Big Talent Meets Tiny Talent on CHCH This Fall

Jason Agnew and Jaclyn Colville named Hosts

Bill Lawrence shares his Point of View


(Toronto, Canada) Today Channel Zero revealed the hosts of CHCH’s new Tiny Talent Time – one of the longest running and most-loved family shows in Canadian television history.


Tiny Talent Time takes us back to a refreshing era of tap-dancing tots and pint-sized magicians sharing their developing talents, just for the fun of it.  CHCH will air twelve new 30-minute primetime weekly episodes of Tiny Talent Time beginning Saturday, September 6, 2014 with encore presentations on Sundays.


With an overwhelming response to the casting call, Tiny Talent Time producers are currently reviewing submissions by children eager to have their moment in the spotlight, at the same time the show is continuing to seek out complementing product integrations and sponsors.


To lead these tiny talents into fame and fortune are two people with talents of their own:



Jason grew up in Ontario watching Maple Leaf Wrestling and WWF Cavalcade on CHCH.  His long-running love affair with professional wrestling led to his current role as host on North America’s most popular wrestling radio program The LAW: Live Audio Wrestling.  Despite having a face for radio, Jason has been on TV before… he’s one of the wisecracking play-by-play commentators on YTV & Nickelodeon’s SPLATALOT.  Jason is also a game show guru and trivia aficionado.  He has had stints hosting Brain Battle on Global Television, as well as Door to Door on the Travel+Escape Network.  You can hear Jason dish out fun facts every week on Newstalk1010’s Sunday Morning Trivia radio show.

Jason’s secret wish for TTT:

Jason took piano lessons when he was 8 years old.  He gave it up after one year, and has regretted it ever since! He hopes that one of CHCH’s tiny talents will take him under his or her wing and teach him how to tickle the ivories and release his inner Barry Manilow!

Find Jason at:

JasonAgnew.com •@AgnewJason • Facebook.com/JasonAgnew



Born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario, Jaclyn has been a performer all her life.  She learned to play the piano at a very young age, danced competitively for many years, and had the opportunity to perform on stage at home and abroad in ballets such as The Nutcracker and Snow White. After graduating from Television Broadcasting at Western University, Jaclyn danced her way into the heart of CHCH’s newsroom, where she’s been for the past four years both in front of the camera and behind the scenes. You can catch her on air every morning from 4 to 6am on CHCH’s Morning Live First Edition and then on Morning Live from 6 to 10am.

Jaclyn’s secret wish for TTT:

While she loves appearing every morning on CHCH, Jaclyn’s dance skills have been woefully underused in the newsroom.  Her secret wish is to bust a pirouette with the amazing young performers on Tiny Talent Time. 

Find Jaclyn at:

@Jaclyn_Colville • Facebook.com/JaclynColville



Bill Lawrence was the original host of CHCH’s Tiny Talent Time and is now in his 80s.  He and his wife still live in Hamilton and enjoy watching their five adult grandchildren mature and plot their careers.

Jason and Jaclyn have big shoes to fill.  For a show that spanned 35 years in its first run and was responsible for making host Bill Lawrence a household name, it was probably wise to get some advice from the veteran broadcaster for the new Tiny Talent Time.

CHCH asked Bill …


Q: Even though times have changed, what is it about Tiny Talent Time that you think will still ring true with viewers?

A: I think there is still the enjoyment and appreciation of watching young people perform – along with the wonderment of sweetness, innocence, sincerity, and performance ability for their age.


Q: What advice would you offer Jason and Jaclyn as they get ready to snap their fingers and chat about wishes with the young performers?

A: Listen to the young performers, work with them, and remember that they are “the stars”.


Q: What talent are you hoping to see when you tune in on September 6?

A: I hope the new show continues the tradition of showcasing children from various skill levels, performance styles, and ages.  The original Tiny Talent Time was created during a kinder, gentler time – and I hope to see some of that gentleness reflected in the new show.”


Find Tiny Talent Time at:





For more information, please contact:


Rhonda Messieh                                                                              Jennifer Howe

Marketing Manager                                                                        Producer, Tiny Talent Time

Channel Zero Inc.                                                                             CHCH

(416) 492-1595 x 2071                                                                     (905) 522-1101 x 2631

rhonda.messieh@tvchannelzero.com                                    jennifer.howe@chch.com



About CHCH

CHCH started broadcasting in 1954 and is proud to be the news leader for Hamilton and the surrounding Halton and Niagara regions. CHCH produces more original news programming than any other local television station in North America. With a primetime line-up anchored by movies, news magazine shows, and hit dramas, CHCH is available to over 92% of Ontario households and is viewed by millions nationally each week.  CHCH is owned and operated by Channel Zero Inc. For more information, please visit www.chch.com.


About Channel Zero Inc.

Channel Zero is an independent Canadian media company that owns over-the-air channel CHCH Ontario and a growing bouquet of specialty channels including Rewind, Silver Screen Classics and Fight Now! TV – the first 24/7 combat sports channel to air in the U.S.  The company is parent to Channel Zero Digital, which owns popular sites Andpop and Chart Attack, and the digital companions of its broadcast brands. Channel Zero World Media operates Bollywood Times, Mehndi TV and Halla Bol – Canada’s first South Asian HD TV channels. Channel Zero also operates Ouat Media, an Academy Award® winning film sales and distribution company.  For more information, please visit www.tvchannelzero.com.


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