Category Archives: Big Brother Canada

Jillian WINS! Gary… Almost Wins! Topaz… EPIC FAIL!

Well, it was the most dramatic finale of Big Brother I can remember, all topped off by a mis-vote and the most gracious non-winner EVER. Gary choosing Jillian over Emmett to go in to the final 2 with was a shock enough, even for him, I think. It would have been a good move, if an overly-enthusiastic and ‘blinded by the lights’ Topaz had voted properly. He took it all in stride, and when Jill tried to argue that Gary deserved the win as Arissa was congratulating her, I am told he just shook his head and told her to enjoy the moment.

I’ve been hearing a lot of speculation that Topaz’s vote was deliberate and really, I don’t know, or care. But as someone who has been raised in a family of media, I can tell you Gary’s non-win could be a good thing. There’s nothing the public like more than an underdog -and he’s the underdog who was just backed over by a bus.

Now Topaz hasn’t surfaced on social media yet, and if she just genuinely needs time to prepare herself, good for her, however if she’s hiding, I’ll just say this to her and everyone who wants to poke her with something sharp and glittery: SHIT HAPPENS.

Deal with the Humps. Embrace the Jumps, and get on with what’s important. Living Life. [thank you Jason Mraz for the first part of that sentence]

Now to both Topaz and Gary (and Kat, Liza, AJ, Aneal anyone in the Toronto area), I love you all and wanna hang out sometime. As I’ve been saying all season… I wanna get drunk with Gary! It would be sosososo fun.

Anywho, my plan now is to do an entire season rewatch (when I have time) and write about what happened and why, I’m hoping to get a few houseguest reactions to the episodes, too. ::crosses fingers:: If not, oh well.

You’ll see me around twitter, I’m now @JKIronSTARtv branding myself and my fledgling production company (hence the time shortage). I’d love to hear from you, about anything and everything.

To the fans, and yes, even production: Thanks for the awesome first season of Big Brother Canada I can’t wait until season 2!

-Jayde K Ironside

I’m Baaaack! Emmett Won POV and… stuff.

So, I’m alive and lotsa’ shit went down when I was sick. From pedicures and flip-outs (and make-outs – spin the bottle, anyone?), to double evictions and blindsides. Both Tom and Liza are gone – partying it up in TO with Kat and Aneal, and I’m sure, getting tanned. Both I liked, and I’ll admit the house is more boring without them. Sadly, it all came down to playing too hard, too fast. Tom did tend to play emotionally, stuck on Sue since she nominated him night one, and Liza… She talked too much to too many people. It was inevitable that stories would be compared, and she would suffer for it.

Now, for this week – We all saw Alec give HOH to Andrew in the double eviction HOH, and it turned out to be a smart move for him. Not only did he win HOH the next day, but he also got 10K and a video message from his mom in the deal. Andrew however got royally fucked. No letter, no pictures, no perks whatsoever. Really, BBC?? He did the work, but got nothing for it. Not. Cool.

Now Alec went from being a Have-Not for three weeks (poor boy) to the penthouse suite and holding the power. It`s nice to see him not starve.  He nominated Suzette and the reliable pawn AJ. On the block together yet again, Suzette knew her days were numbered if she didn’t win POV.

Alas, Emmett was playing against her, so she had no chance. Winning yet another competition, Emmett won Veto and decided to not use it. No surprise there. He had planned to go off on Suzette during the ceremony, so we’ll have to see if he did or not on the episode Wednesday. I hope he did. I need a good laugh.

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Gary Nominated Tom & Liza – Alec won POV

After a torturous 13+ hour feed block the feeds finally returned just after 10pm BBC time with lots being determined for the future of the game. Gary followed through with his plan to nominate the duo of Tom and Liza, with Liza being the cover of the ultimate eviction of Tom.

While the feeds were down they also played the much anticipated (read: inevitable) Canadian Curling Competition!!! ß (Imagine that in the resounding echoing voice in my head, stadium style) It was the much sought after Veto and Alec won the Power of the Weird-Looking Plastic V Thingy!! ß (That one, too)

The curling costumes were sparse (for the trim ladies, at least) and every houseguest had one. Rumor is they were all involved or even played, and the obvious ‘pairs’ were together. We all knew Gary, Liza and Tom would play; Liza fittingly chose Peter out of the magic bag, Jillian played (and is suspected of throwing the competition because of a bad throw of the stone) and Alec obviously played to win.

If you want to see all that went down on the feeds and some off, After Dark for last night started taping about half an hour before the feeds returned, so watch that. It opened with skin-to-skin contact of Peter and Liza. Just in case you were wondering.

What we didn’t see go down was Alec telling Tom he wasn’t willing to use the Veto on him. Tom, I’m sure, didn’t take it well; although he is still convinced the house will be keeping him over Liza come Thursday.

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Sh!t Went Down. Gary is the new HOH. Emmett, a HN. What a Day…

Note from Jayde:

If you haven’t noticed, I blog like I talk. I ramble; I get distracted (but finish the thought, usually), am a bit random and may rant a little bit more than the average person. But as I just realized I could do that, I’m just going with the flow. It’s fun. I hope you enjoy the ride.

I have my own opinions, but I don’t mind if you don’t agree. We all love this crazy game called Big Brother and I plan to enjoy every moment of my countries first season with everybody. And I’m actually getting in to twitter. It’s awesome.


Let us begin….


Ladies and Gentlemen, hold on to your hats, ‘cause shit got real in the BB Canada house. Last night, Emmett fans were ecstatic at his win, but when fans, (Big Brother Canada Insider’s Brendan Cooney and his Mom) caught and tweeted (and retweeted) Emmet carrying at least one of his final balls in his hand, things escalated online quickly. After Emmet was caught yellow-ball handed, Twitter was set ablaze with #BBCAN, HOH and #EmmettCheated was trending in Canada.

Big Brother Canada soon sent out this short message:

Thanks to everyone for their comments about tonight’s HOH competition. We are looking in to this further and will have more information soon.”

Then in the morning – after Emmett got his HOH room, read his letter aloud (apparently, Mama Blois snuck in some game hints, and even said she loved Gary), drank his alcohol, ate some goodies and slept alone in the HOH bed – everything changed.

The Feeds were cut not soon after people were awake (I heard, specifically after Alec, thinking there were no repercussions of Emmett’s admitted cheating, said he would go in to every competition trying to find the most ways to cheat). BBC soon said the following:

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Suzette Saved. Aneal Out. Emmett HOH (For Now?)

It was a busy night in the Big Brother Canada house and it all began with Tom sitting pretty, thinking his target would be evicted with a 10-0 vote. He obviously forgot to ‘Expect the Unexpected’ and Canada’s Power of Veto sure threw him for a loop.

Now, I’m not going to complain about Suzette’s angelic editing this week (only showing her one ‘redneck’ comment about Tom and tearful apology, not every other foul word against him) or the influence Canada has, when in Big Brother it’s usually only Production who interferes. So I’ll stick mostly to the facts.

Tom may be an asshole, but he was royally screwed over by Canada tonight. Which, apparently, was the goal. BRAVO CANADA! You succeeded in making Suzette feel loved and Tom feel fucked. Personally, I like Tom 10 times more than Suzette, whose falsely enthusiastic greetings, questions, exclamations and every single word grates on my eardrums through my headphones. Every. Time. She. Speaks.

Anywho, Canada used the Veto on her and she was all of a sudden safe. Toms face when it was announced was priceless, I’ll admit. I laughed so hard at it, it hurt. And it wasn’t a quick one; it was a lingering look of shock. I may watch it multiple times just for the sheer enjoyment.

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Aneal & Danielle On the Block

After winning the Power of Veto, Gary, unsurprisingly, chose to take himself off the block, leaving Jillian in the position of naming a replacement nominee. After debating who to nominate in the first place, and deciding against nominating Danielle (after a heart to heart) she now had the chance for a do-over.


Danielle, having made her loathing for Jillian clear (in DR & out) actually thought she and Jillian were on geed enough terms the she volunteered to play the pawn, In doing that, she made it even more clear she has never ever bothered to watch Big Brother. Later asking about volunteering “Is that bad?”. Really.


So, no surprise Jillian took Danielle up on her offer of playing the pawn, however we all know in Big Brother the pawn is never safe. In fact, it’s usually going to be backdoored. So, Danielle, realizing that she majorly fucked her game started to gather votes. She’s sure she will be safe and Aneal will go home, however the tide has already turned against her.


It’ll be fun to see her face tomorrow as she’s walking up the stairs. It’ll be classic.

Gary & Aneal Nominated

After winning the HOH this week, [Lumber] Jillian had to make her nominations earlier today. Jill talked Talla (having been the second last person left in the HOH Competition) into dropping by promising her safety. She promised the same to many people, including Emmett (duh!) and Tom.

With a genuinely good rapport with the majority of the house her nominations were no doubt a struggle for her. One rule of Big Brother is when you have power one week, act carefully with strategy, and be sure not to screw yourself in the long run. Don’t make enemies. Suzette did with her nominations last week, forcing an alliance between two of the strongest guys in the house and painting a target on her back. We’ll see how that plays out as the weeks go on.

When feeds returned after an excruciatingly long block (I took that time to catch up on some sleep), the outcome was Gary and Aneal on the chopping block.

Both talk a lot, using the social game & both trying to get on everybody’s good side. They’ll have the chance to win Veto to ensure their safety in the game but until that happens, maybe as soon as tonight or tomorrow, they’ll be feeling the pressure.

Stay tuned here or follow me on Twitter @BBChatCA for LIVE Updates.






Lights. Camera. 3. . . 2. . . 1. . .

With only hours until the premiere this BBCanada fan is too excited for words. The Feed page at is up and looking great, and will be LIVE after the episode ends BBC time. ::crosses fingers::

I may also be still Misted from my conversation yesterday with the one and only Dan Gheesling (One of the Greatest-Freaking-Moments-of-My-Life) in Toronto at the SLOP TRUCK!  Yes, an actual food truck serving authentic Big Brother Canada Slop. It’s not the exact same as the BBUS series, but I’ve been assured that the taste is dead on. There’s an App for that – or a really expensive food taster who recreated it especially for us.

The slop was available with three different toppings, of which I tried two. Saying no to hot sauce, I opted for the classic maple syrup and one with chocolate chips. Feeling brave, I avoided the chocolate chips in favor of a spoonful of plain slop. Really shouldn’t have done that. The moment I put the cold gelatinous glop in my mouth – ::shudders:: I don’t want to think about it. It wasn’t good.

The maple syrup saved my life (stomach, actually) since it was in a puddle on the top of the other Cup-O’-Slop, I quickly scooped it up (along with more slop granules I would later find in my teeth) to wash the heavy mineral/oat/gritty/chalky-ness out of my mouth. It went down and stayed, thank goodness. Then I made my cameraman (BB Loving Father) try it, too. After a truly beautiful look of disgust (that only a daughter can truly enjoy) he choked out “It didn’t taste like chicken.”

There’s a lot more to come today, and in the next 10 weeks, so keep an eye out for coverage here. From my interview with Dan yesterday, to feed updates, personal opinion blogs (you want to write one, send a sample to me), Pictures, Video & More.

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Stay Tuned.

“Fasten Your Seatbelts”, says John Brunton EP of BBCanada

Last year I had the chance to talk to Executive Producer John Brunton at the Toronto Big Brother Canada Casting Call. While still in the middle of designing and building the house, he shared some of his thoughts about casting and expectations for the upcoming season with me. Apparently, it’s going to be wild.


Interview of John Brunton – Executive Producer, Big Brother Canada

 By Jayde K Ironside

Big Brother Canada Casting Call – Toronto

October 14, 2012


Jayde K Ironside: Hi, can I just get you to introduce yourself?

John Brunton: Sure, my name is John Brunton and I’m the Executive Producer of Big Brother Canada.

JKI: So you’re with Insight?

JB: Yes, Insight Productions is a company that I own.

JKI: And you’re taking care of the feeds?

JB: Yes.

JKI: My favorite part of the summers. So, how do you feel about merging television and Internet and bringing the longest running Internet Television show, Big Brother, to Canada?

JB: You know, the world has changed so dramatically and social media is part of every single program we do now, it is part of every discussion every day regarding every show. But this is sort of the ultimate social media show. In that once the TV show ends there is non-stop in a fishbowl 24/7; an opportunity for fans to connect with a program that’s very different than, I think, any other show on television. So I think that for Shaw and for Insight it’s going to take our play in social media to a whole new level.

JKI: Are you excited?

JB: Yeah! It’s going to be so much fun. We’ve cast a number of different shows over our careers, all different kinds of shows. From Idol to Project Runway to Top Chef, but casting a show like this is an entirely different experience and it’s a whole different kind of criteria. And then the mix of having just the right formula, the right stew, with just the right spice to make that house really fly and really work is incredibly exciting. And you can see by the turn outs  we’ve got here in Canada, we’ve been actually attracting larger audiences to our audition process than they have in the United States, so it’s kinda’ cool. ‘Cause we only have a lousy 33 Million people that live in this country, and they’ve got 315 Million.

JKI: Do you have the numbers for that?

JB: The numbers, I think we’ll have somewhere between 1500 and 2000 people come here today; we had over a thousand in Vancouver, so on and so forth. We were told to expect hundreds, not thousands and we will literally have seen thousands of people across Canada. Every kind of human species you can imagine; every ethnic background, every kind of sexual orientation and a few that I didn’t even know existed. So, we’re having a ball – a blast.

JKI:  It’s really a challenge, trying to find all the puzzle pieces to work together and meld in to a house.  With all the varied people who are auditioning, how do you pick?

JB: Well, we want the show to be uniquely Canadian, we also want to learn from all the great seasons that they’ve had in the United States and in the UK and in other parts of the world. We want to really represent. You know every country has got its own character and personality; Canada’s very different than the United States, it’s very different than the UK, and so we want to be the penultimate Canadian version of Big Brother. We’re really multicultural; we have a different kind of liberal view of certain things. Gay marriage is legal in Canada; it’s not in the United States, it’s a very contentious issue in the United States; it’s a non-issue in Canada. Things like this may play in to the casting decisions that we make and I’m sure they will. The main thing we have to do is really represent Canada and also have a really really exciting, vibrant show that people can’t take their eyes off of; that you just want to follow these people week in, week out. I’ve been spending time with Boogie here today and you can understand why that guy was such a big star on the US show. He’s really charismatic and he’s fun and he’s social, he’s a great guy. And we look to have our Canadian version of Boogie’s and all the rest of them.

JKI: So, what’s your estimated reach with this? Who do you hope to get on the bandwagon?

JB: Well, we’d like obviously, everybody. We’re really lucky, and you can tell by the auditions that we’ve been throwing across the country that there’s an enormous fan base for Big Brother that already exists, so obviously we want all those people. But then, because it’s a Canadian version we think that people will sample our show that haven’t been watching the US show. So we want to hook those people as well. We’re playing to the base, like Obama, and then on top of that we’re really looking to expand our base and invite a whole bunch of new fans to join our household.

JKI: How will Big Brother Canada differ from its counterpart in the US?

JB: You know a lot of the challenges are going to be specifically Canadian; you’re not going to see a curling challenge or a hockey challenge in the Unites States or in the UK.

JKI: They did a hockey one last time.

JB: Yeah, they did steal from Canada. You’re going to see people in a hot tub with snow. Our show is going to be on in the winter and we are a classic Nordic country, you know, the cool clear north. So that’s going to be represented in the personality of the program. I think that the number one difference from the start is who we cast in the house. By definition they’re Canadian, so that’s going to be probably the most Canadian thing about the show is that we’re casting Canadians that are going to represent who we are. Then we’re going to have Canadian challenges, the design of the house is Canadian, if you will – but not stereotypical. It’s not like a log cabin or a chalet in the mountains. It’s got its own very cool design characteristics.

JKI: I can’t wait to see it.

JB: It’s going to be great.

JKI: So, any last thoughts that you would like to share with the fans?

JB: Yeah, I think you should tell the fans to strap on their seat belts and get ready for maybe the wildest season of Big Brother than anybody’s ever seen.

JKI: Thank you very much.

JB: You’re welcome.