Apr 22, 2022

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Acclaimed international series include Seasons 1 and 2 of CASUAL (May 4), directed by Oscar™ nominee Jason Reitman (Up in the Air); the Canadian Premiere of UK thriller TRIGGER POINT (May 13); the Canadian Premiere of documentary series HOUSE OF MAXWELL (May 20) expanding on Ghislaine Maxwell’s recent conviction and the family saga; and Season 2 of TWENTIES (May 20) from creator Lena Waithe (The Chi, Queen & Slim)

Musical showcases and JUNO specials include THE 2022 JUNO SONGWRITERS’ CIRCLE (May 11), THE JUNO OPENING NIGHT AWARDS (May 14) and THE JUNOS PRE-SHOW WITH TOM POWER (May 15), in the lead up to THE 51st JUNO AWARDS hosted by Simu Liu (May 15)

CBC Gem original series include CBC Arts’ CBX: CANADIAN BALLROOM EXTRAVAGANZA (May 6) and comedy series ZARQA (May 13) from Zarqa Nawaz (Little Mosque on the Prairie)

Asian Heritage Month collection includes the Canadian Premiere of Indian family dramedy HICCUPS & HOOKUPS (May 1); the Canadian Premiere of documentary THE SIX: TITANIC’S LAST SECRET (May 1); and 2022 Academy Award™-nominated documentary WRITING WITH FIRE (May 4)

Jewish Heritage Month collection includes documentaries such as AIDA’S SECRETS, about the unravelling of a family’s web of secrets (April 29); the Canadian Premiere of MY TREE (April 29); and ASK DR. RUTH (May 1) about the life of Dr. Ruth Westheimer, a Holocaust survivor who became America's most famous sex therapist 




  • CASUAL Seasons 1 & 2 (10x60/13x60, Dramedy, Casual Productions, 2015-2018, USA)
    Begins streaming Wednesday, May 4
    Directed by Oscar™ nominee Jason Reitman (Up in the Air, Ghostbusters: Afterlife), CASUAL follows a bachelor brother and his newly divorced sister living under one roof again. Together, they coach each other through the crazy world of dating while raising her teenage daughter. Starring Michaela Watkins (The Dropout), Tommy Dewey (The Mindy Project) and Tara Lynne Barr (God Bless America).

"Casual packs an extraordinary amount of plot and wit into each half-hour episode.” 

–Marc Silver, The Washington Post


  • TRIGGER POINT (6x60, Drama, HTM, 2021, UK)

Begins streaming Friday, May 13

*Canadian Premiere*
In the intense heat of a summer terrorist campaign, Lana Washington is forced to put personal tragedy aside to try to solve the mystery of who’s behind the attacks. As the bombings intensify and responsibility is claimed by a group calling themselves The Crusaders, Lana struggles to cope with the dangers of her job but finds support in her budding relationship with an old army colleague, Karl. Lana works with New Scotland Yard to hunt The Crusaders before they carry out another terror attack but is confronted by the horrifying possibility that someone close to her could be involved in the bombing campaign. Executive produced by Jed Mercurio (Bodyguard, Line of Duty) and starring Vicky McClure (Line of Duty), Mark Stanley (Honour), Warren Brown (Luther), Kerry Godliman (After Life), Cal MacAninch (Des), Majinder Virk (Midsomer Murders), and Ralph Ineson (The Capture).


  • HOUSE OF MAXWELL (3x60,  Documentary, directed by Daniel Vernon, 2021, UK)

Begins streaming Friday, May 20

*Canadian Premiere*

HOUSE OF MAXWELL charts the story of one of the most extraordinary family sagas the world has ever seen. When Ghislaine Maxwell was convicted last year of grooming and trafficking underage girls, she became the most notorious member of a family already mired in controversy. Told through intimate testimony and exclusive never-before-seen sources of archive, HOUSE OF MAXWELL is a story woven through British and American society and culture and will offer a unique window into a world of money, sex, privacy and power across half a century.

“This confidently told documentary on Robert and Ghislaine Maxwell’s relationship feels like HBO drama Succession at times – but far, far grislier.”

Stuart Jeffries, The Guardian


  • TWENTIES Season 2 (10x30, Dramedy, Hillman Grad, 2021, USA)
    Begins streaming Friday, May 20

*Exclusive Canadian Premiere*
From creator Lena Waithe (The Chi, Queen & Slim), TWENTIES follows the adventures of a queer Black girl, Hattie, and her two straight best friends, Marie and Nia, as they chase their dreams and figure out life, love and the professional world. In Season 2, Hattie is ready to get her life together, find her dream woman and make a splash in Hollywood. Starring Jonica T. Gibbs (Good Trouble, The Left Right Game), Christina Elmore (Insecure, The Last Ship), and Gabrielle Graham (Possessor, On the Basis of Sex). Nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series at the 2021 GLAAD Media Awards.

“Light yet smart, easy-to-binge comedy” –Judy Berman, TIME Magazine



The following showcases and JUNO specials will be available to stream in the lead up to the 51st JUNO Awards, broadcasting live from Budweiser Stage in Toronto with host Simu Liu on Sunday, May 15 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on CBC and CBC Gem.


    Streaming live on Friday, April 29 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT

Frequencies with host Errol Nazareth is live from Toronto's Lula Lounge with performances by Afrikana Soul Sister, Beny Esguerra and New Tradition Music, Donné Roberts and Moonshine.


    Streaming live on Friday, May 6 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT

Hosted by CBC Toronto's Ismaila Alfa, CBC Music is live from Toronto's Supermarket in Kensington Market with performances by Amanda Tosoff, Avataar, Caity Gyorgy, Elizabeth Shepherd and Michael Occhipinti (ES:MO), and Jesse Ryan


    Streaming live on Wednesday, May 11 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT

Hosted by CBC Q’s Tom Power, THE 2022 JUNO SONGWRITERS’ CIRCLE event is live from Toronto’s Massey Hall and includes intimate conversations and stripped-down performances. Hear personal stories and anecdotes behind songs from Allison Russell, Charlotte Day Wilson, Devon and Conner from Half Moon Run, Metric, Mustafa, Serena Ryder, TOBi, and The Weather Station.


    Streaming live on Thursday, May 12 at  8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT 

Hosted by Falen Johnson and produced in partnership with Tkaronto Music Festival, this showcase features performances from Indigenous artists and nominees. The full lineup of artists will be announced at a later date.


    Streaming live on Friday, May 13 at  8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT 

Hosted by The Block’s Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe, CBC Music is live from Toronto's Baby G with performances by Exco Levi, Thelonious, TRP.P. and  Zenesoul, supported by the house band July Soul.


    Begins streaming Friday, May 13; on CBC TV on Sunday, May 15 at 6 p.m. ET as part of the Music Day on CBC lineup 

Hosted by CBC Music’s Jess Huddleston, The Intro showcases interviews and performances by rising artists from across the country, including many 2022 JUNO nominees.


    Streaming live on Saturday May 14 at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT 

THE 2022 JUNO OPENING NIGHT AWARDS will live stream from the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and feature the presentation of more than 40 JUNO Awards and performances from five of this year’s nominees. 


    Begins streaming Sunday, May 15; on CBC TV on Sunday, May 15 at 7 p.m. ET as part of the Music Day on CBC lineup 

Hosted by Q's Tom Power, the JUNOS Pre-Show features interviews with JUNOS host Simu Liu, 2022 Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductee Deborah Cox and JUNO nominees Charlotte Cardin and Haviah Mighty.


    Streaming live on Sunday, May 15 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT 

Hosted by Simu Liu, THE 2022 JUNO AWARDS will broadcast live from Budweiser Stage in Toronto with performances by Arcade Fire, Arkells, Avril Lavigne, Charlotte Cardin, Deborah Cox, Mustafa, an appearance from Shawn Mendes and more. 


  • RUSH: BEYOND THE LIGHTED STAGE (1x106, Documentary, directed by Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn, 2010, Canada)

Begins streaming Friday, May 6

Rush is one of rock’s most influential bands, ranking third for most consecutive gold or platinum studio albums after The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. But despite having legions of devoted fans and being revered by generations of musicians, they have been ignored by critics and continually overlooked by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Featuring never-before-seen archival footage and interviews with some of today’s most respected rock artists, RUSH: BEYOND THE LIGHTED STAGE explores the forty-year career and phenomenon behind what could be the world’s biggest cult band. Winner of the Audience Award at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival. 


  • GERRY (1x131, Biography, directed by Alain Desrochers, 2011, Canada)

Begins streaming Friday, May 13

GERRY is the story of Gérald “Gerry” Boulet, a founding member of Quebec rock group Offenbach. The group enjoyed some success in the late 1960s, but reached its peak in the 1970s with the arrival of French singer Pierre Harel. The band would later break up, leading Gerry to recruit new members, before eventually embarking on a solo career whose success was unprecedented in Quebec.


  • WHO THE !@#$ IS ARTHUR FOGEL? (1x93, Documentary, directed by Ron Chapman, 2013, Canada)

Begins streaming Friday, May 13

WHO THE !@#$ IS ARTHUR FOGEL? is a first-person story, told by some of the most powerful figures in music today including Madonna, U2 and Sting, about the evolution of our most important cultural industry from what it was... to what it is. Raw, uncensored, revealing, WHO THE !@#$ IS ARTHUR FOGEL? is the insider story of today’s multi-billion dollar pop music industry that is struggling to survive the meteor-like impact of massive technological change that has affected it like no other business on Earth... and one man who is trying to save it. Arthur WHO? Arthur Fogel. He’s the most powerful person in pop music today... and you’ve never heard of him. 




  • CBX: CANADIAN BALLROOM EXTRAVAGANZA (7x10, Arts, Four Corners Productions, 2022, Canada)
    Begins streaming Friday, May 6

CBX: CANADIAN BALLROOM EXTRAVAGANZA serves up a new kind of ballroom competition. In this series, 10 stars of the ballroom scene from across Canada are paired with 10 queer and trans filmmakers to battle each other in five ballroom categories: Vogue, Bizarre, Sex Siren, Face and Runway. Instead of “walking the ball,” the teams compete by creating stunning short videos that honour the category conventions all while serving something fresh and fab. At this ball, justice will be served: the audience voted for the top teams who, in the finale, face a panel of judges to determine the winner.


  • ZARQA (6x10, Comedy, FUNdamenalist Films, 2022, Canada)
    Begins streaming Friday, May 13
    ZARQA follows its titular character, a complex, middle-aged Muslim woman (played by Zarqa Nawaz, Little Mosque on the Prairie) who learns on social media that her ex-husband is marrying a white yoga instructor half his age named Bethany. Zarqa impulsively comments that she will attend the wedding with her own cliché: a white brain surgeon named Brian. Now she just has to find him. The comical chaos continues with the arrival of Zarqa’s former love interest, Yusuf (Rizwan Manji, Schitt’s Creek).





  • ESI EDUGYAN: OUT OF THE SUN, THE CBC MASSEY LECTURES (1x44, CBC News Studios, 2022, Canada)

Begins streaming Saturday, April 30 

A visually stunning one-hour special from award-winning author Esi Edugyan that delivers a time-traversing cultural critique of the way Black people are represented in art and storytelling. This television adaptation of Edugyan's CBC Massey Lectures brings viewers on an artful and socially urgent journey from eighteenth century portraiture to contemporary pop culture, from medieval Japan to Hollywood movies, intertwined with personal reflections of a life growing up in Canada as a child of immigrants from Ghana. Recorded in the Royal Theatre in Victoria, B.C., visual projections and music bring this CBC original production to life.




  • SING ME A SONG (1x99, Documentary, directed by Thomas Balmès, 2019, France)

Begins streaming Friday, April 29

SING ME A SONG follows Peyangki, a young monk living in a rural monastery in Bhutan. When TV and the internet eventually come to the remote country, Peyangki is lured by the power of smartphones, which now compete with the structured daily rituals of monastery life. Unexpected and profound, Peyangki’s journey challenges audiences to reassess their own perceptions of relatedness and self-worth in an age of unparalleled connectivity.


“Each frame is pristine, peaceful, and stunning, which only underlines the sharp changes in the young monks' lives.” -Alissa Wilkinson, Vox


“This look at consumerism, spiritualism and romance, while specific in its place, has something to say about us all.” -Richard Crouse


  • HICCUPS & HOOKUPS (8x30, Dramedy, Jar Pictures, 2021, India)
    Begins streaming Sunday, May 1

*Canadian Premiere*

A recently separated single mother, her commitment-phobic and successful younger brother, and her smart but confused teenage daughter - all of whom make a sweet, unconventional family of three - try their best to handle dating, relationships, and life. Viewers live with them through their highs and lows while they find their groove, together and as individuals. Starring Lara Dutta (Bell Bottom), Prateik Babbar (Dum Maaro Dum), and Shinnova. 


“A fun, breezy take on modern-day relationship dynamics.” –Ronak Kotecha, Times of India


  • THE SIX: TITANIC’S LAST SECRET (1x60, Documentary, directed by Arthur Jones, 2020, China)

Begins streaming Sunday, May 1

*Canadian Premiere*

When RMS Titanic sank on a cold night in 1912, barely 700 people escaped with their lives. Among them were six Chinese men. Arriving in New York with the other survivors, the six were met not with compassion, but suspicion and slander. Less than 24 hours later, they were expelled from the country, soon forgotten, and lost beneath the waves of time. What became of them? The answer is the story of so many like them, who travel thousands of miles from their homes in search of better lives, only to be met by hostility, hysteria, and walls at the border. The Six is an extraordinary story of survival and dignity in the face of racism and anti-immigrant policy that still reverberates today. In an epic journey that crosses continents, THE SIX follows an international team of investigators as they set out to uncover the truth about the six Chinese, and to right a century-old injustice. Winner of the Audience Award in the Insights program at the 2021 Vancouver International Film Festival.

“It’s a clear-eyed examination of global racism and various nations’ anti-Chinese immigration policies, whose ramifications are still felt today.” 

–Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter


  • WRITING WITH FIRE (1x93, Documentary, directed by Sushmit Ghosh and Rintu Thomas, 2021, India)

Begins streaming Wednesday, May 4
In a cluttered news landscape dominated by men emerges India's only newspaper run by Dalit (‘low caste’) women. Armed with smartphones, Chief Reporter Meera and her journalists break traditions, be it on the frontlines of India's biggest issues or within the confines of their homes, redefining what it means to be powerful. WRITING WITH FIRE was a 2022 Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Feature.

" a time when the profession faces increasing dangers in India, the film’s faith in the powers of grassroots journalism is nothing short of galvanizing."

 –Devika Girish,The New York Times




  • AIDA’S SECRETS (1x90, Documentary, directed by Shaul Schwarz and Alon Schwarz, 2016, Germany/Israel/Canada/USA)

Begins streaming Friday, April 29

A web of family secrets unravels in this moving documentary following a family fractured by war. Two brothers, Izak and Shep, were born inside the Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp in 1945 and separated as babies, never told of the other’s existence. Nearly 70 years later, the discovery of family records leads the brothers to an emotional reunion with their elderly mother, Aida, who hid more from Izak and Shep than just each other.

“Aida’s Secrets unravels its complex scenario in compelling, page-turner mystery fashion, proving yet again that truth can be much stranger than fiction.”Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter


  • MY TREE (1x104, Documentary, directed by Jason Sherman, 2021, Canada)

Begins streaming Friday, April 29

*Canadian Premiere*

Jason Sherman, a Canadian Jew, searches for the tree that was planted in his name in Israel many years earlier. His travels take him to parks and forests throughout the country, where he learns a number of surprising facts about his tree: that it was likely a pine; that it was chosen because it grows fast; that it was completely wrong for the Israeli climate — and that it is sitting atop the remains of a Palestinian village that was captured and destroyed in 1967. Deeply disturbed by his findings, Jason returns home, determined to learn how it is that he never knew these things — and what he should do now that he knows them.

“Jason Sherman makes a pilgrimage to Israel in My Tree and invites an open conversation about a land with a complicated history and present..” –Jason Gorber, POV Magazine



  • ASK DR. RUTH (1x100, Documentary, directed by Ryan White, 2019, USA)
    Begins streaming Sunday, May 1

ASK DR. RUTH chronicles the incredible life of Dr. Ruth Westheimer, a Holocaust survivor who became America's most famous sex therapist. With her diminutive frame, thick German accent, and uninhibited approach to sex therapy and education, Dr. Ruth transformed the conversation around sexuality. As she approaches her 90th birthday and shows no signs of slowing down, Dr. Ruth revisits her painful past and unlikely path to a career at the forefront of the sexual revolution.

“Director Ryan White's documentary depicts Dr. Ruth as lovable every-granny - if your grandmother was a celebrity sex therapist not shy around STIs, vibrators and porn.”

–Sheila O'Malley,


  • OUTBACK RABBIS (1x53, Documentary, directed by Danny Ben-Moshe, 2017, Australia)

Begins streaming Sunday, May 1

On a road trip like no other, ultra-Orthodox Chassidic Rabbis hit the Aussie bush looking for ‘lost Jews’. Leaving the comfort of Melbourne Jewish life, two Rabbis and their families are heading into the heart of Australia on a journey filled with surprising and emotional encounters with Aussie outback characters and laced with Jewish wit, music and culture.

“Filmmaker Danny Ben-Moshe's Outback Rabbis delivers a road trip like no other.”

Brad Newsome, The Sydney Morning Herald


  • PROSECUTING EVIL: THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD OF BEN FERENCZ (1x90, Documentary, directed by Barry Avrich, 2018, Canada)

Begins streaming Sunday, May 1

Nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for Best History Documentary Program or Series, PROSECUTING EVIL tells the fascinating story of one of the Holocaust’s most heroic figures. Ben Ferencz, age 98, is the last surviving Nuremberg trial prosecutor and he is on a life-long crusade in the fight for law not war. After the Holocaust camps were liberated, Ferencz became a lead prosecutor at the Nuremberg war crimes trials. He prosecuted 22 Einsatzgruppen Nazis responsible for murdering over a million Jews. Called the biggest murder trial in history, Ferencz was only 27, and it was his first case. He would go on to advocate for restitution for Jewish victims of the Holocaust and later the establishment of the International Criminal Court. PROSECUTING EVIL explores Ferencz’s anthem to the world underscored by a simple message: “We must live in a world where the rule of law replaces the rule of force.”




  • THE PRINCES AND THE PRESS (2x60, directed by Amol Rajan, 2021, UK)
    Begins streaming Friday, April 29

*Canadian Premiere*

This two-part series documents the years in which The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have charted very different courses in their relationship with the media. BBC’s Media Editor, Amol Rajan, covers the years following the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the positive media reaction to the emergence of a new generation of royals, and the tumultuous period from 2018 to 2021, including the birth of Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, the royal tours of the Sussexes and the Cambridges and the circumstances around Sussexes’ decision to step down from their senior royal roles. Providing context for the Princes’ relationship with the media, Rajan examines some of the illegal activities engaged in by some newspapers in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The series also explores the legal cases brought by the Sussexes against some newspaper groups from 2019 onwards, and considers how Princess Diana’s experiences with the press and broadcasters impacted on her sons.

“...a compelling analysis of the troubled relationship between media and monarchy.” -Stuart Jeffries, The Guardian



  • THE QUEEN UNSEEN (1x60, Documentary, directed by Roddy Williams, 2021, UK)
    Begins streaming Friday, May 6

*Canadian Premiere*

The Queen’s coronation, televised to a vast global audience, made her the most famous woman in the world. From that day, she sacrificed self for duty, hiding her private feelings. The crown became a mask. Using rare private footage, informal archives and newly digitized material from around the world, the mask she put on in 1953 will be lifted. Audiences will discover The Queen as a mother and wife; the film will reveal her passion for animals and the countryside, as well as unlikely friendships she has forged away from the public eye. This is The Queen as she has never been seen before.


  • CAMILLA BEFORE CHARLES (1x60, Documentary, directed by Alex Scott, Laura Stevens, and Sarah-Jane Cohen, 2021, UK)

Begins streaming Friday, May 13 

This is the epic story of Camilla before Charles, a tale of love, betrayal and redemption.

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, is now a treasured royal figure who seemed destined to always be by Prince Charles’ side. But her story is much more Hollywood than Highgrove. This documentary looks at the surprising and colourful life of the potential future queen consort. Who is the woman for whom Charles risked everything?




  • FROM THE VINE (1x97, Dramedy, directed by Sean Cisterna, 2020, Canada/Italy)

Begins streaming Friday, May 6

FROM THE VINE is the story of Mark Gentile, a downtrodden CEO experiencing a moral crisis. When he travels back to his childhood home in Italy to re-calibrate his moral compass, he discovers new life by reviving his Nonno's old vineyard, offering the small town of Acerenza a sustainable future and reconnecting with his family in the process. Combining magic realism and Italian neorealism, and set against the backdrop of wine country Italy, the film is about finding your roots in your family when you're at the bottom of the barrel. Starring Joe Pantoliano (The Sopranos), Paula Brancati (Degrassi: The Next Generation) and Wendy Crewson (Street Legal, Room).




  • MY BIG FAMILY FARM Season 4 (10x60, Lifestyle, Motion Content Group/Renegade Pictures, 2021, UK)

Begins streaming Friday, May 6

*Exclusive Canadian Premiere*

MY BIG FAMILY FARM chronicles the remarkable adventures of hill shepherds Amanda and Clive Owen as they raise their nine children—and more than a thousand sheep—on one of the most remote and spectacular farms in Britain. With their woolly flock spread over 2,000 acres, they never get a day off, and from the toddlers to the teens, everyone pitches in to get the job done. A sense of humour is critical as they face off against the elements, and love always prevails as this farming family learns about the birds, the bees, and one another in the glorious and ever-changing world around them.




  • GAME SAVERS (42x11, Kids, Banger Films, 2021, Canada)

Begins streaming Sunday, May 1

When video game developer Maggie Chancery discovers that Bossanator, a character from within her latest project, is threatening to destroy the world’s video games, she enlists her niece, Stella, and nephew, Max, to help save them. It won’t be easy though, the game has been created in French/English - a language neither of the kids are very familiar with. Luckily, their Aunt Maggie has created Lingo to help translate and guide the kids through the game - helping the audience learn French, too! 






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