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Trance Mission

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A global selection of influences and instrumentation are incorporated in to the tunes and improvisations of San Francisco-based quartet Trance Objective. Created by clarinet and trumpet participant, vocalist, and composer Beth Custer and didgeridoo, cello, sintir, and percussion participant Stephen Kent during casual jam classes, the group’s audio is enhanced with the help of vocalist Eda Maxyam and drummer, percussionist, and consumer electronics participant Peter Valsamis. The Town Voice explained the band’s improvisations as “atmospherically lucid and demanding without over-intellectualizing present aircraft of experimentalism.” The Twin Towns Reader took an identical view, composing, “Custer exploits the underappreciated clarinet’s range from winsome alto to wistful bass and musters a uncommon compositional clearness, swaying having a Mingus-like emotionalism.” Trance Objective has continuing to create a wider pursuing. Their 1993 self-titled debut recording became a staple of university radio globe music displays, while their second work, Meanwhile, released the next 12 months, preceded a tour from the Pacific Northwest, Montreal, and Detroit. Following release of the third album, Mind Light, in 1996, Trance Objective embarked on a Western european tour that included concerts in Germany and Austria. The music group released a live record, A DAY TRIP of Time, 2 yrs later. Custer, that has composed numerous music for film, dance, and movie theater productions, released a single record, Dona Luz, in July 2000.

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Music Songs Bo Didgeley, VeeDeeVu, Tjilpi II, Red Man, Icaro, Chasing the Moon Rabbit, Zozobra, Head Light, Folk Song, Every Stone's Dream, Go Play Outside!, Alpha Swim, Monkfish, Their Hands Are Blue, No They There, The Sun Cries, Pt. 2, Secret Void, The Sun Cries, Part One, Kif, Worksong, Sunrise, The Sun Cries, Pt. 1, In Frog Pyjamas, Working Wheel, The Sun Cries, Part Two, Bindi, Tunnels, Curious Wine, Tunnels, Part 1, Surrender, Head Light, Part 1, Head Light, Part 2
Albums A Day Out of Time, Head Light, Trance Mission, Meanwhile...


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#Fact
1 Resides in Toronto and is rumored to have a teaching job there. [2005]
2 Spent approximately 1,750 hours in the make-up chair for "Trance Gemini" over the five-year run of Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda (2000).
3 She also speaks French.
4 Went to high school at Leaside High School in Toronto, only a couple of years apart from another former Leaside student, actress Brooke Nevin.
5 Worked as a waitress and in a snowboard shop while at university.
6 Laura's younger sisters - Heather Bertram and Jennifer Bertram - are also actresses.
7 Auditioned for the part of "Rogue" in X-Men (2000).
8 Spent nine years training to be a ballerina.
9 Attended Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario for one year before transferring to The University of Guelph closer to her home in Toronto.
10 She sings, and Laura was brought into the world of acting due to her performance in various operas. Her singing in the CCOC (Canadian Childrens' Opera Chorus) started her into operas.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Wish for Christmas 2016 TV Movie Nicole
Arctic Air 2014 TV Series Megan
When Calls the Heart 2014 TV Series Mary Dunbar
Random Acts of Romance 2012 Holly
Once Upon a Time 2011 TV Series Donna
50/50 2011 Claire
Traveling at the Speed of Life 2011 Josee
Punkin 2010 Short Laura Lippy
The Cult 2010 TV Movie Dina
The Good Witch's Gift 2010 TV Movie Betty
Supernatural 2010 TV Series Corey's Roommate
Gunless 2010 Miss Alice
Toxic Skies 2008 Anna
Control Alt Delete 2008 Sarah
Bridal Fever 2008 TV Movie Tina
Robson Arms 2007 TV Series Chris Colton
Veiled Truth 2006 TV Movie Kimberly
Murder on Pleasant Drive 2006 TV Movie Janice II
A Nice Cup of Tea 2005 Short
Andromeda 2000-2005 TV Series Trance Gemini
1974 2004 Short Girl
Soul Food 2001 TV Series Melissa Greene
Dear America: So Far from Home 1999 TV Short Mary Driscoll
Seasons of Love 1999 TV Series Judith Brewster
Elimination Dance 1998 Short
Mission Genesis 1997 TV Series Aurora
Platinum 1997 TV Movie Jessica Webb
Fast Track 1997 TV Series Laurie
Wind at My Back 1997 TV Series Suzanne Nelson
Ready or Not 1993-1997 TV Series Amanda Zimm
Sins of Silence 1996 TV Movie Carrie (uncredited)
Night of the Twisters 1996 TV Movie Stacey Jones
The Boys Next Door 1996 TV Movie Cashier
Are You Afraid of the Dark? 1992-1995 TV Series Laurel Amanda Cameron
Avonlea 1994 TV Series Adeline Hodgson
Street Legal 1993 TV Series Karen Brandis
Kung Fu: The Legend Continues 1993 TV Series Young Valerie
Family Pictures 1993 TV Movie Nina (12-15)

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Finding Mr. Right 2013 acting coach: Vancouver / tutor: Vancouver

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Andromeda 2001 TV Series performer - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
FedCon XVI: Drone Heart 2007 Documentary Herself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Andromeda 2004 TV Series Trance Gemini
Snick Vol. 1: Nick Snicks Friendship 1993 Video Amanda Cameron (Are You Afraid of the Dark?)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1998 Gemini Gemini Awards Best Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or Series Ready or Not (1993)
1995 Gemini Gemini Awards Best Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or Series Ready or Not (1993)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2003 Leo Leo Awards Dramatic Series: Best Supporting Performance - Female Andromeda (2000)
1998 Gemini Gemini Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series Platinum (1997)
1996 Gemini Gemini Awards Best Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or Series Ready or Not (1993)


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#Quote
1 I have certainly realized that people know a lot more about me than I had expected. Once I checked out a site where someone had posted my high school graduation caption... which freaked me out - who would post that? One has to learn to respond to questions about one's career, and that by working in the film industry, one actually has to expect to have questions asked of them. As for my personal life, I generally do not delve into it in interviews... except for my education. That is a topic I do not feel is too personal to discuss, especially since it has been such a formative and enjoyable part of my life so far. I suppose that I have a feeling of responsibility when I give interviews, and that my answers should be genuine, because people want to know what you think.
2 I wish I were still a dancer... that is a skill I can no longer claim to have. I began ballet classes just before my fourth birthday with a local dance teacher and some other neighborhood girls. I was a student for twelve years and now wish that I had kept it up - dancers are just so amazing to watch. I would hardly consider myself a "triple threat" - but that's kinda cool that someone would consider me as such. To add to that, my voice is also nothing to write home about.
3 I am not sure why I was drawn to the performing arts. It may have something to do with the fact that I was a bit of a loser (guess I still am!), and somehow I felt that performing on stage gave me a confidence that I didn't have in real life. Through that, I met many wonderful and inspiring people and grew to love the Arts, and I will always, until the end of my life, support the Performing Arts. They have shaped so much of my life.
4 I love Canada! I hope that I can always work here. Obviously I would not turn away an offer in the States if it was something that I thought would be a great opportunity, but I really would love to just stay here. The reason I would love to stay in Canada is because it is my home and I love it here!


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