Canada Sings

Tuesday, May 22 – 10pm ET/PT on Global

Teams give it their all as co-workers perform together in a song and dance competition, for a good cause. This week, the Royal Canadian Air Force “Super Sonic” competes against the Peel Children’s Aid Society “Positively Peel.”

Tuesday, May 15 – 10pm ET/PT *Season Two Premiere* on Global

Host Matte Babel and judges Vanilla Ice and Jann Arden return this season and joining them is creative director and choreographer to the stars, Laurieann Gibson. This one-hour original series 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. This week, Ontario Provincial Police “OPP Project Glee” competes against West Jet “Cabin Pressure.”

As the countdown to graduation continues, New Directions perform a high-concept routine at Nationals for celebrity judge, Lindsay Lohan.

Summer won’t arrive for a few more weeks, but the summer season at Global begins next week and the line-up promises to be a hot one.

Intensity is the common thread, whether it’s on the beat in the city, on stage in the spotlight or lapping up the rewards as “Head of the House.”

This season’s heat wave begins under the lights for season two of Canada Sings, making its premiere Tuesday, May 15th – 10pm ET/PT. With a bold new look, judges Rob Van Winkle (aka Vanilla Ice) and Jann Arden are joined by new judge Laurieann Gibson, choreographer for stars like Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson and Nicki Minaj.

The home-grown series is hosted by ET Canada’s Matte Babel and showcases the blood, sweat and tears that ensue when ordinary workmates train to be glee club performers and compete to win $25,000 for the charity of choice.

Moving from one stage to another, Duets makes its Global debut on Thursday, May 24th – 8pm ET/PT. Duets is hosted by Quddus (“Total Request Live”) and stars the music industry’s biggest Superstars. Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Jennifer Nettles, and Robin Thicke individually set out on a journey across America looking for undiscovered talent worthy to be their “Duet” partner. Ultimately, each Superstar will choose two singers to be their duet partners. Together, the Superstar and their partner will take to the stage each week and perform in front of a live studio audience. In the end, only one duet will be at the top of the charts and the winning amateur will receive a recording contract with Hollywood Records. 

Fans have been clamouring for the return of Rookie Blue, and season three won’t disappoint with the first episode starring William Shatner on Thursday, May 24th – 10pm ET/PT in simulcast with ABC. This season, the rookies may appear to be better on the job, but there’ll be plenty of “bumps in the road” to make their lives difficult and the plots interesting. They learn that experience isn’t everything and that the boundaries between who they are as cops and who they are as people are not as black and white as they once believed.

Walking the city streets means something completely different for the cast members of Global’s Dogs In The City, launching Wednesday, May 30th – 8pm ET/PT. This canine reality series stars New York City dog guru Justin Silver, a master at resolving issues between canines and their owners – no matter whose behaviour is at fault. In each episode, Silver meets with clients who present a range of relationship problems, lifestyle changes or domestic issues – from a couple looking to move in together, but she’s terrified of his golden retriever, to a recently divorced couple whose dog is having a rough time adjusting to joint custody.

Building on the success of the award-winning, international sensation Glee, Global takes on the musical rollercoaster of a competition with season two of The Glee Project premiering Wednesday, June 6th – 9pm ET/PT After being selected from over 40,000 applicants, 12 talented contenders vie for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to win a seven episode guest-starring role on the smash-hit Glee. The 10-episode competition series kicks off the season with a special two-hour premiere event that showcases the behind-the-scenes casting of the talented top 12 through to the first contender to be sent home.

Julie Chen returns as host for the 14th season of in-fighting and intrigue in the wildly popular Big Brother. Back on Global starting Thursday, July 12th – 9pm ET/PT, the three-times-a-week reality series throws together a diverse group of competitive contestants who take over the house for a shot at the $500,000 grand prize. Follow up episodes will air Sundays — 8pm ET/PT and Wednesdays – 8pm ET/PT with someone evicted every Thursday night at 9pm ET/PT. Those who want even more Big Brother can go to Global Reality Channel for exclusive access to Big Brother After Dark, weeknights – 12 midnight ET starting July 12th, an uncut and commercial free look at what happens when the lights go out.

Global’s hot summer line-up also includes the only show in which teen ‘faves’ take the stage to accept superstar status at the annual Teen Choice Awards. Sunday, July 22nd –.8pm ET/PT, celebrity hosts and presenters will honour this year’s brightest achievements in entertainment.

Thursday July 26th – 8pmET/PT, the show that brings new meaning to the word “pratfall” returns to cause a little more mayhem. Wipeout is back for its fifth season featuring creative additions to the world’s largest extreme and incredibly challenging obstacle course. Hosts John Anderson and John Henson provide running commentary as contestants compete for the $50,000 grand prize.

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.

Shaw Media announced today that its production partner, Insight Productions, has sold the worldwide format rights for Global’s original series Canada Sings to Endemol, the largest independent television and digital production company in the industry.

Under the deal, Endemol will sell the Canada Sings format internationally and draw on its network of production companies to produce locally adapted versions of the show in major territories across the globe.

“There’s absolutely nothing like Canada Sings and we couldn’t be more proud,” said Barb Williams, SVP, Content, Shaw Media. “It proves that Canada continues to create programming that resonates far beyond our borders. Insight has done a masterful job to establish a new spin on the singing competition genre and we look forward to seeing the many interpretations around the world.”

Canada Sings 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. Global and Insight Productions recently announced season two of the one-hour original series.

“Insight is very proud of Canada Sings. We could never have created this wonderful new format without the support from our friends and partners at Shaw Media” said Insight’s CEO and the show’s Executive Producer, John Brunton. “Endemol, Insight and Shaw Media have been successful partners in the past on Deal or no Deal Canada – one of the highest rated show’s in Shaw Media’s history. We feel confident this new endeavor will yield another successful partnership and look forward to bringing our home grown format to the world stage.”

The worldwide format deal for Canada Sings was brokered by Grant Ross and Philippe Maigret at Endemol and Jane Rimer at Insight Production Company Ltd.

Grant Ross, Global Head of Format Acquisitions at Endemol comments:  “This is an unabashed feel good format packed with adrenalin, bravado, teamwork, courage and jeopardy.  The show’s performance in Canada speaks for itself and the elements that have driven that success can be translated in any territory. We’re delighted to be in business with Insight and Shaw Media and very much look forward to taking their format to the market internationally.”

Further information about season two of Canada Sings to be announced in the New Year.

In a show of chutzpah, bravado and a healthy shot of adrenalin, Global’s Canada Sings proved this past summer that colleagues that work together can dance and sing together too.

So with a tip of the hat to last year’s competitors, Global has cast its eyes once again across the country in search of co-workers willing to sing their hearts out and dance their feet off, all in the name of charity.

“Canada Sings truly struck a chord with Canadians coast-to-coast. Not only did we generate a huge amount of interest from groups wanting to compete in this Canadian-first program, but we also created a vocal fan base that tuned in every week to see who would win the night,” said Barb Williams, SVP, Content, Shaw Media. “We’re ready and excited to make more magic the second time around and we look forward to seeing a new crop of glee clubs from all over Canada.”

Returning to Global this summer, Canada Sings is a one-hour original series that will challenge 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.

“We’re thrilled to be producing a second season of Insight’s original format Canada Sings with Global,” said John Brunton, President, Insight Production Company Ltd. “With such an overwhelming response to the heartfelt and inspiring performances in the first season, we’re looking forward to sharing even more great stories with Canada again.”

Once the search for competitors is complete, each club will receive the help of world class choreographers and vocal coaches to rehearse and ultimately present the musical performance of their lives. For details and application, please visit Deadline for submission is Friday, December 2nd, 2011.

Further information about season two of Canada Sings to be announced in the New Year.

Wednesday, September 7 – 9pm ET/PT on Global

*Season Finale*

In this week’s season finale, workplace glee groups “Run DRC” (Toronto’s Distillery Restaurants) and “Edutones” (Vancouver’s Eric Hamber Secondary School) compete for a chance at a $10,000 prize for their favourite charity.

n this week’s season finale, workplace glee groups “Run DRC” (Toronto’s Distillery Restaurants) and “Edutones” (Vancouver’s Eric Hamber Secondary School) compete for a chance at a $10,000 prize for their favourite charity.

Wednesday, September 7 – 9pm ET/PT on Global

Wednesday, August 31 – 9pm ET/PT on Global

*Part 5 of a 6-Part Global Original Series*

This week the friendly competition continues when workplace glee group “Keg Spirits” (The Keg) goes up against “Pulse” (Scarborough Hospital) for a chance at a $10,000 prize for their favourite charity.