Canada Reads

Canada Reads 2020 Day One: Watch the replay

The battle of the books begins! Watch all the action from the first day of debates here.

Canada Reads 2020: Day 1

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Five books enter the debate ring, but only one will emerge the winner of Canada Reads 2020. Ali Hassan hosts this year's battle of the books, which is themed: One book to bring Canada into focus. 54:24

The opening round of Canada Reads, the annual battle of the books, kicked off July 20, 2020 at 11 a.m ET.

Watch the Day One debates on this page or find other ways and times to tune in here.

Over four days, the five panellists will champion their book as the "one to bring Canada into focus." On Day One, they voted to eliminate the first title from the competition.

This year's host is comedian Ali Hassan.

Each panellist had an opportunity to deliver an opening pitch for their respective book, then defend it when the question turned to whether their book was truly the one that all Canadians need to read right now.

The Day One debates — which touched on themes such as racial harmony, gender dynamics, social inequality and class division — were constructive, engaged and passionate.

After one hour of debate, the five panellists had to vote one book off the show. 

Check this link to find out which book was voted off on Day One of Canada Reads 2020.

The contenders and their chosen books are:

Here's where you can watch the following days of debate:

Here are some other ways you can tune into Canada Reads 2020:

ON THE RADIO: Canada Reads will air on CBC Radio at 11:05 a.m. ET, CT, MT, PT; at 1:05 p.m. in Atlantic Canada; and at 1:35 p.m. in Newfoundland and Labrador. A repeat of the show will air at 10:05 p.m. local time, 10:35 p.m. in Newfoundland and Labrador.

ON TV: CBC TV will broadcast Canada Reads at 4 p.m. local time.

PODCAST: New episodes of Canada Reads will be posted daily on CBC and on iTunes.


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