From a media release:
CBC today announced that the new season of Canadian audience favourite BATTLE OF THE BLADES (Season 6, produced by Insight Productions) will launch with a special two-hour live premiere on Thursday, October 22 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC TV and CBC Gem, with eight new pairs ready to hit the ice in support of charities across Canada. Multi-talented singer-songwriter, TV host and actress Keshia ChantÃ© will be joining veteran sportscaster Ron MacLean on the ice to share hosting duties this season. A singer since the age of 14, ChantÃ© is known for her JUNO Award-winning music including multiple #1 hits and eight Top-10 radio singles, as well as her work as a television host and actress.
Originally born in Ottawa and raised in Toronto, ChantÃ© has over 18 years of experience in the entertainment industry, including the release of four musical albums; a previous role as co-host of the #1 music show on television, 106 & Park, alongside Bow Wow; and her current role as co-host on Entertainment Tonight Canada. She served as a music expert and international judge on The World’s Best alongside James Corden and Drew Barrymore, as well as two seasons of The Next Star. As an actress, ChantÃ© appears on Season 4 of Private Eyes and Season 2 of JANN. She is also known for her charity work, including serving as Youth Ambassador for the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR); volunteering time in Africa with CANFAR to build schools; volunteering in the Dominican Republic with World Vision, and performing with Alicia Keys for the Keep A Child Alive fundraising concert.
CBCâ€™s quintessentially Canadian competition series BATTLE OF THE BLADES features NHL, Olympic and professional hockey players performing on ice with World and Olympic figure skating partners in the hopes of winning the Season 6 championship, and a $100,000 donation to the charity of their choice. Alongside hosts ChantÃ© and MacLean, the Season 6 judging panel features beloved Olympic gold medallist in ice dance Scott Moir; multi-Olympic medallist in womenâ€™s ice hockey, and Season 5 runner-up, Natalie Spooner; and professional skater and choreographer Elladj BaldÃ©. Four-time Canadian and four-time World champion figure skater Kurt Browning returns to the series as Elite Battle Expert.
This seasonâ€™s eight competing pairs, and their charities, are:
Violetta Afanasieva and Anthony Stewart
Competing on behalf of Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities
Meghan Agosta and Andrew Poje
Competing on behalf of the BC Childrenâ€™s Hospital
Jennifer Botterill and Eric Radford
Competing on behalf of The Canadian Cancer Society
Jessica Campbell and Asher Hill
Campbell will be competing on behalf of Do It For Daron, while Hill will be supporting FreedomSchool – Toronto
Meagan Duhamel and Wojtek Wolski
Duhamel will be competing on behalf of the Sandra Schmirler Foundation, while Wolski will be supporting The Hospital for Sick Childrenâ€™s Patient Amenities Fund
Carlotta Edwards and Kris Versteeg
Edwards will be competing on behalf of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Calgary and Area, while Versteeg will be supporting Opokaa’sin Early Intervention Society
Vanessa James and Akim Aliu
Competing on behalf of The Time To Dream Foundation
Kaitlyn Weaver and Bryan Bickell
Competing on behalf of The Bickell Foundation in support of the MS Society of Canada
A CBC original series, BATTLE OF THE BLADES is produced by Insight Productions. The series is executive produced by Insightâ€™s John Brunton, Lindsay Cox, Erin Brock, and Mark Lysakowski and is co-created and executive produced by Olympian and World & Canadian Figure Skating Hall of Famer Sandra Bezic.