MTV News

Covering the amazing lives of young people across the globe, MTV NEWS reporter Sharlene Chiu takes viewers to the hustle and bustle of “Asia’s World City” in SHARLENE VS. HONG KONG, premiering Monday, April 16 at 8 p.m. ET.

In the eighth installment of this MTV Canada original series, Sharlene dives deep into Hong Kong’s eclectic music scene hitting up its most popular indie rock festival Clockenflap, parties with an heiress, uncovers Hong Kong’s underground film industry, and captures an exclusive and last-ever interview with the late young Canadian singer, Joey Basha.

In just 30 minutes, SHARLENE VS. HONG KONG covers a lot of ground as viewers are taken on a unique tour through diverse cultures and music scenes beyond the tourist beaten paths.

First, Sharlene hits up Hong Kong’s biggest indie rock festival Clockenflap, where she checks out local indie band Tigerbombers and New York’s The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart.

Checking out Hong Kong’s fashion scene, Sharlene goes shopping with the city’s resident pop star Kary Ng at the largest shopping centre in Hong Kong, Harbour City. Capping off the tour Sharlene makes a special cameo appearance on the hit game show ATM, and explores Hong Kong’s intense nightlife with actress, heiress, and lead singer of Josie And The Uni Boys, Josie Ho.

MTV also captures on this tour, the last-ever interview with Milkteeth lead singer, and Newfoundland native Joey Basha, a mere eight days before his tragic death in downtown Hong Kong.

MTV NEWS original series SHARLENE VS. features MTV NEWS reporter and segment producer Sharlene Chiu as she gets down to the nitty-gritty of a city. Sharlene explores the indie music scene through a personal guided tour of the local hotspots by hometown bands, and explores the food, culture, and everything in between. Sharlene provides an in-depth and insightful city-guide that you cannot find in any travel book. Previous cities explored in SHARLENE VS. include Lisbon, Austin, Copenhagen, Lyon, London, and more.

Tuesday, January 3 at 6:30 p.m. ET on MTV

MTV NEWS counts down the Top 10 innovations that have affected viewers’ lives the most, featuring the greatest gadgets, websites and technological inventions that have changed the world.

Monday, January 2 at 6:30 p.m. ET on MTV

2011 has been a crazy year of breakthrough acts – from the dubstep master himself, Skrillex, to supposed gangstress, Kreayshawn, to rock darlings Foster the People, you can’t deny it’s been a very interesting year for music. MTV NEWS counts down the Biggest New Acts of 2011 (that they have interviewed).

Tuesday, December 27 at 6:30 p.m. ET on MTV

MTV NEWS counts down the best rappers of the past year. Featuring #5 through to the #1 spot, this episode stars three of rap’s best, a Canadian ripping up the charts and the next big thing. Providing opinions and commentary on the Top 10 list are Wu-Tang Clan members Raekwon and Ghostface Killah.

Monday, December 26 at 6:30 p.m. ET on MTV

MTV NEWS counts down the best rappers of the past year. Featuring #’s 6 through 10, this episode stars the top indie rapper, a newcomer and three rappers that had huge years. Providing opinions and commentary on the top ten list are Wu-Tang Clan members Raekwon and Ghostface Killah.

Breaking the cycle of homelessness is an on-going issue that currently affects more than 10,000 young people in Canada.*

In an all-new, two-part edition of the original social issues series MTV NEWS PRESENTS: IMPACT, viewers get an unprecedented look into the life of street youth.

The first 30-minute episode of MTV NEWS PRESENTS IMPACT: GIMME SHELTER premieres Sunday, Nov. 27 at 6 p.m. ET/PT, followed by Part Two one week later on Sunday, Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. ET/PT.

Equipping five homeless youth in Toronto with their own camera for nearly a month, this latest edition of the original Canadian program IMPACT gives viewers a first-hand account of the daily struggles they face, the tough choices they make, and their will to survive.

Honest and raw in their storytelling, the five youth profiled in MTV NEWS PRESENTS IMPACT: GIMME SHELTER guide viewers through the challenges of breaking the vicious cycle of transitioning into the system via first-person narration. The episode explores the lives of a busker living on the street; a rapper stuck in the shelter system; an unsettled 18-year-old trying to reconnect with her family; a young couple dealing with mental illness; and a 22-year-old man abandoned twice by his mother.

This is the tenth installment of the MTV NEWS PRESENTS IMPACT series. These ongoing specials take an in-depth look at serious topics that impact MTV viewers in Canada and aim to spark discussion and debate. Previous installments include the highly rated MTV NEWS PRESENTS IMPACT: INSIDE THE PROTEST which sparked a flux of conversation and opinions about the G20 protests and showdown between riot police and protesters in the summer of 2010 in Toronto, and MTV NEWS PRESENTS IMPACT: BULLIED TO DEATH, which explored the sudden emergence of suicides associated with anti-gay bullying and shed light on real life bully experiences.

For more information on MTV NEWS PRESENTS IMPACT: GIMME SHELTER, please visit

Thursday, September 18 at 6 p.m. ET on MTV

MTV Canada original series IMPACT takes an in-depth look at serious topics that affect MTV viewers and aims to spark discussion and debate. In this installment, a live studio audience consisting of youth from London, Vancouver, Toronto, and The Middle East join in discussion to the cause and affect of riots and mob mentality, as well as the role social media plays in bringing these groups together on a grander scale. Returning as IMPACT moderator is MTV NEWS correspondent Mike Anderson and special guest Brigette Depape – the rogue page with the “Stop Harper” sign.

Singer-songwriter City and Colour (aka Dallas Green) celebrates his latest album with a special visit to MTV on Tuesday, June 7.

While at CTV’s legendary Masonic Temple in Toronto, City and Colour closes MTV LIVE at 6 p.m. ET with a one-song performance, then sticks around to chat with MTV NEWS hosts Aliya-Jasmine Sovani, Johnny Hockin, and Sharlene Chiu and perform more songs from his new album Little Hell.

The intimate conversation and performance is captured in a 30-minute special CITY AND COLOUR PLAYS WITH MTV NEWS premiering Thursday, June 23 at 10:30 p.m. ET, exclusively on MTV.

MTV NEWS brings viewers a daily look at the uncharted landscape of popular culture. Every day, hosts Aliya-Jasmine Sovani and reporters Johnny Hockin, and Sharlene Chiu report on breaking news in the world of music, movies, and celebrity. The show often features in-depth interviews with emerging and established musical artists, including Arcade Fire, Brandon Flowers, Broken Social Scene, Dave Navarro, Kanye West, Usher, Wintersleep, and many more, 

City and Colour performs in The Concert Hall at Toronto’s Masonic Temple, home to MTV in Canada. The long-standing landmark at the corner of Davenport and Yonge was home to concerts by David Bowie, The Pogues, as well as Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Led Zeppelin, and The Ramones before its transformation into the Canadian home of MTV. The venue has operated under various names and served as a rehearsal space for The Rolling Stones.

City and Colour (aka Dallas Green) instantly connecting with Canadians and fans around the world with his stripped-down, heartfelt sound. Critically-acclaimed from the get-go, his debut album Sometimes achieved platinum certification in 2006. His sophomore release Bring Me Your Love (2008) debuted at #2 on the Top 200 Soundscan chart in Canada and is also certified platinum. Green has recently sold-out an Australian tour as well as London’s legendary Royal Albert Hall. His latest release, Little Hell hits stores June 7.

Wednesday, December 22 at 6:26 p.m. ET/PT on MTV

MTV NEWS reporter Sharlene Chiu saddles up and heads south to capture every moment of the legendary Austin City Limits music festival in Texas. This three day event features over 130 artists with performances by The Strokes and MIA. Chiu also sits down to chat with Vampire Weekend, Local Natives, The Flaming Lips, and Band of Horses. Click here for a sneak peek clip.

Tuesday, December 21 at 6:26 p.m. ET/PT on MTV

Featuring some of the most shocking stories of the year, MTV NEWS reflects on the best of 2010. Host Aliya-Jasmine Sovani, with reporters Sharlene Chiu and Johnny Hockin look at a whirlwind year, covering the biggest stories of 2010 in pop culture and beyond. Also revealed are the staff’s top five picks for best album, song, and video of 2010.