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Degrassi Cast Discuss Reboot in Toronto Star Article

After weeks without any news, Degrassi fans got a surprise this weekend when it was revealed that The Toronto Star was doing a 3-page feature on the cast’s reaction to the Degrassi reboot.

The article, which was in yesterday’s print version of the Saturday Star, includes interviews from Ephraim Ellis (Rick), producer and writer Aaron Martin, Alicia Dea Josipovic (Bianca), Miriam McDonald (Emma), Ana Golja (Zoe), Chloe Rose (Katie), Billy Parrott (Shane), co-creator and executive producer Linda Schuyler, Stacie Mistysyn (Caitlin), Cristine Prosperi (Imogen), Sara Waisglass (Frankie), Olivia Scriven (Maya), Aislinn Paul (Clare), Annie Clark (Fiona), Eric Osborne (Miles), and Melinda Shankar (Alli).

There is no new information about the reboot in this article, but it is very interesting to read the cast’s thoughts on it and what they hope to see, since most of them haven’t said much about it up to this point. The article was written by Murtz Jaffer, an entertainment writer and Degrassi fan who has interviewed the cast numerous times previously. Murtz also confirmed in his Instagram story that Stefan Brogren, Pat Mastroianni, Nina Dobrev, and Ricardo Hoyos were asked to participate in the piece but they declined.

You can read the article on The Star’s website, or check out scans from the print version below.

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Degrassi Cast Attends We Day in Montreal

Jessica Tyler, Sam Earle, and Melinda Shankar were in Montreal today for Free The Children’s event We Day.

For those of you who don’t know, We Day is an event designed to inspire and celebrate youth to give back and work for global change.

The cast of Degrassi was there to share their experiences volunteering during their recent trip to Haiti. The Degrassi cast has been involved with We Day from the beginning. They also appeared at the Toronto event last fall (which I was lucky enough to attend), as well as many other We Day’s from years past.

For more information on We Day and how you can get involved with Free The Children, visit! Also, don’t forget to ‘like’ We Day on Facebook. Every ‘like’ donates $1 to Free The Children!

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Degrassi Girls on the Cover of Faze Magazine

Melinda Shankar, Annie Clark, and Jessica Tyler have graced the cover of Faze Magazine this month! The Degrassi girls are interviewed in the Canadian teen magazine, and they also model some gorgeous dresses. Don’t they look fantastic?

You can purchase the magazine at Indigo and Chapters in Canada. For more, check out Faze’s official website and follow them @FazeMagazine.

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“Party With Degrassi” Screening and M&G – Montclair, NJ – 2/18/12

Hey all! Degrassi Dish aka Bianca here reporting exclusively for Degrassi Online on the FABULOUS “Party With Degrassi” event at Montclair, New Jersey. Being a person who is NO stranger to TeenNick (or The-N for you old-schoolers), I knew right off the bat that an event like this was going to blow my expectations out of the water and it truly did just that.

I was lucky enough to snag a few VIP passes through my job who deals directly with Nickelodeon and TeenNick. This meant no crowds, no lines, and an exclusive meet and greet with the cast before the screen and Q&A. When we arrived we were directed to our parking spot right outside of the theater. We came close to hitting a few fangirls (SORRY!) as the line was right along the sidewalk where we parked. Inside the theater was DECKED out to the NINES. They had various booths where you could create your own Degrassi-ified t-shirts, spin a wheel to win prizes, and a digital green screen to take pictures. They had free popcorn, pretzels, candy and even “mocktails” named after your favorite Degrassi character – I tried the “Eclare on the Rocks”myself.

After taking the entire theater in and it was time to wait on line to meet the cast. We were second in line behind another VIP via Nickelodeon and in front of the Radio Winners who were needless to say enthusiastic! That’s where I met Shanene who is Mindy’s new best friend. 🙂 We were taken backstage and THERE they WERE, sitting in a row ready to do some meeting and greeting. After I had a mini-heart attack it was my turn to meet them and let me tell you they were some of the SWEETEST most down to EARTH people you have ever met. Usually I’m a complete wreck when meeting celebrities, and yes I’ll admit I was nervous, but when you’re greeted with such kindness that type of nervousness just goes away and normal conversation goes on. Luckily since I was one of the first to meet them I had a bit of extra time to chat. Told them how much I love the show and how much their work is so appreciated. The best part was that I had time to explain to them who I was and the twitter I run as well as Erin’s new site re-launch of What blew my mind was that they knew who I was and what Degrassi Talks was.

After meeting them we were taken to our seats where we waited for the show to start. Before the screening they brought out the cast for a little intro and then the show began. Opinions about the show.. let’s just say we’ll save that for a Degrassi Talks. After they brought back the cast out for Q&A. I will leave the video to explain how THAT went down. Just a few highlights: Blart, Lord of the Rings, Jahmil dancing, Munro “take off your pants”, and Mindy’s 20th birthday cake!

It was a great day and very reminiscent of the Ultimate Degrassi Party back in 2006 (holy moley 2006?!??!). We were just glad we could have been apart of it and very thankful for TeenNick for hosting such a well organized and free event for the fans. Goes to show how passionate the US fans are and that we are out there in VERY large numbers. I can’t WAIT to do it again.

Check out my 2 part video of the entire Q&A portion as well as all the pictures I took in the gallery!

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Degrassi Experience Interviews the Stars of Degrassi

This past week, the cast of Degrassi has been travelling across the United States for the various Party with Degrassi events. Yesterday, they were in New Jersey, and our own Bianca from Degrassi Talks was in attendance. Look for her pictures & report coming soon!

As well, our favourite Degrassi vloggers – Degrassi Experience – were there to chat with the cast. They have posted this interview with Melinda Shankar so far, but we’ve heard that there is more on the way! Check out their YouTube Channel for the latest videos.

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Q & A with the Degrassi Cast at Celebrate Bloor!

Some of the Degrassi Cast members will be doing a Q & A Session at 1PM from the Celebrity Interview Stage tomorrow (Sunday June 19th) at Celebrate Bloor!

Sam Earle (KC), Melinda Shankar (Alli), Jessica Tyler (Jenna) and Luke Bilyk (Drew) will be there to answer any of your questions! It says on the website that the Q&A will be 15 minutes. Many musical acts are also set to perform, such as Shawn Desman and Keisha Chante. Proceeds from the event are going to Artists for Peace and Justice!

A little bit more info from the site:

Bloor-Yorkville celebrates the completion of the Bloor Street Transformation Project in “Red Carpet Style” with a grand opening celebration!

Come experience ‘The New Bloor’ in full bloom!

From Church Street to Avenue Road, Bloor Street will be closed to vehicles, in order to roll out one kilometer of red carpet, as a welcome to you and all of our special guests. The day’s festivities will feature the Yorkville Exotic Car Show, Tasting Pavilions, a Concert Stage, celebrity appearances at the Celebrity Interview Stage, In-store Retail Promotions and an Official Opening Ceremony!

Are you planning on going to Celebrate Bloor? Let us know in the comments!

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Kids Help Phone Press Junket With Munro and Melinda

Munro and Melinda were making the media rounds today, promoting the 2011 Walk for Kids Help Phone. They primarily focus on explaining what Kids Help Phone is, how you can get involved, and why this is a great partnership with Degrassi. We have been following Munro and Melinda’s media appearances all day, and we are expecting more interviews to surface soon. Here is what we have so far:

The Marilyn Denis Show (above video)
Canada AM
CTV News

We will are also expecting Munro and Melinda to appear on Etalk,, and more. We will update this post as these interviews become available! For more information, visit!

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Munro and Melinda on New Music Live

Melinda Shankar and Munro Chambers were on Much Music’s New Music Live show this afternoon. They spoke primarily about their support for Kids Help Phone, but they also mentioned the Degrassi season 10 finale “Drop The World.” Check out the interview in the video above. Also – Munro and Melinda are expected to appear on Canada AM this Monday. You can watch them live at 7:40am (ish) on CTV.

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Munro and Melinda’s Kids Help Phone PSA

We recently told you that Munro and Melinda are part of this year’s Walk for Kids Help Phone campaign. They filmed a PSA, which you can view right here. Last night, Etalk went behind the scenes of the PSA and talked to Melinda and Munro about the cause. Check it out! If you want more information about Kids Help Phone, visit their website.

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Degrassi Cast PSAs: Free the Children, Kids Help Phone

When you’re a Degrassi cast member, you have to be good at public service announcements. That is especially true for Munro, Charlotte, and Melinda who have all participated in various PSAs recently.

Munro and Charlotte each did a PSA for Free the Children’s “Five Days for Freedom” campaign. They each tell a personal story from someone who has been helped by Free the Children. Other celebrities involved in the campaign include Jacob Hoggard from Hedley and Jessi Cruickshank from MTV Canada. To learn more about the Five Days for Freedom campaign, check out their website. You can view Charlotte’s PSA on YouTube right here and Munro’s over here.

Munro also joined Melinda in a PSA for Kids Help Phone. The PSA encourages Canadians to get involved in the 2011 Walk for Kids Help Phone. Kids Help Phone provides free counselling services for any kid across Canada. Whether it be suicide, depression, uncertainty, eating disorders, etc. Kids Help Phone really makes a difference in the lives of children and teenagers. Visit their website for more information on how you can get involved. Check out Munro and Melinda’s PSA right here!

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TeenNick Interviews Melinda & Aislinn

TeenNick is showing a bit of love for Aislinn & Melinda yesterday.

They posted 2 new video interviews with each of them. Both of which are geoblocked for those of us outside of the US. But all of you Americans can check out the interviews on TeenNick’s website. Click here for Aislinn’s interview, and here for Melinda’s interview. Also check out the two brand new pictures of Aislinn & Melinda that they posted along with the interviews.

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Melinda Shankar in Anokhi Magazine

Melinda Shankar was featured in Anokhi Magazine this month. She did a cute little interview in which she talks about her most valuable life lesson, the highlight of her career (so far!), her love for the Backsteet Boys, and more. It also includes a quote from fellow Degrassi actor Daniel Kelly. Click here to see the full size scan. Thanks to Epitome for sending this to us!

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Degrassi Cast Answers Your Questions

Much Music posted a few more of these short videos with the cast answering the questions you guys submitted earlier this year. Ray talks about who he would want to meet if he was on Much Music’s My Date With (hint: it’s a former Degrassi cast member).

Also, check out these other videos:
Alicia Josipovic: What was it like to be a dancer in Camp Rock 2?
Melinda Shankar: Who does Alli have better chemistry with?

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Bid on Original Paintings by the Degrassi Cast

Support the Kidney Foundation of Canada & bid on an original painting by Jessica Tyler or Melinda Shankar! The 8×10 paintings were part of the Celebrity Paintings for Kidney Research. All proceeds will go to the Kidney Foundation of Canada’s funding for much needed research and improving the lives of people living with kidney disease. The bidding is happening on eBay and closes on Halloween. Click here for Melinda’s painting and here for Jessica’s.

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Meet Paula & Melinda at the Because I Am A Girl Event

This Wednesday, Sept. 22nd Melinda Shankar & Paula Brancati are participating in Plan’s Because I Am A Girl Pink LEMONAid campaign along with a few musicians and Much Music VJ Sarah Taylor. They will be at 299 Queen St. West in Toronto (Much Music HQ) where you can go and meet them from 4-6pm.

Because I Am a Girl is a campaign to empower girls and promote a brighter, safer future for girls around the world. You can watch their TV commmerical here. Because I am a Girl Pink LemonAid is an initiative taking place on Wednesday in which girls all across Canada will be selling lemonade to raise money & awareness for the organization. Melinda & Paula will be at the celebrity event in Toronto, so make sure to check it out if you’re in the area!

For more information on the celebrity event, check out Much Music’s blog.

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5 Gemini Nominations for Degrassi!

Congratulations to the cast & crew of Degrassi as they once again received multiple Gemini Award nominations this year! Just announced at a press conference this morning, Degrassi received a total of 5 nominations plus nominations for a couple of Degrassi cast members on other shows. Here is the list of Degrassi’s nominations:

Best Children’s or Youth Fiction Program or Series
There will never be a year when Degrassi doesn’t get nominated in this category! This year they are up against Overruled!, Pillars of Freedom, That’s So Weird, and Total Drama Action

Best Direction in a Children’s or Youth Program or Series
Phil Earnshaw – “Just Can’t Get Enough” Part 2
Stefan Brogren – “Beat It” Part 2
Other nominees include Craig Pryce for Family Biz, John May for How to Be Indie, and Liz Haines for The Ocean Room

Best Performance in a Children’s or Youth Program or Series
Our amazing cast dominated this category.
Charlotte Arnold – “Somebody”
Landon Liboiron – “Waiting for a Girl Like You”
Melinda ShankarHow to be Indie “How to Beat Father Time”
Also nominated – Jamie Watson for Peep and The Big Wide World and Kayla Lorette for That’s So Weird!

Best Ensemble Performance in a Comedy Program or Series
Peter Keleghan, Erin Agostino, Carl Alacchi, Angela Asher, Ellen David, Stacey Farber, Al Goulem, Tiio Horn, Jesse Rath, Michael Seater, Arielle Shiri18 To Life
Up against the cast of 22 Minutes and Kenny Vs. Spenny

Best Host in a Pre-School, Children’s or Youth Program or Series
Adamo RuggieroThe Next Star
Up against Evan Solomon, Patti Sullivan, and Mark Sykes

The 2010 Gemini Awards televised ceremony will take place at the Winter Garden Theatre in Toronto on Satuday, Nov. 13th with the Industry Galas (ie most likely all of Degrassi’s awards) taking place on Nov. 2nd & 3rd also in Toronto. For more information visit Congrats to all the nominees!

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Melinda Gives Us Some Back to School Advice brings us a new interview with Melinda Shankar; this one all about her thoughts on Alli & back to school advice.

Your character just held her own against a guy who wasn’t interested in anything other than fooling around. On the show, you end up together. What’s your advice to girls dealing with this situation in real life?
I can’t stress self respect enough. The rule is simple; if you have respect for yourself, people (guys especially) won’t think that you’re “that girl” that they can fool around on and disrespect! Make sure the guy likes you for you. If you find out that he’s not in it for the right reasons, look forward to finding an amazing guy that will be perfect for you! Never settle for anyone less than you’re worth!

Read the full interview here!

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Melinda Meets the Backstreet Boys

While much of the cast is in India, Melinda is hanging out with the Backstreets Boys! ♥ Here is the little segment from etalk. Also click here to watch Melinda’s video diary about the day!

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Degrassi Cast Answers Your Questions has been collecting your questions to the Degrassi cast and now they have answered! Melinda, Sam, Ray, and Charlotte all answer questions on their favourite character, cast friendships, and more! Sam even gives this perfect analysis about his character KC:

What is your favorite thing about your character?

Sam: I love the fact that K.C. is always a little difficult to read. At first it seems like a quiet confidence surrounds him, but gradually we discover that this is partially a facade that distracts and allows him to bury certain profound vulnerabilities. It’s taking him a long time to get past all his self consciousness in order to figure out who he really is. He’s getting here, and I enjoy that complexity and the layers that are revealed in that journey.

Read the full interview right here!

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Melinda & Aislinn Crying?? Aww

Melinda & Aislinn posted this video to Youtube last night telling us what they have been up to lately. They talk a bit about Degrassi’s upcoming season as well as a really emotional scene they shot together yesterday. It sounds amazing, and definitely has everybody talking. Can’t wait to see what this storyline is about!