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Last spring, rock star designer and carpenter Paul Lafrance and his cutting edge crew started a mission to reinvigorate outdoor spaces in the first season of Decked Out, and backyards haven’t been the same since.

The warm weather is back again and with it comes HGTV’s top spring series showcasing Paul and his signature attitude as he flexes his creative muscle to build even more impressive and intricate outdoor decks.

The second season of Decked Out premieres with back-to-back episodes on Tuesday April 24 at 10pm ET/PT on HGTV Canada.

Decked Out isn’t about average backyard makeovers – Paul tackles each family’s basic backyard to create a deck-tacular dream oasis. This season not only boasts grander designs featuring multi-level decks, a cedar-lined three-season room and seamless transitions from deck to yard, but also bigger personalities, frustrating challenges and hilarious on-site pranks.

“The decks we build go beyond a functional purpose, they are backyard retreats that rival family cottages,” says Paul Lafrance, host of Decked Out. “I love inspiring people to add to their own backyard spaces, while of course having fun with my crew along the way.”

Paul Lafrance runs his own successful boutique construction company, and is known for his creative edge and energy. Decked Out also features his crew of hip and talented builders, landscaper Jeff Sarty and designer Heidi Richter. This imaginative, wacky and no-holds-barred team is changing the look of backyards everywhere – so prepare to get Decked Out.

For full episodes after they air, exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, shopping guides and before and after photos visit For even more extras, follow @Decked_out or on Facebook at Decked Out.

HGTV Canada has confirmed a new exclusive three-year content deal with celebrity contractor Mike Holmes and The Holmes Group.

On the heels of the new agreement production has broken ground on Holmes Makes It Right, a brand-new series set to air this fall, that will see Canada’s most trusted contractor helping unfortunate homeowners whose homes, lives and finances have been brutally disrupted by disastrous renovations.

Homeowners who have tried everything to end their nightmare and need Mike’s help can find the information to apply to be on the show at  

“Mike Holmes is a vital member of the HGTV family, and through our new content deal we will continue bringing viewers more of the sought-after Holmes programming for years to come,” says Barb Williams, Senior Vice President of Content, Shaw Media. “The new series Holmes Makes It Right will offer more personal perspectives from homeowners as they share their stories of home despair and discover just how much goes into making it right.”

In this new series Mike Holmes takes on catastrophes that would make other contractors run. With the same commitment to high standards that is at the forefront in Holmes on Homes and Holmes Inspection, Holmes Makes It Right will feature Mike at his hands-on best – strapping on a tool belt, and helping desperate homeowners.

“These people are in need,” says Mike Holmes. “These people have broken homes and broken lives. It’s time to Make it Right for them.”

Along with the expert construction team viewers know and love from Mike Holmes’ previous series, Mike is opening up his heart and using his skills to help devastated homeowners and Make It Right.

The hit HGTV Canada series Urban Suburban is back for a second season to help prospective home buyers from Victoria to Halifax faced with a tough decision:  should they make their home in the heart of the city, or will a suburban lifestyle suit them best?

Currently filming in locations from coast-to-coast, this popular series is seeking dynamic Canadian families and couples interested in tackling their real-life real estate dilemmas on-camera for the series set to air on HGTV Canada in Fall 2012.

Produced by Force Four Entertainment Inc., Urban Suburban is hosted by real estate agents and siblings Sarah Daniels and Philip DuMoulin. In each half-hour episode a family or couple that can’t agree between a home in the city or one in the suburbs turn to Sarah and Philip who go head-to-head to find the properties that they think their clients will love. Sarah takes on the suburbs while Philip champions the city, and after touring homes the buyers pick their urban or suburban favourites by factoring in price, space, convenience and lifestyle. Eventually, they decide on the perfect home and neighbourhood for their needs – and either Sarah or Philip will come out a winner.

Are you trying to convince your partner that city living is the way to go or a quiet suburban life will give you more bang for your buck? Enthusiastic Canadian families and couples that are looking for a new home, but are torn between urban and suburban, are invited to apply to appear in upcoming episodes.


Applicants should send an e-mail to with the following:


– the reasons they are moving


– the areas they are considering and why


– approximate budget


– a photo of the family


– contact information



Vancouver-based Force Four Entertainment Inc. began operations in 1983, and has now grown into one of Canada’s most successful and respected television production companies. Force Four has produced more than 300 hours of primetime broadcast programming, earning accolades on the national and international stage. 


The company’s highly successful television programs include lifestyle, documentary, and scripted programming that is sold and aired around the world.  Force Four has been awarded the prestigious Peabody Award, 10 Gemini Awards and over 25 Gemini nominations, and is owned by President Rob Bromley, Executive Producer John Ritchie, and Director of Business Affairs Gillian Lowrey.


HGTV Canada’s expert judging panel of Mike Holmes (Holmes on Homes, Holmes Inspection), Bryan Baeumler (Leave It To Bryan, Disaster DIY), Scott McGillivray (Income Property) and host Jillian Harris (The Bachelorette, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition) have scoured the country to find Canada’s best handymen and women.  

After hundreds of auditions they have found the top 12 competitors who will move on to the next round of competition in next week’s episode of Canada’s Handyman Challenge, airing on Tuesday January 31 at 10pm ET/PT on HGTV Canada.

“Coming in to this show I was so excited to see the projects and the talent across Canada,” says Jillian Harris, host of Canada’s Handyman Challenge. “I was blown away by these top 12 competitors – not only do they have the skills to compete but they have amazing creativity too.”

The top 12 competitors were whittled down during auditions across Canada, wowing judges with their original plywood creations and standing out against the other hopefuls in skill-testing challenges. Click on each competitor’s name below to learn more about the country’s top 12. 


·         Todd Allen, 43, Kentville NS

·         Kyle Chura, 38, Surrey BC

·         Carl Csantis, 48, Cambridge ON

·         Mark Falvai, 38, Qualicum Beach BC

·         Greg Leonard, 27, Halifax NS

·         Brad Moore, 47, Ancaster ON

·         Andrew Petheram, 19, Niagara Falls ON

·         Dana Sanson, 40, Brampton ON

·         Normand Seguin, 46, Montreal QC

·         Maggie Stewart, 27, Lower Sackville NS

·         Frank Waters, 35, Vancouver BC

·         John Wynes, 43, Chilliwack BC


“Narrowing it down to 12 was really tough because there was so much talent,” said Mike Holmes, judge on Canada’s Handyman Challenge. “These are hands down the best of the best handymen and women in our country – the competition only gets better from here.”

The next four weeks of Canada’s Handyman Challenge will see competitors going head-to-head over challenges such as building staircases, identifying errors in poor construction, and intricate painting. There will be blood, sweat and tears – but in the end only one will be named Canada’s Best Handyman.

For more information on the top 12 competitors, full episodes after they air, and exclusive on-set interviews with Canada’s Handyman Challenge all-stars, visit

Homeowners know all about the renovations they want done to their homes, but in his new series Leave It To Bryan, trusted home expert Bryan Baeumler takes homeowners out of the decision process and gives them the renovation they need. Leave It To Bryan premieres on Thursday, January 5th at 10pm ET/PT on HGTV Canada.

Favourite HGTV personality Bryan Baeumler makes homeowner dreams come true – even if it’s not the dream they were expecting. After showing Bryan their homes and outlining their hopes, homeowners leave Bryan with their budget – and their house – for him to make the final decision on the reno. Will they return to a stainless steel kitchen or a functional new roof? A storage-laden bathroom or a living room fit to entertain?

“Bryan Baeumler is a hugely popular personality on HGTV. Leave It To Bryan showcases the relationships he makes with homeowners as he navigates their renovation,” says Barb Williams, Senior Vice President of Content, Shaw Media. “Tensions are bound to rise when Bryan proves that he knows their needs better than they do.”

In the first episode, homeowners Kirsi and Brian want a new kitchen for their hundred-year-old home – something Kirsi has been dreaming about since they moved in. Once Bryan has a look at the house, he discovers a half-renovated bathroom, a leaky roof with shingles missing, and old windows that weren’t installed properly in addition to a kitchen that needs updating. With big dreams and a limited budget, the couple puts their trust in Bryan as he picks a renovation that will hopefully show them the bigger picture on home priorities.

For full episodes, before and after photos, and to read Bryan’s Blog visit

HGTV Canada’s biggest stars – Mike Holmes (Holmes on Homes, Holmes Inspection), Bryan Baeumler (Disaster DIY, Leave It To Bryan) and Scott McGillivray (Income Property) – are teaming up for the first time to find and crown Canada’s Best Handyman.

Jillian Harris (The Bachelorette, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition) joins the dream-team judging panel as host in HGTV’s biggest competition yet. Canada’s Handyman Challenge premieres Tuesday January 10 at 10pm ET/PT on HGTV Canada.

“Canada’s Handyman Challenge is HGTV’s most exciting competition series, offering everyday handy Canadians the opportunity to work with and be judged by the biggest names in the business,” says Barb Williams, Senior Vice President of Content, Shaw Media. “The combination of star power and sheer talent makes for intense entertainment as competitors thrive and fail in the rigorous and well-designed challenges the judges set out for them.”

In the search for the ultimate handyman or woman, the judges travelled to Vancouver, Halifax and Toronto to size-up the competitors based on what they could build with a sheet of plywood, then put to the test their ability to work under a deadline on all manner of handyman jobs. The four top competitors in each city will move on to the final rounds of competition.

“The talent that we saw during the auditions across Canada simply amazed me” said Mike Holmes, judge on Canada’s Handyman Challenge. “We didn’t expect the selection process to be so hard, but Canada is full of creative and talented handymen and women – it made our job as judges very difficult.”

The top 12 competitors from across Canada will battle it out over everything from wiring and installing light fixtures to building a functional staircase. Throughout the series the stress and pressure will accumulate for each competitor as nerves, will, and logic are tested time and again. But in the end, only one person will be crowned the winner of Canada’s Handyman Challenge.

For full episodes after they air, exclusive on-set interviews with Canada’s Handyman Challenge all-stars and interior design tips from Jillian Harris, visit

This season, HGTV Canada is decking the halls with all-new and returning holiday specials that uncover the best-kept secrets for hosting, decorating, designing and entertaining.

For everything from themed design ideas to clever DIY holiday projects, back-to-back specials air Saturdays at 4pm ET and 5pm ET beginning Saturday December 3.

Celebrated HGTV personality Samantha Pynn (Pure Design) is introducing new spins on classic holiday décor with the brand-new Canadian special The Party, premiering Saturday December 3 at 5pm ET.  Travel with Sam into the gorgeous holiday homes of her favourite designers, as she finds inspiration in their décor, food and seasonal traditions for her own holiday party.

Get an exclusive glimpse into some stylish homes this holiday season with two special presentations of Celebrity Holiday Homes. Designers are paired with celebrities to redecorate their beautiful homes into holiday wonderlands. Join celebrities Trisha Yearwood, Brooke Burke and Sherri Shepherd on Saturday December 10 at 5pm ET, and Eva LaRue, Jordin Sparks and Kurt Warner on Saturday December 17 at 5pm ET to see the magical transformations.

Even more holiday inspiration awaits on, the go-to resource for holiday information, with tips on green décor, tree trimming, outdoor decorations, home party ideas, a guest etiquette guide and more. Exclusive holiday photo galleries provide inspiration and DIY decoration guides keep it easy and fun to make wreaths, dreidels, ornaments, lanterns, menorahs, centerpieces and more. is the best place to go for holiday hints and festive feelings. 

For a full schedule of holiday programming and marathons please visit: 


HGTV holiday specials include:


Saturday December 3

4pm ET: Holiday Inc (Canadian Premiere)

(Encore presentation Tuesday December 6 at 8pm ET)

This one hour special goes behind the scenes of the most iconic New York City sights – from Macy’s to the Empire State Building – as they are decked out for the holidays.


5pm ET: The Party (World Premiere)

(Encore presentation Tuesday December 6 at 9pm ET)

Join designer Samantha Pynn (Pure Design) as she visits a few of her favourite designers for holiday inspiration. You’ll experience an eclectic mix of holiday decorating – and Sam’s got a few tricks up her sleeve to help you get the look that works best for you. There will be cookies, candles and Chrismukkah – and what would a party be without plenty of champagne?


Saturday December 10

4pm ET: Sarah’s Holiday Party (Returning Favourite)

(Encore presentation Tuesday December 13 at 8pm ET)

This special is packed with tried, tested and true methods for decorating, cooking and gift giving. Accompanied by Tommy Smythe, her talented and quick to quip partner-in-design, Sarah deftly navigates the key elements of throwing a holiday event to remember: decking the halls, being a good guest, party prep, and ‘day of’ activities.


5pm ET: Celebrity Holiday Homes (Canadian Premiere)

(Encore presentation Tuesday December 13 at 9pm ET)

HGTV decorates three celebrity homes for the holidays – Trisha Yearwood, Brooke Burke and Sherri Shepherd. Beautiful homes get festive décor in an hour of great inspirational ideas!


Saturday December 17

4pm ET: Holiday Block Party (Canadian Premiere)

(Encore presentation Tuesday December 20 at 8pm ET)

In one suburban neighborhood homeowners are pitted against each other to see who can come up with the most creative, most outrageous and most memorable holiday decorations ever. On the final day, two of HGTV’s biggest stars, Sabrina Soto and Dina Manzo, reveal that they have been watching the competition (via live feeds) and will judge who did it the biggest…and the best. 


5pm ET: Celebrity Holiday Homes (Canadian Premiere)

(Encore presentation Tuesday December 20 at 9pm ET)

HGTV sends designers inside the homes of well-known celebrities Eva LaRue (CSI Miami) Jordin Sparks and Kurt Warner (former NFL quarterback), giving them the holiday decorating makeover of their dreams!

This September, HGTV Canada is bringing more shock, surprise and homeowner fury with all-new episodes of Holmes Inspection.

Beginning with one of the worst homes ever seen on the show, Mike Holmes visits a relatively new subdivision only to find truth in the old saying “looks can be deceiving”. The home needs so much work that it can’t be covered in just one episode – it will air as a two-part premiere on Thursday, September 1st at 9pm ET/PT.

The premiere introduces homeowners Sean and Carol who bought a beautiful and recently renovated home close to their parents to raise their newborn son. Living with a myriad of problems, they are in need of a Holmes Inspection.

Mike Holmes discovers that this house not only needs a full roof replacement, fumigation, and insulation – but the very structure of it shows poor workmanship that needs the Mike Holmes fix. So much has to be done, and on such a large scale, it goes far beyond what the homeowners ever could have imagined.

Holmes Inspection shines a spotlight on innocent homeowners facing massive repair bills and dangerous living conditions, encouraging home buyers to spot problems before purchasing a home. Each new episode features Mike Holmes solving unique dilemmas from homeowners who are facing daunting renovations or potential health threats.

About Mike Holmes:

Mike Holmes is known as Canada’s Most Trusted Contractor, and the man whose mission it is to Make it Right™. He is the host and creator of Holmes on Homes, which aired on HGTV Canada for seven successful seasons. Mike Holmes’ knowledge, professionalism and honesty bring a high level of credibility to this show.

Mike’s initiatives in new home construction and ‘eco-friendly’ building were demonstrated in his series Holmes in New Orleans–a ratings success when it aired in April of 2009. Holmes in New Orleans won a Gemini award for Best Lifestyle/Practical Information Series.

Mike is now taking home renovation and construction to a new level. He is developing Wind Walk, the first Holmes Community, in Southwest Alberta. This unique community of eco-friendly and sustainable homes will set a new standard for residential construction and design.

If you have ever purchased a home in Canada or have thought of purchasing one, you have faced the all-too familiar dilemma – urban or suburban?

Beginning Wednesday, August 31 at 10pm ET/PT, brand new Canadian original series Urban Suburban will showcase Canadian families stuck making that very decision.

Brother and sister real estate experts Philip DuMoulin and Sarah Daniels face off in each episode as they guide families through urban and suburban houses – competing to find each family their perfect location, price, and home.

Philip takes on the urban landscape, proving to potential homeowners that urban living doesn’t necessarily mean tiny square footage and prices as high as the skyscrapers. Sarah takes families through suburbia, showing that not all of these homes are cookie-cutter replicas and personalities exist beyond the stereotypical soccer mom. Each family will ultimately make their own decision, based on the location that suits them best.

“Urban Suburban is HGTV’s first show to confront the dilemma home buyers face when choosing urban or suburban” says Barb Williams, Senior Vice President of Content, Shaw Media. “Philip and Sarah maintain an excellent tug of war between the choices, all the while providing viewers  with useful tips and information on how to make their way through this difficult decision.”

“We’re delighted to be working with HGTV on this series to address an often overlooked, but an important fundamental real estate buying decision,” says John Ritchie, Executive Producer & Partner at Force Four Entertainment Inc. “From Vancouver to Halifax, homebuyers are confronted with this same decision at various stages in their lives, and we’re hoping the series will provide insight for viewers in an entertaining, yet informative way.”

Filmed in major cities across Canada, Urban Suburban truly represents a national dilemma. Potential homeowners in Vancouver, Halifax, Winnipeg and Toronto all face the same problem, although each city has their own characteristics to take into consideration. In the end a choice must be made, and after visiting six houses with Philip and Sarah, each family must choose just one to make their home – but will it be urban or suburban?

For further information on Urban Suburban, exclusive content from the hosts and to watch full episodes the day after they air, visit

The brand new original series Consumed is an extreme home experiment that challenges Canada’s most overwhelmed pack-rat families to survive for 30 days with only the bare essentials.

Series host Jill Pollack is a de-cluttering expert whose clients include Desperate Housewives actresses Marcia Cross and Felicity Huffman.

Jill guides families through a unique process that allows them to cut through their physical and emotional clutter and rebuild their lives from scratch. Produced by Vancouver-based Paperny Films, Consumed premieres Tuesday August 30 at 10pm ET/PT on HGTV Canada.

“This is a completely new kind of series for HGTV Canada, showcasing the struggle and transformation of families trying to live with less” says Barb Williams, Senior Vice President of Content, Shaw Media. “Jill’s shock-therapy and no-nonsense approach to helping these families is sure to resonate with viewers.”

“This has been a tremendous opportunity for Paperny Films,” says Cal Shumiatcher, Executive Producer, Paperny Films. “The talents of Jill Pollack and the support of HGTV have allowed us to create what we hope will be a truly cutting edge series.”

Jill Pollack has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Columbia University, and spent thirteen years as a television producer for prominent programs in the US. Now, she helps people live their best life by getting rid of clutter in their homes. In each episode of Consumed, Jill encourages families to emotionally confront their relationships and the effect of clutter on their lives. She helps each family decide which of their possessions will become the ten essential items that they live with for a full month, while everything else is taken out of their homes and kept in a storage facility. At the end of that time, families must decide what they’ll toss, donate or keep.

Darren Doyle, resident handyman, transforms each family’s home into useful spaces with storage and organization solutions. The goal is for each family to see their material possessions, homes and each other in a completely different light. But can families who have been consumed by our consumer society actually change?