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New Releases

Apr2016-releases-hotdocsHot 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!

Apr2016-releases-KonelneKoneline (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.

Apr2016-releases-spiritunforgettableSpirit 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.

Apr2016-releases-TempestStormTempest Storm
Screens at Hot Docs, April 30 & May 3

She was the girlfriend of Elvis, the mistress of JFK, and a friend of Bettie Page. She’s considered to be the greatest living exotic dancer and a major American sex icon. This is the story of her dramatic rise to fame, her swift fall from grace upon her inter-racial marriage, and her over 60-year career.

Apr2016-releases-DOXADOXA Documentary Film Festival
May 5 – 15 in Vancouver

View the best of the docs! DOXA is a Vancouver based non-profit, charitable society devoted to presenting independent and innovative documentaries to Vancouver audiences, and can be counted on to bring the unexpected and amazing. Special programs this year include Justice Forum, Rated Y for Youth, Borders and Boundaries, French French, Arab Spring/Arab Fall, and Black Life Is, Ain’t and Still Rises.

Apr2016-releases-standbyStand By For Tape Back-up
Screens at DOXA Monday, May 9 at 9:15pm, Vancity Theatre

We are super excited to be a screening partner at DOXA again this year, presenting Stand By for Tape Backup. Back in the age of the VCR, we all had that one special tape. Whether it contained your favourite Saturday morning cartoons, your child’s first steps, or a movie you looked forward to watching on a rainy day, it meant something special. This is the story of one man’s deep encounter with his late grandfather’s one special tape.

Apr2016-releases-TulipsTulips in Spring
Airs on Hallmark, May 14 at 9pm

When Rose is forced to leave the big city to help out on the poinsettia farm where she grew up, she discovers that her heart never left the country.

Apr2016-releases-BoneyardThe Boneyard with Georges St-Pierre
Airs on History, May 21 & 22

Mixed martial arts superstar Georges St-Pierre is regarded as one of the greatest champions in the history of the sport, but there’s something he loves even more than fighting: dinosaurs and prehistoric beasts. Now, in his first ever break from the ring, Georges is embarking on a globetrotting journey into the heart of modern paleontology.

Apr2016-releases-promposalDate With Love
Airs on Hallmark, May 21 at 9pm

When a small-town boy’s video “promposal” to a star goes viral, it scores him a date to the prom with his celebrity crush. But when the star begins to fall for the boy’s teacher, things get complicated.

Game of HomesGame of Homes
Airs on W Network, Tuesdays at 10pm ET/PT

Game of Homes is back for season 2! Four new teams of skilled amateur home renovators fix up rundown houses and turn them into dream homes. The winning teams will win their home, furniture, and a piece of property to put it on.

Apr2016-releases-hellbelowHell Below
Airs on Smithsonian Channel Canada, Tuesdays at 8pm ET

Hell Below is an event-based series chronicling the stealth game of subsea warfare. Learn about the patrols, games, and greatest submarine battles in World War 2.

Apr2016-releases-wonderswWonders of The Universe
Airing and streaming on Knowledge Network

This mind-bending four-part series with physicist Brian Cox explains the vast and unfathomable phenomena of deep space by re-examining the familiar on Earth.

Emergency RoomEmergency Room: Life + Death at VGH II
Airing and streaming on Knowledge Network

The award-winning and critically acclaimed documentary series is back. Viewers will get a direct and uncensored look into the everyday drama of the emergency department in Vancouver General Hospital. With its unprecedented access, the stories and characters in Emergency Room: Life + Death at VGH will make you squirm, laugh, and cry.

Apr2016-releases-westcoastCoast Modern
Streaming on Knowledge Network

Travelling along the Pacific Northwest coastline from LA to Vancouver, this stunning documentary showcases the pioneers of West Coast Modernist architecture and the homes that have become their legacies.

Apr2016-releases-bloodiedBloodied But Unbowed: Early Vancouver Punk
Streaming on Knowledge Network

In late ’70s and early ’80s Vancouver, punk music reared its ragged, rancid head and let forth a rebel howl. Director Susanne Tabata’s Bloodied But Unbowed, the first in-depth chronicle of Vancouver’s original punk scene, captures the raw essence of a time and place, with music and stories from the surviving stars who made it happen.

Line 21’s Talented Crew: Part 2

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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. Here—in alphabetical order—a small sampling…

L21StaffNames-Patriia-01

  • 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.”

L21StaffNames-Shelley-01

  • BA in Political Science (Carleton).
  • French translation certificate (UBC).
  • Certificate in book editing (SFU).
  • Freelance proofreader and copywriter.
  • Member of Editors Canada.
  • BIRD-WATCHER. From October 2012 to April 2013, she hosted a very rare bird in her own backyard. An immature male Bullock’s oriole took up residence, drinking from her hummingbird feeder, eating the grape jelly and the homemade suet she left out for it. Birders from near and far came to see her guest when they heard of its unlikely appearance.
  • Runner.
  • Connoisseur of New Zealand sauvignon blanc.

L21StaffNames-Siri-01

  • BFA in Visual Arts (SFU).
  • Landscape painter.
  • MUSICIAN. Plays piano, guitar, keyboard, produces, and composes. Here are all kinds of samples of her musicianship: Sample 1. Sample 2. Sample 3. Sample 4. Sample 5.
  • Composes/produces soundtracks. Projects include children’s audiobook Bat Rider by Anthony Barton; part of the documentary Stand up and Fight, and songs for sci-fi video games (currently unreleased).
  • Quilter.
  • Knitter.
  • Gardener.
  • Self-taught video editor.

L21StaffNames-Soo-01

  • BA in Political Science (SFU).
  • Speaks Korean fluently.
  • Speaks beginner Spanish and a smattering of French.
  • Certified TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) teacher.
  • Volunteered for Homefront Programme at VCC as an ESL tutor.
  • Hip-hop dancer. Voted BEST DANCER in elementary school.
  • Reasonably priced restaurant critic for hire.
  • Likes to cook (particularly Indian food and pasta).
  • Homestay coordinator at a Vancouver ESL school.

L21StaffNames-Steffani-01

  • Social media queen since it was “really” born in the ’80s.
  • Candy maker. BACON FUDGE is a specialty.
  • DIY’er.
  • Photographer.
  • Studied journalism & book publishing.
  • Occasional public speaker.
  • Can tune a bicycle.
  • Able to peel an orange or apple in one piece.
  • Likes to recreate restaurant meals at home going on taste alone (and has mastered Noodle Box’s famous Thai peanut sauce).
  • Knows how to score cheap flights.
  • Member of BC Travel Writer’s Association.
  • Folds fitted sheets as well as Martha Stewart after working in a laundromat as a teen.
  • Wrote a summer cookbook, and can grill a better steak than most restaurants.

L21StaffNames-Will-01

  • BA in English Literature (SFU).
  • Writer (fiction and non-fiction), published in:
  • Confident around both power and sail boats. Need your boat docked or washed? He’s your guy.
  • Makes great spaetzle.
  • Excels in cutting mounds of carrots (could be the result of being the father to a young son).
  • Once wore a BANANA SUIT at a trade show.
  • Actor (initially went to SFU for acting).
  • Former member of SFU TheatreSports Team.

April 2016 Recipe: Pesto Shrimp Salad

Pesto Shrimp Salad

Inspired by the Pesto Shrimp Salad at Max’s Deli.

Ingredients

3 – 4 c pasta (cooked volume).  I used ditalini, which is quite compact. If you use a larger pasta such as rotini, aim for 4  – 5 c cooked volume.
1/2 c cooked corn
1 c finely chopped celery
1/2 green pepper, finely chopped
1/2 red pepper, finely chopped
1/2 yellow pepper, finely chopped
200 g cooked, peeled shrimp or prawns
1/2 c grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

Dressing

3/4 c mayonnaise
1 T + 1 t honey
1 T + 1 t basil pesto
salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Combine dressing ingredients in small bowl. Whisk.
Combine all other ingredients in large bowl. Pour dressing over top and mix well.
Chill. Best served same day.
6-8 portions.

Coming Attractions and Highlights

New Releases

Cabin TruckersCabin 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.

MotiveMotive
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 TownBroke 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.

Love On The SidelinesLove On The Sidelines
Airs on W Network, March 25 at 3pm

Laural is a struggling fashion designer who finds herself with a job as a personal assistant for Danny, a quarterback with an injury. Laural knows nothing about football, and Danny hasn’t ever had a female assistant.

Hearts of SrpingHearts of Spring
Airs on Hallmark, April 9 at 9pm

A famous mom blogger finds herself being attacked online by a reader who has conflicting advice. Offline, she meets a great single dad, and sparks start to fly. When she finds out that they are in fact the same person, her whole world gets turned upside down.

Emergency RoomEmergency Room: Life + Death at VGH
Season 2 premieres on Knowledge Network, April 12 at 9pm

The award-winning and critically acclaimed documentary series is back. Viewers will get a direct and uncensored look into the everyday drama of the emergency department in Vancouver General Hospital. With its unprecedented access, the stories and characters in Emergency Room: Life + Death at VGH will make you squirm, laugh, and cry.

Killing BigfootKilling Bigfoot
Airs on Travel & Escape Channel, April 14 at 10pm ET

In the south, two polarized groups are on the trail of one elusive Bigfoot. On Killing Bigfoot, we meet one community who wants to protect the creature—and another who is intent on capturing it.

March 2016 Recipe: Paska

Bread Machine Paska

This delicious, traditional Mennonite Easter bread is easy to make, but hard to resist. The dough is mixed and kneaded in your bread machine and then baked in your oven. Based on this recipe.

Ingredients

175 ml (3/4 C) whole milk warmed to just above room temperature
2 eggs, beaten
30 ml (2 T) softened butter cut into small pieces
80 ml (1/3 c) white sugar
5-10 ml (1-2 t) lemon zest
5 ml (1 t) salt
750 ml (3 c) all-purpose flour
10 ml (2 t) bread machine yeast

Directions

Add ingredients in order recommended by your breadmaker.
Use dough setting.
Once the dough cycle is complete, punch down dough and tip onto lightly flowered surface.
Cover and let rest 15 minutes.
Shape dough and place in well-greased loaf pan or paper panettone baking shell.
Cover and let rise 60 minutes.
Bake at 350º for 30-35 minutes, or until bread sounds hollow when tapped on bottom.
Cool on rack until room temperature.

Glaze Ingredients

1 c icing sugar
1 ½ T milk or lemon juice
2 drops vanilla (omit if you are using lemon juice)
Round, multi-coloured sprinkles

Glaze Directions

Place ingredients in small bowl. Stir well. Add more sugar if you like a stiffer glaze, more milk if you prefer runnier.
Spread over top of loaf. Add sprinkles.
Best eaten the same day.

Line 21’s Talented Crew: Part 1

(Writer’s note:  I know that sounds like braggadocio, but I can tout the many skills of Line 21ers without boasting, as I’m excluding myself from the list. Plus, getting everyone to ‘fess up to their hidden talents was not an easy job. Line 21ers are not naturally braggy.)


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…

Callum

  • 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.

L21StaffNames-Carolyn-01

  • BA in French and German, minor in English (UBC).
  • MA in Germanic Studies (UBC).
  • Entrepreneur Business Certificate program (Langara).
  • Fluent in English, French, German, extremely dangerous in Italian, basic Spanish, Arabic… thinking of Portuguese next because South America is calling.
  • Continuing education in screenwriting, creative writing, ASL, flower arranging, filmmaking, soapmaking, online/web marketing, public speaking, sailing.
  • St. John’s Ambulance First Aid.
  • DANCER: BALLROOM AND ZUMBA.
  • Undercover travel agent: has created awesome itineraries and adventures for her family’s travels.
  • Wicked cross-country skier; wannabe snowshoer.
  • Piano player.
  • Soon-to-be voiceover actor. She does a wicked, AUTHENTIC and hilarious German voice (all part of her uncanny ability to mimic).
  • Able to cry on demand.

L21StaffNames-Dawn-01

  • BA in Communications Studies and Women’s Studies (Wilfrid Laurier).  First student to graduate from Women’s Studies at WLU.
  • SPECIALTY LANGUAGES: Toddler and Small Child.
  • Makes a mean cookie without a recipe. Also specializes in the “anything muffin,” which includes whatever she has in the house.
  • Accomplished with birthday cakes.
  • Apprentice bread maker.
  • Gardener: grows both ornamentals and vegetables.
  • Dabbles in various kinds of DIY. Built her own deck and a play structure for her kids. Tiler, drywaller, painter, and plumber.

L21StaffNames-Kelly-01

  • BA in Anthropology (UBC).
  • (All but thesis) Master’s in History (UBC).
  • Reads French well.
  • Huge vocabulary (mainly in English and French, but some other languages as well).
  • Experienced cat nurse.
  • Serial course-taker. Recent efforts include: Ayurveda, glass fusing, glass bead making, opera studies, bookkeeping, the literature of Prague, stained glass, ceramics, jewellery making, and painting.
  • Leading proponent of the Oxford comma.
  • Student of world religions.
  • Former member of Fugue Theatre Board of Directors.
  • PAC treasurer.
  • Member of office strata council.
  • OFFICIAL MCGYVER. Line 21’s resident problem-solver for when things are mysteriously not doing what they are supposed to, from software to hardware to plumbing.

L21StaffNames-Leslie-01

  • BA in Photographic Arts (Ryerson).
  • Speaks traveller’s Spanish, as well as butchering a bit of French, Italian, and a handful of Thai phrases.
  • Travel blogger.
  • Encaustic painter.  Recently had a painting accepted for a GALLERY SHOW IN MANHATTAN.
  • Cooks Thai food.
  • Rustic baker, favouring artisan breads and pies of any sort.
  • Crafty since she was a little girl.
  • Artistic since a young age.
  • Renovator: currently redoing her 1960s bunglow.
  • Has been a Big Sister for three years to a now 14-year-old.
  • Former volunteer with Scouts Canada, the United Way, various soup kitchens, and Christmas toy drives.
Leslie Foster encaustic 2

Leslie’s New York Art Show Encaustic Painting.

L21StaffNames-Michelle-01

  • BA (Honours) English Literature, with minor in Classical Studies (UBC).
  • Speaks intermediate-level Japanese.
  • Taught ESL in Japan for two years.
  • Video game writer/narrative designer. Credits include 1931: Scheherazade at the Library of Pergamum.
  • Avid gamer and geek.
  • Public speaker (has lectured at conferences on game writing).
  • Localization editor (Japanese anime to English) .
  • SCUBA DIVER.
  • Head of IGDA Romance and Sexuality SIG (special interest group), exploring romance and sexuality in games.
  • Plays board/card games (like this). Particularly good at storytelling games that let you putter around in the background, slowly gaining power while everyone else fights.

 


Please come back next month when we complete the substantial list of Line 21ers’ skills and accomplishments.

Coming Attractions and Highlights

New Releases

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.

Haida Gwaii: On The Edge Of The World
Airs on The Knowledge Network, March 8 at 9pm

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.

Rock The Box
Screens at The Vancouver International Women In Film Festival, March 10 at 8:30pm

Electronic Dance Music (EDM) is the most lucrative sector of the music industry, but it’s a world dominated by men. Rhiannon Rozier wanted to break into that world, but the Vancouver-raised DJ says she ran into the glass ceiling. She couldn’t make it to the next level, so she did something she never thought she would do: she posed for Playboy.

Bihttos
Screens at The Vancouver International Women In Film Festival, March 12 at 3:30pm

Mixing archival footage, re-enactments, and animation, Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers’ extraordinarily beautiful and poignant documentary Bihttos (Sámi for “rebel”) explores how past injustices impacted the marriage of her mother, who is of Blackfoot descent, and her Sami father.

Anything for Love
Airs on Hallmark, March 13 at 7pm

Katherine, a high-powered executive who believes that men are intimidated by her career, creates an internet dating profile claiming she is an executive assistant. Jack, a male nurse, creates his own internet dating profile that claims he is a doctor. They are matched and find themselves falling in love, but hiding their true identities proves to be tricky.

Appetite for Love
Airs on Hallmark, March 26 at 5pm

Mina has everything going for her, but her perfect world is turned upside-down when her job takes her back to her hometown in Tennessee, where she must convince her old flame, Clay, to sell his restaurant.

Crazy 8’s Gala Screening
Saturday, February 27 at The Centre, 777 Homer St, Vancouver

Witness the premiere of the six Crazy8s 2016 short films made in just eight days from February 12-19.

Vancouver International Women In Film Festival
Runs March 8-13 at VanCity Theatre, 1181 Seymour St, Vancouver

Coinciding with International Women’s Day on March 8, the  annual festival celebrates the best of cinema created by women.

11 Practical Ideas You Can Actually Live With to Go Greener

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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!

 

number-green-01Get rid of paper towels in your kitchen.

Use a washable cloth instead. Packages of bar towels are cheap. More.

number-green-02Use 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.

number-green-03Dry your hands differently.

Nix the paper and install a hand dryer in your public restroom. The studies are in: hand dryers are more energy friendly in the long run. More.

number-green-04If it’s yellow, let it mellow.

Time to get over the squeamishness. It’s just wee. If you can’t do it at the office (the wider world may not be quite ready for this one), then at least do it at home. The water savings add up quickly, since a single flush, even with a low-flow toilet, takes 6 litres. Save just one flush/day, and you’ll save 2190L litres over the course of a year. That’s enough to fill over 27 bathtubs.

number-green-05Stick a bottle in it.

At the office, if you use a low-flow toilet, congratulations! If not, go fill up a plastic bottle or two, screw the lid on tightly and put it into the back of your toilet tank. Really. Go do it now.

number-green-06Ditch K-Cups – Not your Keurig.

Yes, they’ve just announced that K-Cups can be recycled, but even better would be to buy a couple of reusable filters. Huge waste savings will ensue, and you can compost the coffee grounds!

number-green-07Buy 100% recycled paper.

That old chestnut. We all know it. Trouble is, most paper sold is still made from virgin timber. Even as we work toward printing less and less, sometimes printing is inescapable. So when you have to print, check the packaging and be sure your paper is made from recycled content.

number-green-08Compost—don’t bin—your take-away coffee cup.

If you buy the coffee, you are responsible for the cup. Better still (and we know you know this), bring your own re-usable cup. More.

number-green-09Power down computers at night/weekends.

Again, we all know this already, but loads of us forget. Commit to it.

number-green-10Turn down the thermostat 1 degree.

Just one measly little degree. (Three months from now, you can turn it down again.)

number-green-11Pick two.

For those of you who read last month’s “how to boost your productivity,” you’ll be familiar with this one. While we’ve just given you ten practical ways to reduce your carbon footprint, we’re now recommending that you ignore most of our suggestions. Better to be successful with two than unsuccessful with more.

 

February 2016 Recipe: Crispy Broccoli

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I am not a fan of cooked broccoli (raw, I can eat it all day). But this recipe has turned me into a cooked broccoli fiend. On more than one occasion, a large plate of it has served as my entire dinner. It’s that good. (Be forewarned, though, of the potential ramifications of a very large serving of brassica vegetables!)

Here’s the basic recipe. It can be modified endlessly (a few suggestions below).

Ingredients

All quantities are for a single serving. Multiple as necessary.
about 1 cup broccoli (broccoli shinks a lot during cooking)
2 t oil (canola, corn, or olive)
2 T starch (corn, potato, or rice)
1 t tumeric
dash salt

Directions

Wash and cut up broccoli into medium-sized chunks.
Place in bowl.
Drizzle oil over broccoli.
Mix starch, seasoning and salt in small bowl.
Add to broccoli and toss well.
Spread over oiled cookie sheet. Try to keep the broccoli to a single layer. If you have too much for a single cookie sheet, use two sheets.
Bake at 425º for 20 – 30 minutes, stirring once or twice.

Variations

  • Increase starch (the more, the crispier the broccoli).
  • Use cauliflower, or a mix of broccoli and cauliflower.
  • Switch seasonings. My favourite is Club House Indian Masala blend. A close second is Cavender’s All Purpose Greek Seasoning.

Coming Attractions and Highlights

New Releases

 

Call of the Baby BelugaCall 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 MonstersNerds 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 RequiredSome 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.

Murder She Baked: A Peach Cobbler MysteryMurder She Baked: A Peach Cobbler Mystery
Airs on Hallmark, January 26 at 9pm

Alison Sweeney is back as Hannah Swensen. This time she’s back to solve the death of a rival bakery store owner in Lake Eden.

Black FlyBlack Fly
Airs on Super Channel, January 29 at 4:45pm

Jake Hanson is on a dark journey of self-discovery. A troubled teenager haunted by a horrific hunting accident, his reconnection with his older brother sets off a powder keg of buried secrets, paranoia, and murder.

Unleashing Mr. DarcyUnleashing Mr. Darcy
Airs on Hallmark, January 30 at 7pm

A modernday spin on the classic, Pride and Prejudice, set in the world of a fancy New York dog show. Competitor Elizabeth Scott thinks judge Donovan Darcy is aristocratic and rude. In true Jane Austen fashion, the two begin to see the error of their ways, and sparks begin to fly.

Dater's HandbookDater’s Handbook
Airs on Hallmark, January 30 at 9pm

Cassandra Barber always picks the wrong guy. To help her choose between the two guys in her life, she turns to relationship expert Dr. Susie, and her latest self-help book, “The Dater’s Handbook,” to fix her ailing love life.

Frankie & AliceFrankie & Alice
Airs on Super Channel, February 2 at 9pm

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 and a Southern white racist woman.

Gone South: How Canada Invented HollywoodGone South: How Canada Invented Hollywood
Airs on Super Channel, February 5 at 6:15pm

A hilarious and investigative look at the long history and major influence Canadians have had on the development of American pop culture.

Lawrence & HollomanLawrence & Holloman
Airs on Super Channel, February 5 at 7:30pm

Lawrence is an ever-optimistic suit salesman for whom everything always goes right, until he meets Holloman, a suicidal cynic, and everything starts to go wrong. Very wrong.

Love on the SidelinesLove on The Sidelines
Airs on Hallmark, February 7 at 9pm

The Walking Dead’s Emily Kinney plays Laurel Welk, an aspiring fashion designer who lands a job as a personal assistant to injured quarterback Danny Holland. She knows nothing about football.  He doesn’t want a personal assistant.  Can they work it out?

Two 4 OneTwo 4 One
Airs on Super Channel, February 9 at 7:30pm

When transgendered Adam helps his baby-crazy ex-girlfriend Miriam artificially inseminate, they wind up in bed together, and they both get pregnant.

When Calls the HeartWhen Calls The Heart
Season 3 premieres on Hallmark, February 21 at 9pm

Back for a third season, the series based on the bestselling novel by Janette Oke follows the story of Elizabeth Thatcher, a young teacher from a wealthy, high-society life. As she adapts to the frontier lifestyle, she warms up to local RCMP forensic specialist Constable Jack Thornton.

Jade FeveerJade Fever
Season 2 premieres on Discovery Channel, February 23 at 10pm

Jade Fever follows the work of Claudia and Robin Bunce, owners of a large jade mining claim and jade tourist shop in remote Jade City in northern BC. They mine, cut, polish, and sell jade. They employ most of the people in town – if they strike it rich, everyone wins; if they fail, a whole town falls flat on its face.