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CBC ARTS LAUNCHES SIX NEW ORIGINAL TITLES THIS FALL

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Three new TV series and three digital originals kick off starting October 1, 2015

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CBC's new cross-platform approach to covering the arts can be experienced firsthand at cbc.ca/arts. The feed is all-encompassing, bringing together arts-related content from across the network, with new material from various media platforms, including original TV series EXHIBITIONISTS, CRASH GALLERY and INTERRUPT THIS PROGRAM, and original digital series THE COLLECTIVE, CANADA IN THE FRAME and THE RE-EDUCATION OF EDDY ROGO.

"We are excited to launch our new arts programming initiative, celebrating creativity and the incredible artistic talent in this country," said Jennifer Dettman, executive director, unscripted content at CBC. "From Instagram to opera, art is for everyone. We want to make it easily accessible and widely shareable, inspiring Canadians of all ages to engage in the arts."

Whether you're a culture vulture, a working artist or just a dabbler in the arts, CBC Arts will keep Canadians coming back for more.

CRASH GALLERY
Premieres Friday, October 2, 2015 at 8:30 p.m. (9 p.m. NT) on CBC Television

Hosted by Sean O'Neill, associate director of adult programming and partnerships at the Art Gallery of Ontario, CRASH GALLERY is a high-energy and immersive series that brings art to life through the thrill of competition. Three talented artists compete against each other in a real-time creative arena, giving the audience a front-row seat to the creative process. The challenges cover everything from traditional paint and canvas to graffiti art, sculpture and any and all creative endeavors in between.

EXHIBITIONISTS
Premieres Sunday, October 4, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. (5 p.m. NT) on CBC Television

This vibrant series pulls back the curtain on people who create art and why they do it. Hosted by Amanda Parris, EXHIBITIONISTS features Canadian artists, both emerging and established, as they reshape our country's artistic landscape. Topical, innovative and entertaining, the show explores the most exciting cultural happenings across Canada. The show's approach is to commission original video content from filmmakers across the country, packaged in a visually exciting and fast-paced format for TV viewers. Encompassing media old and new, from opera to Instagram, EXHIBITIONISTS is for everyone who is curious about the arts.

INTERRUPT THIS PROGRAM
Premieres Friday, November 6, 2015 at 8:30 p.m. (9 p.m. NT) on CBC Television

INTERRUPT THIS PROGRAM is a five-part, 30-minute series that reveals the surprisingly vital cultural underbellies of global cities that have recently suffered war, disaster or unrest. Featuring the turbulent cities of Beirut, Kiev, Athens, Port-au-Prince, and Medellin in Columbia, each compelling episode follows three or four passionate young artists and includes one Canadian ex-pat. These artists break the status quo of their environments to bring us art as a form of protest, as a means of survival, as an agent of change and as a display of courage. Each brings us into their world, taking us through the streets of their urban environments to discover the creativity and vitality of some of the world's most resilient cities.

THE RE-EDUCATION OF EDDY ROGO
Premieres online Thursday, October 1, 2015

Eddy Rogo, star of THE RE-EDUCATION OF EDDY ROGO, is a wheeler and dealer in the world of art and antiques. He moves millions of dollars in art every year, doing business with some of the world's most recognized -- and wealthiest -- collectors. When Eddy sees art, he sees the price tag first. So what happens when Eddy ventures away from the museum pieces he values with a practiced eye, and into the studios of young, idealistic, emerging artists? In this CBC Arts digital production, produced by Whalley Abbey Media, Eddy will meet eight Canadian visual artists, from a sculptor who makes art out of real grenades, to an artist whose coffee spills onto her canvases, on purpose, to a taxidermist whose quirky dioramas incorporate road kill.

THE COLLECTIVE
Premieres online Sunday, October 4, 2015

THE COLLECTIVE is a CBC Arts digital project that gives artists a powerful vehicle to tell their own stories. CBC Arts and Emmy® Award-winning interactive agency Secret Location teamed up to commission videos from artist collectives across the country -- from dance to street art to writing -- and put the production of the videos in the hands of the artists themselves. No longer dependent on a network of elites to disseminate their works to audiences, artists are navigating the digital world themselves, often taking camera in hand to shoot their own content and uploading the results directly to social media. For THE COLLECTIVE, everything -- from scripting to shooting to editing -- was done by the artists themselves. Each video is a testament to the unifying power of art.

CANADA IN THE FRAME
Premieres online Monday, November 16, 2015

For CANADA IN THE FRAME, CBC enlisted museum curators and art historians to take part in an original and surprising social experiment: in a pop-up art gallery fitted with micro-cameras and audio recording devices, ordinary people take the place of art critics, speaking candidly about the pieces they're viewing. Watch as the series introduces the world of art to everyday Canadians, both in the gallery and to TV audiences, while getting a sometimes humorous, always fascinating sneak peek at gallery-goers' spontaneous reactions to a wide variety of historical and contemporary Canadian art.

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About CBC Arts

CBC Arts is an online platform which actively curates content from across the Canadian public broadcaster's TV, radio and online properties. It also includes photos and videos produced in-house and commissioned from artists, producers and the general public. A selection of arts-focused TV shows and original digital material accompanies the content streaming through the website. CBC Arts features the most surprising, relevant and provocative arts content today.

About CBC/Radio-Canada
CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada's national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. The Corporation is a leader in reaching Canadians on new platforms and delivers a comprehensive range of radio, television, internet, and satellite-based services. Deeply rooted in the regions, CBC/Radio-Canada is the only domestic broadcaster to offer diverse regional and cultural perspectives in English, French and eight aboriginal languages.

A space for us all is CBC/Radio-Canada's new strategy to modernize the public broadcaster and ensure that it continues to fulfill its mandate for Canadians and for future generations. Through to 2020, it will increase its investment in prime time television programming, and continue to create radio programs of the highest quality, while promoting the development of digital and mobile platforms and content.

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Elizabeth Reid
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