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New sci-fi series features Snoop Dogg and music led by Drake producer Boi-1da

Afrofuturism, youth activism, and eco-awareness: reasons to watch CBC’s Utopia Falls coming Feb 14.

Afrofuturism, youth activism, and eco-awareness: reasons to watch CBC’s Utopia Falls coming Feb 14.

Utopia Falls selects. Aliyah (Robyn Alomar) and Bohdi (Akiel Julien) perform “My Kin” (Boi-1da Ft. Nikhil Seetharam & The New Babyl Orchestra) for the citizens of New Babyl. (Courtesy of CBC.)

CBC's new original young adult sci-fi drama Utopia Falls will be streaming for free, exclusively on CBC Gem on Friday, February 14.

Imagine a world with no past – only a future. 

In the dystopian ruins of Earth, a group of teens are chosen to compete in a performing arts competition. When they find a hidden historical Archive (voiced by none other than hip-hop icon, Snoop Dogg), they are forced to question everything they have been taught. 

Ultimately, they need to use the power of music to expose what's been hidden from them. 

The Canadian behind Drake's biggest hits, Boi-1da is the show's executive music producer. 

The Jamaica-born, Toronto-raised Matthew Samuels, also known as Boi-1da has been behind your favourite songs for about a decade now. In 2019 alone, the 14-time Grammy-nominated producer was behind three of the five Best Rap Song Grammy nominees, and was nominated for Producer of the Year for Drake's God's Plan

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 09: DJ Boi-1da attends Delta Air Lines official Grammy event featuring private performance and interactive evening with Halsey at Beauty & Essex, adjacent to the new Dream Hollywood to celebrate the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards on February 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Getty Images for Delta Air Lines) (Rich Polk/Getty Images)

He is also behind Rihanna's Work, Eminem's Not Afraid, as well as Kendrick Lamar's The Blacker the Berry and To Pimp A Butterfly

Whether it's Hip Hop, Pop, Latin, House, Classical, or Indigenous styles - he's showcasing it all in Utopia Falls

World-renowned choreographer Tanisha Scott (Cardi B, Rihanna) is leading performance direction. The three-time MTV VMA-nominated choreographer from Toronto rounds out the team.

The cast are all talented, emerging Canadian actors

L to R: Mags (Mickeey Nguyen), Sage (Devyn Nekoda), Aliyah (Robyn Alomar), Bohdi (Akiel Julien), Brooklyn (Humberly Gonzalez), and Tempo (Robbie Graham-Kuntz ) rehearse their routine for the group Exemplar performance. (Courtesy of CBC.)

Utopia Falls stars Robyn Alomar (Riot Girls), Akiel Julien (American Gods, Warigami), Robbie Graham-Kuntz (Full Out), Phillip Lewitski (Supernatural), Humberly Gonzalez (Orphan Black), Devyn Nekoda (Degrassi), and Mickeey Nguyen (Make It Pop). 

Start streaming February 14 on CBC Gem, and follow along on CBC Television, and Utopia Falls Instagram and Twitter: @UtopiaFallsTV.

L to R: Aliyah (Robyn Alomar), Brooklyn (Humberly Gonzalez), Bohdi (Akiel Julien), and Apollo (Phillip Lewitski) stand in front of The Shield surrounding New Babyl. (Courtesy of CBC.)

CBC Gem is Canada's streaming service, offering more than 4000 hours of live and on-demand acclaimed, authentically Canadian programming and a curated selection of best-in-class content from around the world. It is available free as an App for iOS and Android devices and online at cbcgem.ca, and on TV screens via Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV and Android TV.

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