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Let's Sing Out

★★★★½

Originating from university campuses all across Canada, Let's Sing Out featured audience participation as students joined Canadian and American guest stars in familiar and popular folk songs. The weekly half-hour series was seen on Fridays throughout the CTV network, beginning October 11, 1963. Host for the show was Winnipeg-born Oscar Brand. The se ...

Original Airdates1963-1967
TypeSeries

Marsh Phimister Show, The

The Marsh Phimister Show was a five-week music series from Winnipeg. Each program saluted a famous composer, told the story behind his success, and presented colourful interpretations of his most popular songs. Marsh Phimister told the stories behind the hits and introduced the performers.

Original Airdates1959
TypeSeries

Metro Music

Metro Music was a music video program on CFMT-TV in Toronto hosted by Bob Segarini and Samantha Taylor. It was one of, if not the first, music video program in North America.

Original Airdates1980-1981
TypeSeries

Mike Neun Show, The

★★★★★

The Mike Neun Show was a 26-week CBC series produced in Vancouver. It starred humourist, singer and guitarist Mike Neun, and featured special guests each week with an emphasis on young Canadian performers. Taped at the North Vancouver Centennial Centre, the show also featured scenes shot throughout B.C.

Original Airdates1970-1971
TypeSeries

Miss Patricia's Songs and Things

★★★★★

Miss Patricia's Songs and Things was a nine-week summer series starring Pat Hervey, a well-known Canadian singing star, who welcomed special guests each week. The musical variety show was shot on location in Vancouver.

AkaMiss Patricia's Phantasmagorical Presentation of Songs and Things
Original Airdates1969
TypeSeries

Music Canada

Music Canada was a series of four musical programs which aired on the CBC in the summer of 1984. The Victoria Symphony Orchestra got a little help from five talented musicians — all between the ages of 11 and 14 — to kick off the series. In the opener, soloists Michele Himick (piano); Bridget Macrae (cello); Gary Chow (piano); Katjo Cerovsek (violin); a ...

Original Airdates1984
TypeSeries

Music in Miniature

Music in Miniature presented a half-hour of serious music on a weekday afternoon over the 1960-61 CBC season. The program featured short vocal and instrumental selections. Most of the programs were produced in Toronto, although the series originated in Vancouver for five weeks in December and January. The CBC revived the title for another series whi ...

Original Airdates1960-1968
TypeSeries

Music Makers

★★★★★

Music Makers Music Makers ran for two seasons as Music Makers '58 and Music Makers '59. It presented big band music with Jack Kane and his thirty-one piece Orchestra and singer Sylvia Murphy. In addition, the show welcomed a healthy selection of guests from the world of swing and jazz. In 1959, the show expanded to a full hour and ran every other week under the ...

AkaMusic '60; The Jack Kane Show
Original Airdates1957-1961
TypeSeries

Musical Showcase

Musical Showcase was a half-hour extravaganza series produced in two versions - one in English and one in French. Denny Vaughan lead a nine-piece orchestra as part of the series. Guest artists' songs, with the orchestra, provided musical clues for the on-air game. For instance, a question about the length of the Golden Gate Bridge might follow the s ...

AkaBA Musical Showcase
Original Airdates1965-1967
TypeSeries

Network

Network was a late-evening variety show seen over the CTV Television Network. The show was based on the night club entertainment trend across Canada. Seen Monday through Friday, it promised to feature top Canadian entertainers and U.S. stars. Many acts were videotaped by affiliate stations. Starting December 3, 1962, the program augmented its regular ...

Original Airdates1962-1963
TypeSeries

New Music, The

★★★★½

New Music, The Debuting in a late-night time slot on CITY-TV on September 22, 1979, The NewMusic's goal was to document youth culture and its music heroes. The concept was relatively simple: a televised version of Rolling Stone magazine, which at the time was considered the leader in documenting popular culture. The program went beyond the popular style of entertainme ...

AkaNewmusic; New Music Magazine
Original Airdates1979-2008
TypeSeries

New Year's Eve Frolic

Beginning New Year's Eve in 1957, CBWT in Winnipeg presented Frolic, a lively New Years Celebration produced in Winnipeg and broadcast throughout the CBC network. The special aired following the Toronto New Years Eve broadcast and featured Winnipeg talent. The 6th and final special, Frolic '63, aired Dec 31, 1962.

AkaWinnipeg New Year's Eve
Original Airdates1957-1962
TypeSpecial

One More Time

★★★★★

One More Time was a variety series out of Montreal on the CBC television network Saturday nights. It featured a pop group called 3's A Crowd, and was hosted by the young singer Gilbert Price. Each week Gilbert and the 3's A Crowd had various groups and solo performers as their special guests, among them: Josh White, Mike and Judy Callahan, Lonnie Joh ...

Original Airdates1969-1970
TypeSeries

Oscar Peterson and Friends

In Oscar Peterson and Friends, Oscar Peterson and his piano were accompanied by a different guest each week for a musical performance. The 12 episodes were produced by CBC Toronto and it aired locally there in the winter of 1980-1981. The series aired on the full CBC network the following summer.

Original Airdates1980-1981
TypeSeries

Oscar Peterson Presents

★★★★½

Oscar Peterson Presents was a CTV music series featuring the Oscar Peterson Trio and their guests. Scheduled to appear were Count Basie, Cleo Lane, John Dankworth, Dizzy Gillespie and Joe Turner. The series was produced at BCTV, in Vancouver.

Original Airdates1974
TypeSeries

Parade

★★★★★

Parade Parade was a half-hour of musical variety with a widely variable format. It could included different forms of popular music, opera, folk, or jazz. Introduced as a summer replacement in 1959, it reappeared on the summer schedules for two more years, and then moved into the regular season lineup. The show provided a performance site for jazz musicians and ...

Original Airdates1959-1964
TypeSeries

Party With The Rovers

★★★★★

Party With The Rovers was the last musical-variety series by The Rovers (previously known as the Irish Rovers). Once again, the show was set in a traditional pub and celebrity guests perform each week. This time, the roster included Andy Gibb, Rita Coolidge, Ronnie Prophet, Boxcar Willie among others. The series was produced by Vancouver's Olympic Films ...

Original Airdates1984-1986
TypeSeries

Patterns in Music

Patterns in Music was a CBC special of popular classics produced, directed and written by Len Casey. There was a 65-piece orchestra made up of members of the Toronto and CBC Symphonies, and 22 dancers directed by Alan Lund. The program: Capriccio Espagnol (Rimsky Korsakoff) .... Orchestra O Sauve Fanciulla (duet) .... Sullivan and Strathdee I ...

Original Airdates1960
TypeSpecial

Paul Horn Show, The

The Paul Horn Show was a musical variety series of 12 half-hour shows starring Paul Horn and special guests. The series was directed by Jorn Winther and produced by Ray Purdy at CHAN-TV in Vancouver.

Original Airdates1973
TypeSeries

Pete's Place

★★★★★

Pete's Place This comedy/musical variety show which originated from "Pete's Place," a financially troubled Las Vegas nightclub (played by Toronto's Brunswick House). Comedian Pete Barbutti starred as the man who took rather desperate measures to keep this dilapidated night club from folding. The idea for Pete's Place grew out of a series of appearances Pete made on ...

Original Airdates1980-81
TypeSeries

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