On Remembrance Day, we honour the brave Canadians in uniform who have served, and continue to serve; from the War of 1812, to the two World Wars, to the Korean War, to the War in Afghanistan. As the saying goes, “freedom is not free, and especially so for the people in uniform.”
See below our lineup of special programming in honour of Remembrance Day 2021.
The Good Nazi – Monday, November 8 at 9pm ET/6pm PT
Through testimony from scientists and Holocaust Survivors, this powerful documentary co-produced by Simcha Jacobovici (The Naked Archeologist, The Lost Tomb of Jesus) and Felix Golubev, reconstructs the true story of Major Karl Plagge, an officer in the Nazi army who rejected the evil and murderous ideology and used his position in a Lithuanian labour camp to save hundreds of Jewish lives.
theZoomer on Remembrance Day – Mon., November 8 at 10pm ET/7pm PT and Fri., November 12 at 11pm ET/8pm PT
Libby Znaimer is joined at the round table by veterans including Lieutenant-General Richard Rohmer and Maj. Jim Parks (ret) and the everyday heroes who continue to serve today, to discuss the importance of Remembrance Day; and to reflect on the responsibility we bear to guard the peace they fought so hard to achieve.
Marilyn Lightstone and the Canadian Men’s Chorus, accompanied by David Warrack (piano), Robert DiVito (trumpet) and Kevin Coady (drums), perform a new, re-imagined, stirring and unforgettable interpretation of Lieutenant-Colonel John MacCrae’s poem In Flanders Fields, composed by Marilyn and arranged by David in honour of the 100th anniversary of Armistice. Click here to watch the video.
New York, New York – Monday, November 8 at Midnight ET/9pm PT
Martin Scorsese’s technical virtuosity and Liza Minelli’s magnetic presence are on full display in this nostalgic and musical expedition back into the big band era. Jimmy Doyle (Robert De Niro), an aspiring saxophone player meets established USO band singer Francine Evans (Liza Minnelli) during V-J Day celebrations at the end of World War II. The two become an item on and off stage, until their volatile relationship disintegrates over time. Years later, Jimmy and Francine find their paths crossing once again.
Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story – Tuesday, November 9 at Midnight ET/9pm PT
What does the most ravishing actress of the 1930/40s have in common with the inventor of technologies behind WiFi, GPS and Bluetooth? They are both Hedy Lamarr, the star whose face inspired Snow White and Cat Woman. While she may be most well-known for her role in the Oscar-nominated film Samson and Delilah, her technical mind is her greatest legacy. Follow her life from her beginnings as an Austrian Jewish emigre in a film that brings to light the story of this remarkable woman.
A Bridge Too Far – Wed., & Thurs., November 10 and 11 (Parts 1 and 2) at Midnight ET/9pm PT
Richard Attenborough directs an all-star cast including Lawrence Olivier, Sean Connery, Michael Caine, James Caan, Gene Hackman, Elliott Gould, Robert Redford, Ryan O’Neal, and Liv Ullman, in this epic war film about the Allies’ plan to win World War II at Arnhem late 1944.
Leo Spellman’s Rhapsody: In Concert – Friday, Nov. 12 at 10:30pm ET / 7:30 PT
A powerful and haunting concert performance of the long lost “Rhapsody 1939-1945” that musically tells the story of composer Leo Spellman’s survival of the Holocaust.
“Rhapsody 1939-1945” is a concert that took place on September 3, 2012, in front of a sold–out audience at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre as part of the Ashkenaz Festival. At the time, Leo was seven months shy of his 100th birthday and surrounded by his children, grandchildren, and 105-year–old sister Chana.
Leo had been waiting for this moment for 60 years. Until the late 1990s, the score for “Rhapsody 1939-1945” lay hidden in a suitcase in his Toronto garage, too painful for Leo to play. Brett Werb, a musicologist at the Washington Holocaust Museum discovered Leo’s story, came to Toronto and helped unearth Leo’s scores.
Visit our online schedule for a day by day listing of Remembrance Week programming on VisionTV.