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Maple Popcorn podcast offering exclusive interviews with Canadian TV & film icons launches today

07 June 2021

The first episode features an interview with Canadian actor Kim Coates


A new six-episode podcast series titled Maple Popcorn, produced by The Brand is Female and powered by Telefilm Canada, officially launches today. Available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and other major podcast platforms, Maple Popcorn goes behind the camera to offer exclusive interviews with Canadian TV and film icons to reveal a sneak peek on what goes on behind the scenes and explore the cultural contributions made by the Canadian film industry.


Hosted by Canadian entertainment reporter Marriska Fernandes, Maple Popcorn brings listeners on a journey through pillars of the Canadian film industry, among them conversations about representation, emerging talent, and film genres where Canada has made its mark, such as horror and comedy. Tune in to the podcast released weekly starting today to hear iconic figures within Canada’s film industry share never-before-heard, behind-the-scenes anecdotes about Canada’s most celebrated titles.

“The Canadian film industry is experiencing remarkable levels of production compared to pre-pandemic rates, and creating the Maple Popcorn podcast was a natural move to pay homage to our talented and resilient actors, directors, screenwriters and producers who continue to make Hollywood North what it is,” says Eva Hartling, President and Founder of The Brand is Female. “We’re honoured to help shine a spotlight on Canadian creators of all backgrounds; from Indigenous voices, women filmmakers and rising talent to established actors who have appeared in some of our favourite on-screen content.”

“Popularity in podcasts has grown tremendously over the years given that listeners can multitask while staying engaged in behind-the-scenes celebrity conversations in the comforts of their homes or on-the-go,” says Christa Dickenson, Executive Director & CEO of Telefilm Canada. “We are proud to partner with The Brand is Female’s Maple Popcorn podcast series which further elevates our support of Canadian storytellers while providing a deeper connection for audiences to our incredible talent.”

Among Maple Popcorn guests are Kim Coates, Canadian actor best known for his television role in the FX series, Sons of Anarchy (2008-2014) and for his film roles in Goon (2011) and Cold Brook (2018); Mary Galloway, emerging Canadian talent, known for her role in the TV series, Supernatural (2005-2020); Award-winning Canadian director, Thyrone Tommy, best known for his work on Mariner (2016) and Avalanche (2014); and Clement Virgo, Canadian film writer and Co-Founder of the Black Screen Office, an organization created to support Black Canadians throughout the screen industries.


Left to right: Kim Coates, Thyrone Tommy (credit: Reelworld) & Mary Galloway (credit: Veronica Bonderu)


Alongside guest interviews, Maple Popcorn offers surprise cameos from film industry talent on both sides of the screen and roundtable discussions on hard-hitting subjects. Maple Popcorn welcomes additional guests such as Adam MacDonald, Colm Feore, Gloria Kim, Tracey Deer, and more.

Listen to Maple Popcorn’s first episode with Kim Coates

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About The Brand is Female:
We think content should spark real conversation and promote meaningful action. That’s why our work focuses on amplifying the voices of global changemakers and supporting purpose-driven brands through podcasts, partnerships, speaking engagements, as well as consulting. Visit

About Telefilm Canada
Telefilm is dedicated to the cultural, commercial and industrial success of Canada’s audiovisual industry. Through funding and promotion programs, Telefilm supports dynamic companies and creative talent at home and around the world. Telefilm also makes recommendations regarding the certification of audiovisual treaty coproductions to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and administers the programs of the Canada Media Fund. Launched in 2012, the Talent Fund raises private donations to principally support emerging talent. Visit


Contact Information:

Jillian Starkie
Brand Communications Manager
The Brand is Female

Joyce Richards
Advisor, Public Relations – English Market
Telefilm Canada