Montréal, December 7, 2021 – Starting December 20, MAtv will help bring the magic of the season to Québec households, We have a heartwarming line-up of programs of good cheer to complement all the highlights of the holidays: viewers will be able to turn to our cooking shows for entertaining ideas, put on a Christmas concert while savouring a holiday feast, watch a film while enjoying family time or unwind after the party with a comedy show.
Local content from all parts of Québec will be available from mid-December to mid-January on matv.ca. Videotron’s community channel will also carry special musical programming in the evening on December 24, and morning and evening on the 25th, to heighten the holiday mood in homes across Québec.
“This year, MAtv wants to be a welcome holiday guest in Québec living rooms,” says Steve Desgagné, Senior Director of MAtv. “Our holiday schedule will revive viewers’ childhood memories and help keep their traditions alive.”
The holidays are all about food!
Le Cuisiner locavore will present a series of specials at 6 p.m., December 21 to 23, repeated on December 28 to 30 at the same time. Chef Maxime Lizotte talks to Québec farmers and promotes local produce by suggesting tasty recipes that are perfect for the occasion, made with foods produced in Québec.
Music and concerts for young and old
On the evening of December 24 and the morning and evening of the 25th, families will want to gather around the TV set for a rich musical program of concerts by Québec choirs and orchestras. Don’t miss it!
Aller-Retour Country will carry a 1-hour special on December 18 at 9:30 p.m., with repeat broadcasts on Friday, December 24 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, December 25 at 11 a.m. Host Karo Laurendeau will welcome guests including Manon Bédard, Christian Lemieux, Jessie Mathieu-Champagne, Normand Verret, Caroline Royer and Mario Vézina.
Un Noël rose pompon stars the 6-DS, a magnetic 6-woman a cappella group who will perform stirring renditions of traditional songs on the stage of L’Anglicane. December 18, 8:30 p.m., repeats on December 24 at 9 p.m. and December 25 at 10 a.m.
Stories and humour
Six new episodes of Stand-up comique featuring routines by the students at Théâtre Côte à Côte, ages 9 to 77: often funny, sometimes moving, always relevant. They will surprise you and make you laugh. Monday to Thursday at 12:30 p.m., starting December 20.
The 8-part series Le printemps des Beaux Parleurs, starting December 27 at 6:30 p.m., brings the Trois-Rivières storytelling and spoken word event of the same name to the TV screen. Storytellers, comics and writers perform. One episode is devoted to the Journée nationale des Patriotes. Another features a story written and told by literacy learners.
In the new show Ça sent le sapin, Philippe Savard goes camping at Lac Blanc and storytellers Martin and Roland try to figure out who’s sabotaging his Christmas. It’s a laugh a minute. December 18 at 8 p.m. with repeat broadcasts during the week of December 20 at 6 p.m.
A short about tradition for film buffs
Movie lovers will be charmed by the short film Solstice, made by students aged 12 to 15 in a drama and cinema course at École Paul-Gérin-Lajoie in Outremont. The central character is Théo, a young man who has always hated the holiday season. Then he makes a strange discovery and experiences the magic of the holidays. Solstice will be shown on December 18 at 7:30 p.m. and again on December 21 at 7:30 p.m.
Finally, the 3-episode series Noëls montréalais, produced in collaboration with MEM – Centre des mémoires montréalaises and filmed in the cozy atmosphere of Auberge Saint-Gabriel, will transport viewers back to their childhood. They will revisit the places and objects they remember fondly and find out about the holiday traditions of Montrealers from different cultural backgrounds. December 24 at 11:30 a.m., repeat on December 25 at 5:30 p.m.
Free previews : the gift that lasts all month long!
From December 15 to January 15, viewers will be able to enjoy original local content from all regions of Québec on the Web. In recent years, MAtv has become the voice of many Quebecers with its unique shows about the arts, practical information and public affairs, such as MUZ en spectacle, Figures marquantes, Accessible ou non, Mise À Jour, City Life, LeZarts, Festival Quartiers Danse, ScientifiQ, Esprit Nomade and more.
Starting December 15, gift icons will make it easy to find special holiday content on matv.ca, along with full details about the shows.
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Senior Director, MAtv