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Press release from CNW Group

Meet Your Houseguests Canada!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Meet Your Houseguests Canada!11:00 EST Wednesday, February 20, 2013Big Brother Canada's Houseguests Revealed Series Premieres February 27th at 9pm ET/PT on SliceTM For more information, houseguest bios and photography visit the media site at: www.shawmediatv.caTo tweet this release: http://bit.ly/ZrlIiKTORONTO, Feb. 20, 2013 /CNW/ - After an extensive coast-to-coast search for the most loveable, competitive and highly entertaining Canadians, Big Brother Canada has selected its houseguests for the eagerly awaited Canadian edition premiering February 27th at 9pm ET/PT on SliceTM. Of the 10,000 Canadians who auditioned only 15 have made it through to move into the Big Brother Canada house and compete for the grand prize of $100,000, a $25,000 gift card to The Brick and a brand new Chevrolet Trax."We were so overwhelmed by the number of outstanding applicants for Big Brother Canada that narrowing it down to 15 houseguests was no easy task," said Barbara Williams, Senior Vice President of Content, Shaw Media. "You can be sure that bringing together this diverse cast of characters from all across the country is going to make for some interesting storylines and twists along the way and we can't wait to see how the season plays out."Meet your houseguests Canada:Andrew Monaghan - hopeless romantic and charming down home East CoasterAneal Joshua Ramkissoon - sweet, smart, super fan from Richmond Hill who plans to do his thesis on Big BrotherSuzette Amaya - loving mama bear from Vancouver with a passion for hip-hop and her communityJillian MacLaughlin - small town elementary school teacher from Nova Scotia with a big personalityAnuj "A.J." Burman - quick on his feet this slick salesman from Toronto claims he can sell anything to anyoneEmmett Blois - adorable and innocent East Coast farm boy with a strong work ethic and a heart of goldKat Yee - free-spirited and sporty, this tom boy from Toronto loves life and isn't afraid of a little competitionEmerald "Topaz"Brady - a sweet dental hygienist from Scarborough, this gem is single and ready to mingleLiza Stinton - thrill seeking tanning salon owner from Toronto who works hard and plays even harderDanielle Alexander - a self-proclaimed party girl from Fort McMurray who knows how to get what she wantsAlec Beall - cocky but loveable this doctoral student from Vancouver believes his PhD in Social Psychology is his key to the grand prizeGary Levy - Toronto socialite with a passion for fashionPeter Brown - this calculating professional YouTuber from New Brunswick approaches everything like a mathematical equationTalla Rejaei - exotic Persian beauty from Edmonton who's out to prove there is more to her than what meets the eyeThomas Plant - handsome and hardworking, this Calgary firefighter loves to party"Each of the 15 selected houseguests are bringing something special to the show whether that be through a strong personality, wacky sense of humour or competitive nature," said John Brunton, Chairman & CEO, Insight Production Company Ltd. "With this many big personalities living together under one roof, all with their eyes on the prize, things are bound to get a little crazy!"These 15 houseguests are about to move into the Big Brother Canada house, outfitted wall to wall with cameras and microphones to capture their every move. Hosted by Arisa Cox, Big Brother Canada will pit houseguests against one another in a series of challenges to test their passion, dedication and skills. Week to week they'll vote each other out until one claims victory and takes home the grand prize.Big Brother Canada, the first Canadian installment of Endemol's worldwide hit franchise, premieres on SliceTMFebruary 27th and will air three nights a week on Wednesdays at 9pm ET/PT, Thursdays at 10pm ET/PT and Sundays at 9pm ET/PT, with eviction episodes on Thursdays. Also debuting on SliceTM on February 27th, Big Brother Canada After Dark will air seven days a week from 2am-5am ET/ 11pm-2am PT. With SliceTM available on free preview in nearly 10 million homes across the country just in time for launch, Canadians can catch every moment of this season's most talked about new Canadian series.Tune in to Entertainment Tonight Canada tonight at 7:30pm ET/PT on Global to meet the houseguests. Images and bios are available at www.bigbrothercanada.ca. Beginning February 27th, visit the website toeavesdrop on the houseguests all day with the 24-hour live feedandtoplay the Big Brother Canada Power Playgame for points, prizes and power.SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Twitter:@Slice_TV@BigBrotherCAFacebook:Slice https://www.facebook.com/SliceBig Brother Canada https://www.facebook.cim/BigBrotherCAAbout Shaw Communications Inc.Shaw is a diversified communications and media company, providing consumers with broadband cable television, High-Speed Internet, Home Phone, telecommunications services (through Shaw Business), satellite direct-to-home services (through Shaw Direct) and engaging programming content (through Shaw Media). Shaw serves 3.4 million customers, through a reliable and extensive fibre network. Shaw Media operates one of the largest conventional television networks in Canada, Global Television, and 18 specialty networks including HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY and Showcase. Shaw is traded on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges and is included in the S&P/TSX 60 Index (Symbol: TSX - SJR.B, NYSE - SJR). For more information about Shaw, please visit www.shaw.ca.Insight Production Company Ltd, headed by John Brunton & Barbara Bowlby has become an industry leader in the creative development, financing and production of highly rated television programs and cutting edge multiplatform content for the global market in every genre. Since 1979, it has been recognized for its reputation for quality as the recipient of numerous international awards, including multiple Gemini's. The company has created thousands of hours of groundbreaking television that continues to be broadcast over major networks worldwide. Broadcast Magazine International claims that "when it comes to adapting formats for Canadian audiences there is one producer who appears to have the Midas touch." Recent hits include THE JUNO AWARDS, which plays a key role in the Canadian music industry, TOP CHEF CANADA, INTERVENTION CANADA, CANADA'S GOT TALENT, NEVER EVER DO THIS AT HOME and Insight's original formats CANADA SINGS & BATTLE OF THE BLADES.  For more information visit:www.insighttv.comwww.facebook.com/insightproductions@insightprodSubscribe to Shaw Media's press release RSS Feed at shawmediatv.ca/feed.Video with caption: "Video: Slice introduces the Big Brother Canada houseguests.". Video available at: http://stream1.newswire.ca/cgi-bin/playback.cgi?file=20130220_C6861_VIDEO_EN_23878.mp4&posterurl=http://photos.newswire.ca/images/20130220_C6861_PHOTO_EN_23878.jpg&clientName=SLICE&caption=Video%3A%20Slice%20introduces%20the%20Big%20Brother%20Canada%20houseguests%2E&title=SHAW%20MEDIA%20%2D%20Meet%20Your%20Houseguests%20Canada%21&headline=Meet%20Your%20Houseguests%20Canada%21Image with caption: "Big Brother Canada houseguest, Thomas Plant (CNW Group/SLICE)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130220_C6861_PHOTO_EN_23856.jpgImage with caption: "Big Brother Canada houseguest, Danielle Alexander (CNW Group/SLICE)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130220_C6861_PHOTO_EN_23857.jpgImage with caption: "Big Brother Canada houseguest, Talla Rejaei (CNW Group/SLICE)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130220_C6861_PHOTO_EN_23858.jpgImage with caption: "Big Brother Canada houseguest, Anuj 'A.J.' Burman (CNW Group/SLICE)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130220_C6861_PHOTO_EN_23859.jpgImage with caption: "Big Brother Canada houseguest, Jillian MacLaughlin (CNW Group/SLICE)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130220_C6861_PHOTO_EN_23860.jpgImage with caption: "Big Brother Canada houseguest, Emmett Blois (CNW Group/SLICE)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130220_C6861_PHOTO_EN_23864.jpgImage with caption: "Big Brother Canada houseguest, Liza Stinton (CNW Group/SLICE)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130220_C6861_PHOTO_EN_23865.jpgImage with caption: "Big Brother Canada houseguest, Andrew Monaghan (CNW Group/SLICE)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130220_C6861_PHOTO_EN_23866.jpgImage with caption: "Big Brother Canada houseguest, Kat Yee (CNW Group/SLICE)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130220_C6861_PHOTO_EN_23867.jpgImage with caption: "Big Brother Canada houseguest, Peter Brown (CNW Group/SLICE)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130220_C6861_PHOTO_EN_23868.jpgImage with caption: "Big Brother Canada houseguest, Suzette Amaya (CNW Group/SLICE)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130220_C6861_PHOTO_EN_23873.jpgImage with caption: "Big Brother Canada houseguest, Alec Beall (CNW Group/SLICE)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130220_C6861_PHOTO_EN_23874.jpgImage with caption: "Big Brother Canada houseguest, Aneal Joshua Ramkissoon (CNW Group/SLICE)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130220_C6861_PHOTO_EN_23875.jpgImage with caption: "Big Brother Canada houseguest, Emerald "Topaz" Brady (CNW Group/SLICE)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130220_C6861_PHOTO_EN_23876.jpgImage with caption: "Big Brother Canada houseguest, Gary Levy (CNW Group/SLICE)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130220_C6861_PHOTO_EN_23877.jpgSOURCE: SLICEFor further information: For media inquiries, please contact: Julia Wilkinson  Publicist, Slice and Twist TV Shaw Media julia.wilkinson@shawmedia.ca 416.966.7700 Alina Duviner Publicist Alina@AlinaPublicity.com 416.574.1098 Jaclyn Atwood-Powell Senior Publicity Manager, Lifestyle Channels Shaw Media jaclyn.atwood@shawmedia.ca 416.966.7293