Filming in Vancouver: Christmas TV movies abound, Idris Elba and Kate Winslet praise Vancouver

Idris Elba hit the Toronto International Film Festival’s red carpets with his new girlfriend from Vancouver, Sabrina Dhowre.

While, inexplicably, egg nog has already hit Vancouver store shelves prior to Halloween, if you happen to see elaborate Christmas decorations around town, they may not necessarily be companies trying to push the Noel season upon us prematurely.

What you might be witnessing are the numerous Christmas TV movies being shot around town.

In fact, there are so many seasonal TV specials being shot here, Vancouver might as well be renamed Hollywood North Pole.

Here’s a list of the wintertime holiday shows being shot here at the moment.

Alas, full details are limited as most of them haven’t announced any story details or cast members. But if you’re watching specials over the holiday season and the settings look strangely familiar, you’ll know why.

Dermot Mulroney

The Christmas Train, directed by Ron Oliver (Degrassi: The Next Generation), started on August 21 and will wrap on Wednesday (September 20).

Based on the novel by author David Baldacci, the romantic journey follows international journalist Tom Langdon (Dermot Mulroney), who is forced to take a cross-country train ride from Washington, D.C. so that he can reach Los Angeles by Christmas.

Along the way, he encounters a range of personalities—including a movie producer (Danny Glover), a script doctor (Kimberly Williams-Paisley), and a woman who seems to know his business better than he does (Joan Cusack)—and finds that an opportunity for love that he thought was no longer possible.

The show will premiere on Hallmark Channel on November 25.

Kimberly Williams-Paisley

Secret Santa, directed by Marita Grabiak (American Horror Story), started back on September 11 and continues until September 30.

Christmas in Evergreen, directed by Alex Zamm (Inspector Gadget 2), kicks off today (September 18) and keeps shooting until October 6.

After that, Allan Harmon (Untold Stories of the ER) will be directing Christmas for Joy from September 25 until October 14.

Jem Garrard

At the same time, Evergreen Inn, directed by Vancouver filmmaker Jem Garrard (Mech X-4), also runs the same dates, from today (September 18) to October 6.

Later on, Finding Santa, directed by David Winning (Van Helsing), starts on September 28 and continues until October 19.

Anna Kendrick

As if that’s not enough, that’s all in addition to a major Christmas-themed Disney feature film coming to town that’ll be filming from October 23 to January 19.

Nicole, directed by Marc Lawrence (Music and Lyrics), stars Anna Kendrick (Into the Woods) as the titular heroine, the daughter of Santa Claus, who takes over her family’s business when her father retires and her brother backs out at the last minute before his inaugural flight on Christmas Eve.

Bill Hader

Funny guy Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live) is reportedly in talks to play Nicole’s brother.

Idris Elba

In non-Christmas-related but wintry-related filming news, Vancouver has seems to have made quite the impression upon Kate Winslet and Idris Elba.
The two starred in the romance-drama The Mountain Between Us, which was filmed in various locations around B.C. from December 5, 2016, to February 24, 2017. (Incidentally, the film also stars the aforementioned Dermot Mulroney.)

Based upon the novel by Charles Martin, the story follows a writer (Winslet) and a doctor (Elba) who have to depend upon one another to survive in the wilderness after their plane crashes.

Kate Winslet

But it was more than just romance on-screen for Elba while in Vancouver.

For the premieres of both Molly’s Game and The Mountain Between Us at the Toronto International Film Festival, the 45-year-old British actor stepped out on the red carpet with his new girlfriend, Sabrina Dhowre.

Dowre is a 29-year-old model of Somali descent who was Miss Vancouver in 2014. The two met while working on set.

During a red-carpet interview in Toronto, Elba praised Vancouver crews and the quality of the air in Invermere, B.C.

Also in a red-carpet interview, Winslet heaped even more praise upon Vancouver.

“I was so happy to be there and so sad to leave,” the Oscar-winning star stated. “Canadians are incredible people.”

While she raved about the “incredible nature” and is even considering finding a way to leave here, she particularly expressed her love for Honey’s Doughnuts and Goodies (4373 Gallant Avenue, North Vancouver) in Deep Cove.

The bakery has also been graced by visits by several other stars while filming here, including Ryan Gosling, Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Garner, and Ben Affleck.

Well, that’s what we can consider an early Christmas present to Vancouver—and one that couldn’t be nicer.

On that positive note, that’s it for this week’s roundup but be sure to check back in with us for more on what’s shooting in Hollywood North (Pole).

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Filming in Vancouver: Christmas TV movies abound, Idris Elba and Kate Winslet praise Vancouver

Filming in Vancouver: Christmas TV movies abound, Idris Elba and Kate Winslet praise Vancouver

Idris Elba hit the Toronto International Film Festival’s red carpets with his new girlfriend from Vancouver, Sabrina Dhowre.

While, inexplicably, egg nog has already hit Vancouver store shelves prior to Halloween, if you happen to see elaborate Christmas decorations around town, they may not necessarily be companies trying to push the Noel season upon us prematurely.

What you might be witnessing are the numerous Christmas TV movies being shot around town.

In fact, there are so many seasonal TV specials being shot here, Vancouver might as well be renamed Hollywood North Pole.

Here’s a list of the wintertime holiday shows being shot here at the moment.

Alas, full details are limited as most of them haven’t announced any story details or cast members. But if you’re watching specials over the holiday season and the settings look strangely familiar, you’ll know why.

Dermot Mulroney

The Christmas Train, directed by Ron Oliver (Degrassi: The Next Generation), started on August 21 and will wrap on Wednesday (September 20).

Based on the novel by author David Baldacci, the romantic journey follows international journalist Tom Langdon (Dermot Mulroney), who is forced to take a cross-country train ride from Washington, D.C. so that he can reach Los Angeles by Christmas.

Along the way, he encounters a range of personalities—including a movie producer (Danny Glover), a script doctor (Kimberly Williams-Paisley), and a woman who seems to know his business better than he does (Joan Cusack)—and finds that an opportunity for love that he thought was no longer possible.

The show will premiere on Hallmark Channel on November 25.

Kimberly Williams-Paisley

Secret Santa, directed by Marita Grabiak (American Horror Story), started back on September 11 and continues until September 30.

Christmas in Evergreen, directed by Alex Zamm (Inspector Gadget 2), kicks off today (September 18) and keeps shooting until October 6.

After that, Allan Harmon (Untold Stories of the ER) will be directing Christmas for Joy from September 25 until October 14.

Jem Garrard

At the same time, Evergreen Inn, directed by Vancouver filmmaker Jem Garrard (Mech X-4), also runs the same dates, from today (September 18) to October 6.

Later on, Finding Santa, directed by David Winning (Van Helsing), starts on September 28 and continues until October 19.

Anna Kendrick

As if that’s not enough, that’s all in addition to a major Christmas-themed Disney feature film coming to town that’ll be filming from October 23 to January 19.

Nicole, directed by Marc Lawrence (Music and Lyrics), stars Anna Kendrick (Into the Woods) as the titular heroine, the daughter of Santa Claus, who takes over her family’s business when her father retires and her brother backs out at the last minute before his inaugural flight on Christmas Eve.

Bill Hader

Funny guy Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live) is reportedly in talks to play Nicole’s brother.

Idris Elba

In non-Christmas-related but wintry-related filming news, Vancouver has seems to have made quite the impression upon Kate Winslet and Idris Elba.
The two starred in the romance-drama The Mountain Between Us, which was filmed in various locations around B.C. from December 5, 2016, to February 24, 2017. (Incidentally, the film also stars the aforementioned Dermot Mulroney.)

Based upon the novel by Charles Martin, the story follows a writer (Winslet) and a doctor (Elba) who have to depend upon one another to survive in the wilderness after their plane crashes.

Kate Winslet

But it was more than just romance on-screen for Elba while in Vancouver.

For the premieres of both Molly’s Game and The Mountain Between Us at the Toronto International Film Festival, the 45-year-old British actor stepped out on the red carpet with his new girlfriend, Sabrina Dhowre.

Dowre is a 29-year-old model of Somali descent who was Miss Vancouver in 2014. The two met while working on set.

During a red-carpet interview in Toronto, Elba praised Vancouver crews and the quality of the air in Invermere, B.C.

Also in a red-carpet interview, Winslet heaped even more praise upon Vancouver.

“I was so happy to be there and so sad to leave,” the Oscar-winning star stated. “Canadians are incredible people.”

While she raved about the “incredible nature” and is even considering finding a way to leave here, she particularly expressed her love for Honey’s Doughnuts and Goodies (4373 Gallant Avenue, North Vancouver) in Deep Cove.

The bakery has also been graced by visits by several other stars while filming here, including Ryan Gosling, Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Garner, and Ben Affleck.

Well, that’s what we can consider an early Christmas present to Vancouver—and one that couldn’t be nicer.

On that positive note, that’s it for this week’s roundup but be sure to check back in with us for more on what’s shooting in Hollywood North (Pole).

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Filming in Vancouver: Christmas TV movies abound, Idris Elba and Kate Winslet praise Vancouver

This Week’s Top 5 Instagram Photos of Vancouver – September 15, 2017

Check out this week’s top 5 Instagram photos from @Inside_Vancouver!

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This Week’s Top 5 Instagram Photos of Vancouver – September 15, 2017

This Week’s Top 5 Instagram Photos of Vancouver – September 15, 2017

Check out this week’s top 5 Instagram photos from @Inside_Vancouver!

The talented photographers who snapped these shots have either tagged us in their post or have included the #veryvancouver hashtag in their caption.

Follow us on Instagram, tag us in your next snap, and you may see your picture featured here.

False Creek Vibes ✌🏼📷 // Photo: @instagramvancouver

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Due North ☝🏼🌲 // Photo: @ddskline

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Downtown Vancouver 📷☁️ // Photo: @vancouverlife

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A beautiful shot of Kits Pool, the ocean, some clouds, some mountains and the city skyline 🍭☁️ // Photo: @arielle.n.d

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This Week’s Top 5 Instagram Photos of Vancouver – September 15, 2017

Canadian film picks at this year’s Vancouver International Film Festival

A scene from the BC-shot Suck It Up.

While the Toronto International Film Festival premieres many of the high-profile, Oscar-baiting Hollywood releases, the Vancouver International Film Festival has carved a niche for itself by emphasizing Canadian and foreign releases. This year’s Canadian slate includes feature films and documentaries in the True North program as well as films by emerging filmmakers in the Future//Present series. Here’s a look at a few of the more notable Canadian releases screening at the fest, which runs Sept. 28-Oct 13 at various theatres in town.

Meditation Park—Vancouver director Mina Shum (Double Happiness) returns to her favourite theme—immigrant experience in Canada—in this, her fourth feature. In it, Maria (Cheng Pei Pei) has been a dutiful housewife to her workaholic husband (Tzi Ma). But when she learns he’s having an affair, everything changes. She’s aided and abetted by her daughter (returning Shum favourite Sandra Oh). Vancouver, especially Chinatown, also plays a part. Meditation Park is the fest’s Opening Night Gala Film.

A scene from Mina Shum’s Meditation Park.

Suck It Up—”A buddy-comedy wrapped in a British Columbia road trip, Suck It Up figures out how to find the humor in emotionally distressing situations that might elude any less determined characters than the film’s two protagonists. Gently amusing while avoiding needless sentimentality, Jordan Canning’s deft feature could find a limited following on the art house circuit or any number of streaming services.”—The Hollywood Reporter. It’s the second feature from Canning, following 2014’s We Were Wolves.

You’re Soaking in It—Scott Harper documents the shift in advertising from creative leaps and psychological profiling to precise, targeted surveillance rooted in complicated algorithms. The filmmaker interviews movers and shakers in the industry, including the guy who invented the pop-up add. He’s very sorry, apparently.

Still Night, Still Light—Sophie Goyette’s drama moves between three characters and three locations. Eliane, haunted by the death of her parents, leaves her Montreal home to teach piano in Mexico City. Her student’s father Romes is coping with midlife disappointment. Lastly, Pablo’s father harbours memories of a lost love. “Framed by Léna Mill-Reuillard’s gauzy and wistful cinematography, Goyette’s storytelling craft and ingenuity transcends generations, cultures and language, resulting in a debut that is nothing less than a complete and singular vision from a rising talent.”—Screen Anarchy

Still Night, Still Light.

Shut Up and Say Something—Melanie Woods’ documentary looks at Vancouver-based spoken word artist Shane Koyczan. The film screens at the BC Spotlight Awards Gala on Saturday, Oct. 7.

The Green Fog– A San Francisco Fantasia—Winnipeg-based filmmaker Guy Maddin, in collaboration with brothers Evan and Galen Johnson, pays homage to Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo in this collage-based film. Drawing on images from classics, ’50s noir, documentary and experimental films, and ’70s prime-time TV to create a “parallel-universe version” (Maddin’s words) of the Hitchcock classic. The Green Fog is a special VIFF LIVE presentation at the Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts on Sunday, Oct. 10, where it will be screened along with a live performance of the soundtrack by Kronos Quartet.

A still from The Green Fog, Guy Maddin’s tribute to Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo.

For more info on the 2017 Vancouver International Film Festival, visit viff.org.

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Canadian film picks at this year’s Vancouver International Film Festival

Canadian film picks at this year’s Vancouver International Film Festival

A scene from the BC-shot Suck It Up.

While the Toronto International Film Festival premieres many of the high-profile, Oscar-baiting Hollywood releases, the Vancouver International Film Festival has carved a niche for itself by emphasizing Canadian and foreign releases. This year’s Canadian slate includes feature films and documentaries in the True North program as well as films by emerging filmmakers in the Future//Present series. Here’s a look at a few of the more notable Canadian releases screening at the fest, which runs Sept. 28-Oct 13 at various theatres in town.

Meditation Park—Vancouver director Mina Shum (Double Happiness) returns to her favourite theme—immigrant experience in Canada—in this, her fourth feature. In it, Maria (Cheng Pei Pei) has been a dutiful housewife to her workaholic husband (Tzi Ma). But when she learns he’s having an affair, everything changes. She’s aided and abetted by her daughter (returning Shum favourite Sandra Oh). Vancouver, especially Chinatown, also plays a part. Meditation Park is the fest’s Opening Night Gala Film.

A scene from Mina Shum’s Meditation Park.

Suck It Up—”A buddy-comedy wrapped in a British Columbia road trip, Suck It Up figures out how to find the humor in emotionally distressing situations that might elude any less determined characters than the film’s two protagonists. Gently amusing while avoiding needless sentimentality, Jordan Canning’s deft feature could find a limited following on the art house circuit or any number of streaming services.”—The Hollywood Reporter. It’s the second feature from Canning, following 2014’s We Were Wolves.

You’re Soaking in It—Scott Harper documents the shift in advertising from creative leaps and psychological profiling to precise, targeted surveillance rooted in complicated algorithms. The filmmaker interviews movers and shakers in the industry, including the guy who invented the pop-up add. He’s very sorry, apparently.

Still Night, Still Light—Sophie Goyette’s drama moves between three characters and three locations. Eliane, haunted by the death of her parents, leaves her Montreal home to teach piano in Mexico City. Her student’s father Romes is coping with midlife disappointment. Lastly, Pablo’s father harbours memories of a lost love. “Framed by Léna Mill-Reuillard’s gauzy and wistful cinematography, Goyette’s storytelling craft and ingenuity transcends generations, cultures and language, resulting in a debut that is nothing less than a complete and singular vision from a rising talent.”—Screen Anarchy

Still Night, Still Light.

Shut Up and Say Something—Melanie Woods’ documentary looks at Vancouver-based spoken word artist Shane Koyczan. The film screens at the BC Spotlight Awards Gala on Saturday, Oct. 7.

The Green Fog– A San Francisco Fantasia—Winnipeg-based filmmaker Guy Maddin, in collaboration with brothers Evan and Galen Johnson, pays homage to Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo in this collage-based film. Drawing on images from classics, ’50s noir, documentary and experimental films, and ’70s prime-time TV to create a “parallel-universe version” (Maddin’s words) of the Hitchcock classic. The Green Fog is a special VIFF LIVE presentation at the Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts on Sunday, Oct. 10, where it will be screened along with a live performance of the soundtrack by Kronos Quartet.

A still from The Green Fog, Guy Maddin’s tribute to Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo.

For more info on the 2017 Vancouver International Film Festival, visit viff.org.

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Canadian film picks at this year’s Vancouver International Film Festival

Vancouver Cheese and Meat Festival Returns September 30

vancouver cheese and meat festival 2017

Image courtesy of the Vancouver Cheese & Meat Festival | Facebook.com

Meat and cheese go together like bread and butter (which, also tastes good with meat and cheese), so it just seems right to have a festival devoted to the perfect pairing. The second annual Vancouver Cheese and Meat festival is approaching quickly and tickets were quick to sell out.

However, there is a rumour that some extra passes will be made available to those on the waitlist for evening tickets. Additionally, if you post on the Event Facebook page, there’s a good chance that people may be willing to sell their tickets if they’re no longer able to go to the actual event. If all else fails, you can start planning your trip back to Vancouver for the 2018 Cheese & Meat Festival!

This year, The Cheese and Meat Festival will be hosted in Vancouver on September 30 at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre in Yaletown (181 Roundhouse Mews).

The festival will feature local and international cheeses and meats with an assortment of condiments, including pickles, nuts, bread, and more. Guests will also be able to enjoy the meaty and cheesy delicacies paired with a variety of beverages, including wine, beer, and cider.

Vancouver Cheese & Meat Festival

Image courtesy of the Vancouver Cheese & Meat Festival | Facebook.com

Aside from the extensive cheese and charcuterie, there will also be desserts and coffee available at the end of the event.

The vendor list for the event includes:

  • She Devil Delights (Hellish Relish)
  • ARC Iberico Imports (Iberico Ham)
  • Hoyne Brewing Co (Beer)
  • Blue Heron Creamery (Innovative dairy free “cheese”)
  • Two Rivers Specialty Meats (Various charcuterie)
  • Hanes Hummus
  • Sheringham Distillery (Gin / Vodka)
  • Barrelhouse Brine (Pickled vegetables)
  • and many more…

The full list of vendors is available on the Cheese & Meat Festival website.

The Cheese and Meat Festival also takes place in Victoria, and recently launched its first event in Seattle. To keep an eye on ticket sales, visit the Facebook event page.

Vancouver Cheese & Meat Festival Quick Details

  • Date: Saturday, September 30, 2017
  • Time: Afternoon tasting session (3pm), evening tasting session (7pm)
  • Location: Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre in Yaletown (181 Roundhouse Mews)
  • Admission: $ 55+ for tickets, but currently sold out – sign up for the waitlist for a chance to buy extra tickets released closer to the event.
  • Websitehttp://ift.tt/2f2ulw0

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Vancouver Cheese and Meat Festival Returns September 30