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July 12, 2011

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Winnipeg, Edmonton, Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto, Halifax

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TORONTO, July 12, 2011 /CNW/ – Rogers Media is calling Canadians of all ages with unique skills and outstanding talents! The Citytv original series, Canada’s Got Talent, is launching a nationwide search to find Canada’s most talented performers.  This September, the all-new Canadian version of the international hit Got Talent format will make stops for auditions in Winnipeg, Edmonton, Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto and Halifax.  Full details, rules and regulations, and sign-up forms are available at Canada’s Got Talent premieres on Citytv in Spring 2012.

“We are looking for a wide range of entertaining Canadians from every region, age and cultural experience,” commented Ed Robinson, Executive Producer, Rogers Broadcasting Ltd.  “We welcome singers, dancers, jugglers, cyclists, fire breathers, illusionists, acrobats, ventriloquists, musicians, and anyone who has a talent they want to share.”

The nationwide search celebrates the diverse and eclectic home-grown talent from across the country. With no age limitations and every kind of talent welcome – anything goes. Much more than just a song and dance competition, Canada’s Got Talent showcases exceptional acts from magicians to trapeze artists, clowns to contortionists, animal entertainers to marching bands, plate spinners and comedians… and everything in between. Top performers compete to impress an expert panel of judges in front of a live studio audience in the hopes of moving forward to the next round.

“We are very excited to produce the Canadian version of this successful international format”, said Executive Producer John Brunton, Insight Production Company Ltd. “Watch out Britain & America, Canada’s about to embark on the largest talent search in Canadian history unearthing home-grown talent that Canadians have never seen before.  We can hardly wait to see what Canada’s going to bring to the stage”. 

City Date Venue
Winnipeg, MB September 9 & 10 Winnipeg Convention Centre
375 York Ave.
Edmonton, AB September 14 & 15 Mayfield Inn & Suites
16615 – 109th Avenue
Vancouver, BC September 19 & 20 Westin Bayshore
1601 Bayshore Dr.
Montreal, QC September 23 & 24 Palais De Congrès
1001 Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle
Toronto, ON September 27, 28, 29, 30 Venue TBC
Halifax, NS October 11, 12 World Trade & Convention Centre 1800 Argyle St.

*all venues are subject to change

To be eligible to enter the competition, participants must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada.  For a complete list of rules, regulations and pre-registration forms, visit  Plus, follow us on Twitter @CGTCitytv and like us on Facebook for the latest updates, info and announcements. Then, stay tuned to Citytv, Breakfast Television and Rogers radio stations across Canada for audition details in a city near you.

Canada’s Got Talent , the Canadian version of the hit Got Talent format from FremantleMedia and Syco Entertainment, will be produced by multiple award-winning Insight Production Company Ltd.  John Brunton and Barbara Bowlby are the Executive Producers. Mark Lysakowski and Sue Brophey are the Supervising Producers for the series.

Citytv is the Canadian broadcaster of the hit summer series America’s Got Talent, which continues to set record ratings.

Citytv™ television stations in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg offer viewers intensely-local, urban-oriented, culturally-diverse television programming. A distinct alternative to other conventional television stations, Citytv engages its viewers with dynamic on-air personalities and delivers an entertaining mix of news, local-interactive formats such as: Breakfast Television and CityLine; as well as local Canadian and US acquired prime time entertainment programming. Citytv is a part of Rogers Broadcasting Limited, a division of Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX: RCI and NYSE: RCI) which is a diversified Canadian communications and media company. For more information on Citytv stations and programming, visit

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 outstanding 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; Canadian Idol; Top Chef Canada; the Juno Awards, Canada’s national music award show; Project Runway Canada, hosted by International Supermodel Iman; and The Jon Dore Television Show, currently airing on the Independent Film Channel.  Insight has recently wrapped production on their exciting new format Canada Sings which will hit the airwaves in 2011. For more information visit

About FremantleMedia
FremantleMedia is one of the leading creators and producers of entertainment brands in the world. FremantleMedia is part of the RTL Group, Europe’s largest television and radio broadcast company, which is in turn 90 percent owned by Bertelsmann AG, one of the world’s major media and entertainment companies. FremantleMedia’s worldwide production arm is responsible for many of the world’s highest rated prime time entertainment, drama, serial drama and factual entertainment programmes. FremantleMedia Enterprises is the brand extension arm of FremantleMedia, offering a one-stop-shop for all Licensing, Distribution and Home Entertainment around the world. The FremantleMedia Group (which includes FremantleMedia North America, UFA, talkbackTHAMES, FremantleMedia Australia and Original Productions amongst others) has operations in 22 countries, one of the most comprehensive global networks, creating nearly 10,000 hours of programming a year, rolling out more than 60 formats and managing over 300 individual titles. FremantleMedia has some of the world’s most sought after and long running formats in its catalogue, and globally, produces such programmes as: Idols (co-produced with 19 Productions in the US), Hole In The Wall, Got Talent (co-produced with Syco in the UK and the US), The X Factor (co-produced with Syco in the UK), Take Me Out, Family Feud, The Price is Right, Farmer Wants A Wife, Gute Zeiten Schlechte Zeiten, and Neighbours.

About Syco Entertainment
Syco Entertainment is a global joint venture between Simon Cowell and Sony Music Entertainment focused on the production and exploitation of music, television, film and digital content. Syco TV and Music includes the global television franchises ‘The X Factor’ and ‘Got Talent’ which currently air in over 60 countries. Syco Music roster includes superstar artists such as Leona Lewis, Susan Boyle and Il Divo. In 2009, ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ launched the global music career of Susan Boyle, whose debut album is world’s fastest selling album in history. Syco Entertainment is based in London and Los Angeles with a staff of 30+.