Encore+, a YouTube channel showcasing iconic Canadian content from seasons past, recently attained two important milestones: 100K YouTube users from around the globe have subscribed to the channel, and viewed curated, exceptional Canadian content 25M times. Launched to positive reviews in November of 2017, the channel continues to garner an impressive following and viewership rate.
Created in partnership with YouTube Canada and Canada’s film and television producers, distributors, broadcasters, unions, guilds and industry associations, Encore+ features over 2,000 acclaimed Canadian feature films, documentaries and television shows in English, French and by Indigenous creators. Encore+ offers content for all ages and across genres – free to view at any time and on any screen – to the world.
“With the world increasingly watching from home, Encore+ has become a unique destination for audiences looking for great Canadian content,” said Valerie Creighton, President and CEO of Canada Media Fund. “After many years of discussion with the industry and the highly successful launch in 2017, I couldn’t be prouder of our work on Encore+ alongside our industry partners, as well as the demonstrated results. We’ve given new life to iconic Canadian content. Thanks to this channel, rights holders are monetizing, preserving and relicensing their legacy titles to new streaming platforms. New generations of Canadians, and audiences worldwide are rediscovering and connecting with important Canadian stories, comedies and childhood favourites,” she added.
Meanwhile, Andrew Peterson, Head of Partnerships at YouTube Canada, commented: “In less than three years, the Encore+ YouTube channel has introduced over 2,000 videos of some of Canada's finest TV and film content to a new generation of fans around the world, while also helping existing fans re-watch their favourites. With unprecedented access to a global audience, Canadian content is thriving on YouTube. Thanks to the CMF, classic stories that reflect Canada’s history are seeing a resurgence in views and the Encore+ channel surpassing 100,000 subscribers is a real testament to their hard work and dedication to supporting Canadian creators”.
To mark this milestone, Encore+ is now streaming hundreds of beloved TV series including “Zoboomafoo,” “Big Wolf on Campus,” “Danger Bay,” “The Creative Native,” “Ready or Not,” “Street Legal,” and more. Feature films include “I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing,” “Bayo” and “The Snow Walker,” with “Johnny Mnemonic” just ahead. Encore+ is also home to impactful Canadian documentaries including “Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media,” “National Parks Project,” “The Great War” and the upcoming “Hero Dogs of 9/11”. The award-winning documentary “The Corporation” is currently number one on the platform.
With the world increasingly watching from home, Encore+ has become a unique destination for audiences looking for great Canadian content” Valerie Creighton President and CEO of Canada Media Fund