I cut short my morning espresso and raced via light rail to the David Frum Atrium for the sneak peak, or whatever it was called, of Being Erica.

Young photographer inspects camera as he stands alongside a sea of mostly-unfilled chairs

Excitement builds

Two guys in black T-shirts seem to tend to Erin as she turns to the side with eyes closed

Not quite makeup (they’re roadies)

Shooting Being Erica was “the greatest five months ever!” Karpluk enthused, also more or less admitting she was dragged back here from Vancouver just for this event.

Fred Fuchs, creatrix Jana Sinyor, Erin Karpluk, writer Aaron Martin

Fuchs took some questions and exhibited a quirk of Canadian English as he thanked the panel of “Jana, ‘airin’ and ‘airin’ ” (the names rhyme).

I said hi to Fuchs, who seemed pleased to meet me, and nicely pigeonholed him for more male-oriented programming – “and not just gay-male-oriented programming.” “What about The Border?” “I grant you that.” “Mercer?” This I ignored.

Petite, well-coiffed Erin Karpluk and stocky, shaven-headed, hairy-chested Aaron Martin

(L to R)   Erica; bear

“I’m monogamous to Chris Haddock,” I told him.

By this time the sneak-preview episode was already running, on a washed-out giant screen with no captions, and I hardly wanted to spoil the surprise of a future cozy Monday night in with the girls.

Our answer to the question?

It was a trick question! She wore boots!


  1. Fake Ouimet
    Posted January 10, 2009 at 12:37 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Actually, I tried twice to catch your eye, Ry, but you were immersed in LCD proofing, so I gave up. (I have a standard opening line for photographers: “Who are you shooting for?” Suave, nu?)

    I’m not the real Ouimet, of course.

  2. Aigle
    Posted January 10, 2009 at 9:21 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    LOL, Hi Ry…can we lesser mortals also say “hi“ if we see you in the tomb?

    I’m easy to recongnize…just look for the trail of dangling ellipses following me… :)

  3. Ry
    Posted January 10, 2009 at 7:54 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    That’s me in the first pic. My day gig is a photog/associate producer of web content for the Ceeb. I made sure to shoot from the other side of the crowd as the seats were a bit more filled out ;^)

    Say hi if ya ever see me again. I was born on Ouimet road in Montreal.

  4. Anonymous
    Posted January 9, 2009 at 12:35 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    I think Fred’s influence on the writing starts around episode number 4.

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