Category: Entertainment (Movies, Plays & TV)


Saskatchewan Connection to "X-Company" TV Show

Here is a surprising Saskatchewan connection to tonight's premiere of CBC's new spy drama, X-Company, courtesy of our colleagues at the University of Regina Archives and Special Collections:

X Company dramatizing five highly skilled young recruits trained as agents in an ultra-secret facility on the shores of Lake Ontario - Camp X. These agents parachute behind enemy lines during World War II to fight Nazism. Camp X was established by Sir William Stephenson, a Canadian who worked for the British spy service during the War and was the research subject of one of our journalist/writers William Stevenson. Some of Stevenson's papers are in the University of Regina Archives & Special Collections and contain interviews and numerous materials provided by Sir William for Stevenson's books, 'A Man Called Intrepid' and 'Intrepid's Last Case'.

Further information about the CBC show can be found at:

and William Stevenson's archival Finding Aid can be found at:

Mark Vajcner
University Archivist
University of Regina


Remembering the 1912 Tornado

This is the 100th Anniversary of the devastating tornado that hit Regina on June 30, 1912.

## Related posts:
Boris Karloff's Stay in Saskatchewan

Anniversary of the Regina Tornado, June 20, 1912

Canada Day in 1912

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Have a look at the recent book about the Regina Tornado:
Storm of the Century by Sandra Bingaman

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Check out the new drama Swept Off Our Feet: Boris Karloff and the Regina Cycle put on by Regina Summer Stage July 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Regina Performing Arts Centre at 1077 Angus St. in Regina

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The Tornado Project is a series of free events engaging art, science, nature and history to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 1912 Regina Tornado. Go to the Spiraling Forces website for details of events on June 27 - June 30.
Of particular interest is the Path of the Tornado walking tour on June 30 - Meet at the bandstand on the north side of Wascana Lake at 4:30 p.m.

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Interested in the current tornado situation in Saskatchewan?
Visit and check out Greg Johnson's blog.


CBC Documentary Famine and Shipwreck, An Irish Odyssey

We normally do not push documentaries or TV series on this blog but we thought we would draw your attention the following TV documentary that has some historical as well genealogical aspects.

Catch the CBC documentary Famine and Shipwreck, an Irish Odyssey on Thursday, March 17. The documentary tells the extraordinary tale of horror and survival. In the spring of 1849, the Hannah, carrying 180 Irish emigrants fleeing Ireland’s potato famine, capsized off the coast of Newfoundland. Seventeen hours later, the survivors were rescued by another famine ship, the Nicaragua.

The documentary not only recreates the shipwreck, but also includes talks to descendants of the passengers, historians’ testimonies and archives of letters, photographs, documents, newspaper articles and art.

Check local TV listings for channels and times.


Local Heritage Association Focus of SCN TV show

The Herbert Heritage Association's presentation of "Christmas in Herbert" will be the focus of an episode of 15 Minutes of Fame on SCN. The "Christmas in Herbert” presentation is a positive example of volunteerism and community pride. The Herbert Heritage Association has made this an annual fundraising event to celebrate the season. The episode airs on Sat. May 23/09 at 6:15 pm and Sun. May 24/09 at 6:45 pm on SCN.

For more information, go to


Nellie McClung Play

In recognition of International Women’s Day, Westminster United Church (3025 13th Avenue) is presenting Nellie McClung, a one-person play starring Wendy Stricker.

The performance is 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 8 at the church. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. They’re available at Cobb Swanson Music, Burns-Hanley and at the door.

For more information call 757-6444.


Ancestors in the Attic (TV Series) coming to Global Television

For four weeks, Global Television will broadcast episodes from the Gemini-nominated family history series. Consult Global TV Regina for local broadcast times:

Wednesday December 17: One-hour Cenotaph Special
Two students go in search of the true stories behind the names of two soldiers on their highschool Cenotaph.

Sunday December 21: Mary
A Korean-Canadian returns to her homeland to find the birth parents she never knew.

Sunday December 28: Missing Pieces
A Japanese-Canadian goes to Japan for the first time in search of his father's family.

Sunday January 4: Autograph Book
In 1917 a British nurse and a native Canadian soldier signed their names in an autograph book. This is the story of the love story that bound them and the search for their descendants.

For more information about the episodes and the TV series, check out its official website.


Trial of Louis Riel - July 30 - August 1, 2008

For those of you looking for some entertainment of educational value, check one of Canada's longest running stage shows, the Trial of Louis Riel. This play is the re-enactment of courtroom proceedings drawn from the actual transcripts of the trial of Louis Riel who led the Metis people in the North West Resistance of 1885.

The play runs July 30, 2008 to Aug 1, 2008 at the Shumiatcher Theatre, MacKenzie Art Gallery (3475 Albert Street) starting 7:30 pm.

Tickets can be purchased by reservation at 1-306-728-5728 or at the door before the show.

For more information, check out the production's website.


Who Do You Think You Are? TV Series

Fans of CBC's genealogy series Who Do You Think You Are? will be dismayed to hear that the network has opted NOT to renew the show for a second season. In the meantime, reruns of season one will be running on CBC Newsworld on Sundays (check local times).


CBC's Who Do You Think You Are TV Program

Debuting this Thursday, Oct. 11, 2007 at 7:30 pm on CBC is the premiere of Who Do You Think You Are? Based on the popular British genealogical series, the 13-part Canadian version follows Canadian celebrities as they discover the truth behind their family history. The celebrities include Don Cherry (hockey personality), Chantal Kreviazuk (singer) and Shaun Majumder (comedian & actor).

To compliment the TV series, CBC has designed a website that showcases each episode as well as help fans explore their own ancestry. In addition, Library and Archives Canada has updated it's Canadian Genealogy Centre's website to incorporate a link to the show's website. Interestingly enough, LAC is going to provide a one-stop search tool that will enable you to search multiple provincial databases at once. Right now, the search tool is not yet available but keep checking to see when it will be.


Rebroadcast of the Tommy Douglas Mini-Series

The controversial CBC mini-series Prairie Giant: The Tommy Douglas Story will be rebroadcast on specialty channel Vision TV on Sept. 25 and 27.

The mini-series which chronicled the life of former Saskatchewan premier Tommy Douglas, was well-received by critics when it first aired on CBC. However, the controversy surrounding the portrayal of Douglas's rival, former premier Jimmy Gardiner, forced CBC to promise never to rebroadcast the 2 part series.

Acknowledging the controversy, Vision TV is choosing to rebroadcast the mini-series in its entirety without any edits. The network will also put up a disclaimer before the start of the show telling people it is a drama that should not be taken literally. Click here to view Vision TV's broadcast schedule of the show.

For additional resources about Tommy Douglas and his tenure as premier, click on the following subject terms to take you back to the RPL's catalogue:

* T. C. Douglas
* CCF Party (Co-Operative Commonwealth Federation)
* Saskatchewan Politics

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