You know the expression 'you are what you wear'? Well that's truer for Canadians than anyone else: we dress for all seasons, all cultures, all occasions and all faiths. But what's really behind the clothing that we put on every day?
Head to Toe explores the personal stories, social science, and hidden meanings in the clothes that Canadians wear. Because whether you choose a t-shirt, tuxedo, or work uniform, you're sending a message to the world.
From hipsters to hosers, elders to athletes, host JJ Lee unzips the surprising stories of people whose clothes spark a reaction and, with humour and curiosity, exposes the surprising consequences and underlying assumptions sewn into the clothes on our back.
Because what we wear matters.
JJ Lee is an award-winning essayist, fashion writer, and an experienced public broadcaster.
His personal and style essays appear in ELLE Canada and he writes about menswear for The National Post.
He began his career with the CBC in 1997 as a contributor to network programs like Basic Black and Out Front. In 1999, JJ became a New Voices intern at CBC researching and preparing stories for local Vancouver shows like The Early Edition. He then went to help produce a number of iconic CBC Radio shows including Richardson's Roundup and Sounds Like Canada.
JJ has presented two documentaries for CBC Radio's Ideas: "Wargames", a chilling exploration of military simulations; and "The Measure of a Man", a social history of tailoring which later led to JJ writing his critically-acclaimed memoir, The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit. It was shortlisted for the 2011 Governor-General's Literary Award for Non-Fiction, the 2012 Charles Taylor Prize, and the 2012 Hilary Weston Writer's Trust Prize.
Andrew Friesen is an associate producer with DNTO, where he challenges himself to consistently create content that is surprising, diverse, and, above all, Canadian. Born and raised in rural Manitoba, Andrew's style can be described as "farmer chic" - and his passion for fashion is only eclipsed by his love of great radio.
Kaj Hasselriis is an associate producer with CBC Radio's personal storytelling show, DNTO, where he specializes in making people feel comfortable about getting personal. Having travelled to every continent but Antarctica (and freelanced for shows like The Current, Spark and Tapestry along the way), Kaj has seen just about every "look" there is. His own style can be described in one word - practical - and proven by the fact that he insists on wearing shorts until the snow falls. Hey, it's easier to ride a bike that way!