CANADA – Update your flag collection! ‘Eurovision Canada’ will grace television screens as of 2023. Artists from each of the 10 provinces and three territories, representing every musical genre imaginable, will compete with all new original songs live on Eurovision Canada.
Some of the most popular and powerful songs in the world have been written by Canadians – from Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, Carly Rae Jepsen, Robbie Robertson, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Gordon Lightfoot, k.d. lang, Sarah McLachlan, The Tragically Hip, and Shania Twain, to Justin Bieber, Drake, and The Weeknd, to name just a small selection.
And, of course, Céline Dion from Charlemagne, won the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest, representing Switzerland with Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi.
Eurovision Canada will benefit from this long tradition of incredible songwriters and celebrate the best contemporary Canadian talent.
The format will position artists head-to-head against other provincial/territorial representatives in a series of televised Qualifier Competitions, leading to Semi-Finals and the ultimate primetime Grand Finale.
Martin Österdahl, Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, commented:
‘The Eurovision Song Contest’s unique legacy dates back 67 years and its worldwide popularity continues to grow. It is time for Canada to join the party and become a player in this worldwide spectacle. The love of music is universal and the celebration of music’s different genres and styles transcends boundaries, uniting people in a way that no other art form can. We are excited to have found the best partners to offer another version of this joyful phenomenon to new fans and to share this remarkable competition with the Canadian people.’
Lindsay Cox, Showrunner at Insight Productions added:
‘The phenomenal songwriting and extraordinary musicianship in this country can stand against any in the world which is why Canada is the perfect home for the next iteration of the Eurovision Song Contest. We’re so honoured to partner with the Eurovision team to showcase the immense musical talent from every corner of our nation and for Canadian viewers to become a part of this global phenomenon. Eurovision Canada will combine two forces that have always brought our nation together: fantastic music and a live event spectacle.’
Further details about the broadcast partner and hosts will be announced in the coming weeks.