Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Throughout her career, Lady Pellegrini (recipient of the Cavalleressa del Ordine del Merito Italiana) has left her mark interpreting Puccini’s heroines, among them, her internationally acclaimed Cio-Cio San, remains in the minds of opera aficionados everywhere. As Madama Butterfly, Maria has sung in many of the world’s leading opera houses, including The Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Sadler Wells, Il Teatro Giuseppe Verdi di Trieste, Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova, Scottish Opera, Welsh National Opera, New York City Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Teatro Nacinal di Santo Domingo, New Jersey Opera, Vancouver Opera, the Taipei Music Festival and the Canadian Opera Company. She has graced the stages with other opera greats, such as Luciano Pavarotti, Sir George Solti, Sir Charles Mackerras, Sir Colin Davis, Sir Edward Downes, Anton Guadagno, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Ernesto Barbini, Birgit Nilsson, Frano Corelli, Gweneth Jones, Renata Scotto, Kiri Te Kanawa, Jon Vickers, Ermanno Mauro, Renata Bruson and Lando Bartolini. Her discography includes Passione, a collection of well-known arias recorded live. Among her many artistic achievements, Lady Pellegrini has been awarded the Ponte d’Oro, Il Primo Soprano d’Italia, the coveted Caravella d’Oro Award, the Puccini Medallion and was proclaimed by Lord Harewood as “the greatest Butterfly alive”. The Societe Radio Canada created a film production of Madama Butterfly for international televised broadcasts starring Lady Pellegrini, as well as productions of Traviata, Manon Lescaut, Lucia de Lammermoor and Otello. More recently, Bravo! has created a documentary called The Life & Times of Maria Pellegrini, Canada’s Butterfly, which is aired regularly on the Bravo! channel. We are both pleased and honored to have Lady Pellegrini play the role of Queen Mara Whitewood in the film Strafe.
Monday, July 6, 2009
Robert Nolan is a graduate of the University of Toronto with an Honors Degree in English and Drama. He is one of the busiest independent actors in Toronto. Under the tutelage of comic maestro feature director John Durno ('This Movie Sucks', 'David Suzuki?', 'Gladiator!') and Steve Markle ('Inside Steve's MInd' ), Robert is mastering the persuasive nuances of comedy while being equally at home in the powerful passions of drama. He has been cast in many dark roles ('Scent of Rosemary', 'Blind Spot', 'Hyde' ) and has appeared on stage ('Rebel Without a Cause', 'Bethune''), on TV ('Zero Hour', 'Brain Attack', 'Cold Blood') and on radio. 2009 has been a busy year so far with the completion of challenging roles in the feature crime-drama 'Lucky 7' (Brian, principal), the 35-mm feature psycho thriller 'A Date With Fear' (Rick, principal) and the disturbing psychological portrait of a teacher in 'Worm' (lead). He participated in the recent charity dance competition 'Dancing With The Local Stars' at the Windsor Casino and has discovered a new passion for waltz, salsa and more (thanks to teacher Jennifer Lee of Viva Studios). Robert has just wrapped on an episode of 'Cold Blood 2' ("Sarah Whitehead") and is currently shooting a Much Music anti-bullying PSA music video - 'Bully' by hip-hop star D.O. (Duane Gibson). Upcoming projects include principal roles in several feature films - the sci-fi suspense-thriller feature 'Minus 8' , the action-packed 'Simon's Reach' and the mysterious 'UFO Charlie'. Robert would love to return to the stage and has plans of jumping out of an airplane (with a chute) this summer with a couple of cute girls (they talked him into it) - but first he plans on learning to play the piano - at least as well as that languid cat in the youtube video. Life is just too short isn't it? Robert played the principal role of "Kralin Whitewood" in the film "Strafe".
Monday, June 29, 2009
The Dragon Ritual Drummers are a Canadian pagan drum troupe with a Global following, their music is inspired from around the world and through the ages. They are currently the highest ranking unsigned Afro beat and Tropical band on the Canadian myspace music charts, and are the number one pagan drum troupe on the planet. They have been featured in numerous mainstream and pagan media world wide, and headline top pagan and musical festivals across North America. Their shows are uplifting and interactive, filled with dancing, invocations, stories and rhythms of creole history and voodoo gods. Their main totem and namesake is the historic dragon spirit that resides at the brink of their home in Niagara Falls, and have released the worlds first "Drum Opera" telling the story and history of the Niagara dragon and its surrounding region. They have produced four CDs independently, available at their web site, itunes or a fine occult shop near you. Dragon Ritual Drummers’ music is featured in the film “Strafe”.
Monday, June 22, 2009
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Monday, June 15, 2009
Kirk Wood is an actor, writer, singer and stuntman. He has been working in theatre and as an entertainer since the tender age of 6. Growing up in a creatively thriving community north of Toronto, Canada, he was exposed to various art forms early on in life but ultimately fell in love with the silver screen. At the age of twenty-two; after a two year hiatus of traveling across Australia and New Zealand, he quickly returned to study classical theatre at the esteemed Humber College. In his second year he transferred into a new program strictly focused on acting for film. He spent two more years learning the craft and graduated in the top of his class. Whilst in school Kirk also began to train at a dinner theatre company called Medieval Times. He spent almost five years there and is now skilled in the very technically challenging art of choreographed combat with a wide array of medieval weaponry. In addition, Kirk is a very gifted and accomplished horse rider, mainly trained in the traditional English riding style. Kirk’s execution of stunt falls off of horseback and prowess in the art of the joust secured his status as teacher and trainer until he left the Toronto castle early in 2007. Since moving to Vancouver almost two years ago he has experienced an unprecedented amount of success working in independent film and is very excited about the unveiling of V.I.P.’s first webcast in 2010. He is focused on writing screenplays, developing a number of web series and continuing to build his career as an actor. Kirk played the principal role of “Leander Gurden” in the film “Strafe”.
A Sudanese Canadian and an award winning filmmaker, Mohamed Hassan, is the son of renowned journalist and political activist Abdullah Hassan. Advocates of human rights and democratic principles the family was forced to flee the Sudanese military junta. Since graduating with honors from the Toronto Film School in Film and TV production, Mohamed has been producing and directing independent shows, short films, commercials, music videos, corporate videos, and feature documentaries, as well as Cinematographer on a number of shorts and feature length films. He is currently in post- production on his latest documentary DEATH IN DARFUR: THE TRUTH, which he produced and directed. Mohamed immerses himself in the root causes of the conflict that has been declared by the United Nations as the worst humanitarian crisis of the 21st Century, while documenting the day-to-day experience of life on the edge in Darfur, Sudan. The film is due for release this fall 2009. Mohamed is the winner of the following awards in film;
** Ontario film Review Board Class Acts Student Film Award 2006
** Cinematography award the Academy Film Festival 2004
** Outstanding cinematography award Toronto Film School 2003
Monday, June 8, 2009
Bruno Talotta’s desire to be a performer developed at a very young age when he was encouraged by the faculty at school to perform in several productions. However, it was not until Bruno’s third year of college when he decided to follow his heart, and begin his journey to becoming a professional entertainer. Bruno began to enroll in acting classes where he quickly began networking and attaining information about the entertainment industry. After graduating from college, Bruno enrolled in University where he studied both business and Theatre. His television and film credits are of a wide variety in all genres. His recent credits include the role of Luca Squicciarini in the television series "Mayday" otherwise known as "Air Crash Investigation", which will be airing on Discovery Channel and on the National Geographic Channel in 2009. Other recent credits include actor roles on several episodes of the Comedy Networks "Keys to the VIP", the role of Napolatano in the television series "Masterminds", the lead role of Professor George Kubbard in the short film "Consumption", and the principal role of Matthew Dublin in the feature film "Fallen Before Falling". Bruno played the role of “Dorian, an ancient god” in the film “Strafe”.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Kirill Belousov is a self-taught musician. Born in 1981 in Moscow, Russia he moved to Toronto, Canada in 2001. He started plucking the strings of his father’s guitar and keys of his mother’s piano at the age of 7. It gave him a feel for music on a very deep level. In 1994, he had a classmate who was running a school radio station. That was the first time he pushed his first control button. From this moment on, he got further into electronic music and understanding the ways of sound. He never had his own computer growing up, but that wasn’t a barrier. Starting from the easiest computer programs, such as Dance EJ he started creating his first musical ideas. He started learning sound science by himself about 7 years ago. Then in 2004, Kirill went to the Toronto Film School and took the sound engineering course. Since the first semester he started taking part in short films and other school projects, through which he gained priceless experience. Since graduating in 2005, he has been working as a self employed freelance sound engineer. Kirill is the Location Sound engineer, as well as the Post-Production Sound Engineer in the film “Strafe”.
Monday, June 1, 2009
Although born in Toronto, Noelle spent most of her childhood living on farms in rural Ontario. At the age of 16, Ms. Dubois longed for a more urban lifestyle, prompting her to move out on her own and obtain work in various fields. After working as a bartender and mixologist for a few years, Noelle received the opportunity and inspiration to begin a modeling career. Having finally found her proper niche in the entertainment industry, Noelle quickly burst onto the Toronto modeling scene. After a few years of full time work as a model, having many great opportunities and experiences along the way, she sought more challenging ventures in her life. In 2008, Noelle had the opportunity to work behind a different lens as an on-camera personality and immediately recognized acting as her next great challenge. Beginning with a few independent films, acting quickly became not only her passion, but a means to continue challenging herself and a catalyst in her growth as a person. When she's away from set Noelle's hobbies include reading, horseback riding, cooking, jewelry making and psychological evaluation. Noelle played the lead role of “Talanis” in the film “Strafe”.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Veronika London began performing at an early age, which inevitably led her to George Brown’s prestigious Theatre program. After graduating, Veronika was immediately offered roles in various independent films which have been screened at festivals around the world. Soon after, her career took flight with numerous professional bookings in both film and print. Recently, she can be seen in The Ending’s debut music video “Follow”. Veronika can also be seen representing Toronto in MAXIM Magazine's model competition. Behind her blindingly stunning exterior, comes training and raw talent which make her a strong force to be reckoned with. Look for Veronika in HBO’s upcoming series “Lingerie” set to premier summer 2009. Veronika played the principal role of "Marine Whitewood" in the film "Strafe".
Paul Whitaker is a performer/songwriter/composer from the The City of Kawartha Lakes. Paul has played Guitar and provided Lead Vocals in bands for most of his life; and from the beginning has been a songwriter with a multitude of influences. His music has been featured on Q107 and on TV shows receiving accolades from the public and his peers alike. Paul’s roots are firmly placed in mainstream rock, however he draws inspiration from many different lyrical and musical influences. "As many of the professional songwriters/performers today, my musical canvas is as vast and varied, as the multicultural community in which we live”. Having performed for more than 25 years on stages all over North America, he now focuses his talents on cross-genre compositions. Paul hosted and co-produced a successful Music Showcase program on Rogers Cable. Paul played at the Grey Cup festival in Toronto and continues to perform in many charity shows, like Amnesty International Series and Ride for Sight and has shared stages with the likes of Colin James, 54-40, The Tea Party, Honeymoon Suite, Frank Soda as well as spending time in the studio with Jim McCarty and Mike Tilka. Paul Whitaker will be releasing an album in the summer of 2009, of original concept rock material to reach new audiences and experiences.