In The Making

This fall, In the Making will take you on an immersive journey with Canada's leading artists

Premiering September 27th, Season 2 meets the artists at pivotal moments of risk and realization.

Premiering September 27th, Season 2 meets the artists at pivotal moments of risk and realization

Returning to CBC TV and CBC Gem this fall, the award-winning CBC Arts documentary series In the Making takes viewers on an immersive journey inside the creative process of Canada's leading artists. Premiering September 27th at 8:30 p.m. (9 p.m. NT) on CBC TV with all episodes streaming immediately on CBC Gem, Season 2 features groundbreaking and iconoclastic artists from across the creative spectrum as they realize provocative and poignant works for art. Host and series creator Sean O'Neill meets the artists at pivotal moments of risk and realization, taking viewers across the country and around the world to gain rare access to their lives and powerful work.

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The eight artists we travelled the country documenting this season are visionary. Through their work, they connect us to truths about ourselves and the world, and shape futures we have yet to imagine.- In the Making creator and host, Sean O'Neill

Each episode follows a single artist, often over a period of several months and in multiple locations, with a cinematic approach reflecting its subject and directed by leading voices in Canadian documentary cinema, including Chelsea McMullan and Amar Wala, who launched a mentorship program for emerging BIPOC directors in tandem with the series' second season.

This season of In the Making will also feature a special series of screenings and events presented at arts organizations across Canada with O'Neill and the featured artists in attendance. Find the event schedule below.

In the Making Season 2 will be streaming in its entirety September 27th, 2019 on CBC Gem and you can stream the full first season now!

This season's artists:

Rebecca Belmore (Guntar Kravis, White Pine Pictures)

Rebecca Belmore
Internationally-renowned visual artist Rebecca Belmore opens the biggest survey yet of her life's work and installs a powerful artwork that provokes an unsettling response. 

Beverly Glenn-Copeland (Christina Carvalho, White Pine Pictures)

Beverly Glenn-Copeland
Musician Beverly Glenn-Copeland travels to Japan where he meets the record collector who sparked the renaissance of his career at the age of 74. 

Jeremy Dutcher (White Pine Pictures)

Jeremy Dutcher
Polaris Prize winner Jeremy Dutcher returns home to New Brunswick after a whirlwind year to reconnect with the Wolastoqiyik community that he makes music for.

Ken Lum (White Pine Pictures)

Ken Lum 
Acclaimed visual artist Ken Lum reflects on his forty-year career as he puts the finishing touches on a major new public artwork.

Deanna Bowen and Sean O'Neill (White Pine Pictures)

Deanna Bowen
Visual artist Deanna Bowen opens an ambitious exhibition about the relationship between her family's history and the rarely told legacy of Black life in Vancouver.

Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory (White Pine Pictures)

Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory 
An electrifying performer of uaajeerneq (Greenlandic mask dancing), Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory begins work on a powerful new collaboration with a group of other women artists. 

Sean O'Neill and Christopher House (Guntar Kravis, White Pine Pictures)

Christopher House
Dancer and choreographer Christopher House prepares to leave the company he's helmed for the past twenty-five years, presenting a visceral work about the importance of intergenerational relationships.

Walter Scott (White Pine Pictures)

Walter Scott
Creator of the beloved Wendy comics, which follow the misadventures of a messy yet lovable aspiring artist, Walter Scott debuts material from his new book.


This season of In the Making will feature a special series of screenings and events presented at arts organizations across Canada with O'Neill and the featured artists. The schedule is as follows (* denotes artist in attendance) and more details on each event will be made available in the coming weeks:

  • September 10: Vancouver International Film Centre, Vancouver, BC (Deanna Bowen*, Ken Lum)
  • September 20: Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton, NB (Beverly Glenn-Copeland*, Jeremy Dutcher)
  • September 27: Hot Docs Cinema, Toronto, ON (Rebecca Belmore*, Beverly Glenn-Copeland*)
  • September 27: SBC Gallery, Montreal, QC (Walter Scott)
  • September 29: McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, ON (Ken Lum*, Deanna Bowen*, Rebecca Belmore*)
  • October 10: Qaggiavuut!, Iqaluit, NU (Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory*)
  • November 8: National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON (Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory*)
  • November 12: Remai Modern, Saskatoon, SK (Rebecca Belmore, Jeremy Dutcher)
  • February 27: Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby, BC (Ken Lum*)

Stream the first season of In the Making now on CBC Gem.