Surprise! It’s June and it’s busy! I always know what to expect, and I won’t complain because it’s always a fun, action-packed month full of adventures. Last week started it all off with a few highlights, including the screening for Now You See Me 2, actress Ellen Page and director Patricia Rozema in town to talk about Into The Forest, director Allan Ungar for his film Gridlocked, and star Bianca Del Rio and director Matt Kugelman for Hurricane Bianca at Inside Out Film Festival, to name a few things.
Last Monday week I was handed the keys to a 2016 Ford Focus Titanium for a week of test driving, which came in handy last week for a long-weekend getaway in Muskoka. On Friday we left town early and headed up to the Sherwood Inn Hotel, and we luckily had perfect weather.
This week in the blog you get two for the price of one as I catch up on blogging about what I’ve been up to for both last week, and this week. There has been a lot going on, including an interview with Emily VanCamp, screening X-Men: Apocalypse, interviews with Cabbie Richards and two stars from How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town, a Hudson’s Bay x Taste Canada event, and lots, lots more.
The fourth season of Orphan Black returned to Space and BBC America tonight, and I celebrated the series return with an interview this morning with stars Kristian Bruun and Kevin Hanchard. You won’t see that video up on YouTube yet though since we talked quite a bit about tonight’s episode.
Pretty much everyone I know has wild weeks, with more things going on than there generally seems time to deal with. The thing that always amazes me is just how many different things I seem to get involved with some weeks. It’s not just that I’m busy, but I’m busy with a wild mix of things almost every week, and I love it.
Tonight’s a big night in Toronto for film and television as the gala for the Canadian Screen Awards brings Canada’s stars and filmmakers together at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts. Awards have been handed out throughout the week, but tonight’s trophies cover the big categories, including Best Performances for film and television, Fan Choice awards, and Best Dramatic and Comedy Series.
The fans were hopping and the music was incredible last night as DJ sensation Kygo took over Toronto’s Uniun Nightclub for Samsung Canada’s celebration of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, which launched today across the country.
The GATE celebrated our 15th anniversary last year, and I’m pretty proud of the fact that I’ve not only made it this far, but also had some pretty great experiences. Since it’s early in 2016, that got me feeling a bit nostalgic about the incredible year that was 2015, so I thought it was time for a bit of a recap of some of the awesome stuff that came my way.
Until last year, I rarely left the house without my camera. Don’t get me wrong, I can’t imagine doing what I do without my DSLR–interviews, covering events, and all of the rest–but as phones get better, the big camera just isn’t as necessary all the time.
To all of the wonderful people who help make The GATE possible, and to all of our readers, friends, and family–thank-you for a fantastic year, and we wish you the best of the season! Happy Holidays and have a wonderful New Year!