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HERstory

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We are so incredibly excited to share our next project with you all!

HERstory is a short documentary about inspiring and empowering the next generation of women. We want to celebrate females of all ages, shapes, sizes, colours and backgrounds and feel that it's time for us give back and share the stories of others.

An intimate look into the lives of 25 incredible women who all have amazing stories to share. Each individual story will be featured weekly through our Instagram account and with your help, our full documentary will be shared to a viral audience in order to inspire women all around the world.

Stay tuned for future blogs showcasing our team behind the scenes and the phenomenal women who will be appearing in front of the camera.

Here's a sneak peek in the meantime 

If you would like to support our film we would greatly appreciate whatever you can offer. Please CLICK HERE to visit our GoFundMe profile. 

$5 from 100 people who believe in this project will get us a third of the way to our goal! It's that simple, but we need your help to spread the word.

Help us to honour all of the mothers, daughters, grandmothers, sisters, aunts, nieces and best friends out there.... it's time to share HERstory.

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Journey Down The Rabbit Hole - Meet Courtney Deelen

Courtney is a sarcastic, powerhouse, who swears like a sailor and doesn't want you to know about her sensitive side. Tough, a bit brash and slightly intimidating on the outside with a soft, vulnerable center; Sexy, burnt marshmallow is the perfect way to sum up who Courtney is and the characters she most truthfully portrays. 

A graduate of St. Clair College's Musical Theatre Performance program, Courtney began training with Matthew Harrison of The Actor's Foundry and fell in love with film and television, deciding to completely change the focus of her career path.

She now studies with Sophie Anne Rooney at her RAW Acting Studio and is incredibly excited to be working with an all RAW cast! Since working with Sophie, Courtney has reached new heights in her work and credits Sophie for helping her find her true artist. Credits include, "Suits", "Murdoch Mysteries", "Reign", 'Jazz Hands' and 'Life With John'. She is currently filming a supporting lead role in 'Becoming Burlesque'.

She was recently featured in an exclusive interview with Cinemaisseur.com. You can read the full interview with them HERE.

1. What drew you to this story? 

The relationships between the characters, is what originally drew me to the show. They’re all equally complex people and the audience meets them at an incredibly vulnerable time. You’re getting an inside look at how this particular family unit works. Everything they do to each other comes from a place of love, whether it hurts the others or not. The show is brilliantly written, and I  can't wait to tell the story.

2. Tell us a little bit about your character. 

Becca is the central character of the show. Most of the chaos revolves around her emotions as she travels through the loss of her son.

3. How are you similar/ different to your character?  

We are both very passionate and stubborn people. We want things our way, we speak our minds (holding nothing back) and we wear our hearts on our sleeves. We are different in the fact that I don’t have a child. We have both experienced significant loss though, therefore my challenge with Becca is substituting my loss for hers in order to honour her journey throughout the show. 

4. What has been the biggest challenge so far tackling the subject matter involved in the play? 

Consistently traveling into a dark mindset in order to play Becca truthfully is incredibly challenging emotionally. But knowing that I can put the weight of Becca’s sadness away at the end of a rehearsal or show, and knowing that I have the most supportive group of people around me (my cast and Sophie) keeps me safe. It’s my job to expose my heart with this character. If I don’t, then I’m not honouring those parents who are living this reality every day.

5. Why do you feel this is an important story to tell? 

I believe this is a story that everyone can relate to in some way or another. Everyone has experienced a loss. Being exposed to the experiences of others, encourages us to have empathy and a deeper understanding for one another. 

Child loss is not something that people typically want to talk about, but it is an important subject that deserves a voice. With this play, we have the perfect opportunity to speak out on this subject. Bereaved Families of Ontario is a non-profit organization that also deserves more attention. We are thrilled to use this story to help raise awareness for an organization that has supported 1000’s of people who have experienced loss in some way.

6. Do you have a favourite rehearsal memory yet? 

Most definitely when Tyler, Rhea and I got to speak with women from BFO, and to hear their stories. I could have talked with these 7 women all day long. They welcomed us with open arms. Answered questions, shared their experiences, and gave us their blessing. I will never forget this experience for the rest of my life and I will do everything in my power to honour them with our portrayl of this story.  

You can check out Courtney's IMDB page HERE and keep in touch with her on Twitter and Instagram.

To order advanced tickets (at a discounted price) check out Rabbit Hole's Eventbrite page!!!  There are 17 performances to choose from. 

If you'd like to take advantage of exclusive opening/closing night parties with complementary Frisky Beaver Wine and hors d'oeuvres, dinner/theatre packages with Braised or Triple A, behind the scenes time with the cast or would like to donate directly to Bereaved Families of Ontario please check out our Indiegogo Campaign HERE.

See you at the theatre!

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Journey Down the RABBIT HOLE

Rabbit Hole is a stunning story about one families journey after the loss of their child, and we are so incredibly excited to share David Lindsay-Abaire's Pulitzer Prize winning story.

We have an incredible cast lined up lead by award winning director, Sophie Ann Rooney and we've decided to give you an inside look at all of the puzzle pieces that have come together to tell this story. 

Stay tuned for lots of behind the scenes information as we lead up to our opening night on January 24th! Did I mention you can get advanced tickets (for a CHEAPER price) RIGHT HERE?

We have blogs featuring each of the cast members: Courtney Deelen (Becca), Tyler McMaster (Howie), Linsdey Middleton (Izzy), Rhea Akler (Nat) and Nathan Taylor (Jason), as well as our director Sophie Ann Rooney.

You'll get the inside story of how we all fell in love with the play and what our RAW collective is all about. You'll also get a glimpse into our rehearsal process as method actors.

As the theme of this play is loss, we've decided to connect with Bereaved Families of Ontario and donate a portion of our ticket sales to them. We will have an exclusive blog about this incredible organization and how you can help raise awareness and support them. 

 We've got feature blogs for our sponsors... Smokin' Beaver Winery, Braised & Triple A, all of which have featured perks in our Indiegogo Campaign.

Did I mention we are also running an Indiegogo Campaign to help us get our show off of the ground? We have some INCREDIBLE perks that include dinner/ticket packages, exclusive opening and closing night tickets with free wine & hors d'oeuvres, and special 50/50 perks that give straight to Bereaved Families of Ontario.

 PLEASE check it out HERE and grab one of our awesome perks. 

Stay tuned for more goodness and come join us at the theatre!

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DwT PRESENTS Rabbit Hole

It's getting close to Christmas and we all know that you've got that one (or 5) people on your list that you don't know what to buy for... SO we've come up with a solution for you!

We have just launched our Indiegogo campaign to help us produce our first live theatre production in January 2017 at The Red Sandcastle Theatre. By supporting our campaign, you won't only be helping to get our production off of it's feet, but you will be spreading awareness and supporting an incredible cause.

We have decided to donate a portion of our ticket sales to Bereaved Families of Ontario. A non-profit, volunteer run, organization that supports family members who have lost loved ones. We also have some awesome perks that you can choose that will go directly towards BFO.

Please check out the video and head over the campaign link HERE

We have some incredible sponsors for the run of our show.... January 24th - February 11th. We've teamed up again with Smokin Beaver Winery to bring you a selection of Frisky Beaver Wines at intermission and after the show.

We've also teamed up with two incredible Leslieville restaurants to bring you exclusive dinner and ticket packages for our show. Triple A Toronto's top spot for Texas Style BBQ and Braised Queen Street's go-to place for modern comfort food. Be sure to check back in for exclusive blogs featuring each restaurant!

We can't wait to share this beautiful story with you, but we can't do it without your help. Please check out the campaign (in case you missed the link before, HERE IT IS AGAIN), spread the word about Bereaved Families of Ontario and know that no donation is too small. Any support you can give WILL make a difference.

THANK YOU!

We can't wait to see you at the theatre.

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DwT - Music Video Launch

After meticulous planning, a successful TIFF Fundraiser, an incredible day on set and MANY hours in the editing room we are proud to share DwT's first official music video to Lamblion's single 'Maria Come'.

Thank you to everyone who had a hand in making this video possible, we couldn't have done it without you. Our stellar cast: Lindsey Middleton, Ryan Bommarito, Danny Parkes, Kara Ebdon and Olivia Mae Graham couldn't have been more amazing to work with. Our team: Sam Hachey, Kelsey Willmott, James Gilchrist, and Ben Mitchell kept everything running smoothly. A HUGE thank you to Norkfolk County Fair for allowing us to play and a special thank you to George Araugio for going above and beyond to support this video. Very special thanks to the community of Norfolk County for coming out to be in our audience and for being a part of this video... Naomi, Noah, Chloe, Emma, Laikynn, Dustin, Jon, Kim and Dave you guys were rock stars.

Thank you!

We'd love to hear what you think! Tag #MariaComeDwT and @DeelenWTrouble on Twitter so we can keep in touch with you

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JOIN US AT THE TORONTO INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL

Tonight is the night!!!

Opening night of the Toronto International Short Film Festival and we couldn't be more excited to be included in tonight's program. We would love for you to join us at the premiere screening of our short rom-com 'How Not To Look For Love' at 9:55 @ Carlton Cinemas.

You can grab tickets in advance HERE.

 

Lot's of blood, sweat and tears went into making this film (well more peeing with laughter than crying per-say) and we can't wait to share this short with you! We'd like to send out a huge THANK YOU to everyone who had a hand in making #HowNotToLookForLove , we truly couldn't have done it without our INCREDIBLE TEAM. 

See you at the theatre!!!

 

And PLEASE also check out some of our incredibly talented friends who are also being featured at the festival:

Tyler McMaster's 'The Last Day' in Program 2 just before ours at 7:45.

Taras Lavren's 'My Coffee With Jim' and Ted Atherton's 'The Package' both featured on Friday in Program 9.

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TIME TO #VOTE!!!!

So in the summer of 2015 we embarked on our first official project as Deelen with Trouble. A PSA for ACTRA Toronto's YEAA (Young Emerging Artists Assembly) committee.

The goal: to encourage a younger demographic to get out and vote. To convince young Canadians that #VotingIsSexy. Clara Pasieka had written a fun and clever concept along with Jonathan Dubsky called "Boy Meets Girl" and we were really excited to jump on board to produce it for them.

We teamed up with our incredible producing partners at The Mind Refinery and were able to shoot it in one day at The Duke of Gloucester in downtown Toronto. Featuring 16 ACTRA members all under the age of 30, this dynamic (under a minute) PSA with an important message was our baby. And we are SO proud of it. The production values were incredibly high (aka it looks AMAZING) the talent was exceptional and surprise, surprise we did it under budget!

 

FAST FORWARD to now! A year and a bit later and in the throws of one of the craziest Presidential elections of all time (and let's be honest, a much more televised, exciting production compared to our Canadian equivalent).

On a whim, we submitted this piece to an on-line film festival called 60 seconds to impact and low and behold we made it into the finals of the competition!!!

Today is the LAST DAY to pick your favourite 60 second video. You get to choose which inspires you to want to get out and VOTE!

Check out the LINK HERE and please remember that #VotingIs Sexy!!!

A special shoutout to all of the incredible people in front of and behind the camera, please be sure to check them out and give them a follow

Sima Sepehri - Shailene Garnett - Annie Chen - Alex Wong - Wesley Morgan - Dan Fox - Farid Yazdani - Franck Fon - Kiriana Stanton - Mandy Magnan - Tiana Asperjan - Sean Gilchrist - Ryan Singh - Chelsey Marie O'Callagha

Director: Kyle Bodanis

DOP: Bojan Nedic    Camera: Jon Neal 

Hair/MU: Kelsey Willmott

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NOT Another TIFF Party Wrap-Up

Now that the TIFF festivities have been over for some time now, and all of the glitter has settled we've had time to sit back and see how absolutely lucky we are to have such wonderful people in our lives. 

First of all, we must send out another HUGE thank you to all of the people to helped make this night a success. Kelsey Willmott & Sam Hachey you both dominated our social media contest and made the night run more smoothly than we could have imagined. You guys are rock stars and we're SO LUCKY to have you on the Deelen with Trouble team.

A HUGE shoutout to our sponsors Smokin' Beaver Winery for providing our Frisky Beaver trio for the evening. We got glowing reviews from our guests and have found some new Frisky Beaver fans! 

Honeybutter Desserts provided the highlight of the sweets table with the most adorably, delicious macarons and Marlene Matos-Jones created incredible, personalized cookies to showcase the hosts of the evening. I am now 5lbs heavier thanks to both of you.

Thank you to everyone who donated to our raffle table! 17 people went home with killer prizes thanks to all of you. Jessica Rose Photography, Flex & Smash Fitness, Metro Movement, Roots For Wings Healing, Robin's Healing Nest, Photo By JoH, Shop M Boutique, The Second City, Avoca Chocolates, Studio Blue, DJ D-Rock 

AND FINALLY a HUGE thank you to our co-hosts of the evening!! LambLion for sharing their stunning music with us and Sophie Ann Rooney for her incredible GRAND PRIZE and for the use of the RAW studio

The winner of the GRAND PRIZE..... a full 6-week, scene study workshop at RAW Studio's is..... (drum roll)....... Meghan Frayne!!!!  You are going to LOVE working with Sophie and welcome to the RAW family.

Here are some of the incredible photos captured throughout the night by the wonderful Nathan Taylor!!! Thank you SO much or capturing these moments 

We can't wait to see what next year's NOT Another TIFF Party will bring!

Thank you to everyone who came out to join us! Thank you to everyone who couldn't come but still bought tickets. Thank you for supporting LambLion! Because of your help, we have the resources to make their first music video amazing!

We're ready to shoot and can't wait to see you at the Norfolk County Fair on Thursday. Oct. 6th at 3:00! Join us and be a part of the action

 

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Countdown to our NOT Another TIFF Party Fundraiser

DAY #17 - TODAY IS THE DAY!!!!!!

I'm gonna keep this one SUPER short, as I'm running around like a chicken with my head cut off to complete all of the finishing touches for tonight's event.

All I can say is thank you from the bottom of my heart for any and everyone who gave their time, their resources, their talents to make this event as incredible as it can be!

Our goal was to make this an event that our guests would love to be a part of, and we can't wait for you to join us! Come check out Sophie ann Rooney' amazing, acting space that is our home for the evening RAW studio. Come get lost listening to LambLion's soulful music. Come try Smokin' Beavers award winning Frisky Beaver Wines.

Come mix and mingle with casting directors, indie filmmakers, producers, directors, musicians, actors, CREATIVES at all stages of their careers. And you get the chance to win some pretty amazing stuff!

 

 

CLICK HERE TO GET TICKETS!!!

P.S Even if you can't make it, we would still LOVE your support in funding LambLion's first music video... sooooo buy a ticket anyway. We will still put your name in the draw to WIN our grand prize. A $460.00 spot in Sophie Ann Rooney's (already close to full) Thursday Scene Study Class, for next session. I'd say that's a pretty damn good deal!

 

 

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Countdown to our NOT Another TIFF Party

DAY #16 -  I can't believe it. Tomorrow is the BIG DAY! Time has absolutely flown by. Today's blog is all about the details of tomorrow's event!

First of all, I'm so excited to announce our host for the evening, Farid Yazdani! You've probably seen him around, as he has been working like crazy! Farid is also heavily involved with ACTRA's YEAA committee and is a regular host of the increasingly popular Toronto Monologue Slam!

Farid Yazdani is an award winning Canadian actor, producer and writer. He is best know for his role on Suits (2011) and is the creator and star of Day Players.

A graduate of the School of Creative and Performing Arts in Etobicoke, he quickly began to book roles in TV, Film, and Commercials. He can be seen guest staring in shows such as Odd Squad (2014), My Babysitter's a Vampire (2011) and XIII: The Series (2011). His most recent achievements include winning the coveted Toronto Monologue Slam and producing and starring in his own film, "Day Players".

Recently signing with Bryan Misener of The Characters, one of Canada's top agencies, he can be seen on USA's Suits (2011) as the recurring character, David Green.

Be sure to follow Farid on Twitter - @Farid_Yazdani  and Instagram -  @faridyazdani and come see how hilarious he is in person, tomorrow night!

NEXT UP, we've got some details for the PRIZES!!! We have TONS of opportunities to WIN

EVERYONE who purchases a ticket will get the chance to win the GRAND PRIZE... A spot in Sophie Ann Rooney's Thursday Scene Study Class (6 weeks/next session) worth over $460.00!!!

SO even if you can't make it to the event, grab a ticket on line HERE and you will still get the chance to WIN this incredible prize. IT'S THAT EASY

 

We also have a social media contest with our official wine sponsor Smokin' Beaver Winery! Come out and enjoy Frisky Red, Frisky White or Blushing Beaver wines and let them know what you think! Use the hashtag #FriskyAtTIFF and tag @FriskyBeaver1 on Twitter or @friskybeaverwines on Instagram and you could WIN a special Smoke & Gamble reserve wine gift package!

 

Onto the list of AMAZING raffle Prizes!!!

Here's how it works. For $10, you get 10 raffle tickets to put into the raffle prizes that YOU want to win the most. Are you in the market for head shots? Increase your chances and put all of your tickets into the headshot jar. You want to try for 10 prizes, spread them out. Hey buy 20 tickets!

If you need to leave early, don't worry you can still win some of the bigger prizes.

Write your name on your ticket number and we will let you know if you win a prize that get's drawn in the evening.

 

NOW FOR THE GOODS!!!

- A mini headshot session with JESSICA ROSE PHOTOGRAPHY

- A Fitness Assessment & Personal Training session with Aniko Kaszas FLEX & SMASH FITNESS

- A 5 Class Dance Card from METRO MOVEMENT

- TWO $75 gift packages from BATH & BODY WORKS

- An Oracle Reading from ROOTS FOR WINGS HEALING

- One Reiki or one IET® session from ROBIN'S HEALING NEST

- A mini headshot session with PHOTO BY JOH

- A $50 gift certificate and a personal style consult at SHOP M BOUTIQUE 

- Two tickets from THE SECOND CITY

- A FREE demo reel from DEELEN WITH TROUBLE

- A beautiful dark chocolate sculpted shoe from AVOCA CHOCOLATES

- $25 from RAINBOW CINEMAS

- Two handmade necklaces featuring glass, gold flecked beads from DAWSON CITY YUKON

- A one on one yoga class with JULIE TESOLIN and a FREE class at STUDIO BLUE

- A Jam Session with LAMBLION

- A FREE Night of DJ services from DJ Derek D-ROCK Gilroy!!!

 

Plus FREE sweets all night, featuring cookies by Marlene Matos Jones, cupcakes by moi and stunning macarons from Honeybutter Desserts!

 

LambLion will be playing 3 musical sets at 9:15, 10:30 and 12:00 with an OPEN MIC for all of those singers out there who want to join in!

We can't wait to celebrate with you all! It's going to be one hell of a night!!!

 

 

 

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