Canada’s premier film and television talent come together to celebrate the creative industries and Canada and Ontario’s 150th
Movie Nights Across Canada and the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) will celebrate the 150th anniversaries of Canada and Ontario with a special screening of Nathan Morlando’s Mean Dreams on Thursday, January 26th, 2017 in Toronto. The screening, which features a star-studded red carpet, kicks off a nationwide road show of Movie Nights Across Canada events throughout 2017 and is a part of Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival.
Ontario’s Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, The Honourable Eleanor McMahon, and Julie Dabrusin, Member of Parliament for Toronto-Danforth and Member of the Canadian Heritage Standing Committee, will welcome guests along with talent ambassadors Vinay Virmani (Dr. Cabbie) and Liz Trinnear (etalk reporter). Mean Dreams stars Sophie Nélisse (The History of Love) and Colm Feore (Anon, Bon Cop Bad Cop 2) will walk the red carpet, alongside director Nathan Morlando (Citizen Gangster) and producers Allison Black (Citizen Gangster) and William Woods (Population Zero).
Many Canadian film and television stars from both sides of the camera will walk the Movie Nights Across Canada Red Carpet.
As the first 2017 stop on a nationwide roadshow, Toronto will roll out the red carpet to help make Movie Nights Across Canada the country’s biggest celebration of Canadian talent. The evening will celebrate the success of the film, television and digital artists who project Canada’s unique stories and contribute to Ontario’s thriving cultural and creative industries.
“Ontario’s creative economy contributes more to the province’s GDP than the agriculture, forestry and mining sectors combined, which paints an interesting portrait of our economic evolution,” said Karen Thorne-Stone, President & CEO of OMDC. “Screen-based business is booming in Ontario and films such as Mean Dreams showcase the incredible range of talent in Ontario, both in front of and behind the lens.”
Movie Nights Across Canada started more than a decade ago in Ottawa as Movie Night on the Hill. Touching down in eight cities, Movie Nights Across Canada events are where decision-makers, local film fans, industry supporters, private and public broadcasters and the country’s top talent converge to experience the wealth of creativity, unique storytelling, entrepreneurship and passion that resides in the hearts and minds of Canadian filmmakers. After Toronto, the roadshow travels to Winnipeg, Iqaluit, Halifax, Calgary, Quebec City and Vancouver. In each city, Movie Nights Across Canada is partnering with regional film experts and cultural agencies.
OMDC is responsible for the business development of Ontario’s creative industries, facilitating economic development initiatives for the film and television, music, publishing and interactive digital media industries. Collaborating to kick off Movie Nights Across Canada’s 2017 roadshow provides one more way for OMDC to highlight the quality and quantity of production and production talent based in Ontario.