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

William Shatner, Carrie Fisher and Shannen Doherty announced for Fan Expo Vancouver 2015

William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk in the original Star Trek.

William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk in the original Star Trek.

Princess Leia, Captain Kirk and, uhm, Brenda Walsh will be among the guests at this year’s Vancouver Fan Expo. And for the first time, it will be the real – or at least, original – versions of Leia and Kirk, and not people in costumes. (We’re not sure if anyone’s turned up in the guise of Beverley Hills 90210’s Brenda Walsh, but probably.)

So William Shatner, Carrie Fisher and Shannen Doherty – those are three big names. But who else is coming to this year’s Fan Expo Vancouver? Well, plenty, as it turns out.

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William Shatner, Carrie Fisher and Shannen Doherty announced for Fan Expo Vancouver 2015

Cat-Themed Reality Show Looking for Vancouver’s Cutest, Fastest Cats

Photo credit: Tambako the Jaguar | Flickr

Photo credit: Tambako the Jaguar | Flickr

Attention cat lovers: A new pet-themed reality show is coming to Vancouver – and it wants to make your cat a star.

Like Survivor for felines, the cheeky new Battle Cats will see five exceptional pets compete in a series of obstacles.  Challenges include climbing up walls, pole dancing, swerving out of the way of swinging balls while on a balance beam and chasing lasers, according to an article in the Vancouver Sun.

Produced by local company Force Four Entertainment, Battle Cats will be filmed in a special “cat agility arena” currently being built in Greater Vancouver.  For the inaugural season of the show, producers are hoping to find 30 local “cathletes,” defined as “playful cats who want to tackle our course and compete for the fastest time.”

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Cat-Themed Reality Show Looking for Vancouver’s Cutest, Fastest Cats

New CTV Police Drama Set in Vancouver To Air January 2013

Photo: Driving.ca

Yesterday’s CTV Upfronts—where the network outlines its 2012-13 TV schedule—revealed that a new police drama set (and filmed) in Vancouver has been ordered for January 2013.

The Vancouver police drama, currently titled Motive, will follow a female Vancouver police detective who “matches wits with killers.”  From the report on CBC: “Each episode reveals not only the victim, but the killer as well. As the detective begins her work, the audience also is drawn inside the mind of the culprit.”

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New CTV Police Drama Set in Vancouver To Air January 2013

Top Chef Finale Features Vancouver restaurants Black+Blue and Coast

Dungeness Crab Cake

Stay with me on this one.  Two Vancouver restaurants are being featured in the upcoming finale of Top Chef: Texas.  Top Chef is the hit reality cooking show on Bravo, where chefs face off in a series of culinary challenges.  This season – judged by Emeril Lagasse, among others – is set in Texas and focuses on southern cuisine like pit BBQ and chili.

But the final episodes have been filmed right here in Vancouver.  The finale is set in two very popular restaurants on Alberni Street: Black+Blue and Coast. Catch it when it airs March 12 at 6 p.m. on Food Network Canada (or Feb. 29 at 10 p.m. if you get Bravo USA) – or head down to ritzy Alberni Street yourself for a first-hand look at the featured restaurants.

Black+Blue is a brand-new, upscale steakhouse that’s already winning acclaim for having the best steaks in town.  Continue reading:
Top Chef Finale Features Vancouver restaurants Black+Blue and Coast

Vancouver in the Movies: Top 5 film locations

Fringe Films Evacuation Scene at Vancouver Film School

Earlier this month, when I was walking down Granville Street late one night, I stumbled upon a crime scene.  Riot vans had congregated at the corner of Granville and Pender.  There was a huge crowd, and several policemen were yelling into their radios.

Only upon closer inspection did I notice that the riot van said San Francisco Police Department on the side.  Turns out I had stumbled onto a movie set for an upcoming TV series.

That got me thinking about how often Vancouver ends up in movies and on TV (often disguised as another city).  I did some research and found a few of the top filming locations in the city (many thanks to a great article by John Mackie in the Vancouver Sun).

Below are 5 well known filming spots.  If you know more, please comment below:

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Vancouver in the Movies: Top 5 film locations