Great Canadian Biographies

Sunday, February 21 at 7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT (90 mins) on Bravo!

HERE I AM is a heart-felt, intimate look at the remarkable life of Halifax’s Denny Doherty – actor, songwriter, and lead singer for The Mamas and the Papas. Music gems help document his journey, including mega-hits like “California Dreamin'” and “Monday, Monday”. The musical journey also includes recordings of Doherty and some of his closets friends: Scott McKenzie, Barry McGuire, McKenzie Phillips, Doris Mason, and Dennis Ryan and interviews with Michelle Phillips and John Phillips. HERE I AM is produced by Creative Atlantic Inc. in association with Bravo! and directed by Greg Jones.

Sunday, February 14 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT (60 mins) on Bravo!

As an enigmatic musical poet, world-renowned pianist Glenn Gould continues to captivate 27 years after his untimely death. Intimately revealing the man behind the myth, GENIUS WITHIN: THE INNER LIFE OF GLENN GOULD casts a fresh light on the mysterious pianist whose ideas were as controversial, and his private life as passionate, as his music. The film features never-before seen footage of Gould, photographs, and excerpts from his private home recordings and diaries. The biography also reveals personal memories from Gould’s most intimate friends and lovers, some who have never spoken about him publicly before. GENIUS WITHIN is produced by White Pine Pictures Inc. in association with Bravo! and directed by Peter Raymont and Michele Hozer.

Sunday, February 7 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT (60 mins) on Bravo!

DES MCANUFF: A LIFE FOR ALL STAGES follows the theatre genius and Stratford Theatre Festival Artistic Director on a journey with a dual focus. While McNauff searches for understanding from the father he never knew, he also reveals a creative zeal that defines his relentless passion for the world of musical theatre. Viewers follow McAnuff back to his Toronto high school, to Stratford for the Summer season, and to Australia for the launch of “Jersey Boys” in this biography. DES MCANUFF: A MAN FOR ALL STAGES is produced by Ballinran Productions Ltd. in association with Bravo! and directed by Craig Thompson

Sundays at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on Bravo! on Bravo!

Continuing the channel’s Great Canadian Biographies strand is a portrait of the Canadian Tony Award®-winning musical theatre genius Des McAnuff in DES MCANUFF: A LIFE IN STAGES (Feb. 7); followed by a glimpse into the life of pianist Glenn Gould in GENIUS WITHIN: THE INNER LIFE OF GLENN GOULD (Feb. 14). Concluding the month and series is a portrait of one of Canada’s widely known singer-songwriters Denny Doherty (founding member of the musical group The Mamas & the Papas) in HERE I AM: DENNY DOHERTY AND THE MAMAS AND THE PAPAS (Feb. 21).

Sunday, January 31 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT (60 mins) on Bravo!

TAKAO TANABE: A WORK OF ART is a biographical portrait of one of Canada’s greatest painters. Throughout the hour, Tanabe is very direct and articulate and does not lend himself to false flattery; this biography gives the audience a true sense of the man while revealing his remarkable body of work. The premiere of TAKAO TANABE: A WORK OF ART coincides with an exhibition of Tanabe’s paintings in Toronto entitled ‘The Early Years’ (1951-1965). The biography is produced by Prometheus Films in association with Bravo! and directed by Catherine Chesterman.

Sunday, January 24 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT (60 mins) on Bravo!

RICHARD MARGISON: THE FOLK SINGING OPERA STAR profiles the accomplished life of one of opera’s leading tenors as he returns to his folk signing roots. Margison began as an aspiring folk singer in the coffee houses of Victoria, British Columbia. By 1985, he debuted in Madame Butterfly at New York Metropolitan Opera. The biography features interviews with Margison and Gordon Lightfoot, and a musical collaboration with Bruce Cockburn. It is produced by Harbinger Films Inc. in association with Bravo! and directed by Michael Maitland.

Sunday, January 17 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT (60 mins) on Bravo!

Canadian music legend Ian Tyson takes fans on a musical odyssey through his 50-year career, from folk music icon and popular television host, to rancher, horseman, and champion of a new generation of cowboy music. The five decades captured in the biography are marked by soaring successes, lasting friendships, surprising turns, and a legacy of timeless songs. Tyson tells his story with the help of old friends – Sylvia Tyson, Gordon Lightfoot, Neil Young, Corb Lund, John Hiatt and David Wilcox. SONGS FROM THE GRAVEL ROAD is produced by Pyramid Productions Inc. in association with Bravo! and directed by Matt Embry.

Sunday, January 10 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT (60 mins) on Bravo!

The first of the hour-long documentaries takes an in-depth look at the life and work of legendary Canadian photographer Yousuf Karsh. During his astonishing six-decade career, the more than 15,000 portraits Karsh produced (including the likes of Pope John Paul II, Nelson Mandela, and Albert Einstein) are arguably the portrait gallery of the most celebrated figures of all time. KARSH IS HISTORY won Best Arts Documentary at FIFA (International Festival of Films on Art) 2009. It is Produced by Productions Grande Nord Quebec in association with Bravo! and directed by Joseph Hillel.