Get a sneak peek at The Porter

Join CBC Manitoba and Black History Manitoba for a special presentation of The Porter, hosted by Angela Cassie, with never-before-seen behind the scenes footage shot by Alexa Joy, and live interviews with select cast and crew.

Exclusive interviews with select cast and crew

February is Black History Month and CBC Manitoba is proud to partner with Black History Manitoba on an exclusive screening party celebrating The Porter.

Hosted by Angela Cassie, with never-before-seen behind the scenes footage shot by Alexa Joy, the evening will also feature live interviews with select cast and crew.

5 lucky participants will also win a box of Porter-inspired macarons from Gâto, a local Winnipeg bakery and Black-owned business.

Save the date for Thursday, February 17 at 7 p.m. CT and watch the livestream HERE.

The Porter debuts across Canada on CBC television and CBC Gem on Feb. 21. (CBC)

Shot last summer in Winnipeg, The Porter is a new CBC original series that is inspired by real events and set in the early 1920s. The fictional drama follows train porters Junior and Zeke, nurse Marlene and performer Lucy, as a tragedy in the community sets them all on starkly different paths to a better life – and on a direct collision course with each other.

The cast of The Porter includes leads Aml Ameen, Ronnie Rowe Jr., Mouna Traoré, Loren Olunike Adeliyi, Loren Lott and Alfre Woodard, who is also an executive producer. (CBC)

Meet the cast

Cast members include Aml Ameen, a British actor who starred in HBO/BBC's award-winning I May Destroy You. He leads the series as Junior Massey - an intelligent, smooth, ambitious war veteran employed as a porter with the transcontinental railroad.

He is joined by Star Trek: Discovery actor Ronnie Rowe Jr, who plays Massey's war buddy Zeke Garrett, and The Umbrella Academy star Mouna Traoré, who features as Massey's wife Marlene, a worker with the Black Cross Nurses.

 Loren Lott takes the role of headstrong Lucy, a talented performer who pursues the spotlight. Olunike Adeliyi will play Queenie, a seductive, powerful Chicago crime boss with a lavish lifestyle.

Emmy winner and Oscar nominee Alfre Woodard also joins the cast as Fay, a Montréal business owner who takes great pride in living life on her own terms. Woodward is also an executive producer on the series.

Behind the scenes, The Porter is led primarily by a Black production team. It is originated and created by Arnold Pinnock and Bruce Ramsay, with Annmarie Morais, Marsha Greene and Aubrey Nealon, and produced by Winnipeg-based Inferno Pictures Inc. and Sphere Media's Sienna Films.

Morais and Greene are showrunners and executive producers. Charles Officer and R.T. Thorne direct the series, and are also executive producers. The Porter is written by Morais, Greene, Andrew Burrows-Trotman, Priscilla White, Pinnock and Ramsay, with R.T. Thorne participating in the writers' room.

The Porter will officially debut after the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 on Monday, February 21 on CBC television and CBC Gem at 9:00 p.m. CT.