Streaming This July on CBC Gem

Jun 24, 2019

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Canada Day programming includes livestream of Canada Day in the Capital 2019 and CBC Music Festival on-demand, on July 1

New programming for young adults including contemporary samurai saga Warigami (July 12), RePlay (July 12), My Mad Fat Diary (July 12),  Jade of Death (July 19) and Shitty Boyfriends (July 26) featuring Sandra Oh

Canadian films supported by the CBC Films fund for female and diverse filmmakers An Audience of Chairs (Deanne Foley, July 13) and Octavio is Dead! (Sook-Yin Lee, July 20) premiere on CBC Gem and CBC TV, expanding CBC’s extensive library of homegrown films 

National Tattoo Day (July 15) includes This Ink Runs Deep, Art Hurts and Skindigenous

Seasons 1 and 2 of acclaimed UK documentary series Travel Man featuring Richard Ayoade (The IT Crowd) travelling to a popular city each episode with a celebrity guest, begins streaming July 5



Warigami (Drama, 10x10, First Love Films and distributed by New Form) – All episodes begin streaming Friday, July 12
A CBC Gem original series, Wendy Ohata (Emily Piggford, Michael: Every Day) has just made three startling realizations: One, she has a twin brother; two, she’s a kami-jin - a descendent of an ancient Japanese people who can turn paper into deadly weapons;  and three, there’s a kami-jin warrior hunting her down for reasons she doesn’t understand. Warigami is a CBC Gem original series, in partnership with CW, produced by First Love Films and New Form.

Ackley Bridge (6x60, The Forge, UK) – All episodes begin streaming Friday, July 12
Ackley Bridge offers a gritty, funny, and truthful look into the daily drama of teachers, teenagers, and families whose lives and cultures collide when two schools are integrated after years of racial segregation in a small Yorkshire town. 

My Mad Fat Diary Season 1 (6 x 60', Tiger Aspect Productions, UK) – All episodes begin streaming Friday, July 12
Starring Sharon Rooney and Jodie Comer, My Mad Fat Diary takes a warm, hilarious and honest look at teenage life from the perspective of an overweight sixteen-year-old girl in mid 90s Lincolnshire. Adapted from Rae Earl's real-life diary and book of the same name, the series is written by Tom Bidwell (Watership Down). It's a coming of age show about a fat, funny girl who – despite a bonkers mother and her own mental health issues – has a huge lust for life and a burning desire to get laid.

RePlay (Drama, 12x10, New Form) – All episodes begin streaming Friday, July 12
What if you could repeat the most important day of your life until you perfected every moment? Receiving her one birthday wish, Allison Lee gets more than she asked for when she's stuck repeating an epic 25th birthday bash that just went down in flames.

Mr. Student Body President (Comedy, 10x10, New Form) – All four seasons begin streaming Friday, July 12
Tyler Prendergast is the most ambitious student body president in the history of Berenger High. With his Machiavellian chief of staff, Hadley, Prendergast runs the school like a slick politician on Capitol Hill, as he maintains power by any means necessary. School is now in session.

Jade of Death (Drama, 6x10, Last Frame Productions) – All episodes begin streaming Friday, July 19
Jade has a powerful ability: she can hear when and how people are going to die. She ran away from her hometown and gets by working at a seedy carnival as the “Fortune-Teller of Death,” but now people are after her. There’s more to her past than she lets on, and more to her abilities than she knows.

My Mad Fat Diary Season 2 (7x60, Tiger Aspect Productions, UK) – All episodes begin streaming Friday, July 19
Season 2 of My Mad Fat Diary picks up with Rae who is having a dream summer of 1996. She feels invincible, but there's something menacing looming on the horizon... college.

Shitty Boyfriends (Comedy, 8x8, New Form) – All episodes begin streaming Friday, July 26
Amanda technically has it all – she’s an intelligent feminist, talented cartoonist and has a lot of love to give -- but can't get it right in the dating department. Either that, or she's the victim of some weird, boy curse, because she just attracts one shitty guy after the next in her pursuit of true love. Executive produced by Lisa Kudrow and starring Megan Hunter and Sandra Oh.


CBC Music Festival Special – Begins streaming Monday, July 1 at 7 p.m. ET
Hosted by Raina Douris and Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe, relive the largest, all-Canadian music festival from Toronto’s RBC Echo Beach. This year’s special includes performances and interviews from Alvvays, Stars, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Peach Pit and DJ NDN. 

Canada Day in the Capital 2019 – Live streaming Monday, July 1 at 8 p.m. ET
This bilingual Canada Day special, live from Ottawa’s Parliament Hill features fireworks and performances by Brett Kissel, Coeur de Pirate, Crystal Shawanda, Karim Ouellet, Kaytranada, K’Naan, Marie Mai, The Strumbellas and William Prince. 

The Wild Canadian Year (Documentary, 5x4, River Road Films) – Now streaming
This stunning five-part documentary serie showcases the most amazing and rare natural wonders of Canada. From the filmmakers of the acclaimed series Wild Canada, viewers get a look at Canada's extraordinary wildlife through the lens of its four distinct seasons. Canadian Screen Award Winner - Rob Stewart Award for Best Science of Nature Documentary. Originally aired as part of The Nature of Things.

Brand Canada (Documentary, 10x5, Big Cedar Films) – Now streaming
A kaleidoscopic exploration of Canada the 'brand' - from the images that first symbolized Canada, through the building of a collective identity, to how the country is viewed today. Originally aired on documentary Channel.

Honouring tattooing, tattoo culture, and tattoo artists

This Ink Runs Deep (Arts, 1x16, Aimer Films Inc.) – Begins streaming Monday, July 15
Featuring Indigenous tattoo artists from across Canada who are reviving ancestral traditions that disappeared during colonization.

Art Hurts (Arts, 8x5, CBC Arts) – Begins streaming Monday, July 15
An eight-part series from CBC Arts focusing on the many female-identifying and gender non binary artists changing the tattoo landscape in Canada. Each episode travels to a different artist's studio to learn their story — and find out why there are lineups forming to get one of their incredible designs.

Skindigenous (Documentary, 13x30, Nish Media) – All episodes now streaming
A documentary series exploring Indigenous tattooing traditions around the world. Each episode dives into a unique Indigenous culture to discover the tools and techniques, the symbols and traditions that shape their tattooing art. In this series, the art of tattoo becomes a lens for exploring some of the planet’s oldest cultures and their unique perspectives on life, identity, and the natural world.

With over 100 films and a new feature added each week, CBC Gem offers an unparalleled destination for viewers across the country to discover Canadian film.

CBC Films supports features led by Canadian female, LGBTQ2+, Indigenous and diverse filmmakers that reflect, represent and reframe perspectives at the heart of the Canadian experience.

Octavio is Dead! (Drama, 2018, directed by Sook-Yin Lee) – Begins streaming Saturday, July 20
A mysterious, sensual tale, follows Tyler (Sarah Gadon) on an adventure that will define her life. Escaping her overbearing mother (Rosanna Arquette), Tyler enters the rich and strange world of her deceased father, Octavio (Raoul Trujillo), a father she never knew. Sexual identity, the occult, and the ability to distinguish fantasy from reality confront her along her journey.

An Audience of Chairs (Drama, 2018, directed by Deanne Foley) – Begins streaming Saturday, July 13
Adapted from the award-winning novel of the same name by Joan Clark, the story follows an extraordinary woman (Carolina Bartczak, X-Men: Apocalypse) who risks everything for a second chance to be a mother again to the daughters she thought she’d lost forever.


Hochelaga, Land of Souls (Hochelaga, Terre des  mes) (2017, François Girard, Director) – Begins streaming Friday, July 5
A tremendous downpour hits Montreal, and a spectacular sinkhole opens up in Percival Molson Stadium in the middle of a football game. The stadium is evacuated, and a few hours later, it becomes a protected archaeological site. Centuries of history are revealed beneath the field. Mohawk archaeologist Baptiste Asigny (Samian) begins investigating, and he will discover the multitude of generations who have occupied this land, each with buried secrets. Baptiste then sets out to find what he has spent his career searching for: the vestiges of the village of Hochelaga where his Iroquoian ancestors met French explorer Jacques Cartier in October 1535. Hochelaga, Land of Souls explores 750 years of history in one single spot where the souls of all centuries and all cultures come together.

Mean Dreams (2016, Nathan Morlando, Director) – Begins streaming Friday, July 12
Local farm boy Jonas (Josh Wiggins) meets the new girl next door, Casey (Sophie Nélisse), and is immediately taken with her. As young love blossoms between the two teenagers, Jonas also discovers that Casey’s abusive home life has reached a new level of danger. Jonas takes the lead in their escape by stealing a bag full of drug money from Casey’s corrupt father, local cop Wayne Caraway (Bill Paxton). With the stolen cash as their only means to a better life, Casey flees with Jonas and together, under relentless pursuit from her father, they learn the hard truth of what it will take in order to survive. In the end, Casey and Jonas are forced to make a life-altering choice from which there will be no turning back.

River (2015, Jamie M. Dagg, Director) – Begins streaming Friday, July 19
After refusing to obey a senior surgeon, John Lake (Rossif Sutherland), an American volunteer doctor in Laos, is instructed to take a leave of absence. To regroup, he travels to a remote island in the south of Laos. The solace of the island is shattered when John intervenes in the sexual assault of a young Laotian woman, accidentally killing her assailant. Horrified by the violence and the prospect of being sent to prison, John panics and flees. He soon discovers that he’s wanted not only for the murder of an Australian Senator’s son, but also for the rape of the very woman he saved. What follows is a harrowing journey through the Laotian interior that will test and transform John in profound ways.


Counting on a New Crop (Documentary, 1x16, Brina Romanek) – Begins streaming Friday, July 5
The number of farms in Canada is dwindling. With farmers’ children uninterested in taking on the family business, and the huge financial hurdles facing young people trying to break into the industry, small-scale family farms are disappearing. Fourth-generation farmer, Jim Giffen, has spent his entire life on Edencrest Farms, but he worried that as he neared retirement, he would be left with no option but to sell. He feared he would have to watch the house and barn he grew up in be bull-dozed down, his family’s dreams and memories erased – until he met Jon. A millennial electrician who harboured a dream of one day becoming a farmer, Jon began working for Jim as a farm-hand at the ripe age of 13.

The Search for Freedom (Documentary, 1x90, Jon Long, Director) – Begins streaming Friday, July 5
The Search for Freedom is the story of a cultural revolution fuelled by the human desire to live in the moment and do what makes you feel the most alive. We discover how an electrifying new world came about through pure energy and imagination and the infinite possibilities of self-expression available to anyone willing to drop in. This documentary, written and directed by Jon Long, is a visceral, visual experience told through the eyes of some of the brightest pioneers, legends, visionaries and champions of surfing, snowboarding, skiing, skateboarding, mountain biking and more.

Short Round Up (Documentary, 1x17, Nobu Adilman) – Begins streaming Friday, July 5
Thirty-five years after a fateful audition, Nobu Adilman goes in search of all the men who, as boys, auditioned to be Short Round in Steven Spielberg’s Indiana Jones and the Temple Of Doom. Both funny and emotional, the adventure excavates a deep bond between strangers who once shared the same Hollywood dream. Despite their collective rejection for the role of a lifetime, the conversations prove that endless positivity is created when more diverse people are included in the process of filmmaking. Even if they didn’t become Short Round, the experience changed their lives forever.


Portlandia (Comedy, 10x30, Broadway Video, USA) – Season 7 begins streaming Friday, July 5
Emmy®-nominated comedy Portlandia returns for a sixth season. Created by Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein and Jonathan Krisel, the new season draws viewers into "Portlandia," the creators' dreamy and absurd rendering of Portland, OR.

Greyzone (Drama, 10x60, Cosmo Films, Denmark) – All episodes begin streaming Friday, July 5
When a brilliant drone engineer, Victoria, is taken hostage in her own home, a series of dangerous events are set into motion in this high octane thriller. Her captor is part of a terror cell who are planning an attack in Scandinavia and have chosen Victoria to access the components they need from her company; SparrowSat. Across 10 heart-stopping episodes, Victoria must risk everything to steal the equipment, whilst also working as a double agent for the security police who will do anything to see the attack stopped. However, beneath the hate, the fear and the prejudices, real feelings start to emerge between Victoria and her captor. But are they able to truly look past their differences and can the attack be averted?

Travel Man: 48 Hours In…Season 1 (4x30, North One Television, UK) – All episodes begin streaming Friday, July 5
Acclaimed director, author and BAFTA-winning actor Richard Ayoade deserves a break. But there’s a problem; he hates going on holiday. For Richard, travel is boring and stressful and takes far too long. Surely there must be a way to make it more fun, more efficient, and less tedious? Travel Man is Richard’s chance to show us where we’re going wrong by having the most culturally efficient holiday possible...with all the boring bits taken out. In each episode, Richard and a celebrity travel companion will be jetting off to an exciting location. He’ll be heading to Iceland with actress Jessica Hynes, Istanbul with comedian Adam Hills, Marrakesh with actor Stephen Mangan and exploring Barcelona with Kathy Burke. While he’s there, he’ll be challenging himself to see and do as much as possible - and subjecting so-called tourist attractions to his ruthless scrutiny.

Great British Baking Show Master Class Season 4 (4x60, Love Productions, UK) – All episodes begin streaming Friday, July 5
Mary and Paul take over the tent for the ultimate baking Masterclass. The Great British Baking Show judges take on the same challenges which they set the bakers, showing us what they would have done had they been in their shoes. Tackling signature bakes, technical bakes and, for the first time, showstopper bakes, Mary and Paul share all their tips and tricks to get the perfect results at home.

Great British Baking Show Master Class Season 5 (4x60, Love Productions, UK) – All episodes begin streaming Friday, July 12
After 10 weeks of baking mayhem, calm finally descends on the Baking Show tent. Mary and Paul put on their aprons to show us what they would have done if they had been in the bakers' shoes...

Travel Man: 48 Hours In...Season 2 (8x30, North One Television, UK) – All episodes begin streaming Friday, July 12
Following an intrepid series of city breaks in Season 1, Richard Ayoade returns, along with several carefully selected travelling companions, to experience yet more of the most desirable weekends away in the world. Travel Man is a travel show, but not as we know it... Richard has a unique take on travelling. Believing that most of us get too stressed about holidays and spend far too much time on them, Richard shows us how to have the most efficient break possible, with all the boring bits taken out. Consequently, Richard's celebrity travel companions won't have much time to kick back and relax. Each trip will be treated with ruthless efficiency, no dilly-dallying or loafing allowed. Richard's aim is to get maximum holiday value from the minimum time expended. He's cold, he's calculating, he's ruthless. This is holiday without mercy. So while we can join Richard on his travels, we'll need to keep up…

Great British Baking Show Master Class Season 6 (4x60, Love Productions, UK) – All episodes begin streaming Friday, July 19
After 10 weeks of baking mayhem, calm finally descends on the Baking Show tent. Mary and Paul put on their aprons to show us what they would have done if they had been in the bakers' shoes... They take us through twenty different recipes inspired by the series, so that you can achieve the same results at home.


Find Me in Paris (Tween Drama, 26x26, Cottonwood Media, ZDF Enterprises, BE-FILMS) – Episodes 14-26 begin streaming Friday, July 12
A young ballet dancer (Jessica Lord, The Next Step) from 1905 is transported into the 21st century with the power of a magical necklace. While her boyfriend looks for a way to bring her back, she must find a way to fit in and dodge the sinister time agents.

Thunderbirds Are Go (Animated kids series, 26x30, ITV Studios, UK) – Episodes 14-26 begin streaming Friday, June 12
Thunderbirds Are Go is the reimagining of the classic series, using a groundbreaking unique mix of CGI animation against live-action miniatures. The series follows the heroics of the Tracy family as they try to save the world with their secret organisation International Rescue. Aided by engineer Brains, operative Kayo and London agent Lady Penelope, the five Tracy brothers, operating from their hidden island base in the South Pacific, use their state-of-the-art Thunderbird vehicles to avert disasters across the globe. As they attempt to help those in peril, the team are forced to out an end to the devious schemes of international super-villain The Hood.                            

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Past and current seasons of CBC series, including new Canadian drama hit CORONER, family drama NORTHERN RESCUE, original legal drama DIGGSTOWN, limited drama series UNSPEAKABLE;  acclaimed comedies KIM’S CONVENIENCE, BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW and SCHITT’S CREEK; crowd-pleasing dramas MURDOCH MYSTERIES, ANNE WITH AN E and HEARTLAND; and classic CBC hits like THE KIDS IN THE HALL and BEING ERICA.

Special collection: Woodstock
Based on John Le Carré’s novel of the same name, The Little Drummer Girl stars Florence Pugh, Emmy®-award winner Alexander Skarsgård, and Oscar®-nominated actor Michael Shannon
Drama film Map to the Stars, directed by David Cronenberg and starring Julianne Moore, Sarah Gadon, John Cusack, Mia Wasikowska, and Robert Pattinson
Season 8 of Emmy-winning sketch comedy series PORTLANDIA created, written by and starring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein
Series premiere of docu-series JENSPLAINING with Dr. Jen Gunter

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