Star Portraits returns September 11 with David Suzuki on Bravo!

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.

STAR PORTRAITS Season 2 Line-up:

Episode 1: David Suzuki
Premieres: Saturday, September 11 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT
Artists: Kelly Grace, Patrick DeCoste and Stephen Appleby-Barr

Episode 2: Mary Walsh
Premieres: Saturday, September 18 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT
Artists: Andrea Sutton, Pauline Bradshaw and Todd Julie

Episode 3: Rex Harrington
Premieres: Saturday, September 25 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT
Artists: Mark Stoddart, Meredith Blackmore and Teena Han

Episode 4: Lauren Woolstencroft
Premieres: Saturday, October 2 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT
Artists: John Nobrega, Diliana Popova and Scott Sawtell

Episode 5: Gordon Pinsent
Premieres: Saturday, October 9 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.
Artists: Jim Bourke, Tomori Nagamoto and Jennifer Wigmore

Episode 6: Craig Kielburger
Premieres: Saturday, October 16 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT
Artists: Esther Simmonds-MacAdam, Janette Hayhoe and Daisuke Takeya

Episode 7: Tanya Kim
Premieres: Saturday, October 23 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT
Artists: Fiona Smyth, Jean Miller Harding and Derek Mainella

Episode 8: Jeanne Beker
Premieres: Saturday, October 30 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT
Artists: Shaun Downey, Lori Dell and Gillian Iles

Episode 9: Mike Holmes
Premieres: Saturday, November 6 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT
Artists: Celeste Keller, Wayne Terry and Albert Slark

Episode 10: Jim Cuddy
Premieres: Saturday, November 13 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT
Artists: Gwendolyn Healey, Stev’nn Hall and Paul Wyse

Episode 11: Theoren Fleury
Premieres: Saturday, November 20 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT
Artists: TBC

Episode 12: Seán Cullen
Premieres: Saturday, November 27 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT
Artists: TBC

Episode 13: Louise Arbour
Premieres: Saturday, December 4 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT
Artists: TBC

For more information on STAR PORTRAITS including host, celebrity and artist bios, visit www.starportraits.ca.

STAR PORTRAITS is produced by PTV Productions, in association with Bravo! and with the participation of Rogers Cable Network Fund. STAR PORTRAITS is based on a format created and devised by Hotbed Media. The series was directed by Gail Gallant and produced by Andrea Nemtin and Ian Dunbar.

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