The Drive is East Vancouver in a nutshell.
The seven-episode web series, premiering in its entirety at the Rio Theatre on the same day it launches via Telus Optik on demand, paints a vivid portrait of life on Commercial Drive.
The stories and the characters may be fictional, but the people, places and every atmospheric element — from the music to the decor and even the jewelry and apparel — is very real and very local.
The project is the brainchild of three Vancouver “power couples,” including that of actress and co-producer Kirsten Slenning and singer-songwriter and Drive music supervisor Dan Mangan, Slenning’s husband.Read More
The Province Part #2
“Forget housewives and ultrarich Asian girls: Commercial Drive’s eclectic community is ready for its turn on the small screen, as a locally shot webseries nearly six years in the making premieres later this month.
The Drive is a seven-episode video-on-demand series produced by East Van Entertainment that details the interconnected lives of several 20- and 30-something individuals who live in the Commercial Drive community.”Read More
CBC’s On The Coast
The thing that Vancouver actor and producer Nick Hunnings loves most about Commercial Drive is the compassion.
“This community has a capacity to bring together a diverse group of people. It isn’t perfect, but it has soul,” Hunnings said, a 10-year resident of the neighbourhood.Read More
These days it seems anyone’s life is worthy of a shot on television, thanks to the beast of a machine that is reality TV.
Fortunately, there are still some interesting, creative and original tales to tell, and as it turns out, they are also taking place in our own backyards.
The Drive, an innovative new video-on-demand series showcasing the sights, the sounds and the stories of the iconic Vancouver neighbourhood premieres Aug. 27 at The Rio Theatre.Read More
Drex Live with Sam Ferris
Reel West Magazine
“Take a stroll along Vancouver’s Commercial Drive and you’ll meet plenty of characters whose faces tell a lifetime of stories. It’s a street that resembles an eternal fountain of youth, but also houses some of the city’s edgiest citizens. Though house prices in the adjacent neighbourhoods of Grandview-Woodland and Cedar Cottage are soaring, gentrification is not yet ubiquitous and the suburban sleepiness of other Vancouver neighbourhoods is nowhere to be found.
It’s that atmosphere of a unique, diverse community that inspired an ensemble of actors to create a web series about their hood.”Read More
The Courier Part #2
“Nick Hunnings is one of the producers and actors in the new locally shot series The Drive, which follows the struggles of five roommates living on Commercial Drive.
Some of your favourite Vancouver locales and characters will be making it to the small screen.The Drive, a new video on demand series, was filmed at locations on Commercial Drive”.Forget housewives and ultrarich Asian girls: Commercial Drive’s eclectic community is ready for its turn on the small screen, as a locally shot webseries nearly six years in the making premieres later this month.
The Drive is a seven-episode video-on-demand series produced by East Van Entertainment that details the interconnected lives of several 20- and 30-something individuals who live in the Commercial Drive community.Read More
Vancouver is Awesome Part #2
“We got advance screeners of the first two episodes of the upcoming VOD and webseries The Drive and I have to say I was more than pleasantly surprised by this production from East Van Entertainment. There’s a sort of tradition in local cinema, and especially productions that don’t have lavish budgets, to put out stuff that feels… well… it feels hokey. I’ve always hated to admit it but there’s this certain Canadian hokeyness that has come across in most of the web series I’ve watched over the past few years. None of them have yet to break through and feel like something you might actually spend time watching, and following, after truly becoming interested in the characters. Until now. The Drive is more than a webseries, it’s what I hope will become a network series that every Canadian will watch.”Read More
“Welcome to Vancouver.It’s a city of borders, dividing the old and the new. It’s a place full of history and heritage but all at once, young and bursting with potential. And while many of us have love-hate relationships with this West Coast city, our ties are much deeper than the roots of Stanley Park’s oldest trees, and stronger than we’d sometimes like to admit. It’s not news that we’re known as one of the more expensive cities in the world but that hasn’t stopped many of us from setting up our home here. What is important to note, however, is where in Vancouver we choose to stake our claim and declare our allegiance.”Read More
“Transition. Inspiration. Growth. Acceptance. These concepts are deeply meaningful to the creators of the web series The Drive. The fictional drama, created by several SFU grads, follows the lives of five young adults and their experiences living in Vancouver’s Commercial Drive neighbourhood.”Read More
The Vancouver Sun
“Producer-actor Nick Hunnings told The Sun that using the Drive as a setting comes from his team’s love of their neighbourhood. “We’re always excited to see new “mom and pop” businesses open up and find comfort in knowing the name of our butcher. The other piece of the puzzle was our desire to get honest with ourselves about where we were at in our lives … Also, actors spend a lot of time waiting for phone calls, and because a lot of us already had producing experience we thought there’s no reason why we can’t create the type of work we’d like to be a part of and create our own artistic opportunities.
And the appeal of the Web? “I think with the prolific rise of digital media, soon enough people will be asking the question, ‘Why TV?’ For us it had to do with artistic control, immediate distribution and for me, personally, developing an interactive relationship with your audience so that your audience does not just boil down to a targeted demographic but instead, a group of individuals to whom you are accountable, and who actually care and contribute to your product.”Read More
CBC - The Early Edition
“Check out this new web series in the works, set in Vancouver’s Commercial Drive area. It’s about time that kooky place got some screen time.
The premise? From the website: “The Drive follows a makeshift family of roommates as they become entangled in each others lives while struggling to find their way on East Vancouver’s Commercial Drive.”Read More
Welcome to Eastvan
“Here’s an interesting concept being developed that showcases the problems facing a group of young adults living on Commercial Drive. Shooting to highlight the lifestyle and a string of popular establishments, The Drive is seeking to raise the last bit of funds required to push the project forward.”Read More
Vancouver is Awesome
“What an amazing project THE DRIVE promise to be. It’s an that “follows a makeshift family of roomates as they become entangled in each others lives while struggling to find their way on East Vancouver’s Commercial Drive.”
Not only will it reveal many slices of Vancouver culture and a window into what it’s like to live on Commercial Drive, but the show will provide some pretty huge support for local talent. In each episode will be cameo appearances from both Vancouver’s established and up and coming artists (musicians, poets etc.) as well as entrepreneurs. After the show the audience will be provided with websites, profiles, merchandise and show information on all the talent and business’ featured on the show so they can follow up and support in real life.”Read More
“It’s been two years since Hiccups, the last TV series both filmed and set in Vancouver, breathed its final breath and four years since it was game over for Douglas Coupland’s gamer sitcom jPod. The creators of an upcoming new web series centered around five struggling 30-somethings sharing a house on Commercial Drive are hoping to have better luck with their new show.
The ace up their sleeves could be that episodes of The Drive will be free of network pressure for immediate high ratings to justify the money being spent. Instead, the low-budget show created by East Van Entertainment will be independently financed and hosted online, where the so-called “webisodes” can potentially cast a wider audience net via video-sharing sites like YouTube and social media.”Read More