August 2009

Montréal band Patrick Watson takes to the stage as part of Bravo!’s AT THE CONCERT HALL series. The JUNO award-nominated band perform tracks from their latest album Wooden Arms including “Fireweed,” “Tracy’s Waters,” and “Beijing.”

Having recently played before a crowd of 100,000 at Montréal’s Jazz Festival, Patrick Watson take to a more intimate setting AT THE CONCERT HALL. Compared to the likes of Rufus Wainwright, Jeff Buckley and Pink Floyd, the band is known for blending various musical styles including cabaret pop, classical, and indie rock. Lead singer-songwriter Patrick Watson fronts the eclectic four-piece band consisting of fellow members Simon Angell, Robbie Kuster, and Mishka Stein – all who have toured the globe with James Brown, The Dears, Philip Glass, and The Stills. Watson’s previous album Close To Paradise won the 2007 Polaris Music Prize and their latest LP Wooden Arms has just been shortlisted for this year’s Polaris Prize.

Bravo! invites you and a guest to be a part of this special live-to-tape performance. PATRICK WATSON AT THE CONCERT HALL airs Tuesday August 25 at 10 p.m. ET on Bravo!. (Encore Presentation airs Saturday, August 29 at 7 p.m. ET)

One of Canada’s best live music venues, Masonic Temple’s Concert Hall has housed historic performances by international and local gems including The Rolling Stones, The Supremes, The Who, Bob Dylan, James Brown, The Grateful Dead, The Cure, Duran Duran, The Tragically Hip, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and recently Kanye West and Sam Roberts.

10 p.m. ET/PT – Tuesday, August 25 on Comedy Network

Comedian Deb DiGiovanni drifts through the atmosphere in Dinner in Space and Kelly Tuft recounts a three-way with Marilyn Monroe and Molly Ringwald.

Airing Tuesday, Aug. 25, at 10 p.m. ET/PT, on THE LENS

Everybody’s Children tells the story of Joyce and Sallieu, who fled from the Democratic Republic and Sierra Leone, traumatized and now alone in Canada. With little help from the Canadian government, it’s up to organizations like the Salvation Army and Matthew House, a shelter in Toronto, to give them support. Directed by Monika Delmos, Everybody’s Children was a winner of the National Film Board of Canada’s Reel Diversity competition, an NFB initiative in partnership with CBC and CBC Newsworld.

9:00pm – Tuesday, August 25 on /A

Also airs at 10 p.m. AT on /A Atlantic and 9 p.m. MT on ACCESS

The final group of ten from the top 40 contestants perform live for a chance to win a one million dollar prize and become the most talented person in America. Judging is turned over to the American viewing audience.

8:00pm – Tuesday, August 25 on CTV

The Top 20 are paired up and ready to dance on the first performance episode of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA’s second season.

As announced last night on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA, production on the MTV/CTV television movie TURN THE BEAT AROUND is now underway in Toronto and Hamilton. Produced by Protocol Entertainment for MTV in association with CTV, the two-hour telefilm focuses on one girl’s struggle to realize her dreams – no matter how out of reach they may be.  Starring SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA Season 1 competitor Romina D’Ugo in the lead role and choreographed by SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA judge Tré Armstrong, the cast also features Season 1 Top 4 finalists Miles Faber and Natalli Reznik, alongside Top 20 competitors Caroline Torti, Bre Wong and Tamina Pollack-Paris.

TURN THE BEAT AROUND features dance sequences combining cutting-edge hip hop with the sensual vibe of classic disco. The dance numbers are brought to life with a fresh soundtrack of remakes of classic disco songs by today’s hottest new artists, including Cobra Starship and Sing It Loud.  The film also features a performance by recording artist Jason Derulo

“With the SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA talent, brilliant choreography, a energetic script and appealing characters, TURN THE BEAT AROUND tells a story that is the true embodiment of the diversity and power of dance,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc.  “This coming-of-age story doesn’t miss a beat!”

TURN THE BEAT AROUND follows dancer Zoe Benjamin (Romina D’Ugo) who is determined not to end up like her mother — an ex-dancer from the disco era who didn’t have the drive to follow her own dreams. Zoe has dedicated herself to making it in the cutthroat L.A. scene.  Along with her boyfriend Chris (Adam Taylor Brooks, 90210) and an assortment of friends, these young dancers spend their lives going from classes to auditions, waiting for that one break that will catapult them to fame.

When Zoe decides that, despite what people may say, disco is not dead, she sets out to bring it back to life by opening an old-school disco in downtown Los Angeles. Partnered up with a wealthy club impresario with whom she shares undeniable chemistry, Zoe soon learns that her relationships were not as strong as they may have seemed. When her personal and professional lives collide, Zoe finds herself caught between the club’s young owner, her dancer boyfriend and the sexy, ambitious choreographer (played by Brooklyn Sudano (90210), real life daughter of Disco Queen Donna Summer) she might be about to replace. Featuring classic disco music as well as some new and interesting twists on the hits, Turn the Beat Around is the story of one woman’s determination to follow her dream — no matter what the risks.

TURN THE BEAT AROUND also stars David Giuntoli (Without a Trace, Privileged), Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL), Shauna MacDonald (AARON STONE), David Keeley (TERRY), Jennifer Miller, Dewshane Williams (FLASHPOINT), Simin Aamin (FORBIDDEN SCIENCE), Kevin McGarry, Shawn Byfield (Hairspray), Ofilio Portillo, Natalie Krill (M.V.P.) and Raquel Gil-Jimenez.

Executive Producers are: Steve Levitan (KAYA) for Protocol Entertainment and Tony Krantz (WONDERLAND) for Flame Ventures. Bradley Walsh is director.  Andrea Raffaghello (ZOS) is producer and Jessica Sharzer (Freud’s Magic Powder) is the writer. Tre Armstrong (SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA) is choreographer and Evan Bogart (Beyonce’s “Halo”) is music supervisor. Lisa Silfen, Chris Linn and Robin Palmer serve as executives for MTV. Brett Burlock is Director, Program Development for CTV. Susanne Boyce is President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc.

One of many major projects SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA competitors have been involved with, TURN THE BEAT AROUND is another great example of the success dancers have achieved since appearing on the show.

Nico Archambault, the winner of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA Season 1, has continued to build on his dance career and has also established himself as a choreographer, model and actor. Archambault will appear as the legendary ballet dancer Rudolph Nureyev in the upcoming Bravo! biopic Nureyev and makes an appearance in the  pilot of the new /A\ series, THE BEAUTIFUL LIFE. In addition to the SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA Top 10 tour, he has also been on a national tour with his group Pinup Saints, was a presenter at the MuchMusic Video Awards and performed in the opera Starmania in Quebec City. Along with his creative partner Wynn Homes, Archambault formed the choreography company Street Parade and choreographed the 2009 Canada Day celebrations on Parliament Hill. Archambault is also set to star as a modern-day Johnny Castle in the new Family Channel film Vacation With Derek.

TURN THE BEAT AROUND star D’Ugo also has a supporting role in the feature film Funky Town with fellow Season 1 competitors Danny Arbour and Francis Lafrèniere, who will be performing choreography by SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA judge Jean Marc Genereux. Arassay Reyes has also dipped into the film industry with a role in SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA guest judge and choreographer Paul Becker’s film Sorority Wars along with Reznik and Pollack-Paris. Reyes will also be working with Becker as his choreographic assistant in the upcoming MGM movie, Cabin in the Woods.

In addition to acting, Season 1 competitors have performed with notable pop stars including Lady GaGa, Sarah McLachlan, K’naan, Deborah Cox and Danny Fernandez.

MuchMusic’s digital stations are going to allow viewers to rock and roll all night and party everyday. Beginning August 31, subscribers get non-stop music videos when MuchVibe, MuchLOUD, MuchMoreRetro, and PunchMuch go commercial-free. All four channels are available across Canada via digital cable and satellite subscription service.

“MuchMusic created the music video niche on TV and these digital channels let us super-serve our audience by giving them more of their favorite videos than ever,” said Brad Schwartz, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Much MTV Group, CTV Inc. “Commercial-free stations mean subscribers across the country get an uninterrupted fix of their favorite music videos all the time.”

More than just a place to catch music videos, these channels keep viewers updated on and connected to their favorite music genres with in depth interviews, weekly specials and exclusive concerts from some of the biggest names in music.

CBC News has signed highly successful entrepreneur and Canadian venture capital celebrity Kevin O’Leary. O’Leary will join Amanda Lang on a new business program debuting on CBC Newsworld, weekdays at 4:30 p.m. ET, this Fall.

“Kevin is a popular, opinionated investor known for his honest business insight—we are excited to have him bring his unique perspective to our business coverage,” said Jennifer McGuire, general manager and editor-in-chief, CBC News.

O’Leary is highly respected within the North American financial industry and known for his pull-no-punches take on Bay and Wall Streets. He’s best known to Canadians as one of five “Dragons” on CBC-TV’s Dragons’ Den and most recently to American audiences as one of five “Sharks” on ABC’s Shark Tank.

“Amanda is one of the best business hosts in this country and I’m looking forward to sparring with her again,” said O’Leary, who, with Lang, formerly co-hosted the show SqueezePlay on the Business News Network.  

O’Leary is the Chairman of O’Leary Funds and manager of the publically traded family of O’Leary Global Equity and Income Funds. He also serves on the executive board of The Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario and is a member of the investment committee of Boston’s 107 year old Hamilton Trust.

Tuesday, August 25 at 6 p.m. ET/PT on MuchMusic

We’ve seen Diddy make the band – now he’s looking for two lucky solo artists! Each week the hand picked contestants are put through the rigors of ‘starmaker’ bootcamp. The competitors are tested on how well they sing as well as how well they handle photo shoots, paparazzi, and being on stage. Join Sean Combs on his quest to find the ‘bad’dest new artist to sign to his label Bad Boy on the season premiere of STARMAKER.

This week MUCHONDEMAND delivers fans a celebrity sighting list that cures back-to-school blues! HANNAH MONTANA star Emily Osment kicks off the week with reggae star Sean Paul on Tuesday. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen talk fashion on Wednesday’s show. The cast of PARADISE CITY: DEGRASSI GOES TO HOLLYWOOD drops by on Thursday and singing sensation Elise Estrada shows off the new MuchOriginal series LOVE COURT on Friday. As always, fans are at the centre of the action in the live audience and from home by asking questions via text, phone, e-mail and webcam. Fans can hit up muchmusic.com to find out how to get into the audience. Tune in every day at 5 p.m. ET not to miss one minute of MOD’s jam-packed celebrity week.

Emily Osment is known all over as Lilly in HANNAH MONTANA and Hannah Montana: The Movie. She stops by Much’s street-level studio to chat up the film’s Blu-ray and DVD release and premiere her brand new music video “All the Way Up”.

Chart-topper Sean Paul’s newest album, Imperial Blaze hit stores last week and features an intense 20 tracks, including collaboration with Keri Hilson. Catch the first single, “So Fine” on MuchMusic and MUCHONDEMAND’s Daily 10.

Fashion icons, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen make their way to MUCHONDEMAND to talk style, side projects, and makeovers! They give the goods on the newest stylings from their clothing line Elizabeth and James.

DEGRASSI heavyweights Cassie Steele, Lauren Collins, Jake Epstein, Adamo Ruggiero and PARADISE CITY celebrity guest star Jason Mewes visit MOD and talk about the very first DEGRASSI: TNG movie. Get the real dirt on the TV movie and all the film-set gossip. PARADISE CITY: DEGRASSI GOES TO HOLLYWOOD airs Sunday, Aug. 30 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV and Sunday, Sept. 5 at 9 p.m. ET on MuchMusic.

The week goes out with a bang when Juno and MMVAs nominated pop sensation Elise Estrada gives the low down on her new gig as host of MuchOriginal series LOVE COURT, a Much-ified dating show with a twist. LOVE COURT premieres Friday, Aug. 28 at 6 p.m. ET on MuchMusic.

Missed an interview? Go to muchmusic.com to see the interviews the day after they take place. Find bios, photos, music videos, the latest gossip, and who’s heading to MUCHONDEMAND in weeks to come.