'Flashpoint' stars feature musical side in upcoming episodes
Amy Jo Johnson and Hugh Dillon are trading in their sniper rifles for pitch pipes when their songs are featured on upcoming episodes of the hit CTV series "Flashpoint."
The high-intensity drama about a fictional Strategic Response Unit in Toronto airs Thursday nights at 10 p.m. ET.
Dillon plays the SRU team leader and lead sniper Ed Lane, while Johnson plays the squad's lone female, Julianna "Jules" Callaghan, a sniper and rappelling expert.
Dillon is well known for his previous career fronting Canadian punk rockers "The Headstones," and his co-star Johnson has been developing her own musical career for many years.
Johnson's own original composition, "Dancing In-between," will be featured on the episode "Attention Shoppers," which airs on Thursday, Aug. 14. Dillon's "Lost at Sea," written and recorded for "Flashpoint," will appear in the show's eighth episode, "Never Kissed a Girl."
During an interview with CTV.ca, Johnson says Executive Producer Anne Marie La Traverse discovered her music, "thought it was cool," and asked if she would like to have her music featured on the show.
Johnson then gave La Traverse a disc of songs, and picked "Dancing In-between" for the show's now-staple closing montage.
Without revealing too much about the song's origins, Johnson says "It's about personal failure and the in-between time it takes to get back on your feet."
The song originally appeared on Johnson's live CD, "imperfect," which she released in 2005. However, Johnson says the version featured on "Flashpoint" is from a different recording session she held in Bosnia three years ago with a few friends at the Pavarotti Music Center.
"Over the last few years I've been recording here and there... but mostly in my living room. The songs aren't usually done in a professional studio -- they're done professionally by me," laughs Johnson.
"It's something I love to do. You could call it a hobby... I don't, but it's not something I'm trying to pursue and become a rock star or anything. It's just a passion of mine, I love to play music."
The next big project
Beyond wrapping the first season of "Flashpoint," which has two weeks of production left, Johnson has another project on the go: her first child.
"It's starting to look silly, because I'm really showing. Because I have the gear on, you can't really tell, but I'm curious to see how I look onscreen," says Johnson.
"I'm growing at a rapid pace here!"
As for the second season of the hit series, Johnson says "I haven't heard anything, but I'm going to have a baby -- so we'll see how that fits in."
Dillon's upcoming album, "Works Well With Others," was recorded with Paul Langois of the Tragically Hip at the band's Bathouse studio near Kingston, Ont. A release date has not been confirmed. His last album, "The High Cost of Low Living" is currently available on iTunes and in stores through Maple Music.
Full episodes of "Flashpoint" are currently available on the CTV Video Player.