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Award Winning Actor Gabrielle Rose plays Aunt Ida in the critically acclaimed feature film MAUDIE starring Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke that opens in New York on June 6th

Gabrielle just completed four roles in Jessie nominated Angels in America Part One- Millennium Approaches

One of Canada’s most respected actors with over 160 film and television credits, Gabrielle Rose is very proud of her role in the feature film Maudie. Gabrielle has been invited to attend Maudie when it opens at AMC Lowes Theater in Lincoln Square on June 6th. The film has received overwhelming success in film festivals world-wide and in theatres across Canada. In Maudie Gabrielle plays Maud’s Aunt Ida. The film stars Sally Hawkins (Happy-Go-Lucky, Blue Jasmine) and Ethan Hawke (Before Midnight, Training Day, Boyhood). Gabrielle had to age twenty-five plus years for the second half of her role in the film. It is a female driven production, with Irish Director Aisling Walsh, written by Sherry White and produced by Mary Young Leckie, Mary Sexton, Heather Haldane and Robert M Cooper. Maudie is an iconic Canadian story about a female folk artist.

With unforgettable performances by Academy Award® nominees Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke, this Irish-Canadian co-production is based on a true story, of an unlikely romance in which the reclusive Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke) hires a fragile yet determined folk artist Maud Lewis (Sally Hawkins) to be his housekeeper. Maudie, bright-eyed but hunched with crippled hands, yearns to be independent to live away from her protective family (Aunt Ida) and she also yearns, passionately, to create art. Unexpectedly, Everett finds himself falling in love. Maudie charts Everett’s efforts to protect himself from being hurt, Maudie’s deep and abiding love for this difficult man and her surprising rise to fame as a folk painter.

Gabrielle is nominated for best supporting actress/Large theatre for the upcoming Jessie Awards honoring the best in Vancouver’s vibrant theatre scene for her four roles of two men – The Rabbi and Dr. Henry and two women – Hannah and Ethel Rosenberg in Angels in America/Part One- Millennium Approaches which has 9 nominations including Best Production. The Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards Ceremony will be held at the Commodore Ballroom, on Monday, June 26, 2017. Part Two – Perestroika opens in September.

With a number of stage credits to her name, Gabrielle has already won three Jessie Awards. Her acclaimed roles include Martha in Edward Albee‘s production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Elizabeth Rex, The Memory of Water, The Blue Light, The Glass Menagerie, and Doubt, Robin Baitz’, Other Desert Cities and more recently “The Rivals”.

She most recently received the Sam Payne Lifetime Achievement Award for her accumulative outstanding body of work in the performing arts. Gabrielle has worked repeatedly with some of Canada’s most notable directors including Atom Egoyan (The Adjuster, The Sweet Hereafter), Bruce Sweeney (Excited, The Dick Knost Show, Crimes of Mike Recket) and Carl Bessai (Sisters & Brothers, Mothers & Daughters).

She is a multiple Gemini and Genie Award nominee for both her film and television roles. Gabrielle’s critically acclaimed work includes an impressive list of film credits to include The Sweet Hereafter, which received the National Board of Reviews Best Ensemble Cast Award and the Artistic Achievement Award at the Vancouver Film Festival. The Rhino Brothers earned her a Leo Award. Other films include The Adjuster, The Five Senses, Speaking Parts in which she was again nominated for Genie, Family Viewing in which she was nominated for a Genie and The Adjuster. In the feature film Excited directed by Bruce Sweeney she nabbed both a Leo Award and Vancouver Critics Award. Other recent feature films include Two4One directed by Maureen Bradley, the award winning feature The Birdwatcher and a role in Connor Gaston’s Leo Award winning The Devout. Other works include The Rhino Brothers, which earned her a Leo Award, Carl Bessais’ Mothers and Daughters, Gabrielle secured both a jury prize at the Calgary International Film Festival and a Genie nomination.

More recently, in Amblin Entertainment’s A Dog’s Purpose directed by Academy Award® Nominee Lasse Hallstrom (Cider House Rules, Chocolat), Gabrielle plays Grandma Fran alongside Peggy Lipton, Britt Robertson, Dennis Quaid. The film has earned more than 192 million worldwide according to Box Office Mojo.

Gabrielle had a lead role in Bruce Sweeney’s The Dick Knost Show, which received the Spotlight Award for best BC film at VIFF in 2013, and marked her first foray into executive producing. Gabrielle won the UBCP/ ACTRA award for her performance in Sweeney’s Crimes of Mike Recket, and received her fifth Leo for her performance in The Corpse and the Courier. Gabrielle was honored to get the chance to play Gran in If I Stay, alongside Stacey Keach and directed by RJ Cutler. She can also be seen in a cameo role as the French proprietress in Hector and the Search for Happiness.

On television, her credits include series recurring roles in A Man in a High Castle, Proof, Once Upon A Time, Robson Arms, Three Moons Over Milford, and Exes and Ohs and has starred in Taken, Battlestar Galactica, Sanctuary, Tom Stone, Win Again, Milgaard, The Sleep Room, The X-Files, Shattered and many more. Gabrielle received a Leo Award for Best Guest Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series for her role in Sanctuary and reprised her role as Samantha on the hit series Continuum.

She is the recipient of the 2007 Woman of the Year award at the Vancouver Women in Film and Television Spotlight Awards. She is passionately committed to Canadian film, television and theatre. In January 2016, the Vancouver Film Critic Circle awarded the Ian Caddell Award to Gabrielle. The Whistler International Film Festival presented Gabrielle with the Maven Award in 2016. WFF acknowledges Gabrielle for her dedication to BC’s film industry and support of filmmakers, and in particular for helping to unite strong women in film. She is a recipient of the UBCP/ACTRA Lorena Gale Woman of Distinction award and the Sam Payne Lifetime Achievement award.

Gabrielle’s awards include a UBCP/ACTRA Award for Best Actress, five Leo Awards, two Atlantic Film Festival Awards, a National Board of Review (NY) Award. She has been nominated five times for a Gemini and four times for a Genie.   She has received a Fright award and a Maverick award.

Gabrielle is available for interviews upon request.

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FIRST VINE SERIES “WHITE NINJA” PREMIERES DECEMBER 5TH AT THE WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL

paul019-eWhite Ninja”, the first narrative series developed for the Vine platform, will premiere at the Whistler Film Festival December 5th and on the “White Ninja” Vine channel (vine.co/WhiteNinja). The launch will coincide with a panel on digital distribution that features “White Ninja” producers Tyler Funk, David Kaye, and Jameson Parker. The panel is part of the Content Connections program “Stream Big” at the Whistler Summit on Saturday, December 5th from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. http://www.whistlerfilmfestival.com/industry/summit-schedule

Paul Scheer stars and voices the titular Ninja in the series based on the hugely popular web comic “White Ninja” that ran exclusive strips on Cracked.com. The intellectually restricted and, apparently, pain impervious eponymous character was created by Scott Bevan and Kent Earle. The strip has over 1300 comics boasting a fan base that spreads across the globe.

Scheer is known for his role as Andre Nowzick on FX’s The League as well as stints on 30 Rock, The Kroll Show and Fresh Off The Boat, Hulu’s Hotwives of Las Vegas and the recent comedy special CrashTest, Scheer is joined by Kathleen Barr (Ed, Edd n’ Eddy, ReBoot.), Brian Drummond (Inspector Gadget, DragonBallZ), Shannon Chan Kent (Littlest Pet Shop, My Little Pony), and David A. Kaye (Make Way for Noddy, X-Men Evolution) who will lend their voices to a wide world of characters.

WN CatThe series boasts and impressive roster of Vine stars among their team of directors. Brandon Bowen, Jon Paul Piques (Piques), Gabe Erwin, Esa Fung (Esa Fungtastic), Gregor Reynolds (GregorR), and Stewart Reynolds (Brittlestar) will be joined by directors Michelle Ouellet (Afterparty, Hooked on Speedman), Matthew Clarke (Convos With My Two Year Old), Jameson Parker (College Humor’s The Price is Precise) and showrunner Tyler Funk (FTW, Friend Request) who have all come on board to direct a block of episodes for the series.

After the initial launch on December 5th the show will roll out three episodes a week on the White Ninja Vine channel – www.vine.co/WhiteNinja.

“Our goal has always been to reinvent the Sunday Comic Strip and we are excited to share this newest iteration of White Ninja with the world” said Funk, “we think that the Whistler Film Festival is the best place to introduce this series to the world”.

North of Now Films and Whiskaye Films, two Vancouver-based production companies, have teamed up to resurrect the hugely popular web comic. Tyler Funk of North of Now Films is heading up the project as the digital creator and showrunner working with Jameson Parker and David Kaye of Whiskaye Films who are on board as Executive Producers.

Multiple award-winning animator Erick Grigorovski is attached to the project as its lead animator, tasked with transporting this minimalistic and quirky world to this new and exciting format.

ABOUT NORTH OF NOW FILMS
North of Now is a creative production agency based out of Vancouver, BC specializing in digital content. Producing visually inspiring and engaging advertisements we strive to push the envelope, creating new and exciting branded content and capturing the imagination of audiences worldwide.

ABOUT WHISKAYE FILMS
Whiskaye Films is a Vancouver-based film and television production company founded by David Kaye and Jameson Parker. Whiskaye Films strives to develop and produce internationally recognized content that both entertains and matters.

Media Contact:
Lesley Diana | Lesley@thepromotionpeople.ca | 604-726-5575

Whiskaye Films Contacts:
Jameson Parker     778-903-3964     jameson@whiskayefilms.com
Tyler Funk                 778-988-3498         everythingfunk@gmail.com

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Host/Producer Mike Mitchell is pleased to announce that BC Outdoors Sport Fishing series will be airing the seventh season across Canada and the USA this fall

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Sportfishing Adventures television series with professional athletes/hosts Brendan Morrison and Chris Burns take celebrities out on world class guided fishing trips is renewed for another season

Mike Mitchell, host and producer of the popular television series BC Outdoors Sport Fishing is pleased to announce that they will be airing the seventh season on networks throughout Canada and the United States this fall. Mitchell, also editor of BC Outdoors magazine, brings the pages of the magazine alive with breathtaking scenery, world-famous fishing opportunities by sharing his knowledge and expertise as host. While the main focus is on informing, explaining and teaching, the show is expanding their audience by showing the viewers how easy fishing can be and what to use in order to be successful during a day out on the water.

Mike Mitchell started at BC Outdoors magazine in 2004. BC Outdoors Sport Fishing was developed during a 2009 fishing trip and the following spring the first pilot was shot. ,The television series has since aired 65 episodes on 12 different networks across Canada, the USA and continues in its International Distribution.

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On every show Mike Mitchell features local experts in the industry as co-hosts, each sharing their unique expertise to enhance the quality of the show. Mike’s true fishing love has to be chasing salmon on the coast. Some of his favorite locations to fish are the Central Coast, West Coast of Vancouver Island and Port Hardy. Before and after salmon season Stillwater Fly-Fishing becomes the focus. After five seasons fishing with Brian Chan, Mike has honed his skills. He currently enjoys the early spring and late fall fly fisheries in the Interior of British Columbia.

Mitchell is also Executive Producer of Sportfishing Adventures, hosted by Professional Athletes Brendan Morrison and Chris Burns This show has an exciting format, celebrity names and has matched the success of BC Outdoors Sport Fishing. Mitchell describes himself as a husband, father, friend, editor, and producer; show host and ever-grateful man for all that brought him to this point. He says, “I’m looking forward to the next great adventure in the great BC Outdoors.”

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Sportfishing Adventures has a winning formula that has captivated our expanding viewership. Our host’s passion for fishing is undeniably contagious, but the insider-look that viewers get of our celebrity hosts and guests is what attracts a wider audience. Brendan Morrison and Chris Burns share hosting duties throughout the season. Brendan is a 15-year NHL veteran and an extremely passionate angler that hosts his own annual charity Fishing Derby. Chris grew up fishing on the west coast. He spent eleven seasons in the CFL and celebrated the success with a Grey Cup win in 1999. He is currently the host of a weekly sports show on Team 1040 radio.

‘SportfFishing Adventures’ takes out other professional athletes and/or celebrities out on world class guided fishing trips as they embark on a friendly competition on the water. The episodes show the athletes and celebrities delving into epic fish while discussing their careers and highlighting all the aspects of the fishing charter or resort where they stay. Our host’s passion for fishing is undeniably contagious. Brendan and Chris are joined by celebrity guests, who help showcase the lodge and destination. Whether it’s locker-room conversations with their former teammates, or stories of career highlights, these insights keep viewers entertained and wanting more! Our previous season included exciting guests like: Kirk McLean, Miikka Kiprusoff, Mark Stepnoski, Dave Babych, Terry David Mulligan and more. To add to the excitement, our guests go head-to-head with our hosts in a fishing competition that brings out their competitive spirit and energy. We’re not your average fishing show!

BC Outdoors Sport Fishing airs on CHEK TV, COAST TV, DELTA TV, CJDC TV, CFTK TV , WILD TV, WFN TV, BeIN Sports
Sportfishing Adventures airs on CHEK TV, COAST TV, DELTA TV, CJDC TV, CFTK TV , WILD TV and BeIN Sports

Mike Mitchell of Mountain View Productions produces both television shows. Mountain View Productions (Mike Mitchell) has brought in Executive Producer, Laurie Belle (Get Cooking with the Stars, Leftcoast TV, Badawi Productions,) to further develop the series through network acquisitions and International distribution. Sponsors for BC Outdoors Sport Fishing include Toyota BC Dealers, Yamaha, Rapala, Port Boat House, Lowrance, Pacific Salmon Foundation and Fresh Water Fisheries Society of Bc, Scotty, Islander reels, Alumacraft boats , Mystic fly rods, Sport fishing institute of BC and BC Outdoors magazine . Sponsors for SportFishing Adventures include Toyota BC dealers, Pure fishing, GA checkpoint, Trophy, Gibbs /Delta ,Dragon fly, Beaver buzz, Oakley and BC Outdoors Magazine .

About Mountain View Productions
Mountain View Productions Ltd. is a creative and inspired team of professional producers working together, combining your ideas and our expertise, and bringing your creative vision to a reality. Using leading edge equipment for both production and postproduction, as well as writing, effect, and editing software to develop, film and finish your project on time. We promise that every project gets the same dedicated attention regardless of tier or budget. Transparent budgets are formulated together, in the beginning and are strictly adhered to throughout the process. Our clients are never presented with add-ons and never experience sticker shock at the completion of a project. It is our aim to work closely with each client and educate our clients on all parts of the process, including filming techniques; postproduction effects the achievement of maximum exposure for their product.

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For more information on BC Outdoors Sport Fishing TV and Sportfishing Adventures please visit: www.bcosf.ca

To sponsor the television shows please contact info: Lbelle@mountainviewproductions.ca 

CHEK TV | Sundays 630am &130pm
WILD TV | Wednesdays 4:00 am & 3:30pm, Thursdays 2:30 am, Fridays 12:30 am
CJDC TV | Mondays 10:30 am

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PAUL SCHEER BOARDS VINE SERIES “WHITE NINJA”

photo-59 copyThe first narrative series developed for the Vine platform has found its star. Paul Scheer has signed on, lending his talents to bring new life to the legendary and hilarious White Ninja.

The series is based on the hugely popular web comic of the same name that ran exclusive strips on Cracked.com before going on an “official hiatus” on August 14, 2013. Created by Scott Bevan and Kent Earle, the strip has over 1300 comics in it’s archive, boasting a fan base spread across the globe.

Scheer, known for his role as Andre Nowzick on FX’s The League as well as stints on 30 Rock, The Kroll Show, Fresh Off The Boat, Hulu’s Hotwives of Las Vegas and the recently released comedy special CrashTest, will voice White Ninja; the intellectually restricted and, apparently, pain impervious eponymous character. Scheer is joined by Kathleen Barr (Ed, Edd n’ Eddy, ReBoot.), Brian Drummond (Inspector Gadget, DragonBallZ), Shannon Chan Kent (Littlest Pet Shop, My Little Pony), and David A. Kaye (Make Way for Noddy, X-Men Evolution) who will lend their voices to a wide world of characters.

Scheduled to premiere its first five episodes on December 5th, 2015, the series has also added six of Vine’s biggest stars to it’s roster of directors. Brandon Bowen, Jon Paul Piques (Piques), Gabe Erwin, Esa Fung (Esa Fungtastic), Gregor Reynolds (GregorR), and Stewart Reynolds (Brittlestar) have all come on board to direct a block of episodes for the series. After the initial launch the show will roll out three episodes a week on the White Ninja vine channel – vine.co/WhiteNinja.

North of Now Films and Whiskaye Films, two Vancouver-based production companies, have teamed up to resurrect the hugely popular web comic. Tyler Funk of North of Now Films is heading up the project as the creator and showrunner working with Jameson Parker and David Kaye of Whiskaye Films who are on board as Executive Producers.

Poke A Fish“We are very excited to have Paul joining an already incredible team of creatives” said Parker, “the White Ninja name has attracted an amazing selection of writers and directors for the show including some of the biggest influencers in sketch comedy, stand-up, and the YouTube and Vine world. Paul is a huge comedic talent and the perfect choice to bring White Ninja to life”.

A teaser trailer was released to excite fans of the comic ahead of the scheduled summer production commencement. Multiple award-winning animator Erick Grigorovski is attached to the project as its lead animator, tasked with transporting this minimalistic and quirky world to this new and exciting format.

ABOUT NORTH OF NOW FILMS
North of Now is a creative production agency based out of Vancouver, BC specializing in digital content. Producing visually inspiring and engaging advertisements we strive to push the envelope, creating new and exciting branded content and capturing the imagination of audiences worldwide.

ABOUT WHISKAYE FILMS
Whiskaye Films is a Vancouver-based film and television production company founded by David Kaye and Jameson Parker. Whiskaye Films strives to develop and produce internationally recognized content that both entertains and matters.

MEDIA CONTACT
Jameson Parker     778-903-3964     jameson@whiskayefilms.com
Tyler Funk                 778-988-3498         everythingfunk@gmail.com

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Website: whiteninjaseries.com
Vine: vine.co/WhiteNinja
Twitter: @PokeAFish
Instagram: @WhiteNinjaSeries
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SEASON TWO OF GUARDIANS EVOLUTION, APTN’S SCI-FI ANIMATED KIDS TELEVISION SERIES AIRS SATURDAY MORNINGS AT 10 AM ACROSS CANADA

ArimusPiloting-Ep07Season two of Guardians Evolution, a stop-motion animated half-hour action adventure series for kids, will premiere on Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) on Saturday mornings. The seven exciting new action-packed episodes take you further inside the lush Guardians Evolution worlds cape. Guardians airs on APTN at 10am EST/MST/CST and on APTN HD at 10AM EST.

A cautionary tale, Guardians Evolution depicts the adventures of a group of idealistic teens, as they strive to rebuild civilization 41 million years in the future. The show features sharp, witty characters and a fresh take on the post-apocalyptic genre, with themes of humanism and environmentalism. Join Arimus, Erin, Kaultor, Chema, Valta and their new friend Rajiak as they find their way through a new Earth filled with exotic and often dangerous creatures on a quest to save humanity and the planet itself from their nemesis Ambrona’s greedy plans. The second season offers even more high-octane action and never before seen creatures and environments.

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Guardians Evolution is the latest stop-motion animated TV series from the award winning creators of the ground-breaking Gemini Award winning TV series Wapos Bay which ran for five celebrated seasons and a made for TV movie, winning numerous national and international awards. The series is produced by five-time Gemini Award winner Anand Ramayya (Wapos Bay, Who Killed Gandhi?) principal of Karma Film Inc., and Doug Cuthand (Bionic Bannock Boys, Oskayak Down Under, Big Bear, Mywayawin) of Blue Hill Productions.

Guardians Evolution was produced with financial participation from the Canadian Media Fund, APTN, Shaw Rocket Fund, COGECO Program Development Fund, Creative Saskatchewan Screen-Based Media Production Grant Program, Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, Ontario Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit. Guardians Evolution is distributed by Picture Box Distribution Inc.

Producer and director Doug Cuthand is available for interviews in person in Saskatoon or via phone and email. Producer Anand Ramayya is available for interviews in person in Regina or via phone and email.

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W NETWORK GAME OF HOMES TV CONTESTANTS PJ (PAWAN) and NINA JOHAR PASSION FOR DESIGN SHINES WITH THEIR NEW RENOVATION IN NORTH VANCOUVER

imageW Network Game of Homes TV Contestants PJ and Nina Johar discovered their passion for design, construction and flipping homes and launched PNJ property investment group. Selected for their great personalities, teamwork, can-do attitude and past property success stories, PJ and Nina displayed their amazing skills and abilities in design and construction on every episode.

PJ had to make the hard decision when his six-figure job was not waiting for him after the TV show. Plans for a design+build company was something that PJ & Nina had been pondering for quite some time. Nina has a deep interest in design planning and layout which started as a hobby and has developed into a business all while still working as a nurse full time and raising two children while managing their household. They have a goal of building a successful real estate empire and currently partner with silent investors on real estate venture projects where PNJ does everything from sourcing the property, renovating/building to selling the property. The hot Vancouver real estate market can be unaffordable for the average investor, however through PNJ they make it possible. They also take on a select few client renovation projects.

Their focus, when possible is on saving old and heritage homes with a view to the future in new construction also. By far the biggest house transformation they have done, PJ & Nina have spent the last six months transforming a house in North Vancouver inside and out. The house sat vacant for five years and was on the market for over 60 days, likely scheduled to be demolished. They brought life back in the family home that two generations grew up in. The house needed extensive work and a complete back to the studs renovation. A challenge far beyond anything on Game of Homes!

With city and Grouse Mountain views they used glass and large doors to bring the outside in. Known for their family friendly designs on the show the house also features a 3-hole putting green to create family fun times. PJ only uses trades that are highly tech savvy and has installed smartphone home automation, a new high velocity heating/ cooling system, in-built sound system, touch tap and to boot the house boasts a massive 500sq ft. deck and huge quartz kitchen island for entertaining. Nina signature designs, like her wall & ceiling headboard and great use of colors inside and out bring life to the house.

2Strong-willed and tenacious, this fan favorite couple has all the design and construction experience to take on any challenge. Nina and Pawan have done numerous home renovation projects together including gutting and refurbishing an entire 101yr old heritage home. They love to use color to bring any space to life. With Nina’s strong design background and Pawan’s patience in structural work, the two have a passion for and desire to buy and flip many more houses and on the horizons are two new build projects in the vibrant Commercial Drive area.

PNJ Property Investment Group recognizes its responsibilities beyond the financial aspects of their work. They believe that helping the community and homeowners is important. Protecting our environment through greener redevelopments as well as supporting philanthropic causes in every community is fundamental to their core values.

About PNJ Property Group
PNJ Property Investment Group Ltd. is a privately managed and family owned business that is locally owned and has been operating for a number of years. PNJ has a strong portfolio of successful property acquisitions and strong returns on investment. Pawan Johar (PJ) and Nina Johar are both founders of the company and a strong team focused on solid results and fast growth.

The North Vancouver property at 3348 Mahon Avenue is listed for sale. More information can be found at http://www.pixilink.com/84442.

The beautiful designer home, structured and designed by PJ and Nina from W-Network’s Game of Homes. It is a corner & LARGEST lot on the block. Completely transformed from the studs (Permits) this home has everything you can ask for and more including 3Bdrm up, 2Bdrm down, legal suite (option for fourth bedroom/office/media for owners use), a 3 hole putting green, XL entertainers deck with city and mountain views & 2 huge yards for the kids. Vaulted Ceilings, Smartphone Home Automation, High velocity heating & cooling system, built in audio surround system, LED lighting & Electric car plug-in! This one of a kind gem won’t last!

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Twitter: @PNJPropInvestG@NinaJohar@GameOfHomesTV@w_network
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Award Winning Actor Gabrielle Rose is nominated for a Leo Award for Best Supporting Performance by a Female in a Motion Picture for her role in the Multiple Award Winning Feature Film ‘Two4One’

_WDP9584-EditGabrielle plays the mother of a transgendered man who is wrestling with his state of life when he suddenly becomes pregnant

Gabrielle Rose, one of the most respected actors in Canada, is nominated for a Leo Award for for Best Supporting Performance by a Female in a Motion Picture for her role in Two4One’.

With close to 150 credits to her name Gabrielle is most proud of the multiple Award Winning feature film Two4One: the story of a transgendered man (Gavin Crawford who won an ACTRA award for his performance) wrestling with the state of his life – an unfulfilling job, mixed feelings for his ex (Naomi Snieckus), and a mother (Gabrielle Rose) yearning for grandchildren – when he suddenly finds himself unexpectedly pregnant.

Two4One is bittersweet comedic drama written and directed by Maureen Bradley. After two years of living as a man, Adam has almost saved enough money to make it official: undergo gender reassignment surgery, and he can finally feel complete. But when he agrees to help his baby-crazy ex-girlfriend artificially inseminate, they wind up in bed together—and they both conceive. Now Adam must reconcile his identity with his biological reality, grapple with his feelings for his ex, and try to figure out what it means to be a man. Two4One will be screening in San Francisco – Frameline: June 20th and Los Angeles- Outfest LA: July 12th. Nominated for 6 Leos, including best feature, Two4One is on a roll.

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Critically acclaimed in film, stage and television Gabrielle most recently received the Sam Payne Lifetime Achievement Award for her accumulative outstanding body of work in the performing arts. Last fall she was honoured with the UBCP/ACTRA Lorena Gale Woman of Distinction Award. Gabrielle has worked repeatedly with some of Canada’s most notable directors including Atom Egoyan (The Adjuster, The Sweet Hereafter), Bruce Sweeney (Excited, The Dick Knost Show, Crimes of Mike Recket) and Carl Bessai (Sisters & Brothers, Mothers & Daughters). Rose has acted in numerous local shorts and television series.

2014 and 2015 have been extremely busy with Gabrielle working on both television and feature films. In the upcoming feature film The Devout, Gabrielle plays Ava a devout, somewhat overbearing grandmother. The Devout is a story about crisis of faith, reincarnation and the power of belief. It centers around a Christian schoolteacher (Charlie Carrick), his wife (Ali Liebert) and their 4-year-old daughter(Olivia Martin) who has terminal cancer. Written and directed by Connor Gaston

Gabrielle also stars in Siobhan Devine’s upcoming film, The Birdwatcher. The Birdwatcher is about a woman (Camille Sullivan) who is dying of cancer. At the end of her rope with no one to turn to she seeks out her birth mother (Gabrielle) in order to find someone to care for her children after she passes. Gabrielle plays Birdie, an exacting and complex character with a deep secret, an ornithologist and writer who is obsessed with publishing her latest book on birds, she loves no-one but her husband, Finch (played by Garwin Sanford), and her birds, they have never had children. Written by Roslyn Muir and directed by Siobhan Devine.

The past year Gabrielle was also busy filming television series including a recurring role on TNT’s upcoming series Proof starring Jennifer Beals, Ruth in ABC’s Once Upon a Time and a guest spot on Lifetimes’s UnReal. She also had the great pleasure of working with Peter Deluise who directed her in Garage Sale Mystery- the Deadly Room, for Hallmark.

Gabrielle’s awards include a UBCP/ACTRA Award for Best Actress, five Leo Awards, two Atlantic Film Festival Awards, a National Board of Review (NY) Award. She has been nominated five times for a Gemini and four times for a Genie.

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Read Sonja Bennett’s journey to writing her first screenplay for the now popular feature film Preggoland now playing in theatres in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal in Canada and opens in the US on May 8th to a limited release in 10 cities.

MongrelMedia_Preggoland_Onesheet_V2By Sonja Bennett

The almost rise, kinda fall, and sorta resurrection of a Canadian actress

In 2001 I was in theatre school getting the dregs of the acting roles. In the last production, I played eight parts – two of which were barnyard animals. My career goal at that point was to be a Bard on the Beach regular and maybe not have to live with three roommates. But my prospects weren’t looking great.

Then something happened. My father, Guy Bennett, was about to direct his first feature, Punch, about a father-daughter relationship. The story goes that the producer said offhandedly, “Too bad your daughter isn’t an actress, that’d be a good hook.” Um, does a proficiency in the back half of a horse costume count? I was “cast” in the movie and my career in film was put in motion.

Headhunters from Fox television were at our TIFF premiere and put me on a contract old-school style like I was Shirley Temple or something. Me and a little unknown comic named Zach Galifianakis. Ever heard of him?

Suddenly I was being groomed as “the next Calista Flockhart.” But my body rebelled against this idea. Somewhere I had read that cashew nuts were a healthy snack and I was eating them by the Dan-D-Pak. I gained 20 pounds, had a stress rash all over my face and had developed an audition-selective stutter. I was completely unprepared for 12-page last minute auditions in LA where I had no support network except my loyal agent, Dylan Collingwood, who came down and tried to help jam lines in my head and figure out the LA highway system.

Needless to say, I didn’t get my Ally McBeal, nothing came of my Fox contract and I slinked back to Vancouver with my tail between my legs. My ego was bruised pretty bad and I took to embarrassing behaviour like hitting gold-level tanning beds to give the town the impression I was “just up from LA for the weekend.”

Six months after my Fox contract had ended, I booked the new lead character on the seventh season of the Canadian series Cold Squad, and despite my whole management team’s disappointment, I was very happy. From that point on I worked steadily for almost a decade. I did comedy, I did drama, I got to work with Atom Egoyan and I won awards and stuff. Life was pretty sweet. I’d once again redefined what my dreams were and could say I was now living it.

A_EDA3254nd then the recession happened.

Movie stars were turning to shitty TV for work, and the roles I realistically had a shot at were getting smaller and sillier and less lucrative. I had also turned 30 and was apparently no longer the “right kind” of pretty for Smallville. So I did what most actresses do when the work dries up. I decided it’s time to have a baby!

I’m kidding – sort of. Motherhood gave a context to my career. I tried being pickier with roles, but all the good ones went to Oscar winners.

My body was starting to rebel against the slog of being a Vancouver actress in her 30s; to the high probability that the project I was auditioning for had the word “Fatal” or “Tornado” in the title.

I was getting bitter-actress-itis.

I remember my kid saying, “Mama sad, mama have dish-in.” I guess I was sad about my “dish-in” and more importantly I wasn’t a good enough actor to hide it from my son.

So I stopped acting. For almost three years. It was hard. But it was the right decision. I detoxed from the crack that is the highs and lows of the entertainment industry, I had a second child without consulting the UBCP/ACTRA “what’s shooting” list, and I went back to university to seek out another career path cause god knows if I’m not pretty enough for Smallville I’m definitely not getting a job at Cactus Club.

But I still found myself drawn to my husband’s (actor Stephen Lobo) callsheets and scripts. I missed being creative and telling stories and making movies. I wanted back in but knew it had to be different this time round.

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I decided to write myself the juicy lead role that no one was going to give me otherwise. The plan was to write a starring vehicle to resuscitate my nearly dead career. I had stories from my motherhood experiences and I came up with the concept for a movie called Preggoland.

And then I wrote. Before my kids woke up, during their naptimes, in the middle of the night if I couldn’t sleep. I channeled all that creative energy into a story. My dear friend Kevin Eastwood agreed to produce. Ironically, by far the most difficult thing about getting the film made was convincing the decision makers to have me star in it. But the producers and the director, Jacob Tierney, supported me entirely – which meant a much smaller budget and a bigger pain in the ass for all involved. They did it anyway and never made me feel guilty.

Now, of course, I would never be so cavalier as to suggest the answer to all out-of-work actresses is to just “go out and make a feature.” It was the simple act of being creative on my own terms and taking control of my own destiny that empowered me. My bitter actress-itis was cured long before Preggoland went into production.

And did all my dreams come true with this film? Has Hollywood come knocking?

I guess the answer is, I don’t know yet. I’m not thinking about it all that much because I’m too busy with my family and the new ideas in my head. In my quest to write a vehicle to launch a “comeback,” I fell in love with writing along the way. And so the parameters of my dream life have shifted once again.

I won’t pretend that it doesn’t twinge my heart a little when I see Zach Galifianakis hosting Saturday Night Live and wonder what could have been if I’d laid off the cashews. But then I move on fast because I’m too busy writing my next feature.

-Sonja Bennett

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W Network’s Biggest Prize Winners, Charlotte Fenton and Sean Duncan, Take Home the House They Renovated in the Season Finale of Game of Homes

The Promotion People - Game of HomesTeams of amateurs transformed four decrepit houses in the competition to win their dream home

The final episode of W Network’s Game of Homes aired last night awarding Charlotte Fenton and Sean Duncan the ultimate prize: their renovated house and a plot of land to put it on. With eight weeks to renovate four decrepit homes room-by-room, four teams of amateur renovators battled small budgets, tight deadlines, cramped quarters and each other for a chance to win their dream home. The competition came to a close as Charlotte and Sean impressed the judges and the public with the broad appeal of their West Coast-meets-modern-style home to beat out the other three teams.

Charlotte Fenton and Sean Duncan, winners of W Network’s Game of Homes

Each week, Game of Homes host Cameron Mathison guided the teams as they competed for the biggest prize of its kind. The season finale was a breathtaking race to the finish as teams had only 24 hours to correct their renovation mistakes from previous challenges. Throughout the series, judges Cheryl Torrenueva (Home to Go, Restaurant Makeover) and Jeremy MacPherson (The Re-Inventors) assessed the design and workmanship of each team’s room transformation with guest celebrity judges. Teams faced weekly challenges that would prepare them for the final presentation. In the grand finale, Cameron welcomed the public to view the finished houses and cast their vote on which team achieved the most spectacular home renovation. The public vote, along with the views of the judges, changed the lives of the winning team by awarding them with the ultimate prize.

Competitors House 1included father and daughter duo, Ray and Crystal Moon; family-focused PJ (Pawan) and N
ina Johar; vibrant and confident couple, and recently engaged pair, Disa Ottosdottir and Russell Schaper-Kotter.

Weekly celebrity guest judges have included Jillian Harris and Todd Talbot from W Network’s Love It or List It Vancouver; Drew and Jonathan Scott from W Network’s Property Brothers; Kortney and Dave Wilson from W Network’s Masters of Flip; Colin and Justin (Colin and Justin’s Home Heist, I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here); Kelly Deck (Take it Outside); and Dee Dee Eustace (Love By Design, Real Designing Women). 

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STAR AND SCREENWRITER SONJA BENNETT’S FEATURE FILM “PREGGOLAND” OPENS MAY 1ST IN CANADA AND MAY 8TH IN THE USA THE FILM SHOWCASES HER MANY TALENTS WITH CO-STARS OSCAR NOMINEE JAMES CAAN AND DANNY TREJO

The Promotion People - Sonja BennettTaking two years off to make Preggoland Sonja books her first role back on ABC’s “Mistresses”

Star and Screenwriter Sonja Bennett’s Feature Film Preggoland will be released Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal in Canada on May 1st and in the US on May 8th to a limited release in 10 cities.

Preggoland is very much Sonja Bennett’s baby (pun intended!). The movie marks her foray into screenwriting; in addition to starring in the Canadian indie, the award-winning actress penned the script.  Sonja realized there weren’t as many roles for women over 30, so she decided to be proactive about her career by writing herself the juicy lead she’d been craving.   “I was interested in exploring of how motherhood changes female friendships, the artifice of this giant clique of motherhood and the pregnancy pedestal,” Sonja shares. Inspiration came from Bennett’s 
own experience of becoming pregnant with her now five-year-old son.

Montreal’s Jacob Tierney (The Trotsky) directs Preggoland, a laugh-out-loud comedy about a 35-year old woman Ruth (Sonja Bennett) whose high school friends have moved onto motherhood, while she’s still partying in the parking lot. But when Ruth is mistakenly thought to be “with child,” 
her life changes – old pals embrace her, strangers give up their seats and her father (James Caan) approves of her for the first time. How can she keep up the ruse? Also starring are Lisa Durupt (Ruth’s baby-wanting sister), Paul Campbell (the 
boss Ruth bonds with over a song), Jared Keeso (the doctor she surprises) and 
Danny Trejo (the co-worker who surprises her).

Photo by Ed Araquel
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Preggoland_Lisa Durupt, Sonja Bennett and James Caan

 

The film opened to a much-hyped premiere as a Special Presentation at TIFF and in Sonja’s hometown at the Vancouver International Film Festival where it won the Most Popular Canadian Feature Film Award and was nominated for best BC film by the VFCC. Preggoland won the Best screenplay award at the Fargo film festival and most recently, on March 15th, the film won the audience choice award for best feature film at the Omaha Film Fest and screened at Miami 2015. Upcoming festivals include Sonoma International Festival on March 27th, the Gasparilla Film Festival in Tampa Bay Florida where Preggoland will be the closing night film and the film has also been accepted into the Bejing Film Festival.

Dorkshelf says “Preggoland has a stellar script and a star making performance from writer and lead Sonja Bennett.” Scene Creek billed the film “smart and savvy” while NOW Magazine said “Bennett’s written a sharp comedy that explores the societal pressure on women without children and gives a knockout performance as bad girl Ruth.”

After taking two years off to make Preggoland Sonja books her first role back as a ballerina with a blood disorder in the third season of ABC’s drama/thriller Mistresses. She and her husband (Ed Quinn) get tangled up in the lives of one of the Mistresses in an interesting way. Sonja will join the series stars Jes Macallan, Rochelle Aytes, Yunjin Kim, and Jennifer Esposito.

Acting for more than 10 years, Sonja Bennett has appeared in critically acclaimed films such as Atom Egoyan’s Where the Truth LiesElegy starring Ben Kingsley and Penélope Cruz, and TIFF opening night film Young People Fucking – for which she earned a Vancouver Film Critics Circle award. The Vancouver native has kept an equally busy profile on the small screen with recurring roles in Eureka, Battlestar Galatica, Blade: The Series. Her performances in Random Acts of RomanceIn No Particular Order, Cole and the TV series Godivas and Cold Squad garnered her Leo Gemini, and Genie nominations.

Shot in Vancouver, the film is produced by Kevin Eastwood (Fido) and Dylan Collingwood, Fake-a-baby Productions, Titlecard Pictures Inc. and Optic

Nerve Films Inc. with the support of Telefilm. Preggoland is being released in Canada by Mongrel Media.

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