Time to Gas Up! Corner Gas: The Movie Kicks Off with “CORNER GAS Weekend in Toronto”, November 15 and 16
Brent Butt and Cast Celebrate the Film and Saskatchewan with Appearances at The Saskie Showcase, the Santa Claus Parade, and the Canadian International Television Festival
– Movie hits theatres December 3 with Cineplex Front Row Centre Events’ theatrical debut, followed by premieres on The Movie Network, CTV, and The Comedy Network, and a DVD release
TORONTO (November 12, 2014) – This weekend, Brent Butt and cast members from Corner Gas: The Movie will bring some prairie charm to Toronto with “CORNER GAS Weekend in Toronto”, Saturday and Sunday, November 15 and 16. In celebration of the film and the province of Saskatchewan, the festivities kick-off on Saturday, November 15 with The Saskie Showcase, a private evening of Saskatchewan music hosted by the cast. On Sunday, November 16, cast members join the 110th Annual Santa Claus Parade on their own float, spreading holiday cheer for fans as they gear up for the film. Then, in celebration of the 10- year anniversary of the debut of CTV’s smash-hit CORNER GAS, the cast reunites at the 2nd Annual Canadian International Television Festival to give fans an advanced behind-the- scenes look of their new film, followed by Q&A.
“CORNER GAS Weekend in Toronto” Events:
The Saskie Showcase – Saturday, November 15
“CORNER GAS Weekend in Toronto” kicks-off Saturday, November 15 with The Saskie Showcase, a private industry event at the Drake Hotel Underground presented by Creative Saskatchewan, Sask Music, and Corner Gas: The Movie. Hosted by Brent Butt and members of the CORNER GAS cast, the evening features the best of Saskatchewan’s Indie-Rock, Bluegrass, and Folk music scene, including Close Talker, The Dead South, Young Benjamins, and Slow Down Molasses.
The 110th Annual Santa Claus Parade – Sunday, November 16
Brent Butt and castmates Gabrielle Miller, Fred Ewanuick, Lorne Cardinal, and Nancy Robertson spread a little holiday cheer atop a CORNER GAS-themed float at the 110th Annual Santa Claus Parade. The 28-foot float features a sleigh, a CORNER GAS pump, and a replica of the Dog River grain elevator, standing 15 feet high and six feet long. The parade begins at 12:30 p.m. at 110th Annual Santa Claus Parade.
The 2nd Annual Canadian International Television Festival – Sunday, November 16
The cast makes an appearance at the 2nd Annual Canadian International Television Festival at TIFF Bell Lightbox on Sunday evening. Presented by Bell Media, the free event celebrates the 10-year anniversary of the debut of CTV’s smash-hit series CORNER GAS. Brent Butt and fellow cast members Gabrielle Miller, Fred Ewanuick, Tara Spencer-Nairn, Lorne Cardinal and Nancy Robertson offer fans an advanced behind-the-scenes look of the film, followed by a Q&A session hosted by ETALK’s Ben Mulroney. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The event runs from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Fans are encouraged to book tickets in advance through the Canadian International Television Festival website.
Corner Gas: The Movie opens in select Cineplex and Landmark theatres across the country for five days only, December 3 to 7, 2014. Tickets for the Cineplex Front Row Centre Event go on sale November 14 at 5 p.m. ET. Fans can visit cornergasthemovie.com to purchase tickets or check local theatre listings.
Following its theatrical release, the 90-minute feature will make its network broadcast debut in December on CTV and CTV GO, following a special preview for The Movie Network and TMN GO subscribers. The movie will also air on The Comedy Network in December (all broadcast dates to be announced soon), complemented by a special collector’s edition DVD available for purchase before the holidays.
Headlined by creator and comedian Brent Butt, Corner Gas: The Movie stars the original award-winning ensemble cast including Gabrielle Miller, Eric Peterson, Fred Ewanuick, Janet Wright, Lorne Cardinal, Tara Spencer-Nairn, and Nancy Robertson. Written by Brent Butt, Andrew Carr, and Andrew Wreggitt, and directed by David Storey, who served as key director on the series, the movie was shot in Saskatchewan from June 22 to July 22, 2014.
Corner Gas: The Movie is an inter-provincial co-production produced by Corner Gas The Movie (ON) Inc. and Corner Gas The Movie (SK) Inc. in association with Bell Media, Telefilm Canada, Cineplex Entertainment, Tourism Saskatchewan, Creative Saskatchewan, the Canada Media Fund, the Bell Fund, Cogeco and Prairie Pants Distribution Inc. CORNER GAS is distributed worldwide by Prairie Pants Distribution Inc. The Collectors DVD will be distributed across Canada by Video Services Corp. (VSC).
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About Prairie Pants Distribution
Prairie Pants Distribution Inc. is the worldwide distributor of Corner Gas: The Movie. The company is owned and operated by CORNER GAS Executive Producers Virginia Thompson (Vérité Films: CORNER GAS, INSECURITY, RENEGADEPRESS.COM and INCREDIBLE STORY STUDIO), Brent Butt (Sparrow Media: CORNER GAS, HICCUPS and NO CLUE) and David Storey (Aslan Entertainment: CORNER GAS, HICCUPS and KEEP YOUR HEAD UP KID: THE DON CHERRY STORY, BLACKFLY).
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