CTV Announces Winner of "CORNER GAS Pump Out A Poster Contest"



    
        - Viewers bid farewell in one of CTV.ca's most successful
                        user-generated projects ever -

     - Series finale airs Monday, April 13 at 9:30 p.m. on CTV and 'A' -
    

    TORONTO, April 8 /CNW/ - Canadians have responded to a request to say
goodbye to CORNER GAS with an overwhelming outpouring of adoration,
representing hundreds if not thousands of hours of creativity. Just days
before the beloved series takes its final bow, CTV announced today that Walt
Radda from Little Britain, ON is the Grand Prize winner of the "Corner Gas
Pump Out a Poster Contest". His submission, "Thunderface," an ink drawing of
the entire cast as the infamous Dog River band on their Farewell Tour, was
chosen from nearly 300 entries and becomes the official CORNER GAS
commemorative poster.

    Recently retired from General Motors, the 49-year-old father of five and
self-avowed CORNER GAS fanatic receives $1,000 cash and more than $2,000 in
prizing. The poster will soon be sold at CornerGas.com with proceeds going to
Free The Children, an organization dedicated to helping children around the
globe.

    Mr. Madda's winning design was chosen by an esteemed judging panel
including CORNER GAS creator and star Brent Butt, the series' award-winning
production designer Hugh Shankland, and Joyce Woollcott, Director of Print
Design, CTV Creative Agency.

    "I like how this poster acknowledged the show is ending, and that we are
saying goodbye, but did so in an upbeat, fun way," said Butt of the winning
entry. "And of course I get to relive my rock 'n' roll fantasy forever now
through Thunderface."

    "The overall theme of music was important to the show and particularly to
Brent," added Shankman. "There are lots of other references that fans will
enjoy without cluttering the elegant composition. It captures the spirit of
the show!"

    "My family and I have drawn a tremendous amount of enjoyment from CORNER
GAS, and this contest entry was quite simply a labour of love on my part,"
said Mr. Radda in his submission. "Thanks for all the laughs!"

    Four other submissions will receive secondary prizing: Holly Carr
(Canning, NS) for her submission in silk entitled "Gas Cast"; Murray Crossman
(Red Deer, AB) for his digital creation "So Long, Thank You"; Claudia Mannion
(Halifax, NS) for her entry created with hundreds of pieces of felt "Heart
Felt"; and Jeanette Jeremoe (Winnipeg, MB) for her digital entry "The Corner
Gas Crew."

    
    (xx) Media Note (xx) Download high-resolution images of the Grand Prize
    Winner and Four Secondary Prize Winners at www.ctvmedia.ca.
    

    The winning entry was chosen from a smorgasbord of creative and admirable
submissions in every conceivable medium, from more traditional mediums like
oil, watercolour and charcoal to etched aluminum, clay, pop-up, caricature,
balloons, macaroni, anime and comics. All of the entries - along with comments
from fans across the country - can be seen right now at
www.cornergaspostercontest.ctv.ca/gallery.

    The contest launched on March 23, and closed on April 2. With only 10
days to submit their artwork, CORNER GAS fans pumped out nearly 300
submissions, making it one of the most successful user-generated projects in
CTV.ca's history.

    The poster contest allowed fans the opportunity to express their feelings
visually about the end of the CORNER GAS era and say goodbye at the same time
in their own unique way. In addition to the incredible display of creativity,
the contest demonstrated the deep connection viewers have to the series via
the artists' statements about their inspiration, as well as the many comments
posted alongside each submission:

    
    (*) "If heaven does exist, it is Dog River."
    (*) "CORNER GAS is a fantastic TV show, and has left its mark on the
        history of Canadian television forever."
    (*) "I think the show has done incredible things for the province, and I
        wish them well."
    (*) "Watching Corner Gas is most certainly a hard habit to break! We will
        miss the show!"
    (*) "Even though it has come to the end, CORNER GAS will live on in the
        hearts of the weekly Dog River residents, nationwide."

    CORNER GAS says good bye on Monday, April 13 at 9:30 p.m. ET on CTV and
'A' with the last episode ever, "You've Been Great, Good Night."

    About Free The Children
    -----------------------
    
    Free The Children is the world's largest network of children helping
children through education, with more than one million youth involved in
innovative education and development programs in 45 countries. Founded in 1995
by international child rights activist Craig Kielburger, Free The Children has
a proven track record of success. Through the energy and passion of youth,
Free The Children has built more than 500 schools around the world and it
provides education for 50,000 children everyday. The organization has received
the World's Children's Prize for the Rights of the Child (also known as the
Children's Nobel Prize), the Human Rights Award from the World Association of
Non-Governmental Organizations, and has formed successful partnerships with
leading school boards and Oprah's Angel Network. For more information please
visit www.freethechildren.com

    
    About CTV
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    CTV, Canada's largest private broadcaster, offers a wide range of quality
news, sports, information, and entertainment programming. It has the
number-one national newscast, CTV NATIONAL NEWS WITH LLOYD ROBERTSON, and is
the number-one choice for prime-time viewing. CTVglobemedia Inc. is Canada's
premier multi-media company which owns CTV Inc. and The Globe and Mail. CTV
Inc. also owns radio stations across the country, and leading national
specialty channels. Other CTVglobemedia investments include an interest in
Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, and in Dome Productions, a North American
leader in the provision of mobile high definition production facilities. More
information about CTV may be found on the company website at www.ctv.ca.





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