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CBC Music provides the soundtrack to your favourite shows

Sometimes it’s not only the visuals and storylines that make a television series great. The right music can really make a scene shine. The CBC knows what makes a good show, and with that in mind, have created playlists for numerous primetime programs on their platform to connect us with the series and characters we love. Even if some of the shows are have come to an end, CBC Music wants you to keep the sweet memories and enjoy your favourite series through the music. Here a just a sample of the sweet playlists CBC Music has put together to accompany your faves.

The TV Show: Heartland

Key songs on the playlist: Matthew Barber, Distant Cousins, Ben Rector, Royal Wood

The mood: Heartland is full of heartwarming family moments. And the music is part of what makes it so special. This soundtrack is warm and sensitive. It is perfect for a family ride to the park or beach. Or even for a small family gathering in the backyard.

The TV Show: Frankie Drake Mysteries

Key songs on the playlist: Alabama Red Peppers, Louis Armstrong & His Hot Seven, Read and Miff’s Stompers

The mood: Whether you’re cooking dinner or gathering for a family game night, this soundtrack is what you’re searching for. Light but full of harmony, jazz makes the mood bright. You won’t even notice how your body starts moving to the rhythm.

The TV Show: Burden of Truth

Key songs on the playlist: The Barr Brothers, Andreya Triana, Adam Baldwin

The mood:  You want to be as confident as Joanna Hanley? This music is gonna make you work hard. Perfect for your brain, but relaxing at the same time. Make your studying and working more enjoyable with The Weather Station or Etiquette.

The TV Show: Hello Goodbye

Key songs on the playlist: Stephanie Rainey, Andrew Simple, Samantha Watt

The mood: Hello Goodbye makes you cry with happiness. It is what brings you pleasure and lets you discover incredible stories. The music is great for a date or just a quiet night with yourself, to understand and remember how family, friends and your loved ones are important.

The TV Show: Workin’ Moms

Key songs on the playlist: The Black Eyed Peas, Kelis, She-Devils

The mood: Girl’s night out? You definitely know what songs you need to have on your playlist! Something like “Love Fool” by Tanika Charles will make that girly atmosphere. A few glasses of wine, a little talk, the most important people and energetic music.

 The TV Show: Caught

Key songs on the playlist: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Foreigner, The Rolling Stones

The mood: Caught is a story about drug dealers and prison breakers set to the perfect 70s soundtrack. Whether you’re going on a long trip or just want to survive in the morning traffic jams, the smashing hits from your favourite bands are gonna rock you. It doesn’t matter if you’re a 70s child or a freshman to the exciting world of free and unlimited self-expression, hits like “Tumbling Dice” by The Rolling Stones, “Crazy on You” by Heart and “Up Around the Bend” by Creedence Clearwater Revival will make you scream and sing along.




Link: After Anne: Megan Follows talks about directing Heartland, playing grandmothers and the wonderful complexity of Queen Catherine

From Eric Volmers of the Calgary Herald:

Link: After Anne: Megan Follows talks about directing Heartland, playing grandmothers and the wonderful complexity of Queen Catherine
There is no delicate way to bring up the question with an actress: So, how do you feel about playing a grandma?

But when talking to Megan Follows these days, it is an unavoidable topic.

Yes, the actress adored by Canadian audiences as the perky and youthful Anne of Green Gables is playing a grandmother in not one but two Calgary-shot series. Continue reading.


Comments and queries for the week of March 2

I recently purchased Netflix and starting watching Heartland. I fell in love with it and have binge-watched up to Season 8 so far. I have such a sad feeling that I am coming to Season 9. It is such a wonderful show and I have my granddaughters now watching it (ages 14) and they love it. Please don’t end this heartwarming show. We need more of this type of TV in this scary world of ours right now. Thank you. —Phyllis


I thought the episode [of Murdoch Mysteries] was fabulous, I cannot count how many times I have replayed it. I only watch three shows here in the U.S. and I do not care if I miss an episode. BUT I would never miss a Murdoch Mysteries episode. The storylines, writers, set design and actors are the best, bar none. I am so glad I can get CBC. :-) —Jan

I really enjoyed the episode. I miss George’s humour and would like to see more of him. I really like Watts character as well … can’t wait for next episode. —Louise

I liked the episode but didn’t love it. I liked that Watts discovered something about himself, Higgins is a better police officer than he once was, and even John discovering love for the first time. But as characters, even with these new developments, they just don’t appeal to me. I didn’t love it because I didn’t learn anything new about the central characters: William, Julia, George or Brackenreid. —C

What a nice episode involving the Jewish population. I am not Jewish but have many friends that are, so much of the information that was imparted to Watts struck a chord. Very well written, but what else can come from the writers? They are superb. Wonderful show. —Sharon

Loved Murdoch Mysteries right from the start. Love finding out the real history. Enjoyed finding out a bit more about Watts. Love his addition. Still love George. And of course Julia and Murdoch. —Celeste

I love Murdoch Mysteries and this was a great way to get to know Watts a bit better. He is a great addition to the cast. Well done. —Sandi


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Preview: Heartland strikes “A Fine Balance”

When we last left the fine folks at Heartland, things were in turmoil. Tim was suffering the effect of possible brain cancer and Ty was in danger in Mongolia. Even worse, Amy and Tim were headed to Mongolia, unaware of the uncertainty that lay in store.

Now Heartland is back with a brand-new episode on Sunday and to say we were anxious to see what befell our favourites is an understatement. Here’s what the CBC released as an episode synopsis for “A Fine Balance,” written by showrunner Heather Conkie and Alexandra Clarke and directed by Bruce McDonald:

Ty finds himself in a dangerous situation and in order to save him Amy must turn to an unexpected source for guidance.

And here are more tidbits from the two main storylines we can reveal after watching a screener.

Road trip!
Ty may be in grave danger and Tim’s health uncertain, but seeing Amy and her dad in Mongolia together is fun, particularly when Tim grouses about local customs. What isn’t funny is the push and pull put on Amy, who is caught between wanting to find Ty and taking care of Attila. As for Ty, we’ve seen him in danger before but Sunday’s instalment sees him in the worst ever.

Georgie’s jumping
She and Flame have got the jumping course nailed but Val is concerned they’ll clam up on the big stage. As much as I appreciate Val, I find her really annoying sometimes. Why can’t she just trust Georgie’s instinct and be supportive instead of a naysayer? Also, someone has taken a keen interest in Georgie and Dylan, but who?

Heartland airs Sundays at 7 p.m. on CBC.




TV Eh B Cs podcast 73 — A Potter’s Craft

Chris Potter was born in Toronto and raised in London, Ontario, Canada. An early start in theatre and music ultimately led to him finding a calling in film and television work.

An actor with great versatility, Chris has a flare for edgy roles. He has accumulated an impressive volume of credits in a 25 year career. Chris is also an accomplished director and producer. On Heartland he has directed 18 episodes. He has starred in seven successful TV series (over 550 cumulative one-hour episodes) in addition to numerous TV guest appearances, television movies and feature films.

Over the length of his career, Chris has become a recognized international actor and star to many loyal fans. He continues to donate his time, his support, and loyal commitment to numerous charities. Chris and his wife Karen have also placed their family life and raising their four, now grown up, children as their top priority.

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