Canadiana is a web series on the hunt for the most incredible stories in Canadian history.
Adam Bunch is a Canadian writer, editor, artist, and the creator of The Toronto Dreams Project. He writes an history column for Spacing Magazine and his articles about Canadian history have also appeared in The Huffington Post, Torontoist, and Yonge Street. In 2012, his work on The Toronto Dreams Project earned an honourable mention for the Governor General’s History Award for Community Programming; the project has been featured in a variety of publications, including The Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail, and has been put on display by prestigious cultural institutions like the AGO. He's also a former columnist for the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and a former member of the Polaris Music Prize jury. His first book, The Toronto Book of the Dead, will be published by Dundurn Press in September 2017.
Construction worker turned documentary filmmaker.
Just after World War II Kyle's grandfather came across the Atlantic Ocean on a ship, disembarking at Pier 21 in Halifax, where he and many other Italian immigrants set out to make a new life in Canada. He and his uncle, cousins, and eventually his brothers took a train to Ontario, where they founded a construction company that thrives to this day. The company is named after the street in Toronto they all lived on.
The history on the other side of Kyle's family stretches back farther, to Irish, English and Scottish immigrants who made lives as farmers in rural Ontario. One offshoot of the family tree descends from the founders of the town Lakefield, ON. Another's roots come from Almonte, the home of the inventor of Basketball.
Ashley Brook has over eight years' experience in the documentary film and television industry. She has credits on a variety of internationally acclaimed projects including series for Discovery Channel, National Geographic and VICE, cinematic virtual reality films, and theatrical feature docs like Anthropocene (Bell Media) and Long Time Running: The Tragically Hip (Bell Media). Ashley is currently working as a producer and researcher on multiple documentary and 360 VR productions in Toronto.
Josef Beeby has been working in documentary since graduating Ryerson University, on shows for History Television and Discovery Channel. He has also taken on roles as writer, director, editor and director of photography on a variety of independent documentaries, including 'I Thought I Told You To Shut Up!!' which screened at the 2015 HotDocs film festival. He is currently the Head of Post Production at Saloon Media in Toronto.