Renaissance Man: TV Series

TV Series for Bell Canada

About This Project


Empty Cup Media has created 2 seasons of the Reality TV series “Renaissance Man” for Bell Canada. Each episode is 10 minutes long and there are 6 episodes in a season and they can be watched on Bell’s on demand service “Fibe TV1”. The series was written, directed, shot and edited by Colin Burwell and was assisted by a second camera angle and an audio person. These reality TV episodes showcase local artists as well as highlights the thriving creative economy in Durham Region. Season 1 was also screened at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery to a small audience in the fall of 2018.

Season 1 Featuring Crown Lands (music), Jaylen Stark (spoken word poetry), Linda Jansma (art curating), Dani Crosby (illustration), Mary Krohnert (yarn bombing), Joey Manay (beatboxing)

Season 2 Featuring Geordie Lishman (metalwork), LIDIJA (fashion design), Dorsey James (woodworking), Adam Wilkinson (drama improv), Meaghan Kehoe (painting), and Madeleine Twyman (dance)

Both seasons are only available on demand on Bell’s Fibe TV1 network.

Show Synopsis

The show is hosted by Will McGuirk who is a journalist from Oshawa who writes about art, but doesn’t practice it. Each episode features Will getting a lesson from a local Durham Region artist and then he performs/showcases his art at the end of the episode.

Season 1 promo

Full episode from Season 1: Crown Lands (music)

Will gets a music lesson from the ultra popular Oshawa band Crown Lands. We were lucky enough to work with CL while they were on the path to blowing up around the world. Shortly after filming the episode the Moustache Club closed as well so we were very lucky with our timing with this episode.


Season 2 promo

Behind the scenes video

Featuring Geordie Lishman’s metalworking episode from season 2.



Crew Members

Host: Will McGuirk

Director: Colin Burwell

Camera: Colin Burwell, Ryan Toporowski, Fraser Cuviello

Audio/Lighting: Tyler Spence, Mary Jubran

PAs: Carla Sinclair, Ali Nardo, Spencer Cutrara, Draven Sinwell






Film & Television