Social Butterflies

‘Degrassi’ tackles transgender storyline
July 16, 2010, 2:47 pm
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“Degrassi” marks a decade of unexpected pregnancies, underage drinking, broken hearts and general angst-ridden rebellion with a new season Monday that introduces its first transgender character.

The Canadian teen drama promises to enter uncharted ground with a storyline in which a new student, Adam, presents himself as a boy even though he was born a girl.

“I can truly say that when we decided to do this episode we realized this is brand new territory for us,” says producer, director and actor Stefan Brogren, whose character Mr. Simpson returns as school principal.

“We’ve never even tried to breach this subject before. Of course we’ve dealt with gay and lesbian stories but you can’t approach this the same way.”

The new student is played by former “Life With Derek” star Jordan Todosey, a bubbly 15-year-old who says she had to chop off long blond locks, darken her hair and adopt a more boyish swagger to pull off the role.

“The writing is good, they really go there with that kind of stuff and I think that this character can really speak for anybody who is outcast or bullied or transgender or anything like that,” Todosey said from the Toronto set earlier this year, after shooting a violent confrontation with school bullies.

“I really hope the fans like Adam.”

Get To Know The Musical Side Of Cassie Steele
June 24, 2009, 10:03 pm
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The beautiful and talented Cassie Steele is a singer songwriter actress who brings a new fresh sound to the powerpop rock community. Mostly recognized from her work as an actress playing the character of ‘Manny’ on Degrassi,  Cassie has always been passionate about music equally, begining vocal lessons at age five and recording her first song that she wrote herself back in 1999. Steele has a captivating unique voice as a singer which combined with her passionate lyrics creates a sound that is simply pleasant to listen to and with an upcoming album, ‘Destructo Doll’ music fans can get their fix beginning July 21st when the C.D. is released.

Already creating a buzz, Cassie appears as one of  the top 100 unsigned artists on Myspace Music as well as recording the title track to the upcoming four episode special, Degrassi Goes To Hollywood. Quick to become the have-you-heard artist of 2009, Cassie will be staying busy acting, singing, and possibly touring in the near future. 

In the video, Cassie discusses her album in further detail, including her favorite song on the album and her other upcoming projects. To listen to a few songs off of ‘Distructo Doll’ you can visit her Myspace HERE as well as watching live performance clips and her music video to the song, ‘Mr. Colson’. Make sure to buy her album when it releases July 21st, as it is the perfect soundtrack of your summer album.