July 6, 2012
CANADA AM Celebrates Nunavut Day, Taking Viewers On The Road To Canada’s Arctic
– From Inukshuks to climate change and more, Beverly Thomson and Jeff Hutcheson offer viewers an inside glimpse of Nunavut life in Canada’s remote north –
– Also, CANADA AM looks at London 2012, cottage cleanup tips, summer music festivals, and more –
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Toronto, ON (July 6, 2012) – CANADA AM is live from Nunavut with a two-day special edition taking viewers to Canada’s largest territory to commemorate Nunavut Day, annually celebrated on July 9. CANADA AM’s Beverly Thomson and Jeff Hutcheson offer viewers a close-up of this unique region that contains a staggering one-fifth of Canada’s land mass, located above the tree-line. CANADA AM introduces viewers to a region rich in art and culture, steeped in history as vast as the land itself, and a glimpse into the lives of today’s population in Canada’s far north.
“One of the things we do well is showing Canada to Canadians, and this week we are proud to be able to broadcast for the first time live out of Nunavut” said Lis Travers, Vice-President and Executive Producer, CANADA AM. “We are delighted to take viewers inside this unique region.”
CANADA AM’s two-day celebration of Nunavut Day leads a week full features. Below are highlights from the entire week:
Monday, July 9 – Nunavut Day
• ROAD TO NOWHERE: Jeff takes viewers to Nunavut’s Road To Nowhere - a name officially marked on the map of Iqualuit. In spite of its name, it’s a hub of northern activities, and a gateway to other northern communities.
• PREMIER EVA AARIAK: The only woman in the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut, Aariak has served the territory as Premier since 2008. Bev Thomson takes a walk with the Premier to talk about the challenges and opportunities facing Nunavut today and her role in legislature.
• INUIT TRADITION AND HISTORY: Bev Thomson chats with Naullaq Arnaquq, Minister of Culture, Language, Elders and Youth, about how traditional and modern cultures are blending.
• ART OF THE NORTH: Exploring Nunavut’s bustling art scene, Jeff Hutcheson meets celebrated artists including Andrew Qappik, a graphic artist whose prints depict both animal and traditional Inuit culture. And Toonoo Sharky, regarded as one of the most exciting young carvers to emerge in the Arctic, was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy in 2003.
• CHOPPER TO THE ARCTIC CIRCLE: Canada’s favourite weatherman, Jeff Hutcheson, travels by helicopter to the Arctic Circle, visiting Auyuittuq National Park.
Tuesday, July 10 – Nunavut Day 2
• FROBISHER BAY: Named for Sir Martin Frobisher who discovered it in 1576, the Bay has one of the two highest tides in the world, reaching as high as 11 metres at the head of the Bay, where Iqualuit is located.
• INUKSHUK ORIGINS: CANADA AM looks at the origins of the Inukshuk, originally an Inuit land marker constructed from five stones in the likeness of a human form, representing sacred places in the landscape.
• MINERAL RICH NORTH: CANADA AM looks at Nunavut’s rich mineral resources and what they could mean for the territory.
• YOUTH ON THE FUTURE: With 51% of the population under the age of 25, Beverly Thomson speaks to local youth about the future of the country’s youngest territory.
Wednesday, July 11
• BRIAN WILLIAMS: One of Canada’s foremost Olympic Games broadcasters, Williams checks in with CANADA AM to talk about Canadian athletes, and the latest scoop as we approach the London 2012 Olympic Games.
• MARY SPENCER: Three-time World Champion Canadian boxer takes a shot at Olympic Gold this summer as the Windsor, Ontario native heads to London for the 2012 Olympic Games.
• GOLF TIPS WITH ACE GOLFER STEPHEN AMES: The professional golfer takes a break from the PGA tour, joining CANADA AM with tips on how to master the fairway, helping viewers increase their par and improve their handicap.
Thursday, July 12
• CAMH MAKING STRIDES: CANADA AM explores emerging research in addiction and mental health studies, examining where the research is going along with new treatment options.
• WEDDING PANEL: CANADA AM pairs a newlywed and an about-to-wed with Alison McGill, Editor-In-Chief of Wedding Bells Magazine, for a list of “Do’s” for those about to say “I Do.”
• COTTAGE STORAGE IN STYLE: CANADA AM décor expert Karl Lohnes shares great storage ideas for the cottage.
Friday, July 13
• FILM FRIDAY: CANADA AM’s resident film expert Richard Crouse takes viewers to the movies, with a look at Ice Age: Continental Drift.
• SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVALS: Always on the cutting edge of what’s happening in music, Eric Alper delivers a guide to Canada’s hottest music festivals this summer on CANADA AM.
• CLEANING UP COTTAGE: CANADA AM shares quick and easy tips on how to get the cottage in tip top shape before the weekend.
CANADA AM is Canada’s most-watched national morning newsmagazine. Since its launch in 1972, CANADA AM has brought Canadians a unique blend of hard news and lifestyle stories, featuring in-depth interviews with top newsmakers, celebrities and musical stars. Lis Travers is the Vice-President and Executive Producer for CANADA AM and Wendy Freeman is the President of CTV News.
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