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November 23, 2016

Whistler Film Festival

Whistler Film Festival. It’s Canada’s answer to Sundance, but we have Caesars, our beer has more alcohol, and our mountain had a starring role in the Olympics!

Sure, you’ve been up to Whistler for some world-class skiing and snowboarding, but we think it’s about time you checked out this amazing film fest that’s happening up there later this month. There’s something about taking in the films, panels, and parties that makes this place even more magical than usual.

This year, WFF is going big and opening with La La Land, an Oscar-buzz-worthy film starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone which got rave reviews at TIFF. If the Hollywood scene isn’t your thing, then don’t worry, there are still loads of Canadian and international features and documentaries for you to cozy up to. The BC shot film Raw tells the story of a drug-addicted teen against the backdrop of Salt Spring Island. Skip over to the Australian documentary The Will to Fly about Australian ski-jumper Lydia Lassila as she trains to complete a quadruple twisting triple somersault jump. Yes, believe it or not, Australia does have snow and a ski team! You can see the full lineup here.

It doesn’t matter if you’re an industry insider, film buff, or a ski bum. The laid-back atmosphere of Whistler Blackcomb welcomes you. In your downtime, you might want to try one of the other interesting, different, and unique activities this mountain town has to offer.

  • Snowshoeing: if you’ve never tried this, then now is the time. It’s a guaranteed workout even if you are in good shape and a beautiful way to enjoy the scenery.
  • The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre: this place is fabulous. It’s a little museum that no one knows about. I went there a few years ago and had an amazing time. I saw things I had only read about in history books, and made a cool bracelet out of bark!
  • Bobsleigh and Skeleton Experience at the Whistler Sliding Centre: you can slide down the same tracks as the Olympic athletes! It’s not set to open until Dec 12, but with Whistler’s projected early snowfall, it will hopefully open early.
  • Ice Climbing: climb Whistler via ladders and cables to get an amazing view and sense of exhilaration and achievement.
  • The Whistler Olympic Park: if thrill-seeking adventure isn’t your thing, then take a tour of the Olympic Park and venues from the 2010 Olympics.
  • The Longhorn Saloon and Grill: at the mountain bases of Whistler and Blackcomb, in what was the original village, it’s been around since 1981. No trip is complete without a lunch or an evening out at this place.
  • As Vancouverites, we are blessed to have this gem of a ski resort in our midst, and every year it sparkles a little more when the glitz of Hollywood arrives there. Grab yourself a cup of java and take the short drive up to see this wonderful film festival in the mountains. You’ll make it there even before your coffee gets cold!

The festival showcases 86 films and runs from November 30 – December 4.  Book with special WFF partners for preferred rates on accommodation.

  A Snow Capped Christmas
Airs on W Network, Nov. 14 at 3pm

When champion figure skater Claire becomes injured, she is sent to a rehabilitation center in the snowy mountains, where she meets and falls for a local ice fisherman who shows her there is more to life than competition.

 Ice
Premieres on Audience Network, Nov. 16

Training Day director Antoine Fuqua’s series about the diamond trade: the lives of an LA-based family of diamond traders becomes embroiled in turmoil when one of their family members kills a prominent diamond dealer.

 Every Christmas Has a Story
Airs on Hallmark, Nov. 18 at 10pm

When a TV personality has an on-air snafu and admits she hates Christmas, she is invited to the Most Christmassy town in the US to try and repair her image. When she’s forced to work with her ex-boyfriend the magic of Christmas and this special town will change the way she views Christmas and her life.

 Bachelorette Canada Finale & After the Rose
Airs on W Network, Nov. 22 at 9pm

Does Jasmine, Canada’s Bachelorette, find true love? She started with 20 bachelors, and now it’s time for her to choose her Mr. Right. Make sure to tune in to the series finale.Don’t forget about the juicy and revealing After the Final Rose show that follows to spill all the secrets.

 Hearts of Christmas
Airs on Hallmark, Dec. 4 at 9pm

When a beloved neonatal intensive care unit supervisor is forced to take early retirement, her young colleague, Jenny, decides to turn the upcoming staff Christmas party into a surprise celebration for her… but the plan is complicated by the hospital’s new CFO, who’s been tasked with cutting costs.

 Dirk Gently Holistic Detective Agency
Airs on BBC America, Saturdays at 9pm

Corpses, cops, trap, cult, assassins, Pararibulitis, vampires, lottery ticket, kitten, corgi… EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED! Welcome to the world of BBC AMERICA’s Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency; a trippy mystery that thrusts a reluctant sidekick into the bizarre world of an unconventional detectives.

 Howard Lovecraft & The Frozen Kingdom
Available now for digital download on iTunes

After visiting his father in Arkham Sanitarium, young Howard Lovecraft ignores his father’s warning and uses the legendary Necronomicon to open a portal to a strange, frozen world filled with horrifying creatures and grave danger.

 Spirit Unforgettable
Available now for digital download on iTunes

The touching story of Spirit of the West front man John Mann and his battle with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. With the support of his wife, he and his nearly lifelong bandmates decide to give their fans a goodbye, and possibly final, performance at Massey Hall.

September 29, 2016

Mapping Line 21 Workspaces

 

We all have items we can’t do without at work. We surveyed Line 21’s staff to discover what they always have near them. There are the obvious work-related items you’d expect, but there are also lots of unusual…essentials.
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September 27, 2016

Coming Attractions and Highlights

 This Is High School
Premieres on CBC, October 2

A six-part series that gives audiences unprecedented access into the world of today’s teenagers. Producers put 50 remote-controlled cameras in a typical secondary school—and let them run for eight weeks. This fly-on-the-wall series captures the challenges facing both educators and students alike in a 21st-century public high school. It delves deep into an institution that has a formative influence on all of us, and captures a moment of transition.

 

 Window Horses
Screens at VIFF, September 30 & October 3

Rosie Ming, a young Canadian poet, is invited to perform at a poetry festival in Iran. Once in Iran, she finds herself in the company of poets and Persians who tell her stories that force her to confront her past, the Iranian father she assumed abandoned her, and the nature of poetry itself. The film is about building bridges between cultural and generational divides. It’s about being curious, staying open, and finding your own voice through the magic of poetry.

 

 The Romeo Section
Airs on CBC, October 5

The second season of The Romeo Section finds Wolfgang McGee tasked with a covert investigation into an alleged terrorist incident, leading him into the dark side of intelligence. With the help of a blacklisted acquaintance, they sift through inconsistencies that seem too convenient to be coincidence.

 

 Koneline: Our Land Beautiful
Screens at VIFF, October 3 & 9

In Nettie Wild’s stunning magnum opus, a mining company helicopter hovers above the pristine land of the Tahltan First Nation in northern BC, carrying a huge electric transmission tower, casting patterned shadows. This conflict between man-made geometries and nature’s vortices is at the film’s heart. Marking a tonal departure from her earlier documentaries, Wild creates a balanced profile that’s free of polemics and a feast for the eyes. “Subtle, beautiful and remarkably even-handed.”

 

 Spirit Unforgettable
Screens at VIFF, October 8 & 12

Director Pete McCormack (Facing Ali, VIFF ’09) brings us the story of John Mann, lead singer of the iconic Vancouver band Spirit of the West, and his struggle with early onset Alzheimer’s. McCormack has built a compelling and emotionally powerful narrative around archival clips and intimate interviews that reveal Mann, his wife, Jill, and his bandmates to be endlessly engaging and surprisingly candid. This affecting documentary builds to the sort of riveting performance that’s made the band local legends.

 

 Travelers
Premieres on Showcase, October 17

Hundreds of years from now, the last surviving humans discover the means of sending consciousness back through time, directly into people in the 21st century. These “travelers” assume the lives of seemingly random people, while secretly working as teams to perform missions in order to save humanity from a terrible future.

 

 Political Animals
Multiple screenings across the USA

Follow the first four openly gay California State legislators, all women, whose personal sacrifices and professional accomplishments, including the first domestic partnership registration in the nation, laid the groundwork for perhaps the most important civil rights struggle of our time: marriage equality.

 

 VIFF
September 29 – October 14

There are lots of great Canadian and international film choices at the Vancouver International Film Festival. Make it your mission to see some great cinema! Turn off your computer for just one night and go out and explore the wonderful world of film festivals. Rain or shine!

August 27, 2016


At Line 21, we have an incredible staff. Many of us have been together since the ’90s, through the life changes of all kinds that you might expect over 20 years or so. I’ve been asked to write some tips about how we’ve achieved our staff retention. The answer, of course… it’s been a team effort.

  • One way to retain staff is to hire good people to begin with. Hire people that you want to share your life with, and ideally, people that add skills to those you already have on hand, rather than matching them. Then be prepared to evolve their job descriptions.
  • Understand what an employee is, what a contractor is, and what an employer’s responsibilities are. Do not attempt to classify an employee as a contractor.
  • Offer benefits to employees; a company or group has access to tools like group benefit plans and RRSP plans that make lives more convenient, and these are really worthwhile and valuable to staff. One thing we did that made a big difference for people was to reduce the number of hours worked  that was required to qualify for our benefits plan to include our long-term, part-time staff in our full benefits group.
  • Pay quickly. Pay often. Never miss or delay. Pay in a manner that is convenient for staff, like etransfer. Payday is a celebration of your basic contract and is the foundation of trust in an organization. This is super important.
  • Make sure everyone takes their vacation time, and do allow people to negotiate extra days off and leave if you can accommodate them at all. Remember that vacation time and vacation pay are separate ideas; both necessary, but if you untie the ideas from each other, it allows more flexibility. For this reason, we pay most people hourly, rather than as salary.
  • Holiday parties, birthday recognition, bonuses… do these things!
  • Understand that nothing stays the same, in lives or in business. Times and technology change, and people’s availability changes. If you can keep great people on staff by making changes to their work conditions or calendar, make the changes. Great people are very hard to replace, doing so takes a lot of time, and an employee who has helped to shape the business will stay with you longer.
  • Think about how you would like to be treated in any situation. Apply that logic when making decisions. It’s basic, it’s simple, but it’s powerful.
  • Do not envision barriers where none have to exist. Instead, try to boil your situation down to establish basic criteria, communicate those as clearly as you can, and allow others to make intelligent decisions that respect those criteria (or challenge the criteria, if they deserve challenging). For instance, we need all our work to be done on time. That is non-negotiable, but if someone prefers to work funky hours to do their work, or if they can figure out how to work remotely, we have no reason to disagree.
  • Try to be fluid in your ideas about how a particular goal will be accomplished.  Ask for help from all quarters, and see what people come up with. Try to notice if people are spending energy on making suggestions. Can you put them in a position to make changes? On the flip side, sometimes small projects never seem to gain any traction because some key piece of context is missing. Don’t be too attached to how you think this job will get done. Be prepared to re-assess. Think about what people will need to do the task at hand.
  • Do staff the courtesy of not micro-managing them. Everyone has a different work style and a different work pace. Invest them with trust that they will hit the benchmarks that you have agreed on, and if those benchmarks are hit — you have no problems. It can be tricky to ask what people have been up to without appearing to micro-manage their time. Work on having this conversation.
  • Look forward to finding out what your staff will create, both inside and outside of your organization. Be genuinely interested in them as people. Encourage staff to have lives and interests outside of your work together.
  • As a manager, I’ve had a few proud moments that took me by surprise. One memory that stands out for me was when one staff member’s child made a present for another staff member’s child. More recently, one of our staff hired her son, whom we first met as a two-year-old (You know who you are. I won’t name names unless you want me to…). These are huge moments in the life of a company. They are among the moments when, as a business owner, you realize that your company has taken on a life of its own.


New Releases 


There are lots of great Canadian and International film choices at Toronto International Film Festival (September 8-18) and Vancouver International Film Festival (September 29-October 14). Make it your mission to support these two great Canadian festivals! Turn off your computer for just one night and go out and explore the wonderful world of film festivals. Rain or shine!

 

 Summer of Dreams
Airs on Hallmark, September 3 at 7pm

Fading pop star Debbie Taylor is on the verge of losing everything – including her freedom – when she runs away to suburban Ohio where she finds her way into teaching music to a talented group of misfit kids. As she lays low and taps into the kids’ talents in an attempt to become relevant again, she begins to realize that fame isn’t everything. Stars Debbie Gibson and Robert Gant.

 Bachelorette Canada
Premieres on W Network, September 13 at 9pm

In the Canadian version of this show, bachelorette Jasmine Lorimer tries to find her Mr. Right. Based on the format of the U.S. version of the show, she’ll navigate group and individual dates with 20 male suitors, hoping to find her soulmate… and perhaps her future groom.

 

Expand Your Audience

Tell us your air/release dates! We’ll tell people through our newsletter and on our blog… because everyone should know when to watch. Email us now!

July 8, 2016

Line 21’s Office Shorthand
Some of us have been doing this captioning job really quite a long time, up to 26 years. Over that time, we’ve developed weird shorthand terminology which we’ve mixed with more accepted film/video and workflow terminology. Some of these things have become common parlance among us, with their origins sometimes forgotten… if you read in between the lines a bit, you’ll get a sense of how we do our jobs around here.

Stripping
An important principle, we feel, for life, is that if something has been done once, there is no sense doing it again. Reformatting text is one of the basics of our workflows, removing information, adding information, reordering columns, swapping terms around… so one of the first things we do when captioning a show is we ask if the client has any kind of script available at all. We then strip the materials we received down to dialogue only. From there, we pull the stripped script into our captioning software and start doing our magic.

Verbatimizing
No matter how good a transcript we receive might be, it will need adjusting to the actual audio. Verbatimizing is a pass through the transcript and media to harmonize the two. You might notice that we have been talking like Dr. Doofenshmirtz for a very long time. Guilty as charged.

Splitting
“Splitting” is the term we use for breaking up dialogue into meaningful segments that will later become captions or subtitles. The goal is to split the words spoken into a line or two at a time, keeping ideas together. We work to avoid leaving words dangling at the end of a line, to avoid splitting infinitives, to reduce suspense for people reading only one title at a time, and to ensure captions neither look silly or confusing. For example, the line “The people of Mars eat lots of cotton candy” would be split like this:

It would never be split as follows:

It may seem like a picky detail until… you try to read carelessly split captions or subtitles.

Hamster hunt
Those who were there will remember the actual occasion when this term was coined for a fairly wild and hilarious transcriber mishearing that got revealed during a timing pass. The actual audio was “You camped out overnight?” but the transcriber heard “Your hamster camped out overnight?” For obvious reasons, the phrase passed into infamy pretty much right away. We see a lot of goofed-up homonyms, but the inspired mishearing is an art form of its own… but these things do not belong in captioning, and must be rooted out. And saved in a clippings file.

Timing
“Timing” to us means pulling the script and media into our captioning software, watching and listening at the same time, and assigning timecodes to each caption. This process comes after stripping (and after verbatimizing, if it’s needed). Captions are positioned appropriately depending on the style of captioning the client has chosen, for instance to make it clear who is speaking, to avoid covering supers, credits, or onscreen action. We also synchronize to shot and scene changes to the frame – this gives a much better look. Depending on the mood of your colleagues at the time, we recommend singing while timing. All editors know that musicality is a big part of this job. Sing quietly if that is the preference of your peers.

Verifying
One thing people may not really know about captions is that they require build time to display. When we are verifying, we are making sure that each caption has adequate build and display time. If not, we adjust timecodes discreetly to ensure that all will display as intended. This is a great time to make sure that no characters are bolded, because for reasons dating back to the very origins of captioning in teletext, a bolded caption will flash when displayed. Not a good look.

Reviewing
Once a file has been stripped, verbatimized, split, timed, and verified, we watch the captions as they will be displayed on broadcast, fine-tuning on every level. We think a dedicated, focused, high quality review is 100% essential. Good captioning needs a personal touch, and the shows we work on deserve that respect. At this point, your caption editor is likely also your fan. Even if the film isn’t one’s favourite genre, by this time, all the work that has gone into finishing it is totally apparent. Kudos!

 


Full Nomad
We’ve got more than one world traveller in our midst! In 2015, Steffani Cameron, one of our caption editors, sold all her belongings and went Full Nomad. In her first 10 months on the road, Croatia, Portugal and its Azores Islands, and Mexico are just some of the stops she’s made. She’s got thoughtful, funny, and absorbing stories about things she’s seen and people she’s met on her journey.

Later this year, she’ll trade Mexican adventures for Eastern Europe! You can follow her on Facebook, too.


New Releases

 I Am JFK Jr.
Airs on Spike TV, August 1 at 9pm
Available for download on iTunes August 2

Paints an intimate portrait of the man who was born into the privileged world of Camelot and raised in the world’s spotlight. Not one to rest on his laurels, he became his own man as he worked tirelessly for the underprivileged, the disabled, and many other charitable causes.

 

 Tempest Storm
Available for download on iTunes, August 2

The story of Tempest Storm, a world-famous exotic dancer and sex icon. Now 88 years old, she takes us through her rough childhood and early abusive marriages all the way to international stardom, affairs with Elvis and President John F. Kennedy, and the career-crippling backlash over her interracial marriage.

 

 Ratchet & Clank
Available for download on iTunes, August 2

Ratchet is the last of his kind, a foolhardy “lombax,” and Clank is a pint-sized robot with more brains than brawn. Together, these two unlikely heroes team up to stop a vile alien from destroying every planet in the Solana Galaxy.

June 2, 2016

Last month, we talked about the idea of combining work and travel, and how you can make that happen. This month, learn about the benefits for you and your company, as well as getting some ideas on where to start!


Sunset Sign at Ao Nang Beach, Thailand

The Benefits of a Workation

Part 2 of a 2-part series. Written by Leslie Foster.

Aside from the obvious—you’re out exploring the world, eating fabulous local food, making new friends—there are other benefits to taking some time to travel.

  • A vacation is a stress release for most. It follows that even a vacation where you have to work a bit should help to reduce stress. Less stress leads to fewer sick days.
  • A change of scenery can inspire us, leading to more creative work and better productivity. Who can argue with that?
  • Working remotely from home can be isolating. Working in a cubicle can wear you down. But working poolside, or from a co-working space or from a café (even in your own town!), gives that feeling of being part of the larger world. This is healthy!

Wat Mahathat, Sukhothai, Thailand

How to Be a Successful Remote Worker

  • There are certain characteristics of someone who can make working away from the office a successful venture.
  • Previous experience working from home is a great place to start. Perhaps propose the idea to your boss of working a few hours from home every week to prove that you can do a great job… and then do a great job! If you can’t be productive at home, the added distractions of a new locale will probably be even more difficult. A certain amount of discipline is required to be successful.
  • Try to schedule your work vacation during a slow time of year. You don’t want to get away and be working overtime, or be leaving someone back home holding the bag.
  • Before you leave, if possible, take on jobs with flexible deadlines. This gives you some wiggle room for last-minute experiences that might arise that you’d hate to pass up… or for traveller sickness from that Thai food stall.
  • If you’re going someplace with dodgy internet, plan ahead to see if there are any co-working spaces. These are becoming very popular in certain locales (think Bali!) and offer everything from 24/7 lightning-fast internet to meeting rooms, private Skype booths, a mailing address and locker, and some even offer workshops! These sorts of places are also great for someone who needs a more structured work environment. I’m happy to work poolside, but that’s not for everyone.
  • Plan to be responsive to your co-workers/clients. You might be nine time zones away from them, but if they need an answer, you better have a plan for getting them one. Some people choose to work at night, others set up alerts if an important email comes through. I chose to check my emails twice, once in the evening and again when I got up, and I scheduled production work for times I didn’t have an activity planned. If I was taking a few days off, I let everyone know I would be unavailable.

Wah Pho Buddhas in Bangkok, Thailand

The Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand

Benefits of Being a Nomadic Employee (aka The List to Print Off for Your Boss)

  • By allowing workers to be nomadic, living their dreams, you retain happy workers. Happy workers are more loyal, work harder, and stay longer. Workers that stay longer have more experience and better problem-solving skills, making them more valuable to the organization. It also fosters a tight relationship between staff. They become invested in each other because they’ve known each other for years.
  • As mentioned above, a new location often equals a new outlook and decreased stress, increasing productivity and reducing sick days.
  • Not having to pay for office space for an employee means less overhead for your employer.
  • An employee may opt to have private health insurance, further reducing overhead for the employer.

Gardens By the Bay Light Show in Singapore

There are plenty of jobs for working travellers. Work centring around a computer tends to be the easiest to find and the most lucrative, but don’t dismay if you’re not digitally inclined! I travelled for years with my bartending skills when I was young. Where there’s a will…

Jobs for the Digital Nomad

  • Proofreader
  • Transcriber
  • Online Translator
  • Web Designer
  • Software Developer
  • Blogger/Vlogger
  • Internet Researcher
  • Copywriter
  • Travel Writer
  • Photographer
  • Graphic Designer

And for the Analogue Nomad:

  • Au Pair
  • Language Teacher
  • Musician/Busker
  • Chef
  • Tour Guide
  • Server/Bartender
  • Hostel Front Desk/Cleaner
  • House Sitter/Pet Minder
  • Dance Teacher

Monkey Temple in Lopburi, Thailand

With some creativity, the desire to shake things up a bit, and a lust to see the world, taking a workation is not as far-fetched as people might think. Sure, you need the right combination of job and employer, if you’re not independent, but you might be surprised what your boss says if you ask. Perhaps try a short stint to see if it’s for you. Or maybe add on to an already-planned work trip and see how that goes. From experience, I can’t recommend it enough! I had a fantastic time in Southeast Asia and am currently planning workations to Scotland, Italy, and Greece! After that? Anywhere there is internet, I’m game!


My Poolside Office in Ubud, Indonesia

Office in a Café in Lopburi, Thailand

Leslie manages the script and transcription departments with Line 21. She’s been loving her job for 18 years and counting! When she’s not working, she likes to drive fast, dance slow, and she has an insatiable sweet tooth. Leslie love to explore—people, places, food, music. She loves live jazz, road trips, and laughing till her head hurts.

You can find more of Leslie’s travel stories over at www.thebugthatbitme.com. Follow her on instagram. She’s also given us this month’s recipe. Pop over to read Leslie’s post about the cooking class she took in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where they made Pad Thai, which she shares with us!

Pad Thai is considered fast food in Thailand, and you can find it at many a street vendor for pennies. There are variations on how it’s prepared in different parts of the country, but I didn’t find one I didn’t like!

Ingredients

8 oz (225 g) of rice noodles

3 T tamarind concentrate

2 T coconut or palm sugar (or use slightly less white sugar)

3 T fish sauce (vegetarian option: soy sauce)

3 T vegetable oil

16 peeled, deveined prawns or 9 oz (250 g) sliced chicken breast (vegetarian: 18 oz tofu)

1 cup firm tofu cut into 1 cm strips

6 cloves garlic, chopped

1/4 cup dried shrimp

1 t dried chili flakes

1 egg

2 cups of beansprouts

4 spring onions, sliced

1/4 cup chopped peanuts

Handful cilantro

1 lime

Directions

Pre-soak noodles in warm water for 2 minutes.

Mix tamarind, sugar and fish sauce together.

Add half of oil to a hot wok or frying pan.

Fry prawns or chicken until it is cooked through, then remove.

Add remaining oil to pan. Add garlic and tofu and fry together until the garlic is fragrant.

Add dried shrimp and chilis and cook for 20 seconds.

Add the noodles and toss well with the ingredients in the pan. Fry for a minute or two until the noodles soften.

Push the noodle mixture to the side. Crack the egg into the wok. Stir rapidly until egg becomes scrambled. Stir it into the noodles.

Add the tamarind, fish sauce and sugar mixture, stirring well to coat noodles.

Taste and adjust seasoning accordingly. Need salt? Add fish sauce. Too sweet? Add tamarind. Too tart? Add sugar. Not hot enough? Throw in more chilis.

If noodles are still a bit firm, add 1 or 2 tablespoons of water and cook a bit longer.

When the noodles are cooked to your liking, toss in the beansprouts and spring onions.

Garnish with peanuts, cilantro and a squeeze of lime and enjoy!

Makes 4 servings.

New Releases

 Tempest Storm
Screens at The Bloor Cinema, June 29 & 30

The story of Tempest Storm, a world-famous exotic dancer and sex icon. Now 88 years old, she takes us through her rough childhood and early abusive marriages all the way to international stardom, affairs with Elvis and President John F. Kennedy, and the career-crippling backlash over her interracial marriage.

 

 Wedding March
Airs on Lifetime, June 29 at 9pm and July 2 on Hallmark

Original Melrose Place alumni Jack Wagner and Josie Bissett star as Mick and Olivia. After two decades apart, these college sweethearts are reunited when Mick is booked as the singer at Olivia’s wedding to another man.

 

 Murder, She Baked: A Deadly Recipe
Airs on Bravo, June 30 at 9pm

Bakery owner Hannah Swensen just can’t keep her hands out of the batter when murder stirs things up in Lake Eden, Minnesota, leaving the sheriff dead, a deputy accused, and a killer on the loose.

 

Here’s what some of us at Line 21 are bingeing on:

Based on the bestselling books by Diana Gabaldon, Leslie’s latest binge watch is the unique time travel sci-fi series Outlander. The adventure series has WWII nurse Claire Randall transported back in time to 1743. You can watch it on Shomi.

 Carolyn is watching the escapades of handsome Don Draper and the rest of the gang at the Sterling Cooper ad agency in Mad Men. Set during the turbulent ’60s, this show always manages to deliver a shocker. You can watch it on Netflix.

 If you like British comedies, and you have dealt with computer techs, then Siri’s pick, The IT Crowd, must just be your cup of tea. You can watch it on Netflix.

Dawn likes White Collar, a fun, witty dramedy about an alliance between the FBI and a con man… who might just be conning them too. If you enjoy the cleverness of Suits, you’ll enjoy this one. You can watch it on Netflix.

In Spotless, a police crime-scene cleaner and his brother with a family secret to hide have an even bigger secret to hide when they are blackmailed into cleaning up crime scenes for one of London’s biggest mob bosses. Patricia is watching it on Netflix.

Michelle  is watching the Japanese anime show Boku Dake Ga Inai Machi (also known as Erased). It’s a dark drama involving time travel, a murder mystery, and how children perceive events vs. how adults do. You can watch it on Crunchyroll.

Back in 1919, Birmingham was terrorized by a gang called Peaky Blinders. They were known for sewing razor blades into their caps and head-butting victims and rival gangs as a means to get what they wanted.  Steff has been watching this on Shomi.

Kelly recommends a binge of BC documentaries! There are always tons to see streaming on Knowledge Network. Here’s a short list to get you started!

 

Tell us your air/release dates! We’ll tell people through our newsletter and on our blog… because everyone should know when to watch. Email us now!

May 5, 2016

I would take a gamble and bet that “more travel” is pretty high on most everyone’s bucket list, but with a full-time job and only a couple of weeks of vacation a year, it can seem like an unrealistic dream. I believe it’s possible to make “more travel” a real possibility. With a little advance planning, some discipline, and a small leap of faith, here’s how I’m making it work.


Rice Paddies in Bali, Indonesia

Damnoen Saduk Floating Market in Thailand

Whether you call me a “digital nomad”, “location-independent entrepreneur”, or the more straightforward moniker “working traveller”, my travelling work life started long before I even knew that I was setting myself up for it. I had always been an explorer. The first time in my life I was free to do as I pleased was at the naïve age of 18. I had worked like a dog for over a year, then took myself on a 6-month journey to Europe and Africa. I was hooked! There was so much to see out there. I continued like this, working hard/travelling, for three years until I decided it was time to further my education. Through my studies I continued to travel. I was broke, but I was young and full of energy.

 

Then life interrupted. Kid, mortgage, real job. Travel was still a part of my life, but not like it used to be, and I missed it. Before I knew it, my boy had grown up. I still had the mortgage, and the real job turned into one I loved and was not willing to walk away from, so I tried an experiment: 10 weeks travelling through Southeast Asia, working 2 days per week.


A Cave in Ao Nang, Thailand.

The Flower Market in Bangkok, Thailand.

As I mentioned, my years leading up to becoming a working vagabond set me up quite nicely. When my son was young, I worked from home in the evening, which later turned into full-time work. I had a sick relative in Ontario and flew back and forth several times, working late in the evening in the hospital, hitting production deadlines on pure adrenaline and coffee. Then in 2010, I moved from Vancouver to Ontario. Working remotely was my new way of life. I was regularly dealing with a three-hour time zone difference. I was already living the life of a remote worker, just not with the nomadic up-sides one imagines.


Georgetown Street Art in Penang, Malaysia.

When I decided to hit the road, I approached my employers. Working at Line 21, I’m uniquely lucky to work for a company that not only values travel, but more importantly, recognizes the benefits of having happy, healthy staff. In doing so, they’ve built a staff of loyal, life-work balanced people. In a world where few people work with a company for life, we have several staff members that have been around for well over 10 years, some closer to 20. When they said, “Go for it,” I was off and running.


Wild Monkeys Roam the Streets of Lopburi, Thailand.

While you can run off with your carry-on and laptop on the next flight to Bora Bora, a bit of pre-planning is recommended before you board the plane:

  • Beware of time zone differences. If you’re travelling around a lot and hopeless with the math, try using a helpful app like Every Time Zone or World Time Buddy.
  • Make sure you have a plan to communicate with clients or the office. For audio and video, try Skype or Google Hangout, or Hipchat for group chat and instant messaging.
  • Download Dropbox or something similar so you can save and share files on the cloud. This is important so documents are available to those who need them in your off hours, and backing up will come in handy if your equipment gets stolen.
  • Speaking of stolen equipment, insurance is a must. And it doesn’t hurt to encrypt your hard drive to protect your data.
  • And speaking of insurance, make sure you’re covered for any health-related expenses while you’re at it. One of the most popular companies is World Nomads. Typical employee packages max you out at 30 days and may have limitations. Credit card coverage typically limits you to 14 days and the scope of coverage isn’t usually very broad.
  • If you’ll be needing large files transferred and don’t use an FTP client like FileZilla, make sure you have file transfer software. Try Hightail or WeTransfer.
  • My work laptop is heavy. If you can get away with it, why not consider purchasing a smaller, lighter travel computer? I did and loved it. It had a few limitations, but I was able to work around them, and I really appreciated being able to toss my tiny laptop in my bag and cart it around all day if I wanted to.
  • When you get to your destination, get a local SIM card right away. You can often find them at the airport. The most I paid for a month of data on my iPhone was $12 in Indonesia. Thailand and Malaysia were even cheaper. Alternatively, you could opt for a voice/text/data package for a bit more money. Use Wi-Fi when you can to save even more.

Office for the day at the Singapore Botanical Gardens.

Office on the Island of Gili Air in Indonesia.

Join us next month for practical tips on how to make a work/travel life a reality, and how it can benefit you and the company you work for!

 

 Leslie manages the script and transcription departments with Line 21. She’s been loving her job for 18 years and counting! When she’s not working, she likes to drive fast, dance slow, and she has an insatiable sweet tooth. Leslie love to explore—people, places, food, music. She loves live jazz, road trips, and laughing till her head hurts.

You can find more of Leslie’s travel stories at thebugthatbitme.com! Follow her on Instagram. See her staff profile here. This is part 1 of a 2-part series. Don’t miss part 2!


New Releases

 My Floating Home
Airs on HGTV, Wednesday at 10pm

This series explores stunning design features created uniquely for floating homes – from underwater windows to view the fish to wraparound sundecks and huge picture windows to take in the 360-degree views.

 Spotless
Streaming now on Netflix

Jean Bastiere’s life is turned upside-down when his outlaw brother, Martin, crash-lands into his world. Set against the backdrop of Jean’s crime scene cleaning business, the brothers must confront dark sins of the past and very real dangers in the present.

 Emergency
Streaming now on Slice

Jann Arden narrates this factual series which interweaves the personal stories of three patients each facing their own harrowing medical emergency. Viewers get to understand the patients on a personal level and see the developing relationships with the medical staff who work tirelessly to unravel the mysterious illness or injury that brought the patient to the ER.

 

Tell us your air/release dates! We’ll tell people through our newsletter and on our blog… because everyone should know when to watch. Email us now!

 

April 15, 2016


Line 21 is fortunate to employ some extremely talented people. Last month, we introduced you to the impressive abilities of half of our staff. This month, we round out the list with the talents/skills/credentials with which the rest of our staff are gifted, beyond those you are already familiar with from their work.

 


MAKEUP ARTIST.
Film school graduate.
Speaks Polish.
Has written screenplays and poems, and ghostwrites for blogs. (Read one of Patricia’s poems.)
Jewellery maker.
Explorer of every nook and cranny of the world.
Unsolicited interior decorator & fashion stylist intern to close friends.
Manic connoisseur of co-worker Dawn’s “anything muffins.”

 


BA in… more.

 

Here’s what some of us are bingeing on:

 

Leslie learned all about the wicked history of the Italian family The Borgias. You can catch this one on CraveTV.
Soo is intrigued by the dark serial killer show Criminal Minds. She balances it all out watching music videos on YouTube. You can get caught up on Criminal Minds using CTVGo.
Will has been spending his free time watching the Canadian series Schitt’s Creek. You can stream this comedy from CBC’s website.
Carolyn pulled out her DVD collection and finished re-watching five glorious seasons of, Six Feet Under. She says it was just as amazing the second time around. The series finale of this one is legendary!
Siri has been watching the hilarious Brooklyn 99. Great comedic writing and characters on this one! On Netflix.
Dawn has been learning about prison life by watching Netflix’s dramedy Orange is the New Black.
Michelle has managed to catch up on all five seasons of Game of Thrones. She says “It has fantastic acting and a great story that subverts a lot of heroic fantasy tales.” HBO Canada.
Kelly never misses an episode of the Vancouver-based crime drama Motive. This show is in its final season, and we can’t recommend this one enough! On CraveTV.
Shelley couldn’t stop wondering what Dr. Mindy Lahiri was going to do next on The Mindy Project. On Netflix.
Patricia discovered the Australian thriller The Code on Netflix. She admits it was difficult to tear herself away from this series about two brothers who become entangled in a government cover-up.
While on vacation, Steff managed to find time to relax and watch The Great British Baking show via BBC iPlayer.

 


New Releases


Hot Docs
April 28 – May 8 in Toronto

Hot Docs, North America’s largest documentary festival, offers an outstanding selection of over 200 films from Canada and around the world to Toronto audiences. Tons to see, and audiences every year of over 200,000!

 


Koneline (our land beautiful)
Screens at Hot Docs, April 29, May 1, & May 7

Nettie Wild captures the majestic beauty of the Tahltan territory in northwestern BC. Tahltan people, geologists, big game outfitters, and others express their thoughts and feelings in their own eloquent words on the industrial developments taking place in this once pristinely desolate land.

 


Spirit Unforgettable
Screens at Hot Docs, April 30, May 2, & May 8

After a 30-plus-year career as the captivating front man for multi-platinum Canadian folk-rock band Spirit of the West, John Mann at 52 years old faces the challenges of early onset Alzheimer’s disease. From the opening line–“You’ll have to excuse me, I’m not at my best”–to the climactic refrain of “take me home,” the lyrics to the band’s greatest hit, “Home for a Rest,” have taken on new meaning.

 

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March 5, 2016

We hope you’ve been impressed by the mad skills that Line 21ers routinely display at work. What you may not be as familiar with are the host of talents/skills/credentials that staff are called upon to use less often at work. Here-in alphabetical order-a small sampling…


Fluent in French.
Basic Spanish.
Survival and camping experience from years of being a Boy Scout.
Avid traveller (10 countries and counting).
Makes YouTube “Let’s Play” videos. Sample.
He’s been told he’s a GREAT STORYTELLER

 


BA in French and German, minor in English (UBC).
MA in Germanic Studies (UBC). Much more!

 

 

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New Releases


Cabin Truckers
Airs on Cottage Life, Mondays at 8pm ET/8:30pm PT

Cabin Truckers follows the complicated business of hauling colossal cabins across rocky, mountainous terrain delivering precious cargo to families who want a remote, picturesque retreat.

 


Motive
Season four premieres on CTV, March 22

This unconventional crime drama poses the question of “whydunit” rather than “whodunit.” Each episode begins by revealing not only the victim but the killer as well. A team of investigators try to piece together the clues. Viewers navigate a complicated maze of clues themselves as they get a glimpse of the killer before and after the crime is committed.

 


Broke Down Dawson Town
Screens at the Dawson Film Festival, March 25 and 27

A funny drama-comedy about two young broke Atlantic Canadians who arrive in Dawson City hoping to find gold and the answers to all their problems. Instead, they encounter a strange town with stranger people.

 

February 2, 2016

Going Green

 

We all know the basics of going green by now. They’ve been around for ages: consume less, consume locally, reduce energy use, reduce water use, etc. So I’m not going to bore you once again with generalities. Instead, here are 11 concrete ways to help change patterns in a positive way.

 

Hint –  Number 11 is the most important!

Get rid of paper towels in your kitchen.
Use a washable cloth instead. Packages of bar towels are cheap. More.

Use a dryer towel.
Putting a dry towel in with your wet laundry can reduce drying time (but do remember to take the towel out 15-20 minutes into the drying cycle). More.

Dry your hands differently.
Nix the paper and… read the rest of the list.

 

 

 

Tell us your air/release dates! We’ll tell people through our newsletter and on our blog… because everyone should know when to watch.  Email us now.

…Line 21 Staff Abroad
If you’ve emailed Leslie Foster lately, you may have noticed her reply came from Bali. Following in the footsteps of other globe-trotting Line 21ers, Leslie has taken her job on the road.
You can enjoy tales of her travels in her beautifully written and illustrated blog.

 

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Yukon Gold
Airs on History Channel, Wednesdays at 10pm

History Channel’s fan-favourite Canadian docu-series Yukon Gold returns for a fortune-seeking fourth season where tempers are tested, time is ticking, and the pressure to strike gold runs high.

 


Chi
Airs on The Knowledge Network, February 23 at 9pm and February 24 at 12am

Filmmaker Anne Wheeler travels with her friend, Vancouver actress Babz Chula, to an Ayurvedic clinic in India, where Babz seeks healing from her aggressive cancer. The treatment is ultimately unsuccessful; back home, the irrepressible Babz invites Anne to continue bearing witness to her journey into the unknown.

 


Everything Will Be
Airs on The Knowledge Network, March 1 at 9pm

Sundance award-winning director Julia Kwan captures the subtle nuances of a culturally diverse neighbourhood-Vancouver’s once-thriving Chinatown-in the midst of a transformation that plays out across many ethnic enclaves in North America. The community’s oldest and newest members offer their intimate perspectives on the shifting landscape as they reflect on change, memory, and legacy.

January 6, 2016

6 Ways to Boost Productivity

It’s January, and virtually every website seems to be full of lists for “how to improve X” or “how to change Y.” Allow us to jump on that bandwagon! Want some simple, achievable ways to boost your productivity this year? We have six suggestions for you.
 
Hint: number six is the most important
 
Make a list
Take a minute (or, more likely 30 seconds) at the start of each day to make a list of two or three things you want to accomplish that day.
Keeping your list short adds focus and allows time for unexpected tasks.
Make sure the items are actually achievable within your work day, or your list will become nothing but a source of frustration and… more.

 

 

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Call of the Baby Beluga

Call of the Baby Beluga

Airs on CBC, January 28 at 8pm

The story of a baby beluga whale leads us on a journey through the amazing world of the St. Lawrence beluga and of the scientists who have worked for decades against long odds to help them.

 

Nerds and Monsters

Nerds and Monsters
New Season 2 episodes air on YTV, Saturdays at 10am

Nerdy castaways must survive relentless attacks by hideous monsters. Lucky for the nerds, these dim-witted monsters don’t have any smarts!

 

Some Assembly Required

Some Assembly Required
New Season 3 episodes air on YTV, Mondays at 7pm

When 14-year-old Jarvis Raines’ house is nearly destroyed by a defective toy, he sues the company and ends up owning it.

 

 

 

December 18, 2015

 

It’s the holiday season—when friends gather to enjoy each other’s company, make merry, and lift a glass in celebration. If you’re wondering what beverage to serve, we have a suggestion or two, based on Line 21 staff’s favourite libations…and not a drop of eggnog in the mix!

In  no particular order:

Kelly: French 75.

CarolynKir Royale. Because it’s festive, sparkly, and fun!

Siri:  I’m not much of a cocktail person, but I was handed a warm brandy last winter, and it was kind of magical to sip.

Dawn: Most often I’m Perrier with lots of lime, but I also enjoy a Bellini or Amaretto on the rocks with a twist.

PatriciaBellini.

Leslie: Appletini (specifically the one made by Glowbal). Note, this Appletini recipe is not from Glowbal, but it’s pretty good.

Soo: I like beer—Red Truck is pretty good.

Steffani: Easy to please, Steffani prefers wine.

Will: Manhattan. No special occasion required.

Rachel: Chai. Although I drink it year-round, in December, chai says “Christmas” to me.

 

Coming Attractions and Highlights

New Releases

The Nature of Things: Planet Hunters
Airs on the Documentary Channel, December 19

A documentary that unveils just how close mankind is to discovering other planets that are capable of sustaining life.

Becoming Santa
Airs on Lifetime Network Canada, December 20

Holly has never introduced her toy designer boyfriend, Conner, to her family, and has only revealed that they live “up north.” As their relationship intensifies, Holly knows she can’t wait any longer, and decides to bring Conner to meet her parents for Christmas. Conner is in for a shock when he discovers he’s actually headed to the North Pole and Holly’s parents are none other than Santa and Mrs. Claus!

Lost and Found Music Studios
Airs on Family Channel, December 21

Lost and Found Music Studios follows the lives of a group of musicians who are members of an after-school music program where they explore and discover their musical identities. At the end of every year, the standout members get to participate in a live tour.

Bob’s Broken Sleigh
Airs on Family Channel, December 22

A young magic-less elf named Bob finds himself on a wild sleigh ride after being ambushed by the evil puffin Fishface. Stranded in the middle of a magical forest, it’s up to him and the friends he makes along the way to bring the sleigh back home in time for Christmas – if the puffins don’t get it first!

When Calls The Heart
Holiday special premieres on Hallmark, December 26

The sweeping frontier drama “When Calls the Heart” returns for a special two-hour television event! With universal themes of faith, hope, and community for the holiday season.

 

Timber Kings
Season 2 Premieres on HGTV, January 4 at 10pm

Season 2 returns with more stories of the men and women of Pioneer Log Homes making amazing creations, which in turn become someone’s retreat around the world.

November 24, 2015

November 2015 Recipe: Roasted Eggplant Grilled Cheese Sandwich

It’s November and the cold, rainy weather has us in the mood for comfort food. This twist on the classic grilled cheese takes ooey-gooey goodness to a new level.

Ingredients

whole eggplant
1 clove garlic
olive oil
salt & pepper
fresh bread
cheese
butter

Directions

Wash eggplant and cut into 1/4 to 1/2 inch round slices.
Brush exposed sides with olive oil.
Cut garlic in half; rub exposed garlic clove over oiled eggplant.
Spread slices on baking sheet covered with parchment paper or Silpat.
Roast at 350 degrees for approximately 30 minutes, or until eggplant is golden brown.
Remove eggplant from oven. Set aside as much as you need for your sandwiches.

If you are not going to use all of the eggplant right away, place unused portion in an airtight container immediately (allowing the eggplant to cool in the container retains the steam and keeps your eggplant moist). Allow container to cool on counter before refrigerating. The leftover eggplant can be used for more sandwiches, or turned into Baba ghanoush.

Make your grilled cheese as usual, adding a layer of eggplant, gently sprinkled with salt and pepper. Pair with your favourite soup.

 

 

November 24, 2015

Watch Medical Scenes like a BOSS!

You’ve heard the terms below used time and again in medical dramas. They trip off actors’ tongues like they know what they’re talking about… and so should we, the viewers. Unless you actually are a medical professional, we bet you are uncertain about at least a few of them.

And so, in order for you to confidently view and comprehend medical scenes (and perhaps even impress fellow viewers with your superior knowledge), we give you a quick definition of some of the most commonly used terms. We will not force you to learn to spell them all as we have, though.

acrotic – An extremely weak pulse or no pulse at all.

afebrile – Having no fever (this is a good thing).

CBC – Complete blood count.

chem panel – A series of seven or eight blood chemical tests. One of the most widely ordered sets of tests.

cyanotic – Someone who is cyanotic has bluish skin color resulting from poor circulation and insufficient oxygen in the blood.

echocardiogram – An ultrasound image of the inside of the heart. Not to be confused with an ECG, or electrocardiogram, which measures the heart’s activity through electrodes on the chest. Typically, ECGs generate the long strip of paper TV docs are often seen studying carefully.

edema – An abnormal accumulation of fluid in the body causing swelling.

intubation – The insertion of a tube into a hollow organ or passage. In movies and television, it’s most often seen as the introduction of a breathing tube through the mouth and down the throat, but any hollow organ (intestines, stomach, nose, bile ducts) can be intubated.

ischemia – Decrease or lack of blood supply to an organ or part due to a constriction or obstruction of the blood vessels.

petechial hemorrhage – Small red or purple spots on the skin caused by a minor bleed.

pneumothorax – Air or gas in the space between the chest wall and the lungs causing the lung(s) to collapse.

Ringer’s lactate – A solution used to rehydrate and replenish electrolytes. It consists of sodium chloride, potassium chloride, calcium chloride, and sodium lactate in distilled water.

subcutaneous – Just beneath the skin; i.e. a drug administered subcutaneously would be injected under the skin.

succinylcholine – A short-acting muscle relaxant and local anesthetic.

tachycardia – An abnormally rapid heart rate.

tracheotomy – A procedure whereby an incision is made in the windpipe in order to bypass the nose and mouth. Used to restore breathing.  The resulting hole, through which the patient breathes, is called a tracheostomy.

November 24, 2015

Coming Attractions and Highlights!


 The Liquidator: On The Go

Airs on OLN, Thursdays at 9pm

This special-edition season follows Jeff to far-flung locations that few other liquidators would dare to visit, as he’s constantly forced out of his comfort zone.  Follow Jeff as he travels from New Dehli to Palm Springs while he stops at nothing to turn a profit.


 Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World

Runs November 20–26 at the Bloor Cinema in Toronto and Vancity Theatre in Vancouver

If you have never visited Haida Gwaii, then this is a great place to start. Charles Wilkinson’s stunning cinematography vividly captures the raw beauty of this very special part of the world. Here, in one of Canada’s most precious natural spaces, battle cries are rising as the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline spills directly into the surrounding area—going against the ethos of the community and threatening the environment.


 Mark & Russell’s Wild Ride

Airs on Family Channel, November 27

Mark is ecstatic when Ashley, the most popular girl in school, asks him for a ride to an exclusive pool party. There’s only one problem – he still hasn’t passed his driver’s test! Mark ropes his trusted sidekick, Russell, into a wacky scheme to ace his driver’s test so he can impress the girl of his dreams.


 A Gift-Wrapped Christmas

Premieres on Lifetime Canada, November 28

A personal shopper tries to make her new client get into the holiday spirit and spend more time with his young son.


 Angel of Christmas

Airs on Hallmark Channel, November 29

A holiday Grinch ever since her boyfriend dumped her on Christmas, newspaper staffer Susan gets her first big break to write her own headline story. A Christmas-themed account of her own family’s carved wooden Christmas Angel—an angel that supposedly has magical properties to bring true lovers together.


 Karen Kingsbury’s The Bridge

Premieres on Hallmark Channel, December 6

Molly and Ryan share a profound friendship their first semester in college. At their favorite bookstore and coffee shop, The Bridge, they spend countless hours studying and inspiring each other to dream.


 Magic Stocking

Premieres on Hallmark Channel, December 6

Lindsey, a single mom with an adorable daughter, is closed off to life after losing her husband a few years back. When she buys a stocking at her town’s Christmas craft fair, the family begins magically finding items in the stocking that they learn have importance in their lives.


 The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story

Airs on CraveTV, VOD

The behind-the-scenes story of the hit ’90s TV show delves into the experiences of six unknown young actors placed into the Hollywood spotlight, exposing the challenges of growing up under public scrutiny.

How does sound affect us? It can cure the sick and make the blind see.  It can even change the taste of food. Whether it’s sound we choose to hear, like the music we play in our headphones, or sound we would rather do without, like the noise of the city, we live in a sonic world that we seldom think twice about.

October 29, 2015

Horror Movies to Watch at Hallowe’en

It’s Hallowe’en on Saturday AND we get an extra hour of sleep… could this be a more perfect time to catch up on your horror movie watching?

With so much to choose from, what to watch? We’ve got some suggestions for you. Pick your category, scan the entries, rip open that bag of mini chocolate bars, pour the wine, snuggle up under a cozy fleece and voilà: the perfect rainy, extra-long Hallowe’en night.

Our personal top pick: The Shining.
We mean the original 1980 classic. Jack Nicholson at his most villainous. Shelley Duvall at her most terrified. An axe. What’s not to love?

Highest-Rated Horror Movies
(With at least 1000 votes on IMDb.) Here they are, the most popular of the genre.

Highest Grossing Horror Movies
Figures based on US market.

Scariest Horror Movies
This category is different than highest-rated. Some of the scariest movies (that will make you want to keep the lights on all night) were not necessarily the most popular.

Best Low-Budget Horror Movies
Remember The Blair Witch Project? Lots of that ilk here.

Worst Horror Movies
(With at least 1000 votes on IMDb.) Because sometimes truly awful can be truly entertaining.

Funniest Horror Movies
They didn’t set out to be funny, but they achieved it by being so unbelievably wrong! I think they overlooked a gem when they failed to include The Attack of the Killer Tomatoes.

Best Horror Movies You’ve Never Seen
Truth? We haven’t seen any of them either, so we’re relying entirely on viewers’ opinions. If you opt for one of these, let us know what you think!

Wild Card! Terrifying Non-Horror Movies
If you like being scared, but aren’t really a fan of the horror genre, here you’ll find some bone-chilling films that have nothing whatever to do with horror.

And finally, for fans of the horror-movie scream (not the movie “Scream” but the piercing wail of the imperiled heroine), here’s a little treat for you.

October 29, 2015

Coming Attractions and Highlights!


 Klondike Trappers

Airs on History Channel, Wednesdays at 10pm

Klondike Trappers follows a group of brave souls pursuing an ancient and dangerous way of life in the frozen wilderness that borders Alaska and the Yukon.


 Keeping Canada Alive

Airs on CBC , Sundays at 9pm

A revealing snapshot of the Canadian health care system, with each episode filmed over the course of one 24-hour period.


 ‘Tis The Season For Love

Premieres on Hallmark Channel, November 1

Beth Baker is an out-of-work actress stuck in New York City without her friends at Christmas time. She decides to return home to the quaint small town she escaped 10 years before. Will the holidays prove to be as magical for Beth as they appear? Or is the magic doomed to disappear as quickly as it arrived for a lady who is ready to take chances she could never have imagined a decade before?


 Spotless

Premieres on Esquire, November 14

The tidy life of a troubled crime scene cleaner, Jean, is turned upside down when his outlaw brother, Martin, crash-lands into his world, entangling them in the deadly dynamics of organized crime.


 Man In the High Castle

Streams on Amazon.com, starting November 20

A compelling and provocative new series based on the novel from acclaimed author Philip K. Dick, The Man in the High Castle takes a glimpse into an alternate history and what life in the U.S. may have been like if the Allied Powers had lost World War II.


 Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow

Premieres on Lifetime USA, November 21

A live-action film based on original characters and story written in 1968 by creative mastermind Jim Henson, the movie follows the story of the Emmerson family as they head to the quaint town of Turkey Hollow to spend a rustic Thanksgiving.

October 29, 2015

October 2015 Recipe: Ghostly Cupcakes

We know not all of you have the time to tackle something complicated, so we’ve kept these as simple as possible. In virtually no time at all, you can whip up a batch of these fun cupcakes.

Cupcake Ingredients

1 boxed chocolate cake mix of your choice (we used a generic store brand)
eggs (number will vary according to the cake mix)
oil
water
2 overripe bananas

Cupcake Directions

Follow the basic recipe on the cake mix box.
For better flavour and super moist results, we recommend you make the following changes to the mix directions:
1) decrease the amount of water by 1/4 c. Increase the amount of oil by 1/4 c.
2) add the two overripe bananas to the batter as you are beating it.

Bake according to box instructions for cupcakes (the extra moisture from the bananas may add to your baking time).
Set aside to cool.

Icing & Decorating

1 can pre-made white icing
or, if you prefer to make your own, we followed this white icing recipe
black jujubes or gumdrops
candy eyeballs (We got ours at Gourmet Warehouse. Michael’s also carries edible eyeballs in their cake decorating section.)

Ice the cupcakes.
Cut jujube or gumdrop in half with scissors.
Place two halves on top of cupcake with cut side up (this is important, as the exposed surface is sticky for a few minutes until it dries).
Place candy eyeball on sticky top of cut gummy candy.
Marvel at your handiwork before little (or big) goblins devour them.

 

 

September 22, 2015

7 Holiday Party Ideas

The  holidays in  September?

We know, few people want to think about them this early! But if you want a good location for your party, you’ve got to book it stat. To help you, we’ve gathered a few ideas for stand-out parties.

Play a game.

For something completely different, you and your guests can play one of Vancouver’s many themed escape games. The fun begins when your group is locked in a (non-claustrophobic) room and you have to work together to find the way out. Game length, theme, and cost varies by location. Check several locations here.

Drink. Don’t drive.

Vancouver Brewery Tours offers private craft brewery tours. Hop aboard one of their chauffeured vans (up to 28 seats available) and let them take care of the rest. Allow room in the budget for a taxi home for each of your guests.

Or, if wine is your preferred beverage, House Wine will stage a private wine-tasting in your home or office. They offer many tasting themes, including (but not limited to) “Wine Etiquette,” “Brown Bag Value,” and “Match Maker” or will create a theme to suit your tastes. Again, allow room in your budget for taxis for your guests.

Laugh.

When was the last time you went to Theatresports? For a truly entertaining evening, buy out the entire theatre for your group. The theatre seats up to 180 and includes exclusive access to the bar & lounge.

Wield a sword.

We dare you! Bring your staff to Academie Duello on Hastings Street and learn to swing a broadsword, properly draw a sword, or even fend off baddies with an umbrella. No experience required.

Jump around.

Extreme Air Park (in Richmond or Langley) offers “all trampolines, all the time.” Visitors can do their own thing on any of the trampolines in the 42,000 square foot facility, but we recommend a rousing game of trampoline dodge-ball to get everyone playing together. (Probably best suited for an agile group with good knees.)

Eat out.

Grub is a lovely little bistro on Main Street. Closed for too long after a fire, it’s open again, and the food is as good as ever. Intimate, welcoming setting for a smallish group.  Or, there’s the lovely Pied à Terre on Cambie Street (site of Line 21’s holiday party last year).  Food good enough to satisfy even the fussiest gourmand.

Eat early.

Who says your party has to be in the evening? Consider brunch instead. The options for a great brunch are vast in Vancouver. The Teahouse in Stanley Park is an old favourite, and the view is spectacular. Or try Tuc Craft Kitchen. Featuring lots of local ingredients and a hip vibe, it’s been rated one of Vancouver’s best brunch spots.

 

September 22, 2015

Coming Attractions and Highlights!

 

 I Am Chris Farley
Airs on The Movie Network, September 25
Airs on Movie Central, October 1

A documentary on the brief life and legacy of Chris Farley. The film explores the comedian’s fast rise from Saturday Night Live to the silver screen, followed by his untimely death at age 33.

 Ninth Floor
Plays at VIFF, September 26 & 29

Takes a penetrating look at the Sir George Williams University riot of February 1969, when a protest against institutional racism snowballed into a 14-day student occupation at the Montreal University.

 Room
Playing at VIFF, September 28 & October 2

Escaping from the captivity in which they have been held for half a decade, a young woman and her five-year-old son struggle to adjust to the strange, terrifying, and wondrous world outside their one-room prison.

 Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World
Plays at VIFF, September 29, October 3 & 9

Stunning cinematography explores the geographic heart of the Haida Gwaiian people, who thrived for more than 10,000 years until they were decimated through disease, rampant commercial logging, and industrial over-fishing since contact. Today, the Haida Nation is recovering, exerting their sovereignty, and winning battles against unsustainable logging and fishing.

 Tricks on the Dead
Plays at VIFF, September 30 & October 4

The little-known history of 140,000 Chinese recruits who were secretly transported through Canada to dig trenches on the fronts of World War I.

 Eadweard
Plays at VIFF, October 1 & 5

A complex portrait of Eadweard Muybridge, the father of motion pictures, whose searing jealousy of his young wife eclipsed his genius, leading to one of the most infamous legal cases in history.


 Crash Gallery

Premieres on CBC, October 2

An art challenge series showcasing 15 artists from across Canada. In every episode, three talented artists go head-to-head against each other in a real-time creative arena, giving the audience a front-row seat to the creative process.

 The Romeo Section
Premieres on CBC Friday, October 14

Follows  spymaster Professor Wolfgang McGee, an academic who secretly manages a roster of espionage assets. These assets, referred to as Romeo or Juliet spies, are informants engaged in intimate long- or short- term relations with state intelligence targets.

September 22, 2015

September 2015 Recipe: Peanut Butter Dog Treats

This month, we’re featuring a recipe from our very own “crazy dog lady.” It’s been tested—and given two paws up—by not only Rachel’s dogs, but by the many pups who pass through her home. The long bake-time ensures a good crunch.

Ingredients

2.5 c natural peanut butter
3 eggs
1 1/3 c flour
½ – ¾ cup broth or water

Directions

Beat peanut butter and eggs together.
Mix in flour and broth/water until you have a stiff dough.
Spread out evenly on large cookie sheet (one with edges) so that the dough covers the entire sheet.
Bake 30 minutes at 325.
Remove from oven.
Keep the half-baked dough in the pan. Using a sharp knife, deeply score the dough into roughly 1/2 inch squares.
Return the pan to the oven. Turn heat down to 300.
Bake at least 40-60 minutes.  (Treats will be visibly greasy from the peanut oil.)
Cool. Break along score lines.
Store in an air-tight container. They keep well frozen.

August 26, 2015

Coming Attractions and Highlights!


 Cedar Cove

Airs on Hallmark Channel, Saturdays at 8/7pm C

Based on author Debbie Macomber’s book series of the same name, Cedar Cove focuses on Municipal Court Judge Olivia Lockhart’s professional and personal life and the townsfolk surrounding her in the picturesque town of Cedar Cove.


 I Am Chris Farley
Playing at TIFF Lightbox, Toronto, until August 27
Playing at Rio Theatre, Vancouver, August 29 & September 1

A documentary on the brief life and legacy of Chris Farley. The film explores the comedian’s fast rise from Saturday Night Live to the silver screen, followed by his untimely death at age 33.

 Highway Thru Hell, Season 4
Premieres on Discovery Canada, September 8 at 10pm ET/7pm PT

Jamie Davis Heavy Rescue has the daunting job of clearing semi-trailer wrecks to keep the Coquihalla highway open. Closure is not an option. For Jamie and his colourful crew, winter season is a non-stop onslaught of tangled semis and blistering weather.


 First Dates

Premieres on Slice, September 1 at 10pm

A new documentary series about real people going on real first dates. No gimmicks. Just genuine people going on a dinner date. All ages. All demographics.

 Eadweard
Red Carpet Premiere at the Rio Theatre, Vancouver, August 31 at 6:45pm

A complex portrait of Eadweard Muybridge, the father of motion pictures, whose searing jealousy of his young wife eclipsed his genius, leading to one of the most infamous legal cases in history.


 Real Murders: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery

Airs on Hallmark Channel, August 26 at 7pm

A mystery hits close to home for Aurora when a member of the Real Murders Club she presides over is found dead. Aurora realizes the crime mirrors a case discussed by the club and fears that one of her members could either be the next target or even the murderer!


 Gourmet Detective: A Healthy Place to Die

Airs on Hallmark Channel, September 6 at 3pm

Henry Ross, a prominent chef, and Maggie Price, a no-nonsense police detective, reunite at a luxurious resort where Henry is a guest at a gourmet food conference and Maggie is taking a much-needed vacation. The two team up to untangle a complicated web of mystery involving a journalist, a movie star, and high-profile fixtures of the San Francisco restaurant scene.


 Garage Sale Mystery: The Deadly Room

Airs on Hallmark Channel, August 9 at 7pm

Jennifer Shannon uses her sharp eye when finding rare garage sale treasures to resell at her consignment store. When her business partner dies, she uses her intuitive skills to investigate her friend’s death in a multimillion-dollar home with a dark history.

 

August 26, 2015

Summer 2015 Recipe: Pimm’s Cup

 

There are a host of slight variations on this classic drink. We started with this recipe.

Ingredients

1/2-inch thick  English cucumber wheel
1/2-inch thick lemon wheel
2 ounces chilled Pimm’s No. 1
4 ounces chilled 7UP, lemon-lime soda, or ginger ale
ice cubes
mint leaves

Directions

Place cucumber couple of mint leaves, and lemon in glass. Muddle. Add a couple of ice cubes, Pimm’s and choice of carbonated beverage (I prefer ginger ale). Enjoy!

June 24, 2015

Coming Attractions and Highlights!

 Some Assembly Required
Now streaming on Netflix

When 14-year-old Jarvis Raines’ house is nearly destroyed by a defective toy, he sues the company and ends up owning it.


 Love Again
Airs on Hallmark Channel, June 27 at 5pm

A couple on the brink of divorce decides to keep their marital woes a secret as they help their daughter plan her wedding. As the two work together on the happy occasion, they soon discover that their own marriage might just be worth saving.


 A Perfect Match
Airs on Hallmark Channel, June 27 at 7pm

When an engaged couple can’t agree on anything, the mother of the groom (Linda Gray) hires a wedding planner and an event planner to help put together the wedding of their dreams.  The two planners are as different as night and day, but as they too learn to compromise, they discover that opposites do indeed attract and can combine to produce incredible results!


 A Country Wedding
Airs on Hallmark Channel, June 27 at 9pm

A famous country singer set to marry a glamorous Hollywood actress returns to his small town roots. When he crosses paths with his childhood sweetheart – and finally feels inspired to write songs again – he re-evaluates his life, his values, and his opinion of true love.

 
 When Calls The Heart
Airs on CBC, starting June 28 at 8pm

Based on the bestselling novel, When Calls The Heart  follows the story of young school teacher Elizabeth Thatcher, who has just arrived in Coal Valley, a 19th-century coal mining town in the Western Frontier that is worlds apart from the wealthy, high-society life where she grew up.


 Frankie & Alice
Airs on Super Channel, June 28 at 10pm ET
Airs on Super Channel VOD

Inspired by the remarkable true story of Frankie, an African-American go-go dancer with dissociative identity disorder who struggles to remain her true self while fighting against two very unique alter egos: a seven-year-old child named “Genius,” and a Southern white racist woman named “Alice.”


 The Carpenter’s Miracle
Airs on Super Channel, June 28 at 6:30pm ET
Airs on Super Channel VOD

A small-town carpenter becomes a local celebrity after resurrecting a dead child, but strives to get back to the life he once had before the miraculous event. 


 Modra
Airs on The Movie Network, July 1 at 4:55pm

The story of two teenagers who discover themselves, and one another, on a week-long summer trip to Slovakia.


 Cruel & Unusual
Airs on The Movie Network, July 3 at 2:10pm

Wrongly condemned for killing his wife, a man finds himself in a mysterious institution where he is sentenced to relive her death for eternity.


 Molly Maxwell
Airs on The Movie Network, July 8 at 7:25pm

A 16-year-old girl’s quest to figure out what makes her extraordinary leads to a close relationship with her teacher.


 Cedar Cove, Season 3
Airs on The Hallmark Channel, starting July 18

Judge Olivia Lockhart is considered the community’s guiding light in the picturesque coastal town of Cedar Cove, Washington. But like everyone else, Olivia fights the uphill battle of balancing career with family and finding love, all the while doing her best to care for the township she calls home.