From a media release:
It’s Not a Sitcom, It’s Not a Drama, It’s Not a Reality Show – It’s a Project
- New Series Life Story Project Encourages Canadians to Share their Stories on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada)
- Series premieres with back-to-back episodes Wednesday, January 2 at 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. ET
Corus Entertainment’s OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada) announces, Life Story Project, a new series that explores the human condition through the real-life experiences of ordinary Canadians plucked off the street. The series shows that everyone has a story to tell – sometimes, all it takes is the right question. Produced by Dockside Productions in association with OWN (Canada), the series premieres with back-to-back episodes Wednesday, January 2 at 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. ET, and airs regularly on Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m. ET.
Hosts Andrea Syrtash and Dale Curd show how we are all connected in our shared experiences in this emotionally-charged 10×30 documentary series. Filmed in public areas and on display, Dale and Andrea invite passersby to sit on their purple couch in the middle of a park or a busy street corner, and encourage them to share candid and deeply personal life stories on topics from love and regret; loyalty and betrayal; and examine the significance behind key events in their lives.
In the first episode, which premieres Wednesday, January 2 at 9 p.m. ET, Dale and Andrea talk about falling in love and broken hearts and how intimate affairs of the heart have shaped identities, including a couple whose mixed cultural marriage of Irish and South Asian has lasted 43 years; a woman who lost her husband four years ago but followed through on his dying request for her; a man who recently tried to make a amends for losing the trust of his girlfriend; and friends who share a platonic relationship but only after he professed his love for her.
Andrea Syrtash is a relationship expert, author and on-air personality. She has contributed to over a dozen relationship-advice books and is the editor of How to Survive the Real World and How to Survive Your In-Laws. She is the author of He’s Just Not Your Type (And That’s a Good Thing) and Cheat On Your Husband (With Your Husband). Syrtash is an advice columnist and contributor to numerous lifestyle sites including OPRAH.com, MSN and Yahoo!, and she frequently appears on shows as a guest expert. A graduate of The Coaches Training Institute, Syrtash has worked with clients as a relationship coach since 2004. She regularly speaks about effective relationships at events and conferences and is passionate about helping people live authentically – in love and in life.
Dale Curd is a trained psychotherapist specializing in Individual, Family and Group Psychotherapy as well as an experienced communicator reaching audiences across North America. Dale specializes in decoding men’s issues and de-mystifying male behaviour. He’s been dubbed the “go-to guy on men” for CBC’s Steven and Chris, and hosted a weekly national call-in radio show called GuyTalk, on Toronto’s Newstalk 1010. Curd authored a national advice column for the daily newspaper 24 Hours, and he is on the Advisory Board of North American health magazine, Maximum Fitness. Curd operates a private practice in Toronto and is Director of The Mens Program; a network of emotional support groups for men. He co-founded and launched Changebullying, an experiential workshop for students to reduce the frequency and severity of bullying in schools.
3 thoughts on “Life Story Project premieres January 2 on OWN Canada”
I really enjoy this program! You have chosen the perfect people to conduct the interviews, and the purple couch in various locations in Toronto is wonderful! Hope this series continues.
Not much on the tube stops me dead in my tracks however; the Purple Couch as I call it is so real. People are so vulnerable, so honest, resilient and courageous. It forces me to look deep inside myself to answer the same questions being asked. I shed many tears during the half hour.
Please continue to talk on the purple couch, there are so many life lessons from people vulnerablity.
This show is so touching and so real. It has opened my eyes to what other people have had to endure and overcome. I hope it continues for more than 10 episodes.
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