Enjoy TVO’s Canada / Ontario 150 celebration with documentaries, current affairs, TVOKids programming and archival content that shines a light on our province's and country’s contributions to the world.
Get to the heart of the matter with documentaries
Main Street Ontario
Welcome to Main Street Ontario! This 10-part short video series visits big cities and small towns across the province revealing what makes each place unique. Step inside iconic community landmarks and meet the people who breathe life into the local culture. From Corsini’s in Hamilton to the historic Regent Theatre in Picton - discover the stories that make our main streets and communities so special.
Main Street Ontario: Hamilton – Corsini's was more than just a grocery store when it first set up shop in 1928 on James Street North in Hamilton, Ontario. It was a place where Italian immigrants found what they needed to make a new home. The once bustling strip was later hit hard by the recession but is now a creative hub for newcomers of another sort who have given it a new lease on life.
My First 150 Days
When she departed her rural village for Canada nearly a decade ago, Melona Banico left her family behind. Now, she is sponsoring her three children and grandson as immigrants, to reunite her family in Canada. Follow the newly-arrived Banico family's emotional journey during their first 150 days in Toronto.
Revelstoke: A Kiss in the Wind
Italian filmmaker Nicola Moruzzi explores the story of his great-grandfather, killed while building a CPR tunnel in B.C. in 1915. On his journey, Moruzzi meets the progeny of Italian immigrants who had known his great-grandfather and also meets a community of young Italian immigrants.
Little India: Village of Dreams
World Premiere July 1, 2017 – Explore Canadian identity through the vibrant Toronto neighbourhood known as the Gerrard India Bazaar or Little India. Established by South Asian immigrants over 40 years ago, the community has evolved over the years. Now, the children of those original immigrants are re-examining their roles and the legacies of their parents, while looking ahead to the future.
Explore the issues that shape our province and country
A look at some of the most iconic images in Canadian history, as selected by Stephen Bulger.
Urban Ontario: 150 Years Ago
What was the province like 150 years ago? The Agenda discusses the historic social, political and economic considerations of Ontario's cities and towns, including the province's relationship with its First Nations people.
In the Shadow of Billy Bishop
The Agenda welcomes Diana Bishop, granddaughter of Canadian fighter pilot Billy Bishop, to discuss her book, "Living Up to a Legend: My Adventures With Billy Bishop's Ghost."
Achieving Macdonald’s Vision
Author John Boyko, whose latest book, "Sir John's Echo: A Voice for a Stronger Canada," argues that the federal government should hold the majority of power in this country, joins Steve Paikin on The Agenda to discuss why our national government leads Canada's national progress, and why premiers and their provincial governments should be left to deal with local matters.
The Agenda discusses the history of federalism in Canada.
A Changing Canada and Mackenzie King
Author Christopher Dummitt joins Steve Paikin on The Agenda to discuss his book "Unbuttoned," about how within a matter of years former prime minister William Lyon Mackenzie King went from being a great statesman to an eccentric in the eyes of the Canadian public and what that revealed about a changing Canadian society.
An Immigrant Experience
My First 150 Days, a documentary that followed one family spanning three generations as they experienced their first days in Canada, recently aired on TVO. Now, the Banico family joins The Agenda to discuss their experience and progress.
Discover untold stories with TVO's Short Doc Contest
First Prize: More Than A Refugee
More Than a Refugee by Lewis Gordon of Ottawa – Lewis Gordon is a fourth-year journalism student at Carleton University. "I’ve been interested in making films from an early age and, once finished school, I aspire to become a documentary filmmaker," he says. "I’m interested in sports, arts and politics, and love sharing personal stories that have the power to captivate any audience."
Second Prize: Field to Fashion
Field to Fashion by Katia Trudeau of Toronto – Katia Trudeau says she initially developed an interest in wool and wool-related textile production when she joined the Toronto Guild of Spinners and Weavers. Her background in science and her work as a photographer are reflected in her film. The film was also awarded the 2017 People's Choice Award.
Third Prize: Mark's Story
Mark's Story by Zachary Prong of Simcoe – Photojournalist Zachary Prong's work has been published by a number of publications and displayed in galleries in Canada and Egypt.
Happy Birthday Canada! Celebrate with TVOKids
Premieres May 24, 2017 – Dana is a feisty 9-year-old ‘paleontologist in training’ who, like Dan and Trek before her, eats, sleeps and breathes dinos. Join Dana on her adventures as she explores 10 new dinosaurs!
Premieres June 20, 2017 – You love Opie at school - now it's time to meet his family and hang out with him at home!
Dive into TVO's history with the Archive
Inside Education hosts Linda Marjuris, Indira Naidoo-Harris and Ted Barris inform parents and educators about issues in the education system - 1995
Reach for the Top Host Nicole Stamp with students from Father Leo J. Austin Catholic Secondary school, Ontario Champions 2005
ILC graduation Graduate and winner of the Robert Hogan Award, Morgan Skidders with her son and Minister of Education, Liz Sandals, Class of 2014
Canada Day Celebrations with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (then leader of the Liberal party) - 2015
Gisele's Big Backyard host Gisele Corinthios, Sticks the squirrel, Jay the bluejay, and That the dog - 2015
Today's Special (1988)
Circus – Jeff's attempts to perfect a juggling act inspire his friends to organize a circus in the store with Sam as the ringmaster, Muffy as the magician, and Jodie and Jeff as clowns.
Ontario Shorts: People of Ontario - Richard Lyons, Native People (1990)
A profile on Native Elder and Storyteller Richard Lyons of Thunder Bay, Ontario, who has dedicated his life to preserving the singing, drumming and dancing ceremonies of the Native people.
Ontario Shorts is a selection of shorts films highlighting the people and places of Ontario.
Studio 2: Introducing The Rave (1994)
Raves: An inside look at a new kind of party; held in secret locations, lots of music, dancing and drugs. In this piece you'll hear from the DJ's, the dancers and the ravers themselves.
The McLuhan Project (2002)
Marshall McLuhan's ABC – Canada's foremost media academic explains some of his more famous insights and aphorisms in key interviews with Mike McManus and author Tom Wolfe, while his son Eric McLuhan and wife Corinne, in recent interviews, comment on McLuhan's legacy and expand on his theories.
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