On set of Faze Magazine’s Cover shoot with the Degrassi boys

From Ed Sheeran and Olly Murs to Austin Mahone and Cody Simpson, Faze Magazine‘s covers haven’t been shy of cute boys. And last week, we did a shoot that will see Canadian homegrown talent grace the next issue of Faze: Degrassi’s very own Munro Chambers, Luke Bilyk and Demetrius Joyette.

What was it like being on set? Well just like you were watching a group of down-to-earth, hilarious guys have a great time. There were tons of laughs, lots of music and plenty, and I mean plenty of dancing (thanks to Munro’s iPod). It’s clear that the three aren’t just classmates on screen, or coworkers in real life but best friends, or “bros” as the three liked to say throughout the day.

Even though I was capturing behind the scenes video, I was able to grab some photos in between filming. So scroll down below for a sneak peek at our Degrassi boys cover shoot. And stay tuned to faze.ca/@fazemagazine for the behind the scenes video coming soon (there may or may not be some twerking included in that).

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MuchMusic VJ Search has a WILDE ending

On April 26, I covered the MuchMusic VJ Search finale live in Toronto. After an entire month that consisted of a crazy roadtrip and camping out in the Much headquarters, it all came to an end, with Montreal’s Chloe  Wilde claiming the coveted title of the newest Much VJ!

There’s nothing like experiencing such a heart stopping, nail-biting, edge of your seat moment in person. It was an extremely exciting time for Chloe who repeatedly said, “I feel like I’m in a dream” during the following moments after she won. She’ll definitely have to get use to this, because as host Lauren said, “Chloe’s life is going to change dramatically”.

You can check out my article on faze.ca for the full story and interviews with Chloe, her mentor Liz and the show’s host Lauren. But I’ll leave you with my favourite quote of the night from Liz Trinnear:

“When they said Chloe’s name, I relived all of the emotions I had when I won the VJ search. Because I know exactly what it means to be announced as the next MuchMusic VJ. It’s one of those things that change your world, but in all the best ways. Chloe’s worked so hard, showed us she’s professional, she’s sophisticated, yet so quirky and bubbly and great on air, she definitely deserves this. She took my advice but ultimately it was Chloe who got herself the job.”

Liz is such a sweetheart! In the meantime check out my photos from the exciting day:

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Life With Boys set visit

A lot of work goes into making one 22 minute episode of your favourite television show, let me tell you.

And today I was able to witness first hand all of it when I visited the set of Life With Boys in downtown Toronto.

Life With Boys is a Canadian teen sitcom (the #1 show on YTV this Fall) created by Michael Poryes who co-created Hannah Montana and That’s So Raven (pretty cool, right?!). It’s witty, funny and relates to its audience and this show continues to be a hit among the young and old. Best thing is it’s filmed here in Toronto!

I’ve seen behind the scenes filming for television shows (Big Bang Theory in LA) before, but unlike BBT there’s no live studio audience.

The show has its own studio with numerous sets (bedrooms, living rooms, a cafe and school) and they usually film anywhere from 3-6 straight months!

But today’s episode was quite special, with singer Victoria Duffield making a special guest appearance on the show.

Overall it was a great experience, it was awesome getting to talk to the cast and see what really goes into one short episode (which takes two 8am-6pm days to film!).

Most times the glamour seems to hide the tough duties that come with being an actor.
I could hardly memorize simple math equations when I was 13-14 years old, and these kids are memorizing 42 pages of script in two days. It’s unbelievable! On top of that, they film each two minutes scene at least 6 times, can you imagine how tiring that gets?

Kudos to the talented cast of Life With Boys! And stay tuned for this special episode with Victoria Justice airing in 2013!

Behind the scenes pictures will be coming soon from the onset photographer, but for now, here are some iPhone pics from my day on set: