Cover Me Canada

CBC has announced its list of renewals for the new season of television and there are a few noticeable absentees.

Returning series include Dragons’ Den, Republic of Dyle, The Rick Mercer Report and Heartland.

New shows that have been announced include reality series called Over the Rainbow that will find the new Dorothy for the stage production of The Wizard of Oz. The show is based on a UK version featuring none other than Andrew Lloyd Webber on the judging panel.

Murdoch Mysteries has been acquired by CBC from Citytv, after the latter decided not to renew the crime series.

Absent from the list of renewals include Michael Tuesdays & Thursdays, Cover Me Canada and Battle of the Blades.

“We have put Battle of the Blades officially on a hiatus and we hope that we can, if financial circumstances improve, we can work with Insight Productions on bringing Battle of the Blades back,” said Julie Bristow, CBC head of scripted programming.

“CBC Television’s commitment to developing entertaining, engaging Canadian programming was rewarded with record ratings last season,” said Christine Wilson, executive director of content planning said in a press release.

“Despite financial challenges, the strength of those returning favourites combined with exciting new titles is setting the stage for an outstanding 2012-13 season.”

 

Full list of renewals:

22 Minutes

Arctic Air

Doc Zone

Dragons’ Den

George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight

Heartland

Marketplace

Mr. D

Republic of Doyle

The Big Decision

the fifth estate

The Nature of Things

The Rick Mercer Report

The Ron James Show

 

Full list of cancellations:

Being Erica

Little Mosque on the Prairie

Michael: Tuesdays & Thursdays

InSecurity

Battle of the Blades

Cover Me Canada

The Debaters

 

Source: CBC

CBC’s COVER ME CANADA showcased the best new talent this country has to offer over the past eight weeks and tonight announced that Toronto, Ontario’s Whosarmy was judged the best new Canadian band by a combined vote from the judges and Canadian audiences.

“Canada couldn’t have asked for a better outcome from a show that has thrilled audiences week to week combining raw talent with beloved Canadian classic hits! It’s been thrilling for all three of us to watch these bands grow musically. Ultimately it came down to two finalists that proved to Canadian audiences that they had what it takes to dominate a stage and leave their mark on the Canadian music scene. Only one could win and we thought that these young men are consummate musicians and deserved to win. They are not afraid of challenging themselves and they always respected the spirit of the songs they were performing while not afraid to branch out with their own unique arrangements. Travis’ vocal range and showmanship is fantastic! We know they will have a strong future and everyone go out and download this great original song,” commented Ron Fair on behalf of the judges.

The original single, Alive, produced by Fair, was performed at the conclusion of tonight’s show and is available for download on iTunes. The music for the single was a song that Whosarmy had in their vault. Once they made it to the final two they hooked up with Chantal Kreviazuk, who co-wrote the lyrics to Alive.

In the star-packed finale the multi-platinum, Juno award winning band Hedley, performed the first single, Invincible, from their newly released album, Storms, and all three COVER ME CANADA judges – Jordan Knight, Deborah Cox and Ron Fair stepped out from behind their judges table to perform their version of Glass Tiger’s top ten hit Don’t Forget Me When I’m Gone produced by fellow judge, Ron Fair. The song will also be available exclusively on iTunes.

G07, Simpson Brothers, Georgia Murray, Living in Red, Warren Dean Flandez and Ali Milner who were eliminated from the show come back to Studio 40 at the CBC to celebrate the finale and perform with the remaining two bands a special performance of The Parachute Club’s 1983 much beloved, Rise Up.

Every week Canadians online buzz for the finalists was a factor is saving them from elimination by the judges. In the finale, Canadians’ vote was also weighted in the final decision and the winner was determined by a combination of the judges’ votes and Canada’s votes.

COVER ME CANADA was hosted by Nicole Appleton (All Saints) and judges, along with mentor-producers including Hawksley Workman, Kuya, and Gavin Brown, presided as the finalists performed live in a bid to win the hearts of the nation and the opportunity of a lifetime: a $100,000 cash prize and a recording contract for an original single to be released by Universal Music Canada.

Last week on COVER ME CANADA, the judges, joined by guest judge George Stroumboulopoulos, made a stunning decision to eliminate Warren Dean Flandez from the competition and left three bands to battle each other for a chance at the final two spots.

This Sunday, our judges, Jordan Knight (New Kids On The Block), chart-topping R&B sensation Deborah Cox and star-maker manager and record executive Ron Fair (Christina Aguilera, Black Eyed Peas, Pussycat Dolls) will be joined by Canada’s country darling, Johnny Reid.

Multi-Juno and CCMA award-winning east coast cowboy, Reid has steadily become a household favorite for music lovers across Canada. With several #1 hits on his resume, his latest album, A Place Called Love, has gone double platinum.

This week, Ali Milner, The Melanie Morgan Band and Whosarmy will take to the stage and perform the iconic hits, Courage by The Tragically Hip, One Week by Barenaked Ladies and These Eyes by The Guess Who. In an added twist this week, the three square off in an on-air battle of the bands, performing Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen, Sugar Sugar by Jeff Barry and Andy Kim, and Both Sides Now by Joni Mitchell. Each artist will perform selections from these iconic songs, competing against each other in front of the live audience. Which band will make these songs their own and shine brighter? Tune in Sunday to find out.

Ed Robertson of Barenaked Ladies reflected on their hit One Week, “I improvised If I had $1,000,000 on a long school bus ride at age 18 to entertain young kids. Similarly, I wrote One Week as a four minute freestyle rap ‘off the dome’ as the youth say. I should really stop trying so hard to craft good songs. My two biggest hits were written in about the time it takes to perform them!” He went on to say, “One Week is a challenge to perform EVERY TIME. There’s no time to think in that song. It’s just rapid fire lyrics and you don’t have the narrative benefit of anything making sense! Good luck to all those who venture here and beware of the tiny nubs.”

COVER ME CANADA is broadcast on Sundays at 9 p.m. (9:30 p.m. NT) on CBC. Host Nicole Appleton (All Saints) and judges, along with mentor-producers including Hawksley Workman, Kuya, and Gavin Brown, preside as the finalists perform live in a bid to win the hearts of the nation and the opportunity of a lifetime: a $100,000 cash prize and a recording contract for an original single to be released by Universal Music Canada.

CBC’s new live weekly musical competition series, COVER ME CANADA, rocked the crowds as Canadian music legends Alan Frew from Glass Tiger, Alannah Myles, David Clayton Thomas from Blood, Sweat and Tears and Helix’s Brian Vollmer joined the final four on stage to perform some of this country’s best rock hits.

The show kicked off with Bill Henderson from Chilliwack joining Warren Dean Flandez, Ali Milner, The Melanie Morgan Band and Whosarmy for a group medley of Chilliwack’s 1970’s hit ‘Whatcha Gonna Do’.

At the conclusion of the show, it was revealed that Canada’s votes had saved Whosarmy, who covered Someday by Glass Tiger, from being eliminated by the judges.

Canadian audiences determine which artist is safe after the results of the online voting and social media engagement for each band is tallied. With Ali Milner, The Melanie Morgan Band, and Whosarmy left – COVER ME CANADA judges Jordan Knight (New Kids On The Block), chart-topping R&B sensation Deborah Cox and star-maker manager and record exec Ron Fair (Christina Aguilera, Black Eyed Peas, Pussycat Dolls) and guest judge George Stroumboulopoulos announced that Warren Dean Flandez, who covered ‘You Make Me So Very Happy’ by Blood, Sweat and Tears, was eliminated from the competition.

“We’re getting close Canada to finding out who will be the next music star. At this point it’s all about spirit and the courage to push music boundaries. Ali Milner, The Melanie Morgan Band and Whosarmy have proven that they all have talent and something unique to offer. Now it’s about what they do with that talent and how they engage their audience,” commented Deborah Cox on behalf of the judges.

Performances this week included:

Warren Dean Flandez – performed Blood, Sweat and Tears’ You Make Me So Very Happy with David Clayton Thomas (click here for an image of the performance).

Ali Milner – performed ‘Black Velvet’ with Alannah Myles. This performance marked a rare public appearance for Myles (click here for an image of the performance).

The Melanie Morgan Band – performed ‘Heavy Metal Love’ with Helix frontman Brian Vollmer (click here for an image of the performance).

Whosarmy – performed ‘Someday’ with Alan Frew, singer of Glass Tiger (click here for an image of the performance).

The star power is in full force for CBC’s COVER ME CANADA this week. With four finalists remaining, the show puts the spotlight on Canada’s world-renowned crooner, Paul Anka.

The pressure is on for the finalists as they “strut their Paul Anka stuff” in front of the panel of judges – Jordan Knight, Deborah Cox and Ron Fair, as well as this week’s special guest judge, Paul Anka.

A teen idol since the ‘60s, Anka is one of this country’s most treasured singer songwriters. His numerous hits have garnered him national and international acclaim, including a JUNO Award in 1975 for Composer Of The Year and an Academy award nomination for his theme song in the movie The Longest Day. During his career he has been inducted into the Canadian Hall of Fame, Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, American Hall of Fame, is a member of the Order of Canada and has a star on Canada’s Walk Of Fame. Paul Anka has a long history with CBC television, including the 1965 Chateau Laurier Presents Paul Anka and his 1972-73 CBC variety show, ANKA.

Also in the house will be former member of the band Oasis, current lead singer of Beady Eye, Liam Gallagher. Gallagher, who is married to COVER ME CANADA host, Nicole Appleton, will be an on air special guest this Sunday. Natalie Appleton, Nicole’s sister and former bandmate in All Saints, will be on hand for the show as well.

This week’s songlist is a tribute to Ottawa native Anka, with the finalists taking on their own versions of some of his most treasured songs;

Warren Dean Flandez will recreate Diana, one of the best selling songs ever penned by a Canadian recording artist. It brought Anka instant stardom.

Ali Milner will reinvent Put Your Head On My Shoulder, which was released as a single in 1959, hitting #2 on the Billboard Top 100.

Melanie Morgan will take on Puppy Love, which charted in 1959, has remained one of Paul Anka’s most beloved songs and covered by artists such as Donny Osmond and Britain’s S Club Juniors.

Whosarmy will put their own spin on Anka’s 1959 hit, Lonely Boy. Anka first sang it in the film, Girls Town, and made his acting debut in the film alongside Hollywood stars Mel Torme, Mamie Van Doren and Ray Anthony.

Tune in to see Warren, Ali, Melanie and Whosarmy kick off the show with She’s A Lady, a song Anka wrote for ‘70s singing sensation Tom Jones. Released in 1971, the song rocketed up the Billboard charts and is remembered as one of Jones’ most famous hits.

COVER ME CANADA is broadcast on Sundays at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT) on CBC. Host Nicole Appleton (All Saints) and judges Jordan Knight (New Kids On The Block), chart-topping R&B sensation Deborah Cox and star-maker manager and record exec Ron Fair (Christina Aguilera, Black Eyed Peas, Pussycat Dolls), along with mentor-producers Hawksley Workman, Kuya and Gavin Brown, preside as the finalists perform live in a bid to win the hearts of the nation and the opportunity of a lifetime: a $100,000 cash prize and a recording contract for an original single to be released by Universal Music Canada.

Get music from COVER ME CANADA on iTunes at www.itunes.ca/covermecanada.

CBC’s new live weekly musical competition series, COVER ME CANADA, took to the streets this past week as the five remaining bands Warren Dean Flandez, Living in Red, Ali Milner, Melanie Morgan and Whosarmy thrilled Toronto crowds at a special outdoor concert held at St. James Cathedral Park on Thursday, October 13th at noon.

The bands were joined by host Nicole Appleton who mingled with the crowds to find out who their favorite band is for the win.

On this week’s show Canada’s favourite soprano, Measha Brueggergosman stopped by to talk with Cover Me Canada’s host, Nicole Appleton. Canadian guitar legend Rich Dodson from the country rock trio The Stampeders was on hand to watch Warren Dean Flandez perform his 1971 number 1 hit song Sweet City Woman.

At the conclusion of the show, the bottom three bands, Living In Red, Melanie Morgan and Warren Dean Flandez were called to centre stage to hear their fate. One would be saved from elimination, and one would go home. At that time it was revealed that Melanie Morgan, who covered Lay It On The Line by Triumph, was safe from being eliminated by the judges in tonight’s episode because she had the highest social media score of the three. Canadian audiences determine which artist is safe after the results of the online voting and social media engagement for each band is tallied. At the conclusion of tonight’s show the COVER ME CANADA judges Jordan Knight (New Kids On The Block), chart-topping R&B sensation Deborah Cox and star-maker manager and record exec Ron Fair (Christina Aguilera, Black Eyed Peas, Pussycat Dolls), announced that Living In Red, who covered Run To You by Bryan Adams, was eliminated.

Canadians have the chance to bring back one band who thought their COVER ME CANADA journey was over. In a one-time vote on October 23, 2011 fans will be asked to put their support behind their favourite eliminated band. The eliminated band that garners the most online votes will return in episode seven and continue to compete for the $100,000 cash prize and a recording contract for an original single to be released by Universal Music Canada. For additional details about how to support your favourite competitor visit: www.cbc.ca/covermecanada.

Looking for something to do this weekend? Cover Me Canada is CBC’s hottest new talent competition show and they are taping an extra special performance this Saturday at the CBC in Toronto. Normally shows are on Sunday nights but we thought we’d do something extra special this week.

For tickets to this awesome show email covermecanada@hotrows.com right now to get your tickets. You may even have a chance to win a meet and greet with your favourite judges including songstress Deborah Cox, music producer Ron Fair and New Kid on the Block Jordan Knight!

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CBC’s new live weekly musical competition series, COVER ME CANADA, announced that Melanie Morgan Band garnered immunity and was safe from elimination in tonight’s episode.

Immunity was granted after the results of Canadian audiences’ online voting and social media engagement for the bands were tallied.

At the conclusion of tonight’s show the COVER ME CANADA judges Jordan Knight (New Kids On The Block), chart-topping R&B sensation Deborah Cox and star-maker manager and record exec Ron Fair (Christina Aguilera, Black Eyed Peas, Pussycat Dolls), also announced the name of the first eliminated band: GO7.

Even though eliminations are beginning, Canadians have the chance to bring back one band who thought their COVER ME CANADA journey was over.

In a one-time vote on October 23, 2011 fans will be asked to put their support behind their favourite eliminated band.

The eliminated band that garners the most online votes will return in episode seven and continue to compete for the $100,000 cash prize and a recording contract for an original single to be released by Universal Music Canada.

For additional details on how to support your favourite competitor visit www.cbc.ca/covermecanada .

 

About the immunity winner:

Melanie Morgan – Moncton, NB: Being a small-town Acadian girl with no formal musical training hasn’t slowed Melanie Morgan down at all – she’s a two-time East Coast Music Award nominee, has notched a Top 40 single (Not Tonight) on the Canadian Country radio chart and has shared stages with the likes of Keith Urban, Jason Blaine, The Wilkinsons and Shane Yellowbird. Follow Melanie Morgan on Twitter @CMC_Melanie

 

About the eliminated band:

G07 – Toronto, ON: Brothers Joseph and David (“Dmajor”) Neale and their cousin, Charles (“CN3”) Neale, have music in their DNA. A wonderfully diverse combination of talents: a singer, a rapper and a pianist. Follow G07 on Twitter @CMC_G07

CBC’s new live weekly musical competition series, COVER ME CANADA, made its broadcast premiere tonight at 9 p.m. (9:30 p.m. NT), and in it, the eight finalist acts were revealed to the nation.

The finalists were selected from thousands of auditions by aspiring musicians performing their cover versions of some of the greatest Canadian songs ever recorded.

On Sundays at 9 p.m. (9:30 p.m. NT), host Nicole Appleton (All Saints) and judges Jordan Knight (New Kids On The Block), chart-topping R&B sensationand star-maker manager and record executive Ron Fair (Christina Aguilera, Black Eyed Peas, Pussycat Dolls), along with mentor-producers including Hawksley Workman and Gavin Brown, will preside as the finalists perform live in a bid to win the hearts of the nation and the opportunity of a lifetime: a $100,000 cash prize and a recording contract for an original single to be released by Universal Music Canada.

 

The finalists are:

 

Warren Dean Flandez – Vancouver, BC: Born in Yellowknife, Warren co-wrote and co-produced most of his debut album Vintage Love. The Vancouver singer once opened for the late James Brown and has shared a stage with Joss Stone. Follow Warren Dean Flandez on Twitter @CMC_Warren

G07 – Toronto, ON: Brothers Joseph and David (“Dmajor”) Neale and their cousin, Charles (“CN3”) Neale, have music in their DNA. A wonderfully diverse combination of talents: a singer, a rapper and a pianist. Follow G07 on Twitter @CMC_G07

Living in Red – Winnipeg, MB: Bank teller by day, rocker by night Jackie Mohr fronts Living In Red who, in just two years together have secured radio rotation in Winnipeg and Saskatchewan for their independent debut release. Follow Living in Red on Twitter @CMC_LivingInRed

Ali Milner – Vancouver, BC (pictured): This Berklee College-trained pianist and singer has won critical raves across Canada, and was part of the Lilith Fair tour with Sarah McLachlan, Sheryl Crow and many others. Follow Ali Milner on Twitter @CMC_Ali

Melanie Morgan – Moncton, NB: Being a small-town Acadian girl with no formal musical training hasn’t slowed Melanie Morgan down at all – she’s a two-time East Coast Music Award nominee, has notched a Top 40 single (Not Tonight) on the Canadian Country radio chart and has shared stages with the likes of Keith Urban, Jason Blaine, The Wilkinsons and Shane Yellowbird. Follow Melanie Morgan on Twitter @CMC_Melanie

Georgia Murray – Victoria, BC: With a bit of Amy Winehouse and a dash of Adele, Georgia Murray includes BC’s Rifflandia festival on her gig resume, plus opening slots for K’OS, Shad, Jurassic 5 and Warren G as well as a guest spot on a Canadian Tenors show. Follow Georgia Murray on Twitter @CMC_Georgia

The Simpson Brothers – Vancouver, BC: 21 year-old twin brothers Rob & Rich Simpson didn’t start singing together until the end of high school, and since then they have made bedroomhome-produced YouTube videos which have attracted as many as 15,000 views. The Simpson Brothers are currently recording an EP of original songs. Follow the Simpson Brothers on Twitter @CMC_SimpsonBros

Whosarmy – Keswick, ON: Two pairs of high school friends who came together in music, and have already worked with music industry professionals with resumes that include working with Ringo Starr, Guns & Roses, Prince, Alanis Morissette and Finger Eleven. Follow Whosarmy on Twitter @CMC_Whosarmy

The eight acts will perform for the judges – then it’s up to Canadians to decide who gets immunity and a shot at staying in the competition.

The host and judges are in place and the eight finalists are set to be revealed – get ready for COVER ME CANADA!

COVER ME CANADA, CBC TV’s new live weekly music competition series, makes its broadcast premiere Sunday night, September 18 at 9:00 p.m. (9:30 NT).

Hosted by Nicole Appleton (member of All Saints), COVER ME CANADA will see eight acts (to be revealed Sunday night) perform live in a bid to win the hearts of the nation and the opportunity of a lifetime: a $100,000 cash prize and a recording contract for an original single to be released by Universal Music Canada.

Pop superstar Jordan Knight (former New Kids On The Block), chart-topping R&B sensation Deborah Cox and star-maker manager and record exec Ron Fair (Christina Aguilera, Black Eyed Peas, Pussycat Dolls) make up the high-powered panel of music business veterans who will be COVER ME CANADA’s judges.

Contestants will receive the star treatment by working with veteran music producers Hawksley Workman and Gavin Brown, among others. Workman has released numerous full length albums throughout his career and received critical acclaim for his blend of cabaret pop and glam rock. Brown is a multi-platinum, multi-JUNO award winning record producer, songwriter, and musician who has spearheaded the careers of Canadian bands like Billy Talent, Metric, Three Days Grace and The Midway State.

Each week, the eight acts will perform for the judges – then it’s up to Canadians to decide who gets immunity and the chance to stay in the competition.

COVER ME CANADA will monitor social media activity across platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to deliver a groundbreaking social media strategy that fuels the competition by tracking, measuring and motivating social engagement among fans of the show. Ultimately, fans will be able to influence the weekly outcome by having their social activity and votes determine the ‘COVER ME CANADA CHART’, in which the competitor in the top spot is granted immunity.