Undertakers dead last on The Amazing Race Canada

If you missed last week’s premiere of Season 5 of The Amazing Race Canada, you missed seeing “The Undertakers” compete. The mother and son duo of Deborah and Aaron Baker were the first team eliminated this season. They hail from the remote border town of Grand Forks, B.C. and had vowed to run the entire… Read on



This week: no sight, no problem for TARC team in Vietnam

Looking for a team to root for on The Amazing Race Canada? It’s hard not to cheer on Lowell and Julie Taylor from Lethbridge, Alta. The couple are in the back of the pack heading into Tuesday’s fourth episode, which finds the teams scrambling around Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, As a guest of CTV, I… Read on


VIDEO: preview Tuesday’s TARC stop in Ho Chi Minh City

On Tuesday, The Amazing Race Canada heads to Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon. It was an eye opener for me to tour this booming metropolis last May while the racers were out dodging thousands of scooters on the streets. Ho Chi Minh is a city of contrasts with simple concrete stalls set… Read on


Best Amazing Race Canada video ever

Frankie and Amy Gassler are a zany mother-daughter duo who have made it through to the fourth round on The Amazing Race Canada. These B.C.-based hairdressers are like The Gilmore Girls on peroxide. Frankie got pregnant with Amy  when she was 15, so no wonder the two look like sisters. I interviewed them in Vietnam and… Read on



The Amazing Race Canada hits the water in Vietnam

I get asked this all the time–have you ever interviewed any slime-y reptilian creatures? Aside from that one brush many years ago with Sam Neill (must have caught him on a bad day), that didn’t happen until May when I was in Cai Be, Vietnam, way down in the Mekong delta. That’s when I had… Read on


VIDEO: 7 questions with TARC host Jon Montgomery

Four seasons into shooting The Amazing Race Canada, Jon Montgomery has become better known as a TV host than for winning a gold medal in skeleton at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games. The amiable Manitoba-native, who now lives with his wife in Victoria, B.C., answers 10 questions about shooting in Vietnam this season. Viewers… Read on


My week in Vietnam with The Amazing Race Canada

Now it can be told: I was in Vietnam in May with The Amazing Race Canada. I was fortunate to travel with CTV’s Jim Quan, my ol’ Sun shooter pal Mark O’Neill–the series’ in-house stills photographer–and my other ol’ Sun Ent pal Jim Slotek. We were flown to Taiwan on a 15-hour flight and then on… Read on


Big Brother invades The Amazing Race Canada

Executive producer John Brunton says The Amazing Rave Canada is one reality show that doesn’t need a villain. “It’s a hero show,” says Brunton. “It’s a show where you want to root for people. It’s not a ‘Pick my villain’ show, pick the bad guys.” Brunton should know–he also produces Big Brother Canada and did Canadian… Read on