Montréal, September 14, 2021 - MAtv’s fall schedule, which starts on September 20, features programs about openness, dialogue and sharing. Many old favourites are back but Videotron’s community channel is also adding new shows about local events, cultural and sexual diversity, culture and history that will encourage viewers to question old certitudes.
“MAtv’s fall line-up revolves around encounters among citizens,” says Steve Desgagné, Senior Director of MAtv. “Each show will prompt viewers to reflect and share, in its own way. In addition to informing viewers about current affairs, our programs will encourage them to drop preconceived notions and reach out to each other.”
Close-up on local news
Richard Dagenais is back with CityLife, in which he and the show’s other regulars cover the subjects that matter to Anglo Montrealers. In a new departure, viewers will be invited to send in their questions so the show can address the issues they care about. Topics such as transportation, the environment, the economy, immigration, governance and culture are discussed in an accessible way to promote public discussion. Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m., repeated at 11 p.m.
Municipal elections will be on the fall agenda of MAtv programs in all regions served. In Montréal, the local scene is followed by the seasoned team at Mise À Jour, hosted by Stéphanie Gagnon. Mondays at 6:30 p.m., repeated at 11 p.m.
MAtv is also aside a time slot for the Greater Montréal area suburbs to give viewers the full picture of happenings on and off the island, with the help of a number independent community television stations. Monday through Friday at 12:30 p.m., 7 p.m. and 11 p.m., Sundays at 1 p.m.
The bilingual program L’Heure BIPOC from the Montréal Pride Festival looks at another aspect of diversity through eye-opening interviews that help viewers understand the issues faced by BlPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) members of 2SLGBTQ+ communities. The program will raise awareness of their place in society and describe the realities and challenges they face. Wednesdays at 10 p.m. and Sundays at 11 p.m.
The new show Entre Parenthèses takes on tough issues with sensitivity. In each of the 13 episodes, two people sit down for an open-minded and open-hearted conversation about current subjects and taboos. Originally a webseries, the show will be broadcast Wednesdays at 9 p.m. and Thursdays at 6 p.m. Watch the trailer.
Celebrating local culture and history
The new English-language show Waves of Change travels through 200 years in the history of Québec’s English-speaking community, 50 years after the FLQ crisis. The six episodes feature 54 interviews with families who trace their roots to successive waves of immigration. Tuesdays at 7 p.m., repeated at 11 p.m.
LeZarts Montréal begins its new season on Thursday, October 7. Five volunteer reporters describe their artistic discoveries and present the calendar of cultural events in the city, covering exhibitions, theatre, dance, performance, public art and more! Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., repeated at 10:30 p.m.
Starting November 8, the 10-episode musical series MUZ en spectacle, produced by Vision Diversité, takes viewers on a journey through Montréal’s multiple fusion music scenes. Saturdays at 9 p.m.
History and heritage buffs will enjoy Figures marquantes de notre histoire – Le siècle de la Révolution tranquille. Hosted by historian Éric Bédard, the series profiles larger-than-life figures such as René Lévesque and Félix Leclerc. Based on recordings of talks organized by the Fondation Lionel-Groulx at the BAnQ. Sundays at 8 p.m. and Mondays at 7:30 p.m.
The place for fitness
Health and wellness are on the schedule again with a number of early-morning and late-afternoon programs for all, regardless of age or physical condition, Monday through Saturday. Pause tonique, Cardio55+, Yoga doux and Sarah Yoga are a great way to get moving and take care of yourself without leaving the house.
The new shows are all available via video on demand on illico and Helix, and for catch-up viewing on matv.ca.
The full fall schedule is also available on matv.ca.
MAtv: My community’s voice by Videotron
MAtv, an exclusive service for Videotron customers, serves the community by reflecting Québec’s diversity. It gives all citizens access to a vehicle of free expression and outreach that promotes public participation. MAtv carries useful, informative, educational programming focused on topics of local interest and fosters the emergence of new talent. It reflects the concerns of the community of 1.5 million households it serves across Québec. MAtv is broadcast on channel 9 (Helix and illico) and on channel 609 in HD (illico). It is also available on channel 900 (video on demand), on the Web (illico.tv) and on mobile (with the illico app). MAtv is present on social media, including Facebook and Instagram.
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