WNED | WBFO Buffalo-Toronto is a binational public broadcasting station that has become a vibrant cultural and educational institution over the past four decades.
More than half of WNED | WBFO’s membership is Canadian. The support and dedication that we have received from our Southern Ontario viewers has enabled the station to enrich countless lives through the quality and impact of public television. We are aware that with this deep level of commitment and investment from our Canadian audience comes a responsibility to identify programming that appeals to Canadian interests and culture; create programming that reflects the treasures of Southern Ontario; conduct business in Canada; and serve as a catalyst for positive change in the communities of the region. As we move forward in this exciting era of digital broadcasting, WNED | WBFO is more determined than ever to harness the power of our airwaves and our unique position as a binational organization to be a bridge for cultural collaboration and an instrument of inspiration.
Commitment Through Content
WNED | WBFO strives to acquire, create and distribute content that matters to our Canadian audience. Sources such as the National Film Board of Canada, Red Canoe Productions, War Amps, Zolar Entertainment, as well as independent producers have yielded scores of programs that have been embraced by our viewers in Southern Ontario. Railway Adventures Across Canada, Canadians in Bomber Command, Empire of the Bay are just a few examples. In addition, programs of interest to our Canadian audience provided by PBS, the BBC and American Public Television have a place of prominence in WNED-TV’s prime time schedule. Series such as "Mystery!, Masterpiece Theatre," "Antiques Roadshow," and the British comedies have been audience favorites for many years.
WNED-TV Original Productions
WNED-TV’s award-winning production team originates content to shine the spotlight on the treasures and history of Southern Ontario. "Remembering Toronto," produced in 1998, takes a nostalgic look at the Toronto of the ‘20s to the ‘50s. WNED’s Our Town series tells the stories of the distinct communities of our region through the eyes of its residents, and has featured Niagara-on-the Lake, Welland and Oakville. In 2004, WNED-TV partnered with Rogers Television to produce Toronto’s Houses of Worship, a program exploring the city’s sacred architecture and its role in the community. WNED-TV’s stunning high definition production "Niagara Falls," a one-hour film for national PBS broadcast, is more than the celebration of a natural wonder - it’s a study of human achievement and human folly on an epic scale.
WNED-TV's most recent productions include:
Underground Railroad: The William Still Story (2012 –PBS Broadcast)
This program tells the story of William Still, one of the most important figures in the history of slavery and the Underground Railroad. It also tells the important, but often overlooked, story of the role that Canada and Canadians played in the Underground Railroad. This program was co-produced with 90th Parallel Productions of Toronto.
The War of 1812 (2011 – PBS Broadcast)
This two-hour documentary recounts the story of one of the most important historical events along the Niagara Frontier. Two centuries after it was fought, the two-and-a-half year conflict that forged the destiny of a continent comes to public television in a comprehensive film history. The program uses stunning reenactments, evocative animation, and the incisive commentary of key experts to reveal little-known sides of this important war. The broadcast was accompanied by a companion book, mobile apps, a website, as well as comprehensive binational educational resources.
Hockey: More Than a Game (2011 – APT National US Broadcast)
This entertaining and powerful documentary celebrates one of the fastest, most challenging games in the world, relaying its Canadian spirit, traditions and dramatic human stories. Exploring hockey history and culture, the one-hour special offers an insightful, intimate look at the game described as “Canada’s gift to the world.” A co-production with Forevergreen Productions of Dundas, ON.
Chefs of Toronto (2011)
The 80-minute food special celebrates the cuisine of Canada’s largest city, highlighting Toronto’s world-class chefs, restaurants and signature dishes.
Glorious Battle: The Siege of Fort Erie (2011)
For two months in 1814, Fort Erie became “Canada’s bloodiest battlefield” – a gruesome distinction that stands nearly two centuries later. This brutal battle is brought to life in a 30-minute film through historical characters and reenactments, as well as extensive special effects and a complex audio soundscape.
Remembering Crystal Beach Park (2008)
For just over a century, millions of Western New Yorkers and Southern Ontarians created memorable moments at a beloved lakeside amusement park in Southern Ontario. This documentary brings the park experience to life through the memories and home movies of some of its greatest fans.
Wineries of Canada’s Niagara Peninsula (2007)
This program journeys along regional wine trails, exploring history, natural beauty and quality wines along the way. Southern Ontario produces a variety of wines and each wine – and winery – takes on a distinctive local character that reflects the climate, the winemakers’ passion and process, and the land itself.
Niagara Falls (2006—PBS broadcast)
More than a celebration of a natural wonder, Niagara Falls is a study of human achievement and human folly on an epic scale. A tale of affable lunacy and high drama, it’s also a story of danger and desire. The awesome Falls were the first great symbol and an emblem for the vast untamed continent.
Toronto’s Houses of Worship (2005)
Explore Toronto’s landmarks of faith in this inspiring tour of the city’s sacred architecture. Co-produced with Rogers Television, this program presents masterpieces as magnificent structures and highlights the important role they have played in the life of the community.
Remembering Toronto (1998)
Ten cents a dance … a show at Shea’s Hippodrome … bringing the Stanley Cup home. This program takes a nostalgic journey back to a pivotal era in Toronto history (the 1920s through the 1950s).
Our Town series
This video scrapbook chronicles the people, places and happenings of Southern Ontario, one town at a time. Enthusiastic residents volunteer to capture film footage and provide the narration. Previous Canadian episodes include: Niagara Falls (2011), Brantford (2009), Markham (2006), Oakville (2005), Welland (2005), Niagara on the Lake (2004) and Burlington (2013).
Behind the Scenes at the Shaw Festival (2013)
This inside look at a Canadian artistic icon follows the theatre company throughout its 2012 summer season. With unprecedented access we explore one of Canada’s artistic treasures.
1812 on the Niagara Frontier (2013)
As a companion to the national 1812 documentary, WNED produced a local 30-minute program that was broadcast in the spring of 2013. The program features 1812-related sites in Western New York and Southern Ontario and includes Fort York, Fort George and Fort Erie.
In The Pipeline
Klondike Gold Rush
In the late 1800’s, thousands of fortune seekers sought to make their riches by striking gold in one of the most challenging environments in North America. The program will share the stories of the winners and losers in this epic story of survival.
Toronto’s First Family of Theatre
A film that tells the fascinating story of the Mirvish family, who has been instrumental in developing Toronto’s theatre district, is currently in production.
Commitment Through Community
It is an important dimension of WNED | WBFO’s mission to engage the communities we serve beyond our broadcast capacity. WNED | WBFO collaborates with the organizations and individuals of Southern Ontario in several ways.
Salute to Non-Profits
WNED-TV has created a series of promotional spots highlighting not-for-profit organizations and the meaningful contributions they make through their service. Salutes for 2005-2006 include: the Anne Johnston Health Station in Toronto, the Canadian Red Cross—Ontario Zone, the Fred Victor Centre in Toronto, Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts, and Kinark Child and Family Services in Markham.
Canadian Arts Award
Since 1999, WNED | WBFO has presented The WNED and Steuben Canadian Arts Award to an arts organization or individual bringing joy, enrichment and appreciation of the arts into the lives of Canadians. Past recipients have included: the National Film Board of Canada, Rhombus Media, Greg Gatenby, the Canadian Stage Company, the Canadian Film Centre, and the Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts.
Canadian Advisory Board
In 1999, WNED | WBFO formally established a Canadian Advisory Board (CAB) to keep our staff abreast of important issues and trends in the region and to help our station ascertain the needs of the community.
WNED | WBFO is proud to be a promotional partner for Canada’s British Isles Show, as well as countless concert events at major venues such as the Air Canada Centre, Massey Hall, Rogers Centre, Skydome, Toronto Centre for the Arts and the Toronto Zoo. WNED | WBFO has also been a media partner with media outlets Classical 96.3, JAZZ91, The Toronto Star, The Hamilton Spectator and Sun Media.
WNED | WBFO also has joined forces with several Canadian cultural groups to offer discounts to our members and help raise awareness for the organizations. They include: Bata Shoe Museum, Canadian Opera Company, Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, Doon Heritage Crossroads, Erland Lee Museum, Mahoney Doll’s House Gallery, McMaster Museum of Art, Medieval Times, Niagara Historical Society Museum, Ontario Science Centre, and the Workers Arts and Heritage Center.