Edit Media Inc. and Bell Fibe TV1 Collaborate on New National TV Show Highlighting Great Atlantic Canadians.
In its first season, the Atlantic Edition television show has already gained widespread attention and praise. Host James Mullinger travels throughout the four eastern Canadian provinces to meet with icons such as Chef Michael Smith, Joel Plaskett, Alan Doyle, Mary Walsh, Neon Dreams, Sebastien Roy, Adam Lordon, Judith Mackin, Omar Gandhi and more. Nine million Bell subscribers are able to see and hear the viewpoints of these legendary Atlantic Canadians, providing a fascinating, inspiring, immersive and often surprisingly emotional viewing experience.
Airing nationally, this is the first ever Bell Fibe TV1 show to be produced and created in Atlantic Canada and aired to all Bell Fibe subscribers nationally. All cast and crew are proudly Atlantic Canadian. The director is award-winning television producer Adam Lordon (also the Mayor of Miramichi) and the cinematographer is Saint John-based filmmaker Tyler Warren Ellis who has previously produced stand up specials for Amazon Prime.
As a relative newcomer to the region, Mullinger investigates what makes these extraordinary people tick, how they thrive here and why they are proud to stay here. The first show of its kind, Atlantic Edition provides a unique insight into the world and perspectives of Mullinger's guests, and the richness and vibrancy of Atlantic Canada and its people.
“From day one, the primary focus of Edit Media Inc. and [EDIT] magazine has been to celebrate and highlight the joys of living in, working in and doing business in Atlantic Canada. The reputation and quality of the publication successfully promotes the Atlantic Canadian quality of life; a great place to establish a business, live and raise a family and this new show for 9 million Bell subscribers across Canada will continue that mission in a whole new and special way.”
- Pamela Mullinger, President, Edit Media Inc.
Episode 1 - Judith Mackin in Saint John, NB
In the first episode of a brand new series celebrating great Atlantic Canadians, British comedian and journalist James Mullinger is in Canada’s oldest incorporated city, Saint John, New Brunswick, to meet entrepreneur Judith Mackin. Mackin has changed the face of Canada’s oldest incorporated city, won dozens of national awards for entrepreneurial and interior design excellence and with her team at Tuck Studio has helped design the interiors of hundreds of homes and commercial spaces in North America. James learns what it takes to be world class in a small place.
Episode 2 - Chef Michael Smith in Souris, PEI
James Mullinger heads to the tiny town of Bay Fortune, Prince Edward Island, to meet Chef Michael and Chastity Smith and to experience their world-famous nightly feast. The Inn at Bay Fortune is a bona fide five-star destination attracting travellers and foodies from across the globe. While Michael is a native of New York, he proudly identifies as being Canadian and was awarded the Order of Canada in 2019. He is also a top-selling cookbook author and the host of several cooking shows, which appear on Canada’s Food Network and in more than 100 countries around the world. James learns how one of the world’s greatest chefs ended up in a town with a population of a couple of hundred people.
Episode 3 - Neon Dreams in Enfield, NS
James Mullinger heads to Dreaming Out Loud Studio in Enfield, Nova Scotia to meet Frank Kadillac and Adrian Morris from alt-pop musical sensation Neon Dreams. James learns how the band has risen from humble Maritimes beginnings to international acclaim by successfully touring North America, releasing one of 2019’s songs of the summer “Sweet Dreams to Sunbeams”, and winning 2020’s Juno award for breakthrough artist of the year. These childhood friends, along with their broader Neon Dreams family, have been making music together for well over a decade. Through evolutions of sound, and personal challenges, bullying, childhood trauma and growth, they have stayed true to themselves and are proud to continue to call Nova Scotia home.
Episode 4 - Omar Gandhi in Halifax, NS
James Mullinger meets renowned architect and Ontario export, Omar Gandhi. Omar studied architecture at Dalhousie University, and in 2012 at the age of just 30, started Omar Gandhi Architect, his own design studio and architectural practice in Halifax. His unique vision and far-reaching insight and creativity have led to some of the most blisteringly stunning developments in North America, both commercial and private. He is the recipient of many awards and distinctions including being named one of Monocle Magazine’s 20 most influential Canadians, and one of the Top 20 Young Architects in the world by Wallpaper Magazine. Omar tells James about his most exciting project to date and why he chose to call Nova Scotia home.
Episode 5 - Joel Plaskett in Dartmouth, NS
James Mullinger heads to Dartmouth, Nova Scotia to meet Joel Plaskett, one of the mostrenowned singer-songwriters in Canadian musical history. From rocking Halifax’s Marquee Club to performing for the masses across the country, and sharing the bill with other Canadian power bands, including Sloan and the Tragically Hip, over three decades Joel Plaskett has forged a reputation as one of Canada’s most engaging performers and respected singer-songwriters. He has won multiple awards over his career including Juno Awards, Canadian Folk Music Awards, East Coast Music Awards, and several nominations for the prestigious Polaris Music Prize. From early on Joel was encouraged by his parents to pursue music, but music isn’t the only passion he shares with his father Bill. He has also inherited Bill’s sensitivities of heritage preservation and community development which has led him to base his music and entrepreneurial careers in Dartmouth, the home of New Scotland Yard, a recording studio with an attached record store, café, and artistic community hub and where James and Joel begin their adventure in this very special episode.
Episode 6 - Sebastien Roy in Paquetville, NB
James Mullinger travels to the Acadian Peninsula in Northern New Brunswick to meet renowned entrepreneur and alcohol producer, Sébastien Roy. Sébastien is a lover of both spirits and the province of New Brunswick and 2011, he combined those passions to create Distillerie Fils Du Roy, a distillery based in Petit-Paquetville which has continued to grow since then to include a brewery and a second location in Quebec. Roy and his spirits have won multiple national and international awards, including several international gold medals for their signature Gin Thuya, literally one of the best gins in the world, made in a small town in New Brunswick! James meets Sebastian on site at the Distillery to discuss his passion for craft alcohol, community development, and his Acadian culture.
Episode 7 - Mary Walsh in St. John's, NL
James Mullinger is in Newfoundland to meet the Queen of Canadian Comedy, Mary Walsh. Best known as a co-creator and star of one the most successful and longest-running comedy series in Canadian history, This Hour Has 22 Minutes, she’s had a decades long career as a comedian and actress, a best-selling author, and a philanthropist and activist. She has won an incredible 18 Gemini Awards, and a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award. James meets Mary at her home in downtown St. John’s to discuss her love for Newfoundland, her personal career highlights, and how she overcame personal difficulties to become one of funniest voices in the country!
Episode 8 - Adam Lordon in Miramichi, NB
James Mullinger visits the mighty Miramichi to meet media director, entrepreneur, and Mayor of the community Adam Lordon, who also happens to be the director of Atlantic Edition! Born and raised in Miramichi, after graduating from university he relocated to Toronto where he built a career in television and media, including several years as a producer and director on The Marilyn Denis Show. In 2014 when his mother was diagnosed with cancer, Adam returned home, dove back into life on the river, and at 31 became the youngest Mayor in the city’s history. Since that time, he has led a renewal of the community, opened a craft brewery with childhood friends, and continued to work as a creative professional. James meets Adam at the New Maritime Beer Company to learn about his passions for creating great television and great beer, and exactly how a young, gay tv producer came back home from the big city and became the Mayor!
Episode 9 - Alan Doyle in St. John's, NL
James is in St. John’s to meet iconic east coast musician Alan Doyle. Alan’s career took off as the front man of the renowned folk-rock band Great Big Sea, whose contemporary spin on traditional Newfoundland folk music, proved popular with audiences across Canada, racking up the awards and making them one of the top selling bands in the country. In recent years he’s also made his mark as a solo musician, actor, producer, author and philanthropist and as a recipient of the Order of Canada for his contributions to the musical traditions of his province and for his commitment to numerous local charities. James meets Alan in Quidi Vidi to discuss his prolific musical career, his passion for performance, and how he became one of Newfoundland and Labrador’s greatest exports.
Watch Atlantic Edition now, only on Bell Bell Fibe TV, on channel 1, and the Fibe TV app!
Stay tuned for Season 2!