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The John Allan Cameron Show
Genre Variety
Starring John Allan Cameron
Country of origin  Canada
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
Producer(s) Jack O'Neil
Running time 30 minutes
Original channel CBC Television
Original run 29 June 1979 – 10 December 1980

The John Allan Cameron Show was a Canadian television variety series produced by CBC Television in Halifax from 1979 to 1980, with repeat episodes airing until 1982.[1][2]

This was the second national television series featuring host John Allan Cameron (1938-2006). His previous series, John Allan Cameron, was broadcast on private network CTV in 1975 and 1976.[2][3][4]


Regular and guest participants

Many of the guests in the series' first season were athletes such as Trevor Berbick, Don Fontana, Tony Gabriel, Nancy Garapick, Brian Heaney, Eddie Shack, Errol Thompson and Debbie Van Kiekebelt.[1]

The second season's non-musical content featured Hollywood-themed segments where Cameron would portray legendary entertainment stars and movie characters. Series regulars Hughie and Allen presented a comic newscast entitled "News From Home".[1]

Musical performances featuring Cameron and his band were staged in Seaton Auditorium at Halifax's Mount Saint Vincent University. Series guests included Bruce Cockburn, Denny Doherty, The Good Brothers, Steve Goodman, Murray McLauchlan, Will Millar (The Irish Rovers), Tom Paxton, Ronnie Prophet, Tom Rush, Sonny Terry with Brownie McGhee, Ian Tyson, Valdy, Roger Whittaker and Mason Williams. Skip Beckwith was the series musical director, who also played bass for Cameron's band, "The Cape Breton Symphony".[1][5]


The first season in 1979 was a summer series which aired on Fridays at 9 p.m. Eastern time. 1980's second season began in October 1980, running on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. until December of that year.

CBC aired brief repeat runs of the series in 1981 and 1982 on Monday evenings at 7:30 p.m.


  1. ^ a b c d Allan, Blaine (1996). "CBC Television Series / 1952-1982". Queen's University, Department of Film and Media. Retrieved 2008-06-14.  
  2. ^ a b "John Allan Cameron: Celtic 'godfather' dies". CBC News. 22 November 2006. Retrieved 2008-06-13.  
  3. ^ "Celtic music icon John Allan Cameron dies at 67". CTV News. 22 November 2006. Retrieved 2008-06-14.  
  4. ^ "Cameron, John Allan". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2008-06-14.  
  5. ^ "Remembering Canada's 'godfather' of Celtic music". Morningside. CBC Archives. 24 May 1996. Retrieved 2008-06-14.  

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