Ballet Star and his Fiancé, and Two Laidback Best Friends are Final Two of 11 Teams Announced for CTV's THE AMAZING RACE CANADA

– Summer's hottest show premieres Tuesday, July 8 on CTV and CTV GO –

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TORONTO, June 20, 2014 /CNW/ - It's time to race! CTV announced today the remaining two teams competing in the return of the summer's most anticipated television series, THE AMAZING RACE CANADA. The final two contending teams are world-renowned former National Ballet of Canada star, Rex Harrington, and his vivacious fiancé Bob Hope; and fearless friends Mickey and Pete, a pair of long-haired, easy-going, extreme sport enthusiasts from the Muskoka region of Ontario. Teeming with personality and spirit, these teams along with the previously announced nine others will have Canada glued to their screens this summer, with more exciting twists and turns than ever before. Today's duos join twins Pierre and Michel, siblings Sukhi and Jinder, mother and son Cormac and Nicole, gold medal teammates Natalie and Meaghan, co-workers Ryan and Rob, best friends Shahla and Nabeela, married couples Laura and Jackie and Jen and Shawn, and dating pair Alain and Audrey. Fans can see a special Season 2 exclusive, to be revealed today at noon ET only at @AmazingRaceCDA.

Set to anchor CTV's Summer 2014 schedule, the most-watched Canadian television series on record kicks-off its heart-pounding second season in a new timeslot, airing Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT, beginning July 8 on CTV and CTV GO.  

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Below is the final set of teams announced to compete in Season 2 of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA. Click on the team names for full bios and photography.

Rex Harrington and Bob Hope – Engaged

Name: Rex Harrington
Age: 51
Current City: Ashburn, Ont.
Occupation: Artist in Residence, National Ballet of Canada
Twitter: @rexharrington

Name: Bob Hope
Age: 47
Current City: Ashburn, Ont.
Occupation: Dental Consultant
Twitter: @RexAndBob

Motto: "Have fun, laugh hard, play harder."

Mickey Henry and Pete Schmalz – Best Friends

Name: Mickey Henry
Age: 24
Current City: Seguin, Ont.
Occupation: Owner/Operator of a wake park
Twitter: @whatwakepark

Name:
Pete Schmalz
Age: 24
Current City: Parry Sound, Ont.
Occupation: Deck installer
Twitter: @whatwakepark

Motto: "Long hair, don't care."

Only one team can earn the title of Season 2 champions of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA. The biggest grand prize ever awarded for a Canadian competition series has expanded this season to include "gas for life" from Petro-Canada. In addition, the winning team once again receives a $250,000 cash payout and the opportunity to fly free for a year anywhere Air Canada flies worldwide in Business Class, plus two Chevrolet Silverado High Country Edition Pickup Trucks. Teams are also competing for special pit stop prizes courtesy of Air Canada and Scotiabank, to be revealed during the broadcasts.

Back this summer with all-new teams and exciting, edge-of-your-seat challenges, the most-watched Canadian television series on record returns for a second season of action-packed adventure. Hosted by Olympic champion and Canadian hero Jon Montgomery (@jonmonty), Season 1 of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA raced ahead of the pack with an average audience of 3.5 million viewers each week, and garnered two Canadian Screen Award wins for Best Photography in a Lifestyle or Reality/Competition Program or Series, and Best Writing in a Lifestyle or Reality/Competition Program or Series. The smash-hit original series vaulted into the record books as Canada's most-watched TV series last summer and the second most-watched television program of the entire broadcast year. Fans are encouraged to follow @AmazingRaceCDA and stay tuned to the CTV Facebook page for updates.

Commissioned by CTV, Season 2 of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA is produced by Insight Productions in association with CTV and with the support of Profiles Television Productions. Insight Productions' John Brunton and Barbara Bowlby are Executive Producers, and Mark Lysakowski is Supervising Producer. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President and Robin Johnston is Director, Independent Production at Bell Media. Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, Programming, CTV Networks. Phil King is President - CTV, Sports, and Entertainment Programming.

Encore episodes of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA will air Saturdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT and Sundays at 5 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO. 

The four premier sponsors for THE AMAZING RACE CANADA are Air Canada, Chevrolet Canada, Dairy Queen® Canada and Scotiabank.

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:

Twitter:
@AmazingRaceCDA
#RaceCDA
@CTV_PR
@CTV_Television
@insightprod
@AirCanada
@chevrolet
@DQCanada
@scotiabank

Facebook:
facebook.com/TheAmazingRaceCanada
facebook.com/ctv
facebook.com/insightproductions
facebook.com/aircanada
facebook.com/chevroletcanada
facebook.com/scotiabank
facebook.com/dairyqueencanada

About Bell Media Independent Production
Bell Media has commissioned some of Canada's most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit CTV series include ratings success stories SAVING HOPE, THE LISTENER, MOTIVE, and THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, the record-breaking, Canadian-produced complementary version of the hit international series. New to CTV in 2014 are hit international format MASTERCHEF CANADA and multi-cam office comedy SPUN OUT, one of the most-watched new comedies of the season. Among the scripted series on Bell Media pay and specialty channels are the two-time Emmy®-nominated hit DEGRASSI, the internationally acclaimed ORPHAN BLACK, the most-watched original series in Space history BITTEN, Bravo's most-watched new drama 19-2, TRANSPORTER: THE SERIES, and upcoming dramas SENSITIVE SKIN, and KILLJOYS. Bell Media specialty channels are also home to hit factual series HIGHWAY THRU HELL and CANADA'S WORST DRIVER, among others. In 2013, Bell Media ordered 27 original Canadian series and currently has 84 projects in various stages of development.

About CTV        
CTV is Canada's #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada's most-watched television network for the past 13 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada's premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada's largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network's website at CTV.ca.

SOURCE: CTV

For further information: Cary Mignault, THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, 416.435.9295 or cary.mignault@bellmedia.ca; Monique Bevan, THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, 416.384.2055 or Monique.bevan@bellmedia.ca; Jim Quan, CTV Networks, 416.384.5311 or jim.quan@bellmedia.ca


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