Nancy was an ER nurse for 20 years, a supermom to her two kids, and a devoted wife. That was then. Now, her kids are in college and she’s in the middle of a divorce. Suddenly, she’s single and an empty nester all in the same year. She spent years as a nurse waiting on doctors to perform procedures that she could easily have done on her own. Her greatest motivation for becoming a doctor is finally to do what she’s capable of—and to be the one in charge.
As portrayed by Angela Asher
Award winning actress, Angela Asher, began her career the entertainment industry working internationally as a model before leaping into acting, performing on both stage and screen.
Asher has also gained recognition for her performance in Ken Finkleman’s Married Life, which received a Gemini Award Nomination for Best Ensemble in a Comedy. Asher’s turn in George F Walker’s This Is Wonderland earned her a Gemini Award nomination for Best Actress-Guest Star in a Drama. Her role would develop and Asher would return to the show in the following season. Asher garnered several Gemini nominations for her work on the popular television series 18 To Life, including Best Lead Actress in a Comedy, and two concurrent nods for Best Ensemble in a Comedy.
In 2011 Crave Magazine named her one of The Top Ten Canadian Actresses to Watch, and Asher also received Canadian Comedy Award Nominations for Best Actress in a Film for Touch of Grey, Best Lead Actress in a Comedy and Best Ensemble in a Comedy for 18 To Life, and in 2013 the cast of Bill & Sons Towing took home the Canadian Comedy Award for Best Ensemble in a Comedy.
Asher is currently shooting a supporting role in the mini-series The Food Market also starring Anthony LaPaglia and Kim Coates. Recently, Asher completed shooting Private Eyes opposite Jason Priestley, Pair of Jacks a television movie directed by and starring opposite James Brolin, a web series for Shaftesbury called Inhuman Condition alongside Torri Higginson. Asher will next reprise her starring role on the third season of the critically acclaimed television series Hard Rock Medical.
Cameron is more than a little misunderstood. His father, the CEO of one of the local mining companies, has thrown hundreds of thousands of dollars into the school, which leads the other students to believe that Cameron is getting an easy ride through the program. Nothing could be further from the truth, and the truth is something Cameron is less than forthcoming about. A talented painter, Cameron eschewed business school against his father’s wishes and got a degree from the Ontario College of Art, pursuing a Bohemian existence. No one gives a second thought to his constant sketching of cadavers, Native elders, or the odd interesting face – what does it have to do with medicine? - Nothing and everything.
As played by Jamie Spilchuk
Jamie has spent the last 4 years bouncing between Toronto and Los Angeles. He is some one who likes to keep moving in any direction he needs to go. This came from some wise advice from an acting teacher who told him to "never get comfortable." You've probably recognized Jamie on shows such as: Being Erica on CBC; Flashpoint on CTV; Suits on USA Network; and Transporter on HBO. In the last year he has also completed 3 films: 'A Fish Story', 'And Now a Word From our Sponsor' and just recently, 'The Birder' a comedy starring Tom Cavanagh, Fred Willard and Graham Greene. Oh yeah, and sometimes he's running into a poor guy who can't seem to get any cell service.
Gary Frazier appears to have led a charmed life. Adopted from Australian Aboriginal origins unknown into a white middle class suburban Australian family, Gary has been at the top with everything he’s done, from Scholastics to Sports, excelling in the pool, and eventually becoming a world-class athlete culminating with a medal at the Commonwealth Games. So how does he find himself in the wilds of Northern Ontario pursuing a medical degree? A broken heart can lead a young man to do strange things.
As Played By Mark Coles Smith
Hailing from Broome, Mark has worked across several performing arts genres, first and foremost as an actor, but also as a writer, producer and sound designer. His most recent screen credits include Sarah Spillane's forthcoming feature 'Around the Block' and leads in two series set to air in 2013, 'The Gods of Wheat Street' for the ABC and 'Hard Rock Medical', a co-production between SBS TV and Canada's TV Onatrio.
Mark's TV debut came in 2003 with the series 'Ocean Star' (BBH). Other credits include 'Blue Heelers' (Southern Star), 'Dirt Game' (ABC), and a recurring role in series 1 and 2 of 'The Circuit' for SBS TV. Film credits include Jeremy Sims' 'Beneath Hill 60', and several shorts including 'The Arrival' (Award for Best Male Actor, 15x15 Film Festival), 'William' (Dir: Eron Sheean), 'Ace of Spades' (Dir: Dennis Simmons) and 'The Chuck In' (Dir: Ryan Griffen).
Mark's theatre credits include 'Jandamarra' under the direction of Phil Thompson and 'Wulamanayuwi and Seven Pamanuas', directed by Noel Jordan for the Darwin Festival. He has also toured extensively with the Barking Gecko Theatre Company.
With a gift for storytelling, Mark worked under the guidance of Gary Crew as part of the Indigenous Mentorship Program for the Australian Society of Authors. He has a certificate in Aboriginal Theatre from WAAPA and a Bachelor in Indigenous Studies. In 2007 he won the Yvonne Cohen Award from the VCA Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts. In 2008 he took out a grant from ScreenWest for the short film 'Layoordoo', which he wrote, co-produced and directed, while also featuring in a supporting role. 'Layoordoo' screened at Toronto's ImagiNATIVE Film Festival.
In addition to his acting and writing, in recent years Mark has pursued work in the field of audio production and sound design. He freelance produces across an array of genres, including the debut album of Australian Hip Hop group 'Bare Minimum' and an electronica album under the alias 'Karate Surfing.'
Melanie is a former prosecuting attorney who left her legal career to become a doctor. To put it mildly she’s an “A-Type” personality. When she’s not putting in 60 hours a week hitting the books, she’s pushing herself to her physical limits, kayaking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, sky-diving. She’s driven—but by what she’s not certain. Her greatest obstacle to becoming a doctor is her legal training – she can’t “argue” a patient into good health and she’ll have to find a way to strip away her overly logical and orderly worldview and get in touch with her more interpersonal side, if she has one, to make it as a doctor.
As portrayed by Melissa-Jane Shaw
MJ is an Artistic Jill of All Trades: actor, choreographer, director, producer, dance/yoga/fitness expert and entrepreneur. MJ is the founder of the not-for-profit theatre company Seventh Stage Productions, co-founder of LaRouge Entertainment and founder of Dynamic Fitness & Retreats. She has been nominated for two Dora Mavor Moore Awards for acting, one BroadwayWorld Toronto nomination for Best Female Lead Actor and two BroadwayWorld Toronto nominations for Best Original Choreography.
MJ can be seen and heard regularly on Canadian screens and radios, and has worked across North America in hundreds of live productions. She has made ‘dance expert’ appearances on The Dr.OZ and Steven & Chris Show, improvised for two seasons on the Howie Mandel show This Is How We Do It (Global/NBC), played Sajuica for three seasons of Erky Perky (YTV) and hosted two seasons of What’s Cooking (W Network). Other TV/film credits include The Beaverton (Comedy Network), Baroness Von Sketch (CBC), Odd Squad (PBS), Picture Day (Snitch Pictures), Dear Viola (Hallmark Channel), The Idiot (Indican Pictures), 88, Dead Before Dawn & Gravy Train (Wango Films/Alliance).
MJ has choreographed and/or directed 25 full-length professional musicals in the last 5 years including Crazy For You and City of Angels (Theatre By The Bay), Rocky Horror Picture Show (Sudbury Theatre Centre), Blood Brothers, Little Shop of Horror, Full Monty, A Chorus Line, Cabaret, She Loves Me and A Christmas Carol (Rose Theatre Brampton) and many more. She has also recently choreographed the musical movie Country Crush and several episodes of Stanley Dynamic for YTV. Most recently she has created two original shows with the University of Toronto /Sheridan College Theatre (Hazel McCallion Musical and How To Make Love in A Canoe) and is now part-time faculty for their theatre program.
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Charlie is a local boy, Franco-Ontarian, boisterous and fun-loving and known to everyone in Sudbury. He’s the kind of guy who can’t go to the corner store for a quart of milk without “something” happening to (Like being kidnapped by Aliens – “seriously”). Charlie is, to put it mildly, over extended. In the classroom he struggles with textbook learning, but out in the field, where things are hands-on, he’s in his element. A musician on the side, he plays in a local bar band, as well as softball and hockey, and has plenty of friends in both high and low places. Mixing his “commitments” with his course load puts a huge strain on Charlie and his marriage. By the way, did we mention that he has three kids at home?
As portrayed by Stéphane Paquette
Stef hails from Chelmsford, Ontario. He is a former improv champion and a member of the professional improv group Improtéine. He has won a 40 Under 40 award, and a Mérite Horace-Viau award as Francophone Personality of the Year. Stef is best known as a singer-songwriter. His musical career is peppered with top prizes in industry showcases, such as Ontario’s La Brunante and Québec’s Festival en chanson de St-Ambroise (the first Franco-Ontarian to win at that festival) and Festival international de la chanson de Granby, where he won four awards, including Press Gallery’s Choice and Best Stage Presence. In 2005, his album L’homme exponentiel was nominated for Best Album at the Trille Or gala, where he won the Best Song award for its title track, Homme exponentiel. In 2013, he finally won the Best Album award for Le salut de l’arrière-pays and this album also won the Best Album Cover award. In 2015, Stef Paquette garnered the Trille Or (French Ontario’s music industry awards) for Best Male Performer as well as nominations for the Best Singer-Songwriter and the Radio-Canada Public’s Choice awards.
In 2005, Stef was chosen to represent Canada at the Musique sans frontières Festival in Cairo, Egypt. During this trip, he also performed at Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and in Beirut, Lebanon.
In 2008, he was chosen to represent Ontario in the Francoforce project, a cross-Canada tour celebrating the 400th anniversary of the founding of Quebec City. Stef took on the role of mentor in the Ontario Pop 2011 contest and he was invited on stage to take part in the last concert of the group CANO, broadcasted by TFO on September 25th 2011.
These days, you can see Stef on TVO as he plays the part of Charlie Rivière in the TV drama Hard Rock Medical.
Eva is an Ojibway who grew up on the Wide River First Nation, dreaming of making it big in the music business with her boyfriend and band mate, Kyle Sampson. That dream came true, sort of. With her one hit song – “Call my Name”, she toured North America and got a taste of success—but her star has long since faded. Eva went back to school, and has come home to her roots in the North, this time to pursue the dream of becoming a doctor.
As portrayed by Andrea Menard
Andrea Menard, an acclaimed Métis singer, actor, writer, and messenger, has created life-long fans with her songs, her stories, and her message of hope. With four award-winning cds, Andrea has toured across Canada, debuted her own symphony show, and spearheaded a positive music initiative called “The Music Messengers”. Andrea has performed for Royalty, Prime Ministers, Ambassadors and Governor-Generals. She sang her song “Peace” to the world’s NATO generals, and has performed empowering concerts for thousands of Aboriginal youth across North America.
Menard is known for her roles in gritty tv dramas Blackstone, Rabbit Fall, and Moccasin Flats and the light-hearted northern drama, Hard Rock Medical. She recently landed a role in the first transgender sitcom, The Switch. Her one-woman musical stage play, The Velvet Devil, which was also her debut CD, was made into an award-winning television movie for APTN and CBC’s Opening Night. Menard’s third album, Sparkle, is featured in a 70-minute, holiday special on APTN, called Sparkle: An Evening with Andrea Menard. Both shows garnered Gemini nominations for Menard’s outstanding performance.
Gina is bright, energetic and passionate about her causes, yet more than a little naïve. She can’t claim that she’s always known that she wanted to be a doctor; the truth is, she’s wanted to be a lot of different things, including shaman, singer in a techno band, trapper, poet, journalist, photographer, and even, briefly, a nun. But medical school requires her to up the ante and focus if she’s going to make a run at this. Will she see this thing through and become a doctor? Or is med school just one more thing she’ll abandon, like all her previous interests?
As portrayed by Tamara Duarte
Tamara is perhaps best known for her recurring role as Charlie Lima in the hit television series Degrassi: The Next Generation (Nickelodeon). You may know her as Haley Colton on Stephen King's Haven s5 (SyFy), Mandy Plite in Longmire on Netflix.
Tamara has loomed into the Indie world with her thought provoking and gritty portrayals in upcoming films like Bottom of the World with Jena Malone and Doug Smith, starring in Badsville with Emilio Rivera and having her debut at TIFF in The F-Word staring Daniel Radcliffe.
She was Associate Producer of her first film behind the camera, Verona, directed by Laurie Lynd. The short film ran the festival circuit in the US and won "Viewer’s Choice Award" at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.
When Tamara isn't busy working in film or TV in all capacities she spends her time practicing yoga. (This past January, she traveled to Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam to work with underprivileged children through Krama Yoga.) Also writing, learning the guitar and singing.
On the surface it appears that Farida is as straight laced as they come. Single, devout, doesn’t drink, doesn’t party. Her studies seem to consume her and her singular focus and brusque manner puts many of her classmates off. But what you see isn’t necessarily what you get. Like all the students at “Hard Rock U” Farida has had a previous life that comes with some conveniently omitted details.
As portrayed by Rachelle Casseus
Rachelle was born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario. She is of mixed heritage; her father is Haitian and her mother is French Canadian and Scottish.
After she received her BFA in Theatre Performance from Concordia University, she went on to work as a company member for New Ottawa Repertory Theatre for four years. She has appeared in numerous films and TV shows, including Derek Diorio's first feature film The Kiss of Debt.
Also a writer and director, Rachelle 's short feature film, The Buckley Brothers, was selected to compete in CBC's short film Face Off. It can now be viewed on CBC as part of their Ottawa Shorts program.
She was selected by Peter Hinton to join the National Arts Centre's English Theatre company for two seasons from 2011-2013. She currently stars as 'Farida Farhisal' in TVO’s Hard Rock Medical.
Though Healy shares Dallaire’s philosophy, his methods differ— He is a hard taskmaster and believes he needs to be. Rural medicine, especially in the North, is physically exhausting, mentally challenging and spiritually draining. There is a lot of sickness up here and there are a lot of bruised souls. Healy knows his students need to be tough to face the rigors they’ll soon be confronting. Not without a sense of humour however, Healy knows the benefits of lightening things up on occasion with offbeat exercises that make a point.
As Played by Patrick McKenna
Patrick McKenna gained notoriety portraying Marty Stephens, the frenetic head trader on the television series Traders, and the loveable and naive nephew Harold, on The Red Green Show.
McKenna’s exuberance and talent has been rewarded several times including a double Gemini win at the Gemini Awards -- one for “Best Performance by a Lead Actor in a Dramatic Series” for his work on Traders, and one for “Best Performance in a Comedy Program or Series” for his role Harold Green in The Red Green Show. McKenna set a precedent by winning in both categories, which had never been done before – or since. He has also hosted the Gemini Awards on two occasions.
McKenna continues to make guest appearances in numerous series including: Stargate SG-1, ABC’s The Music Man, Trudeau, The Listener, Less Than Kind, The Ron James Show, Rick Mercer Report, Little Mosque on the Prairie, and Stand By Your Booth. He also had roles in the feature films Joe’s Wedding, Red Green’s Duct Tape Forever, and Writer’s Block with Kelsey Grammer, Everywhere, John. A: The Rivals, Mulroney: The Opera, Margarita, and most recently Sunshine Sketches Of A Little Town. McKenna is currently also developing a television series which he created, and a feature film.
McKenna honed his comic skills with Second City troupes in Toronto and Vancouver, as well as by performing his stand-up comedy routines throughout Canada and the United States.
McKenna was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario and continues to live in that area. He is married and has one son.,
Headhunted to serve as dean of the medical school, Dr. Raymond Dallaire is a Quebecer originally from Chicoutimi, who worked in Africa and South America for more than a decade. One of the world’s leading authorities on teaching a generalist style of medicine, Dallaire is dynamic, pioneering, messianic, and committed. Through Dallaire’s leadership the students find out why someone who could take the easy road chooses to swim against the tide, live with less, and embrace a harder but more rewarding life.
As portrayed by Christian Laurin
Originally from Montreal, Christian Laurin has been working in Toronto as a bilingual artist since 1992 in theatre, film, and television. He has appeared in Yours Forever Marie-Lou for Soulpepper Theatre, “This” for CanStage, Carmen and Macbeth for the Canadian Opera Company, Le Placard and Le Dieu Du Carnage for TfT, Dante’s Inferno for Theatre Smith-Gilmour, Mump and Smoot in Something Else Yale Repertory Theatre.
Mr. Laurin has also had numerous roles in film and television. His supporting roles in feature films include Disney’s The Pacifier, Pathfinder for Hallmark Entertainment and April One for Primedia. He has appeared in numerous roles on television including Rogue for E1 Entertainment, Murdoch Mysteries for Shaftesbury, Warehouse 13 for SyFy channel, the CBC MOW of Victor, the life story of Canadian Olympic swimmer Victor Davis and HBO’s The Sopranos opposite James Gandolfini. Christian also had recurring lead roles on three TV series with Carte Blanche Productions: Meteo+, Les Bleus de Ramville and St-Nickel.
A special consultant at the school, Julie Cardinal is an Aboriginal elder and spiritual healer. She is also a key component in the training of Northern doctors. Julie instructs the students on issues and beliefs that are essential knowledge for anyone who plans to interact with the large Aboriginal population. Deeply knowledgeable about Northern Ontario’s Native culture, she’s also an expert on indigenous peoples from Peru to the Arctic—and a TMZ addict who can name every contestant ever to appear on American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance. She’s a student of culture whether ancient or modern, believing that, if you understand the culture, you can find the cure for what ails the people of that culture.
As portrayed by Kyra Harper
Kyra is a film, T.V. theatre and radio actor. She has worked across the country and has been nominated twice for Dora Awards for Best Actress in a Leading Role.
Below please find a list of favourite selected titles from all mediums.
Select Theatre Credits: The Rez Sisters (Factory Theatre); Calendar Girls (Mirvish/MTC); Tout Comme Elle (Necessary Angel/ Luminato); *Vincent River (Carthorse Theatre); Death of A Salesman (Bluebridge Repertory Theatre); Missing (Factory); Medea (MTC/Mirvish); The Clean House (ATP); *Blood (Factory); Dancing at Laughnasa (Neptune Theatre); Our Country’s Good (Centaur/Neptune).
Select Radio Film & T.V: The Firm (NBC); Lost Girl (Showcase); Warehouse 13 (Sci-Fi); Human Target (Fox); Heartland (CBC); Anne of Green Gables,A New Beginning (Sullivan Ent.); The Camera and Christopher Merck (Brandon Cronenberg-Film Forge Prods.); Eye of The Beast (Buffalo Gals); Martha Behind Bars (CBS); Cyborg Soldier (Archetype) Of Murder and Memory (Lifetime/CTV); Peggy Delaney (CBC Radio), Title Role.
Louise Helvy is ruggedly independent and somewhat of a loner. For 25 years, her carreer as a family doctor in Kenora has crossed into many other areas, including psychiatry, family counseling and, on the odd occasion, veterinary medicine. Her practice is right on the river. She often does house calls in her Zodiac; sometimes her patients come to her by boat for their appointments. Her focus is to give the students real-life training, with an eye towards making sure that once they have finished their schooling they’ll see the value of rural medicine and stay on in the North.
As portrayed by Danielle Bourgon
Dual Citizen (US /Canada) Danielle Bourgon was born in San Francisco, California but she and her family moved 3 weeks later, and moved often. She grew up in numerous cities across Eastern United States & Central Canada.
Danielle has worked in Canadian and American indie and big-budget features, shorts and television, with notable performances in CBC's award-winning television series THIS IS WONDERLAND, and Cannes New Director Tim Hamilton's satirical short THE REEL TRUTH. And currently, she can be seen in TVO's and APTN's critically acclaimed television series HARD ROCK MEDICAL as series regular Dr. Louise Helvi.
She's also been the "Hero" in more than fifty television commercials across North America.
Danielle's female buddy comedy screenplay ME & BOO won Audience Choice Screenplay Award at the international Female Eye Film Festival, and is currently in development with Quiet Revolution Pictures.
After receiving ACTRA's) Paul Siren Scholarship Award, Danielle's experimental microshort film MINDSPINS won Ryerson University's Canvas Magazine Award. And her fantasy-comedy microshort TAKE ME HOME had its Official Selection World Premiere at FeFF's International Shorts Program. TAKE ME HOME has also recently been selected and curated for viewing at Indievue.com, an exclusive online film festival for Independent Shorts.