Though there were players decked out in full gear on the ice and a stadium full of loud fans cheering, it wasn’t your ordinary hockey game taking place at Canlan Ice Sports on Monday May 14. Instead it was a special shooting for season 12 of Degrassi. That’s right—those in the arena seats equipped with signs were not fans of the hockey teams, but fans of the show!
For those who have always longed to be on TV, or better yet on their favourite show Degrassi, it was a dream come true. Fans decked out in red and brought their friends, parents and even grandparents along for this exciting filming experience.
Annie Clark, who is known on Degrassi as her character Fiona Coyne, says it’s nice to see the excitement of fans when they come out.
“When there’s a chance for them to witness what we do every day and what they watch every week, it’s a blessing,” she says.
Munro Chambers who plays Eli Goldsworthy agrees saying, “It’s definitely been great and it’s amazing to see their reactions to us. As you can see they’re cheering their heads off—they’re loving it and enjoying what they’re doing.”
Though Munro and Annie’s characters were not in the scenes being shot, they were more than happy to be on location to entertain the enthusiastic audience, hand out prizes and engage in the trifecta of activities that come with being famous: meet fans, sign autographs and take pictures.
With sightings of Degrassi regulars like Shanice Banton (Marisol), Justin Kelly (Jake), Lyle O’Donohoe (Tristan) and Olivia Scriven (Maya), as well as giveaways of signed Degrassi merchandise, it was a day full of treats for those in attendance.
Also on location were new season 12 cast members Craig Arnold, Demerius Joyette and Dylan Everett who were robed in hockey gear as players on the ice.
“I can honestly say this was one of the most exciting experiences of my life,” says a smiling Stephanie Garrett. The 17-year-old and long time Degrassi fan was ecstatic when she heard about the opportunity to participate in a Degrassi shoot.
“It’s such a great opportunity for fans that most studios don’t do. I was able to see and even meet actors I admire, and witness how filming for a show like this happens.”
This was the first time that Epitome Pictures Inc. invited the public to participate to in a taping of the show, so it was a unique experience for both the cast and fans.