Canada Sings!

Tuesday, June 19 – 10pm ET/PT *Season Finale* on Global

Workplace team GO Transit “GO Glee” competes with Purdy’s Chocolate “Sweet Day” to showcase their talent with a song and dance routine mash-up for the final $25,000 prize for their favourite charity.

Tuesday, June 12 – 10pm ET/PT on Global

It’s all about hitting the right notes, as workplace teams RBC “The Bank Notes” vs. Stampede Casino “Deal With It” step on stage and perform for Jann Arden, Vanilla Ice and Laurieann Gibson in hopes to win $25,000 for their favourite charity.

Tuesday, May 29 – 10pm ET/PT on Global

Workplace teams perform a song and dance routine with the help of professionals in hopes to win the coveted $25,000 prize for their favourite charity. This week, the Ontario Science Centre “OSCillations” compete against the CAA “The Associates.”

Global’s original series Canada Sings will make its much anticipated return this May with a slicker look, a sassy judge and 12 new teams prepared to put their hearts and souls into one dramatic performance to win $25,000 for their charity of choice.

Canada Sings season two premieres Tuesday, May 15th – 10pm ET/PT on Global. The 6 x 60 minute homegrown series showcases the blood, sweat and tears that ensue when ordinary workmates train to be glee club performers.

“Canada Sings has raised the stakes this season with a talented new judge, a flashier set, double the prize money and a closer look at the teams and their incredible stories,” said Barbara Williams, SVP, Content, Shaw Media. “Viewers will love each team’s heartfelt journey to the stage and regardless of affiliation, they’ll want to cheer for them all.”

Rob Van Winkle (a.k.a. Vanilla Ice, @vanillaice) and Jann Arden (@jannarden) return to the Canada Sings judging panel this season and joining them is creative director and choreographer to the stars, Laurieann Gibson (@iamboomkack). 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. ET Canada’s Hollywood Correspondent Matte Babel (@thisisbabel) returns as host.

“The overwhelming response from major Canadian companies eager to participate in season two is truly amazing,” said John Brunton, Executive Producer and President, Insight Productions. “We are thrilled with the depth and scope of talent this year and applaud the tremendous passion these teams have to perform in front of millions of Canadians and to make a positive impact on other people’s lives.”

Canada Sings season two team pairings are as follows:

·         Episode 1 (May 15) – Ontario Provincial Police “OPP Project Glee” vs. West Jet “Cabin Pressure”

·         Episode 2 (May 22) – Royal Canadian Air Force “Super Sonic” vs. Peel Children’s Aid “Positively Peel”

·         Episode 3 (May 29) – Ontario Science Centre “OSCillations” vs. CAA “The Associates”

·         Episode 4 (June 5) – Dumas Mines “Dumas Rocks” vs. Elmwood Spa “InSPAration”

·         Episode 5 (June 12) – RBC “The Bank Notes” vs. Stampede Casino “Deal With It”

·         Episode 6 (June 19) – GO Transit “GO Glee” vs. Purdy’s Chocolates “Sweet Day”

 

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.

Wednesday, August 24 – 9pm ET/PT on Global

*Part 4 of a 6-Part Global Original Series*

This week the friendly competition continues when workplace glee group “The Power Chords” (GoodLife Fitness) goes up against “Hammer Cruisers” (Hamilton Police) for a chance at a $10,000 prize for their favourite charity.

Wednesday, August 3 – 9pm ET/PT on Global

*Six-Part Global Original Reality Series Premiere*

Canadian singing sensation Jann Arden, Simple Plan’s Pierre Bouvier and Rob Van Winkle (AKA Vanilla Ice) judge the performances of 12 workplace glee clubs who try to out- perform each other for their favourite charity. Each episode features two teams with ET Canada’s Hollywood correspondent Matte Babel, guiding viewers and supporting the glee clubs as they go head-to-head in this unique competition. This week it’s “The Zooper Stars” (The Toronto Zoo) vs. “Junk Notes” (1-800-GOT-JUNK?) from Vancouver, BC.

Global announced today that Jann Arden, Simple Plan’s Pierre Bouvier and Rob Van Winkle a.k.a. Vanilla Ice will lead the all-important judging panel for the network’s new original series, Canada Sings.

These three well respected and extremely talented judges are the perfect addition to a breakout series that taps into Canada’s rich and diverse talent pool.

But unlike most typical talent searches, Canada Sings focused its efforts on something truly original and definitely unusual: the workplace.

The result will be the most remarkable and engaging competition ever seen on TV in which 12 workplace glee clubs first try to gel as performers and then try to out dance, out manoeuvre and literally out sing the other teams for a chance to shine on a national stage.

“Canada Sings is not your average singing competition. For most, it’s next to impossible to imagine singing with your boss or workmate in a chorus, but for our twelve courageous teams, it has become an exciting reality,” commented Barb Williams, Senior Vice-President, Content, Shaw Media. “With such heart and soul invested by all the teams and a charitable donation hanging in the balance, I know declaring a winner will be a challenging task, even given the expertise of our judging panel.”

ET Canada’s Hollywood Correspondent, Matte Babel joins the judges as host for Canada Sings guiding the viewers and supporting the glee clubs as they go head-to-head. Each episode of the original series (6×1 hour) will feature two competing teams with the judging panel declaring the winning glee club at the end of the hour. From behind-the-scenes at the intense rehearsals to giving it their all on centre stage, the emotional and physical highs and lows will have Canadians nationwide cheering for their favourite teams. Canada Sings is set to broadcast on Global (date to be confirmed).

 

Canada Sings glee clubs and charities include:

 

“Airborne11” – Air Canada (Etobicoke, ON) 

Charity: Ronald McDonald House

“The Edutones” – Eric Hamber Secondary School (Vancouver, B.C.) 

Charity: B.C. Children’s Hospital Foundation

“Hammer Cruisers” – Hamilton Police Male Chorus  (Hamilton, ON) 

Charity: Project Concern

“Junk Notes” – 1-800-GOT-JUNK? (Vancouver, B.C.) 

Charity: Harmony House Centre for Autism Research and Education Society

“Just Energetics” – Just Energy (Mississauga, ON) 

Charity: Knights Table

“Keg Spirits” – The Keg Steakhouse & Bar (Toronto, ON) 

Charity: The Keg Spirits Foundation

“The Power Chords” – GoodLife Fitness (Toronto, ON) 

Charity: GoodLife Kids Foundation

“Pulse” – The Scarborough Hospital (Scarborough, ON) 

Charity: The Scarborough Hospital Foundation

“Run DRC” – The Distillery Restaurants Corporation  (Toronto, ON) 

Charity: Red Door Family Shelter

“The Sound of Fire” – Toronto Fire Services (Scarborough, ON) 

Charity: Camp BUCKO

“Wolf Pack” – Lone Wolf Real Estate Technologies (Cambridge, ON) 

Charity: Tumaini Children’s Foundation (TUCHIFO)

“The Zooper Stars” – Toronto Zoo (Scarborough, ON) 

Charity: Toronto Zoo’s Animal Health Care Centre

 

With a wide range of hidden and untapped talent, and mere days to perfect their pitch and synchronize their moves, the Canada Sings glee clubs were prepped by coaching duos: choreographer Christian Vincent (Dance Captain for Madonna’s “Drowned World Tour”) paired with vocal coach Sharron Matthews (“The Music Man,” “Hairspray: The Movie”) and choreographer Kelly Konno (Michael Bublé’s “Feeling Good” music video) working alongside vocal coach Scott Henderson (founding member of Juno®-nominated R&B group, The EarthTONES).

Canada Sings is created and produced expressly for Shaw Media by Insight Productions.

Can an office that works together sing together? Global posed the question last summer when it announced Canada Sings!, a truly original series that challenged Canadians to form workplace glee clubs and battle it out in competition for their charity of choice. The teams have been selected and routines decided upon, so now the hard work begins.

“Imagine trying to dance and sing with the person that you normally work with,” said Barb Williams, SVP, Content, Shaw Media. “These people are putting their hearts and souls into this so there’s no doubt we’re going to see some fireworks leading up to the final showdowns.”

Over the next few weeks, cameras will be rolling to capture every second as each team struggles to transition from co-workers to cast members – from the unsteady days of rehearsal to the polished performances. Luckily the newly formed glee clubs will be assisted by world class choreographers Christian Vincent (Dance Captain for Madonna’s “Drowned World Tour”) and Kelly Konno (Michael Bublé’s “Feeling Good” music video) as well as professional vocal coaches Scott Henderson (founding member of Juno®-nominated R&B group, The EarthTONES) and Sharron Matthews (“The Music Man,” “Hairspray: The Movie”).

“We’re so excited about Canada Sings!” said John Brunton, Executive Producer & President of Insight Production Company Ltd. “This original Insight format has captured the attention and enthusiasm of workplaces from coast to coast. From funeral homes to zoos to huge corporations like Air Canada, everybody wants their 15 minutes of fame and everyone wants to be a rock star. Canada Sings! will give them that chance.”

 

The workplace glee clubs that are gearing up to hone their skills include:

 

Air Canada

Boiler House Restaurant

Eric Hamber Secondary School

Good Life Fitness

Hamilton Police

Just Energy

Lone Wolf Real Estate Technologies

Scarborough General Hospital

The Keg

Toronto Fire Department

 

Complete details for Canada Sings! including glee club members, show host, celebrity judges and broadcast date will be announced in the coming months.

Canada Sings! is created by Insight Productions for Shaw Media.