Mike Holmes celebrates milestone 10th anniversary on HGTV Canada

Canada's Most Trusted Contractor Is Still Making It Right

All-New Special Goes Behind The Overalls on April 9 Kicking Off New Episodes of Holmes Makes It Right on HGTV Canada

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TORONTO, March 13, 2013 /CNW/ - Over the last 10 years HGTV Canada has drawn attention to Mike Holmes and his renowned ambition to "Make It Right" for homeowners, communities and individuals in need. Viewers have been informed, entertained and inspired by his inspections, renovations and reveals, but to celebrate this milestone Mike is giving fans a more personal glimpse in Behind The Overalls. This brand-new special premieres Tuesday April 9 at 9pm ET/PT on HGTV Canada, followed by new episodes of the hit series Holmes Makes It Right Tuesdays at 9pm ET/PT beginning April 16.

"The last ten years have been incredible. Thanks to HGTV Canada I have been able to do what I love while educating Canadians about their homes and making it right. Can't wait to see where the next ten years takes us," said Mike Holmes.

Mike Holmes first appeared on HGTV Canada in 2003 with the launch of the hit series Holmes on Homes. Since then Holmes Inspection and Holmes Makes It Right have premiered to huge audiences on HGTV Canada along with special events like Holmes In New Orleans and Lien On Me. In addition to generating a remarkable fan base, these series have received critical acclaim, garnering 13 Gemini nominations over the last 10 years.

Mike's commitment to building standards, the promotion of skilled trades, and his adamant belief in making it right have led to impressive accolades - from the Gemini Viewer's Choice Award for Favourite TV Personality to the Queen's Jubilee Medal. He has been named one of the Most Trusted Canadians by Reader's Digest two years running, and was recently named the third Most Trusted Celebrity by Forbes Magazine.

"Over the last decade Mike has dedicated himself to improving the lives of Canadians one home at a time," said Barb Williams, Senior Vice President of Content, Shaw Media. "We are so proud that HGTV Canada has been able to provide a national platform for Mike to continue to inspire and educate homeowners."

The anniversary special Behind The Overalls gets personal with Canada's Most Trusted Contractor. Mike answers fan questions, reveals a day in his life, revisits his childhood, reflects on his greatest memories from the last 10 years, and also gives a hint to what's next. With meaningful congratulations from celebrities such as Randy Bachman, David Suzuki, Liza Fromer, Rick Campanelli, Cheryl Hickey and HGTV Canada alumni Scott McGillivray and Bryan Baeumler, along with an inside look at Mike's surprise 10th anniversary party, this special will be a remarkable reflection on one of Canada's most influential and meaningful celebrities.

Behind The Overalls premieres on HGTV Canada Tuesday April 9 at 9pm ET/PT, followed by all-new episodes of Holmes Makes It Right Tuesdays at 9pm ET/PT beginning April 16. In the first new episode Mike helps a high school shop teacher and his students with renovations for the family of a classmate who passed away suddenly. For further information, photo galleries and full episodes after they air visit www.hgtv.ca.

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HGTV Canada is a Shaw Media Network

About Shaw Communications Inc.
Shaw 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 and Showcase. Shaw is traded on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges and is included in the S&P/TSX 60 Index (Symbol: TSX - SJR.B, NYSE - SJR). For more information about Shaw, please visit www.shaw.ca.

About The Holmes Group
The Holmes Group is an international brand with operations in independent media production, new home building and inspection divisions and expansion into product development. It is entirely owned by Mike Holmes and it is responsible for developing and managing HOLMES branded entities, including HOLMES Homes, HOLMES Inspections, HOLMES Workwear, Make It Right Releasing Inc., and The Holmes Foundation.

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Sarah Stevens
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Amanda Heath
Communications Manager
The Holmes Group

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