CBC Television Network

House Party

Aired Tuesday nights from October 1954 to February 1955

A 30 minute talk show, it ran every other week, alternating with What's My Line or Make A Match. Guests were introduced over film or still photographs, and then host Michele Tisseyre interviewed them in a setting appropriate to their talent or story. The show featured guests from sports, news, radio, television, theatre and music.


Written by John Corcelli - February, 2005


Haunted Studio

Aired Thursday nights in the summer of 1954


Guess My Story

Aired Friday evenings during the summer of 1954.

This program was a precursor of Front Page Challenge. Produced in Toronto, the show featured a chairman and four guests, one of whom had played a part in a recent news story. The three panelists had to guess, through a series of questions, the story and the challenger.


Written by John Corcelli - February, 2005



Host: Clyde Gilmour [1958-59]
A one hour or ninety minute, sustaining program, Folio followed Scope and preceded Festival as the network's flagship program for quality drama and musical performance.

Aired weekly from 1954 to 1959.

Written by John Corcelli - April, 2002


Dixieland Jazz

Aired weekly from April to September, 1954

This half-hour broadcast was a musical program that starred cornetist Trump Davidson. The same year, Davidson headlined a radio broadcast, on the Trans-Canada network, from Toronto's Palace Pier dance hall.

Written by John Corcelli - February, 2005


Denny Vaughan Show, The

Pianist and arranger Denny Vaughan and singer Joan Fairfax had appeared in a popular summer series in l954, and its success prompted the launch of The Denny Vaughan Show in the fall. 

Produced by Lloyd Brydon, the program had more glitz. Added were major production numbers; comics imported from the U.S.A.; the Don Wright Singers, a ten voice chorus; and by dancers Glenna Jones, Don Hewitt, Mitch Nutick, and Charles Calmers. Two groups, the Diamonds and the Add-Fours, alternated as the featured vocal quartet. The show also featured an act from French Canada every week.


Country Calendar

Country Calendar debuted in the 1950s, and in 1971 became Country Canada, the CBC's national magazine of agricultural news and information. The program continued to cover farm news, but also aimed to be pertinent to urban viewers. It continued to exchange information and programming with other nations and to cover developments in Canada through a network of regional contributors, including Bob Hutt from Halifax, Hal Andrews and David Quinton from St. John's, and Garnett Anthony from Edmonton. 


CBC Concert Hour

Originated in Montreal featuring serious and classical music, with an emphasis on chamber music. The premiere (l4 October l954) featured Sir Ernest MacMillan, and the program promised such future conductors as Wilfred Pelletier, Boyd Neel, and Roland Leduc. Performers included international and Canadian stars, such as Andres Segovia, John Newmark, Joseph Szigeti, Maureen Forrester, and Elizabeth Schwarzkopf. Produced by Pierre Mercure and Noel Gauven, and the stage director was Irving Gutman.

Aired Sunday evenings, later Thursday evenings, from June 1954 to June 1955


Billy O'Connor Show

Aired Saturday nights, after hockey, from October 1954 to May 1956

Jazz musician Billy O'Connor was the star of this program, until Juliette became firmly established in the same time slot in August of 1955. The show featured O'Connor's band [Jackie Richardson, bass; Vic Centro, accordion; Kenny Gill, guitar] Guests included Jack Duffy.
Producers: Drew Crossan and Bob Jarvis
See also: Saturday Date with Billy O'Connor.

Written by John Corcelli - February, 2005


At Home With John Newmark

Aired Sunday nights at 10:30 PM from September 5 to October 17,1954

Like many of the early music programs on CBC Television, artists made popular on CBC radio often got shows of their own. This short series of programs originated in the Montreal television studios, where set designers reproduced the living room of its host, John Newmark.
The pianist played chamber music in an apartment set dressed with Canadian art. Newmark was the featured musician with guests, such as Walter and Otto Joachim, Lucien Robert and D'Arcy Shea.
Producer: Pierre Mercure



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