WNED Celebrates Canada 150

To celebrate Canada’s 150th this year, WNED-TV is bringing you a line-up of special programs honouring Canadian history and culture! The celebration kicks off with a special Canada Day Marathon then continues Monday evenings and Saturday afternoons through the summer.  


Mondays 9 -11pm

WNED Salutes Canada 150 Every Monday Night!

Tune in Monday, July 17at 9pm for Meet Me At The Brant Inn followed by Montreal, Mon Amour, Mon Histoire at 10.

July 3 

Being Canadian - A warm, funny, patriotic examination of the greatest (and often most overlooked) country in the world. At the end of the movie, and the journey, the audience will have a much more accurate picture of "us," and what it is truly like Being Canadian. Airing July 3 at 9pm.

Being Canadian |Official Trailer

Montreal, Mon Amour, Mon Histoire - Documentary series that explores the history of Montreal from five different viewpoints. First hour, The River and the Island, witnesses the impact of the river on the city. It tells of the importance of the port, one of the richest in the middle of the nineteenth century. Going back in time, we will also talk about Montreal during the time of New France.  We will discover a city that, during the nineteenth century, was built with the money of Scottish and English entrepreneurs, and with Irish labor. This is the era of the construction of the Victoria Bridge and the Lachine Canal. We will feature the work of the great photographer William Notman, in framing the portrait of the Anglophone elite, and immortalizing the beauty of the port.  The series begins July 3 at 10pm

Montreal, Mon Amour, Mon Histoire | Film Clip from The River and the Island

July 10

Remembering Crystal Beach ParkThis documentary takes viewers back through the park’s 101 year history with archive photos and film from private collections. A WNED-TV Original Production. Airing July 10 at 9pm.
 

Remembering Crystal Beach Park | Preview

Montreal, Mon Amour, Mon Histoire - Documentary series that explores the history of Montreal from five different viewpoints. The second hour, Maisonneuve: Cradle of Industry, explores the East end of the city, at the beginning of the twentieth century. It is a symbol of industrial progress.  Workers are attracted to the area by abundant employment opportunities.  Enterprising French Canadians create companies and proudly display their success.  A group of businessmen founded their own independent town, Maisonneuve.  The municipal council beautified their city with the construction of four buildings, including the magnificent Maisonneuve market. Two visionaries, Oscar and Marius Dufresne, are at the heart of the adventure in this growing district.  Wealthy proprietors of a shoe manufacturing business, they live with their families at the Château Dufresne.  Their mansion still exists, just across the street from the Olympic Stadium. The series continues July 10 at 10pm.
Montreal, Mon Amour, Mon Histoire | Film Clip from Maisonneuve: Cradle of Industry

July 17

Meet Me at the Brant Inn – A look back at the famous hotel that was one of Burlington's most famous and unique big band venues. Produced by the Burlington Historical Society. Airing July 17 at 9pm.
 
Meet Me At The Brant Inn

Montreal, Mon Amour, Mon Histoire - Documentary series that explores the history of Montreal from five different viewpoint. The third hour is Around the Mountain. Montrealers have close ties to Mount Royal, and the mountain has even given its name to the city. Montreal is built around the mountain.  The city’s two major bourgeoisie groups settle on either side of it:  to the west, Westmount, and to the east, Outremont.  These groups will oppose each other, but also help each other out, creating a particular decisive duality in the political and financial life of the city. The series continues July 10 at 10pm.
Montreal, Mon Amour, Mon Histoire | Film Clip from Around the Mountain

July 24

Exploring the 1000 Islands - This documentary covers the beauty and wonder of the 1000 Islands, from its earliest explorers and settlers to present day. It encompasses both sides of the border - New York, and Ontario, Canada. Airing July 24 at 9pm.
Exploring the 1000 Islands
Montreal, Mon Amour, Mon Histoire - Documentary series that explores the history of Montreal from five different viewpoint. The fourth hour, La Main: Streets of Immigrants. The Main has been a refuge for successive waves of immigrants. It is here, along this border, that the “Others” will find their place. We tell the story of Italian, Jewish, and Chinese people who settle along Saint-Lawrence Boulevard, and the first encounters of French Canada with the rest of the world beyond the British Isles.  Each of these groups has enriched Montreal with their cultural traditions, but they have also suffered in different ways from prejudice and outright racism. The Chinese were targeted with a discriminatory immigration head tax, and Italians were interned in detainment camps during World War II. The series continues July 24 at 10pm.
Montreal, Mon Amour, Mon Histoire

July 31

Symbol of a Nation- Canada Sesquicentennial - The Mormon Tabernacle Choir presents a special program, in honor of Canada’s sesquicentennial. It captures in word and song “...the pride that all Canadians feel for every part of this good land.” Musical selections include “O Canada,” “This Land is Your Land,” “Farewell to Nova Scotia,” “Homeward Bound” and more. Plus a stirring message that re-visits the day in 1965 when the globally iconic maple leaf flag was officially adopted. Airing July 31 at 9pm.
Symbol of a Nation
Becoming AlbertanThis travel show takes us caving in Canmore's Rat's Nest Cave. We see what it’s like to raft down the Athabasca River, a designated Canadian Heritage River. Airing July 31 at 8:30pm.
Becoming Albertan
Montreal, Mon Amour, Mon Histoire - Documentary series that explores the history of Montreal from five different viewpoint. The fifth hour, Downtown: The Age of Lights, highlights the city center of activities on St. Catherine Street. It is here that the Hydro-Quebec building reminds us of the electrification of the province. It is here that the crown jewels belonging to the Royal family are stored during the war, and it is here that Radio-Canada (CBC) is born. It is also a stage for social change, a place to speak out. Claims for women’s rights, language issues, or anger in the face of war are demonstrated in front of embassies, universities and government offices.
The series concludes July 24 at 10pm.
Montreal, Mon Amour, Mon Histoire

August 7

TSO’s Canada Mosaic: A National Celebration of Canadian Music - The Toronto Symphony Orchestra celebrates Canada 150 with performances of new works by composers from across the country. Airing August 7 at 9pm.
Toronto Symphony Orchestra Canada Mosaic
The Group of Seven Guitar Project - Using documentary footage, interviews, archival recordings and original performances, The Group of Seven Guitar Project is an anthology of films that tells the story of two parallel groups of artists: Canada's famous Group of Seven painters, and seven luthiers who have come together to honor their work through seven original guitars inspired by the paintings. When they first met in an industrial Toronto studio in the early '70's, these guitar makers: Linda Manzer, William "Grit" Laskin, Tony Duggan-Smith, Sergei de Jonge, George Gray, David Wren and Jean Larrivee, had no idea that their work would develop the craft of guitar building into an art form itself. But, much like the original painters, they have gone on to impact not just their own field but popular culture as well. The Group of Seven Guitar Project brings their story to life. Featuring some of Canada's finest guitar players, including Bruce Cockburn, Jesse Cook, Cecile Doo-Kingue, Don Ross and more, we see and hear how the original Group of Seven have inspired all of us, and how, through art and music, we continue to keep their spirit alive. Airing August 7 at 10pm.
The Group of Seven Guitar Project

August 14

The Royal Journey - A documentary account of the five-week visit of Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh to Canada and the United States in the fall of 1951. Stops on the royal tour include Quebec City, the National War Memorial in Ottawa, the Trenton Air Force Base in Toronto, a performance of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet in Regina and visits to Calgary and Edmonton. The royal train crosses the Rockies and makes stops in several small towns. The royal couple boards the HMCS Crusader in Vancouver and watches Native dances in Thunderbird Park, Victoria. They are then welcomed to the United States by President Truman. The remainder of the journey includes visits to Montreal, the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, a steel mill in Sydney, Nova Scotia and Portugal Cove, Newfoundland. Airing August 14 at 9pm.
Royal Journey
The Underground Railroad: The William Still Story - This program tells the story of William Still, one of the most important yet unheralded individuals of the Underground Railroad. The film details the accounts of black abolitionists, who had everything at stake as they helped fugitives follow the North Star to Canada. A WNED-TV Original Production. Airing August 7 at 10pm.

Underground Railroad: The William Still Story | Trailer

August 21

No Price Too High: The Canadians and WWII - This highly-acclaimed six hour series pays tribute to the Canadians who participated in World War II - young Canadians whose collective courage and spirit led to victory. Episode One and Two beginning at 9pm.
 
No Price Too High: The Canadians and WWII

August 28

No Price Too High: The Canadians and WWII - This highly-acclaimed six hour series pays tribute to the Canadians who participated in World War II - young Canadians whose collective courage and spirit led to victory. Episode Three and Four begining at 9pm.
No Price Too High: The Canadians and WWII

Saturdays 2:30-6:30pm

July 8

Our Town: Brantford
Our Town: Kitchener/Waterloo
Our Town: Markham
Our Town: Niagara On the Lake
Local residents record and narrate their hometown stories. WNED-TV Original Productions.
Our Town

July 15

Our Town: Oakville
Our Town: Welland
Our Town: St. Catharines
Our Town: Niagara Falls, Ontario
Local residents record and narrate their hometown stories. WNED-TV Original Productions.
Our Town

July 22

The Boys of Kelvin High - tells the remarkable story of those who flew in mighty bombers through enemy territory night after night. Against great adversity, they pressed on in a relentless drive to defeat Hitler's Nazi regime. Episode One and Two
The Boys of Kelvin High
Operation Charnwood: Canadian Battle for Caen - D-Day gave Canadians a foothold in France. The next big battle was to dislodge the Germans from Caen.
Operation Charnwood
Remembering Crystal Beach ParkThis documentary takes viewers back through the park’s 101 year history with archive photos and film from private collections. A WNED-TV Original Production.

Crystal Beach | Preview

July 29

Toronto’s First Family of Theatre - The city of Toronto is a world-class theatre destination and much of its success over the last 50 years is owed to the Mirvish family. A WNED-TV Original Production.

Toronto's First Family of Theatre | Preview

Royal Nova International Tattoo: Made In Nova Scotia Behind the scenes of the annual festival. The Nova Scotia Tattoo was first held in 1979 to mark the visit of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother to Nova Scotia for the International Gathering of the Clans. It has been held every year since and was granted Royal Status by Her Majesty The Queen in 2006 on the occasion of her 80th birthday.

Royal Nova International Tattoo 2016 - In 17th century Dutch villages, drummers marched through the streets summoning British soldiers to return to their quarters from the taverns and inns. A drumbeat signaling innkeepers to "doe den tap toe" or "turn off the taps" was shortened and anglicised to "tattoo." The phrase now heralds the amazing entertainment highlighted by marching bands, hundreds of musicians, acrobats, dancers and military competitions. The unique and varied talent of hundreds of Canadian and international military and civilian performers makes the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo the world's largest annual indoor show.
Royal Nova Scotia Tattoo

August 5

Railway: Adventures Across Canada - Ride the rails in scenic splendor and explore Canada's unique places and remarkable heritage. Clinging to shorelines, winding along gorges, steaming through the commercial heartland and burrowing under mountains, Canada’s trains offer a unique and remarkably beautiful panorama of the land from sea to sea to sea.  The three-hour journey provides the opportunity to tour historical and modern cities, hike in the rain forests, track polar bears, photograph baby seals, and trace the peoples and events that have helped shape this great country.

Railway Adventures across Canada | Preview

August 12

Toronto 175This two part documentary celebrates the 175th anniversary of Toronto. A history that is filled with intriguing characters, tremendous challenges, tragedy and triumph.

Toronto 175 | Preview

2017 Shaw Festival Preview - The brand new Artistic Director, Tim Carroll from the Shaw Festival in Niagara on the Lake, Ontario talks with host Anthony Chase about his vision and the lineup of plays for the 2017 season of The Shaw Festival. A WNED-TV Original Production.

2017 Shaw Festival Season Preview | Promo

The Group of Seven Guitar Project - Using documentary footage, interviews, archival recordings and original performances, The Group of Seven Guitar Project is an anthology of films that tells the story of two parallel groups of artists: Canada's famous Group of Seven painters, and seven luthiers who have come together to honour their work through seven original guitars inspired by the paintings. When they first met in an industrial Toronto studio in the early '70's, these guitar makers: Linda Manzer, William "Grit" Laskin, Tony Duggan-Smith, Sergei de Jonge, George Gray, David Wren and Jean Larrivee, had no idea that their work would develop the craft of guitar building into an art form itself. But, much like the original painters, they have gone on to impact not just their own field but popular culture as well. The Group of Seven Guitar Project brings their story to life. Featuring some of Canada's finest guitar players, including Bruce Cockburn, Jesse Cook, Cecile Doo-Kingue, Don Ross and more, we see and hear how the original Group of Seven have inspired all of us, and how, through art and music, we continue to keep their spirit alive.
Group of Seven Guitar Project
TSO’s Canada Mosaic: A National Celebration of Canadian Music - The Toronto Symphony Orchestra celebrates Canada 150 with performances of new works by composers from across the country.
Toronto Symphony Orchestra Canada Mosaic

August 19

D-Day: The Story of the Canadian Assault Troops Canada was allotted one of the toughest objectives – literally right in the middle of the British Sector.
 
D-Day The Story of the Canadian Assault Troops
Test of Will: Canada in Korea - Archival photographs, film footage, and radio reports combined with letters, speeches, articles, and reports from the time tell the little known story of the Canadian involvement in Korea, the first war in which Canadian troops served directly under American command as part of a United Nations force.
Test of Will Canada In Korea
Becoming AlbertanThis travel show takes us caving in Canmore's Rat's Nest Cave. We see what it’s like to raft down the Athabasca River, a designated Canadian Heritage River.
Becoming Albertan
Being Canadian - A warm, funny, patriotic examination of the greatest (and often most overlooked) country in the world. At the end of the movie, and the journey, the audience will have a much more accurate picture of "us," and what it is truly like Being Canadian.
 

Being Canadian | Official Trailer

August 26

Xerox Rochester International Jazz – Oh Canada - Season eight features a roster of nine gifted Canadian jazz musicians, including: 20 year-old guitar player and multi-instrumentalist Quinn Bachand from Vancouver, B.C., and Montreal-based singer, songwriter, and pianist Elizabeth Shepherd. Shepherd, along with artists such as Robert Glasper, Esperanza Spalding and Jose James, is often credited with bringing jazz-influenced music to a younger audience. #801 & 802
Oh Canada
Toronto’s Houses of Worshipexplores great works of architecture which tell the story of a community. We come to understand the important role these buildings play in the life of Toronto and its citizens. Each place connects us to our past and inspires us with their exquisite details. A WNED-TV Original Production.

Toronto Houses of Worship | Preview

The Royal Journey - A documentary account of the five-week visit of Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh to Canada and the United States in the fall of 1951. Stops on the royal tour include Quebec City, the National War Memorial in Ottawa, the Trenton Air Force Base in Toronto, a performance of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet in Regina and visits to Calgary and Edmonton. The royal train crosses the Rockies and makes stops in several small towns. The royal couple boards the HMCS Crusader in Vancouver and watches Native dances in Thunderbird Park, Victoria. They are then welcomed to the United States by President Truman. The remainder of the journey includes visits to Montreal, the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, a steel mill in Sydney, Nova Scotia and Portugal Cove, Newfoundland.
Royal Journey