"The Bruce" is coming!
The Bruce is a three-part documentary series exploring the history of Bruce County and the Saugeen Ojibway Territory in Ontario.
The $300,000 project will consist of three-50-minute programs that will be broadcast on TVO.
Project chair Ross Lamont, speaking recently to Bruce County Council, says the series will focus on the history of Bruce County, "From the days when it was settled only by the Saugeen Ojibway Nations and the introduction of the fur traders and the Metis, to the settlement of the county through the 1850 to 1900 period and then the (subsequent) modernization of Bruce County."
Lamont says an important aspect of the project is that it will become part of the curriculum in the county schools so students can learn of the history of the region they live in.
Free copies of the series will be distributed to schools and libraries this summer.
The series is going to be aired on TVO, likely late this summer or early fall.
However, Bruce County residents will get a sneak preview.
Lamont says a free premiere event, featuring the first episode will be held at the Plex in Saugeen Shores on Saturday, May 12th.
A giant screen will be set up to accommodate what they hope will be, a large crowd.
Episodes 2 and 3 will be screened near the end of May or early June.
Lamont says "The Bruce" was four years in the making and is at the editing stage before public screening.
He says around 170 actors, who were volunteers, took part in the series, along with about 100 behind-the-scenes production people.
If you're interested, a trailer of the program can be viewed online at www.thebrucemovie.ca