1960s

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Frank's Bandstand

★★★★★

Frank's Bandstand was the Halifax segment of the Music Hop series. Frank Cameron introduced music with regulars Patricia McKinnon, Karen Oxley, D.J. Jeffries, and Brian Ahern and the Brunswick Playboys in this variety show from Halifax.

Original Airdates1964-1965
TypeSeries

French for Love

Gerard and Sheila Arthur, the husband and wife team who were heard on CBC radio in Time for French, were the creators and principals of this television series, which presented conversational French for English-speaking audiences. In sketches, with dialogue in both French and English, the Arthurs argued in such a way that the audience could understand th ...

Original Airdates1965-1966
TypeSeries

Friday Island

★★★★

Friday Island was a fictional Gulf island off Canada's west coast, and was the setting for this adventure series from CBC Vancouver. Friday Island followed the adventures of the Granger family from Ottawa who, while holidaying on the island, decide to establish a lodge there. Grandpa and Aunt Sophie lived with the Grangers, and Archie and Annabelle r ...

Original Airdates1962-1963
TypeSeries

Friendly Giant, The

★★★★

Friendly Giant, The Bob Homme, as the good-natured Friendly Giant, introduces children to books and helps them see how these can answer their questions and enrich their everyday living. Puppets Jerome the Giraffe and Rusty the Rooster, a good story, a bit of music and relaxed conversation and laughter, make up each 15-minute program. From 1958 until 1985, Homme wrote an ...

Original Airdates1958-1985
TypeSeries

Front and Centre

Pepsi-Cola Canada and Kraft Foods sponsored this twelve week, musical variety series in the summer of 1963. Before a studio audience each week, on Front and Centre's star-shaped, thrust stage, well-known Canadian entertainers performed and then introduced new talent to the television audience.

AkaFront and Center
Original Airdates1963
TypeSeries

Front Page Challenge

★★★★

Front Page Challenge Front Page Challenge was a long-running weekly news quiz show on CBC. Three regular panelists were joined by a guest panelist every week, and generally two guests were quizzed by the panelists for their identity or the identity of the news story they have been involved with, and then interviewed. A daytime version hosted by Fred Davis aired with the ...

AkaDaytime Challenge
Original Airdates1957-1995
TypeSeries

Galloping Gourmet, The

★★★★½

Galloping Gourmet, The The Galloping Gourmet, a half-hour, weekday show, was the most popular cooking show of its time. It had originated on Australian television, and then moved to Canada, with Ottawa's CJOH-TV as its production base. Graham Kerr demonstrated the preparation of dishes that were exotic, but affordable and accessible. The key to the show's popularity, howev ...

Original Airdates1968-1972
TypeSeries

Game of Scouting, The

★★★★★

Garnet Anthony, a CBC announcer and former scout, was the host of this summer series from Edmonton, which celebrated the sixtieth anniversary of the Boy Scouts. In each half-hour program, he or Mike McNamara led a group of scouts through different practices and procedures for outdoor living. In one program, for example, Anthony and the troop examined to ...

Original Airdates1967
TypeSeries

Gardening With Earl Cox

On this series of fifteen minute broadcasts from Toronto, Earl Cox was assisted by CBC announcer Harry Mannis, and discussed gardening topics that pertained to the season, or took viewers to sites of horticultural interest, such as the Allan Gardens in Toronto. From 7 January to 31 March 1968, gardening experts from other areas of the country shared ...

AkaThe Gardener
Original Airdates1967-1970
TypeSeries

Gateway

Gateway was a local public affairs program out of Edmonton.

Original Airdates1961-1963?
TypeSeries

Gemini 12 Space Mission

Live coverage of the launch, including some colour coverage, with CBC News science editor Kingsley Brown, and various CBS newsmen, including Walter Cronkite. Aired November 9, 1966 at 2:00 pm CST

Original Airdates1966
TypeSpecial

Generation

Generation, a public affairs series on youth/adult relations, ran locally on CBLT-TV Toronto from 1963 (when its host was Lloyd Robertson) to 1966. In the summer of 1965, the CBC network ran the series for seven weeks, airing four new programs and three repeats from the local broadcasts. The 1965 show, which featured as hosts June Callwood, Bill McVean, ...

Original Airdates1963-1966
TypeSeries

Gilbert and Sullivan

This six part half-hour musical show from Vancouver was neither a documentary portrait of Gilbert and Sullivan, nor a series of abridged versions of their operettas collapsed into thirty minute time slots. It did present highlights from the Victorian stage shows in a studio setting, with a loose connective thread to tie the numbers together. Sam Payne p ...

Original Airdates1968
TypeSeries

Gisele MacKenzie Special, The

Producer Stan Harris built The Gisele MacKenzie Special around the star's rise to the big time. Guests were singers Bob Crosby and Snooky Lanson, Jack Regas, her dance partner and choreographer, and Georges LaFleche, her brother. Jack Kane and his Music Makers provided music on the show. Script writers were John Aylesworth and Frank Peppiatt. Bill Zahar ...

Original Airdates1960
TypeSpecial

Golf With Stan Leonard

★★★★½

Stan Leonard, with the help of commentator Ted Reynolds, offered several, television courses in basic golf from the Point Grey Golf Course. The courses were divided into thirteen, fifteen minute lessons. The second season was more advanced than the 1960 season which dealt with the fundamentals of golf. A new way of giving golf lessons on TV was emp ...

Original Airdates1960-1965
TypeSeries

Good Company, The

Good Company, The This summer series was a freewheeling musical variety show. The Good Company was a troupe of twenty singers and dancers age sixteen to twenty-five. Some had had professional experience, dancing on television or with the National Ballet, many were still in school.

Original Airdates1968
TypeSeries

Group, The

★★★★★

A CBC summer replacement, The Group was a musical variety show produced in Winnipeg. It featured Reg Gibson, Karen Marklinger, and a ten piece band called The Sassy Brass of Bob McMullin. The Group Singers were Hector Dremner, Ken Johnson, Sam McConnell, Steve Walsh, Lorraine Grosko, Beverley Mazer, Carole West, and Wendy Wilson, who sang as an ensembl ...

Original Airdates1968-1970
TypeSeries

Happening

A five minute slot of film clips from Canada and around the world, Happening filled a gap between To Tell The Truth and Take 30. The brief film features were introduced by the latter show's hosts, Adrienne Clarkson and Paul Soles.

Original Airdates1965-1966
TypeSeries

Happyland

Happyland originally aired in Winnipeg in 1957 as a five-week music and variety series. It featured a nine piece band conducted by Jake Park. Each week, guest artists, both instrumental and vocal, appeared. The atmosphere of the old-time park band concerts was re-created both through the music and through the sets. Irv Stein, as a popcorn vendor, introd ...

Original Airdates1957;1959-1960
TypeSeries

Harrigan Featured

★★★★

Harrigan Harrigan was a half-hour show written, produced and hosted by Barry Dale. Beginning in 1969, it aired locally out of CJOH-TV in Ottawa for 2 seasons before moving to CKWS-TV in Kingston. There, it aired locally for another 2 or 3 seasons before being syndicated across Canada on CTV. Harrigan was a 209-year-old leprechaun who sang, danced, told storie ...

Original Airdates1969-1985
TypeSeries

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