Chloe Rose at the Toronto International Film Festival

Congratulations to current Degrassi cast member Chloe Rose!

Today Chloe’s new film The Lesser Blessed premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film, which is based on the critically acclaimed novel, follows a teenager living in a remote area of the Northwest Territories grappling with the challenges of growing up. Chloe plays the popular girl – Juliet Hope – who the main character has a crush on.

Chloe attended the premiere, and looked stunning in this regal black halter dress. She also attended the Guess Portrait Studio, and took some gorgeous pictures while there. Check out a complete album of Chloe at TIFF in our gallery!

Some of you may have also noticed that former Degrassi star Nina Dobrev has been making the rounds at TIFF this week for the premiere of her new film The Perks of Being a Wallflower. ‘Perks’ will be in theatres later this month!


Landon Liboiron Joins Hemlock Grove and Twitter

Netflix still finds a home for Landon Liboiron despite passing on the pick up of his recent series Terra Nova. Landon has been cast as Peter in the new series Hemlock Grove which will air on Netflix in early 2013. The Hollywood Reporter has released this bit of information on the show’s premise and Landon’s character:

The 13-episode horror show from director/executive producer Eli Roth is set in a ravaged Pennsylvania steel town and begins with the discovery of a young girl’s body. As the crime goes unsolved and outlandish rumors mount, Roman (Bill Skarsgard) and Peter (Liboiron) decide to find the killer on their own, confronting unspeakable truths about themselves and Hemlock Grove as the mystery unfolds.

Terra Nova has not been completely abandon by 20th Century Fox according to reports but Landon, on his newly acquired twitter account, confirmed the out look isn’t good.

Landon has also created a new YouTube channel after his last one was accidentally deleted and loaded his music to Pure Volume.


Cassie Steele & Annie Clark Attend the Juno Awards


Degrassi stars Cassie Steele and Annie Clark were both at the Juno Awards last night in Ottawa. They were there to present the Dance Recording of the Year award along with Francois Arnaud from The Borgias. Annie looked adorable in this neon pink strapless dress, while Cassie chose a revealing leather number that I’m sure turned a lot of heads. Check out more pictures from the event in our gallery!


Cassie Steele Talks About Returning to Degrassi


Former Degrassi cast member and current star of The LA Complex, Cassie Steele, recently spoke with HollywoodLife.com, expressing interest in returning to Degrassi. While nothing is confirmed yet, Cassie said that she would like to return if the right storyline came along. Lauren Collins recently returned to Degrassi for a brief appearance in a webisode. Would Cassie be willing to do the same?

I’m not on the show anymore, so it’s not about us anymore, and we really need to capitalize on the new characters — the budding careers these young actors have. It has to suit their story line. So if I have the chance, I’d love to. It’s a really big part of my life, and it’s so great to see these young adults working and being amazing at what they’re doing.”

Its nice to see Cassie talk about how she would love to be back on Degrassi, yet she’s still so supportive of the new cast members!

Read the full article right here.


An Update on Former Degrassi Cast Member Judy Jiao


The University of Toronto’s student newspaper, The Varsity, posted an interview with former Degrassi cast member Judy Jiao earlier today. Judy played Leia on Degrassi for a couple of seasons before becoming a student at Harvard. In the interview, Judy talks about the difference between Degrassi and her real life high school, her favourite places in Toronto, and her plans for the future.

On why Toronto teens in particular love Degrassi, Judy had this to say: “It is very representative of Toronto; it shows how Toronto embraces multiculturalism. It’s something Degrassi does amazingly. Canada is unique. If you look at Canada and America culturally, they are very similar but very different in terms of multiculturalism. The concept has a different connotation in the States than in Canada. Here we embrace it, and Degrassi shows that.

Read the full article right here.


Cassie Steele at the Genie Awards


Former Degrassi cast member & current star of The LA Complex, Cassie Steele, attended the Genie Awards last night in Toronto. The Genies celebrate the best in Canadian film, and Cassie was on hand to present an award. Cassie wore a gorgeous dress from Toronto designer Amanda Lew Kee. Check out Cassie’s interview on the red carpet!



Emma Nelson headed back to halls of Degrassi

 

@StephenStohn @OfficialMiriamM

Degrassi Executive producer Stephen Stohn and former lead cast member Miriam McDonald share a tweet exchange that could potentially reveal a future minisode plot for Season 12. Miriam played Emma Nelson on the show from Season One to Season Nine. Twitter is already buzzing with speculation of the plot point for her character, with confirmation of the demise of her exiting relationship with Spinner being the number one suggestion. Many fans have been calling for a cameo of notable former cast members and it seems that mini episodes are the perfect way to do it.

 

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Boys Who Say No Release Their First LP

Mike Lobel’s band Boys Who Say No has been making waves on the Toronto music scene lately. This week they released Contingencies, their first LP, and they have recently performed with Born Ruffians (!!) and Japanther. Along with our own Mike Lobel, the band also includes Luke Correia-Damude, Antonio Naranjo and Frank Cox-O’Connell. Follow their official twitter account and check out their website for show dates & more.

And I know that most of you will be watching the season premiere on Friday, but some of you old Degrassi fans might like to go to Boys Who Say No’s record release party. It’s at the The Steamwhistle Brewery in Toronto. The cost is $5, and doors open at 8pm.


Former Degrassi Actor Neil Hope Died 4 Years Ago

The Degrassi community is in shock this week, as it was revealed that former Degrassi actor Neil Hope died 4 years ago in November of 2007.

Neil Hope played Wheels on Degrassi Junior High, one of the most popular characters and a core member of The Zit Remedy.

It has been confirmed that Neil died on November 25th, 2007 in a Hamilton rooming house at the age of 35. According to the police, he died of “natural causes,” but not much else is known about his mysterious death. The revelation was made known to his family only last month, and became public on Thursday.

Neil made a few guest appearances on Degrassi: The Next Generation, most notably going bowling with Snake and Joey during Snake’s cancer storyline in season 3. He also was a part of the 2005 Degrassi documentary “The Degrassi Story” (Watch Neil’s interview right here). However, he did not stay in touch with the producers after that appearance.

Former Degrassi cast members began sharing the news of Neil’s death a few weeks ago. Dan Woods, better known as Mr. Raditch on Degrassi, knew Neil for his entire run on the show. “We’re all pretty shocked about the news. We’re saddened by it. Neil was a great guy and a great light,” he said. “[Neil] was a quiet guy when we were off set, but full of energy, very bright-eyed.”

Linda Schuyler and Stephen Stohn released a statement, saying: “Neil made an important contribution to our lives, to the lives of our television team, who are like a family to us, and indeed to the live of many Canadians and others around the world who were influenced by Neil and the roles he played.”

For more information, check out this article from The Toronto Star.


Jake Epstein Stars in ‘American Idiot’

Degrassi alumnus Jake Epstein has been busy with a successful theatre career lately, starring in the Toronto production of Billy Elliot last summer as well as the tour of Spring Awakening. Now he is starring in the North American tour of American Idiot – the Tony Award winning musical based on the famous 2004 Green Day album.

In the musical, Jake plays one of the main characters, Will, who feels left behind when his two friends leave for the city. The story is about these three friends, whose lives go in different directions as they search for meaning in a post-9/11 world.

In an interview with CTV.ca, Jake explained why he identified with this character: “I went to Los Angeles earlier this year … to audition for TV shows and be a huge star, or whatever that means, and I didn’t know anyone and I sat pretty much on my couch for the entire time, waiting for my phone to ring — and that was when I had my ‘American Idiot’ audition … It came right around that time and I really related to the guy that didn’t know what the hell he was supposed to be doing with his life, that was sitting on a couch. So I think about that a lot.

The show just wrapped up its time in Toronto, but will be in Detroit, Boston, Raleigh, Seattle and more. For complete dates and ticket info, visit AmericanIdiottheMusical.com.