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Arlene Dickinson returns to Dragons’ Den for Season 12

From a media release:

CBC today announced that renowned Canadian entrepreneur and venture capitalist Arlene Dickinson will return to DRAGONS’ DEN for Season 12 of the series. Hosted by Dianne Buckner, Season 12 will mark the first time there will be six dragons as Dickinson joins Jim Treliving, Joe Mimran, Manjit Minhas, Michael Wekerle and Michele Romanow in the Den. Following entrepreneur auditions across the country, the new season of DRAGONS’ DEN will begin shooting this month at the CBC Broadcasting Centre in Toronto for a fall 2017 launch on CBC.

Known for such notable deals as OMG Candy and Balzac’s Coffee Roasters, Dickinson joined DRAGONS’ DEN in Season 2 in 2007 and left in 2015 after eight seasons to launch District Ventures Capital, a fund aimed at investing in innovative food and health based businesses. Having raised approximately $30 million, Dickinson is ready to put the capital to work.

She also launched District Ventures, Canada’s first accelerator focused on early-stage food and health businesses, and the District Ventures and IBM Innovation Space, a technology hub that connects large enterprise to entrepreneurs.

Dickinson is one of Canada’s most renowned marketing communications entrepreneurs. As CEO of Venture Communications, her creative and strategic approach has turned the company into a powerhouse with a blue chip client list. Her success and leadership has been recognized with multiple honours and awards including Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100 and the Pinnacle Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence as well as PROFIT and Chatelaine’s TOP 100 Women Business Owners. Dickinson is also the best-selling author of two books, Persuasion and All In.

A generous philanthropist, supporter of many important causes and mother of four and grandmother of seven, Dickinson is an Honorary Captain of the Royal Canadian Navy and is the recipient of honorary degrees from Concordia University, Mount Saint Vincent University, Saint Mary’s University and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. She sits on several private and public boards, and is the proud recipient of The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

A CBC original production, DRAGONS’ DEN returns for season 12 in fall 2017. Theatre and venture capital collide as aspiring entrepreneurs from across Canada vie for a coveted spot in the Den to pitch potentially profitable business investments to some of the nation’s most successful tycoons. The Dragons use their own money and know-how and have the power to catapult companies into home-grown business success stories. Stakes are high as good deals may be rewarded, but there’s also the risk that bad ideas will get burned. One of Canada’s most successful unscripted programs, DRAGONS’ DEN offers audiences a front-row view as the country’s top business moguls wheel and deal with entrepreneurs who dare to brave the Den. Tracie Tighe is executive producer. Dianne Buckner hosts.

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Link: Dragons’ Den prepares for an 11th season of deals and disappointment

From Simon Houpt of The Globe and Mail:

Link: Dragons’ Den prepares for an 11th season of deals and disappointment
And after all these years, they’re still trooping up to Studio 40 on the tenth floor of the CBC Broadcasting Centre: The hopeful and the hard-nosed, the crafty and the oblivious, their dreams and sometimes their nest eggs banking on four minutes of national airtime. Many walk away forlorn, roadkill among the bickering Dragons. “You come in, you have a lot of great things to say, but the Dragons are ultimately, like, five egomaniacs with all the money,” one producer cautioned a pitcher. “So you also have to then appeal to them. You need them. So you need to go both ways.” Continue reading.

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Dragons’ Den audition tour commences in preparation for new season

From a media release:

It’s time for all aspiring entrepreneurs to get their business pitches ready for a chance to be a part of DRAGONS’ DEN’s incredible 12th season on CBC. This February, producers will once again head coast to coast on a multi-city audition tour in search of the country’s best businesses in need of a Dragon investment.

As in previous years, auditions will be open to the public, kicking off in Toronto on Feb. 11 in the Barbara Frum Atrium at CBC’s Toronto headquarters (250 Front Street West). A full list of audition dates and cities are listed below, and venues can be found online via the DRAGONS’ DEN website (cbc.ca/dragonsden/auditions).

The audition tour welcomes participants of all ages, with businesses at any stage of development. Hopeful entrepreneurs should prepare to pitch their concept to the DRAGONS’ DEN producers in five minutes or less. If they show the producers they have what it takes to pitch in the Den, they could be invited to Toronto to face the Dragons. Prospective pitchers are encouraged to apply online and bring a completed application form to the audition.

Producers will be on the lookout for entrepreneurs in the following cities:

  • Feb. 11 – Toronto, ON
  • Feb. 15 – Fort McMurray, AB
  • Feb. 15 – Richmond, BC
  • Feb. 15 – North Bay, ON
  • Feb. 16 – Edmonton, AB
  • Feb. 17 – Nanaimo, BC
  • Feb. 17 – Windsor, ON
  • Feb. 18 – Calgary, AB
  • Feb.18 –  London, ON
  • Feb.18 –  Vancouver, BC
  • Feb. 22 – Collingwood, ON
  • Feb. 23 – Belleville, ON
  • Feb. 24 – Kingston, ON
  • Feb. 25 – Barrie, ON
  • Feb. 25 – Montreal, QC
  • Feb. 25 – Ottawa, ON
  • March 1 – Grand Prairie, AB
  • March 1 – Oshawa, ON
  • March 2 – Fredericton, NB
  • March 3 – Abbotsford, BC
  • March 3 – Charlottetown, PE
  • March 4 – Halifax, NS
  • March 4 – Hamilton, ON
  • March 4 – Vancouver, BC
  • March 9 – Waterloo, ON
  • March 9 –  Kelowna, BC
  • March 11 – Calgary, AB
  • March 11 – Victoria, BC
  • March 15 – Guelph, ON
  • March 17 – Quebec City, QC
  • March 18 – Montreal, QC
  • March 22 – Regina, SK
  • March 24 – Saskatoon, SK
  • March 25 – Niagara Falls, ON
  • March 25 – Winnipeg, MB
  • April 1 – Toronto, ON

 

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Comments and queries for the week of January 22

Dragons’ Den Season 11 audition tour announced

I cannot find the site to fill out an application form for Dragons’ Den. Can you please send it to me? Thanks. —Edward

Here’s a link to the online application. Good luck! 


Hidden gems of the Canadian Screen Awards

Has Young Drunk Punk (nominated for best comedy) been cancelled? If so, it belongs on your list of “Speaking of cancelled series.” If not, when will more episodes come out? I never really watched it when it was on City, but was able to see many of them on CBC. Good show!

Also, a name for the Canadian Screen Award? CaSA. —D

We’re still waiting to hear of Young Drunk Punk’s fate.


Baby talk on Murdoch Mysteries

I am loving the baby addition and how the Gleeful Bouncer came into being. Clever writers!! It is nice to see the couple progress as they would in real life. The show just keeps getting better and better IMO and the couple seems delightfully closer. The timing of the upcoming house is perfect. —Robin

Oh no baby, PLEASE!!! —S. Duet


TV, eh? podcast episode 198 – One Season Wonders

Wow, how much fun was this episode?

I remember quite a few of these shows, but some I’ve never heard of. I am now dedicated to watching every episode of Ombudsman.

And you can bet I’m spending the next three hours reliving Nightwalk, which I recorded on so many VHS tapes when I wasn’t sure what time the late night movie would be finished so I set the VCR to record for much longer than needed. —Candice

 

Got a question or comment about Canadian TV? greg@tv-eh.com or @tv_eh.

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Dragons’ Den Season 11 audition tour announced

From a media release:

It’s time for entrepreneurs across Canada to polish their pitches to be part of DRAGONS’ DEN’s extraordinary 11th season on CBC-TV. This February, producers will hit the road on a 33-city audition tour to find the country’s best businesses in need of a Dragon investment.

As seen on DRAGONS’ DEN last night, auditions will be open to the public and kick-off in Toronto on Feb. 6 in the Barbara Frum Atrium at CBC’s Toronto headquarters (250 Front St. W.). All audition dates and cities are listed below, and venues are listed online. Tour dates will continue to be updated through the DRAGONS’ DEN website (cbc.ca/dragonsden/auditions).

The audition tour will welcome participants of all ages, with businesses at any stage of development. Aspiring entrepreneurs should prepare to pitch their concept to the DRAGONS’ DEN producers in five minutes or less. If they show the producers they have what it takes to pitch in the Den, they could be invited to Toronto to face the Dragons. Prospective pitchers are encouraged to apply online and bring a completed application form to the audition.

Online auditions are open now and will continue in-person throughout February, March and April across the country. Producers will be on the lookout for entrepreneurs in the following cities:

Feb. 6 – Toronto, Ontario
Feb.10 – Guelph, Ontario
Feb. 10 – Regina, Saskatchewan
Feb. 11 – Windsor, Ontario
Feb. 12 – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Feb. 13 – London, Ontario
Feb. 13 – Vancouver, B.C.
Feb. 13 – Winnipeg, Manitoba
Feb. 17 – Richmond, B.C.
Feb. 17 – Cranbrook, B.C.
Feb. 18 – Calgary, Alberta
Feb. 19 – Nanaimo, B.C.
Feb. 20 – Edmonton, Alberta
Feb. 20 – Sudbury, Ontario
Feb. 20 – Victoria, B.C.
Feb. 24 – Burlington, Ontario
Feb. 24 – Collingwood, Ontario
Feb. 25 – Prince Edward County, Ontario
Feb. 26 – Kingston, Ontario
Feb. 27 – Barrie, Ontario
Feb. 27 – Montreal, Quebec
Feb. 27 – Ottawa, Ontario
March 2 – Grand Prairie, Alberta
March 2 – Oshawa, Ontario
March 3 – Moncton, New Brunswick
March 4 – Abbotsford, B.C.
March 4 – Charlottetown, P.E.I.
March 5 – Halifax, Nova Scotia
March 5 – Hamilton, Ontario
March 5 – Vancouver, B.C.
March 9 – Waterloo, Ontario
March 10 – Kelowna, B.C.
March 12 – Calgary, Alberta
March 12 – Niagara, Ontario
March 18 – Quebec City, Quebec
March 19 – Montreal, Quebec
April 2 – Toronto, Ontario

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