A selection of recent articles written by Stephen Weir and published in newspapers, magazine and websites. The articles are posted in chronological order. Stephen Weir lives and works in downtown Toronto, Canada. His motto? Always busy. Never bored.
LISTING LARGE COMING TO A TV NEW YOUR
If You Ask, You Can’t Afford the House, Just Ask TV’s Eccleston and Wiltshire
Next Monday evening Toronto TV watchers will see what Listing Large is all about. Home Sales? Men’s Abs? Real Estate Agents’ Fulsome Décolletages?
After watching advance copies of the first two episodes of new CTV half-hour locally made programme I can say I am right on all counts, Listing Large is all about two beautiful well-dressed Caribbean Canadians who are very successful listing, selling and building homes in the GTA (Greater Toronto Area).
CTV Life Channel's new original 10-episode docu-reality series, Listing Large will premiere on Monday, Oct. 16, at 8 p.m. on CTV Life, CTV.ca, and the CTV app. This All-Black production follows the journey of Real Estate moguls and business partners Odeen Eccleston and Lamont Wiltshire as they navigate the challenges of their growing real estate empire while dealing with the demands of parenthood, friendship, and their past romantic relationship.
Eccleston and Wiltshire have been business partners for nearly a decade, taking the Wiltshire Eccleston Group from a small venture run out of their cars to a nationally recognised success story. Now, in a very challenging market, cameras follow them as they launch a new brokerage, hire new agents, and break ground for a number of high-priced new homes.
Eccleston and Wiltshire are the perfect couple (we predict they will get back together again before the end of the first season). He is handsome and perfectly built—a man who effortlessly secures the best seats in the finest restaurants without asking, turning heads wherever he goes.
Eccleston (left), his business partner and former lover, is equally beautiful and so fashionable. She authored the book "Be More Than Just A Dime, A Guide For Beautiful Women & Girls To A Beautiful Life & World," and a couple of years ago, she starred in "Hot Market," an exciting real estate show on CTV's rival, HGTV Canada.
"We started working together in our 20s, buying and flipping houses. We dated and broke up, dated and broke up. We're great business partners but not-so-great romantic partners" the pair says on a CTV website.
As a thriving Black-owned business, the Wiltshire Group's development arm has received an award from the Black Business and Professional Association, a national non-profit organization dedicated to addressing equity and opportunity for the Black community. They have also won a Harry Jerome Business Award.
The series opens with the pair launching their new business. They are hiring real estate agents (four equally beautifully dressed Black women) and fixing up an snazzy office in an undisclosed part of town, that looks straight out of the pages of Vogue.
The show is cut very fast, it is a whirlwind of touring new homes, to-die-for parties and office intrigue. Don’t expect to see any new Scarborough homes – Listing Large goes to the best neighbourhoods where there are many zeros on the sticker price.
If you are looking for a mansion to buy, this show will be a of little use. The producers make a point of not saying where the homes shown are located, nor list the price (but trust me if you have to ask you can’t afford it).
. Recent Huffington Post Film Story by Stephen Weir http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/../../stephen-weir/america-wild-interview_b_11397002.html Rachel Pohl - photo by George Socka “ I don’t work out. I don’t diet. I don’t prepare before climbing,” confessed 23-year old mountain climber Rachel Pohl. “ Why can I (climb up a near vertical rock face) do it? Thank my mother and father for their DNA!” The modest adventurer is starring in "America Wild: National Parks Adventure". She doesn’t simply climb mountains, she preternatural ly finds pinkie sized breaks in sheer rock faces. One foot on one side of a stone crevice, the other on a different rock face altogether. And between her legs? The great abyss. publicity still - Devil's Tower America Wild, a new Imax movie narrated by Robert Redford, recently had its Canadian premiere in Toronto. It has begun showing at museums, galleries and Science Centres all across North America. The 50-minut
The Cutlass cutting it up after very successful debut in Toronto By Stephen Weir for the Caribbean Camera Kidnapping is a cottage industry in Trinidad. The Trinidad Guardian says that it “is a crime so epidemic that Trinidad ranks second in the world only behind Colombia for its rate of abductions”. Trinidad is so synonymous with the crime that it is not surprising that a kidnap movie made on Tobago has gained a global following! Since its 2017 Canadian debut in Toronto at the local Caribbean Tales Film Festival, The Cutlass has become one of the most successful T&T feature films made. “We've actually had a bit of news for The Cutlass since we were in Toronto in September,” film producer Drew Umland told the Caribbean Camera. “ “Independent films with a very limited marketing budget really have an uphill battle trying to reach their market. It truly is a grass roots effort. Showing The Cutlass at festivals like Caribbean Tales FF in Toronto really make
Moonzir Butt Wins! Mr. CHIN International Bikini 201l chosen today at the Scotiabank CHIN International Picnic, the Bandshell, CNE Grounds, Toronto. WINNER: This year’s winner is 22-year old Moonzir Butt. The Oakville native beat out 14 other contestants in this evening’s outdoor competition. Second prize was awarded to 29-year old John Burdo and third place went to Troy Campbell. Immediately following the crowning of Moonzir Butt, the winner and two finalists were joined on stage by Serena DiMillo, the winner of yesterday’s Miss CHIN International Bikini contest. Pictured above are, from left to right: John Burdo, Moonzir Butt, Troy Campbell and Serena DiMillo. The 3-day Scotiabank CHIN International Picnic is produced by CHIN radio /TV international; a Canadian radio and television broadcaster that produces and airs programming in over 30 different languages. The contribution of CHIN Radio to the cause of multiculturalism, understanding and tolerance between people of ma