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Shirley Cheechoo

Shirley Cheechoo, director,

B: 1952 in Eastmain, Quebec,

Dr. Shirley Cheechoo, a Cree filmmaker, actor, writer, and visual artist, made her directorial debut in 1998 and is revered as the first Indigenous woman to write, produce, and direct a dramatic feature film in Canada for her film Bearwalker, which was screened at the Cannes Film Festival. We list her credits as a Director first

Also see: Shirley Cheechoo Receives Reelworld Award.

Features & TV Movies
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Silent Tears (1997, short)

Bearwalker (2000)
Pikutiskaau (Mother Earth) (2003)
In Shadow (2003, short)
Johnny Tootall (TV-2005)

Moose River Crossing (2013)

Credits as a Screenwriter:
Silent Tears (1997, short)

Bearwalker (2000)
Johnny Tootall (TV-2005)

Moose River Crossing (2013)

Credits as a Producer:
Silent Tears (1997, short)

Bearwalker (2000)
Pikutiskaau (Mother Earth) (2003)

Moose River Crossing (2013)

Credits as aa Actor:
The Wake (1986)

Medicine River (TV-1993)
Silent Tears (1997, short)
Song of Hiawatha (1997)

Johnny Greyeyes (2000)
Bearwalker 2000)
Christmas in the Clouds (2001)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Spirit Bay (1984)
The Rez (1996)
M.V.P. (2008)

Slawko Klymkiw Makes News

Slawko Klymkiw, image,
Photo of Slawko Klymkiw by Ralph Lucas for Northernstars.ca

Slawko Klymkiw Makes News
by Staff

(October 8, 2020 – Toronto, ON) Slawko Klymkiw, CEO of the Canadian Film Centre (CFC), has announced that he will retire in spring 2021 after 15 years at the helm of one of Canada’s leading cultural organizations.

“Slawko’s extraordinary leadership at the CFC and his years of unwavering support of Canadian creators will undoubtedly leave a long-lasting imprint on our industry,” said Christina Jennings, Chair, CFC Board of Directors and Chairman & CEO, Shaftesbury. “His dedication to accelerating talent, on both sides of the camera, has made certain that CFC alumni are working – building companies and creating Canadian content that is seen around the world. He will be missed, but his legacy will ensure that the CFC remains a valuable part of the Canadian cultural landscape.”

During his tenure at the CFC, Klymkiw has grown CFC’s reputation as Canada’s foremost institution that supports, develops and accelerates the content, careers and companies of Canadian creative and entrepreneurial talent in the screen-based and digital industries. He expertly led and navigated the CFC through a rapid period of growth and evolution in the screen industry, and was instrumental in launching a number of renowned and successful programs and initiatives to better position CFC alumni and Canadian creators for success in the global marketplace, they include: The Netflix-CFC Global Project, which fosters and accelerates diverse Canadian creators and their film/TV projects and advances international marketplace opportunities; The Fifth Wave Initiative, a suite of programming that strengthens the capacity of women entrepreneurs in the digital media space; IDEABOOST, Canada’s only vertical media and entertainment technology accelerator; The Slaight Family Music Lab; the CBC Actors Conservatory; Open Immersion, the first-ever VR creative doc lab; the CFC / Entertainment One TV Adaptation Lab; the Telefilm Canada Feature Comedy Exchange; and a collaboration with the Tribeca Film Institute, among others.

Additionally, Klymkiw oversaw the $12 million Windfields Campus Improvement Project and construction of The Northern Dancer Pavilion, which marked the full restoration of the CFC heritage campus and the preservation of Windfields Estate as a cultural landmark and Ontario Heritage Site.

Klymkiw’s expertise and strategic vision have helped position the CFC as a vital partner to the cultural industries, both nationally and internationally, with Klymkiw successfully securing public and private sector investment and creating strategic alliances and partnerships with key players in the worldwide entertainment business, including Netflix, Bell Media, NBCUniversal, ABC Signature Studios, AMC, Cast & Crew, A&E Networks, William F. White International and Entertainment One (eOne), among others.

Moreover, Klymkiw has increased the CFC’s contributions to Canada’s creative economy by generating thousands of employment opportunities for CFC alumni and by supporting the development of revenue-generating screen-based content and companies. A passionate advocate for developing emerging talent in Canada, Klymkiw helped support and champion the careers of notable creators and CFC alumni and initiated the CFC Award for Creative Excellence, an annual award that honours and celebrates the success of accomplished CFC alumni who have made significant creative and entrepreneurial contributions to the screen-based entertainment industry.

“When I first came to the CFC 15 years ago, I really didn’t know what to expect,” shared Slawko Klymkiw, CEO, CFC. “I must say, it has been the most rewarding, challenging and joyous time in my career. It has been a privilege to grow Norman Jewison’s vision, and to work with a remarkable group of colleagues, board members, partners and alumni who have all contributed to this inspired calling.”

In recognition of his many contributions towards building Canada’s entertainment industry, Klymkiw was inducted into the Playback Canadian Film and TV Hall of Fame in 2013 and honoured with the Outstanding Leadership Achievement Award at the 2013 Innoversity Summit Awards.

In the coming months, CFC’s Board of Directors will begin the process of identifying and selecting a new Chief Executive Officer. More information about this succession process will be shared in early 2021.

Also see: Canadian Film Centre

SOURCE: The Canadian Film Centre


?? minutes – Sci-Fi
Language: English
Release date: October, 2021
Production company: Legendary Pictures
Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures

In the far distant future, Duke Leto Atreides accepts stewardship of the dangerous desert planet Arrakis, also known as Dune, the only source of the most valuable substance in the universe, “the spice”, a drug which extends human life, provides superhuman levels of thought, and makes faster-than-light travel possible. Though Leto knows the opportunity is an intricate trap set by his enemies, he takes his Bene Gesserit concubine Lady Jessica, young son and heir Paul, and most trusted advisers to Arrakis. Leto takes control of the spice mining operation, which is made perilous by the presence of giant sandworms. A bitter betrayal leads Paul and Jessica to the Fremen, natives of Arrakis who live in the deep desert.

Directed by Denis Villeneuve with a screenplay by Jon Spaihts, Denis Villeneuve Eric Roth, Dune is an international co-production of Canada, Hungary, the United Kingdom and the United States. This is the first of a planned two-part adaptation of the 1965 novel of the same name by Frank Herbert. Trailer courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures.

UPDATE: In early October 2020, Warner Bros. Pictures announced that Dune, scheduled to open in December 2020, would not open until October 2021 due to the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Dune, 2020 movie, poster,


Cale Boyter
Joe Caracciolo Jr.
Mary Parent
Denis Villeneuve

Executive Producer:

Herbert W. Gains
John Harrison
Brian Herbert
Kim Herbert
Tanya Lapointe
Byron Merritt
Richard P. Rubinstein
Jon Spaihts
Thomas Tull


Denis Villeneuve


Jon Spaihts
Eric Roth
Denis Villeneuve


Greig Fraser


Joe Walker


Hans Zimmer

Production Designer:

Patrice Vermette

Art Director:

Tom Brown (Supervising art director)
Karl Probert (Senior art director)
David Doran (Art director: vehicles)
Tibor Lázár
Gergely Rieger
Samy Keilani (Second unit)

Costume Designer:

Bob Morgan
Jacqueline West


Timothée Chalamet
Rebecca Ferguson
Oscar Isaac
Josh Brolin
Stellan Skarsgård
Dave Bautista
Stephen McKinley Henderson
Chen Chang
Sharon Duncan-Brewster
Charlotte Rampling
Jason Momoa
Javier Bardem
David Dastmalchian
Babs Olusanmokun
Michael Nardone
Charlie Rawes
Richard Carter
Stephen Collins
Oliver Ryan
Gloria Obianyo

Paul Atreides
Lady Jessica
Duke Leto Atreides
Gurney Halleck
Baron Vladimir Harkonnen
Glossu ‘Beast’ Rabban
Thufir Hawat
Dr. Wellington Yueh
Gaius Helen Mohiam
Duncan Idaho
Piter De Vries
Gurney Sergeant
First Trooper
Second Trooper
Deaf Trooper
Hawat Specialist
Gloria Obianyo


94 minutes – Drama
Language: English
Festival release date: September 8, 2018 (World Premiere, TIFF)
Release date: October 2nd, 2020
Production company: Emotion Pictures Inc.
Canadian distributor: Emotion Pictures

It has been two decades since Thom Fitzgerald’s feature debut The Hanging Garden won best Canadian Feature at the Toronto International Film Festival. He returned in 2018 with a film titled Splinters that again explores the interconnections of sexual identity, family, and small-town life in Nova Scotia. Based on the stage play by Lee-Anne Poole, Splinters centres on two strong-willed women. Belle (Sofia Banzhaf) has return home for her father’s funeral. Although she came out as a teenager, she has never reconciled that fact with her conservative mother, Nancy (Shelley Thompson). Amidst the family’s grief, Nancy’s disapproval of Belle hangs in the air like a dark cloud. Belle neglects to mention to her family that she has been dating a man named Rob for the past two years. She is reluctant to rekindle her mother’s traditional expectations of her and backpedal on hard-won battles to assert her identity. But the secret becomes harder to hide when Rob shows up to be the supportive boyfriend.

Splinters, movie, poster,


Thom Fitzgerald
Doug Pettigrew

Associate Producer:

R. Cooper Vollick


Thom Fitzgerald


Thom Fitzgerald


Luc Montpellier


Thom Fitzgerald


Stewart Legere

Production Designer:

Ryan Vessey

Costume Designer:

Emlyn Murray


Sofia Banzhaf
Shelley Thompson
Bailey Maughan
Callum Dunphy
Deb Allen
Gil Anderson
Charlie Boyle
Mary-Colin Chisholm
Ailsa Galbrath
Keelin Jack
Stewart Legere
Daniel Lillford
Allister MacDonald
Simon Paul Mutuyimana
Jennifer Overton
Juanita Peters
Joddat Rafih
Hugh Thompson
Stanley Tomlinson
Ian Wilson

Belle, younger
Classmate at the corner store
Greg’s friend Canso
Migrant Worker
Nancy’s friend Louise
Belle’s manager Piero
Greg’s friend Stanfield


102 minutes – Sci-fi
Language: English
Festival release date: January 2020 – Sundance
Release date: October 2, 2020
Production companies: Rhombus Media, Rook Films, Particular Crowd
Canadian distributor: Elevation Pictures
U.S. distributor: Well Go USA Entertainment

Like father like son? Brandon Cronenberg’s Possessor is a slick, perfectly cast, perfectly shot and perfectly edited horror film. Tasva Vos (Andrea Riseborough) is a corporate agent who uses brain-implant technology to inhabit other people’s bodies. That’s step one. Step two is then have them commit crimes for her company. Unfortunately with each brain switch there is a certain amount of mind-melding, which produces helps drive the plot and the tension thanks to unforeseen side effects.

Possessor is a Canada/United Kingdom co-production and features an international cast. It was chosen to have its World Premiere in the World Cinema Drama Competition at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2020

Possessor, movie, poster,


Fraser Ash
Niv Fichman
Kevin Krikst
Andrew Starke

Executive Producer:

Gary Hamilton
Ryan Hamilton
David U. Lee
Adrian Love
Daniel Negret
Tony Roman
Noah Segal
Steven Squillante
Simon Williams
Ying Ye


Steve Solomos

Associate Producer:

Matthew Hannam
Karim Hussain

Supervising Producer:

Rob Cotterill


Brandon Cronenberg


Brandon Cronenberg


Karim Hussain


Matthew Hannam


Jim Williams

Production Designer:

Rupert Lazarus

Art Director:

Kent McIntyre

Costume Designer:

Aline Gilmore


Andrea Riseborough
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Tuppence Middleton
Sean Bean
Kaniehtiio Horn
Christopher Abbott
Hanneke Talbot
Rossif Sutherland
Christopher Jacot
Raoul Bhaneja
Gage Graham-Arbuthnot
Deragh Campbell
Ayesha Mansur Gonsalves
Kathy Maloney
Megan Vincent
Dorren Lee
Daniel Park
Danny Waugh
Matthew Garlick
Kelsey Klippenstein

Tasya Vos
John Parse
Reid Parse
Ira Vos
Tasya Vos photo double

imagineNATIVE Goes Online

Inconvenient Indian, movie, image,

imagineNATIVE Goes Online
by Staff

(September 30, 2020 – Toronto, ON) The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival has announced their full 2020 programming. Looking at the numbers, this year the festival will present work from 153 Indigenous artists in 23 languages from 13 countries and 97 Indigenous nations. Their work includes 10 feature films, enough shorts for 4 short film programs plus there will be 2 guest curated programs, and 1 artist spotlight. By moving online, this the the festival will be available to viewers around the world. Staying with the numbers, the National Film Board (NFB) has 7 produced and co-produced films at the festival, including 6 shorts which will be presented as part of the festival’s Francophone Indigenous Focus.

Speaking of shorts, in an interesting twist, instead one opening gala film on October 20, this year imagineNATIVE will kick off with a shorts program running under the banner “Yellow.” It’s a collection comprised of works created by artists from seven different nations. Other shorts programs include: “Red” on October 21, which is six short films that offer stories of connection where land and love reunite to bring hope and resilience; “Black” on October 23 with eight visually arresting shorts at the vanguard of Indigenous Cinema; and “White” on October 24, which is seven short films that tell stories about family, communities, Indigenous languages, and representation. The four short programs are named after the four colours in the medicine wheel.

Monkey Beach, film, image,
Grace Dove stars in Monkey Beach. Photo courtesy of Resonance Films Inc.
When it comes to features, the 21st imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival will present highly anticipated films including Inconvenient Indian, directed by Michelle Latimer (Métis/Algonquin), which recently won the People’s Choice Documentary Award at TIFF 2020; Monkey Beach, directed and produced Loretta Todd (Cree/Métis), is a film adaptation of Eden Robinson’s celebrated novel. It was shot around Kitimat, south of Prince Rupert and melds Haisla culture, spirituality and supernatural forces. It stars Grace Dove (pictured above) and was selected to open the Vancouver International Film Festival on September 24; Love and Fury, directed and produced by Sterlin Harjo (Seminole/Muscogee Creek), a feature doc that follows Native artists as they navigate their careers in the United States and abroad; and the Canadian premiere of The Legend of Baron To’a, directed and produced by Kiel McNaughton (Māori/Pasifika), which follows a young Tongan man as he grapples with the legacy of his wrestling superstar father, and fights for the return of his dad’s stolen championship belt.
Lorne Cardinal, actor,
imagineNATIVE will honour Lorne Cardinal with the 6th annual August Schellenberg Award of Excellence. Lorne Cardinal is an award winning actor, producer, and director with over 100 credits on stage and screen including Corner Gas, Kayak to Klemtu, Fargo, FBI: Most Wanted, Unintentional Mother, and more. The August Schellenberg Award of Excellence was launched in partnership with Joan Karasevich Schellenberg to honour her late husband, the legendary actor August (Augie) Schellenberg, and the spirit of his work. The The “Augie” Award will be presented to Lorne Cardinal as part of the imagineNATIVE Awards Presentation.

The annual imagineNATIVE Awards Presentation, hosted by Tiffany Ayalik (Inuk), will take place on Sunday, October 25 and will hand out 16 Awards to Indigenous artists, along with a record amount in cash prizes totalling $53,000. The Awards will also present the APTN Pitch Prize with $40,000+ in kind prizing, $30,000 licensing fee from APTN, and $10, 000 cash towards production from Bell Fund along with additional in kind services.

The 21st Annual imagineNATIVE Festival wraps on October 25 with the Canadian premiere of Compañía by Bolivian director Miguel Hilari, which provides a deeper understanding of perspectives of home and migration using documentary, experimental, and visual poetry.

The 21st annual imagineNATIVE runs October 20 to 25, 2020. Click here for more information.

Bracken Burns

Bracken Burns, actress,

B: in Peace River, Alberta

Bracken Burns is an actor and producer as well as a singer and songwriter. She earned a Master of Arts Performance Degree in Musical Theatre at the prestigious Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. After graduating, she spent the next eight years performing in touring stage shows across the UK in productions like Saturday Night Fever, Wasted Love, Four Femmes on Thames, and Clinton: The Musical. She also spent several summers at the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival. She provided the voice for Flossy in CBC GEM’s People Watching series.

Official website.

Features & TV Movies:
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A Fighting Chance (2001)

Inner Quest (2010)
Expression (TV-2016)
Story A (2018, short)
HERO Inspired by the Extraordinary Life & Times of Mr. Ulric Cross (2019)

Falling (2020)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Elvis Jones (2017)
People Watching (voice, 2017, 2018)
Frankie Drake Mysteries (2018)

Short Term Sentence (2020)

Falling, movie, poster,

Clement Virgo Honoured by Reelworld

Clement Virgo Honoured by Reelworld, image,
Clement Virgo on location making The Book of Negroes.

Clement Virgo Honoured by Reelworld
by Staff

(September 29, 2020 – Toronto, ON) The Reelworld Film Festival has announced that Clement Virgo will be the recipient of this year’s Award of Excellence. The award honours Canadian industry leaders whose creative excellence over decades, has positively impacted the representation of Canada’s diversity nationally and Internationally.

In a media release this morning the festival said, “Clement Virgo is one of Canada’s most prominent directors, whose feature films include the boxing drama Poor Boy’s Game and the provocative Lie With Me. His films have premiered at world-renowned festivals including Cannes, Berlinale, and TIFF. Virgo’s debut film, Rude premiered at Cannes Film Festival in 1995 and won a Special Jury Citation for Best Canadian Film at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). It was also featured last summer in Locarno’s Blacklight Retrospective, showcasing international Black cinema of the 20th century.
Poor Boy's Game, movie poster
As for Television, his directing credits include Empire, The Wire, The L Word, American Crime, and the OWN series Greenleaf, where he also served as Executive Producer with Oprah Winfrey. He is currently developing BLOOM with Callie Khouri through the Obamas’ production company, Higher Ground Productions. In 2015, Virgo directed and co-wrote a miniseries adaptation of Lawrence Hill’s The Book of Negroes. It went on to win 12 Canadian Screen Awards, was nominated for two U.S. Critics Choice Television Awards and four 2015 NAACP Image Awards.”

“It is my honour to be the recipient of the 2020 Reelworld Award of Excellence,” said Virgo. “For twenty years, Reelworld has been a pioneer of creating inclusion and access for Black, Indigenous, and Canadian people of colour in the screen-based industries. As an organization, Reelworld understands the value of supporting these racialized groups and the critical mandate to focus only on Canadian talent. As a young filmmaker, Reelworld was a vital supporter of my work and will be for the next generations of screen-based artists.”

The Reelworld Film Festival stated that Clement Virgo’s works “highlight a stellar level of excellence in the film industry both at home and abroad, and is an inspiration to other Black, Indigenous, People of Colour creatives showing that they too have a place in the industry, and the opportunity to thrive.

Reelworld Film Festival runs from October 14 to 29. There will be a special One-on-One industry webinar discussion with Clement Virgo on October 16th @ 3PM EST. Click here to register for that event. Click here to learn more about all of the free Reelworld Industry webinar programs here.

Click here to learn more about Clement Virgo.
Click here for a link to more October 2020 film festivals.


Callum Dunphy

Callum Dunphy, actor,

Features & TV Movies:
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Heather Rankin: Titanically (2017, short)
Splinters (2018)

Stage Mother (2020)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Sex & Violence (2015, 2017)
Forgive Me (2018)

I am Syd Stone (2020)
Cam Boy (2020)

Splinter, movie, poster,

Bailey Maughan

Bailey Maughan, actor,
Bailey Maughan in a promotional still from the film Splinters.

Features & TV Movies:
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A Stone’s Throw (2006)
Summerhood (2008)
Outlander (2008)

Bernard the Magician (2010, short)
Deep End (2011, short)
Splinters (2018)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Haven (2011)
Mr. D (2012, 2013)
Pure (2017, 2019)
Diggstown (2020)

Splinter, movie, poster,

Barbara Eve Harris

Barbara Eve Harris, actress,

B: March 8, 1959 in Tobago

Born in Tobago to Jamaican parents, Barbara Eve Harris and her family settled in Ottawa when she was 6-years-old. She graduated from the University of Ottawa with a B.A. with special concentration on courses in Theatre and Philosophy. Her career began in 1985 and her first feature was the musical-dance fantasy titled Night Magic, with music and lyrics by Lewis Furey and Leonard Cohen and costars Nick Mancuso and Carole Laure.

Features & TV Movies:
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Secret Weapon (TV-1985)
Night Magic (1985)
Ghost of a Chance (TV-1987)
The Liberators (TV-1987)
Nightstick (TV-1987)
The Return of Ben Casey (TV-1988)

Woman on the Run: The Lawrencia Bembenek Story (TV-1993)
Guilty as Sin (1993)
TekWar: TekJustice (TV-1994)
Against Their Will (TV-1994)
Captive Heart: The James Mink Story (TV-1996)
Jack Reed: Death and Vengeance (TV-1996)
Dead Men Can’t Dance (1997)
The Absolute Truth (TV-1997)
In His Father’s Shoes (TV-1997)
Critical Care (1997)
Blood on Her Hands (TV-1998)
36 Hours to Die (TV-1999)
Justice (TV-1999)
Nightmare Man (1999)

Picture Claire (2001)
Ignition (2001)
A Time for Dancing (2002)
The Midnight Meat Train (2008)

Tangled (TV-2010)
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
People Like Us (2012)
No Ordinary Hero: The SuperDeafy Movie (2013)
Welcome to Forever (2015, short)
Born to Be Blue (2015)
Blood Is Blood (2016)
Poor Richard’s Almanack (TV-2016)
Double Play (2017)
Transformers: The Last Knight (2017)
Her Stolen Past (TV-2018)
The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open (2019)
Double Holiday (TV-2019)

TV Series – Cast:
Side Effects (1994-1996)

Sex Traffic (2004, mini-series)
10.5: Apocalypse (2006, mini-series)
Prison Break (2006-2009)

Chicago P.D. (2015-2017)
Sharp Objects (2018, mini-series)

Messiah (2020)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Night Heat (1987)
Adderly (1987)

Knots Landing (1990)
E.N.G. (1990, 1991)
The Hidden Room (1991)
Street Legal (1991, 1992, 1994)
Are You Afraid of the Dark? (1992)
Class of ’96 (1993)
Sirens (1995)
F/X: The Series (1997)
Due South (1998)
The Outer Limits (1998)
Party of Five (1999)

Bull (2000)
The West Wung (2001)
That’s Life (2001)
Providence (2001)
Any Day Now (2001)
Family Law (2002)
The Practice (2002)
The Agency (2002)
CSI: MIami (2003)
ER (2003)
Cold Case (2003)
Jack & Bobby (2004)
JAG (2004)
The Eleventh Hour (2005)
Kevin Hill (2005)
Commander in Chief (2005, 2006)
Eureka (2007)
Private Practice (2007)
Brothers and Sisters (2007)
Boston Legal (2008)
Criminal Minds (2008)
Ghost Whisperer (2008)
‘Da Kink in My Hair (2009)
Hawthorn (2009)
Mental (2009)

Flashpoint (2011)
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2011, 2012)
Rizzoli & Isles (2012, 2014)
NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service (2013)
Switched at Birth (2014)
Forever (2014)
Revenge (2015)
How to Get Away with Murder (2015)
Bosch (2016)
Rogue (2016)
Supernatural (2016)
Chicago Fire (2016, 2017)
Kevin (Probably) Saves the World (2017)
The Crossing (2018)
Station 19 (2019)
Magnum P.I. (2019)
The Man in the High Castle (2019)

Star Trek: Picard (2020)
The Wilds (2020)

Night Magic, movie, poster,

The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open, movie, poster,

Workin’ Moms Still Workin’

Workin' Moms Still Workin', image,

Workin’ Moms Still Workin’
by Staff

(September 24, 2020 – Toronto, ON) Yesterday CBC announced the start of production on Season Five of the hit series Workin’ Moms. Production of the 2020 season was cut short due to the dramatic increase in the Covid-19 pandemic and only had eight episodes, previous seasons had thirteen. For 2021, ten 30-minute episodes are planned.

Created by Catherine Reitman and produced by the company she co-founded with her husband Philip Sternberg, Season Five continues to explore the polarizing and unexpected realities of the lives of a group of friends—all working moms—and their partners, as they’ve adjusted to life as parents. They might not be able to have it all, but they’re sure as hell going to try. Production will continue in and around Toronto through late November for a winter 2021 premiere on CBC and the free CBC Gem streaming service.
Workin' Moms, poster,
“We are beyond grateful to be back in production, particularly given the unusual circumstances we are living in,” said Reitman. “The response to Workin’ Moms around the world has been truly touching and we’ve never felt more motivated to provide our audience with some laughter and escape.”

Earlier this month, Reitman was recognized by the Alliance for Women in Media with two Gracie Awards for Workin’ Moms, one for Best Lead Actress, Comedy and one for Best Direction, Comedy. The Gracies® are named after media pioneer Gracie Allen, who embodied the character of the awards, and recognize exemplary programming created by, for and about women in radio, television, and interactive media.

Returning cast include Dani Kind as Anne; Juno Rinaldi as Frankie; Jessalyn Wanlim as Jenny; Philip Sternberg as Nathan; Ryan Belleville as Lionel; Olunike Adeliyi as Giselle; Sarah McVie as Val; Katherine Barrell as Alicia; Sadie Munroe as Alice; Alex Mallari Jr. as MCP; Mimi Kuzyk as Eleanor; and Peter Keleghan as Richard, among other fan favourites. Joining the ensemble cast this season is Enuka Okuma (Impulse, Caught, Rookie Blue) as razor-sharp publishing executive Sloane Mitchell. Click here to see more about the cast and crew of Workin’ Moms.

Nominated for multiple Canadian Screen Awards and two International Emmy® Awards, Workin’ Moms is produced for the CBC by Wolf + Rabbit Entertainment with the financial participation of the Canada Media Fund. The series is distributed internationally by Coldsprings Media LLC.

Workin’ Moms (2017-

Workin' Moms, series, cast, image,

30 minute – Sitcom, Motherhood
Originating Network: CBC
Date of first broadcast: January 10, 2017

2017: 13 x 30 minutes
2018: 13 x 30 minutes
2019: 13 x 30 minutes
2020: 8 x 30 minutes
2021: 10 x 30 minutes

Created by Catherine Reitman, Workin’ Moms follows the lives of four women who juggle love, careers, and parenthood. They support, challenge, and try not to judge each other as life throws them curveballs. Whether it is an identity crisis, a huge job opportunity, postpartum depression, or an unplanned pregnancy – they face both the good and bad with grace and humour.

NOTE: Like most series, Workin’ Moms cast is vast and largely made up of actors making guest appearances in one or a few more episodes. We list the main cast and those actors with regular recurring roles of at least 15 episodes.

Workin' Moms, series, poster,


Jonathan Walker

Executive Producer:

Catherine Reitman
Philip Sternberg
Jillian Locke
Tina Horwitz
Rebecca Kohler
Joseph Sorge
Woodrow Thomson
Jonathan Walker


Rebecca Kohler
Woodrow Thomson

Associate Producer:

Karen Moore
Lisa Benedetto


Paul Fox
Philip Sternberg
Catherine Reitman
Aleysa Young
Joyce Wong
Renuka Jeyapalan
Yael Staav
Molly McGlynn


Catherine Reitman
Kathleen Phillips
Hannah Cheesman
Adam Cawley
Ingrid Haas
Rebecca Kohler
Karen Moore
Jillian Locke
Daniel Gold
Rob Baker
Monica Heisey
Robby Hoffman


Maya Bankovic
Kristin Fieldhouse


Jonathan Eagan
Angela Jekums
David B. Guthrie
Marianna Khoury
Craig Webster
Christopher Minns


Peter Chapman
Maylee Todd

Production Designer:

Elisa Sauve
Danielle Sahota

Art Director:

Marilyn Kiewiet
J. Ryan Halpenny
Diana Magnus

Costume Designer:

Sheila Fitzpatrick


Catherine Reitman
Dani Kind
Juno Rinaldi
Jessalyn Wanlim
Philip Sternberg
Ryan Belleville
Sarah McVie
Sadie Munroe
Dennis Andres
Katherine Barrell
Nikki Duval
Peter Keleghan
Olunike Adeliy
Nelu Handa
Mimi Kuzyk
Mason Gahan
Nolan Gahan
Tennille Read
Enuka Okuma

Kate Foster
Anne Carlson
Frankie Coyne
Jenny Matthews
Nathan Foster
Lionel Carlson
Val Szalinsky
Alice Carlson
Ian Matthews
Alicia Rutherford
Rosie Phillips
Richard Greenwood
Giselle Bois
Charlie Foster
Charlie Foster
Eleanor Galperin
Sloane Mitchell (2021-)

Katherine Barrell

Katherine Barrell, actress,
Katherine Barrell in a publicity still for Workin' Moms courtesy of CBC

B: February 12, 1990 in Toronto, Ontario

Actor and Director, Katerine ‘Kat’ Barrell is an actor and director. A graduate of Toronto’s George Brown Classical Theatre school. She is known for two major roles, town Sheriff Nicole Haught on the series Wynonna Earp, and for playing the loveably neurotic, Alicia Rutherford on the series Workin’ Moms.

Features & TV Movies:
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Queen of Clubs (2011, short)
Poe (TV-2011)
The Ties Between Us (2013, short)
Issues (2013, short)
Lost and Found (2013, short)
The Scarehouse (2014)
My Ex-Ex (2015)
Definition of Fear (2015)
A Nutcracker Christmas (TV-2016)
Girls’ Night Out (TV-2017)
Lake Placid: Legacy (TV-2018)

TV Series – Cast:
Wynonna Earp (2016-)
Workin’ Moms (2017-)
Good Witch (2020)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Lost Girl (2012)
Off2Kali Comedy (2012)
Murdoch Mysteries (2012, 2014)
Reign (2014)
The Listener (2014)
Saving Hope (2015)
Star Trek: Discovery (2017)
Private Eyes (2018)

Katherine Barrell is represented by:
Seta van der Hoop
The Characters
8 Elm Street
Toronto, ON M5G 1G7 Canada

Phone: 416-964-8522
Email: seta(at)thecharacters.com

Philip Sternberg

Catherine Reitman, actress,
Philip Sternberg and Catherine Reitman at the 2017 Canadian Screen Awards. Photo © 2017 by Ralph Lucas. Used with permission.

B: in United States of America

American-born producer, director and actor, Philip Sternberg established Wolf + Rabbit Entertainment in 2016 with his wife Catherine Reitman (pictured above). The production company’s first endeavour was the acclaimed comedy series Workin’ Moms, created by Reitman and produced for CBC. In addition to executive producing the series, Sternberg starred as ‘Nathan,’ and has directed numerous episodes of the comedy series. He is a 2019 Directors Guild of Canada Award nominee for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Comedy Series for the season three Workin’ Moms episode “Daddy’s Home.” Nominated for multiple Canadian Screen Awards and an International Emmy® Award, Workin’ Moms was picked up by Netflix for its international online subscribers. Sternberg previously served as President of California-based Candor Entertainment and has produced projects for VH1, History Channel, Spike TV, Hulu, Revision 3 and Discovery Channel. We list his credots as a Producer first.

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

Divorce Corp (2014, documentary)

TV Series:
Hot Guys Who Cook (Segment producer, 2007-2008)
MANswers (2007-2008)
Farmer Wants a Wife (Field producer, 2008)

The Super (Executive producer, 2011)
Six Little McGhees (Executive Producer (2013-2014)
Workin’ Moms (2017-)

Credits as a Director:
Workin’ Moms (2019, 2020)

Credits as an Actor:
First Flight (2004, short)
Southland Tales (2006)

TV Series – Cast:
Workin’ Moms (2017-)

TV Series- Guest appearances:
City Guys (2001)
Firefly (2002)

Nikki Duval

Nikki Duval, actress,

B: in Winnipeg, Manitoba

Nikki Duval received an Honours Bachelor of Arts in theatre at The University of Winnipeg and went on to graduate from The National Theatre School of Canada in Montreal before moving to Toronto. In addition to her television and film work, Duval is also a stage actress. She starred in Shakespeare in the Ruff’s new adaptation Portia’s Julius Caesar and played the role of Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream also for Shakespeare in the Ruff. She has also appeared in The Importance of Being Earnest (Ravenous Theatre), Knickers! A Brief Comedy (Globus Theatre), The Pitchfork Disney (Precisely Peter Productions), Well Born (SoCo Theatre), Hamlet (Hart House) and The Circle at the Tarragon Theatre in Toronto.

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

501 (2014, short)
Hyena Road (2015)
Killer High (TV-2018)
Escaping the Madhouse: The Nellie Bly Story (TV-2019)

The Broken Hearts Gallery (2020)
The Novice (2020)

TV Series – Cast:
Workin’ Moms (2017-)
New Eden (2020)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Murdoch Mysteries(2016)
Imposters (2018)
TallBoyz (2019)

Nikki Duval is represented by:
250 The Esplanade, Suite 304
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M5A 1J2

Phone: 416-928-0299
Email: info(at)ggagency.ca

Hyena Road, movie, poster,
Hyena Road, 2015 movie poster courtesy of Elevation Pictures

Jessalyn Wanlim

Jessalyn Wanlim, actress,
Photo of Jessalyn Wanlim courtesy of CBC.

B: in Calgary, Alberta

Jessalyn Wanlim pursued dance at the National Ballet School of Canada and furthered her artistic endeavors at The Juilliard School in New York. She played the role of Rachael in 48 episodes of All My Children between 2006 and 2009, but is usually known for her breakout role as Evie Cho in the series, Orphan Black, opposite Tatiana Maslany. She has played the role of Jenny Matthews on the series Workin’ Moms since 2017. Born Jessalyn Corsino Wanlim.

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

Let’s Be Friends, (2005)
The Assassin (2007)
My Sassy Girl (2008)
The New Twenty (2008)
Loving Leah (2009)
The Good Guy (2009)

A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song (VR-2011)
Shape (VR-2011, short)
Five (TV-2011)
Frenemies (TV-2012)
Alex Cross (2012)
In My Dreams (2014)

Abby & Emily Go to Palm Springs (2020, short)
Pink Skies Ahead (2020)

TV Series – Cast:
All My Children (2006-2009)

Orphan Black (2016)
Workin’ Moms (2017-)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Gossip Girl (2007, 2009)
The Border (2008)
Do Not Disturb (2008)
Life on Mars (2009)
Psych (2009)
CSI: NY (2009)
Bones (2009)

Fake It Til You Make It (2010)
Scoundrels (2010)
The Chicago Code (2011)
Melissa & Joey (2011)
The Closer (2011)
NCIS: Los Angeles (2013)
Modern Family (2013)
Instant Mom (2014)
Matador (2014)
Kirby Buckets (2014)
Lab Rats (2015, 2016)
Colony (2017)
9-1-1 (2018)
The Affair (2019)

Sarah McVie

Sarah McVie, actress,
Photo of Sarah McVie courtesy of CBC.

B: in Ottawa, Ontario

Sarah McVie is a graduate of Canterbury Arts High School in Ottawa and George Brown Theatre School in Toronto and began her professional career performing for five seasons at the Stratford Festival of Canada where her roles included: Cordelia in King Lear opposite Christopher Plummer, The Bawd in Pericles, Lady MacDuff in Macbeth, and Marianna in All’s Well that End’s Well. McVie was also a member of the 2001 Stratford Conservatory for Classical Theatre Training and was the recipient with the John Hirsh Award for Most Promising Young Actor. She played numerous leading roles over a ten year period in productions at The Great Canadian Theatre Company in Ottawa including the premier of George F. Walker’s The Burden of Self Awareness and the sold-out run of The Public Servant, a play McVie co-created with Jennifer Brewin, Haley McGee and Amy Rutherford. The Public Servant was developed by Common Boots Theatre (formally Theatre Columbus) and co-produced by Nightwood Theatre for a sold-out Toronto run at the Canadian Stage Company’s Berkeley Street Theatre in March 2016.

Official website: www.sarahmcvie.com

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

The Perfect Teacher (TV-2010)
The Secret Sex Life of a Single Mom (TV-2014)
Guilty at 17 (TV-2014)
You Killed My Mother (TV-2017)

TV Series – Cast:
The Best Laid Plans (2014, mini-series)
Workin’ Moms (2017-)
Detention ADventures (2020)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
No Easy Days (2018)
The Handmaid’s Tale (2019)

American Gods (2020)

Juno Rinaldi

Juno Rinaldi, actress,

An award-winning playwright and theatre actor, Rinaldi has collaborated as a writer and actor on countless theatre productions throughout Canada and is co-founder of the darkly comedic comedy troupe, Theatre Melee. She began performing at the age of six in National Film Board films and in local school productions. Fortunate enough to count Canadian filmmaker Anne Wheeler as a neighbour, Rinaldi had the opportunity to audition for a part in her film The War Between Us while still in high school. After booking the lead and spending two months on location in New Denver, B.C., Rinaldi knew she wanted to pursue a career as an actor and enrolled in the prestigious Theatre Training program Studio 58 in Vancouver and graduated with Honours. She was credited as Juno Ruddell up until 2013. She hasplayed the role of Frankie Coyne on Workin’ Moms since 2017.

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

The Movie Movie (1986, short)

The War Between Us (1995)
Home Song (TV-1996)
Mr. Rice’s Secret (1999)
Brotherhood of Murder (TV-1999)

Out of Time (TV-2000)
The Linda McCartney Story (TV-2000)
Silicon Follies (TV-2001)
I Dig BC (TV-2003, short)
Jennifer’s Body (2009)

Tooth Fairy (2010)
Life (2015)
Girl in the Bunker (TV-2018)
Her Story (In Three Parts) (2019)
Snarl (2019, short)
Bring Out Your Dead (2019)
Her Story No. 3: In the Absence of Angels (2019, short)
It Chapter Two (2019)
Such a Small Thing (2019, short)

Hypernova (2020, short)
You Hired a Hitman (2020, short)
Letters to Satan Claus (TV-2020)

TV Series – Cast:
5ive Days to Midnight (2004, mini-series)
Workin’ Moms (2017-)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
These Arms of Mine (2001)
Psych (2007)
Bionic Woman (2007)
Robson Arms (2008)

Fairly Legal (2011)
Fringe (2012)
The Killing (2012)
Supernatural (2012)
Arrow (2013)
Degrassi: The Next Generation (2015)
How to Buy a Baby (2017)
Holly Hobbie (2018)
Wayne (2019)

Dani Kind

Dani Kind, actress,
Photo of Dani Kind courtesy of CBC.

B: January 9, 1980 in Toronto, Ontario

Dani Kind is one of those rare actors who is busy in two series at the same time. She has a recurring role playing Mercedes Gardner in the hit series Wynonna Earp, and costars as Anne Carlson in the half-hour CBC comedy series Workin’ Moms, which began shooting its 5th season in September 2020. On the big screen, she had a supporting role alongside Peter Sarsgaard in Veena Sud’s The Lie which premiered at TIFF 2018.

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

Posers (2002)
Woman Haunted (2003)
Maid of Honour (TV-2006)
Black Widower (TV-2006)
Like Mother, Like Daughter (TV-2007)
Decoys 2: Alien Seduction (VR-2007)
Christie’s Revenge (TV-2007)
Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer (2007)
Dead at 17 (TV-2008)
Picture This (TV-2008)
Carny (TV-2009)
Summer’s Blood (2009)
Sleep Buddy (2009, short)

The Righteous Tithe (2011)
Daniel (2012, short)
The Good Witch’s Destiny (TV-2013)
Finding Christmas (TV-2013)
October Gale (2014)
Dennis (2015, short)
On the Twelfth Day of Christmas (TV-2015)
Flower Shop Mystery: Dearly Depotted (TV-2016)
The Night Before Halloween (TV-2016)
Yellow Lines (2017, short)
Between Earth and Sky (2018)
The Lie (2018)
Dotage (2019, short)
Bradley Borgen ~ The Actor Who Could Not Cry (TV-2019)
The Banana Splits Movie (2019)
Bear Trap (2019, short)

Two Deaths of Henry Baker (2020)
Finders Keepers (2020, short)

TV Series – Cast:
Workin’ Moms (2017-)
Wynonna Earp (2017-)

TV Series – CGuest appearances:
M.V.P. (2008)
Pure Pawnage (2010)
The L.A. Complex (2012)
Murdoch Mysteries (2012)
Cracked (2013)
Played (2013)
Saving Hope (2014)
The Divide (2014)
Remedy (2015)
Good Witch (2016)
Four in the Morning (2016)
In Contempt (2018)
Ransom (2019)

October Gale, movie, poster,