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Hoser Pride: CBC Celebrates All Things Canadian for its 75th

by Annette Bourdeau, posted Aug 23rd 2011 2:59PM
Hard to believe CBC is turning 75, eh? Canada's public broadcaster, the Ceeb, is rolling out 75 days of special programming leading up to its momentous anniversary on Wednesday, November 2. So bust out your finest BC Dinner Jacket (yes, I mean flannel shirt), pop a Pilsner and enjoy the epic 75-day celebration.

The anniversary fare kicked off this past Sunday night with the broadcast of '1 Day,' a two-hour special that documents a day (April 30, to be precise) in the life of Canadians from coast-to-coast, from soprano sensation Measha Brueggergosman in Toronto to 5-year-old Kaizen in Burnaby.

Chances are you haven't seen anything quite like '1 Day' before. The special features a unique blend of footage by pros and home videos submitted by hundreds of Canadians, including Kaizen's dad Stephen Rowe. If you missed '1 Day' on Sunday, don't despair. It will air again on Saturday on CBC News Network, and on CBC Television in November.

Sue Dando, the show's executive producer, says sorting through the footage made it clear that there truly are uniquely Canadian traits. "Canadians have a good-natured resilience ... we're good at finding humor even in adversity," she says, adding that she was especially struck by the compassion a Vancouver police officer displayed towards a man she caught smoking crack in an alley. "I don't feel I'd see that same character on an American show."

Speaking of uniquely Canadian, CBC will be airing 'Wayne & Shuster Legacy III,' showcasing the legendary duo's unique comedic stylings, on Wednesday, August 28 as part of its anniversary programming.

Other highlights include Shawn Doyle ('Big Love,' 'Endgame') as Sir John A. Macdonald in 'John A: Birth of a Country' on September 19, and 'Culture Day,' which explores the personal stories of Canadian artists and musicians on September 29.

To really get in the mood for the Ceeb's 75th, you won't want to miss 'Long Story Short: CBC Turns 75' hosted by Martin Short on September 4. You know that with Short hosting, this won't be a boring, monotonous retrospective. The one-hour special will feature Short sharing memorable moments in CBC history, as well as guest appearances by the likes of Lorne Michaels, Cynthia Dale and Anne Murray.

Naturally, the anniversary celebration extends to CBC Radio, too. Click here for more info about the Ceeb's plethora of 75th programming.

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