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Comin' Up Country

Tim Daniels and Julie Lynn were the hosts of this weekly summer series featuring country entertainers from the Maritimes. Four episodes were broadcast in each 1977 and 1978 on the CBC-TV Network.

Original Airdates1977-1978
TypeSeries

Coming Attractions

Produced in Toronto by Sandra Faire, Coming Attractions was an entertainment news magazine. Hosts Patricia White and Bob Karstens presented news from the worlds of music, video, art, theatre, the movies, televison, and fashion.

Original Airdates1982-1983
TypeSeries

Concert Hour, The

The Concert Hour, a classical music program, was produced in Montreal and transmitted on both English and French stations, and included commentary in both languages. CBFT-TV had presented L'Heure du concert every other week, alternating with Teletheatre, but the musical show changed to a weekly broadcast when the network picked it up in spring of 1954. ...

AkaL'Heure du concert
Original Airdates1954-1966
TypeSeries

Country Hoedown

★★★½

Country Hoedown Country Hoedown made its premiere on Saturday evenings as a summer replacement for On Camera. It moved to Friday for a regular slot in the autumn broadcast schedule, and there it stayed for nine years. It followed the lead of Holiday Ranch, and was one of the most popular musical variety shows the CBC ever produced. This showcase for Canada's countr ...

Original Airdates1956-1965
TypeSeries

Country Music Hall

★★★½

Country Music Hall For the country and western music lover. Country Music hall filled in a half hour every week on CTV starting in September, 1964. American Carl Smith was host of the show with Diane Leigh as regular girl singer and the Maple Creek Boys as the regular band. Many big names in the country and western music realm were featured as guests.

AkaCarl Smith's Country Music Hall
Original Airdates1964-1969
TypeSeries

Country Roads

★★★

Country Roads was a six-week CBC summer series which replaced the Tommy Hunter Show. It was an hour of country music with host and singer Ronnie Prophet and his regulars The Peaches, Joe Tardiff, The O.K. Chorale, Granny Gwen Nabors, Lynn Jones, Mike Graham, Cal Dodd and the Vandergun Puppets. Also performing was Dave Woods & The Country Roads Brass. ...

Original Airdates1973
TypeSeries

Country Session

Country Session was a six-part series seen in prime time on Thursdays in Newfoundland. It starred Eddie Eastman, Jacinta Cormier and Bob MacDonald. Special guests appearred on each program performing to a studio audience.

Original Airdates1987
TypeMiniseries

Country West

★★★★★

Country West Country West was the last regularly-scheduled variety program produced by CBKT Regina, and was cancelled following the production of 13 episodes. The program offered considerable support to local and regional country music talent and was discontinued after it failed to achieve its projected network audience share.

Original Airdates1986
TypeSeries

Cross Canada Barn Dance

★★★★½

As one of CTV's first shows, Cross Canada Barn Dance aired for 26 weeks in the 1961-1962 season, showcasing country music acts from all over Canada and the U.S. The one-hour program was made up of several segments, each originating from CTV stations across Canada.

AkaCross-Canada Barn Dance
Original Airdates1961-1962
TypeSeries

Cross-Canada Hit Parade

★★★★

Cross-Canada Hit Parade The CBC adapted the formula of the U.S. musical variety series, Your Hit Parade, to produce its own weekly half-hour countdown of popular music. Each week, the regulars, the vocal group the MCs (or the Emcees), and an orchestra led by clarinetist Bert Niosi would perform a selection of the top musical hits in the country, determined in cooperation with ...

AkaMusic '60
Original Airdates1955-1959
TypeSeries

David Clayton-Thomas Show, The

The David Clayton-Thomas Show consisted of 3 episodes of a 12-week summer series which features three variety shows each from Toronto, Winnipeg, Halifax and Vancouver. The first three from Toronto starred David Clayton Thomas, former lead singer and composer of the jazz-rock group Blood Sweat and Tears. The David Clayton-Thomas Show was followed in t ...

AkaThe David Clayton Thomas Show
Original Airdates1973
TypeSeries

Denny's Sho*

★★★★★

Denny's Sho* Denny Doherty, formerly of the Mamas and the Papas pop group, returned to Halifax to host this 13-week summer series of light musical entertainment featuring Canadian and foreign stars. The tapings saw the partial reunion of the Mamas and the Papas, when singer-actress Michelle Phillips and former husband, singer-songwriter John Phillips joined Denny in ...

AkaThe Denny Sho; Denny's Sho
Original Airdates1978
TypeSeries

Don Messer's Jubilee

★★★★½

Don Messer's Jubilee Don Messer's Jubilee appeared on the CBC in the same time slot for virtually an entire decade, and became one of the most beloved programs CBC television has ever produced. It presented a selection of old-time, country, and Maritime-flavoured folk music, and gained the loyalty that characterizes audiences of traditional, country music. After CBC canc ...

AkaJubilee; Don Messer
Original Airdates1959-1973
TypeSeries

Electric Circus

★★★★½

Electric Circus Electric Circus was a Canadian live dance music television program aired on MuchMusic and Citytv. It can best be compared with the American dance series Soul Train and American Bandstand. Interestingly enough, the show was also simulcast on MuchUSA during the show's run and also had a loyal following among American viewers, especially Dance music fan ...

Original Airdates1988-2003
TypeSeries

Ensemble

A half-hour series from Vancouver featuring a program of light music. Singer-pianist Patrick Trudell and singer Ernie Prentice sing popular songs from all musical eras. Their sidemen are brass player Gavin Hussey and drummer Mickey McMartin.

Original Airdates1961
TypeSeries

Family Brown Country

★★★★

The Family Brown made its early appearances in the Ottawa Valley, and by 1970 had begun to tour across Canada, performing in clubs, at fairs, and in concert. It was seen 1972-85 on a nationally-syndicated TV series (initially 'Call It Country,' then 'Country Way,' and 'Family Brown Country'). The show originated from CJOH-TV, Ottawa.

AkaCall It Country; Country Way
Original Airdates1972-1985
TypeSeries

Funny Farm, The

★★★½

Blake Emmons and a zany cast of Canadians created a barnyard full of fun with singing, dancing and outrageous jokes in this CTV variety series. The vast population of this rather unusual farm consisted many regulars, including Benjamin Gordon, John Evans, Monica Parker, Jank Zajfman, Jayne Eastwood, Valri Bromfield, Monica Parker and Linda Rennhoffer.

Original Airdates1974-1978
TypeSeries

Gary Karr and His Friends

Gary Karr and His Friends consisted of 3 episodes of a 12-week summer series which features three variety shows each from Toronto, Winnipeg, Halifax and Vancouver. Gary Karr and His Friends, from Halifax, featured Gary Karr, (one of the world's leading solo bassists), Harmon Lewis on the organ and harpsichord and a 12-piece orchestra directed by Dave Wo ...

Original Airdates1973
TypeSeries

George Hamilton IV Show, The

The "International Ambassador of Country Music" moved to Canada in the 70's and besides signing to a Canadian record label, hosted a weekly country music program out of Hamilton, Ont. The program was syndicated nationally, reaching 20 to 25 outlets by it's second season. Hamilton's cover of Dick Damron's "Countrified" was used for the theme song of the ...

Original Airdates1973-1979
TypeSeries

Going Coastal

★★★★

Going Coastal Much West and Much East each were weekly hour-long show focusing on Canada's west and east coast talent. Starting in 2001, the shows were sandwiched into a one-hour amalgam called Going Coastal which airs on MuchMusic on Sunday.

AkaMuchWest; MuchEast
TypeSeries

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