Over the Rainbow

Rebecca Codas

Toronto, ON

Over the Rainbow top 20

Alessandra Cannito

Toronto, ON

Over the Rainbow top 20

AJ Bridel

Kitchener, ON

Over the rainbow top 20

While AJ was born in Calgary, Alberta, the 18-year-old currently calls Kitchener home.

She just graduated from high school, and is looking forward to attending the musical theatre program at Sheridan College. AJ, which stands for Amanda Jeannette, has taken a variety of vocal training classes as well as training with a pop choir.

The first stage production she ever saw was Les Miserables and says it’s her favourite musical of all time. Her biggest role model is her vocal teacher Amanda Kind, but AJ also looks up to Jennifer Hudson. Continue reading »

Michelle Bouey

Charlottetown, PEI

Over the Rainbow top 20

Michelle just turned 21 and is from from picturesque Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

A recent graduate of Oakville’s Sheridan College, Michelle has just finished performing in Rent in downtown Toronto’s Panasonic Theatre.

Michelle has been singing for her entire life – largely because both of her parents are vocal instructors! She loves singing old jazz standards, and sings because she says there’s no better feeling in the world. Continue reading »

Malindi Ayienga

Etobicoke, ON

On the heels of the nation-wide audition tour in search of Dorothy, the Top 20 Dorothys for CBC Television’s Over The Rainbow have been selected.

The Top 20 were chosen from the top competitors from across the country following the national Over The Rainbow callback auditions, which took place in Toronto on Thursday, June 21st.

Over the course of the summer, the Top 20 Dorothys will battle it out for the chance to capture one of 10 spots in CBC Television’s upcoming live competition series, Over The Rainbow. Continue reading »

Calling all furry four legged stars! Does your friendly, charismatic dog have what it takes to shine on CBC’s new live reality competition series, Over the Rainbow?

The nationwide auditions for Dorothy are underway and the search for Toto will be held in Toronto on June 9th at Woofstock, North America’s largest festival for dogs.

Taking place in the St. Lawrence Market Neighbourhood, registration will be from 9:00 a.m. to noon, followed by live auditions throughout the day.

Over the Rainbow host Daryn Jones will be joined at Woofstock by the hilarious dog-loving duo, comedians Deb McGrath of Little Mosque on the Prairie and Colin Mochrie, star of the upcoming summer series, Trust Us With Your Life. Continue reading »

Live auditions will open for aspiring performers this Friday, June 1st in Vancouver for the role of Dorothy in the upcoming exciting CBC live competition series, Over the Rainbow, produced by Temple Street Productions.

The winning Dorothy will star in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new production of The Wizard of Oz, opening at the Ed Mirvish Theatre in Toronto this December.

The live nationwide auditions open starting Friday, June 1 in Vancouver, followed by stops in Calgary, Winnipeg, Montreal, Halifax and Toronto. Continue reading »

Building on one of its most successful seasons ever, CBC today unveiled its 2012-13 broadcast season.

Anchored by a roster of strong, proven, made-in-Canada programs across all platforms, the public broadcaster is celebrating its successes while continuing to move forward on its strategic plan to serve Canadians in dynamic new ways.

New this season:

Fans of GEORGE STROUMBOULOPOULOS TONIGHT are getting an extra chance to spend quality time with their “boyfriend,” as Canada’s late night talk show adds an early airing at 7 p.m. (7:30 NT) weeknights starting in September, in addition to his regular 11:05 p.m. (11:35 NT) slot.

Among the new entries, OVER THE RAINBOW recaptures the competitive and theatrical magic from our previous venture with the Mirvish Productions. This time, dozens of young hopefuls will vie for the coveted role of Dorothy in the Canadian premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new production of The Wizard of Oz.

TITANIC: BLOOD AND STEEL is an epic mini-series from the producers of CAMELOT and THE TUDORS, taking us inside the stories behind the nautical disaster that still haunts us 100 years later.

And CRACKED is a slick new crime hour-long drama with a psychological twist, inspired by the real life experiences of front-line police officers and mental-health workers.

CBC-TV’s prime time lineup is a stellar schedule of proven Canadian successes. ARCTIC AIR, the hit show which debuted to the largest audience for a drama in 15 years, will fly high again; MR D., the smash hit from comedian Gerry Dee will be back in class for a second season; REPUBLIC OF DOYLE keeps the action hot on the rock, and DRAGONS’ DEN will continue to roar its way through the ratings, welcoming Wealthy Barber author David Chilton into the den; and family favourite HEARTLAND remains a Sunday night staple.

MARKETPLACE and the fifth estate consistently drew some of their largest audiences ever last season and, with THE NATURE OF THINGS and DOC ZONE, they will continue to raise the bar for CBC’s public affairs programming in 2012-13.

This is a milestone season for several treasured CBC programs: the 60th anniversary of CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA; the 40th anniversary of MARKETPLACE; the 30th anniversary of the JUST FOR LAUGHS comedy festival; and we celebrate 20 years of laughter on 22 MINUTES and a decade of THE RICK MERCER REPORT.

In keeping with CBC’s 2015 plan to better connect communities in new and innovative ways, CBC is proud to announce the imminent launch of a new local news service for the city of Hamilton. CBC’s first entirely digital station, www.CBCHamilton.ca and its team of reporters and writers will provide Hamilton and area residents with the finest in local news coverage, connecting them with their neighbourhood, their city and their country in a new and innovative way. It’s a bold, cutting-edge approach to local news in a city that is transforming itself in the same ways. More new local digital services are being planned to connect other communities across Canada.

Quality, engaging, entertaining television. Radio voices that connect Canadians to their neighbourhoods and to each other from coast to coast to coast. Digital services that enhance and inspire. News and current affairs of unparalleled depth, and the greatest coverage of our national sport and countless other special events. That’s what a modern public broadcaster offers – that’s the CBC in 2012-13.

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



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


Battle of the Blades

Cover Me Canada

The Debaters


Source: CBC