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Bell Media and CBC express condolences on the passing of Canadian TV icon Sandra Faire

From a media release:

Bell Media extends condolences to Ivan Fecan, along with family, friends, and colleagues, on the passing of award-winning television producer and well-known philanthropist Sandra Faire.

“Passionate, creative, and generous, Sandra Faire was fiercely supportive of Canadian talent in arts and entertainment,” said Randy Lennox, President, Bell Media. “She was a trailblazer for women in film and television whose commitment to excellence helped set the standard for production in this country. She was a true partner to Ivan and will be greatly missed.”

Sandra Faire was the executive producer for a number of award-winning and successful programs for CTV and The Comedy Network, including SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA, COMEDY INC., COMEDY NOW!, and a long list of comedy and music specials.

From a media release:

CBC was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Sandra Faire.

Faire produced a number of award-winning shows for CBC including Rita and Friends, Anne Murray’s Family Christmas, and many variety specials celebrating Canadian artists and culture. She made a lasting impact in her time with CBC and throughout her career through her work and generous contributions to Canadian culture and society as a whole.

“On behalf of the CBC family, we extend our deepest sympathies to Ivan, Sandra’s life partner, and to her family and all those she touched through her exceptional work and philanthropic efforts,” said Catherine Tait, President and CEO, CBC/Radio-Canada. “Sandra stands out as a beacon of our industry, a formidable force in the creation of some of Canada’s finest productions. She will be missed.”


Links: Kim’s Convenience

From Craig Takeuchi of The Georgia Strait:

Vancouver’s Andrea Bang hopes Kim’s Convenience helps boost Asian Canadian representation
“I didn’t see people like me on screen so I wanted to be a part of that conversation. The fact that a show like Kim’s Convenience is coming out and it has real characters, fully fleshed out people, not people who just come on and say like, ‘Hey, how’s it going?’ and then leave—they actually have a backstory and a future story.” Continue reading.

From Aaron Chatha of Metro News:

Kim’s Convenience and having minorities on TV
On Tuesday, CBC premieres Kim’s Convenience, and having seen the first three episodes, I’m hoping it’s the first show in a long time that my whole family will sit together and enjoy. Continue reading.

From Simon Houpt of The Globe and Mail:

Link: Ivan Fecan: The producer bringing popular play Kim’s Convenience to TV
“I was blown away by the play in rehearsal,” said Fecan. He, Schultz and Ins Choi, a first-time Korean-Canadian playwright who mined his extended family’s story for the play, went to lunch. Over burgers and salads, Fecan told Choi about his parents, Ukrainian refugees who had arrived separately in Toronto in the early 1950s and worked long and gruelling blue-collar hours: his mother washing dishes in the Sears cafeteria, his father sweeping the city streets. Continue reading.

From John Doyle of The Globe and Mail:

CBC’s big week starts with the excellent Kim’s Convenience
Heartily recommended, Kim’s Convenience is a clever, generally engaging screwball comedy with an eye on entertainment – and not much else, thankfully. Continue reading.