New programs showcases Canada’s National Parks

To celebrate the centennial of Parks Canada, the first national parks service in the world, Discovery World HD will air a new thirteen part series called National Parks Project.

The series is a behind-the-scenes look at the musical collaboration and filmmaking process surrounding the creation of 13 independent short films commemorating 13 national parks.

Each 30 minute episode (see more details below) features three musicians and one filmmakers who create their own film about one national park (one national park from each province and territory).

The resulting films themselves will be available for viewing online at nationalparksproject.ca,

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Highlights from the first episodes of the National Parks project include:

NATIONAL PARKS PROJECT – “Gwaii Haanas”
Saturday, March 19 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT

Vancouver filmmaker Scott Smith (Falling Angels) joins singer/songwriters Sarah Harmer, Bry Webb (Constantines) and Jim Guthrie on a mission to capture the essence of Gwaii Haanas National Park and Haida Heritage Site in British Columba. Struggling with stormy weather, dense rainforest and the park’s haunted history, the downtown artists explore the challenges of creative collaboration in the wilderness, with amazing wildlife and the rich culture of the Haida people as inspiration.

NATIONAL PARKS PROJECT – “Wapusk”
Saturday, March 19 at 8:30 p.m. ET/10:30 p.m. PT

Oscar nominee Hubert Davis (Hardwood) travels to northern Manitoba with rockers Sam Roberts, Matt Mays and Kathleen Edwards, to make a short film and soundtrack about Wapusk National Park, a noted polar bear sanctuary. Together they investigate the wonders of the tundra, get chased by a polar bear and explore the joy of creative collaboration.

NATIONAL PARKS PROJECT – “Nahanni”
Saturday, March 26 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT

The Northwest Territories’ South Nahanni River is one of the world’s legendary waterways and an unlikely place for Toronto rapper Shad and Montreal psych-rockers the Besnard Lakes to collaborate with director Kevin McMahon (Waterlife). Battling whitewater rapids, freak storms and the river’s sinister reputation, the group visits the Nahanni National Park Reserve in search of inspiration.

NATIONAL PARKS PROJECT – “Kluane”
Saturday, March 26 at 8:30 p.m. ET/10:30 p.m. PT

Kluane National Park & Reserve in the Yukon protects an extreme natural environment. Guitarist Ian D’Sa (Billy Talent), bassist Mishka Stein (Patrick Watson’s Band) and multi-instrumentalist Graham Van Pelt (Miracle Fortress) are joining Montreal director Louise Archambault (Familia) on a trip to Canada’s highest peak, Mount Logan. But frosty weather, a large bear population and a harrowing flight over the Kluane Icefields stand in their way.

The rest of the NATIONAL PARKS PROJECT’s parks, musicians and filmmakers include:

“Sirmilik”
Sat., April 2 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT
Tanya Tagaq
Andrew Whiteman (Broken Social Scene)
Dean Stone (Apostle of Hustle)
Filmmaker: Zacharias Kunuk

“Gros Morne”
Sat. April 2 at 8:30 p.m. ET/10:30 p.m. PT
Melissa Auf der Maur
Jamie Fleming (Catl)
Sam Shalabi
Filmmaker: Sturla Gunnarsson

“Prince Albert National Park”
Sat., April 9 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT
Andre Ethier
Mathieu Charbonneau (Luyas)
Rebecca Foon
Filmmaker: Stephane Lafleur

“Waterton Lakes National Park”
Sat., April 9 at 8:30 p.m. ET/10:30 p.m. PT
Laura Barrett
Rollie Pemberton (Cadence Weapon)
Mark Hamilton (Woodpigeon)
Filmmaker: Peter Lynch

“Kouchibouguac National Park”
Sat., April 16 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT
Ohad Benchetrit (Do Make Say Think)
Don Kerr (Ron Sexsmith)
Casey Mecija (Ohbijou)
Filmmaker: Jamie Travis

“Bruce Peninsula National Park”
Sat., April 16 at 8:30 p.m. ET10:30 p.m. PT
John K. Samson (The Weakerthans)
Christine Fellows
Sandro Perri
Filmmaker: Daniel Cockburn

“Cape Breton Highlands”
Sat., April 23 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT
Tony Dekker (Great Lake Swimmers)
Old Man Luedecke
Daniela Gesundheit (Snowblink)
Filmmaker: Keith Behrman

“Mingan Archipelago National Park”
Sat., April 23 at 8:30 p.m. ET/10:30 p.m. PT
Sebastien Grainger (DFA 1979)
Dan Werb (Woodhands)
Jennifer Castle
Filmmaker:Catherine Martin

“Prince Edward Island”
Sat., Apr. 30 at 8:30 p.m. ET/10:30 p.m. PT
Dale Morningstar (Gord Downie & The Country of Miracles)
Sophie Trudeau (Godspeed You! Black Emperor)
Chad Ross (Quest For Fire)
Filmmaker: John Walker

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