ichannel Free Preview in April

March 29th, 2012


If you’re a Bell TV or TELUS TV customer, you can enjoy ichannel free of charge from April 1 to 30. We’re in free preview with both providers all month long. It’s the perfect opportunity to sample our full lineup of documentaries, current affairs series, dramas and movies.

We’re channel number 514 on Bell TV — part of the Learning and News theme pack. Go to Bell.ca or call Bell TV at 1 888 759-3474 to subscribe.

We’re channel number 514 as well on TELUS Satellite TV, where we’re found in the News & Learning 2 theme pack. And we’re channel 98 on TELUS’s Optik TV service — part of the News theme pack. Go to TELUS.com or call 310-MYTV (6988) to subscribe.

Visit ichannel.ca regularly for programming highlights, and tune in for more free preview news later this spring!


LA COLMENITA – Toronto Premiere

March 29th, 2012


On behalf of our friends at Toronto’s Royal Theatre, just a reminder about the upcoming Toronto stage premiere of the renowned Cuban children’s ensemble La Colmenita. They’re performing at The Royal (608 College Street) for one night only: Thursday April 19.

Tickets are $25 each. They’re available at the theatre box office, Soundscapes (572 College Street) and at www.torontohispano.com. Hope to see you there!


Sisterly Love

March 27th, 2012


Some news for our West coast fans: the Vancouver Mission of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence (a.k.a. the Abbey of the Long Cedar Canoe) are hosting a special fundraising screening of the ichannel original documentary Bad Habits: The Return of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.

It all happens this Thursday night, March 29, at the Junction Pub (1138 Davie Street, Vancouver) from 7 pm to 9 pm. Admission is free, but donations are welcome, and all proceeds will go to benefit A Loving Spoonful, a charity that provides free, nutritious meals to people living with HIV/AIDS in the Greater Vancouver area.

Kevin O’Keefe, the award-winning writer/director of Bad Habits, will attend the screening, and will be on hand for the Q&A session afterward.

Bad Habits chronicles the fabulous 30-year history of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and follows their efforts to put down new roots in Canada after a two-decades-plus absence. CLICK HERE for more information on the documentary or to order a copy.

CLICK HERE to explore the Vancouver Mission of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.

CLICK HERE to learn more about A Loving Spoonful. CLICK HERE for information on Dining Out For Life, another fundraising event on March 29 that benefits the charities A Loving Spoonful and Friends For Life.


ichannel News Release: Parliamentary Showdown

March 20th, 2012


PARLIAMENTARY SHOWDOWN: “All-Star” MPs compete to appear on #FAQMP season finale

TORONTO, March 20 – Five Canadian Members of Parliament will compete to occupy the #FAQMP hot seat, as ichannel’s flagship political affairs series prepares to wrap up its first season with a special “All-Star” episode.

In the running are: Green Party Leader Elizabeth May (Saanich—Gulf Islands, BC), Liberal Deputy leader Ralph Goodale (Wascana, SK), Conservative Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister Dean Del Mastro (Peterborough, ON), Liberal Aboriginal Affairs Critic Carolyn Bennett (St. Paul’s, ON), and Conservative MP Joy Smith (Kildonan—St. Paul, MB).

Launched in October 2011, #FAQMP (Frequently Asked Questions for your Member of Parliament) invites Canadians to cast votes online for the MPs they want to see interviewed on the half-hour program, and to submit questions for the politicians via the show’s Web site.

The five “All-Star” MPs on the ballot for the #FAQMP season finale have appeared previously on the show, and were invited back because they drew large numbers of votes and viewer questions.

Once the voting for the “All-Stars” is complete, viewers will have just over a week to send in questions for the winning MP.

“We get great questions from the public,” says #FAQMP host Karyn Pugliese. “Some are serious policy questions, others are thought-provoking. Some questions express anger and frustration, others are sent in by some witty people who obviously have a great sense of humour.”

The online voting for the #FAQMP “All-Stars” will open on March 27 and close April 10. Members of the public can vote once each day at faqmp.ichannel.ca.

Viewers can submit questions by writing in to or uploading video to the #FAQMP Web site, or by tweeting questions to host Karyn Pugliese at @KarynFAQMP.

#FAQMP airs Mondays at 8 pm ET on ichannel. Viewers can also stream the show live at that time, at faqmp.ichannel.ca/live, and participate in a live chat with the series producers.

CLICK HERE to see the #FAQMP All-Stars Photo Gallery.


Ride on The Wild Side

March 13th, 2012


Tonight’s ichannel documentary presentation (@9pm ET/PT) is Saving The Mustang, a haunting look at the struggle to save the iconic wild horse of North America. You can find a longer description and some great photos HERE. It’s from our good friends at Stornoway Productions, and we hope you’ll check it out.

If this is a subject that particularly interests you, check out the Web site devoted to Kimball Foord‘s Canadian Long Ride For The Mustang. With his Mustang Bo, he is riding across Canada in a bid to draw attention to need to preserve and protect wild horses. In his own words:

The reason I am doing this ride is to raise awareness for North American wild horses. The Mustang. There are between 26,000 and 28,000 running free and another 30,000 to 35,000 in short term and long term holding facilities in the United States. The actual number in Canada is probably as low as between 1,500 to 1,200. Most Canadians do not even know we have wild horses in Canada. There are a few small herds in the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and of course the well known and already protected herd at Sable Island, Nova Scotia.

Although many people believe that wild horses are just descendants of domestic horses that were turned loose or escaped, this is myth is being debunked by genetic testing.

Our Canadian wild horses are indeed WILD! The genetics show that they are descendants of an historic blood line of Iberian wild horses long extinct in Europe, and have a long history of sustained freedom for several hundred years. Our Canadian wild horse comprise an important genetic reservoir of horse population.

By following my dream of riding across our country I hope to bring awareness and start a dialogue about the urgent need to have our wild horses protected by law for future generations to enjoy.

You can follow Kimball Foord’s journey HERE.


See the Renowned Cuban Children’s Group LA COLMENITA

March 6th, 2012


An invitation from ichannel’s friends at the Royal Theatre in Toronto:

The Embassy of Cuba in Canada invites you to experience the Cuban children’s group LA COLMENITA at the Royal Theatre in Toronto (608 College Street) on April 19 and 21, 2012. Don’t miss this critically acclaimed youth troupe, Goodwill Ambassadors of the United Nations Children’s Fund, in their Toronto premiere!

Tickets: $25. Available at:

* www.torontohispano.com

* Theatre Box Office

* Soundscapes (572 College Street, Toronto)

CLICK HERE to learn more about La Colmenita.