2016 MCsVancouver Web Fest was honored to have the following MCs for the 2016 festival:
Awards Gala MCs
In the early 90's, after completing an incredibly useful degree in acting from UBC, Mike Cavers made a splash in action series Highlander plus some pretty terrible local commercials. He then took a brief hiatus from TV only to return to that glamorous word in his underwear last year with back-to-back feature roles in Untold Stories of the ER. This did not phase Mike in the least. As owner & creative director of The Character Guys Inc., Mike Cavers spends most of his time creating comedy shows and characters for high-profile private and public events throughout North America. But fortunately not in his underwear. That means a growing inventory of awesome costumes and a lot of massively talented friends to pitch in when his left eye starts twitching. Mike has also had the good fortune of falling in with fellow fools, Nick Harrison and Neil Every to co-produce and co-star in the Leo Award-winning comedy web series Fools For Hire, based very loosely on the insanity of his questionable profession. Stay tuned for new episodes to be released after the festival!
Nicholas Harrison was trained as an actor in London, England and the London Academy of Performing Arts, has a Masters in Directing from the University of Victoria and a PhD from the University of British Columbia. He is an award-winning actor and is the co-creator of the celebrated Web-Series Fools For Hire. He has written a book about the origins of stage combat in Canada and continues to choreograph violence for film, television and theatre all over the world. He is currently developing a play about child abuse based on the true story of his time at a private school in British Columbia and how he credits Star Wars with saving his life. He is hoping he can turn the production process of this into a documentary film. At present he teaches theatre and film at Capilano University, stages violence for Bard on the Beach and continues to act in film and television.
So much more than a writer, actor, and travel host. Everything you need to know about me is on www.livingyourbest.net
Thanks to Suzette and Paula for bringing me on board again! Super excited to be a part of the classiest web fest around. No joke.
Originally from the eastern part of Canada, Eric has come to Vancouver to find other like-minded creatives in a multitude of professional fields and attempt to push the idea of collaborative creativity and get more people working together. Eric has been part of the Vancouver Web Fest since its inaugural year (2014) and is excited for what #VWF2016 will bring. Eric is involved in many stimulating and impelling creative ventures, such as filming events like the Caribbean Festival in North Vancouver, travelling to Las Vegas to film music videos with recording artist Torio Jones, and many more endeavors, including his studies at Capilano University in the Motion Picture Arts program. With two talented classmates, he has recently formed a photography studio under the name Combover Studio, which plans to take on many aspects of filmmaking, photography, fashion design and graphic design. Eric has done behind-the-scenes videography for a stunt-heavy short film called Stealth and Silence. Also working on episodes of Arrow as a Production Assistant . A passionate photographer, Eric has been taking local landscape photos. He is also working as an actor with Storm Talent.
Yvette is a Maltese powerhouse of raw, emotional talent and energy dedicated to "the work". Tirelessly honing her craft, she's committed to "playing parts that move hearts", providing platforms for Canadian artists to share their talents and revealing humanity through story.
Formally trained at the University of Calgary (B.F.A. & B.Ed.), Yvette studied and co-directed with Keith Johnstone, of Theatre Sports, then spent a year travelling the world singing with the cast of Up with People in ten countries. Yvette enjoyed three years as a long form improviser in the smash hits, Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding (Calgary/Vancouver) and Romeo & Julie Ed.
Recently shooting a lead role in the indie feature film "U", her selected on-screen credits include: Pretty Little Addict, MOTIVE, The Hollow Ones, Reluctant Witness, GRACEPOINT, ONCE UPON A TIME, FRINGE, Taming Tammy, and RAT RACE. Theatrical highlights include: Christmas Crackers, Ten Lost Years, Pioneer Years, Love & Dreaming, Autobahn, Dolores, Nunsense, Frankie & Johnny, The Watermelon Girls & Vagina Monologues.
Excited to have several new projects in development as the Creative Director of tteeVy enterprises, Yvette continues to work as an actor, writer, historical re-enactment consultant, acting coach, festival adjudicator, and director. Writing to channel for her creative fervour between acting gigs, Yvette's passion for words has bourgeoned into songs, poems, short films (Edna Brown, Laundry Day), twenty-six Historical Re-enactment scripts, and plays (Detention Divas, Christmas Crackers, Titillations). Her play, THE 'F' WORDS which won Honourable Mention in the 2014 Theatre BC Play Writing Competition is a fierce, funny and fearless multi-character solo show. Yvette invites you to follow Fran and friends on this fun-filled frolic, experiencing her unrelenting compulsion to explore THE 'F' WORDS from FAT, FORTY, FORGOTTEN and F**CKED to F...???? at the 2016 Vancouver Fringe Festival in September. Contact Yvette at www.tteeVy.com
Yvette Lu is an actor, filmmaker, and family physician in Vancouver, BC, Canada. As an actor, she has appeared on various television shows including FOX's Gracepoint and BBC America's Intruders. As well, her films have screened on television and in film festivals across North America, including at the Vancouver Asian Film Festival, the Route 66 Film Festival, and on Shaw Multicultural Channel. On the other side of the camera, Yvette has worked as a producer, director, and composer for numerous projects. She produced "Alive and Kicking", a documentary that won Best in Show at the Near Enemy Film Festival in New Jersey. Dr. Lu is passionate about projects that improve health and well-being, and has written a research-based play about chronic illness. She speaks about medical issues on CityTV's Breakfast Television, and has also appeared on CBC, CBC News Now, and The Weather Network. http://yvettelu.com
Zia Marashi is honoured to join the Vancouver Web Fest in celebrating local talent and equally excited to welcome ‘the best the internet has to offer’ to his home. Zia firmly believes that within Vancouver there is an ocean of uncultivated creative talent and in his role as MC he hopes to help showcase/expose said talent.
Zia is also the creator / founder of Vanchan.ca - a monthly film festival community (both an online and in-person event) - which aimes to create the future voice of Vancouver cinema. #Vanchan.
Mackenzie Gray was born and raised in Toronto. A professional actor for 40 years, he has appeared in over 150 films and television shows and acted in or directed over 100 plays.
Mackenzie was recently seen in the hit TV Series FARGO, (Season 2) and has a recurring role in the DC Comics TV Series LEGENDS OF TOMORROW. He gained world-wide attention for his role as JAX-UR, in THE MAN OF STEEL. Since moving to Vancouver as a lead for the TV series THE NET, he has appeared in guest starring or lead roles in many TV series and films, including IF THERE BE THORNS, SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED, ROGUE, SUPERNATURAL, THE HAUNTING HOUR, PSYCH, ALCATRAZ, SMALLVILLE, DA VINCI’S INQUEST, THE COLLECTOR, FIRST WAVE and countless others.
Cult-film fans know him from GRAVE ENCOUNTERS, THE IMAGINARIUM OF DR. PARNASSUS, THE HITCHER II, and METALLICA: THROUGH THE NEVER. He is also well known for his many Animation characters, including "Obadiah Stane" in IRONMAN and FangDam in NINJAGO.
He co-produced and acted in the award-winning feature film POE: LAST DAYS OF THE RAVEN, and has written and directed 5 short films. His Crazy8's Film Noir short UNDER THE BRIDGE OF FEAR was shown at the Cannes, VIFF, and Whistler Film Festivals and was broadcast by the CBC.
Mackenzie is a 16-time Leo Award nominee, winning two Best Actor awards for guest star roles on SPOOKSVILLE and BITTEN. He will next be seen in the epic film WARCRAFT, and in lead role in the upcoming feature film "Charon's Toll", which he also co-wrote and co-produced.
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