Welcome! We hope you’re excited for our upcoming livestream on Wednesday, December 13, 2023.

This interactive programme takes pIace in the three stages below, each of which is flexible to suit your schedule.

Be sure to read through this entire Hub for important step-by-step instructions, and resources to participate.

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1. Prepare Your Class

Our livestream lesson plan was designed by educators like you to enrich your students’ learning experience before, during, and after the event. Feel free to use any or all of these included activities:

  • Pre- and post-viewing activities
  • Guiding discussion questions
  • Suggested additional activities
  • Student handouts
  • Comprehension and discussion questions for the film

We’ll have lots of opportunities for engagement in the livestream itself through our interactive platform, but your students can also get involved with hands-on activities leading up to the big event!

Here are just a few ideas:

  • Send us your video questions and comments, and they might be included in the show
  • Print out this poster to put in your classroom or school to build excitement for the event
  • Design your own event posters
  • Build a creative activity around the film, like a visual art or music prompt
  • Students can help set up the big screen and sound equipment for your group to watch. You can even use the school auditorium or theatre.
  • Get students to hand out popcorn or other snacks for your film viewing
  • Share any student work based on our lesson plans with the email below

If your students do get involved, we’d love to hear about it – or even see photos! Write to us at [email protected] 

2. Show the Film

Our livestream centres on Louis Cyr: l’homme le plus fort du monde, so be sure to watch that first. Screen the film for your students between Nov. 29 and Dec. 13, if you can (if not, see note below).

Please make sure to plan the date now. We recommend screening the film and the livestream close together to ensure the content is still fresh in students’ minds.

Louis Cyr is 123 minutes long.

NOTE: You can watch the film and a recording of the livestream any time you’d like, up to the end of the school year, but only questions and comments submitted by December 13 can be included in the show. Our interactive platform will still be live all year for students to add their insights, and read through comments from their peers.

The film link will arrive in your email inbox on Nov. 28 – look for the subject line “Instructions #2: Votre lien pour Louis Cyr“. The link will be active for 16 days, from the very first time you hit play.

For those of you teaching remotely, you may share the film link directly with your students, but please make sure to communicate that it is a private link.

If you ordered a DVD, you will receive that in advance of the date you requested.

*Please note: if you’ve requested to preview the film, we will send it to your inbox shortly after you register.

  • We highly recommend you test the system beforehand using the same computer, projector, and speakers you’ll be using on the screening day. You can test using this short preshow video.
  • Connect your device to the projector or monitor using an HDMI cable or similar setup. This is much more reliable than connecting wirelessly through an application like Chromecast or AirPlay.
  • How’s the aspect ratio? If the picture seems distorted, stretched, or squashed, try adjusting the aspect ratio settings on your projector.
  • Project the film on the largest screen you can.
  • Show the film in the darkest room you can. Draw the blinds or curtains, if possible.
  • Be sure to make the video full-screen by double-clicking the centre of the video, or clicking the square full-screen button in the bottom-right corner.
  • For detailed instructions and FAQ, please see our Streaming Platform Guide.

3. Participate in the Livestream

We know students love seeing themselves and their peers on the big screen – so we’re offering an exciting opportunity for students to submit their questions and comments by video! We’ll select a handful of your videos for the show, where they’ll be addressed by Antoine Bertrand himself. 

Submitting videos is totally optional, but it’s a great way to get students even more engaged in the programme. Either way, there will still be plenty of opportunities to share written comments and questions using our interactive platform (see the next section).

Submitting videos is a great option for classes that are watching the livestream recording afterwards, rather than participating live. 

All videos must be received by Wednesday, Dec. 6. See here for more details.

We’ve created a fun, simple, and exciting engagement platform for students across the country to interact with one another, and with our special guest Antoine Bertrand.

Whether you’re joining live or watching a recording of the livestream, this is an important way to get your students participating through discussion boards, quiz questions, chat, and of course, asking questions!

It’s really easy – your students simply go to this link to participate:

If you’re watching the livestream on December 13:
Use Meeting Pulse during the livestream to engage, share, and interact in real time.

If you’re watching the recording after December 13:
There are two opportunities to participate: 

  • For a chance to have your students’ comments included in the livestream, make sure to watch the film and engage on Meeting Pulse BEFORE December 13. You can log on right after watching the film. 
  • Then, connect again on Meeting Pulse for new activities while you’re watching the livestream recording.

Students can use Meeting Pulse individually at their seats or as a class on one screen at the front. 

And don’t worry, everything on Meeting Pulse is anonymous, and all discussions will be moderated by our team.

🔴 TIP: Be sure to test out the interactive platform beforehand using your school network. If Meeting Pulse is blocked by your school board, please put in a request with your board to have it unblocked for a few days.

The livestream airs on Wednesday, December 13. If you’re watching live, make sure to check the time in your region, and if you’re planning to watch the recording, it will be available immediately afterwards at all the same links below. 

Here are your links to participate:

A. Watch the Livestream:

B. Use the Interactive Platform:

C. Livestream & Interactive Platform side-by-side on one screen:

🔴 TIP: For the best experience, make sure students use our interactive platform while watching.

About Our Guests:

Antoine Bertrand, star of Louis Cyr

Antoine Bertrand rose to fame in 2003 for his role in the popular TV series Les Bougon. Since then, he has won numerous awards for his TV work, appearing in C.A., Boomerang and Les Pays d’en haut, and co-hosting Les enfants de la télé. Bertrand also works extensively in film, with key roles in Starbuck, Votez Bougon!, Menteur (Compulsive Liar), Au revoir le bonheur (Goodbye Happiness), and Louis Cyr: l’homme le plus fort du monde, which earned him the Jutra Award for Best Actor.

Photo ©️ Jocelyn Michel

Marie-Louise Arsenault, host

Marie-Louise Arsenault is a journalist, host, designer and director. In 2011, she created the daily program Plus on est de fous, plus on lit, which she has hosted with gusto for 11 years. Since 2022, she has been hosting Tout peut arriver every Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. on Radio-Canada’s Première Chaîne radio. She is also the host of Dans les médias every week on Télé-Québec.

REEL CANADA’s livestreams are generously supported by funders like the Youth Take Charge Program, who want to hear what your students have to say about the event! Help keep this programme free by having each student complete a short feedback form right after watching the livestream.

You’ll receive a package of printed feedback forms in the mail, along with a pre-paid return envelope. If you need to print more forms, or forms in a different language, they’re available here in French and English.

In the package, you’ll also find a printed teacher feedback form for you, or you can complete this online version instead.

To return the completed forms, simply mail them back to this address using the envelope provided. Postage will be covered by REEL CANADA.

720 Bathurst Street, suite 504
Toronto, ON
M5S 2R4

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to write to [email protected]

Or give us a call toll-free at 1-888-508-0881 ext. 228