CBC Open Houses, Local "Culture Secrets" broadcasts and other special
events help Canadians embrace our rich and vibrant culture
TORONTO, Sept. 30, 2011 /CNW/ - CBC is throwing open its doors and
inviting Canadians to come on in and celebrate CULTURE DAYS 2011. This weekend, Canada's national public broadcaster will join in the
country's signature annual cultural event - and celebrate its 75th
anniversary bringing the art of broadcasting to Canadians - with
special events and unique, once-in-a-lifetime programming.
"For 75 years, our role as the national public broadcaster has been to
bring Canadians together," said Kirstine Stewart, CBC's Executive Vice
President of English Services. "I can think of no better way to do that
than to hold a national open house to celebrate CULTURE DAYS 2011 - and everyone is invited. Come and see your CBC!"
The national celebrations officially got underway in Vancouver earlier
today with a special kick-off event headlined by country music
sensation Johnny Reid, and culminates tonight with a live concert
broadcast hosted by CBC Q host Jian Ghomeshi. Featuring top Canadian acts like Stars, The Midway
State and The New Pornographers, the concert will air across the
country on CBC TV as Midnight Music: A Concert for Culture Days at 12 midnight/12:30 a.m. NT. (See complete schedule here.)
Bookending the national celebration is a suite of special programs and
local events that will engage and entertain Canadians across the
country. Regional CBC stations will highlight this national,
interactive celebration of our vibrant culture with special CULTURE DAYS 2011 broadcasts. The special 30-minute programs reveal the cultural secrets
of communities across Canada - from Vancouver to Winnipeg to
Newfoundland and Labrador, visiting peoples like the Woodland Cree, and
getting to know the six Alberta communities vying for the coveted title
of "Cultureville 2011."
Tomorrow (October 1), CBC stations across Canada will host Open House events - a unique opportunity presented in celebration of CBC's 75
years as Canada's public broadcaster. In 32 cities, CBC/Radio-Canada
will open its doors to give Canadians a glimpse from the other side of
the camera, and behind the scenes on the sets of their favourite
programs. This national open house is the high point of the CBC's 75th
anniversary celebrations, which have been going strong since late
August. Festivities will continue through November 2, the day the
public broadcaster was established in 1936. Families can take advantage
of a wide range of rare experiences, like appearing on camera,
recording radio messages, going inside a satellite truck or learning
how to produce a news story from start to finish.
CBC/Radio-Canada will be hosting Open House activities in the following
Calgary, Alberta; Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island; Edmonton,
Alberta; Fredericton, New Brunswick; Halifax, Nova Scotia; Iqaluit,
Nunavut; Kelowna, British Columbia; Matane, Quebec; Moncton, New
Brunswick; Montreal, Quebec; Ottawa, Ontario; Prince George, British
Columbia; Quebec City, Quebec; Regina, Saskatchewan; Rimouski, Quebec;
Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec; Saguenay, Quebec; Saint John, New Brunswick;
Sept-Îles, Quebec; Sherbrooke, Quebec; St. John's Newfoundland and
Labrador; Sudbury, Ontario; Sydney, Nova Scotia; Thunder Bay, Ontario;
Toronto, Ontario; Trois-Rivières, Quebec; Vancouver, British Columbia;
Victoria, British Columbia; Whitehorse, Yukon; Windsor, Ontario;
Winnipeg, Manitoba; Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.
Canadians can follow the festivities with ongoing coverage from CBC NEWS and online with CBC LIVE!, which will be posting updates, information and photos from CULTURE DAYS 2011 throughout the weekend.
For full details on Open House activities and visiting hours in your
community, visit www.cbc.radio-canada.ca/75th/events/open-house.shtml
Please note that St. Boniface, Manitoba, will be holding its Open House
event on September 30, and that Montreal's will continue for a second
day on Sunday, October 2.
You can also find more information about our 75th anniversary activities
and special programming at www.cbc.radio-canada.ca/75th
About CULTURE DAYS 2011 www.culturedays.ca
Running from September 30 to October 2, Culture Days is a free,
interactive celebration of arts and culture from coast to coast to
coast. This fall, for a second year, Canadians everywhere will
participate in thousands of free events that bring creators and the
public together to celebrate the creative vitality of our communities.
The cross-Canada celebration represents the largest-ever collective
public participation campaign undertaken by the arts and cultural
community in this country.
About CBC/Radio Canada
CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada's national public broadcaster and one of its
largest cultural institutions. The Corporation is a leader in reaching
Canadians on new platforms and delivers a comprehensive range of radio,
television, Internet and satellite-based services. Deeply rooted in the
regions, CBC/Radio-Canada is the only domestic broadcaster to offer
diverse regional and cultural perspectives in English, French and eight
Aboriginal languages, plus seven languages for international audiences.
In 2011, CBC/Radio-Canada is celebrating 75 years of serving Canadians
and being central to Canada's social, cultural and democratic life.
Image with caption: "A crowd joins in the celebration in Vancouver at CBC Live A Kick Off to Culture Days today with (L-R) CBC News Vancouver anchor Gloria Macarenko, CBC Radio host Jian Ghomeshi, Canadian Country Music Artist of the Year Johnny Reid and CBC News Network anchor Suhana Meharchand. The star-studded spectacular was the National Kick Off to Culture Days, being celebrated in over 800 communities across Canada this weekend. (CNW Group/CBC/RADIO-CANADA)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20110930_C8423_PHOTO_EN_4071.jpg
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Betsy Cooper, b*co communications
Melissa Branco, Veritas Communications