Glee Does Good On New Global TV Show

By Karen Bliss 3/22/11 |

Canada Sings
Canada Sings judges — Photo credit: Handout Insight/Global / (L to R) Rob Van Winkle, a.k.a. Vanilla Ice; Jann Arden, Simple Plan's Pierre Bouvier
The winner of a new Global Television series will donate $10,000 to the charity of their choice and the runner-up $2000 to their charity.  In Canada Sings, workplace glee clubs, from Air Canada, 1-800-GOT-JUNK, Toronto Zoo, The Keg Steakhouse & Bar, Goodlife Fitness, and seven other companies, compete against each other.

Determining the winner over six, one-hour episodes is a three-member panel consisting of rapper/general contractor Rob Van Winkle, a.k.a. Vanilla Ice (of home renovation reality TV show The Vanilla Ice Project); Simple Plan frontman Pierre Bouvier; and singer-songwriter Jann Arden.

Canada Sings, produced for Shaw Media by Insight Productions (Juno Awards, Canadian Idol, Battle of the Blades), capitalizes on the newfound interest in glee clubs, thanks to the smash FOX TV comedy-drama Glee, this show didn’t troll talent at schools, rather at businesses.

“Canada Sings is not your average singing competition,” Shaw Media’s senior vice-president of content, Barb William said in a press statement. “For most, it’s next to impossible to imagine singing with your boss or workmate in a chorus, but for our 12 courageous teams, it has become an exciting reality.

“With such heart and soul invested by all the teams and a charitable donation hanging in the balance, I know declaring a winner will be a challenging task, even given the expertise of our judging panel.”

Hosted by Matte Babel, who is also a correspondent on ET Canada, each episode will feature two competing glee clubs with the panel declaring the winner at the end of the hour. Coached on choreography and vocals by professionals, the clubs first try to gel as performers and each episode shows them behind-the-scenes at the intense rehearsals to giving it their all onstage.

The 12 competing glee clubs and chosen charities are:

"Airborne11” – Air Canada (Etobicoke, ON) Charity: Ronald McDonald House

"The Edutones” – Eric Hamber Secondary School (Vancouver, B.C.) Charity: B.C. Children’s Hospital Foundation

"Hammer Cruisers" – Hamilton Police Male Chorus  (Hamilton, ON) Charity: Project Concert

"Junk Notes" – 1-800-GOT-JUNK? (Vancouver, B.C.) Charity: Harmony House Centre for Autism Research and Education Society

"Just Energetics" – Just Energy (Mississauga, ON)  Charity: Knights Table

"Keg Spirits" – The Keg Steakhouse & Bar (Toronto, ON) Charity: The Keg Spirits Foundation

"The Power Chords” – GoodLife Fitness (Toronto, ON) Charity: GoodLife Kids Foundation

"Pulse” – The Scarborough Hospital (Scarborough, ON) Charity: The Scarborough Hospital Foundation

"Run DRC” – The Distillery Restaurants Corporation  (Toronto, ON) Charity: Red Door Family Shelter

"The Sound of Fire” – Toronto Fire Services (Scarborough, ON) Charity: Camp BUCKO

"Wolf Pack" – Lone Wolf Real Estate Technologies (Cambridge, ON) Charity: Tumaini Children’s Foundation (TUCHIFO)

"The Zooper Stars” – Toronto Zoo (Scarborough, ON) Charity: Toronto Zoo’s Animal Health Care Centre


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