June is Jumping

There has been some good news and some very bad news since my last entry… let’s start with the BAD. On April 22nd, GlobalTV announced that Bomb Girls was NOT getting renewed for a third season. However, there are plans to make a 2 hour Movie of the Week to wrap up storylines. IF this happens, it won’t be in production until 2014. This has been a huge disappointment for fans, who have rallied together for a Save Bomb Girls Campaign. It is a blow for intelligent, original content on our small screens. Ironically, they just won a Gracie Award for Best Dramatic Series, and have been nominated and/or won a slew of others for writing, acting and best drama. The show has been critically acclaimed worldwide, but the ratings just weren’t up to par. Boo. Here is a photo of Ali Liebert with her ‘Victory Bandana.’

On the GOOD side of the coin, Bates Motel was a huge hit, and they will be back for a second season (shooting starts in Vancouver in July). Keegan Connor Tracy gained a new following due to her portrayal of Norman Bates’ teacher Miss Watson. The last frame of the first season is a shot of MIss Watson with her throat slashed… reality or fantasy? We don’t yet know. Her work as the Blue Fairy in Once Upon a Time is still alive and kicking at least! Keegan has also recently completed shooting Words and Pictures with Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche. Meanwhile, she has been out and about town attending events like this screening for Whispers of Life where she is pictured with director Florian Helbedl and Joshua M Ferguson.

In other news, East of Main Cafe – that wonderful establishment that supports Project Limelight – is now having an event called ‘Monday NIght Live.’ On select Monday nights, a unique evening of storytelling featuring actors, directors, producers, casting directors, agents, writers and other film industry luminaries. They each have 7 – 10 minutes to share their story and the night is often moderated by Sanctuary & The Killing’s Ryan Robbins. Click on picture below to see Maureen Webb and Ryan talk about it all on The Rush.

Photo by Joshua Kier of Revolutionary Wave Photography

Photo above features Ryan, actor & stuntman Mike Dopud, Sliding Doors writer and director Peter Howitt and the very talented actor, The Call’s Michael Eklund (currently with beard as he is preparing to shoot The Untitled Edweard Muybridge project). I was in attendance this night, and it was an intense, profound, funny, soul-revealing and highly entertaining do. For any creative people needing inspiration, and to hear about trials and tribulations of dedicating your life to the dramatic arts – please go and open your mind. All proceeds go directly to Project Limelight – the free performing arts program for children in the DTES and surrounds.

To add to the mix, I am also very happy to be working with Kris Elgstrand on his new play ‘Ramifications of a Particular Crash’ starring Lori Triolo, Brad Dryborough, Lara Gilchrist and Maxine Chadburn. Direction by the prolific Martin Kinch. It runs May 30 – June 15th at Go Studios. You can purchase tickets here. Kris can also regularly be seen in his live comedy show ‘Social Anxiety Hour.’

I am also working with my former work mate at Lucas Talent, Gena Perala.  June 16th sees the debut of her new album Exactly Nowhere. No songs have been officially released yet, but click on the album cover below to see the music clip for La Fin.

Until next time…