Canada On Screen


A year-long program celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday and its rich cinematic heritage.

The Cinematheque is proud to celebrate Canada’s 2017 sesquicentennial with Canada On Screen, an exciting national initiative co-produced by TIFF, The Cinematheque, Library and Archives Canada, and the Cinémathèque québécoise.

Canada On Screen is the most ambitious retrospective of Canada’s moving-image heritage ever mounted. In honour of Canada’s 150th birthday, a list of Canada’s 150 essential moving-images works, based on a countrywide poll of critics, scholars, and industry professionals, has been compiled across nine categories: feature films, documentaries, shorts, animation, experimental films and video, moving-image installations, music videos, commercials, and television shows. These 150 masterworks, many of them newly restored, will be made available to Canadians everywhere in 2017. A full list of the essential 150 is available at

Beginning in January and continuing throughout the year, The Cinematheque will present special free screenings showcasing many of these 150 works. Please join us and discover — or rediscover — the breadth, boldness, and wealth of Canada’s cinema history, a remarkable cultural legacy.

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6:30pm - Doors
7:30pm - Introduction & Screening of My American Cousin and When the Day Breaks

The Cinematheque begins its year-long series of free Canada On Screen presentations with a B.C.-themed program featuring Sandy Wilson’s Genie-winning feature My American Cousin (1985) and Emily Carr grads Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis’s Palme d’Or-winning animated short When the Day Breaks (1999).


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Current Showings

FREE! Larry Kent's stylish, scandalous debut, the first modern Canadian feature, screens with Peter Bryant's 1976 comedy, The Supreme Kid.
FREE! Jennifer Baichwal’s devastatingly beautiful film, a profile on photographer Edward Burtynsky, is preceded by Colin Low's NFB milestone, Corral.
FREE! Michel Brault’s prize-winning second fiction is preceded by Joyce Wieland's experimental short, Rat Life and Diet in North America.

Recent Showings

FREE! Sandy Wilson’s charming film à clef is preceded by Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis's animated NFB short, When The Day Breaks.
FREE! André Mélançon's holiday classic is one of Canada’s most cherished children’s films.