Canada's Handyman Challenge Nails Down its Top 15 Competitors

HGTV Canada's All-Stars Reveal Top Picks from Auditions in Halifax, Vancouver 
and Toronto 
Celebrity Contractor Mike Holmes Joins Judges in Final Episode to Award 
$25,000 Prize 
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TORONTO, Feb. 6, 2013 /CNW/ - The nationwide search for Canada's Best Handyman 
has honed in on 15 exceptional competitors who will move on to vie for the 
coveted title and $25,000. After auditions across Canada, HGTV Canada's 
all-star judges Scott McGillivray (Income Property), Bryan Baeumler Leave It 
To Bryan and Paul Lafrance (Decked Out) have selected the country's top 
handyman talent, and they'll be joined by Mike Holmes (Holmes Makes It Right) 
in the finale episode to choose the winner. The Top 15 will begin their battle 
in next week's episode of Canada's Handyman Challenge, airing on Tuesday 
February 12 at 10pm ET/PT on HGTV Canada. 
"We were blown away by the caliber of people we met this season, which made it 
incredibly tough to narrow the competition down to just 15 people," said Scott 
McGillivray, judge on Canada's Handyman Challenge. "The finalists now have to 
step up their game and prepare for tougher challenges and more critical 
reviews from us judges." 
The Top 15 were chosen after presenting the judges with their most creative 
plywood projects, from wooden salmon to full working bicycles, and competing 
in skill-testing timed challenges that stretched their minds and hands to the 
limit. To learn more about each of the finalists click on the links below. 

    --  Guy Belair,
        52, Coquitlam BC
    --  David Fitzgerald,
        28, Lawrencetown NS
    --  Kris Granneman,
        31, Burnaby BC
    --  Wayne Huston,
        44, Westmontrose ON
    --  Kyle Jackson,
        52, Halifax NS
    --  Michael Kmeth,
        42, Hamilton ON
    --  Brian Lee,
        66, Rockwood ON
    --  David MacCallum,
        43, Halifax NS
    --  Marc Martin,
        40, Moncton NB
    --  Maria Nestoras,
        29, Hamilton ON
    --  Chris Palmer,
        30, Oshawa ON
    --  Shannon Parker,
        38, Berwick NS
    --  Ken Ross,
        39, Burnaby BC
    --  John Rousseau,
        29, Summerland BC
    --  Mark Ulinder,
        40, Kamloops BC

Canada's Handyman Challenge will follow these 15 contestants as they move on 
to bigger, more complicated projects. They will compete in challenges such as 
hanging wallpaper, building a swinging seat, and correctly wiring a three-way 
switch. In the final episode airing Tuesday, March 19( )at 10pm ET/PT, 
Canada's most trusted contractor Mike Holmes (Holmes Makes It Right) joins the 
judges panel to weigh in on the finalists' ultimate challenge - creating an 
extravagant and detailed outdoor living space. Through wins and losses, 
personal triumphs and upsetting mistakes, the competitors are prepared to put 
it all on the line to impress the judges, win the title of Canada's Best 
Handyman and bring home the $25,000 prize.

For more information on the top 15 competitors, full episodes after they air, 
and exclusive on-set interviews with Canada's Handyman Challenge all-stars, 

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