London Film Museum puts 007’s wheels on display

LONDON — I’m in The UK for a few days to interview the stars and producers of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, a series based on the best selling novels and subsequent feature films. Partially shot in Montreal, the action-packed new series will premiere on Amazon Prime Video at the end of August. John Krazinski, buffed… Read on


Ten teams announced for The Amazing Race Canada: Heroes Edition

Go Brampton! We’ve finally got one of our own to cheer for as The Amazing Race Canada returns in a brand new “Heroes Edition.” Teams were announced this week with the series premiering Tuesday, July 3 on CTV and CTV GO. Ever since it launched, TARC has been the most-watched home-grown series in Canada and… Read on


Looking back at upfront: CTV gets last word

I know Randy Lennox reads this blog. He told me so himself during Bell’s annual breakfast with the executives during last Thursday’s upfront in Toronto. The Bell Media president told me, in fact, that he was nearly run over as he was crossing the street while reading my take on the Rogers and Corus upfronts.… Read on



WEDNESDAY: Corus puts the U.S. in “USfronts”

Time to give some credit where credit is due. Last year’s Corus upfront, I whinged here, seemed a tad awkward. There were super short interview opportunities and a great gulf, in the the group I was in at least, between the talent and the reporters. This Wednesday, things were greatly improved. For starters, this year’s… Read on


Dining out at Fran’s with Howie, Coates & Grier

Rogers brought the stars out for their 2018 Upfront Tuesday and treated them to a true slice of Toronto. One by one, Howie Mandel, David Alan Grier, Kim Coates and others were ushered into humble eaterie Fran’s Restaurant. The diner ended up being an unconventional — yet appetizing — place to grab eight minutes with… Read on


Rogers kicks off Canadian Upfront Week

Boy, those kids in the Rogers PR department are sharp. Want journalists to show up to your 2018-19 press launch? Hold it at licensed restaurant. Or two. as was the case Tuesday in Toronto. First came breakfast with the execs at vintage eatery The Senator; followed by talent interviews a short walk away at a… Read on



“Ferris’s Room” is a Suite treat for Bueller fans

Did you know that June 5 was the day Ferris Beuller took off in the 1986 John Hughes film “Ferris Beuller’s Day off”? It makes sense, then, that this Tuesday, June 5, Hollywood Suite premieres their new documentary “Ferris’s Room.” The film, by director Ryan Mains, features Toronto artist Sarah Keenlyside as she recreates the… Read on


Dog Tales Rescue helps Fido find a forever home

How often have you been checking your Facebook feed when you get derailed by videos of obedient dogs with snacks on their snout or sleepy dogs cuddling with cats or bad dogs getting caught doing a no-no? You stop to look for a minute and before you know it, a dog year has gone by.… Read on