CBC Radio & Podcasts
The Current with Matt Galloway has been extended until noon in most time zones for the program to provide the latest updates and information on COVID-19. As a result, q will be on temporary hiatus.
q host Tom Power will contribute regularly to The Current to cover stories of how artists are coping with COVID-19 and feature interviews and recommendations on content and culture to consume during this time of social isolation.
Front Burner: As a public service during the coronavirus pandemic, all Canadian National Campus and Community Radio Association member stations have been given free access to CBC’s daily news podcast Front Burner including all morning and special evening COVID-19 episodes. The University of Toronto’s CIUT FM started broadcasting the podcast at 9 am this morning.
A special Saturday edition of Cross Country Checkup with host Duncan McCue will broadcast across the full CBC Radio One network from 4-6 p.m. ET.
CBC Music’s weekday schedule has shifted to all-Canadian programming in support of the Canadian music industry and artists. Listen on CBC Listen and the free CBC Listen App.
FRIDAY, MARCH 27
MARKETPLACE Straighter teeth in a box; How Taiwan keeps kids in school during the pandemic – New episode at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC and CBC Gem
Hidden Camera investigation about how the latest way to fix your smile at home is sold to potential patients. Tele-orthodontics are cheaper, no monthly visits, but are they worth it? And what Canada can learn from Taiwan to fight COVID-19 and keep schools open.
New on CBC Gem starting Friday:
VERSAILLES (Drama, 10×60, Canada/France) – Season 2 begins streaming Friday on CBC Gem
Louis (George Blagden, Les Misérables) has completed the first phase of construction. Surrounded by corruption, greed and lewd behaviour, he watches his dream crumble and loses his sense of purpose as the nobility start to turn against him. Blinded by passion and hatred, he remains deaf to the Church’s injunctions. Will the dream of Versailles prevail?
MOTHERFATHERSON (Drama, 8×60, United Kingdom) – Season 1 begins streaming Friday on CBC Gem
Richard Gere stars in an acclaimed thriller from the writer of The Assassination of Gianni Versace. Max (Gere) owns one of the world’s most influential media empires, and uses his power ruthlessly. His son Caden (Billy Howle) is editor of Max’s mouthpiece, The National newspaper. But Caden is crumbling under the pressure of his father’s expectation. When Caden’s excess causes a massive stroke, he’s left like a helpless child. For Kathryn (Helen McCrory) – Max’s estranged wife – this is a chance to reconnect with the sensitive boy Max ripped away from her. And as Max and Kathryn fight for the soul of their son, another fight is about to begin, a fight for the heart of the nation.
RACE (Canadian Film, 2016, directed by Stephen Hopkins) – Begins streaming Friday on CBC Gem
Based on the incredible true story of Jesse Owens, the legendary athletic superstar whose quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history thrusts him onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics, where he faces off against Adolf Hitler’s vision of Aryan supremacy. RACE, starring Stephan James (If Beale Street Could Talk), is an enthralling film about courage, determination, tolerance, and friendship, and an inspiring drama about one man’s fight to become an Olympic legend.
A-YI (Canadian Documentary, 2020, Martyna Czaplak) – Begins streaming Friday on CBC Gem
When a group of friends moved into their traditional East Vancouver home eight years ago, they couldn’t have known about a new mysterious roommate, a staple of the neighbourhood, who slowly occupied the empty spaces around their home and then their hearts. A-Yi (Auntie, in Cantonese) collects cans at all hours and tends to the garden that she has built on their rented property, where she also operates her personal “bottle depot.” With the help of a translator, the housemates finally get a chance to communicate with A-Yi, straightening out hilarious assumptions and, most importantly, letting her know that they’re moving out. What will A-Yi do once they’ve gone?
LIFE IN THE CITY OF DIRTY WATER (Canadian Documentary, 2019) – Begins streaming Friday on CBC Gem
Rooted in Indigenous storytelling tradition, this series of intimate vignettes weaves together the remarkable life of Indigenous climate change activist Clayton Thomas-Muller. Scenes juxtapose Clayton’s rise as a prominent Indigenous campaigner with his raw and troubled journey of addiction, incarceration, healing, and forgiveness.
SATURDAY, MARCH 28
ROAD TO THE OLYMPIC GAMES Olympic Games Replay: PyeongChang 2018 Bobsleigh / Luge – Saturday at 3 p.m. (4 AT, 4:30 NT) on CBC and CBC Gem
In this week’s edition, hosts Scott Rusell and Andi Petrillo look back at PyeongChang 2018 sliding sports. Olympic Games bobsled champion Kaillie Humphries produced her third medal, and for the first time in Olympic Games history, Canadian lugers hit the podium. ROAD TO THE OLYMPIC GAMES is also available at cbcsports.ca and the CBC Sports app for iOS and Android devices.
Back-to-back Canadian films starting at 7 p.m. (8 AT, 8:30 NT) on CBC and CBC Gem.
HYENA ROAD (2015, drama, directed by Paul Gross) – Saturday at 7 p.m. (8 AT, 8:30 NT) on CBC and CBC Gem
THE RIGHT KIND OF WRONG (2013, comedy, directed by Jeremiah Chechik) – Saturday at 9:30 p.m. (10:30 AT, 11 NT, 10:30 PT) on CBC and CBC Gem
SUNDAY, MARCH 29
KIM’S CONVENIENCE – FAN FAVOURITE MARATHON
Sunday 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on CBC and CBC Gem
Audiences voted via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for their favourite Kim’s Convenience episodes and now the four most popular, fan-selected episodes air back-to-back ahead of this week’s season finale.
documentary Channel Living in the Future’s Past
Canadian Premiere at 9 p.m. ET/PT on documentary Channel
Academy Award® Winner, Jeff Bridges, alongside prominent scientists and authors, looks under the “hood of humanity,” exploring ourselves, and our past, providing the keys to a better future.
TUESDAY, MARCH 31
KIM’S CONVENIENCE (13×30) – New episode Tuesday at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC and CBC Gem
Episode 413 – “Bon Voyage” *SEASON FINALE*
Appa and Umma’s plans for the future push Appa out of his comfort zone. Janet gets an internship overseas while Jung and Kimchee explore new living arrangements.
SCHITT’S CREEK (14×30) – New episode Tuesday at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT)
Episode 613 *PENULTIMATE EPISODE*
In Season Six, the Roses are achieving success in their careers and personal lives, forcing them all to contemplate their inevitable next steps.
WORKIN’ MOMS (8×30) – New episode Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. (10 NT)
Episode 407 – “Bad Reputation”
Kate finds herself in the middle of a PR crisis for her new client Après, while Anne is inspired by a new book idea and Frankie and Bianca discover the truth about Sean.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1
DIGGSTOWN (6×60) – New back-to-back SEASON FINALE Wednesday at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT)
Episode 205 – “Vi Bayley” at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT)
Marcie defends hair salon owner, Viola “Vi” Bailey, who is charged in connection with the assault of a gang member. Marcie’s efforts to free Vi are hampered by her client’s violent past and the murder of the complainant.
Episode 206 – “Dani Ewing” *SEASON FINALE* at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT)
Marcie defends Dani Ewing, a white female facing arson and hate crime charges after homes in a predominantly Black suburb are set on fire. As Marcie delves deeper into Dani’s life, she finds herself questioning both Dani’s sanity and her innocence.
documentary Channel Edwardian Britain in Colour – Canadian Premiere at 10 p.m. ET/PT
A two-part documentary series bringing black-and-white films of the era back to vivid life.
THURSDAY, APRIL 2
FRIDGE WARS (6X60) – New episode Thursday at 8 p.m. (8:30NT) *SEASON FINALE*
Episode 106 – Shane Chartrand vs. Joshna Maharaj
This week, chefs Shane Chartrand and Joshna Maharaj are pitted against each other
to cater to a shopaholic father’s need for flavour, and some world champion cravings.
New on CBC Gem starting Thursday:
BEYOND THE SPECTRUM (Canadian Documentary, 2017) – begins streaming Thursday
An Ontario family of seven drops everything for a year after two-year-old Oskar is diagnosed with autism.