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Preview: APTN’s Moosemeat & Marmalade cooks up more adventures in Season 6

I’m constantly flipping around the TV channels, looking for interesting programs to check out. One of those, Moosemeat & Marmalade, has been on my radar for a while. I’d always catch a stray few minutes here or there, not knowing too much about it. Now I do.

Season 6 of Moosemeat & Marmalade kicks off Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. ET on APTN, promising more adventures, stories, laughs and—of course—food.

Hosted by Art Napoleon and Dan Hayes, Moosemeat & Marmalade—offered in English, French and Cree— follows bush cook Art (the Moosemeat part of the equation) and the classically-trained chef Dan (the Marmalade) as they seek out culinary adventures worldwide. A slight tweak to this new season has the pair sticking to Western Canada, and I think that’s a good thing.

In Tuesday’s debut, the duo are in Victoria, hunting a critter many of us see loping around our backyard: the grey squirrel. After being given permission by an Elder to hunt the invasive species, Art and Dan are off to meet trapper Mike Webb. Mike, who hunts humanely, explains the greys took a shine to Vancouver Island and quickly began devouring songbirds and their eggs and destroying bird habitats. While they wait for some protein to be caught, the pair forage for sides like nettles before catching up with Emilee Gilpin, who schools Art and Dan on hunting the traditional way, with bow and arrow. Needless to say, Dan is not a natural, leading to many funny moments and gentle teasing. Nor is Art, as it turns out.

“Despite popular belief, not all Indians are good at bow and arrow or canoeing,” Art says to the camera. After collecting several squirrels and a tobacco ceremony, it was time to eat a chicken finger-inspired recipe with potatoes and a nettle salad.

Upcoming instalments feature trips across British Columbia and Saskatchewan, highlighting Indigenous food sovereignty, ethical and sustainable food preparation and practices, and inter-tribal food traditions. 

Moosemeat & Marmalade airs Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m. on APTN.

Image courtesy of APTN.


Principal photography begins on the Crave original series, Little Bird

From a media release:

Crave announced today, in association with Rezolution Pictures, APTN, and OP Little Bird, that production is underway on the Crave Original drama series, LITTLE BIRD. Created by showrunner Jennifer Podemski (UNSETTLED) and head writer Hannah Moscovitch (X COMPANY), the six-part, one-hour limited series follows an Indigenous woman on a journey to find her birth family, and uncover the hidden truth of her past. The series will be available to audiences in English and French, and Fremantle will handle international distribution.

The character-driven drama features an extraordinary cast of Indigenous actors, led by newcomer Darla Contois (Dhaliwal ’15) along with: Ellyn Jade (LETTERKENNY); Osawa Muskwa (World Ends at Camp Z); Joshua Odjick (The Swarm); Imajyn Cardinal (TRIBAL); Mathew Strongeagle (BLACKSTONE); Eric Schweig (BLACKSTONE); and Michelle Thrush (Bones of Crows).

Award-winning filmmakers Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers (The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open) and Zoe Hopkins (Run Woman Run) each direct three episodes, while Hopkins writes three of the episodes.

LITTLE BIRD explores themes of resilience in the face of trauma and loss. Removed from her home in Long Pine Reserve in Saskatchewan, Bezhig Little Bird is adopted into a Montréal Jewish family at the age of five, becoming Esther Rosenblum (Contois). 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. As she begins to track down her siblings, she unravels the mystery behind her adoption, and discovers that her apprehension was connected to a racist government policy now known as the Sixties Scoop. Bezhig’s sense of identity shatters and she is forced to reckon with who she is and who she wants to become.

The production of LITTLE BIRD features a training program that includes opportunities for emerging and mid-career level Indigenous creators and crew as well as for entry-level individuals to gain practical on-set experience leading to subsequent employment in the industry. Built with the understanding that training, skill building, and professional development are integral to building capacity and sustainability in the Indigenous screen sector, the program, is made possible via partnerships with the Indigenous Screen Office, Bell Media, REEL Canada, DGC, DGC Manitoba, and IATSE 856.

LITTLE BIRD is a co-production from Bell Media’s Crave and APTN, produced by Rezolution Pictures and OP Little Bird with the participation of the Canada Media Fund (CMF) and Manitoba Film and Music. Fremantle International is the distributor for the series. Led by an Indigenous creative team, LITTLE BIRD is developed by showrunner Jennifer Podemski and Rezolution Pictures, and created by Podemski and head writer Hannah Moscovitch. The series is executive produced by Ernest Webb, Catherine Bainbridge, Christina Fon, Linda Ludwick (Rezolution Pictures), Kim Todd, Nicholas Hirst (Original Pictures), Jeremy Podeswa, Jennifer Podemski, and Hannah Moscovitch, along with Christian Vesper and Dante Di Loreto (Fremantle). Producers are Tanya Brunel and Jessica Dunn (OP Little Bird), Philippe Chabot (Rezolution Pictures) and Ellen Rutter.


Link: Indigenous film/TV funding needs Indigenous-led application, review process: report

From Sadaf Ahsan of The Canadian Press:

Link: Indigenous film/TV funding needs Indigenous-led application, review process: report
A report examining how best to distribute film and television funding to Indigenous creators stresses the need for stronger application guidelines, a review process conducted by Indigenous Peoples and the potential for financial consequences or remedial action when false claims to Indigeneity are made. Continue reading.


Link: Indigenous comedian and host of ‘The Candy Show,’ Candy Palmater dead at 53

From Melissa Couto Zuber of The Canadian Press:

Link: Indigenous comedian and host of ‘The Candy Show,’ Candy Palmater dead at 53
Candy Palmater, an Indigenous comedian, actor, broadcast personality and host of “The Candy Show,” has died. Palmater was 53 when she died peacefully at her Toronto home on Christmas morning, her partner and manager Denise Tompkins said Monday. Continue reading.


CBC/Radio Canada, APTN and Ayasew Ooskana Pictures announce casting and start of production on Marie Clements’ Bones of Crows

From a media release:

Ayasew Ooskana Pictures announced today production is underway on the new original five-part psychological drama (5X60) and feature film BONES OF CROWS, commissioned by CBC/Radio-Canada in association with APTN. Created by Marie Clements, the character-driven series features an ensemble cast of talent including Grace Dove (Monkey Beach), Philip Lewitski (Wildhood), Glen Gould (Cold Pursuit), Michelle Thrush (Pathfinder), Gail Maurice (Night Raiders), Cara Gee (The Expanse), Karine Vanasse (Cardinal), Angus Macfadyen (Robert The Bruce), Rémy Girard (District 31), Graham Greene (Molly’s Game) and Lorne Cardinal (Corner Gas).

BONES OF CROWS is told through the eyes of Cree Matriarch Aline Spears as she survives a childhood in Canada’s residential school system to continue her family’s generational fight in the face of systemic starvation, racism, and sexual abuse. She uses her uncanny ability to understand and translate codes into working for a special division of the Canadian Air Force as a Cree code talker in World War II. The story unfolds over 100 years with a cumulative force that propels us into the future.

The project will be shot originally in English, with Cree and Ayajuthem spoken in key scenes and there will be both Cree and French-language versions for broadcast. Filming locations include the Thompson-Nicola Region (Kamloops, Vernon, Quilchena), Greater Victoria Area, and Greater Vancouver Area in British Columbia, and Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Winnipeg portion of production will be produced by Eagle Vision.

BONES OF CROWS is a CBC/Radio-Canada original production, produced with the financial participation of Telefilm Canada, Canada Media Fund, APTN , Independent Production Fund, Shaw Rocket Fund, Bell Fund, ISO (Indigenous Screen Office), FIBC, CAVCO, and First Peoples’ Heritage, Language and Cultural Council and Indigenous Arts Program.

BONES OF CROWS is produced, written and directed by Marie Clements (Red Snow, The Road Forward), executive produced by Trish Dolman & Christine Haebler (French Exit, Indian Horse) and Sam Grana (The Boys of St. Vincent) with Executive Producers Lisa Meeches and Kyle Irving from Eagle Vision and the DOP is Vince Arvidson (The Magnitude of All Things).