Mar 30, 2011
The highly anticipated series Canadian Pickers, inspired by Cineflix’s smash hit American Pickers, premieres on History Television on Tuesday, April 12 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, Cineflix and History Television announced today. The series follows antiquing compatriots Sheldon Smithens and Scott Cozens, as they uncover bits of Canadian history, one dusty relic at a time. The series premiere is accompanied by the simultaneous launch of CanadianPickers.com, a comprehensive antiques & collectibles website, offering picker aficionados and rookies an online community to share their picking stories, learn more about the art of picking, and buy or sell a piece of Canadian history.
Canadian Pickers, The Series
The one-hour, thirteen-part series follows Sheldon and Scott as they embark on a Canadiana-packed road trip featuring such fine and rare treasures as a totem pole from the West Coast, painted cabinets in Quebec’s Eastern Townships, and a unique mason’s table in Nova Scotia. Each of Sheldon and Scott’spicks explores the history and stories behind their “rusty gold” finds and introduces viewers to a variety of charming and quirky characters with fascinating stories to share.
The premiere episode of Canadian Pickers follows Sheldon and Scott in their home province of Alberta as they kick start their cross-Canada treasure hunt at the legendary Blackfoot Truck Stop. Scott goes nuts for a totem pole, and after a tense negotiation, the guys have a huge problem trying to wrestle it out of the ground. Later, Scott and Sheldon head to Bellevue, famous for its nearby ghost towns and legendary mines.
CanadianPickers.com is Canada’s home for all things picking, featuring a collectibles & antiques online community and auction website. Produced by Cineflix (Canpick) Inc., with funding from the Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund, and History Television, the website offers collectors, dealers, and fans of Canadian Pickers a dynamic pickers portal with features like:
- “Picker’s Handbook”, presenting a community forum to exchange information about picking through articles and Picker Tips, including the “Pickipedia”, a user-generated information resource about antiques, collectibles, and everything picker-related
- Picker show content including outtakes and blogs by Scott and Sheldon
- “Picker-Mart”, where pickers can bid, buy, and sell some of Canada’s treasures, visit Scott and Sheldon’s stores for auctions featuring items from the show, and tips on how users can start their own auctions
Canadian Pickers is a Cineflix (Canpick) Inc. production, in association with Shaw Media. Executive Producers are Simon Lloyd and Mark Poertner.
CanadianPickers.com is produced by Cineflix (Canpick) Inc., in association with Pure Cobalt, with funding from the BellBroadcast and New MediaFund, and History Television.
History Television is a Shaw Media channel.
About Shaw Communications Inc.
Shaw Communications Inc. 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 19 specialty networks including HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, History Television and Showcase. Shaw is traded on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges and is included in the S&P/TSX 60 Index (TSX: SJR.B) (NYSE: SJR). For more information about Shaw, please visit www.shaw.ca.
Cineflix is a leading international media company that is bringing together a mix of global broadcast and production partners, major talent and key executives to get top quality original content produced and distributed for television and other emerging platforms. Currently involved in the creation of more than 300 hours per year of multi-genre TV for international broadcasters, and with a rapidly expanding library of more than 2000 hours, Cineflix is a recognized leader in the industry with offices in Montreal, Toronto, London, Dublin and New York.
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Alina Goldstein Duviner
Alina Publicity (for Cineflix)