Channelling past MusiquePlus arts programs from the 1990s and 2000s (which were culturally and musically formative for me), and more recently Télé-Québec’s Voir, ARTV studio looks at the arts in a whole new way. Hosted by Émilie Perreault and Matthieu Dugal, the eight-episode series, airing Fridays at 7:30 p.m., covers the summer’s hottest cultural events. The season premiere whisks viewers away to the Cannes Film Festival alongside filmmaker Xavier Dolan and actress Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin, then back to Montreal for actor Claude Legault’s induction into the Ligue nationale d’improvisation’s hall of fame. ARTV studio serves up a series of segments about comedy, film, music, and even dance.
Plus, interestingly enough, the hosts also head to the regions to attend major summer cultural events. The format really clicks. Émilie and Matthieu have very different interests, so they fill in each other’s blanks to ensure compelling coverage of weekly cultural activities. Bonus content is also available on the program microsite: for full-length interviews and web-only segments, click artv.ca/emissions/artvstudio.
I must say that I’m delighted to see ARTV studio on the ARTV schedule. Programs of this kind inspire viewers to discover the prolific French-Canadian arts scene, while also putting local talent in the spotlight. There’s something in it for culture vultures of all kinds. For those of you who didn’t catch the premiere on June 8, you’ll be happy to learn that episodes are available on demand on the ARTV studio site.
– Sophie Bernard-Piché, Editor, CBC/Radio-Canada