Including new collections for Pride Month, National Indigenous History Month and Juno week
By Norman Wilner
May 31, 2021
The 2018 documentary Deep In Vogue is about the queer ballroom scene in Manchester, UK.
Here’s everything new coming to CBC Gem in June 2021, including these shows highlighted by NOW critics.
Gem is marking Pride with a flood of queer programming, from documentaries like Amy Watson and Dennis Keighron-Foster’s Deep In Vogue (about the underground ballroom scene in Manchester, which sprung from Black gay culture in 80s New York) and Julie Sokolow’s Woman On Fire (a profile of Brooke Guinan, New York City’s first trans firefighter) to imported TV like the Dutch web series Anne+, starring Hanna van Vliet as a young woman in Amsterdam juggling old flames and new loves. There’s also a second season of the Sundance Channel show This Close, in which co-creators Shoshannah Stern and Joshua Feldman play two deaf friends – one straight, one gay – in Los Angeles.
Deep In Vogue andWoman On Fire are streaming now; Anne+ premieres June 1; season 2 of This Close premieres June 4.
National Indigenous History Month Collection
Launched on May 28, this collection offers a wealth of new-to-Gem programming, including the first film produced entirely in the Haida language – Gwaai Edenshaw and Helen Haig-Brown’s 2018 drama Edge Of The Knife – and two recent projects from living legend Zacharias Kunuk, the Nunavut thriller Maliglutit (co-directed by Natar Ungalaaq) and the resettlement drama One Day In The Life Of Noah Piugattuk. Additional titles will be added June 1, including Alanis Obomsawin’s recent documentaries Our People Will Be Healed and Jordan River Anderson: The Messenger and Allan Code’s Pandemic: At The End Of The World, a short documentary about the Inuvialuit people of the Mackenzie River Delta, who survived smallpox in the 19th century and the flu epidemic in the 20th century, and now face COVID-19. Now streaming
Juno Week Livestreams
CBC is marking the 50th anniversary of the Juno awards with six nights of live events, each one starting at 8 pm ET from Monday, May 31 through Saturday, June 5. Monday, it’s a live episode of Q with Tom Power interviewing Gord Sinclair, Rob Baker, Johnny Fay and Paul Langlois of the Tragically Hip, winners of this year’s Juno humanitarian award. On Tuesday, Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe hosts The Block Session, celebrating Black musical achievement with live performances from Michie Mee, Ammoye, Dijah SB, JRDN, Choclair and more. For Wednesday’s jazz session, Laila Biali hosts an evening with nine musicians who’ve been nominated in the Junos’ three jazz categories. On Thursday, Duncan McCue and Jarrett Martineau host a Reclaimed session highlighting this year’s Indigenous Juno nominees. Friday is given over to the awards themselves, and Saturday is dedicated to a special Juno Songwriters’ Circle evening hosted by Jim Cuddy and featuring Carole Pope, Deborah Cox, Dan Hill and July Talk. Whichever ones you watch, play ’em loud. May 31-June 5
Japan With Sue Perkins
Follow one of the most beloved hosts of The Great British Bake-Off to Japan for this two-part special, which aired in the UK in 2019 and explores the curious paradox of a deeply traditional nation obsessed with modernization. June 25
The full list of new titles available on CBC Gem in June 2021 by date:
National Indigenous History Month collection – streaming now
Edge Of The Knife
One Day In The Life Of Noah Piugattuk
Red Chef Revival
National Indigenous History Month collection – streamingJune 1
As The Smoke Rises
Êmîcêtôsêt: Many Bloodlines
Jordan River Anderson: The Messenger
Keep Going My Daughter
Our People Will Be Healed
Pandemic: At The End Of The World
When The Children Left
CBC Music In Studio At The Junos: CBC Q Live
Anne+ (Pride collection)
CBC Music In Studio At The Junos: The Block Session
Glowbies (CBC Kids)
CBC Music In Studio At The Junos: The Jazz Session
CBC Music In Studio At The Junos: Reclaimed Session
A life-long Torontonian, Norman became the senior film writer for NOW in early 2008. Previously he had reviewed films for Metro newspapers across Canada and covered every video format imaginable (yes, even Beta).