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!
Iconic ’80s New Wave Band SPANDAU BALLET haven’t made much new Music in a while, but their presence still v. much is felt on airwaves around the World. Their 1983 Single True would go-on to become a Hit internationally, earning them honours at the prestigious BRIT Awards. Although success wouldn’t quite surpass this stateside, the Band still would achieve great success in Europe with eight Top 10 Albums in the U.K.
Band Members Tony Hadley (Lead Vocals) and Martin Kemp (Bassist) were in Toronto today promoting their upcoming Soul Boys of the Western World Tour, which despite being postponed, hits Toronto’s Massey Hall on Monday, April 27, 2015. This Reunion has the original five Members back at it and is timed together with the release of their Documentary of the same name. Directed by George Hencken, the Film recounts how the Band formed, fell apart and also regained their friendships once again.
By absolute fluke, we made it right in the nick of time late in the day for a Snap together with the absolutely lovely Hadley, just as about he head to New York with Kemp. It was an absolute dream – I’d never have guessed as a Kid I’d one day get to meet someone whose voice I adored so much on the Radio! The Duo had a huge day, making the rounds about Toronto with Television, Print and Radio Press lined-up. The Band will appear on The TODAY Show bright and early for a performance in New York.
See their Interview on CITY‘s Breakfast Television:
See their The Morning Show (National Edition) Interview:
Known and adored much for her star-making role as Mary Ann on popular ’60s Sitcom Gilligan’s Island, Dawn Wells makes a rare visit to Toronto in support of her best-selling Memoir, What Would Mary Ann Do?
The former Miss Nevada and University of Washington Graduate is to appear at the Toronto Boat Show where she will be meeting Fans and signing copies of her Book all weekend long.
Although much time has passed since the days of Gilligan’s Island, Wells possesses a timeless beauty to her as you can see below. Despite it being face-numbingly cold in the City, she has been zipping from interview to interview in a snappy navy Captain’s jacket. Stops on her Press Tour have included Global‘s The Morning Show, City‘s Breakfast Television, Sirius XM, CBC, KISS 92.5 and 680 NEWS.
“I’m not wearing a coat, but yes, quickly!”, she says to the Selfie request after chatting at length graciously in the lobby with a starstruck Shaw Media employee seeking a Photo after her Morning Show appearance.
Former Media Baron Conrad Black certainly needs little introduction, the Canadian-born who in 2001 became Lord Black of Crossharbour, prior to some well-publicized legal issues, culminating in a 42-month sentence for obstruction of justice and fraud.
Black is back and was seen out today promoting his latest Book RISE OF GREATNESS: THE HISTORY OF CANADA FROM VIKINGS TO PRESENT. The Book, Black had told CTV yesterday, addresses the lack of interest sometimes which Canadians have in our past and focuses in-depth on World War I and World War II, timed perfectly for Remebrance Day. He says, “Canadians slightly underestimate how interesting their history is.”.
Looking dapper, the 70-year-old stopped for a few Fan Photos upon arriving at Global Television‘s The Morning Show, taping am interview to be aired at a later date. “What? You want a Photo with me?” he asked me. “Sure!”.
In just six years, Country Music Trio Lady Antebellum have sold-out Arenas around the World and still have managed to sell over 10 million Albums and 12 million Singles in an era of decreased record buying.
The seven-time GRAMMY-winning group are in Toronto promoting their new Disc 747, their fifth effort to date. Members Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood have a busy day ahead promoting to Country Radio Stations primarily, but they did stop off at Global Television‘s The Morning Show (National Edition) for an appearance. The Trio, which have been to the City multiple times in recent years to promote Albums Own the Night and Golden. We are thrilled we got our chance at a Group Photo finally after many years of hoping for one! Although Kelley usually is the most accessible one, Scott and Haywood were all smiles today taking a moment to thank Fans.
Universal Music Canada release 747, now in stores.
Check out Lady Antebellum‘s #1-charting Bartender:
GRAMMY-nominated Electronic Music Producer and internationally-known DJ,Steve Aoki, is in Toronto today promoting his two-Album Series, Neon Future. The California Native has built a huge following touring internationally and has worked with the likes of Lil Jon, Iggy Azalea, LMFAO and will.i.am, among others.
The Son of former Japanese Wrestler and Benihana Founder Rocky Aoki, appeared earlier today on the Morning Show circuit including visits to KISS 92.5, CITY‘s Breakfast Television and Global Television‘s The Morning Show (National Edition). At the latter we caught-up with Aoki, along with another Fan named George, agreeing to get “caked”, a ritual he is famous for.
See Aoki cake us:
Aoki took Selfies with us before and after the “caking”! And it was epic and deluscious as the Entire Crew and Hosts watched on. The Team at The Morning Show were nice enough to have towels ready for a quick washdown! Basically, I now smell like Birthday Cake and the frosting left my hair shiny and supple. No complaints.
More “Caking” Photos:
Aoki is later to sign copies of Neon Future at TheHMV Underground (333 Yonge Street), 4 PM.
Ultra and Dim Mak Records release Neon Future Part I, now in stores and on digital download.
Fashion Figure, Designer, Hollywood Socialite and now Author Nicky Hilton has been working hard in Toronto these past couple days in support of her new Book, 365 Style. The Book which brought her to New York recently where she threw a Party, a Book Signing and series of appearances, helps Men and Women achieve their own covetable style. Even Big Sister Paris came out to lend a hand!
Hilton has doing the local Television and Radio circuit with high-profile Stops at programs like CITY‘s Breakfast Television, CTV‘s The Social, Global‘s The Morning Show, The latter which she co-hosted earlier today on their National Edition.
See her below:
After catching her attention through the window this morning, beautiful and elegant Hilton agreed to come outside to do a couple Snaps for Paparazzi and Fans. To maintain her flawless appearance, she could be seen between breaks getting touch-ups from her Makeup Artist.
See our glorious Snap with Billy:
Fans tonight can meet Hilton at Joe FreshMaple Leaf Gardens6 PM as she signs copies of 365 Style.
Everyone loves The Village People! The six-member Disco group with the catalogue of hits forever have impacted parties on Dancefloors across the World. YMCA, In the Navy, Macho Man need no introduction as they are instantly lift spirits.
Currently in Toronto for World Pride celebrations, the Group are set to take the stage Friday night at The Phoenix Concert Hall as part of 103.9 PROUD FM’s DISCOS & DIVAS Party.
Although their Lineup has changed over the past 30-plus years, remaining members Ray Simpson, Alex Briley and Felipe Rose still tour. New members Jim Newman and Bill Whitefield are recent additions to the Band.
Also, while we are at it, here’s a chance to win a Digital Download on iTunes (available now!) of their Cult Classic Can’t Stop the Music: The Village People Film! To enter, simply click “like” on this Post at Mr. Will Wong on Facebook!
See a Clip below:
See our Snap:
(Photo/video credit: The Village People/Mr. Will Wong)
In just over a year, Netflix Original Series ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK quickly has taken over the World by storm. The ever-popular craze of Bingewatching not only has Fans under house arrest, but quickly it is making Stars out of up-and-coming Actors equally.
Transgender Actress Laverne Cox plays Sophia Burset on the Series, perhaps my favourite of many likeable Characters in the Cast. Just appearing on the cover of TIME Magazine earlier this month – with the distinction of being the first-ever Transgender person to do so – she is in town to appear tonight at an In Conversation With at TIFF Bell Lightbox as part of the World Pride Festivities taking over the City this week. More here.
In addition to acting and looking fabulous always, Cox writes occasionally for The Huffington Post and is an ardent Advocate of Transgender Rights.
Cox graced the Morning Show circuit this morning, appearing bright and early at KISS 92.5‘s The Roz & Mocha Show where Fans were moved to tears by her inspiring words. Shortly after, she made her way to Global Television’s The Morning Show (National Edition). Fans were left disappointed though as Cox opted for Loading Docks and Underground Garages. We were lucky enough to catch-up with an on-the-go Cox who made an exception for one Fan Photo. We are on cloud nine that Billy and I got to meet her.
Netflix streams both Season One and Two of ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, available now!
Season 10 Big Brother Champ Dan Gheesling certainly has built quite the following here in Canada. The Michigan Native who was a Catholic School Teacher prior to his fame, has visited Toronto on multiple occasions and currently he is in town to co-host Global Television‘s The Morning Show for the week.
We were fortunate to meet him on his way into the Studio today and both he and his Wife Chelsea were kind enough to stop for a quick second.
Season 16 of Big Brother premieres on Global Television tonight at 8:00 PM.