Shaw Media announced today its standout 2012/13 programming lineup across its specialty channels, featuring internationally celebrated formats, top-notch stars and brand-new channels that will deliver strong original content.

“This is a hugely exciting year for Shaw Media,” said Barbara Williams, Senior Vice-President, Content, Shaw Media. “The return of record-breaking Canadian adaptations of smash hit formats in conjunction with the debut of so many original new series reinforces our dedication to delivering the best in entertaining content to Canadians every day.” Continue reading »

Canadian hobby handymen and women with the skills to impress HGTV Canada’s top talent have a place to be this July to apply for Canada’s Handyman Challenge!

Teaming up for the first time ever, powerhouse construction experts Mike Holmes (Holmes on Homes, Holmes Inspection), Bryan Baeumler (House of Bryan, Disaster DIY) and Scott McGillivray (Income Property) are on the road this summer holding live auditions and recruiting the most talented hammer-wielders our nation has to offer.

In the end, one person will be named Canada’s Best Handyman. The series is scheduled to premiere winter 2012 on HGTV Canada.

The three HGTV superstars will be appearing in Vancouver, Halifax and Toronto to choose the top four contestants from each city. These final 12 handymen will go on to tighten their tool belts and battle each other in elimination challenges until the winner is determined. Canadians are encouraged to join us in the following cities:


Vancouver July 16

Halifax July 20

Toronto July 24


“Canada’s Handyman Challenge is offering everyday Canadians a one-of-a-kind opportunity to work with and be judged by some of the biggest names in the business,” says Barb Williams, Senior Vice President of Content, Shaw Media. “Featuring three of HGTV Canada’s most experienced and accomplished stars together for the first time sets the bar higher for applicants than any other series of this nature.”

To compete on Canada’s Handyman Challenge, applicants must pre-register online. The winner of this exciting new series will be crowned Canada’s Best Handyman, earning eternal bragging rights and the respect of HGTV’s most gifted hosts.

For more information and details on how to register, visit

Beginning the week of April 5 HGTV Canada is swinging into spring with a stellar new schedule of entertaining, inspiring and informative home-related series.

Heavy-hitters, Mike Holmes and Scott McGillivray share the small screen together in the competitive series All-American Handyman; HGTV introduces expert builder and host, Paul Lafrance, who will have audiences dazzled by decks in Decked Out; and Canada’s favourite financial expert Gail Vaz-Oxlade makes her debut on HGTV in the new Til Debt Do Us Part: Home Edition.

The spring lineup also features new seasons of the long-standing smash-hit series House Hunters and House Hunters International. It’s a can’t miss season on HGTV.

“This spring HGTV is adding some fresh flavour to its lineup, focusing on heavy-hitting personalities and brand new faces,” said Barb Williams, Senior Vice President Content, Shaw Media. “The pairing of two of the channel’s powerhouse hosts together for the first time and introduction of two new personalities livens up an already strong schedule.”

For the first time ever, Canadian powerhouse construction heroes Mike Holmes (Holmes Inspection) and Scott McGillivray (Income Property) team up and head south of the border to find America’s best handyman (or handywoman) in All American Handyman, premiering Tuesday April 5 at 10pm ET/PT. The pressure is on as they put 20 participants through a series of challenges to test their construction prowess. The contestants that can’t take the heat will be cut loose.

The brand new Canadian series Decked Out, premiering Thursday April 7 at 10pm ET/PT, is unlike any other, taking backyards from boring to brilliant by shining the spotlight on decks. With over 13 years of construction experience under his belt, expert builder and new host Paul Lafrance, along with his rockin’ crew, battle the elements to transform drab backyards into awesome multi-purpose outdoor relaxation dens with stunning landscaping to match. When Paul and his team are done with the lackluster backyards, homeowners will not want to go inside.

Highly respected and sought after financial expert Gail Vaz-Oxlade is coming to HGTV. Home ownership is the biggest financial commitment one can make but that doesn’t mean that it’s for everyone. In the new series Til Debt Do Us Part: Home Edition, premiering Tuesday, April 5 at 9pm ET/PT, Gail helps couples and families who are struggling financially learn to manage their money and keep a roof over their heads.

It’s a hot season on HGTV and the already enticing schedule also includes new seasons of hit series including: Income Property, Property Virgins, Disaster DIY, along with back-to-back episodes of international hits House Hunters, House Hunters International and more. For a full schedule please visit:

HGTV Canada’s breathtaking reveals and remarkable transformations are better than ever as the channel is now available in High-Definition.

HGTV HD will continue to feature hugely popular hosts who are the leading experts in design, renovation and real-estate, and top-quality programming that is now brought to life by vibrant, clear and true-to-life picture quality.

Currently the third ranked specialty channel among women 25-54 and top 10 among adults 25-54*, viewers flock to HGTV for its outstanding series including Sarah 101, a brand new series by design guru Sarah Richardson, and new seasons of fan favourites, Holmes Inspection, My First Place and Flipping Out.

Check out HGTV’s transformation and tune-in for entertaining and inspiring marathons, available in superior image quality, throughout February.


February 2011 Marathons include:


House Hunters International Marathon

Sunday, February 6 from 11am ET to 7pm ET

Escape from Superbowl Sunday madness with House Hunters International and a day of daydreaming. 


Property Virgins Valentine’s Day Marathon

Sunday, February 13 from 11am ET to 7pm ET

Watch couples fall in love with their very first home during this Valentine’s Day inspired marathon of Property Virgins.


House of Bryan Marathon

Monday, February 21 from 12pm ET to 6:30pm ET

Spend Family Day with Bryan Baeumler as he demolishes his family’s house to make way for their dream home.


*source: BBM Canada PPM, September 6, 2011 – November 29, 2011.

Settle in this winter as HGTV Canada celebrates the great indoors with a brand new roster of entertaining and inspiring home related programming.

Beginning January 3rd, network viewers will indulge in 12 new series and seasons, strengthening the already powerful primetime schedule.

HGTV’s daytime schedule has also undergone a complete overhaul, launching all new back to back weekday programming strips of some of the channels most talked about series including: Disaster DIY, For Rent, House Hunters International and Property Virgins.

The newly refreshed lineup features six brand new series including: Cracking Antiques, a show that proves people can add style and glamour to any type of home by investing in second-hand, vintage and antique furnishings; Sarah 101, with Canadian design maven Sarah Richardson offering a crash course on the basics of good design; and Professional Grade, the series that helps dynamic homeowners renovate a room in their house using their own budget and acting as their own general contractor.

“HGTV’s winter primetime lineup includes the most schedule changes the network has ever seen,” says Emily Morgan, Vice President of Content for HGTV, Food Network and DIY Network. “We’re thrilled to offer HGTV viewers something new every night of the week, delivering the best in home related content spanning design, renovation and real estate.”

The fan-pleasing schedule is bolstered by new seasons of returning favourites, including: Holmes Inspection, Flipping Out, Dear Genevieve, Selling New York and more. For a full schedule please visit: 


Brand New Series Include:

Sarah 101 (World Broadcast Premiere)

Tuesdays at 9pm ET/10pm PT beginning January 4

Sarah 101 is a back-to-basics crash course in design that breaks every project into simple building blocks and showcases Sarah Richardson’s signature approach. The series offers tips and tricks to solve design problems so that you too can transform any room in your home.


Design DNA (World Broadcast Premiere)

Tuesdays at 9:30pm ET/10:30pm PT beginning January 4

Design DNA focuses on the amazing stories behind some of the most extraordinary and ordinary pieces of home design.  From the first spark of conception, through the trial and error of design, to the factory floor, and finally to a stunning reveal in a magnificent home, each episode features the life story of three iconic and sometimes not-so-iconic pieces of home design.


Professional Grade (North American Broadcast Premiere)

Thursdays at 8:30pm ET/9:30pm PT beginning January 6

Savvy and resourceful homeowners tackle a room renovation trying to achieve professional quality results on a limited budget. If they can fool a team of master contractors into thinking they spent more money than their actual out-of-pocket costs the homeowners will win the difference.


Cracking Antiques (North American Broadcast Premiere)

Fridays at 8:30pm ET/9:30pm PT beginning January 7

The series that drags antiques from their pedestals, blows the dust off them and shows how they can be more affordable, stylish and better made than much of what the high street has to offer.


Property Ladder UK (North American Broadcast Premiere)

Fridays at 9pm ET/10pm PT beginning January 7

Hosted by Sarah Beeny, this series follows the journey of amateur property developers as they set out to make a life changing profit from renovating challenging houses.


Color Splash: Miami (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)  

Saturdays at 10:30am ET/7:30am PT beginning January 8

Designer David Bromstad finds inspiration around every corner in his very hot hometown of Miami. Taking cues from the amazing architecture and cultural pulse of the city, he transforms ordinary rooms and outdoor spaces into something spectacular.

This holiday season, HGTV Canada and Food Network Canada have teamed up to offer the best new and exclusive holiday entertaining content on their accompanying websites.  

From planning the perfect menu to original videos on everything from holiday cocktails to table décor and daily holiday tips and tricks, and are the ultimate destinations for entertaining ideas. All holiday content is now available on both sites.

For the first time in site history, is whetting appetites, featuring celebrity inspired holiday related recipes courtesy of Food Network Canada.  

In addition to tempting the taste buds, the website is offering visitors more brand new holiday content than ever before including six new holiday craft ideas, a gift guide courtesy of well-known blogger and assistant on HGTV’s Pure Design Julia Black, six holiday décor photo galleries as well as place card setting and gift tag templates.  

Your home will have never looked so fantastically festive.  Also, visitors can get interactive and share one-of-a-kind holiday greetings courtesy of HGTV through popular social networks Twitter and Facebook.  The unique cards are available for download on the website. 

“This holiday season, the HGTV and Food Network websites provide extensive information on virtually every aspect of the holidays from cooking to decorating and design,” says Christine Geddes, Director, Online Content, and  “With a new festive design and more new holiday related content than ever, these two websites are sure to inspire and entertain.” explores décor this season, featuring more than 10 brand new holiday decorating ideas including festive centerpieces, wreaths, ornaments, greeting card displays, DIY ornaments, and a decoupage gift box, among others.  

The site offers visitors more than 125 delectable holiday recipes, menus for entertaining, how-to recipe video clips, as well as full episodes of Jamie’s Family Christmas and special holiday themed episodes of Chef at Home, Ricardo and Friends and French Food at Home.  

A blog feed on the site features all holiday related blog posts, covering topics such as food related gift giving ideas, Food Network hosts’ holiday wish lists and tips, holiday food related events coverage and holiday cookbook reviews.  

Brand new downloads available on the site include printable greeting cards, recipe cards that can be attached to gifts or baked goods, sugar cookie stencils, and grocery shopping lists for Christmas dinner, Christmas brunch, and New Year’s Eve dinner.

For everything holiday related visit and  

The countdown to the hotly-anticipated launch of HGTV’s entertaining and inspiring fall schedule is on!

Whether you’re an aspiring renovation guru, hopeful design diva or wannabe real estate mogul, you won’t want to miss HGTV’s rock-solid line-up of real estate, renovation and design programming featuring new places, familiar faces and stunning spaces all starting the week of September 6.

A taste of what’s to come this fall includes new series Selling New York which gives viewers a rare glimpse inside the high-stakes world of buying and selling luxury Manhattan properties. Tough as Nails follows mom-trepreneur and 21-year construction veteran Cindy Stumpo as she oversees the development of multimillion-dollar high-end homes, supervises her staff – which includes her two kids and ex-husband – and tries to make it in the male-dominated construction industry.

Home To Keep, an original Canadian series starring fan-favourite Peter Fallico helps homeowners make the best use of the space they have by reconfiguring furniture arrangements, turning basements into bedrooms and more.

The fall schedule also includes new seasons of Canadian favourites: Disaster DIY, Income Property, Property Virgins and The Property Shop as well as new seasons of acquired hit series: House Hunters, House Hunters International, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Designed To Sell, My First Place, Bang For Your Buck, Real Estate Intervention, Carter Can and Location, Location, Location. will boast brand new content to pair with the new fall line-up including: before and after image galleries, full episodes of Property Virgins, The Property Shop, Income Property, Home To Keep and Disaster DIY as well as real estate advice, hints and tips from experts Sandra Rinomato and Tatiana Londono.


Brand New Series Include:

Color Splash (13x30min)

(Canadian Broadcast Premiere)

Mondays at 10am ET beginning September 6Design Star champion, David Bromstad brings his exuberance, passion, decorating savvy and unwavering belief that “color is the root of great design” to transform tired rooms for homeowners each week into vibrant, unforgettable spaces — while he teaches us to do the same in our homes.


My First Sale (13x30min)

(Canadian Broadcast Premiere)

Mondays at 8:30pm ET/9:30pm PT beginning September 6

Think buying your first place is tough? Try selling it! Selling your first place means the stakes are even higher than when you purchased. More pressure, more jeopardy, more to gain — and potentially thousands to lose. My First Sale has more drama and, most important, more valuable takeaways to help viewers make top dollar on their own sale.


Battle on the Block (8x60min)

(Canadian Broadcast Premiere)

Tuesdays at 9pm ET/PT beginning September 7

Battle on the Block is a fun, character-driven home makeover show where three neighbouring families compete against one another in an effort to design and build one new room from scratch, all in the span of a single weekend! The winner not only gets $10,000 but also bragging rights in the neighbourhood.


Selling New York (13x30min)

(Canadian Broadcast Premiere)

Wednesdays at 9pm ET/PT beginning September 8Selling New York shadows agents from Manhattan brokerages CORE and Gumley Haft Kleier. Catch a rare glimpse into a world where a solid reputation at the top of the real estate food chain involves swimming with the sharks, going head-to-head with the best, and rubbing shoulders with the wealthiest and trendiest of New York’s social, political and artistic elite.


Tough as Nails (13x30min)

(Canadian Broadcast Premiere)

Thursdays at 9:30pm ET/PT beginning October 7Cindy Stumpo keeps multiple contractors, employees and even her ex-husband in line as she manages her multi-million dollar construction and development company. And in the middle of this whirlwind, she’s a single mother of two. How does she juggle it all and still remain true to who she is in a man’s world? She’s Tough as Nails.


Home To Keep (13x30min)

(World Broadcast Premiere)

Tuesdays at 8pm ET/10pm PT beginning October 19

Peter Fallico is back in the Canadian original series Home To Keep. He’s helping homeowners, who love their homes, make the most of the space they have by transforming their wasted spaces into purposeful and functional rooms they so desperately need.

Weekend of February 20 and February 27

Need a break from Olympic™ frenzy but crave the entertainment of a competition? For two weekends in February, HGTV presents four different marathons featuring competitive spirit, dramatic reveals and Canadian programming pride.

Saturday, February 20 11am ET – 4:30pm ET
Encore presentation from 4:30pm – 10pm ET House Poor

Sunday, February 21 11am ET – 4:30pm ET
Encore presentation from  4:30pm – 10pm ET For Rent, Season II

Saturday, February 27 12pm ET – 10pm ET Top Design

Sunday, February 28 11am ET – 5pm ET
Encore presentation from 5pm ET – 10pm ET Million Dollar Listing, Season II

Monday, February 15 from 11:30am ET to 6pm ET

Spend Family Day with the Grant family. In the full season marathon of Family Renovation the Grant family has a renovation planned – but they’re not going to do this the easy way. With five children under the age of 10, mom Marie-France Leblanc has a clear idea of how she would like old style elegance to meet modern function and amenities in her dream home. This strong-willed woman wants to supervise every part of the reno and live in the house (with her children) while the massive renovation takes place. This is a personal renovation story fuelled by construction chaos, family tension and looming deadlines.

Sunday, February 14 from 11am ET to 4:30pm ET
(Encore presentation from 4:30pm ET to 10pm ET)

Watch couples fall in love with their very first home during this Valentine’s Day inspired marathon of Property Virgins couples episodes following a one-hour HGTV special.

11am ET – 12pm ET HGTV Special TBA
12pm ET – 4:30pm ET Property Virgins