Canada’s Vintage TV Lives On Via a New ‘You Tube’ Channel

Littlest Hobo, Mr. Dressup and many more classic Canadian favourites will feature on the online channel after a collab by the Canada Media Fund and Google Canada.

Ernie Coombs as Mr. Dressup in rehearsal for his final show in 1996. Thanks to Encore+ the iconic show will now be available to Canadian viewers again.
Ernie Coombs as Mr. Dressup in rehearsal for his final show in 1996. Thanks to Encore+ the iconic show will now be available to Canadian viewers again.

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For years, Canadians have been able to watch episodes of iconic American classics such as “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “Batman” or “I Love Lucy.” But where was Canada’s TV heritage? Why was our homegrown fare always, after its initial run, locked away in a vault?

Well, “The Littlest Hobo” has finally been let out of his kennel. After years of development, the Canada Media Fund and Google Canada have teamed to launch encore+, a new YouTube channel giving viewers here and around the world access to decades of Canadian film and TV gold.

“We discovered that there are about 22,000 titles of Canadian content, financed by the public sector, that was not available to the public because it was stuck in analog,” said Canada Media Fund CEO Valerie Creighton, who first approached Telefilm’s Carolle Brabant with the idea five years ago.

“I still get calls every day at work: Where can I find ‘Mr. Dressup’? Where can I find ‘Littlest Hobo’?”

The idea, says Creighton, was to “take this iconic Canadian content that many of our stars of today started their careers in, and allow it to be seen by the public and the world.”

Some of those stars were at Tuesday’s launch of the YouTube channel, including Jennifer Dale, Sheila McCarthy, Henry Czerny, Aiden Devine, Pat Mastroianni, Michael Riley and John Wildman. They were thrilled that their work in shows such as “Da Vinci’s Inquest,” “Degrassi,” “Little Mosque on the Prairie,” “The Boys of St. Vincent” and “My American Cousin” are back.

The Littlest Hobo is another Canadian favourite that will feature on encore+, a new YouTube channel giving viewers here and around the world access to decades of Canadian film and TV gold.

The Littlest Hobo is another Canadian favourite that will feature on encore+, a new YouTube channel giving viewers here and around the world access to decades of Canadian film and TV gold.

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Many of those actors could only see their early work on dusty VHS tapes or homemade digital transfers. Riley is thrilled to now be able to stream at least three shows in which he appeared, “This is Wonderland” “The Littlest Hobo” and ‘Due South.”

“With most Canadian projects,” said the actor, “you do them, they get that little airing window and then they disappear, never to be seen again. It’s kind of nice, after three decades in this business, to see a platform where there’s going to be a resurgence.”

READ THE REST OF BILL BRIOUX’s COLUMN  HERE  AT MetroNews.ca

Published on November 11, 2017 at 10:47 am by mikedup

Comments

November 11, 2017 - 3:01 pm

Oh brother

Not very encompassing … I was unable to find “The Trouble With Tracy” or “Celebrity Dominoes”


November 11, 2017 - 5:04 pm

Larry

I hope this is successful and we see a lot more shows released from start to finish.


November 13, 2017 - 7:30 pm

Flash Bazbo

Looking forward to seeing episodes of Wojeck.


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