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Coming Attractions and Highlights

New Releases

My Floating HomeMy Floating Home
Air 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.

SpotlessSpotless
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.

EmergencyEmergency
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.

Border Security: America's Front LineBorder Security: America’s Front Line
Airs on Global TV, Wednesday at 8pm

Border Security: America’s Front Line follows the work of US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers and agents as they clear travelers at land, air, and marine ports of entry, inspect cargo, and secure America’s borders.

Wedding Bells

Wedding Bells
Airs on Hallmark, June 3 at 9pm

When two commitment-phobic busy professionals with little in common are asked to be the best man and maid of honor at a mutual friend’s wedding, they don’t expect a life-changing romantic experience of their own.

Ms MatchedMs. Matched
Airs on Hallmark, June 4 at 9pm

A successful wedding planner who organizes dream fairytale weddings and a financial advisor who tells couples to save their money are paired together to plan a wedding. As the mismatched couple are forced to spend a lot of time together, they find out that they have more in common than they think.

Garage Sale Mystery 3 – The Novel MurdersGarage Sale Mystery: The Novel Murders
Airs on Hallmark, June 5 at 9pm

When Jennifer delivers a purchase to a client’s home, she finds him murdered. She can’t help but think there is something familiar about the details of the killing – and soon realizes that the victim’s cold- blooded demise is a re-enactment of a murder in a classic mystery novel.

Stop the WeddingStop the Wedding
Airs on Hallmark, June 11 at 9pm

When a young, single attorney finds out that her charming mother is getting married to a TV star known as much for his failed marriages as his acting career, she tries to stop the wedding.

Three Bedrooms, One Corpse: An Aurora Teagarden MysteryThree Bedrooms, One Corpse: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery
Airs on Hallmark, June 12 at 9pm

When Aurora pitches in to help her busy real estate mother, Aida, she quickly realizes she has again walked into a life or death situation. When a body is discovered at her first house showing and a second body is found in another house for sale, it becomes obvious that there is a very cool killer at large.

May 2016 Recipe: Green Papaya Salad

Green Papaya Salad

Thanks to Leslie Foster for this month’s recipe. You can see Leslie’s blog post about the cooking class she took in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where this Green Papaya Salad was one of the dishes she learned to make. See Leslie’s Staff Profile.


I love the sour tang of a fresh, crunchy papaya salad. You can adjust the amount of peppers to your heat tolerance. The Thais like it with five, while I prefer two! I learned how to make this simple salad in Thailand, and it’s delicious. It is traditionally made in a wooden mortar, rather than a stone one, so the veggies don’t get overly bruised, but you can use a glass bowl if you don’t have a mortar and pestle large enough.

This will make enough for two people.

Ingredients

1 green papaya (unripe)
2 cloves garlic
1-5 bird’s eye chilies (small hot peppers, adjust to your preference)
1 teaspoon shrimp paste
½ tablespoon coconut sugar, or you can substitute brown sugar
5 green beans, or if you can get them, a couple of long beans
2 small tomatoes
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon fish sauce
2 tablespoons roasted peanuts

Directions

Peel and grate papaya until you have two cups. You will have leftovers.
In a mortar, place garlic, chilies, shrimp paste, and sugar, and pound to a paste.
Add beans and pound until bruised.
Cut tomatoes into large chunks. Add to mortar and pound slightly.
Add grated papaya, lime juice, fish sauce, and peanuts. Pound for one minute until the salad is mixed up and the papaya is lightly bruised.
Dig in!

Green Papaya Salad

The Art of Combining Work and Travel

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Part 1 of a 2-part series. Written by Leslie Foster.


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

Rice Paddies in Bali, Indonesia

Damnoen Saduk Floating Market in Thailand

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.

Cave in Ao Nang, Thailand

A Cave in Ao Nang, Thailand

Flower Market in Bangkok, 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

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

Wild Monkeys Roam the Streets of Lopburi, Thailand

Setting Yourself Up For Travel

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

“The Office” for the day at the Singapore Botanical Gardens

Office on the Island of Gili Air in Indonesia

“The 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!


sm-Leslie-MCS-small-narrowcropLeslie currently 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.

Coming Attractions and Highlights

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.