Sep 03, 2014
Meet-and-greets with CBC stars, panel discussions and Q&A’s, family-friendly activities and prize giveaways

The stars are out in Toronto and CBC Canada House is in the centre of it all. From September 4-7, fans can experience this pop-up activation through samples of CBC’s exciting fall line-up, ‘Meet & Tweets’ with CBC stars and a variety of other free, family-friendly activities. CBC Canada House will be located next to the red carpets, on the corner of King Street West and Blue Jays Way.


The public is invited to connect and engage with CBC by taking part in live interactive discussions with CBC personalities and other Canadian film and television industry heavyweights and snapping a photo at the ‘Step & ReTweet’ wall. Celebrities will be on site, talking to fans and answering their questions about the arts and media issues of the day. The CBC Canada House studio will host live audiences and act as a backdrop for live broadcasts throughout the weekend as CBC News Toronto, arts, radio and CBC’s digital platforms will be capturing the atmosphere.


CBC Canada House will also feature prizes and great giveaways available to anyone in attendance, including a stylish CBC tote bag. Fans spotted carrying their bag near CBC Canada House throughout the weekend will be eligible to win more fun CBC swag. While at CBC Canada House, visitors can enter a Facebook contest to win the grand prize of tickets to a special presentation of This Hour Has 22 Minutes.


All of the excitement of CBC Canada House can be experienced through multiple platforms. Fans on-site or on-the-go can engage with CBC Canada House and stay up-to-date on any additions to the schedule by following @CBCon Twitter using #FALLforCBC.


Schedule of panel discussions and Q&A’s:

Friday, September 5

12 p.m. -One-on-One With the Producers of The Book of Negroes: Matt Galloway welcomes Clement Virgo and Damon D’Oliveira 2 p.m. - Canada on Screen with Anna Maria Tremonti featuring the team from The Valley Below: A discussion with director Kyle Thomas and musical director Gavin Gardiner 3:30 p.m. - CBC Journalists: How I Got Into the Biz: David Common moderates a discussion withNil Köksal and Adrienne Arsenault 5 p.m. -Women on Screen with Diana Swain: Featuring Heather Webb, executive director of Women In Film and Television - Toronto; actress Jennifer Podemski; and CBC’s Sally Catto


Saturday, September 6

11 a.m. -Are You Canada’s Smartest Person?: Jessi Cruickshank and Jeff Douglas put the audience to the test

12:30 p.m. - How to Pitch a Dragon: Reshmi Nair leads a discussion with David Chilton

2 p.m. - One-on-One with Lyriq Bent: Dwight Drummond sits down with the star of CBC’s The Book of Negroes


Sunday, September 7

12 p.m. - The Importance of Film in Canada with Reel Canada: Jack Blum, executive director of Reel Canada, moderates a Q&A session with Reel Canada’s artistic director, Sharon Corder; actor Peter Keleghan; andactor/director Charles Officer

1:30 p.m. -Meet the Stars of CBC Comedy: Steve Patterson welcomes Mark Critch, Susan Kent and Ali Hassan to discuss all things funny, including CBC’s new comedy ventures Punchline and CBC ComedyCoup

3 p.m. - Meet the Cast of Mr. D: Steve Pattersonhosts a discussion with Gerry Dee, Suresh John, Naomi Snieckus, Mark Little and Lauren Hammersley

5 p.m. - Meet Canada’s Rising Stars of Film, TV and Music: Lara Jean Chorostecki hosts a talk with up-and-coming artists including actors Shannon Kook, Sophie Desmarais and Clara Pasieka and singer-songwriter Kandle


Schedule of Meet & Tweets:

Friday, September 5

1 p.m. - Matt Galloway, Damon D’Oliveira and Clement Virgo

4:30 p.m. - David Common, Nil Köksal and Adrienne Arsenault


Saturday, September 6

12 p.m. - Jessi Cruickshank and Jeff Douglas

1:30 p.m. - David Chilton

3 p.m. - Jason “JP” Hopley


Sunday, September 7

12 p.m. - Ali Hassan, Nora Young, Anna Maria Tremonti and Dr. Brian Goldman

12 p.m. - Mamma Yamma

2:30 p.m. - Mark Critch, Susan Kent, Steve Patterson and Ali Hassan

4:30 p.m. - Gerry Dee, Naomi Snieckus, Mark Little, Lauren Hammersley, Suresh John and Steve Patterson




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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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For further information, please contact:

Simon Bassett, publicist, CBC

simon.bassett@cbc.ca 416-205-8533 (Office) 416-988-1590 (mobile)