Canada's Got Talent

Canada's Got Talent is an anglophone Canadian reality talent show series that debuted on the Citytv network on March 4, 2012,[1] and part of the global Got Talent franchise. The logo used for Canada's Got Talent does not follow the logo from America's Got Talent, but instead follows the logo from Britain's Got Talent.

As with other series in the franchise, the program was a competition in which entertainers in various fields competed to win a cash prize of $100,000 and a Nissan GT-R, an opportunity to perform during Citytv's New Year's Eve special, and the possibility of performing at a venue in Las Vegas.[2]

The series only ran for one season, won by the Manitoba-based dance troupe Sagkeeng's Finest; in June 2012, Rogers Media president, Scott Moore, announced that a second season would not be produced, after a "careful consideration of all factors, including the current economic climate".[3]

Canada's Got Talent
Canada's Got Talent Logo
Created bySimon Cowell
Written byTrevor Boris, Sabrina Jalees, Mark Lysakowski
Directed byJoan Tosoni
Sue Brophey
Presented byDina Pugliese
JudgesStephan Moccio
Measha Brueggergosman
Martin Short
Voices ofDina Pugliese
Country of originCanada
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes22
Production
Executive producer(s)John Brunton, Barbara Bowlby and Ed Robinson
Producer(s)Mark Lysakowski
Paul Becker
Trevor Boris
Cliff Dempster
Running time30 - 120 minutes
Production company(s)SYCOtv
FremantleMedia
Insight Productions
Talkback Thames
DistributorRogers Media Television
Release
Original networkCitytv
Original releaseMarch 4 –
May 14, 2012
Chronology
Related showsAmerica's Got Talent
Australia's Got Talent
Britain's Got Talent
Holland's Got Talent
External links
Official website

Format

Auditions

The auditions took place in front of the judges and a live audience at different cities across Canada. At any time during the audition, the judges may have shown their disapproval to the act by pressing a buzzer which lights a large red "X" on the stage. If all the judges pressed their buzzers, the act must end. Voting worked on a majority-of-two basis where two positive votes from the judges were required.

The Cutdown

Those that were accepted past the audition round moved on to the Judges Round (also known as "The Cutdown"). This stage of the competition did not feature any audiences and only contained contestants performing in front of the judges. Out of all that made it to this point, thirty-six (36) acts made it through to the next round which was the semi-finals.

Semi-finals

The semi-finals and final were broadcast with a varying number of semi-finals, followed by the one final split into two episodes over one night. The remaining acts performed across a number of semi-finals, with the two most popular acts from each semi-final winning a position in the final. Judges may still end a performance early with three X's. The judges were again asked to express their views on each act's performance. After all acts have performed, phone lines, Twitter, Facebook, text and online voting platforms opened for a one-hour, while the public voted for the act they think were the best. Voters could submit a total of 50 votes (10 in each platform). After the votes were counted, the act that has polled the highest number of public votes automatically was placed in the final. The judges then chose between the second and third most popular acts, with the winner of that vote also gaining a place in the final. All other acts were then eliminated from the competition.

Broadcasting

Because of the various time zones in Canada, only viewers in the provinces and territories east of Manitoba saw the show live (in the Newfoundland, Atlantic and Eastern time zones); all other areas in Canada broadcast the show on a tape delay basis. All Citytv stations aired the show at 8:00 p.m. (in each time zone where there is a Citytv station) with the Toronto station airing the program at 8:00 p.m.; viewers in Newfoundland see the show live at 9:30 p.m. and viewers in the Atlantic region at 9:00 p.m., because there is no Citytv station in these provinces to broadcast the show at local time. The same process occurred with the results show.

Judges

Comedian and actor Martin Short was announced as the first judge on October 13, 2011. On October 17, opera singer Measha Brueggergosman and musician/composer Stephan Moccio were announced as the two judges who would be joining Short at the table. Citytv Toronto personality and Breakfast Television host, Dina Pugliese, was the host of the show.[4]

Season overview

The first season of Canada's Got Talent, a reality television series, premiered on March 4, 2012, and ended on May 14, 2012, on City.[1] Unlike America's Got Talent, the show only had the audition round, top 37, semi-finals, and then the finale. The premiere episode, which aired March 4, 2012, took in a viewership of 2 million on average throughout the night, a record for Citytv.

Auditions

Preliminary Auditions

Canada's Got Talent travelled to six different cities across the country for the producer auditions: Winnipeg, Edmonton, Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto and Halifax during the months of September and October 2011.[1]

After the final auditions were completed in Halifax, the show then travelled to Calgary, Vancouver, Toronto, Winnipeg, Halifax and Montreal for the live-audience auditions which were taped in October, November, December 2011 and January 2012.[5]

A total of 244 acts were given a "yes" during the auditions. A total of 108 auditions were aired on television (both eliminated acts and successful acts).[6]

Key Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Buzzed out
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Toronto auditions

During the season premiere of the show / first part of the Toronto Auditions (March 4, 2012), 9 acts made it to the next round while 5 were eliminated.

During the second part of the Toronto Auditions (March 18, 2012), 12 acts made it to the next round while 4 were eliminated.

Toronto Auditions Results
Part 1: Aired on March 4, 2012 (1 hour)

Part 2: Aired on March 18, 2012

Order Performer Act Description Buzzes
Martin Measha Stephan
1 Fantasy Circus Balancing
2 Terry Im "KRNFX" Beatboxing
3 Project Dunk Basketball
4 Incline Lion Dance Troupe Lion Dancing
5 Pulp City Inn Rock Band
6 Breigh Scheefer Burping Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
7 Angela Ewtushik and Rally Dog
8 Broken Dance Dancers
9 Giorgio Longdo Singer Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
10 Oliver Oliver Hula hoop Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
11 Grant the Fire Guy Magician Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
12 Monsters of Schlock Sideshow Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
13 Volodymyr Martyniuk Magician/Illusionist
14 Aygul Memet Circus
Part 2 Part 2 Part 2 Part 2 Part 2 Part 2
15 Cassandra Hartman Dog
16 Michael Smith B-boying
17 Denam and Lace Band
18 Yuval Fichman Piano
19 Jack Ettlinger Singer
20 Lucas Wilson[note 1] Stunt
21 Shale Wagman Ballet
22 Baba Deep Singh Gatka Akhara Fighting
23 Wushu By Storm Fighting
24 "Furious" Pete Czerwinski[note 2] Eating
25 Rod Soiree Reader Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
26 Vinnie Vincenzo Guitar Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
27 Sue Sabijan Singer Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
28 Stacey Kaniuk Singer
29 Boylesque To Dancers Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
30 Ryan "6 Pack" Lapadat Weightlifter
Footnotes
  1. ^ Lucas Wilson broke the world record for the fastest time from escaping a straitjacket. The original record was 54 seconds while Wilson was able to escape in 43 seconds with 9 seconds to spare.
  2. ^ "Furious" Pete Czerwinski ate 5 hard boiled eggs, 3 pieces of Canadian bacon, 2 bananas, and a bag of milk in 51 seconds.

Source for part 1:[7]

Source for part 2:[8]

  1. ^ Lucas Wilson broke the world record for the fastest time from escaping a straitjacket. The original record was 54 seconds while Wilson was able to escape in 43 seconds with 9 seconds to spare.
  2. ^ "Furious" Pete Czerwinski ate 5 hard boiled eggs, 3 pieces of Canadian bacon, 2 bananas, and a bag of milk in 51 seconds.

Calgary auditions

During the Calgary Auditions (March 5, 2012), 9 acts made it to the next round while 10 were eliminated.

Calgary Auditions Results
Aired on March 5, 2012 (1 hour)
Order Performer Act Description Buzzes
Martin Measha Stephan
1 Michel & Jack Forestier Melody
2 Oliva Smith Opera Singer
3 Chiq Addiction Singers/Dancers Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
4 Chris Hubick Inline Jam skating Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
5 Contestant number: 10200898[note 1] Impressionist Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
6 Contestant number: 10200301[note 2] N/A[note 3] Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
7 Fatt Matt Contortionist Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
8 Dallas Arcanad Hoop Dancing
9 Marissa Puff Fire Spinning
10 The Classy Chassys Band
11 Aaron Dobler Trials Riding - Stunt Biking
12 Terri Stevens Impressionist/Entertainer Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
13 Michelle Lee Singer
14 Canadian Rabbit Hopping Club Rabbit Acrobatics
15 Contestant number: 10201368[note 4] Singer Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
16 Contestant number: 10200029[note 5] Singer Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
17 Contestant number: 10200906[note 6] Singer Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
18 Frank Dion Singer Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
19 Billy Schmidt Singer
Footnotes
  1. ^ Name of performer was not revealed.
  2. ^ Name of performer was not revealed.
  3. ^ Act was too unusual to determine the type of act.
  4. ^ Name of performer was not revealed.
  5. ^ Name of performer was not revealed.
  6. ^ Name of performer was not revealed.

Source:[9]

  1. ^ Name of performer was not revealed.
  2. ^ Name of performer was not revealed.
  3. ^ Act was too unusual to determine the type of act.
  4. ^ Name of performer was not revealed.
  5. ^ Name of performer was not revealed.
  6. ^ Name of performer was not revealed.

Vancouver auditions

During the first part of the Vancouver Auditions (March 11, 2012), 9 acts made it to the next round while 4 were eliminated.

During the second part of the Vancouver Auditions (March 18, 2012), 4 acts made it to the next round while 1 was eliminated. Act number 18 (Rick Faraci) was originally eliminated from the competition but later was granted to move on to the next round. See 'Footnotes' for more details.

Vancouver Auditions Results
Vancouver (Part 1): Aired on March 11, 2012

Vancouver (Part 2): Aired on March 18, 2012

Order Performer Act Description Buzzes
Martin Measha Stephan
1 Groovement Dance Group
2 Iron Kingdom Rock Band
3 West Coast Lumberjacks Lumberjack Stunts
4 Tajah Dancer
5 Tristan Underwood Kites
6 Jessica Zraly Singer
7 Brent Ray Fraser Dancer Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
8 King Arthur & Lady of the Lake Singers Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
9 Aidan Pringle & Travis Watters Wrestlers Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
10 Steve & Celeste Presby Singers
11 Heidi Smith & Leslie Sakata Dancers
12 Nathan Knowles Dancer
13 Cameron Snee Singer
Part 2 Part 2 Part 2 Part 2 Part 2 Part 2
14 The Dance and Illusions of Oslen Illusionist
15 Good For Grapes Band
16 Jeffrey "Mr. Fantastik" Wood Street Performance
17 Ronnie "The Dancer" Alampour Dancer Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
18[note 1] Rick Faraci Karate Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
Footnotes
  1. ^ After Rick finished his act, Stefan and Measha said "no" to let him move on to the next round. Because it takes at least 2 "yes" votes to make it to the next round, Rick was technically eliminated. Shortly after, Rick returned on stage and bribed Stefan and Measha to change their mind at let him move on to the next round. Measha decided that the act was not worthy to move on to the next round but Stefan changed his vote to a "yes" letting the act move on in the competition even though he was later eliminated in the next round.

Source for part 1:[10]

Source for part 2:[11]

  1. ^ After Rick finished his act, Stefan and Measha said "no" to let him move on to the next round. Because it takes at least 2 "yes" votes to make it to the next round, Rick was technically eliminated. Shortly after, Rick returned on stage and bribed Stefan and Measha to change their mind at let him move on to the next round. Measha decided that the act was not worthy to move on to the next round but Stefan changed his vote to a "yes" letting the act move on in the competition even though he was later eliminated in the next round.

Winnipeg auditions

During the Winnipeg Auditions (March 11, 2012), 12 acts made it to the next round while 7 were eliminated.

Winnipeg Auditions Results
Aired on March 11, 2012
Order Performer Act Description Buzzes
Martin Measha Stephan
1 Jonah Berens Singer
2 Hot Stone Road Band
3 Sound & Soles Broadway-style Tap Ensemble
4 Liza May Johnson Singer
5 Sagkeeng's Finest Tap Dancers
6 Chris Dimas Drums
7 Ronnie Ladobruk Guitar
8 Naomi Bristow Yodeler
9 Christina Munchinsky Hula hoop
10 Contestant number: 10100499[note 1] Comedian Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
11 Contestant number: 1010****[note 2] Comedian Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg [note 3]
12 Contestant number: 10100276[note 4] Comedian Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
13 Garry Roy Comedian
14 Paul Kelvin Ong Singer
15 Tony Comedian Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
16 Cindy Massey Singer Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
17 Kelly Devoe Singer Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
18 Deborah Lauren "Klondike Kate" Singer Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
19 Kayumanggi Story Performance
Footnotes
  1. ^ Name of performer was not revealed.
  2. ^ Name of performer was not revealed and full contestant number could not be seen.
  3. ^ It is not known if Martin Short buzzed for this act.
  4. ^ Name of performer was not revealed.

Source:[12]

  1. ^ Name of performer was not revealed.
  2. ^ Name of performer was not revealed and full contestant number could not be seen.
  3. ^ It is not known if Martin Short buzzed for this act.
  4. ^ Name of performer was not revealed.

Halifax auditions

During the Halifax Auditions (March 18, 2012), 7 acts made it the next round while 1 was eliminated.

Halifax Auditions Results
Aired on March 18, 2012
Order Performer Act Description Buzzes
Martin Measha Stephan
1 Francelle Maria & Mathieu Leger Yodellers
2 La Baie En Joie Tap dancers
3 Jason Hanraham Music with spoons
4 Oneblood Singers
5 Michael Redden Singer/Guitarist
6 Angry Candy Band
7 Troy Ward Singer Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
8 Ivan Daigle Singer/Guitarist
Source:[11]

Montreal auditions

During the Montreal Auditions (March 25, 2012), 11 acts made it to the next round while 3 were eliminated.

Montreal Auditions Results
Aired on March 25, 2012
Order Performer Act Description Buzzes
Martin Measha Stephan
1 SpaceMak3r Circus
2 The Brat Pack Dancers
3 Benoit Fournier & David Gaudet Magicians
4 Marianne Demers Singer
5 Eric Saintonge Circus
6 Jose Olamendi Corraes Dancer Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
7 Ghost Singer Singer Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
8 Rosie D. Clown Dancer/Singer Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
9 Daddy Cool Dancers
10 Julie Lafontaine Opera Singer
11 Julie Gauthier Belly Dancer
12 Vithou Thurber-Promtep Singer/Guitarist
13 H.I.X Beatboxing, Rapping, and auto-tuned Singing
14 Enigma Dance Dancers
Source:[13]

Youtube auditions

During December 2011, numerous people auditioned for Canada's Got Talent over YouTube. Canadians were able to vote on the top 20 videos for about two weeks. The person who received the most votes was revealed on Tuesday April 3, 2012, and joined the competition. Also, the judges chose one out of two people that received the second and third highest number of votes to also join the competition.[14] Caitlin Bell received the most votes while Mathew Cathcart "The Emsee" was chosen by the judges to join the competition.[15]

Judges Round

Those that were accepted past the audition round moved on to the Judges Round (also known as "The Cutdown"). This stage of the competition did not feature any audiences and only contained contestants walking up to the judges or Dina (host) to find out if they made it to the next round. Originally, out of all that made it to this point, thirty-six (36) acts were to make it through to the next round which would be the semi-finals but because the judges "broke a rule" the final number of semi-finalists were thirty-seven (37). During the episode, it was announced that 244 acts were given a "yes" during the auditions meaning that 207 were eliminated (some of these auditions were not shown on television).[6][14][16]

Below is the list of thirty-seven (37) semi-finalists in no set order. Note that some of the acts below may have not been aired on television.

Judges Round/The Cutdown Results
Aired on March 25, 2012
Order Performer Act Description
1 Yuval Fichman Piano
2 Jack Ettlinger Singer
3 Christopher Charles Singer
4 Shale Wagman Ballet
5 Lisa Odjig Hoops
6 Terry Im "KRNFX" Beatboxing
7 Scott Jackson Beatboxing
8 Pulp City Inn Rock Band
9 Angela Ewtushik and Rally Dog
10 Broken Dance Dancers
11 Aygul Memet Circus
12 Fantasy Circus Circus
13 Wushu by Storm Mixed Martial Artists
14 Francelle Maria & Mathieu Leger Yodellers
15 Oneblood Singers
16 Angry Candy Band
17 Ivan Daigle Singer/Guitarist
18 The Dance and Illusions of Oslen Illusionist
19 Nathan Knowles Dancer
20 Freshh Boys Dance Group
21[note 1] Good for Grapes Band
22 Jonah Berens Singer
23 Sagkeeng's Finest Tap Dancers
24 Michel & Jack Forestier Melody
25 Marissa Puff Fire Dancingchri
26 Laheeb Quddusi Impersonator
27 Roger Leblanc Actor
28 Eric Saintonge Circus
29 Vithou Thurber-Promtep Singer
30 Enigma Dance Dancers
31 Daddy Cool Dancers
32 The Brat Pack Dancers
33 H.I.X Beat Boxing Group
34 Julie Lafontaine Opera Singer
35 Marianne Demers Singer
36 Silvia Ricciotto Singer
37 Craz E Crew Stunt Team Bike Stunts
38[note 2] Volodymyr Martyniuk Magician/Illusionist
Footnotes
  1. ^ On April 13, 2012, Breakfast Television Toronto announced that Good For Grapes had dropped out of the competition. For this reason, Volodymyr Martyniuk took their place and has re-joined the competition.
  2. ^ Due to Good For Grape's drop-out in the competition, Volodymyr Martyniuk took the place of the band is now a semi-finalist.

Source:[6][16][17]

  1. ^ On April 13, 2012, Breakfast Television Toronto announced that Good For Grapes had dropped out of the competition. For this reason, Volodymyr Martyniuk took their place and has re-joined the competition.
  2. ^ Due to Good For Grape's drop-out in the competition, Volodymyr Martyniuk took the place of the band is now a semi-finalist.

Semi-finals

At this point in the competition, the selected thirty-seven acts will perform in front of an audience and the judges. The semi-finals will contain six or seven acts per week for six weeks with the day after being the results show. Each week, out of the acts that perform, only two will make it to the finals. To determine who moves to the finals, viewer's at home will select one act and the judges will select the other.[18]

Broadcasting

Because of the various time zones in Canada, only viewers in the provinces and territories east of Manitoba see the show live (in the Newfoundland, Atlantic and Eastern time zones). All other areas in Canada are taped and even though the show does mention the show is live, it is not. All Citytv stations air the show at 8:00 pm (in each time zone where there is a CityTV station) with the Toronto station being the first CityTV station to reach 8:00 pm. So viewers in Newfoundland see the show live at 9:30 pm and viewers in the Atlantic at 9:00 pm because there is no CityTV station in these provinces to broadcast the show at local time. The same process occurs with the results show. Also, the semi-finals are filmed at Showline Studios in Toronto.

Key Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Buzzed out Crystal Clear app clean.svg Judge voted for act to move onto finals.
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  Made it to the final.
  This act was one of the two YouTube Last Chance auditions that were chosen either by the judges or Canada to advance to the semi-finals.

Week 1 (April 2–3, 2012)

Freshh (who received the most votes to move onto the finals) and Julie Lafontaine (who the judges picked to move onto the finals) made it to the finals out of the 7 performers during Week 1. Also, Caitlin Bell and Mathew Cathcart "The Emsee" were the two YouTube auditions that joined the competition.

Week 1 - Semi-Finals Results
Performances aired on April 2, 2012

Results Show aired on April 3, 2012

Order Performer Act Description/Judges' Responses Buzzes and Judges' Choices
Martin Measha Stephan
1 Wushu By Storm Mixed Martial Artists - Wushu By Storm performed with the theme if it being: males vs girls with the girls dominating the fight.

Judges' Responses: All 3 judges were impressed with the act. Measha thought that many Canadians will vote for the act and make it to the finals.

2 H.I.X. Beat Boxing Group - H.I.X performed with the theme of it being: "going back to the future". The group beat boxed about certain events that occurred in the decades that were chosen. At the end of the performance, the beginning of it was repeated. Stephan was the only judge to buzz for this act.

Judges' Responses: Stephan mentioned that he was bored of the act 20 seconds into it (which is the reason why he buzzed) but thought that each individual in the group was great, the performance just did not reach "semi-final standards". Measha agreed with Stephan and said similar comments. Martin said that the story-line was hard to follow and found that the act was not quite original.

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3 Pulp City Inn Rock Band - Pulp City Inn performed one of their original songs, My Surrender.

Judges' Responses: For this act, Stephan felt that the act was neither good or bad comparing to the groups audition. Measha believed that everything in the act was perfect but if the act were to move on, they would need to bring the excitement of the song at the beginning rather than the end. Martin enjoyed the performance and sang a small part of the song that Pulp City Inn had just performed.

4 Marissa Puff Fire Dancer - Marissa Puff performed a series of fire tricks. Both Stephan and Martin buzzed for this act.

Judges' Responses: Martin's response to this act was that Marissa did not "step up" from her audition and did not feel like it had a "wow" factor to it. Stephan, on the other hand, said that the act was better than her audition performance but still agreed with Martin about the act not having the "wow" factor. Measha enjoyed the performance but she did not believe that the type of act had enough potential to win the competition.

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5 Christopher Charles Singer - Christopher Charles performed a Bob Marley song for Canada.

Judges' Responses: Measha was impressed with the performance and gave positive feedback. Martin mentioned that the song choice was not the best but still enjoyed it. Stephan agreed that the choice of song could have been better and it was a risk that Christopher took.

6 Freshh Boys Dance Group - This group danced to a number of different songs throughout the performance.

Judges' Responses: Martin was extremely impressed by the act and was "blown away". Stephan told the group that if they did another performance that was as great as this one, they could have a chance of winning the competition. Measha gave positive feedback to the group and mentioned that the performance should be intense from beginning to end.

7 Julie Lafontaine Opera Singer - Julie Lafontaine performed what she does best, opera.

Judges' Responses: Martin really loved Julie's background story and performance. Stephan said similar comments to Martin. Measha told Julie to maybe expand on the performance if she moved on to the finals but generally provided positive feedback.

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Footnotes
  1. ^ This YouTube audition was picked by Canada to join the competition.
  2. ^ This YouTube audition was picked by the judges to join the competition.

Source for performances show:[19]

Source for results show:[15]

  1. ^ This YouTube audition was picked by Canada to join the competition.
  2. ^ This YouTube audition was picked by the judges to join the competition.

Week 2 (April 8–9, 2012)

Angry Candy (who received the most votes to move onto the finals) and Scott Jackson (who the judges picked to move onto the finals) made it to the finals out of the 7 performers during Week 2. Also, none of the judges buzzed for any of the acts during the entire show.

Week 2 - Semi-Finals Results
Performances aired on April 8, 2012

Results Show aired on April 9, 2012

Order Performer Act Description/Judges' Responses Buzzes and Judges' Choices
Martin Measha Stephan
1 Scott Jackson Beatboxer - Scott performed a beatboxing skit with 6 silver dancers dancing to what he was saying.

Judges' Responses: Martin loved the performance and thought that Scott did not need the dancers during the performance. Stephan also enjoyed the performance. Measha thought that the performance was fantastic and also mentioned that one of the silver dancers made a mistake during the performance.

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2 Daddy Cool Dance Group - Performance was about prisoners escaping Alcatraz. At the same time, the group danced to many different songs.

Judges' Responses: Stefan thought that the group tried perfect the performance too much (during their audition, it was not as "perfect") and therefore, the lack of perfection is apparently what makes Canada love Daddy Cool. Measha agreed with Stephan and did not enjoy the performance as much as their audition. Martin thought that the group does not have enough talent (comparing to the other contestants) to win the competition.

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3 Roger LeBlanc Actor - Roger performed the St. Crispin's Day Speech from William Shakespeare's Henry V.

Judges' Responses: Measha thought that the performance was good and touching. Martin thought that choosing another Shakespeare play would be a mistake but in the end, it was not. Stephan said that all the acts in the competition are going "one way" while Roger went the "other way" and stood out from the previous acts.

4 Angry Candy Band - Angry Candy performed the song "Alone" for their performance.

Judges' Responses: Martin was not as excited as he was with the groups audition and thought that it was not the best. Stephan thought that the song choice played a role in the outcome and also mentioned that the performance could have been better. Measha liked the performance and liked the song choice but said that the fact that the group was spread out around the stage played a role in how the entire group felt about how to perform (because Angry Candy is used to only performing in small bars and other small venues).

5 Yuval Fichman Piano - Yuval performed a classic song on a grand piano.

Judges' Responses: Measha said that Yuval's playing was incredible and that he is the real deal, although she noted a few flips that, she added, nobody else would ever notice (until she mentioned it). Martin also enjoyed the performance, but the song choice was not the best. As well, he said that he would kill to see Yuval on TV every day at three pm. Stephan said Yuval is absolutely talented and charming, but he is not sure if Canada's Got Talent is the right avenue to bring a pianist to light.

6 Vithou Thurber-Promtep Singer - Vithou sang "Just The Way You Are by Bruno Mars with his guitar.

Judges' Responses: Measha liked the song choice and also liked the performance. Martin agreed with Measha. Stephan related Vithou with Justin Bieber and also like the performance.

7 Fantasy Circus Circus - This time, the entire family of Fantasy Circus was involved with the act but performed a similar stunt to what was done during their audition. This time, one of the member balanced on circular objects instead of flat objects. The stunt was completed successfully and confetti guns went off at the end of the performance.

Judges' Responses: Martin noticed that there was not much of a difference from their original audition and therefore, was not blown away this time around. Stephan enjoyed the performance but also noticed what Martin did about the act being the same. Measha thought that the way the performance led up to the final stunt kept everyone interested and also enjoyed it.

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Source for results show:[21]

Week 3 (April 15–16, 2012)

Shale Wagman (who received the most votes to move onto the finals) and Emilio Fina (who the judges picked to move onto the finals) made it to the finals out of the 7 performers during Week 3. Also, one of the two YouTube auditions that the judges picked in Week 1 of the semi-finals, Caitlin Bell, performed but was eliminated from the competition during the result show.

Week 3 - Semi-Finals Results
Performances aired on April 15, 2012

Results Show aired on April 16, 2012

Order Performer Act Description Buzzes and Judges' Choices
Martin Measha Stephan
1 Craz E Crew Stunt Team BMX and Rollerblading Stunts - Perform with the theme of "cops vs punks"

Judges' Responses: Stephan Moccio was very surprised by how well they performed, said "he didn't expect them to be THIS good." Measha was very "edge-of-her-seat" and hoped the audience would vote for them. And Martin was about the same, said it was exciting and "Vegas material."

2 Jonah Berens Singer - Sang "Replay"

Judges' Responses: Martin said that he thinks it is exhilarating to watch him, to see if he will hit the high notes, and just overall a good performance. Measha said that he was much better, had a much stronger voice than his audition, and overall a great performance (even though she hated the song choice). Moccio had a soft-spot for him, and that emotionally/emotively, he is even better/more exciting to watch than Julie Lafontaine. Otherwise, he agrees with Measha about the song choice.

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3 Nathan Knowles Contortionist - Impressive combination of contortion and aerial acrobatics.

Judges' Responses: Martin felt that the routine was a little lacklustre, but that he is still great at what he does. Moccio agreed slightly that "he was always waiting for something more, all set up and little action." Measha thought that it was great to see a masculine take on a usually feminine act.

4 Brat Pack Dance Crew - Danced to a variety of songs, seemed to travel between eras of song and dance.

Judges' Responses: Moccio thought they were better than Freshh in the auditions, however he thought maybe that Freshh had more energy in the semi-final auditions and was curious to see how Canada voted. Measha was extremely impressed (gave a standing ovation), saying that the precision, choreography and story are all top-notch and that they have more personality than Freshh. Martin was just overall impressed and did not understand what Moccio was talking about when he thought that the "props were distracting."

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5 One Blood Barbershop/A cappella group - Sang a very interesting rendition of Ain't No Sunshine by Bill Withers

Judges' Responses: Measha was torn between whether she liked them or not, but said that they are talented as far as technique goes. Moccio said he was going to buzz, but then mentioned that they were good and pleasant to watch, but did not think he would pay $50 to see them. Martin said that though they have talent, it was a poor choice of song and therefore cannot make it to the end with that kind of performance.

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6 Caitlin Bell[note 1] Singer - Sang Hold It Against Me by Britney Spears

Judges' Responses: Martin thought she sounded beautiful and pleasant to watch and listen to. Moccio thought that it was a good performance but maybe she should have done an original song, and that he might not have even put that through on national auditions, citing that YouTube might be a place that harbours more intimate performances better than on stage. Measha buzzed, citing that the song choice was boring and that her voice was not that impressive, also saying that YouTube is not a forum that allows for great talent to be found easily, to the chagring of the audience.

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7 Shale Wagman Dancer - Danced to The Scientist by Coldplay

Judges' Responses: Moccio said that it was just an amazing performance - effortless and beautiful. Measha was speechless and holding back tears about how beautiful and amazing he is. Martin agreed with both of them.

Footnotes
  1. ^ Caitlin Bell was one of the YouTube auditions picked by Canada to join the competition during Week 1 of the semi-finals. She performed this week (Week 3) but was eliminated during the result show.

Source for performances show:[22]

Source for results show:[23]

  1. ^ Caitlin Bell was one of the YouTube auditions picked by Canada to join the competition during Week 1 of the semi-finals. She performed this week (Week 3) but was eliminated during the result show.

Week 4 (April 22–23, 2012)

Ivan Daigle (who received the most votes to move onto the finals) and Mathew Cathcart "The Emsee" (who the judges picked to move onto the finals) made it to the finals out of the 6 performers during Week 4. Mathew was the Judge's pick from all the YouTube auditions to compete in the Semi-Finals announced during Week 1 of the results show. Also, none of the judges buzzed for any of the acts during the entire show.

Week 4 - Semi-Finals Results
Performances aired on April 22, 2012

Results Show aired on April 23, 2012

Order Performer Act Description Buzzes and Judges' Choices
Martin Measha Stephan
1 The Dance and Illusions of Oslen Illusionist - The act included one of Oslen's dancers entering a box which was then folded. Swords were then placed through the box and after a few seconds the swords were taken out and the dancer re-appeared.

Judges' Responses: Stephan found the act very exciting. Measha enjoyed the act and said she could see this type of act in Las Vegas. Martin also enjoyed the act but found it a bit repetitive.

2 The Forestier Family[note 1] Melody - The family performed a melody using violins and an acoustic guitar.

Judges' Responses: Martin loved the act overall. Stephan liked the act and said even if they do not win the competition, people from around the world will still love them. Measha agreed with the other judges but questioned that if Jack were older, would people still respond to him the same way.

3 Enigma Dance Dancers - The group performed a dance with a theme of someone who has "died" on a hospital bed. Throughout the dance, the person that is "dead", is brought back to life.

Judges' Responses: Martin was disappointed with the act as their audition had a stronger connection then this one. Measha disagreed with Martin by saying that the all the aspects towards the dance were great. Stephan enjoyed the act but found the moves a little bit repetitive.

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4 Mathew Cathcart "The Emsee"[note 3] Rapper - Matthew rapped about being on Canada's Got Talent.

Judges' Responses: Stephan loved the act and liked how his name ended up being used in Matthew's rap. Measha also loved the act. Martin agreed with the other judges and enjoyed the act.

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5 Ivan Daigle Singer/Guitarist - Ivan sang a song with his guitar.

Judges' Responses: Measha liked the performance and gave some feedback. Martin liked the song choice and the performance overall. Stephan also enjoyed the act.

6 Lisa Odjig Hoop Dance - Lisa performed a dance using hoops that associate with the Aboriginal culture.

Judges' Responses: Martin thought that the act would not make it to the end of the competition. Stephan agreed with Martin but also enjoyed the performance. Measha liked the act overall.

Footnotes
  1. ^ Only Michel & Jack Forestier performed during their audition but during the semi-finals, the entire family performed.
  2. ^ Stephan buzzed after the act was over only to make Measha stop talking when he was. The buzz was not directed towards the performance.
  3. ^ Matthew Cathcart was one of the YouTube auditions picked by the judges to join the competition during Week 1 of the semi-finals. He performed this week (Week 4) and was chosen by the judges to move onto the next round.

Source for performances show:[24]

Source for results show:[25]

  1. ^ Only Michel & Jack Forestier performed during their audition but during the semi-finals, the entire family performed.
  2. ^ Stephan buzzed after the act was over only to make Measha stop talking when he was. The buzz was not directed towards the performance.
  3. ^ Matthew Cathcart was one of the YouTube auditions picked by the judges to join the competition during Week 1 of the semi-finals. He performed this week (Week 4) and was chosen by the judges to move onto the next round.

Week 5 (April 29–30, 2012)

Sagkeeng's Finest (who received the most votes to move onto the finals) and Terry Im "KRNFX" (who the judges picked to move onto the finals) made it to the finals out of the 6 performers during Week 5. Also, Stephan Moccio performed one of his songs during the results show.

Week 5 - Semi-Finals Results
Performances aired on April 29, 2012

Results Show aired on April 30, 2012

Order Performer Act Description/Judges' Responses Buzzes and Judges' Choices
Martin Measha Stephan
1 Eric Saintonge Circus - Eric performed a similar act from his audition. He used a large ring to perform many different circus moves.

Judges' Responses: Stephan said that the performance was great and could see the show in Las Vegas. Measha also enjoyed the performance. Martin did not find the act exciting and said that his audition was better.

2 Terry Im "KRNFX" Beatboxing - Terry rapped to different tunes and used a device in which his voice would be repeated without him actually talking.

Judges' Responses: Measha thought that the end of the act was stronger than the beginning. Martin agreed with Measha. Stephan liked the entire performance.

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3 Sagkeeng's Finest Tap Dancers - The group tap danced to The Time (Dirty Bit) by The Black Eyed Peas.

Judges' Responses: Martin loved the act. Stephan agreed with Martin but was not so sure that the group could win the competition. Measha mentioned that the act was fantastic and thought the opposite of what Stephan thought by saying that the group might just win the competition.

4 Silvia Ricciotto Singer - Silvia sang a song with her acoustic guitar with a band.

Judges' Responses: Stephan questioned the fact if Silvia could win the competition. Measha enjoyed the act. Martin agreed with Stephan and did not completely like the song choice.

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5 Angela Ewtushik and Rally Dog - A similar routine as Angela and Rally's audition was performed where Rally (the dog) would dance and attempt to catch frisbees.

Judges' Responses: Measha loved the entire performance even though Rally only caught one frisbee. Martin also liked the act but was a little disappointed that Rally did not catch all the frisbees. Stephan enjoyed the act.

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6 Jeffrey & Karen Chang Dancers - Jeffrey and Karen danced to a 1950s theme.

Judges' Responses: Stephan thought that brother/sister relationship effected the feeling of the dance and overall, the dance was average. Measha did not quite like the song choice but overall liked the dance. Martin agreed with Stephan and said that there was a lot of repetition of moves in the act.

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Footnotes
  1. ^ Martin buzzed after the act was over only to show that he disagreed with Measha. The buzz was not directed towards the performance.
  2. ^ For the second time, Stephan buzzed after the act was over only to make Measha stop talking when he was. The buzz was not directed towards the performance. He had done the exact same thing after another performance during Week 4.

Source for performances show:[26]

Source for results show:[27]

  1. ^ Martin buzzed after the act was over only to show that he disagreed with Measha. The buzz was not directed towards the performance.
  2. ^ For the second time, Stephan buzzed after the act was over only to make Measha stop talking when he was. The buzz was not directed towards the performance. He had done the exact same thing after another performance during Week 4.

Week 6 (May 6–7, 2012)

Broken Dance (who received the most votes to move onto the finals) and Aygul Memet (who the judges picked to move onto the finals) made it to the finals out of the 6 performers during Week 6. Also, Measha Brueggergosman performed one of her songs during the results show. None of the judges buzzed any of the acts during Week 6.

Week 6 - Semi-Finals Results
Performances aired on May 6, 2012

Results Show aired on May 7, 2012

Order Performer Act Description/Judges' Responses Buzzes and Judges' Choices
Martin Measha Stephan
1 Jack Ettlinger Singer - Jack sang Haven't Met You Yet by Michael Bublé.

Judges' Responses: Martin found the act spectacular. Stephan thought that Jack did not perform to his full potential. Measha agreed with Stephan.

2 Broken Dance Dance Group - Broken Dance performed their dance in a Bollywood fashion.

Judges' Responses: Measha loved every part of the dance. Martin also found the act very entertaining. Stephan agreed with the other judges and also like the song choice.

3 Laheeb Quddusi Impersonator - Laheeb impersonated many well known people and characters such as: Kermit the Frog, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Stewie Griffin, the Joker, Batman, Glenn Quagmire, Barack Obama, and Eddie Murphy.

Judges' Responses: Martin loved the impersonations. Stephan agreed with Martin and loved the entire act. Measha liked the act and found all the impersonations very clear.

4 Francelle and Mat Duet - Francelle and Mat performed Dolly Parton's hit song 9 to 5.

Judges' Responses: Stephan loved the act and mentioned that the act could make it to the finals. Measha liked the act overall. Martin hoped for some yodelling but still liked the act.

5 Aygul Memet Circus - Aygul balanced many candles all over her body and at the end clapped with her feet. None of the candles were dropped.

Judges' Responses: Measha was astonished by the act. Martin also found the act very impressive. Stephan agreed with the other judges and loved the performance.

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6 Marianne Demers Singer - Marianne sang The Show Must Go On by Queen.

Judges' Responses: Martin found the act very exciting and fantastic. Stephan also liked the performance and mentioned that Marianne has a world-class pop voice. Measha like the act and gave positive feedback.

Source for performances show:[28]

Source for results show:[29]

Finals

Only 12 acts made it to this point in the competition. After all the acts performed in the two-hour special on May 13, 2012, Canada voted for their favourite, and the winner of Canada's Got Talent's first season was crowned on May 14, 2012, on the finale of the show. The winner received a brand-new Nissan GT-R, possibly a performance in Las Vegas, a spot on Citytv's 2013 New Year's Eve Bash and $100,000 in Canadian currency.[7][14]

The youngest platinum-selling recording artist in history, Jackie Evancho, who was a finalist on Season 5 of America's Got Talent, sang the Sarah McLachlan song "Angel" as a guest artist on the season finale on May 14.[30] Canadian rock band Hedley performed the song "Beautiful" from their album Storms.

Sagkeeng's Finest received the most votes from Canada, winning the first season of Canada's Got Talent.

Finals Results
Performances aired on May 13, 2012

Results (Season Finale) aired on May 14, 2012

Key
  Winner (1st Place)
  Runners-up
Order Performer
1 Sagkeeng's Finest
2 Terry Im "KRNFX"
3 Julie Lafontaine
4 Aygul Memet
5 Ivan Daigle
6 Broken Dance
7 Shale Wagman
8 Scott Jackson
9 Angry Candy
10 Mathew Cathcart "The Emsee"
11 Jonah Berens
12 Freshh

Production

On May 30, 2011, Citytv and Insight Production announced that they would create a Canadian series of the hit Got Talent series and that the show would begin in Spring 2012.[31]

The stage for Canada's Got Talent is almost exactly the same used on Britain's Got Talent; the only difference being that the stage is not full of moving LED lights in Canada.

On October 13, 2011, it was announced that Martin Short would become one of three judges for the show.[32] Four days later, Stephan Moccio and Measha Brueggergosman were confirmed to be the other two judges for the show. On the same day, Dina Pugliese was also announced to be the host for Canada's Got Talent.[33]

Ratings

Order Episode Viewers
(millions)
Rank
(night)
Rank
(week)
1 "Toronto Auditions" 1.463[34] 2[35][36] 15[37]
2 "Calgary Auditions" 1.120[38] TBA 23[38]
3 "Vancouver (Part 1) Auditions" 0.953[39] TBA 23[38]
4 "Winnipeg Auditions" 1.124[39] 5 23[38]
5 "Halifax and Vancouver (Part 2) Auditions" 0.829[40] 8 31+[41]
6 "Toronto Auditions (Part 2)" 0.981[40] TBA 31+[41]
7 "Montreal Auditions" 0.940[42] TBA 31+[43]
8 "Cutdown Episode" 0.754[42] TBA 31+[43]
9 "Semi-Final 1" 0.690[44] TBA 31+[45]
10 "Semi-Final 1 Results" 0.451[44] TBA 31+[45]
11 "Semi-Final 2" 0.559[44] TBA 31+[45]
12 "Semi-Final 2 Results" 0.271[46] TBA 31+[47]
13 "Semi-Final 3" 0.612[46] TBA 31+[47]
14 "Semi-Final 3 Results" 0.270[48] TBA 31+[49]
15 "Semi-Final 4" 0.573[48] TBA 31+[49]
16 "Semi-Final 4 Results" 0.286[50] 15[50] 31+[51]
17 "Semi-Final 5" 0.561[50] 12[50] 31+[51]
18 "Semi-Final 5 Results" 0.311[52] 14[52] 31+[53]
19 "Semi-Final 6" 0.308[52] 14[52] 31+[53]
20 "Semi-Final 6 Results" 0.326[54] 11[54] 31+[55]
21 "Live Finals 2-Hr Show" 0.521[54] 9[54] 31+[55]
22 "Finale" 0.459[56] 10 TBA

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2012 in Canadian television

The following is a list of events affecting Canadian television in 2012. Events listed include television show debuts, finales, cancellations, and channel launches, closures and rebrandings.

Arabs Got Talent

Arabs Got Talent is an Arab reality television talent show broadcast by MBC4 in the Arab world; it is produced by the MBC and was first broadcast on 14 January 2011. The show features contestants with a variety of talents, such as singing, break-dancing, comedians, magicians, and rapping. The show features three celebrity judges, popular in the Middle East. They currently are Lebanese singer Najwa Karam; the dean of the journalism school at the American University in Dubai Ali Jaber; and Ahmed Helmi, an Egyptian actor. The show's venue is in Lebanon.

Though entry into the semi-finals is based on the judges' vote, the voting in the semi-finals and final is an audience vote, akin to other Got Talent shows. The grand prize is 500,000 Saudi Riyals and a brand new Chrysler 300 as well as a contract with MBC. The show finished its second season on June 29, 2012. The third season started airing September 14 moving its timeslot from Fridays to Saturdays. The fourth season began airing on December 20. The fifth season ended May 20th, 2017, with eight-year-old opera singer Emanne Beasha winning.

The show is hosted by Saudi rapper and musician Qusai and Lebanese TV presenter Raya Abirached.

Dina Pugliese

Dina Pugliese is a Canadian television personality, currently the co-host of City Toronto's Breakfast Television Toronto. She joined the show in 2006, replacing Liza Fromer.Born in Toronto, Pugliese grew up in Woodbridge. She is a graduate of York University (Sociology and Mass Communications) and Humber College (Journalism). Prior to joining Breakfast Television, she began her career as a producer of Global Television Network's The Bynon Show and Toronto 1's Toronto Today, later becoming an entertainment reporter and host of The A-List and Star!'s Star! Daily. She has also hosted MuchMusic's MuchMusic VJ Search and Citytv's New Year's Eve special from Nathan Phillips Square.

Pugliese is married to Alek Mirkovich, founder of campayn.com.On October 17, 2011, Martin Short announced on Breakfast Television that Pugliese would host of Canada's Got Talent, the Canadian version of the hit international franchise scheduled to air early 2012.

Fort Alexander, Manitoba

Fort Alexander (also known as Sagkeeng in Ojibway, meaning mouth of the river) is a community in Manitoba, Canada, located on the Sagkeeng First Nation, on the south bank of the Winnipeg River. The Sagkeeng area at the mouth of the Winnipeg River, was originally settled with native camps used for fishing, hunting, and trade.

During the fur trade era, La Vérendrye built a trading post, named Fort Maurepas, on the north side of the river; this post was abandoned near the end of the French colonial period. In the year 1792, a clerk for the British North West Company, Toussaint Lesieur, built a post on the south side. It became an important provisioning post for the canoe brigades. Bags of pemmican, brought from the North West Company's posts on the upper Assiniboine River, were stored here and taken as needed by the canoe brigades passing between Grand Portage (later, Fort William) and the far northwest. This post was usually referred to as Fort Bas de la Rivière, because of its location at the "bottom" or mouth of the Winnipeg River, and it seems to have functioned as the capital of the Company's Lake Winnipeg district.

The Hudson's Bay Company operated its own post here for a few years between 1795 and 1801. In 1807, the North West Company partner Alexander MacKay rebuilt the post on a nearby site. Beginning in 1808, the new post was known as Fort Alexander. Since the big game of the area had been hunted out by the late 1700s, fish, grains and garden vegetables were the staple foods of the area. By 1812 the Bas de la Rivière gardens were selling vegetables to the incoming Red River Settlers. By 1817 the Metis staff of the Northwest Company was farming wheat, barley, peas, oats and potatoes at this location and were supplying the Red River Settlement with seed grain. In 1815 a horse-powered flour mill was built. . After the Northwest and Hudson's Bay companies merged in 1821, Fort Alexander continued to be operated as a trading post for the natives in the region.

This ancient trading area for native peoples was a part of the copper culture as well. Copper points and artifacts were found in the area. The source of the copper was likely from the Lake Superior copper mines that are thousands of years old.

Today, the Fort Alexander First Nation is known as the Sagkeeng First Nation. It is located near the town of Pine Falls, Manitoba. Members of the Sagkeeng First Nation are Ojibway, or otherwise known as Chippewa, and part of the larger group of Anishinaabe peoples.Recently of note is dance group Sagkeeng's Finest, winners of the first season of Canada's Got Talent.

Furious Pete

Peter Czerwinski (born Piotr Czerwinski; November 30, 1985), better known by his stage name Furious Pete, is a Canadian competitive eater, and YouTube personality. Czerwinski currently holds fourteen Guinness World Records in eating.

John Bassett Theatre

The John W. H. Bassett Theatre is a multi-purpose theatre located in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada on Front Street, in the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The theatre is regularly used by the CTV Television Network for television shows such as Canadian Idol and Canada's Got Talent. The 1,232 seat, multi-purpose theatre is a self-contained venue within the Metro Toronto Convention Centre's North Building. The adjacent rooms host pre-and post-performance receptions. The theatre also hosts corporate events, a number of nationally televised award shows, community events and national and international TV specials. The theatre was named for John Bassett, the founder of Baton Broadcasting, the main predecessor of Bell Media, parent of the CTV Television Network. Since 2003 the theatre has been regularly used by CTV for programs such as Canadian Idol and was used in December 2011 for the Toronto Canada's Got Talent auditions.

Junior Cadougan

Junior Carlisle Cadougan (born May 7, 1990) is a Canadian professional basketball player for the St. John's Edge of the National Basketball League of Canada. Cadougan spent his college career at Marquette University. Following his graduation from college, he played professionally in Europe. He also represents Canada in international competition.

KRNFX

Terry Im (born 13 May 1989), better known by his stage name KRNFX (stylised krNfx; also pronounced "Korean FX"), is a Korean-Canadian beatboxer and singer. He is probably best known for his participation in the first season of Canada's Got Talent in 2012, as well as winning the first Canadian Beatbox Championships in 2010 and his YouTube videos.

Kelly Olynyk

Kelly Tyler Olynyk ( oh-LIN-ik; born April 19, 1991) is a Canadian professional basketball player for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball in the United States for the Gonzaga Bulldogs, where he earned NCAA All-American honours in 2013. After forgoing his senior year, Olynyk was selected with the 13th overall pick by the Dallas Mavericks in the 2013 NBA draft, before being immediately traded to the Boston Celtics. He also represents the Canadian national team.

Kevin Pangos

Kevin Joseph Pangos (born January 26, 1993) is a Canadian professional basketball player for FC Barcelona Lassa of the Liga ACB and the EuroLeague. He spent his college basketball career playing for the Gonzaga Bulldogs of the West Coast Conference. He was named the 2015 WCC Player of the Year, as well as a third-team All-American by Sporting News. Pangos has also represented Canada on the international stage. He earned an All-EuroLeague Second Team selection in 2018.

Martin Short

Martin Hayter Short (born March 26, 1950) is a Canadian comedian, actor, singer and writer. He is known for his work on the television programs SCTV and Saturday Night Live. He has starred in comedy films, such as Three Amigos (1986), Innerspace (1987), Three Fugitives (1989), Father of the Bride (1991), Pure Luck (1991), Captain Ron (1992), Father of the Bride Part II (1995), Mars Attacks! (1996), and Jungle 2 Jungle (1997), The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006), and created the characters, Jiminy Glick and Ed Grimley. In 1999, he won a Tony Award for his lead performance in a Broadway revival of Little Me.

Matt Alaeddine

Matt Alaeddine is a Canadian-based entertainer from Edmonton, Alberta who is the world's fattest contortionist. He has travelled around the world performing in a variety of venues. After getting his start at the Edmonton Fringe Festival, he has gone on to appear on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Canada's Got Talent, and Comedy Central's Gong Show. He holds the world records for "Heaviest Man to Touch Own Feet to Ears" and "Heaviest Man to Fit Through a Hula Hoop."He is known by many nicknames and stage names including Fatt Matt, Big Mac, and Powermann,

Orin Isaacs

Orin Isaacs is a Canadian bass guitarist, record and television music producer, best known as the bandleader on Mike Bullard's late-night talk shows Open Mike with Mike Bullard and The Mike Bullard Show.Isaacs' composing and production work can also be heard on The Launch, Big Brother Canada, Never Ever Do This at Home, The Amazing Race Canada, Chopped Canada, Top Chef Canada, The People's Couch, Ice Road Truckers, But I'm Chris Jericho, Intervention Canada, Undercover Boss Canada, Canadian Screen Awards, Match Game, Hockey Night in Canada, Project Runway Canada, Canada Sings, Canada's Got Talent, Canada's Smartest Person, The Jon Dore Television Show, Divine Design, Soul, Are You Smarter Than a Canadian 5th Grader?, Divine Restoration and Canada's Worst Driver 2, as well as numerous Canadian television specials like the 2015 Pan Am and ParaPan Games, 2006 Torino and 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games and Award shows like the Junos, Genies, Geminis, NHL, CFL and Canada's Walk of Fame.

He has also composed music for three National Film Board productions, Jane and Finch Again, Shinny and Flemingdon Park, as well as the theatrical film My Father’s Hands. Orin also continues to work with independent artists, most recently producing and performing on the Indie Soul EP by Canadian songwriter, singer and recording artist AHI.

As a bandleader and/or bassist, Isaacs has worked with Mariah Carey, Martina McBride, Natasha Bedingfield, Billy Ray Cyrus, Kid Rock, Roger Hudgson, Lionel Richie, Patti Labelle, Richard Marx, Paul Shaffer, George Clinton, Deborah Cox, Brett Michaels, Macy Gray, David Cox, Rich Little, Dennis Deyoung, Paul Anka, Tom Jones, Anne Murray, Martin Short, Burton Cummings, and William Shatner.

He has received an Eva Award, The Harry Jerome Award for Professional Excellence, Urban Music Industry Special Achievement Award, The Reel Black Award for composition, a Men of Excellence award and a spot on The Men on the Move calendar as well as several awards for his active community service.

Paul Becker

Paul Becker is an actor, director, choreographer, and producer best known for choreographing Descendants, Mirror Mirror, Twilight, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and producing Canada's Got Talent.

Sabrina Jalees

Sabrina Jalees (born April 19, 1985) is a Canadian comedian, dancer, actor, host and writer from Toronto, Ontario, now based in New York City, who writes a weekly column in the Toronto Star's ID section. Most recently, she was a writer for Canada's Got Talent.

Sagkeeng's Finest

Sagkeeng's Finest are an Indigenous Canadian dance troupe, who won the only season of Canada's Got Talent in 2012. The trio consists of Dallas Courchene, Brandon Courchene and Vince O'Laney, three teenagers from the Sagkeeng First Nation in Manitoba, who perform a blend of traditional Métis jigging with contemporary dance.In their winning performance, the trio danced to a medley of Raghav's "Fire" and Metro Station's "Shake It".

Sagkeeng First Nation

The Sagkeeng First Nation is an Anishinaabe First Nation that holds territory in the southern part of Lake Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, 120 kilometers north of the city of Winnipeg ("Win-nipi" is a Cree word meaning "murky waters"), and on the mainland. The Sagkeeng reserve, once called Fort Alexander, has a total population of 7,637 registered band members, with 4,285 members living off reserve. The name "Sagkeeng" is derived from the Ojibwe language Zaagiing, meaning "at the outlet". The Reserve is located on both North and South shores "at the outlet" or mouth of the Winnipeg River. It is adjacent to the northern border of the Rural Municipality of Alexander, which also borders the Town of Pine Falls.

Sagkeeng’s traditional territory includes land within Treaty #1 and lands north and east of the Winnipeg River. The territory of Sagkeeng originally was to have commenced one mile upstream from the Fort Alexander trading post formerly occupied by the Hudson’s Bay Company. Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) files indicate the Chief and Council asked for the boundaries to be moved to its present location.

Stephan Moccio

Stephan Moccio is a Grammy and Academy Award-nominated composer, producer, pianist, arranger, conductor and recording artist. He co-wrote and co-produced the two end credit songs for Fifty Shades of Grey and its soundtrack: "Earned It" (The Weeknd) and "I Know You" (Skylar Grey). He also co-wrote Miley Cyrus' single "Wrecking Ball" from her 2013 studio album Bangerz. He co-wrote Celine Dion's hit "A New Day Has Come" with Aldo Nova, which reached and held the number one spot on the Billboard AC Chart for a record breaking 21 weeks. For the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, Moccio co-wrote the theme song “I Believe” performed by Nikki Yanofsky. He has collaborated with a diverse roster of artists including, Avril Lavigne, Seal, Dua Lipa, Ellie Goulding, Shaffer "Ne-Yo" Smith, James Blunt, Jason Derulo, Jamie Cullum, BeBe Winans, Jon Bellion, Paloma Faith, Jordan Smith, Fergie, Boi-1da, as a songwriter, musician and producer. Moccio was one of the three judges on Canada's Got Talent, alongside comedian Martin Short in 2012 and was a featured mentor, producer on the inaugural season of The Launch in 2018.

Trevor Boris

Trevor Boris (born September 10, 1980) is a Canadian comedian, writer and television producer.

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