West­wood alum wins Much Mu­sic VJ search

Ch­loe Ste­fa­nik leads na­tion­wide search

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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.

PHO­TO KRIS­TI­NA EDSON

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.

PHO­TO COURTESY OF MUCH MU­SIC

For­mer Saint La­zare re­sident Ch­loe Ste­fa­nik, now cal­led Ch­loe Wilde, won the Much Mu­sic VJ search last week.

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