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Peter Appleyard Presents

★★★★

Peter Appleyard Presents was a jazz program shot in front of a live audience at the Brunswick House. For three seasons, the series was the only regular jazz television program in North America. The show was retitled Jazz With Appleyard in its last season. Joining Peter Appleyard during the series were pianist Earl (Fatha) Hines, vibraphonist Lionel H ...

AkaJazz With Appleyard
Original Airdates1977-1980
TypeSeries

Piano Alley

Piano Alley was a series of eight musical variety shows, looking at eight different second-hand pianos in a music store. Each piano evoked different memories and stories. A couple of pianos featured were the parlour piano and harpsichord.

Original Airdates1981
TypeSeries

Pig and Whistle, The

★★★★

Pig and Whistle, The Set in a studio recreation of a British pub, Pig and Whistle starred British actor/singer John Hewer as the host of an inn that featured resident singers, dancers and an orchestra, plus guests, with members of the public forming the invited audience at tables round the room. Toronto singer Kay Turner was the barmaid, and the Carlton Show Band were regul ...

AkaPig 'n' Whistle; Pig & Whistle
Original Airdates1967-1977
TypeSeries

Platter Patter

Platter Patter was a local program from CHCT in Calgary in which pre-released discs were played. A panel of four predicted which would be hit tunes. According to Billboard, the panel had been right 85% of the time. The prophets include guest panelists, like Miss Calgary Stampeder Mary McLaughlin, and the station's bright staffers: Barry Nicholls, Ron Ch ...

Original Airdates1957-1958
TypeSeries

Profile

★★★★

Profile was a weekly Friday night TV talent show, produced by CKOS-TV in Yorkton, Saskatchewan. The program featured local talent and a wide variety of music styles, from rock n' roll to folk music and choral groups. Also featured on the show was ethnic music, Ukrainian folk music and dancing. Hosting duties usually fell to the senior broadcaster on sta ...

Original Airdates1960-1985
TypeSeries

Quintet

Quintet Quintet was a CBC musical program originating in Vancouver. Singer Eleanor Collins, folk and ballad singer Bud Spencer and the Chris Gage Trio presented selections from Broadway musicals, narrative folk ballads and ethnic songs, and interludes of blues music. Each week a composer of popular songs was saluted. Chris Gage was featured at the piano, with S ...

Original Airdates1962
TypeSeries

Raes, The

★★★★

Raes, The The talented husband and wife disco-singing duo of Cherrill and Robbie Rae were signed by CBC-TV to star in their own summer variety series during July and August, 1978. The seven one-hour programs were produced in the CBC-TV studios in Vancouver by Ken Gibson. Cherrill and Robbie Rae were known through their concert and cabaret work across the country, ...

Original Airdates1978-1980
TypeSeries

Ramblin' Man

★★★★★

Ramblin' Man was a half-hour Winnipeg program with host Reg Gibson and the Ted Komar Orchestra, featuring banjoist Gene Bretescher. The program featured the best in folk, folk rock, bluegrass and western swing music.

Original Airdates1966
TypeSeries

Ray St. Germain Country

★★★★★

Ray St. Germain, a Winnipeg Métis country music entertainer, hosted this half-hour of country and western entertainment that included bluegrass, Native and Métis music as well as standard country fare. Showcasing local, national and international talent, Ray St. Germain Country was taped at various locations throughout Manitoba. The show was renamed Big ...

AkaBig Sky Country
Original Airdates1978-1990
TypeSeries

Red River Christmas, A

Christmas Day, circa 1890, in a pioneer farmhouse in the Red River Valley will be recreated in this special program. Featured will be Eric Wild and his orchestra, singers Florence Faiers, Paul Fredette and the James Duncan Chorus, with authentic music of the Gay Nineties, arranged by Mr. Wild. Noted actress Peg Stobie will do the narration. Jack Phillip ...

Original Airdates1960
TypeSpecial

Red River Jamboree

★★★

Red River Jamboree Originally a local Winnipeg broadcast, Red River Jamboree replaced Country Hoedown in the summer of 1960 and went on to enjoy a healthy, five year run on the CBC network. More than a studio-bound program of country and western music, the program framed music with stories of Canada's Old West, and included film sequences shot at a ranch established at th ...

Original Airdates1960-1965
TypeSeries

Rendez-Vous for Peace

From Quebec City, a compilation of the special celebrations which took place during the Rendez-Vous 1987 hockey games between the NHL All-Stars and the USSR. Paul Anka, David Foster, Crystal Gayle and the Soviet rock group Autograf were featured. Aired on CBC Friday March 6, 1987 and re-aired on the 7th.

Original Airdates1987
TypeSpecial

René Simard Show, The

★★★½

René Simard Show, The Only sixteen years old when he began his CBC network television show, René Simard had been a singing and dancing star throughout his adolescence. The show, produced in Vancouver by Alan Thicke, had high production values and featured Canadian and international guests.

Original Airdates1977-1979
TypeSeries

River Inn, The

Catherine McKinnon headlined River Inn, a CTV series of musical-variety half-hours featuring Canadian performers. The original resident backing group, the Brian Browne Trio, was replaced halfway through the season by an ensemble led by pianist John Arpin and featuring clarinetist Henry Cuesta and drummer Mickey Shannon.

Original Airdates1968-1969
TypeSeries

Rolf Harris Show, The

★★★½

Australian-born Rolf Harris, versatile at comical spoofing, dancing and playing strange "down-under" instruments, took centre stage in his own unique half-hour comedy-musical produced in Vancouver at CTV's local affiliate, BCTV. Harris welcomed top name performers from fields afar to join in the anything-goes antics on the show.

Original Airdates1976-1978
TypeSeries

Rollin' on the River

★★★★½

Rollin' on the River The Winters-Rosen production company produced an hour long special titled, "Rollin' on the River" starring Kenny Rogers and the First Edition. The success of the single show convinced the producers to syndicate a half hour series of the same name starring the same group. This CTV television series featured Kenny Rogers and the First Edition on a studio- ...

AkaRollin' (new title)
Original Airdates1971-1973
TypeSeries

ROQ

★★★★½

For 13 Saturday nights, the CTV television network present ROQ, a half-hour musical show, featuring Canadian rock groups from across the country. Each week ROQ host Terry David Mulligan introduced musicians in a concert setting with lots of music and little talk. Mr. Mulligan, involved for many years in the rock scene both in Toronto and on the west coa ...

Original Airdates1974
TypeSeries

Rovers Comedy House, The

The Rovers' Comedy House, a 7-part CBC series of comedy, shenanigans and boisterous Irish music, starred the world-popular and much-travelled Rovers: Will Millar, Jimmy Ferguson, George Millar and Wilcil McDowell. The series also had Jimmy Kennedy, singer and raconteur, as a regular. Based on the Irish Rovers' Comedy House Superspecial, which aired the ...

Original Airdates1981
TypeSeries

Rumpus Room

Jean Ramsay was the "singing hostess" for Rumpus Room, a Winnipeg variety series which started its summer run on CBWT in July, 1957. The program was in the form of informal musical get-togethers, with singer Alvin Blye and an instrumental group conducted by Bob McMullin among the regular performers. Don Browne-Wilkinson was the producer.

Original Airdates1957
TypeSeries

Ruzicka

★★★½

Bob Ruzicka was the host and star of CBC-TV's half-hour variety series titled Ruzicka. Many of his compositions were featured on this 13-week series. His guest singers were personal friends including Valdy, Sylvia Tyson, Dan Hill, John Allan Cameron, Ann Mortifee, the Good Brothers, Len Udow, Leon Bibb, and other fellow performers at folk festivals acro ...

Original Airdates1977
TypeSeries

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