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In the new season of Canada’s Handyman Challenge, HGTV celebrities Bryan Baeumler (Leave It To Bryan), Scott McGillivray (Income Property) and Paul Lafrance (Decked Out) are teaming up as judges along with HGTV newcomer Jennifer Robertson (Little Mosque on the Prairie, Mr. D) as host.

The competition is amplified this season as contestants battle it out for the all-new $25,000 prize. Canada’s Handyman Challenge premieres on Tuesday January 22nd at 10pm ET/PT on HGTV Canada.

“Canada’s Handyman Challenge provides talented Canadians with a unique opportunity. Not only do they showcase their skills on a national platform, but they have the once-in-a-lifetime chance to receive guidance and advice from some of the top talent in the contracting and construction industries, plus a shot at a $25,000 prize,” said Barb Williams, Senior Vice President of Content, Shaw Media. Continue reading »

Tour one-of-a-kind spaces and get a sneak peek into some of the most incredible homes in the world this winter on HGTV Canada.

From over-the-top opulent living to the outstanding and downright wild, viewers are sure to enjoy exploring these spaces from the comfort of their couches this winter. The new schedule kicks off on Wednesday, January 2nd on HGTV Canada.

These series will take viewers beyond the average homeowner’s imagination. You Live In What? features homeowners with imagination and tenacity turning unconventional spaces into homes. Continue reading »

In the brand-new HGTV Canada series Holmes Makes It Right, Mike Holmes takes on massive projects and tackles unexpected obstacles as he rescues families and communities from problems they never saw coming.

This series follows Mike as he challenges himself more than ever. Whether it’s completely demolishing and re-building an $80,000 contracting job gone wrong, redesigning and building Toronto’s High Park Playground after it was destroyed by arson, or building an accessible outdoor deck and dining area for a teacher paralyzed in a horrible hit and run, there’s no project too disastrous for Mike Holmes to make right. Continue reading »

Bryan Baeumler, one of HGTV Canada’s favourite celebrity contractors, is back in a new season of Leave It To Bryan.

Beginning Thursday August 30 at 10pm ET/PT on HGTV Canada, more homeowners will be handing over their keys and their trust to let Bryan decide which reno he will start in their home.

Bryan’s priority is to find the renovation each home needs, but will the homeowners be glad they decided to Leave It To Bryan? Continue reading »

Four house-proud and ultra-competitive Canadians open their homes to cameras, criticism and critiques as they vie for the title of best home, and the pride and prize that comes with it, in each episode of Four Houses Canada, the brand-new HGTV Canada series by Proper Television.

The first peer-review design competition of its kind in Canada features oddball characters and hugely diverse design styles – all underscored by a humorous narrator who isn’t afraid to tell it like it is.

Based on the hit UK format May The Best House Win which is distributed by ITV Studios Global Entertainment with international versions in six countries to date, Four Houses Canada (13 x 60) premieres Thurs., Aug. 30 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HGTV Canada. Continue reading »

The nationwide search for the best all around handyman is back for a second season and casting has begun!

Canada’s Handyman Challenge puts contestants through a series of rigorous challenges to test their skills, ultimately awarding one contestant the coveted title of Canada’s Best Handyman – and new this season, a $25,000 prize.

Teaming up as judges are powerhouse construction experts and HGTV celebrities Paul Lafrance (Decked Out, Deck Wars), Bryan Baeumler (Leave It To Bryan, House of Bryan), and Scott McGillivray (Income Property), who will be touring the country looking for talented handyman hopefuls in live auditions this September. Continue reading »

The new HGTV Canada series Live Here, Buy This shows homeowners what their mortgages could buy in three exotic dream locations – all without having to leave the comfort of their couch.

While $140,000 gets a Barrie, Ontario couple an 800-square-foot cabin in their hometown, for the same price they could cash-in on a palatial 1,500-square-foot home in sunny Las Vegas.

For a Vaughan, Ontario couple, their $1.2 million dollar, 4,000-square-foot home would get them a mere 604-square-foot flat near Buckingham Palace in London, England. Continue reading »

Highly anticipated brand-new and returning series are filling the fall schedule on HGTV Canada, bringing big entertainment, dynamic stories and compelling characters to Canadians.

Featuring its refreshed on-air look, this fall HGTV is jam-packed with favourite celebrity hosts, new versions of international hit formats and enticing original series, all beginning the week of August 27.

HGTV’s most trusted celebrity contractors Mike Holmes and Bryan Baeumler are giving homeowners the hands-on help they need in new and returning series. Continue reading »

Shaw Media has confirmed an agreement with ITV Studios Global Entertainment to produce the first Canadian edition of ITV Studios’ hit format May The Best House Win, and has joined forces with Canadian production company Proper Television on the production of the series.

May The Best House Win has had massive success in the UK thanks to the colourful homeowners who have no qualms boasting about their homes, and rating the homes of others.

Proud homeowners are currently being cast across Southern Ontario, with more information available at May The Best House Win is slated to premiere on HGTV Canada in Fall 2012.

“May The Best House Win has achieved great success in the UK and our partnership with ITV Studios Global Entertainment and Proper Television enables us to bring the first-ever Canadian edition of this fantastic series to our viewers,” said Barbara Williams, Senior Vice President of Content, Shaw Media. “HGTV is exploring new territory through this format, adding more character-driven content to our already diverse slate of highly entertaining home-related hits.”

“Proper Television excels at showcasing Canadian stories and now we put that focus on Canadian homes,” says Guy O’Sullivan, President, Proper Television. “May the Best House Win is a true peer review show where only the best house will win.”

Tobi de Graaff, Director Global Television Distribution, ITV Studios Global Entertainment said: “May The Best House Win is a returning hit in the UK and has been commissioned by countries across Europe. We’re delighted that Shaw Media and Proper Television are giving Canadian viewers the opportunity to enjoy the series and look forward to seeing some beautiful Canadian homes!”

Based on ITV Studios’ popular format, each episode of May The Best House Win features four competitive homeowners who think that their pad is the place to be. After touring each other’s homes with a critical eye the participants give each home a grade, and the homeowner with the highest score wins not only the pride but the $1000 prize. Whether it’s a condo or a castle, these house-proud Canadians will fight for the right to call their home the best. Distributed by ITV Studios Global Entertainment, May The Best House Win is produced in the UK, Germany, Spain and Belgium.

May The Best House Win is currently casting in and around Southern Ontario. For further information about appearing on the show, please visit  

One of the most difficult dilemmas homeowners face is the battle over renovation versus relocation. Help is here with the brand-new HGTV Canada series Reno vs Relocate and the expertise of style-savvy designer Robin Lewis (@RobinAlistair) and property guru Vanessa Roman (@VanessaRomantv).

Together they are guiding struggling Canadian homeowners to take action and move on with their lives. Reno vs Relocate premieres with back-to-back episodes Monday May 28th at 9pm ET/PT on HGTV Canada.

In each episode of Reno vs Relocate, homeowners who can’t decide if they’d rather spend their money on a renovation rather than moving are presented with two options: a state-of-the-art graphic simulation of a renovation in their home from Robin, and a tour of one house that suits their wants and needs from Vanessa. Armed with this information, homeowners have to make a choice before any hard work begins.

If they choose to renovate, Robin transforms their home into a functional and fabulous space while Vanessa crunches the numbers to find out just how the reno has added equity to the home. If the homeowners choose to relocate, Vanessa takes them to two more properties that fit their ‘wish list’ while Robin executes a mini-makeover to stage their home in preparation for re-sale. The battle may be Reno vs Relocate, but every result is a winner with Vanessa and Robin on their side.

The homeowners in the premiere episodes have big decisions ahead:

Episode 1: Nowhere To Go

Monday May 28 at 9pm ET/PT

Misty and Danny can’t fit their house full of kids into their half-finished basement. With nowhere for the kids to play Misty is at the end of her rope and half-way out the door, while Danny thinks a renovation will make space for everyone.


Episode 2: Close Encounters

Monday May 28 at 9:30pm ET/PT

An apartment-sized kitchen plus a cramped main floor equals chaotic family meals and limited work space for Sarah and Marc. Marc wants out of these close encounters, but Sarah thinks a reno will solve their problems.