August 2010

For centuries dogs and cats have inhabited our homes and captivated our hearts. Sleeping at the foot of our beds, awaiting our arrival home from work and comforting us when we are feeling down, these lovable creatures have become a part of our families and – in some cases – our best friends.

Yet when we discuss our furry companions the conversation often turns to the longstanding question: are you a dog person or a cat person? And why? While we all have our own thoughts and opinions about what the correct answer is, no one has been able to solve the mystery…until now!

On Friday, September 24 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT, Animal Planet will finally settle this grudge match – 5,000 years in the making – with the all-new one hour special DOGS VS. CATS. Pitting these furry frienemies in everything from biology to pop culture, this special will prove once and for all which pet wins the war between dogs and cats.

No questions are too off-the-wall, and no contests are off limits in this no-holds-barred match to determine a winner in the ultimate battle of the species. DOGS VS. CATS will get to the root of pet lovers’ obsessions and preferences by posing poignant questions to pet owners about each species and by matching up actual cats and dogs in head-to-head competitions to gauge friendship, athleticism, cuteness, history, cleanliness, intelligence and cost. With seven rounds of varying events used to settle the score, the first species to capture four rounds will be crowned the superior pet.

With everyone from bar patrons to preschoolers weighing in on the subject, viewers will be treated to fun facts about each species, learn their histories, and witness unscripted, raw interviews with everyday pet owners.  With the help of the hilarious – and often destructive – antics of kittens and puppies, DOGS VS. CATS pulls out the best, the worst, the extreme and the wacky to settle the war once and for all!

Monday, August 23 at 10 p.m. ET on MuchMusic

As Lily lies in a hospital bed, a guilt-ridden RJ is torn between upholding his promise to spend the night with her, and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend the Winter Formal with the girl of his dreams. Meanwhile, Miles’ date with Robin turns into yet another disappointment, and the Winter Formal gets physical.

9:00pm – Monday, August 23 on /A

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

An investigative reporter dies under suspicious circumstances while investigating a story. Her college friend Laura (Thea Gill, QUEER AS FOLK) and former professor Meredith (Stephanie Zimbalist, REMINGTON STEELE) join forces and attempt to find out who killed her. As the women gradually uncover the truth, Laura and Detective Roy Moloney (Spencer Rochfort, ACAPULCO H.E.A.T.) find themselves attracted to one another.

Beginning today, Showcase rolls out a national consumer advertising campaign to reinforce the channel’s position as Canada’s prime specialty television destination for dramatic entertainment. On and off-air elements of the campaign build awareness and drive tune in to the channel’s Fall schedule jam-packed with the best exclusive cable programs and top-notch Canadian original series. 

Showcase’s robust multi-media campaign underscores the channel’s unstoppable Fall roster of bold hit programming and sets out to turn consumers on to three outstanding shows – Showcase’s debut of the smash-hit series Burn Notice, the hotly-anticipated Canadian original series Lost Girl and the much buzzed-about return of Weeds. With a line-up of series boasting remarkable production values, Showcase is promoting the three by simulating a campaign for a theatrical release. 

The multi phase campaign targets adults 25-54 primarily in Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver. To build momentum and anticipation for the launch of Showcase’s Fall roster, the campaign launched in July with on-air teasers across Canwest channels, leading into one of the most exhaustive out of home campaigns for the channel. Starting today, the off air, four week component of the campaign reaches current viewers and encourages new viewers to sample the programming with a strategic media buy that includes on-air, out of home, radio, print, IPG and online advertising.

“The Showcase Fall slate is home to some of the most sensational dramas on television. With that in mind, we set out to create a visually arresting consumer campaign that celebrates the theatrical nature of these series and shines a spotlight on the star-power associated with them,” says Sherida German, Director, Marketing Strategy, Canwest Dramatic Channels. “We have created a campaign that without a doubt accomplishes our goal.” 

Consumers are set to be blown away by the striking and intrusive creative that complements the big, bold programmes on the schedule. Commuters won’t be able to miss the dramatic billboards and transit portion of the campaign, with GO train exteriors getting wrapped with creative for Burn Notice. Showcase also becomes the first advertiser to utilize the brand new external Subway posters. Eight cars featuring eye-catching 26×36 posters are running throughout the GTA. In addition to exterior subway advertisements, creative for all three properties is part of a Canwest domination buy at St. George and Union stations. 

A theatrical advertising campaign would not be complete without a trailer. To accomplish this, Showcase is treating moviegoers to a striking 60 second in cinema spot for Burn Notice and Lost Girl, running as the last trailer before the start of the film. To further encourage sampling of the shows, these spots can also be viewed on line across some of North America’s largest portals and most popular entertainment sites as part of an extensive on line buy.

All three shows are receiving on-air and print support, while promotion for two of the series extends to radio. The on-air elements of the campaign include multiple spots airing across Canwest specialty channels, Global and IPG.

/A\ Barrie announced today that Tony Grace will assume the Senior Anchor role at the station. The 13-year broadcast veteran and current /A\ News National Reporter in Ottawa will join longtime trusted news anchor Jayne Pritchard and weather specialist Bob McIntyre on September 20 for his first newscast as Senior Anchor. 

“I’ve heard it time and time again from my colleagues in the business – /A\ Barrie has such an outstanding reputation as a local news service and as an established part of the community,” says Grace. “I’ve seen the evidence during visits to the area and have developed a profound respect for the role this station and this newsroom play. I’m delighted to join the /A\ Barrie team.”

“Tony is a very talented reporter and anchor, and he’s got a deep appreciation for local news,” says Ruth Anderson, News Director /A\ Barrie. “He thrives on being out in the community talking to people and finding great stories. He also loves the Barrie area and we’re delighted that he’s going to make his home here and bring his many talents to our newscasts.”

“We are very pleased to have Tony joining us,” says Peggy Hebden, General Manger /A\ Barrie. “He is already well known to our viewers and will be a welcome addition to our Senior News team both on air and behind the scenes.”

Grace has extensive reporting experience on major news stories including the Dawson College shooting rampage in Montreal, the deadly Laval overpass collapse in Quebec, and the aftermath of 9/11 in New York City. Grace is an experienced political reporter, most recently covering the G8 Summit in Muskoka and the G20 in Toronto. He is also a veteran of live election broadcasts and regularly interviews Canada’s top political leaders including Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the other national party leaders.

Grace joined /A\ News in Ottawa in August 2001 as a videographer and quickly worked his way up to Senior Reporter and backup Anchor for News. In September 2005, Grace was named the 11:00 pm News Anchor and in 2009 assumed the role of National Affairs Reporter for the /A\ Network.

Grace completed studies in journalism at Loyalist College in Belleville. He graduated at the top of his class and now serves on the Advisory Board for Loyalist’s School Of Media Studies and is a regular guest lecturer. In addition, Grace volunteers many hours to organizations including the Canadian Cancer Society, the United Way and the SPCA.

Following a cross-country audition tour which included a stop in Vancouver, the talent was too great, and for the first time in SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA history, the judges selected 11 girls and 11 guys from across the country, expanding the Top 20 to a Top 22.

As revealed last night, the four competitors from B.C. are: CHARLENE Hart, 24, from Abbotsford; DANIELLE Gardner, 21, from Surrey; KIRSTEN Wicklund, 20, from Vancouver, and NATHALIE Heath, 23, from Surrey, BC. The competitors will take to the stage for the first performance show tomorrow, Monday, August 23 at 9 p.m. PT on CTV visit ctv.ca to confirm local broadcast times). 

The Top 22 will be paired into 11 couples and will work with some of the world’s top choreographers, learning a new dance routine and style each week. The fate of the 22 finalists is left up to viewer votes, which start tomorrow night (August 23) and continue for the next nine weeks. Voting will occur following the conclusion of the performance shows and is restricted to one, two-hour voting window in each region of broadcast, and can be cast for free via landline telephones (detailed voting information can be found at dance.CTV.ca).

On the first live results show, Tuesday, August 24 at 8:30 p.m. PT, the three couples with the fewest number of votes will be announced. Each dancer in those three couples will then have one last chance to impress the judges and “dance for their life” with a solo routine of his or her choosing. After all six dancers have performed, the judges will make the ultimate decision of who stays and who goes home. 

Viewers can also learn more about the competitors before they take to the stage for the first Performance show with an exclusive SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA Top 22 guide appearing in Metro Vancouver. The special insert is available for free tomorrow, Monday, August 23, to coincide with the first performance episode (see “About the Top 20,” below).

Of the Top 22 finalists who are scheduled to perform Monday, August 23 at 9 p.m. PT, the four competitors from B.C. are:

CHARLENE Hart (24) is a Contemporary Jazz dancer from Abbotsford, BC. Charlene’s formal training has taken her to studios in both Los Angeles and New York City, where she’s trained in ballet, pointe, lyrical, musical theatre, modern, hip-hop and salsa, among others. Charlene cites her mother, a former dancer, as the one who ignited her passion for dance. 

DANIELLE Gardner (21) is a Contemporary dancer from Surrey, BC. After seeing her older sister dance when she was a toddler, Danielle began training and has danced almost every day of her life since. Also experienced in ballet, jazz, lyrical, modern, tap, and musical theatre, Danielle has formally trained at six different studios across British Columbia. 

KIRSTEN Wicklund (20) is a Contemporary Ballet dancer from Vancouver, BC. Trained primarily in ballet, Kirsten also has experience in contemporary, modern, jazz and lyrical through training at the Goh Ballet Academy, Banff Centre for Performing Arts and NYCDA. Ready for any style the show might throw at her, Kirsten loves doing yoga in her free time. 

NATHALIE Heath (23) is a Contemporary dancer from Surrey, BC. Nathalie started dancing at the age of four, and in addition to contemporary, is also trained in jazz, ballet, modern, musical theatre, street jazz and hip-hop. Nathalie has worked on a number of professional projects, including a role as the dance double for Hilary Duff in The Lizzie McGuire Movie and was one of the lead dancers in Michael Bublé’s “Haven’t Met You Yet” music video.

Following a cross-country audition tour which included a stop in Calgary, there the talent was too great, and for the first time in SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA history, the judges selected 11 girls and 11 guys from across the country, expanding the Top 20 to a Top 22.

As revealed last night, the four competitors from Alberta are: EDGAR Gilbert-Reyes, 22, from Calgary; JEFF Mortensen, 22, from Edmonton; JULIA Harnett, 26, from Calgary, and SHELAINA Anderson, 19, from Edmonton. The competitors will take to the stage for the first performance show tomorrow, Monday, August 23 at 8 p.m. MT on CTV (visit ctv.ca to confirm local broadcast times). Season 2 winner Tara-Jean Popowich hailed from Lethbridge, AB, but only time will tell if Canada’s Favourite Dancer will be from Alberta again.

The Top 22 will be paired into 11 couples and will work with some of the world’s top choreographers, learning a new dance routine and style each week. The fate of the 22 finalists is left up to viewer votes, which start tomorrow night (August 23) and continue for the next nine weeks. Voting will occur following the conclusion of the performance shows and is restricted to one, two-hour voting window in each region of broadcast, and can be cast for free via landline telephones (detailed voting information can be found at dance.CTV.ca).

On the first live results show, Tuesday, August 24 at 8:30 p.m. MT, the three couples with the fewest number of votes will be announced. Each dancer in those three couples will then have one last chance to impress the judges and “dance for their life” with a solo routine of his or her choosing. After all six dancers have performed, the judges will make the ultimate decision of who stays and who goes home. 

Viewers can also learn more about the competitors before they take to the stage for the first Performance show with an exclusive SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA Top 22 guide appearing in Metro Calgary and Edmonton. The special insert is available for free tomorrow, Monday, August 23, to coincide with the first performance episode (see “About the Top 20,” below).

Of the Top 22 finalists who are scheduled to perform Monday, August 23 at 8 p.m. MT, the four competitors from Alberta are:

EDGAR Gilbert-Reyes (22) is a Hip-Hop dancer from Calgary, AB. Also trained in contemporary, jazz, ballet, tap, breaking, locking, popping, and house, Edgar’s mother got him involved in dance because of his relentless energy. Edgar has worked with Gil Duldulao, and performed on tour with Canadian JUNO Award-winning singer Keisha Chanté. 

JEFF Mortensen (22) is a Contemporary dancer from Edmonton, AB. After enrolling in a variety of sports, gymnastics became his mainstay until Jeff’s aunt got him hooked on Ukrainian dance. Jeff has performed in China as well as the circus/dance company Cirque du Soleil, where he was one of the main character’s in the Beatles LOVE show. 

JULIA Harnett (26) is a Latin Ballroom dancer from Calgary, AB. Julia started dancing at the age of four, and is also trained in ballet, jazz, highland, musical theatre and modern, and has performed in Japan and throughout the United States. When not in the ballroom, Julia enjoys cooking, travelling, photography and gardening. 

SHELAINA Anderson (19) is a Contemporary dancer from Edmonton, AB. Shelaina started dancing because of her mother and is trained in jazz, lyrical, tap, ballet, pointe, modern, theatre, ballroom and hip-hop in addition to contemporary. Shelaina has worked with Brian Friedman and has travelled across North America participating in dance conventions.

Following a cross-country audition tour which stopped in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal and Halifax, the talent was too great, and for the first time in SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA history, the judges selected 11 girls and 11 guys from across the country, expanding the Top 20 to a Top 22.

As revealed last night, Saskatchewan has its first competitor in SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA history, with MACKENZIE Green, 20, from Regina. Mackenzie will take to the stage for the first performance show tomorrow, Monday, August 23 at 8 p.m. CT on CTV (visit ctv.ca to confirm local broadcast times). 

The Top 22 will be paired into 11 couples and will work with some of the world’s top choreographers, learning a new dance routine and style each week. The fate of the 22 finalists is left up to viewer votes, which start tomorrow night (August 23) and continue for the next nine weeks. Voting will occur following the conclusion of the performance shows and is restricted to one, two-hour voting window in each region of broadcast, and can be cast for free via landline telephones (detailed voting information can be found at dance.CTV.ca).

On the first live results show, Tuesday, August 24 at 7:30 p.m. CT, the three couples with the fewest number of votes will be announced. Each dancer in those three couples will then have one last chance to impress the judges and “dance for their life” with a solo routine of his or her choosing. After all six dancers have performed, the judges will make the ultimate decision of who stays and who goes home. 

Of the Top 22 finalists who are scheduled to perform Monday, August 23 at 8 p.m. CT, the Saskatchewan competitor is:

MACKENZIE Green (20) is a Contemporary dancer from Regina, SK. Trained at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and the Banff Dance Centre, Mackenzie began dancing around the house at the age of two. Mackenzie feels that moving to Vancouver to train in contemporary has shaped him into the dancer he is today. He has performed in the United States, France and Poland.

Following a cross-country audition tour which included a stop in Toronto, the talent was too great, and for the first time in SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA history, the judges selected 11 girls and 11 guys from across the country, expanding the Top 20 to a Top 22.

As revealed last night, the nine competitors from Ontario are: AMANDA Cleghorn, 19, Mississauga; BREE Wasylenko, 22, Toronto; DENYS Drozdyuk, 25, from Toronto; HANI Abaza, 26, from Ottawa; JESSE Weafer, 25, from Aurora; JONATHAN Arsenault, 26, from Kitchener; KLOÉ Schultz, 20, from North Bay; SEBASTIAN Mersch, 21, from Toronto, and SHAVAR Blackwood, 25, Toronto. The competitors will take to the stage for the first performance show tomorrow, Monday, August 23 at 9 p.m. ET on CTV (visit ctv.ca to confirm local broadcast times). 

The Top 22 will be paired into 11 couples and will work with some of the world’s top choreographers, learning a new dance routine and style each week. The fate of the 22 finalists is left up to viewer votes, which start tomorrow night (August 23) and continue for the next nine weeks. Voting will occur following the conclusion of the performance shows and is restricted to one, two-hour voting window in each region of broadcast, and can be cast for free via landline telephones (detailed voting information can be found at dance.CTV.ca).

On the first live results show, Tuesday, August 24 at 8:30 p.m. ET, the three couples with the fewest number of votes will be announced. Each dancer in those three couples will then have one last chance to impress the judges and “dance for their life” with a solo routine of his or her choosing. After all six dancers have performed, the judges will make the ultimate decision of who stays and who goes home. 

Viewers can also learn more about the competitors before they take to the stage for the first Performance show with an exclusive SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA Top 22 guide appearing in Metro Toronto. The special insert is available for free tomorrow, Monday, August 23, to coincide with the first performance episode (see “About the Top 20,” below).

Of the Top 22 finalists who are scheduled to perform on Monday, August 23 at 9 p.m. ET, the nine competitors from Ontario are (in alphabetical order):

AMANDA Cleghorn (19) is a Contemporary dancer from Mississauga, ON. Also practiced in jazz, acro, ballet, pointe, tap, hip-hop, musical theatre and modern, Amanda has competed in over 15 dance competitions across North America. Amanda took her first dance steps at age four, and made an appearance in the motion picture Honey as well as Camp Rock 2. 

BREE Wasylenko (22) is a Contemporary dancer from Toronto, ON. Having already worked with a number of notable choreographers, Bree is looking forward to expanding her experiences on the show. Also trained in jazz, tap, ballet, hip-hop and lyrical, Bree loves photography. 

DENYS Drozdyuk (25) is a Ballroom dancer from Toronto, ON. Born in the Ukraine, Denys first started dancing ballroom at the age of four. After moving to Toronto when he was 12, he then travelled to Berlin at 14, and at age 19 ended up at Juilliard in New York City. A three-time winner of world championship titles in ballroom, Denys has danced all over the world, including Russia, Austria, Singapore, and Italy. 

HANI Abaza (26) is a Modern Contemporary dancer from Ottawa, ON. This Kuwaiti-born contemporary dancer did not start dancing until he was 18, but is also trained in hip-hop, jazz, and ballet. Hani has had the opportunity to work with Wade Robson, and has performed with Canadian folk singer, Feist and international artist Adele. 

JESSE Weafer (25) is a Contemporary dancer from Aurora, ON. Jesse has performed with Wade Robson, Chris Angel, Michael Bublé and Adam Shankman, and credits his studio training for shaping him into the dancer he is today. Having recently danced in Las Vegas, Jesse says he is excited to work with some Canadian choreographers. 

JONATHAN Arsenault (26) is a Contemporary dancer from Kitchener, ON. Jonathan has already had the opportunity to work with Wade Robson, and has performed in Louisiana, New York City and Las Vegas. Also trained in hip-hop, this skilled handyman also loves to travel. 

KLOÉ Schultz (20) is a Lyrical-Jazz dancer from North Bay, ON. Also trained in ballet, jazz, hip-hop, theatre, and tap, Kloé’s competitive background has allowed her to perform across Canada and the United States. Also into sports, Kloé plays soccer and has competed at OFSAA (Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations) in hurdles and relay. 

SEBASTIAN Mersch (21) is a Contemporary dancer from Toronto, ON. Sebastian began dancing at eight, but took a break to try his hand at sports until the age of 13. Since he got back into dancing, Sebastian has trained with various choreographers including Desmond Richardson, David Parsons and Crystal Pite. A fan of all things unique, Sebastian would have loved to dance with Bob Fosse. 

SHAVAR Blackwood (25) is a Hip-Hop dancer from Toronto, ON. After dancing for only four years, Shavar is also trained in krump, popping and house in addition to hip-hop. This self-proclaimed nerd likes to pass the time playing video games.

Following a cross-country audition tour which included a stop in Montreal, the talent was too great, and for the first time in SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA history, the judges selected 11 girls and 11 guys from across the country, expanding the Top 20 to a Top 22.

As revealed last night, the two competitors from Quebec are: CLAUDIA Primeau, 26, from Montreal and YONNI Fournier, 27, from Montreal. The competitors will take to the stage for the first performance show tomorrow, Monday, August 23 at 9 p.m. ET on CTV (visit ctv.ca to confirm local broadcast times). 

The Top 22 will be paired into 11 couples and will work with some of the world’s top choreographers, learning a new dance routine and style each week. The fate of the 22 finalists is left up to viewer votes, which start tomorrow night (August 23) and continue for the next nine weeks. Voting will occur following the conclusion of the performance shows and is restricted to one, two-hour voting window in each region of broadcast, and can be cast for free via landline telephones (detailed voting information can be found at dance.CTV.ca).

On the first live results show, Tuesday, August 24 at 8:30 p.m. ET, the three couples with the fewest number of votes will be announced. Each dancer in those three couples will then have one last chance to impress the judges and “dance for their life” with a solo routine of his or her choosing. After all six dancers have performed, the judges will make the ultimate decision of who stays and who goes home. 

Viewers can also learn more about the competitors before they take to the stage for the first Performance show with an exclusive SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA Top 22 guide appearing in Metro Montreal. The special insert is available for free tomorrow, Monday, August 23, to coincide with the first performance episode (see “About the Top 20,” below).

Of the Top 22 finalists who are scheduled to perform on Monday, August 23 at 9 p.m. ET, the two competitors from Quebec are (in alphabetical order):

CLAUDIA Primeau (26) is a Ballroom dancer from Montreal, QC. A Canadian ballroom champion since the age of 16, Claudia has performed in countries all over the world including Russia, Germany, Hungary, Lithuania, France, Italy, Czech Republic and Australia. 

YONNI Fournier (27) is a Salsa dancer from Montreal, QC. Originally from Cuba, Yonni started dancing at the age of seven. Although his background is in salsa, Yonni has also spent time training in hip-hop, ballroom and contemporary. Yonni has worked with many well-known choreographers throughout Montreal and is looking forward to trying different styles on the show.