CBC/Radio-Canada is connecting audiences across the country on Canada Day during these extraordinary times with special programming on CBC TV, ICI RADIO-CANADA TÉLÉ, CBC News Network, ICI RDI, CBC Radio One, ICI RADIO-CANADA PREMIÈRE, CBC Music, ICI MUSIQUE, and the CBC Gem and ICI TOU.TV streaming services. See below for programming highlights across television, radio and streaming, and visit CBC.ca/CanadaDay and radio-canada.ca for local listings and more information.
“This will be a Canada Day like no other. During this remarkable period of social distancing, reflection and change, the national public broadcaster is proud to bring the country together in a virtual celebration of Canadian culture, voices and perspectives,” said Catherine Tait, President and CEO.
CBC/Radio-Canada television and streaming programming for Wednesday, July 1:
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET (8 a.m. to 10 a.m. PT) on CBC TV, CBC News Network and CBC Gem
CBC NEWS: CANADA DAY SPECIAL
The National’s Andrew Chang checks in with Louise Martin in Charlottetown, Tashauna Reid in Toronto, Cameron MacIntosh in Winnipeg, David Thurton in Ottawa, Shaina Luck in Halifax, Lien Yeung in Vancouver and Joanne Vrakas in Montréal. The special profiles and thanks Canadians from across the country who have been on the frontlines of both the pandemic and protests, with a special appearance by Jully Black performing O Canada in French and English and Kiya Bruno singing the national anthem in Cree. Governor General Julie Payette, the Minister of Canadian Heritage, the Honourable Steven Guilbeault and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will address Canadians.
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET on ICI RADIO-CANADA TÉLÉ and ICI RDI
FÊTE DU CANADA
Daniel Thibeault hosts this news special with Madeleine Blais-Morin. They will provide coverage from coast-to-coast to show how people celebrate Canada despite the pandemic. The program will feature addresses by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Governor general Julie Payette. Daniel Thibeault will interview Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault. The formidable work of people who have been on the frontline of the fight against COVID-19 will be highlighted by our team across the country: Camille Bourdeau (Moncton), Stéphanie Blanchet (Clare, N.S.), Hadi Hassin and Valérie Gamache (Québec City), Marie-José Turcotte and Valérie-Micaela Bain (Montréal), Julie-Anne Lapointe and Claudine Richard (Ottawa), Katherine Brulotte (Toronto), Patrick Foucault (Winnipeg), Aimée Lemieux (Moose Jaw), Audrey Neveu (Calgary) and Mathieu Gohier (Vancouver).
1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) on CBC TV and CBC Gem and 1 p.m. local time on ICI RADIO-CANADA TÉLÉ and ICI TOU.TV
CANADA DAY ACROSS THE COUNTRY
After a special welcome in 15 Indigenous languages, hosts Serena Ryder and Pierre-Yves Lord welcome acclaimed artists and storytellers virtually from coast-to-coast-to-coast, including dancers from the Atlantic Ballet of Canada, Faouzia, Jason Burnstick, JP Hoe, Julie Nesrallah, Kelly Bado, Laurence Nerbonne, Leela Gilday, Marc Hervieux, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Olivia Lunny, Patricia Cano, Paul Brandt, Sarahmée, Sierra Noble and a performance to honour the Métis Nation.
CANADA DAY ACROSS THE COUNTRY is produced by PR3 Medias with the participation of Canadian Heritage.
8 p.m. to 10 p.m. local time (8:30 p.m. NT) on CBC TV, CBC Gem, ICI RADIO-CANADA TÉLÉ and ICI TOU.TV
CANADA DAY TOGETHER
Serena Ryder and Pierre-Yves Lord return for the evening celebration to host a lineup of appearances and performances from Alan Doyle, Alanis Morissette, Alex Nevsky, Alexandra Stréliski, Avril Lavigne, Charlotte Cardin, Chris Boucher, Corneille, Haviah Mighty, The Jerry Cans, Joel Plaskett, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, Loud, Michael Smith, Natasha Kanapé Fontaine, Radio Radio and Damien Robitaille, Ria Mae, Roxane Bruneau, Ryan Reynolds, Sarah McLachlan, Shane Koyczan, The Sheepdogs, Tom Jackson, Véronique Dicaire, Zack Bell and dancers Alanna McAdie, Guillaume Côté and Vanesa Garcia-Ribala Montoya.
CANADA DAY TOGETHER is produced by PR3 Medias with the participation of Canadian Heritage.
CBC/Radio-Canada radio and audio programming for Wednesday, July 1:
6 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. local time on CBC Radio One and the CBC Listen app
EXTRAORDINARY TIMES: CANADA DAY 2020
Canada Day 2020 will be — for better and worse — extraordinary. We are in a time of reckoning around racism in this country. We can’t let up against the Covid-19 virus. Even so, on this day there is also room for hope and celebration. Stephen Quinn hosts stories of Canadians who have shown extraordinary generosity and courage in this pandemic. You’ll also hear a range of music to kickstart your Canada Day morning.
7:45 a.m. local time on CBC Radio One, CBC.ca/music and the CBC Listen app
THE CBC VIRTUAL ORCHESTRA PREMIERES ‘PRAYER’ BY VIVIAN FUNG
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the music director of the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Philadelphia Orchestra and Orchestre Métropolitain in Montréal, conducts 35 of Canada’s finest classical musicians from 28 different orchestras representing every province in Canada for a world premiere virtual performance of Vivian Fung’s new original composition ‘Prayer,’ recorded in isolation. In partnership with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
The CBC Virtual Orchestra also premieres on CBC Music’s Tempo with Julie Nesrallah at 12:50 p.m. local time
8:30 a.m. local time on ICI MUSIQUE
The Histoire de vinyle column with host Catherine Pogonat will be devoted to Leonard Cohen for Canada Day.
9 a.m. local time on ICI PREMIÈRE
Host Stéphan Bureau will be joined by writer Alain Stanké to talk about his latest book, Les belles histoires d’une sale guerre, which profiles soldiers and civilians – including a number of Canadians – who performed heroic deeds during the Second World War.
12 p.m. to 1 p.m. local time on CBC Radio One and the CBC Listen app
RECORDS OF TIME: SONGS ABOUT OUR HISTORY
A playlist hosted by Daniel Greaves of songs that tell us something about our history, in conversation with artists across the country.
12 p.m. to 2 p.m. local time on ICI PREMIÈRE
LE CANADA EN FÊTE
Live from Ottawa, Philippe Marcoux invites people from all parts of the country to relate how they celebrate Canada in these special times along citizens, artists, thinkers, politicians and special guests: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Wendat ethnologist Isabelle Picard, writer Kim Thúy to mark the 45th anniversary of the arrival of Vietnamese boat people and CNA Orchestra music director Alexander Shelley for the 40th anniversary of our national anthem. Listeners will be able to call toll-free from anywhere in Canada at 1-833-226-2020 (833-CAN-2020).
2 p.m. local time on ICI PREMIÈRE
PÉTILLANT ET CORSÉ
Host André Robitaille will present special, live performances from artists including P’tit Belliveau and Jill Barber.
3 p.m. to 5 p.m. local time on CBC Music and the CBC Listen app
As the country tries to distance, host JJ LaBorde brings Canadians together. CBC Music listeners had a chance to request their favourite song or dedicate a track to a socially-distanced friend or a loved one to help celebrate Canada, together.
4 p.m. to 6 p.m. local time on CBC Radio One and the CBC Listen app
THE MUSICAL MAP OF CANADA
What Alberta town is home to a Stanley Cup champion and the province’s biggest selling rock band? What proud “Consumer” is New Brunswick’s most prolific CD seller? What Ontarian holds the record for being the only artist anywhere to have three consecutive albums sell in excess of 10 million copies each?
Host Russell Bowers gives the answers to those questions and more in this audio map of Canada, highlighting the biggest selling artists in their home province or territory.
4:30 p.m. local time on ICI MUSIQUE
The 33 minutes segment with host Alexandre Courteau will feature the songs of Neil Young for Canada Day.
5 p.m. to 7 p.m. local time on CBC Music and the CBC Listen app
DRIVE CANADA DAY SPECIAL – A RICH TERFRY DJ MIX
Host Rich Terfry digs through his all-Canadian record crate to create another great two-hour DJ mix of classic and new Canadian tunes.
10 p.m. local time on ICI MUSIQUE
L’ÉVEILLEUR DE NUIT
Listeners can enjoy highlights from the evening concert CANADA DAY ACROSS THE COUNTRY with host Pierre Therrien.
On CBC Listen and Radio-Canada OHdio:
Listeners can explore Radio-Canada OHdio’s playlists showcasing francophone music from coast-to-coast to-coast. Additionally, the podcast series Ingénieux junior will shine the spotlight on Canadian ingenuity, looking back at the country’s eight greatest inventions of all time. Radio-Canada OHdio’s audiobooks section will feature the following Canadian French-language works: Acadie Road by Acadian writer Gabriel Robichaud, L’Obomsawin by Franco-Ontarian novelist Daniel Poliquin, and La petite poule d’eau by legendary Franco-Manitoban author Gabrielle Roy. Lastly, audiences will be invited to check out the high-profile radio series Carnets d’Amérique and De remarquables oubliés – Les pionniers.
On CBC Listen, audiences can explore CBC Music’s All Canadian music collection which includes 21 curated playlists featuring all-Canadian artists across R&B, pop, country, rock, hip-hop, blues, jazz, classical and more.