21 up-and-coming comics from across the country competing for a shot at
a $15,000 grand prize and an opportunity to perform LIVE at Just For
Laughs JFL42 Festival in Toronto
- Online voting now open to Canadians
TORONTO, July 30, 2013 /CNW/ - SiriusXM Canada (TSX: XSR), the country's leading audio entertainment company, today announced the semi-finalists for its fourth national comedy contest, SiriusXM's Next Top Comic.
Following live auditions in Toronto, Kitchener, Montreal, Halifax, Vancouver, Calgary and Winnipeg, the top three contestants from each market have been sent through to the voting round. SiriusXM is inviting Canadians to visit www.siriusxm.ca/nexttopcomic to watch each semi-finalist's performance and vote for their favourite. The top comic in each market will be invited to perform at the Just For Laughs JFL42 Comedy Festival in Toronto, where the best performer will be awarded a grand prize of $15,000 and the title of SiriusXM's Next Top Comic.
"Canada's comedy community is exploding with talent and SiriusXM Canada's Next Top Comic gets more competitive each year," said Ben Miner, Canadian Comic and host of SiriusXM's Canada Laughs channel. "The comics competing are top-notch and they appreciate how supportive SiriusXM's Canada Laughs channel is for Canadian comedy."
Canadians can visit http://www.siriusxm.ca/nexttopcomic to cast their vote. Voting closes on August 19 and the winners will be announced later in August. Voters will also be entered for a chance to win a trip for two to Toronto to attend the Next Top Comic finale at JFL42.
How it Works
Semi-Finals: Canadians are invited to vote online for their favourite performance in
each city over the next three weeks. Seven finalists will be selected based on the
number of votes received in addition to one wildcard video selection. Each of the
eight finalists will be given a shot at comedy stardom with an opportunity to
perform live at the Just For Laughs JFL42 Festival in Toronto in September.
SiriusXM will provide the eight finalists with travel grants to cover transportation
and accommodation in Toronto.
Winner: Judges will select one winner from the eight finalists to crown as
Next Top Comic who will take home $15,000 to support their comedic career
Previous winners of SiriusXM Canada's Next Top Comic contest include Eric Andrews (2011), Matt O'Brien (2010) and Brian Stollery (2009). SiriusXM subscribers can hear the auditions from across the country on Canada Laughs, channel 168.
About SiriusXM Canada
Sirius XM Canada Holdings Inc. (TSX: XSR) operates as SiriusXM Canada. SiriusXM Canada, with over 2.2 million subscribers, is the country's leading audio entertainment company and broadcasts more than 120 satellite radio channels featuring premier sports, news, talk, entertainment and commercial-free music. SiriusXM Canada offers an array of content from the most recognized news and entertainment brands as well as every major sport including the NHL, NFL, MLB and CFL.
SiriusXM programming is available on a variety of devices including pre-installed and after-market radios in cars, trucks and boats, smartphones and mobile devices, and consumer electronics products for homes and offices. SiriusXM programming is also available online at www.siriusxm.ca and on Apple, BlackBerry and Android-powered mobile devices.
SiriusXM Canada has partnerships with every major automaker and its radio products are available at more than 3,000 retail locations nationwide. To find out more about SiriusXM Canada (TSX: XSR), visit our website at www.siriusxm.ca.
SOURCE SiriusXM Canada