Featuring rarely seen historic performances and candid interviews with the biggest names in music over the past 60 years, including Sammy Davis Jr., The Guess Who, Leonard Cohen, Shania Twain, Celine Dion, Buffy Sainte Marie, Bryan Adams, and many more.
Includes moments from past CBC shows that helped launch stars’ careers: Adrienne Clarkson Presents, Let’s Go, Nightcap, Parade, Pilot One, Take 30, Talent Caravan, The Tommy Hunter Show, The Wayne & Shuster Hour and others.
CBC is set to release original series FROM THE VAULTS on Thursday, November 15 at 9 p.m. (9:30 p.m. NT) on CBC, the CBC TV streaming app and cbc.ca/watch. Hosted by Amanda Parris and Tom Power, FROM THE VAULTS takes viewers on an all-access journey into a Canadian treasure that few have ever seen: the CBC music archives. The six-part series spans 60 years of Canada’s music history, shining a light on many remarkable moments including Sammy Davis Jr. in his first ever solo television special Parade on CBC, Shania Twain performing on CBC’s The Tommy Hunter Show at the age of 14, and Leonard Cohen’s television debut on CBC’s Take 30 in 1966.
Emmy® Award-winning Banger Films produced FROM THE VAULTS, sorting through 600 hours of content from the CBC archives over a five month period to gather the 200 minutes of footage that appear in the series. FROM THE VAULTS includes seldom-seen performances by Celine Dion, The Guess Who, k.d. lang, Leonard Cohen, Paul Anka, Sammy Davis Jr., Shania Twain and more. Over 60 candid interviews with musicians and industry insiders including Adrienne Clarkson, Carole Pope, Maestro Fresh Wes, Paul Anka, Paul Soles, Randy Bachman, Sarah McLachlan and Shad are also featured throughout to provide further insight into the groundbreaking music moments from the mid-1950s onwards.
FROM THE VAULTS showcases performances from:
World-renown entertainer Sammy Davis Jr., singer-songwriter Joan Baez, reggae legend Jackie Mittoo and blues singer Muddy Waters seeking the freedom to explore their talents on Canadian soil.
Thursday, November 15 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT)
Halifax’s own Sarah McLachlan, Edmonton-born k.d. lang, Montreal jazz pianist Oscar Peterson, and Toronto 1970s-1980s drag performer Craig Russell leading the charge for social change and activism in Canada.
Thursday, November 22 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT)
London rockers The Who, folk musician James Taylor, 1950 Toronto quartet The Crew Cuts, and new wave rock band Rough Trade, young artists on the scene working to shake up the status quo.
Thursday, November 29 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT)
Award-winning singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte Marie, Toronto-born rapper Maestro Fresh Wes, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Jeff Healey, and Jamaican-American singer Harry Belafonte bringing marginalized voices to the mainstream.
Thursday, December 6 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT)
Folk legend Gordon Lightfoot, Winnipeg rockersThe Guess Who, Montreal vocalist Celine Dion, and Hamilton rock band Crowbar, broke past the American music machine in novel ways to become homegrown stars.
Thursday, December 13 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT)
Iconic artist Bryan Adams, standout singer-songwriter Anne Murray, country legend Shania Twain, and Montreal’s acclaimed singer-songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen are captured in their first steps on the road to global stardom.
Thursday, December 13 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT)
Past CBC performances by Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Jefferson Airplane, Duke Ellington, Pat Benatar and Paul Anka also appear throughout the series.
A special, advance screening of FROM THE VAULTS will take place at Hot Docs Theatre in Toronto on Wednesday, November 14 at 7 p.m. with hosts Tom Power and Amanda Parris . A limited number of event tickets are now available to the general public here.