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Shaw Media is thrilled to announce today the renewal of its number one Food Network Canada series, Top Chef Canada.  

Since the launch of season one in April, 2011, the Canadian adaptation of the international smash hit has consistently been Food Network’s top ranked series.

 A national casting call for Canada’s next Top Chef has begun, with applications available at www.topchefcanada.ca. The deadline for submitting applications is June 19, 2012. 

The country’s best and brightest up-and-coming culinary stars, aged 19 years and older, are encouraged to visit www.topchefcanada.ca to download the application form.  In addition to the online form, applicants must create a short video of themselves in action, showing off their cooking ability and on-camera personality. Casting is currently open and runs until June 19, 2012.

Staying true to the original show format, Top Chef Canada challenges competitors’ culinary skills to see who can cut it as Canada’s Top Chef, taking home the grand prize including $100,000.  The intensity builds each week as the competitors vie for their shot at stardom and avoid elimination.  Shaw Media will continue to work with Canadian production powerhouse, Insight Productions, for the third season, which will premiere in 2013 exclusively on Food Network Canada. 

For those who may need to catch up on the current season of Top Chef Canada, tune in on May 21st to a Victoria Day Top Chef Canada Marathon of the first 10 episodes back-to-back starting at 12pm ET followed by the premiere of episode 11 at 10pm ET/PT.  Viewers can continue watching the second season of Top Chef Canada on Food Network Canada Mondays at 10 pm ET PT.  Canada’s second Top Chef will be crowned in the special 90-minute season finale airing Monday, June 4th at 10pm ET/PT on Food Network Canada.

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Three teenagers from Fort Alexander, MB, danced their way into the hearts of Canadians across the country, as Sagkeeng’s Finest was named the first-ever winner of Canada’s Got Talent earlier this evening on Citytv.

By a clear majority, the traditional dance trio was the country’s highest vote-getter and will take home the grand prize of $100,000 (Cdn), a brand new Nissan GT-R, tickets for an all-inclusive trip to the island of Tobago, a spot in Citytv’s New Year’s Bash, a chance to perform in a Las Vegas show, and the title of Canada’s Most Talented Act.

Members of Sagkeeng First Nation, Vincent O’Laney (17), and brothers Brandon (18) and Dallas Courchene (17) formed Sagkeeng’s Finest when they heard about Canada’s Got Talent.

Their journey began in Winnipeg at the casting tour in September 2011, followed by the Live Theatre Audition Tour (December 2011) and live semifinals (April 2012).

In last night’s Live Finals, Sagkeeng’s Finest performed to a mash-up of Raghav’s “Fire” and Metro Station’s “Shake It”, with a fusion of traditional clogging and tap.

The performance earned them the title of ‘most improved’ from judge Stephan Moccio, and ‘biggest risk-taker’ from judge Measha Brueggergosman, while fellow judge Martin Short said the group represents “pure joy.”

“Sagkeeng’s Finest is a uniquely-Canadian talent that struck a chord with communities across the country. The First Nation’s traditional dance trio are outstanding role models – not only for their community, but for all Canadian youth,” said Ed Robinson, Executive Producer, Canada’s Got Talent, Rogers Media. “Their spirit captured the hearts of the nation, and their story is a testament to what hard work, dedication and commitment can achieve. We are proud to bring this unique act to a national stage.”    

Following weeks of intense competition, the Top 12 finalists ranged in age from 11 to 45, spanning the country from New Brunswick to British Columbia, and specializing in everything from beatboxing to circus performing. The Top 12 finalists were (in alphabetical order):

 

·         ANGRY CANDY (Five-member Rock Band), ages: 27-37, from Moncton, N.B.

·         AYGUL MEMET, 36 (Circus Performer), from Toronto, ON (b. Urumqi)

·         BROKEN DANCE (10-member Traditional Dance Group), ages: 19-25, from Mississauga, ON

·         EMILIO FINA, 38 (Opera Singer), from Petersburg, ON

·         FRESHH (Seven-member Dance Group), ages: 13-17, from Vancouver

·         IVAN DAIGLE, 41 (Solo Singer), from Petitcodiac, N.B.

·         JULIE LAFONTAINE, 45 (Opera Singer), from Montreal

·         KRNFX a.k.a. TERRY IM, 22 (Beatboxer), from Toronto

·         SAGKEENG’S FINEST (Three-member Traditional Dance Group), ages: 16-17, from Sagkeeng First Nation, Fort Alexander, MB

·         SCOTT JACKSON, 24 (Beatboxer), from Toronto

·         SHALE WAGMAN, 11 (Solo Dancer), from Toronto

·         THE EMSEE a.k.a MATHEW CATHCART, 21 (Rapper), from Hamilton, ON

After 11 weeks of talent, sweat and tears on the Canada’s Got Talent stage, who will be named the most talented act in the country?

Down from 39 acts in the semifinals, the Top 12 finalists will put their dreams on the line one last time to perform in the hopes of earning the most votes from viewers and becoming Canada’s Most Talented Act.

The special, two-hour Canada’s Got Talent Live Finals airs Sunday, May 13 at 8 p.m. local time, followed by the one-hour reveal in the Live Finals Results on Monday, May 14 at 7 p.m. local time on Citytv.

On the heels of Monday night’s last semifinal round, Canada’s Got Talent digital correspondent Graeme O’Neil sat down with Martin Short, Measha Brueggergosman and Stephan Moccio for the “Judges’ Preview” – a candid chat on what they think of the talent so far and what they expect to see in the Live Finals. Fans can catch the exclusive interview at CanadasGotTalent.com.

The diverse Top 12 finalists competing for viewers’ votes during the talent-packed, two-hour Live Finals range in age from 11 to 45, span the country from Moncton, NB to Vancouver and are diversified in their disciplines – from dancing and singing to beatboxing and circus performing.  The acts are as follows:

 

·         Angry Candy (Five-member Rock Band), ages: 27-37, from Moncton, N.B.

·         Aygul Memet, 36 (Circus Performer), from Toronto, ON (b. Urumqi)

·         Broken Dance (10-member Traditional Dance Group), ages: 19-25, from Mississauga, ON

·         Emilio Fina, 38 (Opera Singer), from Petersburg, ON

·         Freshh (Seven-member Dance Group), ages: 13-17, from Vancouver

·         Ivan Daigle, 41 (Solo Singer), from Petitcodiac, N.B.

·         Julie Lafontaine, 45 (Opera Singer), from Montreal

·         KRNFX a.k.a. TERRY IM, 22 (Beatboxer), from Toronto

·         Sagkeeng’s Finest (Three-member Traditional Dance Group), ages: 16-17, from Sagkeeng First Nation, Fort Alexander, MB

·         Scott Jackson, 24 (Beatboxer), from Toronto

·         Shale Wagman, 11 (Solo Dancer), from Toronto

·         The Emsee a.k.a MATHEW CATHCART, 21 (Rapper), from Hamilton, ON

 

Monday night’s Live Finals Results will also feature performances by Canadian chart-toppers Hedley, performing the fan-favourite “Beautiful” from their new album Storms,and 12-year-old classical soprano prodigy and America’s Got Talent 2010 finalist, Jackie Evancho, singing her rendition of “Angel,” by Canadian songstress Sarah McLachlan. Then, famed celebrity interviewer Jiminy Glick (Martin Short), will make a special appearance, talking to host Dina Pugliese about the judges and Top 12 competitors vying for the title.

Immediately following Monday night’s television broadcast, tune in to the special, live, aftershow celebration on CanadasGotTalent.com or on the Canada’s Got Talent app for the BlackBerry® PlayBook™ and iPad, as the winning act is presented with a cheque for $100,000, tickets for an all-inclusive trip to the island of Tobago, and the keys to a brand new Nissan GT-R, valued at more than $100,000. In addition to these prizes, the winning act will also receive a spot in the Live Citytv’s New Year’s Bash, and a chance to perform in a Las Vegas show.

Plus, during the Live Finals and Live Finals Results, fans can share in the excitement and cheer on their favourite acts at the exclusive Tim Hortons Block Party at Showline Studios. Hosted by CityNews’ entertainment reporter Mary Kitchen (May 13) and CityNews reporter Sangita Patel (May 14), the party will feature food, entertainment and surprises – everything from stilt-walkers to face painters – as the one-stop shop for Canada’s Got Talent’s biggest fans to celebrate the results together. For more information on the Tim Hortons Block Party and how to attend, visit CanadasGotTalent.com.

Following weeks of viewer excitement and fervent speculation, Citytv announced today that 28-year-old CFL wide receiver Brad Smith is now the country’s most eligible bachelor, and will star as ‘the bachelor’ on The Bachelor Canada, premiering this fall on Citytv.

The highly-anticipated announcement was made earlier this morning on Breakfast Television, Rogers Radio stations across the country, and BachelorCanada.ca.

Smith, who grew up in small-town Hudson, QC, graduated from Queen’s University in Kingston, ON, and went on to enjoy a successful career as a wide receiver with the Montreal Alouettes (2007), Toronto Argonauts (2007-2009), and Edmonton Eskimos (2010-2011).

Currently a free agent, Smith is taking time off from sports to find true love. After living out his childhood dream on the football field, the charismatic bachelor is ready to settle down and find his soulmate, taking Canada along on his romantic journey.

“I’m extremely honoured to be chosen as Canada’s first bachelor. I take this experience very seriously, and I truly believe in the process,” said Brad Smith. “I can’t wait to meet all the wonderful Canadian women who have put their lives on hold to experience all of this with me. I hope I can live up to their expectations, as I know they’ll absolutely exceed mine.”

Driven, confident, candid and comfortable in his own skin, Smith, who now makes Toronto his home, is looking to find the right woman who will complement both his fun-loving personality and active lifestyle. He is attracted to women who are independent, intelligent, and just as confident in a ponytail, sweatpants and sweatshirt as they are all dressed up for a night out on the town.

“Brad is the full package – a quintessentially Canadian, down-to-earth man,” said Claire Freeland, Director of Original Programming, Rogers Media, and Executive Producer of The Bachelor Canada. “He is completely committed to this experience and in it for the right reasons. It’s Canada’s turn to find love with The Bachelor Canada and we could not have hoped for a more well-rounded and genuine person to kick off the first season.”

Off the football field, Smith values time with his family and friends more than anything, and looks up to his father, the Honourable Senator Larry Smith – former CFL Commissioner and former President and CEO of the Montreal Alouettes – as both a leader and a role model. His parents’ loving and committed relationship is an inspiration to him, as they prepare to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary this year.

Footage of this morning’s bachelor reveal on Breakfast Television will be available at BachelorCanada.ca. Additionally, beginningat 12 noon ET today, this clip will also be available via an embeddable customized video player. To obtain the embed code, please see media contacts at the end of this release.

With casting now complete, production on the nine-episode, original reality series is currently underway. The Bachelor Canada will premiere on Citytv this fall. Additional details, including the identity of host and the 25 bachelorettes, will be announced at a later date.

The Bachelor Canada is the Canadian version of the perennially successful The Bachelor franchise on Citytv and OMNI Television. The series is produced by multiple award-winning Force Four Entertainment. Sean De Vries is the supervising producer, Joyce Sawa is the series producer and John Ritchie serves as executive producer for the series. Claire Freeland is the director of original programming for Rogers Media and an executive producer of The Bachelor Canada.

The spotlight – and the pressure – was on as the Canada’s Got Talent Week 3 semifinalists awaited their fate in the live results show earlier this evening on Citytv.

Host Dina Pugliese revealed that solo dancer Shale Wagman was the highest vote-getter and would be advancing to the Canada’s Got Talent finals.

Of the acts who placed second and third amongst voters, judges Martin Short, Measha Brueggergosman and Stephan Moccio selected opera singer Emilio Fina to continue his journey to the finals.

Wagman and Fina will perform in the Canada’s Got Talent finals on May 13 alongside previously announced finalists rock band Angry Candy (Moncton, NB), hip hop dance group Freshh (Vancouver), opera singer Julie Lafontaine (Montreal) and beatboxer Scott Jackson (Toronto).

Eleven-year-old dancer Shale Wagman of Toronto danced into the hearts of viewers across the country for his stake in the Canada’s Got Talent competition, and brought judge Measha Brueggergosman to tears. Shale has been dancing competitively for five years and is trained in ballet, jazz, lyrical, tap, modern, hip hop, acro and contemporary dance.

Emilio Fina, opera singer from Petersburg, ON, took Canada’s breath away with his beautiful performance of Andrea Bocelli’s “Time to Say Goodbye.” Emilio studied classical music at The Royal Conservatory of Music and is a full-time husband, father of four and lead station attendant at an airline company.

Video highlight clips from tonight’s results show will be available today at 12 noon ET at www.rogerstvsales.ca/citytv/canadagottalent/promos/. This clip is also available via an embeddable customized video player.

Fans who miss the show can also catch up on Citytv.com or on the Citytv Video App for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. For more information on how to vote and a list of FAQs, visit CanadasGotTalent.com. Also, follow us on Twitter@CGTCitytv, and “like” us on Facebook for the latest updates, info and announcements. 

As the 37 semifinalists prepare to take the stage live in front of the nation, Citytv and Canada’s Got Talent are calling on the fourth judge – the fans – to help Martin Short, Measha Brueggergosman and Stephan Moccio decide who will ultimately be named the most talented act in Canada.

Fans can vote using five different methods, up to 10 times per platform, to keep their favourite acts in the competition immediately following the first live performance show, airing on a special date and time, Monday, April 2 at 8 p.m. local time.

Subsequent live performances will air Sundays at 8 p.m. local time starting April 8, with results shows each Monday at 9 p.m. local time, starting April 9.

All Canada’s Got Talent live performance and results shows will take place at Showline Studios, 915 Lake Shore Blvd. East, Toronto, Ontario. Tickets to the shows are available to the general public free of charge on a first come, first served basis. All requests must be sent to cgtaudience@insighttv.com.

There will also be a Rush Line available before the live taping of each show. Approximately 20 minutes before each taping, any unclaimed tickets will be distributed to fans in this line, subject to seating availability. Information about arrival times and additional details will be provided through email upon ticket confirmation.

In the live, one-hour performance shows, up to seven acts will take the Canada’s Got Talent stage to show the judges, host Dina Pugliese, the studio audience, and all of Canada what makes them arguably the nation’s top performer. In the weekly results show, two semifinalists will advance – one selected by the viewers’ votes and one selected by the judges. In addition, the highest vote-getter of the Top 20 acts from the YouTube Last Chance Auditions, sponsored by Nissan, plus one act selected by the judges, will be revealed in the first live results show on Tuesday, April 3 at 8 p.m. local time. Public voting will remain open from 9 p.m. ET to 2 a.m. ET following each live performance show.

 

Viewers are permitted 10 votes per voting period, per platform. The five different ways to vote are:

 

· Text – text “VOTE” to the short code associated with the act you want to advance. Standard text messaging rates may apply; must be a Rogers customer.

· Online – visit CanadasGotTalent.com to select your favourite acts and click on the “VOTE” button.

· Facebook – on the Canada’s Got Talent Facebook page, visit the “Vote Now” tab and click on the “VOTE” button corresponding to your favourite act. A registered Facebook account is required.

· Twitter – register by clicking on the “Vote with Twitter” link found on CanadasGotTalent.com or the Facebook page. Once registered, vote by sending a direct message to @CGTCitytv using the word “VOTE” and the four-digit number assigned to each competitor.

· Phone – dial the toll-free number corresponding to the act you want to advance. Note: busy signals can be expected.

Earlier this evening, Canada’s Got Talent fans were introduced to some of the diverse semifinalists who will compete for the coveted title of Canada’s most talented act in the thrilling and dramatic ‘Cutdown Episode’ on Citytv.

As the cross-country tour came to an end, judges Martin Short, Measha Brueggergosman and Stephan Moccio reviewed all of the acts hoping to advance to the semifinals in an intense and lengthy deliberation.

Then, in an emotional last stand, with no shortage of surprises, host Dina Pugliese and the judges notified the acts whose journey had ended and those who are advancing to the semifinals.

With Canada’s overwhelming number of talented performers to choose from, the judges could not contain the number of semifinalists to just 37.

Subsequently, two additional acts from the You Tube ‘Last Chance Auditions,’ sponsored by Nissan, will also be included, bringing the total number of semifinalists to 39.

These two acts – the highest vote-getter and one selected by the judges – will be revealed during the first live results show on April 3.

The semifinals start with three weeks of over-sized, 70-minute performance shows – the first on a special date, Monday, April 2 at 8 p.m. local time. The first-ever results show will follow on Tuesday, April 3 at 8 p.m. local time. An encore presentation of the semifinalist reveal will air Sunday, April 1 at 8 p.m. local time on Citytv. Please visit CanadasGotTalent.com for full broadcast information.

 

Canada’s Got Talent semifinalists are (in alphabetical order):

 

ANGRY CANDY (Five-member Rock Band), ages: 27-37, from Moncton, NB

ANGELA EWTUSHIK, 39, and her dog RALLY, 7 (Animal Act), from Harriston, ON

AYGUL MEMET, 36 (Circus Performer), from Toronto, ON (b. Urumqi)

BROKEN DANCE (10-member Traditional Dance Group), ages: 19-25, from Mississauga, ON

CHRISTOPHER CHARLES, 29 (Solo Singer), from Hamilton, ON

CRAZ E CREW STUNT TEAM (Five Bike Stunt Performers), ages 23-31, from Ottawa, ON

DADDY COOL (13-member Dance Group), ages: 27-51, from Montreal, QC

EMILIO FINA, 38 (Opera Singer), from Petersburg, ON

ENIGMA DANCE PRODUCTIONS (Seven-member Dance Group), ages: 18-25, from Montreal, QC

ERIC SAINTONGE, 37 (Circus Performer), from Montreal, QC.

FANTASY CIRCUS (Five Circus Performers), ages: 8-42, from Markham, ON

FRANCELLE MARIA, 23, and MATHIEU LEGER, 32 (Singing Duo), from Dieppe, NB

FRESHH (Seven-member Dance Group), ages: 13-17, from Vancouver, BC

GOOD FOR GRAPES (Six-member Folk Band), ages: 18-28, from Surrey, BC

H.I.X. (Hip Hop Trio), ages: 19-21, from Montreal, QC

IVAN DAIGLE, 41 (Solo Singer), from Petitcodiac, NB

JACK ETTLINGER, 18 (Solo Singer), from Toronto, ON (b. United States)

JACK, MICHEL and MARIA FORESTIER (Instrumental Family Folk Trio), ages: 7-58, from Edmonton, AB

JULIE LAFONTAINE, 45 (Opera Singer), from Montreal, QC

KRNFX a.k.a. TERRY IM, 22 (Beatboxer), from Toronto, ON

LAHEEB QUDDUSI, 23 (Impressionist), from Devon, AB

LISA ODJIG, 37 (Traditional Hoop Dancer), from Manitoulin Island, ON

MARIANNE DEMERS, 15 (Solo Singer), from Sainte-Julie, QC

MARISSA PUFF, 26 (Fire Poi Artist), from Edmonton, AB

NATHAN KNOWLES, 16 (Contortionist), from Maple Ridge, BC

ONEBLOOD (Five-member Traditional Singing Group), ages: 18-50, from Lunenburg, NS

PULP CITY INN (Four-member Rock Band), ages: 17-22, from Windsor, ON

ROGER LEBLANC, 23 (Actor), from Calgary, AB

SAGKEENG’S FINEST (Three-member Traditional Dance Group), ages: 16-17, from Sagkeeng First Nation, Fort Alexander, MB

SCOTT JACKSON, 24 (Beatboxer), from Toronto, ON

SHALE WAGMAN, 11 (Solo Dancer), from Thornhill, ON

SILVIA RICCIOTTO, 49 (Solo Singer), from Montreal, QC (b. Argentina)

THE BRAT PACK (Six-member Dance Group), ages: 14-18, from Dollard Des Ormeaux, QC

THE DANCE & ILLUSIONS OF OSLEN (Three-member Magic Act), ages: 18-36, from Vancouver, BC

VITHOU THURBER-PROMTEP, 16 (Solo Singer), from Montreal, QC

WUSHU BY STORM (Six-member Martial Arts Group), ages: 18-34, from Toronto, ON

YUVAL FICHMAN, 46 (Solo Pianist), from Toronto, ON (b. Israel)

 

Each week, beginning April 2, up to seven semifinalists will take the Canada’s Got Talent stage to show the judges, the live studio audience, and viewers across Canada if they have what it takes to reach the finals and be crowned the nation’s most talented performer. In the weekly results show, two semifinalists will advance – one selected by viewers and one selected by the judges.

Canadians will have the chance to vote for their favourite acts immediately after each live performance show. Additional details on voting and tickets will be announced in the coming days.

Global’s original series Canada Sings returns to television and to the hearts of Canadians coast-to-coast this year with 12 new teams and a fresh face on the judging panel.

The show that transforms ordinary workmates into glee club performers welcomes the addition of Toronto native and music video vixen, Laurieann Gibson (@iamboomkack).

Laurieann will sit alongside returning Canada Sings judges Rob Van Winkle (a.k.a. Vanilla Ice, @vanillaice) and Jann Arden (@jannarden) to give her insight on which teams have the right stuff on the stage.

A seasoned industry professional, Laurieann has directed and choreographed music videos for top artists including Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, Mary J. Blige, Beyoncé, Keri Hilson and Lady Gaga to name a few. No stranger to television, Laurieann stars in her own cable shows The Dance Scene and Born to Dance, which she also executive produces.

Laurieann has also made appearances on many hit TV series including Making the Band, Starmaker, Skating with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, and appeared in the hit movie Honey, based on her life as a dancer.

“With double the amount of entries from last year, we know Canadians are excited for the show’s return,” said Barbara Williams, SVP, Content, Shaw Media. “It’s amazing to watch everyday co-workers come together in this unique way for charities they truly believe in. We’re looking forward to getting to know this year’s teams as well as sharing in their triumphs, challenges and of course all the great performances.”

Also, returning this season as Host is ET Canada’s Hollywood Correspondent, Matte Babel (@thisisbabel) who will make his way back home to emcee the show from the new and improved Canada Sings stage.

Unique to Canada Sings, competing teams sing and dance for a donation to the charity of their choice. Season two glee clubs and charities include:

 

WestJet – “Cabin Pressure” (Calgary, AB) 

Charity: Alberta Children’s Hospital

Stampede Casino – “Deal With It” (Calgary, AB)

Charity: Plan Canada

Dumas Mining – “Dumas Rocks” (Timmins, ON)

Charity: CNIB Lake Joseph Centre

GO Transit – “GO Glee” (Toronto, ON)

Charity: United Way

Elmwood Spa – “InSPAration” (Toronto, ON)

Charity: YWCA Elm Centre

OPP – “OPP Project Glee” (Orillia, ON)

Charity: Dave Mounsey Memorial Fund

Ontario Science Centre – “OSCillations” (Toronto, ON)

Charity: Adopt-A-Class

Peel Children’s Aid – “Positively Peel” (Mississauga, ON)

Charity: Peel Children’s Aid Foundation

Royal Canadian Air Force – “Super Sonic” (Winnipeg, MB)

Charity: Soldier On Fund

Purdy’s Chocolate – “Sweet Day” (Vancouver, BC)

Charity: MS Society

CAA – “The Associates” (Thornhill, ON)

Charity: SickKids Foundation

RBC – “The Bank Notes” (Toronto, ON)

Charity: RBC Blue Water Project

 

“We’re so excited to launch our second season of Canada Sings. It’s the ultimate feel-good show,” says John Brunton, Executive Producer, Insight Production Company Ltd. “We’re thrilled to have a superstar choreographer from the world of Pop, Hip Hop and Dance joining our judging panel this year. Laurieann Gibson has worked with such renowned artists as Nicki Minaj, Lady Gaga, Beyoncé and P. Diddy.”

Canada Sings is a one-hour original series that challenges Canadians to form glee clubs with their co-workers and compete in a head-to-head battle against another workplace glee team for their charity of choice. Canada Sings is created and produced by Insight Productions in association with Shaw Media.

The spotlight is on as the nation’s largest talent search series gets underway with the eagerly-awaited premiere of Canada’s Got Talent.

Citytv today unveiled the full episodic breakdown for the 11-week, 22-episode, all-new Canadian edition of the international Got Talent franchise.

Canada’s Got Talent airs Sundays at 8 p.m. local time and Mondays at 7 p.m. local time, beginning Sunday, March 4 on Citytv.

The first-ever Canada’s Got Talent winner will be revealed in the live season finale on May 14.

Encore presentations of each week’s Sunday and Monday shows will be available on Citytv, OMNI Television, Rogers On Demand, rogersondemand.com, and Citytv.com. On Citytv, the encores can be seen Saturday evenings in prime time (check local listings) beginning March 10, while on OMNI.1, OMNI Alberta and OMNI BC, the encores air Sundays beginning March 11, with back-to-back episodes at 4 p.m. ET/MT (OMNI.1 and OMNI Alberta) and 6 p.m. PT (OMNI BC). Viewers can also catch up on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch by downloading the free Citytv video app on iTunes Canada.

In the first seven episodes of the series, celebrity judges Martin Short, Measha Brueggergosman and Stephan Moccio scour the country in search of the most talented act during an exhilarating six-city audition tour that includes Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Halifax, and Montreal. Canadian hopefuls of all ages and all talents perform in an attempt to impress the judges and advance in the competition.

In a special episode on March 26, the judges deliberate behind closed doors and decide which acts will move on to compete in the live semifinals. Thirty-six acts will advance to the semis; six acts per week over six weeks. In the live, one-hour performance shows on Sundays at 8 p.m. local time, six acts will take centre stage to show the judges, host Dina Pugliese, the studio audience, and all of Canada what makes them arguably the nation’s top performer. In the weekly results show, airing Mondays at 7 p.m. local time, two semifinalists will advance – one selected by viewers and one selected by the judges. In addition, the highest vote-getter of the Top 20 acts from the YouTube Last Chance Auditions, sponsored by Nissan, plus one act selected by the judges, will be revealed in the first live results show on April 3.

The competition intensifies when the Top 12 finalists face off in a special two-hour, live episode on May 13 at 8 p.m. local time. The finalists give it their all for one last chance to impress the judges and the nation to earn the ultimate title of Canada’s most talented act. Then it all comes down to one, with the winner being crowned on the season finale on May 14 at 7 p.m. local time.

The winner of Canada’s Got Talent will receive a substantial grand prize package, including a brand-new Nissan GT-R. Valued at approximately $105,000, the GT-R is Nissan’s newest premier supercar with exclusive availability throughout Canada. Additional prizing will be unveiled during the broadcast.

Information regarding the voting process, digital engagement, and a robust national trade campaign will be announced in the coming weeks.

 

The full episode rollout is as follows (all times local and subject to change):

·         Sunday, March 4 at 8 p.m. – Series Premiere/Toronto Auditions (Part One)

·         Monday, March 5 at 7 p.m. – Calgary Auditions

·         Sunday, March 11 at 8 p.m. – Vancouver Auditions (Part One)

·         Monday, March 12 at 7 p.m. – Toronto Auditions (Part Two)

·         Sunday, March 18 at 8 p.m. – Winnipeg Auditions

·         Monday, March 19 at 7 p.m. – Halifax Auditions/Vancouver Auditions (Part Two)

·         Sunday, March 25 at 8 p.m. – Montreal Auditions

·         Monday, March 26 at 7 p.m. – The Cutdown: Judges Choose and Reveal Semifinalists

·         Monday, April 2 at 9 p.m. *Special Date and Time* – Semifinal Round One: Performance (LIVE) 

·         Tuesday, April 3 at 7 p.m. *Special Date and Time*– Semifinal Round One: Results and Top YouTube Acts from Last Chance Auditions are Revealed (LIVE)

·         Sunday, April 8 at 8 p.m. – Semifinal Round Two: Performance (LIVE)

·         Monday, April 9 at 7 p.m. – Semifinal Round Two: Results (LIVE)

·         Sunday, April 15 at 8 p.m. – Semifinal Round Three: Performance (LIVE)

·         Monday, April 16 at 7 p.m. – Semifinal Round Three: Results (LIVE)

·         Sunday, April 22 at 8 p.m. – Semifinal Round Four: Performance (LIVE)

·         Monday, April 23 at 7 p.m. – Semifinal Round Four: Results (LIVE)

·         Sunday, April 29 at 8 p.m. – Semifinal Round Five: Performance (LIVE)

·         Monday, April 30 at 7 p.m. – Semifinal Round Five: Results (LIVE)

·         Sunday, May 6 at 8 p.m. – Semifinal Round Six: Performance (LIVE)

·         Monday, May 7 at 7 p.m. – Semifinal Round Six: Results (LIVE)

·         Sunday, May 13 at 8 p.m. *Two-Hour Episode* – Top 12 Finalists Perform (LIVE)

·         Monday, May 14 at 7 p.m. – Canada’s Got Talent Winner is Revealed (LIVE)

 

Canada’s Got Talent is the largest national talent search in Canadian television history and features a colourful array of hopeful stars, including comedians, contortionists, impressionists, jugglers, magicians, ventriloquists, dancers and singers all vying for a chance to perform on national television and win the coveted title. This original series is a tribute to the rich talents that define and characterize Canada’s diversity.

Tim Hortons, Nissan Canada Inc. and Rogers Communications Inc. are founding partners of Canada’s Got Talent, with multiplatform sponsorship integration and execution across television, online, mobile and on-site presence.

Visit www.canadasgottalent.com, follow us on Twitter @CGTCitytv, and “like” us on Facebook for the latest updates, info and announcements.

For all those talented Canadians looking for one final moment in the spotlight, now’s your chance. Launching today on canadasgottalent.com and powered by YouTube, Citytv and Canada’s Got Talent invites Canadians to show off their talents with Last Chance Auditions, sponsored by Nissan, by uploading a video of their act online at www.youtube.com/canadasgottalent.

Last Chance Auditions runs through January 15 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Videos must not exceed two minutes and all music selections must be chosen from the list of pre-cleared songs provided. Canada’s Got Talent premieres March 4 on Citytv.

The Top 20 YouTube auditions will be posted on the website for fans to review, then it’s up to Canada to choose who will be the lucky act fast-tracked to the Canada’s Got Talent semifinals in April. From January 23 through January 30, the public can visit www.canadasgottalent.com and cast one vote per day per IP address. The act receiving the most votes will get the chance to make their dreams come true on a live broadcast, competing against other talented semifinalists to thrill the judges, win over the hearts of Canadians across the country, and be the first ever to claim the top spot and prize on Canada’s Got Talent. Other YouTube acts will be considered for the semifinals by the Canada’s Got Talent judges – Martin Short, Measha Brueggergosman and Stephan Moccio – and the show’s producers.

To be eligible to enter Last Chance Auditions, participants must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada. For a complete list of rules and regulations, visit www.canadasgottalent.com. Plus, follow us on Twitter @CGTCitytv, using the hashtag #lastchanceCGT, and “like” us on Facebook for the latest updates, info and announcements.