June 2008

As part of the CBC’s extensive multi-platform series CBC NEWS: STOLEN CHILDREN, Canadians can turn to CBC Newsworld, CBC Radio One and CBCNews.ca for live coverage of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s historic apology in the House of Commons for abuses at aboriginal residential schools on Wednesday, June 11.

Beginning at 3 p.m. ET, on June 11, coverage on CBC Newsworld will be hosted by senior parliamentary editor, Don Newman, out of Ottawa. Also at this time, host Kathleen Petty—along with Charlene Belleau, Chief of the Esketemc First Nation near William Lake, B.C. (also former Director of the Assembly of First Nations’ Residential Schools Unit)—will cover the apology on CBC Radio One, and CBCNews.ca will stream live audio and video.

Also on June 11, at 8 p.m. ET, on CBC Newsworld host Carla Robinson anchors an hour-long special looking back at the apology and reaction to it. CBC Newsworld will rebroadcast the apology in its entirety at this time.

On Friday, June 13, at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT, CBC Newsworld will air a special town hall recorded in Regina. Moderated by CBC Radio host Sheila Coles, the town hall will explore the legacy of residential schools in Saskatchewan. Viewers will hear from former residential school students and aboriginal leaders, along with musical performers who will join the participants in a unique opportunity to respond to the federal government’s apology. CBC Newsworld will air an encore presentation of the town hall on Saturday, June 14, at 4:30 p.m. ET/PT, and Sunday, June 15, at 10:30 a.m. ET/PT.

Canadians can visit www.cbcnews.ca/stolenchildren for more in-depth stories, educational resources and to learn more about the residential schools era and the CBC NEWS: STOLEN CHILDREN project.

Bump & Grind: The Making of a Burlesque Diva

Those craving catwalk competitions can get their fix as SexTV unveils a unique pageant like no other. Bump & Grind: The Making of a Burlesque Diva premieres Saturday, June 21 at 9 p.m. ET on SexTV – The Channel.

Featuring commentary from Margaret Cho, Dita Von Teese, and burlesque legend Dixie Evans, Bump & Grind is a one-hour documentary that examines the golden age and revival of the art form known as burlesque. The SexTV original production follows five serious female burlesque performers from their hometowns, to the neon-lit Vegas strip, for the jaw-dropping Miss Exotic World Pageant.

Considered the Academy Awards® of burlesque, the annual competition combines dazzling costumes and outrageous performances – attracting more than 300 hopefuls vying for burlesque stardom. Focusing on the high art of burlesque and people who are far from ordinary, Bump & Grind takes viewers behind-the-scenes to introduce some of today’s hottest boundary-pushing performers including Harvest Moon, Selene Luna, Kalani Kokonuts, Diamondback Annie, and Immodesty Blaize.

“Once considered a lost art, burlesque has exploded into the mainstream over the past few years,” said Cynthia Loyst, Supervising Producer for SexTV. “From professionals like Dita Von Teese, to suburban housewives, people are reaching for their feather boas and rediscovering the art of bump and grind.”

Bump & Grind is a visual feast that demystifies the stigma and instead presents the passion, mystique, and glamour behind this seductive dance.

For more SexTV – The Channel programming information, visit www.sextelevision.net.

Real stories about life, love and sex. A unique mix of informative, educational and cutting-edge features about the human sexuality experience. From variations to vices, SexTV -The Channel is the first word on your favourite subject. SexTV -The Channel is owned by CTV Limited, a division of CTVglobemedia, Canada’s premier multi-media company.

Hundreds of Canadian girls auditioned and 7 finalists have been selected to compete for a coveted spot in Ford Models Supermodel of the World competition. Tune in to the Citytv production, “Ford Models Supermodel of The World Canada Finals”, for all of the action on and off the catwalk premiering, Wednesday, June 18th, 2008 at 10pm (9pm CT) on Citytv.

The cross-country search for Canadian beauty began in April as Ford Models’ scouts traveled to Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, and Halifax looking to discover the next fresh face to represent Canada in the prestigious Ford Models Supermodel of the World competition. The top contenders from across the nation will descend upon Toronto’s Distillery District this June for the opportunity of a lifetime. Only one hopeful will take the next step towards modeling super-stardom. Citytv is your backstage pass to all of the action as we bring you behind the scenes footage from the search, in-depth model profiles, as well as a front row seat at the star-studded runway finale hosted by “BT-BreakfastTelevision” Toronto’s Dina Pugliese.

“We are thrilled to be working with the team at Ford Models,” said Jamie Haggarty, EVP Television Operations, Rogers Media & GM Citytv Toronto “This type of production is a perfect fit for Citytv, capturing the story on a local level and bringing it to a national audience.”

Discover the edgier side of Animal Planet with two perilous new series, After the Attack and Untamed and Uncut. Premiering back-to-back on Wed., July 2 starting at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT during Animal Planet’s month-long freeview*, these thrilling series will feature some of the world’s most confrontational interactions with the animal kingdom.

The four-part series After the Attack explores the gripping stories of people who have survived deadly confrontations with wild animals and lived to tell the tale.

Canadian host and large predator expert Dave Salmoni uncovers the stories behind each attack and helps the survivors through the difficult healing process.

In each of the hour-long episodes, every critical detail of the attack is recreated for Salmoni in order to truly understand not only what triggered the attacks, but also how these people survived. By the end of each episode, the survivors heroically come face to face with the animals that attacked them and discover that it’s possible to move on.

Following the action-packed After the Attack, is Untamed and Uncut, a 13-part series premiering Wed., July 2 at 10 p.m. ET/11 p.m. PT. This thrilling series brings you the most incredible animal encounters ever caught on tape.

Gritty, shocking, compelling, and always raw, each half-hour episode takes viewers on a journey around the world to meet the people who’s lives are forever changed by a moment in time with an animal. Ground breaking computer graphic imaging breaks down these untamed flashpoints from the wild.

Asteroid Trackers

Discovery Channel Scours the Skies for Near-Earth Objects on a Collision Course with Our Planet in Asteroid Trackers, June 30

Just after 7 a.m. on June 30, 1908, a mysterious explosion occurred in the remote area of Tunguska in Siberia. With only overturned trees and singed branches as evidence of this event, scientists are still uncovering data about that collision – and other asteroids – that may be headed straight for us.

On the 100th anniversary of the Tunguska event, Discovery Channel presents Asteroid Trackers, a one-hour original Canadian special that looks at efforts to track Apophis, an asteroid due to come dramatically – and dangerously – close to Earth in 2029 and again in 2036. Premiering Mon., June 30 at 7 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT and simulcast on Discovery HD at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT, this compelling special delves into various facets of asteroid research around the world.

Shot entirely in High Definition and hosted by Daily Planet’s Jay Ingram on location from a crater site in Arizona, Asteroid Trackers reveals how experts are attempting to protect the world from near-Earth objects (NEO’s). Whether it’s determining the composition of the asteroids so they can be destroyed effectively or swarming them with reflective mirrors, find out which deflection methods are pushing the boundaries of technology to protect the planet from yet another cosmic collision.

Highlights from Asteroid Trackers include:

Using one of the world’s fastest super computers, Sandia National Laboratories nuclear research investigator Mark Boslough has demonstrated that the asteroid which blasted Tunguska 100 years ago was smaller than experts previously thought. This discovery has strong implications about the size of an asteroid and the amount of damage it can cause. It also begs the question: Do we have more to fear from the numerous small asteroids in our solar system than from the thousands of big ones experts have already identified?

Based on craters studied so far, the planet has been hit by a large asteroid approximately every 100 years, which means we may be due for another one soon. Watch as University of Arizona’s violent impact specialist Jay Melosh demonstrates his idea to change an asteroid’s course. Using a very simple technique, Melosh is proposing a new way of preventing another cosmic collision – provided we have 10 years’ notice.

Most asteroids are discovered by well established research teams, but in an effort to identify and track rogue asteroids, amateur astronomers are also very helpful. Meet Roy Tucker, a passionate astronomer who keeps his eye on the sky in a Tucson, Arizona, suburb. Tucker and his friend were the first to identify Apophis, an asteroid due to come perilously close to Earth in 2029, and possibly again in 2036. See how his constant communication with Harvard Smithsonian’s Minor Planet Centre helps experts keep track of dangerous near-Earth objects.

Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT; Repeats Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. PT

Bravo!Videos is a weekly half-hour program that brings a panoramic view of the most innovative, trend-setting and popular videos, along with interviews from the artists.

July 1 / 5 – On this episode of Bravo!Videos, Canadian icon Anne Murray talks about her legendary voice and career. The program also includes interviews with music reviewer J.D. Considine and pop star Nelly Furtado, and videos from Murray’s career.

Saturdays at 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT
Sundays at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT
Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT

Bravo!’s weekly arts magazine featuring interesting cultural figures from home and abroad.

July 12 / 13 / 16 – This episode features French architect Jean Nouvel receiving the prestigious Pritzker Prize; the painting and creative process of Canadian Carolyn Livingston; Toronto Star journalist Michelle Sheppard discussing her debut book Guantanamo’s Child: The Untold Story of Omar Khadr; and Canadian singer/songwriter Kyle Riabko’s Broadway debut in the new hit musical, Spring Awakening.

Sunday, July 27 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT

Sabian: The Cymbal Makers is the first audio-visual documentary biography of Robert Zildjian and Sabian, his cymbal-making company. Zildjian’s life and career are spotlighted using archival footage, interviews, and commentaries by his family, friends, musicians and associates. Located in rural New Brunswick, Sabian retails in 120 countries, and is the world’s second-largest maker of cymbals.

Sunday, July 20 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT

Twelve performers and 40 of their fans pack their bags and head to Ireland to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Al Pittman’s The March Hare. The Newfoundland artists and writers travel to Dublin to examine the close cultural relationship between the Rock and Ireland. The documentary features Michael Crummey, Joel Hynes, Ron Hynes, Lisa Moore, Pamela Morgan, Kyran Pittaman, and Des Walsh.

Sunday, July 13 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT

This documentary traces the ebb and flow of a year in the life of Manitoba. Set against an original score by the Crash Test Dummies’ Mitch Dorge, the program uses time-lapsed photography to capture Manitoba’s inimitable essence, from the coast of Hudson’s Bay to the rush of Winnipeg’s streets.