From the Canadian Press:
Canadian Idol Audition Tour Begins Feb. 3 as Further Details Announced for Cross-Country Idol Search
As American Idol makes its long-awaited return to television tonight, CTV announced today further details about the upcoming cross-country, musician-friendly search for the next Canadian Idol. In addition to releasing audition venue information, the network also confirmed today that the tour will now begin Feb. 3-4 in Vancouver, one week later than previously announced, allowing prospective competitors additional time to prepare for the auditions. With the 10-city audition tour now kicking off in less than three weeks on the West coast, full details about how, where and when to audition are now available on the Canadian Idol website at idol.ctv.ca. As previously announced, for the first time in North America competitors can audition while playing musical instruments. Like last year, the 2007 Canadian Idol “Easy-Access” tour makes it easier than ever to audition. There is no need to line up as competitors can arrive any time between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on each day of the auditions. As well, almost all of the auditions are scheduled on weekends and most of the auditions will be held at malls.
From the New York Times:
The 3-Day Novel Contest: The Series – Who Will be Canada’s Next Literary Superstar?
Airs Sundays at 9:30pm ET on BookTelevision, starting February 4th Encore Presentations on ACCESS Tuesdays at 8:00pm MT and CLT Wednesdays at 9:00pm ET
Step aside, Atwood! BookTelevision and Indigo-Chapters reveal Canada’s next literary superstar as The 3-Day Novel Contest: The Series, an exciting eight-part reality series, airs Sundays at 9:30pm ET, starting February 4th.
Twelve writers sit down in the middle of Edmonton’s biggest Chapters bookstore – cameras and customers following their every keystroke – to try to write a novel in just three days. Eating, sleeping, and living in the bookstore, the would-be novelists face diabolically challenging contests, the dreaded “Thirteenth Machine,” and utter exhaustion as they compete to attain literary heights and get published.
These 12 finalists were chosen from 150 applicants from across Canada, all hoping to undertake the most grueling marathon of their careers. The finalists include: literary novices, a 40-year journalism veteran, a mother of five, a tattooed cook who grew up on the streets, a crown representative, and an unemployed perpetual student – their backgrounds as diverse as the books they write.
The Curtain Rises for Season Two of Bravo!’s Bathroom Divas: So You Want to be an Opera Star?
Airs Saturdays at 9pm ET / 6pm PT, beginning February 10 (Encore presentations Tuesdays at 8pm ET / 5pm PT)
Canadian singing hopefuls from all walks of life transform themselves from singing in the shower to performing opera on stage in the second season of Bathroom Divas: So You Want To Be An Opera Star?, an exciting six-part, one-hour documentary series produced by Kaleidoscope Entertainment for Bravo!. After a cross-country search for raw operatic talent, six finalists are hand-picked to participate in an extensive opera boot camp and one of the protégés ultimately wins the title of “Bathroom Diva.” After an overwhelmingly successful first season, the series returns to Bravo! February 10 and airs every Saturday at 9pm ET / 6pm PT, with encore presentations every Tuesday at 8pm ET / 5pm PT.
After a call for submissions, judges Mary Lou Fallis (soprano professor/comedienne), Tom Diamond (opera director/drama coach), Daniel Lichti (bass-baritone/professor) and Liz Upchurch (pianist/vocal coach) travel to Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto, Montreal and Halifax to audition hundreds of opera-star wannabes. The judges encounter singers with varied backgrounds; an orthopedic surgeon, a landscape gardener, a lobbyist, a beef and pork trader, a CEO of an advertising firm and a fashion designer. One candidate is so nervous that she has to lie down on the stage before performing, while another auditionee breaks down and cries at the end of his audition. One opera hopeful even claims to channel spirits when she sings. From this country’s deep talent pool, six finalists are selected to take part in an extensive three-week opera boot camp in Toronto.