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Heidi Sorenson

Heidi Sorenson, actress,

B: August 5, 1960 in Vancouver, British Columbia

Born in Vancouver to Danish parents, Heidi Sorenson spent part of her childhood growing up Denmark. She was working as a junior bookkeeper in the accounting department of a Vancouver radio station when she was spotted by a photographer. His photos led to her being selected for a Playboy shoot and she was Playmate of the Month in July 1981, the same year she began her career on camera and was a guest on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson. The 1987 film Roxanne costarred Steve Martin and Daryl Hannah and had roles for fellow Canadians John Kapelos and Brian George.

Features & TV Movies:
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History of the World: Part I (1981)
Secrets of a Married Man (TV-1984)
Into the Night (1985)
Fright Night (1985)
Fever Pitch (1985)
Roxanne (1987)
Sparky’s Magic Piano (voice, VR-1987)

For the Boys (1991)
Suspect Device (TV-1995)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Matt Houston (1984)
Shaping Up (1984)
Cheers (1985)
Stingray (1987)

Dream On (1994)
Renegade (1994)
Weird Science (1995)

Carly Foulkes

Carly Foulkes, actress,

B: August 4, 1988 in Toronto, Ontario

Features & TV Movies:
VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release

The Blanket (2011, short)
Momentary (2012, short)
Halfway Somewhere Else (2013, short)
Running on Empty (2013, short)
Ugh! (2017, short)
Collapsing Scenery: Modern World (VR-2018, short)

James Tupper

James Tupper, actor,

B: August 4, 1965 in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

James Tupper is pictured as Dr. Chris Sands, a role he played in 23 episodes of Mercy in 2009-2010. He also played Dr. Andrew Perkins in 7 episodes of Grey’s Anatomy. Hre is probably best known for playing David Clarke in 43 episodes of Revenge between 2011 and 2015.

Features & TV Movies:
VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release

Joe Dirt (2001)
Peroxide Passion (2001)
Corky Romano (2001)
Loudmouth Soup (2005)
Love’s Long Journey (TV-2005)
Love’s Abiding Joy (2006)
Invisible (2006)
Pictures of Hollis Woods (TV-2007)
Me and Orson Welles (2008)
For Heaven’s Sake (2008)
Toxic Skies (2008)
The Gambler, the Girl and the Gunslinger (TV-2009)

Mr. Popper’s Penguins (2011)
Girl Fight (TV_2011)
Playing for Keeps (2012)
Decoding Annie Parker (2013)
Nothing Left to Fear (2013)
Sticks & Stones (2013, short)
Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives (TV-2013)
Mom’s Day Away (TV-2014)
My Sweet Audrina (TV-2016)
The Last Word (2017)
FuN? (2017, short)
Site Unseen: An Emma Fielding Mystery (TV-2017)
Totem (2017)
Past Malice: An Emma Fielding Mystery (TV-2018)
No Apologies (TV-2018)
Emma Fielding: More Bitter Than Death (TV-2019)
Beneath Us (2019)
The World Without You (2019)

TV Series – Cast:
Men in Trees (2006-2008)
Mercy (2009-2010)

Revenge (2011-2015)
Aftermath (2016)
American Woman (2018)
Big Little Lies (2017-2019)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Time of Your Life (2000)
Gilmore Girls (2005)
CSI: NY (2005)
How I Met Your Mother (2005)
Dr. Vegas (2006)
Samantha Who? (2008)
The Ex List (2009)

Grey’s Anatomy (2010, 2011)
Resurrection (2014)
The Brave (2018)
A Million Little Things (2018, 2019)

The Detectives (2020)
The Hardy Boys (2020)

Mr. Popper's Penquins, move, poster,

Jasmine Lemée

Patrick Huard, Jasmine Lemée,
Patrick Huard and Jasmine Lemée in a publicity still for the film Mon cirque à moi, courteswy of Les films Séville

Jasmine Lemée is a child actress who began her career in 2015. Mon cirque à moi is her 4th feature film.

Features & TV Movies:
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Le Mirage (2015)
Le cours de natation (2015, short)
Paul à Québec (2015)
Pays (2016)

Mon cirque à moi (2020)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Olivier (2017)
Mehdi et Val (2020)

Mon cirque à moi, movie, poster,

No Ordinary Man at TIFF

No Ordinary Man at TIFF, image,
No Ordinary Man photo courtesy of Les Films du 3 Mars and TIFF.

No Ordinary Man at TIFF
by Staff

(July 30, 2020 – Toronto, ON) Canadian distributor Les Films du 3 Mars (F3M) and Parabola Films have announced that award-winning co-directors Aisling Chin-Yee (The Rest of Us) and Chase Joynt’s (Framing Agnes) feature length documentary No Ordinary Man will screen as part of the 45th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

Written by Amos Mac (co-founder of trans magazine Original Plumbing) and Aisling Chin-Yee, No Ordinary Man documents the life of American Jazz musician Billy Tipton (pictured above) whose story, for decades since his death, was framed as an ambitious woman passing as a man in pursuit of a music career. In No Ordinary Man, Tipton’s story is re-imagined and performed by trans artists as they collectively paint a portrait of an unlikely hero. Together, the filmmakers join Tipton’s son Billy Jr. to reckon with a complicated and contested legacy: how do you tell the story of someone who was hiding in plain sight yet desperate to be seen? No Ordinary Man features leading voices in the trans community, including Marquise Vilsón, Scott Turner Schofield, Susan Stryker, C.Riley Snorton, and Thomas Page McBee, among others.

“This has been an extraordinary collaboration, not only between us as directors, but with the many visionary trans culture-makers featured in the film. Bringing Billy Tipton’s story to audiences at TIFF is incredibly rewarding,” said Chin-Yee and Joynt. “Jazz was Billy’s life passion, but his legacy goes far beyond music. To generations of trans people, Tipton’s life serves as an indispensable example of a vibrant and fulfilling trans life across history.”

No Ordinary Man was produced by Sarah Spring of Parabola Films in partnership with Canada Media Fund, Telefilm Canada, la Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC), SODEC Tax Credit, Documentary Channel, CAVCO and TVO.

No Ordinary Man will be released by F3M in Canada in early 2021. TIFF’s full schedule will be announced August 25. There is more information online.

NOTE: This documentary should not be confused with the 2017 dramatic feature of the same name that starred Ben Kingsley.

Random Acts of Violence

80 minutes – Horror

Language: English
Festival release date: September 19, 2019 (Fantastic Fest)
Release date: July 31, 2020 (Online, Digital)

Production company: Elevation Pictures, Manis Film, (in association with) Kickstart Productions
Canadian distributor: Elevation Pictures
U.S. distributor: Shudder (August 20, 2020, Online)

Comic book creator Todd Walkley (Jesse Williams), his wife Kathy (Jordanna Brewster), assistant Aurora (Niamh Wilson) and best friend, Hard Calibre Comics owner Ezra (Jay Baruchel), set out on a press tour to announce the launch of their final issue of a comic book based on a real-life serial killer called Slasherman. They visit the town where Slasherman wreaked havoc twenty years earlier. Upon their arrival, a series of new murders unfold… murders that look eerily familiar to imagery in Todd’s Slasherman comics. It soon becomes clear that a crazed fan is using Todd’s Slasherman as inspiration for the killings and as the bodies pile up, and Todd’s friends and family become victims themselves, Todd will be forced to take artistic responsibility.

Adapted from the graphic novel of the same name by Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti, Random Acts of Violence is directed and co-written by Jay Baruchel. It explores the idea of legitimizing cruelty, and the fact that monsters are not merely monsters, they are broken people. Stretching from one end of the emotional spectrum to the other, it holds a mirror up to art, society and violence.

Random Acts of ViolenceRandom Acts of Violence
Producer: Jay Baruchel
Randy Manis
Noah Segal
Executive Producer:

Jonathan Bronfman
Matt Code
Matt Foster
Ken F. Levin
Jean-Charles Levy
Jason Netter
Jimmy Palmiotti
Sandra Singer
Jesse Williams
Lisa Wolofsky


Ariella Naymark

Supervising Producer:

Andrew Bronfman


Jay Baruchel


Jay Baruchel
Jesse Chabot


Karim Hussain


Andrew Gordon Macpherson


Wade MacNeil
Andrew Gordon Macpherson

Production Designer:

ichelle Lannon

Art Director:

Sophie Ward

Costume Designer:

Linda Muir


Jay Baruchel
Jesse Williams
Jordana Brewster
Simon Northwood
Niamh Wilson
Isaiah Rockcliffe
Clark Backo
Victoria Snow
Eric Osborne
Nia Roam
Aviva Mongillo
Wade MacNeil
Amir Sám Nakhjavani
Kyle Gatehouse
Mark Andrada
McKale Thompson
Julia Knope
Cyrus Aazam
Peter Schoelier
Stacie Dunlop

The Man
Young Todd
Todd’s Mother
General Store Clerk
Awkward Fan
Small Boy
Young Woman
Young Man
Homeless Man
Singer Duo

The Killing of Phillip Boudreau

45 minutes – Documentary
Release date: August 8, 2020 – CBC POV Docs
Production company: Tell Tale Productions, in association with CBC POV Docs
Canadian distributor: Tell Tale Productions

The Killing of Phillip Boudreau is the story of a death that tore apart the Nova Scotia community of Isle Madame – a cluster of postcard-perfect Acadian fishing villages off the coast of Cape Breton. Phillip Boudreau, a local man known for poaching lobsters, was killed by fishermen in a crime the media dubbed ‘Murder for Lobster’, which made international headlines seven years ago. But as anyone from Isle Madam will tell you, it’s a lot more complicated than that. Boudreau already had a criminal record with multiple offenses and many Islanders saw him as a bully who had terrorized the community for years.

The Killing of Phillip Boudreau was produced with the assistance of the Canada Media Fund, and with the participation of Rogers Documentary Fund. The poster image for this film was created by Northernstars to serve as a placeholder and is not the official poster for this documentary.

The Killing of Phillip BoudreauThe Killing of Phillip Boudreau
Producer: Erin Oakes
Executive Producer:

Edward Peill


Megan Wennberg


Megan Wennberg

Story Editor:

Ed Hatton (Story Consultant)


Paul McCurdy


Warren Jefferies


Blain Morris


Jake Boudrot
Rhéal Landry
Jean Claude Heudes
Steve Drake
Shane Russell
Nicole Gionet
Sgt. Mark MacPherson
Lilian Gionet-Marchand
Gabriel LeBlanc
Logan Fralic
Michael Gaudet
Jamie Hiltz
Craig Tanner
Gary Tanner

Himself (Journalist)
Himself (Fisherman)
Himself (Crown Prosecutor)
Himself (Co-council with Steve Drake)
Herself (Mother of Rhéal Landry)
Himself (RCMP)
Herself (Rhéal Landry’s Grandmother)
Himself (Local historian)

Megan Wennberg

Megan Wennberg, director,
Photo of Megan Wennberg by Adriano Trapani.

Megan Wennberg is a writer, director and story editor working in both documentary and scripted film and television. She has worked in the writing departments of The Trailer Park Boys, Pure and Seed and was a writer and director on the feature film, Hopeless Romantic. Her first feature documentary, Drag Kids, premiered at the 2019 Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival and went on to screen at numerous festivals around the world. It was named Best Canadian Feature at the Inside Out festival, Best Canadian Feature at FIN Atlantic Film Festival, Best Documentary for Youth at the Bergen International Film Festival as well as at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, NewFest New York’s LGBTQ Film Festival and Québec’s RIDM where it was selected to be the closing night film. Her 2016 short, First Weekend, was broadcast as part of an episode of the series Reel East Coast. We list her credits as a Director first.

Features & TV Movies:
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Bernard the Magician (2010, short)
Shadows and Sunshine (2011, documentary, short)
Flush (2011, short)
Spin the Barrel (2013, short)
Ghost Towns (TV-2015, documentary, Maritime Vignettes)
First Weekend (2016, short, Reel East Coast)
Hopeless Romantic (2018)
Drag Kids (2019, documentary)

The Killing of Phillip Boudreau (2020)

TV Series:
Canadian Comedy Shorts (2010, 1 episode)

Credits as a Screenwriter:
Bernard the Magician (2010, short)
Shadows and Sunshine (2011, documentary, short)
Flush (2011, short)
Rishi’s World (2012, short)
Spin the Barrel (2013, short)
Ghost Towns (TV-2015, documentary, Maritime Vignettes)
Hopeless Romantic (2018)
Drag Kids (2019, documentary)

The Killing of Phillip Boudreau (2020)

TV Series:
Canadian Comedy Shorts (2010, 1 episode)

Credits as a Producer:
Watchmaker (2008, short)
Shadows and Sunshine (2011, documentary, short)
Flush (2011, short)
Spin the Barrel (2013, short)
First Weekend (2016, short, Reel East Coast)

Aisling Chin-Yee

Aisling Chin-Yee, director, producer,

Aisling Chin-Yee is an award-winning producer, writer and director who splits her time between Montréal and Los Angeles. Her 2019 film, only her third as a Director and her first feature length film, The Rest of Us, had its World Premiere at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival. A co-founder of the #AfterMeToo movement, in 2019 Chin-Yee was selected for the inaugural cohort of the leadership program 50 Women Can Change the World in Media & Entertainment. We list her credits as a Producer first.

Also see: No Ordinary Man at TIFF.

Features & TV Movies:
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Still Longshots (associate producer, 2007, documentary)
Baghdad Twist (associate producer, 2008, short, documentary)
Three Mothers (2008, short)
Jaded (line producer, 2010, short)
The Interview (line producer, 2010, short)
The Colour of Beauty (line producer, 2010, short, documentary)
Sorry, Rabbi (2012, short)
Last Woman Standing (2013, documentary)
Rhymes for Young Ghouls (2013)
Sound Asleep (2014, short)
The Saver (2015)
Inside These Walls (2014, short, documentary)
Synesthesia (2017, short, documentary)

No Ordinary Man (2020, documentary)

TV Series – at least 1 episode of:
Lost Generations (2017, 9 episodes)

Credit as a Director:
Sound Asleep (2014, short)
Synesthesia (2017, short, documentary)
The Rest of Us (2019)
No Ordinary Man (2019, documentary)

The Day Between (2020)

Credit as a Screenwriter:
Sound Asleep (2014, short)
Synesthesia (2017, short, documentary)
The Day Between (2020)

Th Rest of Us, movie, poster,

The Cuban

109 minutes – Drama
Language: English
Festival release date: December 7, 2019 – Whistler Film Festival (World Premiere)
Release date: July 31, 2020 (Limited)
Production company: S.N.A.P.Films
Canadian distributor: A71 Entertainment

Luis is an elderly Cuban musician and one of Mina’s most enigmatic patients – he has dementia and Alzheimer’s and spends most of his his time closed to the outside world and living inside his own mind. Mina’s attempts to get through, even just to feed Luis, are futile, but one day a poster of musician Benny More inspires Mina to hum a jazz tune that, to her surprise, ignites a spark inside Luis. As each day passes the music awakens Luis more and more until the colourful world of his past becomes vibrant and real again. Mina comes into her own as she gets to know him and their friendship blossoms. But as Luis becomes more awake to the world, tensions rise in the nursing home.

The CubanThe Cuban
Producer: Taras Koltun
Alessandra Piccione
Ana Golja
Sergio Navarretta
Executive Producer:

Paul Golini
Ryan Kimel
James O’Donnell
Divya Shahani

Associate Producer:

Patrick Doyle
Michael Hearns
Pazz Neglia

Line Producer:

Cristian de la Rosa (Cuban Unit)


Sergio Navarretta


Alessandra Piccione


Celiana Cárdenas


Jane MacRae

Production Designer:

Ciara Vernon

Costume Designer:

Kristin Somborac


Louis Gossett Jr.
Ana Golja
Shohreh Aghdashloo
Lauren Holly
Giacomo Gianniotti
Shiva Negar
Jonathan Keltz
Layla Alizada
Tabby Johnson
Margaret Lamarre
Kane Mahon
Gerry Mendicino
Pazz Neglia
Emily Piggford
Nadine Roden
Jeffrey R. Smith
Mazida Soroor
Wajma Soroor
Paulbaum Wildbaum
Tanner Zipchen

Luis Garcia
Bano Ayoub
Nurse Baker
Zahra Karzai
Mrs. Neil
Dr. Rosetti
Nurse Vella
Nurse Ronan
Mama Karzai
Mr. Vandusen

Canadians and The 2020 Emmy Awards

Schitt's Creek, image,
The cast of Schitt's Creek at the 2019 Canadian Screen Awards. Photo by Ralph Lucas for Northernstars.ca.

Canadians and The 2020 Emmy Awards

(July 28, 2020 – Los Angeles, California) The 72nd annual Primetime Emmy Award nominations have been announced and it should come as no surprise that the most-nominated series was HBO’s Watchmen, picking up 26 nominations in all. HBO has often been at the top of the list when it comes to total nominations, but this year Netflix has jumped ahead breaking the record with 160 nominations in all. In 2019 HBO set the record at 137.

 Mostly an American awards show, which is to be expected, Canadian productions and people were well represented when the nominations were announced and the Canadian comedy series Schitt’s Creek earned 15 nominations.

Today’s announcement was made by Leslie Jones. The winners will be announced on September 20. And the nominations are…

Outstanding comedy series:
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Dead to Me
The Good Place
The Kominsky Method
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Schitt’s Creek
What We Do in the Shadows
Outstanding drama series:
Better Call Saul
The Crown
The Handmaid’s Tale
Killing Eve
The Mandalorian
Stranger Things
Outstanding limited series:
Little Fires Everywhere
Mrs. America
Lead actor in a comedy series:
Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
Don Cheadle, Black Monday
Ted Danson, The Good Place
Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method
Eugene Levy, Schitt’s Creek
Ramy Youssef, Ramy
Lead actress in a comedy series:
Christina Applegate, Dead to Me
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Linda Cardellini, Dead to Me
Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek
Issa Rae, Insecure
Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish
Supporting actor in a comedy series:
Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
William Jackson Harper, The Good Place
Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method
Sterling K. Brown, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Mahershala Ali, Ramy
Kenan Thompson, Saturday Night Live
Dan Levy, Schitt’s Creek
Supporting actress in a comedy series:
Betty Gilpin, GLOW
D’Arcy Carden, The Good Place
Yvonne Orji, Insecure
Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Marin Hinkle, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
Cecily Strong, Saturday Night Live
Annie Murphy, Schitt’s Creek
Lead actor in a drama series:
Jason Bateman, Ozark
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Steve Carell, The Morning Show
Brian Cox, Succession
Billy Porter, Pose
Jeremy Strong, Succession
Lead actress in a drama series:
Jennifer Aniston, The Morning Show
Olivia Colman, The Crown
Jodie Comer, Killing Eve
Laura Linney, Ozark
Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
Zendaya, Euphoria
Supporting actor in a drama series:
Giancarlo Esposito, Better Call Saul
Bradley Whitford, The Handmaid’s Tale
Billy Crudup, The Morning Show
Mark Duplass, The Morning Show
Nicholas Braun, Succession
Kieran Culkin, Succession
Matthew Macfadyen, Succession
Jeffrey Wright, Westworld
Supporting actress in a drama series:
Laura Dern, Big Little Lies
Meryl Streep, Big Little Lies
Helena Bonham Carter, The Crown
Samira Wiley, The Handmaid’s Tale
Fiona Shaw , Killing Eve
Julia Garner, Ozark
Sarah Snook, Succession
Thandie Newton, Westworld
Lead actor in a limited series or movie:
Jeremy Irons, Watchmen
Hugh Jackman, Bad Education
Paul Mescal, Normal People
Jeremy Pope, Hollywood
Mark Ruffalo, I Know This Much Is True
Lead actress in a limited series or movie:
Cate Blanchett, Mrs. America
Shira Haas, Unorthodox
Regina King, Watchmen
Octavia Spencer, Self Made
Kerry Washington, Little Fires Everywhere
Supporting actor in a limited series or movie:
Dylan McDermott, Hollywood
Jim Parsons, Hollywood
Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. the Reverend
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Watchmen
Jovan Adepo, Watchmen
Louis Gossett Jr, Watchmen
Supporting actress in a limited series or movie:
Holland Taylor, Hollywood
Uzo Aduba, Mrs. America
Margo Martindale, Mrs. America
Tracey Ullman, Mrs. America
Toni Collette, Unbelievable
Jean Smart, Watchmen
Outstanding reality competition series:
The Masked Singer
Nailed It
RuPaul’s Drag Race
Top Chef
The Voice
Outstanding variety talk series:
Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Outstanding variety sketch series:
A Black Lady Sketch Show
Drunk History
Saturday Night Live
Outstanding television movie:
American Son
Bad Education
Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings: These Old Bones
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. The Reverend
Writing for a comedy series:
Michael Schur, The Good Place
Tony McNamara, The Great
Sam Johnson, What We Do In The Shadows
Chris Marcil, What We Do In The Shadows
Paul Simms, What We Do In The Shadows
Stefani Robinson, What We Do In The Shadows
Writing for a drama series:
Thomas Schnauz, Better Call Saul
Thomas Schnauz,
Gordon Smith, Better Call Saul
Peter Morgan, The Crown
Chris Mundy, Ozark
John Shiban, Ozark
Miki Johnso, Ozark
Jesse Armstrong, Succession
Writing for a limited series, movie or drama:
Tanya Barfield, Mrs. America
Sally Rooney, Normal People
Alice Birch, Normal People
Susannah Grant, Unbelievable
Michael Chabon, Unbelievable
Ayelet Waldman, Unbelievable
Anna Winger, Unorthodox
Damon Lindelof, Watchmen
Cord Jefferson, Watchmen
Director for a comedy series:
Matt Shakman, The Great
Amy Sherman-Palladino, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Daniel Palladino, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Gail Mancuso, Modern Family • Finale Part 2
Ramy Youssef, Ramy
Andrew Cividino, Schitt’s Creek
Daniel Levy, Schitt’s Creek
James Burrows, Will & Grace
Directing for a drama series:
Benjamin Caron, The Crown
Jessica Hobbs, The Crown
Lesli Linka Glatter, Homeland
Mimi Leder, The Morning Show Mimi Leder,
Alik Sakharov, Ozark
Ben Semanoff, Ozark
Andrij Parekh, Succession
Mark Mylod, Succession
Directing for a limited series:
Lynn Shelton, Little Fires Everywhere
Lenny Abrahamson, Normal People
Maria Schrader, Unorthodox
Nicole Kassell, Watchmen
Steph Green, Watchmen
Stephen Williams, Watchmen

If you’re counting, following Watchmen’s 26 nominations are Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel with 20. Netflix’s Ozark and HBO’s Succession each scored 18, while Disney+’s The Mandalorian, NBC’s Saturday Night Live and Pop TV’s Schitt’s Creek each earned 15 nominations.

CBC Honours Emancipation Day

CBC Honours Emancipation Day, image,
Publicity still for Book of Negroes courtesy of CBC.

CBC Honours Emancipation Day
by Staff

(July 26, 2020 – Toronto, ON) CBC has scheduled a series of programs and specials to commemorate the abolition of slavery across the British Empire on August 1, known to many as Emancipation Day. The Slavery Abolition Act was passed in 1833 and came into force the following year, on 1 August 1834.

Everything begins tonight at 6:30 p.m. (7 NT) with CBC Arts: Exhibitionists – Reflection And Resistance. Hosted by Amanda Parris, the program is dedicated to Black artists who are trying to create in the midst of an uprising. Then Asha Tomlinson will host Being Black in Canada, a special hour of news, current affairs and arts leading into a rebroadcast of the hit mini-series The Book of Negroes, including new interviews and insights with author Lawrence Hill and the mini-series’ creators and cast. Being Black in Canada starts at 7 p.m. (7:30 NT)

Produced by Conquering Lion Pictures and Out of Africa Entertainment, The Book of Negroes originally premiered on CBC TV in January 2015 to record audiences and went on to win ten Canadian Screen Awards. The series follows young Aminata Diallo (Shailyn Pierre-Dixon), who is abducted from her village in West Africa and forced into a slave coffle where she must endure a horrific ocean crossing. Brought to a South Carolina plantation, she makes herself useful by using midwifery skills learned at her mother’s side, all the while keeping the attention of her jealous slave master, Robinson Appleby (Greg Bryk), at bay. Soon after Aminata reencounters Chekura (Lyriq Bent), a fellow slave from West Africa, and they are married in a clandestine ceremony. When their first baby is brutally abducted and sold by Appleby she vows to return one day to her homeland. The mini-series also stars Allan Hawco, Jane Alexander, Cara Ricketts, Sandra Caldwell, Ben Chaplin and Oscar®-winning actors Lou Gossett Jr. and Cuba Gooding Jr. The Book of Negroes is executive produced, directed and co-written by Clement Virgo, from the novel by Lawrence Hill, who co-wrote the script. It is produced by Damon D’Oliveira.

The first of three 120 minute episodes of The Book of Negroes airs tonight Sunday, July 26 through Tuesday, July 28 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC TV and CBC GEM.

On Saturday, August 1, CBC Arts will partner with Ngozi Paul and Emancipation Arts to present Free Up!, the annual youth-led celebration of Emancipation Day featuring music, theatre, spoken word and dance.

The two-part documentary series Jackie Robinson will be broadcast on Sunday, August 2 and Monday August 3 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC TV and CBC Gem. Directed by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon for PBS, tells the story of Jack Roosevelt Robinson, who rose from humble origins to break baseball’s colour barrier and waged a fierce lifelong battle for first-class citizenship for all African Americans that transcends even his remarkable athletic achievements. A fierce integrationist, Robinson used his immense fame to speak out against the discrimination he saw on and off the field, angering fans, the press, and even teammates who had once celebrated him for “turning the other cheek.” After baseball, he was a widely read newspaper columnist, divisive political activist and tireless advocate for civil rights, who later struggled to remain relevant as diabetes crippled his body and a new generation of leaders set a more militant course for the civil rights movement.

And it all starts tonight at 6:30 p.m. (7 NT )

Joy Boushel

Joy Boushel, actress,

B: 1959

Joy Boushel’s career was short, lasting ten years from 1980 to 1990 Trivia: She played the role of Tawny in the 1986 David Cronenberg film, The Fly.

Features & TV Movies:
VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release

Pinball Summer (1980)
Terror Train (1980)
Quest for Fire (1981)
Humongous (1982)
Thrillkill (1983)
The Fly (1986)
Keeping Track (1986)
The Guaranteed Way to Pickup Single Women (VR-1987)
Shades of Love: Echoes in Crimson (TV-1987)
Look Who’s Talking (1989)

Cursed (1990)

TV Series – Cast:
Spearfield’s Daughter (1986, mini-series)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Friday the 13th: The Series (1987)
Diamonds (1987)

Mon cirque à moi

minutes – Comedy, Drama
Language: French
Release date: August 14, 2020 (Québec)
Production company: Attraction Images Inc.
Canadian distributor: Les Films Séville

Born into a family of circus performers, Laura has spent much of her young life on tour with her father Bill, a professional clown, and his stage hand, Mandeep. Secretly, she yearns for a more conventional life. Thanks to her new Secondary I teacher, Patricia, she can finally fulfill her dream: to go to private school. Having spotted her new pupil’s enormous potential, Patricia helps Laura pass her entrance exams. This act is a form of rebellion against her father. Can bohemian Bill, a self-proclaimed nonconformist, accept that the apple of his eye has fallen so far from the paternal tree?

Mon cirque à moi was shot in Montreal over 25 days beginning in August 2019.

Mon cirque à moiMon cirque à moi
Producer: Antonello Cozzolino
Executive Producer:

Marleen Beaulieu
Richard Speer


Miryam Bouchard


Martin Forget
Miryam Bouchard


Ronald Plante


Valérie Héroux


Matthieu Vanasse

Art Director:

David Pelletier

Costume Designer:

Sharon Scott


Patrick Huard
Jasmine Lemée
Robin Aubert
Sophie Lorain
Mathilde Boucher
Louise Latraverse
Jean Lapointe
Isabelle Brouillette
Geneviève Schmidt
Alain Zouvi
Joseph Antaki
Ellen David
Karl Farah
Richard Fréchette
Claude Laroche
Fayolle Jean Jr.
Gary Boudreault

M. Stiff
Bill’s lawyer

Jonathan Watton

Jonathan Watton, actor,

B: in Corner Brook, NL

Jonathan Watton has worked in TV, film and theatre for more than two decades. He played Commander Mathew Calhoun in 6 episodes of season 3 of the Emmy-winning series The Handmaid’s Tale, which is shot in Toronto and around southern Ontario. He previously played Dr. Darcy Garland in 14 episodes of The Murdoch Mysteries between 2011 and 2013. He is an actor-writer-director. A recent alumni of Norman Jewison’s prestigious Canadian Film Centre Film Director’s program, his career as a filmmaker has seen his award-winning short films screen at festivals around the world. He now lives in Toronto. We list his credits as an actor first.

Features & TV Movies:
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The Crossing (TV-2000)
Haven (TV-2001)
On the Line (2001)
Absolon (2003)
A Hole in One (2004)
The Messiah: Prophecy Fulfilled (VR-2004)
Four Minutes (TV-2005)
Between Truth and Lies (TV-2006)
Breach (2007)
The Come Back (TV-2007)
Just Business (VR-2008)

Perfect Plan (TV-2010)
A Dark Truth (2012)
Maps to the Stars (2014)
The Calling (2014)
A Trip to the Island (2014)
Pirate’s Passage (voice, TV-2015)
Closet Monster (2015)
XX (2017)
Breaking Emma (2017, short)
Welcome to Kafkaville (2018, short)
Crown and Anchor (2018)
Claws of the Red Dragon (2019)
Spinster (2019)
Christmas Stars (TV-2019)

You Will Still Be Here Tomorrow (2020, short)

TV Series – Cast:
Murdoch Mysteries (2011-2013)
Wrath of Grapes: The Don Cherry Story II (2012, mini-series)
Good God (2012)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Little Men (1999)

The Associates (2002)
Sue Thomas F.B.Eye (2003)
Mutant X (2003)
G-Spot (2005)
Zoe Busiek: Wild Card (2005)
1-800-Missing (2006)
Masters of Horror (2006)
Supernatural (2008)
Republic of Doyle (2011)
Covert Affairs (2011)
The Listener (2013)
Lost Girl (2014)
Saving Hope (2014)
Reign (2015)
Private Eyes (2016)
Taken (2018)

Credits as a Director:
Last of the Snow (2012, short)
The Pamplemousse (2013, short)
Death and Faxes (2019, short)

Credits as a Screenwriter:
Last of the Snow (2012, short)
The Pamplemousse (Co-writer, 2013, short)
Death and Faxes (2019, short)

Credits as a Producer:
Last of the Snow (2012, short)
The Pamplemousse (2013, short)
Death and Faxes (2019, short)

Spinster, movie, poster,

Ayesha Mansur Gonsalves

Ayesha Mansur Gonsalves, actress,

Ayesha Mansur Gonsalves grew up in Toronto and is one of many Northernstars who attended the Earl Haig Secondary School-Claude Watson Arts Program. She was a dance major there and went on to attend the famed Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. She also received a BA in Film Production from The City University of New York, Brooklyn.

Features & TV Movies:
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After You’re Gone (2009)

The Rainbow Kid (2015)
22 Chaser (2018)
Mouthpiece (2018)
Lay Them Straight (2018, short)
Share (2019)
Project Ithaca (2019)
Tammy’s Always Dying (2019)

Possessor (2020)
Teething (2020, short)
Dreamland (2020)

TV Series – CAst:
Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures (2010, mini-series)
Endings (2020)
Lockdown (2020, mini-series)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
The Bridge (2010)
Against the Wall (2011)
Hemlock Grove (2015)
V Morgan is Dead (2015)
The Expanse (2016)
Taken (2018)
Designated Survivor (2019)

Kim’s Convenience (2020)
Private Eyes (2020)

Possessor, movie, poster,

David Rossetti

David Rossetti, actor,
David Rossetti as Alex in Spinster. Photo by Corey Isenor © 2019 by Sea Green Pictures. Used with permission.


David Rossetti began acting in film in 2008. For fans of Trailer Park Boys, you might win at trivia by knowing he played the role of Tommy Bean in 7 episodes of the series between 2014 and 2018. He is pictured above as Alex in a publicity photo for the 2019 film Spinster.

Features & TV Movies:
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Unique ID (2008)

Hostage (2012)
Moving Day (2012)
The Chase (2012, short)
All the Wrong Reasons (2013)
The Hold Up (2014, short)
Guy Shy (2015)
The Healer (2016)
Nightcall (2016, short)
10 Minute Time Machine (2017, short)
Hopeless Romantic (2018)
Spinster (2019)

Night Blooms (2020)
Bone Cage (2020)

TV Series – Cast:
The Book of Negroes (2015, mini-series)
The Lizzie Borden Chronicles (2015, mini-series)
I Hear You (2019, mini-series)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Call Me Fitz (2012)
Mr. D (2014)
Seed (2014)
Trailer Park Boys (2014, 2015, 2018)
Let’s Get Physical (2018)
Pure (2019)
Diggstown (2019, 2020)

Spinster, movie, poster,

Nadia Tonen

Nadia Tonen, actress,
Nadia Tonen as Adele and Chelsea Peretti as Gaby in Spinster. Photo by Corey Isenor, © 2019 Sea Green Pictures. Used with permission.

B: in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Nadia Tonen is an award winning triple threat performer from Nova Scotia. She spent four years on the series Mr.D winning a Young Artist Award (LA) for Season 8. She is also recognizable for her portrayal of Anne of Green Gables in a Heritage Moment television commercial celebrating Lucy Maude Montgomery. She was awarded a Joey Award (Vancouver) for that role. Her personal motto is “Dream Big. Work Harder.” She is pictured above as Adele along with Chelsea Peretti in a promotional photo for the 2019 feature Spinster.

Features & TV Movies:
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There Are Monsters (2013)
Spinster (2019)

Take It Easy (2020, short)

TV Series – Cast:
Mr.D (2016-2018)

Spinster, movie, poster,

Charlie Boyle

Charlie Boyle, actress,

B: 2009 in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Charlie Boyle began her career when she was cast for a national Sport Chek commercial. She was 4-years-old. She is the older sister of actor Oliver Boyle.

Features & TV Movies:
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The Christmas Cure (TV-2017)
Sea Change (TV-2017)
Dogged (2017, short)
Alice (2018, short)
Splinters (2018)
Duck Duck Goose (2018, short)
The Adventures of an Uncertain Superhero (2019, short)
Surface Tension (2019, short)
The Date (2019, short)
Spinster (2019)

Look at Me (2021)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
The Mist (2017)
Dr. D (2018)
The Hour Has 22 Minutes (2019)
My Worst Nightmare (2019)

Spinster, movie, poster,

Oliver Boyle

Oliver Boyle, actor,

B: 2012 in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Oliver Boyle is the younger brother of actress Charlie Boyle. He made his big screen debut in the 2019 comedy feature Spinster.

Features & TV Movies:
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Spinster (2019)

Feel the Beat (2020)
The Good House (2020)
Night Blooms (2020
Bone Cage (2020)
Look at Me (2021)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Mr. D (2016)
The Hour Has 22 Minutes (2018, 2019)
Titans (2019)

Spinster, movie, poster,