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Ben Israel

Ben IsraelBenjamin Israel is well known to the staff of Anime North; considering he was one! Ben's been making a splash in the Toronto voice acting industry and has definitely left an impression. He recently made the push into anime after much goading from his friends, veterans of the genre, total strangers, and... the voices in his head. Where he will go next is up to them (well, the voices anyway…)

Ben can be heard as the voice of Toby / Faust on Beyblade: Metal Fusion. He can also be heard on the kids show Arthur as Alberto Molina and has been in "too many commercials to remember".

He is currently busying himself with developing cartoons and television shows with his own personal posse of poetic people at Portmantoe Productions.

 

Brian Froud

Brian Froud is best known for his voice work in animation and his live performances. He has been nominated for three Canadian Comedy Awards. Once in 2005 for his one-man show The Wizard of Coz and again in 2007 for his critically acclaimed one-man show Swiss Family Guy Robinson. Seth MacFarlane himself has called Brian's Stewie impression "Pretty damn good." Hank Azaria and Kevin Pollak have also given Brian high praise for his Christopher Walken impression on Kevin Pollak's Chat Show. In 2011, Brian performed over fifty characters and celebrity impressions in less than an hour in his one-man show Brian Froud's One Man Celebrity Disaster Relief Charity Benefit Awareness Telethon... Show.

 

Brian's voice can be heard in several animated series including:

  • Total Drama Island, Total Drama Action and Total Drama World Tour as Harold
  • Total Drama: Revenge of the Island and Total Drama All Stars as Sam
  • Jimmy Two-Shoes as Beezy
  • Detentionaire as Lynch
  • Sidekick as The Ringmaster and The Porcupine
  • Grojband as Clete and Z’Orb
  • Camp Lakebottom as Fleabiscuit
  • OH NO! It's An Alien Invasion as Mister Crash
  • Skatoony as Bradzilla
  • The Adventures of Chuck & Friends as Uncle Vertie
  • Bakugan Battle Brawlers: Gundalian Invaders (English version) as Hawktor
  • Beyblade: Metal Fusion (English version) as Reiji
  • BeyWarriors: BeyRaiderz (English version) as Flame and Kaiser

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Deven Christian Mac

In January of 2006, Deven Christian Mac led the charge of online hobbyist voice artists crosssing over to the world of TV animation. He was first cast in the major role of Paul "Lab Rat" Squirfenherder on the Grossology animated series, and proceeded to make various appearances in other shows such as Sidekick, Totally Spies, and its spinoff, The Amazing Spiez, and his anime debut as Zeo Abyss in Beyblade: Metal Masters. All the while, he continues to coach and mentor aspiring young talents across the globe.

 
 

John Stocker

For four and a half decades, John Stocker has been a recognized force in the acting industry, working on-screen with the likes of John Candy, William Shatner, Dan Aykroyd, Mark Wahlberg, Rick Moranis, Eugene Levy and Gilda Radner, before sliding comfortably and melding seamlessly into the off-camera world.

As well as having been the voice of thousands of T.V. and radio commercials, John's animation performing life began with dozens of parts in Droids and Ewoks, and includes many iconic roles, like 'Beastly' in Care Bears, 'Toad' in Super Mario Brothers, 'Basil' in Babar, 'Longarm' in C.O.P.S., 'Ultron' in The Avengers, 'Creed' in X-Men, 'The Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man' in The Real Ghostbusters, 'Thompson' in Tin Tin, 'Newton Gimmick' in Teddy Ruxpin, and 'Bugsy' in Dog City.

Still very active in the field, some of his more current works include 'Mayor Swifty' in Sidekick, 'Mr. Owl' in Franklin, 'Mission Control' in Rob the Robot, and both 'Naga' and 'King Zenoheld' in Bakugan.

Always diversifying, John's career has continued to expand throughout the years to include voice casting, voice coaching, demo production (animation and commercial) and the discipline that now keeps him busiest, voice directing. In that regard, John's been at the helm for many, many productions, including Totally Spies, Beyblade, Caillou, Redakai, Medabots, Pandalian, Mike the Knight, Ella the Elephant, and the one that started it all for him, Sailor Moon.

John is both delighted and honoured to be invited back to Anime North to be part of the 2014 festivities. Check out his website at www.johnstocker.ca.

 

Katie Griffin

Toronto native, Katie Griffin, has been a professional actor, voice actor, and singer for over 20 years. Having worked with acting powerhouses such as Nicole Kidman, Glenn Close, Matt Dillon, and Rob Lowe, Katie's film and television career has been colourful to say the least. Her true strength and success, however, has come in the form of voice-over. She's voiced hundreds of radio and television commercials, sung on numerous radio jingles, and continues to star in popular cartoons. Although best known as Raye/Sailor Mars on the hit show Sailor Moon, she's also known for her portrayal of Alex on Totally Spies, Yoko on Team Galaxy, Zair on Redakai, as well as voicing Julie and Sellon on Bakugan Battle Brawlers, and Hikaru on Beyblade. She was also Nina Harper on Emmy award winning Braceface, Ruby on Max and Ruby, and Laugh-a-lot Bear in Care Bears: Journey to Joke-a-lot. She has also had numerous guest starring roles on shows such as 6-teen, Stoked, and The Dating Guy.

 
 

Linda Ballantyne

For the past 20 years, Linda has worked professionally on stage, screen and television, and has been heard in hundreds of radio and television commercials worldwide. Her extensive animation career consists of a wide variety of characters including series leads in Sailor Moon, Mia and Me, Toot and Puddle, Will and Dewitt, Disney’s Yin Yang Yo, Gerald McBoing Boing, Meteor, Cyber Chase, Mischief City, Corduroy, Timothy Goes to School, Air Master, Bakugan, Beywheelz, and Animal Shelf, as well as various characters in The Cat in the Hat knows a lot about that, Totally Spies, 6Teen, Time Warp Trio, Carl Squared, Bob and Margaret, Girl Stuff Boy Stuff, George Shrinks, etc. She has also voiced characters in the feature films Care Bear’s Journey to Joke-A-Lot, Care Bear’s Big Wish Movie and Thomas and the Magic Railroad.  Linda was contracted as the “voice” of the Comedy Network for 13 years and is currently creating and writing an animated series entitled Simply Wicked. Linda is also the host of the edgy new radio show I’m Just Sayin’ with Ballantyne and St.John on SiriusXM satellite radio.

Linda is the happily married mother of 3 perfect teenaged daughters.

 

Mai Goto

Born in Hokkaido, Japan's second largest island and northernmost prefecture, Mai Goto (後藤麻衣) started her voicing career in 2003. Her numerous roles include; Mika Nogizaka from Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu, Sumomo Kohinata from Hapiness!, and Yuka Minase from 11eyes: Tsumi to Batsu to Aganai no Shojo, but Mai is probably best known for her role as May Chang from Full Metal Alchemist. Her body of work has also included many video game titles such as Saki from Ar tonelico Qoga: Knell of Ar Ciel, Dominic from Generation of Chaos: Pandora’s Reflection, and Sakuno Uryu from Mashiroiro Symphony. Not to limit her career in only traditional voice work behind animation, Mai has also appeared on a very unique puppet stage production called Mahoroba no Kodama, gaining valuable experience as an actress. Anime North is pleased to say that this will also be Mai's first time travelling abroad and attending a convention in a foreign nation.

 
 

Michael Benyaer

Splitting his time between his native Vancouver, and Los Angeles, Michael Benyaer started acting professionally in his teens, and has continued to act even while receiving a law degree.

Equally prolific on camera and in voice-over, Michael started acting in his teens. Known to animation fans for many shows such as BOB in the first ever CGI animated series ReBoot, Hadji in the 90’s Jonny Quest”, Mobile Suit Gundam, Hot Wheels, Exo-Squad, Hurricanes, and Robot Chicken to name a few. Video-games Michael has acted include Uncharted 2 & 3, Assassin's Creed: Revelations, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2, Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Elder Scrolls, Matrix: Path Of Neo, SOCOM 4, Quantum of Solace, and others.

Michael’s first feature film was Friday The 13th: Jason Takes Manhattan, and has been in many since, including Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen, GI JOE: Rise Of COBRA, Chronicles of Riddick and Postal.

On TV Michael has guest starred on many series, including: NCIS, The Mentalist, 24, Intelligence, Castle, The Shield, The Last Ship, Perception, Sanctuary, Eureka, Smallville, L Word, MacGyver, and is currently filming a recurring role on Days of our Lives.

 
 

Michael Dobson

In a career that spans 30 years, Multi Award Winning Voice Actor Michael Dobson has lent his voice talents to more Super-Heroes and Villains than you can shake Batman's Utility Belt at!

The list is long, but to name a few... Zemerik in Battle Force 5, Ronan The Accuser in X-Men Evolution, Freddy Duke in The Fantastic Four...Starscream in Transformers, Cobra Commander in G.I. Joe, Ghost in Iron Man - Armored Adventures, Leonardo in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Batman in Batman Black & White (YES, that's right, he's voiced Batman - an achievement worthy enough to have engraved on your tombstone! ) as well as a number of high profile roles in video games over the years, from the award winning lead character DeathSpank in the DeathSpank series, Jericho in Driver - San Francisco, Nate in the SSX series to Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War to name a few, he is nothing if not prolific in the universe of voice-acting geekdom.

Michael's voice can be heard in every facet of the voice over industry. Voicing TV and Radio Commercials, Radio and TV Imaging, Documentaries and Audio Books. Michael's client list reaches around the globe from NASCAR to Starbucks and everything in between!

Michael is also known in the industry to have an acute ear for voice matching. He has voiced matched and replaced performances on many TV series and Motion Pictures. His skills also include ADR for Live Action and Animation of which he has also directed and been nominated for a Golden Reel Award by the Motion Picture Sound Editors.

Michael is regarded internationally by industry professionals as one of the best!

 

Scott McNeil

Scott McNeil hails from Vancouver, Canada by way of Brisbane, Australia. He started acting at the age of three and hasn't (his mom would say) stopped since. Spanning over two decades and including over 12,000 episodes, Scott's voice career began with The New Adventures of He-Man way back in (gasp) 1988. He is perhaps best known currently as Duo Maxwell in Gundam Wing, Koga in Inuyasha, Piccolo (the first) and many others in Dragon Ball Z, Dinobot, Rattrap, Waspinator, and Silverbolt in Beast Wars, Jetfire in Transformers Armada, Wolverine in X-Men: Evolution, as well as Hohenheim in Full Metal Alchemist, the deeply neurotic Merb Stork in StormHawks, the amazingly inept Voltar in League of Super Evil, Ali al Satchez in Gundam 00, and the inanely musical Flam in My Little Pony.

Among his other voice credits are: Ninjago, My Little Pony, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, Grumpy Bear in Care Bears, Johnny Test, Black Lagoon, Highlander, Quest for Vengance, Rollbots, Spiderman Unlimited, Krypto the Superdog, Reboot, MegaMan, Powerpuff Girls Z, Mucha Lucha, Monster Rancher, Mummies Alive, Ranma 1/2, Project A-Ko, Kong, The Vision of Escaflowne, Bucky O'Hare and the Toad Wars, War Planets, Weird-Oh's, Molly O, Conan the Adventurer, The Wacky World of Tex Avery, Extreme Dinosaurs, DragonTales, Warriors of Virtue, D'Myna Leagues, Aagh It's the Mister Hell Show, Double Dragon, Darkstalkers, Street Fighter, GI Joe, and the animated features Rudolph and the Island of Misfit Toys, and Casper's Haunted Christmas. As well as video games such as Nova, League of Legends, Dead Rising II, Warhammer 40,000, Scarface, D&D Online, and The Godfather.

Equally successful in film and television, Scott has starred in the feature films Sleeping with Strangers, Sleeping Dogs, and Scooby Doo II. He has guest starred on numerous television series and features, including Psych, Primeval New World, Supernatural, Sanctuary, Highlander, The Outer Limits, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Beyond Belief, Beggars and Choosers, Stargate SG-1 and Disney's Ladies and the Champ, to name a few.

This just in: Scott is currently working on a bunch of new roles including work in Johnny Test, L.O.S.E., Hero 108, 1001 Tales of the Arabian Nights ,Strawberry Shortcake, My Little Pony, Numerous Video Games, and a number of *cough cough* Top Secret Anime Titles. Scott loves cartoons most of all because, "Hey, it's indoor work with no heavy lifting."

When his busy schedule allows, he can be found playing his Level 90 Pandarian Monk in World of Warcraft while eating spray cheese…..FOR THE HORDE!!!

 

Susan Roman

For Susan Roman, working in the wild and wacky world of animation for most of her adult life has been nothing short of a dream come true. Let's be frank, some of her projects didn't exactly go on to become household names. Piggsburg Pigs, with LA director Stu Rosen at the helm, comes to mind. But it was during that series (recorded ensemble, which hardly ever happens anymore) that Mr. Rosen introduced the concept of “the key phrase” - possibly the best tool ever invented to keep a voice actor on track, and something which she has never forgotten.

And there were projects that kept generations of kids tuned in: like the original Care Bears series – where she got to play a boy (Champ Bear) for the first time - and another Nelvana co-production, Tin Tin, in which she yipped and yapped her way through 43 episodes as a little white dog named Snowy. And how could she forget the joy of finding her inner princess (The Berry Princess in Strawberry Shortcake Meets the Berrykins)... not to mention her inner bird (Eddie Storkowitz in Birdz.) Then she got to play a little boy AND a little girl in the same series (Sara Lynn and Eddie in Fisher-Price's Little People.) But before that, she was cast in the gritty, totally-ahead-of-its-time major motion picture, Rock & Rule – where she played Angel, the speaking voice of rocker Debbie Harry. Then came the cult classic, Heavy Metal, in which she played 'The Girl in the Harry Canyon Sequence' – a character whose cup size magically ballooned to epic proportions by the time she got knocked off, but hey, the animator decided to be a little creative. (Check it out...)

And so it continued: Melissa in The Raccoons, James the Red Tank Engine in Thomas and the Magic Railroad, Hannah Dundee in Cadillacs and Dinosaurs, Jess in Redwall, Miss BG's mom in Miss BG, Tika in Barbie as the Island Princess, Tinsel in The Miser Brother's Christmas...

But, after all of that, and hopefully many more to come, there is one part that will always remain at the top of Susan's list: Sailor Jupiter in Sailor Moon. When something is such a perfect fit, she says, you really have to thank your lucky stars – which she does, almost every day.

Sail on...

 
 

Toby Proctor

Toby Proctor has been involved in the entertainment industry for over 30 years. He started on stage at the age of 8 playing the lead role of Little Lord Fauntleroy at the Confederation Centre for the Performing Arts in Prince Edward Island. He then moved on to performing in many Canadian series as a guest star as well as US features. Toby played Tackleberry in the Warner Brothers series Police Academy in Vancouver for 26 one hour episodes. He also voiced Flash in the Flash Gordon animated series in 1996. Most notably he voiced the character Tuxedo Mask in the series Sailor Moon. Toby has worked alongside the likes of Kathy Bates, Dianne Wiest, Jon Voight, and many more. Although he spends most of his time working behind the scenes in casting these days, his most impressive production to date is raising his three little ones, Sydney, Ellie, and Sam with his amazing wife Kaite.‬

 
 

Yumi Hara

Yumi Hara (原 由実) is a Japanese voice actress and singer from Osaka Prefecture, in Japan. She is affiliated with Arts Vision. Her body of work has been used in various animes and she has released numerous CDs since her debut in 2008.

Yumi's most famous role is that of Takane Shijo from Idolmaster. Other notable roles include Yuko Kanoe from Dusk Maiden of Amnesia, Marielle from Log Horizon, Sawa Yamauchi from SKET DANCE, Inaho Yukawa from Langrange: The Flower of Rin-ne, and Aya Miyakoji from Ro-Kyu-Bu! SS. She had released numerous CDs as her character in Idolmaster, and has released 3 singles and 1 album as herself. Most of her songs were used in games, OVAs, radios, and drama CDs. Yumi’s other works include radio narration, TV CM, planetarium narration and more. She enjoys singing in karaoke, drawing, swimming, and is good at Japanese calligraphy. This will be her first time travelling abroad as well as her first time coming to Canada to attend Anime North as her first North American convention.

 
 
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