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January 01, 2019

Connecting with his audience

HGTV’s Bryan Baeumler is looking forward to his appearance at the upcoming Calgary Renovation Show

Pepper Rodriguez

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It’s been about a dozen years since Bryan Baeumler unveiled his act on stage, but the thrill of going in front of a live audience has remained with him through it all. After starring in six TV home renovation shows, Bryan says he still values the connection he shares with his live audience.

“It has been about 12 years since I have been doing on-stage appearances. My first live presentation was at a local home show — I remember being shocked as soon as I stepped on stage and realized there were hundreds of people staring at me!” the HGTV star tells New Home Living.

“I’m usually pretty comfortable speaking in front of an audience these days, but the first few were definitely a little nerve wracking. The nerves usually go away as soon as I start connecting with the audience, and occasionally I still get nervous, but I think it has to be like that. It’s good nerves now. The exciting kind.”

It’s easy for Bryan to connect with an audience, and it is establishing that rapport that makes him look forward to every stage appearance he makes. And even though he has an increasingly demanding TV schedule, he always makes it a point to make room for those live appearances.

Bryan is one of the headliners for the coming Calgary Renovation Show being held January 11 to 13 at the BMO Centre at Stampede Park. And he can’t wait to re-connect with the audience in Calgary.

Audiences can look forward to insider insight from Bryan as he shares his expert home renovation advice during his Main Stage presentations on January 11 and 12.

Bryan says the interaction with the audience is what keeps these home expo appearances exciting and engaging. “It has a different atmosphere, more casual and conversational.” For the Calgary Renovation Show, he promises an even more engaging interaction.

“This talk will be a Q&A format, with topics ranging from home renovations to the filming of the television shows. For me, one of the most rewarding aspects of the show is the organic nature of engaging and connecting with the audience. I always look forward to the variety of questions I receive in this type of environment.”

There’s never any shortage of topics to discuss either. “In the home improvement industry, there are always new trends and controversial topics. In my many years of doing live shows, I’ve realized how important it is to listen to the audience and gauge what it is they are interested in.

“There’s no better way to keep it fresh than by including the audience and building out content from there. It’s great to be able to connect one-on-one with homeowners who want to know more about their own scenarios and typically, the answer applies to multiple projects and resonates with more than just the individual asking the question.”

Bryan just loves going to these and the exchange with audiences is what makes it all worth it.  “I could see myself doing this until I’m old and grey — even though the ‘grey’ part really isn’t an issue for me — but I do hope to continue connecting with the audience on this level. I always think back to the beginning, and no matter the amount of time that passes, I still look forward to these types of shows,” he says.

All homeowners — whether living in a condo, townhome or single-family home — can find useful information from Bryan’s show. But the Calgary Renovation Show has so much more to offer.

The Calgary Renovation comes right in time to kick off 2019 and think about home improvement goals and ideas for the new yea, says show manager Micheline Picot.

“Calgarians are eager to plan for their renovations and home improvement projects in January. The New Year is a great time to set goals and make plans for the home, whether for immediate projects or for tackling renovations come spring time,” she tells New Home Living.

It is the first of three home improvement shows that Marketplace Events produces in Calgary every year.

“The Calgary Renovation Show focuses more specifically on home improvement projects and advice. For three days, we gather 200+ exhibitors, including companies and experts for every type of home improvement project imaginable, including permitting experts from the City of Calgary, Energy Efficiency Alberta and the BILD Calgary Region,” Picot says.

Bryan Baeumler will be joined on The Calgary Renovation Show Main Stage by a collective of local home + renovation pros including experts from Energy Efficiency Alberta, Calgary Home Builders Association and the City of Calgary. Beyond the presentations, the Calgary Renovation Show will also bring together more than 200 trusted brands and local vendors.

“Now more than ever, Calgary homeowners are looking for solid advice and insight from industry-leading home improvement experts,” says Micheline Picot, show manager for Marketplace Events, producers of the Calgary Renovation Show. “This year’s show will have everything you need to make your home goals happen.”

The Calgary Renovation Show runs from Friday, January 11 at noon to Sunday, January 13 at 6 p.m. at the BMO Centre at Stampede Park. Stay tuned for the final Main Stage schedule, slated for release in December. For more information, or to buy tickets online and save $3, visit

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