The new guide interface is more intuitive, delivering an
industry-leading customer experience. The HD Guide user interface offers
many improvements when compared to the SD Guide, including: faster
navigation, redesigned menus to ensure optimal usability and enhanced
shortcuts/preference functionality. The HD Guide is available for 6XX
series receivers only. Legacy receivers (including 5XX HD receivers)
will not be updated.
With the launch of HD Guide, two features on the 6XX series receiver have been retired:
Interactive Weather Application.
Instant Pay-Per-View (IPPV) ordering: the IPPV order feature has
been removed from the 6XX series. The phone line will remain for caller
ID only. IPPV will continue to be available on all legacy receivers.
There are six new major features introduced with the HD Guide:
Three different font sizes are available, controlling the number of
rows of data in the guide, plus two different program colouring options.
These settings can be changed at any time by pressing the following:
Options // Preferences // User Settings & Appearance.
2. MiniTune & MiniPlay
MiniTune: You can press the ‘B’ button from the guide to immediately
tune the video window to the selected channel, while maintaining your
current position in the menu.
MiniPlay: For customers with an HDPVR 630, MiniPlay functions the
same way as MiniTune, but within your list of recorded programs. You can
press ‘B’ to begin playback of the selected program in the video
window, while maintaining your current position in the PVR list.
3. PPV Store
A new way of browsing available PPV movies! Selecting ‘PPV Search’ from the Pay-Per-View (PPV) menu bar allows you to:
Narrow results by genre.
Show clear ordering instructions and ID above the movie description.
Be notified that the purchase has been successful once it’s been ordered through the IVR.
Purchased program are identified by a checkmark in the guide, PPV Store, and ‘Upcoming Airings’ screens.
4. Smart PVR Technology
Our HDPVR has an overlooked feature: the ability to look for the
episode on multiple channels. This feature, in conjunction with the fact
that Shaw Direct carries channels from every Canadian time zone,
effectively eliminates recording conflicts.
The HDPVR allows you to record from ‘HD only’, ‘SD only’, or ‘All channels’, rather than a single channel.
Descriptive information written in user-friendly language.
You can also edit your recording preferences by pressing ‘Enter’ on the program and selecting the new menu option.
When customizing a particular recording event, you can now access a
‘More Channels’ selector to change the channel you want the recording to
take place on.
5. Multi-User and Single User Modes
Multi-User Mode: Up to eight users can have their own preferences
applied at login, in addition to parentally-defined permissions, locks,
The current profile can be changed at any time by pressing the FAV button on the remote. Each profile can have a unique PIN.
Users can be copied to a USB key for transfer to another satellite receiver.
Parental restrictions that can be customized for each user include:
Access to Adult content
Ability to order free VOD titles
Daily VOD purchase limit ($ value)
PVR Permissions (ability to schedule new recordings, delete existing recordings, etc.)
Preferences that can be customized for each user include:
Onscreen and audio language
Closed Captions display and settings
Font size and program colouring style
Unsubscribed channels in Guide (show or hide)
Caller ID notifications (not available on the HDDSR 600)
Automatic prompt to delete recordings
Single User Mode: It uses the same approach as before, wherein a
single set of restrictions is applied consistently and unlocked
individually on an ad-hoc basis. While Multi-User mode generally does
not present a PIN challenge upon encountering locked content,
Single-User mode does.
When migrating from SD Guide with the Parental Controls enabled, you will be placed into this mode by default.
You can switch between Single and Multi-User modes whenever you want. If set, a PIN is required to make this change.
6. Notification Bar
The Notification Bar replaces the ‘Alert’ (!) icon used in the SD
Guide and will notify you of Caller ID, PPV purchases, reminders or
auto-tunes, dual recordings, and more. It also displays the signal
strength, Internet connectivity status (for VOD), HDD space (HDPVR only)
and number of active reminders.
Press the ‘Down’ arrow while watching TV to show the notification bar.
The A, B and C buttons on the remote control serve as shortcuts in a number of different windows – try them out!
New ways to search for content: Keyword Search and Category Search. Press Menu // Search to see the different categories.
Ah, the Calgary Stampede – When the
population of Calgary increases by almost a million people for ten days
of cowboy hats, deep-fried food and twangy country music.
Toted as ‘The Greatest Outdoor Show on
Earth,’ the Calgary Stampede does not disappoint. Held on the Stampede
Grounds for 102 years, there are so many things to see and do. People
come from literally all corners of the map to participate. Two of our
favourite reasons to keep coming back: The Rodeo and The Midway (food and fast rides. What could go wrong?)
The temperature almost every day we went
surpassed 30 degrees Celsius with only a few clouds to give us a
well-wished break from the searing torment of the sun. If you don’t have
something that closely-resembles sun stroke by the end of the day
you’re not stampeding properly.
The Stampede always kicks off with a
monstrous parade that blocks off most of downtown for hours. We got wise
and went down to the parade route the night before to set (read, tape) chairs down in order to get front-row seats, went home for some excited ‘squee’s’
and a quick sleep before returning at 5:30 the next morning to defend
our turf. The parade didn’t start for another four hours – Queue over-caffeination and screaming children.
When the parade did start, we had a
really good time. Took lots of amazing pictures and got to wave at
William Shatner, the Parade Marshall. You can check out the entire
parade album on our Facebook Page.
Our main goal of visiting the grounds was to try all the wicked new food that had been posted on the Calgary Stampede website for
months prior. We saddled up and headed down to the grounds. You can
always tell when Stampede as the ratio of cowboy hats and boots goes up
wherever you look – trains become more difficult to board and suddenly
the view for shorter people like me turns into a sea of pressed felt and
There are so, so many things to do at the
Calgary Stampede. I’ll be concentrating on food for this blog post.
Sorry if you were looking for reviews on the rodeo and Super Dogs, but
I’m sure there are lots of other blogs out there for you to imbibe.
Let’s get to it!
Red Velvet Mini Donughts
I was really
excited to try these little wonders. Everyone who we had talked to
prior exclaimed how rich and dense they were. I’m a fan of true Waldorf
red velvet cake which, due to food rationing during World War II, was
coloured with boiled beet juices and was extremely moist and sticky.
These were neither moist nor sticky. We
were handed a stick of doughnuts that looked suspiciously like regular
mini-doughnuts and were assured ‘the red was inside’. Nope. No red. More
like a light-tinted rose on the insides of them. The flavour: Less than
that of a regular mini-doughnut with the only saving grace being the
cream-cheese frosting they had dunked the entire stack into before we
We still ate all of them. Why waste food?
Ranking: 1 out of 5 Cowboy Hats
Takeaways: Disappointing reality after reviews, no colour
What could go wrong? Oh, right –
Everything. These looked and smelled delicious upon receiving them.
Battered lightly with some pieces of that mystery green vegetable you
find in instant soup broth. Things were going great until we took the
Did they mistake Cheezies for Styrofoam
peanuts? These were horrible! I tried eating the breading from around
the now rock-hard remains but the ‘cheeze’ in the Cheezie had melted,
gone nuclear and created some sort of biome inside of the
battered-atmosphere. It was like lighting an aerosol can of cheese on
fire and devouring what’s left (don’t try this at home). At least the fried bits of dough on the bottom were tasty.
Ranking: 1 out of 5 Cowboy Hats
Takeaways: Alien environment contained by breading, styrofoam-like squeaking on my teeth
Deep-Fried Cookie Dough
I was so happy to find the booth selling
deep-fried cookie dough! Delicious little balls of sweet goodness dusted
with confectioner’s sugar… until you bit into it and realized there was
a molten mass that resembled a microwaved tube of Keebler Elves. The
dough collapsed, my mouth, face and shirt were flooded with goo of all
shades of brown and my only reaction was to cough powdered sugar all
over everyone within a ten-foot radius. The dough was sweet and
resembled a chocolate-chip cookie but the fact that the treat drooled
all over the place after the breading was broken was a total ‘nope’ for
Ranking: 1 out of 5 Cowboy Hats
Takeaways: Brown goo, a new take on the ‘cinnamon challenge’ with confectioner’s sugar
Scorpion, Mealworm & Cricket Pizza
Maybe I’m rating this higher than a 1 because I was really hungry (read, hangry).
I’ve eaten bugs before on purpose; Candied grasshoppers and
cockroaches, teriyaki scorpions and centipedes among other weird things
so my expectation for the pizza was fairly positive. I ordered a slice
for $10 (TEN DOLLARS!) and was greeted with mealworms standing
up on their end, wingless crickets and one dilapidated scorpion. I don’t
know what tasted foul, the cheese or the bugs. Everything was dry and
dirt-flavoured. For ten bucks, you could at least put some bugs on a
primo piece of pizza. The scorpion still had some substance, but the
crickets and mealworms were so dry and hollow it was like biting into a
stale chip filled with air. This is the only food I did not finish
simply because I could have gotten better pizza from a garbage bin.
Ranking: 2 out of 5 Cowboy Hats
Takeaways: Tastelessness, legs stuck in my teeth, high price
Maple Bacon Doughnut Cheeseburger
This was both fulfilling and disgusting
all in one quick-serve meal. I’m one of those horrible Canadians who
dislikes anything maple. This bad-boy was a cheeseburger with maple
doughnuts acting as buns. The patty, cheese and bacon were all pretty
tasty. The fact that the grease from the meat was melting away the maple
glaze, creating a sticky coating of sweet/savoury that made my palate
shriek with confusion and horror was enough to keep me from eating the
entire thing. Thankfully I had two other members of my team to help. It
was actually fairly comical how fast I requested a hand-washing station
once we were through with the ‘burger’.
Ranking: 2 out of 5 Cowboy Hats
Takeaways: Maple, proximity of hand-washing station from food stall
Flower Cotton Candy
Another high-priced item, ringing in at $10 for a whopping $0.10 of sugar, the remainder of the value was found in the labour (each piece took about five minutes to craft).
I got to pick my colours and watched the master at work. They were
using coloured brown sugar rather than white which gave the flower a
very robust, deep flavour. The three of us destroyed the bloom in under a
minute. R.I.P., cotton candy art.
Ranking: 3 out of 5 Cowboy Hats
Takeaways: Complexity, high price
Oh my gosh, perogies. This in itself is
enough to get me intrigued. Smother them with fries, cheese curds and
gravy? Where’s the wheelchair because I’m going to be too large to walk
myself off the grounds. The perogies were pretty tasty, along with the
sausage that was smothered in sour cream and gravy. The poutine portion
itself was a tad disappointing. Poorly-cooked crinkle-cut fries, very
little cheese and watery gravy lapped in the bottom of the cardboard
tray after we had massacred the meal. I’d go back for a second one, just
no fries please.
Ranking: 3 out of 5 Cowboy Hats
Takeaways: Limp fries, perogies in anything (mmm…)
Ah yes mini doughnuts. A midway staple no
matter where you are in North America. The company who technically
invented these little treats and patented the machine they use graces us
with their presence every year on the Stampede midway for $5 a dozen.
Best use of money ever! They’re hot, sweet and greasy. A perfect balance
of cake and crisp, fried outside. Everyone knows the smell of
mini-doughnuts, I hope you don’t pass these up the next time you smell
Ranking: 4 out of 5 Cowboy Hats
Takeaways: Deliciousness, price, midway classic
Deep-Fried Macaroni & Cheese
Triangles of Heaven is what these should
be called. Delicious, piping hot macaroni and cheese breaded in fine
crumb served with nothing but napkins. They’re not too saucy to be a
mess but not too dry to be disappointing. We all burned our mouths on
them though, so be careful because I’m pretty sure they’re baked in a
nuclear reactor. They were pretty greasy, served in a tray of seven with
four napkins. I used a napkin per and was still whining for another
hand-wash station. If it wasn’t for the last entry, I would have gone
back for a second order. Mmm cheese…
Ranking: 4 out of 5 Cowboy Hats
Takeaways: Perfect little triangles, brings me back to my college days, grease
Turkey Dinner Poutine
Literally just like Grandma used to make.
Delicious hand-cut fries, thick gravy, aromatic bread stuffing, real
cranberries and a mound of juicy, well-seasoned turkey breast that
reminded us of Christmas and Thanksgiving rolled into one takeaway
container. This was another dish served directly from a volcano-oven, so
we had to take turns playing ‘hot-potato’ with the container until it
decided to cool down. (Side note: You don’t place your food down at the
risk someone else will smell what’s cooking and approach asking to
share). This had all the right herbs and spices, the fries were
golden-brown and crisp, the gravy had an amazing fat ratio that made it
stick to everything. Oh – and cheese curds! Hello.
Ranking: 5 out of 5 Leopard-Print Cowboy Hats (because why not)
Takeaways: Turkey. Poutine. Cheese.
All in all, we spent a lot of money on
food that would make any nutritionist have nightmares and cold-sweats.
But it was totally worth it. My jeans are tighter now than ever and I’m
proud of my Stampede Belly. Want to see our Food & Fun gallery?
Check out the Facebook Album.
Tickets for the 2015 Calgary Stampede (July 3rd-12th) go on sale October 6th, 2014. Hope to see you, cowboys and cowgirls!
Wow. I don’t know how else I can put the four days of running,
panels, photos, transcripts, tweets and meet and greets. By Sunday night
I was exhausted and twitching with geek-like excitement. If I could
unscrew my legs and put a fresh pair on, I could have done another week
of the Calgary Expo.
The majority of our time was spent in panels although we did a bunch
of floor walking, checking out the cool costumes and vendors. We did
transcripts of a bunch of panels and I was considering writing details
on all of them. Instead, I’m going to take the best pick from each –
short and sweet.
Barry Bostwick, when asked if he has noticed changes in acting for television shows:
You make less money now… it’s harder to actually get a job,
because everybody wants to do TV… Burt Reynolds and David Hasslehof are
who I am up against. I’ve been trying to convince actors in my age range
to move away from California so it makes it easier for me to get their
Anthony Daniels, on the reception of Star Wars:
When we made Star Wars, nobody knew what would happen.
All the cast thought it was a silly film, but they were dedicated to
their work… nobody really understood George’s vision.
Then the film opened, and a few people went to see
it, and they ran out – they got their friends and they ran in, they ran
out and grabbed more friends and, not that the word existed, but it
became “viral” to where it is today. And the reason became viral, aside
from it being easier to watch it on multiple media types, the story of
Star Wars carried the audience up, up and up, and brought us to today
and the future was the audience, and then it was your children, and now
it’s your children’s children. And the love and affection and devotion
you have shown everybody in the film, everybody in the crew that you may
not even recognize when you see their name on the roll… but you
contributed to the whole thing, the saga… and who knows where we’re
going next. I will end with a really heartfelt thank you to all of you.
You’ve been there for me.
Matt Smith, on how he sees the world after playing Doctor Who:
It categorically changed how I see the world. As an actor you try
to experience things that your character does, if you’re running a
bath, run a bath as the Doctor would run a bath – and it’s just a far
more interesting bath. Go for a walk in the park as the Doctor would go
for a walk in the park, I recommend everybody try this.
Karen Gillan, on what would be in her perfect burrito:
Diced chicken breast, avocado, pepper, maybe a cheeky sauce.
Vivica A. Fox, on the filming of her legendary fight scene in Kill Bill:
It looked and felt incredibly realistic… It took four days to
film… There weren’t a lot of tricks; other scenes used wires, Uma’s and
mine fight was the most brutal because there were no tricks. We
performed 95% of the fight. The only part I didn’t do was when Vernita
Green crashed over couch and into coffee table. I wanted wanted to do
it, but everybody said no.
After the last day of filming, I counted my
bruises, I had over thirty on my legs and arms, I was so proud! We went
through a little house in Pasadena and destroyed it. The fight went
through the entry, hallway, front room, fireplace, into a dining room
set, kitchen, through another dining room set, back into the front room
and we just destroyed the whole place… it was so cool.
Michael Rooker and Laurie Holden, on their character’s deaths on The Walking Dead:
MR: I wanted to go out the way I came in… Fighting, none of that
emotional stuff. If Merle could have jumped up from the grave and
smacked Daryl in the head, he would have.
LH: I’m glad Andrea went out the way she did. It came full
circle. She needed to go out on her terms – it was her choice to take
her own self out with her gun. I loved that she was with Michonne and
they healed that. I loved that she was able to relate with Rick and
Daryl and didn’t want anyone else to die – I felt like if there was any
confusion about her intention or motivation, that in that one particular
scene you saw her heart and who she was. It was the perfect death for
Sigourney Weaver, on putting her stamp on pop culture through her role in the Alien franchise:
When the decision was made to make Ripley a woman, it was made
not because they were feminists, but because no one would ever think
this young woman would be a survivor. It expressed something in our
culture, and continues to express something in our culture all around
the world about the underdog and our ability to find reserves and
resources in ourselves. It touched on a cord about who we are.
If we saw a reboot of the Alien movies, who would Sigourney want to play her character?
I’m gonna play my character.
The Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo (casually called the Calgary
Expo) dominated a good portion of the Calgary Stampede grounds; the
majority of events were held within the BMO Centre – a 300,000 sq. ft
exhibit complex, Boyce Theatre and Corral – 25,100 sq. ft of space
offering 8,000 seats and the Big Four – 118,000 sq. ft used for more
exhibitors, guest signatures and photo-ops.
Last year, this was the entire event. I was only slightly surprised
to see the addition of a 95,000 sq. ft pavilion tent that housed
additional panels and a children’s area full of… kids.
Last but not least, Calgary Food Trucks. Two words: Oh my. The
lineups were so insanely long, but the food was worth it. I ended up
putting my big glutton shoes on, and tried a dish from every truck. But
it’s okay because we were there for four whole days, right?
You can check out our interactive map of the venue here.
If you’re planning on visiting the Calgary Expo next year, here are a few things to remember:
Exchange your tickets for wristbands early! Calgary Expo offers an
exchange day prior to the event which is clearly publicized. This is the
best time to do your exchange so you’re not waiting in the line day-of
while your favourite panel is starting.
You’re going to be walking on hard concrete for hours on end, with
little to no seating unless you hang out in the panels (and expect
plastic chairs), so bring super-comfy shoes, or a few pairs.
BMO Centre is kind enough to offer lockers with in/out privileges.
The price was $5 a day while we were there. They’re big enough for a
standard-size backpack or ten pairs of shoes, for the stylish.
If you are planning on doing it up right and wearing your best
costume, Calgary Expo has weapon and prop storage. I left my oversized
sword and foam handguns at home so I’m not sure the price or time limits
for this service.
There are a few food options on site. Inside the BMO Centre and Big
Four the options are the same (same foodservice contract, I would
assume). Burgers are decent, but the lineups and mashed-up crowds of
people are pretty crazy. Also, expect to eat on the floor. We ventured
outside to the YYC Food Trucks and tried each of them. As I said prior,
these queues are also long – but you’re outside with a good view for
people watching and you quickly move up the line. One thing I noticed
was the lack of vegetarian options. Don’t expect much other than a kid’s
cheese pizza and some cold veggies.
Be prepared to get close. Calgary Expo had a record attendance of
almost 100,000 people this year. That gets a bit intense in
close-quarters, but if you keep eyes-forward and remain polite you won’t
have any problem.
If you want to go to a panel, line up early. As press we were able
to fly in and out of all the panels without having to stand in lines.
Whether you have a regular or VIP pass, line up at least a half-hour
before your panel begins. They usually open the doors ten minutes before
the event and it is rush seating. VIP tickets have their own section
but if the panel is popular (like the Dr. Who panel), the sections will fill up fast. Better be safe than sorry.
Get the four-day pass. I know it seems like a super-long time to be
at the grounds, but if you can get off of work for all the days, do it.
You may not be on site for the entire time but at least then you will
have access to the entire event and not just a few select days. There
are so many panels and events every day and the last thing you want is
to miss something because you only purchased a pass for one day and you
want to participate in three days worth of content.
The Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo entered its ninth year with a nerdy four-day bang that still resonates through the halls of Calgary’s Stampede grounds.
This event is very unique compared to the others that come through
the city – Sure we have the quirky steampunk, electro-junkies of
“Beakerhead,” the sparkly Michelin Star “The Big Taste” that serves up
crazy-good food endlessly for a few weeks downtown, and of course the
Calgary Stampede, the greatest outdoor show on earth for over a century,
but any expo that starts out with a parade of Stormtroopers, Zombies
and Hobbits is a hands-down win in my book.
The Calgary Expo is a unique four-day event that invites a diverse
group of people to let loose and express what they love to the universe
without judgement, haste or hurt-feelings. From media guests, artists,
creators, horror guests, cartoon and animation stars, anime and manga
enthusiasts, and even guests and content geared towards little ones
makes its way to the Calgary Expo. We could not believe some of the
dedication and hard work that was put into costumes and makeup – and one
of the busiest booths in the main hall? The costume repair guys who had
everything from glittery-gold duct tape to spare eyeballs.
Along with the attendees and halls packed with exhibitors,
photographers, merchants, and LAN-Party tables, we opted to experience
some of the many panels offered. We stuck with the headliners including
Barry Bostwick, Vivica A. Fox, Anthony Daniels, as well as the marquee
guests of Doctor Who, The Walking Dead, and Aliens.
There was also opportunity to sign up for geek speed-dating, a costume
contest, a quick Toastmasters session, or even a
how-to-perfect-your-comic-book-drawing-skills course; the options were
endless with always something to go check out. We packed our schedule
each of the four days, and never found ourselves standing still or
wondering what would be next.
The Parade Of Wonders (POW!):
Again. Stormtroopers. There were literally hundreds of parade
participants from all different movies, comics, T.V. shows and games in
full gear and character. We got to the starting point an hour early to
wander through the groups and get some wicked pictures. Accosted by
aliens? Check. A legendary picture of knights in practice? Double check.
We were even in the right place at the right time and bumped into
Anthony Daniels (yeah, I touched him), and Naheed Nenshi, Mayor of
Calgary who was marshalling the parade.
You know when you think about meeting a celebrity and you tell
yourself, “I can do this – cool as a cucumber,” and then you actually
meet them, accidentally drool on yourself, and end up grunting in some
alien language? That happened. Good thing my photographer was able to
keep it together and both Anthony and Nenshi posed elegantly for
Taking off from the riverfront at 11 a.m., the parade snaked through
the downtown core and shopping district, attracting thousands of
spectators, eventually ending up at Olympic Plaza (just a few jumps to
the Stampede Grounds) for the opening ceremonies. All of the special
guests were introduced, and the ceremonies were concluded with a
fairy-tale ending. Prince Charming proposed to his Cinderella right on
stage – thankfully she said yes. Although we were lacking on little
yellow birds and fairy dust, it still brought a tear to my eyeball.
you ever wondered what it’s like to be an Olympian? Standing on that
podium for a full 10 minutes with everything you have worked for
flashing before your eyes? Steve Mesler
knows exactly how this feels. After meeting with Mesler, you can tell
he’ll remember the event forever. He offers vivid details as if it had
Steve Mesler won the gold medal at the Four-Man Bobsleigh Competition during the Vancouver 2010 Olympics.
Mesler stood as the right-hand push athlete for Team USA. Although
he calls the United States home, Canada is very close to his heart. He
lived in Calgary for all of 11 years, has an undeniable ‘thing’ for
Vancouver, and is currently very active in Canada by helping children
from all around the country set goals and get involved in their
community with the Classroom Champions Foundation.
So how does it feel? Even after four years, Mesler says he
still has trouble explaining ‘it’. The best way is with an analogy –
remember how you felt during Christmas when you were a kid? He describes
receiving the medal as Christmas, Hanukkah and a birthday, crammed into
one very short 10 minute period. He remembers how much pressure the
athletes are put through: It feels like you’re holding an entire
country on your back. Once the athletes finish their course, they exit
through the media area which is why we often see very raw emotions
broadcast on TV. What you see on there is literally seconds after their
performance. Mesler shared that he always takes into consideration the
athletes go through a lot, and the bulk of what just happened is unknown
by the public. He confesses that one of the main thoughts he had, in an
extreme focus at the top of the course, was his team had not won gold
in 62 years in his category.
Mesler says it feels more like Christmas as an adult. We all love
giving gifts, seeing the look on people’s faces. He now dedicates his
time to giving back to the community with Classroom Champions, inspiring
children from kindergarten to 8th grade to set goals, to get involved
in community services and have a fair-play mindset, and also spends time
as a TED-Ed Educator and Speaker.
playing the roles of a warship, a terrorist, a chief medical officer,
an alien, and more, Lexa Doig has become one of Canada’s best known
actresses in the science fiction genre.
Toronto-born Doig splits her time between her hometown and Vancouver in order to film Showcase’s hit series Continuum, and CBC’s Arctic Air. Doig has also been in Andromeda as the series’ namesake, and Stargate SG-1 where she met her future husband, Michael Shanks.
Although she enjoys the occasional chance to jump between science fiction and contemporary dramas such as Arctic Air, Doig’s passion lies in sci-fi.
“I happen to love sci-fi because you get to tell these amazing
stories, and you get to do cool stuff like fire lasers, and be on wires,
and wear funky costumes that you would never wear in real life, “she
said with a chuckle.
The demand presented by many characters featured in the genre is also a draw to the 39-year-old actress.
“I remember looking at Andromeda and I’m like ‘okay, she’s a warship… oh boy.’ It’s quite challenging in that respect.”
According to Doig, the same can be said for her current role as Sonya Valentine on Continuum. The character is a member of a terrorist group known as “Liber8.”
“[T]his is a character who has committed some pretty heinous crimes
by my estimation, and yet by her they’re completely justified.”
Doig got her start in entertainment as co-host of YTV’s Video & Arcade Top 10 in 1991, and shortly afterwards landed a role on William Shatner’s TekWar.
The audition process normally includes the hopeful candidate, a
camera, and an off-stage reader for the other parts, but at the tender
age of 19, Doig was surprised to find herself in front of Shatner with
no one to read the other roles.
“I literally just read my dialogue with big, long spaces of silence
in-between,” Doig said. “I fully thought I blew the audition, so when I
got the part, I was shocked.”
In regards to the second season of Continuum, Doig said she is excited for what’s coming up for her character, and the show in general.
“Stay tuned… It’s quite a ride, and there are quite a few mind-bending kind of moments.”
Continuumis on Showcase (521 Classic/163 Advanced, or in HD on 277 Classic/341 Advanced) every Sunday at 9 p.m. ET.
an estimated 60,000 in attendance at the Calgary Comic and
Entertainment Expo between April 26 and 28, fans were excited to attend a
variety of thrilling panels, photo ops, autograph sessions, and a
market featuring almost every bit of movie, television, and comic
memorabilia you can think of.
The panels offered fans an opportunity to chat (as much as one can in
a crowd of 10,000) with stars including Carrie Fisher, Peter Dinklage,
Lena Headey, Stan Lee and Gillian Anderson, just to name a few. Our team
was lucky enough to be able to go to a handful of the panels over the
weekend. Here are some highlights!
Although she’ll forever be known as Princess Leia in from Star Wars, 56-year-old Carrie Fisher now makes a living as a screenwriter, novelist and lecturer, and is an outspoken advocate for mental health.
Fisher made no bones about her own struggle with bipolar disorder.
“It takes a lot of balls to be mentally ill,” she said. “It takes a
certain kind of heroism. I only have bipolar, I don’t even think that’s
one of the ones that requires the most chutzpah.”
The former heroine of Star Wars reminisced about her favourite moments in the saga, with special focus on getting the opportunity to slay Jabba The Hut.
“You know, they ridiculously asked me if I wanted a stunt double to
kill [him],” Fisher said with a laugh. “Can you imagine? I got to saw
that neck off. It was really, really fun and one of the highlights of my
On the topic of Disney’s recent purchase of Lucas Films, she
half-joked that she hoped it would help her get to the front of the line
While it has been confirmed that Fisher will be reprising her role in the upcoming Star Wars movie, no details have been released as to what can be expected beyond this.
The X Files:
The panel for The X Files featured Robert Patrick (John Doggett), Gillian Anderson (Dana Scully), and Mitch Pileggi (Walter Skinner).
Agent Scully’s legacy of being a strong, female role model is what
44-year-old Anderson said she is most proud of. At only 5’3”, she had to
stand on an apple box to shoot many scenes in the sci-fi series.
Patrick started his career as T-1000 in Terminator 2 in 1991,
and said he was typecast for about a year and a half afterwards, stating
that he had to completely change his looks in order to land a different
(non-android) role. Now 54, has since been featured in Last Resort, True Blood, and The Men Who Stare at Goats, among other titles.
After his role as Skinner, Pileggi, now 60, has moved on to titles such as Grey’s Anatomy, and Sons of Anarchy, and has now been signed to continue his role in the third season of the remake of Dallas.
The trio ended their panel by auctioning off a signed X Files script for $800 and a kiss from Anderson.
Game of Thrones:
Featuring Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister) and Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister) of the novel-triology-turned-hit-series, the Game of Thrones panel was packed with diehard fans.
Headey, who reprised the role of Sarah Connors in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles recently had the chance to meet the original.
“How can you not love Linda Hamilton?” said the 39-year-old actress when asked about the experience.
Headey spoke lovingly of the rest of the cast of Game of Thrones, referring to them as “this crazy, joyous, dysfunctional big family.”
When asked whether they were surprised by the widespread success of the series, Dinklage, 43, stated that he really wasn’t.
“I enter into everything I do with the idea that it will be a phenomenon,” he said.
It has been confirmed that Dinklage will be featured in the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past, yet his exact role has yet to be announced by director Bryan Singer.
a last-minute change in the lineup removing Norman Reedus, fans were
beyond thrilled to have a chance to hear from Steven Yeun (Glenn Rhee)
and Melissa McBride (Carol Peletier) about the hit series The Walking Dead.
“We all knew we were working on something really special,” said 47-year-old former commercial casting director McBride.
Playing a survivor of more than just the zombie apocalypse, McBride
turned briefly serious to discuss the impact that domestic abuse has,
and is happy to have seen the growth of the character.
“It was very important to me to see [Carol] live long enough to become strong.”
When speaking about his character, Glenn, Yeun described him as a “hard-headed kid with a lot of gumption.”
Although sometimes a point of contention among fans, Yeun stated that
he was a huge fan of the plot differences between the comics and the
Stay tuned for an article about Canadian actress Lexa Doig.