2016-present Vrak logo
|Launched||September 1, 1988|
|Owned by||Bell Media|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)
|Formerly called||Le Canal Famille (1988–1996)
Canal Famille (1996–2001)
|Bell TV||Channel 140 (SD)
Channel 1870 (HD)
|Shaw Direct||Channel 770 (SD) Channel 397 / 231 (HD)|
|Available on many Canadian cable systems||Check local listings|
|Bell Aliant Fibe TV||Channel 845 (SD)
Channel 945 (HD)
|Bell Fibe TV||Channel 150 (SD)
Channel 1150 (HD)
|MTS||Channel 411 (SD)|
|Optik TV||Channel 8031 (SD)
Channel 2031 (HD)
|SaskTel||Channel 265 (SD)|
|Telus Quebec||Channel 29 (SD)
Channel 529 (HD)
|VMedia||Channel 115 (SD) (QC)|
|Zazeen||Channel 210 (HD)|
Licensed by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) in 1987, Le Canal Famille was launched on September 1, 1988 as a replacement to the youth channel TVJQ (Télévision des Jeunes du Québec, otherwise known simply as Télé des Jeunes). Canal Famille was created by Premier Choix TVEC which itself was already owned by Astral at the time.
Le Canal Famille was renamed VRAK.TV on January 2, 2001.
Vrak.TV was separated from its sister channel in 2013 due to the acquisition of Astral Media by Bell Media; Bell sold off Family Channel (along with the French version of Disney Junior and two English-language TV services) to DHX Media.
Vrak.TV was simply renamed to just Vrak on August 25, 2014.
Since its creation as Le Canal Famille, the channel airs animated series, teenage sitcoms and light dramas. Many of them are French translations of English programs such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Charmed, What I Like About You, Degrassi: The Next Generation, Gilmore Girls, One Tree Hill, The O.C., Life with Derek, Smallville, SpongeBob SquarePants, That '70s Show, 90210, Gossip Girl, and many others. It also aired programs from Disney Channel; due to the launch of La chaîne Disney by Corus Entertainment, the last remaining Disney Channel show on the channel, Good Luck Charlie (Bonne chance Charlie in French), was removed from the schedule in September 2016. The channel also features local Quebec French language productions, such as Il était une fois dans le trouble and Une grenade avec ça?. Other series that the channel popularized were Dans une galaxie près de chez vous and Radio Enfer. The channel started running movies weekly as of 2010.
Initially, as required by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), the channel carried no commercials until 2006. However, it aired promotional messages, interstitial programs (such as help segments known as R-Force (pronounced like "Air Force")), and public service announcements instead. The channel airs commercials as of 2006.
Unlike the other specialty channels, VRAK is the only channel on the air daily from 6 a.m. to midnight. When the station was Le Canal Famille, the station would close down at 7 p.m. (8 p.m. on weekends), sharing time with the flagship Super Écran channel (also owned by Astral). In 2001, when the channel was revamped as VRAK.TV, its hours were increased to 10 p.m. (Super Écran followed on most systems). VRAK's current close down time, at midnight, went into effect in mid-2005.
On September 12, 2016, the channel's animation line-up was put on hiatus for the Fall. Then in January 2017, the animation line-up returned, starting with SpongeBob SquarePants (Bob l'éponge in French).
On October 30, 2006, Astral Media launched an HD simulcast of Vrak.TV called Vrak.TV HD.
- CBC/Radio-Canada - History - 1980s
- "VRAK - Details". bellmediapr.ca.
- Decision: Premier Choix: TVEC Inc. "Canal Famille" — 871204400, Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, 1 December 1987
- Official website (French)