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12 For Summer

★★★★

A show designed for warm summer evenings, 12 For Summer debuted on the CBC network on June 25, 1966 and aired for two summers. It featured Canadian singers, dancers and comedians, with shows from Toronto, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Edmonton and Vancouver. Producers: Dave Thomas, Neil Sutherland, Bob Jarvis, Allan Angus, Terry Kyne, Bill Lan ...

AkaTwelve For Summer
Original Airdates1966-1967
TypeSeries

A Go Go '66

★★★★

A Go Go '66 featured young Canadian recording stars along with Robbi Lane and his orchestra, and the Go Go girls, in a discotheque setting. It debuted on the CTV network on September 17, 1965 and aired for a full year.

Original Airdates1965-1966
TypeSeries

All Around the Circle

★★★★

All Around the Circle All Around The Circle was a weekly half-hour program of good music, song, variety and travel from St. John's, Newfoundland. It originally aired only locally but made its debut on the CBC-TV network in the summer of 1969. Regulars appearing in the first nationally televised summer series included singers John White and Carol Brothers, musician Ray Walsh ...

Original Airdates1964-1975
TypeSeries

Allemande Left

★★★★★

Greater Winnipeg's square dance clubs were the focal point for Allemande Left, a local program produced twice a month. Pete Couture, a St. Boniface-born oldtime fiddler, provided the music and Trev Wignal was the caller. The series told the story of various clubs in the city area and the dancers demonstrated a different dance on each show. Barry McCorqu ...

Original Airdates1957
TypeSeries

Altogether

Altogether was a CBC series of three ethnic musical specials, produced at the Manitoba Theatre Club in Winnipeg. In the first program, singer Joan Karasevich and the Rusalka Dance Ensemble joined hosts Ken Maslowsky and Iona Iliant. The second program had local singers Scott Walker and Miriam Bronstein, dancer Harvey Chochinov and the Sara Somner Ch ...

Original Airdates1975
TypeSeries

Applause, Applause

Applause, Applause was a mini-series of three programs on CBC-TV Thursday nights. A little soft shoe — and lots of songs — performed by the multi-talented Dinah Christie and Dean Regan — were featured in this half-hour musical showcase produced by CBC Winnipeg's Dave Robertson.

Original Airdates1974
TypeSeries

At the Caribou

★★★★★

At the Caribou Accordionist Harry Hibbs hosted At the Caribou from the Caribou Club in Toronto. In 1973 the show relocated to Cambridge and was retitled The Harry Hibbs Show. (Thanks to Keith for suggesting this entry)

AkaThe Harry Hibbs Show
Original Airdates1969-1976
TypeSeries

Bill Kenny Show, The

★★★★

Starring Bill Kenny, former lead singer with The Ink Spots, this half-hour of easy listening also featured The Accents, a vocal quartet and the Fraser MacPherson orchestra.

Original Airdates1966
TypeSeries

Bobby Vinton Show, The

★★★★½

Bobby Vinton hosted this half-hour variety series, created by executive-producers Chris Beard and Allan Blye. Celebrity guests, a comedy troupe, the Jimmy Dale Orchestra, the girl-group The Peaches, plus spots with talents like Billy Van and Jack Duffy were regular parts of the show. The series, produced at CFTO's Agincourt studios, had Canadians beh ...

Original Airdates1975-1978
TypeSeries

Brand New Scene

★★★

The CTV network produced Brand New Scene, a national talent show, for one season. The host was Oscar Brand, Canadian born star, and former host of Let's Sing Out for the previous three years. Over 150 new performers were flown from across Canada to Toronto where the show originated (in colour). Guests invited to the show ranged from the Guess Who to Bar ...

Original Airdates1966-1967
TypeSeries

Caf' Conc', Le

★★★★★

Le Caf' Conc' was a short-lived bilingual variety series on CTV. It was set in a night club with a live audience and a line of cancan dancers. It was hosted by Daniele Dorice who welcomed guests such as Marilyn Michaels and Jean Paul Vignon.

AkaLe Caf Conc
Original Airdates1969-1970
TypeSeries

Canadian Express

Canadian Express was "a movable musical mosaic" that took pop artists who were known in one part of the country and moved them electronically to another part, packaged as a one-hour musical magazine show. The Express started in Vancouver with host Terry Jacks, sax-player Bucky Adams in Halifax and Paul Horn in Victoria, playing his flute to a killer wha ...

Original Airdates1977-1980
TypeSeries

Catch a Rising Star

Catch a Rising Star was a summer series replacing the Tommy Hunter Show, and hosted by Tommy Hunter. The five one-hour showcases of Canadian talent showcased little-know vocal and instrumental groups, solo singers, comedians and other variety performers — who were appraised on each show by a three-member jury of musicians. Some of the established stars ...

Original Airdates1976
TypeSeries

Caught In The Act

★★★★★

Caught In The Act was a 30-minute showcase series of music and comedy which appeared on Global Television for one season.

Original Airdates1976-1977
TypeSeries

Celebrity Revue

★★★★★

Celebrity Revue was a nightly variety-talk series, originally hosted by Tommy Banks. It was an all-Edmonton production (crew, band, etc), except it was filmed in Vancouver due to the logistics of flying in celebrities. During its first and only season, Banks was replaced by Carole Taylor, who taped 145 episodes as co-hostess. The hosts were accompani ...

Original Airdates1976-1977
TypeSeries

Centennial International

Centennial International was a four-week variety series which saluted Canada's various national groups. Part one featured Italian singer Sergio Franchi in a salute to the people of the Mediterranean. Part two was a Salute to the United Kingdom and Ireland, starring Barry Morse and George Murray with the Emerald Isle Step Dancers, the 48th Highlanders Ba ...

Original Airdates1967
TypeSeries

Centennial Performance

In 1967, International Nickel presented three hour-long television shows, under the title "Centennial Performance." Six young Canadian artists were selected to appear, all of whom received an International Nickel $2,500 Centennial Scholarship to further their careers. The programs were seen over the English and French CBC Networks, and also featured Geo ...

Original Airdates1967
TypeSeries

Chansons

Chansons Chansons was a series of 13 musical programs highlighting Canadian folic songs old and new, filmed in colour against some of Canada's most attractive scenery coast to coast. The series was produced and directed by Anton Van de Water and originally telecast on SRC in the summer of 1966 and on the English CBC network during the 1966-67 season as a musical ...

AkaMon pays, mes chansons
Original Airdates1966-1967
TypeSeries

Club 41

Club 41 was a variety series produced in CBC-Winnipeg's television studios and hosted by Glynne Morris. It had a nightclub setting and a relaxed format, providing comedy, song and dance. The producer was David Marcus-Roland, and the choreographer was his wife, Lindisfarne. The show also featured singers Mary Gynn and Ernest Schell, and four dancers, alo ...

Original Airdates1957
TypeSeries

Club 6

Club 6 was a local Toronto variety show for teenagers. The show was a spin-off from Dick Clark's American Bandstand- a compromise between teenagers' dancing and a public affairs show. Each show featured one school giving some attention to the achievements of its pupils while the hosts in general, including the studio audience of some 200 young people, e ...

Original Airdates1960-1962
TypeSeries

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