Canada Television

CBC's 'The Story Of Us' Forgot About Canadians Like Me

Rémi Francœur | Posted 04.13.2017 | Canada Living
Rémi Francœur

Watching the CBC's 10-part television series Canada: The Story Of Us had me figuratively scratching my head. It left me flabbergasted and astounded. Critics have decried the series' anglo-centric slant on history. Respect should come from all sides, beginning with cordiality, recognition and representation.

Paul Feig Is Hoping For A Second Season Of 'Other Space'

Steven Shehori | Posted 03.16.2017 | Canada TV
Steven Shehori

Hollywood can be a bit of a dick to creative folks. I moved here on a green card three years ago after the U.S. State Department decided my contributions to Canadian comedy made me a "person of extraordinary ability." Yet despite this distinction -- and a bunch of national awards (whatevs, no biggie) -- I've been stonewalled from getting my TV pitches off the ground, given I can't even find an L.A. agent interested in reading 'em. That's the industry for ya.

Top 7 Niche Streaming Services Available In Canada

Todd Hauptman | Posted 03.06.2017 | Canada Living
Todd Hauptman

Video killed the radio in 1979, now in 2017 our generation is killing traditional television viewing with a steady decline in cable subscription as more Canadians use their online devices (and televisions) to stream digital content from services such as Netflix, Crave and Amazon Prime Video.

Facebook Could Be The Mass Media Of Tomorrow

Mitch Joel | Posted 02.03.2017 | Canada
Mitch Joel

What makes a piece of content a television show, a movie, a YouTube clip? It's not a new discourse. It's something that many (including little old moi...

The Easiest Way To Navigate This Media Minefield

Mitch Joel | Posted 02.01.2017 | Canada
Mitch Joel

It turns out that nobody knows what's what when it comes to the media anymore. Who do you trust for your news and media? Now, picture that media outle...

There's A More Honest Way To Depict Mental Illness In Media

Sandy Kiaizadeh | Posted 01.25.2017 | Canada Living
Sandy Kiaizadeh

We continue to be bombarded with graphically depicted messages that either romanticize suicide in terms of simplistic Romeo and Juliet dreck, or unfairly portray those in the midst of a mental illness crisis as "mad." We start believing falsehoods that keep perpetuating negative stereotypes and stigma.

The Most Memorable TV Moments Of 2016

Martine St Victor | Posted 12.30.2016 | Canada Living
Martine St Victor

Twenty sixteen was a year of collective loss and sorrow. A year that spanked us. A year when the news made the news. And so it is fitting that many of my most memorable TV moments came straight from newscasts. Yes, we're tired of hearing about Trump. But alas, we don't get to fast-forward through his presidency.

Canadians Deserve A Real Choice That Goes Beyond Skinny Basic

Grant Hall | Posted 09.13.2016 | Canada Business
Grant Hall

The crux of the problem is that the same companies who control the distribution of television in Canada also create or licence programming, giving them a stranglehold on the medium AND the message. This means they have zero incentive to break up the cable bundle or go beyond the letter of CRTC regulation to actually provide or promote options that fit the lifestyle of today's consumers.

EQ Over IQ, Says Scorpion Genius Walter O'Brien

Sandy Kiaizadeh | Posted 09.09.2016 | Canada Living
Sandy Kiaizadeh

I've often wondered how high-IQ individuals feel about the increasing importance placed on emotional intelligence (EQ). Over the past three decades, w...

Don't Feel Guilty About Watching Reality TV

Samantha Pinter-Thompson | Posted 07.13.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Samantha Pinter-Thompson

There are those who argue that reality shows are an affront to culture, but if it is something that is enjoyable and brings people together, I would argue it is not something we should feel guilty about. In today's divided world we should be looking for more things to unite people, which is why reality TV should be brought into the open.

New Web Series Focuses On The Service Industry, Sex

Michael MacDonald | Posted 07.04.2016 | Canada
Michael MacDonald

I remember attending this one party back in university with Ian Lynch and few of our mutual friends from Frosh week. It's memorable because Ian's mo...

Black Creative Inspiration Abounds At The American Black Film Festival

Giselle Phelps | Posted 06.24.2016 | Canada TV
Giselle Phelps

As someone who's been a working journalist and video content creator for more than a decade, I want to take my storytelling to the next level, particularly when it comes to telling the stories of black women. I want to be someone who helps change the narrative. The 20th anniversary of the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) seemed like the right place to cultivate creative inspiration.

Shows Like Game Of Thrones Don't Do Working Women Any Favours

G(irls)20 | Posted 06.06.2016 | Canada Business
G(irls)20

Culture says that women ought to be homemakers, look pretty and that they're prizes to be "earned" by men. But culture is learned, and in no small part via popular media. Americans spend on average five hours daily watching TV, for example -- lots of time for media to cultivate unconscious biases.

This Is The Cottage Sunroom Of Your Dreams

Colin & Justin | Posted 05.06.2016 | Canada Living
Colin & Justin

This week we're revealing our sunroom. Its creation, as part of the overall cottage reversion, was critically important: having scanned the rental market, we quickly observed that most contenders benefit from a porch of some variety.

Canadian Actor Amanda Crew Talks Season 3 Of 'Silicon Valley'

Chris Taylor | Posted 04.07.2017 | Canada TV
Chris Taylor

"I've had people come up to me and say 'I work in Silicon Valley, I do what Monica does, and you nailed it.' They say it's actually uncomfortable to watch because it's so realistic."

11 Ways Motherhood Is Like "The Walking Dead"

Jennifer Weedon Palazzo | Posted 03.29.2017 | Canada Parents
Jennifer Weedon Palazzo

My mother is visiting this week. Last night, after putting my son to bed, I lowered my pregnant self onto the sofa and revved up the DVR. Mom said she didn't care what we watched. So I clicked on the newest episode of AMC's "The Walking Dead." As the credits rolled, she stared at me in horror. "This is your favorite show? Isn't it about, like, zombies? How could you possibly relate to or enjoy a show about zombies?" Quite easily, in fact.

The CRTC's Rogue Surveys And Polls Ignore Real Canadians

Barry Kiefl | Posted 02.23.2017 | Canada Business
Barry Kiefl

The affable chairman of the CRTC, Jean-Pierre Blais, delivered a "state of the industry" speech in Toronto on Feb. 17, 2016. But Mr. Blais has shown a tendency to rely on dubious information in speeches and policies.

Reinventing Myself In Isolation Led Me To Have More Empathy

Vac Verikaitis | Posted 01.22.2017 | Canada Living
Vac Verikaitis

Rooming houses and cheap basement apartments in my neighbourhood are full of people like that. One day, some of them just don't get up. This happens. Every day. But I made a choice a long time ago. I'm not going down without a fight. This past year I've tried to re-invent myself as a writer of a TV drama series.

6 Interview Tactics I've Learned From The Best

Caitie Drewery | Posted 01.21.2017 | Canada Living
Caitie Drewery

I've been binge listening to Sarah Koenig riveting podcast "Serial" and it's got my wheels turning about interview tactics. Sarah is a phenomenal interviewer. She has a subtle way of making everyone she speaks to feel like a buddy, like she's on your side, even when she's asking very tough questions. So how the hell does she do it?

How The Kardashians Influenced Eugene Levy's 'Schitt's Creek'

The Huffington Post Canada | Emily Anonuevo | Posted 01.12.2016 | Canada

Pretty much if 'KUWTK' was filmed in Canada.

The Most Memorable TV Moments Of 2015

Martine St Victor | Posted 12.15.2016 | Canada Living
Martine St Victor

Watching the news in this year's last trimester, you got the sense the world was going down in flames. Terrorism, mass-shootings, ludicrous presidential candidates, diplomatic malaise. The aftermath of some of these ailments gave way to memorable television moments. Here, some of my most noteworthy television moments for 2015.

Flesh-Eating Disease Didn't Take Away My Will To Live

Maureen Cassidy | Posted 12.02.2016 | Canada Living
Maureen Cassidy

I always thought that if I were faced with impossibly adverse circumstances that I would be a fighter right up until the bloody death. I would go out raging against the enemy until I was victorious or until I couldn't possibly fight another second. Last year I found out that who I thought I would be was exactly the person I was. I fought the enemy and I was victorious.

You Should Care About Diversity in Film and Television

Justin Beach | Posted 10.25.2016 | Canada TV
Justin Beach

It is frequently said that Hollywood is "out of new ideas" and the rash of sequels and reboots attest to this. The reality though is that a small subset of a small subset of the global population is running out of new ideas.

Blackstone is a top Notch Canadian Show You Need to Binge Watch now

Jeff Rose-Martland | Posted 10.08.2016 | Canada TV
Jeff Rose-Martland

Blackstone is a character-driven drama about the people who are members of the fictional Blackstone First Nation. It is set on a reserve in rural Alberta, about an hour or so drive from "the city" (presumably Edmonton, where the show is filmed). There's coming of age, coming home, coming to grips, and coming apart. It's about death and life and survival.

Here Is a Plan for a Vibrant and Sustainable CBC

Sen. Art Eggleton | Posted 07.24.2016 | Canada Politics
Sen. Art Eggleton

The CBC is facing significant challenges. There is the continued rise of the Internet and digital services like Netflix that are changing the broadcasting landscape. More and more content is consumed online. There are also long-standing challenges of competing against the U.S. entertainment giant to our south. With these challenges in mind, here is what I propose. It is important to have a strong and vibrant CBC, to tell our stories, to entertain and inform us as Canadians.