Westwood alum wins Much Music VJ search
Chloe Stefanik leads nationwide search
Saint Lazare connection
ilde, 24, who prefers to go by her VJ moniker, was crowned the winner Friday in Toronto during the finale of the Canada wide Much VJ Search. With the win comes a three month contract to work as an on-air music video-jockey, and the chance to relocate to Toronto, which she’ll do this week.
Reached by phone Monday, Wilde was still reeling from winning the month-long competition that played out during a reality show that saw contestants eliminated each week.
“It was so much fun but also so challenging,” an exuberant Wilde said, adding that a portion of the competition had the surviving contestants living on a Much Music VJ bus that toured eight Canadian cities.
“So I got to see a lot of this beautiful country,” she noted.
Stops included Vancouver, Banff, Calgary, Regina, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay, Ottawa and Toronto.
In each city a narrowing field of contestants had to complete challenges such as interviewing actors from the TV show Degrassi (Vancouver), doing live spots on the local CTV morning show (Winnipeg), and more.
In all cases, the VJ hopefuls were given just a few moments to prepare for the challenges.
Contestants were eliminated based on the number of votes they received from viewers around the country.
Wilde’s win was announced on a live finale. She’ll begin her new job on Much Music next month.
Fans of a nationwide Much Music VJ search know her as Chloe Wilde, but to her former classmates at Westwood Sr. High, Chloe Stefanik was an outgoing student who made a difference while at the Hudson school.
WGrowing up in Saint Lazare, Wilde went to Evergreen Elementary School, and later, Westwood high in the days when students went to the Hudson school from Sec. I to Sec.V. She graduated in 2006. “I think our class was the last one to spend all five years at Hudson High (Westwood),” Wilde said. “I have so many great memories from high school. I was involved in Student Life and played touch football and volleyball. I remember going to Katimavik, stuff like that,” she said. Though not sure of which shows she’ll host, Wilde hopes her three month stint as a Much VJ will be extended. No matter how long she is on air though, Wilde wants to reach out to teens because she knows the adolescent years can be grueling when dealing with such things as body image, bullying, eating disorders and more. While at Westwood, Wilde was also part of a youth group that sought to combat teen drug use.
Wilde’s journey began in January when the Montreal resident, who graduated from McGill University, submitted an audition tape. She later made it through to the top 40 and then to the Top 20. Making it to the Top 10, she was one the contestants who lived for two weeks in a portion of Much Music’s Toronto studio dubbed Camp Much, where they bunked on side-by-side cots and waved to fans from their floor to ceiling glass digs that were much like living in a fishbowl.
Wilde, who will return to Montreal this week to pack for her move to Toronto, says no matter what the future holds she plans to remain in the entertainment industry.
Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue officials, volunteers and
members of the 8th West Island Baden-Powell Adventurers gathered Thursday to plant trees and
erect bird nesting boxes.
Former Saint Lazare resident Chloe Stefanik, now called Chloe Wilde, won the Much Music VJ search last week.