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Casting for Season 10 of CTV’s The Amazing Race Canada now open

From a media release:

Following THE AMAZING RACE CANADA’s landmark 100th episode and Season 9 finale, and the Season 10 renewal announcement, CTV has confirmed that casting is now open for the upcoming season. Beginning today, aspiring competitors can apply for their chance to experience the adventure of a lifetime at CTV.ca/TheAmazingRaceCanada.

Those looking to experience this unforgettable adventure are invited to pair up with a teammate – a friend, sibling, parent, grandparent, partner, or anyone else they share a relationship with – and submit their application for this once-in-lifetime opportunity. Further casting details, including instructions on how to submit an application, are available at CTV.ca/TheAmazingRaceCanada, with additional updates on the show’s official accounts on FacebookX, and Instagram

Customized and wholly integrated brand partnership opportunities are currently available for Season 10 of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA. 

Hosted by Olympic gold medallist Jon Montgomery, Season 9 of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA is the most-watched program of the 2022/23 broadcast year among total viewers and the key A25-54 demo with an average audience of 1.7 million viewers. The series is also the Top Summer Program and the most-watched Canadian Program for the 2022/23 broadcast year among total viewers and in all key demos, and ranks in the Top 5 on CTV.ca and the CTV app. 

Previous seasons of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA are available for streaming on CTV.ca, the CTV app, and Crave.

THE AMAZING RACE CANADA is produced by Insight Productions Ltd. (a Boat Rocker Company) in association with CTV. John Brunton is Executive Producer and Mark Lysakowski is Executive Producer and Showrunner. 


The Amazing Race Canada’s Jon Montgomery teases Season 8

After two years, it finally feels like we are getting back to a sense of normalcy, that all is right in the world. Why? Because that Canadian TV summer staple is back on our screens.

Returning Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, The Amazing Race Canada is back with Jon Montgomery as its host and 10 new teams of two vying for two first-ever Chevrolet Silverado ZR2s, a once-in-a-lifetime trip for two around the world, a $250,000 cash prize and the coveted title of champions.

We spoke to Olympic gold medallist Jon Montgomery about the upcoming season.

It must be just so exciting just to be back talking about this show and being involved with this show again.
Jon Montgomery: That’s the greatest treat that I could have been given at the end of this. I mean, if they were going to dangle the proverbial carrot in front of me, it was the show. It’s one of those reasons to get out of bed in the morning, when you get to connect, when you get to celebrate, when you get to be proud of what is ultimately home, then that is the framing that you need for perspective. And man, it helps when you get to be a part of something that is so celebratory.

What have you been doing until they hit the green light on another season?
JM: It’s the reinvention of all of this. I’m now fairly seamlessly talking into a camera and connecting with you through time and space. But we’re still sharing. We’re still affected by each other’s energy, by the words that come through our little speakers here. It’s all vibration. And whether we’re in each other’s space or communicating this way, it’s been the ability to forge new pathways and areas that I myself wouldn’t have otherwise ventured down because of a technological aversion.

What I’ve been doing is figuring out what next? What do I want life to look like? What am I supposed to be doing with myself? And one of those things is celebrating Canada, and the power of connectivity and connection and each other. That’s what I can do, will do, and intend to do.

I know that some people may say that there isn’t a lot of heavy lifting that goes into hosting The Amazing Race Canada because it’s about all those teams. Still, you make the most out of your camera time and people love you for who you are, beginning with you winning Olympic gold and chugging beer from a pitcher. Is that something that just always come naturally? You haven’t had to create a Jon Montgomery character to host The Amazing Race Canada, have you?
JM: No. And in fact, I was discouraged from trying to be anybody other than myself. Nobody ever said, ‘I really liked it when you went hell-bent for leather through corner 16, it was so cool.’ Nobody could relate to that at all. It might as well have not happened. I could have been a pole vaulter, could’ve been a shot putter. Nobody gives a shit what the medium was. But what everybody liked and appreciated was what was just authentically me, and that part of each of us that sees themselves celebrating an achievement.

The Season 8 cast of The Amazing Race

Mine was tobogganing face-first down a frozen toilet chute, but everybody’s got their moment. But when you embrace somebody’s generosity, that’s the connective meat, that’s the connective tissue that everybody sees themselves at that moment, or at least a dude that they want to hang out with that would show the appreciation that way. And that’s what I try to do with this role that’s asked of me. It’s just about being authentic and not trying too hard to be anybody else, but taking what I do seriously, but not myself.

Were there COVID restrictions during the filming of the season?
JM: No, we didn’t have anything. It was just going crazy. We will both take everybody’s individual health and wellness at the utmost of importance while respecting the law and whatever else was going on in our environment.

Did you go outside of Canada this season?
JM: No, we didn’t. We got to stay home, once again, and explore more of Canada, and I think that’s what people have asked for.

The casting of The Amazing Race Canada is always a microcosm of the diversity and the inclusion that goes on in this country. Are there any teams that you think that people should be keeping an eye out for?
JM: Well, obviously it’s that whole adage, you can’t judge a book by its cover. You could try, but then you’d be wrong. These teams, they’re for real. You always have to put a certain level of importance on familiarity, how well do you know one another. I look at that relationship as a starting point to do further investigation.

And you need luck too. You need luck on your side and you’ll create that, you’ll earn that. But as a starting point, that relationship is the foundation, that’s the hole you’re digging to build your skyscraper.

Are you constantly surprised by how the producers put together these challenges every season?
JM: Big time. They surprise me, and I’m there year over year. Wherever they go for the 11 months of the year, they’re going to places to be inspired, to bring challenges that can be erected nearly anywhere while we pick a beautiful place in which to do a fun challenge or game. Some of them are geographically dependent. Some of them are specific to a culture within a region. So for all those bits and pieces, I’m always amazed. I shouldn’t be surprised anymore, but I am. I’m like, ‘What? This is here? We get to do this?’

The Amazing Race Canada airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV.

Images courtesy of Bell Media.


The Amazing Race Canada returns July 5 on CTV, as all 10 teams revealed

From a media release:

CTV’s mega-hit original series THE AMAZING RACE CANADA is back. After crisscrossing the country and covering more than a quarter-million kilometres around the world during the past seven seasons, THE AMAZING RACE CANADA makes its triumphant return Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, CTV.ca, and the CTV app, beginning July 5.

Hosted by Olympic Gold Medallist Jon Montgomery, Season 8 of Canada’s favourite summertime adventure continues as an all-new cast of racers head to the starting line to push themselves out of their comfort zones in a non-stop, action-packed expedition. Teams competing this season include an Olympian, a JUNO Award-winning singer, teachers, personal trainers, a firefighter, a comedian, entrepreneurs, a sales representative, a marketing expert, a motivational speaker, and Broadway performers.

Faced with the most intense race of their lives, the teams tackle various challenges with the hope of winning two first-ever Chevrolet Silverado ZR2’s, a once-in-a-lifetime trip for two around the world courtesy of GURU Organic Energy, a $250,000 cash prize, and the coveted title of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA champions.

The 10 teams poised at the starting line for Season 8 of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA are:

Beverley & Veronica
Competitive best friends on a mission to be the second all-female team to win the Race.

Brendan & Connor
Fun-loving, family-oriented small-town brothers who are the life of every party.

Cassie & Jahmeek
Athletic and energetic engaged couple with big smiles and a competitive spirit.

Catherine & Craig
Long-time best friends and Broadway performers who know what it takes to beat the odds.

Cedric & Tychon
Father and son who are in the race for every Black father and son across the country – with the hope of being the first Montréal team to win.

Court & Ali
Dating couple who want to be positive role models for Indigenous youth.

Dennis & Durrell
Active and competitive uncle and nephew who are passionate about being positive role models in their community.

Franca & Nella
Sisters, known as “Franella,” who are racing for the Filipino and immigrant community across Canada.

Jesse & Marika
Competitive and accomplished siblings who want to represent the Inuit population of Canada

Jully & Kathy
Close friends who are racing in memory of their late mothers.

For more information on the teams competing on THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, including team videos, bios, and exclusive content, visit CTV.ca/TheAmazingRaceCanada. As the go-to resource for the series, CTV.ca also includes full episodes and sneak peeks throughout the season.

THE AMAZING RACE CANADA is produced by Insight Productions Ltd. (a Boat Rocker Company) in association with CTV. John Brunton is Executive Producer and Mark Lysakowski is Executive Producer and Showrunner.


Bell Media announces English and French-language original programming orders and renewals for 2021/22 season

From a media release:

Bell Media confirmed today a robust Canadian content lineup of more than 75 titles for its 2021-22 season, featuring orders of new original series, documentaries, and specials. Fueling English and French-language services across Bell Media properties, and produced in partnership with independent production partners and Bell Media Studios, the new orders and series join a strong roster of award-winning returning shows, and can’t-miss documentaries and specials.

Among today’s announcements:

Veena Sood (CORNER GAS ANIMATED), Dmitry Chepovetsky (KILLJOYS), and Lisa Codrington (LETTERKENNY) join previously announced cast of new CTV Original comedy CHILDREN RUIN EVERYTHING, created by Emmy® Award-winner Kurt Smeaton (SCHITT’S CREEK), and executive produced by Chuck Tatham (MODERN FAMILY) and Mark Montefiore (LETTERKENNY).

The CTV Original slate also includes a double season order of the English-language adaption ROAST BATTLE CANADA for CTV Comedy Channel, hosted by Ennis Esmer (CHILDREN RUIN EVERYTHING), and featuring Russell Peters (THE INDIAN DETECTIVE), Sabrina Jalees (CAROL’S SECOND ACT), and K. Trevor Wilson (LETTERKENNY); Mary Berg’s new previously confirmed culinary series MARY MAKES IT EASY for CTV Life Channel; new haunting drama SURREALESTATE starring Tim Rozon (WYNONNA EARP) and Sarah Levy (SCHITT’S CREEK) for CTV Sci-Fi Channel; and previously confirmed new seasons of award-winning hits TRANSPLANT (Season 2) and JANN (Season 3) for CTV, and CORNER GAS ANIMATED (Season 4) for CTV Comedy Channel.

Following a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, Canada’s most-watched summer series, THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, is heading back on the road in 2022.

In addition to a strong roster of original documentaries, Crave confirmed orders for new and innovative scripted comedy DU ME A FAVOR starring 4YE Original’s Jermaine Richards and Trevaunn Richards; six-part, limited dramatic series LITTLE BIRD, created by Jennifer Podemski (UNSETTLED), who also serves as executive producer, and Hannah Moscovitch (X COMPANY), with Jeremy Podeswa (GAME OF THRONES) and Rezolution Pictures/Original Pictures as executive producers; and gripping investigative series THUNDER BAY, produced and hosted by Anishinaabe journalist and award-winning writer Ryan McMahon, who works to uncover the truth in the recent deaths of multiple Indigenous people in Thunder Bay, Ont.

Crave also adds 10-part comedy PILLOW TALK, an adaptation of the French-language Noovo series, ENTRE DEUX DRAPS, set entirely in people’s bedrooms; and drag queen and CANADA’S DRAG RACE judge Brooke Lynn Hytes hosts new eight-part series 1 QUEEN 5 QUEERS, an update to MTV Canada hit 1 GIRL 5 GAYS, which ran from 2009 to 2014. Plus, as previously announced, CANADA’S DRAG RACE returns for its sophomore season.

As production begins on Seasons 10 and 11 of acclaimed series LETTERKENNY, Crave confirms upcoming LETTERKENNY spin-off series SHORESY.

New French programming on Crave this season includes docuseries QUI A TUÉ MARIE-JOSÉE?, which follows the murky case of Marie-Josée Saint-Antoine to find out what happened to the Quebec model. Plus, Crave’s first French original production, POUR TOUJOURS, PLUS UN JOUR, is back for a second season.

Discovery Networks adds MOTHER TRUCKERS about a female led trucking company’s treacherous hauls to the North; chainsaw-wielding competition series A CUT ABOVE; and unlocks centuries-old mysteries of hidden artifacts, infrastructure, and Underground Railroad and railroad routes in the new four-part series UNDERGROUND RAILROAD SECRETS (working title). MUD MOUNTAIN HAULERS, HIGHWAY THRU HELL, and HEAVY RESCUE: 401 are also set to return for new seasons.

Bell Media confirms new documentaries including OSCAR PETERSON about the jazz legend; a look at a Canadian rock-trio in TRIUMPH: ROCK & ROLL MACHINE; NAKED, a documentary that follows individuals and communities, experts and artists around the globe who are radically and joyfully redefining gender as we know it; and WILFRED BUCK, which follows one Cree elder’s dedication to unearthing and sharing Indigenous star knowledge by weaving together his harrowing past and present life.

Bell Media Studios delivers new seasons of YOUR MORNING, THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW, THE SOCIAL, and ETALK – which celebrates its milestone 20th season, and 11 years as Canada’s most-watched entertainment news program.

This fall, Noovo once again relies on top-quality Quebec programming, including new drama series VIRAGE, …MOI NON PLUS!, and L’HOMME QUI AIMAIT TROP. Returning this fall are LA FAMILLE GROULX for Canal Vie, and hit series CORDE RAIDE for Z, with additional titles to be announced for 2022 in the coming months.

Bell Media’s New English and French-Language Primetime Original Entertainment Productions Slate from Independent Producers Includes the Following.

New English-Language Series:

1 QUEEN 5 QUEERS – Crave
Drag queen and CANADA’S DRAG RACE judge Brooke Lynn Hytes, our Queen of the North, is here and ready to lead fierce and fiery discussions about all things queer in the new eight-part series 1 QUEEN 5 QUEERS. The show, an update to MTV Canada hit 1 GIRL 5 GAYS that ran from 2009 to 2014, offers a platform for a broad range of queer voices and reflects the awareness and values of a new generation of viewers. Led by Brooke Lynn herself, each episode is focused on a single topic and brings together a panel of diverse voices to speak openly and honestly through fast-paced, no-holds-barred conversations. It is chaotic and raw, quick and unfiltered, engaging, possibly enraging…but always inspiring. (Bell Media Studios)

A CUT ABOVE – Discovery
From the producers of BLOWN AWAY, this brand new cutting-edge competition series features twelve of the best chainsaw wielding carvers form across North America turning ordinary logs into intricate works of art. In each episode, the carvers face two time sensitive challenges to test their skills and creativity: a Quick Carve that tests their technique and the functionality of the carved piece followed by an elaborate, high-stakes themed Main Challenge to help decide who advances and who goes home. Throughout the series, competitors are mentored and judged by a panel of highly respected Master Carvers. In the end, there can only be one winner who will take home the cash prize and be named A Cut Above the rest? (marblemedia)

Created by Emmy® Award-winner Kurt Smeaton (SCHITT’S CREEK), CHILDREN RUIN EVERYTHING follows a set of parents, as they raise their two young children and struggle to hold on to their pre-kid life. But can one be a parent and have the strong desire to live a beautiful, easy, cool, not-covered-in-snot life? In CHILDREN RUIN EVERYTHING, Astrid and James struggle with this paradox, as they try to maintain sanity in the face of their young children. The series chronicles their war of identity – one conceded battle at a time – that illustrates the hilarious and varied ways kids can wreck happiness, annihilate goals and dreams, and re-invent lives. It explores how sometimes, if parents are very lucky, their re-invented life is sort of okay, too. Nowhere near as good as that old, really great life. But still kinda nice. The eight-episode, half-hour series stars Meaghan Rath (HAWAII FIVE-0) and Aaron Abrams (HANNIBAL), with Ennis Esmer (BLINDSPOT), Nazneen Contractor (RANSOM), and introducing Logan Nicholson and Mikayla SwamiNathan. Veena Sood (CORNER GAS ANIMATED), Dmitry Chepovetsky (KILLJOYS), and Lisa Codrington (LETTERKENNY) join the cast in supporting roles. (New Metric Media in association with CTV)

Jae and Trey’s DU ME A FAVOR is a half-hour loosely scripted series following wannabe fashion moguls, Jermaine Richards and Trevaunn Richards. The durag, a thin headscarf that has been vilified and misunderstood for years, is now the focus of their mission of redemption, de-stigmatization, and monetization. Jermaine Richards and Trevaunn Richards serve as executive producers alongside Mark Montefiore. (New Metric Media)

LITTLE BIRD is a premium, six-part limited dramatic series about an Indigenous woman on a journey to find her birth family and uncover the hidden truth of her past. Bezhig Little Bird was adopted into a Jewish family at the age of five, becoming Esther Rosenblum. Now in her 20s, Bezhig longs for the family she lost and is willing to sacrifice everything to find them. Her quest lands her in the Canadian prairies, worlds apart from everything she knows, where she begins unravel the mystery behind her adoption forcing her to question everything she believed to be true. When she discovers that she was one of the generation of children forcibly apprehended by the Canadian government through a policy, later coined The 60s Scoop, Bezhig’s pursuit to reconnect her family intensifies. This groundbreaking new series explores themes of trauma and loss while reminding us of the power and resilience of the human spirit, holding a mirror up to who we are and who we hope to become. Bell Media is in partnership with APTN for LITTLE BIRD. The series will launch simultaneously on Crave and APTN lumi. Further details to be announced. Created by Jennifer Podemski and Hannah Moscovitch. Directors include Zoe Hopkins. Executive producers are Podemski, Moskovitch, and Jeremy Podeswa. Catherine Bainbridge, Christina Fon, Linda Ludwick, and Ernest Webb serve as executive producers for Rezolution Pictures, and Kim Todd and Nicholas Hirst serve as executive producers for Original Pictures. (Rezolution Pictures, Original Pictures)

The kitchen is Mary Berg’s happy place, and she wants it to be yours too – whether you’re bored of your repertoire, or scared to try something new. On MARY MAKES IT EASY, join Berg as she takes you step-by-step through recipes guaranteed to impress without the stress. Filmed in Toronto at her home kitchen, the series follows Berg as she shares tips, tricks, and recipes to solve every day cooking conundrums. From ideas on what to make with a fridge full of leftovers, to lackluster chicken emergencies, Berg’s thoughtful solutions for viewers leaves them with a newfound confidence to overcome any challenges they encounter on their culinary journey. The series is hosted by Canadian Screen Award-winner Mary Berg (MARY’S KITCHEN CRUSH). (Boat Rocker Studios, Unscripted through Proper Television)

The frozen north: home to dozens of remote communities that are inaccessible by conventional roads or railways. Above the tree line, lakes, rivers, and spongy, low-lying bogs, called muskeg, cover the landscape. For eight short weeks, from early February to late March, the ice is thick enough to support an 80,000-pound truck filled with supplies. The winter roads are the lifeblood for thousands of people living in the North. Building supplies and medical equipment, construction vehicles, fuel, and food all have a short window for delivery. It is simply too expensive to get heavy goods in by air. So the winter roads trucking season is essential. And slammed Geraldine Horbas runs the first trucking company to haul loads to the frozen North. Geraldine is calling on the legendary Lisa Kelly (Ice Road Truckers), and friends to haul double and triple the loads they normally carry on the most treacherous ice roads ever. These MOTHER TRUCKERS will do whatever it takes to bring communities the supplies they need to survive the winter and make it home alive. MOTHER TRUCKERS is produced by Prospero Pictures and Eagle Vision and represented in the US and globally by Rive Gauche Television, an Aftershock Media Company. (Prospero Pictures and Eagle Vision)

An adaptation of the French-language Noovo series, ENTRE DEUX DRAPS, PILLOW TALK is a 10-part comedy that takes place entirely in bedrooms. The series mainly revolves around five twosomes of completely different ages and backgrounds. With a realistic tone, the dramatic comedy explores in a raw and disarming way all the various scenarios experienced in the intimacy of the bedroom. Louis Morissette, Louis-Philippe Drolet, Alain Chicoine, and Mélanie Viau are exclusive producers. (KOTV Productions)

The previously announced ROAST BATTLE CANADA has been renewed for a second season in advance of its series debut. Based on the format from ViacomCBS International Studios Distribution, the eight, half-hour episode series builds on the success of Bell Media’s French-language version, ROAST BATTLE: LE GRAND DUEL, which is consistently a top-ranking series for Z. The English-language adaption, ROAST BATTLE CANADA, sees two pairs of Canadian comics faceoff in each episode, hurling ruthless jokes at each other in hopes of coming out unscathed and crowned the victor by a distinguished panel of judges. Presiding over each episode are megastar comedian Russell Peters; writer, producer, actor, and all-around funny person, Sabrina Jalees (CAROL’S SECOND ACT); and Season 1 ROAST BATTLE semi-finalist K. Trevor Wilson (LETTERKENNY). Actor and comedian Ennis Esmer (CHILDREN RUIN EVERYTHING) serves as host. (Just For Laughs and Counterfeit Pictures)

From the team behind the smash-hit series LETTERKENNY comes its first official spin-off, SHORESY. Created by, written by, and starring Jared Keeso, directed by Jacob Tierney, and produced by New Metric Media in partnership with WildBrain and Play Fun Games, in this new series, Shoresy joins a senior triple hockey AAA team in Northern Ontario on a quest to never lose again. (New Metric Media)

One-hour drama SURREALESTATE is about a team of real estate specialists who investigate, discover, and correct unconventional problems that make certain properties difficult to sell. Tim Rozon (WYNONNA EARP) is Luke Roman, of The Roman Agency; an agency with the talent for flipping “metaphysically engaged” properties – a.k.a haunted houses. (Blue Ice Pictures)

THUNDER BAY is a four-part Crave Original documentary series based on the groundbreaking podcast from CANADALAND, Thunder Bay. The gripping investigative series is produced and also hosted by Anishinaabe journalist and award-winning writer, Ryan McMahon, who is on a quest to uncover the truth in the recent deaths of multiple Indigenous people in Thunder Bay, Ontario – a city known as the homicide and hate crime capital of Canada. McMahon’s investigation sheds light on the history of racism in Thunder Bay, and examines the failings and the injustices of its social systems and institutions. The series unravels the country’s complicated relationship with colonialism, examining the consequences of the broken system in which some can thrive, while many others, disproportionally struggle to survive. Produced, written, and hosted by Ryan McMahon. Directed by Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers. (Series is also produced by eOne)

UNDERGROUND RAILROAD SECRETS (working title) – Discovery
UNDERGROUND RAILROAD SECRETS (working title) is a ground-breaking, four-part, factual documentary series using modern archeological tools, techniques, and innovative science to unlock centuries-old mysteries and immerse viewers deep within the secret Underground Railroad routes that spanned North America. (Attraction)

UP THE DISH – CTV Life Channel
UP THE DISH features multiple, high-caliber chefs reworking classic recipes and presenting a variation of each iconic dish. Each half-hour episode starts with a classic version of the featured dish, followed by an alternate version, a vegan or vegetarian option, and culminating in an over-the-top, show-stopping final version, such as a five-star presentation or a tasty dessert. (Gusto Worldwide Media)

Previously confirmed WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE! is a smart, playful six-part documentary series about the end of the world. Drawing together science, psychology, pop culture, and philosophy, WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE! meets our fascination with the apocalypse head-on. Stuart Henderson and Gordon Henderson are executive producers. (90th Parallel Productions)

New English-Language Documentaries and Specials:

A.RTIFICIAL I.MMORTALITY – Crave Original Documentary
Directed by award-winning Canadian filmmaker Ann Shin, A.RTIFICIAL I.MMORTALITY was selected as the Opening Night film at the 2021 Hot Docs Festival, and explores the latest technological advancements in AI, robotics, and biotech to pose the tempting question: if you could live forever through AI, would you? Inspired by the transhumanist movement and facing the reality of death as her father suffers from dementia, Shin begins an investigation into the complex world of digital cloning through AI. The film explores these questions with visionaries including: Nick Bostrom, author of Superintelligence; Hiroshi Ishiguro, developer of his own uncannily realistic clone Geminoid; Douglas Rushkoff, author of Team Human; Ben Goertzel, founder of Singularity.net who coined the term Artificial General Intelligence; and Deepak Chopra, who is creating his own A.I. mind twin. (Fathom Film Group)

BAM BAM: THE STORY OF SISTER NANCY – Crave Original Documentary
BAM BAM: THE STORY OF SISTER NANCY is a feature music documentary that explores the wild story behind how Sister Nancy’s hit song “Bam Bam” became the most sampled reggae vocal of all time, and uncovers a decades-long deception. From Nancy’s unprecedented entry into the male-dominated 80s Dancehall scene in Kingston, Jamaica, to her courageous fight to control her music, Sister Nancy’s story is not only one of resilience but also one of celebration. Ultimately, this is an inspirational music documentary about a woman dusting herself off after being held back by an industry known for silencing female artists and hell-bent on empowering others – with her music and knowledge to make a difference. Proving to all that good music, no matter what can’t be stopped! Directed by Alison Duke. Produced by OYA Media with Ngardy Conteh George and Alison Duke serving as producers. Executive Producer is Moss Raxlen. (OYA Media Group)

THE BONES – Crave Original Documentary
THE BONES is a stunning, cinematic exploration of the high stakes business of dinosaur bone trading, where obsessive collectors compete with museums, scientists, and high-end auction houses to own a piece of the past. It’s a story of intrigue; an illicit caper at the collision of science and commerce. Directed by Jeremy Xido. Produced by Ina Fichman, Intuitive Pictures. Co-Producer, Stefan Pannen, Berlin Producers. Executive Producers are Ina Fichman, Thomas Campbell Jackson, and Jared Moshe. (Intuitive Pictures)

BUFFY SAINTE MARIE: POWER IN THE BLOOD – CTV and Crave Original Documentary
For more than 50 years, Buffy Sainte-Marie has been a star. Her songs are legendary, her impact undeniable. One of Canada’s most-respected Indigenous leaders, she’s a pioneer of music and activism, and has left an indelible mark on the world. The film tells Buffy’s incredible story through exclusive access, rare archives, insightful interviews, and great music. The 90-min documentary BUFFY SAINTE-MARIE: POWER IN THE BLOOD celebrates Buffy’s extraordinary achievements, dispels myths, sets the record straight, and illustrates that in a time of chaos and division, we’ve never needed Buffy more than now. (White Pine Pictures & Eagle Vision, developed in association with Wolfwalker)

FANNY: THE RIGHT TO ROCK – Crave Original Documentary
Sometime in the 1960s, in sunny Sacramento, two Filipina-American sisters got together with other teenage girls to play music. Little did they know their garage band would evolve into the legendary rock group Fanny, the first all-women band to release an LP with a major record label (Warner/Reprise, 1970). Despite releasing five critically-acclaimed albums over five years, touring with famed bands from Slade to Chicago, and amassing a dedicated fan base of music legends including David Bowie, Fanny’s groundbreaking impact in music was written out of history…until bandmates reunite 50 years later with a new rock record deal. With incredible archival footage of the band’s rocking past intercut with its next chapter releasing a new LP today, the film includes interviews with a large cadre of music icons, including Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott, Bonnie Raitt, The Go-Go’s Kathy Valentine, Todd Rundgren, The Runaways’ Cherie Currie, Lovin’ Spoonful’s John Sebastian, and The B52’s Kate Pierson. Fighting early barriers of race, gender, and sexuality in the music industry, and now ageism, the incredible women of Fanny are ready to claim their hallowed place in the halls of rock ‘n’ roll fame. FANNY: THE RIGHT TO ROCK recently had its World Premiere at the 2021 Hot Docs Festival, where it took home the coveted Audience Choice Award. Directed by Bobbi Jo Hart. (Adobe Productions International Inc.)

THE GRIZZLIE TRUTH – Crave Original Documentary
From the team behind Finding Big Country and The Carter Effect, THE GRIZZLIE TRUTH follows basketball superfan (and the film’s director) Kat Jayme on a quest for truth and redemption for her hometown NBA team, the Vancouver Grizzlies…who mysteriously disappeared after just six seasons. Through Kat’s unwavering devotion, this documentary explores the unique and remarkable story of how Vancouver won an NBA franchise against all odds, only to lose the team in record time. This is the untold story of the gone, but far from forgotten, Vancouver Grizzlies. Full of heart and humour, THE GRIZZLIE TRUTH is much more than a sports story; it’s a mystery, a comedy of errors, and an underdog epic. (Grizz Films in partnership with Uninterrupted)

JUST FOR LAUGHS STAND-UP – CTV Comedy Channel and Crave
CTV Comedy Channel and Crave are back in Montréal this summer for the triumphant return of the Just For Laughs Festival, shooting six stand-up specials that feature a diverse mix of comedy’s “who’s who” and future stars. (Just For Laughs)

KINGS OF COKE – Crave Original Documentary
People often think about Miami when it comes to cocaine, but Montréal may have been the biggest drug kingdom of them all. By the 70s, Montréal, the infamous party town, was engulfed in mayhem. The city had become known as the bank robbery capital of North America with more heists than New York or Los Angeles. Then, a brazen group of thieves moved into the drug trade, smuggling cocaine on a global scale. This 90-minute, true crime documentary chronicles the path to power of one of Montréal’s most influential and violent gangs, the infamous West End Gang, and the cops and journalists who pursued its three leaders. It’s an unlikely rise and inevitable fall, but more importantly, it’s a largely forgotten and underreported story, even for the most seasoned of true crime fans. KINGS OF COKE is produced by Michael Kronish and directed by Julian Sher. (Connect 3, Urbania Media)

NAKED – Crave Original Documentary
A documentary feature film about the gender binary. What is it, how does it manifest itself in our minds and our lives – and how can we go beyond? NAKED follows individuals and communities, experts, and artists around the globe who right now are radically and joyfully redefining gender as we know it. Together, we explore their vision of a future beyond the gender binary. Directed by Stephanie Weimar. Executive Producer is Michael McMahon. Producers are Kevin McMahon and Felicity Justrabo. (Primitive Entertainment)

ONE BIG RECIPE is all about cooking for family and friends and so are the holidays! Chef Kimberly Lallouz offers her take on holiday favourites in this seasonal one-hour special episode. Her first course is a Moroccan spiced beet latke with lightly dressed greens and crème fraiche. Next, whole fennel is braised tender, gratinéed and spiked with apple chutney. Entrees include a one-of-a-king turkey breast ‘buche de Noel’ roulade and a juicy, beefy espresso-red wine spiked brisket roast. Along with her main course come her unique, single-serving stuffin’ muffins, two sauces, sugar snap peas and watermelon radishes. Viewers won’t want to leave without seeing her sweet hostess gifts – white chocolate brittle-bark and perfect sugar cookies. (Gusto Worldwide Media)

OSCAR PETERSON – CTV and Crave Original Documentary
There are very few other musical artists that have had reverential and lauded careers that have sustained over six decades, and still remain top of mind as a giant and legend amongst jazz musicians. Oscar Peterson, or simply “O.P” by his friends, or “the King of inside swing,” is easily considered one of the greatest and most prolific jazz pianists, featuring a career that included thousands of worldwide concerts and the mentoring of hundreds of protégées. The documentary features exclusive interviews with Billy Joel, Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, and Ramsey Lewis, and is directed by acclaimed director Barry Avrich (DAVID FOSTER: OFF THE RECORD). (Melbar Entertainment Group)

An original documentary profiling the inspiring story of the Toronto Raptors star, this feature biopic charts VanVleet’s rise to prominence as a basketball star, and the unwavering belief in himself, as he blazes his own unique path to becoming an NBA Champion. Set to premiere on Canada’s Sports Leader TSN in the fall of 2021. (UNINTERRUPTED Canada, Par-Lay Content)

RESIDENT ORCA – Crave Original Documentary
In the summer of 2018 killer whale Tahlequah makes international news headlines, when she carries her dead calf for more than 17 days and 1000 miles in an unprecedented show of mourning. What would make a mother whale go to such lengths? RESIDENT ORCA tells the story of the mysterious decline of Tahlequah’s clan, the Southern Resident Killer Whales, and the team of scientists working to uncover not only what is killing them, but also how to prevent their imminent extinction. Co-directed and co-produced by Simon Schneider and Sarah Sharkey Pearce. (Everyday Films)

TRIUMPH: ROCK & ROLL MACHINE – CTV and Crave Original Documentary
Known simply as Triumph, this rock-trio dominated radio and MTV in the 80s, and were the envy of the touring business with even Michael Jackson taking a page out of their live show book. But despite being one of the world’s biggest rock bands, the trio split at the height of their fame and seemingly disappeared without explanation to their fans or media. Set to a mesmerizing visual backdrop of spandex, 80s hair, and explosive pyro, TRIUMPH: ROCK & ROLL MACHINE reveals a deeper story about fame and the human condition as the band reunites for what might be the very last time they play music together. Directed by Sam Dunn and Marc Ricciardelli. (Banger Films in association with Revolver)

WILFRED BUCK – Crave Original Documentary
WILFRED BUCK is a hybrid feature documentary centering on a Cree elder who’s dedicated his life to unearthing and sharing Indigenous star knowledge. Weaving together his harrowing past and his present life with sky stories, this cinematic film explores colonization’s attempts to extinguish Indigenous ways of knowing, the values of interrelationship that shape Indigenous science, and how this worldview paves a healthier path forward for our planet. Directed by Lisa Jackson. Executive producers are David Christensen, Nicholas de Pencier, and Jennifer Baichwal. (Door Number 3 in association with the National Film Board)

New French-Language Series:

The following new series will come to Noovo, Canal Vie, Z, Canal D, Crave, and Vrak in Fall 2021 and early 2022, with additional titles to be announced for 2022 in the coming months.

This documentary series immerses viewers in the fascinating world of custom classic car restoration. It follows a dedicated team that works on fixing up cars from the 50s, 60s, and 70s, as well as boats and appliances. BIENVENUE À LA SHOP! introduces viewers to a tight-knit clan with no shortage of business. (Anémone Films)

This fall, VRAK presents a new series for young adults. Following a tragic incident, seven students try to get through the ordeal by sticking together: Alex, Cédric, and Yasmine, a polyamorous trio; Yandou, a recently arrived immigrant from Senegal; Béthanie, a free-spirited young woman with a secret; Myriam, a social justice warrior; and Taylor, who is haunted by past mistakes. They form close bonds, like a family of choice. Their daily lives are marked by a sense of togetherness but also by stress from their post-secondary studies, along with multiple love affairs and their efforts to speak out against abuse. Through thick and thin, these young adults strive to keep their close-knit gang together. (Duo Productions)

Arnaud Soly brings his unique brand of comedy to Noovo. The Discovery of the Year at the most recent Gala Les Olivier, and his accomplices Katherine Levac, Virginie Fortin, Pierre-Yves Roy-Desmarais, Julien Corriveau, Richardson Zéphyr, and Anas Hassouna, review the latest news stories and media trends while examining the ways we respond to and comment on them. They will also be joined by celebrity guests. Led by Rafaële Germain, the writing team includes Arnaud Soly, Julien Corriveau, LeLouis Courchesne, and Suzie Bouchard. (Encore Télévision)

Following the hits MÈRES À BOUTTE and CÉLIBATAIRES À BOUTTE, this series chronicles the journeys of people who are going through relationship difficulties, or have decided to break up. All couples face problems, for a wide variety of reasons: money, domestic chores, infidelity, children’s education, communication, or sexuality. Nevertheless, being in a relationship is still viewed as the ultimate success symbol. Featuring Kim Rusk and Marie-Ève Piché (Maman Caféine). (Sphère Média)

A few years ago, Anne-Caroline Coutu decided to quit her job as a sales clerk to pursue a career in animal entertainment for people who need it at schools, daycares, and long-term care centres. Her animals, including a miniature pony, all live in her home and help her bring joy to those around her. (Productions ToRoS)

Marie-Josée Saint-Antoine, a Quebec model living in New York, was stabbed in her Manhattan apartment on June 18, 1982. The New York Police had few clues. One name cropped up repeatedly: Alain Montpetit, a major TV and disco star in Quebec. Although he was never accused, he put a halt to his career and then died of a drug overdose. Forty years later, a team revisits the evidence in this murky case to find out what happened to Marie-Josée. (Attraction Images)

LE JOUR J – Canal Vie
In this eye-opening magazine show, Julie Snyder offers a rare glimpse inside her private world. After raising her two kids in a huge hundred-year-old house, the host and producer is preparing to box up 15 years of her life. She has to renovate her large heritage house in Outremont, decorate her new condo to better suit her lifestyle, and dispose of treasures she has collected over the years. With the help of real estate agent Georges Bardagi and designers Jacinthe Piotte and Nicola Tardif-Bourdages, Julie will downsize from 10,000 to 2,500 square feet! (Productions ToRoS)

Z presents a new improv competition showcasing some of Quebec’s most popular comedic stars. Inspired by the league of the same name, this improv show combines the energy of a rap performance with the excitement of a wrestling match. Richardson Zéphir and Ève Côté serve as the commentary team, while Tammy Verge conducts interviews with the performers. Featuring Marie-Soleil Dion, Virginie Fortin, Mehdi Bousaidan, André Robitaille, LeLouis Courchesne, Marie-Ève Morency, Michelle Desrochers, and Vincent Bolduc. (St Laurent TV)

This documentary series explores the daily lives of the Dufour-Lapointe sisters, three exceptional athletes dealing with the doubts and challenges that all of us have to face at some point. During the year of filming, the three women experienced some exciting developments that left them with some tough decisions to make. (KOTV)

This winter, viewers will be introduced to a new drama by Anne Boyer and Michel d’Astous, with a cast that includes Patrice Godin, Hélène Florent, Fanny Malette, and Nadia Kounds. The series tells the story of Marc-Alexandre, who suffers a terrible accident. In the hospital, while hovering between life and death, those close to him discover a disturbing secret: unknown to all, Marc-André is leading a double life with another wife and family. He even has a young lover. How could this be possible? And what if it wasn’t an accident at all? (Duo Productions)

…MOI NON PLUS! – Noovo
Catherine-Anne Toupin and Vincent Leclerc stars in this comedy-drama set in the world of Quebec media and politics. The pair play Sarah, a down-on-her-luck politician, and Christian, a commentator viewed as her biggest critic, who co-host a radio show. Through their fiery debates, they develop an attraction for each other, which throws a wrench in their life and career plans. The cast also includes Pierre Curzi, Christiane Pasquier, Frédéric Pierre, Alice Pascual, Shelby Jean-Baptiste, Sarah-Maxine Racicot, and Dylan Walsh. The series is based on an original idea by Catherine-Anne Toupin, who scripted it along with Karina Goma. (Encore Télévision)

This new documentary series takes viewers behind-the-scenes of public security. Starting from the security operations centre, it explores various Centre-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal CIUSSS service points, ranging from a hospital to a vaccination clinic, as well as youth centres and emergency services available to the public. Viewers will witness the human dramas that the centre’s agents deal with on a daily basis. (Attraction Images)

Accompanied by a celebrity guest, Babu heads for a town in Quebec in search of the province’s greatest daredevils. Together, they identify three candidates, who will do everything in their power to impress the judges. However, only one will mount the top of the podium and be crowned “the town’s greatest daredevil!” (Attraction Images)

Marie-Claude Savard and Sébastien Trudel launch a new investigation into a legal case that gripped Quebec in 1987. Michelle Perron was found dead in her car near her workplace, her body brutally stabbed. Her husband, director Gilles Perron, was on the scene. He was accused then found innocent of the murder. The killer’s identity remains a mystery 33 years later. Marie-Claude and Sébastien revisit this murky case in the hope of revealing the truth behind the gruesome murder. (Trinome & Filles)

A dozen promising participants from the first season of Noovo’s hit show PROCHAIN STAND-UP pursue their stand-up apprenticeship under the watchful eye of P-A Méthot. Each comic will be asked to take part in two different shows, where they perform an original routine based on a specific instruction devised by their mentor. At the end of the show, the audience will choose their favourite comedian. (Juste pour rire TV)

Hosted by comedian Phil Roy, QUI SAIT CHANTER? is the Quebec version of the world’s most popular musical gameshow, I CAN SEE YOUR VOICE. Each week, Roy accompanies contestants through every round of this exciting, variety-style gameshow. QUI SAIT CHANTER? is the only show where you can win by discovering people with and without talent! Canadian singer Roxane Bruneau and Rita Baga (CANADA’S DRAG RACE and BIG BROTHER CELEBRITÉS) serve as regular panellists. The series has been adapted in 16 markets around the world. (Productions ToRoS)

This documentary series provides a rare glimpse behind-the-scenes of a fascinating but little-known profession: bankruptcy trustees. Each story of debt featured on the show shines a light on human nature and our relationship with money through the trustee offices and their advisors, the personal lives of the people involved, and the real-life situations that unfold. With its highly authentic and intimate approach, the show makes it impossible to remain indifferent to these deeply affecting accounts. (PIXCOM)

VIRAGE – Noovo
Noovo’s first drama series, VIRAGE, showcases a standout cast including Charlotte Aubin, Émile Schneider, Marie-Thérèse Fortin, and Sylvain Marcel. It tells the story of a three-time Olympic medallist who retires and breaks up with her boyfriend at the same time. Left with nothing, the athlete discovers that life is not a race whose outcome you can control, and must get used to living without striving to win. The series draws inspiration from the true story of Marianne St-Gelais—who serves as series consultant—and several Olympians. It is scripted by Kim Lévesque-Lizotte and Marie-Hélène Lebeau-Taschereau, with additional contributions by Louis Morissette. (KOTV)


Comments and queries for the week of September 13

Hello! I have been watching The Amazing Race since it started and I REALLY ENJOY IT. BUT I have one thing that I think should be changed. Beside the first place prizes I think the second and third finishers should get a prize also. Like second place gets $50,000 and third gets $20,000. Because they do soooo much to get into two and three that they should get something for their hard work finishing there. Thank You —Lou

Great show, excellent final episode. Only in Canada could such a stunningly appropriate finish occur. We are a diverse, inclusive, conscientious society, one which the rest of the world looks up to. And the show confidently portrays this. With one glaring exception: there was a lot of talk about role models, and, indeed plenty of contestants were outstanding role models throughout. But the show itself failed to be the paragon of sportsmanship it could and certainly should be. Endorsing cheating, in explicit detail, illustrates to viewers of all ages the precise opposite of being a good role model. In all other regards, The Amazing Race is a wonderful showcase of Canadian spirit. —William

This was a fantastic season. Great scenery and such a fantastic view of our beautiful country. I was thrilled that James and Anthony won—they were very deserving and it was a joy to see them on The Amazing Race this season. I was cheering for them from the get-go. Congrats to all Top 3 teams—you were all amazing! —Chris

I enjoyed that the race was held in Canada. There are so many hidden gems in this country that no one knows about, and this show educates viewers. I’ve been trying to see all parts of Canada and am always amazed at the beautiful landscape and people. I’d like to see the Magdalen Islands as part of the race. In terms of the winners , well done!!! It’s always so much better when nice, caring people win. They ran a great race. I always feel a little bad for second place as they are so very close, but I’m also pleased the Top 3 teams were truly good sports. Great show! —Joanne

Amazing Race does Canada proud! Incredible photography each season frames our beautiful land and treats the audience to the opportunity to see Canada in all its true glory. WOW…… what a fabulous place we all call home! Each season has reflected a true and accurate cross-section of interesting, diverse, kind and fun Canadians……all of them winners. Last but not least, my sincerest congratulations to this year’s winners, Anthony and James. With self-effacing humour, kindness to each other and everyone along the way, and tenacious effort to each challenge, they won with style. How appropriate an Indigenous couple should finally win Amazing Race Canada! Anthony and James should be very proud of their achievement…..as is the rest of Canada. All the very best to them throughout their lives. From the perfect host, Jon Montgomery, who demonstrates warmth, wit and physical prowess in each episode, to each and every person, and sponsor, who makes Amazing Race Canada a reality each season, THANK YOU!!! Please keep doing what you do so well. —Michael

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