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Celebrating Canadian Content

We’ve compiled a number of facts on kids’ television that make us proud to be Canadian!
Celebrate with us on Twitter with #RocketKids150 and #Canada150.

  1. 9 Story Media Group’s latest animation, Melia & Jo inspires girls to STEAM careers.
  2. Did you know? Drake got his start on the Canadian show Degrassi back in 2001. He’s won three Grammy awards!
  3. Canada’s first children’s program, Pépinot et Capucine, made its debut on September 7, 1952. This French-language puppet show was filmed in Montreal and dubbed into English.
  4. The Canadian kids TV show Mr. Dressup ran for almost 30 years, from 1967 to 1996.
  5. Startoon lets Canadian creators submit cartoon character ideas. 2016’s winning character was a duo called Sonny & Bently.
  6. Did you know: The longest running Canadian kids TV show was The Friendly Giant, which premiered in 1958 and ran until 1985.
  7. Back in 1997, Elisha Cuthbert and Jay Baruchel starred in the Canadian kids TV show Popular Mechanics for Kids.
  8. Bobino, a French-language marionette program, was on Radio-Canada from 1957 to 1985, spanning generations.
  9. In 1995, The Walt Disney Company located major animation studios in Toronto and Vancouver due to Canada’s strength in the field.
  10. Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood debuted as Mister Rogers on CBC in 1963. It ran for three years in Canada before Fred Rogers bought the rights and moved it to Pittsburgh.
  11. Canadian show Bookaboo won BAFTA awards in 2009 and 2011 in the Pre-School Live Action category.
  12. In 1941, Norman McLaren established an animation division in the National Film Board. Since then, Canada has been known for groundbreaking animation production.
  13. Much of the production of Arthur was done in Boston, but the animation and voice acting was handled mostly in Toronto and Montreal.
  14. Canadian kids ages 2-17 watch an average of 17.5 hours of television every week.
  15. In 1956, Hidden Pages began airing on CBC. It stimulated children’s interest in reading and at times it actually caused more library books to be checked out.
  16. Are You Afraid of the Dark, co-produced by Cinar (now DHX), filmed mostly in Montreal. Ryan Gosling, Elisha Cuthbert and Jay Baruchel all made appearances in the series.
  17. There are over 100 Canadian production companies making great content for kids TV.
  18. The Phantoms, produced by Dream Street Pictures in Canada, won an International Kids Emmy Award for Kids: TV Movie/Mini-Series in 2013.
  19. The Friendly Giant‘s theme song was once voted the 2nd-most recognized TV theme song in Canada, after “Hockey Night in Canada.”
  20. CBC’s first English fiction program was a puppet show called Uncle Chichimus.
  21. Calgary children’s TV program The Buck Shot Show debuted 50 years ago. It ran for 30 years, from 1967 to 1997.
  22. Wapos Bay, a children’s stop motion animation series, was produced for 8 years and won several Canadian Screen Awards. It launched the career of Metis talent Trevor Cameron, who has won a Canadian Screen award and now writes and directs episodic TV in Toronto.