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Fans of APTN’s Arbor Live will be sleeping easy for the next year, as the program as been picked up for a third season and season two will re-air starting December 7, 2010 running through to March 2011.

For Immediate Release: November 22, 2010 

Fans of APTN’s Arbor Live will be sleeping easy for the next year, as the program as been picked up for a third season and season two will re-air starting December 7, 2010 running through to March 2011.

If the second season was any indication of the program’s penchant for outdoing itself, fans have much to look forward to. This last season built on the success of the first by featuring guest musical performances from international sensations like The Crystal Method. Tommy Lee, Slayer, Chickenfoot, Zakk Wylde, Black Label Society, Staind, The Scorpions, Fishbone and Mastadon. Staying true to its Canadian roots, the season also featured emerging Aboriginal and Canadian talent such as Suzie McNeil, Grady, Chantal Kreviazuk, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Mother Mother, Shane Yellowbird, Moneen Priestess, Domenica and You Say Party!

Likened to a musical cross between The Larry Sanders Show and The Office, the premise of Arbor Live centres around three Native guys running a fast-paced music variety show with complete ineptitude. Rock-guitarist Stevie Salas plays the show’s host, alongside his comedic director “Steelbird” and their “assistant,” played by movie star Eric Schweig. Arbor Live is produced by Arbor Television Inc., a company which was jointly created in 2006 by Grammy nominated, Juno award winning producer Brandon Friesen and award winning broadcast producer/writer/director and founder of StrongFront A/V Jesse Green.

Since the show’s storylines require the musical guests to both perform and act, Arbor Live undoubtedly benefits from the rich histories of its leading men. Salas was discovered by funk legend George Clinton when he was just a teenager. Over his twenty-five year career in the music industry he has played sold out stadiums, written hit songs, been named one of Guitar Player Magazine’s Top 50 Guitarists of All Time playing with such artists as Mick Jagger, Bootsy Collins, Rod Stewart and Justin Timberlake and for the last four years has served as a consultant and musical director for 19 Ent/American Idol.

An accomplished multi-disciplinary artist in his own right, Schweig is a Canadian actor best known for his role in the critically acclaimed film The Last of the Mohicans.  He has also appeared in Squanto: A Warrior's Tale, Ron Howard's The Missing, The Scarlet Letter, Tom and Huck, Big Eden , Skins and Cowboys and Indians: The J.J. Harper Story.  He is also well respected in the art of carving Inuit Spirit Masks, and is currently filming the third season of Cashing In with the previous two seasons airing on APTN & BRAVO.  

Fans can look forward to many more shenanigans to come from the characters of Arbor Live. Look out Corner Gas; this show is scaling the ranks of Canadian comedy, and could be a household staple before too long.

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APTN HD Channel: Tues @ 10:30 pm ET; Wed @ 2:30 am ET; Fri @ 10:00 pm ET; Sat  @ 10:30 pm ET; APTN: Eastern Feed – Tues @ 10:30 pm ET; Eastern Feed – Wed @ 2:30 am ET; Northern Feed – Wed @ 2:30 am CT; Western Feed – Tues @ 10:30 pm MT

Media Inquires Contact: Skylar Entertainment, Diane Foy, 416-413-9672


Arbor Live is back for a Second Season and the premiere episode kicks off with some of Canada ’s most exciting bands, both new and old! Gracing the Arbor Live stage are Mother Mother, Twilight’s Tinsel Korey with special guest appearance by Marcos Curiel from P.O.D., Ritchie Kotzenand Voivod. However it doesn’t take long for the three wise men to be up to their old tricks as Stevie, Eric and Steelbird suffer extreme cases of Amnesia.


This week’s episode features the rockin’ guitar sounds of The IMF’s, including Arbor Live’s own Stevie Salas, Bernard Fowler (Rolling Stones), and Dave Abbruzzese former drummer of Pearl . Jam Singer/songwriter Janet Panic graces the stage with her sultry presence and Andrew Nuefeld of Comeback Kid introduces us to his new band Sights & Sounds. The comedy keeps rolling in Episode Two as Stevie learns what it means to shoot Guerilla style, literally.


Although it was a hard act to follow, the bands in Episode Three are up to the challenge. This week features the ska fusion of Fishbone, Nunavut throat singer Tanya Tagaq, The Breaking Wind, Simeon Ross & The Junction. Meanwhile backstage, Eric reveals how large his eternal affection is with Stevie and Steelbird soon follow.


Harassment at it’s finest comes back to Arbor Live in Episode Four when Bekki from Domenica haunts Eric in his sleep. Musically the show keeps the pace with performances from the iconic Buffy Sainte-Marie, hard rockin’ Domenica, the charm of Elisapie Isaac and the alternative rock sounds of State Radio.


When there’s something strange, and it don’t look good… who you gonna call? Eric straps it back on and fights the ghost of Chad Smith from RHCP in this week’s episode. We also hear from pop sensation Inez, the beats of Plex, indie rockers Moneen and super group Chickenfoot featuring Chad Smith (RHCP), Joe Satriani, Michael Anthony (Van Halen) and Sammy Hagar.


The Crystal Method rock the turntables in this week’s episode while we find out how Eric spends his last remaining hours and who will retain his most prized possessions. We hear from the musical talents of electro house band Let’s Go To War, country sensation Crystal Shawanda and the emerging talents of Rebecca Miller.


Legendary German rockers Scorpions will Rock You Like A Hurricane in this week’s episode. Eric and Steelbird prepare for an appearance on a hit dance show while bands such as punk legends Grimskunk, Juno award winning artists Digging Roots and the sweet pop sounds of Ohbijou join us for some amazing live performances.


You are what you eat, and that has never been as true as this week’s episode! The boys are joined by the likes of hard rockers Staind, pop singer Suzie McNeil (former contestant on Rock Star: INXS), the blues tapping Pappy Johns Band and one of the last performances of You Say Party! We Say Die! with the band as a whole.


Tommy Lee is back and makes his second guest appearance when Steelbird and Eric submit for his project called The Public Record. Arbor Live travels to Zakk Wylde’s house to talk about Black Label Society and great performances are featured from actress/musician Cheri Maracle, psychedelic rockers Final Flash and the southern metal sounds of Grady.


Eric falls in and out of gooey sugary love in this week’s episode when meeting the woman of his dreams. Musical guests include the eclectic Bastard Fairies, Winnipeg’s own Chantal Kreviazuk, writer/director/musician Shane Belcourt, and concrete metal rockers Priestess.


Slayer and Kerry King rock out on Episode Eleven but the problems continue with Arbor Live on the verge of extinction as the show runs out of money. Follow along as creative solutions abound to solve the cash-strapped show while enjoying the sounds of Gathering Of Flies, Montrealers Silver Starlingand the beats from TruRez and crew.


Mastodon lays down the rock on this very Christmas special for Arbor Live. There is also a surprise star that makes his presence felt at AL Headquarters while acts like jazz/blues singer Arthur Renstick, country cowboy Shane Yellowbird and the haunting vocals of Lucie Idlout spread the holiday cheer on stage.


It was the best of times; it was the worst of times… well, mostly the worst of times. Join us as we take a look back at some of the highlights and lowlights of Arbor Live Season Two featuring Eric, Steelbird and Stevie at their finest along with a selection of live performances and interviews.


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