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"North of 60" is an ensemble drama about the fictional native community
of Lynx River, Northwest Territories, Canada. The show originally aired
on CBC from 1992 to 1997. It has been followed by several TV movies.


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Hot News!

December 8 - I just found out that there's a "Corner Gas" movie out now. Evidently it was screened in theaters last week but is now airing on Canadian TV movie channels. Of course, Lorne Cardinal is back as Davis, and I also see Graham Greene's name in the credits. Also, Andrew Wreggitt co-wrote the script. Visit the official website for more information.

ACTRA Toronto, the largest branch of the Canadian actors' union, will present its Award of Excellence to Tantoo Cardinal in February. Read the press release for more information.

Hallmark Channel is airing a slew of new Christmas-themed romantic movies this month, and most or all of them are filmed in Canada. I watched one a couple of weeks ago that starred one of my favorite Stratford Festival actors (Graham Abbey), but I got to thinking that there might be some Nof60 folks in one of them somewhere along the line. For example, there's one premiering tonight that was filmed in BC. So if you watch Hallmark and spot any of our favo(u)rite actors, please drop me a note!

Netflix is going to produce another season of "Longmire," so Graham Greene may be back in that show.

November 18 - The fourth (and final) season of "Cashing In" begins tonight at 8:00 p.m. on APTN. Tina Keeper is back as Aura Sphere.



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Hallmark Channel has renewed "Cedar Cove" for a third season, so viewers in both Canada and the U.S. will be able to see Timothy Webber again. He also recently played the Sorcerer's Apprentice in "Once Upon a Time." Those of you in the U.S. can view the episode on ABC's website. Probably those of you in Canada can find it on the website of CTV or whoever airs it there. It's likely also available on the various on-demand services.

UCLA is doing a two-month-long film festival called "Through Indian Eyes." It began in early October with "Smoke Signals" and will end in mid-December. The only upcoming movies that I know have any Nof60-related actors in it are "Tkaronto" with Lorne Cardinal (Nov. 24) and "Older Than America" with Adam Beach and Tantoo Cardinal (Dec. 15). There was an article about the festival in the L.A. Times with a photo of Tantoo Cardinal from "Smoke Signals" and an interview with that movie's director, Chris Eyre.

Back in July, I talked with Truman, the site supervisor for the Nof60 set, and he told me that repairs to the set after last year's flood were almost finished and the set was looking great! In fact, "Heartland" was just going to film a couple of episodes there.

The on-again, off-again Calgary film studio complex is on again, and this time it looks real. The Calgary Economic Development department secured an 8.53 acre piece of land, and they plan to have the facilities up and running by fall of 2015. Of course, SEVEN24 Films is one of the participants. Attracting more film and TV productions to Calgary should increase the chances of the Nof60 set being used more.

Here are some articles on the film studio project:

  • Calgary Sun: "Great Plains industrial area to be home to new Calgary film studio"
  • Calgary Herald: "Film studio to be built in Calgary's Foothills Industrial Park"
  • CBC: "City committee approves $10m for Calgary film studio"
  • CBC: "Province kicks in $5m for Calgary film studio" (with photo of Nof60 producer Tom Cox)

    The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (a Crown corporation that issues all basic car insurance policies in BC) is mentioning Selina Hanuse in a new pedestrian safety campaign. Selina would have been in her early 30s now. So sad.

    October 8 - Tom Jackson has set up a Facebook page, and he is very active on it. It's open for public viewing; you don't need a Facebook account to see it.

    Tom has also just announced plans for this year's Huron Carole tour to benefit Canadian food banks. It's a great cause and of course a wonderful evening of music. (With luck, CBC will air a one-hour version of it again this year.) You can view the tour dates and buy tickets on the official Huron Carole website.

    Good news for Graham Greene fans: "Defiance" has been renewed. At least, I assume that he'll be back for the new season. I don't watch the show, so I don't know which characters may have been written out by the end of the previous season. I'm told that he also had a significant role in the latest season of "Longmire." That show has been cancelled by A&E, but its producers are trying to find a new home for it, so maybe it and Graham will be back next year.

    June 16 - Hot on the heels of the good news about "Blackstone" in the U.S., I just discovered that a new Native American-focused channel is airing some other shows that feature Nof60 actors. The channel is called First Nations Experience, or FNX. It was founded by the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and went on the air as a digital subchannel of a Southern California PBS affiliate in 2011. FNX is now carried in six states (AK, CA, IL, MN, OK, WY). But that number should increase soon, because the channel just got approved to be carried on PBS's national distribution system.

    Here are the programs they carry that I know have Nof60 people in them:

  • "Cashing In": A half-hour drama about Native politics at a Manitoba casino. Tina Keeper joined the cast in season 2. There were three seasons.

  • "Mixed Blessings": A delightful blended-family comedy/drama about a Ukrainian man who marries a Cree woman in northern Alberta. Michelle Thrush and Wilma Pelly were regulars in this three-season series.

  • "Moose TV": This single-season comedy starred Adam Beach and Nathaniel Arcand.

    And yes, I just wrote to FNX asking about possible carriage of Nof60! I'll let you know what I hear from them.




  • RCMP truck in front of Lynx River band hall

    Current Air Schedule

    Where to find North of 60 on TV
    Si vous parler français, vous pouvez regarder "Au nord du 60e" sur APTN les jours de la semaine.
    North of 60 is not currently airing in English. Stay tuned for updates! If you see it on the air again and I haven't posted the information here, please drop me a note with the details.



    Cabin in Lynx River

    DVDs/Videos

    The latest information about Nof60 DVD releases
    I haven't heard anything from Echo Bridge Entertainment in a long time about the possibility of North of 60 DVDs, but it can't hurt to keep voting for DVD releases on TVShowsOnDVD.com. Before you go to that site, please read this important information about the voting. Don't be the person who jeopardizes the voting by abusing the system!

    As for a Canadian release, I think the old Alliance Atlantis television library is now owned by some division of Shaw Media. If anyone in Canada can track down more information, please let me know!




    Houses in Lynx River

    Episode Guides
    & Other Lists

    Essential North of 60 reference information

    I've written three different North of 60 episode lists and guides. Choose the one that meets your needs!

  • North of 60 Episode List: Years, episode numbers, and episode titles only

  • North of 60 Extended Episode List: Same as the basic list plus writers and directors

  • North of 60 Episode Guide: All of the above information plus descriptions of each episode, including its main actors

    I also have two other lists available:

  • Complete cast list for every episode of the series.

  • Gemini nominations and awards that the show received over its six seasons. For information about other Canadian shows, see my Canadian dramas page.



  • The Lynx River and gravel beds along its edges

    TV Movies

    News about the North of 60 TV movies
    The first North of 60 TV movie, entitled "In the Blue Ground," aired on CBC in March, 1999. "Trial by Fire" premiered in January, 2000. "Dream Storm" was broadcast in October, 2001. "Another Country" aired in February, 2003. "Distant Drumming" premiered in January, 2005.

    Click to see more information about the first five North of 60 movies.



    Sign at RCMP detachment in Lynx River

    Cast & Characters

    Information about Lynx River residents and visitors
    Want to know who played a recurring role on Nof60, or who the guest star was in a specific episode? Then visit my "Cast & Characters" page. Or click on one of the links below to go to the specified section.

  • Main characters
  • Other regular and recurring characters
  • Guest stars

    I also have a complete cast list for every episode of the series.

    See my "In Memoriam" page for information about Nof60 actors who have passed away.



  • Michelle Kenidi's house

    Interviews

    Transcripts of my chats with North of 60 cast and crew members.
    I've been lucky enough to visit the Nof60 set three times to interview cast and crew members. I've also conducted some additional interviews by telephone. Here's what's available:

  • Nathaniel Arcand (2002)

  • Simon Baker (2003) (includes video greeting)

  • Lawrence Bayne (2000) (2002)
    -- A greeting from Lawrence to Nof60 fans

  • "Distant Drumming" director and Nof60 photographer Dean Bennett (2003)

  • Corporal Brian Fletcher himself, Robert Bockstael (2010)

  • Tina Louise Bomberry (2002) (2003)
    -- A greeting from Tina Louise to Nof60 fans

  • Director and Alberta Filmworks co-founder Randy Bradshaw (2002)

  • Lorne Cardinal (2002)

  • Tracey Cook (2000)

  • Producer and Alberta Filmworks co-founder Tom Cox (2000) (2002)
    -- A greeting from Tom to Nof60 fans

  • Stacey Stewart Curtis (2000)

  • Peter Kelley Gaudreault (2001)

  • Nof60 co-creator Wayne Grigsby (2000)

  • "Another Country" director Gary Harvey (2002)

  • Jimmy Herman (2002)

  • Michael Horse (2002)
    -- A greeting from Michael to Nof60 fans

  • Nof60 filming site caretakers/security personnel Truman Hoszouski and Sharon Fogarty (2002)

  • Dakota House (2002) (2003) (includes video greeting)

  • Tom Jackson (2003) (includes video greeting)

  • Tina Keeper (2000) (2002) (2003) (includes video greeting)
    -- A greeting from Tina to Nof60 fans

  • "Another Country" and "Distant Drumming" guest star George Leach (2003)

  • Makeup artist Al Magallon (2000)

  • Lubomir Mykytiuk (2000) (2002) (2003)
    -- A greeting from Lubo to Nof60 fans

  • Wilma Pelly (2000) (2002) (2003)
    -- A greeting from Wilma to Nof60 fans

  • "Distant Drumming" guest star Jennifer Podemski (2003)

  • "Distant Drumming" guest star Ken Pogue (2003)

  • Nof60 producer Jordy Randall (2002)

  • "Another Country" guest star Hugh Thompson (2002)

  • Michelle Thrush (2002) (2010)
    -- A greeting from Michelle to Nof60 fans

  • Timothy Webber (2002) (2003)
    -- A greeting from Tim to Nof60 fans

  • "Another Country" guest star Ron White 2002)

  • Screenwriter Andrew Wreggit (2001)

    In addition, Montreal journalist Hélèna Katz interviewed John Bean (formerly known as John Oliver) in January, 2001 and kindly provided excerpts for my website.

    And not actually an interview, but I ran into Tina Keeper, Gordon Tootoosis, and Tantoo Cardinal at the American Indian Film Festival in November, 2004, and have posted a report with photos.


    20th Anniversary

    A number of people associated with North of 60 kindly agreed to provide reminiscences of the show on the occasion of its 20th anniversary in December, 2012. You can find all of those comments linked from my 20th Anniversary page.




  • Outside of the store in Lynx River

    Fun & Games

    North of 60 miscellany
    Lynx River map

    Want to see where Nof60 was filmed? Google Maps has:
  • High-resolution satellite views
  • Google Street View photos of the road that passes by the site


    Fan map

    Where do Nof60 fans live? Check out my North of 60 fan map to find out! If you have Javascript enabled in your browser, you can click on a state or province to see the names of the fans who've reported in from that location. Here's how you can get on the map:

    1. Send an email to patty@wintertime.com with the subject of "Fan map."

    2. Copy and paste the following lines into it:

    Your first name:
    Your city/town name:
    Your state or province:

    3. Fill in the requested information and mail the message to me.

    If you are within 50 miles of a good-sized city, please provide that name instead of your actual town. That's because the scale of the map doesn't allow me to place markers with any great detail. Notice how the dot I've put on the map to indicate my location takes up all of the San Francisco Peninsula and South Bay! So, for example, if I were filling out this survey, I would put "San Jose" rather than "Sunnyvale."


    Quizzes

    Try your luck at these North of 60 quizzes developed by Helena Katz and me. There are some spoilers in the answers (although not major ones), so you may not want to read them unless you've seen the whole series.

  • Quiz #1: Who's in Town?
  • Quiz #2: Love and Betrayal
  • Quiz #3: Red Serge
  • Quiz #4: Crossovers


    Slavey

    Click here to see translations of some of the written Slavey that appeared under the opening credits of Trial by Fire.



  • Lynx River cemetery

    Photos

    "Lynx River" and related photos contributed by fans
    I've put all the set photos contributed by Nof60 fans on a separate photos page. There are also some photos of the actual Canadian north.

    Here are some high-resolution photos of "Lynx River" that you're welcome to use on your computer desktop.

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  • Flood Photos and Lynx River Map

    In June, 2005, several rivers in the Calgary area raged over their banks. There was extensive damage to the North of 60 set southwest of Calgary along the Elbow River. You can see flood reports and photos on my 2005 Flood page. The page includes a map showing which areas of Lynx River were affected by the floodwaters. As a companion to the flood map, I've posted a regular map of Lynx River.

    In June, 2013, the Elbow River (and other rivers in the Calgary area) flooded again. I have therefore created a 2013 Flood page with information and photos.




    RCMP truck in front of the Lynx River RCMP detachment

    Links

    More information about Nof60-related topics
  • Professor Mary Jane Miller, a member of the Nof60 Yahoo Group, has written several books about Canadian television. Her latest is Outside Looking In: Viewing First Nations Peoples in Canadian Dramatic Television Series, available from McGill-Queen's University Press. This is a fascinating discussion of how Native people are represented in shows such as The Beachcombers, The Rez, and of course, North of 60. The latter show gets five chapters in the book! There's even mention of our Yahoo Group list and this website. :-)

  • Professor Miller also wrote an interesting analysis of Dream Storm that she kindly allowed me to post on this site.

  • Tom Jackson's website includes information about his annual holiday charity concerts.

  • The JAM TV website has a collection of North of 60 newspaper stories.

  • Several hundred films created by the National Film Board of Canada are available on their website. Among them is one with Tina Keeper called "For Angela". It's a 20-minute movie about a mother who takes action when she and her daughter are harassed by three white teenage boys on a bus. There's even a brief talk at the end of the video by the woman this actually happened to. There's also a downloadable classroom guide to accompany the movie should you know of (or be) a teacher who would like to screen the film and have a discussion about prejudicial beliefs. (If you browse the NFB site, please let me know if you find any other videos that feature Nof60 actors.)

  • The Government of the Northwest Territories website says that Fort Liard was the inspiration for Lynx River.

  • Want to find out more about your favorite native actors from Canada and the U.S.? Check out Annie's great NativeCelebs website and her page of Nof60 links.

  • The Encyclopedia of Television on the Museum of Broadcast Communications website includes specific pages about a number of Canadian shows. Prof. Miller wrote the page about North of 60.

  • Prof. Miller's essay on Canadian Television Programming in English is on the same site.

  • See the Canadian Screenwriter website for a very interesting interview with Nof60 co-creator Wayne Grigsby. The site also has interviews with North of 60 writers Peter Lauterman, Rob Forsyth, and Stacey Kaser.

  • Canadian artist Virginia Boulay has done a lovely painting of Sun Rock and the Elbow (Lynx) River. You can contact her through her website about ordering a print.




  • Patty Winter sitting on Sun Rock on the edge of Lynx River

    About me

    How I got interested in North of 60
    I've had a lot of questions over the years about how someone from California ended up running a website about a Canadian television show. Actually, many of you probably don't even realize that I'm not in Canada! Nor am I a transplanted Canadian. I'm a native Californian who has never lived closer to Canada than Marin County.

    Here's how it started. Back in 1994, CBS Television began airing a show co-produced with CTV in Canada called "Due South." Created by Paul Haggis, the show captured me with its wit (including wry comments about U.S./Canadian relations), its interesting characters, and its enjoyable stories.

    I joined a "Due South" discussion list on the Internet and subscribed to a Usenet group about the show. At some point, one of my fellow listmembers mentioned another Canadian TV series that was also excellent, also about Mounties, and also produced by Alliance Atlantis. I asked whether she could send me a videotape with a few sample episodes. The rest, as they say, is history. :-) (If I recall correctly, the first episode I ever saw was "Moonlight Sonata.")

    When I found out that CBC co-owned a cable/satellite channel in the U.S. that aired Nof60 and other Canadian dramas (it was called Trio), I ran out and bought a DirecTV system. (Trio was sold in 2000, and its programming changed the following year.)

    Somewhere along the line, I realized that the official Nof60 website (www.nof60.com) was only posting descriptions of the most recent episodes, so I began writing my own episode guide. Then in 1998, the official site disappeared entirely. By that time, I had started my own site to keep fans updated on news that wasn't being posted on the official site. So with the demise of that site, mine became the go-to place for Nof60 information. (In 2000, another official website was launched at www.northof60.net; it went away in 2007. In 2003, I was able to obtain the nof60.com domain and point it to my site so that fans who saw the URL in the closing credits of the show would end up where they could get Nof60 news.)

    In 1999, a Vancouver Nof60 fan named Anna started a Yahoo Group to discuss the show. I joined a couple of weeks later. In 2000, Anna handed over the reins of the group to Lonnie Cruse, Nancy Duemling, and me. Lonnie was subsequently replaced by Kelly Tucker, who still helps out occasionally, but mostly it's Nancy and me running that show now. (See the button at the top of this page to join.)

    In 2000, I made contact with the publicist for the show, Fran Humphreys. She ended up inviting me to visit the set during the filming of "Dream Storm." I later returned for "Another Country" and "Distant Drumming." You can see the results of those trips in the Interviews and Photos sections of this page.

    I think that brings the story up to date! Please drop me a note at patty@wintertime.com if you have any questions!



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