CTV disclosed venue information across Canada for the upcoming auditions for Canadian Idol. Below is a complete list of those venues, the audition city they are tied to and the start date for auditions (all subject to change).
Winnipeg Monday, April 14 Ramada Marlborough Hotel / 8 a.m.
Vancouver Tuesday, April 22 The Centre for Performing Arts / 8 a.m.
Calgary Sunday, April 27 Metropolitan Centre / 8 a.m.
Montreal Saturday, May 3 Concordia University (Dep’t of Music) / 8 a.m.
Ottawa Wednesday, May 7 Sheraton Ottawa / 8 a.m.
St. John’s Wednesday, May 21 Masonic Temple / 8 a.m.
Toronto Monday, May 26 Metro Toronto Convention Centre / 8 a.m.
The Canadian Idol phenomenon is indeed sweeping Canada as CTV confirms that thousands of applications have already been received by producers. With today’s announcement and with the first auditions still weeks away, the number will surely grow as CTV stations in each of the eight audition cities begin rolling out customized on-air promotional spots supporting each market’s audition.
The six-week audition process marks the launch of production for the highly anticipated series Canadian Idol. CTV will broadcast the 24-part series beginning June 2003 (date/time is TBA) as the Network’s showcase event of the summer.
Meanwhile, producers are in the final stages in their own cross-Canada search for the series’ host and judging panel. Stay tuned for more announcements.
Fans, viewers and Idol hopefuls are encouraged to visit the exclusive Canadian Idol Web site located at http://idol.ctv.ca. The site houses the series’ rules and regulations, the competitor application form, audition information (including location and times) and extensive GFAQ section and more.
CTV, together with FremantleMedia / 19TV, announced last October that it would create and broadcast an all-Canadian, Canadian Idol. Canadian Idol is based on FremantleMedia and 19TV’s smash-hit international format Idols, which has gripped millions of viewers around the world since premiering as Pop Idol in the UK. That series went on to win the “2002 Rose d’Or” (Golden Rose of Montreux), Europe’s top television award.
Canadian Idol is produced in association with CTV by Insight Productions along with Atlantic Canada-based Rink Rat Productions and Alberta-based Aquila Productions.
John Brunton and Barbara Bowlby are Executive Producers. Mark Lysakowski is Supervising Producer. Producers are Mary Sexton (Rink Rat) along with Don Metz and Trevor Cousineau (Aquila).