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Predominant Studios Announce Release of Hip Hop Artist Mr. ESQ singe ‘Rich Problem’

Predominant Studios is pleased to announce the release of Hip Hop Artist Mr. ESQ’s single Rich Problem featuring Madchild from his upcoming debut album ESQUIRE slated for release in late July

His single, A Mother’s Day was released on May 8th as a tribute to his mother 

The Global Music Group Record Label Predominant Studios Inc. is pleased to announce that Mr. ESQ has released two singles from his debut album ESQUIRE Rich Problem featuring Swollen Members’ lead singer Madchild and A Mother’s Day a tribute to his mother released on Mother’s Day. The album is a compilation of songs laced with so much diversity and ingenuity, a revelation of Mr. ESQ’s personality as he tries to fully express himself with each track on the album.Mr. ESQ’s ESQUIRE album is slated for release in late July.

Ahead of his album’s release, Mr. ESQ has this to say, “This album is a re-introduction of myself on a global scale. As most of my music is, this album harbours a lot of emotion. I pour my heart and soul into my music, and by listening to this album, it will pretty much answer any questions anyone has about me.”

Mr. ESQ has blossomed into a fine artist since entering the Canadian entertainment scene. Based in Victoria, British Columbia, Mr. ESQ started music when he was 12, writing down his thoughts in a poetic style. He started to flow with a cadence and began putting his writing to beats. During house parties, his peers would request him to freestyle, which helped him to discover his love for performances and sharing his writing with others. Sadly, he began to veer off the path of music when he began working in his teens and didn’t come back to it until he was incarcerated.”

Born as the youngest male of six siblings with three older brothers and sisters, he naturally gravitated to his brothers, which opened him up to the realities of life. Sooner than expected, he got into drug distribution and became a driver for illegal activities before he was old enough to own his driver’s license. At age 18, Mr. ESQ was expecting a son and decided to track back from the violent lifestyle he had adopted. Unfortunately, his son died, and the event induced a dark chapter. He began to drink heavily, and not long after, Mr. ESQ had to face fourteen years in the Federal penitentiary. The prosecution eventually got a conviction, and he ended up with a combined sentence of ten years. 

At the Federal penitentiary, Mr. ESQ began to make self-discoveries, which changed his life. Today, he has a daughter, a business, and a budding musical career. “I want people to listen to my stories, learn from my experiences and not make the same mistakes I did. I hope they internalize my stories and use them for their growth. My ultimate goal is to help guide those in their youth down a better path and give them the knowledge and education to ensure they don’t make the same mistakes I did.” 

Through mentorship and coaching, Harrison Mresq, known by his stage persona as Mr. ESQ, Predominant Studios has aided him in improving his voice talents by exploring his hip-hop roots but also experimenting with other genres that suit his voice, such as R&B and Pop/Country.

The single Rich Problem by Mr. ESQ featuring Madchild is available in stores and streaming everywhere. My Mother’s Day is available everywhere on May 8th, 2022. Fans can expect an exceptional rendition of his life and experiences. 

About Predominant Studios

Predominant Studios provides services to aligned musicians, and independent artists, assisting them in navigating the complicated music industry. A recipient of 40 Under 40 Awards, CEO Jacqueline Best is said to be the next up-and-coming music mogul. Chris “The Glove” Taylor, a pioneering multi-platinum producer, is Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Taylor has collaborated with huge names like Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg and a slew of other important industry figures and LA musicians. Growing its roster by 85% in just a year, Predominant is assisting talented musicians through creating fair contracts, music business consultations, and career coaching safeguarding musicians’ best interests.

For more information, interviews and photos please contact publicists:

Lesley Diana | Lesley@thepromotionpeople.ca | 604-726-5575

 “ESQUIRE” will be available when released this summer across several streaming platforms including SpotifyApple Music, and YouTube.  

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New Discovery TV Series Pets & Pickers

Discovery’s All-New Canadian Original Docuseries PETS & PICKERS Serves Up Heartwarming ‘Tails,’ Beginning May 12

 The eight-episode docuseries follows the lives of pets in need and the veterinarians and animal lovers that are dedicated to helping them
All-new Canadian original series airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET on Discovery, CTV.ca, and the CTV app, beginning May 12

Discovery takes viewers on an uplifting mission to help animals in need with the all-new Canadian original series PETS & PICKERS, premiering ThursdayMay 12 at 9 p.m. ET on Discovery. Joining an all-new Thursday night lineup which includes the debut of PIG ROYALTY at 8 p.m. ET and Season 2 of LOUISIANA LAW 10 p.m. ET, the eight-episode, docuseries follows a one-of-a-kind animal hospital, the story of animals, their owners, and the special team of veterinarians who care for them.

Motivated by extraordinary compassion and a singular belief that all animals deserve treatment, this heartfelt series reveals how the Regional Animal Protection Society (RAPS) Animal Hospital works tirelessly to offer low-income pet families access to top healthcare. To fund these treatments, RAPS has a unique solution: their thrift store. An energetic and dedicated group of animal-loving “pickers” comb through donated mystery bins containing abandoned storage locker items, all money raised goes to pay for vet care and life-saving surgeries. It’s a one-of-a-kind “pets and pickers” relationship with an uplifting mission: to help animals and their people.

New episodes of PETS & PICKERS are available to stream each week on CTV.ca and the CTV App.

In Episode 1 of PETS & PICKERS, entitled “Pets, Pickers & Problems,” Dexter the dog has breathing problems so serious, worried owner Michelle travels hours in hopes that RAPS can help pay for urgent surgery. The dedicated team of pickers, counting on abandoned storage locker goods, gets an unfortunate surprise. Meanwhile, Halo the Chihuahua discovers more than exercise in the local dog park.

Led by Executive Director Eyal Lichtmann, the kind-hearted and innovative team at RAPS includes: long-time animal lover, Dr. Regan Schwartz; small animal specialist and Vets Without Borders volunteer, Dr. Alex Maldonado (Dr. Alex); feral animal care professional, Dr. Joseph Martinez; the patriarch and leading exotic animal veterinarian, Dr. Satveer Dadrwal (Dr. Satveer); RAPS’ lead veterinarian and the go-to surgeon, Dr. Marius Vasilescu, aka “Dr. V”; and RAPS’ community social services specialist, Dr. Victoria Cruz-Mendez (Dr. Cruz-Mendez). The animal-loving team of pickers includes thrift store manager, Karen Kamachi, as well as an expert picker, Marty Kramer, who work together to bring in donations and find buyers to help people and pets in need. To find out more about RAPS, visit their website atwww.rapsbc.com.

Click here to view the first episode of PETS & PICKERS.

PETS & PICKERS was created and produced by Tyson Media in association with Bell Media for Discovery, with the participation of The Bell Fund. Tyson Hepburn is the Executive Producer and Showrunner. Kelly McClughan is Series Producer, and Andrew Vacheresse is Series Director.  For Bell Media, Heather Williamson is Sr. Development Executive, Tina Apostolopoulos is Sr. Production Executive; Sarah Fowlie is Head of Production, Original Programming; Carlyn Klebuc is General Manager, Original Programming; Pat DiVittorio is Vice-President, CTV & Specialty Programming, and General Manager, Discovery Networks. Justin Stockman is Vice-President, Content Development & Programming, Bell Media. Karine Moses is Senior Vice-President, Content Development & News, Bell Media and Vice Chair, Québec, Bell.

About Tyson Media
Tyson Media is an award-winning Vancouver-based entertainment company that produces powerful unscripted and docu-series including global phenomenon RUST VALLEY RESTORERS, COLD WATER COWBOYS (Co-Executive Producer with David Paperny), and THE DOG DUDES.
Tyson always carries the momentum aggressively forward into the development of unique character-driven concepts primed to be major hits both domestically and internationally. Learn more at tysonmedia.ca/.

About Bell Media Original Productions
Bell Media has commissioned some of Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit series commissioned by CTV include #1 Canadian drama TRANSPLANT; record-breaking Canadian format THE AMAZING RACE CANADA; comedy series CHILDREN RUIN EVERYTHING from the producers of LETTERKENNY, and JANN. Among the original series on Bell Media specialty and streaming platforms are CTV Life Channel’s culinary series MARY MAKES IT EASY with Mary Berg; CTV Comedy Channel’s ROAST BATTLE CANADA, and the upcoming comedy series ACTING GOOD; as well as CTV Drama Channel’s upcoming scripted series SULLIVAN’S CROSSING. Crave Originals include hit series LETTERKENNY and its upcoming official spinoff series SHORESY, CANADA’S DRAG RACE, and WAY OVER ME (SORTEZ-MOI DE MOI); docuseries DARK SIDE OF THE RING; and acclaimed documentaries FANNY: THE RIGHT TO ROCK and A.RTIFICIAL I.MMORTALITY. Discovery is home to Bell Media’s hit factual series and franchises HIGHWAY THRU HELL, HEAVY RESCUE: 401, and MUD MOUNTAIN HAULERS, in addition to MAKE IT TO THE MOON, and others. Bell Media is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. Learn more at www.BellMedia.ca.

About Discovery
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 factual 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. Discovery Canada is a joint venture between Bell Media, which is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company, and Discovery Communications Inc. Fan favourite series and exclusive Canadian original Discovery content is available to stream on CTV.ca and the CTV app.

On Acting …and life, the new book by Acclaimed Actor/Director/Author William B. Davis will be released on May 2022

On Acting …and life, the new book by Acclaimed Actor/Director/Author William B. Davis will be released on May 3, 2022

Best known as the Cigarette Smoking Man on TV’s The X-Files William’s book is part memoir and part master class

For immediate release: Acclaimed award-winning actor William B. Davis, best known as the Cigarette Smoking Man on TV’s The X-Files, is pleased to announce that his second book ‘On Acting and …life’ will be released on Tuesday, May 3, 2022. 

About the Book: 

Dozens of books on acting exist, but none of them are quite like this. Part memoir and part master class, modelled after Stephen King’s bestseller, On Writing, the book is divided into two parts. 

Part one takes readers on a seventy-year journey that begins with William B. Davis, at age twelve, riding his bicycle through the streets of Toronto to his first acting classes, and eventually leads to him starring in the long-running television series, The X-Files starringDavid Duchovny, and Gillian Anderson. From a summer theatre in Ontario to the National Theatre of Great Britain to the National Theatre School of Canada to the William Davis Centre for Actors’ Study in Vancouver, few have travelled such a colourful journey. Along the way, Davis met all sorts of familiar faces, including Donald Sutherland, Brian Cox, Albert Finney, Laurence Olivier, Maggie Smith, David Duchovny, and Gillian Anderson, among others. 

Although there is a lot about acting in part one, the heart of the book for an aspiring or working actor is in part two. What has Davis learned in seventy years of working both in the theatre and in film and television? A lot, as you will see. Davis’s grasp of the art of acting is vast and practical. And in some ways, original. 

In his final chapter, Davis explores the underlying philosophy of acting and actor training and argues for bringing the work into the twenty-first century.

Praise for On Acting …and life.

“This book celebrates a lifetime’s passion and commitment to the mysterious realm of acting. It’s not a tale of fame, fortune, and gossip, but instead, it documents the twists and turns of an artist’s determined engagement with making and sustaining a career in Canada for over sixty years. It’s a history lesson and an inspiration, reminding the discouraged actor that you never know what’s coming round the corner so be prepared and keep the faith. The discussion of what makes for good acting is a wealth of practical, clear advice, mined and honed in decades of devoted exploration as an actor, director, and teacher. Gold!”  Rosemary Dunsmore (Award-winning Actor, Director, and Acting teacher)

“Before he was my cigarette smoking nemesis for over 25 years, before he incarnated one of TV’s great villains, William Davis was an acting teacher. It’s not true that those who can’t do, teach because Bill can do both. And he can write. Like all good teachers, the wisdom and stories that Bill elaborates upon in his book are really lessons about life. It’s possible you will become a better actor after reading Bill; it’s also possible you will become a better person. For fans of The X-Files or just people who enjoy listening to a no-nonsense craftsman and lifer talk about his craft with none of the usual humble-brag or sensational Hollywood bullshit.”  David Duchovny (Novelist and Star of The X-Files)

“Bill Davis’s ‘On Acting’ is a fascinating tapestry of a life dedicated not only to the Art, but also to a deeper philosophical grasp of our work. Bill chronicles a highly personal journey that is founded in the search for a truth that truly illuminates the mystery of our craft!”  Brian Cox (Bafta Award Winner and Star of Succession)

“Bill’s vast experience, on stage, screen and as a teacher is more than impressive, it’s a rarity in our culture of instant fame. I cast him as a villain 30 years ago, but little did I know he’d always played to win.”  Chris Carter (Creator of The X-Files)

About the Author:

After decades of working as a theatre director and actor in Canada, the UK, and the US, William B. Davis rose to prominence as the Cigarette Smoking Man on TV’s The X-Files. Besides appearing in numerous other TV shows and movies, most recently, Upload and Midnight Club, Davis also founded his own acting school, the William Davis Centre for Actors’ Study. 

Davis has written one other book, a memoir entitled Where There’s Smoke . . . The Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man. He lives in Vancouver, B.C., with his wife, Emmanuelle Davis. 

William B. Davis is available for interviews upon request. 

Please contact: Lesley Diana | Lesley@thepromotionpeople.ca | 604-726-5575

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On Acting… and life: A New Look at an Old Craft will be available through most major retailers online, such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Indigo, as well as direct from the producer, FriesenPress. Signed copies are available on www.WilliamBDavis.com.

Book Launch: Join William on Tuesday May 3rd at 7pm in The Theatre at GO Studios in Vancouver to celebrate the launch of renowned actor William B. Davis‘ new book, “On Acting…and life”! Joining William will be special guest host, X-Files Producer, R.W. Goodwin for a lively interview and storytelling from their time together on their iconic television show.

Event: A Conversation with William B Davis: On Acting …and life (bizbooks.net)

Book: On Acting …and life by William B. Davis – Biz Books

Acting Agent: Eric Edwards | eric.edwwards@lucastalent.com | 604-685-0345 

Launch Event: On Acting… and life book by William B Davis

A Conversation with William B Davis: On Acting …and life

Bill Davis’s On Acting is a fascinating tapestry of a life dedicated not only to the Art, but also to a deeper philosophical grasp of our work. Bill chronicles a highly personal journey that is founded in the search for a truth that truly illuminates the mystery of our craft!” — Brian Cox (BAFTA Winner and Star of HBO’s “Succession”)

Join us on Tuesday May 3rd at 7pm in The Theatre at GO Studios to celebrate the launch of renowned actor William B. Davis‘ new book, “On Acting…and life”! Joining William will be special guest host, X-Files Producer, R.W. Goodwin for a lively interview and storytelling from their time together on their iconic television show.

The evening will also include:

• Excerpts from “On Acting…and life” read by William B. Davis
• Questions and Answers from the audience• An opportunity to have your book signed by the author

While this is a FREE event, due to Covid precautions space will be limited. Tickets: Biz Books

Not able to join us? Click here to register for our Zoom webinar and join us online!

Pets & Pickers tells the story of the RAPS organization 

ADVANCED SCREENING – Pets & Pickers focuses on the great work of RAPS! Be the first to see this new show coming to Discovery Channel Canada!

About this event

Pets & Pickers tells the story of the entire RAPS organization and our lifesaving work!

But you are invited to an exclusive screening of the first episode! Celebrate this achievement with us as we prepare to share the RAPS story with the world!

This is a real cause for celebration!

Tickets: $25.00 plus $2.00 service charge. Tickets include popcorn, mingling with the emerging STARS, a few welcoming words and the first-ever public viewing of what we are sure will be a new smash hit TV series coming to Discovery Channel Canada!

SPACE IS VERY LIMITED. Do not miss out. 

  • Cash bar will be available. (19+ … Bring your ID!)
  • Dress: Business Casual
  • Tickets: EventBrite

Predominant Studios’ CEO Jacqueline Best is the next up and coming music mogul redefining the next generation of music

Independent record label Predominant Studios’ CEO Jacqueline Best is the next up and coming music mogul redefining the next generation of music

Jacqueline is one of the recipients of North America’s Top 40 under 40 and will accept her award in New York on June 30, 2022

For Immediate Release: Predominant Studios’ CEO Jacqueline Best is said to be the next up-and-coming music mogul. She is redefining the next generation of music signing such musicians as Country artists Bryce Allan and Jason Kirkness, Hip Hop Artist Mr. ESQ, and more. Based in British Columbia’s lower mainland Predominant Studios is experiencing extraordinary growth in 2022. 

Jacqueline Best, an artist, and musician herself wanted to offer help that all independent artists would need so she created Predominant Studios offering expertise in the field as well as fostering an ethos that prioritizes assisting musicians in an industry where competition is stiff and there is little to no support for some artists.

Although Predominant Studios has only been operating for a year, it has become a hub for many musicians, with artists already approaching the firm to either sign them or help them handle their arrangements with other indie companies. Predominant has now signed 17 music-recording artists and 45 independent artists so far, with many more to come, growing its roster by 85% in just a year. Her company has been assisting talented musicians through creating fair contracts, music business consultations, and career coaching.

We not only provide services to our aligned musicians, but we also provide services to independent artists, assisting them in navigating the complicated music industry and its different processes. As well as safeguarding their best interests, they must also be protected from music business fraud.” According to Jacqueline Best.

Additionally, Predominant Studios has signed as partner Chris “The Glove” Taylor, a pioneering multi-platinum producer, as its Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Taylor has collaborated with huge names like Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg and a slew of other important industry figures and LA musicians. Taylor will be assisting Jacqueline in achieving its objective of becoming a preeminent label in the music industry. “I’m very excited to be a part of the Predominant Studios family, and can’t wait to bring our new music and art to the Metaverse,” According to Taylor.

Some of Taylor’s music productions include Ice-T’s “Reckless”, Dr. Dre’s song “Stranded On Death Row” and Snoop Dogg’s “Doggy Dogg World. Taylor has also served as Music Coordinator, Programmer, and Assistant Composer for the series American Soul, Played By Fame, Tiny & Toya, The Parkers, Frankie & Neffie, and Monica’s Still Standing, with song placements. With Taylor on board, Predominant Studios has a chance to become one of the world’s largest music production organizations.

Recently announced as one of North America’s Top 40 Under 40 Awards Jacqueline will travel to Manhattan, New York to celebrate and accept her award on June 30th, 2022. Best’s nomination for the prestigious “40 Under 40” Awards. Business Elite Awards’ officials named her “one of North America’s leaders and industry disruptors with the undoubted attitude, quality, potential, desire, determination, and ambition to shape the world of business over the coming decades. This year’s Business Elite’s “40 Under 40” Awards will be handed out during the official Gala Dinner in Manhattan, at the historic luxurious “The St. Regis New York” on June 30, 2022.

Not one to sit still, Jacqueline has also written a book entitled “So they say you can’t. SCREW THEM,” which will be released this year. 

In addition to publishing a magazine, Predominant Studios will also be turning into a full NFT label. Because of the Predominant goal and genuine service, there is no doubt that this music production will become one of the best labels in the industry.

Jacqueline Best will be in attendance at Canada’s Juno Awards hosted by Simu Liu in Toronto on May 15, 2022, and available for interviews.

For more information, interviews and photos please contact publicist:

Lesley Diana | Lesley@thepromotionpeople.ca | 604-726-5575

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Erin Karpluk plays Anna Benoit, new girlfriend to lead Eddie Saville on A Million Little Things

Being Erica’Erin Karpluk plays Anna Benoit, the new girlfriend to lead Eddie Saville (David Giuntoli) on A Million Little Things airing on ABC & the W Network Wednesday nights at 10/9C, streaming on Hulu.

Erin can also be seen on all five seasons of Family Channel’s award-winning series Holly Hobbie premiering throughout the year in Canada, and on Disney Channel and Universal Kids in the US.

Award-winning actress Erin Karpluk is pleased to add her role as Anna Benoit on ABC’s A Million Little Things to her long list of TV and film credits. Anna was first introduced as a sex offender’s wife, but the producers enjoyed Erin’s portrayal so much that they wrote her into a much more involved recurring arc. Once Anna discovers the truth about her husband Peter (Andrew Leeds) when he is exposed, she files for divorce and begins a new chapter dating Eddie, played by Grimm’s David Giuntoli. They have a deeply vulnerable and at times awkward journey finding support in each other as their relationship unfolds. Anna finds strength after her husband’s betrayal, and Eddie learning to navigate life in a wheelchair after a car accident finds these two on a delicate but beautiful path to find love again. Both characters struggle with addiction, which covers just one of the poignant and hard themes the series explores. Originally only booked for a few episodes at the end of Season 3, Erin’s character became a staple appearing in almost every episode of Season 4. A Million Little Things can be seen on ABC and the W Network in Canada on Wednesday nights at 10/9C and streaming on Hulu. The first three seasons can be found on Amazon Prime & Citytv / Global TV.

With almost 100 titles on IMDb, Erin has enjoyed a versatile career playing a myriad of leading roles in every genre. Currently, Erin’s character Katherine runs the Hobbie family in all 5 seasons of Family Channel’s award-winning series Holly Hobbie premiering Season 3-5 throughout 2022, airing in the US on the Disney Channel and Universal Kids. 2021 kept Erin busy shooting guest spots on NBC’s Debris, and the CW’s Nancy Drew and Two Sentence Horror StoryDuring this time Erin commuted to Vancouver Island where she recurred on the highly popular Netflix series Maid opposite Margaret Qually and Billy Burke. Erin appeared as two different characters in two seasons of the anthology Slasher on Netflix. Her role as Pepper is the first crossover character to be featured in both 911, and 911 Lone Staropposite Rob Lowe and Angela Bassett on FOX. 

Erin has had a leading role in 18 movies, including Suddenly with Dominic Purcell and Ray Liotta, Reasonable Doubt opposite Samuel L Jackson and Dominic Cooper, and Bailout, again with Purcell and Edward Furlong. The hit comedy, A Swingers Weekend won the best ensemble at the Canadian Film Festival and Erin also received a Best Actress award for her role in the Web Series Riftworld Chronicles, which also won best Web Series at the LA Web Series Festival. 

Alberta-born Karpluk first started to make waves after landing a part in FOX’s Dark Angel, for which award-winning director James Cameron handpicked her to play the pregnant X5 Gem. Karpluk received her first big break when she booked the Series Lead playing “Kate” on Godiva’s, which earned her a 2006 Gemini nomination for Best Actress in a Dramatic Series. This notoriety led Erin to star as ‘Erica’ in the hit CBC series Being Ericawhich had 4 seasons airing in over 180 countries. Her performance garnered a Gemini Award for Best Actress in 2009, a Leo Award for Best Lead Actress in a Dramatic Series in 2010, along with 5 more performance nominations. 

Erin has since recurred on Showtime’s Masters of Sex opposite Michael Sheen, ABC’s Rookie Blue, Global’s Saving Hope, CW’s Life UnexpectedHallmark’s A Fixer Upper Mysteries, and the L Word. Erin played Molly Ringwald’s sister, in a Recurring Guest Star Role for Disney XD’s Raising ExpectationsShe has Guest Starred twice on CW’s Supernatural, and also on an episode of Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders

Erin is busy with roles in both the US and Canada. She was born and raised in the heart of the Canadian Rockies in beautiful Jasper National Park with the wilderness as her backyard playing hockey, skiing, backcountry hiking, and skating on frozen lakes. Erin remains an avid nature lover and is always excited to explore every city she films in. After graduating as a theatre major from UVIC Erin moved to Vancouver where her television/film career happened very quickly. She loves to stay active and has participated in triathlons, marathons, and a half-ironman in Hawaii, where she raised awareness and funds for the BCSPCA and World Vision. As an avid traveler, Erin is thrilled to have worked in Scotland, Prague, Honduras, Japan, Mexico, Hawaii, various cities in the US including LA, and almost every major city in Canada (Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto, Sudbury, St. John’s). Erin splits her time between her homes in LA and Vancouver.

For more information, interviews, & photos please contact:

Publicist: Lesley Diana | Lesley@thepromotionpeople.ca | 604.726.5575

Agent: Trina Allen | trina@playmgmt.com | 604.677.7529 | PLAY MANAGMENT  

Headshot Photo credit

  • Photographer: Brandon Elliot | Stylist: Eleni Tsapas | Hair/MU: Zahra Dee
  • A Million Little Things Photo Credit: ABC A MILLION LITTLE THINGS – “Episode TBD” (ABC/Darko Sikman) LIZZY GREENE, ERIN KARPLUK

Feature Documentary ‘Beyond Vanity’

The feature documentary BEYOND VANITY discovers a community of hair artists and spiritual guides that radically redefine hairdressing

A Hair Better Production and Mona Leung are pleased to announce that the feature documentary BEYOND VANITY celebrates 3 festival laurels, 3 film distributors, and Mona’s 30th year in the hair industry.  Mona is a successful hairstylist who embarks on a quest to re-imagine her life’s work – and discovers a community of hair artists and spiritual guides that help her radically redefine hairdressing. BEYOND VANITY is a one-hour documentary that closely follows Mona as she approaches each pivotal moment in the discovery process, both on a professional and personal level. Trailer: https://vimeo.com/547731473

Award-winning career hairstylist Mona Leung discovers the chemicals she’s using to make her clients more beautiful… are killing her.  Searching for alternatives – and a deeper connection to the work she loves – she embarks on a ten-thousand-mile journey. From her west coast home, Mona makes stops in Arizona, California, Nepal, and Hong Kong.  Along the way, Mona encounters many influences – from innovative hairdressers that are revolutionizing the art and technology of hair to Buddhist monks that shave their heads during their spiritual training.  Mona’s eyes are opened to new philosophies, approaches, and techniques that take her perception of hairstyling to an entirely new place.  Returning home, Mona takes a different kind of trip.  With Shamanic guidance, her life’s purpose is revealed: to synthesize what she’s learned to develop her own unique practice.  Mona invites close friends, fellow hairdressers, and alternative healers to a retreat of discovery.  Traveling deep within, she brings through a personal care system that combines holistic ceremony with high-end hair styling.  Her revolutionary approach is one that revitalizes each client’s appearance by connecting with, celebrating, and reflecting their true inner beauty. She discovers a unique personal care system that combines holistic ceremony with high-end hairstyling – one that revitalizes clients’ appearance through celebrating their true nature.  

Mona Leung’s successful career as an internationally renowned hairstylist spans three amazing decades. What started, as a personal interest at an early age became her passion. Mona quickly made a name for herself in this highly competitive industry.  However, despite her many accolades, the incredibly long hours and constant exposure to toxic beauty products were taking a toll on her health and well-being. The catalyst for change arrived when she became pregnant with her first child, and out of necessity, Mona decided it was time to search for a more natural, holistic approach to her work. 

Mona’s path to becoming “The Conscious Hairdresser” was originally fuelled by her individual desire to do and feel better. To her amazement, she met many like-minded individuals along the way who shared her newfound vision and direction. Although unconventional and a relatively unknown practice, this new community further empowered Mona to continue her quest to bring mindful and holistic practices into a beauty industry that thrives on fuelling vanity. 

Mona has since successfully integrated her new knowledge and customs into her current work. In addition to always searching for the best and healthiest products, she also provides her clients powerful Hair Ceremonies, which fuses ancient healing technologies with modern cutting techniques. 

Embarking on this journey was an eye-opening and life-changing experience for Mona, and she knew it was meant to be shared. 

Beyond Vanity is being distributed worldwide by Lightning International, And Now Global, and FilmOption. 

For more information and interviews with Mona please contact:

Lesley Diana | Lesley@thepromotionpeople.ca | 604-726-5575

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Bret Hart has signed on to star in the upcoming feature film crime drama The Outlaw Murders

WWE Hall of Famer Bret “The Hitman’ Hart has signed on to star in the upcoming feature film crime drama The Outlaw Murders

The Crowdfunding campaign invites wrestling and movie fans to contribute to receive a copy of the video game Hitman Highway starring Bret Hart for PC and Android devices

The Sewell Brothers Stephen, Eric and Ian are pleased to announce that they have signed world-wide wrestling legend and actor Bret Hart to star in their upcoming feature film crime drama The Outlaw Murdershttps://youtu.be/u2Cq-JSX2h4

The film follows an experienced police detective (Bret Hart) with a chequered past who has been tasked with conducting an investigation of a mass murder involving a biker gang he was once a part of.  Employing an improvisational technique the mystery behind the murders will unfold throughout the picture as a unique cast of characters share their personal versions of the events under the pressure of a police interrogation.  The film will cut back and forth between depictions of the present day investigation, the past events surrounding the murders and the back-story behind each character. The Outlaw Murders will provide the audience with a healthy blend of who-done-it mystery, deep character study, dark humor and action packed gunplay.  This film is being crowd-funded on Indiegogo from February 1st to April 2nd 2022 at the following link: https://igg.me/at/outlaw-murders

Every man has a past.  For some it can provide a source of inspiration, for others it would soon be forgotten.  In the case of Inspector Carlisle (Bret Hart) in The Outlaw Murders the story lands somewhere in between.  Introduced to the outlaw biker life by his father, Carlisle seemed destined to a life of criminality and lawlessness.  Things took a dramatic turn when his father succumbed to a drug overdose during a period of incarceration.  Determined to avoid a similar unwelcome fate, Carlisle rejected the criminal biker world and joined the local police force.  Now, after several decades of dedicated public service, he must come face to face with his past when he is assigned to investigate a mass murder involving associates from his earlier biker days.  Forced to sort through a puzzle of blood, bodies, bikes and bullets, Inspector Carlisle’s investigative skills and experience will be put to a test that will define his life in law enforcement.

For over two decades, Bret Hart thrilled audiences the world over having been the main attraction for some of the largest and most high profile professional wrestling events in the world.  Winning multiple championships in both the single and tag team circuits, Bret lived up to his well-earned nicknames of “the excellence of execution” and “the best there is, the best there was and the best there ever will be.”  As an actor, he’s worked across multiple mediums including playing the role of Luther Root on the television series Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years as well as portraying himself in cartoon form in a hilarious and quotable guest appearance on The Simpsons.  A man of many talents, Bret is also a published author having published an autobiography in 2007, titled Hitman: My Real Life in the Cartoon World of Wrestling

Filmmakers Ian, Stephen and Eric Sewell grew up on a rural property in Langley, British Columbia Canada.  Their enthusiasm for filmmaking began in their early teens when they first got their hands on a camcorder.  Starting off with shorts that spoofed popular genres involving ninjas and police the brothers eventually moved onto more ambitious feature length projects.  This eventually led into the professional world with the commercial release of their previous films 100 Miles from Hell and Muskie Point.

All donations to The Outlaw Murders crowdfunding campaign over $10 will receive a copy of the video game Hitman Highway starring Bret Hart for both PC and Android devices.  Hitman Highway is a fun high score based driving game where you shoot and manoeuvre your car through a variety of enemies and obstacles. 

The Outlaw Murders is being crowdfunded on Indiegogo from February 1st to April 2nd 2022. Contributions are accepted at the following link:  https://igg.me/at/outlaw-murders

Stephen Sewell is available for interviews upon request.

For interviews and photos please contact:

Lesley Diana | Lesley@thepromotionpeople.ca | 604-726-5575

Indiegogo Crowd-Funding link open from February 1st to April 2nd 2022 – https://igg.me/at/outlaw-murders

YouTube link:  https://youtu.be/u2Cq-JSX2h4

Twitter: twitter.com/outlawmurders

Horror Thriller Ditched starring Marika Sila and Mackenzie Gray Releasing on VOD in 2022

Canadian Horror Thriller Ditched starring Marika Sila and Mackenzie Gray will be released on VOD on January 18 and Blu-Ray on February 15, 2022

Producer Mark Sommer is pleased to announce that the Canadian horror-thriller Ditched will be released on VOD on January 18 and Blu-Ray on February 15th. Written and directed by Christopher Donaldson Ditched is being distributed in North America on VOD/Blu-Ray release by Epic Pictures on their Dread Presents genre label.

A routine prison transfer crashes in the forest and desperate to escape an overturned ambulance a group of paramedics is trapped with violent prisoners. A young Inuit paramedic Melina (Marika Sila) finds herself surrounded by murderers with a mere 100 feet to climb out of a ditch to escape when they are attacked by an unseen force in the forest, Melina’s short journey to safety becomes the ultimate contest of wills. The group quickly discovers that they are the victims of an ambush with the perpetrators hunting them down one by one. 

Ditched stars the multi-talented indigenous actress Marika Sila who came to mainstream attention in her breakout role of Sergeant Yuka Mongoyak in Jordan Peele’s The Twilight Zone remake. Marika’s most recent recurring role on Tribal is airing on APTN. She also specializes in stunts and special skills including hoop dancing, fire spinning, sword, and staff handling. One of Vancouver’s most venerable award-winning actors Mackenzie Gray (Man of Steel, Legions, Fargo, Riverdale) also stars. Horror fans will know Mackenzie from his most notable roles including Rabid (2019) and Grave Encounters (2011). Ditched features a pumping synth soundtrack with guitar elements created by musician Clayton Worbeck (Revolting Cocks/Ministry).

Writer/Director Christopher Donaldson developed Ditched as an 80’s inspired horror-thriller. Shot in Edmonton, Canada Ditched answers the question of “What would you do if you were in the middle of nowhere, injured, and you’re being hunted by “something” in the night? A very basic fear that formed the bones of the story, which then goes in a direction you don’t see coming.


Filmmakers Christopher Donaldson and Mark Sommer have long careers in both film/TV and music. Christopher comes from a background of screenwriting, storyboarding, and directing commercials.  He is one of Canada’s most in-demand storyboard artists working on TV series like The Flash, Lost in Space, Legends of Tomorrow, and Superman & Lois in addition to the horror reboot Child’s Play (2019). Mark comes from a music background as a former artist manager specializing in industrial rock and punk rock working with such industry stalwarts as SNFU and Tim Skold (Shotgun Messiah/Marilyn Manson).


Playing a string of genre favorite festivals in the summer and fall of 2021 that include theatrical screenings at Popcorn Frights Film Festival in Florida, IFI Horrorthon in Ireland, Dead of Night Film Festival in the UK, Monster Fest in Australia plus the digital festivals Cine-Excess in the UK and Molins Horror Film Festival in Spain. Ditched played at EIFF, Rio Grind, and Toronto After Dark Film Festival at home in Canada.

Ditched is available on VOD everywhere on January 18 and Blu-Ray on February 14.

Screener links are available for review/editorial consideration. Filmmakers and select cast are available for interviews

Please contact: Lesley Diana | Lesley@thepromotionpeople | 604-726-5575 for screeners and interview requests 

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