9:00 PM ET: The Candy Show
9:30 PM ET: Bionic Bannock Boys
10:00 PM ET: CAUTION: May Contain Nuts
10:30 PM ET: Arbor Live
CAUTION: May Contain Nuts and Arbor Live are in their second seasons. Bionic Bannock Boys and The Candy Show will make their debuts. Arbor Live is the only non-comedy, though The Candy Show and Arbor Live are both variety shows.
As for The Candy Show, I was actually surprised to see CBC News mention it back in April 2010. Host Candy Palmater has done some pieces for CBC Radio One’s Definitely Not the Opera, which I don’t hold against her.
Arbor Live features mainstream acts like Joe Satriani and Velvet Revolver alongside aboriginal artists, though the musical guest lineup is rather disjointed. Eric Schweig is on the show for some odd reason.
At the same time, CBC doesn’t mount shows like Arbor Live. Joe Satriani and Velvet Revolver aren’t the freshest of acts to feature on a music variety show, but at least APTN tries. When was the last time CBC mounted an actual variety show? ZeD? Rita and Friends? Devin Townsend would be perfect for a variety show. I’m just saying.
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