Canada's Handyman Challenge Season 2: Vancouver Audition Episode

HGTV Canada’s top series of 2012 returns in search of Canada’s best handyman. In the new season of “Canada’s Handyman Challenge”, HGTV celebrities Bryan Baeumler (Leave It To Bryan), Scott McGillivray (Income Property) and Paul Lafrance (Decked Out) are teaming up as judges along with HGTV newcomer Jennifer Robertson (Little Mosque on the Prairie, Mr. D) as host. The competition is amplified this season as contestants battle it out for the all-new $25,000 prize.

“Canada’s Handyman Challenge” provides talented Canadians with a unique opportunity. Not only do they showcase their skills on a national platform, but they have the once-in-a-lifetime chance to receive guidance and advice from some of the top talent in the contracting and construction industries, plus a shot at a $25,000 prize,” said Barb Williams, Senior Vice President of Content, Shaw Media.

The competition this season is fierce. The top five contestants from auditions in Halifax, Vancouver and Toronto will move on to the Top 15 where they’ll face intense challenges, demanding expectations and tough critiques from the judges. From building freestanding patio swings in under two hours, reupholstering a chair in just 30 minutes and facing the judges for one-on-one trivia, the challenges this season will test speed, expertise and precision to determine which contestants thrive and which fail in their effort to walk away $25,000 richer.

“The caliber of contestants this season is just amazing,” said Bryan Baeumler, judge on “Canada’s Handyman Challenge.” “The $25,000 prize has certainly added a more competitive atmosphere to the series this season, highlighting the outstanding skill this country has to offer.”

I had the pleasure of visiting the Vancouver set of Canada’s Handyman Challenge season 2, and let me tell you — the competition was fierce, and the pressure was on. Host Jenn Robertson and Judges Scott McGillivray, Paul Lafrance and Bryan Baeumler met an exuberant group of contestants and their pre-made plywood projects. After the Judges selected the top ten hopefuls, the contestants faced their first challenge – they had to hang two doors in two hours.

After a long day at “the office” the three contestants with the worst sets of doors were sent home, but the remaining seven contestants weren’t out of the woods yet. They then had to build a properly functioning stand to support a hammock.

In the end, more contestants are set packing until the remaining five are declared the Western Canada finalists. These finalists will then make their way to Toronto to represent their region and strut their handyman talents not only to the judges, but in front the ultimate handyman Mike Holmes (Holmes Makes It Right, Holmes Inspection), who will weigh in on who will be crowned the winner of “Canada’s Handyman Challenge season 2” and be awarded a $25,000 cash prize.

The Vancouver audition episode airs Tuesday, January 29 8:00 AM PST. For full episodes after they air, behind the scenes photos and exclusive interviews with the judges and host of “Canada’s Handyman Challenge”, visit

Felix Kay,
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