That was pretty much the reason de jour of the CBC. The idea is that those Yankee American capitalist pig dogs down south were blasting their arts, culture and programming at gains and volumes that Canadians couldn’t compete with… so they needed a platform where those evil Amurkin bastards couldn’t squelch our pure Canadian content!
It was with the highest hopes and best of intentions that the Canadian Broadcast Corporation was brought into being… and with which it fell flat on its face. Sure…Canada has produced some real musical talent: Sarah Macballgargler, Gordon Lightfoot, kd Lang…and they all got trucked out, played and replayed until they finally got clapped out!! It was horrible! The fact is that Canada didn’t really have any kind of talent that couldn’t be found down south. What little there was had to move to the lower 48 to reach real paying markets.
The CBC was stuck with a collection of mummers and fools and unfunny pigs like Mary Walsh (is that fat old bitch dead yet? Gawd I hope so!) 22 Minutes and Codco became benchmarks of Canadian “comedy”. Because of its mandatory Canadian Content rules…it was programming that was starved for talent.
Thankfully all that has come to an end! I just scored a totally legit job as a consultant to the CBC with a seven figure income!!! 🤡👍 My new job is finding the talent the CBC needs to compete in today’s crowded and cutthroat broadcast industry!
Ladies and gentlemen, for your entertainment, I’d like to offer you this spectacular gem of maritime art and culture. I’m thinking this proudly Canadian artist is from Newfoundland.
Ugh. There is always that forced quality to anything Canadian. It's kind of like being a try hard combined with thinking you're really as good as your backers and agents say you are (you aren't). It does give a uniquely Canadian gloss on our entertainment. But it's not a good one. And nothing like they try to push it as.ReplyDelete
Except Red Green. Dum as hell but I did get a kick out of his episodes.
I thought the only pure content coming from Canada was maple syrup and LaBlatts beer? Am I wrong?ReplyDelete
Take off, eh? Whataboot this:Delete
Oh, she has some nice Canuck boobies! Those are pure!Delete
Bob and Doug McKenzie.Delete
And please, let's not get started on Canadian ANIMATION!!! No offense, Glen, but WHY can't the Great White North do a cartoon to save its life???ReplyDelete
I tried to buy a beer in Windsor at a strip club once. After the whole speeel that they didn't carry imports I asked for a Canadian and they still told me they didnt sell imports and brought me a Bud Light. While playing a Cory Hart song.ReplyDelete
Long ago those mountain men always talked about Canadian beaver. Having never seen some personally, can you please tell us if what you saw were bigger and more covered in a better fur?Delete
"Traders" was a pretty good TV series but that goes back to the mid-90s. Filthie--you forgot the flower of Springhill, NS--Anne Murray, and Shania Twain (the hottest-looking Canadian singer I've ever seen when she first the airwaves)ReplyDelete
Beside "SNOWBIRD" name me 2 other songs Anne did that was worth recognition? She had a nice voice though.Delete
"The fact is that Canada didn’t really have any kind of talent that couldn’t be found down south."ReplyDelete
Sorry Glen....gotta call horseshit on this one on account of bands like Rush, Helix, Max Webster, and Triumph. Mind you, they were around before everything went fake and gay in Canada. The CBC is probably in the process of censoring all the good music as we speak and replacing it with whiny hippie bullshit like Neil Young and the Tragically Hip.
You forgot Nickleback.Delete
All joking aside, The Band wasn’t bad.
There were lots of great Canuck bands back in my day. Rush, Trooper, BTO, April wine, Prism, Kim Mitchel et al... it took the MTV generation to push the likes of Cory Hart, Celine Dion and the Bare Naked Ladies to destroy Canadian rock.Delete
C'mon Filthie. All the American TV shows are filmed in Hongcouver. At least the good sci fi cable shows.ReplyDelete
Yep there IS a lot a that going on now that ya mentioned it…Delete
OFF TOPIC - Sincere apologies all but this is important.ReplyDelete
Check this bullshit on an Australian "National Gun Registry"
that suddenly NEEDS TO BE IMPLEMENTED (28 years after it was first suggested), because three CRIMINALS decided to be CRIMINALS. They even ADMIT that an "Australian National Gun Registry" wouldn't have helped saved the victims. Oh, and we're going to introduce ammunition limits too.
Is this the same carp that turdeau tried to push? Suddenly we're copping it again for no reason. And 99.99999% chance they'll get it through too.
Here's the problem. Suddenly the largest shooting organisation in the country wants to play along with a national registry, and ammo limits. Yep - FEMALE LEADERSHIP.
Spotting a pattern?
What the heck are they bringing in that they're worried we might shoot them for?
Oh yeah. Same as in New Zealand with their donkey faced girl leader. Same as it is in Europe. Low modern liberal Women concern themselves with frippery, drama, and fashion. They think with their emotions. When they start making decisions it’s all over. The good news is that they don’t lead or implement this stuff well. Their gun control programs are in shambles.Delete
Uncle Bob used to theorize that it was women that send their men to war and you see that in the Kraine war debacle. Not only did Vlad easily put the boots to them…he may put an end to NATO…with the bulk of that being done by our own stable of wahmen, freaks and perverts. Maybe it’s for the best? The sooner men stop being led by women, the better off we will be.
lots of the down south talent is actually canadian and emigrated to american television.ReplyDelete
don't know about nowadays because i only watch wheel of fortune and then the tv goes off
we also use the tv with a cable attached to a computer to watch shows from all over the world
My Dad loved game shows too, Deb. I think he still does…his game was The Price Is Right…😂👍Delete
It seems I may have indeed have pooped the bed on this one. I have but one possible lame rebuttal: with a plethora of Canadian talent - the CBC still sets records for the worst programming.
And all that talent you guys refer to…pretty much all had to be exported to the US to reach paying markets? A few come back …but most are gone for good and their Canadian origins are just a footnote in their PR blurbs…
Thank you for this thoughtful post, Mr. Filthie. Just a note regarding the CBC... I used to have a document that explained that the CBC was in fact brought into being to support the espionage efforts of the British. There was a simply gigantic antenna array in Manitoba that could broadcast to most of the country; what it was actually for was to receive the transmissions from Allied agents in Nassau, who were keeping track of German shipping to and from there.ReplyDelete
I read this a long time ago. Events since have certainly suggested there is truth to it; our government has been quietly up to its eyeballs in nefarious activities since Confederation, you just never hear about it at the time. Sort of like those guys in the van in Bosnia... but that's another story.
Mike in Canada
RUSH and TRAILER PARK BOYS!!! F-YEAH!!!!! Bubbles for Prime Minister!!ReplyDelete
Kim's Conenience, Corner Gas and Letterkenny are three Canadian shows I've enjoyedReplyDelete
Deacon in Louisiana
I still watch Red Green every Saturday! Great Canadian contentReplyDelete