From a media release:
Big Brother CanadaÂ is going where noÂ Big BrotherÂ has gone before! Season 5 ofÂ Globalâ€™s hit reality series is bringing back some of Canadaâ€™s favourite houseguests from the past to battle new houseguests from the present, pitting them against each other in a fight for future supremacy inside theÂ Big Brother CanadaÂ â€œOdysseyâ€ house. This #BBCAN5 voyage through time beginsÂ Wednesday, March 15Â atÂ 9 p.m. ET/PTon Global.
Vying for another shot atÂ BBCANÂ victory, second chanceÂ Big Brother CanadaÂ houseguests are all after the ultimate redemption â€“ a chance to re-write their history, and Canada has a front row seat! Second chance houseguests include: Gary Levy from Toronto, ON; Neda Kalantar from Vancouver, BC; Kevin Martin from Calgary, AB; and Bruno Ielo from Ottawa, ON. First time houseguests joining the returning players include: Andre â€œDreâ€ Gwenaelle, a masters student from Montreal, QC; Mark Chrysler, a bartender from Edmonton, AB; William Laprise Desbiens, a Marketing student from Trois-Rivieres, QB; and Emily Hawkin, a bartender from Lindsay, ON.
Gary â€œGlitterâ€ Levy
Hometown:Â Toronto, ON
Currently living:Â Ajax, ON
BBCAN background:Â The first runner up in the inaugural season ofÂ Big Brother Canada, Gary would have taken theÂ BBCANÂ crown if fellow Season 1 houseguest, and his closest ally, Topaz hadnâ€™t mistakenly voted for rival Jillian to win instead of him. Talk about misunderstanding the voting process!
Second chance strategy: â€œFirst and foremost, Iâ€™m going to reiterate the voting instructions when I get to the final two: â€˜Houseguests, vote for the person you WANT to win!â€™â€
Hometown:Â Vancouver, BC
Currently living:Â Vancouver, BC
Occupation:Â Fashion Stylist and Entrepreneur
BBCAN background:Â The victim of friendship gone wrong, Neda made it to the final three in Season 2 but her game was cut short by her closest friend in theÂ BBCANÂ house, Jon, when he won the final HOH and evicted her in the finale.
Second chance strategy: â€œLast time I went in and laid low for the first few weeks. I canâ€™t do that now. I have a reputation going in. I will cut anyone I need to cut this season and I wonâ€™t look back.â€
Hometown:Â Calgary, AB
Currently living:Â Calgary, AB
Occupation:Â Professional Poker Player and Content Creator
BBCAN background:Â One of the first houseguests to be evicted as a result of a triple eviction, Kevin is also the first houseguest inÂ BBCANÂ history to be evicted without receiving any eviction votes against him. Ouch.
Second chance strategy:Â â€œThe first time I played I thought having good social game was just getting along with everyone, but it turned out to be a little shallow. This time I want to get to know people deeper on a personal level.â€
Hometown:Â Ottawa, ON
Currently living:Â Ottawa, ON
Occupation:Â Construction Worker
BBCAN background:Â The first houseguest to win the Power of Veto during a triple eviction, Bruno lasted eight weeks without a single eviction nomination. But the father of two was ultimately evicted in a coup dâ€™Ã©tat twist that put him on the block and lead to his departure from theÂ BBCANÂ house.
Second chance strategy:Â â€œI donâ€™t have a set strategy. I need to meet everybody, see what theyâ€™re about, see the personalities, learn their strengths and weaknesses and use those against them.â€
Andre â€œDreâ€ Gwenaelle
Hometown:Â Montreal, QC
Currently living:Â Montreal, QC
Occupation:Â Masters Student
Brains, beauty and a sassy attitude make this masters student a force to be reckoned with. But donâ€™t mistake her lack of strategy for not being prepared â€“ Dre is heading into the BBCAN house flexible enough to adapt to any situation.
Hometown:Â Edmonton, AB
Currently living:Â Edmonton, AB
This fun, outgoing, fitness-lover has a two-pronged strategy when it comes to winning over the houseguests, and winning the game â€“ dominate the physical challenges and use his charm to up his social game.
William Laprise Desbiens
Currently living:Â Trois-Rivieres, QC
Hometown:Â Trois-Rivieres, QC
Occupation:Â Marketing Student & Blogger
Even though William plans to use his French accent as his secret weapon to confuse houseguests, this French-Canadian is ultimately trying to be himself and have fun in the houseâ€¦but if he has to do a little backstabbing in the process he will!
Hometown:Â Lindsay, ON
Currently living:Â Toronto, ON
Occupation:Â Musician & Server
This â€œreally freaking singleâ€ singer-songwriter has contemplated several strategies before going into the BBCAN5 house, but is holding out until the first HOH competition to decide on her plan of attack.
The final group of houseguests will be revealed tomorrow.
Airing exclusively on Global,Â Big Brother CanadaÂ plucks a group of hand-picked strangers from their homes, sequesters them from the outside world, and places them inside a house outfitted wall-to-wall with cameras and microphones that capture their every move. The houseguests compete for a grand prize of $100,000, a $30,000 home furnishing makeover from The Brick, and a new 2017 Toyota 86.
Big Brother CanadaÂ premieres Wednesday, March 15 at 9 p.m. ET/PT and continues to air Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT, Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT, and Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Global. Viewers who miss the premiere can catch up onÂ Big Brother CanadaÂ following the broadcast the next day onÂ GlobalTV.comÂ andÂ Global Go. And for even more behind the scenes action, fans can watch the live feeds onÂ BigBrotherCanada.ca.