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Kids’ Pet Club is a Fun New Online Hub for Kids that Love Pets
I am absolutely thrilled to announce the soft launch of the Kids’ Pet Club site and the YouTube Channel for testing (the Youtube Channel will not show up with the correct URL until we have 500 subscribers which is very frustrating- please Subscribe if you have kids that love pets).
Kids’ Pet Club an Online Content Hub for Pet-Loving Kids (ages 3-13) and families. We will be sharing and testing a variety of age-appropriate educational, engaging and entertaining content, activities, and videos featuring pets and kids.
I love pets and have had dogs, cats, rabbits, mice, guinea pigs, lizards, gerbils, tortoises and fish. We have had considerable success sharing stories and information about Dogs and Puppies on the TV series, YouTube Channels and sites for Talent Hounds, Backseat Barkers and MyPugNation. We have seen first hand the difference pets, particularly dogs, can make in the lives of kids hospitals, schools, libraries, homes, emergencies and courtrooms. They can help with autism, PTSD, anxiety, reading, illnesses and physical disabilities. They can also help reduce stress and allergies, and increase empathy and focus.
We believe it is important to teach kids about responsible pet care early. We did some research and found they were getting a lot of entertainment and facts about pets on YouTube and online, but there did not seem to be much centralized channels and content just for them, just on pets.
We thought it would be both fun and helpful to set up a hub for kids and empower them to laugh and learn about pets with us and also to become Ambassadors for their pets and share their knowledge and love of pets.
We produced the popular TV series called Pop It! that empowered kids to teach other kids to dance and wanted to do something similar with pet care. Kids generally love seeing themselves and their lives reflected.
We will be testing different content for different ages including mini documentary segments, information, activities and DIYs and also Dog Song Sing-Alongs and Read-Alongs for the younger kids. I hope that this site and content can build into a tremendous source of fun and facts for kids and care-givers.
My own rescue pug Kilo is featured, as well as dogs from Talent Hounds, a group of young Ambassadors and our animated characters Penny P Pug and Digger the Dachshund.
Thank you to the Bell Fund, The OMDC IDM Fund and Ethnic Channels Group for their support developing this project.
“Love Like A Dog” Nominated for Best Pet Video by BlogPaws Influencer Group
Hop to It Productions is very excited to announce that the heart-warming anti-discrimination video “Love Like A Dog” has been selected as a finalist for a prestigious award in the US.
The uplifting video is up for the “BlogPaws Best Pet Blog Video Award” at the 2017 Nose-to-Nose Pet Blogging and Social Media Awards. We are up against three other great pet videos in the finals. The winner will be announced at the BlogPaws Conference in May 2017. Susan Nation can’t wait to walk the red carpet again this year at the event (last year the hilarious Pilot for “Backseat Barkers” was nominated).
Thank you to Jeff Butler for creating the original song and to Aria Evans, Sydney Shapansky, Angela Casullo, Sara Carson, Maddisen Phelan, Bocker Labradoodle, Gizmo, Smiley and all the other talented amazing friends who helped and contributed.
Thanks to the Bell Fund for their support of Talent Hounds and the OMDC for the support to allow us to compete on the international stage.
…Village of Dreams, directed by Nina Beveridge, who produced alongside Paul Hart, will go to air in the summer.”
By Regan Reid January 4, 2017
See full article on Realscreen.com
Hop To It Production’s Producer/Director Nina Beveridge and Producer/Sound Recordist/Editor Paul Hart along with Cinematographer Bongo Kolycius have had a busy year filming the Village of Dreams documentary in Toronto’s Gerrard India Bazaar. Now Paul and Nina are busy editing the film, to be aired in the summer of 2017 on TVO as a part of TVO’s Canada 150 programming strand.
2016 was a great summer of filming in Toronto’s Gerrard India Bazaar!
The Village of Dreams team led by Hop To It partner and director Nina Beveridge had a memorable summer filming in Toronto’s Gerrard India Bazaar. We are grateful for the cooperation we had from everyone in the Bazaar and in particular from our main characters and their families.
For almost 40 years South Asian culture has been the economic engine for businesses in the Gerrard India Bazaar (formerly known as “Little India”). Our goal was to explore the spirit of entrepreneurialism there, focusing on the first generation of Canadian-born South Asians and how they balance being Canadian and at the same time retain their cultural heritage. Our film follows several families who own and operate the businesses in the Bazaar, seen from the perspective of the children whose parents came to Canada in the 70’s and 80’s, worked hard and established roots.
We filmed with Chandan Singh & family (Chandan Fashion), Gulshan Allibhai & family (Lahore Tikka House), Sumaiyah Shah & family (Forever Young Beauty Salon), Harleen Khorana & family (Kala Kendar), Ronak and Raju Diwan (Baldev Paan), Ameet Ram & family (Regency Restaurant), Ritesh Das & ensemble (Toronto Table Ensemble), Hubert Dmello and staff (Udupi Palace), Neelu Sabarwhal & family (Moti Mahal) and the Multani family (Milan Saree Emporium).
Some of the scenes we filmed included a spectacular fashion show, beautiful bridal decor in the making, a bridal make-over, sizzling kitchen scenes, lots of retail shop activity, paan making, festival crowds and lots of bazaar activity, a wine and cheese tasting, and most importantly, gatherings with family and friends. We filmed a number of scenes at many other businesses in the Bazaar not mentioned above, both South Asian and non-South Asian. Over the next year, leading up to Canada’s 150th birthday, we will be creating a series of mini-documentaries for our YouTube channel and website community. All the businesses that we filmed will be represented online.
We want to extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone in the Bazaar who helped us and filmed with us throughout 2016.