Highly anticipated second season of Star Portraits premieres September 11

The Canadian reality series that explores and celebrates the art of portraiture, while providing a unique and compelling twist on celebrity profile is back!

Hosted by Tony® nominated Broadway star Louise Pitre (Mamma Mia!, Toxic Avenger) and based on the hit BBC program, Season 2 of STAR PORTRAITS premieres Saturday, September 11 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on Bravo!.

Dr. David Suzuki kicks off the highly anticipated second season which features 13 new celebrity muses, including Gordon Pinsent, Blue Rodeo front man Jim Cuddy, ETALK’s Tanya Kim, FASHIONTELEVISION’s Jeanne Beker, former NHL player Theoren Fleury, Paralympic gold medallist Lauren Woolstencroft, and more.

See below for full line-up. (Encore presentation airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT). Fans can also enjoy the series online at www.bravo.ca, following each episode’s broadcast premiere.

Always revealing, STAR PORTRAITS not only brings viewers closer to some of Canada’s most famous faces, but goes behind the fascinating process of creating a timeless portrait. Each episode begins by bringing together one famous Canadian and three accomplished portrait artists for a sitting. The subject’s identity is a secret to the artists, with the only clue being the location – specially chosen by the subjects themselves. The artists are then given three hours to study, sketch and photograph the celebrity guest, before they set off to their respective studios for two weeks to complete their work.

In the middle of this two-week creative process, host Louise Pitre visits each artist’s studio to find out how their portrait is coming along. Every episode concludes two weeks after the sitting with the exciting unveiling of three completely different portraits, from which the celebrity gets to choose their favourite to keep. The other two are auctioned, with the proceeds donated to a charity of their choice. Auction details to be announced shortly.

This season features a total of 39 new established Canadian artists including Pauline Bradshaw, Todd Julie and Shaun Downey – whose painting “Blue Coco” was recently selected for exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London, England.

Last season’s celebrity guests included Alex Trebek, Enrico Colantoni (FLASHPOINT), Ashley MacIsaac, Elvis Stojko, Measha Brueggergosman, Romeo Dallaire, and others.

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