Hellyer was born and raised in Norfolk County, Ontario. He relocated to Toronto to attend Ryerson University’s prestigious Radio and Television Arts program.
Hellyer quickly gained success in the television world by becoming a producer for CTV’s Canadian Idol at the age of 21. For four seasons, Hellyer remained with Idol before he moved to Sandra Faire and Associates, where he became Associate Producer of So You Think You Can Dance Canada (SYTYCDC).
Josh’s innate ability to connect with and entertain large crowds landed him in the spotlight when the role of audience warm-up host was added to his list of responsibilities at SYTYCDC. Hellyer’s talent immediately grabbed the attention of Canada’s leading performers, producers and press outlets. TV Guide wrote, “aside from the dancers Josh Hellyer makes a SYTYCDC taping extremely worth attending!”
In March of 2012, Josh created and hosted several pilot episodes of a web-based talk show called “The Josh Hellyer Show”. Hellyer interviewed notable Canadian celebs including Ben Mulroney, Brian Williams and Rex Harrington. Josh has also been a producer for CTV’s Canada AM, Comedy Now! and worked on a Canadian production produced by Mark Burnett.
In addition to Hellyer’s television distinctions, he is a valued and trusted voice for not-for profit organizations around the world. Josh is an ambassador for UforChange, Native Child and Family Services, Maison Dauphine, Action on Addiction and the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion.
Hellyer’s first book of essays titled Give Life a Squeeze: Juicy Observations from My Life’s First Quarter was released in 2007.
Josh’s second book “Honestly, it will; Reminders for the Insta-Generation” is set for release on June 3, 2015.