40 years is a long time. Maybe not for a giant redwood, or the orbit of Pluto, but certainly for a theatrical production. And yet that’s how long The President’s Choice SuperDogs have been entertaining audiences all over the world. To put it into perspective, they’ve been around longer than cellphones, IMAX movies, home computers, and all the SuperDogs really wanted us to mention this one, the broadway show Cats.
They’ve been the subject of television specials (ESPN’s SuperDogs! SuperJocks!), the inspiration for feature films (Daniel and the Superdogs), they’ve appeared on hundreds of television shows, from Canada’s Got Talent to CBC’s The Rick Mercer Report, and they just keep getting better!
Touring constantly across North America, the SuperDogs draws from a talent pool of about 150 experienced trainers in different parts of the country who bring their family dogs and become cast members for these remarkable productions. Fast-paced, interactive, heart-warming and hilarious, these are not your average stunt-dog shows. They’re a cross between a Broadway hit and a major sporting event.
With offices in Toronto and Montreal, Spot On Entertainment Inc. produces The President’s Choice SuperDogs and other live shows in a diverse and continually expanding catalogue. Using the professional experience of its executive and management team, Spot On creates a three-fold package that extends from theatre production into the media and merchandising/licensing fields.
Our mission, to entertain audiences and promote the interests of our sponsors, inspires us to keep our SuperDogs shows fresh each year, with new themes, new sets, new events, and new music. At the same time we are developing new live productions outside the world of canine entertainment.
The world has gone to the dogs! Quite literally, if you think about it. Pretty much everyone loves dogs. They’re man’s best friend, fun to be with and fun to watch. People of all ages can’t help but have a soft spot in their hearts for these happy, furry companions.
But dogs are much more than man’s best friend. They’re big business! Here are some facts:
Family entertainment outperforms all other attendance-generating opportunities. Variety Magazine tells us that G, PG and PG-13 rated movies outsell R and NC-17 by a ratio of 40:1. And there is a growing demand for multi-generational activities, such as travel and entertainment.
Spot On Entertainment is the home of the SuperDogs. We call it “The Most Fun on Four Legs!” For the past four decades, we have provided North American audiences with one of the most original, entertaining, family-oriented live shows around! And it just keeps getting better! Fast paced, interactive, heart-warming and hilarious, this is not just a show – it’s an experience – like a Broadway musical and a live sporting event rolled into one. And it continues to delight audiences from age two to ninety-two.
With a variety of shows available to suit different venues and needs, each one is designed to be truly turnkey, meeting all your requirements, and taking into consideration size of venue, location, capacity, frequency, audience, move in/out restrictions, and many other logistical details. Moreover, we work with you to provide valuable customizable extensions that build uniqueness and generate traffic.
Depending upon your venue, needs and specifications, merchandising and local sponsorship opportunities can also be utilized to extend the SuperDogs franchise locally, adding value and building a loyal following.
To date, over 30 million fans of all ages have experienced a SuperDogs performance. We hope that this website will provide you with information that will encourage you to consider SuperDogs for your venue.
Chief Entertainment Officer
President and C.E.O.
Phil Shuchat is President and C.E.O. of Spot On Entertainment and brings both a business and entertainment background to each of its productions, including the SuperDogs. A graduate of the University of Western Ontario business school, Phil has held senior-level management positions at several Fortune 500 companies including Esselte, Centis and Waltham. He has also toured as a drummer AND a stand-up comedian, appearing at the prestigious Just For Laughs festival and on several television specials. As president of Spot On Entertainment he continues to grow the SuperDogs by driving it into international markets and pioneering licensing and merchandising opportunities, as well as expanding the scope of the company by introducing new and visionary projects.
C.O.O., C.F.O., Creative Director
Upon seeing his first SuperDogs show in 1990, Leonard Chase (a.k.a. Chase) immediately recognized the value and potential of this groundbreaking entertainment experience. Partnering with the show’s founder, Herb Williams, Chase brought his considerable business, marketing and advertising background to the production, not to mention his recognizable face as a television personality in and around Montreal, and got to work developing the show as a cross between a Broadway play and a major sporting event. In addition he was instrumental in the development of the ESPN television series SuperDogs SuperJocks and a contributing writer on the feature film Daniel and the SuperDogs. A successful competitive swimmer in his youth, Chase continues to bring his passion for athleticism and his love of family entertainment to every aspect of the SuperDogs shows.
Amy White’s personal and professional lives have always revolved around her love for, and commitment to, dogs. As a SuperDogs cast member she and her six SuperDogs have entertained millions of fans live and on television across North America. Amy has also been Director of Communications for the Toronto Humane Society, Communication Manager at Earth Ranger, publisher and editor of Dogs, Dogs, Dogs and an obedience instructor since 1997. She is currently Director of Operations and General Manager at Spot On Entertainment.
In 2013, David joined the creative team at Spot On Entertainment and has helped develop several hugely successful SuperDogs shows including Disco Dogs, Hollywoof and Science of the SuperDogs. David is also a best-selling author (Gotcha! 18 Amazing Ways to Freak Out Your Friends), an award-winning television writer (YTV’s Mystery Hunters), and a sought-after comedian (Just For Laughs, CBC’s The Debaters).
Technical Director and Production Manager
After graduating from the Entertainment Technology program at St. Clair College, Josh Woods honed his skills working at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace with artists like Celine Dion, Billy Joel and KISS. He went on to work for five years in Event Services at Canada’s Wonderland and is now a technical director and production manager at Spot On Entertainment.
Crew Chief and Production Assistant
Grant Dempster spent quite a few of his younger years performing in a rock band and fell in love with live entertainment. His background in retail, construction and security have also been useful in his role as crew chief and production assistant for Spot On Entertainment, and his performing experience has allowed him to branch out into hosting duties as well.
Donovan met the SuperDogs in July of 2015 when he was brought in to help them for just two weeks with their front of house operations. Upon hearing about his more than ten years as a comedian, writer and producer it was their mascot Willy that suggested his talents might be put to better use on stage with the stars of the show. Thankfully, Willy wasn’t wrong. Before long Donovan was hosting shows and helping out creatively wherever possible. His background blended surprisingly well with the SuperDogs team to help them create even more remarkable experiences for the whole family. Perhaps inspired by seeing just how super dogs can be, he adopted a Pembroke Corgi puppy named Molly in December of 2015 and hopes to one day perform alongside her.
Willy is a very rare Purple Labrador and the SuperDogs mascot. He’s also just a puppy so even though he isn’t supposed to play with the adult SuperDogs during the show sometimes he sneaks onto the stage and tries to get involved. Willy can often be seen before our shows getting the crowd pumped up and after our shows at Pat N’ Chat taking selfies with the fans.
The executive team of Spot On Entertainment, Inc., believes strongly in the ideals of sharing and rescue. We actively support many organizations in their efforts to give four-legged friends a fair chance to live. Over 40% of the dogs in the SuperDogs show come from animal rescues and shelters. SuperDogs also supports many charities. We participate in the Relay for Life, an annual event to raise funds for cancer research. In addition, our cast members appear regularly at hospitals and seniors’ homes with their dogs, making bedside visits and volunteering to put on impromptu shows at facilities across the country. Our caring spirit even prompted us to take the show to New York in late 2001 to help raise the morale of the city.
Whether it’s selling collectables, assisting with stage and prop set up, entertaining guests as a costumed character, ushering guests into our venues or working behind the scenes in a technical capacity, SuperDogs is the place to show off your skills. We are searching for talented people for our exciting 2016 production in Edmonton, Red Deer, Saskatoon, Vancouver and Toronto.
For further information regarding seasonal employment, please email us at [email protected] or call our Human Resources Department at 905-683-3647. While we sincerely appreciate all applications, only those candidates selected for interview will be contacted.
Think your dog has what it takes to be a SuperDog? Great! We’re always on the look out for the highest-flying, fastest and overall super dogs that there are to join our cast. Beyond speed and agility we also love to see unique tricks and routines to feature in our world class productions.
If you think your pet fits the bill, we’d love to hear from you.