Hop To It Anti-Discrimination Video Nominated for Prestigious Video Award in US

“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.

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TVO unveils Canada 150 doc programming

Village of Dreams, directed by Nina Beveridge, who produced alongside Paul Hart, will go to air in the summer.”


Harleen Khorana working her magic behind the Kala Kendar counter.

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.


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It’s A Wrap-Village of Dreams

2016 was a great summer of filming in Toronto’s Gerrard India Bazaar!

Chandan Fashion Gerrard India Bazaar

Chandan and Sarabjeet Singh on the Suhaag runway with the Chandan Fashion models

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.


Sumaiyah Shah gives her sister Aysha a beautiful henna tattoo for her birthday at Forever Young Beauty Salon.

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.


Harleen Khorana works her charm on a customer at Kaka Kendar.

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.


The hard working Raju Diwan and son Ronak sharing a joke at Baldev Paan

We want to extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone in the Bazaar who helped us and filmed with us throughout 2016.

Nina, Paul and the Village of Dreams Team

Reposted from www.villageofdreams.ca/its-a-wrap/

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Exciting Developments on Pawesome New Pre-school Project Penny P Pug

We are so happy with Development on New Pre-school Project

Penny P Pug is a passion project for pre-schoolers I have been working on for many years in different forms, inspired by my daughters and my dogs.

Penny P Pug Pirate Pic Cover

Now, with the support of the OMDC IDM Fund, The Pet Network, The Bell Fund, and an amazing team, I have been able to bring to life this adorable puppy character based very loosely on my own little rescue puppy – Kilo the Pug.

Penny P Pug Character

Penny P Pug is an adorable 4-year-old girl in a pug puppy body. She has many mannerisms and physical attributes of a puppy but incorporates human behaviors and thoughts.

Penny P Pug book page

Penny P Pug is curious, friendly, loveable, and full of fun. Just like my Kilo the Pug, she enjoys discovering things, performing and playing games, and she wants to be big (except when snuggled on my lap). She loves her family and treats. Penny and her Pals are full of energy and unbridled enthusiasm, except when they are asleep in a heap snoring loudly of course. Their antics are always endearing, and often hilarious- pugs are always snorting and snoring.


Penny Mud

Penny P tries hard, but she is not always a model of perfect puppy behavior. Paralleling the world of preschoolers, Penny sometimes has trouble with focus and patience. She makes mistakes and occasionally doesn’t really like sharing or taking turns or following instructions. Her exuberance gets her into some pretty messy, muddy scrapes and she often gets distracted. Penny P Pug is a role model for kids learning to process new and exciting, sometimes overwhelming sights, sounds and feelings.

Penny P Pug World

Each new day is an adventure, as Penny explores the world around her with her adopted older brother Digger the Dachshund starting with their suburban back yard. Their world will expand to puppy school, the park, the library, and a few other locations. Their Pug Mom is in the background setting the stage for adventures and available if they are ever really barking up the wrong tree.

The stories are shared in multiple ways, including a picture book and demo iPad app that keep the kids entertained.

The first story is a really fun Pirate Treasure Hunt. Mom has left out a map and three clues around the garden and buried a treasure for Penny P and Digger to find.

Penny P Pug and Digger take a Paws

Mindfulness and Storylines

Many kids starting pre-school have trouble with focus and mindfulness. Part of improving focus is reducing or controlling stress and frustration, and learning through play and role models. Penny P Pug is given the challenges and tools to help with this in each story and in games. The kids liked and started to anticipate and repeat the catch phrase ”Let’s take a Paws and think things through, Then we’ll know just what to do….

Focus Group and Other Research Feedback

July marked a huge milestone for Penny P Pug. We shared the characters, the first story, the song and one of the first games, with excited kids ages 4 to 6  and friends.

We received lots of praise from the kids about the illustrations and characters of Penny P and Digger and the adventures Penny P took them on.

Kids seem to just love anything on an iPad, so bringing technology and story-telling together was a really engaging experience. Any parent knows that pre-schoolers can get distracted very easily, so it was great to see Penny P’s story hold their unwavering attention most of the time.

Several parts of the story involve solving clues and following instructions and a map, and the little ones were so smart trying to figure them out. They gave us valuable insight on how they think and play.

Some great lines from the kids that day included “I want to play it again!”, “Wow! I like the crocodiles and when Penny P picked up the hose and sprayed herself ” and “I liked when they found the treasure”.

Everyone had so much fun reading the story aloud and playing the related splash to 20 and maze games . We did crafts and ate snacks together while immersed in Penny P’s world of fun and imagination.

Digger Penny sleeping

 Next Steps

We have finished the first phase of development on the iPad Apps and will be looking for production funding.

We have a wonderful draft of the picture book that we will be testing further. We also have 5 more stories in the pipeline- a scavenger hunt, meeting new friends in the garden, an ill-fated play date and trips to the park and library.

We are working on development of the animated TV series.

We have a demo website with games, songs, blog posts for moms and various activities for kids ready.


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