieres Saturday, Jan. 18 at 6 p.m. ET with a fresh new look and original content. Produced by Bell Media In-House Productions and hosted by veteran music journalist Matt Wells, M3 COUNTDOWN offers viewers a two-hour, weekly countdown of the Top 30 music videos of the week and exclusive, cutting-edge conversations with today’s chart-topping artists.


In M3 COUNTDOWN, Wells conducts intimate interviews with pop culture’s biggest names from James Blake, Jazzy Jeff, and Evangeline Lilly, to Childish Gambino and Chris Tucker. With special in-studio acoustic performances, surprise celebrity co-hosts, topics in mainstream and new emerging music, M3 COUNTDOWN is a no-holds-barred, sharp, edgy, and clever music series. Wells also takes M3 COUNTDOWN on the road and travels to some of the most-important and celebrated music festivals across North America. Catch a glimpse of the brand-new series M3 COUNTDOWN here.


In addition, MTV’s AFTER DEGRASSI host and music journalist Lauren Toyota joins Matt on M3 COUNTDOWN for a weekly conversation over brunch to discuss today’s major music trends. Viewers can catch encore episodes of M3 COUNTDOWN Mondays at 1 p.m. ET and 10 p.m. ET on M3 (visit to confirm local listings).   


**Media Note** Photography for M3 COUNTDOWN is available online at


“M3 is the perfect destination for a smart, in-depth music series, and that’s exactly what M3 COUNTDOWN delivers,” said Catherine MacLeod, Senior Vice-President, Specialty Channels and Bell Media Production. “The revamped series, hosted by the incomparable Matt Wells, entertains and engages the channel’s discerning, 30-something audience, with the very best in music and pop culture.”


“Eleven years ago as a kid in a band from Newfoundland, I somehow found my way onto television, interviewing some of the biggest musicians in the world... and I haven't looked back. I'm excited to continue this journey on M3 COUNTDOWN, and share my passion for music with fellow music lovers,” said Wells.


M3 COUNTDOWN is produced by Claudette Omrin. Nanci Maclean is Executive Director, Bell Media Production. Justin Stockman is Executive Director, Specialty Channels, Bell Media. Catherine MacLeod is Senior Vice-President, Specialty Channels and Bell Media Production. Phil King is President, CTV, Sports, and Entertainment Programming.


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About M3

M3 is an all-new, larger-than-life channel that delivers the entertainment needs of its audience. A destination channel for the 30-something crowd, M3 engages its viewers with music, the hottest scripted series, reality programming, and feature films. M3 is distributed via cable and satellite to more than six million households across Canada. M3 is a division of Bell Media, which is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. For more information about M3, visit


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For more information, please contact:

Noreen Hamid, M3, 416.384.3259 or