Two Provinces, Two Crews – HIGHWAY THRU HELL Expands for an Epic Third Season, September 2 on Discovery

Jamie Davis Heavy Rescue maintains operations in B.C., while expanding into Alberta to service the infamous highways through the oil patch

“The Coquihalla Experience” puts viewers in the driver’s seat for an interactive immersion at Discovery.ca

When it comes to wicked weather and wild wrecks, there’s only one other highway system that rivals B.C.’s Coquihalla. As HIGHWAY THRU HELL returns to Discovery for Season 3, premiering Tuesday, September 2 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, Jamie Davis Heavy Rescue moves into Alberta to tackle Highways 881 and 63, basing a second operation out of Lac La Biche – while maintaining Davis’ decade-old business in Hope, B.C. Two provinces, two teams, new crew, old rivals, more trust, more friction, and vastly different types of weather and crash conditions – this hellish third season of the original Canadian hit series from Vancouver’s Great Pacific TV is the most epic season yet!

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The heroes of the highway return for Season 3 of HIGHWAY THRU HELL, premiering September 2 on Discovery.

Click here to view the Season 3 trailer!

Back with 13 new episodes, HIGHWAY THRU HELL travels some of the most economically vital – and most inhospitable – trucking routes in North America. Plagued by winter storms, truckers spin out and smash up, and heavy rescue teams hustle to clear the highway carnage and get the road open again. These highway heroes are a hit with viewers –Season 2 of HIGHWAY THRU HELL was #1 in its timeslot on Canadian entertainment specialty television among all key adult and male demos, and was the #3 Canadian entertainment specialty program among Adults 25-54 and 18-49 overall. The 2012 debut still ranks as the #1 series premiere in Discovery’s history*.

Changes and challenges mark every moment of Season 3. Last season, Jamie Davis Heavy Rescue lost a significant amount of business when a new competitor has scooped up half the recoveries, forcing Davis to seek new opportunities to off-set these restrictions. Gambling big, Davis rolls into northern Alberta’s booming oil patch to stake a new claim on another road worthy of the title “highway thru hell.”

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Highway 881 runs north 300 kilometers through remote forest, muskeg, and tundra between Lac La Biche and Fort McMurray. But it’s the only route into newly-discovered oil and gas fields, worth billions of dollars. On a route supplying more energy to the U.S. than Saudi Arabia, hundreds of millions of dollars of heavy equipment must be moved daily on this narrow, two-lane highway. Almost 60,000 shift workers are in camps serviced by Highway 881, and on shift-change day, thousands of workers need to get home. Davis sends his best drivers and trucks to the Alberta oil patch; he tasks Adam Gazzola to manage the new Alberta startup. His crew includes Colin McLean, a city driver fresh from Vancouver who has to earn Gazzola’s respect. Deep snow, bitter cold, and big recoveries that dwarf most loads in B.C. push Gazzola’s team to the limit.

Back in B.C., Davis faces more challenges. During the heaviest snowfall and worst avalanche conditions in decades, he’s left with a skeleton crew of new hires and old trucks in his battle to keep the Coquihalla Highway open. New drivers include Howie Irwin, a highly-skilled heavy recovery vet who used to work the Coq for Davis and his brother before buying his own truck and moving to the city; and Don Starr, a 20-year mountain veteran with MacGyver-like ingenuity. But Davis isn’t the only guy on the road. With Davis’ team stretched across two provinces, rival rescue operator Al Quiring steps into the void. For years, Davis and Quiring  have gone “tow to tow” for the title of “King of the Coq”. And like Davis has done with this stepson Brandon, Quiring is teaching the family trade to the next generation, his son Cary by his side. These young bucks have a lot to prove. Brandon is setting his sights on the Alberta operation, but must first show Davis that he has what it takes at home in B.C. Brandon attends a “wreckmaster heavy rescue bootcamp,” and this season Davis offers Brandon the chance to patrol in the quick response truck, aimed at securing accident scenes for heavy rescue… before the competition.

Highlights from the first episodes of HIGHWAY THRU HELL, Season 3, include:

HIGHWAY THRU HELL: “New Hell Old Hell”
Tuesday, September 2 at 10 p.m. ET/PT
A new winter season starts with Jamie Davis Heavy Rescue split in two… Adam Gazzola has taken half the fleet north to Alberta’s rich and dangerous oil fields while Jamie Davis stays back to fight and keep the Coq open all by himself.

HIGHWAY THRU HELL: “New Hope”
Tuesday, September 9 at 10 p.m. ET/PT
Jamie Davis realizes he can’t do it all alone in B.C. and hires a new driver. But the newest addition ends up needing rescuing himself after he crashes Bruce Hardy’s legendary blue truck. Davis’ stepson Brandon is forced to prove himself after his plans to join the Alberta team are put on hold.  And rookie operator, Colin McLean, learns just how tough his new boss Adam Gazzola can be… when a seemingly simple job goes sideways.

When “closure is not an option,” Davis’ teams struggle to make a go of it as the season continues. In Alberta, the crew must sleep in their trucks when they can’t find homes to rent, face the bitter cold of an Alberta winter, and endure the pain and heartache of leaving family behind. In B.C., 300 centimetres of snow falls in February, creating the worst avalanche conditions on the Coq in its 27-year history, which Davis must tackle with his newest crew and oldest trucks. At the end of the season, Davis faces the ultimate decision: should he throw all his resources into his new Alberta business, or rebuild his B.C. operations and wage a renewed battle on the Coq?

The HIGHWAY THRU HELL experience continues at Discovery.ca exclusive video, photo galleries, and show information – updated throughout the run of the series. Fans of HIGHWAY THRU HELL can delve even deeper with two rich interactive experiences that put viewers in the driver’s seat and feature the show’s silent stars: the highways themselves. Fully immersive and interactive, “The Coquihalla Experience” builds community and sparks conversation through “Explore the Coq / Coq Stories,” offering users an opportunity to drive the highway, explore the wrecks, and contribute their own stories about the Coquihalla. Also, armchair experts can test their skills in simulated challenges clearing difficult wrecks – and claim social bragging rights. Viewers can extend their experience on mobile via the Discovery App, and join the HIGHWAY THRU HELL conversation with the cast and crew during LIVE chats on Twitter (@HWYThruHell) during each Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET broadcast (hashtag #hwythruhell).

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About Discovery:
The world is just awesome! With compelling real-life programming that inspires and entertains, Discovery reveals the world in all its wonder, diversity and amazement. Discovery offers a signature mix of adrenaline-charged stories, larger-than-life personalities and vivid imagery for viewers with curious minds. With the best non-fiction programming from Canada and around the world, Discovery captures the excitement of a passion for life – one lived fully and at its most extreme. With exceptional and immersive storytelling, the channel offers in-depth, behind-the-scenes glimpses at the extraordinary people and places that shape our world. Launched in Canada in 1995, Discovery is now available in more than eight million Canadian homes. Discovery is offered in standard definition (SD) and high definition (HD) simulcast – for viewers who want an even bigger and bolder experience. Discovery Canada is a joint venture between Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company, and Discovery Communications Inc. Find more information and interactive online features at Discovery.ca.

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The Inaugural Kettle Mettle 105 kilometer Bike Ride will challenge cyclists on the historical picturesque Kettle Valley Trail in the Okanagan on October 4th, 2014

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Tri 1 Events is pleased to announce that on October 4th, 2014 the Inaugural Kettle Mettle Bike Ride will challenge cyclists and showcase the historical nature and amazing scenery of the Kettle Valley Trail in the Okanagan.
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The Kettle Mettle Bike Race is the dirt track that takes you back in time from Penticton to Kelowna. This 105+ kilometer bike ride starts at Okanagan Lake in Penticton and finish near the Lake at Mission Recreation Park in Kelowna.  The Kettle Mettle Fondo on the Kettle Valley Railway Trail is putting affordability and FUN back into Fondo cycling events. This is more of a FUNDO Cycling event. After the challenging ride cyclists can enjoy the wine festival and the Kettle Mettle After Party in Kelowna.

The Kettle Valley Railway (KVR) is an abandoned railway bed that winds through south central British Columbia with grades that never exceed 2.2 %. But even the most radical cyclist will grip the handlebars a little tighter crossing trestles.

Long popular in Europe, gravel road races are attracting large numbers of riders looking to do something off the beaten path.

Kettle Mettle organizer Dean Stanton from Tri 1 Events brings three decades of experience and involvement in similar sporting events as a participant and race organizer including the World Renowned Spartan Race throughout Canada and the 2009 World Police and Fire Games Triathlon.

Dean says, “We wanted to organize an exciting yet challenging cycling event to draw attention to the historical Kettle Valley Railway in BC from Penticton to Kelowna. We plan to make Kettle Mettle an annual event.”

Registration is now open –  http://www.kettlemettle.ca/register.html

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yWorld a New Vancouver Based Tech Company Launches Innovative Digital Conferencing Platform

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Vancouver-based yWorld is pleased to announce that they have developed an advanced state-of-the-art video conferencing platform, offering companies a seamless way to connect, collaborate and communicate.

yWorld is free and offers more than just your average video conferencing application. Features include six-way HD video conferencing, cloud storage with yCloud, shared document editing with yEdit, and a virtual whiteboard.

“This platform has the ability to meet all conferencing needs by eliminating unnecessary physical meetings and allowing users to share, create, collaborate and chat simultaneously with their contacts.” - Bayan Knight

Seeing the value and the future potential of yWorld’s technology, the company turned down an acquisition offer from another high profile company while in their alpha stage, and instead secured significant private funding to complete their first phase of development.

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The yWorld team is comprised of individuals dedicated to pushing the limits of social networking. The team is an eclectic group of professionals from every corner of the world, from South Africa to Canada. They’ve come together to build a community that connects professionals and spreads ideas anywhere in the world. The company is rapidly expanding with 28 employees and many new job openings in the horizon.

Transforming the time users spend online, yWorld is a productive and indispensable career-booster. We are very excited about this new initiative, with rapid company growth and many new job openings” yWorld founder Kehar Gill said in a statement.

About yWorld
Founded by Kehar Gill in 2011, yWorld is an online conferencing platform that focuses on collaboration. Being one of few WebRTC based platforms in Vancouver, offers free cloud storage, HD video chat capabilities and real-time document editing, allowing groups of people to work together efficiently. The Canadian company is based out of Vancouver and Surrey, B.C.

Social Media Handles

Website: yworld.com
Twitter: @yWorld
Facebook: facebook.com/YWorld
YouTube: youtube.com/user/yWorldMedia

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Spartan Race The World’s Leading Obstacle Race Event Series adds two new events to their 2014 schedule in Red Deer and Sun Peaks

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The Ultra Beast in Sun Peaks is the world’s first marathon distance obstacle race to compete in Canada 

Spartan Race, the world’s leading obstacle race event series, is pleased to announce the addition of two new events to their 2014 Western Canada Race Calendar including the first ever ULTRA BEAST event in Canada!

The Spartan Race Ultra Beast – the world’s first marathon distance Obstacle Race – will cover a 42km course with 56+ obstacles at the Sun Peaks ski hills with a few twists and challenges thrown in to keep it interesting. The Ultra Beast is only for elite athletes that are up for an extreme challenge. Only 50 spaces are available for this race.

A Sprint event has also been added to the Super Spartan weekend in Red Deer on September 7.

After the success of the Spartan Races in Western Canada in Vancouver and Edmonton already this season, Spartan Race will continue to challenge participants with three more amazing double weekends in Calgary, Red Deer and Sun Peaks Resort in Kamloops.

Voted Outside Magazine’s Best Obstacle Race in 2012 and featured in Men’s Health Magazine as one of the 5 Best Obstacle Races of 2014, Spartan Race is first of its kind to have global rankings.  Spartan Race is a timed event series featuring races at three escalating distances in locations worldwide that culminate in a World Championship Finale in 2014 with cash and prizes for the champions. While featuring competitive elite heats, Spartan Races are for athletes of all levels and abilities and are designed to appeal to everyone from beginners to hardcore warriors and marathon runners alike, to have fun and cross the finish line.

More than 100,000 participants are expected to register for sixteen+ Spartan Races in the four different categories (Sprint, Super, Beast & Ultra Beast) across Canada and more than 65,000 spectators are expected.

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Spartan Sprint is 5km+ long and features over 15+ obstacles including mud runs and trail racing. Racers who complete the challenge earn their Spartan Agility Certification (Black Level). The top 3 males and top 3 females at each Spartan Sprint receive a free entry to the Super Spartan Race of their choice.

Spartan Super is over 12+km long and features over 20+ obstacles with mud runs and trails. Racers who complete the challenge receive their Spartan Endurance Certification (Red Level) and the top 3 males and top 3 females at each Super Spartan receive a free entry to the Spartan Beast Race of their choice.

Spartan Beast is nearly 20+ km long with over 25+ obstacles. Referred to the ‘obstacle race from Hell’, it’s the ultimate Spartan Race Distance.

Spartan Ultra Beast is Ultra Beast is a 42km course with 56+ obstacles! The Spartan Race Ultra Beast is the world’s first marathon distance Obstacle Race.  

Spartan Race Western Canada organizer & spokesperson Dean Stanton has been involved in similar sporting events for the past 3 decades as a participant and has been a race organizer for the last 10 years, including the 2009 World Police and Fire Games Triathlon in Maple Ridge.  He brings his considerable racing expertise to help elevate Spartan Races in Western Canada to the next level.

The Western Canada schedule is as follows:

August 16th & 17th, 2014Calgary-Spartan Sprint
September 6th & 7th, 2014Red Deer-Spartan Super and Sprint
September 27th, 2014Sun Peaks-Spartan Beast and Ultra Beast
September 28th, 2014Sun Peaks-Spartan Sprint

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Twitter: @SpartanRace@spartancanada
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Instagram: @SpartanRace

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Award Winning Local Film ‘Lawrence & Holloman’ Opens in Theatres in Vancouver July 18th presented with The First Weekend Club

“The laughs just kept coming in this must see dark comedy. Perfectly cast … so well written .. audiences are going to love it. Put it on your calendars and get ready for those belly laughs!”
– The Cinequest Film Review, San Jose

“A kind of comic apocalypse … the unlikeliest best buds in the history of buddy comedy.”
- Edmonton Journal

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The feel-bad comedy of the year …

LAWRENCE & HOLLOMAN 

Directed by Matthew Kowalchuk based on the play by Morris Panych
Starring Ben Cotton, Daniel Arnold, Katharine Isabelle, Amy Matysio

Having swept North America with “must-see” reviews and 11 awards in 11 festivals, this darkly twisted buddy comedy – currently nominated for 4 Canadian Comedy Awards — is now making its theatrical premiere …

Synopsis:
Lawrence is an ever-optimistic suit salesman for whom everything always goes right. That is until he meets Holloman, a cynical and suicidal credit collector, and everything starts to go wrong. Very wrong. Is happiness determined by our outlook on life? Or can our destiny be changed … by another.

PREMIERE: FRIDAY JULY 18
VIFF VANCITY THEATRE
1181 Seymour Street
Reception at 6:45 | Screening at 7:45.
Presented with First Weekend Club
Reception with live musical performance by Jessica Harvey and Daniel Doerksen 

Film followed by Q&A with filmmakers and after-party at Subeez
THEN:
July 19 @ 6:30 | July 21 @ 6:30 | July 22 @ 8:30 | July 23 @ 6:30
Tickets & Info: viff.org/theatre/films/fc8165-lawrence-holloman | 604 683 3456
Join the FB event at: facebook.com/events/851610758257396

CONTINUED RUN @
THE RIO THEATRE
1660 E Broadway @ Commercial
Thursday July 24 @ 9:30pm
Friday July 25 @ 7pm
Tickets & Info: www.riotheatre.ca | 604 878 3456

“A must-see! … the sleeper hit of the entire festival.” – The Gazette, EIFF
“Dark, twisted, and really very funny … a multi-dimensional screamer. One of the events top flicks.” – The Province
“Debuted to waves of laughter… a darkly funny, sometimes insane buddy comedy.” – YVR Shoots
“The writing is witty … the actors’ comedic timing is fantastic.” – The Examiner, Washington DC
“Clever, witty, and playful … This film is just dark enough that I feel a bit guilty about having enjoyed it as much as I did!” – AlienatedinVancouver
“Enjoyable to anyone … this film will please. It could also inspire you to choose to be optimistic and happy!” – Reellife
“Morbidly hilarious! … and that is sickly awesome.” – JasonWatchesMovies
“BEST BC FILMS AT VIFF” List – Vancouver Magazine
“TOP CANADIAN FILMS TO SEE AT VIFF” – The Huffington Post
“Rich humor … appealing performances … and something remarkable happens: the story starts to resonate in your heart — and when the dust settles this richly dark film may very well force you to re-examine your perspective.” – GayVancouver.net

Awards
Best Feature Comedy – RxSM
Best Canadian Feature – EIFF
Rising Star: Filmmaker – EIFF
Rising Star: Actor (Ben Cotton) – EIFF
Best Emerging Director – VIFF
Best Director of a Comedy – VTXIFF
Best Actor in a Comedy (Daniel Arnold) – VTXIFF
Best Canadian Film – BNFF
Best Comedic Acting (Ben Cotton) – BNFF
Excellence Award – Rincon, Puerto Rico
Best Casting – Leo Award

8 more Leo Award nominations (BC Film Awards):
Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay
Best Lead Actor (Daniel Arnold), Best Lead Actor (Ben Cotton), Best Supporting Actress (Katharine Isabelle)
Best Editing, Best Sound Editing

4 Canadian Comedy Award nominations:
Best Feature, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Screenplay

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Cast & Creatives
This debut feature from director Matthew Kowalchuk is based on the highly successful stage play by two-time Governor General’s Award winner Morris Panych. Adapted for the screen by Daniel Arnold & Matthew Kowalchuk, the script received story editing from Kyle Hunter & Ariel Shaffir (Seth Rogen’s co-writer/producers on 50/50, This is the End), and story consultation from Daniel Petrie Jr (Academy Award nominated writer of Beverly Hills Cop and The Big Easy).

Starring: Ben Cotton, Daniel Arnold, Katharine Isabelle, Amy Matysio
The film stars four-time Leo Award-nominated BEN COTTON (Battlestar Galactica, Stargate, The Killing) who for this role has won Rising Star Actor (EIFF) and Best Comedic Acting (BNFF); Gemini and Leo Award-winning KATHARINE ISABELLE (American Mary, Ginger Snaps) who was also nominated for a Leo Award for this role; 7-time Canadian Comedy Awards nominee AMY MATYSIO (Single White Spenny, inSAYSHAble); and introduces the internationally acclaimed theatre actor DANIEL ARNOLD in his debut starring role in a feature film, for which he has been nominated for “Best Actor” (Leo Awards) and won “Best Actor in a Comedy” (VTXIFF).

Executive Producers Mary Anne Waterhouse & Andrew Currie of Quadrant Motion Pictures have produced numerous features including Donovan’s Echo starring Danny Glover, The Thaw starring Val Kilmer, and FIDO starring Carrie Ann Moss, while producer Paul Armstrong of Ameland Films, Crazy8s Film Event and the Celluloid Social Club has produced the multi award-winning features See Grace Fly, Ill Fated, and Moving Malcolm starring Elizabeth Berkley, and co-producer Robyn Wiener has co-produced or line produced numerous films including Amazon Falls, The Wingman, and American Mary. Don Thompson of Finale Editworks is the Associate Producer.

The film was funded by Telefilm Canada, Super Channel and OUTtv and developed with the participation of Creative BC, Astral the Harold Greenberg Fund and Movie Central. Support also from Finale Editworks, Bridge Studios and William F White.

Distributor John Bain of Search Engine Films is the former Senior VP of Distribution at Lions Gate Films and Maple Pictures, and has overseen the Canadian release of movies such as Drive, Our Idiot Brother, Winter’s Bone, Hurt Locker, The Men Who Stare at Goats, Hunger, and Biutiful.

Search Engine will be releasing Lawrence & Holloman theatrically in at least 3 Canadian cities, starting in the film’s hometown of Vancouver.

We encourage you to get your tickets, and invite your friends! If you saw it at VIFF, try seeing it again for the very first time …

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Open Casting Call for W Network’s New Reno Competition Series Game of Homes

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W Network and Great Pacific Television are looking for competitors who need a step up in the real estate market and are willing to put all of their renovation skills to the test. Game of Homes, a new show coming to W Network this fall, is an eight-part reno competition event series with an exciting twist. Casting is currently underway in Vancouver.

W Network needs four teams of talented home renovators who have what it takes to go head-to-head and completely transform rundown houses in Vancouver into spectacular showhomes.

The team with the most impressive renovation will win one of the biggest prizes in Canadian television history – their house, mortgage-free!

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Teams of two, who have the skills and confidence to rip apart, rebuild and redesign rooms under tight budgets and impossible deadlines are encouraged to apply.  Teams could be romantically linked, friends, workmates or family members. Contestants need to be available for an extended filming period during September/October months in Vancouver.

Over the eight episodes, the teams will breathe new life into derelict dumps. Beating the other teams will take every ounce of ingenuity, design consciousness and renovating skill to achieve the most shocking transformation.

For more information and to apply please visit www.gameofhomescasting.ca

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Game of Homes is produced by Great Pacific Television, the production company behind Highway Thru Hell and Untold Stories of the ER.  The new series joins a full slate of successful original Canadian series that W Network has become known for, including Property Brothers, Buying & Selling with Property Brothers, Love It or List It, Love It or List It Vancouver and Undercover Boss Canada. The series is produced in association with W Network.

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Twitter: @GameOfHomesTV@GreatPacificTV@w_network

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Country Music Award Nominees Whiskey Jane Touring Western Canada To Celebrate The Release Of Their Second Album

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Whiskey Jane Country Band Natalye Vivian, Kirby Kaye, and Rafe Haines are pleased to announce that they will be touring Western Canada from June to September leading up to their nomination at the Western Canada Music Awards in October. www.whiskeyjane.com/schedule

This emerging talent of Natalye Vivian (Lead and Harmony Vocals, Acoustic Guitar), Kirby Kaye (Lead, Rhythm and Acoustic Guitars, Keyboards, Banjo, Dobro and Harmony Vocals), and Rafe Haines (Drums/ Vocals), are nominated for Country Recording of the Year at the 2014 WCMA’s in October in Winnipeg. http://breakoutwest.ca/2014-wcma

Whiskey Jane’s second album “Unbreakable” features some of the best performances and songwriting from the band yet. The new single is available for purchase on iTunes and can be requested to play on the radio across Canada along with their 7th single “Seventh Wonder”.

“This album wasn’t easy to do…we dug deep and made a lot of mistakes, some turned into wonderful music and some ended up on the studio floor! But that’s the reason I love it so much….it’s a true labor of love.” - Natalye Vivian

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Whiskey Jane’s tour throughout Western Canada will support the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI), one of Canada’s most renowned infantry regiments that helps serving and former soldiers and their families in need. Having supported the PPCLI charity since 2011, Whiskey Jane wrote and dedicated their song “Dear Jane” to the foundation and will be donating $5.00 from every CD sale on tour to the “For The Soldier Foundation”. They will also be playing at PPCLI’s 100th Anniversary celebration in Edmonton on August 7th.

Priding themselves on live performances, Whiskey Jane has played past features at the Merrit Mountain Music Festival, Calgary Stampede, Mission Riverfest, Cloverdale Rodeo, Richmond Ozone Olympic site 2010, and will bring their 2014 tour to the following cities:

Dates:
June 11th – The Railway Club (Vancouver, BC)
June 12th – The Fairview – with special guests – D Trevlon Band and Corey Hawthorne (Vancouver BC)
June 27th- Williams Lake Stampede (Williams Lake, BC)
June 28th- Williams Lake Stampede (Williams Lake, BC)
June 29th- Williams Lake Stampede (Williams Lake, BC)
July 17th – Gabbys Country Cabaret (Langley, BC)
July 18th – Gabbys Country Cabaret (Langley, BC)
July 19th – Gabbys Country Cabaret (Langley, BC)
July 20th- Sun Peaks Music Fest (Sun Peaks, BC)
July 25th – Cactus Annie’s (Merritt, BC)
July 26th – Cactus Annie’s (Merritt, BC)
July 28th – Festival in the Park (Kamloops, BC)
July 29th – The Dirty Jersey (With Special Guests – THE HONEST WOODS) (Kamloops, BC)
July 31st – Ranchman’s (Calgary AB)
August 1st – Ranchman’s (Calgary, AB)
August 2nd – Ranchman’s (Calgary, AB)
August 7th- PPCLI 100th Anniversary (Edmonton, AB)
August 30-31st- Harrison Hot Springs Concert on the Beach – (Harrison Hot Springs- BC)

“We love the writing and recording process and we are really excited about this new record. I almost can’t wait to get started on the third one.” - Kirby Kaye

“We have a clear vision for where we are headed and are excited for what the future will bring for us, starting with the launch of our new record. We look forward to sharing our new music with our fans.” - Rafe Haines

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Facebook: facebook.com/WhiskeyJane.Music
Twitter: @whiskeyjane
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William Ainscough stars in City TV’s series “Seed” set to premiere on the CW Network in July, co-stars in Disney Channel’s ‘Zapped’ out June 27th and was a nominee for a 2014 Leo Award

The Promotion People - William AinscoughIn the past year, William Ainscough has been recognized for his hard work on “SEED”; being nominated for the 2013 UBCP Best Newcomer and most recently for a 2014 Leo Award Best Performance in a Music, Comedy, or Variety Program or Series category. William was also thrilled to attend the CSAs in Toronto in March to celebrate Seed’s 8 CSA nominations including Best Comedic Series.

The first season of “SEED” was hailed as both a critical and commercial success and has been picked up by U.S. network The CW set to debut on the CW Monday July 14. William returned to his starring role of Billy Jones-Krasnoff in the second season of “SEED” and is just wrapping up airing Thursday nights at 9pm on CityTV. The series stars Adam Korson (2 Broke Girls) as Harry, a bachelor-bartender and sperm donor. Harry discovers that his foray into the world of sperm donation has resulted in kids – lots of kids! This ill-equipped bachelor finds himself entangled in the lives of his newfound children and their less-than-thrilled families with whom he’ll come to share more than just his DNA.

The Promotion People - William Ainscough SEED

William Ainscough has been busy with other several acting gigs; having played the iconic role of John Darling in ABC’s “Once Upon a Time”, completing a major supporting role in “The Christmas Ornament” for Hallmark Channel coming out this December, and a leading role on “The Haunting Hour”, which will air on the HUB Network later this year.

Continuously pursuing his acting ambitions, William also booked a role in the comedic Disney Channel Original Movie “Zapped”, set to debut June 27, 2014. He has been working with multi-talented recording artist/actress Zendaya (“Dancing with the Stars,” “Shake It Up”), who will be headlining “Zapped,” the story of Zoey, a girl whose well-ordered life is up-ended when her mother remarries and she finds herself part of a family composed of rambunctious, chaotic – and most of all – messy boys and a male dog, to boot. William plays Ben, the youngest and messiest of Zendaya’s step-brothers.

After booking his first two auditions, it was clear that acting was a path well chosen for William. He has been thrilled to be able to add actor and his new bookings to his resume of accomplishments. Following in his parent’s footsteps (Nicole Oliver, actress; Chris Ainscough, composer/film editor), William Ainscough is making a serious impression in the entertainment industry. William has had the chance to act opposite his mother in several episodes of SEED , when she plays Billy’s teacher/Vice Principal, Mrs. Anderson.

It was after watching his mother in action during visits to the sets of some of her film projects that William’s interest in the acting world began. Nicole inspired him to try acting for himself and his very first attempt at acting was a success, when he landed his first audition in May 2012—an open casting call for a new feature film “Hidden”. The feature film, which follows a family hiding in a bomb shelter after a mysterious outbreak devastates civilization, stars Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood, Battleship) and Andrea Riseborough (Oblivion, Never Let Me Go). William was successful in landing the role of Joey, a slightly shy and soulful boy and close friend and neighbor of Zoe’s (Emily Alyn Lind). The film Hidden, directed by The Duffer Brothers, and is set to hit theatres in 2014.

Aside from acting, William is an accomplished drummer, loves soccer and baseball, and is a huge fan of the online game Minecraft.

 

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Rooted Theatre Productions is back on the stage for the world premiere of their first original play “Welcome Back To Harlem: A Hellfighter’s Story”

The Promotion People - Welcome Back To Harlem: A Hellfighter’s Story

Rooted Theatre Productions, Vancouver’s only Black theatre company, is gearing to present “Welcome Back To Harlem: A Hellfighter’s Story” on Saturday, June 14th, 2014. Having their last 3 shows completely sold out, their 4th show will be held at the Revue Stage in Vancouver which will be their largest venue yet.

Currently being funded through a Kickstarter campaign, Rooted Theatre Productions hopes to reach their goal of $5000 by June 9th, 2014. To help with their fundraising initiatives, visit kickstarter.com/projects/hellfighter/welcome-back-to-harlem-a-hellfighters-story.

What: Welcome Back To Harlem: A Hellfighter’s Story

When: Saturday, June 14th at 8pm

Where: Revue Stage
1601 Johnston St.
Granville Island

Tickets: $35 online at 
RootedProductions.com, the box office ~ 604-629-8849, or at the door

Whatever the occasion, whatever the hardships, there was the music.” - Denis Simpson, founding member of Rooted Theatre

“Welcome Back To Harlem: A Hellfighter’s Story” is set against the backdrop of the dynamic Harlem Renaissance art scene and offers its audience live music, singing, dancing and poetry. The compelling play was written by up-and-coming Vancouver writer Tito Kamel, who was inspired by his research into the story of the 369th Infantry Regiment, nicknamed the Harlem Hellfighters.

The story surrounds the first all-Black regiment who was sent overseas to fight in France against the Germans in WWI. When the play’s African American hero returns to Harlem after heroically fighting for his country abroad, he struggles to reintegrate into his community.

About Rooted Theatre Productions
Rooted Theatre Productions started out as a simple play reading group 5 years ago in the living room of  Artistic Director Marsha Regis. Today, the independent company comprises about 25 of Vancouver’s most talented Black actors, singers, dancers and musicians.

The company’s productions have played to sold-out houses including the Roundhouse Exhibition Hall, and the Calabash Bistro which was featured on the CBC evening news: youtube.com/watch?v=U0_ZRVX1rG8. The company’s audience can’t seem to get enough of the live music, dances, songs and poems Rooted has come to be known for.

 

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Website: rootedproductions.com
Twitter: @RootedTheatre
Facebook: Welcome Back To Harlem: A Hellfighter’s Story
YouTube: youtube.com/watch?v=U0_ZRVX1rG8
Kickstarter Campaign: kickstarter.com/projects/hellfighter/welcome-back-to-harlem-a-hellfighters-story

Contact The Promotion People

Lesley Diana – Founder, President and Publicist
lesley@thepromotionpeople.ca
604.726.5575

Danica Cox - Press Blogger and Publicist
danica@thepromotionpeople.ca

Website: thepromotionpeople.ca
Twitter: @PromotionPeople
Facebook: The Promotion People

 

Congratulations to our many talented clients who have been nominated for 2014 Leo Awards

Good luck this weekend!


The Promotion People - Gabrielle Rose

Gabrielle Rose 

- 3 Nominations

Best Supporting Performance by a Female in a Television Movie
Let It Snow

Best Performance by a Female in a Short Drama
The Corpse and The Courier

Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Motion Picture
The Dick Knost Show


William Ainscough

- 1 Nomination

Best Performance in a Music, Comedy, or Variety Program or Series
Seed - Ill Conceived


The Promotion People - Down River

 Down River

- 13 Nominations

Best Motion Picture
James Brown, Ben Ratner, Andrew Halliwell, Jack Ong – Producers

Best Direction in a Motion Picture
Ben Ratner

Best Screenwriting in a Motion Picture
Ben Ratner

Best Cinematography in a Motion Picture
Larry Lynn

Best Picture Editing in a Motion Picture
Rob Wenzek

Best Overall Sound in a Motion Picture
Randy Kiss, Michael Mcdonald, Brian Lyster

Best Musical Score in a Motion Picture
Chris Ainscough, Kevin House

Best Production Design in a Motion Picture
Josh Plaw

Best Costume Design in a Motion Picture
Gloria Tsui

Best Supporting Performance by a Male in a Motion Picture
Brian Markinson

Best Supporting Performance by a Female in a Motion Picture
Jennifer Spence, Colleen Rennison

Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Motion Picture
Helen Shaver


The Promotion People - Andrea Menard

 

Andrea Menard

- 1 Nomination

Best Supporting Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series
Blackstone – Burn Baby Burn


The Promotion People - Lighthouse Pictures

Lighthouse Pictures

- A slate of four Lighthouse Pictures’ productions have been nominated for 9 Leo Awards.

THE COLOUR OF RAIN
Best Television Movie: Shawn Williamson, Jamie Goehring – Producers
Best Direction: Anne Wheeler

SCARECROW
Best Cinematography: Eric Goldstein
Best Picture Editing: Tony Dean Smith
Best Overall Sound: Kirby Jinnah, Iain Pattison, Kevin Belen
Best Sound Editing: James Wallace, Jay Cheetham, Kevin Townshend, Shane Shemko
Best Musical Score: Matthew Rogers

LET IT SNOW
Best Supporting Performance by a Female: Gabrielle Rose

HATS OFF TO CHRISTMAS
Best Supporting Performance by a Male: Sean Michael Kyer


The Promotion People - 3 Days in Havana

3 Days in Havana

- 3 Nominations

Best Motion Picture
Gil Bellows, Tony Pantages, Sidney Chiu, Gordon MacDonald
Kim Wakefield, Rob Neilson, Tim Brown – Producers

Best Cinematography in a Motion Picture
Pieter Stathis

Best Supporting Performance by a Male in a Motion Picture
Christopher Heyerdahl


The Promotion People - Some Assembly Required

 Some Assembly Required

- 5 Nominations

Best Youth or Children’s Program or Series
Tim Gamble, Dan Signer, Howard Nemetz,
Michael Shepard, Alexandra Raffé, S. Lily Hui – Producers

Best Screenwriting in a Youth or Children’s Program or Series (2)
Jennica Harper – Philharmonica
Ryan W. Smith, Nathaniel Moher

Best Performance in a Youth or Children’s Program or Series (2)
Ellie Harvie – Strong Suit
Dylan Playfair – Rainbow Bunny


The Promotion People - Lawrence & Holloman

Lawrence & Holloman

- 9 Nominations

Being nominated for 9 Leo Awards makes the debut feature film Lawrence & Holloman the 2nd most nominated film this year.

Best Motion Picture
Producers: Paul Armstrong, Daniel Arnold, Matthew Kowalchuk,
Mary Anne Waterhouse, Andrew Currie, Robyn Wiener, Don Thompson

Best Direction of a Motion Picture
Matthew Kowalchuk

Best Screenwriting of a Motion Picture
Daniel Arnold & Matthew Kowalchuk

Best Lead Performance by a Male in a Motion Picture
Daniel Arnold

Best Lead Performance by a Male in a Motion Picture
Ben Cotton

Best Supporting Performance by a Female in a Motion Picture
Katharine Isabelle

Best Casting of a Motion Picture
Candice Elzinga

Best Picture Editing in a Motion Picture
David Legault

Best Sound Editing in a Motion Picture
Miguel Nunes, Gord Hillier, Don Harrison, Ian Mackie, Geoff Hollingshead


The Promotion People - Agam Darshi

 

Agam Darshi

- 1 Nomination

Best Supporting Performance by a Female
in a Dramatic Series
Played – Poison


The Promotion People Jennifer Spence

 

Jennifer Spence

- 2 Nominations

Best Supporting Performance by a Female
in a Motion Picture

Down River

Best Supporting Performance by a Female
in a Dramatic Series

Continuum – Second Opinion


The Promotion People Aubrey and Sarah
Aubrey Arnason and Sarah Groundwater

- 6 Nominations

Best Information or Lifestyle Series (2)
The Proposal
Wedding Belles

Best Screenwriting in an Information or Lifestyle Series (3)
The Proposal – The ‘A’ Team
Sarah Groundwater – Wedding Belles – Modern Pin Up
Aubrey Arnason – Wedding Belles – Vintage Chic

Best Host(s) in an Information or Lifestyle Series
Wedding Belles – If The Shoe Fits