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  • Town Talk: Soon-to-abdicate Emperor Akihito's birthday celebrated

    Town Talk: Soon-to-abdicate Emperor Akihito's birthday celebrated

    84 CANDLES: Japanese Canadians and others filled the Bayshore hotel’s ballroom recently at a birthday party for Emperor Akihito, who will be 84 on Dec. 23. It was a bittersweet celebration because of the previous day’s official acceptance of his request to abdicate on April 30 in favour of Crown Prince Naruhito. So said Consul […]
  • Town Talk: Rick Hansen celebrates Man in Motion tour's 30th anniversary.

    Town Talk: Rick Hansen celebrates Man in Motion tour's 30th anniversary.

    MOTION MAINTAINED: Thirty years after his Man in Motion wheelchair journey around the world, Rick Hansen took the elevator to a Rick Hansen Foundation fundraiser in the Hotel Georgia ballroom. Other than still using a chair, the decades appear to have been good for Hansen. Ditto for wife Amanda, who was called in when Rick […]
  • Town Talk: Chinese community raises $2.5 million for B.C. Children's Hospital

    Town Talk: Chinese community raises $2.5 million for B.C. Children's Hospital

    Some 480 folk entered the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel’s ballroom recently to dine on cured salmon, wagyu beef shortribs and poached lobster.
  • Extras sought for Season 3 of Fargo; open casting call Saturday at the Clarion Hotel

    Extras sought for Season 3 of Fargo; open casting call Saturday at the Clarion Hotel

    The third season of FX’s Fargo is set to start shooting in Calgary and area in January and casting directors are putting out a call for extras of all kinds. Men and women of all ages and ethnicities are required for the shoot, which is expected to run until May. An open casting call will […]
  • Town Talk: Night to Dream benefits Ronald McDonald House

    Town Talk: Night to Dream benefits Ronald McDonald House

    HAPPY MEAL: Banished in the creepy clown era, Ronald McDonald sidestepped the recent Night to Dream gala. At night’s end, though, chair Lindsey Turner said the Hotel Vancouver event had raised $415,000 to support his namesake Ronald McDonald House on the B.C. Children’s Hospital campus. Its 75 bedrooms accommodate the families of 2,000 out-of-town patients […]
  • Calgary-shot Wynonna Earp a supernatural western

    Calgary-shot Wynonna Earp a supernatural western

    Swanky party scenes are not going to be the norm in the Calgary-shot modern-day supernatural western, Wynonna Earp. That message was clear earlier this week during a shoot at Heritage Park. This is not a typical scene. Nevertheless, there they were. More than 100 extras, having taken over the second floor of the historic Wainwright Hotel, […]
  • 'Bikers with good character looks' needed for sci-fi series, Wynonna Earp

    'Bikers with good character looks' needed for sci-fi series, Wynonna Earp

    Producers of the Calgary-shot sci-fi action series Wynonna Earp are being fairly specific about the sort of extras needed for “underground fight club” scenes. “Faces could resemble the variety of looks that used to frequent the King Eddy Hotel in Calgary,” reads a notice for Wednesday’s casting call. That apparently includes ‘Bikers with good character looks” or, […]
  • Blonde female hip-hop dancers among extras needed for new series, Wynonna Earp

    Blonde female hip-hop dancers among extras needed for new series, Wynonna Earp

    Producers behind the new supernatural western Wynonna Earp are looking for blond hip-hop dancers, among other extras, for a night club scene. The series, which is being shot in Calgary and surrounding areas until Feb. 15, will hold an opening casting call on Monday from 1 to 9 p.m. at Hotel Blackfoot’s MacLeod Room, 5940 Blackfoot […]
  • Disney star's rags-to-riches story a true underdog tale

    Disney star's rags-to-riches story a true underdog tale

    He is suffering from jet lag after a late-night flight from Los Angeles, but Mick doesn’t seem to mind being mobbed by admirers one recent day in the lobby of Calgary’s posh Hotel Arts. In fact, once word begins to spread that he is on the premises, everyone seems to go a bit boy-band crazy. Fans take pictures with him. They plop […]
  • Just for Laughs: The actors are just like their Silicon Valley alter egos. Mostly

    Just for Laughs: The actors are just like their Silicon Valley alter egos. Mostly

    That strangled cough-laugh mashup you heard Saturday afternoon was a collective nerdgasm as fans packed a ballroom at the Hyatt Regency hotel in downtown Montreal to listen to a Q&A with the cast and co-producers of the TV series Silicon Valley. While in Montreal, cast members T.J. Miller and Thomas Middleditch performed in other Just […]

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