National Newswatch

‘Schitt’s Creek’ star Noah Reid to make Broadway debut in comedy ‘The Minutes’

Oct 15 2021 — Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — "Schitt's Creek" star Noah Reid is set to make his Broadway debut. Producers say the Toronto actor and musician, who played Patrick on CBC's "Schitt's Creek," has joined the cast of the Tracy Letts play "The Minutes." The Steppenwolf Theatre Company production, directed by Anna D. Shapiro, is set to begin performances at […]

‘Schitt’s Creek’ star Noah Reid to make Broadway debut in comedy ‘The Minutes’

Oct 15 2021 — Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — "Schitt's Creek" star Noah Reid is set to make his Broadway debut. Producers say the Toronto actor and musician, who played Patrick on CBC's "Schitt's Creek," has joined the cast of the Tracy Letts play "The Minutes." The Steppenwolf Theatre Company production, directed by Anna D. Shapiro, is set to begin performances at […]

Hot Docs hires former CBC exec Heather Conway as executive director/co-president

Oct 13 2021 — Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Former CBC executive Heather Conway is taking on a leadership position at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. The Hot Docs board of directors has announced Conway as the Toronto-based organization's new executive director and co-president.  Conway left her five-year post as executive vice-president of CBC's English services at the end of […]

‘Night Raiders’ filmmaker Danis Goulet explores colonization through sci-fi lens

Oct 7 2021 — Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — While writing her new Indigenous sci-fi thriller "Night Raiders," Danis Goulet says she approached one broadcaster for funding and walked away with a "tiny example" of the barriers facing Indigenous filmmakers. It was June 2015, the same month the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada released its final report, when the broadcaster sent […]

Actors Shamier Anderson and Stephan James sign first-look deal with Boat Rocker

Oct 5 2021 — Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Canadian actor-brothers Shamier Anderson and Stephan James are set to develop and produce original television projects for Toronto-based global entertainment company Boat Rocker. The Toronto stars have struck a first-look deal with Boat Rocker under their Bay Mills Studios banner. Both already have a relationship with Boat Rocker, with Anderson starring in its […]

‘Drunken Birds’ chosen as Canada’s contender for international film Oscar

Oct 4 2021 — Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — "Drunken Birds," about a lovestruck Mexican drug cartel member who becomes a seasonal migrant worker in rural Quebec, will represent Canada in the Oscar race for best international feature film. A pan-Canadian committee of about 20 voting delegates chose the project — which includes dialogue in French, Spanish, English and Mandarin — out […]

‘Sort Of’ is about transition in all walks of life, says star/co-creator Bilal Baig

Sep 30 2021 — Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — In deciding to not only co-create but star in a comedy series about a gender-fluid millennial nanny in Toronto, Bilal Baig was nervous. The queer, transfeminine, Muslim playwright says they trained as an actor in theatre school but "have a very complicated relationship to performance" and "struggle with visibility and being looked at." […]

‘Belfast’ wins People’s Choice prize at Toronto International Film Festival

Sep 18 2021 — Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — British star Kenneth Branagh's "deeply personal" directorial effort, "Belfast," has picked up awards season momentum after winning the People's Choice prize at the Toronto International Film Festival. The family drama inspired by his own childhood in Belfast, Ireland won the honour during Saturday's TIFF Tribute Awards broadcast on CTV, which ended 10 days […]

P.K. Subban executive producing upcoming docuseries ‘Black Life: A Canadian History’

Sep 16 2021 — Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Homegrown hockey star P.K. Subban says he hopes to educate audiences and spark conversation with the new docuseries, "Black Life: A Canadian History." The Toronto-raised New Jersey Devils defenceman is an executive producer on the newly announced eight-part project, slated to air on CBC TV and CBC Gem in 2023. Showrunner Leslie Norville […]