The Umbrella

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The Umbrella
Genre arts talk show
Presented by William Ronald
Narrated by Lloyd Robertson
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
Producer(s) John Kennedy
Running time 30 minutes
Original channel CBC Television
Original run 3 April 1966 – 18 December 1966
Preceded by Show On Shows

The Umbrella was a Canadian arts talk show television series which aired on CBC Television in 1966.


Artist William Ronald hosted this series concerning contemporary art. On the debut episode, Ronald discussed his paintings with a group of students. Rita Greer Allen, Barry Callaghan, and Timothy Findley were regularly correspondents on the series. Interview subjects during the series included John Cage, Jack Chambers, Greg Curnoe, Marcel Duchamp (recorded in New York), William Hutt, George and Mike Kuchar, Judy LaMarsh, Michael Langham, Margaret Laurence (recorded in the UK), Brian Macdonald, Henry Moore, Sydney Newman, James Reaney, Larry Rivers, Alan Sillitoe and Arnold Wesker.

Series music was provided by a quartet led by Ed Bickert.[1]


This half-hour series was broadcast on Sundays at 5 p.m. (Eastern) from 3 April to 26 June 1966 then from 9 October to 18 December 1966.


  1. ^ Corcelli, John (April 2004). "The Umbrella". Canadian Communications Foundation. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 

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