June 12,1955: Eleanor Collins is the first woman in Canada and the first artist of colour in North America to host her own national weekly television music variety show

The very first Eleanor show aired on June 12, 1955. Eleanor Collins has been the recipient of numerous awards for her contribution to arts and entertainment, including the 1986 Centennial Distinguished Pioneer Award and induction into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame, Lifetime Achievement Awards from ACTRA’s Sam Payne Award, The Toronto Black Diversity Network Black Canadian Awards, and the Black Women in Jazz Awards in Atlanta, Georgia. On November 21, 2014, Collins’ 95th Birthday, she was invested into The Order of Canada.  Read more

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