Feb 02, 2017

New series follows six resourceful Canadians living in the far North

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CBC premieres six-part docu-series TRUE NORTH CALLING on Friday, February 17 at 8:30 p.m. (9 NT). Produced by Proper Television in association with CBC, the series follows the lives of six resourceful Canadians living across the far North as they share what it takes to survive and thrive in Canada’s toughest terrain.

From The Northwest Territories to the Yukon and Nunavut, TRUE NORTH CALLING follows a group of hardy and determined Canadians who navigate unforgiving terrain, unpredictable weather and unexpected challenges to earn a living and make a life for themselves in the far North.

In Iqaluit, Franco Buscemi’s goal is to run for public office and gain the power he needs to lead his community into the 21st century - while still holding down a day job and hunting daily to provide for his family and community. Whitehorse farmers Kate Mechan and Bart Bounds dream to create a sustainable farm and achieve food security in the North – while raising their two small children off the grid in a tiny yurt. As a struggling tour operator in one of the most remote regions of the North, Kylik Kisoun Taylor has to marry old world traditions with modern day business savvy. This year he has a new idea - a big gamble - that, if it pays off, could change everything. Shawn Buckley, a fourth-generation fisherman in Yellowknife, battles the raw elements to fish through two distinctly different seasons and meet the demand for wild, fresh fish while balancing life as a single parent. And Iqaluit based TV producer Stacey Aglok MacDonald fights to preserve her culture by making a wild comedy series entirely in the language of Inuktitut.

Each of these rugged Northerners has the same goals most of us have – to parent well, and to make ends meet – but they often have to do it in unrelenting sub-zero temperatures.  Yet, as hard as it can be to succeed in the North, they find life there deeply rewarding and wouldn’t want to live any other way. TRUE NORTH CALLING is a journey into the unexpected and an intimate look at what it really takes to not only survive - but thrive - in Canada’s farthest reaching regions.


About CBC/Radio-Canada
CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. We are Canada’s trusted source of news, information and Canadian entertainment. Deeply rooted in communities all across the country, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also provide international news and information from a uniquely Canadian perspective. In 2017, CBC/Radio-Canada will be at the heart of the celebrations and conversations with special 2017-themed multiplatform programming and events across Canada.

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About Proper Television Inc.

Since opening its doors in 2004, Proper Television has become one of Canada’s premier production houses, with a slate of successful series here and around the world. We work across a wide range of factual genres, creating more than 600 hours of smart, fresh and compelling programming, from reality, lifestyle and documentary, to docudrama and specialist factual. Our award-winning slate also includes a mix of original productions including Vegas Rat Rods and Don’t Drive Here, to big international formats such as MasterChef Canada, Canada’s Worst Driver, and Come Dine with Me Canada. Proper Television is owned and operated by former BBC producer/director Guy O’Sullivan. www.propertelevision.com

Media contacts:
Christine Liber, Publicist, Proper Television -  cliber@propertelevision.com

Cathleen Saville, publicist, CBC - cathleen.saville@cbc.ca - 416-205-7976