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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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Meet me on the Shores – Neighbourly Nanaimo

Thursday 20/06/18

Meet me on the Shores – Neighbourly Nanaimo

nanaimo sign Welcome to Nanaimo, “The Harbour City” and home of the beloved “Nanaimo bar”. There is plenty to enjoy, such as walking along the waterfront or searching the scenic sites around the city. Chessies will recognize many locations in Nanaimo, as scenes filmed here represented cities outside of Chesapeake Shores, including Nashville and Baltimore.
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dove dot org collaboration

Wednesday 20/06/17

Dove Collaboration

Heart and Home has always been TV you can trust, with heartwarming, feel-good programs for the whole family. Now, we are proud to add another dimension to that commitment by introducing our collaboration with The Dove Foundation.

Incorporated in 1991 and based in Portland, Oregon, Dove is a not-for-profit organization that issues film reviews, ratings, and endorsements of movies it considers suitable for family audiences, based on Christian values.
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Thursday 20/06/11

Meet me on the Shores – Picturesque Parksville

parksville sign As spring turns into summer and travel restrictions remain, a virtual adventure of Chesapeake Shores’ filming locations seems to be the perfect way for Chessies to plan their next vacation, post-pandemic. Just prior to the Season 4 Premiere last August, a couple of us enjoyed the beautiful ocean views and sandy shores as we rented a car and sought out many of the places where this beloved show was filmed.
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Wednesday 20/06/10

Meet Me on the Shores

meet me on the shores written in sand on the beach Chesapeake Shores, home to the O’Brien family, is a fictional town created by author Sherryl Woods, and is situated in the state of Maryland. The TV series is loosely based on these books, and while Maryland is on the east coast of the States, the filming actually takes place along the west coast in Canada.

The series is filmed on beautiful Vancouver Island, in the province of British Columbia, and is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean. With travel restrictions in place and filming on hold, it felt like the perfect time to take a virtual adventure to the Island.

Over the next few weeks, join along as multiple filming locations sail into the spotlight. But take note, this might just inspire your next vacation.
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When Writing Calls with Derek Thompson

Wednesday 20/04/29

When Writing Calls with Derek Thompson

Throughout the seasons of When Calls the Heart there have been many examples of the characters exploring their hearts and discerning their calling: Elizabeth as a writer and teacher, Julie as an artist, Bill as a judge, and even young Robert becoming a Mountie. While set in fiction, these stories easily connect with the audience and act as a reminder that life sometimes goes off script, offering wonderful unexpected opportunities in the process.

As a key member of the storytelling team, Derek Thompson knows this well. One screenwriting course redirected his path into the world of scripts, writing wonderful events from the beloved “homestead” episode in season two to the comical bachelor/bachelorette episode in season seven. His creativity, character development and heart have brought something special to Hope Valley, a gift which has also been applied to the characters from Brookfield. With season eight officially announced, Derek warmly shared more about the life of a writer and the stories that keep Hearties connected.
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Heart of a Mountie With Ryan-James Hatanaka

Wednesday 20/04/15

Heart of a Mountie With Ryan-James Hatanaka

Gabriel Kinslow was the first person to appear in When Hope Calls, as he loped along the luscious green landscape aboard his beautiful black horse, Apollo. This moment not only introduced the character of Constable Kinslow, but also provided an opportunity to view the entire town of Brookfield from afar. His first action after riding into town was offering to help Lillian carry the heavy feed bag. The red serge itself captured attention, but this initial act of service also proved that Gabriel truly has the heart of a Mountie.

Ryan-James Hatanaka is not only respected as a talented actor and athlete, he is also admired for his dedication to this role, on screen and off. RJ regularly charms the Hearties with insight on his character and gratitude for the fans while live tweeting. He also left a lasting impression when he flew overnight from Hungary to Canada, to ensure he attended the Hearties Family Reunion in October. RJ is a wonderful asset to the cast of When Hope Calls and he kindly shared more about his role as a Mountie, his interests off screen and the heart behind it all.
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