Canada’s Got Talent

Laura Suen, age 23, from Mississauga, Ontario

Laura Suen’s just 23, but has done more in her short life than many do in a lifetime. A super high-achiever and gifted student, Suen is currently completing her Master’s Degree in physics. She’s built lasers, worked in biophysics and, despite her mild demeanor, she has a wildly competitive streak that dominates the online gaming world. A strategist by nature, Suen has the brains but must battle her lack of life experience to win.

Canada’s Got Talent will not return for a second season it has been confirmed by Citytv.

The talent series, which was won by dance team Sagkeeng’s Finest this year, will not be renewed due to its cost.

“After careful consideration of all factors, including the current economic climate, Citytv has refocused its programming strategy and will not be producing Canada’s Got Talent for the 2012-13 season,” said Rogers Media president of broadcast Scott Moore in a statement. Continue reading »

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.

As announced earlier this evening on Citytv’s Canada’s Got Talent, multi-platinumselling, pop-rock group Hedley will take the stage by storm for the much-anticipated Live Results on Monday, May 14.

Hedley joins previously announced America’s Got Talent runner up Jackie Evancho on the list of performers for the finale.

Signed to Universal Music Canada, since forming in 2004, Hedley – comprised of singer/songwriter Jake Hoggard, guitarist Dave Rosin, bassist Tommy Mac and drummer Chris Crippin – have achieved tremendous success in the Canadian pop music industry with a string of #1 hits (including “Invincible,” “Perfect,” “Never Too Late,” “For The Nights I Can’t Remember”) and performing at countless sold-out shows across the country.

The 15-time Juno nominated group recently took home the 2012 Juno Award for Pop Album of the Year for their new, Certified Platinum album Storms. A full-length, concept album, Storms is a cohesive work of melodic inspiration, drawn from the real lives of its creators and it is already striking a chord with fans both new and old. The record’s touching first single “Invincible” has proven to be the group’s fastest-selling digital track of all-time. Hedley is currently touring on their 2012 Shipwrecked Tour, bringing their raw talent and emotionally charged performances to audiences all across Canada.

In addition to tonight’s announcement about Hedley’s appearance in the finale, the Canada’s Got Talent semifinal performances came to an end, as the last six semifinalists took the stage earlier this evening on Citytv. The final group of semifinalists competing for the viewers’ votes were:Aygul Memet (Toronto), Broken Dance (Mississauga, ON), Francelle & Matt (Dieppe, NB), Jack Ettlinger (Toronto), Laheeb Quddusi (Devon, AB), and Marianne Demers (Sainte-Julie, QC). Images from tonight’s live performance show are now available at www.rogersmediatv.ca.

Also, tune in to the live results show tomorrow night at 9 p.m. local time to catch a special performance by Canada’s Got Talent judge Measha Brueggergosman, as she sings the sultry, title track from her triumphant new album I’ve Got a Crush on You, complete with full-band accompaniment.

With only two spots remaining in the Canada’s Got Talent Live Finals, the semifinal rounds came to an end yesterday evening on Citytv as host Dina Pugliese revealed that South Asian, Bollywood dance group Broken Dance from Mississauga, ON was the highest vote-getter of the night.

Of the acts who placed second and third amongst voters, judges Martin Short, Measha Brueggergosman and Stephan Moccio selected Toronto circus performer Aygul Memet to continue her journey to the Live Finals.

Broken Dance and Aygul Memet complete the list of the country’s top 12 finalists competing for the top spot and prize in the Canada’s Got Talent Live Finals on May 13.

Joining them are previously announced finalists traditional dance trio Sagkeeng’s Finest (Sagkeeng First Nation, Fort Alexander, MB), beatboxer “KRNFX” (Toronto), country singer Ivan Daigle (Petitcodiac, N.B.), rapper Mathew Cathcart (Hamilton, ON), dancer Shale Wagman (Toronto), opera singer Emilio Fina (Petersburg, ON), rock band Angry Candy (Moncton, N.B.), beatboxer Scott Jackson (Toronto), hip hop dance group Freshh (Vancouver), opera singer Julie Lafontaine (Montreal).

Thespecial, two-hour Canada’s Got Talent Live Finals air Sunday, May 13 at 8 p.m. local time. Then, the most talented act in Canada is crowned during the highly-anticipated, one-hour Live Finals Results on Monday, May 14 at 7 p.m. local time.

Ten-member, Bollywood dance group Broken Dance brought out all the stops in another exhilarating performance last night that won over the hearts and votes of viewers across the country. Broken Dance formed with the purpose of bringing South Asian dance to Canada and to showcase the diversity, multiculturalism, ambition and talent that this country represents.

Toronto’s Aygul Memet, the 36-year-old circus performer originally from Urumqi in China, moved both the judges and audience with her stunning performance and heart-wrenching story of separation from her parents who still remain in China. Aygul first discovered her talent in the Chinese circus when she was just eight years old. Eventually forced to escape her occupied country, Aygul sought refuge in Canada, where she was recently joined by her husband and three children.

Video highlight clips from this week’s results show will be available tomorrow at 12 noon ET at www.rogerstvsales.ca/citytv/canadagottalent/promos/. This clip is also available via an embeddable customized video player. To obtain the embed code, please see media contacts below.

Following the special performance by Canada’s Got Talent judge Measha Brueggergosman earlier this evening, viewers can look forward to more exciting performances from Canadian pop-rock band Hedley and 12-year-old soprano prodigy and America’s Got Talent runner-up, Jackie Evancho, during the Live Finals Results on Monday, May 14.

Fans who miss the show can also catch up onCitytv.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.

Sunday, May 6 8pm ET/PT/MT/CT ***LIVE*** on Citytv

“Semifinal Week Six – Performance Show”

In the final week of semifinals, six acts take the stage in hopes of securing enough votes to propel them into the final round. This week’s performers include: circus performer Aygul Memet; dance group Broken Dance; singing duo Francelle Maria & Mathieu Leger; singer Jack Ettlinger; impressionist Laheeb Quddusi; and singer Marianne Demers.

Saturday, May 5 10pm ET/PT/MT/CT on Citytv

“Semifinal Week Five – Results Show”

Host Dina Pugliese reveals the next two acts advancing to the final round. Canada’s Got Talent judge Stephan Moccio also performs.

Saturday, May 5 9pm ET/PT/CT/MT on Citytv

“Semifinal Week Five – Performance Show”

In the fifth week of semifinals, five acts take the stage in hopes of securing enough votes to propel them into the final round. This week’s performers include: animal act Angela Ewtushik and dog Rally; circus performer Eric Saintonge; beat-boxer KRNFX; traditional dance group Sagkeeng’s Finest; dance duo Jive; and singer Silvia Ricciotto.

Featuring a powerful performance by judge Stephan Moccio, it was another unpredictable and emotional, live Canada’s Got Talent results show earlier yesterday evening on Citytv.

As the Week 5 semifinalists anxiously awaited their fate, Dina Pugliese delivered the good news that Manitoba’s traditional dance trio Sagkeeng’s Finest were the highest vote-getters 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 Toronto beatboxer “KRNFX” to join Sagkeeng’s Finest in the finals.

Sagkeeng’s Finest and “KRNFX” will perform in the Canada’s Got Talent finals on May 13 alongside previously announced finalists country singer Ivan Daigle (Petitcodiac, NB), rapper Mathew Cathcart (Hamilton, ON), dancer Shale Wagman (Toronto), opera singer Emilio Fina (Petersburg, ON), rock band Angry Candy (Moncton, NB), beatboxer Scott Jackson, hip hop dance group Freshh (Vancouver), opera singer Julie Lafontaine (Montreal).

Canada’s Got Talent airs Sunday nights at 8 p.m. and Monday nights at 9 p.m. local time on Citytv.

Sagkeeng’s Finest, the three-member, traditional dance group from Sagkeeng First Nation in Fort Alexander, MB, proved to Canada and the judges just how far they had come from their first audition, as they danced for their lives last night on the Canada’s Got Talent stage. It was the Canada’s Got Talent auditions that first inspired the three members to come together and put their talent to the test. Their community has supported them every dance step of the way.

Toronto beatboxer Terry Im, more popularly known as “KRNFX,” showcased his beatboxing talent and technical ability last night, using a loop machine to create his unique version of The Jackson 5’s“I Want You Back.” Having taken piano, flute, and drum lessons as a child, it was the drums that stuck with Terry, inspiring him to recreate the sounds he heard using his mouth. Now, more than 10 years later, Terry has become one of the top artists in the beatbox world today.

Video highlight clips from this week’s results show will be available tomorrow at 12 noon ET at www.rogerstvsales.ca/citytv/canadagottalent/promos/. This clip is also available via an embeddable customized video player. To obtain the embed code, please see the media contacts below.

Additional upcoming appearances on Canada’s Got Talent include a special performance by judge Measha Brueggergosman on Monday, May 7 and Jackie Evancho, 12-year-old soprano prodigy and America’s Got Talent runner-up, on the live season finale, Monday, May 14.

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.