From a media release:
Following Sky Arts UKâ€™s best-performing, non-scripted series of all time,Â Landscape Artist of the Year, the highly-anticipated Canadian adaptation, brings together 18 of the country’s best professional and amateur artists alongside 50 wildcard hopefuls to compete for a chance to be crownedÂ Landscape Artist of the Year CanadaÂ (4 x 60â€™). Hosted byÂ Sook-Yin Lee, the all new original series sees the artists have just four hours to create a landscape masterpiece. The winning artist will not only be crownedÂ Landscape Artist of the Year Canada, but will also walk away with a $10,000 cash prize and will have their artwork on display at the prestigious McMichael Canadian Art Collection – home to some of Canadaâ€™s most iconic landscape art. TheÂ world broadcast premiere ofÂ Landscape Artist of the Year CanadaÂ airs Sundays at 9 pm ET/PT, starting February 16, exclusively on MakefulÂ during the channelâ€™s eight-week free preview event running from Feb. 3 to April 5 across Canada.
Each episode ofÂ Landscape Artist of the Year CanadaÂ travels to breathtaking and truly Canadian backdrops, from Muskokaâ€™s picturesque Lake Rousseau to a rural country farm in Barrie. Two winners from each location will go on to compete in the final. However, these artists arenâ€™t the only ones trying to impress the judges. The competition also sees 50 more artists descend onto each location to try their luck as wildcards, and if any catch the judgesâ€™ eye, they too have a chance to compete in the final.
Alongside the hostÂ Sook-Yin Lee, the four-part series sees expert judgesÂ Marc Mayer, former Director of the National Gallery of Canada, and award-winning artist and educator,Â Joanne Tod, determine the winners of each location until only one artist remains.
Using their own material and style, the artists have just four hours to create their own rendition of the landscape before them.Â From oil paint to acrylic, collage work to mixed media, the artwork is as diverse as the artists themselves.
Landscape Artist of the Year CanadaÂ is produced by marblemedia in association with Blue Ant Media and CBC.Â Based on the UK format, it is distributed by Banijay Rights, and was originally produced by Storyvault Films. Following the world premiere on Makeful this February, CBC will also air the series later this year.
Meet the 18 chosen artists competing for the title of Canadaâ€™s Best Landscape Artist.
Episode 1 – Airing Sunday, Feb. 16 at 9pm ET/PT
Denise Antaya, Kingsville, ON
Laura Zerebeski, Vancouver, BC
Marissa Sweet, Oshawa, ON
Megan Hazen, Toronto, ON
Phil Irish, Elora, ON
Tosh Jeffrey, Toronto, ON
Episode 2 – Airing Sunday, Feb. 23 at 9pm ET/PT
Andrew Cheddie Sookrah, Toronto, ON
Anna Kutishcheva, Oakville, ON
Beckett Pura, York, ON
Colin Davis, North Bay, ON
Deborah Danelley, Winnipeg, MB
Ian McLean, Brightâ€™s Grove, ON
Episode 3 – Airing Sunday, March 1 at 9pm ET/PT
Elzbieta Krawecka, Toronto, ON
Jeff Wilson, Vancouver, BC
Kylee Turunen, Port Alberni, BC
Mackenzie Brown, Edmonton, AB
Nadine Prada, Toronto, ON
Ron Kuwahara, Halifax, NS