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Heart and Film with Lisa Durupt

Friday 20/12/11

Heart and Film with Lisa Durupt

When thinking of the Canadian prairies, the film industry is not the first thing that comes to mind. But with its beautiful and diverse landscapes, dedicated people, and untapped locational market, the prairies offer a lot more than long, cold winters.

Growing up on the ice with a hockey stick in hand, Lisa Durupt had every intention of becoming an athletic therapist. A change of direction meant remaining in her home province of Manitoba and entering the world of theatre and film. Her prairie roots, passion for performing, and love of being on the ice have remained with her on the west coast; all of which come shining through in her leading role on Christmas with a Crown. Lisa kindly offered us more insight into her character, the challenges faced on set during the pandemic, and how everyone came together to make it happen.
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Family and Film with Dylan Pearce

Thursday 20/12/03

Family and Film with Dylan Pearce

A sweet festive story shared with family is a highlight for many during this holiday season. Christmas movies offer a chance to escape from the everyday and be whisked away to a winter wonderland, often resulting in a magical storybook romance. Family films are loved for many reasons; and just as the audience loves to watch them, Director Dylan Pearce loves to make them.

A pivotal loss and influential moment changed the course of Dylan’s life, from medicine into film. His passion for storytelling combined with family influence creates an environment where people can feel at home, while being whisked away into a grownup fairytale. His latest film, Christmas with a Crown, is a project close to his heart for many reasons, including the driving force behind this project, his late mother Mary Pearce. Filmed in Edmonton and filled with family and friends of the cast and crew including his wife and daughter, Dylan shared more about the incredible community that made it all possible.
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Born to Perform with Teryl Rothery

Wednesday 20/11/25

Born to Perform with Teryl Rothery

Children are often asked what they want to be when they grow up. It is a question that offers a chance to dream of all of the opportunities of the future, and to believe that anything and everything is possible, where creativity knows no end. From an early age of dreaming up scenes with Barbies, or entertaining her family with solo performances, Teryl Rothery knew the path to which she was called.

Years of dancing on stage and directing dolls at home turned into a prominent career. Her sense of humour, delivery of lines, and ability to show the strength and depth of a character without detracting from those in the scene with her, are all assets that Teryl brings to the screen. In this latest interview, Teryl shares more about storytelling, the impact motherhood has had on her craft, and how much it has meant to be part of the upcoming film Christmas with a Crown.
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Producing and Performing with Marcus Rosner

Thursday 20/11/19

Producing and Performing with Marcus Rosner

Christmas lights can seem magical, transforming our homes into illuminated communities for everyone to enjoy. It takes a string, or several strings connected together to create a glowing masterpiece, yet for many it only takes one missing bulb to extinguish the glow. Likewise, in movies, each individual character and crew member plays an important role, and when they all come together, magic happens. In the upcoming Christmas with a Crown, Prince Nicolas (portrayed by fan favourite Marcus Rosner) sets aside his royal duties to explore the vibrant and glowing community of Wintervail. Although palace life continues in his absence, the bright future of the royal family is in question.

Although he grew up on the prairies and not in a palace, Marcus Rosner is a bright light on the screen, whether he is portraying someone’s prince charming, or an upper class intruder in Hope Valley. His humour, timing, and presence are all assets that Marcus brings to these roles, which make him a joy to watch as a viewer. In a project close to his heart and home (literally, as it was filmed in Edmonton, minutes from his hometown of Sherwood Park, Alberta), Marcus shared more about his dual roles as an actor and executive producer, and how Christmas with a Crown cast and crew came together to make this magic happen.
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YouMightBeAPOstable

Wednesday 20/11/18

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Stamp of Approval with Geoff Gustafson

Thursday 20/10/01

Stamp of Approval with Geoff Gustafson

A letter sent in the mail would not be complete without a stamp, just as the POstables would be incomplete without Norman Dorman. With his ability to determine the age of a letter’s author, to his field kit of unconventional detective tools, Norman is a valuable member of the Dead Letter Office. Being part of this team is more than employment for Norman, as the work comes from his heart and each of the POstables has become his family. With childlike innocence, Norman finds something beautiful in everyone and everything. He is loyal to a fault and teaches those around him to see the world for the good that it brings, despite the challenges.

Bringing the heart, expressions, and charm to the role of Norman is Canadian actor, Geoff Gustafson. Geoff’s ability to step into Norman’s shoes and portray deep thought with few words is one of the many endearing qualities that connects the audience to this character. With fans eager for more Signed, Sealed, Delivered, Geoff kindly offered more insight into his work as an actor and his role as a POstable.
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Music and Magic with Tim Janis

Thursday 20/07/23

Music and Magic with Tim Janis

Just as a button connects two pieces of fabric, Tim Janis has connected his passion for music and film in his heartfelt Christmas tale, Buttons. This beautiful movie intertwines music, faith, and a fairytale to bring a hope-filled story to our TV screens. Featuring a talented cast including some iconic names, Buttons is sure to become a family favourite.

A gifted composer with a heart for stories that inspire, Tim graciously offered to share more about his involvement with Buttons, the lengthy process required to complete the film, and how this project supports others.
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Inspired by the Shores with Sherryl Woods

Wednesday 20/07/08

Inspired by the Shores with Sherryl Woods

Summer visits along the shores of the Potomac River became the inspiration behind the setting for the Chesapeake Shores novels. Springing forth from her idea of a large family, author Sherryl Woods created the beloved O’Briens, whose stories first resonated with readers and now include viewing audiences around the world. While waiting to see what happens with these cherished characters in season 5 of the top Hallmark TV drama, Sherryl graciously revealed more about the history of this series and her involvement along the way.
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Nostalgic Nanoose Bay

Thursday 20/07/02

Meet me on the Shores – Nostalgic Nanoose Bay

The community of Nanoose Bay contains the smallest population of the filming tour locations, but for Chessies it holds the heart of the show, the O’Brien Family Home.
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Wednesday 20/06/24

Meet me on the Shores – Quaint Qualicum Beach

The sweet little town of Qualicum Beach is home to many filming locations Chessies will enjoy, including some of the most recognizable sites such as Sally’s, and Nell’s cherished fountain. With plenty of delightful places to discover, be sure to give yourself ample time to explore.
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