Here's what to expect for Telemiracle 45 - and where you can see it
SASKATOON -- Kinsmen Kinettes Telemiracle 45 Chair Brian Angstadt says this year’s show will include both live and recorded elements.
“All (Saskatchewan) talent and all your performances are going to be pre-recorded. We are going to have a few live performances from the national cast, which we’re excited to see. And of course, we’re going to be following all guidelines in place.”
Other changes include the event’s first-ever online 50/50 raffle, which is up to more than $370,000 as of Thursday evening.
There are some familiar faces in the national cast, the hosts of the show, such as Beverley Mahood and Brad Johner, who have both been performing for Telemiracle for more than 20 years, as well as Saskatchewan-born country star Jess Moskaluke.
The event will be recorded from Prairieland Park instead of the usual TCU Place.
Despite all the changes, Angstadt said things are falling into place as the event nears.
“As we’re we’re getting closer everyone is starting to feel a little bit normal that Telemiracle is going on. We’re super excited for this show to happen and for all the new little aspects and twists coming this weekend.”
Jeffery Straker, one of the members of the national cast, said he’s still felling the usual pre-show jitters.
He hopes the addition of an online cast will get the phones ringing more than ever.
“Over time, slowly more and more viewers are watching Telemiracle on their laptop or their device, their tablet or their phone, and we still have a hefty TV audience,” Straker told CTV News.
“People are so used to watching concerts and streams on their phone now, maybe we'll have more streamed audience. And what I hope that translates into, obviously, is more people hitting the donate button, because that is what this is all about.”
Straker said that although there’s some differences in the show, it will be just as exciting as previous years, and will provide plenty of entertainment for the people of Saskatchewan, all for a good cause.
“It has become not only a tradition in Saskatchewan but a part of our cultural fabric,” said Straker.
“All the dollars raised stay right here to help people who need it. This telethon has helped so many people over the years that there’s probably two degrees of separation from everyone out there watching who the broadcast has benefited.”
Telemiracle 45 will be live on CTV at 9 p.m. Saturday and will run until 5 p.m. on Sunday.
It can also be watched online.