Get ready to celebrate
Canada's public broadcaster launched its countdown to its 75th anniversary on Thursday.
CBC/Radio-Canada will turn 75 on Nov. 2 and is hosting 75 days of multi-platform programs and events to mark the occasion.
Highlights include a special two-hour documentary airing this Sunday
, dedicated programming, interactive websites, contests, exhibits, special memorabilia and, on October 1, open house events in 32 cities across the country.
"For 75 years, the public broadcaster has had a relationship with Canadians built on trust, giving a voice to the stories and issues that matter to them," said Hubert T. Lacroix, president and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada. "In the same year as we celebrate our 75th anniversary, we've also geared up for the future of public broadcasting in Canada. On February 1, 2011, we unveiled 2015: Everyone, Every way, our strategic plan to deepen our relationship with Canadians, and remain a leader in an ever-changing media environment. I invite you to take ownership of these celebrations and reaffirm the role that CBC/Radio-Canada has in your life."
Anniversary celebrations kick off this weekend with the premiere of the documentary 1 Day
, a documentary portrait of Canadians created with the participation of Canadians.
"For 75 years, CBC has celebrated the stories of Canadians and has connected people through the telling of important stories made for, and by, Canadians," said Kirstine Stewart, executive vice-president of English Services. "Throughout our anniversary celebrations, we're going to continue to share these relevant Canadian stories across all of CBC's media platforms, as well as in communities across the country."
Radio-Canada has been central to cultural and democratic life of Canadians for 75 years, said Sylvain Lafrance, executive vice-president of French Services.
""Throughout the festivities, we not only want to celebrate our heritage, but also to look ahead and try to envision our future as a public broadcaster," Lafrance said.
Over the next 75 days, CBC/Radio-Canada will also host panels and exhibits in partnership with Canadian cultural institutions including the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, the Canadian War Museum, the Canada Science and Technology Museum, and Library and Archives Canada.
The Royal Canadian Mint will also soon issue a collector coin honouring the 75th anniversary of CBC/Radio-Canada. It will be on sale for the general public.
"The partnerships developed for the 75th anniversary are reflective of CBC/Radio-Canada's involvement in the communities and of both the value and relevance of the public broadcaster in Canada beyond its broadcast activities," Lacroix added.
CBC/Radio-Canada's 75 Days of Programming
can be seen on CBC Television, CBC News Network, CBC Radio and CBC.ca.
Some of the highlights are:1 Day
1 Day. 24 Hours. 34 million lives. On April 30, Canadians from coast-to-coast film a day in their life, while CBC cameras simultaneously fan out across all the regions of this country to record life. CBC shares it all with Canadians in this remarkable two-hour television special. This "co-production with Canadians" is a unique 24-hour snapshot of the country. Airs: Sunday, Aug. 21 at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. NT) on CBC Television; Saturday, Aug. 27, 7 p.m. ET - CBC News Network; Sunday, Sept. 25, 9 p.m. ET - documentaryA Moment In CBC History - 75 Years of CBC News
For 75 years, CBC News has been there--reporting on the moments, big and small, that have defined Canada. Leading up to Nov. 2, CBC News looks back at these moments, incorporating excerpts from CBC's digital archives.This feature can be spotted on all platforms throughout the 75th anniversary countdown.Rewind: 75th Anniversary SpecialA dynamic 12-part series
exploring CBC Radio's 75-year journey to its current position as one of the world's most respected public broadcasters. Host Michael Enright, joined each week by a different co-host, digs through the archives and tell stories from CBC's rich history of programming in arts and entertainment, politics, music, drama, sports, war and much more. Airs: Thursdays, beginning Aug. 25 at 2 p.m. (2:30 p.m. NT) on CBC Radio One.The House
Hosted by CBC National reporter Alison Crawford, The House
will explore how covering politics has changed, as well as turning points over the last 75 years. Airs: Saturday, Aug. 27 at 9 a.m. (9:30 a.m. NT) on CBC Radio OneWayne & Shuster Legacy III
Wayne & Shuster were a Canadian comic institution. This special showcases the classic, inventive humour of the great Canadian comedy duo who have kept Canadians laughing out loud for generations. Airs: Sunday, Aug. 28 at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. NT) on CBC TelevisionLong Story Short: CBC Turns 75
Canadian comic genius Martin Short digs into the CBC archives and uncovers some of the finest moments from the past 75 years in this entertaining hour-long special. Special guest stars include Anne Murray, George Stroumboulopoulos, Cynthia Dale, Eric Peterson, Jian Ghomeshi, David Suzuki, Lorne Michaels, Peter Mansbridge, Kevin O'Leary, Rick Mercer and many, many others. Through humorous behind-the-scenes moments and sketches, Short reflects on CBC's contribution to Canada from past to present. Airs: Sunday, Sept. 4 at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. NT) on CBC Television; Sunday, Sept. 25 at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. NT) on documentaryJohn A: Birth of a Country
Shawn Doyle stars as Canada's first prime minister, Sir John A. Macdonald, in this compelling political thriller about the creation of Canada, directed by Jerry Ciccoritti and produced by Bernard Zukerman. Co-starring Peter Outerbridge as George Brown and David La Haye as George-Étienne Cartier. Airs: Sunday, Sept. 19 at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. NT) on CBC Television.Culture Day
The behind-the-scenes look at the world of arts and culture in Canada through compelling personal stories of the artists, musicians and craftspeople who help define our country. Airs: Thursday, Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m. (8 p.m. NT) on CBC TelevisionThe World This Weekend
Host Marcia Young explores how technology has changed the way we cover news over the last 75 years. Airs: Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1 and Oct. 2 at 6 p.m. (6:30 p.m. NT) on CBC Radio OneVinyl Cafe - 75th Anniversary Special
Host Stuart McLean pays tribute to his Vinyl Café
days by asking the audience for their favourite Dave and Morley stories. From those requests, he attempts to tell seven Dave and Morley stories in 11 minutes - a feature audiences have come to know as the 7/11. Airs: Saturday, Oct. 15 at 9 a.m. (9:30 a.m. NT) on CBC Radio 2; Sunday, Oct. 16 at 12 p.m. (12:30 p.m. NT) on CBC Radio One; Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 11 p.m. (11:30 p.m. NT) on CBC Radio OneThis is That: 75th Anniversary Special
In a very special two-part episode, This is That
will be looking back on the lesser-known milestones of the past 75 years of the CBC. From the accidental first broadcast in the '30s to a touching retrospective on CBC's longest running radio drama, 'Canada Town', Pat Kelly and Peter Oldring won't just remind you of CBC's glorious history--they'll rewrite it. Airs: Saturday Oct. 22 and Oct. 29 at 11 a.m. (11:30 p.m. NT) on CBC Radio One.The Sunday Edition
Broadcast from Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto, host Michael Enright is joined by a constellation of CBC stars past and present for a look at key moments and music that have helped make CBC Radio what it is today. Airing Sunday, Oct. 30, 9 a.m. (9:30 a.m. NT) - CBC Radio One.Canada In Concert
Host Bill Richardson presents eight concerts recorded in cities coast-to-coast, ranging from choral and symphonic to chamber and Celtic/baroque, including a concert featuring singers Isabel Bayrakdarian, Marianne Fiset, Aline Kutan, and Julie Boulianne, with the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, conducted by Johannes Debus. Airs: Sunday, Oct. 30, at 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on CBC Radio 2The CBC at 75: Turning Points in Public BroadcastingIdeas
examines the crucial episodes in the history of the CBC, including the Golden Age of radio, the CBC's fight for political independence and the origins of television. The five-part series features interviews with many of the people, such as Graham Spry, considered the father of public broadcasting in Canada, who were instrumental in shaping the CBC from its beginnings to the present day. Airs: Monday, Oct. 31 to Friday, Nov. 4, at 9 p.m. (9:30 p.m. NT) on CBC Radio One
Raise on Radio: The CBC Hits 75
Hosted by Tom Allen and Rich Terfry, Raised on Radio: The CBC Hits 75
is a decade-by-decade countdown of Canada's greatest songs and musical milestones, with over seven hours of music, lively conversation, and jaw-dropping archival material. The special concludes with a concert by one of Canada's greatest current singer-songwriters, Feist. Airs: Wednesday, Nov. 2, from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. (12:30 to 1:30 p.m. NT) on CBC Radio 2
The Debaters: Happy Birthday CBC
A special 75th Anniversary TV and Radio edition of this side-splitting comedy show pits Charlie Demers against Sean Cullen to debate David Suzuki versus Don Cherry and Rebecca Kohler against Dave Hemstad to debate News versus Sports.
You'll be able to keep up-to-date on all the special programming and events on the 75th anniversary site. So keep checking back - there'll be sneak peaks, behind-the-scenes looks and exclusive interviews coming your way, along with photos, documents and clips pulled from our archives.
Posted on Aug 19, 2011 8:30:43 AM