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Team Spirit: The Jordin and Terence Tootoo Story

TOOTOO_IN_FIELD1Big Red Barn Entertainment, for the CTV National Network, first aired May 9, 2004. Co-producer and writer

“Team Spirit” is the heartbreaking yet triumphant story of two Inuit brothers who set out to become the first of their people to play in the National Hockey League. One meets a tragic end, while the other reaches his goal, bearing his brother’s memory in his heart.

 

 

Exhibit Eh!: Exposing Canada

photo from TV Production Exhibit Eh!Big Red Barn Entertainment, for The Travel& Escape Network, (Series): 10 episodes premiered Sept. 28, 2006. Story Editor (series); Writer (5 episodes)
Two eccentric individuals set out across Canada with nothing but their backpacks, a stuffed beaver, and a journal, intent on proving that Canada and its history are not what they appear to be. Canadians are not polite people with boring pasts, but strange folks who purposely hide the many bizarre stories in their history. These two private dicks of culture encounter such things as the preserved skeleton of a man who outran horses, a weird prime minister who talked to the dead, and shrunken heads and mummies in a downtown Canadian condo … from there, it gets even stranger.

 

Dangerous Dreams: The Life of The Great Farini
Jay Cochrane, Tightrope Walker, crosses the Ganaraska River in Port Hope, Ontario, 2000. Kevin Kelly Photography
Jay Cochrane, Tightrope Walker, crosses the Ganaraska River in Port Hope, Ontario, 2000. Kevin Kelly Photography

Great North Productions, for History Television, first aired January 19, 2000. Writer.
The amazing story of William Hunt, highlighted by a live high-wire act above the Ganaraska River in Port Hope, Ontario by the legendary Jay Cochrane, as well as visits to Niagara Falls, the Kalahari Desert, and peeks inside freak shows and dangerous performances of Victorian London.

 

The Passion of Joseph Scriven

Great North Productions, for History Television, first aired July 2001. Writer.
A documentary about Joseph Scriven, who wrote the famous hymn “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” and told no one; whose strange, dark life seemed either blessed, or cursed, depending on one’s perspective.

 

Plays

The Great Farini: The Play
poster for theatre production of The Great Farini
poster by Jerrard Smith

Performed at The 4th Line Theatre, Millbrook, Ontario, July-August, 1994, telling the spectacular life of The Great Farini, a boy from Port Hope, Ontario. A veritable circus was incorporated into this outdoor production, with the great Nicky Dewhurst from Cirque du Soleil on the high-wire above the heads of the audience, and Erik Burns on the ground as the leading man.

 

The Devil and Joseph Scriven

Performed at The 4th Line Theatre, Millbrook, Ontario, July-August, 1999; and brought back by popular demand July-August, 2000. These productions played before more than 10,000 spectators, telling the dark story of Joseph Scriven, the strange country preacher who wrote the legendary hymn “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” but never took credit for it. The play featured an on-stage baptism and a drowning in a pond.

photo from play The Devil and Joseph Scriven
A scene from the 4th Line Theatre production of The Devil and Joseph Scriven
The Art of Silent Killing
Photo from theatre production The Art of Silent Killing
From the 4th Line Theatre production. Photo by Marlon Hazlewood

Performed at The 4th Line Theatre, Millbrook, Ontario, August-September 2006 to a sold-out season. A young Canadian man and woman are trained to be spies at Camp X in southern Ontario during World War II. There they do something truly surreptitious – they fall in love, and hide that fact from their superiors. When they are dropped behind enemy lines, their love becomes a lethal liability. A.S.K. is a dark play about the spy-like nature of all human beings.

Articles

Shane has been published in many magazines and newspapers, including Sports Illustrated, Reader’s Digest (worldwide), Saturday Night, En Route, The Beaver, Equinox, Toronto Life, Shift, Report on Business, Elm Street, Maclean’s, The Globe and Mail, Ottawa Citizen, Vancouver Sun, and The National Post.