Jade Fever
GenreDocumentary, Reality
Created byDavid Gullason
Jeffrey Kinnon
Country of originCanada
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons6
Production
Executive producersDavid Gullason
Brian Hamilton
Production locationsJade City and the Turnagain River basin of British Columbia
Running time30 minutes
Release
Original networkDiscovery Canada

Jade Fever is a nephrite jade mining-based Canadian reality TV show from Discovery Channel Canada, produced by Omnifilm Entertainment.[1] The show follows glacial deposit placer and hard rock mining efforts in the Cassiar Mountains region and Turnagain River basin of British Columbia, within 100 kilometres of Jade City. Narrated by Martin Strong,[2] the show debuted in April 2015.[3] Jade Fever was nominated for a 2016 Canadian Screen Award in the "Best Factual Program or Series" category.[4][5] As of 2020, there have been 6 seasons.

Summary

Jade City is a remote highway stop in northern British Columbia with a community of 25 run by Claudia Bunce and her husband Robin. They mine a huge jade claim and they employ most of the people in town. If they strike it rich everyone wins; if they fail, a whole town falls flat on its face.

Cast

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Claudia Bunce
matriarch of the Bunce jade mining family, and she is the mine boss bookkeeper
Robin Bunce
patriarch of the Bunce jade mining family, heavy truck/construction equipment operator
Josh Bunce
their son, mine hand, heavy truck/construction equipment operator (season 1 – present), camp medic (season 3 – present)
Justin Bunce
their son, mine hand, prospector, heavy truck/construction equipment operator (season 2 – present), jade tabletop maker (season 3)
Steve Simonovic
Claudia Bunce's father, a pioneer Cassiar Country jade miner and founder of Jade City (seasons 1 & 2; season 5)
Guy Martial
mine hand, heavy truck/construction equipment operator (season 1 – present)
Robin, a.k.a. "R-2"
mine hand, heavy truck/construction equipment operator (season 1 – present), alternate camp medic (season 3)
Alan Qiao
first Chinese investor (season 1 – present)
Gary Wentworth
mine hand, heavy truck/construction equipment operator, friend of Guy (season 3)
"Scrappy" Larry
local scrap metal/used heavy truck/used construction equipment dealer, heavy truck/construction equipment mechanic, heavy truck/construction equipment operator, Bunce family friend (season 2; season 3, episodes 8 & 9; season 5, episode 3 – present)
Susan
Scrappy Larry's common-law wife (season 5, episode 3 – present)
Alex
Bunce company employee residing in Jade City (season 2; season 3, episode 7)
Joe, a.k.a. "Jo-Jo"
Bunce company employee residing in Jade City (season 2; season 3, episode 7; season 5, episodes 3 & 4)
Karim Kaouar
Professional pastry chef, Two Mile mine camp cook (season 5 – present)
Peter Niu
NEK Mining Inc. company executive (season 3, episodes 1 & 2)
William
Beijing-based representative of NEK Mining (season 3, episodes 1 – 6)
Christina
Vancouver-based representative of NEK Mining (season 3, episode 3)
Chris
geologist, mine hand, Justin's friend (season 3, episodes 5 – 12)
Henry
jade miner on a neighbouring claim, Bunce family friend (season 3, episode 6)
Mike Mee
engineer, mine hand, venture capital fundraiser, Justin's friend (season 2, episodes 7 – 12)
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List of episodes

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Season 1

No. Title Original release date
1 "Jade Fever" March 31, 2015
2 "Got a Rope" March 31, 2015
3 "The Long March" April 7, 2015
4 "Slippery Slope" April 7, 2015
5 "Hide and Seek" April 14, 2015
6 "No Jade Until Blood is Spilled" April 14, 2015
7 "The Curse of the Jade" April 21, 2015
8 "Rude Awakening" April 21, 2015
9 "Company's Coming" April 28, 2015
10 "Out of Bounds" April 28, 2015
11 "Down to the Wire" May 5, 2015
12 "It Ain't Easy Finding Green" May 5, 2015

Season 2

No. Title Original release date
1 "Mountains To Climb" February 23, 2016
2 "Out in the Cold" February 23, 2016
3 "500 Bolts" March 1, 2016
4 "Loaded" March 1, 2016
5 "An Ounce of Hope" March 8, 2016
6 "May Jay!" March 8, 2016
7 "Walk Hard" March 15, 2016
8 "Big Chunk of Green" March 15, 2016
9 "Sink, Sank, Sunk" March 22, 2016
10 "Fractured" March 22, 2016
11 "The Jade Whisperer" March 29, 2016
12 "Mystery Rock" March 29, 2016
13 "Code Brown" April 5, 2016
14 "The Big One" April 5, 2016
15 "Jaded" April 12, 2016
16 "Escape From Wolverine" April 12, 2016

Season 3

No. Title Original release date
1 "Hard Climb" March 7, 2017
2 "Breakdown and Meltdowns" March 7, 2017
3 "Digging In" March 15, 2017
4 "Cutting Crew" March 15, 2017
5 "High Stakes Claim" March 21, 2017
6 "Eyes on the Prize" March 21, 2017
7 "Shut Out" March 28, 2017
8 "Start It Up" March 28, 2017
9 "Slabs of Jade" April 4, 2017
10 "Night Moves" April 4, 2017
11 "The Big Fin" April 11, 2017
12 "The Bunce Dynasty" April 11, 2017

Season 4

No. Title Original release date
1 "Head Start" March 13, 2018
2 "Hard Core" March 13, 2018
3 "Tip of the Iceberg" March 20, 2018
4 "You're My Boy Blue" March 20, 2018
5 "Uphill Battle" March 27, 2018
6 "All Slice, No Dice" March 27, 2018
7 "Slipping Away" April 3, 2018
8 "Failing Grade" April 3, 2018
9 "Moving Day" April 10, 2018
10 "Battered and Bruised" April 10, 2018
11 "The Curse of Wolverine" April 17, 2018
12 "Shower Day" April 17, 2018
13 "Medio-core" April 24, 2018
14 "We Found Jade" April 24, 2018

Season 5

No. Title Original release date
1 "The Long and Grinding Road" April 8, 2019
2 "Nose for Jade" April 8, 2019
3 "Bunkhouse Blues" April 15, 2019
4 "Stuck In The Middle April 15, 2019
5 It's My Party April 22, 2019
6 "Who's The Boss?" April 22, 2019
7 "Running On Empty" April 29, 2019
8 "Ridge to Riches" April 29, 2019
9 "Playing With Fire" May 6, 2019
10 "Bunkhouse or Bust" May 6, 2019
11 "Risky Business" May 13, 2019
12 "No Country For Cold Men" May 13, 2019
13 "Snow Job" May 20, 2019
14 "Pushing the Limits" May 20, 2019

Season 6

No. Title Original release date
1 "The Big Deal" March 23, 2020
2 "The Last Laugh" March 23, 2020
3 "Down to the Wire" March 30, 2020
4 "Trans Mission" March 30, 2020
5 "Bad Brakes" April 6, 2020
6 "Right Under Our Nose" April 6, 2020
7 "Deal Breaker" April 13, 2020
8 "Deal or No Deal" April 13, 2020
9 "Heavy Lifting" April 20, 2020
10 "Panic Mode" April 20, 2020
11 "Digging In" April 27, 2020
12 "Christmas In August" April 27, 2020
13 "Between A Truck and a .. May 4, 2020
14 "Mutiny On the Mountain" May 4, 2020

Season 7

Impact on industry

In season 3, the Bunce's hard rock mining operation at the Dynasty claim started to successfully quarry jade – a first in jade mining; which usually rips jade lenses out of rock with heavy equipment instead of quarrying it out like marble.[6]

See also

Gemstone mining TV shows
Resource extraction TV shows in Canada

References

  1. ^ Julianna Cummins (5 March 2015). "Discovery Canada polishes "Jade Fever"". Realscreen.
  2. ^ "Jade Fever (TV Series 2015– )". IMDb.
  3. ^ "Pilot". Jade Fever. Season 1. Episode 1. 31 March 2015. Discovery Channel Canada.
  4. ^ Creative BC. "BC Nominees - 2016 Canadian Screen Awards" (PDF).
  5. ^ Sabrina Furminger (19 January 2016). "Local talent up for 2016 Canadian Screen Awards". Westender. Vancouver Westender.
  6. ^ "The Big Fin". Jade Fever. 11 April 2017. Discovery Channel Canada.