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Canada’s Handyman Challenge is adding a feminine edge to the brand new series featuring top HGTV Canada talent Mike Holmes, Bryan Baeumler and Scott McGillivray as judges.

Jillian Harris – best known as the first Canadian to star on The Bachelorette and designer on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition – is taking on the job as host of the exciting new series.

Jillian, a talented and much-loved interior designer with ten years of experience in the field, will join Canada’s Handyman Challenge travelling cross-country this summer to find construction enthusiasts that will compete for the title of Canada’s Best Handyman. 

“Jillian Harris will add fun and flair to the competition,” says Barb Williams, Senior Vice President of Content, Shaw Media. “Her critically acclaimed design skills and proven aptitude for television make her an ideal match to the incredible talent already committed to this show.”

Jillian Harris hails from Peace River, Alberta, and first became known to the world as a contestant on ABC’S 13th season of The Bachelor, where she was the second runner-up. She then became the first Canadian to star on The Bachelorette in its fifth season. Since then, Jillian has worked her design magic on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. She has collaborated on design interiors for Cactus Club Café and Browns Restaurant & Bar, and led the design for former bachelorette Ali Fedotowsky and most recently the rail car interiors for the Rocky Mountaineer train.

“It is a dream come true to host Canada’s Handyman Challenge,” said Jillian Harris, host, Canada’s Handyman Challenge. “I love that I will be able to combine my love of design while working alongside the expert HGTV judges and get to witness the talent that this country has to offer will be an incredibly fun journey.”

Canadian hobby handymen and women with the skills to impress HGTV Canada’s top talent have a place to be this July to apply for Canada’s Handyman Challenge!

Teaming up for the first time ever, powerhouse construction experts Mike Holmes (Holmes on Homes, Holmes Inspection), Bryan Baeumler (House of Bryan, Disaster DIY) and Scott McGillivray (Income Property) are on the road this summer holding live auditions and recruiting the most talented hammer-wielders our nation has to offer.

In the end, one person will be named Canada’s Best Handyman. The series is scheduled to premiere winter 2012 on HGTV Canada.

The three HGTV superstars will be appearing in Vancouver, Halifax and Toronto to choose the top four contestants from each city. These final 12 handymen will go on to tighten their tool belts and battle each other in elimination challenges until the winner is determined. Canadians are encouraged to join us in the following cities:

 

Vancouver July 16

Halifax July 20

Toronto July 24

 

“Canada’s Handyman Challenge is offering everyday Canadians a one-of-a-kind opportunity to work with and be judged by some of the biggest names in the business,” says Barb Williams, Senior Vice President of Content, Shaw Media. “Featuring three of HGTV Canada’s most experienced and accomplished stars together for the first time sets the bar higher for applicants than any other series of this nature.”

To compete on Canada’s Handyman Challenge, applicants must pre-register online. The winner of this exciting new series will be crowned Canada’s Best Handyman, earning eternal bragging rights and the respect of HGTV’s most gifted hosts.

For more information and details on how to register, visit www.hgtv.ca/castingcall.

Think you’ve got the best backyard on the block?

Think again. Beginning Thursday, July 7 at 10pm ET/PT, brand new Canadian original series Deck Wars will bring together weekend deck enthusiasts in a construction challenge that will test the limits of outdoor design.

Hosted by HGTV Canada’s new rock star construction guru, Paul Lafrance (Decked Out), this challenge has competitors constructing full decks in a pressure cooker of time, expectations and skill – putting it all on the line to win a very large trophy, and eternal bragging rights.

The field of battle for Deck Wars is an indoor warehouse, with all materials and tools awaiting the arrival of the warriors. Unlike most backyard deck constructions, you won’t find any beer or buddies here. Instead, it’s a fast-paced construction challenge that results in competitors resorting to distraction tactics, name-calling, dueling…and even dance-offs.

Aided by the cast of characters from Decked Out, and guided along the way by Paul himself, teams must use every moment wisely to assert their deck dexterity. They will be judged by Paul along with two other rotating HGTV personalities, including Bryan Baeumler (Disaster DIY), Scott McGillivray (Income Property), and Damon Bennett (Holmes Inspection). Only one team is entitled to personal glory and glowing pride in the end, when they are named the winner of Deck Wars.

“Decked Out has been a breakout success for HGTV Canada – it’s currently the number one show on the network* – so we’re thrilled to bring Canadians more outdoor fun with Deck Wars” says Barb Williams, Senior Vice President of Content, Shaw Media. “Viewers clearly have had an overwhelmingly positive response to Paul Lafrance and his team, and Deck Wars will continue to highlight his hip, unique approach to deck construction – now with the added element of competition that will engage viewers even further.”

Featuring a different deck challenge in each episode, competitors must flex their creativity as they create decks built for themes such as hot tubs or shade. Guaranteed in each episode is the sense of humour Decked Out is known for, along with exceptional craftsmanship and up-close deck-building action.

“I am thrilled that HGTV viewers will get to see the creativity and resourcefulness that surfaces when weekend warriors participate in this type of challenge,” says Paul Lafrance, host of HGTV’s Deck Wars. “These teams are made up of regular guys. With a little help from my crew, it’s amazing what they can accomplish in a crazy two-day war zone – plus they have a ton of fun along the way.”

To get more information and watch full episodes of Deck Wars the day after they air, visit www.hgtv.ca.

*Decked Out is currently the number one and number two program on HGTV amongst A25-54 and M25-54. Source: BBM Canada PPM data, Apr 4 – May 29, 2011

HGTV.ca, Canada’s ultimate website for the hottest home related content, offers a peek inside the homes of Canadians in its most popular blog feature, Original Home Tours.

Featuring exclusive photos of stunning, one-of-a-kind interiors as well as practical style and shopping tips from the homeowners, Original Home Tours are a great source of inspiration and pure indulgence.

Beginning March 15th, HGTV.ca will launch an eight-part special edition of the Original Home Tours series, Creative Spaces, taking users inside the homes of some of Canada’s most prominent families and individuals. 

Creative Spaces will showcase never before seen interiors of some high profile Canadian homes. Written  by contributor Rana Florida, columnist and CEO of Creative Class Group, these home tours feature residences of well-known Canadians including: Michael Budman (Founding Partner of Roots Canada) and wife Diane Bald, Kimberley Newport Mimran and Joe Mimran, (Co-Founders of Joe Fresh and Pink Tartan) and Darren Mosher (Founder of M.A.C cosmetics).

 “The Original Home Tours blog has become one of the site’s most popular features,” said Paul Burns, Vice President Digital Media, Shaw Communications Inc. “To further engage and inspire our users, Creative Spaces will take the home tours a step further, offering them an exclusive glimpse inside the homes of some of Canada’s most exciting personalities.” 

HGTV.ca’s Original Home Tours feature launched in April 2010 and has become a huge hit with online users, consistently ranking among HGTV’s top three blog posts each month. Showcasing editorial-style tours of extra-ordinary homes and photographed by Canada’s foremost interior photographers, readers are able to learn from homeowners’ decorating decisions and find out where they shop. To date over 16 homes have been featured on the blog, many of which have been celebrated in Canada’s most esteemed interior design and décor publications including: Canadian House and Home, Style At Home and Azure Magazine. 

The Creative Spaces edition of Original Home Tours begins March 15th at www.hgtv.ca/hometours.

Beginning the week of April 5 HGTV Canada is swinging into spring with a stellar new schedule of entertaining, inspiring and informative home-related series.

Heavy-hitters, Mike Holmes and Scott McGillivray share the small screen together in the competitive series All-American Handyman; HGTV introduces expert builder and host, Paul Lafrance, who will have audiences dazzled by decks in Decked Out; and Canada’s favourite financial expert Gail Vaz-Oxlade makes her debut on HGTV in the new Til Debt Do Us Part: Home Edition.

The spring lineup also features new seasons of the long-standing smash-hit series House Hunters and House Hunters International. It’s a can’t miss season on HGTV.

“This spring HGTV is adding some fresh flavour to its lineup, focusing on heavy-hitting personalities and brand new faces,” said Barb Williams, Senior Vice President Content, Shaw Media. “The pairing of two of the channel’s powerhouse hosts together for the first time and introduction of two new personalities livens up an already strong schedule.”

For the first time ever, Canadian powerhouse construction heroes Mike Holmes (Holmes Inspection) and Scott McGillivray (Income Property) team up and head south of the border to find America’s best handyman (or handywoman) in All American Handyman, premiering Tuesday April 5 at 10pm ET/PT. The pressure is on as they put 20 participants through a series of challenges to test their construction prowess. The contestants that can’t take the heat will be cut loose.

The brand new Canadian series Decked Out, premiering Thursday April 7 at 10pm ET/PT, is unlike any other, taking backyards from boring to brilliant by shining the spotlight on decks. With over 13 years of construction experience under his belt, expert builder and new host Paul Lafrance, along with his rockin’ crew, battle the elements to transform drab backyards into awesome multi-purpose outdoor relaxation dens with stunning landscaping to match. When Paul and his team are done with the lackluster backyards, homeowners will not want to go inside.

Highly respected and sought after financial expert Gail Vaz-Oxlade is coming to HGTV. Home ownership is the biggest financial commitment one can make but that doesn’t mean that it’s for everyone. In the new series Til Debt Do Us Part: Home Edition, premiering Tuesday, April 5 at 9pm ET/PT, Gail helps couples and families who are struggling financially learn to manage their money and keep a roof over their heads.

It’s a hot season on HGTV and the already enticing schedule also includes new seasons of hit series including: Income Property, Property Virgins, Disaster DIY, along with back-to-back episodes of international hits House Hunters, House Hunters International and more. For a full schedule please visit: www.hgtv.ca.

HGTV Canada’s breathtaking reveals and remarkable transformations are better than ever as the channel is now available in High-Definition.

HGTV HD will continue to feature hugely popular hosts who are the leading experts in design, renovation and real-estate, and top-quality programming that is now brought to life by vibrant, clear and true-to-life picture quality.

Currently the third ranked specialty channel among women 25-54 and top 10 among adults 25-54*, viewers flock to HGTV for its outstanding series including Sarah 101, a brand new series by design guru Sarah Richardson, and new seasons of fan favourites, Holmes Inspection, My First Place and Flipping Out.

Check out HGTV’s transformation and tune-in for entertaining and inspiring marathons, available in superior image quality, throughout February.

 

February 2011 Marathons include:

 

House Hunters International Marathon

Sunday, February 6 from 11am ET to 7pm ET

Escape from Superbowl Sunday madness with House Hunters International and a day of daydreaming. 

 

Property Virgins Valentine’s Day Marathon

Sunday, February 13 from 11am ET to 7pm ET

Watch couples fall in love with their very first home during this Valentine’s Day inspired marathon of Property Virgins.

 

House of Bryan Marathon

Monday, February 21 from 12pm ET to 6:30pm ET

Spend Family Day with Bryan Baeumler as he demolishes his family’s house to make way for their dream home.

 

*source: BBM Canada PPM, September 6, 2011 – November 29, 2011.

Settle in this winter as HGTV Canada celebrates the great indoors with a brand new roster of entertaining and inspiring home related programming.

Beginning January 3rd, network viewers will indulge in 12 new series and seasons, strengthening the already powerful primetime schedule.

HGTV’s daytime schedule has also undergone a complete overhaul, launching all new back to back weekday programming strips of some of the channels most talked about series including: Disaster DIY, For Rent, House Hunters International and Property Virgins.

The newly refreshed lineup features six brand new series including: Cracking Antiques, a show that proves people can add style and glamour to any type of home by investing in second-hand, vintage and antique furnishings; Sarah 101, with Canadian design maven Sarah Richardson offering a crash course on the basics of good design; and Professional Grade, the series that helps dynamic homeowners renovate a room in their house using their own budget and acting as their own general contractor.

“HGTV’s winter primetime lineup includes the most schedule changes the network has ever seen,” says Emily Morgan, Vice President of Content for HGTV, Food Network and DIY Network. “We’re thrilled to offer HGTV viewers something new every night of the week, delivering the best in home related content spanning design, renovation and real estate.”

The fan-pleasing schedule is bolstered by new seasons of returning favourites, including: Holmes Inspection, Flipping Out, Dear Genevieve, Selling New York and more. For a full schedule please visit: www.hgtv.ca. 

 

Brand New Series Include:

Sarah 101 (World Broadcast Premiere)

Tuesdays at 9pm ET/10pm PT beginning January 4

Sarah 101 is a back-to-basics crash course in design that breaks every project into simple building blocks and showcases Sarah Richardson’s signature approach. The series offers tips and tricks to solve design problems so that you too can transform any room in your home.

 

Design DNA (World Broadcast Premiere)

Tuesdays at 9:30pm ET/10:30pm PT beginning January 4

Design DNA focuses on the amazing stories behind some of the most extraordinary and ordinary pieces of home design.  From the first spark of conception, through the trial and error of design, to the factory floor, and finally to a stunning reveal in a magnificent home, each episode features the life story of three iconic and sometimes not-so-iconic pieces of home design.

 

Professional Grade (North American Broadcast Premiere)

Thursdays at 8:30pm ET/9:30pm PT beginning January 6

Savvy and resourceful homeowners tackle a room renovation trying to achieve professional quality results on a limited budget. If they can fool a team of master contractors into thinking they spent more money than their actual out-of-pocket costs the homeowners will win the difference.

 

Cracking Antiques (North American Broadcast Premiere)

Fridays at 8:30pm ET/9:30pm PT beginning January 7

The series that drags antiques from their pedestals, blows the dust off them and shows how they can be more affordable, stylish and better made than much of what the high street has to offer.

 

Property Ladder UK (North American Broadcast Premiere)

Fridays at 9pm ET/10pm PT beginning January 7

Hosted by Sarah Beeny, this series follows the journey of amateur property developers as they set out to make a life changing profit from renovating challenging houses.

 

Color Splash: Miami (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)  

Saturdays at 10:30am ET/7:30am PT beginning January 8

Designer David Bromstad finds inspiration around every corner in his very hot hometown of Miami. Taking cues from the amazing architecture and cultural pulse of the city, he transforms ordinary rooms and outdoor spaces into something spectacular.

Mike Holmes continues his mission to “Make It Right”™ as he helps combat disastrous property repairs in the second season of the popular HGTV series Holmes Inspection beginning Thursday, January 6 at 9pm ET/PT. The second season is part of HGTV’s new winter lineup that includes 12 new seasons and series in primetime.

Each episode showcases an innocent homeowner facing extremely large repair bills and dangerous living conditions. With the help of state-of-the-art computer graphics, Mike is in full inspection mode; unearthing catastrophic holes in homes. With lots of power tools, demolition, and a hard working crew that includes Mike Holmes’ kids, Mike Jr. and Sherry and right-hand man Damon Bennett at the helm, the team sets off on a head-on seek and repair mission, determined to “Make It Right”™. 

“Having faced and dealt with overloaded electrical circuits, rotten roofs, plumbing nightmares and more, Canadians have come to rely on the advice Mike offers in every episode of Holmes Inspection,” says Emily Morgan, Vice President of Content for HGTV, Food Network and DIY Network. “Mike Holmes has always been a favourite on the HGTV schedule and we couldn’t be more excited to have his new season included in our exceptional winter lineup.”

Offering viewers the chance to witness, first hand, the unique dilemmas faced by house purchasers who’ve been misled and now face daunting renovations, Holmes Inspection sheds light on the importance of spotting problems before you buy. Mike and his dedicated crew, entrenched in the construction and building trade, provide their unique perspective and show how to get a house up to code. 

Full episodes of Holmes Inspection will be available at www.hgtv.ca the day after airing.

Mike Holmes continues his mission to “Make It Right”™ as he helps combat disastrous property repairs in the second season of the popular HGTV series Holmes Inspection beginning Thursday, January 6 at 9pm ET/PT. The second season is part of HGTV’s new winter lineup that includes 12 new seasons and series in primetime.

Each episode showcases an innocent homeowner facing extremely large repair bills and dangerous living conditions. With the help of state-of-the-art computer graphics, Mike is in full inspection mode; unearthing catastrophic holes in homes. With lots of power tools, demolition, and a hard working crew that includes Mike Holmes’ kids, Mike Jr. and Sherry and right-hand man Damon Bennett at the helm, the team sets off on a head-on seek and repair mission, determined to “Make It Right”™. 

“Having faced and dealt with overloaded electrical circuits, rotten roofs, plumbing nightmares and more, Canadians have come to rely on the advice Mike offers in every episode of Holmes Inspection,” says Emily Morgan, Vice President of Content for HGTV, Food Network and DIY Network. “Mike Holmes has always been a favourite on the HGTV schedule and we couldn’t be more excited to have his new season included in our exceptional winter lineup.”

Offering viewers the chance to witness, first hand, the unique dilemmas faced by house purchasers who’ve been misled and now face daunting renovations, Holmes Inspection sheds light on the importance of spotting problems before you buy. Mike and his dedicated crew, entrenched in the construction and building trade, provide their unique perspective and show how to get a house up to code.

Full episodes of Holmes Inspection will be available at www.hgtv.ca the day after airing.

This holiday season, HGTV Canada and Food Network Canada have teamed up to offer the best new and exclusive holiday entertaining content on their accompanying websites.  

From planning the perfect menu to original videos on everything from holiday cocktails to table décor and daily holiday tips and tricks, www.foodnetwork.ca/holidays and www.HGTV.ca/holidays are the ultimate destinations for entertaining ideas. All holiday content is now available on both sites.

For the first time in site history, HGTV.ca is whetting appetites, featuring celebrity inspired holiday related recipes courtesy of Food Network Canada.  

In addition to tempting the taste buds, the website is offering visitors more brand new holiday content than ever before including six new holiday craft ideas, a gift guide courtesy of well-known blogger and assistant on HGTV’s Pure Design Julia Black, six holiday décor photo galleries as well as place card setting and gift tag templates.  

Your home will have never looked so fantastically festive.  Also, visitors can get interactive and share one-of-a-kind holiday greetings courtesy of HGTV through popular social networks Twitter and Facebook.  The unique cards are available for download on the website. 

“This holiday season, the HGTV and Food Network websites provide extensive information on virtually every aspect of the holidays from cooking to decorating and design,” says Christine Geddes, Director, Online Content, HGTV.ca and Foodnetwork.ca.  “With a new festive design and more new holiday related content than ever, these two websites are sure to inspire and entertain.”

Foodnetwork.ca explores décor this season, featuring more than 10 brand new holiday decorating ideas including festive centerpieces, wreaths, ornaments, greeting card displays, DIY ornaments, and a decoupage gift box, among others.  

The site offers visitors more than 125 delectable holiday recipes, menus for entertaining, how-to recipe video clips, as well as full episodes of Jamie’s Family Christmas and special holiday themed episodes of Chef at Home, Ricardo and Friends and French Food at Home.  

A blog feed on the site features all holiday related blog posts, covering topics such as food related gift giving ideas, Food Network hosts’ holiday wish lists and tips, holiday food related events coverage and holiday cookbook reviews.  

Brand new downloads available on the site include printable greeting cards, recipe cards that can be attached to gifts or baked goods, sugar cookie stencils, and grocery shopping lists for Christmas dinner, Christmas brunch, and New Year’s Eve dinner.

For everything holiday related visit www.HGTV.ca/holidays and www.foodnetwork.ca/holidays.