From 1977 to 1979 The René Simard Show was produced in Vancouver (by Alan Thicke!) and featured an array of celebrity guests. Aired on CBUT (CBC) its format was that of a variety show much like the one and only Talent Time, the live show that we sponsor each month. This quick clip from it is a glimpse into a strange sort of mania that they ran, along with some incredible outfits (that jumpsuit!).
Talent Time is one-of-a-kind these days, as this type of show mostly disappeared in the 80’s and made way for slightly more tame ones like The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos. Below is an interview with host René and producer Alan back in the heyday when the show was at its peak. If I come across any full episodes of it online I’ll be sure to share them, but this is all I could dig up for now.