Monthly Archives: January 2015

MasterChef Canada is Back!

Once again, Descriptive Video Works is proud to make MasterChef Canada accessible to the blind and partially sighted audience by providing the audio description for this lively show. Season 2 debuts on February 8th with a new crop of home cooks competing for the grand prize of $100,000, the trophy, and the title of Canada’s next MasterChef.

Season Two promises to be an exciting and entertaining one, featuring home cooks from all across the country, including a single mother of six, a former BC Lion, and a small-town veterinarian. Also returning for Season Two are the three MasterChef Canada judges; professional chefs Michael Bonacini, Claudio Aprile, and Alvin Leung.

In the first 2 episodes, the contestants face the nerve-wracking audition process, where they have to prepare their signature dish and present it to the judges. At least 2 of the judges have to vote “yes” for their dish in order for them to receive the coveted white apron.

Once the finalists are chosen, the home cooks will battle it out to become one of the Top 16. Then, over the course of the season, contestants will do their best (“like their lives depend on it!”, according to judge Alvin) to avoid elimination by winning challenges that will include special guests, mystery boxes, and a restaurant takeover. Descriptive Video Works will be along for the ride too, describing the action (and food!) every step of the way.

Please join us for another unpredictable season of the ultimate Foodie Fight – MasterChef Canada! Who knows what the future holds in store for the winner? Season One winner Eric Chong has already gone from home cook to restaurant chef! In partnership with judge Alvin, Eric will be opening an Asian/Fusion restaurant this year in Toronto.

Now if only someone would invent “Smell-O-Vision”!

MasterChef Canada debuts February 8th at 7:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on CTV. Please check with your cable provider if you need help turning on the described video, this promises to be a Season not to miss!



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It’s Awards Show Season!

It’s that exciting time of year when we celebrate last year’s entertainment achievements.   On Sunday, March 1st, Canada fetes our talent with the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television’s, 2015 Canadian Screen Awards, which will be broadcast live on CBC. Stage and screen star Andrea Martin will host the awards, which celebrate Canadian productions and talent who excel in front on the camera, and behind-the-scenes in Canadian film, television, and digital media.

Descriptive Video Works is thrilled to once again be providing the live audio description for these Canadian Screen Awards allowing the blind and partially sighted to celebrate Canadian accomplishments alongside their sighted family and friends.

Descriptive Video Works is further honoured to have provided the descriptive video making six of the nominated television shows accessible to the blind and partially sighted audience. Find out what shows and actors are this year’s 2015 Canadian Screen Awards DVW Nominees!

For the Shaw Media Award for Best Dramatic Series, the Nominee is:


A feisty Vancouver homicide detective tracks down the most cunning of killers, by trying to figure out the motive to a crime.

In the category of Best Reality/Competition Program or Series, DVW had fun providing the descriptive video in two of the nominated programs:

Amazing Race Canada

This, the 12th international version of the multi-Emmy award winning reality series, pits teams against each other as they race across Canada and around the world.

MasterChef Canada

This culinary competition offers home cooks a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to demonstrate their skill and passion, as they compete for $100,000 and the title of Canada’s next MasterChef!

Nominated for Best Performance in a Children’s or Youth Program, or Series:

Charlie Storwick, in Some Assembly Required – Realm of Raiders

For fourteen-year-old Jarvis Raines, running a toy company isn’t just fun and games. But it is fun. And there are games.

For the Shaw Media Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role, the Nominee is:

Adam Beach, in Arctic Air – Rites of Passage

Set in the booming Arctic, this adventure series is about a maverick airline, and the unconventional family who runs it.

For Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role or Guest Role in a Comedic Series, the Nominee is:

Jay Malone, in Package Deal – Kangaroo Court

Three very different brothers can’t get enough of each other, until a beautiful, smart and funny woman begins dating one of them.

Descriptive Video Works congratulates all of the nominees in these, and all of the categories for this year’s Canadian Screen Awards. We’ll be watching on March 1st to see who wins – join us!

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January 22, 2015 · 4:34 pm