Evolution of LGBTQ2+ Television and Broadcasting in Vancouver, BC

Michael P Keeping with Conni Smudge

An interview with Michael P Keeping (MPK)

By Angus Praught

Michael P Keeping is an award-winning director, producer, cameraman, Foley artist, reporter and teacher in the Canadian television and film industries. He now has over forty years in the industry, but he started his career volunteering for work in film and television productions while still a teenager in Toronto.

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Evolution of LGBTQ2+ Television and Broadcasting in Vancouver, BC

Vancouver-based reality show Family Cook Off premieres March 1

Photo Credit: Food Network Canada

This has been a big couple weeks for Vancouver and cooking shows.  First, Top Chef shot its season finale at several restaurants around the city, including Bao Bei, Black+Blue and Coast (airing Feb. 29 at 10 p.m. on Bravo USA).   Now, a brand new competitive cooking show set in Vancouver is about to kick off.

Family Cook Off premieres on Thursday, March 1, at 9 p.m. on Food Network Canada.  The show, which has been described as a kind of Iron Chef for non-professional cooks by the Vancouver Sun, pits two families against one another as they race against the clock to cook the best meal.

And Vancouverites will instantly recognize the show’s backdrop.  Family Cook Off was filmed outside on the dock at Stamp’s Landing, on the edge of False Creek.  As families furiously cook away, you can make out sailboats floating by in False Creek and the glitzy new highrises of Yaletown on the opposite shore.  Plus, the show was shot last August during a stretch of gorgeous days – Talk about some great advertising for the city.

So how does Family Cook Off work?

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Vancouver-based reality show Family Cook Off premieres March 1

Tourism Vancouver Interviews Cory Monteith, cast of hit TV show Glee

Cory Monteith

27 year-old actor Cory Monteith plays loveable football-playing songster, Finn Hudson, on the hit TV show Glee. Now a resident of Los Angeles, Monteith called Vancouver home for seven years before his recent catapult to fame. But the proud Canadian admits to loving Vancouver with a passion. “Any chance I get to talk about it, you really can’t shut me up,” says Monteith. “I spend as much time as I can there and [will definitely be] home for the holidays.” We asked Monteith to share his Van-city secrets…

When you think of Vancouver, what is the first thing that comes to mind?A big deep breath of completely clean, damp air.

What Vancouver neighbourhoods have you lived in and which are your favourites? Kitsilano, West End, Yaletown, Granville/Broadway… I love the West End. It’s a lot like Manhattan, actually! But friendlier and cleaner.

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Tourism Vancouver Interviews Cory Monteith, cast of hit TV show Glee