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Catch the full interview this evening on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight on CBC.

The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television (ACCT) will unite its film, television and digital media awards into one gala event with a live prime time broadcast, Sunday, March 3, 2013 @ 8pm (NT 8:30) on CBC.

A series of celebrations of Canada’s screen industries leading up to the gala will include industry awards presentations and special events.

“Following extensive industry consultation and outreach, the Academy Board announces the consolidation of the Genie and Gemini awards into one major powerhouse show for the Canadian public,” says Academy Chair Martin Katz.

English and French-language films will continue to compete in the new awards show which will now also include English-language television and digital awards.

The annual Gémeaux Awards will celebrate French-language television and digital media on Radio-Canada on Sunday Sept. 16, 2012, as previously announced.

Everything from a cereal box to a skyscraper starts with a design. But how does the creative process behind it unfold? How do inspiration, vision and practical reality come together, and ultimately lead to the development of a brand new building, product or work of art?

GREAT MINDS OF DESIGN (Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT on documentary) follows a wide variety of highly creative designers driven by innovative ideas, tracking a different design process in each episode from concept to completion.

Witness a new creation take shape at the hands of its maker; learn about different design media and their history; and meet the visionary people behind everyday objects and ambitious ideas. GREAT MINDS OF DESIGN features everyone from computer-aided industrial designers to street artists, and designers whose work becomes quite conceptual.

From their desire to create something that is functional and aesthetically pleasing, to finding solutions to human problems, social issues, or groundbreaking improvements to previous concepts, the series explores what drives the development of new designs and their impact on the world.

Episode 1: “Urban Redesign” – Three street artists redesign the cityscape with clever ‘urban interventions,’ that use natural elements, such as grass, soil and flowers as their materials, repurposing city infrastructure for their ‘art stunts,’ to point out issues in need of attention.

Episode 2:  “Solar Stained Glass” – Canadian stained glass designer Sarah Hall works in Germany, but designs architectural glass for buildings around the world, creating colourful works which revolutionize this centuries-old art by incorporating solar collecting cells into the glass itself, collecting energy during the day to illuminate the glass at night and to help power the building.

Episode 3:  “Designing Cultures: Haiti” – Designer Patty Johnson travels to the devastated country of Haiti, where she works with local artisans and craftspeople whose practice is deeply connected to Voodoo.  After months of working with the Haitians, Johnson develops a product line based on their rich culture, which debuts at an international design market back in Canada.

Episode 4:  “Architecture by Nature” – Architect Trevor McIvor and his partners design buildings that take advantage of the innate heating and cooling characteristics of nature.  From an impressive off-the-grid “cottage” that requires no artificial cooling, to a green-roofed sound studio that slowly rises out of the earth, McIvor lets nature dictate how a structure should be designed.

Episode 5:  “Designing with Ghosts” – Nicholas Kennedy works with the ghosts of printing’s past, by using salvaged equipment that the modern industry now considers obsolete. An art school dropout, flunking out of photography and new media, he opened his own print shop while still in his early twenties. His style of “anti-design” or “found design” insists that you don’t have to reinvent the wheel every time you create.

Episode 6:  “Dream Big. Do Good. Spread Joy” – In Helen Kerr’s design process, the designer isn’t the decisive author of everything, but rather one of many collaborators on a large team. They work together in researching a new project, taking into account different points of view, and getting to the heart of the problem that needs solving. In this episode, Kerr visits a factory to oversee production of a line of modular chairs, creates a complexly folded bag out of recycled cardboard, and travels to New York City to meet with partners on a multifaceted and conceptual new project.

A mix of diverse and compelling guests have been confirmed for next week’s sold-out Vancouver tapings of CBC Television’s flagship late-night program, George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight.

Between Tuesday, April 3 and Thursday, April 5, George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight will be taped at the CBC Vancouver Broadcast Centre.

Scheduled live guests include: Grey’s Anatomy star and award-winning Canadian film actress Sandra Oh; Hollywood actress – and social activist – Daryl Hannah; Canadian business magnate and denizen of CBC’s DRAGONS’ DEN Jim Treliving; Canadian Forces veteran, motivational speaker and advocate for wounded soldiers Paul Franklin; and Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson.

In addition, a host of special features starring comedian Brent Butt; former prime minister Kim Campbell; CBC Radio 3′s Grant Lawrence; actor Cameron Bright; Director of the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, Dr. Julio Montaner; primatologist, anthropologist, and UN Messenger of Peace, Jane Goodall; CBC News correspondent Ian Hanomansing; Canucks’ anthem singer Mark Donnelly; and the infamous The Green Men will air throughout the week.

Viewers will also experience music from Mother Mother and Nick Gilder (of Sweeny Todd), who will perform his Canadian Classic “Roxy Roller”.  Vancouverites will also be able to hear Stroumboulopoulos on CBC Radio One, by tuning into:

CBC Radio One’s On The Coast with Stephen Quinn – 88.1FM/690 AM on Friday, March 30 at 4 p.m. PST

CBC Radio One’s The Early Edition with Rick Cluff – 88.1FM/690 AM on Monday, April 2 at 8 a.m. PST. 

For the first time ever, all five Dragons gather to reminisce about the very best – and worst – moments over the past six seasons of DRAGONS’ DEN.

The Season Finale, titled “Inside the Den” airs Wednesday, April 4 at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. NT) on CBC Television.

In this finale, Dragons Jim Treliving, Kevin O’Leary, Arlene Dickinson, Bruce Croxon and Robert Herjavec sit with DRAGONS’ DEN host Dianne Buckner and “tell all” about what makes them spend, what sets them off, what moves them and what they really think about each other.

The show includes highlights from the last six seasons of the show – the sexy stuff, the singing, the stand-out pitches, the in-fighting, the making-up – and we count down the three MOST memorable moments in DRAGONS’ DEN history. Throughout it all, Dianne Buckner puts all five Dragons in the hot seat. 

Tune in to see a replay of some of the racier pitches that have occasionally rendered the Dragons speechless. And they’ll reveal whether they think sex really does help sell your product, or if showing too much skin does you in. Plus the Dragons come clean about “crushing dreams” vs. “being honest”. And they’ll explore their love-hate relationships they have with each other, in a candid discussion about competition, collaboration and friendship. Plus discover the key ingredients of a winning pitch, and find out what really happens to deals once they leave the Den. 

DRAGONS’ DEN is the top-rated Canadian entertainment program on television, with over one and a half million Canadians tuning in each week. In addition to its success on-air, DRAGONS’ DEN is also a hit online, boasting an active and engaged online community. Full episodes and exclusive behind-the-scenes content can be viewed at cbc.ca/dragonsden. DRAGONS’ DEN is filmed at CBC Headquarters in Toronto, ON and airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET (8:30 NT) on CBC Television. Tracie Tighe is Executive Producer and Lisa Gabriele is Senior Producer.

Alright, Vancouver, by now it’s tradition: GEORGE STROUMBOULOPOULOS TONIGHT is heading to the west coast, to tape a series of episodes you don’t want to miss.

So come be a part of the show from Tuesday, April 3 to Thursday, April 5 2012. For more information on how to get tickets, and to check out the exciting guests, who will be announced soon, visit www.cbc.ca/strombo.

While in Vancouver, GEORGE STROUMBOULOPOULOS TONIGHT will be taped at the CBC Vancouver Broadcast Centre (700 Hamilton Street) at 4 p.m. PT from Tuesday, April 3 to Thursday, April 5. Tickets are free, and are available on a first come first served basis at www.cbc.ca/strombo.

Host Stroumboulopoulos was recently named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, and will join a select group of outstanding young leaders from around the world for their professional accomplishments and commitment to society. Young Global Leaders engage in initiatives that address specific challenges of public interest with the objective of shaping a better future. For a complete list of 2012’s YGLs, and further information visit: www.younggloballeaders.org.

GEORGE STROUMBOULOPOULOS TONIGHT airs Monday through Friday at 11:05 p.m. on CBC Television and is taped daily in front of a live studio audience. Follow George’s week on the West coast on Twitter @Strombo.

After six seasons of laughter, friendship – and international acclaim – LITTLE MOSQUE ON THE PRAIRIE comes to an end Monday, April 2 at 8:30 p.m. (9 NT) on CBC Television.

In the final episode, Amaar prepares for the grand opening of the town of Mercy’s new Mosque, while trying to get Baber to end his boycott.  

Charles returns to Mercy with a plan to win Ann. Sarah reaffirms her Muslim faith. Are new beginnings on the horizon? What is in store for the people and the town of Mercy? 

LITTLE MOSQUE ON THE PRAIRIE is the internationally acclaimed comedy about Muslims and Christians attempting to live in harmony with one another in the small town of Mercy, Saskatchewan.

The series premiered in January 2007 with record breaking audience numbers with a first season average of 1,253,000 viewers, and has since been seen in over 90 countries.  

It has been inducted into the Museums of Radio and Television Science in both New York and Los Angeles; and featured in news coverage in outlets including the BBC, NPR, CNN and the New York Times.

After debuting to record high audiences this winter season, CBC Television’s winter lineup wraps up next week with several finale episodes.

On Monday, it is the season finale of CBC-TV’s funny and fresh new comedy MR. D. The show attracted 1.23 million viewers for its season premiere, making MR. D the most-watched show on a Canadian network in the timeslot.

DRAGONS’ DEN, Canada’s top-rated entertainment program, reached 2 in 5 Canadians over the course of this season. Its finale airs on Wednesday, followed by REPUBLIC OF DOYLE, which had its best season yet, with more than 1.3 million viewers for the season premiere.

And on Friday, MARKETPLACE wraps up another strong season—it averaged 1.157 million viewers, a 31 per cent increase over last year—while the fifth estate caps a season that featured episodes that garnered the show’s largest audience numbers in more than a decade.





Monday, April 2 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT)

Gerry decides to use a boxing match at the school’s annual Charity Day to settle his competition with Mr. Dwyer for the title of Mr. D once and for all.



Monday, April 2 at 8:30 p.m. (9 NT)

In its final episode ever, Amaar prepares for the grand opening of the town of Mercy’s new Mosque, while trying to get Baber to end his boycott.  Charles returns to Mercy with a plan to win Ann. Sarah reaffirms her Muslim faith.



Monday, April 2 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT)

Hardy Buoys, a family-own fish processing plant in Port Hardy, B.C., and Tashodi, an eco-friendly bath and body care company based in Toronto, both look to Arlene Dickinson to help save them.



Tuesday, April 3 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT)

Rick attends celebration festivities at the winning schools in the annual Mercer Report Spread the Net Student Challenge.  Highlights include an extreme dodgeball game with students at an elementary school in Quispamsis, New Brunswick, African drumming at a high school in Peterborough, Ontario, and at Montreal’s McGill University Rick drives a ‘Baja’ off-road car on campus.



Tuesday, April 3 at 8:30 p.m. (9 NT)

Shaun Majumder heads to the Junos with some musical advice for award nominees. The cast travels to Peggy’s Cove to look into the sale of an iconic lighthouse, and – after weeks of trash-talking – Mark Critch brings us the outcome of the Trudeau/Brazeau boxing match.



Wednesday, April 4 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT)

In this finale, Dragons Jim Treliving, Kevin O’Leary, Arlene Dickinson, Bruce Croxon and Robert Herjavec sit with DRAGONS’ DEN host Dianne Buckner and “tell all” about what makes them spend, what sets them off, what moves them and what they really think about each other.



Wednesday, April 4 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT)

The Doyles struggle to prove Mal’s innocence when he’s accused of murder but end up digging a deeper hole; Kathleen gets some brotherly help with the George situation; Tinny discovers the identity of her father.



Friday, April 6 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT)

MARKETPLACE expands on its popular “Busted” segment with an hour-long special, The Busted Edition. Co-hosts Erica Johnson (@cbcerica) and Tom Harrington (@cbctom) report on shocking claims and shoddy services that drive Canadians crazy. Anti-viral tissue claims, bank fees, outrageous markups at a national car service chain, cable and phone service charges, fast-food marketing spin, extended warranty fine print—even charities and government watchdogs get “busted” by MARKETPLACE in this wide-ranging exposé.


The Fifth Estate

Friday, April 6 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT)

In an unprecedented television event, Bob McKeown hosts a live and interactive special edition of the fifth estate. The show recreates a real-life kidnapping, and lets viewers decide what to do to catch the perpetrators, each step of the way. Weigh in via Facebook and Twitter as the true-life drama unfolds. And beginning April 4, at CBCNews.ca/kidnapped, join the investigation online. Follow the facts, and see the case unfold as you uncover evidence in our online simulation of the police investigation.

Arctic Air, the blockbuster CBC adventure drama about a Yellowknife-based maverick airline and the extended family of unconventional people who run it, notched record ratings in its first season, with an audience of almost one million viewers along for the ride throughout the show’s 10 action-packed episodes.

From its premiere to 1.229 million Canadians on January 10 to the season finale on March 13, an average audience of 965,000 tuned in to ARCTIC AIR, making this the largest audience to follow the first season of a CBC Television drama series in 15 years.

The show beat North of 60, the sub-arctic drama (also starring ARCTIC AIR’s Adam Beach) whose first season was a ratings hit 20 years ago, with an average audience of 962,000.

“In an increasingly competitive and fragmented TV landscape, achieving this level of success in 2012 is a huge accomplishment, and a testament to the skill and hard work of ARCTIC AIR’s production team,” said Kirstine Stewart, Executive Vice-President, CBC English Services. “It’s exciting to see so much viewer interest in a drama that’s for, by and about Canadians. Along with the recent success of shows like MR. D, the huge popularity of ARCTIC AIR proves once again that Canadians really do want to watch quality Canadian programs.”

“Canadians make a lot of great television, but we all know that doesn’t always translate into great ratings,” said ARCTIC AIR director-producer Gary Harvey. “To have ARCTIC AIR reach these heights, on the wings of great production values and strong promotion, is a testament to how Canadian shows can succeed when producers and broadcasters get it right.”

ARCTIC AIR features the star power of Adam Beach (Cowboys and Aliens, Flags of our Fathers, Law & Order: SVU), Pascale Hutton (Fringe, Rookie Blue, Sanctuary) and Kevin McNulty (The Killing, End Game, Battle Star Galactica).To catch up on Arctic Air visit cbc.ca/arcticair

They’ve worked hard to get here, and they are about to battle against the best of their peers at the biggest competition of the year.

This is not the NHL Playoffs, this is Postmedia Canspell 2012: Spelling Night in Canada – a one-hour prime-time event that will celebrate excellence in our young people and keep viewers on the edge of their seats. Spelling Night in Canada airs Sunday, April 1 at 7 p.m. (7:30 NT) on CBC Television.

Open to students from Grade 4 to Grade 8, the 8th annual Postmedia Canspell competition began when a quarter of a million young Canadians took part in school spelling bees in January. From there, 21 finalists from schools across the country are squaring off for Spelling Night in Canada.

CBC Radio host Brent Bambury (Day 6) will join returning host and hockey broadcasting veteran Jim Hughson of CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA along with colour commentary from renowned expert Paul Loeffler (Scripps National Spelling Bee). Spelling Night in Canada takes the spelling bee format to the next level – with a fast-paced game-show style, celebrity hosts and commentators. CBC Books is partnering with Canspell 2012 to provide editorial content for the competitors.

New to this year’s broadcast, the audience will have the chance to play along to find out if they can spell better than an eighth grader. To engage live, viewers can log into their Twitter accounts, listen to the words on television and reply to @SpellingNight with the correct spelling of the word. The person who spells the most words correctly during the course of the broadcast will win a prize. Players will also be able to see how many words they spelled correctly, and how they measure up against the rest of Canada.

Similarly on Facebook, leading up to the Spelling Night in Canada broadcast, over a thousand of the real words that are used in the competition will be released. Users are encouraged to play the Facebook Spelling Game to find out how many words they are able to spell correctly, while challenging friends to compete. Each round will generate a new set of 10 words, so competitors can keep learning and improving as they play.

The winning super-speller will receive a $7,500 education award, courtesy of Egg Farmers of Canada. The second and third place spellers will receive $5,000 and $2,500 respectively, also courtesy EFC. All three top spellers will go to represent Canada and their hometowns internationally at the renowned Scripps Bee in Washington, D.C. in June.

The 8th annual Postmedia Canspell National Spelling Bee Final takes place on Wednesday, March 28 at the Canadian Broadcasting Centre in downtown Toronto where it will be taped in front of a live studio audience. Canadians can witness the edge-of-your-seat competition by tuning into Spelling Night in Canada on April 1 at 7 p.m. (7:30 NT).