Crave announced today that its new, four-part original gripping investigative docuseries, THUNDER BAY, premieres on Friday, Feb. 17, and is available to audiences in both English and French. The series is produced, written, and co-directed by Anishinaabe journalist Ryan McMahon, who is on a quest to uncover the truth behind the deaths of numerous Indigenous people in Thunder Bay, Ont. – a Canadian city which has historically had high rates of homicides and hate crimes. THUNDER BAY debuts on Feb. 17 with the first two episodes, followed by the final two episodes on Feb. 24.
Following the breakout success of his CANADALAND podcast of the same name, McMahon returns to Thunder Bay to discover the roots of the city’s systemic racism against its Indigenous population. From investigating the unexplained deaths of local Indigenous teens to exploring the failings of the city’s police service, McMahon sheds light on Thunder Bay’s enduring history of racism.
“Following the podcast, I was left with more questions than answers and felt I needed to explore this city’s corruption even further. I’m grateful to the team at eOne and Crave who gave me the time and space to follow this story through all its twists and turns, and bring it to new audiences as a docuseries,” says McMahon.
Over the course of four episodes, THUNDER BAY unravels Canada’s complicated relationship with colonialism, examining the consequences of a broken system in which some can thrive, while many others disproportionally struggle to survive.
Also revealed today is the full-length series trailer for THUNDER BAY:
Episodic synopses are outlined below:
Episode 1 – Murder Capital #1
- Journalist and host Ryan McMahon is determined to uncover the truth behind multiple teenage deaths in Thunder Bay’s waterways.
Episode 2 – Whodunit
- Ryan explores three theories behind the deaths: serial killer, gang violence, and darkest of all, racist vigilantes.
Episode 3 – No Foul Play
- Ryan suspects that the police’s failure to investigate Indigenous deaths may be intentional after an inside source seeks him out.
Episode 4 – The Hive
- Ryan learns some inside information about the police force and his worst fears are confirmed after he receives a covertly leaked report.