You know how much we love RuPaul’s Drag Race and already during the Pandemic we’ve been treated to two seasons of Canada’s Drag Race on Crave Canada!
The winner of Season Two was unveiled tonight and a special celebration was held at The Danforth Music Hall with the top three queens: Ottawa’s Icesis Couture, Montreal’s Pythia and Vancouver’s Kendall Gender in-attendance for the Finale screening. Guest Judge Hollywood Jade hosted the affair.
Gaining momentum late in the Series, Icesis Couture‘s seasoning after many years on the Drag Pageant circuit really showed as she outperformed her competition to take the Season Two crown.
The Queens of Season Two will be going on tour in January, with a date in Toronto towards the end of the month! Learn more about it here.
We were so thrilled to meet these lovely girls and can’t wait to see where their careers take them next!
Supernatural Horror Series LOCKE & KEY premiered early 2020 on Netflix and it was little surprise to see that fans responded well to this adaptation of Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodríguez‘s Comic Book series of the same name. The Series centers on a widowed mother Nina (Darby Stanchfield) and her three children Tyler (Connor Jessup), Kinsey (Emilia Jones) and Bode (Jackson Robert Scott) who relocate to her husband’s family home, only to discover mysterious magical keys scattered throughout the home that lead to several revelations. Filmed mostly in and around the Greater Toronto Area, two additional seasons were filmed during the Pandemic. Season Two arrives later this month.
We had the opportunity to chat with Toronto-born star Jessup, who plays the eldest son in the family, Tyler and what we can expect in this upcoming season.
We asked what we can expect of Tyler‘s character arc in season two of LOCKE & KEY.
Jessup: “In season one, Tyler was really weighed-down by this enormous grief and guilt he carried about what happened with his dad. Really a lot of his arc in season one was letting go of that weight. At the beginning of season two you find him in a much lighter and more comfortable place. They think they’ve won against Dodge. He’s settling-in with Jackie (Genevieve Kang) in his life, his relationship with his family is much better, so really things are looking good for Tyler. He very quickly realizes he and Jackie and are on the edge of becoming adults and we know that adults for whatever reason can’t remember magic, so he starts becoming increasingly worried about what it means to forget magic when other memories go with that. His driving focus is holding onto his memories and this life he’s built.”.
Part of what makes the Series so wonderful is the strongfamily bond we see between the Locke family on-screen.We ask how this is chemistry is built.
Jessup: “I feel like I have to invent an answer because it’s just so easy. We shot season one in 2019 and we had an extended break because of the Pandemic, starting later than we were supposed to. We shot Season Two and Three back-to-back for pretty much a full year together. Essentially, the only people I would see every day were these people. Everyone was so happy to be working again and being outside their homes. And it was this was a very special sort of bonding process. I feel so grateful to Emilia, Jackson, Darby and all our Crew. It really didn’t require a lot of work to imagine they were my family.”.
Netflix in Your Neighbourhood has just launched, the website giving fans a glimpse into some of the Canadian locations seen in their favourite Netflix series. Jessup is well aware of the sitewe see!
Jessup: “I was at a bar near my house – kinda like a diner – and I was walking a couple weeks ago and saw on the ground this sticker that said ‘LOCKE & KEY shot here’. And I was like ‘Oh wow!’.”.
We ask Jessup about his favourite filming locations in this Series.
Jessup: “We shot allover Toronto, the GTA and Nova Scotia and I still think the place that gave me the most shivers was the exterior of Key House. It was this set they built on the outside of this lot north of Hamilton in Freelton, and they built the entire first two floors of this house and all the property. You see the roads, the garden shed, the welhouse and all the greenery, all that was built for the show. I’ve never seen something of that scale before and it’ feels so lived-in and because we shot for a year, we saw every season. Fall and Winter we were hiding inside the house. Spring and Winter people would start to come out and the Crew was all lounging on the lawn. It really felt like home, so I’m gonna miss that. Driving away from that set was hard.”.
Jessup had the pleasure of appearing as a guest on Season Two of Canada’s Drag Race and we ask about this as a fellow fan.
Jessup: “I’m a super Drag Race fan. My memory is like a black hole. I was so nervous and so full of anticipation that my mind went blank. I arrived and ten hours later I left. I really hope that wasn’t all a disaster, but I guess we’ll see in a few weeks. It was so much fun. There’s a moment towards the end when we’re watching the Lip Sync and my job was done and the judges weren’t talking anymore and I thought I could release a little bit of stress, and I was sitting there on the desk thinking, ‘Wow! I’m watching this in real life!’.”.
See Video from the Chat below:
S2 of LOCKE & KEY arrives on Netflix October 22, 2021.
October is a busy month for new streaming releases, so many we have to do a second volume of What to Watch! In case you missed our Volume I, catch-up here.
YOU – SEASON THREE (NETFLIX)
Just when we thought the second season of YOU couldn’t have topped the first, it actually did. Penn Badgley‘s Joe had met his match finally in Love (Victoria Pedretti) and this new season explores the challenges our favourite murderers face as they navigate parenthood. They move into a new affluent neighbourhood together, but really find it a struggle to blend in with some of the artifice and judgment. Love quickly becomes threatened by a woman in the neighbourhood whom Joe seems to connect to, and things once again spiral out of control with deadly consequences. What makes this season different is that it really does the work to explore the headspaces of our fascinating flawed hero and heroine, and the consequences of their actions, past and current. They go through counselling together but can’t ever really go all-in as they both are hiding some horrific things. Temptation gets the better of each of them as we’re introduced to some new characters like Theo (Dylan Arnold) who unashamedly pursues Quinn and Marienne (Tati Gabrielle), a Librarian whom Joe befriends, plus Sherry (Shalita Grant) a popular local influencer whom Quinn befriends. This season more than the others is sexually-charged, as we explore how this is tied-in to the toxicity of Joe and Love‘s relationship and bad habits. While it takes a bit longer to get there in season three, it still does possess all the thrills, shocks and jaw drops we’ve come to enjoy of the Series. YOU Season Three is streaming now on Netflix.
WHAT HAPPENED, BRITTANY MURPHY? (CRAVE/HBO MAX)
Brittany Murphy‘s star rose quickly at the turn of the millennium, starring a several successes like 8 Mile, Clueless, Sin City, Just Married and Girl, Interrupted.Murphy brought an energy to her performances that made your eyes gravitate always to her. The world was devastated by her premature passing in 2009 and the circumstances surrounding her death always have been suspicious. For one, how could she be living in a home with her husband Simon Monjack and mother, X, gravely ill and nobody send her to the hospital? Director Cynthia Hill re-examines the controversy with documented footage and interviews with fans who have their own theories, a remorseful Perez Hilton, Amber Ryland formerly of RadarOnline who was entrusted with a visit inside Murphy‘s home after her death, and we even meet Monjack’s parents. Despite examining the subject matter again, it still truly remains a mystery what went beyond the walls of Murphy‘s home where she was secluded and under Monjack‘s control and some surprising revelations about him are brought to light which leave no doubt that a series of events resulting from Murphy’s connection to him led her passing. WHAT HAPPENED, BRITTANY MURPHY? streams now on Crave in Canada.
LOCKE & KEY – SEASON TWO (NETFLIX)
This Series filmed in and around Toronto was one of Netflix‘s bigger success stories of 2020, with second and third seasons already having wrapped. The Supernatural Horror centering on a woman and her three children dealing with the grief of having lost their husband/father is packed with thrills and scares as they continue to unlock the mystery surrounding keys planted throughout their home. While there’s a bit of gore, underneath it all is a family Drama about the children coming of age and protecting their mother from what they know, and also all of them together moving on in their lives. Great performances from Nina (Darby Stanchfield) who plays the mother, and the trio of siblings played by Connor Jessup, Emilia Jones (whom we adored in CODA) and young rising star Jackson Robert Scott. Toronto’s own Hallea Jones also is great as the deliciously evil Eden Hawkins, throwing obstacles every which way she turns. LOCKE & KEY Season Two arrives October 22, 2021 on Netflix.
CANADA’S DRAG RACE – SEASON TWO (CRAVE)
Traci Melchor, Amanda Brugel and Brad Goreski join Brooke Lynn Hytes on the judging panel for Season Two of CANADA’S DRAG RACE. The new season promises clinking of glasses, scratching of claws and tears! We cannot wait wait to see who of the 12 queens will snatch the crown,with guests including Fefe Dobson, Caitlin Cronenberg, Connor Jessup, Rachel Zoe and more! For the first time ever we see a queen from Calgary in the running and look out for Montreal’s Suki Doll and her amazing aesthetic! New episodes arrives Thursdays 9 PM ET on Crave Canada.
SUCCESSION – SEASON 3 (HBO/CRAVE)
This goddamn family. Why can’t they just sort things out? Actually on second thought, we hope The Roys never stop feuding! This third season of the acclaimed (seven-time Emmy-winning) HBO Series already is rolling in accolades, picking right up where we left off. Kendall (Jeremy Strong) still is at odds with his family as it tries to figure out who will be head of Waystar RoyCo as patriarch Roy (Brian Cox) begrudgingly steps down. Trying to clean-up his reputation, we see Kendall hire PR and a lawyer, who happens to be a close friend to sister Shiv (Sarah Snook). Meanwhile, Sarah also is out to prove she can run the company despite few believing in her. Roman (Kieran Culkin) still remains the dark horse of the family, liked more than his sister buy still perceived as unready. The first episode already is packed with drama and we can’t wait to see what twists and turns this season takes. SUCCESSION airs Sunday nights on HBO Canada/Crave at 9 PM ET.
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