Battle of the Blades returning but will now start on Oct. 22nd, 2020

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Battle of the Blades returning but will now start on Oct. 22nd, 2020

Post by Elizabeth » Wed May 27, 2020 3:42 pm

No details yet but it was just posted on Twitter:
Battle is back this fall on @CBCTelevision and @CBC Gem!
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Re: Battle of the Blades returning in Fall 2020!

Post by Elizabeth » Wed May 27, 2020 3:58 pm

The follow-up tweet:
We're still working on the details but #BOTB Season 6 will happen with some adaptations to make sure we all stay safe. Stay tuned for more info!

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Re: Battle of the Blades returning in Fall 2020!

Post by Elizabeth » Wed May 27, 2020 3:59 pm

Twitter comment from Sandra Bezic:
We are back for Season 6!! Our first priority is to stay safe, and I can’t wait to watch our @CBCbattle hockey and figure skating stars compete live across Canada all for charity!

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Re: Battle of the Blades returning in Fall 2020!

Post by Elizabeth » Wed May 27, 2020 4:37 pm

According to the full CBC announcement of Fall and Winter programming, Blades will air on Thursdays: https://www.cbc.ca/mediacentre/press-re ... ew-hours-f

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Re: Battle of the Blades returning in Fall 2020!

Post by Elizabeth » Wed May 27, 2020 4:40 pm

In sort-of related news, it was announced today that Sheldon Kennedy will be going into the Canada Sports Hall of Fame in the 2020/2021 "class" in the "Builder - Ice Hockey" category. You will recall that he and Kaitlyn Weaver were the winners of Season 5 :)


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Re: Battle of the Blades returning in Fall 2020!

Post by happyheini » Thu May 28, 2020 12:28 pm

Yeah! Yeah! and Yeah....good news and something to look forward to.

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Re: Battle of the Blades returning in Fall 2020!

Post by Elizabeth » Thu Sep 10, 2020 10:08 pm

Mark you calendars!!! The premiere episode will be 2 hours on October 15th with 1-hour episodes every Thursday through November 26th.

There will be no live audience but there will be a "virtual" audience of superfans projected on the walls of the arena.

You might even have a chance to be selected as one of the virtual superfans!! See: https://www.cbc.ca/television/battleoft ... -1.5716352

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Re: Battle of the Blades returning in Fall 2020!

Post by happyheini » Fri Sep 11, 2020 2:07 pm

Can't wait to find out who will be competing.Marked in my calendar.

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Re: Battle of the Blades returning October 15, 2020!

Post by Elizabeth » Fri Sep 25, 2020 5:16 pm

Meet the skaters: https://www.cbc.ca/television/battleoft ... -1.5736962

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This year it will be Kaitlyn vs Andrew again but also Meagan vs Eric :D

They are also promoting diversity in their choices of both skaters & judges this season: https://www.cbc.ca/sports/battle-of-the ... -1.5738832

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Re: Battle of the Blades returning October 15, 2020!

Post by fred » Fri Sep 25, 2020 8:32 pm

Violetta Afanisieva (spelling?) will be partnered with Anthony Stewart and their training looks to be coming along very well.
If it's going to be on Gem, (I think I read that somewhere), does that mean I get to watch in online? Or at least the following morning?

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Re: Battle of the Blades returning October 15, 2020!

Post by Elizabeth » Fri Sep 25, 2020 9:42 pm

fred wrote:
Fri Sep 25, 2020 8:32 pm
Violetta Afanisieva (spelling?) will be partnered with Anthony Stewart and their training looks to be coming along very well.
If it's going to be on Gem, (I think I read that somewhere), does that mean I get to watch in online? Or at least the following morning?
It is being advertised as being on both CBC and GEM, Fred.

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Re: Battle of the Blades returning October 15, 2020!

Post by fred » Sat Sep 26, 2020 8:13 am

Thanks.

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Re: Battle of the Blades returning October 15, 2020!

Post by Elizabeth » Tue Oct 06, 2020 3:40 pm

From Meagan on Twitter:
Normally we battle together but I’m excited to go to battle AGAINST @Rad85E on October 15th with @CBCbattle
Thanks to our new partners for having our backs!
Eric's reply:
Bring...it...ON!!
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Re: Battle of the Blades returning but postponed from planned Oct. 15th, 2020!

Post by Elizabeth » Wed Oct 07, 2020 11:21 am

From Battle of the Blade on Facebook today (Oct. 7th):
**Important Update**
The skaters have been working hard in preparation for the new season and it's exciting to see their chemistry develop.
However, an individual on the Battle of the Blades production team recently tested positive for COVID-19 and so we are temporarily halting all training to ensure the health and safety of everyone involved.
As a result, the October 15th live premiere of Battle of the Blades Season 6 has been postponed. We'll let you know as soon as there's an update.

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Re: Battle of the Blades returning but postponed from planned Oct. 15th, 2020!

Post by happyheini » Wed Oct 07, 2020 2:10 pm

Oh dear, that could be weeks. I was really looking forward to it, but in retrospect was very surprised that it was actually planned and started during this pandemic. Patience, girl, patience.

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Re: Battle of the Blades returning but postponed from planned Oct. 15th, 2020!

Post by fred » Thu Oct 08, 2020 2:33 pm

They should have it in Halifax, Saint John N.B. There's hardly any Covid-19 here.
I wonder if it's called cheating if they practice at a local rink with just the couple & their coach. (???)

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Re: Battle of the Blades returning but postponed from planned Oct. 15th, 2020!

Post by Elizabeth » Sat Oct 10, 2020 9:34 am

More on the positive test result, etc. https://www.newsoptimist.ca/battle-of-t ... 1.24216510

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Re: Battle of the Blades returning but postponed from planned Oct. 15th, 2020!

Post by fred » Sun Oct 11, 2020 9:17 pm

With the skater showing no symptoms, I wonder if the test gave a false positive. Presumably they've repeated the test to double check that, though. It's good they are taking these precautions. Wishing everybody there, and here on the Board, the best of health. I think masks, distancing and hand washing are all part of a great health plan for these times.
I imagine all the obsessive-compulsive hand washers are saying, "See! We told you so!" ;) :lol: :lol:

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Re: Battle of the Blades returning but postponed from planned Oct. 15th, 2020!

Post by Elizabeth » Sun Oct 11, 2020 9:22 pm

fred wrote:
Sun Oct 11, 2020 9:17 pm
With the skater showing no symptoms, I wonder if the test gave a false positive. Presumably they've repeated the test to double check that, though. It's good they are taking these precautions. Wishing everybody there, and here on the Board, the best of health. I think masks, distancing and hand washing are all part of a great health plan for these times.
I imagine all the obsessive-compulsive hand washers are saying, "See! We told you so!" ;) :lol: :lol:
Fred - it was not a SKATER but a member of the production crew.

Given the influenza season, masks, hand washing & distancing are definitely a good idea. You can protect yourself and be kind in protecting others, in case you might be asymptomatic.

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Re: Battle of the Blades returning but postponed from planned Oct. 15th, 2020!

Post by Elizabeth » Thu Oct 15, 2020 4:07 pm

Behind the scenes - some information on two of the couples from Hello Magazine: https://ca.hellomagazine.com/celebritie ... akim-aliu/

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Re: Battle of the Blades returning but will now start on Oct. 22nd, 2020

Post by Elizabeth » Thu Oct 15, 2020 6:23 pm

News about the delayed restart: https://www.cbc.ca/mediacentre/press-re ... -keshia-ch

The charities being supported by each couple are also identified.

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Re: Battle of the Blades returning but will now start on Oct. 22nd, 2020

Post by Elizabeth » Sat Oct 17, 2020 11:28 am

The rationale behind the female hockey players participating :)

https://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/battle ... -1.5753171

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Re: Battle of the Blades returning but will now start on Oct. 22nd, 2020

Post by Elizabeth » Sun Oct 18, 2020 11:27 am

News from PJ Kwong (and her dog Garth):
On Thursdays after Battle of the Blades at 10pm ET we're going to meet in my virtual living room on my YouTube, Facebook and Twitter to talk all about it - new and fun guests every week!

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Re: Battle of the Blades returning but will now start on Oct. 22nd, 2020

Post by Elizabeth » Wed Oct 21, 2020 12:01 pm

A couple of articles as we get ready to watch the first episode tomorrow evening:

https://www.cbc.ca/television/battleoft ... -1.5769128

https://www.ifsmagazine.com/vanessa-jam ... or-battle/

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