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— Upcoming Projects Include “47,” Starring Dan Lauria;
“I Met Her at Birkenau”; and “Pink Boa” —

LOS ANGELES /PRNewswire/ — Laurel Harris, an award-winning producer and actress—best known as Willem Dafoe‘s wife in the screen adaptation of Dean Koontz‘s best selling novel, “Odd Thomas,” and for the American Girl film, “Saige Paints the Sky,” opposite Jane Seymour—announces the launch of Laurel Leaf Productions, a multimedia company aimed at creating conscious film and television content. On the heels of her recurring role on the hit television series, “Big Sky,” Harris unites an award-winning team of collaborators to present the 2022 slate of projects, including “47,” “Pink Boa,” and “I Met Her at Birkenau.”

We spark intelligent conversations around delicate, less popular topics, while creating content that inspires & empowers

Laurel Harris (Photo: Don Jones Photography)

Harris says, “Working with Nobel Peace Laureates—including His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu—in the ‘Nobel Legacy Film Series’ fueled a burning desire to create stories that uplift and empower humanity. At Laurel Leaf Productions, we spark intelligent conversations around delicate or less popular topics, while creating content that inspires and empowers people from all walks of life.”

Laurel Leaf Production’s first film, “47,” which begins filming this month, focuses on the often lonely anguish facing women with infertility issues. It grapples with the complex social dilemma of what it means to be a woman and working professional over 40 in America struggling with the stigmas of motherhood.

Dan Lauria, who is set to star in “47,” is a familiar face to the Broadway and off-Broadway scene, having performed, written or directed over fifty equity productions—including starring on Broadway as Vince Lombardi in “Lombardi,” and as the narrator in “Christmas Story, The Musical.” Lauria has a score of feature films and over 70 TV guest spots to his credit. He is most familiar to audiences as the dad on the Emmy-winning television show, “The Wonder Years.”

“Pink Boa” examines the seedy world of sex-trafficking through the innocent eyes of a teen girl grappling with sexuality, family and social acceptance, while reminding us that predators are not always who they seem.


“I Met Her At Birkenau” explores the more obscure side of concentration camp life in Nazi Germany through the manipulation of a brilliant girl determined to save her family no matter what the cost.

“47” is co-written by Harris and Laurie Clemmens Maier, who also wrote “Pink Boa” and the award-winning screenplay, “I Met Her At Birkenau.” Maier is an accomplished screenwriter whose lengthy awards list includes the American Movie AwardsNew York City International Screenplay Awards, Scriptapalooza Screenplay Competition, and winner of Best Feature Script at the California Women’s Film Festival, and a Silver Winner at the WRPN Women’s International Film Festival.

Award-winning writer, director and producer Rick Ramage serves on the Laurel Leaf Productions Advisory Board. As an alumni of The American Film Institute, Ramage has numerous credits from his illustrious career as a screenwriter, including involvement in over 40 Hollywood scripts. He is perhaps best known for “The Proposition” starring Kenneth Branagh, William Hurt, Madeleine Stowe and Neil Patrick Harris, as well as “Stigmata,” starring Patricia Arquette and Gabriel Byrne.

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About Laurel Leaf Productions

Founded in 2022 by Emmy-winning producer and renowned actress Laurel Harris, Laurel Leaf Productions explores bolder, often delicate topics, with grace, all the while seeking to inspire humanity to greater levels of connection with themselves and each other. The company’s value for tolerance, compassion and creativity speaks to its vow to create entertainment that offers better human connections for and to the world around us. 


Harris unites an award-winning team of entertainment professionals with her decades long experience in the entertainment industry. Working alongside teams from the BBC and PBS, she traveled the world to film such notable figures as Nobel Peace Laureates Archbishop Desmond Tutu and His Holiness the Dalai Lama, fueling her passion to create media content that highlights underserved populations. Harris has been recognized with an EMMY, multiple NATOA, and TELLY awards for producing.  


SOURCE Laurel Leaf Productions

Rod is a blogger, writer, filmmaker, photographer, daydreamer who likes to cook. Rod produces and directs the web series, CUPIC: Diary of an Investigator. He is also the editor, producer and administrator of TNC Network.

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Everbloom Music Festival is Coming to Toronto



An All-Canadian Music Festival in Celebration of Black History Month
February 25th, 2023, 3 PM EST

TORONTO /CNW/ – Waveland Canada is thrilled to announce its first in-person Everbloom music festival, a celebration of performing artists in Canada and a chance to support Black Canadians who are working to create art, music, and culture.

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Everbloom festival poster 2023 (CNW Group/Waveland)

This year’s festival will take place in-person at the Great Hall in Toronto on February 25th 2023, with a focus on celebrating Black performing artists from a variety of backgrounds and genres. The festival has had several successful virtual editions over the past 2 years, and is ready to bring audiences together again via live music. Guests will also have the opportunity to visit a vendors market featuring artisanal products from Black-owned businesses in the GTA.

“The theme for this year’s event is #BlackInCanada, which we hope will ignite conversations about how Black people contribute to the fabric of our country’s arts & culture.” says chief executive director of Waveland Del Mahabadi. “It’s also an opportunity for us as Canadians to come together and celebrate our cultural diversity by supporting Black-owned businesses through our vendor market and enjoying performances from drag kings & queens and musicians from across Canada who are making their voices heard through their work.”

With support from the Canada Arts Presentation Fund, The Canadian Race Relations Foundation, FACTOR Canada, and the City of Toronto, the festival’s official lineup of participating Black-Canadian artists, DJs, drag queens, and drag kings has been announced.


Sammy Jackson 
Del Hartley 
WolF McFarlane 
Maurice Moore 
Eboni the Queen 
Manny Dingo 
Quincy Griffith 
DJ Shannyn Hill 


Full details of the lineup, tickets, and other information can be found on

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About Waveland

Waveland is a Canadian nonprofit music organization committed to celebrating and empowering the Canadian music scene. We believe that experiencing and engaging with Canadian music is a major contributing factor to sustaining social bonds among the people within our communities. Our mission is to help make Canada the incubator for musical talent and contribute towards building more vibrant, positive, and inclusive communities.

About Canada Arts Presentation Fund

The Canada Arts Presentation Fund (CAPF) – Development stream provides financial assistance to support the emergence of arts presenters and presenter-support organizations for under-served communities or artistic practices.


About FACTOR Canada

FACTOR (the Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings) is a public/private partnership that supports the production of sound recordings by Canadian musicians and helps Canadian music companies make recordings available to a wider public. FACTOR is committed to reflecting the diversity of the Canadian population in its programs and operations. We are committed to ensuring universal access to all funds and services, including all musical expressions and talent. We will also in our work encourage these values of diversity and inclusiveness within the broader Canadian music sector.

About the Canadian Race Relations Foundation

The Canadian Race Relations Foundation was created by the Government of Canada as a Crown Corporation in 1996, as part of the Japanese Canadian Redress Agreement, to reaffirm the principles of justice and equality for all in Canada. As a signatory to the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, Canada has resolved to adopt all necessary measures for speedily eliminating racial discrimination in all its forms and manifestations.

About City of Toronto’s Music Office

The City of Toronto’s Music Office (a unit of Film & Entertainment Industries, Economic Development and Culture) exists to nurture the city’s music community through policy, recommendations, and advocacy.


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G FUEL Teams with The Vitamin Shoppe with Exclusive Lineup of Cans and Energy Formula Varieties



PAC-MANDragon Ball ZMega ManNaruto Shippuden and TEKKEN Series Flavors Now Available at The Vitamin Shoppe Stores

NEW YORK /PRNewswire/ — G FUEL today announced that four flavors in 16 oz cans and five flavors in 40-serving tubs are now available at The Vitamin Shoppe stores across the U.S. The assortment features popular flavors and new varieties based on the hottest gaming and anime properties today, including a new flavor exclusive to The Vitamin Shoppe: Soda Ice Candy – inspired by Naruto Shippuden!

G FUEL is now available at The Vitamin Shoppe!

“The Vitamin Shoppe is a true pillar of the health and wellness world, so we’re excited to bring a fresh assortment of ready-to-drink cans and Energy Formula powders to their passionate retail community,” said G FUEL Founder and CEO Cliff Morgan. “We can’t wait for The Vitamin Shoppe customers to experience the Game-Changing Energy of G FUEL!”

In addition to the brand-new Soda Ice Candy flavor, The Vitamin Shoppe customers can pick up the following flavors in ready-to-drink 16 oz cans:

  • Kamehameha (Strawberry Lychee) – Inspired by Dragon Ball Z (140 mg of caffeine)
  • Power Pellet (Cherry Lollipop) – Inspired by PAC-MAN (140 mg of caffeine)
  • Snow Cone (300 mg of caffeine)

Each 16 oz G FUEL can has zero sugar and zero calories, along with proprietary energy and focus-enhancing complexes.

“We are thrilled to partner with G FUEL to bring this dynamic assortment of performance-driven energy drinks and formulas to the fast-growing segment of customers who are enthusiastic fans of e-sports,” said Muriel Gonzalez, Chief Merchandising and Marketing Officer of The Vitamin Shoppe. “Gaming and anime are vibrant drivers of contemporary entertainment culture, and The Vitamin Shoppe is excited to provide e-sport participants with the energy and wellness products that help them stay hydrated, support focus, and perform their best.”

The five 40-serving Energy Formula Tubs now available at The Vitamin Shoppe include:

  • Kamehameha (Strawberry Lychee) – Inspired by Dragon Ball Z
  • Power Pellet (Cherry Lollipop) – Inspired by PAC-MAN
  • Blue Bomber Slushee (Blue Raspberry Slush) – Inspired by Mega Man
  • Rage Drive (Cantaloupe) – Inspired by the TEKKEN Series
  • Snow Cone

Each serving of G FUEL Energy Formula has zero sugar, 15 calories, 140 mg of caffeine, and is loaded with antioxidants from 18 different fruit extracts.

From now through Feb. 28, fans can enter to win a special G FUEL x The Vitamin Shoppe prize pack, which will include a Sony PlayStation 5, a 12-pack of G FUEL cans and a $25 The Vitamin Shoppe Gift Card. All they have to do is “Like” the giveaway post on Instagram, tag a friend in the comment section and follow both @gfuelenergy and @vitaminshoppe for eligibility (U.S. only, 18+). For full rules and restrictions, click here.


Enjoy the Game-Changing Energy of G FUEL at The Vitamin Shoppe stores near you. Find The Vitamin Shoppe locations by clicking here!

About G FUEL 

As The Official Energy Drink of Esports®, G FUEL provides gamers with a performance-driven alternative to standard energy drink products. With an ever-expanding, sugar-free product lineup that includes a powdered Energy Formula, ready-to-drink cans, powdered Hydration Formula and Sparkling Hydration bottles, G FUEL has firmly established itself as the market leader in the gamer energy drink industry. 

With more than 300,000 5-star Shopper Approved Ratings, a shipping network that spans over 125 countries, a nationwide retail campaign, and a global social media footprint of over 1 billion followers, G FUEL maintains the industry’s largest and most passionate community of fans, customers, content creators, and partners. Content creators and partners include the likes of NinjaMoistCr1TiKaLSentinels Esports, NoisyButters, PewDiePieMikal Bridges, Michael Dickson, Summit1GxQc, Activision, SEGA of America, Capcom®, EA, Bethesda Game Studios, Warner Bros., VIZ Media, Rare Ltd., Disney, Lucasfilm, Sony Pictures, The Tetris Company and Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc.

Join the movement today at and follow us on social media @GFuelEnergy. 

About The Vitamin Shoppe


Lifelong Wellness Starts Here™. The Vitamin Shoppe®, a subsidiary of Franchise Group Inc. (NASDAQ: FRG), is a global, omnichannel specialty retailer and wellness lifestyle Company with the mission of providing customers with the most trusted products, guidance, and services to support them on their journeys of lifelong wellness. Based in Secaucus, New Jersey, the Company offers a comprehensive assortment of nutritional solutions, including vitamins, minerals, sports nutrition, specialty supplements, herbs, homeopathic remedies, green living products, and natural beauty products. In addition to carrying products from approximately 700 national brands, The Vitamin Shoppe offers products from its proprietary brands within its owned and wholesale channels, including: The Vitamin Shoppe®, Vthrive The Vitamin Shoppe™, BodyTech®, BodyTech® Elite, fitfactor™, fitfactor KETO™, plnt®, ProBioCare®, True Athlete®, and TrueYou™. In the U.S., the Company conducts business through over 700 company-operated retail stores under The Vitamin Shoppe and Super Supplements™ banners, and via its website, The company is expanding its retail footprint via an innovative, omnichannel franchising model and opened its first franchise store in 2022. Globally, The Vitamin Shoppe serves customers in select Asia, South America, and Central America markets through local omnichannel partners.


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