Help solve the mystery of the Bell Canada 519 prefix voice!


mystery-bell-canada-voice.pngNot too long ago, London and the surrounding area moved to dialing 10 digits instead of 7 digits to make a local call. Whenever a caller forgets to dial the 519 prefix for a local call, a womans voice politely reminds the caller that they need to hang up and dial the number again using the area code 519 before the local number.

Do you know who this person is?
I did some detective work this afternoon and my search led me to Lori Kaufman, an Ontario based talent who has also worked for Bell Canada. I emailed Lori to see if she was the voice in question, and she replied that she was not. Though it is not her voice on that specific recording, even Lori’s friends and family have mistook that voice for her on several occasions. If you know who it is or if you are indeed that person, leave a comment on the blog!
Cheers,
Stephanie

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Stephanie Ciccarelli is the Co-Founder and Chief Brand Officer of Voices.com. Classically trained in voice, piano, violin and musical theatre, as well as a respected mentor and industry speaker, Stephanie graduated with a Bachelor of Musical Arts from the Don Wright Faculty of Music at the University of Western Ontario. Possessing a great love for imparting knowledge and empowering others, her blog serves an audience that wants to achieve excellence in storytelling through the power of the human voice. Stephanie was recently listed on the PROFIT Magazine W100 list three times (2013, 2015 and 2016), a ranking of Canada's top female entrepreneurs, and is the author of Voice Acting for Dummies®.

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  1. Reading your post re: “who is the Bell Canada telephone voice,” It is not me, however, I am the voiceover talent who, in the U.S. for some time in the 1990s announced this HATED line: “The number you have dialed is not in service. Please look up your number and try again.” When I announced the line, I knew itwas poorly worded, but I was a good pro and said it just as written. Later, I actually did part of my standup performance routine (A show I did called ‘Cereal, Soap, and Dogfood/ about the wacky world of working in the voiceover commercial field) about this nutty announcement. I said, “I am the hated woman who says this when you are frustrated on the phone.” It usually got big laughs . . .

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