It’s that time of the year again and you can bet we’re super-pumped for CANADIAN SCREEN WEEK! As in previous years, FAMILY FAN DAY will give us a chance to connect with some of our favourite Canadian stars of the screen! Taking place Saturday, March 11, 2017 at Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, the event runs from 10 AM to 2 PM and guess what? It’s free!
Exciting activations and contests are being planned and did you know that the first 100 in line will get a free swag bag? There will be doughnuts from JELLY MODERN, a MAC booth giving you inspiration for your spring 2017 look, exciting animals from HANDS ON EXOTICS and also a coding workshop by LADIES LEARNING CODE.
Stars in attendance this year include:
• Dan Riskin and Ziya Tong, Daily Planet (Bell Media)
• Kristian Bruun, Orphan Black (Bell Media)
• Simu Liu, Andrea Bang and Andrew Phung, Kim’s Convenience (CBC)
• Hélène Joy and Lachlan Murdoch, Murdoch Mysteries (CBC)
• Alisha Newton, Heartland (CBC)
• Janaye, Tony, Victor, Gary the Unicorn and Dot, CBC Kids (CBC)
• Dwight Drummond, CBC News Toronto (CBC)
• Kim Coates, Bad Blood (Rogers Media)
• Dina Pugliese and Kevin Frankish, Breakfast Television (Rogers Media)
• Victoria Baldesarra and Shelby Bain, The Next Step (Family Channel)
• Chelsea Clark and Ehren Kassam, Degrassi: Next Class (Family Channel)
• Devyn Nekoda, Colin Petierre and Julia Tomasone, Backstage (Family Channel)
• Hosts from Global’s The Morning Show (Corus Entertainment)
• Mike Holmes and Mike Holmes Jr., Holmes + Holmes (Corus Entertainment)
• Noah Cappe, The Bachelor Canada (Corus Entertainment)
• Anthony Farnell, Global News (Corus Entertainment)
• Ella Ballentine, Sara Botsford, Kate MacDonald Butler, L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables (Corus Entertainment/Breakthrough Entertainment)
…and several more!
YTV‘s Carlos Bustamante will fill hosting duties.
Here’s a couple tips for taking the best selfies with the stars, from your resident expert, Mr. Will:
1. Be calm, stars are more like us than we are led to believe.
2. Ask nicely. If you are a real fan, let them know how they have touched your life.
3. Give them space and let them initiate it if they want to get closer to you.
4. Make sure there’s no glaring light behind you in the photo. This is v. unflattering and will almost always ruin your photo. If there is light, make sure it is shining on your faces.
5. Nobody likes a double-chin, so tilt that camera/cell phone up just a bit and tilt that chin down.
6. Look into the lens of the camera, not the screen on your cell phone and smile! Keep your eyes open!
7. Take an extra snap quickly just in case the first didn’t turn out – it’s always good to have a back-up.
8. Thank the star.
Enjoy and g’luck! We’ll be seeing you around Canadian Screen Week!
Right in time for her 16th birthday, Hawaiian-born singer/actress Auli’i Cravalho is in Toronto today to promote her debut Feature, Disney’s Moana. The lovely burgeoning star was handpicked by the studio after a rigorous audition process which saw her last to audition and first to be chosen out of hundreds of young Polynesian women.
Her first name pronounced “Ow-Lee-Ee“, Cravalho endured the wind and cold to make stops around the morning circuit here including CITY‘s Breakfast Television and a taping of Entertainment CITY. In addition, she appeared on CP24 Breakfast and Global‘s The Morning Show after meeting with Press all day yesterday.
We met the star herself this morning, flower adorning her hair, and full of charm. She loved Billy!
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Industry numbers are projecting approximately $75 million for the title across North America, over the U.S. Thanksgiving Holiday. The Animated Feature is about a young girl (Cravalho) and her journey with Demigod Maui (recent PEOPLE Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive honouree Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) to becoming a master wayfinder. Along the way, she fulfills an ancient quest for her ancestors. A true show of confidence from the “House of the Mouse” in its product is that it has topped its competitiors in spending on TV advertising up through this past Sunday according to Variety.
See the Trailer:
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Canada release MOANAWednesday, November 23, 2016.
The ’90s saw huge success for both musical trio WILSON PHILLIPS and actor Billy Baldwin. To raise awareness for mental health and addiction, both frontwoman Chynna Phillips and Baldwin are in Toronto, speaking last night at a gala held at Ritz-Carlton Hotel for Healthy Minds Canada.
In support of their visit, the couple made a number of morning show visits around town including Your Morning, The Morning Show and Breakfast Television.
Despite it raining, Baldwin and Phillips were awesome to stop for a snap. The two have been ardent supporters of the Rally for Kids in recent years, having visited the City for the fundraiser. Baldwin appeared in the news recently for his controversials tweets at his brother Stephen over his statements on Twitter about Hillary Clinton.
With the Olympic Games Rio 2016 coming to an end, Team Canada made their way back to Toronto last night and up and at ’em early today to talk about their experiences were 100 Metre Women’s Freestyle gold medalist Penny Oleksiak with Michelle Williams, Brittany MacLean and Sandy Mainville. The quartet started their day walking on-foot to their Breakfast Television appearance (where they munched on Tim Hortons goodies), before heading over to The Morning Show. Although there wasn’t much time for fan interaction, Oleksiak, Williams, MacLean and Mainville stopped for some Selfies with Fans after their last interview of the morning.
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Also appearing at Breakfast Television was Dancehall legend Shabba Ranks, known best for his international hit Mr. Loverman. Having appeared on the show prior, he let us know he is appearing at Sound Academy Friday night at Timeless Classics’ Mavado Meets Shabba Ranks where both icons join each other on-stage for the first time ever!
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Academy Award nominee Mariel Hemingway has visited our City many times in the past but her latest was to spread a bit of positivity and inspiration with kids suffering from Arthritis, leading a Yoga Class with Camp Cambria. She appeared over the past couple days at both Breakfast Television and The Morning Show, among other outlets. Super-lovely!
It’s Joey Bats! Toronto couldn’t be more lucky to have its star right-fielder José Bautista back in action after a toe injury. While the Toronto Blue Jays were performing fine without the star, who has been at the center of much discussion of late as a pending free agent. With an impending non-waiver trade deadline due on August 1, 2016, it seems unlikely our trademark Batflipper will be traded.
Prior to heading-out to participate at the annual José Bautista Celebrity Golf Classic, he did some press including a stop at Breakfast Television on CITY, arriving an hour past his originally-scheduled 7:00 AM appearance. Opting for a hidden entrance to the appearance, he more than made up for his tardiness, rewarding Fans with autographs and Selfies before leaving in an unsuspecting vehicle.
We admit, we don’t know much about Baseball, but Bautista has helped us understand and want to learn more! He better not be going anywhere!
We love Bryce Dallas Howard and were thrilled upon learning she’d be in town again! We loved her being horrible and nasty in The Help and 50/50 most. Although Howard really has taken her time focusing on building a quality Résumé as an Actress, while balancing parenthood, things really are taking-off quickly for the daughter of beloved Ron Howard.
While she’s been here for TIFF in the past, she now is here to promote upcoming 3-D Remake, PETE’S DRAGON from Disney. She was last seen in record-breaking Blockbuster JURASSIC WORLD and will be seen again in its 2018 Follow-up.
Howard had a full day of press lined-up starting early at KISS 92.5, heading over to CITY‘s Breakfast Television and later Bell Media for The Social and eTalk. Despite being in a bit of a rush, the low-key star made sure to snap a Selfie and sign Autographs for all her Fans. Class Act. And this is why we love her.
Chad Coleman‘s star has risen quickly in recent years thanks to a phenomenal turn as Tyreese on AMC’s The Walking Dead! Since then he has appeared on History‘s adapted mini-series Roots and now he is in Toronto filming SyFy‘s The Expanse.
The Actor was in Toronto last year meeting fans at Fan Expo and has been spotted around town including taking in a baseball game!
Coleman, who by the way once served in the army, had a bit of spare time today and appeared on Breakfast Television, promoting his recent work and also his line of The Walking Dead character T-Shirts and merchandise available online at A God Amongst.
It’s that time of year again! We look forward always to the Upfronts every year and Canada’s big three Television giants: Bell Media, Corus (Shaw) and Rogers gather potential Ad Buyers to unveil a sneak peak of their upcoming television season lineups including series picked up for additional seasons and new acquisitions!
Rogers is first to roll this year and an army of talent came out today for the mega-presentation at Rogers Centre tonight which includes a reception, gala and afterparty!
Some stars were up and at it early today, appearing on City‘s Breakfast Television – which by the way, remains Canada’s top morning show by a wide margin – with Adam Wylde and Dina Pugliese, including Jay Baruchel (Toronto-made Man Seeking Woman Season 3), Adam Pally (Making History), Will Forte (The Last Man on Earth) and Damon Wayans (Lethal Weapon). All Series air this Fall on CITY, with the exception of Man Seeking Woman which is on FXX. The latter network continues to see double-digital growth and will thrive when Pick-and-Pay fully enters the cable market as an option later this year.
Many other new and returning series, specials and staples were revealed including Tom Hardy‘s Taboo, The Mick, animated-live action Son of Zorn,American Crime Story: Katrina, Hairspray (live), Rocky Horror Picture Show (filmed in Toronto) and more, proving Television v. much is alive!
See some of the stars as they quickly make their rounds today!
Brooke Shields has been a household name for as long as I remember. As a young child, I remember my brothers fawning over her in Films like Blue Lagoon and Endless Love. In the early ’80s, the Actress/Model came to define the conventional standard of beauty, gracing the covers of fashion magazines around the world like Vogue. Starring roles on series like Suddenly Susan and Lipstick Jungle have introduced her to a newer generation of fans.
A Harvard graduate in French Literature who has managed to stay in the public spotlight for several years, Shields right now is focusing on her acting once again. She is in town promoting her latest TV Movie Flower Shop Mystery: Mum’s The Word from Hallmark Channel, to air on W NetworkSunday, April 17, 2016, 7 PM in Canada.
Shields dodged fans all morning as she went from stop to stop on her tour, even going as far as to sneak out of her Breakfast Television appearance for a couple fans waiting outside. A tad late for her appearance on The Morning Show (National Edition), likewise she put her iPhone to her ear as she head into the studio when noticing fans. Again the Manhattan native opted a hidden exit leaving telling five fans she had to make it to her next appearance and that she didn’t have time.
She was however very friendly and animated at her The Morning Show appearance:
Manchester native Holliday Grainger makes a return to Toronto today in support of her latest Film, The Finest Hours. The acclaimed Actress is known best for her work on series like Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Bonnie & Clyde, The Borgias and Films including recent adaptations of Great Expectations, Cinderella and Jane Eyre.
Despite having been listed here for TIFF a few times including 2012 and 2014, Grainger always has managed to escape us! And we’ve totally been wanting to meet her!
Today the lovely star of screen and stage appeared bright and early at CITY‘s Breakfast Television, her first of several interviews coinciding with Bell Let’s Talk Day. She was absolutely gracious, stopping in the cold for Fans for Selfies and Autographs.
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Grainger plays the role of Miriam in Craig Gillespie‘s (Lars & The Real Girl) The Finest Hours, based on the true story of the Pendleton rescue mission attempt in 1952 by Coast Guard ships, wherein two oil tankers were split apart by a Nor’easter. The $80-million-budget Disney Film stars also Casey Affleck, Eric Bana, Chris Pine and Ben Foster.
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Canada release THE FINEST HOURSFriday, February 29, 2016.
(Photo credit: Mr. Will Wong/Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Canada)