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Lacey, Brent, Wanda, Davis, Emma, Oscar, Hank, Karen

Brent

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BRENT BUTT as Brent Leroy
Creator/Writer/Producer/Director

Brent Butt was born and raised in the small farming town of Tisdale, Saskatchewan. As the youngest of seven children, one does what one can to be noticed, and at an early age Brent discovered that being funny was a good way to get and hold people's attention. When he was 12 years old, he watched a stand-up comic on television. He immediately marched up to his mother and said "I'm going to be a comedian." She replied, "Fine, could you do it outside?"

Brent was born and raised in Tisdale, Saskatchewan.  When he was young he got people's attention by being funny.  

Brent honed his comedic storytelling prowess with his friends at the local coffee shop. They would sit around � literally for hours at a time � discussing everything from world domination, to the most comfortable kind of socks. In high school, Brent performed stand-up comedy at a variety night, and was hooked. When he was 20, a comedy club opened up in nearby Saskatoon and Brent moved to the city to pursue a career in humour. He moved through the ranks incredibly quickly, and within four months of his first amateur night he was offered a tour on the road. After a year he was headlining in Toronto, and after only four years he was showcased in his own gala performance at the world's largest international comedy festival, Montreal's Just For Laughs.

Brent worked on his comedy with his friends at the local coffee shop.  When he was 20 Brent moved to Saskatoon to be near a new comedy club that opened up.  Within four months of his first amateur nigh he was offered a tour on the road.  He was headlining in Toronto after a year.  Four years after that he was on Montreal's Just For Laughs.

Brent has been a regular on the Just For Laughs TV show, as well as other programs on A&E, HBO, CBC, CTV, Global, and The Comedy Network. His one-hour Comedy Now! special earned him a Gemini Nomination in the category of "Best Comedy Performance". He was named "Best Male Stand-Up" at the 2001 Canadian Comedy Awards and was subsequently selected to represent his country on the World Comedy Tour in Australia. He followed that by hosting the Just For Laughs � Asian Tour in Singapore. His invitation to appear on the CBC 50th Anniversary Special entitled All-Star Comedy Homecoming secured his reputation as one of the funniest people in the country, as he performed alongside the most noted comedic minds from the past five decades of Canadian entertainment.

Brent has been a regular on the Just For Laughs TV show.  He has been on other shows on A&E, HBO, CBC, CTV, Global and The Comedy Network.  He earned a Gemini nomination in the category of "Best Comedy Performance" for his one-hour Comedy Now! show.  At the 2001 Canadian Comedy Awards he was named "Best Male Stand-Up"  He then was selected to represent Canada on the World Comedy Tour in Australia.  He then hosted the Just For Laughs Asian Tour in Singapore.  He became known as one of the the funniest people in the country when he appeared on the CBC 50th Anniversary Special entitled All-Star Comedy Homecoming.


Brent has made Vancouver, BC his home for the past 13 years. He is the creator, executive producer and star of the hugely popular sitcom Corner Gas on CTV and he still tours the country performing his unique brand of conversational stand-up comedy in between seasons of filming.

Brent has lived in Vancouver for the past 13 years.  He is the creator, executive producer and star of Corner Gas.  He still does stand-up between seasons.

"I love what I do," Brent says. "It's just like having coffee � only now it's with a thousand or so people at a time."

"I love what I do," Brent says. "It's just like having coffee � only now it's with a thousand or so people at a time."

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Lacey

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The locals of Dog River, Saskatchewan instantly suspect the worst when big city girl Lacey, inherits her aunt's roadside coffee shop. Will the dark haired beauty turn the town hangout into a gentrified coffee caf�, or worse still, close it down? Lacey's move to Dog River brings her into a world far removed from downtown Toronto.

Gemini-nominated actress Gabrielle Miller knew she wanted to act almost as early as she learned how to talk. The Vancouver native performed the lead roles in her Montessori School and by the age of eight she was enrolled in the children's theater group the "Green Thumb Players". Since then, she has appeared in several episodic series including Robson Arms, Frasier, The X-Files, The Chris Isaak Show, Jake 2.0 and Stargate-SG-1.

Voted "Favourite Canadian Female Star" by TV Guide's 2006 Reader's Poll, Gabrielle has won two Leos for her role as "Lacey Burrows" on Corner Gas, and has earned four Leo nominations for her role in the independent films The Silencer and Rupert's Land, and the CTV dramatic series Robson Arms respectively. Gabrielle also earned Gemini Nominations for her role on Corner Gas, as well as for a recurring guest role on DaVinci's Inquest. She has also been nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award for Pretty Funny Performance.

A new part-time resident of Saskatchewan, Gabrielle shares her time between Vancouver, Los Angeles and Regina, and enjoys the healthy lifestyle that these cities provide.

 

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Wanda

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Nancy Robertson always knew what she wanted to do with her life. From putting on plays in her neighbour's yard to getting kicked out of the school library for performing for the amusement of classmates, Nancy knew she wanted to act.

Born and raised in Vancouver, BC, Nancy studied drama all through highschool and later attended the Breck Academy and The Vancouver Arts Club Theatre Program, as well as various workshops in Los Angeles.

She started her career in live theatre, starring in numerous Fringe plays and winning a BC Drama Fest Award for "Best Supporting Actress" for her role in Standing On My Knees. She expanded into the world of television with varied and diverse roles on such programs as Dead like me, The Addams Family, Showtime's Beggars and Choosers, Hollywood Offramp on the E Channel, and as a series regular on Fox TV's Los Luchadoras to name just a few. As well, she lent her talents to several movies-of-the-week.

Some Feature films include Air Bud, Are We There Yet and as the hilarious loose cannon "Harriet" in the award winning film The Delicate Art of Parking - a role which earned her a Leo Award nomination as Best Supporting Actress. She also has a love of independent film, having appeared in such shorts as Mall Man and Organ Music.

Nancy has been nominated for two other Leo Awards for her role as the brilliantly booksmart, but socially stunted "Wanda" on Corner Gas. Nancy's work as Wanda also earned her a Canadian Comedy Award nomination. As a member of the Corner Gas ensemble cast, she has also been nominated for a Gemini and an International Emmy Award.

Nancy still makes her home in Vancouver, and when the mood strikes her she drops in and plays with the renowned improv company, Vancouver Theatresports, where she has been a popular mainstage player for quite some time and a member of the winning team at the International Improv Tournament on several occasions.

 

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Davis

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Senior police officer Davis Quinton is no small town cop. He doesn't take his position in the community lightly and his civic duty often leads to drastic measures � like the first Dog River Police ride-along. Keeping his �rookie' cop in line can be trying at times, but luckily there's new equipment to try out and townspeople to protect.

Lorne's television credits include Blackfly, Jake &The Kid, North of 60, Lonesome Dove and the movie North of 60: Distant Drumming. His performance in the MOW Tecumseh: The Last Warrior earned him a First Americans in the Arts nomination for "Best Supporting Actor." He also appeared in Insomnia with Robin Williams and Al Pacino.

Cardinal's many stage credits include 60 Below, which earned a Dora Mavor Moore nomination for "Best Production" and Canadian Stage's Twelfth Night. He performed the role of Shokapee in Black Elk Speaks at the Denver Arts Center and the dual roles of Doming and Manco in Citadel Theater's Royal Hunt of the Sun.

Lorne recently participated in the Native Earth Performing Arts production of The Art Show as well as Red Roots Theatre's production of Dry Lips. He recently directed the new works Time Stands Still and Thunderstick from Native playwrights across Canada. He also helped create and direct the dinner theatre series The Journey for Kanata Native Dance Theatre.

Lorne is a series regular on the APTN series renegadepress.com. He directed an episode for the series in 2005 and his episode The Union was very well received. It was accepted into Toronto's ImagineNATIVE film festival, as well as The First Americans in the Arts Festival in the United States. Lorne is set to direct a second episode of renegadepress.com this season.

A graduate of the University of Alberta, Lorne Cardinal is a native of Sucker Creek First Nations in Alberta. He now makes his home in Hamilton, Ontario

 

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Emma

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Veteran Vancouver actress Janet Wright plays "Emma," the long-suffering wife of "Oscar" (Eric Peterson) and mother to Brent Butt's character "Brent Leroy." She is the glue that holds this unusual family together.

Janet was born in England, and moved to Saskatoon, SK, at a very young age. Janet and her three siblings all became successful actors. She has performed for virtually every major theater company in Canada, and has been affiliated with the Vancouver Arts Club Theater since the early 1970s, performing and directing in over 40 productions for that company alone.

Janet enjoys the behind the scenes and technical end of production as much as she does acting. She had directed for many major theater companies across Canada, including productions at the Stratford Festival.

Her film credits include The Perfect Storm (with George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg) and Bordertown Caf� for which she won a genie award for best actress. Her television credits include appearances on recent series such as Dark Angel and Lexx, as well as Canadian classics such as The King of Kensington and The Beachcombers.�

Janet was recently honoured with a Gemini for "Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series" for her performance in the feature length television drama Betrayed.

In an unusual bit of casting, Janet and Eric Peterson, who play Brent Butt's parents, have been friends for 35 years, first appearing together on stage in the early 1970s. All three are proud Saskatchewan natives.

 

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Oscar

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Leon Robinovitch, Billy Bishop, Oscar Leroy.

It sort of has a nice little ring to it.

Eric Peterson brings "Oscar Leroy" to life, the curmudgeon father of Brent Butt's "Brent Leroy." Oscar has decided he's earned a little down time and has passed the responsibility of running the family business on to his son, Brent. That leaves Oscar loads of time to drive his wife Emma (Janet Wright) to her wits end, while telling Brent how to run the gas station.

Eric is one of Canada's most accomplished actors, a winner of four Gemini Awards and a Dora Award. He has portrayed a broad range of memorable characters from his lead in Billy Bishop Goes to War to lawyer Leon Robinovitch in the CBC series Street Legal.

Peterson earned three "Best Actor" Gemini Awards for his portrayal of Robinovitch, and nabbed a fourth in 2001 for "Best Performance in a Pre-School Program". His 20th Anniversary tour of Billy Bishop won the 1999 Dora Awards for "Best Play", "Best Direction" and "Best Performance".

In January 2007, Eric will star in the hit play Half Life by John Mighton at the Can-Stage Theatre in Toronto.

Eric was born and raised in Saskatchewan, and while he now lives in Toronto, he enjoys visiting his cottage in Saskatchewan's Lake District during his downtime. In an odd bit of casting trivia, he and Janet Wright have known each other for over 35 years, first working together on a production that started in Saskatoon, which eventually traveled throughout the province.

 

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Hank

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Fred's character "Hank" is not dumb by any means, just a little different. A guy who thinks Pilates has something to do with the guy who killed Jesus, and suspects every big city person has an ulterior motive, "Hank" is not wrong all the time. He's "Brent Leroy's" best bud, and somewhat of a ladies man, in his own mind.

Fred Ewanuick is one of Vancouver's busiest actors. He's not sure how it all got that way though. Growing up in Port Moody, the bingo hall was his domain. There he served nachos and orange pop to hungry bingo ladies until high school graduation in 1989. Fred then moved on to college, where the only courses available to him were English, Women's Studies and Theatre. He failed all three, but something in the theatre class grabbed his attention. After auditioning and being accepted into the two-year theater intensive, it took a full year before the head of that program asked Fred to leave.

The hunger to perform could not be stopped. He began to train with acting coach Shea Hampton, and over a period of three years began work in both film and television and has not looked back since.

Fred's credits include guest star roles on Robson Arms, Dark Angel and DaVinci's Inquest and roles in Hollywood films like A Guy Thing, The Santa Clause II, and Just Friends. Fred had the starring role in the comedic feature The Delicate Art of Parking that premiered at the Montreal World Film Festival and the film won the "Best Canadian Feature" prize.

He can be seen in the upcoming Canadian films: Young Triffie's Been Made Away With, Black Eyed Dog and Love and Other Dilemmas.

 

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Karen

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Using your photo radar gun to check out how fast the birds are flying is just one of the ways to kill time while keeping the peace in Dog River. Tara Spencer-Nairn joins fellow actor Lorne Cardinal ("Davis") to make up Dog River's two-person police force. Television has not seen a team of peacekeepers like this since the days of Toody and Muldoone (Car 54 Where are You?)

Heralded by TV Guide as "one of Canada's Top Ten Superstars", Tara is familiar to viewers for her breakthrough performance in the highly acclaimed feature film New Waterford Girl. Tara garnered rave reviews for her portrayal of the pugnacious "Lou", the Bronx raised teenager who moves to a small Nova Scotia town and quickly turns it on its ear.

Tara was chosen to play Wayne Gretzky's sister Kim in the made for TV movie Waking Up Wally, a drama based on the best-selling biography Walter Gretzky: On Family, Hockey and Healing, and has appeared in numerous television productions including ReGenisis, Puppets Who Kill, Blue Murder, Wes Craven Presents: Don't Look Down, Cold Squad, Tom Stone and Relic Hunter. She recently finished filming a starring role in The Third Eye, an independent psychological thriller, as well as the romantic comedy Password, a short film in which she plays the female lead. Both films are submitted for the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival.

The high-energy actress was born in Montreal and raised on the West Coast where she spent 12 years as a competitive gymnast. She is a graduate of the prestigious Shawnigan Lake School, which she attended after her rebellious nature resulted in her being "asked to leave" another private school. Tara is a graduate of the Vancouver Film School, a resident of Toronto and the youngest of three siblings.

 

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