Everyday Co-workers Sing, Dance and Compete - All in the Name of Charity
TORONTO, April 12, 2012 /CNW/ - Global's original series Canada Sings will make its much anticipated return this May with a slicker look, a sassy judge and 12 new teams prepared to put their hearts and souls into one dramatic performance to win $25,000 for their charity of choice.
Canada Sings season two premieres Tuesday, May 15th - 10pm ET/PT on Global. The 6 x 60 minute homegrown series showcases the blood, sweat and tears that ensue when ordinary workmates train to be glee club performers.
"Canada Sings has raised the stakes this season with a talented new judge, a flashier set, double the prize money and a closer look at the teams and their incredible stories," said Barbara Williams, SVP, Content, Shaw Media. "Viewers will love each team's heartfelt journey to the stage and regardless of affiliation, they'll want to cheer for them all."
Rob Van Winkle (a.k.a. Vanilla Ice, @vanillaice) and Jann Arden (@jannarden) return to the Canada Sings judging panel this season and joining them is creative director and choreographer to the stars, Laurieann Gibson (@iamboomkack). A seasoned industry professional, Laurieann has directed and choreographed music videos for top artists including Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, Mary J. Blige, Beyoncé, Keri Hilson and Lady Gaga to name a few. ET Canada's Hollywood Correspondent Matte Babel (@thisisbabel) returns as host.
"The overwhelming response from major Canadian companies eager to participate in season two is truly amazing," said John Brunton, Executive Producer and President, Insight Productions. "We are thrilled with the depth and scope of talent this year and applaud the tremendous passion these teams have to perform in front of millions of Canadians and to make a positive impact on other people's lives."
Canada Sings season two team pairings are as follows:
- Episode 1 (May 15) - Ontario Provincial Police "OPP Project Glee" vs. WestJet "Cabin Pressure"
- Episode 2 (May 22) - Royal Canadian Air Force "Super Sonic" vs. Peel Children's Aid "Positively Peel"
- Episode 3 (May 29) - Ontario Science Centre "OSCillations" vs. CAA "The Associates"
- Episode 4 (June 5) - Dumas Mines "Dumas Rocks" vs. Elmwood Spa "InSPAration"
- Episode 5 (June 12) - RBC "The Bank Notes" vs. Stampede Casino "Deal With It"
- Episode 6 (June 19) - GO Transit "GO Glee" vs. Purdy's Chocolates "Sweet Day"
Canada Sings is a one-hour original series that challenges Canadians to form glee clubs with their co-workers and compete in a head-to-head battle against another workplace glee team for their charity of choice. Canada Sings is created and produced by Insight Productions in association with Shaw Media.
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About Shaw Communications Inc.
Shaw Communications Inc. is a diversified communications and media company, providing consumers with broadband cable television, High-Speed Internet, Home Phone, telecommunications services (through Shaw Business), satellite direct-to-home services (through Shaw Direct) and engaging programming content (through Shaw Media). Shaw serves 3.4 million customers, through a reliable and extensive fibre network. Shaw Media operates one of the largest conventional television networks in Canada, Global Television, and 18 specialty networks including HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, History Television and Showcase. Shaw is traded on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges and is included in the S&P/TSX 60 Index (TSX: SJR.B) (NYSE: SJR). For more information about Shaw, please visit www.shaw.ca.
About Insight Production Company Ltd
Insight Production Company Ltd, headed by John Brunton & Barbara Bowlby has become an industry leader in the creative development, financing and production of highly rated television programs and cutting edge multiplatform content for the global market in every genre. Since 1979, it has been recognized for its reputation for quality as the recipient of numerous International awards, including multiple Gemini's. The company has created thousands of hours of groundbreaking television that continues to be broadcast over major networks worldwide. Broadcast Magazine International claims that "When it comes to adapting formats for Canadian audiences there is one producer who appears to have the Midas touch." Recent hits include Insight's original format Battle of the Blades; Top Chef Canada; Canada's Got Talent; THE JUNO AWARDS, Canada's national music award show; Canadian Idol; Intervention Canada and Deal or No Deal Canada, the hit primetime game show, which delivered Global's highest ratings of all time for a Canadian program.
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