Italy Reigns at 'Mongrel House' to Support the Art of Italian Film at Toronto Film Festival 2017s

Automobili Lamborghini Canada honors the art of Italian filmmaking at the 'Mongrel House' in celebration of the Toronto International Film Festival.

Lamborghini joined the Italian Trade Commission, Toronto (ITA) and ANICA, the Association of Italian film production, to create an Italian oasis at Mongrel Media's Toronto International Film Festival outpost - "Italy at Mongrel House."

As Canada's leading independent film distributor, Mongrel Media is known for bringing the best of local and world cinema to Canadian audiences. The Mongrel House comes to life for the week of the festival, reviving the historic Campbell House Museum in the heart of downtown Toronto. The 1822 heritage house and museum was converted into a haven for festival goers, VIPs, cast members, producers and artists alike for the week-long Toronto International Film Festival festivities.

The Italy at Mongrel House lounge experience was open daily from September 8 – 13, offering authentic Italian delicacies. Commemorating the release of its newest flagship Super Car model, Lamborghini's Aventador S made its red carpet debut, accentuating breathtaking style, cutting-edge design and dynamics; the pinnacle of Italian engineering and 'Made in Italy' excellence.

The activation culminated with an all-Italian event on September 12, joined by the President of the Italian Film Commission, Stefania Ippoliti, and Matteo Picariello, Italian Trade Commissioner for Toronto.

"This week, we toast to Italian cinematography. Lamborghini is an Italian icon that proudly bares the 'made in Italy' badge of distinction. We are honored to be present at the Mongrel House alongside our partners at the Italian Trade Commission to celebrate the arts, film and Italian culture in the Toronto community," said Alessandro Farmeschi, Chief Operating Officer, Automobili Lamborghini America.

With the success of its Huracán and Aventador models, Lamborghini is well poised across Canada with representation in all major markets. Lamborghini is on a strong growth track with new vehicle sales in Canada, having reached another sales record in 2016. With the arrival of its Super Sport SUV, the Urus in 2018, Lamborghini is expected to continue on its steady rise as one of the top ultra luxury brands to sell across Canada.


Kim McCraw and Luc Déry named 2017 CMPA Indiescreen Award Winners

The Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) today announced the winners of the 2017 Indiescreen Awards in an afternoon ceremony that marked the opening of the 42nd annual Toronto International Film Festival.

Kim McCraw and Luc Déry (micro_scope) received the CMPA Indiescreen Award in the Established Producer category, for their collective body of work that has helped define Canadian cinema on the world stage.
Kristy Neville and Matt Code (Wildling Pictures) received the CMPA Indiescreen Award in the Emerging Producer category, recognizing their significant early-career accomplishments and the bright prospects that lie ahead.
"The hard work, passion and innovation demonstrated by Kim and Luc, and the bold new ideas put forward by Kristy and Matt illustrate that Canada continues to have an impressive impact on the world of film," said Reynolds Mastin, President and CEO, CMPA. "I'm thrilled to be recognizing their accomplishments as independent producers today."

Kim McCraw and Luc Déry are the team behind such critically-acclaimed films as the Oscar-nominated Incendies (2010) and Monsieur Lazhar (2011). Together, they've produced more than 15 feature films. Their latest, A Worthy Companion, will debut in this year's Discovery Program at TIFF. Starring Evan Rachel Wood and Sarah Julia Stone, the film marks the feature debut for directors Carlos and Jason Sanchez. This is Déry's second recognition from the CMPA; in 2006 he was the recipient of the first-ever CMPA Indiescreen Award (previously called the CMPA Feature Film Producer Awards).

Kristy Neville and Matt Code have, individually and together, produced a number of acclaimed short films that have premiered at major festivals including TIFF, Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca and Hot Docs. Mary Goes Round is the pair's first feature film. It was written and directed by Molly McGlynn, and stars Aya Cash and Sara Waisglass. The film will premiere in TIFF's Discovery program alongside Cardinals, which is also produced by Neville with Code as executive producer.

Two selection juries, each chaired by one of last year's award recipients, chose the winners from a shortlist of nominees.

CMPA 2017 Indiescreen Awards - Established Producer Jury:

Jury Chair and 2016 Established Producer Award winner, Roger Frappier
(Producer, Max Films)
Sean Garrity (Director, Bedbugs Films)
Paul Gratton (Director of Programming, Whistler Film Festival)
Bill Marks (Producer, Vortex Comics Inc.)
Mary Sexton (Producer, Rink Rat Productions)
CMPA 2017 Indiescreen Awards - Emerging Producer Jury:

Jury Chair and 2016 Emerging Producer Award winner, Hany Ouichou (Producer, Art & Essai)
Katie Boland (Actress, Director, Producer, Writer)
Kevan Funk (Director)
Karen Harnisch (Producer, Harnisch Films)
Jennifer Jonas (Producer, New Real Films)

Established in 2006, the CMPA Indiescreen Awards (formerly the CMPA Feature Film Producer Awards) recognize producers whose vision and entrepreneurship demonstrate a commitment and passion for producing Canadian feature films. To be eligible for nomination, producers must have a film selected for screening at TIFF that year. The winner of the Established Producer Award will receive $10,000 and the winner of the new Emerging Producer Award will receive $5,000.



Legendary Actor Brings New Podcast to CRN Digital Talk Radio’s PodPlus Channel

LOS ANGELES, CA – August 10, 2017: Award-winning actor Robert Conrad is launching a podcast on CRN Digital Talk Radio’s new CRN PodPlus channel, the national radio network announced today.
Podcast episodes will feature Conrad interviewing an array of his Hollywood friends and other celebrities.
In addition to his podcasting duties, the former “Baa Baa Black Sheep” star hosts  “The Lounge with Robert Conrad” on CRN Digital Talk Radio’s CRN 1 channel every Thursday at 6 p.m. Eastern / 3 p.m. Pacific.
“The world of podcasting is sort of the wild, wild west. It’s fitting that the man who played Jim West has his own podcast,” said CRN Digital Talk Radio’s President and CEO, Michael J. Horn, referencing Conrad’s role and hit 1960s television series “The Wild Wild West.”
“Bob is naturally entertaining and a great interviewer. Hollywood enthusiasts will love his conversations with their favorite stars,” Horn added.
Robert Conrad has acted in dozens of movies and hundreds of television episodes. He is best known as the star of “The Wild, Wild West," “Baa Baa Black Sheep,” and "Hawaiian Eye." He has won a People’s Choice Award (Favorite Male Performer in a New TV Program) and been nominated for a Golden Globe.
CRN PodPlus (formerly known as CRN 7) is channel and stream dedicated to podcasts centering on entertainment, celebrities, food, wine, and politics.
CRN PodPlus’s programming is syndicated on multiple platforms including television, set top boxes, WiFi radio, mobile apps, iTunes, Stitcher, Apple TV, Roku, the Web, and many other blogs, sites and apps.
The channel’s podcasts also air to CRN’s cable television audio channel audience – which numbers more than 11 million homes across the country. A Roku channel and Apple TV radio stream also broadcast CRN PodPlus.
On the digital front, CRN PodPlus can be found on CRN’s mobile app, as well as several other radio apps such as Aha, Nobex Radio, oOTunes, TuneIn, and Wunder Radio. The channel is streamed on the Web via CRN Digital Talk Radio’s home page, CRNTalk.com. The stream is also accessible via telephone line by dialing 605-477-4255.
CRN Digital Talk Radio syndicates the hottest talent in talk radio to multiple platforms.  Fans can listen to CRN hosts and programming on broadcast radio, satellite and cable systems around the country (including Cox Communications, Charter, Comcast Cable, Spectrum and others), on the Internet at CRNTalk.com, Tiki Live Video, Roku, Apple TV and on a variety of talk radio applications, including the CRN Digital Talk Radio app. To get CRN Digital Talk Radio on your Smartphone, download the free CRN Digital Talk Radio app: just dial “#250” on your Smartphone, press “Send,” and when your call is answered, say the keywords “CRN Talk.” The app will be text messaged and loaded to your phone. (Voice and data rates may apply.) 
Check show availability or listen online at CRNTalk.com.   


 MILK Educational Program Salutes
25th Annual World Breastfeeding Week (August 1-7)
as it continues to educate and improve health of
Mums & Babies in Canada & around the world!

 In celebration of World Breastfeeding Week, the feature-length documentary film MILK will be screening in communities around the world. The Milk Education Program team takes this opportunity to salute all healthcare professionals, advocates and especially moms throughout August.

Subsequent to audience responses to her documentary film, Ms. Weis founded the innovative maternal and newborn health program - the MILK Educational Program - currently being presented in cities and towns across 80 Canadian communities from coast to coast. In partnership with Health Canada, Provincial Health Authorities and local NGO’s, the program is dedicated to improving the lives of mothers and newborns with the mission of creating a healthier society in Canada. Focusing on our First Nations communities, The MILK education Program is offering screenings which are followed by panel discussions, workshops or training sessions.

“To date, MILK has screened in over 300 communities worldwide thanks to the great support from global organizations like UNICEF and WHO and numerous local, national and global groups. We hope to continue uniting voices to protect, support and promote the health of all moms and babies.” Noemi Weis - Director, Writer & Producer.

​Join MILK’s mission by bringing this exciting educational program to your community HOST A SCREENING

To view MILK’s trailer and for more information, visit http://www.milkhood.com and you can follow us on Twitter & Instagram: @Milkthefilm and on Facebook.com/Milkthefilm To connect with others in the MILK community, kindly use the hashtags: #MILKlive and #breastfeeding  

As President and Founder of Filmblanc, Noemi Weis (at right) has successfully produced 8 award winning documentaries over a period of just 10 years. Her human rights documentaries have been sold in more than 50 countries and she has traveled to over 70 international film festivals, receiving numerous awards and winning international recognition and distinctions. Most importantly, her films focus on the strength, courage and perseverance of the human spirit, the light and possibilities among the darkest violations of life, and offers real solutions that help to make a lasting difference in the lives of individuals, communities, organizations and education.

Noemi is a proud member of UNESCO, Team Canada’s Trade Missions and a Business Ambassador of Ontario, promoting the merits of Canadian production abroad. In this capacity, she participates in trade missions and has been honoured with the nomination of “Woman Entrepreneur of the Year” for three years in a row, the last one by Export Development Canada. She was the sole Canadian nominated as a finalist for “Woman Entrepreneur of the World” and was recently honoured with a nomination for the TD Bank’s “10 Most Influential Hispanic Canadians 2017” to be celebrated in Ottawa this October.

Born in Buenos Aries and educated in both Argentina and Canada, Noemi brings her skills and love for humanity to every project. She continues to create and develop films to promote human rights and social justice. She is fluent in English, French, Italian and Spanish.


Canadian filmmaker to get safety training before making documentary on victims of Boko Haram

A Toronto-based independent documentary producer/director has won the Portenier Human Rights Bursary for 2017. The $3,000 award provides hazardous environment safety training of the type generally given to news personnel covering armed conflict.

Brennan Leffler's documentary, to be filmed in Nigeria with Mellissa Fung, will focus on women and children abducted and raped by the militant Islamist organization Boko Haram. The independent production is to be broadcast by TVOntario. Mr. Leffler has also done investigative work for Global TV's 16x9 and CTV's W-5.

While working in Afghanistan as a CBC correspondent in 2008, Ms. Fung was kidnapped and held for 28 days, during which she was sexually assaulted. Her 2011 memoir was titled Under an Afghan Sky.

The Portenier bursary is offered annually by the Canadian Journalism Forum on Violence and Trauma. It is sponsored by Giselle Portenier, a Forum board member and internationally-renowned producer of documentaries exposing human rights abuses. The competition is organized in cooperation with the UK-based Rory Peck Trust, which provides hostile environment training bursaries and other assistance to freelancers around the world.

When the bursary competition was established in 2015, Ms. Portenier said: "Human rights abuses continue unabated in the 21st century, and human rights defenders worldwide need the support of journalists and documentarians to help them shine a light on these injustices. Some of the worst abuses are committed against women and children, sometimes as a result of war, but often systematically, in the name of culture and religion.

"The purpose of this bursary is to help ensure the safety of journalists and documentary filmmakers as they expose some of the most egregious abuses of human rights in the world today."

    Reacting to his win, Mr. Leffler said: "With traditional media outlets cutting back on foreign coverage, I believe it is more important than ever for freelance journalists to report from conflict zones. If we don't go to these areas, millions of vulnerable people will suffer and die, and their stories will never be told. Hostile environment training will allow me the opportunity to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to minimize the risk to myself and my crew when we work in dangerous places. I'm extremely thankful for this support."

The 2017 Portenier competition attracted 30 applications from all over the world. The year's five finalists were from Bolivia, Canada, Pakistan and Slovakia.

"They are a very talented and deserving group, and the jurors all said the final choice was difficult," Forum president Cliff Lonsdale said. "It shows how much need there still is that we cannot yet meet."

Last year's Portenier winner was Eman Helal, an Egyptian photojournalist whose work documents sexual harassment and attacks against women in her country. In 2015 the Portenier was won by Jason O'Hara, a Toronto filmmaker working on a documentary about abuses in the clearance of favelas in Rio de Janeiro ahead of the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics.

Portenier herself is currently making what she says may be her most important film yet. In The Name Of Your Daughter is a documentary that will give a voice to some of the most courageous girls in the world: Tanzanian children who risk their lives to stand up for their human rights and avoid female genital mutilation and child marriage.

The Canadian Journalism Forum on Violence and Trauma is a charity whose work is supported by The Globe and Mail, CBC News, Radio-Canada, CNW Group and by individual donors.

In addition to the Portenier Human Rights Bursary, the Forum runs annual safety training bursary contests for freelance journalists covering news stories in dangerous places, including combat zones. Four winners of those bursaries were announced in May.


Canadian film icon Gordon Pinsent to open Devour! The Food Film Fest

 Devour! The Food Film Fest is thrilled to welcome Canadian film icon Gordon Pinsent as our guest curator for the 2017 Opening Night Gala Thursday, October 25 in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Pinsent will attend the Opening Gala Reception at the Fountain Commons at Acadia University.

The presence of the Newfoundland-born actor is the perfect pairing to this year’s festival theme, A Celebration of Canadian Cinema & Cuisine. The 2017 festivities will shine a spotlight on Canadian film and food in recognition of our nation’s sesquicentennial. Pinsent has personally selected The Hundred-Foot Journey directed by Lasse Hallström to screen at the opening of the festival.

“It has long been a desire of ours to invite Gordon Pinsent to our festival,” said Devour! Executive Director Michael Howell. “Having an iconic Canadian open Devour! as Guest Curator fulfills a long-time dream. In this year of celebrating Canada 150, it is only fitting that one of our greatest actors launches our Festival celebrating food and film.”

Gordon Pinsent is an award-winning actor, screenwriter, director and playwright from Grand Falls, Newfoundland. Film roles include Away from Her, The Shipping News, and The Grand Seduction. Pinsent is a Companion of the Order of Canada and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. In 2010, he gained notoriety with a new generation of admirers when a CBC This Hour has 22 Minutes comedy sketch of him reading Justin Bieber’s autobiography went viral. The autobiographical film River of My Dreams has been seen internationally this year, revitalizing our understanding of Pinsent as a Canadian treasure.

Devour! is also pleased to announce that it has secured provincial funding to support the growth and development of the festival for the 2017/18 year through the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage.

“The Government of Nova Scotia is proud to invest $85,000 to support Devour! and to increase international exposure for the province’s film and culinary sectors,” said Leo Glavine, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage. “Events such as Devour! not only showcase our culture and heritage to national and international audiences, they also enhance communities’ pride of place. Stronger, richer communities help to build a more vibrant province. In addition, Devour! increases the profile of our local filmmaking community while providing employment opportunities for many businesses including the local food and beverage and event management sectors.”

Leading up to the October event, Devour! will be cultivating interest in the food film festival at home and abroad. August 2nd sees the team in New York partnering with The Long Beach International Film Festival to present Chefs & Shorts, a gala dinner with wine pairings inspired by short films. Back in Nova Scotia, the team collaborates with Le Caveau Restaurant at Domaine de Grand Pré to present Devour! The Vines, an intimate five-course meal paired with wine and films set amongst the grapevines August 4, 25 and September 1. Finally, organizers will announce the full program August 22nd at George Brown College in the heart of downtown Toronto. A special public-ticketed event will follow on August 24th, A Taste of Devour! at the Luxe Appliance Studio featuring celebrity chefs cooking up dishes inspired by films from the upcoming 2017 program. Festival packages, film and industry session tickets will be available August 29th.

“We’ve had a busy year of satellite events across Canada and around the world and already have a full roster booked for 2018,” said Devour! Managing Director Lia Rinaldo. “This is what will make Devour! sustainable for the long-term–working with global partners to bring a little piece of Devour! to them directly if they can’t make it to us in Wolfville this fall,”

For more information about Devour! and to purchase tickets now to our summer events please visit: devourfest.com/program.


Trip of a lifetime with Tom Cochrane

Minister Joly Announces New Leadership at the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission

 The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, is pleased to announce the appointments of Ian Scott as Chairperson and Caroline J. Simard as Vice-Chairperson (Broadcasting) of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). These appointments are the result of the Government of Canada's open, transparent and merit-based selection process for Governor in Council appointments.

Joly said, "This is a dynamic team that will bring new vision and leadership to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. Mr. Scott and Dr. Simard have extensive experience in the industry and a deep understanding of what Canadians expect in their telecommunications and broadcasting systems. These leaders will implement a strong vision for the CRTC, focusing on service to Canadians and supporting the production and dissemination of diverse creative content that will lead to the success of our telecommunications, creators and creative industries in the digital era."

Mr. Ian Scott has over 25 years' experience in the broadcasting and telecommunications industries and in the public sector. Most recently Executive Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs at Telesat Canada, Mr. Scott has held a variety of senior executive roles in the telecommunications and broadcasting industries. Past executive positions include Vice President of Federal Government Relations for Telus, and executive positions in both government and regulatory matters at Call-Net Enterprises and with the Canadian Cable Television Association. In addition to his work in the private sector, Mr. Scott has significant experience in the public sector at both the Federal Competition Bureau and the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. He was educated at McGill University.

Dr. Caroline Simard, PhD in law (McGill) and member of the Barreau du Québec, has extensive expertise in telecommunications and broadcasting regulation. She is currently Legal Counsel within the Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, a position she has held since 2007, where she has worked on the Telecommunications Act and the Radiocommunication Act. From 2004 to 2007, Ms. Simard was Senior Telecommunications Expert with the International Telecommunication Union in Geneva, Switzerland, which is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communications technologies. She had previously held positions with the Centre d'études sur l'intégration et la mondialisation (CÉIM) at Université du Québec à Montréal, Verrier Pacquin Hébert Consultants Inc., Téléglobe Inc. and others. Ms. Simard was educated at McGill University, Université du Québec à Montréal, and Université de Montréal.

Mr. Scott will serve as Chairperson for a five-year term, beginning on September 5, 2017. Ms. Simard will also serve for a term of five years, effective as of September 11, 2017.

In addition to these two appointments, Christianne M. Laizner has been appointed to serve as Interim Vice-Chairperson (Telecommunications), for a term of up to one year. Ms. Laizner, whose appointment is effective as of July 17, 2017, joined the CRTC in 2010 as General Counsel, Telecommunications, and since 2013, has held the position of Senior General Counsel and Executive Director of the CRTC Legal Sector. She has held senior-level positions in other federal departments for many years. Before joining the public service, Ms. Laizner was a partner in the Chown Cairns law firm in St. Catharines, Ontario. Ms. Laizner was called to the Ontario Bar in 1982, and holds an LLB from Western University and a B.A. (Hons) from McGill University.

The CRTC is an administrative tribunal that regulates and supervises broadcasting and telecommunications on behalf of the Canadian public. The Commission is dedicated to ensuring that Canadians—as citizens, creators and consumers—have access to a world-class communication system that promotes innovation and enriches their lives.
World Vision Canada is pleased to announce that Oakville, Ontario resident Celina Close is the lucky winner of the Mad Mad World 25th Anniversary Fan Contest. As part of the prize, she will embark on a trip of a lifetime to Nepal this Fall with Canadian music legend and humanitarian Tom Cochrane.

The trip will be more than an opportunity to experience one of the most beautiful places on earth: it will be a chance to learn about how Canadians can help some of the world's most vulnerable children.

"Life Is a Highway continues to be a pep talk to myself that you can't change the world as a single individual in one fell swoop. But as each of us travels the road of life we can all spread some goodwill and love along the way. I can't wait to take this inspirational trip to Nepal with Celina. It's a journey I wish all Canadians could take to help them realize the power of good we all have and the meaningful difference we all can make," says Tom Cochrane, World Vision Celebrity Ambassador.

"'Winning this trip is an absolute honor and a wish come true. The chance to travel with Tom Cochrane and World Vision is truly a once in a lifetime experience. I can't wait to see beautiful Nepal and meet the people who live there, it'll be a great opportunity for spiritual growth and I can't wait to learn more about how to help those who are in the greatest need," says Celina Close, winner of the Mad Mad World 25th Anniversary Contest.

Tom Cochrane travelled to Africa with World Vision in 1989. The trip inspired the hit song "Life is a Highway", beginning a journey of more than 25 years of dedicated humanitarian work
2017 marks the 25th Anniversary of Tom Cochrane's hit album Mad Mad World

More than half of the population of Nepal are children under 18. Extreme poverty is widespread, increasing vulnerability to exploitation including child labour and child marriage


Frank D'Angelo's film The Neighborhood is Coming to Theatres in August 2017

 After screening to a sellout audience for it's world premiere at the ICFF Film Festival in Toronto, followed by a second screening added because of popular demand, The Neighborhood claimed the ICFF Film Festival's prestigious Trilogy Award.

Now this star-studded movie The Neighborhood – written and directed by Canadian Frank D'Angelo – will be released through Cineplex and Landmark theatres across Canada starting August 18th. A national USA theatre release will begin starting August 25th, with a European release to follow.

Frank D'Angelo not only envisioned and produced The Neighborhood film he stars along side a world-renowned cast of actors featuring Giancarlo Giannini, Danny Aiello, Franco Nero, Armand Assante, Burt Young, John Savage, John Ashton, Maureen McCormick and more.

The Neighborhood is about a brash small-time group of hoodlums from Brooklyn NY who have been doing minor crime jobs in their neighborhood since they were kids - from stealing the church donation basket to today when they are stealing truckloads of products. Until one fateful day they step on the wrong toes and get caught up in a war with an old-school mafia king pin and their lives soon become hell on earth.

"I have had such a great time shooting this movie," says Danny Aiello, while Franco Nero says "It's been an incredible experience working with Frank D'Angelo," and Giancarlo Giannini says "Frank D'Angelo is a very talented director".

With actors like these singing his praises it's no wonder Frank D'Angelo is quickly becoming one of the most recognized Canadian film makers of our time, attracting world class actors to appear in his films.

The Neighborhood is now Frank D'Angelo's sixth feature film in just four years, with his past films The Red Maple Leaf, Sicilian Vampire, No Deposit, The Big Fat Stone and Real Gangsters all winning film festival awards and available worldwide on Video-on-Demand, iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon Instant Video. All of Frank D'Angelo's films are distributed by 20th Century Fox.

Says Frank D'Angelo about his film The Neighborhood, "I'm really proud of this film, it's a great story, lots of drama fantastic cast and I loved making it and sharing it with the world!"

Frank D'Angelo is a screenwriter, director, actor, musician, and a Canadian talk show host. As a performer, he knew there was a big void in Canada for Canadians to promote their talents and so he created The Being Frank Show, a nationally broadcast late-night talk/variety show. It has boasted guests and show business luminaries such as Al Pacino, Paul Newman, Tony Bennett, Graham Greene, Bill Fichtner, Kim Coates, Estella Warren, Bai Ling, Reggae Rapper Snow, Pavlo, Dan Hill, Ian Thomas, Murray McLauchlan, Missi Pyle, Kevin Hearn of The Barenaked Ladies and many, many more. The Being Frank Show has just completed taping its 7th season.


Shakira Announces EL DORADO WORLD TOUR, Presented by Rakuten

Twelve-time GRAMMY® Award-winner and international superstar Shakira has announced plans to embark on her EL DORADO WORLD TOUR, presented by Rakuten. The tour, produced by Live Nation, will feature many of her catalog hits and kicks off on November 8th in Cologne, Germany. It will feature stops throughout Europe and the US including Paris' AccorHotels Arena and New York's Madison Square Garden. A Latin American leg of the tour will be announced at a later date.

"Thank you all so much for listening to my music in so many places around the world. I can't wait to be onstage again singing along with all of you, all of your favorites and mine. It's going to be fun! The road to El Dorado starts now!" Shakira said.

The tour announcement comes on the heels of Shakira's 11th studio album release, EL DORADO, which hit #1 on iTunes in 37 countries and held 5 of the top 10 spots on the iTunes Latino Chart within hours of its release. The 5x platinum album, including her already massive global hits - "La Bicicleta," "Chantaje," "Me Enamoré," and "Déjà vu"- currently holds the top spot on Billboard's Top Latin Albums, marking her 6th #1 album on this chart. Her single, "Chantaje" featuring Maluma, is 16x diamond certified, while its video currently has been viewed over 1.4 billion times, making it the #5 fastest video to reach 1 billion views worldwide and working its way to soon be the most viewed video of her entire catalogue.

Tickets for the EL DORADO WORLD TOUR go on-sale to the general public beginning Friday, June 30th at 10am local time. Citi® is the official presale credit card for the U.S. leg of the EL DORADO WORLD TOUR. As such, Citi® cardmembers will have access to purchase U.S. presale tickets beginning Tuesday, June 27th at 10am local time until Thursday, June 29th at 10pm local time through Citi's Private Pass® program. For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com.

On her first-ever partnership with Rakuten, Shakira commented, "I'm so excited to be announcing the EL DORADO WORLD TOUR, I feel this will be my best tour yet, and am thrilled to be supported by such an amazing partner as Rakuten, with whom I share the same values!"

Global internet services leader, Rakuten Inc, with over 70 services and one billion members across e-commerce, digital contents and fintech businesses, will be the sole presenting sponsor of the El Dorado World Tour. Rakuten is known for its support of major music and sporting events in Japan and around the world but this will be its first sponsorship of a pop star of Shakira's global standing, a bold new step aimed at boosting Rakuten's global branding, customer & community engagement. Viber, one of Rakuten's subsidiaries, will hold a presale beginning Wednesday, June 28th at 10am local time and a Live Nation presale will begin Thursday, June 29th at 10am local time. For all ticket purchase information, please visit http://www.shakira.com/.

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A Tribe Called Red and Drake Lead the Way as Big Winners at the 2017 IHEARTRADIO MUCH MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS

 Alessia Cara and Joe Jonas reigned Toronto tonight as hosts of THE 2017 IHEARTRADIO MUCH MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS, where Canadian DJ collective A Tribe Called Red took home their first ever hardware for Video of the Year ("R.E.D.") and Best Director ("Stadium Pow Wow", Kevan Funk). Meanwhile, hometown hip-hop sensation Drake won two awards for Most Buzzworthy Canadian and IHEARTRADIO Canadian Single of the Year for "One Dance". On stage, newly minted solo artists Camila Cabello and Niall Horan, winners of the awards forBest New International Artist and Fan Fave International Artist or Group respectively, each fired up the fans with red-hot medleys of their hit singles, "I Have Questions/Crying in the Club" and "This Town/Slow Hands".

Canadian indie rock band Arkells hit the stage with an unforgettable performance of "Knocking At The Door" which snagged an MMVAfor Fan Fave Video. Winners of IHEARTRADIO International Duo or Group of the Year Imagine Dragons also delivered an electric performance with local drum line 416BEATS on a medley of their hits "Believer" and "Thunder".

Debut MMVA performers included DNCE, fronted by host (and MMVA veteran) Joe Jonas; Julia Michaels, who performed single "Issues" in a lavish bedroom set; Iggy Azalea who rocked the crowd from inside a lit cube with a version of "Switch"; hometown rapper Jazz Cartier with an energetic performance of singles "Tempted" and "Red Alert"; and Post Malone who brought explosive versions of "White Iverson" and "Congratulations", replete with actual fireballs. Lorde, in her much-anticipated return to the MMVA stage, lit up the night, closing the show with a medley of hit "Green Light" and "Perfect Places" alongside a choir featuring more than 30 singers, and show-stopping fireworks.

Tonight's awards also captivated audiences across multiple social media platforms, with more than 250,000 mentions of the show. On Twitter the MMVAs trended internationally, becoming the #4 trending topic worldwide, and the #1 in Canada, during the two-hour broadcast. MMVA performers and presenters joined in, posting about their experiences on social feeds, including presenter Nikki Bella who shouted out Much's own Tyrone Edwards on Twitter, and MMVA host Joe Jonas who shared a fun backstage moment. Fans also made their voice heard this year, with more than 16 million votes for the award's four Fan Fave categories cast across Twitter, Instagram, and on Much.com

In its inaugural year via a partnership with Twitter, theIHEARTRADIO MMVA PRE-GAME, hosted by Much Digital Studios creators Alayna Fender, Dan Rodo, Marlon Palmer, and Michael Rizzi, was first to hand out the hardware before the big show. Twelve awards were handed out on Twitter during the live pre-show, including the first MMVA for A Tribe Called Red, who along with Director Kevan Funk were awarded with the Best Director Award for their video Stadium Pow Wow.

Other Canadian artists taking home hardware tonight include: Shawn Mendes, winner of Best Pop Video for his smash hit "Mercy"; Toronto rapper Tasha the Amazon, who took home her first MMVA, Best Hip Hop Video for "Picasso Leaning"; Grimes, winner ofBest EDM/Dance Video for "Venus Fly", her collaboration with Janelle Monae; Sleepy Tom for Best Post-Production for "Seeing Double" featuring Tonye; River Tiber, winner of Best MuchFACT Video for Acid Test; PARTYNEXTDOOR for Best New Canadian Artist; and Justin Bieber who was crowned Fan Fave Artist or Group for the second year in a row.

TheIHEARTRADIO MMVA hardware was handed out by an impressive list of personalities including 4YallEntertainment, Bea Miller, Brandon Flynn, Carly Rae Jepsen, David Mazouz, Dove Cameron, Hedley, Jus Reign, Kat Graham, Keke Palmer, KJ Apa, Lights, Lilly Singh, Martha Hunt, Massari, Nikki Bella, Scott Helman, Serena Ryder, Shawn Hook, Shay Mitchell, Shenae Grimes-Beech, Tatiana Maslany, Torrance Coombs, Tyler Oakley, and Tyler Shaw.

And the winners are…

Video of the Year
A Tribe Called Red f. Yasiin Bey, Narcy & Black Bear – "R.E.D."

Best Post-Production
Sleepy Tom f. Tonye – "Seeing Double"

Best EDM/Dance Video
Grimes f. Janelle Monae – "Venus Fly"

Best Director
A Tribe Called Red f. Black Bear – "Stadium Pow Wow"
Director: Kevan Funk

Best Pop Video
Shawn Mendes – "Mercy"

Best Rock/Alternative Video
The Tragically Hip – "In A World Possessed By The Human Mind"

Best Hip Hop Video
Tasha the Amazon – "Picasso Leaning"

Best MuchFACT Video
River Tiber – "Acid Test"

Most Buzzworthy Canadian

Most Buzzworthy International Artist or Group
Ed Sheeran

Best New Canadian Artist

Best New International Artist
Camila Cabello

iHeartRADIO International Artist of the Year

iHeartRADIO International Duo or Group of the Year
Imagine Dragons

iHeartRADIO Canadian Single of the Year
Drake ft. Wizkid, Kyla – "One Dance"

Fan Fave Video
Arkells – "Knocking At The Door"

Fan Fave International Artist or Group
Niall Horan

Fan Fave Artist/Group
Justin Bieber

Fan Fave Much Creator
YouTwo TV


MGM Television's The Handmaid's Tale to Receive Program of the Year Honours at the Banff World Media Festival's Rockie Awards, June 13

Arcade Fire To Bring "Infinite Content" Tour Across North America

The organizers of the 38th annual Banff World Media Festival (BANFF) are thrilled to announce MGM Television's The Handmaid's Tale will be honoured as the 2017 Program of The Year presented by Bell Media at its prestigious Rockie Awards. The 38th annual BANFF World Media Festival will take place June 11-14, 2017 at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Banff, Canada.

The Handmaid's Tale star Yvonne Strahovski and Executive Producer Warren Littlefield will be in attendance at the gala ceremony on June 13 to accept the honour for the series Vanity Fair says is "especially current, cutting, and vital." Littlefield and Strahovski and will also deliver an exclusive Master Class for BANFF delegates on June 14, closing out the festival.

Based on the award-winning, best-selling novel by Margaret Atwood, which recently topped the best-seller's list once again, The Handmaid's Tale is the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly part of the United States. Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birth rate, Gilead is ruled by a twisted fundamentalist regime that treats women as property of the state. As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred (Elisabeth Moss) is a Handmaid in the Commander's household, one of the caste of women forced into sexual servitude as a last desperate attempt to repopulate a devastated world. In this terrifying society where one wrong word could end her life, Offred navigates between Commanders, their cruel Wives, domestic Marthas, and her fellow Handmaids – where anyone could be a spy for Gilead – with one goal: to survive and find the daughter that was taken from her.

The television adaptation has received a plethora of critical praise, including from The Washington Post, which says "The Handmaid's Tale is magnificent and effectively haunting."

"Already renewed for a second season, The Handmaid's Tale has instantly been recognized as one of the most compelling dramas on television," commented Ferne Cohen, Executive Director of the Banff World Media Festival. "MGM Television has masterfully adapted a complex and important novel, and we are delighted to celebrate this series' international success as Program of the Year at BANFF 2017."

The show has become an instant hit around the world. The premiere episode on Hulu in the United States has been watched by more Hulu viewers than any other series premiere on the platform, while in Canada, The Handmaid's Tale is the most-watched series in Bravo history. The series is available internationally in Australia on SBS, Canada on Bravo, Central Europe on HBO CE, Israel on HOT, New Zealand on Lightbox, the Nordics on HBO Nordic, Poland on Showmax, Russia on TV1000, Spain on HBO Espana, UK on Channel 4 and coming soon to Orange in France.

The 10-part series was created for television by Bruce Miller (The 100) who serves as the series' showrunner. Executive Producers are Miller, Warren Littlefield (Fargo), Daniel Wilson, Fran Sears, and Illene Chaiken. The Handmaid's Tale is produced by MGM Television and internationally distributed by MGM.

For additional information about the Banff World Media Festival visit: http://www.banffmediafestival.com/ 

 Arcade Fire has announced their "Infinite Content" tour today, which will make its way through North America starting September 5 in Quebec City. The tour produced by Live Nation will also feature a series of special guests including Wolf Parade, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Phantogram, Angel Olsen, and Broken Social Scene.

Citi ThankYou® is the official pre-sale credit card of the Arcade Fire tour. As such, Citi ThankYou® cardmembers will have access to purchase pre-sale tickets beginning Tuesday, June 6 at 10 a.m. local time until Thursday, June 8 at 10 p.m. local time through Citi's Private Pass® program. For complete pre-sale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com. Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, June 9 at 10 a.m. local time. Additional information can be found at arcadefire.com and livenation.com.

"Everything Now," the title track from Arcade Fire's forthcoming fifth album is currently available and the full album is due this summer on July 28. Physical copies of "Everything Now" will include CD, cassette, and heavyweight black vinyl LP with 20 different artwork variants bearing the album title in one of 20 different languages. There will also be a limited exclusive "Night" packaging of both CD and colored vinyl LP formats. The new album is Arcade Fire's first release under its new partnership with the global media and e-commerce platform Everything Now in synergy with the Sony Corporation.

Arcade Fire is Win Butler, Will Butler, Regine Chassagne, Jeremy Gara, Tim Kingsbury, and Richard Reed Parry.

++Windsor, ON
WFCU Centre

Toronto, ON

++with Broken Social Scene
Air Canada Centre
Splice Contributed Editorial, VFX & Color to Director Eric D. Howell & Producer Dean Zanuck's New Film, "Voice From the Stone," Starring Emilia Clarke
Led by Editor Clayton Condit, the creative team at Splice collaborated very closely with Director Eric D. Howell and Producer Dean Zanuck on their new film "Voice From the Stone," starring Emilia Clarke ("Game of Thrones," "Terminator Genisys") and Marton Csokas ("The Lord of the Rings"). Shot on location in Italy, the film made its premiere at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival in April, with a theatrical release at the Laemmle Santa Monica and in 10 cities across the U.S., and international distribution to follow. "Voice From the Stone" is also available on cable and digital demand. www.voicefromthestone.com

The feature film debut of Director Eric D. Howell, "Voice From the Stone" is a haunting tale of fear, mystery and romance that plays out amid the ghosts of memory at the gates of an isolated stone castle in 1950s Tuscany where a determined nurse (Clarke) arrives to cure the mute heir within. Under the guidance of Editor Clayton Condit, the Splice team contributed editorial, visual effects and color for "Voice From the Stone." Condit traveled on-set to Italy for the film's production, as well as the recording of the film's score in London, and final mix at George Lucas' Skywalker Sound in Northern California.

Producer Dean Zanuck, who's company Zanuck Independent was the driving force behind getting the film completed, traveled to Minneapolis several times to work closely with Condit and Howell during the offline editorial process. "Splice was a strong collaborator from the early stages of pre-production, stepping in and managing all aspects of postproduction," says Zanuck. "Splice was one of the best post experiences I've had in my career."

"Working on Voice was an amazing journey on so many levels," says Editor Clayton Condit.

"Editorial for 'Voice' was a truly collaborative effort with the Director, Producers and even the Executive Producer. We successfully navigated multiple perspectives at times and were able to find big and small ideas and solutions to tell the story the best way possible."


Angel Forrest to perform June 10th at The Opera House
Four-time Maple Blues Award-winning blues diva ANGEL FORREST
performs in Toronto Sat. June 10th at The Opera House

Canada’s remarkable blues singer Angel Forrest is bringing her band to town for a one-night-only concert June 10th at The Opera House. Roots/blues singer/songwriter Rob Lutes who will be joined by longtime accompanist, acclaimed Quebec guitarist Rob MacDonald, will be Angel’s special guest to open the show.

With a career spanning 3 decades and recipient of the Maple Blues Award for Female Vocalist for four consecutive years (2013- 2016), the Quebec-based blues belter will perform songs from her 2016 album, Angel’s 11, and other original award-winning tunes. Well known in the Canadian blues scene, Angel has performed at major Canadian & international music festivals and has also shared the stage with renowned artists such as Jarvis Church, Burton Cummings, Thornetta Davis, Larry McCray, and legendary Brit blues singer & frontman of The Animals – Eric Burdon.

I’ve been singing all kinds of music (folk, rock, country) but the blues fits me well. I love the freedom of the blues, you know no rules…you feel it…you sing it… you share it. – Angel Forrest

Combining masterful song writing with her partner and on-stage collaborator, Denis Coulombe, Angel has also proven her worth as a tunesmith with songs ranging from blues to rock to jazz.  There is no question that Angel Forrest is one of the most powerful singers on the contemporary blues scene today. Thousands of fans around the world are attracted to the strength of her performances, her distinctive voice and fiery on stage personality. But don’t take my word for it – here’s what music industry insiders have said about Angel Forrest:

“A Canadian blues-belting national treasure….”  Midwest Record

“One of the more powerful singers on the blues/rock scene today” - Blues Underground Network

“Forrest has captivated audiences with her charismatic stage presence & powerful voice…” - Montreal Jazz Festival

“Angel Forrest’s fiery red hair and whisky-smoked voice has made her instantly recognizable throughout her career. One of the most powerful singers on the contemporary blues scene…” -  Arts Commons

When asked about the artists who have inspired her, Angel admits to having a real passion for Robert Plant, Mavis Staples, Bonnie Raitt and Janis Joplin.  It’s all about emotion and honesty, and delivering the goods in a way that you and the audience walk away moved in one way or another.

And when asked about her upcoming performances… I’ll be touring all summer – I just got a new tour bus “Maggie” and will be riding in her most of the summer across the States and Canada. But I’m also going out west and then to France (by plane, not Maggie!). I’m also writing a new album with Denis my husband, this time a country duo record – amongst everything else he does, he also sings like an angel!

You can learn more about this acclaimed Canadian artist & purchase her CDs at: http://www.angelforrest.ca/

Get your tickets now as Angel’s show is sure to sell out fast.
ANGEL FORREST with special guest Rob Lutes
June 10 @ 9pm
THE OPERA HOUSE, 735 Queen St. E., Toronto
Tkts: $27.00 Avail. from www.TicketFly.com
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Drum Roll Please… Nominees for THE 2017 IHEARTRADIO MUCH MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS Announced!

 Much announced today that Canadian artists A Tribe Called Red, Grimes, and Shawn Mendes top the list with an impressive four nominations each for THE 2017IHEARTRADIO MUCH MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS. Close behind with three nominations each are Alessia Cara, Drake, Ed Sheeran, Lorde, PUP, The Weeknd, and Zeds Dead. It's all part of one of the hottest street parties on the planet THE 2017 IHEARTRADIO MMVAS, airing live on Sunday, June 18 at 9 p.m. ET in simulcast on Much, CTV, Much.com, and VRAK.

Performers Arkells and Niall Horan each nabbed two MMVA nominations, while DNCE, Iggy Azalea, Imagine Dragons, Jazz Cartier, and Post Malone garnered one nomination each. First-time nominees this year include Chance the Rapper, dvsn, Jessie Reyez, and many more. For a full list of THE 2017IHEARTRADIO MMVAs nominees, please click here.

"It's been another great year in music, and we have an outstanding list of nominees highlighting the biggest and best artists from across the country and around the globe," said Nanci MacLean, Vice-President, Bell Media Studios. "We can't wait to celebrate all of the nominees in what's guaranteed to be an epic night."

Also announced today are this year's Wildcard nominees for the Fan Fave categories as chosen by fans over the past few weeks. They are:

Fan Fave Video – Arkells
Fan Fave Artist/Group – Alessia Cara
Fan Fave International Artist/Group – Beyoncé
Fan Fave Much Creator – AmandaRachLee, Candace Leca, Jaclyn Forbes, The Mike on Much Podcast, youtwoTV

Fans can register online for a chance to secure wristbands for the THE 2017 IHEARTRADIO MMVAS live show in Toronto at Much.com beginning Tuesday, May 30 at 4 p.m. ET. Lucky fans that get wristbands are invited down to THE IHEARTRADIO MMVAs Fruit by the Foot™ popup shop at 299 Queen St. W. in Toronto on Thursday, June 8, to pick up their wristbands, and get the chance to win exclusive VIP experiences at this year's MMVAs.

Much and Fruit by the Foot are also giving fans across the country a chance to win a trip for two to Toronto to experience the action at the MMVAs – head online to Much.com to enter. Additionally, fans can tune in to select local iHeartRadio Canada stations across the country for a chance to win wristbands. Check out Much.com, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to get the latest announcements on performers, presenters, celebrity guests, and the chance to win big prizes.

Media accreditation for THE 2017 IHEARTRADIO MMVAs closes tomorrow, Friday, May 19 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Requests can be submitted online here. Full details to follow upon confirmation of accreditation.

Chart-topping performers descending on Toronto for THE 2017 IHEARTRADIO MMVAs include: Arkells, DNCE, Iggy Azalea, Imagine Dragons, Jazz Cartier, Julia Michaels, Lorde, Niall Horan, and Post Malone. Confirmed to present awards at this year's show are KJ Apa, Lauren Cohan, Lilly Singh, and Nikki Bella. Additional performers and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks.

Official partners of THE 2017 IHEARTRADIO MMVAs include: LG Electronics Canada, Coca-Cola®, Virgin Mobile Canada™, M&M'S® Caramel, and Fruit by the Foot™.



Canada 150 celebrated with a pop-up choir in Muskoka on May 27th

On Saturday, May 27th, 11:00 AM at the Gravenhurst Opera House, strangers and friends will gather together to sing a song that they learned on the Internet. "My Muskoka" is a song created by playwright and producer Vince Grittani to celebrate Ontario and Canada's 150th anniversary of confederation.

Grittani, whose writing career for television and stage spans over thirty years, has included the Toronto 80's hit "Yuppies, The Musical", summer stage favourites "Scenes From My Dock!", "Wake Me When It's Over" and his award-winning one-woman tour-de-force, "Quiet! I'm Talking", plus, his own TV series "The Weekend Guy". A long time cottager turned permanent resident, he has been promoting Muskoka and Northern Ontario since his hosting days on "Cottage Life Television" in the early 90's. Grittani says he personally has witnessed the changes in Muskoka and is an advocate of the "raison-d'etre", why people came up north in the first place; to enjoy the natural beauty, not to be obsessed by multi-million dollar fully equipped cottages and hundred-thousand dollar ski boats.

The song "My Muskoka", written by Grittani and arranged by his writing partner, composer Rosalind Mills, is reminiscent of a campfire song. It begins with a quiet soloist and grows into an all out four-part anthem.

Limited to three hundred participants with any singing abilities, anyone with a connection to Muskoka is invited to come and join the pop-up choir on May 27th. Local conductor Dan McCoy is taking lead and several choirs have signed up so it's guaranteed the outcome will be harmonious. The event is being recorded and filmed. The finished documentary will be featured at this year's 4th Annual Muskoka Film Festival, Oct. 27th & 28th.

Throughout the summer, Muskoka residents and cottagers are being asked to submit photos and (up to) 30 seconds of video that demonstrate what "My Muskoka" is to them. To listen to the song and for more information about how to register, visit www.MyMuskoka150.com.

SONG LINK: https://youtu.be/eq24pGSQMbk


Flow Connects with the Caribbean Diaspora at the YOWronto Music Festival in Canada

 Flow has joined forces with FreshKut Productions Inc. as a telecommunications sponsor for the inaugural staging of Canada's YOWronto Music Festival, as the Company and organizers seek to forge stronger ties between Canada and the Caribbean.

With a strong Caribbean Diaspora population in Toronto (and throughout Canada), the YOWronto Music Festival provides Flow with the perfect opportunity to connect with Caribbean people living abroad. The Company is using its mobile top-up platform
http://www.topupflow.com/topup/order as the main technology connector for the festival. The platform enables Caribbean people living abroad to send mobile credit back home quickly and conveniently, to ensure they are always connected.

Karl Haughton, a Director of FreshKut Productions, Inc. said, "I am really excited that Flow has agreed to come on board as a sponsor. It is a testament to the company's commitment to support Caribbean people, culture and content and the YOWronto Music Festival provides such a great opportunity for that."

The YOWronto Music Festival features international and Caribbean recording artistes including Alison Hinds, Baby Cham, Romain Virgo, Lieutenant Stitchie, Eric Donaldson, Professor Nuts and Tessanne Chin. An exciting line up of Canadian artistes including Michie Mee, Jay Harmony, Carlos Morgan, Blessed, Kim Davis, Ammoye Evans, and Jimmy Reid will also perform.

"We're excited by this opportunity to support this unique festival that celebrates Caribbean culture in Canada," said James McElvanna, VP Products at Cable & Wireless, operator of Flow. "The festival gives us an opportunity to showcase our convenient top-up platform developed especially for the diaspora to help keep them connected with friends and family in the region." McElvanna says the online top-up platform is easy to use; people living Toronto, for example, simply need to go to the website, add the local Flow phone number of a friend or relative and send credit to them to stay connected.

The YOWronto Music Festival is a musical extravaganza geared towards Caribbean people living in Toronto, and this year's event is intended to coincide with the celebration of Canada's 150th year of Confederation. This Festival will be held at Woodbine Mall on Saturday July 1, and Sunday, July 2, 2017, and will boast a variety of activities for all ages. The Festival will commence at 11:00 am and end at 11:00 pm on both days.


Indigenous Youth Exemplify Strength Through Dance

Toronto's Trinity / Little Portugal: Canada's Music Creator Growth Centre

SOCAN has crunched creator numbers once again to understand better where and how music is being made in Canada, revealing that more new music-makers reside in the Trinity / Little Portugal area of Toronto than in any other neighbourhood in Canada. This diverse and culturally-rich neighborhood in Toronto's south-western quadrant is a hub of creative musical talent, live music venues, and businesses using music to their advantage.

Canada's Music Creator Growth Centre was uncovered by analyzing the number of songwriters, composers and music publishers who became SOCAN members in the last calendar year in all Canadian areas with populations of more than 20,000. Toronto neighbourhoods took four of the top 10 spots on the list, with both Vancouver and Montréal hubs comprising the balance.

"We're not surprised to see that neighbourhoods with thriving arts communities, live music venues, and other elements of Canada's music ecosystem are showing the greatest growth," said SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste. "Whether the neighbourhood attracts the music creators and publishers, or the music creators and publishers build the neighbourhood is unclear, but it's definitely a symbiotic relationship. Music plays a major part in making these places the vibrant and cool communities that they are. Congratulations to Toronto's Trinity / Little Portugal on being Canada's top Music Creator Growth Centre!"

SOCAN's top 10 Music Creator Growth Centres in Canada:

Trinity / Little Portugal, Toronto (postal code prefix M6J)
Christie, Toronto (M6G)
Rosemont, Montréal (H1Y)
Brockton / Parkdale Village / Exhibition Place, Toronto (M6K)
Centre-Sud, Montréal (H2K)
North Grandview-Woodland, Vancouver (V5L)
Dufferin / Dovercourt Village, Toronto (M6H)
Plateau Mont-Royal, Montréal (H2J)
Outremont, Montréal (H2V)
Petite-Patrie Southwest, Montréal (H2S)
SOCAN also determined the most successful songwriting and composing region in each province and territory:

Alberta, Bridgeland/ Greenview/ Zoo/ YYC, Calgary (T2E)
British Columbia, North Grandview- Woodland, Vancouver (V5L)
Manitoba, River Heights East, Winnipeg (R3L)
New Brunswick, Caraquet (E1W)
Newfoundland and Labrador, St. John's (Central) (A1E)
Northwest Territories & Nunavut, Yellowknife (X1A)
Nova Scotia, Southwest Mainland (B0W)
Ontario, Trinity / Little Portugal, Toronto (M6J)
Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown (South East) (C1A)
Quebec, Rosemont, Montréal (H1Y)
Saskatchewan, Regina South (S4S)
Yukon, Whitehorse (Y1A)
This is the second year that SOCAN has, through its data, recognized the importance and value of music creator neighbourhoods and the role that they play in the lives of musicians and composers.

In 2016 SOCAN identified the neighbourhoods in Canada with the highest number of successful music creators per capita, based on average royalties earned in the calendar year, with Montréal's Mile End emerging as the winner.
​ Eighty-six Indigenous youth from across Canada will take to the stage for the performance of their lifetime at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto this month on Thursday, May 18, 2017. These dancers are participants in Outside Looking In (OLI), a national-based organization that offers a dance program to Canada's Indigenous youth who earn a high school credit for participating. OLI is celebrating its 10th anniversary with its biggest show to date, which will be hosted by Canadian TV personality, Ben Mulroney – Co-Host of CTV's Your Morning and Anchor of Canada's most-watched entertainment program, Etalk.

"Outside Looking In was created to inspire Indigenous youth to pursue education, engage in self-expression, and celebrate empowerment. Through the OLI program, our youth learn invaluable life skills such as dedication, discipline and creative expression," says Tracee Smith, Founder and CEO of Outside Looking In. "This year's 10th anniversary showcase will be particularly special with some students performing for the first time, and our alumni returning to take the stage again."

Outside Looking In recently received $435,000 from the Indigenous and Northern Affairs New Paths for Education Program to enhance, and include more programming for Indigenous youth across Canada.

Founded in 2007 by Tracee Smith, OLI is open to Indigenous youth in grades seven through twelve. OLI hires Canada's top dancers and choreographers to work with the students and teach them the fundamentals of dance. Over the course of six to eight months, students work hard, practising their dance routines, while also building character and learning important life lessons.

"Before OLI came, I was skipping school, I wasn't doing my work, I was smoking up. Now that OLI is here, I've become more interested in sports, I've started going for walks and for my mental health, it's helped me stay sane instead of thinking things are going to go bad," says Trenton Linklater, who attends Garden Hill High School in Northern Alberta. "I'm proud of how far I've come on this program."

OLI's program is about more than just the year end showcase in Toronto. Students participating in the program who meet the attendance requirements are offered the chance to travel to the Tim Horton's camp in Brantford, ON for two weeks. There, in addition to their daily dance rehearsals, they participate in team-building exercises and learn about self-empowerment.

The effects of the OLI experience shine through the students' school work, personal relationships and within themselves. Based on 2015 survey results from participants in the program:

97% of students said OLI helped improve their grades in all of their classes
87% said OLI helped improve their relationships with their family
100% said they gained more self-confidence in themselves and abilities
100% said their physical health improved since being in OLI
90% said OLI helped them develop leadership skills
This year, Canadians will have several opportunities to learn about Indigenous culture and enjoy OLI's largest show to date. On May 18th, there will be a free matinee performance for school and youth groups and a ticketed evening performance, including a brand new performance outside the theatre prior to show time.

Tickets to the showcase start at $10.00 and are on sale now at www.olishow.com/Events.


Sheryl Crow & More to Explore the Great Indoors

North of boredom, north of the expected and north of the same old song and dance is Casino Rama Resort. Blending warm Canadiana and electric light for an entertainment experience that is pretty much exactly like nowhere else. Come explore the Great Indoors by taking in one of these newly announced concert performances at the award-winning Entertainment Centre:

Sheryl Crow
Be Myself Tour
Saturday, July 15
Tickets are $75/$85/$100
"All I Wanna Do", "Soak Up the Sun", "The First Cut Is the Deepest" & her latest single "Halfway There".

The Australian Pink Floyd Show
The Best Side of the Moon 2017
Saturday, August 5
Tickets are $45/$60/$75
New for 2017 "The Best Side Of The Moon" tour features a full performance of what many would call the most iconic rock album of all time the classic Dark Side of the Moon album in its entirety as well as some of the most popular songs from the Syd Barrett years, Meddle, Wish You Were Here, Animals, The Wall, The Final Cut, Momentary Lapse of Reason and The Division Bell albums.

Lewis Black & Kathleen Madigan
The 49th Parallel Tour
Friday, September 15
Tickets are $35/$45/$60
Lewis is a passionate performer who is more pissed-off optimist than mean-spirited curmudgeon. He is the rare comic who can cause an audience to laugh themselves into incontinence while making compelling points about the absurdity of our world.

Peppino Di Capri
50th Anniversary Tour
Sunday, October 15
Tickets are $45/$57/$74
He is best known for popular hits "Il Sognatore", "Champagne" & "Saint Tropez Twist".

Fans are invited to visit the Casino Rama Resort Facebook page to gain access to an exclusive pre-sale code, along with a chance to beat the box office to win a pair of tickets to one of these newly announced shows.

Exclusive advanced ticket purchase for Facebook Fans & Players Passport™ Club Members begins on Thursday, May 11th at 12 noon on www.ticketmaster.ca or by calling toll free 1-877-599-RAMA (7262). A special code is required for the advance purchase period which can be found on the Casino Rama Resort Facebook page.

Tickets go on-sale to the general public on Saturday, May 13th at 12 noon and will be available in-person at the Casino Rama Resort Box Office, at all TicketMaster locations, by calling toll free 1-877-599-RAMA (7262) and online at www.casinorama.com. Ticket prices are inclusive of taxes, and exclude any applicable service fees.

PER SHOW TICKET LIMIT: Ticket limit is 6 per customer per show. Please adhere to published ticket limits. Orders exceeding the ticket limit may be cancelled without notice by TicketMaster at its discretion. This includes duplicate orders having the same billing address or credit card.

Patrons must be nineteen (19) years of age or older with government issued photo identification; those twenty-one (21) years of age or younger must also have a secondary piece of name identification. Those who have been trespassed and/or self-excluded from Casino Rama Resort or any OLG property and/or fail to meet Casino Rama Resort's conditions of entry may not visit, participate in promotions and/or redeem offers.

Celebrating 20 successful years, Casino Rama Resort is Ontario's only First Nations resort casino and has earned a reputation for presenting exclusive world-class sporting, entertainment & television events. The Casino offers a complete entertainment experience with over 2,500 slot machines, more than 110 gaming tables, 8 unique restaurants, a world-class 5,000 seat Entertainment Centre, and a 300-room all-suite, full-service hotel, featuring spa and health club facilities. Through the Casino Rama Cares program we are dedicated to continuing our rich history of community support by being an outstanding corporate neighbour; providing year-round assistance through a combination of charitable giving and employee volunteerism. Casino Rama Resort is operated by Penn National Gaming, Inc.


THE HANDMAID'S TALE Lands #1 on Bravo and Becomes the Network's Most-Watched Series Premiere in Five Years

 The television event of the year did not disappoint Sunday when THE HANDMAID'S TALE debuted to massive audiences and critical acclaim on Bravo. With three days of preliminary data now available for the series debut, Numeris data confirms that at least 716,000 viewers have watched the April 30 premiere episode.

With final playback data still to come,THE HANDMAID'S TALE becomes the most-watched series premiere in five years on Bravo, and the second-most watched ever on the network. It's the biggest debut of any scripted series on Canadian Entertainment Specialty this broadcast season.

Winning Sunday as the most-watched television program on Canadian Entertainment Specialty television, the two-episode debut delivered an average audience of 651,000 for both Episodes 1 and 2 from 9-11 p.m.


the most-watched series of the year on Bravo
the most-watched new series of the year on Canadian Entertainment Specialty
and a Top 3 series overall on Canadian Entertainment Specialty
As announced earlier this week, the one-hour drama has been renewed for a second season to premiere on Bravo in 2018.

Viewers who missed the stunning first two episodes can tune into an encore broadcast this Saturday, May 6 with Episode 1 airing at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT, and Episode 2 at 10:15 p.m. ET/11:15 p.m. PT.

In the upcoming all-new Episode 3, "Late," (Sunday, May 7 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT), Offred visits Janine's baby with Serena Joy and remembers the early days of the revolution before Gilead. Ofglen faces a difficult challenge.

The entire first season of THE HANDMAID'S TALE launches on CraveTV following the season finale on Bravo.

A television adaptation of Margaret Atwood's iconic dystopian novel, the series stars Elisabeth Moss as Offred, Joseph Fiennes (American Horror Story: Asylum, Shakespeare In Love) as Commander Waterford, Samira Wiley (Orange is the New Black) as Moira, Max Minghella (The Mindy Project) as Nick, Yvonne Strahovski (Chuck, Dexter) as the Commander's his wife Serena Joy, O.T. Fagbenle (The Five) as Luke, Alexis Bledel (Gilmore Girls) as Ofglen, Madeline Brewer (Orange is the New Black) as Janine, and Ann Dowd (Compliance, The Leftovers) as Aunt Lydia. Margaret Atwood, the author of the classic 1985 novel The Handmaid's Tale from which the series has been adapted, is a consulting producer.

Filmed in Toronto, THE HANDMAID'S TALE is created, executive produced and written by Bruce Miller and executive produced by Warren Littlefield (FARGO), Daniel Wilson, Fran Sears, Ilene Chaiken, Take 5's Sheila Hockin, John Weber, and Whizbang's Frank Siracusa. Reed Morano (Meadowland) directs and executive produces the first three episodes. Line producing will be Joe Boccia. THE HANDMAID'S TALE is produced by MGM Television and internationally distributed by MGM.


The Beatles Channel - Coming May 18 - Exclusively on SiriusXM

Nationwide Music Monday Events Held Today Spotlight the Importance of Music and Music Education

 SiriusXM is pleased to announce The Beatles Channel, launching May 18 at 9:09 am ET exclusively on SiriusXM channel 18. Celebrating popular music's most legendary and influential band, The Beatles Channel has been created by SiriusXM to present unique and exclusive programming in collaboration with and fully authorized by The Beatles' Apple Corps Ltd. The Beatles Channel will also be available online and through the SiriusXM app.

The Beatles Channel will showcase all-things-Beatles with regular and special programming spanning the history-making careers of the band and its members: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. The channel will explore The Beatles' entire career including their hits and deeper tracks, live recordings, rarities, and solo albums, while also spotlighting musicians who have inspired, and have drawn inspiration from, The Beatles.

Paul McCartney said, "I still remember the thrill of when we first heard our music on the radio, but I don't think any of us would have imagined that we'd have our very own Beatles radio channel more than 50 years later. The SiriusXM channel will have it all, 8 Days a Week."

Ringo Starr added, "Great news, The Beatles will have their own channel on SiriusXM. Now you can listen to The Beatles, Any Time at All. Peace & Love."

"We are so proud to announce the most popular band in history has joined us for their own SiriusXM channel," said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer of SiriusXM. "We've worked with The Beatles and Apple Corps Ltd. to create a channel that is as vital today as when the band's music was first recorded. The channel will be all-things-Beatles, 24/7. The soundtrack of our world, made by John, Paul, George and Ringo."

The Beatles Channel will launch at exactly 9:09 am ET on Thursday May 18, and will be celebrated as part of SiriusXM's free listening preview program, offering 24/7 listening on inactive SiriusXM radios from May 17 to May 30.

The Beatles Channel will present a curated mix of music tailored to a wide range of Beatles fans, along with a variety of regular shows and specials, including:

Breakfast with The Beatles: A daily morning show hosted by musician and lifelong Beatles aficionado, Chris Carter, featuring music, stories and all things Beatles.
A Day in the Life: A daily feature noting milestones in the lives and career of The Beatles.
My Fab Four: A daily guest DJ session, hosted by musicians influenced by The Beatles, celebrities, and super fan listeners, each playing their four favorite Beatles songs.
Beatle Bites: A daily "name the song" quiz featuring a short snippet of a Beatles recording.
Dedicated Phone: # 844-999-BEATLES, for fans to make requests and share their Beatles stories.
The Fab Fourum: A live weekly call-in roundtable show hosted by veteran broadcaster Dennis Elsas; TV producer and author, Bill Flanagan; and panelists including authors, musicians and fans.
Peter Asher: From Me To You: He sang Beatles compositions as a member of Peter & Gordon, was part of the formation of Apple Records and went on to become a multiple Grammy-winning producer and much more. Now, his stories come to life in this exclusive weekly series.
Magical Mini Concert: A weekly fantasy concert featuring live music from The Beatles and their solo works.
Northern Songs with Bill Flanagan: A regular show from TV producer and author Flanagan, focusing on themes that tell the story of The Beatles, their music and the effect it had on generations of fans.
Get Back: The Beatles in Britain: A monthly show recorded in and around London and Liverpool that offers the UK perspective of the Beatles phenomenon, hosted by Geoff Lloyd.
On June 1, The Beatles Channel will celebrate "Pepper Day" on the 50th Anniversary of the band's acclaimed Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, playing the album's new Anniversary Edition stereo mix in its entirety. The album spotlight will be accompanied by commentary by the album's original producer, the late George Martin, and by his son, Giles Martin, who produced the album's new stereo and 5.1 surround mixes from The Beatles' session tapes, guided by his father's original, Beatles-preferred mono album mix. Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol/UMe will release 'Sgt. Pepper' in several Anniversary Edition configurations on May 26.



 At 12:30 p.m. (EST) thousands of Canadians sang in unison to raise awareness and understanding of the role that music education plays in Canadian culture and to promote the benefits that music education brings to young people. The 13th Annual Music Monday celebrations were observed in events from coast to coast to coast with signature concerts in Charlottetown, St. John's, Montreal, Winnipeg, Brandon, Calgary, Edmonton, Scarborough, Vancouver anchored by a National Showcase Concert live streamed from the National Arts Centre, Ottawa. A signature program of the Coalition for Music Education in Canada, Music Monday is held annually on the first Monday in May and is notably Canada's largest single event dedicated to raising awareness for music education.

"Singing the Music Monday anthem on the same day, at the same time is like a heartbeat across our nation, connecting music makers of all generations and backgrounds," explains The Coalition for Music Education in Canada's Executive Director, Holly Nimmons. "The power of music to unite, to inspire and illuminate our shared sense of community and cultural history was especially moving today as we honoured a milestone in Canada's history with words of joy, words for truth, for healing, for life and for freedom".

The only national celebration of music education that actively engages children and youth in their schools and communities; Music Monday shines a spotlight on the diverse facets of how Canadians enjoy music in their lives. The nationwide celebration included the premiere of "Strong As A Nation", the first in a series of videos by Cole Forrest an Anishnawbec film-maker and spoken word poet who recently won the James Bartelman Creating Writing Award. The video, which features Indigenous drumming from regions across Canada interspersed with spoken word, has been created for a Youth4Music Aboriginal project.

Canada's musical heritage was also celebrated at a National Showcase Concert held at National Arts Centre in Ottawa with performances by a mass children's choir, the Métis Fiddle Quartet, singer-songwriter Mimi O'Bonsawin, Inuit Throat Singers a harp and soprano duo, youth jazz and strings ensembles, and the Ottawa Junior Youth Orchestra. Anthem Co-writer, songwriter Marc Jordan, musicians from the official Music Monday video, and the children's choir led the nationwide sing-along of Sing It Together.

Seamus O'Regan, MP who co-hosted, this event with opera superstar Measha Brueggergosman, said "Today, we experienced the power of music, with performances by exemplary young musicians and award winning professional musicians. Congratulations to everyone who raised their voices to show fellow Canadians that we believe music has an important part in our lives, in our schools and in our communities".

Music Monday celebrations continue throughout the day in many communities including Charlottetown, the birthplace of confederation, which is hosting an "epic" day-long Music Monday celebration. "Music Monday In The Streets includes clinics, work shops, art installations, a host of performances and earlier today featured Alexander Shelley, Music Director with the National Arts Centre Orchestra (NACO) conducting the Singing Strings and a mass choir of over 700 singers in a performance of the Music Monday Anthem, Sing It Together.

"The Government of Canada is proud to support this project, which brings Canadians together from coast to coast to coast and lets young people across the country celebrate our musical heritage," said the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage. "This year, as we celebrate Canada 150, Music Monday is a wonderful opportunity for Canadians to get involved in their communities and share the gift of music."

"At TD, we believe that one of the best ways to strengthen our communities is by investing in music, access to music and music education," said Andrea Cohen Barrack, Vice President Community Relations and Corporate Citizenship, TD Bank Group. "TD is committed to creating opportunities for young people to discover a love of music. We are thrilled to support Music Monday as it unites students, musicians and community members across the country to celebrate the power of music."

The new Music Monday anthem Sing It Together was commissioned by the Coalition for Music Education. The recording and official music video feature Inuit throat singing, Métis fiddling, Indigenous drumming, and children's choirs in celebration of Canadian diverse and vibrant musical heritage. To view the video, as well as to access multiple translations and arrangements of Sing It Together, go to www.musicmonday.ca.

Music Monday is made possible with the generous support of the Government of Canada, TD Bank Group, and the NAMM Foundation as well as Titanium-level support from Yamaha Canada Music Inc., Long and McQuade and all of our partner organizations. For a full list of sponsors please visit http://www.musicmonday.ca/sponsors/

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International Jazz Day 2017 Worldwide Celebration Concludes With Extraordinary All-Star Global Concert, Hosted By Actor Will Smith, In Havana, Cuba

Following thousands of events taking place in over 190 countries, International Jazz Day 2017 culminated in a phenomenal concert streamed worldwide from Havana's historic Gran Teatro de La Habana Alicia Alonso. As the International Jazz Day 2017 Global Host City, the musically vibrant city of Havana also presented a wide range of concerts and education programs in partnership with Cuba's Ministry of Culture, the Cuban Institute of Music, and the Cuban National Commission for UNESCO.

Established by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in coordination with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, International Jazz Day is recognized on the official calendars of UNESCO and the United Nations. Each year on April 30, International Jazz Day highlights the role of jazz in promoting freedom, creativity and intercultural dialogue, and uniting people from all corners of the globe. Toyota served as Lead Partner of International Jazz Day 2017.

The Global Concert began with an all-star group of musicians from Cuba and around the world performing "Cuba Bop" and "Manteca" in tribute to the groundbreaking 1940s collaboration between Dizzy Gillespie and Chano Pozo that blended Afro-Cuban music and jazz. Acclaimed vocalist Cassandra Wilson performed her sultry composition "You Move Me" and Cuban trumpet virtuoso Julio Padrón played Freddie Hubbard's inventive "Byrdlike." Beloved Cuban vocalist Bobby Carcassés joined forces with master bassist and vocalist Richard Bona of Cameroon for a fiery rendition of the Latin jazz tune "Bilongo."

"Bésame Mucho" showcased the global influence of jazz, with pianists Youn Sun Nah (Republic of Korea) and Tarek Yamani (Lebanon); bassist Esperanza Spalding and violinist Regina Carter (United States); and drummer Antonio Sánchez (Mexico). To mark the centennial of jazz icon Thelonious Monk, legendary Cuban pianists Gonzalo Rubalcaba and Chucho Valdés gave a stunning performance of the classic "Blue Monk." The concert came to a exhilarating end with artists including pianist Herbie Hancock, bassist Marcus Miller, vocalists Kurt Elling and Ivan Lins, French guitarist Marc Antoine, and Cuban percussionists Yaroldi Abreu, Adel González, Ramsés Rodriguez and Oscar Valdés performing the John Lennon anthem "Imagine."


DNCE, Iggy Azalea, Imagine Dragons, Jazz Cartier, Julia Michaels, and Lorde Announced as First Performers at THE 2017 IHEARTRADIO MUCH MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS, June 18

Canada climbs to sixth largest global recorded music market in IFPI's Global Music Report 2017

Today the International Federation for the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) released its Global Music Report 2017, which shows Canada is now the sixth largest recorded music market on the planet, surpassing Australia.

The annual Global Music Report compiles revenues from physical and digital sales, streaming, synchronization and performance rights, to provide a 'state of the industry' snapshot while highlighting innovation and investment within the industry as it progresses further into the digital age.

Highlights of Canada's 2016 music revenues:

Overall recorded music revenues rose 12.8% in 2016 and totalled CAD $489.4 million
Digital music revenues accounted for 63% of recorded music revenues in 2016
Total streaming revenues, including subscription and ad-supported streaming, more than doubled in 2016, rising from USD $49.82 million to an impressive USD $127.8 million
Subscription audio streaming generated the majority of all streaming revenues in 2016 at USD $94.45 million, compared to USD $15.72 million from ad-supported audio streaming and USD $17.59 million from video streams
Digital revenues grew to USD $233 million in 2016, up from USD $170 million in 2015
Revenues from physical sales continue to decline, falling to USD $99 million in 2016 from USD $114.4 million in 2015
Though music consumption around the world continues to rise to never-before-seen levels, the "value gap" remains a significant problem, as the revenues returned to music creators have not kept pace with music consumption.

"I am happy to see Canada regain its position as the sixth largest recorded music market in the world," said Amy Terrill, Executive Vice President of Music Canada. "While the growth in overall revenues, driven by a huge increase in subscription audio streams is very encouraging, the music community must remain united and vigilant in fixing the value gap. I urge the Canadian federal government to put creators first in any future policy decisions, such as the upcoming Copyright Act review in 2017, so that creators can be properly compensated for the record levels of music consumption we're witnessing."

"The whole music community is uniting in its effort to campaign for a legislative fix to the value gap and we are calling on policymakers to do this," said Frances Moore, chief executive of IFPI, in the report release. "For music to thrive in a digital world, there must be a fair digital marketplace."

Key figures from global recorded music revenues:

Global revenue growth: +5.9%
Digital share of global revenues: 50%
Digital revenue growth: +17.7%
Growth in streaming revenues +60.4%
Physical revenues: -7.6%
Download revenue: -20.5%
Canada's ascension to the sixth largest market follows IFPI's announcement in February that Drake was named Global Recording Artist of 2016. Justin Bieber and The Weeknd took the number five and number ten spots, respectively, as Canadians occupied three of the top 10 positions.

Today's Global Music Report 2017 shows that albums by Canadian artists performed very well at home in 2016, with six of the top ten album spots occupied by Canadian artists, including Drake's Views at number one. Other Canadians in the top albums chart include Céline Dion, Leonard Cohen, Justin Bieber, The Weeknd, and The Tragically Hip.
The countdown begins for one of Canada's biggest street parties as Much announced today the first slate of performers for THE 2017 IHEARTRADIO MUCH MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS. Descending on Toronto this year for Canada's iconic music awards show are former MMVA host Joe Jonas and his multi-platinum pop-rock outfit DNCE; award-winning female rapper Iggy Azalea; Las Vegas anthemic rockers and second-time MMVA performers Imagine Dragons; hit-maker and singer-songwriter Julia Michaels; 2017 JUNO Award-winning rapper Jazz Cartier; and in a follow-up of her show-stopping performance on the 2014 MMVAs, pop megastar Lorde. The MMVAs airs live Sunday, June 18 in simulcast on Much, CTV, and VRAK. Follow the conversation at #MMVAs.

"With our enduring commitment to bringing the best in music to Canadians, this first announcement proves that there's no shortage of star power for fans this year," said Nanci MacLean, Vice-President, Bell Media Studios. "From pop to rock to hip-hop, the 2017 MMVAs has something for everyone, as the iconic corner of Queen and John in Toronto once again hosts another epic and unforgettable night."

New this year, fans can be part of the party wherever they go, as THE 2017 IHEARTRADIO MUCH MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS are also set to livestream on the iHeartRadio app as well as nine Virgin Radio stations. They are: Virgin Radio Toronto, Kitchener, London, Halifax, Montréal, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary, and Vancouver.

Additional talent announcements will be released in the coming weeks.


Frank D'Angelo's Red Maple Leaf wins another Best Picture Award

 The Red Maple Leaf, the star-studded feature film by Frank D'Angelo – available worldwide on video-on-demand starting May 1st, 2017 – has just won another Best Picture award, this time at the 2017 Boston International Film Festival.

The Boston International Film Festival celebrated it's 15th annual festival with screenings of film entries from all the world. The Indie Spirit Best Picture Award was given to Frank D'Angelo at last week's event for outstanding achievement in film.

For The Red Maple Leaf this is the 3rd Best Picture Award bestowed along with numerous other awards (including, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Director and Best Foreign Film) during its film Festival Tour. The Red Maple Leaf continues to play to sold out festival theatres across North America with the next stop being the Hoboken International Film Festival on May 20th, 2017 - Greenwood Lake, New York.

The Red Maple Leaf is surely a film not to be missed and tells the story of the daughter of the U.S. Ambassador who is snatched from under the nose of her Secret Service detail in Ottawa. As the American authorities search for answers, pressure comes at them from every side and, while Canada and the U.S. fight over jurisdiction, seasoned veteran police detective Alfonso Palermo puts everything aside to find her.

The movie is written, directed and produced by Canadian-born Frank D'Angelo who also plays the leading role alongside some of Hollywood's finest actors including James Caan, Robert Loggia, Martin Landau, Paul Sorvino, Kris Kristofferson, Mira Sorvino, Michael Paré, Armand Assante, Eric Roberts, Margot Kidder, Daniel Baldwin, Laurie Fortier, Doris Roberts and Marc Blucas. The film is dedicated to the great Oscar nominated Robert Loggia and the Emmy Award-winning Doris Roberts, the last film for both actors.

Frank D'Angelo is now in post production of his 6th feature film "The Neighborhood" which will be featured as a World Premiere at The Italian Contemporary Film Festival at the TIFF building in Toronto on Thursday June 15th where actors from the film will be on-hand for the Red Carpet. The Neighborhood, which Frank D'Angelo wrote, directed and stars with a renowned cast of actors featuring Giancarlo Giannini, Danny Aiello, Franco Nero, Armand Assante, Burt Young, John Savage, John Ashton, Daniel Baldwin, Michael Parè, Margot Kidder, Leslie Easterbrooke, Robert Miano, Maureen McCormick, Tom Wright, Sherman Augustus, Laurie Fortier and others is scheduled to be released this summer.

The Neighborhood, is an original story penned by Frank D'Angelo that takes place in Brooklyn NY, about a brash small-time group of hoodlums who have been doing minor crime jobs in their neighborhood since they were kids - from stealing the donation basket from the church to modern time when they are stealing truckloads of products until they step on the wrong toes and get caught up in a war with an old-school mafia king pin and their lives soon become hell on earth.

Frank D'Angelo is becoming one of Canada's most accomplished film makers, having written, produced, directed and starred in six feature films in the last four years all with a cast of some of Hollywood's most notable and respected actors. Fans can see his award-winning films: Real Gangsters, The Big Fat Stone, No Deposit, Sicilian Vampire, and The Red Maple Leaf on Video on Demand, iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon Instant Video.

Frank D'Angelo is a screenwriter, director, actor, musician, and a Canadian talk show host. As a performer, he knew there was a big void in Canada for Canadians to promote their talents and so he created The Being Frank Show, a nationally broadcast late night talk/variety show. It has boasted guests and show business luminaries such as Al Pacino, Paul Newman, Tony Bennett, Graham Greene, Bill Fichtner, Kim Coates, Estella Warren, Bai Ling, Reggae Rapper Snow, Pavlo, Dan Hill, Ian Thomas, Murray McLauchlan, Missi Pyle, Kevin Hearn of The Barenaked Ladies and many, many more. The Being Frank Show has just completed taping its 7th season.


Marvel Music And Hollywood Records Present Marvel Studios' Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2 And Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 Original Score By Composer Tyler Bates

STYX Is Ready For Takeoff With Their First Studio Album In 14 Years, 'THE MISSION,' Due Out June 16 On Alpha Dog 2T/UMe 

 Welcome one and all to THE MISSION, STYX's sonically sweet 16th studio album and its most ambitious, most challenging, and most rewarding release to date. Please take note of the official stardate, as THE MISSION has duly been set for liftoff June 16 on the band's label, Alpha Dog 2T/UMe. Fans can pre-order the album at any of these online retail outlets and Styxworld.com.

The first single, "Gone Gone Gone," was released today at radio and online retail outlets. A video premiered on Billboard.com and can be seen here.

"The planets truly aligned for THE MISSION, and I couldn't be prouder," says vocalist/guitarist Tommy Shaw, who co-wrote the album's storyline with longtime collaborator Will Evankovich (Shaw/Blades, The Guess Who). "It's our boldest, most emblematic album since PIECES OF EIGHT."

As founding guitarist James "JY" Young continues, "In the 40th anniversary year of our release of our biggest selling album of all time, GRAND ILLUSION, it just seemed truly appropriate to save our new studio album until this year. Needless to say, I'm very excited."

"THE MISSION is a deep, conceptual, and cinematic epic that offers listeners a thrilling emotional journey — and all 'cast' with impassioned guitar parts and those textured, 'chill-inducing' Styx vocals. Guitarists Tommy Shaw and James Young sound like they're energetic upstarts with something to prove, rather than members of a band with decades of history. This is a truly brilliant soundscape, as well as a tribute to the evocative power of the guitar." — Michael Molenda, Editor-in-Chief, Guitar Player

"A throwback to the styles of classic Styx records like THE GRAND ILLUSION and PIECES OF EIGHT, THE MISSION is a wonderful mix of knotty, '70s-era progressive rock madness alongside the melodic power pop the band does so well. Todd Sucherman might be the baby of the group, but he's an old soul when it comes to finding the right flavor for the new material—and he's not shy to provide a healthy slab of blazing hand technique, elevating parts to a whole other level of excitement." -- Ilya Stemkovsky, Modern Drummer

"Styx have really delivered a welcome addition to their catalog with the arrival of THE MISSION, which wraps in all of the important elements of their much loved classic sound, with a wealth of big hooks, anthemic choruses and most importantly, an album's worth of really good Styx music." --Matt Wardlaw, UltimateClassicRock.com

Indeed, THE MISSION is an aurally adventurous 43-minute thrill ride that chronicles the trials, tribulations, and ultimate triumphs of the first manned mission to Mars in the year 2033. From the hopeful drive of "Gone Gone Gone" to the stargazing machinations of "Locomotive" to the rough-riding blaze of glory that permeates the hard-charging "Red Storm" to the elegiac optimism of the closing track "Mission to Mars," the album succeeds in delivering the greater good from a band that continues to fire on all cylinders, 45 years after signing its first recording contract.

In fact, THE MISSION--which was recorded over a two-year period at Blackbird Studios, The Shop, and 6 Studio Amontillado in Nashville--displays the best aspects of the ongoing in-harmony musical intersection of the six-man STYX team: the aforementioned guitarist/vocalist Tommy Shaw, co-founding guitarist/vocalist James "JY" Young, keyboardist/vocalist Lawrence Gowan, original bassist Chuck Panozzo, drummer/percussionist Todd Sucherman, and bassist Ricky Phillips.

The new music was created to reflect the viewpoint of the six-person crew enlisted for the maiden voyage of Khedive, the first entry in a new fleet of nuclear-powered interplanetary spacecraft underwritten by the Global Space Exploration Program (or GSEP, for short). The Khedive team consists of The Pilot, a fully hands-on, seat-of-the-pants born leader; a First Officer who serves as the team's big-brother figure; an Engineer who is skeptical of every phase of the mission but remains confident in his own abilities to make the best of any technical situation; and a Top-Shelf Trio of science, astrophysics, and survivalist experts.

"The album feels simultaneously comfortable and new," observes Gowan. "It's both entertaining and charming, and a natural progression of our sound." Concludes Panozzo, "THE MISSION is a sincere and honest representation of how STYX built upon where we were in the 20th century in order to go somewhere new in the 21st century." And that's the gist of THE MISSION, STYX's bold sonic voyage into an exciting new frontier with the goal of discovering how the universe's mysteries unfold—and then creating the perfect soundtrack to accompany it.

Light it up, let's get this show on the road!

Here's the track listing for THE MISSION:

1. Overture
2. Gone Gone Gone
3. Hundred Million Miles from Home
4. Trouble at the Big Show
5. Locomotive
6. Radio Silence
7. The Greater Good
8. Time May Bend
9. Ten Thousand Ways to Be Wrong
10. Red Storm
11. All Systems Stable
12. Khedive
13. The Outpost
14. Mission to Mars

1. Overture (Side A)
2. Gone Gone Gone (Side A)
3. Hundred Million Miles from Home (Side A)
4. Trouble at the Big Show (Side A)
5. Locomotive (Side A)
6. Radio Silence (Side A)
7. The Greater Good (Side B)
8. Time May Bend (Side B)
9. Ten Thousand Ways to Be Wrong (Side B)
10. Red Storm (Side B)
11. All Systems Stable (Side B)
12. Khedive (Side B)
13. The Outpost (Side B)
14. Mission to Mars (Side B)

Pre-order link:

"Gone Gone Gone" stream or download link:

"Gone Gone Gone" video link:
 Marvel Music/Hollywood Records are releasing the digital versions of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2 songs-only album and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 original score album by composer Tyler Bates ("Guardians of the Galaxy," "John Wick Chapter 2," "Watchmen") today, April 21st. The film opens in U.S. theaters on May 5, 2017.

"Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" is filled with great action, humor and performances, but it is also infused with a new mixed tape and soundtrack, a dynamic that resonated deeply with audiences in the first film as evidenced by the success of the soundtrack album. The Grammy®-nominated "Guardians of the Galaxy" soundtrack reached No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, becoming the first soundtrack album consisting entirely of previously released songs to top the chart. The album was certified Platinum by the R.I.A.A.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2 is a collection of 14 songs and once again, music plays an important role in the telling of the story. In an exclusive interview for Rolling Stone Magazine, director James Gunn provides commentary for each track on the album.

Director James Gunn explains, "We had Awesome Mix Volume 1 last time, and this time we have Awesome Mix Volume 2. It was so important that it's actually part of the film's title this time around. As most people know, Quill's mom made the first tape for a slightly younger boy, and she made the second tape for a slightly older boy. So, in many ways the songs reflect the story."

Continuing, he adds, "The songs are a little bit deeper in some ways; a little bit less pop in some ways. Some of the choices are a bit more eclectic; some of the http://www.industrialinfo.com/choices are a bit more popular. But we have a real amazing group of songs that, like in the first movie, I wrote into the script. They are a part of the storytelling. Each song is very specific to the scene where it's placed."

On the importance of the score in the film, which often gets overlooked in a film heavy with popular songs, James Gunn adds, "The one thing that is underappreciated is how important Tyler Bates' score is to the first film," says the director. "We still use the score from the first movie while shooting this film and it doesn't get the respect it deserves because it gets so overshadowed by the soundtrack. There's some beautiful score on that first soundtrack, and I know that the music we've written for the second film is even better than what we did for the first film. Tyler Bates has absolutely outdone himself, and we're giving something very special to people with the music in this film, both the pop songs and the actual score."

Gunn and composer Tyler Bates worked on the score during pre-production so that they would have some of the major score themes worked out before the shoot began. This allowed Gunn, the actors and the camera crews to work with the music that will end up being used in the final film.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Tape, Vol. 2 track list follows:

"Mr. Blue Sky" - Performed by Electric Light Orchestra
"Fox on the Run" - Performed by Sweet
"Lake Shore Drive" - Performed by Aliotta Haynes Jeremiah
"The Chain" - Performed by Fleetwood Mac
"Bring It on Home to Me" - Performed by Sam Cooke
"Southern Nights" - Performed by Glen Campbell
"My Sweet Lord" - Performed by George Harrison
"Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)" - Performed by Looking Glass
"Come a Little Bit Closer" - Performed by Jay and The Americans
"Wham Bam Shang-a-Lang" - Performed by Silver
"Surrender" - Performed by Cheap Trick
"Father and Son" - Performed by Yusef / Cat Stevens
"Flash Light" - Performed by Parliament
"Guardians Inferno" - Performed by The Sneepers (Featuring - David Hasselhoff)
Executive Soundtrack Producers: James Gunn, Kevin Feige and Dave Jordan

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2 digital album is available HERE. The physical CD is now available for pre-order HERE. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Original Score digital album is available HERE.

About "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2"
Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Marvel Studios' "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" continues the team's adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill's true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes' aid as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand.

"Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" is written and directed by James Gunn and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, featuring Vin Diesel as Baby Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan, Sean Gunn, Tommy Flanagan, Laura Haddock, with Sylvester Stallone, and Kurt Russell. Kevin Feige is producing, and Louis D'Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jonathan Schwartz, Nikolas Korda and Stan Lee are the executive producers. Marvel Studios' "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" blasts into theaters on May 5, 2017.

About Tyler Bates
An array of artistic influences, from John Coltrane to Chopin, and the rock operas "Hair" and "Jesus Christ Superstar, set the course for Los Angeles-born Bates' musical signature that often combines disparate components that become indigenous within his compositions for film, television, video games and new media. His ability to create new worlds of atmospheric soundscapes fused with traditional orchestra led to groundbreaking scores for Zack Snyder's "Dawn of the Dead" and "300" films, and most recently, James Gunn's "Guardians of the Galaxy" Marvel franchise.

"John Wick 2" and "The Belko Experiment," both scored by Tyler Bates, exceeded box-office expectations and garnered rave reviews. Bates just completed work on "24 Hours to Live," starring Ethan Hawke, directed by Brian Smrz. He is currently working on Emilio Estevez's "The Public," and James Cox's "Billionaire Boys Club." Bates' next film release is "Atomic Blonde," starring Charlize Theron, directed by David Leitch.

His current TV projects include the Marvel/Netflix series, "The Punisher," written and directed by Steve Lightfoot, and Genndy Tartakovsky's "Samurai Jack," for Adult Swim.

This July 2017, Bates will embark on a world tour with shock-rocker Marilyn Manson, as lead guitarist, to celebrate the release of Manson's forthcoming album "SAY 10," which like Marilyn Manson's "The Pale Emperor," was co-written and produced by Bates. The duo created the title song "Cupid Carries a Gun," for WGN's "Salem," which Bates also scored, as well as songs for both John Wick films.


Canada's National Ballet School to Host 21 International Ballet Schools for Assemblée Internationale 2017

Legendary Bands Earth, Wind & Fire And CHIC Ft. Nile Rodgers Announce 2054 North American Summer Tour 

 Canada's National Ballet School (NBS) will host the third Assemblée Internationale (AI 17) festival in Toronto from April 30th to May 6th, 2017, welcoming students and artistic staff from twenty-one professional ballet schools around the world. AI 17 participants will take part in an intensive week of classes, performances, forums and professional development activities providing a rich educational experience and further building relationships within the international dance community.

The 2017 event will build on the success of previous Assemblée Internationale festivals, held in 2009 and 2013. Estée Lauder is the Principle Performance Partner for all four performances.

Students from this year's participating schools will perform both a piece of existing repertoire, representative of their school's culture, as well as choreography created by NBS alumni, which will be performed by a blended cast of students from each of the partner schools. Shaun Amyot, AI 17 Co-Artistic Director and Choreographer, has collaborated with Don Sinclair and Doug Van Nort, professors in the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design at York University, on using sensor technology in his work, titled Origin8. With the support of Thalmic Labs' Myo armbands, Amyot's choreography will be performed by a blended cast of AI 17 students.

"Canada's National Ballet School is thrilled to once again be welcoming students and artistic staff from the international ballet community for the Assemblée Internationale 2017," said Mavis Staines, NBS' Artistic Director and CEO. "The AI philosophy reflects the best of Canadian values: to initiate and facilitate creative collaboration with an open mind and open heart. Hosting this festival is an ideal way to celebrate Canada's sesquicentennial.'"

The full list of schools participating in the AI 17 is as follows:

The Ailey School (New York)
The Australian Ballet School (Melbourne)
Ballet Academy, University of Music and Performing Arts, Munich (Munich)
Boston Ballet School (Boston)
Canada's National Ballet School (Toronto)
Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet School (Winnipeg)
Codarts (Rotterdam)
Dutch National Ballet Academy (Amsterdam)
École de Danse de l'Opéra de Paris (Paris)
École Supérieure de Danse de Cannes-Mougins Rosella Hightower (Cannes)
Escuela Nacional de Ballet de Cuba (Havana)
L'École supérieure de ballet du Québec (Montréal)
EESA/CPD de l'Institut del Teatre (Barcelona)
Houston Ballet School (Houston)
Palucca School (Dresden)
New Zealand School of Dance (Wellington)
The School of The Hamburg Ballet, John Neumeier (Hamburg)
The Royal Conservatoire (The Hague)
The Royal Ballet School (London)
The Royal Danish Ballet School (Copenhagen)
San Francisco Ballet School (San Francisco)

For more information about the Assemblée Internationale or Canada's National Ballet School, please visit: http://www.nbs-enb.ca/Assemblee-Internationale

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 Two of the most successful and critically-acclaimed bands Earth, Wind & Fire and CHIC ft. Nile Rodgers announced today 2054 The Tour, which will travel across 20+ North American cities this summer beginning July 12 in Oakland, CA. The tour, promoted by Live Nation, will take the multi-platinum selling groups through major U.S. cities including New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Boston and Washington, DC before concluding August 22 in Detroit, MI. Amping up the summer fun, 2054 The Tour will feature a special guest DJ and a specialized seating configuration toward the front of the stage where seats will have additional space between them to encourage audiences to dance the night away.

American Express cardholders will have access to presale tickets in select cities beginning Monday, April 24 at 10 a.m. local time. Tickets go on sale to the general public starting Friday, April 28 at 10 a.m. local time. For complete presale details and ticket information, please visit www.ticketmaster.com.

"Nile Rodgers and CHIC are legendary for their iconic style, song, sound, and groove," said Philip Bailey, co-founder of Earth, Wind & Fire. "Get ready for a non-stop 2054 party!"

"There was a time when we could only dream of 'seeing' Earth, Wind & Fire live, now we get the honor of sharing the stage together. Get your feet ready for a deluge of hits," stated Nile Rodgers of CHIC and the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame.

With multiple #1 hit singles between Earth, Wind & Fire and CHIC ft. Nile Rodgers, 2054 The Tour will feature non-stop entertainment from two of America's most legendary musical groups. Most recently, Nile Rodgers was honored with an Award for Musical Excellence from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Earth, Wind & Fire was inducted in 2000.

Earth, Wind & Fire and CHIC ft. Nile Rodgers: 2054 The Tour

August 13, 2017
Toronto, ON
Air Canada Centre

About Earth, Wind & Fire:

Earth, Wind & Fire is one of the most innovative and influential contemporary music forces of the 20th century. With a signature sound beyond category and a groove as deep as the soul of the planet the band has impacted the history of music and pop culture for over four decades. EWF has sold over 90 million recordings earning them a solid spot as one of the all-time bestselling music artists. Rolling Stone and VH1 ranked Earth, Wind & Fire on their lists of the Greatest Artists of Rock & Roll. Originating from Chicago in 1969, EWF's career achievements include a GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award and an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (2000), a total of nine Grammy Awards and four American Music Awards. EWF classic songs have remained staples for last few generations including the hits, "September," "Shining Star," "That's the Way of The World" and "Boogie Wonderland." Earth, Wind & Fire's music continues to influence music with artists ranging from Drake, Kayne West, Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars and more. Founded by music genius Maurice White; EWF's co-founders Philip Bailey, Verdine White and Ralph Johnson continue to tour and perform to sold-out audiences around the world.

About CHIC ft. Nile Rodgers:

Among music legends, Nile Rodgers is truly exceptional. He amplifies his legacy as a multi-Grammy-winning composer, producer, arranger and guitarist by constantly traversing new musical terrain and successfully expanding the boundaries of popular music. As the co-founder of CHIC, Rodgers pioneered a musical language that sparked the advent of hip-hop with "Good Times," distinguished CHIC as the "most sampled band in history" (The Guardian, 2011), generated groundbreaking pop hits like "Le Freak," and won CHIC eleven Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominations. His career-defining productions for David Bowie (Let's Dance), Madonna (Like A Virgin), Diana Ross (diana), and Sister Sledge (We Are Family), plus his work with artists like Duran Duran, INXS, Mick Jagger, Grace Jones, Steve Winwood, Peter Gabriel, The B-52s, and Michael Jackson, have sold over 300 million albums and 50 million singles worldwide while his innovative, trendsetting collaborations with Daft Punk, Avicii, Disclosure, and Sam Smith reflect the vanguard of contemporary music.


Winning! Charlie Sheen to Attend Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia on June 3-4

Las Vegas Honors Legendary Entertainer Don Rickles With Photo Display

Hollywood headliner Charlie Sheen, whose dozens of topline film and TV credits include hits “Two and Half Men,” “Anger Management,” Wall Street and Platoon, will appear at Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia on Saturday and Sunday, June 3-4. The actor, writer and producer will greet fans, pose for photo ops, sign autographs and conduct an interactive fan Q&A at the pop culture extravaganza at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Center City Philadelphia.

Sheen’s awards include a Golden Globe, a Bronze Wrangler, and a Motion Picture star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He has been nominated for three Emmy Awards, two Golden Globes, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards. Some of his other memorable roles have come in feature films Major League, Eight Men Out and Hot Shots and in the acclaimed TV series “Spin City.” The outspoken star is a popular figure on social media, with nearly 12 million Twitter followers and similarly huge Facebook and Instagram universes.

In Philadelphia, he joins Gene Simmons (KISS front man), Millie Bobby Brown (“Stranger Things”) and Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy) on the guest roster. Additional celebrities will be announced closer to the start of the show.

Sheen is scheduled to make his Wizard World Comic Con debut in Minneapolis, May 6-7, then attend Wizard World Comic Con Des Moines, May 20-21.

Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop culture: movies, television, gaming, live entertainment, comics, sci-fi, graphic novels, toys, original art, collectibles, contests and more. The seventh event scheduled on the 2017 Wizard World calendar, Philadelphia show hours are Thursday, June 1, 4-9 p.m.; Friday, June 2, noon-7p.m.; Saturday, June 3, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, June 4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Kids 10 and under are admitted free with paid adult.

Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia is also the place for cosplay, with fans young and old showing off their best costumes throughout the event. Fans dressed as every imaginable character – and some never before dreamed – will roam the convention floor and participate in the famed Wizard World Costume Contest on Saturday evening.

For more on the 2017 Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia, visit http://wizd.me/PhiladelphiaPR.
On Thursday, April 13, images of Don Rickles were proudly displayed on digital marquees throughout Las Vegas to commemorate the entertainment icon. The legendary comedian was remembered as an influential and renowned entertainer that shaped the future of Las Vegas and cemented its status as the "Entertainment Capital of the World."

Numerous resorts and businesses across Las Vegas commemorated Rickles, including:
ARIA Resort & Casino, Bally's Las Vegas, Bellagio, Caesars Palace, Circus Circus, Delano Las Vegas, Encore Las Vegas, Excalibur, Flamingo Hotel & Casino, Fremont Hotel and Casino, Fremont Street Experience, Gold Coast Hotel & Casino, Golden Nugget Las Vegas, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Harrah's Hotel & Casino, Inspire Theatre, Luxor Las Vegas, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Miracle Mile Shops, Monte Carlo Resort & Casino, New York-New York, Paris Hotel & Casino, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Plaza Hotel & Casino, SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, South Point Hotel Casino and Spa, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, The Cromwell, The D Las Vegas, The Forum Shops at Caesars, The LINQ Hotel & Casino, The Orleans, The Palazzo Las Vegas, The Venetian Las Vegas, Treasure Island, Vdara Hotel & Spa, W Las Vegas and Wynn Las Vegas.

Also known as 'Mr. Warmth,' Rickles' comedy career spanned more than 60 years, with more than 50 years spent entertaining Las Vegas visitors at various resorts. Since his first Las Vegas performance in 1959, Rickles' raw humor and insult comedy entertained countless audiences over the years.

In the Rat Pack era, Rickles was associated with Frank Sinatra, owing much of his success to the Las Vegas entertainer.


Bell Media and ole Announce Worldwide Music Publishing, Acquisition, and Rights Management Partnership

SiriusXM's Top Comic returns with 8th annual search for Canada's best in comedy

- SiriusXM Canada, the country's leading audio entertainment company, today announced the return of the highly anticipated SiriusXM's Top Comic competition with a $25,000 grand prize and a guaranteed spot at three of Canada's biggest comedy festivals in 2018: JFL42 (Toronto), JFL NorthWest (Vancouver), Just For Laughs Montreal and inclusion in JFL: All Access, airing on The Comedy Network.

Travel grants are offered to the 60 comics from across Canada selected to audition in either Toronto or Vancouver. This will be the eighth year the contest will scan the country in search of Canada's best comedian – THE Top Comic.

"We're excited to kick off Top Comic again this year, which has become a tentpole in the Canadian comedy landscape and the biggest competition in the industry," said Ben Miner, Canadian comic and host of SiriusXM's Canada Laughs. "Canada is known for producing comedy greats and we're excited to shine a light on this year's competitors."

As of today, and until April 24, Canadian comics can register at www.siriusxm.ca/topcomic. Once SiriusXM selects the 60 best, auditions will be held before a live audience and a panel of industry judges over six nights. Auditions will be hosted by Miner and recorded for broadcast throughout North America on SiriusXM's uncensored comedy channel, Canada Laughs (ch. 168).

The 2017 auditions will take place on the following dates:

May 29 - Yuk Yuk's, Toronto
May 30 - The Drake Underground, Toronto
May 31 - Absolute Comedy, Toronto
June 6 - The Comedy Mix, Vancouver
June 6 - The Comedy Mix (late show), Vancouver
June 7 - Yuk Yuk's, Vancouver
Judges will select three comics from each audition to move on as Semi-Finalists where their videos will be placed online and Canadians will have the chance to vote for their favourite. The six comics with the most votes will move on as Finalists, as well as two additional comics as chosen by a panel of industry judges. The eight Finalists will compete in the Top Comic Finale in Toronto during JFL42, presented by Air Canada in association with SiriusXM.

Top Comic is part of SiriusXM Canada's ongoing initiatives to provide exposure to Canadian talent. Last year, Toronto's Chris Robinson took home the title and grand prize, with Sophie Buddle of Vancouver and Che Durena of Toronto placing as runners-up. Previous winners include Faisal Butt, Derek Seguin, Pete Zedlacher, Eric Andrews, Matt O'Brien and Brian Stollery.

Canada Laughs (ch. 168) features uncensored Canadian comedy 24/7 including stand-up, sketch and more, putting the spotlight on the rich pool of extraordinary talent from Canada. Canada Laughs is available to all Sirius and XM subscribers in Canada and across the U.S. and joins SiriusXM's hilarious comedy lineup, including Comedy Central Radio, SiriusXM Comedy Greats, Raw Dog Comedy, The Foxxhole, Jeff and Larry's Comedy Roundup, Laugh USA and more.

Those satellite radio subscribers who add SiriusXM Streaming access to their subscription can also listen to Canada Laughs on the SiriusXM App, On-Demand and online.

To learn more visit www.siriusxm.ca/topcomic
Bell Media has joined forces with ole, the world's fastest-growing independent rights management company, in an exclusive music publishing and administration partnership encompassing Bell Media's extensive in-house music catalog. With this deal, ole has concluded $20-million in acquisitions in the first quarter of 2017.

The multi-year deal will increase revenue generated from Bell Media's premier audio-visual collection of more than 12,000 tracks, including iconic television music such as "The Hockey Theme", CTV News themes, and compositions from Bell Media's roster of #1 hit original programs.

"With our extensive music catalog, this is a great opportunity for us to grow its use internationally and capture new revenue streams," said Tyson Parker, Head of Artist and Music Industry Relations, Bell Media.

"ole is very pleased to be working with Bell Media and its world-class content production teams," said Robert Ott, Chairman and CEO, ole. "I look forward to adding value to what this talented team is creating."


GROWING UP SMITH Releases in Toronto
as Part of North American Roll-Out

(New York, NY – March 28, 2017)  Due to an overwhelming response to advance ticket sales during opening weekend (February 3rd) in New York/New Jersey, San Francisco, Dallas and Chicago and additional releases (February 10th) in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Hartford, Boston and Detroit, the heartfelt, coming-of-age, family comedy GROWING UP SMITH, directed by Frank Lotito and starring Jason Lee (My Name is Earl) and Anjul Nigam (Bad Words and True Detective), has been slated for a North American roll-out on April 7th in Toronto, Ontario at the Carlton 9 Cinema. The cast is available for one-on-one interviews upon request, and the online screener of the film is also available for reviewers, critics and bloggers. 
Here's what critics are saying about the coming-of-age LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE meets MY GIRL meets WONDER YEARS family-friendly film:
"The film has accidental topicality now with the debate over immigration swirling, but you don’t need to burden it with politics to be touched by its tale of a child who is pulled by two very different cultural worlds."
- New York Times Review
NPR's This American Life says Growing Up Smith "Shines with stellar performances."

"A cross cultural comedy with heart... Growing Up Smith  reminds me of some of the great coming of age stories... a solid watch for kids of a certain age, or really anyone who has ever been a little bit different from those around them." - Josh Hurtado, ScreenAnarchy

Fort Worth Star Telegram calls the film "charmingly amusing and surprisingly timely...like an extended episode of 'The Wonder Years.'" 

Distributed by Good Deed Entertainment and inspired by a true story set in the year 1979, Growing Up Smith is about a family from India that moves to America with hopes of living the American Dream. While their 10-year-old boy, Smith, falls head-over-heels for the girl next door, his desire to become a "good old boy" propels him further away from his family's ideas than ever before.

“In light of the recent immigration concerns in our country, this film highlights a positive immigrant experience in the late 70s and reminds us that love does not see race or creed," said Scott Donley, CEO & Founder of Good Deed Entertainment. 
Nigam says that "the movie is a tribute to childhood heroes, first love and growing up in Small Town, America. We're proud to say that it's a film with no explosions, no profanity and no violence," which is the unspoken mantra at his production company, Brittany House Pictures.

Starring: Jason Lee ("My Name Is Earl"), Anjul Nigam ("Bad Words"), Brighton Sharbino ("The Walking Dead"), Hilarie Burton ("One Tree Hill"), Jake Busey ("From Dusk Till Dawn"),  Tim Guinee ("Iron Man 1 and 2"), Alison Wright ("The Americans"), Poorna Jagannathan ("Delhi Belly"), Samrat Chakrabarti ("Waiting City") and introducing Roni Akurati as "Smith"
Director: Frank Lotito

Producers: Anjul Nigam, Frank Lotito, Steve Straka
Writers: Anjul Nigam, Paul Quinn, Gregory Scott Houghton
Story: In 1979, a family from India moves to America with hopes of living the American Dream. While their 10-year-old boy Smith falls head-over-heels for the girl next door, his desire to become a “good old boy” propels him further away from his family’s ideals than ever before. A tribute to childhood heroes, first love and growing up in Small Town, America... in simpler times.


New Robert Redford Movie, The Discovery, Addresses Suicide And The Afterlife - Author and NDE Expert Brian McLaughlin Offers Insight Into The Issue Of Life After Death

  For some people the pain of living is greater than the benefits derived from living. For some in that group, the idea of life after death provides some hope. And for others in such dire straits, suicide seems like a viable alternative. Why continue to suffer? Everybody dies at some point in time, so why not now? If one's faith in life after death is strong enough, and the suffering while living in the world is intolerable, suicide can appear to be an alternative.

That broad concept is a focal point in 'The Discovery' a new film starring Robert Redford. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2017, and will be released by Netflix in March. In the film, the existence of the afterlife is proven scientifically, which leads to mass suicides. NDE expert Brian McLaughlin, author of 'A Flight Without Wings', offers some valuable insight in regard to the question of suicide.

McLaughlin recently shared:"I have, in the past, had the opportunity to share some comfort to those concerned about an afterlife. The experience for me was peaceful and filled with pure love from many sources.

"I recently co-hosted an internet TV Show, dealing with suicide among other mental challenges. I felt a responsibility to those struggling with the thoughts of suicide, not to portray an attractive alternative to living."

He went on to say: "I am keenly aware of these feelings, as I was facing some life threatening surgery (aortic aneurism), and was considering not having any intervention. It seemed like a viable choice for me, no fear of death and.... a sudden and fast ending. I took the time to speak to family members, and my mother suggested that this resolution, although all mine, had serious consequences for those people who cared about me and would be left behind. I hadn't looked at the decision from that perspective before. My choice to have this aneurism repaired became one of love and consideration for my family. Just coming to that conclusion made me feel better"

Brian's book about his near death experience, 'A Flight Without Wings' offers readers a look at the near death experience from an unbiased point of view. It is the presentation of the material that sets this book apart from the other books about the near death experience. It is raw and it's real. There is no embellishment and no hidden agenda. While his book has a spiritual flavor certainly, there is no preaching and no religious messages. It is his near-death experience, just as it happened.

McLaughlin's experience changed the course of his life forever. It instilled in him what we all seek - certainty about life after death. And with that a peace of mind that can never be shaken, nor can it be doubted. His near death experience brought a sense of clarity. It brought a sense of real, lasting peace. He now knows with certainty that we exist forever. It is that simple message he brings to his audience, both through his book and at his speaking engagements and in his media appearances.

Brian has won numerous awards. He was chosen as one of '50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading' in both the 2015 and 2016 Book Awards.

Reviews of 'A Flight Without Wings' have been overwhelmingly positive. Dr. Penny Sartori, author of 'The Wisdom of Near-Death Experiences', said "This book will help others who have had an NDE to make sense of their experience and will also help those close to someone who has had an NDE because NDEs affect close family members and friends too."

Jack Magnus, a reviewer with Readers Favorite, called the book a "well written and moving memoir that neither delves into the fanciful or dogmatic,..." "...Well worth reading, and is highly recommended." Another stated, "Being a mother who lost her only child I found it to be a great comfort to me." Another said, "I have read many accounts such as these, but this beautifully written account simply touched my heart in ways that previous ones have not."

Mark Feuerstein, Actor (Royal Pains, USA Network) wrote: "I have read it and I think it's an inspiring tale of deep insight and so personal and yet so universal . . . such profound perspective."

Brian McLaughlin is the award-winning author of 'A Flight Without Wings'. In his inspirational book, Brian vividly depicts his journey into Heaven and his following return to life caused by a massive head trauma sustained while vacationing in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico twenty-one years ago.


20th Japan Media Arts Festival - Announcement of Award-winning Works

  The 20th Japan Media Arts Festival's Award-winning Works and Special Achievement Awards have been chosen.

The Grand prize for the Art Division is media installation work "Interface I" by German artist Ralf BAECKER; for the Entertainment Division is video work "SHIN GODZILLA" by Japanese artists ANNO Hideaki and HIGUCHI Shinji; for the Animation Division is animated feature film "your name." by Japanese artist SHINKAI Makoto; and for the Manga Division is "BLUE GIANT" by Japanese artist ISHIZUKA Shinichi. For all other awards, please visit the website of the 20th Japan Media Arts Festival.

The Japan Media Arts Festival is a comprehensive festival of Media Arts (Media Geijutsu in Japanese) that honors outstanding works in the four divisions of Art, Entertainment, Animation and Manga, as well as providing a platform for appreciation of the award-winning works.

For the 20th Japan Media Arts Festival, we received 4,034 works from 88 countries and regions. After strict jury screening, every Division selected the winners (Grand Prizes, Excellence Awards and New Face Awards), as well as the winners of Special Achievement Awards, those who have made exceptional contributions to the field of Media Arts.

The Exhibition of Award-winning Works will be held in September, 2017, at the NTT InterCommunication Center (ICC) and the Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery (Hatsudai, Tokyo).

Honored by the Japan Media Art Festival are outstanding works from a diverse range of media -- from animation and comics to media art and games. Since its inception in 1997, the festival has recognized significant works of high artistry and creativity, and has held other events, such as symposiums, screenings and showcases, in addition to a yearly Exhibition of Award-winning Works.

Official website: http://festival.j-mediaarts.jp/en/


Enrique Iglesias And Pitbull Live! Sharing The Stage For Co-Headlining Summer Tour

 Two of music's most captivating live performers will share the stage this summer when multi-platinum selling and multiple Grammy Award-winning global superstars Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull reunite for a co-headlining tour with CNCO as support, announced today. Adored by fans and critics alike, the celebrated duo and longtime friends start the party on Saturday, June 3 in Chicago at the Allstate Arena, kicking off a 16-city tour exclusively produced by Live Nation. The North American run will visit Los Angeles, Dallas, New York and Toronto, as well as hometown Miami, Florida. Complete itinerary below. For more information please visit livenation.com.

Pitbull and Enrique Iglesias Live! With CNCO:

Thursday, July 06
Toronto, ON
Air Canada Centre

About Enrique Iglesias:

Enrique Iglesias has sold more than 150 million albums worldwide, released ten studio albums plus two greatest hits compilations, and is a multiplatinum artist in almost every country around the world. He has headlined ten world tours to more than 10 million fans throughout his career having performed in literally every corner of the world from New York to Sydney to Cape Town to Minsk to London to Belgrade to Santiago to Mexico among many more.

Undeniably the biggest Latin recording artist in music history, Enrique has 27 #1 singles on the Billboard Latin Songs Chart as well as having multiple #1's across all the Billboard charts with a combined total of 105. His most recent track, "Duele El Corazon" got him his 14th #1 Billboard Dance track making him the king of the chart beating out Michael Jackson for the most #1's in Billboard history. He continues to be one of the most successful artists in modern music holding the record for most weeks at #1 on Billboard's Hot Latin Songs chart with his hit "Bailando" at 42 weeks, and the music video has gained over 1.9 BILLION views on YouTube – with more than 6 billion combined views of all his videos on YouTube.

Enrique has been celebrated with just about every award an artist can receive including multiple Grammys, Billboard Awards, World Music Awards, American Music Awards, Premios Juventud, ASCAP and BMI honors and many more totaling over 200. Enrique celebrates his success by helping to create awareness of the incredible work of Save The Children.

About Pitbull:

From Mr. 305 to Mr. Worldwide, Armando Christian Perez, aka Pitbull, rose from the streets of Miami to exemplify the American Dream and achieve international success. His relentless work ethic transformed him into a Grammy®-winning global superstar and business entrepreneur. Along the way, he has been the subject and host of prestigious cable and network specials. His music has appeared in "Men In Black III" and "The Penguins of Madagascar," and he even had a starring voiceover role in the animated 3D movie "Epic." Landing No. 1 hits in over 15 countries, 9 billion YouTube/VEVO views, 70 million single sales and 6 million album sales, Pitbull does not stop. His social networking channels include nearly 90 million combined Facebook (@Pitbull), Twitter (@Pitbull) and Instagram (@Pitbull) followers, plus more than 8 million YouTube subscribers (PitbullVEVO and PitbullMusic).

Making global music, Pitbull flaunts a style that's indisputably his own. Releasing his full-length debut, "M.I.A.M.I" in 2004, followed by the success of 2006's "El Mariel" and 2007's "The Boatlift." In tribute to his father, he delivered his first Spanish-language album, "Armando," in 2010. He grinded it out on the road and touched down everywhere from the Far East and South America to Europe and all across the U.S. His success continued as he went on to release additional chart-topping platinum hits, including "Timber" [featuring Ke$ha], "Fireball" [featuring John Ryan] and more. On March 17, 2017, Pitbull released his 10th full-length album, Climate Change, after wrapping his second headlining arena run – "The Bad Man Tour," named after the Climate Change hit single performed on the 2016 Grammy Awards.

Pitbull also continues to forge a presence in the business world with his vodka Voli, fragrance line "Pitbull," a strategic alliance with Playboy Enterprises and brand partnerships such as Norwegian Cruise Line. His Honey I'm Home production company has partnered with Endemol Shine North America for three New Year's Eve Revolution live TV shows on FOX, and Pitbull's Globalization (Ch. 4) on Sirius XM features some of the most prominent DJs from around the world.

Honored by his accolades and awards, Pitbull is especially proud that he has received a key to the city of his beloved Miami, has a wax figure on display at Madame Tussaud's Orlando, and received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the Celia Cruz Plaza on Hollywood Boulevard.

About CNCO

CNCO is Latin music's newest phenomenon. Winners of the 2015 Univision musical competition, La Banda, the talented quintet -- Christopher Vélez, Erick Brian Colón, Joel Pimentel, Richard Camacho, and Zabdiel De Jesús -- won over millions of viewers as well as the renowned judges: Ricky Martin, Laura Pausini and Alejandro Sanz. Winning the competition included a contract with Sony Music US Latin and a management deal with Ricky Martin. In 2016, CNCO were crowned the year's breakout act with multiple gold and platinum certifications of their debut, Primera Cita. The award-winning quintet became Billboard's Latin Awards "Artist of the Year, New" with a string of #1's including singles "Tan Fácil," "Reggaetón Lento," "Para Enamorarte," and "Quiseria" – the videos for all combined have more than 960 million views! Their music has been celebrated by their peers including winning five awards at the Premios Juventud 2016 and three Latin American Music Awards including "New Artist of the Year," "Favorite New Artist - Pop/Rock," and "Favorite Duo or Group - Pop/Rock." So far in 2017, CNCO received four Billboard Award nominations, and three Premio Lo Nuestro nominations, as well as a nomination for Best Latin Artist at the iHeartRadio Music Awards. CNCO are poised to conquer the U.S. Latin market in 2017! 


Two Dozen Rare And Limited Release Frank Zappa Albums To Be Made Widely Available Around The World Physically And Digitally Via Zappa Records/UMe

 Two dozen rare and limited release Frank Zappa recordings will be made widely available around the world when UMe assumes distribution of the albums as part of their global partnership with the Zappa Family Trust. In the U.S., the 24 albums will be available on CD, download and streaming on March 24. Internationally, they will be available digitally March 24 with physical to follow on April 28. Nine of the albums, including Zappa's 100th release, Dance Me This, and the revered live disc, Roxy By Proxy, have never been available for download or streaming. The wide-ranging collection includes fan favorite and Grammy Award-winning titles from Zappa's independent labels Barking Pumpkin, Vaulternative Records and Zappa Records and encompasses more than 20 years of releases, dating back to 1994's posthumous release, Civilization Phaze III. "For more than two decades, the only place to get exclusive Frank Zappa albums was through our mail order and website. We are thrilled to be able to make these titles available to fans across the globe with the help of our friends at Universal," says Ahmet Zappa.

In all, the albums being made available internationally to online retailers, record stores, digital retailers and streaming services include a diverse collection of previously limited releases comprised of live concerts, taped rehearsals, treasures from Zappa's extensive and extraordinary vault, audio documentaries, archival recordings, the famed "Corsaga" series and other exciting audio ephemera. The releases span Zappa's entire career, from his first records with the Mothers of Invention to some of the last compositions and projects he ever worked on.

Below is a full list and descriptions of each of the titles included in this initiative. Albums can be pre-ordered here: https://UMe.lnk.to/ZappaAMSAmz

A Token Of His Extreme (Zappa Records, 2013) CD
In August 1974, Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention taped two legendary sets at KCET TV Studios in Hollywood, CA. This popular footage was used by FZ in a number of different edits originally intended as a TV special and eventually featured in the home video release The Dub Room Special (1982). A Token Of His Extreme was officially issued on DVD in 2013 along with the release of the soundtrack on CD.

Buffalo (Vaulternative Records, 2007) 2CD
Originally released in 2007, Buffalo captures an entire concert recorded live at the Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, NY on October 25, 1980. The original tapes were salvaged from the Vault by Vaultmeister Joe Travers and mixed by Grammy-Award winning engineer Frank Filipetti.

Carnegie Hall (Vaulternative Records, 2011) 4CD
As history would have it, and thanks to the persistence of promoter Ron Delsener, Frank Zappa & his Mothers actually played Carnegie Hall. The two shows on October 11th, 1971 were recorded for posterity to mono 1/4" tape using a concealed Nagra tape machine and a Electrovoice 664 microphone.

Civilization Phaze III (Barking Pumpkin, 1994) 2CD
Civilization Phaze III, one of the final projects to be finished by Zappa before his passing, completes the trilogy of Masterworks established first with Lumpy Gravy and We're Only In It For The Money in 1968. Originally envisioned as "Lumpy Gravy, Phase III," this music morphed over a period of years in various states of completion. Realized mainly on the Synclavier and including performances by the Ensemble Modern and newly recorded dialogue from inside the piano, Frank finally put the finishing touches on the double CD in 1992. It received a Grammy for Best Recording Package in 1995.

Congress Shall Make No Law…(Zappa Records, 2010) CD
Gail Zappa always said that FZ always made a point to "educate" his audience as well as entertain them. She continued on that note with this release, an informative document that focuses on the importance of FZ's testimonies to fight censorship. FZ's address to the Senate Committee Hearings in 1985 and to the Maryland State Legislature in 1986 are featured here in their entirety combined with various Synclavier and interview excerpts found in the Vault.

Dance Me This (Zappa Records, 2015) CD
The 100th release by the Zappa Family Trust and the last project to be finished by Frank Zappa before his passing, Dance Me This, was composed and realized on the Synclavier, FZ's go-to digital workstation that was state of the art at the time of the recording. The music is described by the Maestro as 'designed for modern dance groups.' The album was finished but shelved by the Trust until finally receiving its much anticipated release in 2015.

Everything Is Healing Nicely (Barking Pumpkin, 1999) CD
The Ensemble Modern from Frankfurt Germany spent a lot of time with Frank Zappa during the last few years of his life. As the group was working closely with Zappa preparing for a series of concerts scheduled in 1992 (to be known as "The Yellow Shark"), FZ, in his typical manner, was digitally recording every rehearsal. Everything Is Healing Nicely features highlights from those recordings, hand-picked by Zappa, compiled posthumously by then staff engineer Spence Chrislu, and released exclusively through mail order in 1999.

Feeding The Monkies At Ma Maison (Zappa Records, 2011) CD
Around 1987 or so, Frank Zappa completed a digital master of this title which was intended for a vinyl release. FZ never released it and re-worked some of the material for another project, mainly Civilization, Phaze III. Feeding The Monkies At Ma Maison, realized on the Synclavier, eventually found a release in original form in 2011. The CD contains unreleased compositions, unedited versions and added bonus tracks from the time period.

Frank Zappa Plays The Music of Frank Zappa (Barking Pumpkin, 1996) CD
When released on Halloween 1996, Frank Zappa Plays The Music Of Frank Zappa, A Memorial Tribute was considered to be an "Audio Tombstone" by the family. It features the three signature guitar pieces: "Black Napkins," "Zoot Allures" and "Watermelon In Easter Hay" in their original released form (remastered) with added live versions that predate the issued masters. Also included is "Merely A Blues In A: from Paris '74. A fitting "Memorial Tribute" indeed.

FZ: OZ (Vaulternative Records, 2002) 2CD
FZ:OZ is the very first release from Vaulternative Records, the label created by the Zappa Family Trust that focuses on material found in the infamous Zappa Vault. Released in 2002, this audio nugget contains an almost complete concert from FZ's second and final visit to Sydney, Australia in early 1976.

Greasy Love Songs (Zappa Records, 2010) CD
The third installment of the Project/Object Audio Documentary series focuses on the 40th anniversary of Zappa's 1968 homage to old Doo Wop and Rhythm & Blues. Cruising With Ruben & The Jets was FZ & The Mothers' fourth album release. Greasy Love Songs brings together the long awaited release of the original 1968 mix along with mix outtakes, interview excerpts and oddities from the sessions. Also contains liner notes from Cheech Marin.

Hammersmith Odeon (Zappa Records, 2010) 3CD
In early 1978, Frank Zappa played a string of dates between January and February at the famous Hammersmith Odeon in London, England. Hammersmith Odeon, first issued in conjunction with a special birthday event at The Roundhouse in London in 2010, contains performances from those shows. These recordings are famous for being the basis for the Sheik Yerbouti album. This album contains all alternate performances and highlights from the master show tapes.

Imaginary Diseases (Zappa Records, 2006) CD
Released in 2006, Imaginary Diseases compiles for the first time all live recordings from a very rare and undocumented Zappa band line-up. In 1972, after taking a 20-piece 'electric orchestra' on the road for eight dates as The Grand Wazoo, FZ reduced the personnel to 10 pieces and toured this new band for roughly two months. Billed as The Mothers of Invention but eventually becoming known as the 'Petit Wazoo,' audio from this period was never released during Frank's lifetime.

Joe's Camouflage (Vaulternative Records, 2014) CD
In late summer 1975, Frank Zappa formed a band that never got past the rehearsal stage, but managed to have their own band promo shots taken with fall touring rapidly approaching. This Joe's series entry, Joe's Camouflage, finds mainly 4-track rehearsal tapes that captured FZ experimenting with this group, updating arrangements of older songs along with some new compositions, some that were never revisited later in his career. Featuring Novi Novog on viola and keys, Robert 'Frog' Camarena on vocals and Denny Walley on guitar, all three of whom left the band shortly after these recordings were made.

Joe's Corsage (Vaulternative Records, 2004) CD
The first in a series of special material released from the Vault. The titles of the "Corsaga" are a play on words of FZ's famous Joe's Garage title, with the contents produced and compiled by the Vaultmeister, Joe Travers. Joe's Corsage, the first release created in 2004, was produced in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the creation of The Mothers in 1964. It focuses on the origin of the Mothers of Invention as told by Frank himself, along with early recordings made before their first record contract in early 1966.

Joe's Domage (Vaulternative Records, 2004) CD
Joe's Domage, the second entry from the "Corsaga" series, gives you an insight into how Frank worked. The recording from this primitive cassette tape captures the first rehearsal of the Wazoo band, freezing in time early ideas and arrangements of material that went on to be used on The Grand Wazoo & Waka/Jawaka album sessions of 1972. Recorded ambiently in Frank's rehearsal room in Hollywood, Frank conducted these sessions while confined to a wheelchair after being pushed offstage in London, England roughly three months prior.

Joe's Menage (Vaulternative Records, 2008) CD
Frank Zappa, notorious for recording everything, carried cassettes with him on the road. On one occasion backstage during the late '70s, Frank gave longtime fan Ole' Lysgaard a cassette which contained a dub of a live recording excerpt from a concert in Williamsburg, VA 11-1-75. Thanks to Ole', this excerpt has been forever immortalized as the content for "Corsaga" number 4. Joe's Menage is transferred directly from the show master tape.

Joe's Xmasage (Vaulternative Records, 2005) CD
Joe's Xmasage was released on Frank's birthday during the Christmas season of 2005. Joe worked closely with Gail Zappa on this third installment of the "Corsaga," showcasing vintage recordings from Frank's life in the early '60s. Music, historical audio documents and Conceptual Continuity clues fill up this special Christmas dish from the Vault for you and yours.

MOFO (Zappa Records, 2006) 2CD
This 2-disc version of the Making Of Freak Out! Project/Object Audio Documentary contains highlights from the 4-disc version which is available only through mail order. MOFO (2 Disc) was released in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of The Mothers of Invention's first album, Freak Out!, it includes the original album's 1966 vinyl mix along with exclusive tracks not found anywhere else.

One Shot Deal (Zappa Records, 2008) CD
Released in 2008, One Shot Deal features chunks of material found in the vault selected by FZ and compiled by Gail Zappa & Joe Travers. Ranging from 1972 to 1981, One Shot Deal blends live compositions, improvisations and guitar solos from various world tours, all recorded live.

Philly '76 (Vaulternative Records, 2009)
Frank Zappa played the Philadelphia Spectrum Theater on October 29th, 1976. The concert was professionally recorded and was a perfect contender for the ongoing concert series from Vaulternative Records. Philly '76 was released in 2009 and features a complete show from a rare band line-up with another stellar mix from Grammy Award winning engineer Frank Filipetti.

Roxy By Proxy (Zappa Records, 2014) CD
Roxy By Proxy contains material recorded live at the infamous run of shows at The Roxy Theater in Hollywood, CA, December 1973. It's the first compilation made from digital mixes created in 1987 by Frank with Bob Stone at FZ's home studio, The Utility Muffin Research Kitchen. The sequencing plays like a full show while the package features extensive liner notes from the one and only Ruth Underwood, then the percussionist in the band.

The Dub Room Special (Zappa Records, 2007) CD
A previously unreleased soundtrack album created by Zappa himself, contains material found in The Dub Room Special, a 90-minute home video first released by mail order only in 1982. Tracks consist of live cuts from The Palladium, NYC on Halloween 1981 along with performances taped at KCET TV studios in Los Angeles during 1974.

WAZOO (Vaulternative Records, 2007) 2CD
WAZOO contains a complete show recorded live to stereo tape at the Boston Music Hall in Boston, MA on September 24, 1972. Originally released in 2007, this set is the only document found in the Vault of the short-lived Grand Wazoo, an ambitious 20-piece 'electric orchestra' formed by Zappa and toured for only eight dates during the fall of 1972.

Canadian Impresario Jeffrey Latimer to Lead Canada's Walk of Fame
​The Board of Directors for Canada's Walk of Fame has announced the appointment of Jeffrey Latimer as Chief Executive Officer effective April 3, 2017. Canada's Walk of Fame will join the roster of entertainment properties managed by Jeffrey Latimer Entertainment (JLE).

Drawing on his expertise producing and managing live entertainment across North America for over two decades, and leveraging his vast network of influencers, Latimer will be responsible for moving the organization forward, taking the brand to the next step in its growth.

"I am excited to expand the national vision of this prestigious organization and look forward to helping reinforce the brand with all Canadians. We have the opportunity to build on the amazing 19 year history of Canada's Walk of Fame, open new doors and build strong partnerships for the future. With so much pride in Canada this year with the 150th celebrations – and so many extraordinary Canadians making a difference in the world – this is the perfect time for me and my team to take the helm," said Latimer.

Latimer will continue to build on the successes of Melanie Hurley, who led Canada's Walk of Fame since 2014 with a mandate to make a complete organizational assessment that included various programing changes, implementation of new policies and procedures, and the vision of a new "Golden Globe style" format for the Canada's Walk of Fame Broadcast Gala. Latimer and Hurley will work closely together over the next few weeks to ensure a smooth transition period.

"We appreciate all of the vision, dedication and enthusiasm that Melanie brought to the brand over the last three years. Canada's Walk of Fame has benefited significantly from Melanie's leadership. We wish her well in her future endeavours," said Lewis Rusen, Chair, Canada's Walk of Fame Board of Directors, and Vice Chairman, North America - Korn Ferry | Hay Group.

"It's been an honour working at Canada's Walk of Fame and I wish the organization and Jeffrey all the success in the future," said Melanie Hurley.

Latimer has produced and managed live theatre, musical productions, TV and film, artists and major events in North America for the past 25 years. Based in Toronto, Jeffrey Latimer Entertainment is set up to develop, create, produce, present and manage the best in artists, live entertainment, events, and TV and film.

"Jeffrey is a seasoned entrepreneur with a passion for creativity and vision. He is the right individual to elevate this brand and spearhead the organization moving forward," continued Rusen. "On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am delighted to welcome Jeffrey to Canada's Walk of Fame. We have a bright future ahead of us celebrating and recognizing Canadian excellence."

Latimer has produced hundreds of live shows and has been Director of Business Development for The Second City, helping to launch their new theatre in Toronto, and continues to work with Just For Laughs on strategic partnerships.

Currently, Latimer manages artists such as JUNO Award-winning multi-platinum recording artists, The Tenors and JUNO Award-winning soul singing sensation, Sean Jones.

Latimer's charity work is vast including Chairing The ONEXONE Foundation Gala headed by Matt Damon; the Community Outreach Board of the SickKids Foundation; the Chair of Ron White's "White Knight Gala"; and the Co-Chair of both the 2010 and 2013 David Foster Foundation Toronto Galas where he continues to sit on the board. Latimer was a founding co-chair and is currently the Global Co-Chair of Free the Children's "WE Day."


Award - winning Producer, Composer, Recording and Performing Artist Shuki Levy Named Co-Chair of The Einstein Legacy Project

The Einstein Legacy Project is pleased to announce that award-winning producer, composer, and recording artist Shuki Levy has been named Co-Chair of the Einstein Legacy Project. The project celebrates the 100 year anniversary of Einstein's General Theory of Relativity, with a mission to honour his life and legacy and to identify and inspire the next generation of brilliant minds on the planet.

"We are honoured to have Shuki Levy join us as co-chair at The Einstein Legacy Project," said Rami Kleinmann, Founder, Einstein Legacy Project and CEO, CFHU. "Our vision is to unite the best and brightest to lead our celebration of Einstein's legacy, and he is a perfect addition to our team. Shuki is one of those rare individuals who, through his imagination and passion, creates inspirational works touching people's hearts and creating a connection to the world. His pledge to support the Next Einstein through his upcoming projects is a very meaningful gift for Einstein's birthday."

In support of the Einstein Legacy Project, Levy is donating a portion of the proceeds from two upcoming feature film productions. The first project, Masada 1942, is a musical drama based on Levy's stage musical Imagine This, which was most recently produced by the Freies Musical Ensemble in Munster, Germany. The second feature film, Eli & Mali, is an animated musical for kids. The donated proceeds will help fund The Next Einstein (www.thenexteinstein.com), an online competition launching March 28th, that searches for the next big idea with the potential to change the world for the better. The South African version of the competition is currently underway with the participation of 10,000 school-aged kids in partnership with the European Space Agency (www.space4thenexteinstein.com).

"I am honoured to co-chair the Einstein Legacy Project working alongside Judy Tanenbaum. Einstein said that imagination is more important than knowledge, and this resonates with me on so many levels," said Shuki Levy, adding: "Everything I have I owe to imagination. I am thrilled to support Einstein's legacy through my own creative projects." Levy co-created the hit TV series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, and was the driving creative force behind Saban Entertainment, a children's programming giant that he co-founded with his long time business partner Haim Saban. The new "Power Rangers" movie is in theatres March 24th.

For more information on the Einstein Legacy Project, please visit www.einsteinlegacyproject.com

About the Einstein Legacy Project:
It has been 100 years since Albert Einstein created the General Theory of Relativity changing the world with the power of his intellect and vision. To celebrate this historic milestone, the Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University (CFHU) through The Einstein Legacy Project is embarking on a number of global initiatives to recognize and honour the world's greatest minds and innovators.

Hollywood Movie and TV Actors with Disabilities Joined Thousands For Inspirational ReelAbilities Film Festival  

A blind state supreme court justice. A deaf teen girl who word slams in sign language. An inner-city schools basketball coach born without fully-formed arms. A double hand amputee meets the love of his life who doesn't see his disability.

These stories and more were told at the largest and most unique film festival in the country celebrating the lives and art of people with disabilities (PWD), the ReelAbilities Film Festival held March 9 – 12 in Cincinnati, Ohio. More than 10,000 people attended the Hollywood-style film extravaganza showcasing dozens of moving and thought-provoking documentaries, features and shorts about people living and achieving with disabilities.

The festival featured appearances by more than a dozen celebrities who live with varying disabilities including:

RJ Mitte, best known for his role as Walter "Flynn" White, Jr. on the award-winning TV thriller, "Breaking Bad;"
Ali Stroker - known for her role in "Glee," and as the first Broadway actress in a wheelchair to appear on a Broadway stage.
Jamie Brewer - known for her role as Adelaide 'Addie" Lagdon in "American Horror Story," and as the first model with Down syndrome to walk the runway at New York Fashion Week.
Lauren Potter - best known as Becky Jackson in the popular television show, "Glee."
Nic Novicki – standup comedian known for his recurring role on "Boardwalk Empire."
Kurt Yaeger, a fan favorite on "Sons of Anarchy," and a recurring role actor on "NCIS: Los Angeles;"
John Lawson, A television, film and commercial actor with past roles in the long running television crime dramas, "Law and Order," "Law and Order: SVU" and "FX AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW."
The festival presents real-life PWD stories that are robust, inspiring and de-stigmatizing with the goal of transforming perceptions around people living with disabilities.

"I've been working my whole life to work with it and evolve with it," said actor RJ Mitte of his cerebral palsy diagnosis at age 3. "Growing up, I was never taught to use the words 'can't' or 'won't.' I was taught to believe that I can achieve anything I want and that disability does not define me. This festival focuses on how differences strengthen us individually and as a community and I'm excited to be a part of that message."

Among the notable films and screenings over the weekend were "The Astronaut's Secret," starring astronaut Rich Clifford who is managing Parkinson's Disease; and "Chimes for Tyler," about an autistic savant with the exceptional skill of distinguishing the sounds of the entire inventory of Woodstock's chimes. Cult favorite "Spring Break Zombie Massacre," written and acted by Downs Syndrome best friends Sam Suchmann and Mattie Zufelt was also featured.

Other special events at the festival included celebrity meet and greets and panel discussions; an interfaith breakfast; a veteran's reception and brunch; and numerous acting and filmmaking-related workshops.

The Cincinnati ReelAbilities Film Festival has grown exponentially since its debut year in 2013 when a dozen films were screened by 1900 attendees. For more information on the Cincinnati ReelAbilities Film Festival, visit www.CincyRA.org.  


Rock On All Summer Long at the Great Indoors

There's a place up north, with speaker stacks and aces over jacks, where country meets rock, meets stand-ups and crack-ups. Where it doesn't take a telescope to see the stars and guests are treated like friends and friends like family. It's a place pretty much exactly like nowhere else.

Casino Rama Resort invites fans to rock on all summer long at the Great Indoors with the announcement of these additions to their 2017 concert line-up:

George Thorogood and The Destroyers
Rock Party Tour
Thursday, June 1
Tickets are $37.61/$48.67/$60.18
"Move It on Over", "Who Do You Love", "Bad to the Bone" & "Get a Haircut".

Friday, June 2
Tickets are $35.40/$44.25/$55.31
"Amazed", "I'm Already There", "Mr. Mom" and latest single from the album of the same name "Never Enders".

ZZ Top
The Tonnage Tour
Saturday, June 3
Previously announced and currently on-sale

Three Dog Night
Friday, June 9
Tickets are $26.54/$35.39/$44.24
"Joy To The World", "Mama Told Me Not to Come" & "Black and White".

Saturday, June 10
Tickets are $28.32/$37.17/$48.67
"Africa", "Rosanna" and "Hold the Line".

An Evening with Gaelic Storm
Friday, June 16
Saturday, June 17
Tickets are $22.12/$30.97/$39.82
Gaelic Storm is back with their TWELFTH studio album, once again delivering the foot-stomping, eclectic mix of tunes that has established the band as one of world music's premier live acts. "Matching Sweaters" infuses traditional Celtic music with modern influences, updating the genre for a new generation of fans raised on rock, country, and folk. These 12 brand new tracks straddle the line between tradition and innovation in the world music format, making "Matching Sweaters" an absolute must-have.

Terry Fator
Friday, June 23
Tickets are $42.50/$52.50/$67.50
This singer, comedian and celebrity impressionist is best known for being the winner of S2 of "America's Got Talent". He brings his over 100 hilarious impressions to the stage, alongside his many puppets for a not to be missed show.

The Fab Four: The Ultimate Tribute
Saturday, June 24
Tickets are $22.50/$32.50/$45.50
With strikingly note-perfect live renditions of classic Beatles' songs, The Fab Four will convince you that you're watching the real thing: "Twist & Shout", "I Want to Hold Your Hand" & "A Hard Day's Night".

Burton Cummings and Band
Friday, June 30
Saturday, July 1
Tickets are $53.10/$63.72/$76.99
Celebrate Canada Day weekend with this legendary Canadian rocker best known for hits: "Break it to Them Gently", "Fine State of Affairs" & "My Own Way to Rock".

Friday, July 7
Saturday, July 8
Tickets are $44.25/$53.10/$66.37"
I Want to Know What Love Is", "Cold As Ice", "Urgent", "Waiting for a Girl Like You", "Feels Like The First Time" and "Juke Box Hero".

Wayne Brady
Friday, July 14
Tickets are $27.88/$36.73/$53.10
This Emmy-nominated comedian returns to perform his hilarious improv and amazing impersonations.

Diana Ross
In The Name of Love Tour
Friday, July 21
Saturday, July 22
Tickets are $61.95/$70.80/$84.07
"I'm Coming Out", "Upside Down", "Ain't No Mountain High Enough".

Howie Mandel
Friday, July 28
Tickets are $40.26/$49.11/$62.39
This popular Canadian comedian will take a break from his judging duties on the hit television show "America's Got Talent" to perform the unique brand of comedy that has earned him international recognition.

Trevor Noah
Saturday, July 29
Tickets are $34.51/$43.36/$57.52
The host of the Emmy award-winning satirical TV news show "The Daily Show", Noah's provocative brand of stand-up comedy pushes boundaries and spares no one, himself included. His latest comedy special "Afraid of the Dark" was just released on Netflix and he is the author of the New York Times bestseller "Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood".

Jeff Dunham
Perfectly Unbalanced
Friday, August 4
Tickets are $66.37/$75.22/$88.50
His television specials and series have been the highest rated programming in Comedy Central history, his DVD sales have reached seven million units, his videos have received a half a billion views on YouTube, and his live concerts have become mega-events played in front of sold-out arenas worldwide.

Transmogrify Tour 2017
Sunday, August 6
Tickets are $75.22/$88.49/$101.77
"Black Magic Woman", "Smooth" & "Oye Como Va".

Donny & Marie
Saturday, August 19

Sunday, August 20
Tickets are $70.80/$79.65/$92.92
Chronicling five decades, superstar siblings Donny and Marie Osmond will perform some of their chart-topping hits, including: "Puppy Love," "Paper Roses," "A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock 'n Roll", "It Takes Two" and their recent number one hit, "A Beautiful Life". Add in sibling humor, an amazing band and high-energy dance numbers and this is one production that is total entertainment for the young and young at heart.

Fans are invited to visit the Casino Rama Resort Facebook page to gain access to an exclusive pre-sale code, along with a chance to beat the box office to win a pair of tickets to one of these newly announced shows.

Exclusive advanced online ticket purchase for Facebook Fans & Players Passport™ Club Members begins on Thursday, March 16th at 12 noon on www.ticketmaster.ca or by calling toll free 1-877-599-RAMA (7262). A special code is required for the advance purchase period which can be found on the Casino Rama Resort Facebook page.

Tickets go on-sale to the general public on Saturday, March 18th at 12 noon and will be available in-person at the Casino Rama Resort Box Office, at all TicketMaster locations, by calling toll free 1-877-599-RAMA (7262) and online at www.casinorama.com. Ticket prices do not include applicable taxes or service charges.

PER SHOW TICKET LIMIT: Ticket limit is 6 per customer per show. Please adhere to published ticket limits. Orders exceeding the ticket limit may be cancelled without notice by TicketMaster at its discretion. This includes duplicate orders having the same billing address or credit card.

Patrons must be nineteen (19) years of age or older with government issued photo identification to attend concerts & events. Those who have been trespassed and/or self-excluded from Casino Rama Resort or any OLG property and/or fail to meet Casino Rama Resort's conditions of entry may not visit, participate in promotions and/or redeem offers.

Celebrating 20 successful years, Casino Rama Resort is Ontario's only First Nations resort casino and has earned a reputation for presenting exclusive world-class sporting, entertainment & television events. The Casino offers a complete entertainment experience with over 2,500 slot machines, more than 110 gaming tables, 8 unique restaurants, a world-class 5,000 seat Entertainment Centre, and a 300-room all-suite, full-service hotel, featuring spa and health club facilities. Through the Casino Rama Cares program we are dedicated to continuing our rich history of community support by being an outstanding corporate neighbour; providing year-round assistance through a combination of charitable giving and employee volunteerism. Casino Rama Resort is operated by Penn National Gaming, Inc.

Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Available Today, March 10 

 Available today wherever music is sold and streamed, the "Beauty and the Beast" original motion picture soundtrack features an unforgettable score from eight-time Oscar®-winning composer Alan Menken along with new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and two-time Academy Award® winner Howard Ashman. Also included are three new songs written by Menken and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice.

The story and characters audiences know and love come to spectacular life in Disney's live-action adaptation of "Beauty and the Beast," a stunning, cinematic event celebrating one of the most beloved tales ever told. Directed by Bill Condon from a screenplay by Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos based on the 1991 animated film, "Beauty and the Beast" stars: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Audra McDonald with Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson. "Beauty and the Beast" opens in U.S. theaters on March 17, 2017.

From early on, one of Condon's key objectives was to build upon the story from the animated classic, and the Oscar-winning director realized music could play a significant role in making that happen. By finding interesting variations on beloved songs like "Be Our Guest" and "Gaston" and with the addition of new songs, music could help push the story forward while elevating its emotional content at the same time.

New songs featured in the film and included on the soundtrack are: "Evermore," a soaring ballad performed by the Beast (Dan Stevens); the heartwarming "Days in the Sun," sung by Belle (Emma Watson), the Beast and the castle's enchanted staff; and "How Does a Moment Last Forever," sung by Maurice (Kevin Kline) and in a reprise, by Belle.

The soundtrack also features three brand new recordings including the duet "Beauty and the Beast" by GRAMMY® nominated and multi-platinum selling artist Ariana Grande and 10-time GRAMMY, Oscar®-winning and multi-platinum selling singer/songwriter/musician John Legend. The iconic song originally recorded by Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson, features Alan Menken's haunting melody and Howard Ashman's memorable lyrics, and, upon its release in 1991, went on to receive an Academy Award®, Golden Globe® and GRAMMY Award. The music video for "Breeauty and the Beast" was directed by Dave Meyers (P!nk's "Just Like Fire," Katy Perry's "Firework") and can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axySrE0Kg6k.

In addition, five-time GRAMMY winning and best-selling recording artist Celine Dion performs "How Does A Moment Last Forever" and multi-platinum international recording artist and songwriter Josh Groban performed the third track, "Evermore."

The "Beauty and the Beast" original motion picture soundtrack features 19 tracks and is available wherever music is sold and streamed (http://disneymusic.co/BeautySndtrkP, http://disneymusic.co/BeautySndtrk, http://disneymusic.co/BeautySndtrkWS). The Beauty and the Beast two-disc deluxe edition and the digital deluxe edition soundtrack, which are also available March 10, feature additional tracks including score, demos and outtakes.   
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Depeche Mode Announce North American Leg of the Global Spirit Tour
 As promised, Depeche Mode continues to roll out their Global Spirit Tour, with the second leg bringing their stunning live show to fans across North America this fall.

Following an extensive European summer tour, the 28 show North American run, exclusively promoted by Live Nation, will kick off on August 23rd in Salt Lake City, UT and will stop in 26 cities across the United States and Canada, before wrapping up in Edmonton, Alberta on October 27th.

Fans can register now for early access to tickets at presale.depechemode.com. By registering, fans will reserve a spot in line for the fan presale, which they can then improve by sharing their unique presale link with friends and family, or by preordering Depeche Mode's new album Spirit. On March 6, days before tickets go on general sale to the public, fans who have registered will be let into a special ticket presale in waves, based on their place in line.

The European stadium leg of the Global Spirit Tour, running May through July, has already sold over 1.5 million tickets and has sold-out shows across Europe – just the start of what is poised to be a record-breaking global tour. The Global Spirit Tour will later bring the band to Latin America, with details to be announced shortly.

The Global Spirit Tour is in support of the band's upcoming 14th studio album, Spirit, out on March 17th via Columbia Records. The album's powerful and timely first single, "Where's The Revolution", has already been well-received by critics and fans alike, lauded as a strong "return to form" for Depeche Mode. Spirit has already garnered critical acclaim in early previews, with Q Magazine calling it "the most energized Depeche Mode album in years".

Pre-order Spirit from digital retailers here: smarturl.it/Spirit

On the North American leg of the Global Spirit Tour, the band will continue their charity partnership with Swiss watch maker Hublot, raising money and awareness for charity: water toward their mission of providing safe drinking water to everyone in the world.

Citi® is the official credit card of the Global Spirit Tour. Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets beginning Tuesday, March 7 at 10AM through Citi's Private Pass® program. For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com.

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Toronto, ON
Air Canada Centre

September 5
Montreal, QC
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AT&T is sending customers to the front of the line with AT&T priority pre-sale ticket access also beginning on Tuesday, March 7 at 10AM via the AT&T THANKS program. For complete pre-sale details visit att.com/frontoftheline.

American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets to the Hollywood Bowl performances before the general public beginning Tuesday, March 7 at 10AM.

About Depeche Mode: One of the most influential, beloved and best-selling musical acts of all time, Depeche Mode have sold over 100 million records and played live to more than 30 million fans worldwide. Formed in 1980, Depeche Mode – Martin Gore, Dave Gahan and Andy Fletcher – continue to win critical and commercial acclaim around the world both in the studio and on the road, with innumerable artists citing them as inspirations and innovators. The band's 13 studio albums have reached the Top Ten in over 20 countries, including the US and UK. Their last studio album, 2013's Delta Machine, debuted at #1 in 12 countries around the world, and launched a world tour that saw the band play to more than 2.5 million fans. In fall 2016, Depeche Mode's Video Singles Collection, a definitive 3 DVD library anthology containing more than four hours of their groundbreaking music videos, was released by SONY Music Entertainment. Their upcoming 14th studio album Spirit and the Global Spirit Tour are poised to continue the band's history of musical innovation and the band's critical and commercial success.  


ARHT Media Featured on KTLA Segment: Hollywood Brings Holograms to Life in Real Time

ARHT Media Inc. was recently featured on Los Angeles-based KTLA TV News, in the segment Hollywood Brings Holograms to Life in Real Time. Tech reporter Rich DeMuro came by the Company's LA studio earlier in February, during a media showcase that was held to demonstrate ARHT's holographic technology that is being deployed during the National Achievers Congress taking place in Seattle on March 1st 2017, and in Portland on March 2nd 2017. The congress will feature speakers Tony Robbins and Robert Herjavec, who will be joined by a HumaGram of Gary Vaynerchuk.

While at ARHT's LA studio, Rich DeMuro got a first-hand look at how the company creates ultra-lifelike digital representations of humans, and learn about how the technology allows for speakers to appear virtually anywhere as a HumaGram, without having to physically be there.

In his article DeMuro stated, "What's neat about their technology is that it is instantaneous - basically, imagine a world where a famous person can stay in their city yet entertain or educate a group thousands of miles away in real time."
DeMuro added, "There are no glasses necessary and the equipment used for the effect is nearly off the shelf. The stage has two layers of screens. Images are projected on both screens and the human brain does the rest - blending them together in a way that looks like they are full of life and 3D. I even got to step in front of the green screen and see myself on the stage as a hologram. It was very impressive. Recorded video doesn't do the effect justice - you really have to be there to see it in person."

ARHT's technology allows for the capture, transmission and display of the most lifelike digital human holograms, known as HumaGrams™. They are capable of being displayed live for two-way interactions, or programmatically. They also give the viewer an immersive experience that makes them feel as though the speaker is actually there. What's more is that they can be integrated into AR & VR compatible devices so that the content can be delivered in a range of mediums.

In partnership with the live events company Success Resources Global, ARHT is bringing legendary speakers like Gary Vaynerchuk and Tony Robbins to audiences around the globe. Off the heels of Tony Robins HumaGram at his Business Mastery event in Australia last year, ARHT will holo-port Gary Vaynerchuk to the National Achievers Congress this week.

To learn more about the National Achievers Congress visit: www.tonyrobbinstour.com
About National Achievers Congress
Over the past 23 years, Success Resources Global (SRG) has changed the lives of over 5,000 participants at each National Achievers Congress in the US, UK, China, Australia, India, Philippines, Netherlands, South Africa, Malaysia, Singapore, and Germany.

They come from all walks of life to encounter business icons and the world's best leaders, speakers and coaches. Past speakers include: Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group; Tony Blair, former Prime Minister of the UK; Bill Clinton, former President of the United States; Tony Robbins, the world's number one success coach; and World Renowned Inspirational Speaker Nick Vujicic.

About Success Resources Global

Success Resources Global exists to support individuals, enterprises and organizations through education. Around the world, they have impacted the lives of hundreds of thousands from more than 35 countries. SRG is also a listed company on the Australian Stock Exchange.

About ARHT Media

ARHT Media Inc. creates HumaGrams™, the most believable and interactive human holograms.

HumaGrams™ are generated using our patent-pending Augmented Reality Holographic Technology (ARHT™), which is a scalable, repeatable and transportable form of 3D without the use of special glasses. This unique platform makes it possible for people to engage with our HumaGrams™, opening up a wide range of applications from interactive retail displays, tradeshow booths, presentations, live shows and concerts. The various applications can then be integrated into multiple forms of proximity and mobile marketing tactics to connect with an audience, drive sales efforts and create memorable experiences.

ARHT Media Inc. was co-founded in 2012, by Rene Bharti (Chairman), Paul Duffy (CEO), and entertainer Paul Anka (Chairman, Board of Advisors). The company is supported by a diverse and seasoned Management team spearheaded by its CEO Paul Duffy, a global entrepreneur and creator of the Digital Human Experience in online, mobile and holographic communications. ARHT's team brings decades of experience from fields including entertainment, technology, marketing and finance. Advisors to the company include the likes of Larry King, Jason Bateman, Richard "Skip" Bronson, Michael Bublé, Carlos Slim, Irving Azoff and Kevin O'Leary.

HUSTLER TV Launching in Canada

 HUSTLER TV, the number one adult brand in the world announced today that it is launching as a 24/7 linear and On Demand channel in Canada in conjunction with VanessaMedia. Canadian-based company VanessaMedia is partnering with LFP Broadcasting to launch this hot new monthly subscription channel that will feature HUSTLER's top programming based on its 40 plus years in the business. The channel will be available to customers on March 21, 2017.

"Based on HUSTLER's huge success in the Canadian marketplace, it's time for us to launch our channel and give customers what they want. HUSTLER TV Canada will showcase all of our best programming," said Larry Flynt.

"We are thrilled to launch HUSTLER TV Canada, and to associate with this prestigious brand." Anne-Marie Losique, CEO VanessaMedia

LFP Broadcasting, which includes the iconic HUSTLER brand, is the leader in the worldwide distribution of quality adult programming. LFP currently has 100% distribution across North and South America delivering 13 channels and thousands of hours of VOD content. It currently distributes five additional channels, as well as VOD and mobile, in Europe, Africa, Asia and other territories. The HUSTLER brand resonates around the world and is the most viewed amongst adult users.

VanessaMedia is a multi-platform TV adult Canadian company that specializes in the distribution of linear, multiplex and On Demand channels in Canada, as well as VOD, SVOD, PPV on the international market.

Dale Armin Johnson, the Canadian-born Film Financier and Creative Producer Brings Hollywood Home for the Nordlys Film and Arts Festival

His latest film, The Lost City of Z, opens in the US this spring, after having been selected for the prestigious gala premiers at the New York Film Festival, Berlin, and London. Rolling Stone Magazine lists it as one of their 'Most Anticipated Films of 2017'. He's just acquired a hot screenplay property from the Meryl Streep-backed Writers Lab. Through a breakneck international festival schedule, Dale Johnson found time to fly home to celebrate his hometown film festival, the Nordlys Film and Arts Festival in Camrose, Alberta.

"The 8th annual Nordlys Film & Arts Festival was a wonderful success with record attendance," says festival president, Carole Preston. "It was a true honour to have Dale Johnson in attendance. Pawn Sacrifice had our audience on the edge of its seat. We really appreciated the opportunity to welcome Dale back to his hometown and celebrate his many achievements."

What might be even more interesting than the story on screen is the story behind the scenes for this local boy made good. Dale Johnson may not be a household name just yet. But his name is definitely on the lips of some of Hollywood's most powerful players.

"He understands finance so well and he understands the creative process so well, which makes him rare enough," says Andy Horwitz, producer of Suicide Squad and American Hustle, speaking from Atlas Entertainment head office in Los Angeles. "But then he's also extremely smart and genuinely nice. When you see what they've got in the funnel, the path Dale is on is a real testament to his character and consistency as a person and businessman. We've done two films with him to date. We'll be working with him again for sure."

This is the storyline from anyone who has worked with Johnson on any of his last 10 theatrically-release films. Co-President of Plan B, Jeremy Kleiner, who heads Brad Pitt's production company, has called him "brave and supportive." While acclaimed director of The Lost City of Z, James Grey, says he has never had a better working experience in his career than the one he had working with Johnson on Lost City.

"Obviously I always want to make the best film possible," says Grey. "But I also found myself wanting to make a film that [Dale] was also happy with; I found myself aspiring to reach higher because of the way he works and what he expects. He has great taste, yes, and that's all you really have in the end to rely on, your taste. But, more than that, he's wonderfully gutsy in a low-key way and to me it's this that makes every difference. I would walk over hot coals for that guy."

It's Johnson's philosophy to make stories that are well told. Says Johnson at the Nordlys festival, "Creating a better experience for everyone is my role; I like to think it can help to create a place where great art can happen. Because then great experiences happen for everyone, including investors and, hopefully, the audience."

Oscar-winning producer and director Ed Zwick, who worked with Johnson on Pawn Sacrifice says, "Where Dale shines is his humility and intuition about when to put opinions and ideas forward that can enable people. It's very hard to find people who will tell you the truth. Dale values this and it's integral to who he is and how he works.

"How rare is Dale Johnson is this business? Very. I can't tell you how rare it is," says Zwick.

As Grey has Sienna Miller's character in The Lost City of Z say, "A man's reach should exceed his grasp." This line could very well describe Dale Johnson himself.
Diane Warren to Be Honored With Prestigious ASCAP Founders Award at 2017 ASCAP Pop Music Awards
SCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, will present acclaimed songwriter Diane Warren with its prestigious Founders Award at its 34th annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards on Thursday, May 18. The exclusive, invitation-only gala, which celebrates the songwriters and publishers of ASCAP's most performed pop songs of 2016, takes place at The Wiltern in Los Angeles, CA.

"Diane Warren is one of the most continuously prolific and successful contemporary songwriters of our time," said ASCAP President Paul Williams. "Her music evokes universal emotions that connect us in a way few songwriters can. Diane's ability to channel our common experience through her songs has captured audiences all over the world."
"I am honored to be receiving the Founders Award and to be among the names of songwriters whom I admire and respect so much," said Warren. "I am grateful for the success I have had with my songs but to be honest, I feel like my career is just beginning."

In the course of her impressive career, Diane Warren has written for iconic artists such as Beyoncé, Adele, Whitney Houston, Cher, Aerosmith, Elton John, Faith Hill, Aretha Franklin, Willie Nelson, Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, *NSYNC, Eric Clapton, Celine Dion, LeAnn Rimes, Mariah Carey and Barbra Streisand. She continues to work with many of today's most popular acts, including Snoop Dogg, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Justin Bieber, Jessie J, Andra Day, Jason Derulo and Demi Lovato, among many others.

Since her first hit "Solitaire" in 1983, Warren's timeless ballads such as "Unbreak My Heart" (Toni Braxton), "How Do I Live" (Trisha Yearwood, LeAnn Rimes), "Because You Loved Me" (Celine Dion) and "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" (Aerosmith) have earned her Grammy, Golden Globe awards and countless other award nominations. Her work has been featured in more than a hundred motion pictures resulting in eight Academy Award nominations. Warren has six ASCAP Songwriter of the Year Awards, three consecutive Billboard Music Awards for Songwriter of the Year and she was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2001.

Most recently, Warren composed the original song "Prayers for this World," performed by Cher for the documentary Cries From Syria directed by Evgeny Afineevsky. The film premiered on January 22, 2017 at the Sundance Film Festival and debuts on HBO on March 13, 2017. She also wrote a new theme song for ABC's "THE VIEW" called "World's Gone Crazy." Performed by Mary J. Blige, it premiered on the show in September 2016.

Warren's haunting and evocative "Til It Happens To You" was featured in the groundbreaking 2015 documentary on campus sexual assault, "The Hunting Ground." Performed by Lady Gaga, it was the first song in history to be nominated for an Academy Award, Grammy and Emmy, winning the Emmy for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics in 2016. It was also nominated for a Critics' Choice Award for Best Song and won the Hollywood Music in Media Award for Best Song -- Documentary.
Warren has written inspiring anthems for many issues important to her including the song, "This Is For My Girls." Released in 2016, it features vocal performances from Kelly Clarkson, Chloe & Halle, Missy Elliott, Jadagrace, Lea Michele, Janelle Monáe, Kelly Rowland and Zendaya. Sales from the single benefit charities supporting young women's education globally, including former First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let Girls Learn" initiative. Michelle Obama and Missy Elliott performed the song on the popular "Carpool Karaoke" segment on The Late Late Show with James Corden, which garnered over 52 million views.

Warren maintains control of her compositions as the sole owner of her publishing company Realsongs.

The ASCAP Founders Award goes to pioneering ASCAP songwriters who have made exceptional contributions to music by inspiring and influencing their fellow music creators. Past recipients include Ashford & Simpson, Burt Bacharach & Hal David, Jackson Browne, Elvis Costello, Billy Joel, Annie Lennox, Sir Paul McCartney, Joni Mitchell, Tom Petty, Smokey Robinson, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, Carly Simon, Patti Smith, Steely Dan, Rod Stewart, James Taylor, Steven Tyler & Joe Perry (Aerosmith), Tom Waits, Ann & Nancy Wilson (Heart), Stevie Wonder and Neil Young.
"La La Land," "Nocturnal Animals," "Star Trek Beyond" and "Suicide Squad" Among Feature Film Winners at the 2017 Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards 
The Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards (MUAHS, IATSE Local 706) tonight announced winners of its Annual Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards in 23 categories of film, television, commercials and live theater. Winners in the film categories include "La La Land," "Nocturnal Animals," "Suicide Squad," "Hail Caesar!" and "Star Trek Beyond." Television winners included "Westworld," "Dancing With the Stars," "Game of Thrones," "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" and "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story." The awards took place at The Novo by Microsoft at L.A. Live before an audience of more than 700, including guild members, industry executives and press. MUAHS President Sue Cabral-Ebert presided over the awards ceremony with comedian Loni Love (The Real) serving as host for the second year in a row. M.A.C. Cosmetics served as the Diamond Sponsor and the Official Cocktail Reception Sponsor.

Ryan Murphy, four-time Emmy® Award-winning producer, received the Distinguished Artisan Award, presented by Darren Criss (Glee). Lifetime Achievement Awards were presented to Emmy-nominated make-up artist Leonard Engelman and Oscar® and Emmy-nominated hair stylist Barbara Lorenz (La La Land). Engelman's longtime client Cher could not attend the show, but prepared a video tribute in honor of the Lifetime Achievement honoree.

Presenters for this year's awards included Oscar-winning make-up artist and 2015 MUAHS Lifetime Achievement recipient Rick Baker, Charlotte Ross (Arrow), Violett Beane (The Flash), Chelsea Kane and Melissa Peterman (Baby Daddy), Logan Browning (Netflix's Dear White People), Meg Donnelly (American Housewife), Kate Linder (The Young and the Restless), Bill Brochtrup (Criminal Minds), Mark D. Espinoza (The Bold and the Beautiful), Mara Hall (Grey's Anatomy), Riley Schmidt (Scream Queens) and former Academy president Hawk Koch. Catering was provided by Wolfgang Puck, and entertainment was provided by DJ Gianna courtesy of Hey Mister DJ.

Below please find winners of the 2017 Annual Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards:

Winners for Feature Length Motion Picture (Feature Films):


Nocturnal Animals
Make-Up Artists: Donald Mowat, Malanie J. Romero, Elaine Offers


La La Land
Hair Stylists: Barbara Lorenz, Jackie Masteran, Frida Aradottir


Suicide Squad
Make-Up Artist: Alessandro Bertolazzi


Hail, Caesar!
Hair Stylists: Cydney Cornell, Pauletta Lewis-Irwin, Matt Danon


Star Trek Beyond
Make-Up Artists: Joel Harlow, Richie Alonzo

Winners for Television and New Media Series:


Make-Up Artists: Christien Tinsley, Elisa Marsh, Rolf Keppler


Dancing With the Stars
Hair Stylists: Kimi Messina, Gail Ryan, Dean Banowetz


Game of Thrones
Make-Up Artists: Jane Walker, Kay Bilk


Game of Thrones
Hair Stylists: Kevin Alexander, Candice Banks


Make-Up Artists: Christien Tinsley, Georgia Allen, Hiroshi Yada

Winners for Television Mini Series or Movie Made for Television


The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do The Time Warp Again
Make-Up Artists: Julia Valente, Pip Ayote


American Horror Story: Roanoke
Hair Stylists: Michelle Ceglia, Valerie Jackson


The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Make-Up Artists: Eryn Krueger Mekash, Zoe Hay, Heather Plott


The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Hair Stylists: Chris Clark, Natalie Driscoll


American Horror Story: Roanoke
Make-Up Artists: Eryn Krueger Mekash, Michael Mekash, David Anderson

Winners for Commercials and Music Videos:


American Horror Story: Roanoke - Promo
Make-Up Artists: Kerry Herta, Jason Collins, Cristina Waltz


Dior J'adore "The Absolute Femininity" Feat. Charlize Theron
Hair Stylist: Enzo Angileri

Winners for Theatrical Productions (Live Stage):


A Chorus Line
Make-Up Artists: Vanessa Dionne, Donna Levy, Romain Markus Myers


Hair Stylists: Laura Caponera, Melanie Hinchee

Winners for Children and Teen Programming:


So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation
Make-Up Artists: Tonia Green, Danielle Rush


So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation

Hair Stylists: Dean Banowetz, Cory Rotenburg, Kimi Messina

Winners for Daytime Television:


The Real
Make-Up Artists: Melanie Mills, Kevin Haney, Brian Penikas


The Young and The Restless
Hair Stylists: Regina Rodriguez, Adriana Lucio

MUAHS Awards is proudly sponsored by: Diamond Sponsor: M.A.C. Cosmetics; Ruby Sponsor: Ardell Professional; Sapphire Sponsors: Hask Beauty, Nigel Beauty Emporium; Emerald Sponsor: CROC, Make-Up Designory, RCMA Makeup; Double Platinum Sponsors: Netflix; Platinum Sponsors: Beverly Center, Focus Features, Fox Television, FX Networks, HBO, IATSE Local 798 (Make-up Artists & Hair Stylists), Paramount, Universal Pictures; Silver Sponsors: Cinema Make-Up School, Cinema Secrets, Criterion Group, Dermaflage, Kryolan, Make Up For Ever, Premiere Products, Schwartzkopf Professional, Skindinavia, The Make Up Show; Gift bag sponsors include Brush Off, DHC Skin Care, European Body Art, Freeze Frames, Frends Beauty, Hair & Pins, Hempz, Hygeniskin, IT Cosmetics, Jovovo Naturals, Kevyn Aucoin, ONLY YOURx, Novex Hair Care, Pro Vision Care Associates, Qosmedix, Schwarzkopf; Media Sponsors: The Hollywood Reporter, SHOOTonline and Variety.
Documentary Reveals the Life of Bryson Morris

The management team behind hip-hop artist Bryson Morris releases a mini documentary about the musician, highlighting his recent success, musical ambitions, and plans for the future.

Los Angeles, California, February 20, 2017 (Newswire.com) - ​You may or may not have already heard of him, but his voice is about to speak louder than ever. The boy sporting the glistening, diamond earrings and designer belt is none other than Bryson Morris, the individual behind the hip-hop single #LOUISGUCCI.

The hit song, which boasts a music video that has gone viral since its release in September 2016, is only one of the many achievements the 14-year-old has made during his career in the music industry. He started out recording rap songs in his bedroom. Now, he has full access to a professional studio and a solid team that stands firmly behind him.

Currently, the artist is working on bringing new content to his fans. Bryson Morris’ lifestyle and priorities differ greatly from that of his peers; he is constantly working to advance his presence in the hip-hop space. The majority of his evenings are spent in the confines of a recording studio with his producer, where he lets his creative energy flow well into the early hours of the next morning.

Popular Youtube personality LoveLiveServe has created buzz about Bryson Morris through his reaction video response to the music video for #LOUISGUCCI. While unsure of what to expect as the video started, the YouTuber quickly praised both the production quality and the lyricism.

To watch LoveLiveServe’s review, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYydyvflyxQ

He lives a life other teenagers dream about: business meetings to discuss his finances, constant positive Internet feedback for his work, and music video shoots are just a few of the luxuries he enjoys. However, they are all a direct result of his perseverance.
To watch the full documentary, visit: https://youtu.be/j9vzVjOPPmk

Bryson Morris brings a unique level of energy to each project he is involved with. From the moment he walks into the studio, he remains completely focused and determined to do whatever he possibly can to bring his talent to the next level. For Bryson, success is not just a possibility, it is a guarantee; and he will continue to strive forward until it is within his grasp.

“That’s just me,” Bryson replied when asked what it’s like to be able to seamlessly shift from a mellow, relaxed state of mind to charged up and ready to perform. “I can’t really tell you how it feels, because it just happens.”

Behind Bryson Morris every step of the way is his team, who has recognized his potential and works just as tirelessly as he does to make sure his dreams are transformed into reality. His team includes professionals of all types to ensure that every part of his career is accounted for.

“You name it, we got it.”

While his team offers him unwavering support, Bryson Morris’ success would not be possible without the drive and talent he possesses.
Sam Rosen, a freelance journalist for TheRinger.com, discovered Bryson Morris on his own through the #LOUISGUCCI music video and decided to cover his recent accomplishments. With each passing day, Bryson’s exposure accumulates.

When asked how his style and career are different than those of other artists, Morris replied that simply listening to his music is the best way to answer that question.

With his ambitions stronger than ever, Bryson Morris proclaims that 2017 will be his year. The artist has a plan to release new, groundbreaking content that will not only appease his existing fan base, but draw in more fans, as well.

Bryson Morris, with a confident grin, leaves viewers with one message about his upcoming career:“Watch out, and stay tuned. Let’s go.”

About Bryson Morris

Viral sensation, Bryson Morris began his career at an early age. Bryson became a budding Internet sensation, with a large following of fans discovering his sound through several social media platforms. In the 7th grade one of his debut videos reached 28 million views, establishing him as the next young hip-hop sensation! Bryson Morris brings uniqueness to the music industry. Nobody in the market has a sound like Bryson Morris, as he is pioneering a new “off the path” sound that is different from what you hear today! Bryson is currently mixing a variety of new music in the studio to inspire and bring hope to his fans. For more on Bryson Morris and to check out his latest music, visit http://brysonmorris.com/.
2017 Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts Winners Announced
The Canada Council for the Arts announced today the winners of the 2017 Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts.

The awards carry a $25,000 cash prize and recognize outstanding career achievement. They are funded and administered by the Canada Council for the Arts, and include categories for artistic achievement in visual and media arts, fine craft and outstanding contribution. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Saidye Bronfman Award for Excellence in Fine Crafts.

The awards ceremony and a presentation of the medallions by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada will take place at Rideau Hall on March 1 at 6 pm.

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston stated, "Our finest artists challenge us to ask questions and to look deeper into our surroundings, to think more critically and to better appreciate beauty. I'm delighted to recognize this outstanding group of Canadian artists in this, Canada's 150th anniversary year."

The 2017 winners are:

Michèle Cournoyer, animation filmmaker, Montreal

Mike Hoolboom, filmmaker, Toronto

Shelagh Keeley, visual artist, Toronto

Glenn Lewis, visual artist, Vancouver

Landon Mackenzie, painter, Vancouver

Philip Monk, curator, writer, Toronto (Outstanding Contribution Award)

Shelley Niro, multimedia artist, Brantford, Six Nations Of The Grand River

Pamela Ritchie, jewellery artist, Halifax (Saidye Bronfman Award)

"These men and women have made tremendous contributions to the arts and society over their rich careers. Celebrating their exceptional work in 2017, as the Council turns 60, reinforces the importance of investing in artistic creation today to grow the impact of the arts in the future," said Simon Brault, Director and CEO, Canada Council for the Arts.

Watch original short films on each of the winners, commissioned by the Canada Council in partnership with the Independent Media Arts Alliance and directed by award-winning Canadian filmmakers, available online now and on Air Canada's in-flight entertainment system, spring 2017.
Young Hollywood Debuts First Animated Feature Project
Avocado Media LLC Announces the Ground Breaking Film "Delaware Shore" to Premiere Late Summer 2017
Young Hollywood, the leading celebrity digital network for millennials, will debut their first ever animated feature project "Brad & Spencer."

"Brad & Spencer" is the story of two slacker best friends that find themselves in typical crazy high school situations. Although these two dudes are not the brightest, they somehow always end up coming out ahead by taking risks and attempting to life-hack various 'crisis' moments. "Brad & Spencer" are all about living that "bro" life and play upon the relatable lingo, current experiences and everyday life that today's teens face, both online and in the real world.

The project debuts February 9th and will be available to own for $2.99 via Apple's iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Instant Video, VHX, Vimeo and Walmart's Vudu.

"We recently produced and distributed several animated shorts, so we are excited to continue our expansion by releasing our first animated feature directly to our fans," said R.J. Williams, founder and CEO of Young Hollywood. "'Brad & Spencer' became fan favorites, so we wanted to create a spin-off focusing on these characters and expanding their storyline to new hilarious heights."

It's the first scripted long form animated release for Young Hollywood. Young Hollywood has seen success with its other long-form series, with multiple shows being recently renewed for additional seasons, bringing Young Hollywood to over 200 half hour episodes produced in under 18 months. The shows continue to premiere on the Young Hollywood channel on Apple TV.

"Brad & Spencer" is written and produced by Jordan Calig (Short Shorts, YH Food Feed) and Mike Gillespie (Short Shorts).
​​​​​Avocado Media LLC, an Indie movie production company based in New Castle, Delaware, is proud to announce its upcoming feature film "Delaware Shore" is in its final stage of production. This is the debut feature film for director Raghav Peri. The screenplay was written by Peri and Michaelangelo Rodriguez. Avocado Media LLC is eyeing a festival run in summer 2017 before the movie has a theatrical release at locations across the United States.

"Delaware Shore" is a drama feature film spanning generations, provides a fictional study of a Holocaust survivor and touches on themes of gay identity, teen pregnancy, drug abuse and violence in the society. The film follows the life of Holocaust survivor, "Agnes", who escapes a concentration camp and finds refuge on a Delaware Beach. Haunted by the war and its atrocities, she finds herself doing the bare minimum to raise her abandoned twin grandchildren. The children, Natasha and Gallagher, both struggle with finding the affection they miss at home with sometimes unforeseen and life changing consequences. The film follows how their lives unfold on the coast.

This is the first film to be produced exclusively in Delaware using a skilled, diverse acting and production talent from Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. Director Peri is known for his previous award-winning film short, "Bar Study" and other short films. Peri met Rodriguez at a screening of his film "Bar Study" in Wilmington, Delaware in 2015. "Bar Study" was screened at multiple venues across the states and has won several awards at international film festivals. Rodriguez and Peri are excited to work together and happy with how things are pacing forward now.

"We are excited by how close we are to wrapping up production of 'Delaware Shore' and look forward to its release to the public this summer," says Peri. "The film has a lot of meaning for me personally as it's my directing debut for my first full length feature film. It's a moving story and we know our audiences will enjoy it."

Rodriguez is bankrolling this project under Avocado Media. John Presutto, an Emmy award winning DOP is handling the visual department with music by David C. Hëvvitt and editing by David Titus. The movie also has a great ensemble cast with some of the finest talents from the east coast led by Gail Wagner, playing the role of Agnes, and Emily McKinley Hill and James Robinson Jr. playing the roles of twin grandchildren. Other key cast include Ed Aristone, Kevin Austra, Jason Maga, Linwood Jackson, Kevin Francis, Brittany Anne Williamson, Kirsten Valania, David Claney, Sharyn Park Withers, Kevin Benton and Jimmy Backus, who all bring their unique personality and passion to their characters.
For more information about this film and for news on its release, visit IMDB page of "Delaware Shore".

About Avocado Media LLC

Avocado Media LLC is a film production company based in New Castle, Delaware. They have produced the films "The Wilmingtonians", a comedy, and the documentary "Slavery's Children." The company is currently in production of Delaware Shore, directed by Raghav Peri. Avocado Media, LLC can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/avocadomedia/.
CaribbeanTales Announces Its Annual Call for Submissions
 CaribbeanTales, a multi-faceted group of film production, marketing and distribution companies, has announced its annual Call for Submissions for the Film Festival and Producer Incubator programs that will take place in September 2017 in Toronto, Canada. Applications for both programs will be open until March 31, 2017.

CTI Presented by Flow -- Get Your Original Caribbean TV Series Made!

The renowned CaribbeanTales Incubator Program (CTI), now in its eighth year, has hosted over two hundred (200) producers from across the Caribbean Region and its Diaspora. Sponsored by Flow, the Caribbean's leading telecommunications company, the CTI serves as a funnel for the creation of original TV Series.

Launched in 2010, the CTI is a year-round development and production hub for Caribbean and Caribbean Diaspora producers that helps to build the Region's audio-visual capacity. As such, it offers selected producers the opportunity to hone their creative and business skills within an international marketplace environment. It produces strong, compelling and sustainable content that increases the Region's pool of world-class indigenous film and television content destined for the global market.

The CTI's intensive eight-week program includes seven weeks of online tuition, and an intensive five-day workshop in Toronto that culminates in a Caribbean Pitch Breakfast at the TIFF Bell Lightbox attended by high-profile industry delegates.
There are several lucrative awards, including up to $30,000.00 USD in production funding for each of three (3) successful TV series pilots, that will be broadcast on Flow's TV networks across the Region.

CTFF -- Your Caribbean film on the international screen!

The CaribbeanTales International Film Festival (CTFF), now in its twelfth year, presents a multi-ethnic mix of exciting and dynamic films that showcase diverse, shared stories and cultures, and celebrates the talents of established and emerging filmmakers of Caribbean heritage who practise their art worldwide -- in Canada and the Caribbean, across Europe, the Americas, Africa, China, India and the Middle East.

The Festival will hold its Media Launch and Screening at the Royal Cinema in early July. Throughout the summer there will be community screenings and related activities. The Festival's main juried program of feature films and shorts will be held between September 6 and September 20, 2017.

CTFF will program films of all lengths and genres. Please note that films considered for programming must be Toronto Premieres.
For more information about the two programs, email [email protected]
To submit your films and projects visit the CTI website, and CTFF website.
JANUARY 31, 2017
Sarah McLachlan to be inducted into Canadian Music Hall Of Fame at 2017 JUNO Awards
The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) is pleased to announce that multi-platinum, award-winning singer and songwriter Sarah McLachlan will be the 2017 inductee into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. With a career that spans almost thirty years, McLachlan is one of Canada’s most celebrated and treasured artists, earning countless accolades including 10 JUNO Awards, three Grammy Awards and a Billboard Music Award.

The Canadian Music Hall of Fame was created by CARAS in 1978 to acknowledge artists who have made an outstanding contribution to the international recognition of Canadian music. McLachlan will be honoured with a tribute on Sunday, April 2 at The 46th Annual JUNO Awards Broadcast on CTV from the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario. McLachlan will join the ranks of Canadian music icons in the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, including Burton Cummings, Alanis Morissette, Anne Murray, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Blue Rodeo, Bruce Cockburn, Daniel Lanois, Hank Snow, Joni Mitchell, k.d. lang, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, Oscar Peterson, RUSH and Shania Twain. In 2016 the Canadian Music Hall of Fame found a permanent home with the opening of Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre.

“I’m so honoured to be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. This comes as a complete sweet surprise as I still feel like I’m just getting started,” said McLachlan. “I’m truly blessed to be in such incredible company with all of the amazing past honourees.”

“Sarah McLachlan is one of this country’s most beloved artists. From the moment we first heard her sing, nearly 30 years ago, we were captivated by the beauty of her voice and words,” said Allan Reid, President & CEO CARAS/The JUNO Awards and MusiCounts. “She is a unique artist who is respected the world over, and she continues to inspire a new generation of artists. Sarah is a trailblazer for women in this industry, not only because of her music, but also because of her philanthropic endeavours and her belief in music education. We are honoured to welcome her into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.”

Born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia, McLachlan made her musical debut at the age 17 with pop band October Game before signing with Vancouver-based label Nettwerk Records. She moved to Vancouver and began work on her first studio album Touch, which was released in 1989. McLachlan’s second album Solace established her position as a rising star in Canada when it went gold. It was her third record, Fumbling Towards Ecstasy, which contained the single “Possession” that became McLachlan’s breakthrough release in the United States. McLachlan’s album Surfacing, released in 1997, climbed to the number two spot on the Billboard 200 and went eight-times platinum in the U.S., won a Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Performance for “Building a Mystery” and for Best Pop Instrumental Performance for “Last Dance,” and won her four JUNO Awards. In 2010 McLachlan performed her hit “Ordinary Miracle” at the opening ceremony of the Olympics in Vancouver, to an estimated three billion television viewers worldwide.

With a career spanning almost 30 years in the music industry, McLachlan is known not only for her passion for music but for her philanthropic initiatives. In 1997 McLachlan created Lilith Fair, a festival dedicated to showcasing and supporting female artists. Over the course of its three-year North American run, the tour brought more than two million people together and raised over $7 million for women’s charities. McLachlan has also donated her time and efforts to a number of charitable organizations including animal welfare, disaster relief, HIV/AIDS and cancer research. In 2003 she founded the Sarah McLachlan School of Music, which offers free music education, mentorship and support to underserved and at-risk children and youth.

In the spring of 2015 McLachlan was named as the recipient of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards for Lifetime Achievement, which salutes Canadians who have contributed their voice and vision to the country and whose excellence has earned national and international acclaim. An Officer of the Order of Canada and honoured with the Order of British Columbia, McLachlan is the recipient of 10 JUNO Awards, three Grammy Awards and a Billboard Music Award. Her distinctions also include Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee and Diamond Jubilee medals, the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Visionary Award and in 2006, she received the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award. McLachlan holds honorary degrees from the University of Alberta, Simon Fraser University and Emily Carr University of Art + Design.

JUNO Week 2017 will be hosted in Ottawa from March 27 through April 2, 2017. A live broadcast of The 46th Annual JUNO Awards will air on CTV and CTV GO on Sunday, April 2 from the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa.   
JANUARY 25, 2017
Telefilm Canada partners on innovative initiatives to help Canadians celebrate great Canadian cinema anywhere, anytime
It's never been easier to discover and re-discover great Canadian feature films! In honour of the 150th anniversary of Canada's Confederation and Telefilm Canada's upcoming 50th anniversary, Telefilm and its partners are launching multiplatform "discoverability" initiatives to promote English- and French-language Canadian movies featuring the country's brightest stars. Five initiatives aim to bring the best Canadian cinema has to offer to audiences at home and abroad: a specially curated Canada First selection of Canadian feature films on iTunes; a complimentary selection of Canadian films offered to travellers along VIA Rail Canada's Quebec City–Windsor corridor; a selection of films by up-and-coming Canadian directors on NFB.ca's Emerging Talents channel; the Spanish subtitling of restored heritage Quebec films through Elephant, the memory of Quebec cinema; and the international digital distribution of Canadian films via Under The Milky Way.

"Canadian cinema is renowned for its quality and originality, and Telefilm Canada is committed to forging partnerships and finding new ways to enable audiences, no matter where they are, to discover our cinema and talent," said Carolle Brabant, Executive Director of Telefilm Canada. "As Telefilm marks its 50th anniversary this year, promoting Canadian content at home and abroad and encouraging innovation to reach audiences are two key priorities that will continue to guide our vision throughout the year and into the future. I'm delighted that these initiatives truly bring that vision to life."

iTunes: 150 of the best Canadian movies in honour of Canada 150
To mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017, Telefilm Canada, in collaboration with Canadian distributors, has curated a special Canada First collection of feature films exclusively for iTunes. The collection showcases 150 of the best Canadian movies released between 2005 and 2016 and includes some of the biggest hits of the last few years, including 2016 Best Picture Oscar nominees Room (Best Actress Oscar and Golden Globe for star Brie Larson) and Brooklyn. Other titles include the critically acclaimed Mommy, from Xavier Dolan, and Away From Her, from Sarah Polley.

As this initiative expands, Telefilm hopes this platform will increasingly reflect the industry's commitment to achieve a balanced production portfolio that underlines gender parity, cultural diversity and Indigenous communities. Representatives from these groups are invited to contact Telefilm to get more details on how to get their production on iTunes and submit films to the Canada First collection.

VIA Rail Canada: On-train Canadian content
VIA Rail's On-Train Entertainment System provides complimentary access to more than 200 hours of Canadian content—movies, daily news and TV shows—to passengers making the 3.6 million trips along the Quebec City–Windsor corridor every year. Content is accessible through any laptop, tablet, or smartphone. To mark Canada 150, 40 Canadian films are being made available to travellers, on demand. Les Films Séville, a subsidiary of Entertainment One, is also a partner in this initiative.

NFB.ca: Emerging Talents
The National Film Board of Canada's Emerging Talents Web channel offers a rental selection of micro-budget first feature films from talented emerging filmmakers. The channel is presented by Telefilm Canada and the Talent Fund through its Micro-Budget Production Program, which supports emerging filmmakers—including those from Indigenous and Official-Language Minority Communities—seeking to produce their first feature films and to leverage digital platforms. The current NFB.ca lineup includes Julie Lambert's Girls on the Hunt (Un film de chasse de filles) and Sonia Bonspille Boileau's Le dep.

Elephant, the memory of Quebec cinema: Spanish subtitling of Quebec films
Elephant, an ongoing project to restore and digitally remaster heritage Quebec feature films in the aim of preserving Quebec's cinema legacy, and its Elephant, the memory of Quebec cinema screening program present restored milestone films from Quebec, in both English and French. This year, in honour of Canada 150, Elephant is subtitling into Spanish nearly 50 Quebec titles. As a result of this initiative, a number of classic films will be available for Spanish-language film festivals in the United States and Latin America, as well as on iTunes, enabling Spanish-speaking film-lovers to further discover homegrown Canadian films. Québecor, iTunes, Technicolor and the Centre de la francophonie d'Amérique are also partners in this initiative.

Under The Milky Way: expanding international audiences
In partnership with distributors, over the next three years, Telefilm is making Canadian films available internationally in six languages on multiple digital platforms, via the Under The Milky Way digital film distribution/marketing service.

About Telefilm Canada—Inspired by talent. Viewed everywhere.
Celebrating 50 years in 2017, Telefilm is dedicated to the cultural, commercial and industrial success of Canada's audiovisual industry. Through funding and promotion programs, Telefilm supports dynamic companies and creative talent at home and around the world. Telefilm also makes recommendations regarding the certification of audiovisual treaty coproductions to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, and administers the programs of the Canada Media Fund. Launched in 2013, the Talent Fund accepts private donations to principally support emerging talent. Visit telefilm.ca and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/telefilm_canada and on Facebook at facebook.com/telefilmcanada.
JANUARY 23, 2017
Cracked app launches on Apple TV
Mattel Focuses On Dad With New Barbie® Campaign
Cracked, the leading digital-media satire brand for millennials, is now available in the Apple TV App Store, giving fans a new way to enjoy social commentary and news through a comedic lens.

The Cracked app offers new videos daily and long-running series including Webby Award Winner "After Hours," "Honest Ads" and "We're Not Alone."

"Our loyal and tech-savvy fans are already on the Apple TV platform, and as we expand our OTT footprint, we believe it is important to convert new audiences to our brand," said Mandy Ng Rusin, vice president and general manager of Cracked. "Millennials love having the freedom to choose their programming and now they can enjoy all of our smart and funny content on the big screen for an even more powerful experience."

Cracked has earned a loyal following with its original, award-winning video content. It has more than 1.4 million subscribers to its YouTube channel and is tracking tremendous audience engagement on other OTT platforms including Roku, Pluto TV and Xumo.

On OTT, its viewers spend an average of one hour watching Cracked content. That type of engagement is appealing to advertisers who want to connect with targeted consumers.

To access Cracked on Apple TV, just add the Cracked app from the Apple TV App Store.

Cracked is a wholly owned subsidiary of The E.W. Scripps Company (NYSE: SSP). Scripps already has built a significant presence on all the major over-the-top and Internet-delivered video platforms with its millennial-focused national news brand, Newsy.

"We are leveraging the strong relationships we have created between Newsy and big OTT service providers to build Cracked as a successful OTT brand as well," said Adam Symson, Scripps chief operating officer. "Newsy appears on 16 OTT platforms, and its reach and traction have helped us create meaningful partnerships with OTT providers looking for more great content that's appealing to an OTT audience."
Today, Mattel, Inc. launched a new articulation of the Barbie "You Can Be Anything" campaign focused on inspiring and nurturing the limitless potential in every girl. The new spots, which feature real dads and their daughters playing Barbie®, is a follow up to the award-winning "Imagine the Possibilities" work celebrating a girl's journey to self-discovery through playing with Barbie.

The creative includes a 90-second online film and three 30-second cut downs, showcases what happens when six real dads play Barbie with their daughters. At the end, the spots read, "Time Spent in Her Imaginary World Is an Investment in Her Real World," highlighting that a dad's involvement in his daughter's imaginary play contributes to her social, intellectual and emotional development in real life. As Dr. Linda Nielsen of Wake Forest University explains in her work, decades of research shows that girls who have loving, communicative, supportive relationships with their dads from early childhood on are less likely to suffer from a lack of self-confidence and self-reliance as she grows up.

"Over the past year, Barbie has enabled girls to imagine themselves in aspirational roles that range from the fantastical to feminist, from princess to paleontologist," said Lisa McKnight, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Barbie. "Spotlighting father-daughter relationships through playing with Barbie continues to articulate the importance of imagination and creativity on a girl's journey to self-discovery."

This integrated campaign will launch during the NFL Playoffs in January with significant television, theatrical, digital, and print advertising designed to reach dads and reinforce the benefits of imaginative play and storytelling with Barbie. This is the first time Barbie will have a brand-directed commercial on television in the spring. The campaign will pulse throughout the year with social, digital and marketing initiatives in partnership with Social Native, Tongal, and Time Inc. in an effort to engage #DadsWhoPlayBarbie.
JANUARY 11, 2017
Music Monday celebrates Canada's 150th anniversary with new anthem by Juno award-winning duo
Loretta Lynn Celebrates 2017 with Grammy Nomination, Country Music Hall of Fame Exhibit and US Concert Dates
Inspired by Canada's sesquicentennial celebration, the Coalition for Music Education will commemorate Canada's musical heritage with a new Music Monday anthem that celebrates the unifying power of music. Commissioned by the Coalition for Music Education, the new anthem is co-written by award-winning songwriters Marc Jordan and Ian Thomas. Entitled Sing It Together, the new anthem unveiled today is available in various languages and arrangements to be used in this year's Music Monday celebration. Music Monday takes place Monday, May 1, 2017 in cities across the country, anchored by a showcase event in Ottawa, ON.

"Over the past 12 years, millions of voices have joined together on Music Monday to raise awareness about the value of learning music for children and youth in our schools and communities," says Holly Nimmons, Executive Director, Coalition for Music Education in Canada. "Music lives in every community of our country. It's like a heartbeat across our nation, connecting music makers of all generations and backgrounds. What better way to celebrate the country's 150th year than with a coast-to-coast-to-coast event that unites us as we 'Sing It Together'?"

The 2017 Music Monday sing-along will be led by a live-streamed national showcase concert from our nation's capital in Ottawa, in recognition of the sesquicentennial year. It will also continue last year's #MMC2C2C initiative with a day-long webcast of videos from music programs. This year, the webcast includes the northern coast-line that is home to many indigenous people.

Sing It Together is a collaboration between JUNO award winning, veteran songwriters Marc Jordan and Ian Thomas. Jordan is a singer-songwriter, producer, actor who is Songwriter Chair at the Slaight Family Music Lab, Canadian Film Centre. His songs have been on 35 million CDs, and he has written many hit songs for international artists such as Rod Stewart (currently writing with Stewart for his next album) and Amanda Marshall (Fall From Grace). Co-writer Ian Thomas has many Top 20 records, written for international artists, composed for 22 feature films and been honored with a JUNO Award, four SOCAN classic awards (including 2014 National Achievement Award for excellence in songwriting), and a UNICEF Humanitarian Award.

Focusing on the power of voices, Sing It Together asks us to sing for joy, for truth, for healing and for freedom. The recording and video feature Inuit throat singing, Métis fiddling, indigenous drumming, and children's choirs in celebration of Canadian musical heritages. Creating Sing It Together was a journey of discovery and the songwriters encourage music makers to continue this discovery where music lives in their schools and communities "Music is the landscape of Canada," explains Marc Jordan. "We hope it will be a song that illuminates the mosaic of music and cultures that thrive in every corner of the country".

Sing It Together was recorded at Canterbury Music and includes highly-respected, experienced Canadian musicians. It also features Youth4Music musicians and advocates who are part of a national network of youth leaders. Youth4Music promotes the importance of learning, creating, making and valuing music in Canada. Visitors to the Music Monday website (www.musicmonday.ca) can view the video of the original recording of Sing It Together, download music and lyrics, and register to add their voice in the annual celebration.

Those wishing to participate in Music Monday 2017 are invited to visit www.musicmonday.ca for more information and to find ways to get involved, such as learning "Sing It Together" to join in the nationwide sing-along, creating a school or community event, or submitting a video to be included in the nationwide #MMC2C2C webcast on Music Monday. Videos must be from within Canada and relate to Canadian schools, music groups, businesses or community programs. Preference will be given to performances of Canadian music.

Music Monday is made possible with the generous support of the Government of Canada, TD Bank Group, and the NAMM Foundation as well as Titanium level support from Yamaha Canada Music Inc., Long and McQuade and all of our partner organizations. For a full list of sponsors please http://www.musicmonday.ca/sponsors/ 
 2017 is already shaping up as a banner year in the life and career of American music icon Loretta Lynn, whose album, Full Circle, has received a Grammy nomination for Best Country Album.

Released to universal acclaim in March 2016, Full Circle was recorded at the Cash Cabin Studio in Hendersonville, Tennessee and was produced by Patsy Lynn Russell and John Carter Cash. Full Circle is available now on CD, LP and digitally, please visit: https://lorettalynn.lnk.to/54_0Zpr.

Her first studio album for Legacy Recordings, Full Circle is also Loretta's first album of new recordings since Van Lear Rose, her 2004 collaboration with Jack White which took home a pair of Grammys including Best Country Album and Best Country Collaboration with Vocals (for "Portland, Oregon"). Full Circle is Loretta Lynn's 40th Top 10 Country album and the highest-charting album she's ever had on the Billboard 200. To-date, Loretta Lynn has been awarded four Grammys including the prestigious Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.

"I've enjoyed making music for 56 years now," said Loretta when hearing that Full Circle was nominated for the Grammy for Best Country Album. "It feels good to know that people are still listening and appreciate what I do. I'm so thankful and proud."

A favorite with both critics and fans, Full Circle has been prominent on many 2016 Year End Best Of Lists."....strong enough to stand as a career capper - but it's lively enough to suggest she's far from ready to quit," wrote Rolling Stone in its 40 Best Country Albums of 2016 list while Entertainment Weekly called it "...one of her warmest, most memorable collections ever. That her gorgeous, distinctive vocal has lost none of its shine is just the cherry on top." "Her clear, honey-sweet voice twangs earnestly, resolutely, and without a scrap of hesitation," observed Noisey, "because even at age 84, the coal miner's daughter is still a force of nature."

As part of its 50th anniversary commemoration, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is mounting a major exhibition--opening on August 25, 2017--focused on the life, art and music of Loretta Lynn. "I am so happy the Country Music Hall of Fame has asked me to be one of their main exhibits in 2017...gonna show off my 50 some odd years in country music!," exclaimed Loretta on hearing news of the exhibition. "They best have a big space...I have a lot of stuff! I'm so proud to share my life, and music with the Hall of Fame. Y'all come see us!"

With her 85th birthday coming up on April 14, the fabled Ryman Auditorium in Nashville has slated two celebratory shows for April 14 and April 15.

PBS will be re-airing the acclaimed "American Masters - Loretta Lynn: Still a Mountain Girl" on January 27, 2017 at 10pm. The documentary had its world premiere on March 4, 2016, on the same day as the release of Full Circle.

About Loretta Lynn
Loretta Lynn has long been established as the undisputed Queen of Country Music, with more than 50 years of recording and touring to her name. A self-taught guitarist and songwriter, Lynn was one of the most distinctive performers in Nashville in the 1960s and 1970s. She shook up Nashville by writing her own songs, many of which tackled boundary-pushing topics drawn from her own life experiences as a wife and mother. "Coal Miner's Daughter," "Fist City" and "Don't Come Home A' Drinkin' (With Lovin' on Your Mind)" are just three of 16 country No. 1 singles.

Lynn is also one of the most awarded musicians of all time. She has been inducted into more music Halls of Fame than any female recording artist, including The Country Music Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and was the first woman to be named the Country Music Association's Entertainer of the Year in 1972. Lynn received Kennedy Center Honors in 2003 and a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013. In 2015, she was named recipient of Billboard's inaugural Women in Music "Legend" Award. Lynn has won four Grammy Awards 
U2: The Joshua Tree Tour 2017
Live Nation today announced that U2 will return to select stadiums this year with U2: The Joshua Tree Tour 2017, in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the band's classic album. Each show will include a performance of The Joshua Tree in its entirety, with support from one of a number of special guests including Mumford & Sons, OneRepublic and The Lumineers in North America and Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds in Europe.

Released to universal acclaim on March 9th,1987 and featuring hit singles "With Or Without You","I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" and "Where The Streets Have No Name", The Joshua Tree was U2's first #1 album in the U.S., topping the charts globally including the U.K. and Ireland, selling in excess of 25 million albums worldwide, and catapulting Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr "… from heroes to superstars" (Rolling Stone). Time Magazine put U2 on its cover in April 1987, proclaiming them "Rock's Hottest Ticket" in a defining year for the band that saw their arena dates roll into stadium shows to accommodate escalating demand - setting them on course to become one of the greatest live acts in the world today. The 12 months that followed saw the band create now-iconic moments: the traffic-stopping Grammy Award-winning music video on the roof of a Los Angeles liquor store, winning a BRIT Award and two Grammys - including Album of the Year - their first of 22 received to date, distinguishing U2 as the most awarded rock band in Grammy history.

U2's fifth studio album The Joshua Tree was produced by Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois, and featured iconic artwork which cemented the career of photographer and director Anton Corbijn. Recording took place in Dublin at Windmill Lane Studios and Danesmoate, the house which subsequently became bassist Adam Clayton's home.

"It seems like we have come full circle from when The Joshua Tree songs were originally written, with global upheaval, extreme right wing politics and some fundamental human rights at risk. To celebrate the album – as the songs seem so relevant and prescient of these times too - we decided to do these shows, it feels right for now. We're looking forward to it." – The Edge

"Recently I listened back to The Joshua Tree for the first time in nearly 30 years… it's quite an opera. A lot of emotions which feel strangely current, love, loss, broken dreams, seeking oblivion, polarisation… all the greats... I've sung some of these songs a lot… but never all of them. I'm up for it, if our audience is as excited as we are… it's gonna be a great night."- Bono

"We are off to play a few shows with U2! It's the 30th anniversary of The Joshua Tree - one of the greatest albums ever made, in our opinion, and something well worth a good celebration. It's a record that did so much for us all when we discovered it individually and if ever a record stands the test of time it's that one. So when the lads gave us a call to invite us to play a few gigs opening for them it was our great honour to accept. It's gonna be such a good few nights... " – Mumford & Sons

"I can remember covering the U2 song "One" in bars back in NYC 10 years ago, with Jer on drums. A lot has changed since then, but still - I NEVER thought we'd get the chance to open for such a legendary band, on such a legendary album - The Joshua Tree. Their songs are so timeless and transcendent, it's impossible to imagine a time when they didn't exist. That type of songwriting has always been the mountaintop for us - songs that can transcend generations." - Wesley Schultz, The Lumineers

"The Joshua Tree is the first album I ever heard from U2 because it came out when I had just started my love affair with music as a young kid... it's the album that made me want to write songs and start a band. Joining them for this tour will be the experience of a lifetime, leaving the bucket list fully checked." - Ryan Tedder, OneRepublic

"It will be both a pleasure and an honour to play my part in what still remains the greatest show on earth." – Noel Gallagher

Following the groundbreaking iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour's arena shows in 2015, U2: The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 will see the band return to the stadium stage for the first time since 2009-2011's record-shattering U2 360° Tour, the most successful tour in history seen by over 7.3 million fans worldwide.

U2: The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 will kick off in Vancouver on 12th May for a run of dates across North America and Europe, and will include U2's first ever U.S. festival headline appearance at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival this summer, as well as a hometown show in Dublin's Croke Park on 22nd July.

Tickets for the U2: The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 are on sale Monday, January 16th in Ireland, the UK and Europe and Tuesday, January 17th in the US and Canada. As usual, there is an exclusive priority presale for U2 Subscribers at U2.com from Wednesday, January 11th (9am) through Friday, January 13th (5pm) local times. Tickets will be general admission on the floor and reserved seating in the stands. There will be a 4 ticket limit for subscriber purchases and a 6 ticket limit commencing with public sales. In North America, all floor tickets will be paperless unless otherwise noted.

U2: The Joshua Tree Tour is produced by Live Nation Global Touring. UPS is the Official Logistics Provider of the tour.

For complete tour and ticket information, visit: www.u2.com & www.livenation.com

June 23
Toronto, ON
Rogers Centre
The Lumineers

Kiehl's Since 1851 proudly announces a partnership with multi-JUNO Award-winning Canadian performers Tegan and Sara
 For over 165 years, Kiehl's has always focused its efforts on the betterment of local communities by targeting philanthropic endeavors on the needs and concerns of its citizens. Over Kiehl's long history of charitable giving, the company has supported three key causes: children's wellbeing, environmental issues, and HIV/AIDS research. Since 2006, Kiehl's has raised over $2.5M for children's causes worldwide.

Maintaining our mission of giving back to the community, Kiehl's launched in 2014 charitable programs to help organizations across Canada helping children and youth.

In 2017, Kiehl's is happy to be working with Grammy nominated singers, musicians and songwriters Tegan and Sara.

Tegan and Sara began their career at a very young age and received the many awards including Group of the year at The 2014 JUNO Awards.

Through this year's program, Kiehl's will be supporting the Tegan and Sara foundation.

Created in 2016, the Tegan and Sara Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of LGBTQ women and girls around the world. The foundation's initial focus will be on improving economic opportunity, access to health services, and media representation for LGBTQ women.

Theory of Change: We activate and unite influencers, fans and service providers to break down the cultural and institutional barriers that keep lesbian and queer women down, recognizing we are stronger together.

Program Areas: Our initial work addresses economics, representation and health – three areas where LGBTQ girls and women face the biggest challenges.

On the importance of the partnership, Tegan and Sara explain their long term relationship with the brand, "We have been enjoying using Kiehl's products personally for over a decade, so it is with great excitement that we announce our partnership between The Tegan and Sara Foundation and Kiehl's Canada. We created the Tegan and Sara Foundation to support LGBTQ. We want to ensure that girls and women live an empowered life, have equal opportunity, and the tools to succeed based on their gender and orientation. We have worked closely with Kiehl's to design this national program, and we look forward to sharing 'Kiehl's Pride with Tegan and Sara.'" Tegan Quin and Sara Quin

"We want to help support counseling and mentorship services for LGBTQ youth with the Tegan and Sara foundation ; it was a natural mix for Kiehl's to give back to the community and help youth feel more comfortable in their skin," says Alexandre Ratté, General Manager at Kiehl's Canada "Staying true to our longstanding mission of supporting local initiatives, Kiehl's and the Tegan and Sara Foundation will help ensure the LGBTQ girls and women have a happy upbringing, thanks to the power of music."

Customers and fans across the country are invited to participate in the Tegan and Sara Foundation partnership through the following initiatives:

Limited Edition Ultra Facial Cleansers: a limited edition of the customer favourites; Ultra Facial Cleanser and the Oil Free Ultra Facial Cleanser featuring an original illustration by Tegan and Sara on the label will be available at Kiehl's stores nationwide in January, with 100% of net profits donated to the Tegan and Sara foundation*

Performance: Throughout the winter, Kiehl's will host a secret performance with Tegan and Sara in Canada. Customers and fans will be invited to visit Kiehl's stores to participate in an exclusive contest throughout the month of January. Then, winners will be surprised with an exclusive invitation to the special event. This unique experience is our way of giving back to those who help us support the Tegan and Sara foundation.

*Through this campaign, our objective is to raise $50,000 for the Tegan and Sara foundation in Canada.
Live Nation Canada and Budweiser Canada team up to revitalize the amphitheatre at Ontario Place
Budweiser and Live Nation Canada today announced they will collaborate on music events and projects across the country, with the common goal of enhancing the concert experiences of music fans. The multi-year partnership will include a revitalization of the amphitheatre at Ontario Place, which will be named Budweiser Stage beginning in 2017.

"The Budweiser brand has a long association with music in Canada and around the world, and we look forward to continuing to grow and evolve our music presence in collaboration with Live Nation. Our partnership marks the beginning of great things to come for music fans from coast to coast," said Todd Allen, vice president, marketing, Labatt Breweries of Canada. "We're also thrilled that the iconic venue for musicians at Ontario Place will carry the name Budweiser Stage, and that music fans will now be able to enjoy Canada's most popular beer at the country's premier music venue."

For the 2017 concert season, the new partnership between Live Nation and Budweiser Canada will focus on heightening the fan experience at Budweiser Stage, including:

decreasing wait time in queues by adding more concession locations, and expanding the cashless payment options at point-of-sale locations with tap, chip and pin, and mobile payment apps;
refurbishing all concession stands to create an upgraded look and feel for concert-goers and upgrading concession offerings; and
enhancing the pre-show experience, allowing fans to arrive at the venue earlier and enjoy the space before the show.
"The amphitheatre at Ontario Place has been a landmark entertainment destination for the Ontario and Toronto communities for years," said John May, president, media and corporate partnerships, Live Nation Canada. "With the upgrades to Budweiser Stage, we look forward to enhancing the concert experience for the fans as we continue to fulfill our mission of connecting fans with the artists they love."

Budweiser Stage and the new partnership with Live Nation Canada is the latest dimension of Budweiser's growing commitment to music in Canada, and across the world. Since 2010, Budweiser has positioned itself as the world's first global beer brand, and investing in music – a global, social experience – has been central in fulfilling this goal. Globally, Budweiser's well-attended and popular music events include Budweiser Made in America and the world's largest EDM festival, TomorrowLand.

In Canada, Budweiser is involved in largescale music events like North by Northeast (NXNE) and the Calgary Stampede. Over the past five years alone, Budweiser's presence and investment in music has grown significantly in Canada. In addition to Budweiser Stage, music fans will see the partnership between Live Nation and Budweiser in action across the country, with Budweiser as the new, lead beer sponsor at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, as well as at select Live Nation concerts and festivals, including Trackside in London, Ontario, One Love in Calgary, Alberta and many more. Together, Live Nation and Budweiser will continue to give music fans access to some of the most popular musicians and artists across the country, and concert goers will be offered a larger portfolio of beverages to choose from than ever before.

Theresa Tova Elected President of ACTRA Toronto
 ACTRA Toronto Council yesterday elected Theresa Tova to succeed David Sparrow as the new President of ACTRA Toronto. The president sits for a two-year term.

"This union has nurtured me, inspired me and allowed me to grow into a true arts and labour activist ready to seamlessly move forward on important files," said Ms. Tova addressing council.

A member for over 30 years, Tova has been active in the union since 1992, when she began her long-time work of protecting children in the entertainment industry. ACTRA Toronto's first Child Advocate, she has mentored her successors in the role. Under her dedicated stewardship, Ontario passed the Protecting Child Performers Act, which came into force last year.

As a councillor and vice-president over the years, Tova has worked with many of ACTRA Toronto's most important committees. She has been the executive liaison for the committees, caucuses and concerns of background performers, as well as the Diversity Committee. She founded and continues to mentor ACTRA Toronto's senior committee, Act Your Age. She has built relationships with agent associations and, as Chair of the Entertainment Industry Coalition (EIC), is overseeing the development of an improved code of ethics for EIC talent agents. Tova has held the post of ACTRA Toronto Vice-President, Internal for 10 years and is also currently serving as ACTRA National's Treasurer and Communications Committee Chair. She is a recipient of the Cliff Pilkey Labour Activist Award and the Canadian Association of Labour Media Award. She has sat on the bargaining committees for several of ACTRA's agreements. She volunteers as an On Set Liaison Officer and sits on the Creative Arts Savings & Credit Union board.

Theresa Tova is an award-winning actor, writer and singer. Recognized for her Gemini-nominated role as Marge on the television series E.N.G., Tova has worked in television, film and theatre, including starring roles in the Broadway tour of Ragtime and at the Stratford Festival. Her award-winning Holocaust musical, Still the Night, garnered four Dora Awards and a Governor General's award nomination for Excellence in Dramatic Literature. Tova has released three CDs and is described as a "towering, pan-cultural jazz-cabaret diva." Tova tours internationally playing to multicultural crowds in Toronto, Montreal, New York, Paris, Germany, Switzerland, Holland, Argentina, Poland and Luxembourg.

ACTRA Toronto is the largest organization within ACTRA, representing more than 15,000 of Canada's 22,000 professional performers working in recorded media. As an advocate for Canadian culture since 1943, ACTRA is a member-driven union that continues to secure rights and respect for the work of professional performers.
Flashback to Your Favourites! Cineplex Announces Rebrand of Great Digital Film Festival, Now the Flashback Film Fest
Cineplex Events has today announced that the widely popular Great Digital Film Festival will now be known as Flashback Film Fest. The event is Canada's only coast-to-coast festival, bringing a line-up of sci-fi, fantasy and fan favourites back to the big screen. This year, Cineplex Events and renowned film critic, Richard Crouse, curated a line-up of 17 of the most blood-pumping, thrill-inducing and heart-warming films in cinema that will screen in over 24 cities across the country from February 3-9, 2017.

"We wanted to give the festival a new name that better reflects how it has evolved and why it has been so popular over the years," said Brad LaDouceur, Vice President, Event Cinema. "Flashback Film Fest fits perfectly with our Event Cinema business which offers guests exciting, unique content that ranges from classic films to renowned stage productions. We take them on tours of famous galleries and put them courtside at sporting events without them ever having to set foot on a plane, or in this case, a time machine."

"The great thing about this festival is that audiences will have a chance to relive these movies in the way they were meant to be seen; on a big screen, with an audience," said author and film critic, Richard Crouse. "The best and most powerful way to see a movie is to fully immerse yourself in the theatre experience, surrounded by people who are enjoying it just as much as you are. I'm personally looking forward to seeing films like Fight Club, Blade Runner – The Final Cut, Pulp Fiction and Shallow Grave in all their glory."

The 2017 Flashback Film Fest Line-up includes:

Air Force One (1997) *20 year anniversary
Blade Runner - The Final Cut (2007) *10 year anniversary/35 year anniversary of original
Blood Simple (1984)
Fargo (1996)
The Fifth Element (1997) *20 year anniversary
Fight Club (1999)
The Fugitive (1993)
Groundhog Day (1993)
Heat (1995)
Jurassic Park (1993)
Legend (1985)
The Princess Bride (1987) *30 year anniversary
Pulp Fiction (1994)
The Running Man (1987) *30 year anniversary
Shallow Grave (1994)
Starship Troopers (1997) *20 year anniversary
Trainspotting (1996)
Tickets for festival films cost $7.99, $6.99 for 5 or more films and new this year film fanatics can buy the "I Want It All" pass for $69.99 allowing them access to all 17 films for a price of $4.11 per admission. For a complete list of show times, or to purchase tickets, visit Cineplex.com/FBFF.


Cineplex Cinemas Courtney Park
Cineplex Odeon Devonshire Mall Cinemas
Galaxy Cinemas Waterloo
Galaxy Cinemas Guelph
Scotiabank Theatre Toronto
Cineplex Cinemas Scarborough
SilverCity Newmarket Cinemas
Cineplex Cinemas Ancaster
SilverCity London Cinemas
Cineplex Odeon South Keys Cinema
SilverCity Sudbury Cinemas
SilverCity Thunder Bay Cinemas
George Michael Tribute Channel, "Faith," Launches on SiriusXM
 SiriusXM announced today that it will pay tribute to the groundbreaking artist George Michael. The limited-run channel, "Faith," will feature music from the icon's entire body of work.
SiriusXM's George Michael tribute channel, "Faith," will feature music from the legendary artist's earliest recordings with Wham!, his collaborations with Elton John, Aretha Franklin and Queen, plus his solo career starting with his 1987 album, Faith. 

SiriusXM's "Faith" will launch on Wednesday, January 4 at noon ET and will air through Tuesday, January 10 via satellite on channel 13. "Faith" will also be available online and through the SiriusXM app. 

For more information on SiriusXM, please visit www.siriusxm.com.  
Cunard Showcases Time, Space and a Life Less Ordinary with new Brand Film
Luxury British cruise line, Cunard, has today revealed its new brand film to support its 2017 booking campaign - Everything you wanted, nothing you expected. Stylishly taking viewers through the possibilities and experiences available on its luxurious voyages, the film highlights three key themes; time, space and a life less ordinary, to elevate the experience of cruising with Cunard.
Shot over seven days by creative agency Alpha Century and launching online on December 21, the film transports viewers through a sensorial tour of the iconic Queen Mary 2. Following the journey of 12 actual Cunard guests as they travel between Southampton and New York City as they cross the Atlantic on Cunard's Transatlantic Crossing, it highlights the much-loved traditions and new pursuits available to Cunard cruisers and challenging common misconceptions with its vast array of experiences.
"It was immediately clear to us that the experiences and atmospheres available throughout the remastered Queen Mary 2 needed little or no embellishment," said Barnaby Girling, Executive Creative Director, Alpha Century. "The variety, scale and sheer visual impact created by Cunard allowed us to essentially shoot the reality of transatlantic crossing and then amplify it with immersive sound design."
Cunard's new brand film can be viewed here: http://www.cunard.com/cunard-experience/.
For more information about Cunard or to book a voyage, contact your Travel Consultant at 1-800-728-6273 or visit www.cunard.com.
About Cunard
Defining true excellence at sea with 176 years of legendary voyages, Cunard is the operator of luxury ocean liners Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth, which are all renowned for impeccable White Star Service, gourmet dining and world-class entertainment. Today, Cunard offers the only regularly scheduled Transatlantic liner service and continues the legacy of World & Exotic cruising which it began in 1922.
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Cunard is a proud member of World's Leading Cruise Lines. Our exclusive alliance also includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Costa Cruises, Seabourn and Fathom. Sharing a passion to please each guest and a commitment to quality and value, World's Leading Cruise Lines inspires people to discover their best vacation experience. Together, we offer a variety of exciting and enriching cruise vacations to the world's most desirable destinations. Visit us at www.worldsleadingcruiselines.com.
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CFM Initiates Action Against East Coast Music Association
Canadian Federation of Musicians (CFM, the Canadian National office of the AFM) has entered into a labour dispute with the East Coast Music Association (ECMA), which has offices in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

For nearly 20 years, an agreement has existed between the parties to ensure musicians received at least recommended minimum fees and pension. There were also specific parameters set around what performances could be recorded for broadcast and streaming, with time and use limitations.

The ECMA is refusing to enter into a successor agreement. "Without a collective agreement in place, the musicians are not guaranteed reasonable fees. In addition, there would be no pension, and no language to prevent the ECMA from recording and exploiting the performances, anywhere and in perpetuity," said Alan Willaert, Vice-President from Canada, American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada. "We have come to expect a higher standard of behavior from the ECMA, and this philosophical shift is not in the best interests of the musicians or their community."

Numerous attempts have been made by the CFM to reach out to the ECMA leadership, who were finally served with a Notice to Bargain. However, the ECMA continues to stonewall. Therefore, as a last resort, the ECMA has been placed on the AFM's International Unfair List, naming them as an entity that refuses to negotiate a fair and equitable agreement for performances in association with this year's East Coast Music Week in Saint John, New Brunswick. This has the effect of prohibiting members from accepting engagements from any organization so designated.

The Canadian Federation of Musicians (CFM) is the Canadian National office of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM). The CFM provides vital resources to Canadian musicians at all stages of their careers, on any platform, from live concert to recorded performance, broadcast and film scoring. The American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM) is comprised of 200 local offices across the United States and Canada, collectively representing a membership of approximately 80,000 professional musicians across the United States and Canada. The AFM/CFM has been representing the interests of U.S. and Canadian musicians for 120 years, as the representative of professional musicians in a broad range of collective bargaining and legislative actions. Just recently, the AFM celebrated its 100th Convention from June 20 – 24, 2016.

For more information please visit us at www.cfmusicians.org | CFM on Twitter | CFM on Facebook.

sisu production Wins Bronze in the TVO Short Doc Contest
 sisu production, a visual storytelling media production company, recently took home the bronze in the TVO Short Doc Contest for its film "I am a Doctor."

A short-form documentary, "I am a Doctor" focuses on the struggle of immigrating to Canada as a professional whose credentials will not necessarily be recognized inside this country's borders. The film focuses on Daniel Salas, an educated surgeon from Venezuela who is unable to practice medicine in Canada, and speaks with him and his family about their immigration experience. "I am a Doctor" delves into the challenges of having your hard work, and a component of your identity, be invalidated based on your geographical location—and the impact that such a shift might have on your family, as well as your own sense of self.

The film was awarded third place in the TVO Short Doc Contest and, as one of the three winning entries, was aired on prime-time television during The Agenda with Steve Paikin. Jaana Hein, head of production at sisu as well as director of the short, was also honoured by the chance to discuss the making of the documentary on the air with TVO's Chantal Braganza. Hein's background is in production, but the past few years have seen her move her expertise into a number of directing roles, and she was pleased to be able to talk about the process as part of TVO's programming.

This win for "I am a Doctor" was the result of hard work and dedication from the entire team at sisu production. Executive producer Robin Ingle has always had an interest in storytelling, and he loves to highlight stories of human resilience that explore the issues challenging all of us—particularly when approached with a cross-cultural lens. "I am a Doctor" was the perfect chance to tell a story that hit on these points in a meaningful way, and Ingle is proud to see the film achieve success in the Short Doc Contest.

Cinematographer Ian Mationg was also vital in the completion of this short film. Having worked with sisu production for a couple of years, during which time he has lent his talents to numerous projects, Mationg is part of the dream team that sisu has built up to tackle the depth and variety of work that the company puts out.

Producing "I am a Doctor" was a rewarding experience for the sisu team, as it gave them the chance to delve into a salient issue and connect with it on a human level. With the win in the Short Doc Contest as validation of their hard work, the sisu team looks forward to putting more emphasis on the documentary genre in their future projects.

About sisu production

The origin of the name sisu production comes from the Finnish word sisu, meaning strength endurance, and determination. It speaks to the executive producer's ancestry, and the head of production's history as an athlete. Offering high-end media production services, sisu production tells stories through film and images. From that first bright idea to a beautifully captured moment to a message and story that is elegantly conveyed, sisu produces visual experiences that speak to every audience.

sisu's production reel—www.sisuproduction.com/reel

Judas Priest 10th Studio Album Turbo Remastered 
British metal legends Judas Priest announce the reissue of their 10th studio album, Turbo. The album has been remastered and will be released via Sony Music on 3rd February 2017 on 3CD (the original album and 2 bonus discs) as well as 1LP 150g vinyl.

Originally released in 1986, Turbo features all the hallmarks of classic Priest on tracks such as "Turbo Lover", "Parental Guidance" and "Locked In". Included on disc 2 and 3 of the CD reissue is, previously unreleased, 'Live in Kansas City', a live recording from the band's 1986 Fuel For Life tour in support of Turbo.

The band add "The 80's is considered to have been the best decade for heavy metal – Judas Priest roared through it and at the half way point went into unchartered territory with 'Turbo'. Always believing that metal should have no boundaries, Priest challenged themselves taking on board new technical inventions to create fresh ideas and push their sound forward. The combined songs show another side of Priest's range of creativity that captures a theme and energy infused with the over the top sensibilities of that era. The 'Fuel For Life' tour certainly encapsulated the decadence of the times! 'Turbo' remastered and accompanied by a pedal to the metal live recording from Kansas reveals Priest on high octane – Raising fists and devil horns to the next level."


1. Turbo Lover
2. Locked In
3. Private Property
4. Parental Guidance
5. Rock You All Around The World
6. Out In The Cold
7. Wild Nights, Hot & Crazy Days
8. Hot For Love
9. Reckless

1. Out In the Cold
2. Locked In
3. Heading Out To The Highway
4. Metal Gods
5. Breaking The Law
6. Love Bites
7. Some Heads Are Gonna Roll
8. The Sentinel
9. Private Property
10. Desert Plains
11. Rock You All Around The World

1. The Hellion
2. Electric Eye
3. Turbo Lover
4. Freewheel Burning
5. Victim Of Changes
6. The Green Manalishi (With The Two -Pronged Crown)
7. Living After Midnight
8. You've Got Another Thing Coming
9. Hell Bent For Leather



Rob Zombie Unleashes '31 - A Rob Zombie Film (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)' Today For Download And Streaming; Vinyl To Be Released April 14, 2017 
Rob Zombie unleashes 31 - A Rob Zombie Film (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) today via UMe for download and streaming, with vinyl to follow on April 14, 2017. Produced by Zombie, the 31 soundtrack includes eight exclusive original score compositions he co-wrote and/or recorded with collaborators John Five, Bob Marlette, and Chris "Zeuss" Harris, and well-known tracks by other artists, including James Gang, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and The Mamas And The Papas. Throughout the soundtrack, Zombie has interwoven the music with gripping narrative clips from the terrifying film, which will be released on home video on December 20 (Lionsgate).

Zombie's seventh feature film, 31 made its world premiere at Sundance Film Festival before its theatrical release on September 1. From the visionary mind of the man who brought us House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil's Rejects and Halloween springs the horrific story of five carnival workers who are kidnapped the night before Halloween and held hostage in a large compound. At the mercy of their captors, they are forced to play a twisted game of life or death called 31. For the next 12 hours they must fight for their lives against an endless parade of homicidal maniacs.


As a rock legend and filmmaker with a unique vision, Rob Zombie has continuously challenged audiences as he stretches the boundaries of both music and film. He has sold more than fifteen million albums worldwide and he is the only artist to experience unprecedented success in both music and film as the writer/director of seven feature films with a worldwide gross totaling more than $150 million. Zombie's sixth solo studio album, The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser, was released in April.

Music ♥'s Everybody: SOCAN Opens Merch Store for Charity 
"Music ♥'s Everybody" is the intriguing message of a new merchandise campaign unveiled by SOCAN today, with all proceeds going to the Unison Benevolent Fund, a non-profit, registered charity that provides counselling and emergency relief services to the Canadian music community.

The e-commerce site was launched today (www.kt8merch.com/store/pages/socan) with several pieces of merchandise already modelled by some of SOCAN's more famous members, who were quick to endorse both Unison and SOCAN as organizations that help music creators, publishers and artists.

Music ♥'s Everybody tweaks the imagination by counter-intuitively turning the tables. Just about everyone loves music, and the idea of every genre and type of music unconditionally loving every person strikes a chord.

"I hope my fans and all fans of music get these cool clothes on for a great cause," said SOCAN member and Montréal resident Ria Mae, whose song "Clothes Off" – co-written with fellow Haligonian and SOCAN member Classified – was a huge hit this year.

"SOCAN is giving us backing off their shirts," said Sheila Hamilton, Executive Director of Unison Benevolent Fund. "Contributing all proceeds from sales of their cool merchandise to Unison means that more musicians who might be struggling with health or financial needs will be able to get by."

"Music is unconditional in its love," said Andrew Berthoff, SOCAN Chief Communications & Marketing Officer. " Music ♥'s Everybody is a universal message that we hope all people, regardless of their musical preferences, will want to show off, while helping musicians and music industry professionals in need."

The first pieces include Music ♥'s Everybody hoodies and shirts, plus some cool "SOCAN 90" gear. Campaign-style buttons are thrown in free with every purchase.

SOCAN worked with the turnkey ecommerce merchandise company Kill The 8 of Toronto to design the products. New items will be introduced regularly. Kill The 8 specializes in creating swag for musicians, including SOCAN members Sam Roberts Band, USS and Lights.

About Unison
The Unison Benevolent Fund is a non-profit organization that provides counselling, emergency relief, and benefit programs for those in the Canadian music community who face personal or professional challenges due to hardship, illness, or economic difficulties.

SOCAN connects more than four-million music creators worldwide and more than a quarter-million businesses and individuals in Canada. Nearly 150,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers are its direct members, and more than 130,000 organizations are Licensed To Play music across Canada. With a concerted use of progressive technology and a commitment to lead the global transformation of music rights, with wholly-owned companies Audiam and MediaNet, SOCAN is dedicated to upholding the fundamental truths that music has value and music creators and publishers deserve fair compensation for their work. For more information: www.socan.ca
Lionel Richie And Very Special Guest Mariah Carey Announce One Of The Most Anticipated Events Of 2017 With The ALL THE HITS TOUR 
Multi-platinum-selling artists, multiple Grammy Award®-winners and music icons, Lionel Richie and very special guest Mariah Carey announced today they will tour together for the first time ever on the ALL THE HITS TOUR. Produced by Live Nation, the 35-show date tour will start on Wednesday, March 15 in Baltimore, MD at Royal Farms Arena and visit cities across North America including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, Vancouver, Seattle, Oakland, New Orleans and more. Tickets go on sale Saturday, December 17 at www.livenation.com.

AT&T brings you to the front of the line for the ALL THE HITS TOUR. AT&T priority presale ticket access begins Tuesday, December 13 at 10:00 am local time through AT&T THANKS program. For complete presale details visit www.att.com/frontoftheline.

Citi is the official credit card sponsor of the ALL THE HITS TOUR. Citi cardmembers can take advantage of a special pre-sale opportunity beginning on Thursday, December 15 at 10:00 am local time. For complete pre-sale details visit: www.citiprivatepass.com.

Thursday, March 30, 2017
Toronto, ON
Air Canada Centre

About Lionel Richie
International superstar, Lionel Richie, has a discography of albums and singles that are second to none. His music is part of the fabric of pop music; in fact, Lionel Richie is one of only two songwriters in history to achieve the honor of having #1 records for nine consecutive years. With over 100 million albums sold worldwide, an Oscar, a Golden Globe, four Grammy awards and the distinction of MusiCares person of the year in 2016, the Tuskegee, Alabama native is a true music icon.

Lionel Richie is known for his mega-hits such as "Endless Love," "Lady," "Truly," "All Night Long (All Night)," "Penny Lover," "Stuck On You," "Hello," "Say You, Say Me," "Dancing on the Ceiling," and one of most important pop songs in history, "We Are The World," written with Michael Jackson for USA for Africa. His song catalog also includes his early work with The Commodores, where he developed a groundbreaking style that defied genre categories, penning smashes such as "Three Times A Lady," "Still," and "Easy."

Lionel launched his Las Vegas headlining residency show, "Lionel Richie - All the Hits," at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in April 2016. In an unforgettable evening featuring his brightest and best anthems which have defined the music icon's unparalleled career, Lionel takes fans on a spectacular musical journey, performing a variety of his seminal hits.

With his most recent All the Hits, All Night Long Tour, Lionel sold out arenas worldwide with a setlist of his brightest and best anthems. In recent years Lionel also headlined Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, and Glastonbury, drawing the festival's biggest crowd ever with over 200,000 attendees.

Always giving back, his charity work extends from Breast Cancer Research Foundation and Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center to UNICEF and The Art of Elysium.

About Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey is a music icon, a soul legend, a pop phenomenon, a breathtaking live artist and planet Earth's best-selling female artist of all time. She has sold over 220 million records and 17 of her 18 Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 singles have been self-penned, including 'Fantasy', 'Always Be My Baby', 'Hero', 'Touch My Body', 'One Sweet Day', and 'We Belong Together', more than any other solo artist.

With her distinct five-octave vocal range, prolific songwriting, and producing talent, Mariah has defined the modern pop artist. As a singer/songwriter/producer, amongst her countless awards, she has been recognized with multiple Grammy Awards, 21 American Music Awards, Billboard's "Artist of the Decade" Award, the World Music Award for "World's Best Selling Female Artist Of The Millennium," and BMI's "Icon Award" for her outstanding achievements in songwriting.

She has topped the charts globally and has played to packed audiences in stadiums and arenas around the world. Her combination of stellar talents has inspired her dedicated fans in almost every country and set new standards for excellence in the music industry.

Mariah Carey's ongoing impact transcends the music industry to leave an indelible imprint upon the world at large. Her docuseries "Mariah's World" will premiere internationally this fall on E! and takes a look behind the scenes in her busy life. She has made substantial marks in film with critically acclaimed roles in Precious (2009), Lee Daniel's The Butler (2013) and last year Mariah made her directorial debut in A Christmas Melody, a special festive feature for Hallmark, in which she also starred. A Congressional Award recipient, Mariah has generously donated her time and energy to a range of philanthropic causes near to her heart including Save the Music, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, World Hunger Relief, and the Elton John AIDS Foundation, among many others. A tremendous supporter of children's charities, both domestic and international, Mariah founded Camp Mariah in partnership with the Fresh Air Fund, a retreat for inner city children to explore career development.
Comedy Dynamics Releases Janeane Garofalo's Latest Album 'If I May' on 1/6 
Comedy Dynamics will release Janeane Garofalo's If I May on January 6, 2017 on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Amazon and all other digital retailers. The special originally debuted on Seeso on October 27, 2016.

Filmed at The Independent Theatre in San Francisco, If I May showcases Janeane's unique style of storytelling and audience interaction. Janeane's topics of discussion range from The Hunger Games to eco-friendly adult diapers. Although reticent to call herself a stand-up, as she says while on stage, Janeane's humor keeps her audience in stitches throughout her performance.

Janeane began her extensive career on the stage and the screen in 1992. She has appeared in films such as Reality Bites, Wet Hot American Summer and Ratatouille and the television shows The Ben Stiller Show, the West Wing and The Larry Sanders Show. She appeared in Bravo's first scripted series Girlfriend's Guide to Divorce and can be seen in the Netflix series Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp. This is her third stand-up special.

"Since B Minus Time Traveler, I have been a huge fan of Janeane's comedy," said Brian Volk-Weiss, president and founder of Comedy Dynamics.

Comedy Dynamics is the largest independent stand-up comedy production and distribution company, producing the new scripted comedy on Seeso, There's … Johnny, Animal Planet's Animal Nation with Anthony Anderson, History's Join Or Die with Craig Ferguson, MTV2's Wild 'N On Tour, Hulu's Coming To The Stage, and MTV's Spooning with…Zac Efron. The company has worked with a wide-range of established and emerging comedic talent including Kevin Hart, Louis C.K., Aziz Ansari, Jim Gaffigan, Katt Williams and many more. Comedy Dynamics is available on most streaming platforms including: Hulu, Roku, iOS, Amazon, and Android.

Comedy Dynamics' album Louis C.K. Live At Madison Square Garden won the Grammy for Best Comedy Album in 2016. In total, eight of Comedy Dynamics' albums produced between 2013-2015 have been Grammy-nominated.
Luke Bryan Set to Headline Boots and Hearts 2017
Republic Live, organizers of the Boots and Hearts Music Festival, announced today that Luke Bryan will be a headliner for the 2017 event. Two-time ACM and CMA Entertainer of the Year, Luke Bryan, returns after headlining Boots and Hearts in 2014 and joins previously announced headliner, Keith Urban, at Burl's Creek Event Grounds in Oro-Medonte, Ontario from August 10th to 13th, 2017. Passes for the 2017 festival are now available at the Tier 1 Price of $229.99, only at www.bootsandhearts.com

"After Luke Bryan's impressive performance at Boots and Hearts in 2014, fans were adamantly requesting for him to make a return," says Brian Kehoe, Director of Marketing, Republic Live. "We know his 2017 live performance is going to be one that country fans will not want to miss. We're rounding up a killer lineup for Canada's largest country music festival and can't wait to reveal what else we have in store for the party of the summer!"

About Luke Bryan

Since the debut of his first album in 2007, Luke has placed 17 singles at No.1 and sold nearly eight million albums. His fifth studio album, Kill The Lights, which is now certified Platinum, debuted at No. 1 on both the Billboard Top 200 (his third to do so) and Top Country Albums charts, closed out 2015 as the best-selling country album of the year and the 10th biggest selling album on the all-genre Billboard Top 200 Year-End list. Last month, Luke was honored at an industry party at the Country Music Hall of Fame to commemorate his recent string of 7 consecutive No.1 hits which have sold over 7 million tracks and more than 600 million total combined streams. His Kill The Lights album has now sold 3.5 million tracks with over 400 million streams. Luke, a two-time ACM and CMA Entertainer of the Year, co-hosted the Academy of Country Music Awards this year for the fourth consecutive year.

About Boots and Hearts

Boots and Hearts is an annual camping and country music festival event run by Republic Live Inc. It will take place at the custom-designed festival grounds, Burl's Creek Event Grounds, August 10th– 13th, 2017. Founded in 2012, Boots and Hearts has featured world-renowned artists like Tim McGraw, Kid Rock, Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean, Rascal Flatts, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Dierks Bentley, Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett and more! The festival offers multiple stages, a variety of activations, an on-site farmers market and more to 45,000+ festivalgoers over the course of the weekend. Boots and Hearts was awarded the CCMA (Canadian Country Music Association) 'Festival of the Year' Award in 2014, 2015 and 2016, as well as the Canadian Music Week 'Festival of the Year' in 2015 with a repeat nomination in 2016. Get your tickets now for Boots and Hearts, August 10th - 13th 2017 at Burl's Creek Event Grounds with headliners Luke Bryan and Keith Urban www.bootsandhearts.com
Canada 150 countdown: 25 days until 2017! CBC/Radio-Canada announces special Canada 150 programming line-up, kicking off with a cross-country New Year's Eve musical celebration countdown to 2017
 With only 25 days until 2017, CBC/Radio-Canada announced today a line-up of special Canada 150 programs. The public broadcaster will be at the heart of Canada's anniversary year, sharing Canadian stories to celebrate the past, the present and the future, including the perspectives of the Indigenous Peoples of Canada, whose history extends far beyond these past 150 years. This multiplatform-programming offer will take all Canadians on a journey, while helping them discover a vision of Canada's future together.

With today's announcement, the public broadcaster released an online CBC/Radio-Canada 2017 Programming Guide that outlines the extensive Canada 150 programming offer: documentaries, radio programs, kids programs, entertainment and arts specials, innovative digital and virtual reality initiatives, and ongoing news and current affairs coverage of the people, places and events in every region of the country that will shape Canada's milestone anniversary year.

"The 150th anniversary celebrations are for us a unique opportunity to create and showcase highly emotional moments, to bring Canadians together around special signature events, and to enable conversations about our collective national identity, our diversity, and what binds us together," said Hubert T. Lacroix, President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada.

2017 programming kicks off on December 31st with CANADA'S NEW YEAR'S EVE – COUNTDOWN TO 2017, a nation-wide musical celebration hosted by Rick Mercer from Parliament Hill on CBC Television and online at CBC.CA/2017. The star-studded line-up of musical guests across the country includes: JUNO Award-winning and Grammy®-nominated multi-Platinum recording artist Carly Rae Jepsen, and chart-topping country star Brett Kissel on the main stage in Ottawa; singer-songwriter Scott Helman in Montreal; The Strumbellas from the celebrations in Halifax; The Bros. Landreth featuring Begonia from The Forks in Winnipeg; and alt-rock giants Wintersleep from the Vancouver celebrations. The special will also capture the excitement from a number of cities across the nation as Canadians ring in the country's historic anniversary year.

From 7-9 p.m. ET, CBC News Network will kick-off New Year's Eve with live coverage of the official ceremonies from Parliament Hill, including a ceremonial re-lighting of the Centennial Flame, as well as fireworks and celebrations across the country with CANADA 2017 – NYE LIVE WITH HEATHER HISCOX.

The public broadcaster's English and French services have come together to present a number of joint projects, including: WE ARE CANADA, a prime-time documentary series that celebrates the next generation of change-makers; TRAIN 150, a multiplatform series that offers a close-up, cross-country view of Canada; a special edition of the landmark series CANADA: A PEOPLE'S HISTORY; a special presentation of THE BEST OF THE GOVERNOR GENERAL'S PERFORMING ARTS GALA; WHAT'S YOUR STORY?/LA ROUTE DES 20, which recruits a diverse group of millennials to tell the contemporary story of Canada throughout 2017; WE ARE THE BEST, a series that shows off the extraordinary culinary richness of our country; and extensive national CANADA DAY 2017 coverage on CBC and Radio-Canada platforms.

CBC highlights include: CANADA: THE STORY OF US, an epic ten-part television history series that tells the extraordinary story of the people, places and events that have shaped our country. With a combination of fact-based drama and stunning CGI animations, it is the stories of Indigenous peoples and immigrants; pioneers and rule breakers; and scientists and entrepreneurs who forged a nation in a vast and harsh land; BECOMING CANADIAN, a digital-first series that will focus on stories from the 250,000 new Canadians who take the Oath of Citizenship; and SHORT DOCS: INDIGENOUS, a collection of short digital documentaries by emerging Indigenous storytellers that will focus on Indigenous Canadians who are challenging the past to define their futures.

All Radio-Canada's programming details, including the count-down to New Year's Eve coverage, is available online.

CBC/Radio-Canada's Canada 150 programs will be broadcast on all platforms throughout the year, with a number of major television specials airing in the spring, leading up to Canada Day on July 1st, 2017. Broadcast dates and times will be announced soon.

CBC/Radio-Canada is proud to have CIBC as a partner in celebrating Canada's 150th anniversary, in the same year that CIBC is also turning 150.
Yannick Bisson Named ACTRA Toronto's 2017 Award of Excellence Recipient
Yannick Bisson, star of the hit show Murdoch Mysteries, will be presented with ACTRA Toronto's 2017 Award of Excellence at a gala show and party on February 25, 2017 at the Carlu. ACTRA Toronto is thrilled to celebrate a great Canadian star from a Canadian production success story as we join in celebrating Canada's 150th birthday.

Mr. Bisson has amassed over 60 performing credits since 1984. He is best known as Detective William Murdoch in Shaftesbury's period drama Murdoch Mysteries, for which he won the Canadian Screen Awards' 2016 Fan Choice Award. He regularly draws 1.4 million viewers to the show in Canada on CBC. Now in its 10th season, Murdoch was named Playback's 2015 TV Show of the Year and is sold into 110 countries worldwide. Mr. Bisson also won a Canadian Screen Award for Best Host in a Pre-School, Children's or Youth Program or Series for The Adventures of Napkin Man.

Mr. Bisson has been a champion of Canadian performers and a vocal opponent of the recent CRTC decision to facilitate the hiring of non-Canadian performers in lead roles in productions funded by Certified Independent Production Funds. Through interviews and social media, he continues to encourage his fellow performers and all Canadians to press the federal government to review the CRTC decision. Other causes and charities he champions include: Artists for Peace and Justice, which supports education and healthcare programs in Haiti; Camp Ooch, a camp for kids fighting cancer; Childhood Cancer Canada; and Sheena's Place, a support centre for people affected by eating disorders.

"Yannick Bisson is a true Canadian star," says ACTRA Toronto President David Sparrow. "His exceptional work at the helm of Murdoch Mysteries attracts millions of viewers across Canada and around the world. Yannick's popularity proves the wisdom of hiring Canadians to tell Canadian stories. We value his leadership as the federal government considers how best to support Canadian Content in a Digital World."

"None of this is possible without a strong network of colleagues, fans, friends and family," says Mr. Bisson. "I am so thankful for the team that has come together to create each episode of Murdoch Mysteries for close to 10 years, and for viewers from across the globe who continue to tune in; and for my friends and family, who always inspire me and steadfastly encourage my many endeavors. I am filled with so much gratitude and further committed to giving back to my industry – an industry that has given me so much – in a significant way."

The ACTRA Awards in Toronto celebrate outstanding performances on screen. Three juried awards for outstanding male, female and voice performance are presented in addition to the Award of Excellence and the ACTRA Toronto Stunt Award. The gala takes place on Saturday, February 25, 2017, at The Carlu.

ACTRA Toronto is the largest organization within ACTRA, representing more than 15,000 of Canada's 22,000 professional performers working in recorded media. As an advocate for Canadian culture since 1943, ACTRA is a member-driven union that continues to secure rights and respect for the work of professional performers.

DanceWorks presents a double bill of world premieres from
Yvonne Ng's tiger princess dance projects
- In Search of the Holy Chop Suey & Zhong Xin -
November 24 - November 26 at Harbourfront Centre Theatre

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 DanceWorks, Toronto's longest running contemporary dance series, proudly presents Toronto's tiger princess dance projects (tpdp) with an evening of two world premieres, each exploring identity in different ways. Choreographed by acclaimed tpdp artistic director Yvonne Ng, her solo In Search of the Holy Chop Suey and her work for a trio, Zhong Xin, run as a compelling double bill Thursday, November 24 through Saturday, November 26 at 8pm at Harbourfront Centre Theatre as part of the NextSteps series. Tickets are now on sale.

Where or in what time space does identity reside? Ng asks "How does someone else's movement quality impact my own dancing self?" as she undertakes a pointed investigation for her solo, In Search of the Holy Chop Suey. In it, she ponders a life of creation and imitation in movement and mines influences from sources as varied as her mother, modern dance and kung fu legends, ordinary people, wild animals and more. Says Ng, "When I imitate, I also uncover something unique in myself. Each time I fail to become more like my mother (or my favourite kung fu hero Bruce Lee), I become more me." Silvie Varone designs the set for this expressive work.

In explaining the title, Ng says: "In the late seventies/early eighties, there was a TV series called In Search ofŠ that focused on mysterious phenomena, e.g. Loch Ness, Holy Grail, Big Foot, etc. But they would never find the 'thing' that was the subject of the particular episode. Chop Suey is a dish that reportedly originated from migrant Chinese workers who lived in the U.S.A. in the 19th century. When I was young, living in Asia, I wanted everything western. I knew about the dish and equated it to something Western/North American. The title is a comment on my belief that each of us has a deep desire to find meaning for our lives - even as that meaning eludes us and/or is not what it seems."
Ng then extends the exploration to Zhong Xin (which translates to centre or core in Mandarin), her trio for three splendid dancers - Irvin Chow, Mairéad Filgate and Luke Garwood. After many months of creating in isolation from each other, the dancers and Ng unite, each harnessing different qualities and histories. In collaboration with composer Nick Storring and set designer Joe Pagnan, Ng and her dancers propose an unknowable universe of possibilities - anchored by memory, identity and the body.

For the evening, multi-faceted award-winning artist Marie-Josée Chartier is the Outside Eye/Creative Facilitator, Johanna Bergfelt is the Rehearsal Director and Arun Srinivasan is the Lighting Designer.

Born and raised in Singapore, Yvonne Ng is a choreographer, presenter, arts educator and artistic director of princess productions (since 1996), which houses tiger princess dance projects and the dance: made in canada/fait au canada Festival. The company's repertoire includes Yvonne's choreographed works and commissioned works. Yvonne has created original roles for choreographers such as Bill James, José Navas, Peter Chin, Dominique Dumais, Kevin O'Day (National Theatre Mannheim Ballett), Marie-Josée Chartier, Stephanie Skura and Tedd Robinson. tiger princess dance projects has toured to Singapore, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Australia, China, Canada and the USA. Between 1998 and 2014, the works have garnered ten Dora Mavor Moore Award nominations for performance and choreography.
She has taught at and created work for Ryerson and York University, the Theatre Department at Pennsylvania's Juniata College, the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and La Salle College of the Arts in Singapore and at University of Waterloo's Dept. of Drama and Speech Communication. Currently based in Toronto, Yvonne Ng is a recipient of the K.M. Hunter Artist Award, New Pioneers Arts Award, Chalmers Arts Fellowship, Soulpepper's Community Artist Award and the Ontario Premier's Award for Excellence in the Arts - New Talent. In 2000, she was honoured with a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance and has received multiple nominations. Ng was the artistic director of Series 8:08 (1994-2015), a dance service organization that supports professional dance development, and is currently artistic director of the biennial festival, dance: made in canada/fait au canada, presented by her princess productions.
Irvin Chow began dancing at the Ontario School of Ballet in Toronto. He was then accepted into the BFA Dance program at York University in 2007. Throughout the last few years he has danced in projects by: Angela Blumberg, Sylvie Bouchard, Debra Brown, Susan Cash, Robert Glumbek, Michael Greyeyes, Terrill Maguire, Yvonne Ng and William Yong. Irvin has performed as a part of David Earle's (2011) Miserere in the Toronto Heritage Dance project and with Julia Sasso (2012) in her most recent show SLoE, performed at the Enwave Theatre. Irvin was a part of the 2012 Dusk Dances tour dancing in a Flock of Flyers and Tenterhooks. Irvin has been dancing with tiger princess dance projects since 2012.

A graduate of the Etobicoke School of the Arts and the School of Toronto Dance Theatre, Mairéad Filgate was proud to be a member of the Danny Grossman Dance Company from 2003 to 2008, and has since performed the work of many independent artists in Toronto and beyond. She is Artistic Associate of tiger princess dance projects (since 2010), a core collaborator with Public Recordings (with whom she won two Dora Mavor Moore Awards), and co-founder of Throwdown Collective, a collaborative, contemporary dance company that creates site-specific and stage works. Throwdown Collective has toured their three site-specific works extensively, and won the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Choreography and two Audience Choice Awards at dance: made in canada/fait au canada for Various Concert. Her new independent project, one small thing, was presented as a part of SummerWorks 2016. Mairéad is an executive member of the Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists and a student of Women & Gender Studies at the University of Toronto.

Luke Garwood began his dance training at Ballet Classique du Haut-Richelieu (1994) but his continued studies soon brought him to l'Ecole Superieur de Danse du Quebec in Montreal (1995-2000), Canada's National Ballet School in Toronto (2000- 2002) and the Hamburg Ballet School in Germany (2002-2003). Luke has performed professionally with such companies as: Banff Festival Ballet, Toronto Dance Theatre, ProArteDanza, Typecast Dance Company, Hit and Run Dance Productions, Signal Theatre and Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie. Independently, Luke works in Toronto and Berlin and has collaborated with choreographers such as Valerie Calam, D.A. Hoskins, Allison Cummings, Susie Burpee, Jacob Niedzwiecki, Ame Henderson, Brendan Jensen, Jenn Goodwin, Heidi Strauss, Christoph Winkler and, through Nuit Blanche, Gordon Monaghan and Trisha Brown Dance Company. Luke is also co-director of F Slash, which is an organization that creates and curates dance performances for live and online audiences. Luke has been dancing with tiger princess dance projects since 2012.

DanceWorks began as a collective of independent dance artists in 1977 and has grown to become Toronto's leading presenter of independent dance. DanceWorks offers seasons of eclectic, exhilarating choreography programmed to intrigue, challenge and enthral. DanceWorks adds to the theatrical experience with Carol's Dance Notes and post-performance conversations with artists. DanceWorks is the administrator of the CanDance Network and Dance Ontario Association. www.danceworks.ca +https://danceworksblog.wordpress.com/

World Premiere of
George F. Walker's THE DAMAGE DONE

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All photos are by Michael Cooper featuring Wes Berger and Sarah Murphy-Dyson in Damage Done

Canadian Rep Theatre Artistic Director Ken Gass is thrilled to present the world premiere of The Damage Done by George F. Walker, one of Canada's most prolific and popular playwrights as well as one of Canada's most widely produced dramatists at home and internationally. The Damage Done opens on Tuesday, November 22, running to December 11 at The Citadel (304 Parliament St., south of Dundas).
Directed by Ken Gass, this powerful two-hander stars Wes Berger (Dead Metaphor for Hamilton's Theatre Aquarius) as Bobby and Sarah Murphy-Dyson (CrazyLady's Parents Night/The Bigger Issue; her solo The Naked Ballerina for Toronto's Soul-O and Fringe festivals) as Tina. 
Audiences first met Bobby and Tina in Walker's 1992 play, Tough! when the hapless couple were 19 and Tina unexpectedly pregnant. The Damage Done flashes forward 18 years later where Tina, a social worker on the brink of total burn-out, has been raising their teenage daughters largely on her own. Bobby has never gotten over the fact that it was Tina who left him, and his career fantasies (becoming a musician or a South Pole explorer) have gone nowhere. Now Bobby is writing a play, based on the pathetic entanglements of their lives.
George F. Walker is a Governor General, Chalmers and Dora Award-winner and one of Canada's most produced playwrights. Dead Metaphor, which had its Canadian premiere with Canadian Rep Theatre (co-produced with Mirvish Productions) in 2014, has also been successfully produced at the prestigious A.C.T. in San Francisco, Theatre Aquarius in Hamilton and recently at The Firehall in Vancouver. This past summer, Canadian Rep produced an ensemble adaptation of Walker'sTough! as part of its ENSEMBLE Canadian Youth Theatre initiative.  
Canadian Rep Theatre presents the World Premiere of
The Damage Done
By George F. Walker       Directed by Ken Gass
Starring Wes Berger and Sarah Murphy-Dyson
Designed by Ken Gass.  Lighting Design by Joey Condello.  Stage Management by Peter Sherk.
The Citadel, 304 Parliament Street (south of Dundas), Toronto
Previews November 19 - 20, Opens November 22 and runs to December 11, 2016 
(NOTE - No performance on Nov 30 & Dec 1)
Performance Times:  Tues - Sat 8:30 p.m.,  Sundays at 2:30 p.m.
General admission: Tuesday-Friday $26; Saturdays $32; Previews $16. 
$5 Discounts for seniors, students & artsworkers (except Previews).   Group Rates Available.
Sunday matinees are Pay-What-You-Can at the door  ($26 reserved seat in advance).
Tickets are available at  www.canadianrep.ca   or by phone at 416-946-3065.

George F. Walker, Playwright
Walker has been one of Canada's most prolific and popular playwrights since his debut at Factory Theatre in the 1970s. With more than 40 plays to his credit, his best known works include Zastrozzi, Escape From Happiness, Nothing Sacred, Love and Anger, and the six-play cycle, Suburban Motel.  Walker is the winner of three Governor General Awards, five Dora Mavor Moore Awards and nine Chalmers Play Awards. He is also a noted screenwriter, having created hit TV series such as This Is Wonderland, The Line, and Living In Your Car. A member of the Order of Canada, George also received the Governor General Performing Arts Award in 2009.

Ken Gass, Director
Ken has directed four highly acclaimed productions for Canadian Rep including Florence MacDonald's How Do I Love Thee? and Armstrong's War by Colleen Murphy. Gass was also founder/artistic director of Factory Theatre (1970-79; 1996-2012) where he directed numerous notable shows such as The Rez Sisters by Tomson Highway, Belle by Florence MacDonald, The Leisure Society by François Archambault (Dora Award, Outstanding Director), and several revivals by George Walker including Better Living, Escape From Happiness, Beyond Mozambique, Adult Entertainment, End of Civilization and Tough!  Gass is winner of the Premier's Award for Excellence in the Arts, the George Luscombe Award for Theatre Mentoring, the Toronto Arts Award and the Silver Ticket Award.
Wes Berger, Bobby
Wes performed the role of Finn in the recent premiere production of George F. Walker's The Ravine (Niagara Falls' Lyndesfarne Theatre Projects), as well as the role of Dean in Hamilton's Theatre Aquarius production of Dead Metaphor, both directed by Walker. A graduate of the Brock University theatre program, he has since performed in theatre and television productions across the country. A few highlights include The Outdoor Donnellys at The Blyth Festival, directed by Paul Thompson; The Homecoming at Manitoba Theatre Centre, directed by Stephen Schipper; and Serious at Tarragon Extra Space, directed by Keira Loughran. Film/television work has included roles in Flight of the Butterflies, Nikita, The Lotteryand The Kennedy's. Wes also directed the premiere productions of Parents Night (CrazyLady/The Pearl Company in Hamilton) and The Bigger Issue (CrazyLady at Theatre Passe Muraille), both written by George F. Walker.

Sarah Murphy-Dyson, Tina
Sarah was a soloist with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet for many seasons before retiring to study acting full time. She has played a number of George Walker roles in recent years, including Irene in The Bigger Issue and Nicole in Parents Night at Theatre Passe Muraille; Cassie in The Ravine (Lyndesfarne Theatre Projects in Niagara Falls); Amanda in Criminal Genius (Lyndesfarne Theatre). She also played Florence Lawrence in Enter a Free Man (Stoppardfest), Penny in Dirty Dancing(Mirvish Productions); Caroline Markridge in 12 Monkeys (Syfy Network), Mandy in Mommy's Little Girl (Lifetime). She has appeared on such shows as Rookie Blue, The Next Step and as Isabelle's ballet teacher in the recent American Girlmovie. Sarah was cited by Now Magazine for Outstanding Performance for The Naked Ballerina, which she also wrote. She was also named one of the Top 12 Performers of 2014 by The Hamilton Spectator for Parents Night and The Naked Ballerina.

Canadian Rep Theatre
Originally founded by Ken Gass in 1984 and re-launched in 2013, Canadian Rep Theatre's 2014 season included Wajdi Mouawad's Pacamambo, Judith Thompson's Watching Glory Die, and George F. Walker's Dead Metaphor. In 2015, Canadian Rep produced the Toronto premieres of Florence MacDonald's How Do I Love Thee? and Colleen Murphy's Armstrong's War, both directed by Gass. In the summer of 2016, under Gass's direction, Canadian Rep launched a new initiative, ENSEMBLE Canadian Youth Theatre/Théâtre Jeunesse Canadien, with productions of an ensemble adaptation of George F. Walker's TOUGH! and Wajdi Mouawad's DREAMS (RÊVES) translated by Linda Gaboriau.  These were followed by Ken Gass's production of Wajdi Mouawad's Tideline, translated by Shelley Tepperman, and produced by Hart House Theatre in association with Canadian Rep Theatre and ENSEMBLE.

CF Toronto Eaton Centre invites Toronto to ring in the holiday season with Toronto's own CHOIR!CHOIR!CHOIR!
 The countdown to the holidays is officially underway and CF Toronto Eaton Centre is getting ready to bring one of the biggest celebrations of holiday cheer to Toronto with the unveiling of the city's largest Christmas tree.

The 100-foot-tall tree will make its momentous debut tonight in the heart of CF Toronto Eaton Centre to kick off a new holiday tradition set to rival that of the Rockefeller Centre in NYC. Standing at nearly ten storeys tall, almost exceeding the height of all three floors of the centre, CF Toronto Eaton Centre's largest tree in town will officially signal the beginning of the 2016 holiday season.

To celebrate the official lighting of the tree, CF Toronto Eaton Centre has partnered with popular volunteer choir group CHOIR!CHOIR!CHOIR! to make this a truly spectacular and unforgettable event. As the tree lights, choir members along with guests at the centre, will join voices together to sing festive songs, including a rendition of Louis Armstrong's What a Wonderful World that will echo through the halls of CF Toronto Eaton Centre.

Until the official unveil, the CF Toronto Eaton Centre tree will be cloaked in preparation for the grand reveal. On the day of the unveiling, a special donation will be made to Regent Park School of Music through a cheque presentation; sharing the magic of the season at Canada's most iconic shopping destination.
Five Monumental Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention Albums To Be Reissued On Vinyl
 Following this month's release of three new Frank Zappa albums, the Zappa Family Trust and UMe are continuing their extensive reissue campaign by releasing five iconic works of the musical innovator on vinyl for the first time in decades: Cruising With Ruben & The Jets, Joe's Garage, Lumpy Gravy, Weasels Ripped My Flesh and We're Only In It For The Money. The albums spanning Zappa's incredibly fertile late '60s-late '70s period will be pressed on 180-gram vinyl and available December 9. All albums are available for pre-order now:

Pre-order & stream Cruising With Ruben & The Jets: https://UMe.lnk.to/ZappaCruising
Pre-order & stream Joe's Garage: https://UMe.lnk.to/ZappaJoes
Pre-order & stream Lumpy Gravy: https://UMe.lnk.to/ZappaLumpy
Pre-order & stream Weasels Ripped My Flesh: https://UMe.lnk.to/ZappaWeasels
Pre-order & stream We're Only In It For The Money: https://UMe.lnk.to/ZappaForTheMoney

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Zappa's first release, the Mothers of Invention's debut album Freak Out!, and to celebrate the Zappa Family Trust and UMe are steadily reissuing the cultural icon's catalog and rarities from his famed vault on CD, LP and digitally as part of a long-term licensing agreement. The five vinyl releases follow new albums Meat Light (The Uncle Meat Project/Object Audio Documentary) Little Dots and Chicago '78, released earlier this month, and several other exciting projects. The 50th anniversary of Zappa's first single "How Could I Be Such A Fool" is also being celebrated with a limited edition pink vinyl 7-inch for Record Store Day's Black Friday on November 25. The flipside will feature "Help I'm A Rock (3rd Movement: It Can't Happen Here)."

The five albums represent some of Zappa and his cohorts' most challenging, exhilarating and groundbreaking work:

Zappa's first solo album, Lumpy Gravy is the work of Zappa the composer. Recorded at Capitol Studios in 1967 by legendary producer Nick Venet, Zappa's compositions were performed by the 50-piece Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Symphony Orchestra, which included several musicians from the legendary Wrecking Crew. Armed with the session tapes and a razor blade, Zappa sat in his New York City apartment and pieced together a masterwork that included the use of tape collages, dialogue, parody, musique concrete and DADAist tendencies. The self-produced album became one of his personal favorites. The LP will be pressed on 180-gram vinyl from a pristine 1968 analog safety tape found in Zappa's vault.

In the top 300 of Rolling Stone's 500 greatest albums, We're Only In It for the Money is a scathing satire of right-versus-left politics that's as fresh in today's charged political atmosphere as it was upon release in 1968. In part a parody of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, the album pits the hippies against the squares, skewering them equally, as pawns held sway by corporate sellouts catering to the masses in the name of profit. The restored original 1968 mix is pressed on 180-gram vinyl from FZ's approved Digital Master.

Cruising with Ruben & The Jets is the fourth Mothers of Invention album. Released at the end of 1968, the concept album was written in the style of 1950s doo-wop and classic R&B, a childhood love of Zappa's and members of the band, including singer Ray Collins, who all came up with the idea while in the studio recording other music. It is being reissued with the original 1968 mix from the master analog tape on 180-gram vinyl.

Weasels Ripped My Flesh is the last album of recordings made by the original Mothers of Invention lineup released after it was disbanded by Zappa. The group, which included a horn section, made the blend of studio and live experimental and traditional tracks from 1967-69. Weasels Ripped My Flesh, released in 1970, provides a fascinating look at the group's range and diversity of influences, from avant-garde tracks like "Didja Get Any Onya" to the straight-up R&B of their cover of Little Richard's "Directly From My Heart to You." In an interesting historical footnote, Lowell George makes an appearance here with the band previous to forming Little Feat with bass player Roy Estrada.

Conceptually and musically as challenging as anything Zappa released in the 1970s, three-act rock opera Joe's Garage was released as two separate packages in 1979 (the new release arrives as a three-LP set). Zappa described the dystopian tale as "a stupid little story about how the government is going to do away with music." The rock opera proved prophetic years later when the government began to examine ways to limit the spread of explicit content in music. The song cycle, conceived over a weekend, tells the story of a young rock 'n' roller who's thrown into prison and released into a world turned upside down by evil corporate, political and religious forces who've outlawed music. Zappa used the practice of "xenochrony" to record parts of the album, taking previously cut live guitar solos and overdubbing them onto new studio tracks. This 2016 vinyl edition is mastered in all analog by Bernie Grundman using the 1979 1/4" safety master tapes from The Vault.

Taken together the albums are a master's class in subversive wit, creative genius and uncompromising artistry that flies in the face of convention.

Toronto takes the lead in paying tribute to A.R. Rahman
On February 4, 2017 Ideal Dreams, the first tribute to A.R. Rahman's 25 years in the film industry, will take place at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto, Canada. The maestro himself will be present at the event.

The show will be produced by Ideal Entertainment Inc. and spare no expense in recognizing the legacy of one of the world's most prominent and prolific music composers. Featuring over 100 North American artists Ideal Dreams will seamlessly integrate various forms of the performing arts, including dance, music, visual arts and musical theatre, in sequences set to Mr. Rahman's compositions.

The musical score, similar to the choice in artists, will be intentionally curated to represent the award-winning composer's ability to transcend world genres, while weaving together tradition with innovation. To this end Ramanan Muthulingam, Managing Director of Ideal Entertainment, has said "The production will feature a live orchestra from start to finish and include various new technologies throughout, providing the audience with elements that enhance their sensory experience."

Engaging, interactive, innovative—Ideal Dreams will be a bit of everything Ideal Entertainment strives to bring to each of their productions. "The show will be a true testament to Mr. Rahman's invaluable contributions to film and music. For 25 years he has inspired people around the world to not only push the boundaries of what's possible but to redefine them. This is at the heart of Ideal Entertainment's mission and we are honoured to be producing Ideal Dreams" remarked Shaji Nada, CEO of Ideal Group of Companies.

The Mozart of Madras is often traveling around the world but this will be a rare opportunity for his fans to watch a production inspired by the musical genius, in his presence. More details about the elements of the show and confirmed participants will be announced by Ideal Entertainment in the weeks to come. While much is being held in suspense until then, they're promising one thing—in the global city that brings the world together Ideal Dreams will inspire audience members to discover their own.

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New Information On The Death Of John Lennon 
December 8th marks the day the world lost its most famous musician. As the 36th anniversary approaches, The Lennon Report movie exposes new information about the real surgeon, just recently revealed as the actual doctor who fought to save John Lennon's life, the nurses by his side, Lennon's grieving wife and the young journalist who broke the story of a lifetime. For some, this movie is the first telling of their story. For others, it sets the record straight.

Upon completion, last fall, the movie – and the story behind decades of inaccurate reporting about the night Lennon died – was featured in a lengthy segment on Howard Kurtz's show Media Buzz on FOX. The segment prompted a rare response from Lennon's widow Yoko Ono:


Directed by Jeremy Profe and produced by twin brothers Rafael Francisco and Gabriel Francisco, of Francisco Productions, the movie stars: Richard Kind, (Inside Out, Spin City, Curb Your Enthusiasm), Adrienne C. Moore, (Orange is the New Black), Stef Dawson, (The Hunger Games movies), Evan Jonigkeit, (X-Men: Days of Future Past, Tallulah, Whiskey, Tango Foxtrot), and David Zayas, (Dexter, Oz, The Expendables). The movie also features actress Karen Tsen Lee in a portrayal of Yoko Ono that has been repeatedly cited by fans and critics alike as a standout performance. The filmmakers believe Karen's performance is especially worthy of the Academy's consideration.

The Lennon Report racked up numerous awards at prestigious film festivals – including Best Director, Best Actor and three Audience Choice Awards. It opened in US theaters on October 7th and continues to play at select theaters across the country.

The Lennon Report is now available in the US on all major Video On Demand platforms including Amazon, Apple, iTunes, InDemand, Comcast XFinity, Dish, VHX, Mircosoft Store, Google Play, DirectTV, Vudu and across numerous cable provider networks. (The Lennon Report is also now available in Canada through iTunes.)

The official trailer can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hd6rlYXahDA

Netflix And...Mom? 
 With the return of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, Netflix is giving mothers and daughters another way to bond. A recent survey revealed more than half of women (53%) wish they spoke to their mother more often. On November 25, fans all over the world can reconnect through the mother of all TV shows...because even reading this release will make you realize how much you want to call your mom.

More than half of mother-daughter duos surveyed (59%) report that post-show discussions are the best part of sharing a show together. In fact, watching together is so important that despite the distance, almost half of moms and daughters (41%) think watching together brings them closer. Even though one third of moms and daughters surveyed live thirty or more minutes apart, over half have gone out of their way to physically watch together on many occasions.

The ultimate mother-daughter pair, Rory and Lorelai, know the benefits of sharing show-inspired inside jokes and witty one-liners. Whether you and mom are die-hard fans or looking for your next binge together, Netflix is letting you send an invite for Date Night with Mom.

No matter what kind of mother-daughter relationship it is, Gilmore has something for you. The survey found that globally, almost equal portions of mother-daughter relationships fall into the following three groups:

39% of respondents say they're two peas in a pod, and are BFFs like Rory and Lorelai.

31% say they may be polar opposites like Lane and Mrs. Kim, but they just want what's best for each other.

30% know it can be complicated like Lorelai and Emily, but they can't imagine life without each other.

Following the recent release of Sting's highly anticipated rock/pop album 57th & 9th, Cherrytree Management and Live Nation today confirmed that Sting will take to the road in 2017 on a very special tour featuring concert dates in clubs, theatres and arenas throughout North America and Europe. Complete itinerary follows. Additional dates in South America and Asia will soon be announced. Please visit: www.sting.com & www.livenation.com for complete details. 57th & 9th is promoted by Live Nation Global Touring, produced by RZO Entertainment. (Photo Credit: Eric Ryan Anderson)

On the 57th & 9th Tour, Sting will be joined by a 3-piece band including his longtime guitarist, Dominic Miller, plus Josh Freese (drums) and Rufus Miller (guitar). Special guests include singer/songwriter Joe Sumner as well as San Antonio-based Tex Mex band, The Last Bandoleros.

  Tickets for the newly announced 57th & 9th Tour concert dates will go on sale beginning Friday, November 18th through Mon., November 21st. In North America, every ticket purchased online includes a digital download of Sting's new album "57th & 9th. In the UK, Spain, and France, fans who pre-order Sting's new album at HMV (UK only) and FNAC (Spain and France) will receive priority pre-sale access to the concert of their choice.

Members of the official Sting.com fan club will have the opportunity to purchase tickets in advance beginning Tues., November 15th. Details at www.sting.com/tour. Citi cardmembers can also take advantage of a special pre-sale opportunity for show dates in the United States, including a special "Citi presents Sting: 57th & 9th" concert at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, beginning Thur., November 17th at 10am through Sunday, November 20th at 5pm (all times local). For complete pre-sale details visit: www.citiprivatepass.com. Ticket purchases limited to between 2-4 tickets per person dependent on venue.

Sting's twelfth solo studio album, 57th & 9th, his first rock/pop project in over a decade, was released November 11 on A&M/Interscope Records. The ten-song collection represents a wide range of Sting's musical and songwriting styles from the raucous, guitar-driven first single, "I Can't Stop Thinking About You" to the ferocious, Road Warrior-style imagery of "Petrol Head" and the anthemic "50,000." The album, produced by Martin Kierszenbaum, was recorded in just a few weeks with Sting's long-time collaborators Dominic Miller (guitar) and Vinnie Colaiuta (drums), as well as drummer Josh Freese (Nine Inch Nails, Guns n' Roses), guitarist Lyle Workman and backing vocals by the San Antonio-based Tex-Mex band The Last Bandoleros.

ABOUT STING: Composer, singer-songwriter, actor, author, and activist Sting was born in Newcastle, England before moving to London in 1977 to form The Police with Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers. The band released five studio albums, earned six Grammy Awards and two Brits, and was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003.

As one of the world's most distinctive solo artists, Sting has received an additional 10 Grammy Awards, two Brits, a Golden Globe, an Emmy, three Oscar nominations, a TONY nomination, Billboard Magazine's Century Award, and MusiCares 2004 Person of the Year. Also a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, in December 2014 he received the Kennedy Center Honors, one of the most prestigious cultural prizes in the United States. Throughout his enduring career, he has sold close to 100 million albums from his combined work with The Police and as a solo artist.

Sting's support for human rights organizations such as the Rainforest Fund, Amnesty International and Live Aid mirrors his art in its universal outreach. Along with wife Trudie Styler, Sting founded the Rainforest Fund in 1989 to protect both the world's rainforests and the indigenous people living there. Together they have held 17 benefit concerts to raise funds and awareness for our planet's endangered resources, with the next event scheduled for December 14 at Carnegie Hall. Since its inception, the Rainforest Fund has expanded to a network of interconnected organizations working in more than 20 countries over three continents.

Joe Sumner has been honing his solo work for the past five years. While simultaneously fronting rock band Fiction Plane and pushing boundaries in the tech space with his app Vyclone, Joe has been painstakingly stripping back all that he finds inauthentic.

The result is a spacious and colorful sound that would not be out of place in a Wes Anderson movie. Starting with just his voice and an acoustic guitar, he writes heartfelt, playful and genuine songs that are never quite finished. 'Every time I play a song I leave at least a few parts of it completely open to improvisation.' he says of his loose and collaborative performing style. 'After you play a song fifty times I think it should get better, not just stay the same!'

This open-minded attitude comes in part from his extremely varied musical experiences - from touring with acts that he literally calls family (The Police, Sting) to artists like Snoop Dogg or singing in a modern opera and writing hits for other European artist. Joe also teaches highly-acclaimed workshops at music schools focusing on the emotional pressures of songwriting.

Joe Sumner's debut solo single 'Jellybean' will be released in January 2017.

The Last Bandoleros are a four-piece outfit blending Tex-Mex, country and rock n' roll. Their story begins in San Antonio, Texas with guitarist/producer Jerry Fuentes who, during a musical pilgrimage to Manhattan, chanced to meet New York native, singer-songwriter/producer Derek James.

Fuentes and James began collaborating in Brooklyn. But, Fuentes kept being drawn back to his native Texas to record in the same San Antonio studio where a couple of talented brothers were also emerging. Diego and Emilio Navaira, sons of Tejano music legend, Emilio Navaira, Sr., had been making a name for themselves around town for their energetic live performances and sterling vocal chops. Fuentes decided to combine both of his universes by introducing Derek to Diego and Emilio and inviting them to joint-sessions in Brooklyn and San Antonio where riffs and lyrics began flying fast.

Newly christened The Last Bandoleros, the quartet began playing live, opening for The Mavericks, Jon Pardi, Josh Abbott Band, Los Lonely Boys and Marc Broussard. Recognizing their high level of musicianship, Sting called upon them to sing backing vocals on his "I Can't Stop Thinking About You" single which soared the heights of radio charts around the world.

Praise also began pouring in from the music press. Rolling Stone wrote: "[The Last Bandoleros'] music caroms wildly from rock and country to conjunto and pop, adding up to a sound that's hard to get out of your head." People Magazine dubbed the band "ones to watch" and Entertainment Weekly included them in their "Breaking Big" list. HITS Magazine described The Last Bandoleros as "Tex-Mex meets harmony-rich Beatlesque pop, with a healthy dollop of boy-pop charisma."

The Last Bandoleros combine their unique cultural experiences with rare musical camaraderie and, as audiences will continue to discover, their exuberance and joy are contagious.


Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on the death of Leonard Cohen
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the death of Leonard Cohen:

"It is with deep sorrow that I learned today of the death of the legendary Leonard Cohen.

"A most remarkable Montrealer, Leonard Cohen managed to reach the highest of artistic achievement, both as an acclaimed poet and a world-renowned singer-songwriter. He will be fondly remembered for his gruff vocals, his self-deprecating humour and the haunting lyrics that made his songs the perennial favourite of so many generations.

​"Leonard Cohen is as relevant today as he was in the 1960s. His ability to conjure the vast array of human emotion made him one of the most influential and enduring musicians ever. His style transcended the vagaries of fashion.

"Leonard Cohen was made a Companion of the Order of Canada in 2003 and received many artistic honours during his lifetime, including being inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

"He received a Lifetime Achievement Grammy in 2010 and was awarded the Glenn Gould Prize for lifetime achievement in the arts in 2011. In 2013, with a career already spanning more than fifty years, he won Junos as Artist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year for his 2012 album Old Ideas. His music had withstood the test of time.

"On behalf of all Canadians, Sophie and I wish to express our deepest sympathies to Leonard Cohen's family, friends, colleagues and many, many fans.

"Leonard, no other artist's poetry and music felt or sounded quite like yours. We'll miss you."


Shepherdess of the Glaciers takes the Grand Prize at the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival 2016
Living 5,000 metres above sea level with her 300 goats, Tsering is one of the last shepherdesses in the far northern mountains of Ladakh, India. As she leads her flock of 300 sheep and Pashmina goats to graze on the 5500 m high Himalayan Plateaus in a dry and desolate landscape, Tsering is under the continuous threat of wolves and snow leopards.

Documented by her brother over four seasons, the film depicts both her world of icy loneliness and that unbreakable bond between humans and animals.

Shepherdess of the Glaciers has won the Grand Prize at the 2016 Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival.

"Half way around the world - the filmmakers' ability to make an intimate and isolated existence "universal" is what makes this film at once moving and engaging," said Elizabeth Yake, a member of the 2016 Banff Mountain Film Festival jury. "This expansive film absorbs the viewer into the conjoined, meditative world of a harsh environment - which includes the passing seasons, a barren mountainous landscape and the intimate relationship between humans and animals in their care.

She added: "Capturing a moment in time - quietly observing a spirited individual eking out a basic existence with all of life's necessities -the filmmaker uncovers a life that is organic - filled with struggles- but ultimately a life abundant with awe and joy."

Category winners for the 2016 Banff Mountain Film Competition include:

Grand Prize – Sponsored by MEC
Shepherdess of the Glaciers
(France, 2016, 74 min)
Director/Producer: Christiane Mordelet, Stanzin Dorjai
Production Company: Les Films de la Decouverte

Creative Excellence Award- Sponsored by Mountain Life Media
The Accord
(Iceland/USA, 2016, 19 min)
Director: R.C. Cone
Producer: R.C. Cone, Elli Thor Magnus
Production Company: Tributaries Digital Cinema

Best Film – Exploration and Adventure - Sponsored by Vasque
Holy (un)Holy River
(USA, 2015, 60 min)
Director/Producer: Peter McBride, Jake Norton
Production Company: Mountain World and Pete McBride Productions

Best Film – Mountain Culture- Sponsored by Helly Hansen
Freedom Under Load
(Slovakia, 2016, 58 min)
Director: Pavol Barabas
Producer: Alena Koscova
Production Company: Ks studio s.r.o.

Best Film – Climbing - Sponsored by Alpine Club of Canada
Boys in the Bugs
(USA, 2016, 18 min)
Director: Zachary Barr, Peter Mortimer, Nick Rosen
Producer: Zachary Barr
Production Company: REEL ROCK

Best Film – Mountain Sports- Sponsored by Sea and Summit
(France, 2015, 16 min)
Director and Producer: Vladimir Cellier
Production Company: Baraka Films

Best Film: Snow Sports - Sponsored by Bergans of Norway and Norseman Outdoor Specialist
China: A Skier's Journey
(Canada, 2016, 16 min)
Director and Producer: Jordan Manley
Production Company: Narrows Media Inc.

Best Film – Mountain Environment and Natural History - Sponsored by lululemon
KONELĪNE: our land beautiful
(Canada, 2015, 96 min)
Director: Nettie Wild
Producer: Betsy Carson
Production Company: Canada Wild Productions

Best Short Mountain Film - Sponsored by The North Face
(Norway, 2015, 11 min)
Director: Jorn Nyseth Ranum
Producer: Anders Graham
Production Company: Turbin Films AS

Best Feature Length Mountain Film - Sponsored by the Town of Banff
Climbing Higher
(Czech Republic, 2015, 100 min)
Director: David Kalek
Producer: Richard Nemec
Production Company: Verbascum s.r.o.

Special Jury Mention
Langtang: Summits of My Life III
(Spain, 2015, 52 min)
Director: Sebastien Montaz-Rosset
Producer: Jordi Lymbus

The Super Salmon
(USA, 2016, 25 min)
Director and Producer: Ryan Peterson
Production Company: Alaskanist Stories

People's Choice Award for Radical Reels - Sponsored by Oboz Footwear
Young Guns
(USA, 2016, 30 min)
Director: Nick Rosen, Josh Lowell, Peter Mortimer
Producer: Zachary Barr
Production Company: REEL ROCK

People's Choice Award – Sponsored by Osprey
(Canada, 2016, 28 min)
Director and Producer: Kelly Milner
Production Company: Shot in the Dark Productions

Jury members in 2016 included National Geographic Society's Doug Bailey; Canadian born filmmaker, Ciaran Flannery; Vice Director of the Mountain Film Festival of Zakopane (Poland), Gabriella Kühn; Chamonix based UK mountain guide Victor Saunders, and Canadian producer Elizabeth Yake.​


Niall Horan To Make Special Guest Appearance at Star-Studded iHeartRadio Canada Jingle Ball, November 25 at Toronto's Air Canada Centre
.Fresh off the heels of the recent surprise release of his debut solo single "This Town", Niall Horan makes a special guest appearance at the iHeartRadio Canada Jingle Ball, it was announced today. Taking the stage on Friday, Nov. 25 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, the Jingle Ball will mark Horan's first-ever concert performance as a solo artist.

Horan joins a bill of superstar artists including The Weeknd, The Chainsmokers, Alessia Cara, and Hedley at the inaugural iHeartRadio Canada Jingle Ball, presented by Virgin Mobile and produced by Live Nation. Celebrating the holiday season with a truly diverse, can't-miss roster of acts for all music fans, the iHeartRadio Canada Jingle Ball also features performances by some of the industry's biggest acts including Serena Ryder, Belly, and Kent Jones, with an appearance by Kardinal Offishall. Tickets are still available at Ticketmaster.ca, or by listening to iHeartRadio Canada stations for a chance to win.

Multi-Grammy Award® Winners Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars And The Weeknd To Perform On "The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show," Which Will Film In Paris For The First Time, For Broadcast Monday, Dec. 5, On CBS 
.Multi-Grammy Award® winners Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars and The Weeknd will perform on THE VICTORIA'S SECRET FASHION SHOW, which will film in Paris for the first time, for broadcast Monday, Dec. 5 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. The world's most-watched fashion show will be seen in more than 190 countries.

  Merging fashion, fantasy and entertainment, the lingerie runway show will include pink carpet interviews, model profiles and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the show in the City of Lights. The all-star line-up of Victoria's Secret Angels will include returning favorites Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Lily Aldridge, Elsa Hosk, Jasmine Tookes (who will be wearing the $3 million Bright Night Fantasy Bra), Josephine Skriver, Lais Ribeiro, Martha Hunt, Romee Strijd, Sara Sampaio, Stella Maxwell and Taylor Hill, as well as 37 of the world's best known runway stars including Karlie Kloss, Bella and Gigi Hadid.
.​  Grammy Award and Golden Globe Award winner and Academy Award nominee Lady Gaga is a one-of-a-kind artist and performer. She has amassed 30 million global album sales and 150 million single sales, making her one of the best-selling musicians of all time. Gaga is also one of the biggest forces in social media, with over 61 million likes on Facebook, over 62.9 million followers on Twitter and over 18.5 million followers on Instagram. Her highly anticipated fifth studio album, "Joanne," just debuted at #1 on iTunes in 60 countries, and includes the new hit songs "Million Reasons" and "A-YO."

In 2012, Lady Gaga launched the Born This Way Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering youth, embracing differences and inspiring kindness and bravery. She is also an outspoken activist and philanthropist, having been a supporter of many important issues, including LGBT rights, HIV/AIDS awareness and body image issues.

Multi-Grammy Award winner Bruno Mars is a critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, producer, director and musician who has sold over 170 million singles and over 26 million albums worldwide, making him one of the best-selling musicians of all time. Mars recently released the hit single "24K Magic," which debuted at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100, marking his highest debut to date and his 13th Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. Mars is set to release his highly anticipated third album, "24K Magic," on Nov. 18. To celebrate his new music, Mars recently performed on "Saturday Night Live" for the fourth time, and he will open the "American Music Awards." Mars recently dominated charts with his RIAA Diamond-certified single "Uptown Funk." The worldwide hit is the longest-leading Billboard Hot 100 single of this decade and is only the 10th single in the Hot 100's 57-year history to spend at least 14 weeks at #1. "Uptown Funk" took home three Grammy Awards this past year, including the coveted Record of the Year Award. The companion video for the hit single also took home an MTV Video Music Award for Best Male Video. Mars returned to the Super Bowl Halftime stage in February 2016 to perform alongside Beyoncé and Coldplay. In 2014, Mars made NFL history with the second most-watched Super Bowl Halftime Show, which saw a record-breaking total viewership of over 115.3 million, all while being the youngest artist ever to serve as the sole Super Bowl Halftime headliner. According to Billboard, Mars scored his first five Hot 100 #1 hits faster than any male since Elvis Presley. As a singer, songwriter and producer, Bruno Mars has an impressive catalog of 35 Hot 100 hits.

The Weeknd first broke into the music scene with his 2011 debut album, "House of Balloons," followed by "Kiss Land" in 2013. In 2015, he released his next album, "Beauty Behind the Madness," which earned him two Grammy Awards, an RIAA triple-platinum certification for cumulative sales in excess of three million, 16 RIAA certifications from tracks alone, with "The Hills" [seven times platinum], "Can't Feel My Face" [five times platinum], "Often" [two times platinum], "In The Night" [platinum] and "Acquainted" [platinum]. "Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)" garnered The Weeknd his first Academy Award nomination in the category of Best Original Song. His fourth full-length album, "Starboy," is set for release on Nov. 25. The title track, featuring Daft Punk, broke the record for most release weekend streams ever upon its release. In less than a week, the single amassed over 17 million streams globally and 6.5 million streams in the United States, becoming #1 most added at Top 40, Rhythm, Urban and Hot AC.

THE VICTORIA'S SECRET FASHION SHOW is being produced by Done and Dusted, Inc. Edward G. Razek, Monica Mitro, Ian Stewart and Hamish Hamilton are the executive producers. Hamish Hamilton is the director.


Sesquicentennial Carillon Composition Competition - Chime In, Canada!
​The Honourable Geoff Regan, Speaker of the House of Commons, is pleased to announce that the House of Commons will hold a nationwide carillon composition competition to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation and the 90th anniversary of the Peace Tower in 2017.

Submissions may be made for one of two categories:

Open Category: Submissions will be accepted from Canadian citizens or permanent residents for a composition of no more than five minutes' duration, playable by a solo performer (no duets) on a traditional mechanical carillon of 53 bells spanning 4 ½ octaves.

Youth Category: Submissions will be accepted from Canadian citizens or permanent residents born on or after January 1, 1991, for a composition of no more than five minutes' duration, playable by a solo performer (no duets) on a mechanical carillon of 51 cast bells.
The winning Open Category piece will be premiered by the Dominion Carillonneur on the Peace Tower Carillon on July 1, 2017. The winning composer will receive $800.

The winning Youth Category piece will be premiered by the University of Toronto Carillonneur at Soldiers' Tower the same day, and subsequently performed on the Peace Tower Carillon during the October 2017 Percival Price Symposium. The winning composer will receive $400.

Submissions must be original compositions, not arrangements or transcriptions of existing works. Each composer may submit only one piece. Compositions that have already been performed or published are ineligible. Public performance of any winning composition prior to July 1, 2017 will be grounds for disqualification.

Compositions must be submitted electronically or postmarked no later than December 1, 2016. The results will be released by March 1, 2017.

For complete details of the competition, please visit the Peace Tower Carillon website.

Five Musicians, 15 Dates, 90 Songs, Millions of Fans, One Unforgettable Summer. The Tragically Hip's Historic Tour Immortalized in New Documentary from Bell Media
The Tragically Hip's 2016 epic cross-Canada tour, culminating in a highly charged and powerful concert in their hometown of Kingston, Ont., captured the heart of the country. Bell Media is teaming up with Canada's foremost chroniclers of popular music, Banger Films, in association with Shed Creative (a division of Universal Music Canada), and one of the country's most celebrated documentary filmmaking teams, Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier, to take viewers on-stage, in the crowd and behind-the-scenes of this historic tour. Commissioned by Bell Media and coming to multiple Bell Media channels and platforms in 2017, MAN MACHINE POEM (working title) is a feature documentary that follows The Tragically Hip's momentous cross-country tour after the band's announcement that lead singer Gord Downie has incurable brain cancer.

The documentary event special will premiere exclusively across an array of Bell Media TV and on-demand platforms, including national pay service The Movie Network, leading specialty channel MUCH, and to a mass audience on Canada's most-watched network, CTV, before moving exclusively to CraveTV.

"We are incredibly honoured to share this amazing moment in Canadian history with the band and viewers across the country," said Randy Lennox, President, Broadcasting and Content, Bell Media. "MAN MACHINE POEM comes from a dream team behind the camera and we know they'll show Canada a side of The Hip we've never seen before."

"We have filmed hundreds of hours of footage from the tour and beyond," said Scot McFadyen, co-founder of Banger Films. "This stands to be a powerful cinematic music doc that captures a nation's love for a band whose music and lyrics embody the Canadian spirit."

From visceral celebration of performances where the whole arena jumped in unison, to singular moments of appreciation, grief, and love, viewers will be given a unique perspective on this ambitious arena tour, which sold out in minutes, as well as the reactions from their devoted fans.

In stunning 4K, MAN MACHINE POEM will include select performances from the Man Machine Poem tour that took the band from Victoria, B.C. to Kingston, Ont., as they played close to 90 different songs from their albums through the years – a unique selection for each concert.

Capturing these iconic performances and the profound reactions from fans, the documentary encourages viewers to stop and reflect on the shared experience and collective appreciation for this music that somehow embodies what it means to be Canadian. MAN MACHINE POEM is the definitive document of The Hip's final tour.

MAN MACHINE POEM (working title) is directed by Canadian documentary filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier (Manufactured Landscapes, Act of God, Watermark), and produced by Scot McFadyen (RUSH: BEYOND THE LIGHTED STAGE) and Sam Dunn (METAL: A HEADBANGER'S JOURNEY), in association with Shed Creative (a division of Universal Music Canada). Music Consultant is Tyson Parker, Bell Media. Production Executive is Robin Johnston, Bell Media. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, CTV and Specialty, Bell Media. Tracey Pearce is President, Distribution and Pay, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Broadcasting and Content, Bell Media. Elevation Pictures Corp. will distribute the film internationally and is planning a special theatrical release in Canada next year.

Ashley Gorley Named ASCAP Country Music Songwriter of the Year; Bluegrass Pioneer Ricky Skaggs, Rising Country Star Chris Stapleton Honored at 54th Annual ASCAP Country Music Awards
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) hosted its 54th Annual ASCAP Country Music Awards on Monday, October 31 at Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville. The writers and publishers of country music's most-performed songs of 2015 were honored before an audience of distinguished Nashville songwriters, top country stars and music industry leaders.

Hit songwriter Ashley Gorley was named ASCAP Country Music Songwriter of the Year for the third time in a row and the fourth time in his career, for his seven chart-topping songs from 2015. In a surprise appearance, John "Coach Cal" Calipari, the head coach of the University of Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team, introduced a video tribute to Gorley, who happens to be a passionate Wildcats basketball fan. After the video salute from Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan and Cole Swindell, Trace Adkins performed one of Gorley's first #1 hits, "You're Gonna Miss This." ASCAP President and award-winning songwriter Paul Williams presented Gorley with the award.

Ricky Skaggs, a pioneer of bluegrass and country music with 14 Grammys and more than 30 albums to his credit, was honored in song before being presented with the esteemed ASCAP Founders Award. Garth Brooks performed "Highway 40 Blues"; Alison Krauss, with Suzanne and Sidney Cox of the Cox Family, performed "Waitin' for the Sun to Shine"; and Peter Frampton and Gordon Kennedy performed "My Cup Runneth Over." The ASCAP Founders Award is given to songwriters and composers who have made pioneering contributions to music by inspiring and influencing their fellow music creators.

Rising country star and longtime ASCAP member Chris Stapleton was honored with the ASCAP Vanguard Award, which recognizes the impact of songwriters on genres that are shaping the future of music. The award was presented by ASCAP Senior Creative Director Mike Sistad, an early Stapleton supporter. Stapleton is also nominated in five categories at the CMA Awards, which take place in Nashville on November 2.

TJ and John Osborne, known also as EMI Nashville recording artists Brothers Osborne, performed "Stay a Little Longer," which received Song of the Year. The crowd was also treated to performances of ASCAP's top 5 country music songs of the year: "I'm Comin' Over" by songwriter Corey Crowder and recording artist Chris Young; "Save It for a Rainy Day" by songwriters Matthew Ramsey and Brad Tursi; "Gonna" by songwriter Craig Wiseman with Luke Laird; and "Nothin' Like You" by Dan + Shay and songwriters Chris DeStefano and Ashley Gorley.

Fast-rising country music star Kelsea Ballerini was on hand as ASCAP honored iHeart Radio personality Bobby Bones with its Partners in Music Award, in recognition of his unwavering support of emerging and established ASCAP songwriters and artists. The Partners in Music Award honors an ASCAP licensee who has shown exceptional dedication in presenting ASCAP members' music to the public. Ballerini also performed her hit song, "Love Me Like You Mean It," to open the awards show.

ASCAP CEO Elizabeth Matthews presented the Publisher of the Year Award to Warner/Chappell Music Publishing CEO Jon Platt and EVP Ben Vaughn. Warner/Chappell published 18 of the most-performed ASCAP country songs of 2015, and earned the top publisher award for the fourth consecutive year.

SESQUI showcases the future of filmmaking for Canada's 150th
SESQUI, a revolutionary 360° cinematic experience, previews its highly anticipated full dome and virtual reality content launching in 2017. An official Canada 150 Signature Initiative based in Toronto, the project's innovative programming aims to advance creative industries on local and national levels.

SESQUI offered a sneak peek of the immersive experience today at an open house, as part of the official countdown to Canada150. Audiences previewed the cutting-edge virtual reality app MERIDIAN, as well as HORIZON, a cross-Canada film created and captured using advanced 360° technology and presented in a screen test prototype dome. The film will be projected on a 50-foot hemispherical screen as part of the full one-hour experience in SESQUI's cinematic dome village, travelling coast to coast in 2017.

Executive Producers Andrea Stewart and Joanne Loton along with a team of SESQUI staff and creative partners were on hand to showcase the innovative technology behind the project, developed here in Ontario and contributing to the success of Canada's creative economy.

"We are collaborating with partners from across the country to create and experiment with new technologies that push the boundaries of immersive storytelling," said Joanne Loton, SESQUI Executive Producer. "We want to celebrate Canada's creative spirit and capacity to lead the global frontier in cultural and technological innovation."

As a homegrown initiative, SESQUI has also received significant support from the province of Ontario as part of Ontario150 celebrations.

"Ontario is Canada's engine of growth and SESQUI, developed in Toronto, is a fine example of how we innovate, create, celebrate and inspire — themes that are the foundation of Ontario's 150 programming," said Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. "The province is proud to support this initiative with a $2 million investment. This investment will help create jobs and opportunities for hundreds of Ontario businesses, skilled professionals and students, while providing for Ontarians a truly unique forum to experience Canadian art, music, history and technology, as part of our sesquicentennial celebrations."

Launching in 2017, the full SESQUI experience will include an interactive tour, 360° film experience, immersive content, live events, online activities and education programs.

SESQUI is supported by the Government of Canada as a Signature Initiative of Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation. The province of Ontario also supports SESQUI in partnership with their Ontario150 celebrations. CBC/Radio Canada is the official media partner of SESQUI.

The Weeknd Announces Starboy: Legend of the Fall 2017 World Tour 
Grammy Award®-winning and multi-platinum selling music artist The Weeknd unveiled details behind his first-ever world tour – Starboy: Legend of the Fall 2017 World Tour. Phase one of the North American and European spanning tour will kick off on Friday, Feb. 17 in Stockholm, Sweden at The Globe and visit 14 additional cities across Europe including Paris, London, Amsterdam, Zurich, Oslo, Copenhagen and more before heading to North America on Tuesday, April 25 in Vancouver, British Columbia. The North American leg of the tour will bring the genre-spanning artist to an additional 25 cities across the U.S. and Canada including stops in Los Angeles, Brooklyn, Toronto, Montreal, Chicago, Washington DC, Seattle and more. Promoted exclusively by Live Nation, the Starboy: Legend of the Fall World Tour 2017 will support the The Weeknd's highly-anticipated new album, Starboy, due out Friday, Nov. 25 on XO/Republic Records.

A Citi® cardmember pre-sale begins Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 10:00 a.m. through Citi's Private Pass® Program. For complete pre-sale details, visit www.citiprivatepass.com. Tickets for both the North American and European dates for the Starboy: Legend of the Fall World Tour 2017 go on sale Friday, Nov. 4 at www.livenation.com.

Starting off his career anonymously, The Weeknd first broke into the music scene with the 2011 mixtape House of Balloons followed by studio album Kiss Land in 2013 and the widely recognized Beauty Behind the Madness that earned him two Grammy Awards in 2015, an RIAA triple-platinum certification for cumulative sales in excess of 3 million, 16 RIAA certifications from tracks alone with "The Hills" [7x-platinum], "Can't Feel My Face" [5x-platinum], "Often" [2x-platinum], "In The Night" [platinum], and "Acquainted" [platinum]. "Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)" even garnered The Weeknd his first ever Academy Award® nomination in the category of "Best Original Song." The Weeknd's fourth full-length album "Starboy" is set for release November 25, 2016. The title track featuring Daft Punk broke the record for "Most Release Weekend Streams Ever" upon its release. In less than a week, the single amassed over 17 million streams globally and 6.5 million streams in the United States, becoming #1 Most Added at Top 40, Rhythm, Urban, and Hot AC.

Dead Men Don't Write Plays - Not Even Shakespeare
Dead men don't write plays.

That's the explanation from Sir Francis Walsingham, the head of England's spy system, in The Shakespeare Conspiracy, by Ted Bacino.

"Fourteen plays?" he asks. "And Shakespeare's been dead for years. Some playwrights don't write that many plays in a whole lifetime and certainly not after they've died."

The question of the authorship of Shakespeare's plays once again took center stage this week when the prestigious and highly respected New Oxford edition of the Complete Works of Shakespeare lists Christopher Marlow as the co-author of three of the plays ("Henry VI," Parts One, Two and Three).

According to The London Guardian, these three are among the 17 or more that are now believed to "contain writing by other people."

According to The New York Times, this is the first time another author has been listed on the title page of any of Shakespeare's works. An esteemed team of 23 scholars from five countries completed the research on this.

Two questions have plagued historians for hundreds of years. How could Christopher Marlowe, a known spy and England's foremost playwright, be suspiciously murdered and quickly buried in an unmarked grave – just days before he was to be tried for treason?

And, how could William Shakespeare replace Marlowe as England's greatest playwright virtually overnight – when Shakespeare had never written anything before and was merely an unknown actor?

According to The Shakespeare Conspiracy, the answer lies in Marlowe's suspicious murder and the unmarked grave, which has never been found to this day. If Marlowe's death was faked, as many historians believe, he could have fronted for Shakespeare for years. That would explain the plays that regularly appeared after 1616 when Shakespeare died. Marlowe could have outlived Shakespeare and continued to write.

There have always been many questions about the Bard's ability to have written those works. Marlowe was highly educated while Shakespeare had a grammar school education of "little Latin and less Greek." Marlowe traveled extensively, knew court manners, legal issues, and maritime facts. Shakespeare had no background in these areas that are so prevalent in his plays and he never left England, even though many of the works take place in Italy.

Bacino's novel is written as "The Greatest Literary Deception of All Time." It chronicles the life that Marlowe possibly lived as a fugitive, writing the works we know today as those of Shakespeare.

Also, researchers have found almost a hundred identical or very similar lines in the writings of Marlowe and Shakespeare. Did one person write both?

The last fifty pages of Bacino's novel is a supplement of historical notes and data to verify the accuracy of the details in his novel.

Throughout history, there have been many suggestions of who could have been the real author of Shakespeare's works. The two most popular candidates are the Earl of Oxford and Christopher Marlowe. Each has a strong and very active following. (See The Shakespeare Authorship Coalition.)

The major argument that Marlowe could not be the author is that he was murdered in 1593 before Shakespeare's writings began appearing. The conspiracy theory explains how Marlowe could have been alive to write these works if his murder was faked.

The major argument against the Earl of Oxford being the author is that he died in the year 1604, well before most of the works were appeared.

Bacino's novel, The Shakespeare Conspiracy, has been made into a stage play of the same title, which has had productions in Columbus, Ohio, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Rockford University in Illinois.

The rights for the play have recently been released for amateur and college productions.

The Sydney Morning Herald put the issue succinctly: Has the debate over the authorship of Shakespeare's plays…finally been settled? The paper wrote that this recent revelation sheds "new light on the links between the two great playwrights after centuries of speculation and conspiracy theories."


Frank D'Angelo's 'Red Maple Leaf' to premiere in Canada at the 2016 Hamilton Film Festival
The greatly anticipated film of the year, The Red Maple Leaf has been selected to premiere Friday November 11th, 2016 at 7:00 pm in The Zoetic Theatre, 526 Concession Street, Hamilton, Ontario as part of the Hamilton Film Festival. This will be the first time Canadians will have the opportunity to see this wonderful film. The Hamilton Film Festival is in it's 11th year and is quickly becoming one of the top rated film festivals worldwide because of it's extraordinary film selections.

"I'm excited to premiere in Hamilton, and share this great movie with a great city," says Frank D'Angelo, "because The Red Maple Leaf was conceived, shot and edited in Hamilton so it's a full circle for me and my entire production staff."

The Red Maple Leaf has already captured the hearts of audiences who have seen it, playing to capacity crowds and receiving tremendous accolades at two prominent California film festivals, California Independent Film Festival (CAIFF) and Action on Film (AOF). At the competitive Action on Film (AOF) festival, The Red Maple Leaf gathered 10 nominations and 5 wins including (Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Sound Design, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Director, Best Foreign Film), and walked away with the coveted Best Picture award. Moving forward, the film has also been selected to be the closing film at the 31st Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (Nov 4 - 20, 2016) and The Sunrise Film Festival in Nova Scotia on Nov 12, 2016.

The Red Maple Leaf tells the story of the daughter of a U.S. Ambassador who is snatched from under the nose of her Secret Service detail in Ottawa. As the American authorities search for answers, pressure comes at them from every side and, while Canada and the U.S. fight over jurisdiction, seasoned veteran police detective Alfonso Palermo puts everything aside to find her.

The movie is written, directed and produced by Frank D'Angelo and he also plays the leading role alongside some of Hollywood's most notable actors including James Caan, Robert Loggia, Martin Landau, Paul Sorvino, Kris Kristofferson, Mira Sorvino, Michael Paré, Armand Assante, Eric Roberts, Margot Kidder, Daniel Baldwin, Laurier Fortier, Doris Roberts and Marc Blucas. The film is dedicated to the great Oscar nominated Robert Loggia and the Emmy Award-winning Doris Roberts, the last film both actors appeared in.

There's more good news for Frank D'Angelo as his In Your Ear Productions Ltd. just completed a 5-year worldwide distribution deal with 20th Century Fox Incendo Television for four of his films: Real Gangsters, Big Fat Stone, No Deposit, and Sicilian Vampire. Plus, he has just started preproduction on a new feature film which will be shooting in February 2017 and his new Christmas album "Spending Christmas with Frank D'Angelo" is just being released worldwide and will be available on iTunes and http://frankdangelo.ca for the holiday season.

Frank D'Angelo is a screenwriter, director, actor, musician and Canadian talk show host. As a performer, he knew there was a big void in Canada for Canadians to promote their talents and so he created The Being Frank Show, a nationally broadcast late night talk/variety show. It has boasted guests and show business luminaries such as Al Pacino, Paul Newman, Tony Bennett, Graham Greene, Bill Fichtner, Kim Coates, Estella Warren, Bai Ling, Reggae Rapper Snow, Pavlo, Dan Hill, Ian Thomas, Murray McLauchlan, Missi Pyle, Kevin Hearn of The Barenaked Ladies and many, many more. The Being Frank Show has just started taping its 7th season.

The Laurier Project Celebrates Canadian Identity Through Music and Dance
  As Canada prepares for the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017, one of the country's most celebrated prime ministers - Sir Wilfrid Laurier - will be the focus of a creative new production presented by Confederation Centre of the Arts. This cross-country theatre production is sponsored by CN.

The Laurier Project celebrates the 175th birthday of the iconic prime minister through a dance-theatre production that transforms famous Laurier speeches into a musical celebration of Canadian identity. The performance, set to music composed by violinist Deanna Choi, and choreographed by Kerry Gage will highlight the transformative words of Laurier in a bold new way.

Prime Minister Laurier led Canada at a time of major cultural change, ushering in the era of bilingualism, multiculturalism, and the collective Canadian identity that we cherish today.

The production is directed by Thomas Morgan Jones who created The Laurier Project to reflect on how Canada's past has shaped our cultural identity.

"The foundation of Canadians' collective identity is tied directly to the words and actions of Laurier," said Jones. "He led Canada during a period of rapid economic and social change, and despite all this upheaval, helped fashion the country into a model of diversity and inclusion."

The premiere performance for will take place this Friday at Confederation Centre. This highly physical performance is a mix of dance and physical theatre set to the inspiring words of Laurier himself.

Confederation Centre of the Arts was founded in Charlottetown, P.E.I. as the national memorial to Canada's founding fathers, and has a long history of original productions celebrating our cultural heritage. This major tour will take the production to cities across the country: Fredericton, Montreal, Ottawa, Edmonton, Kamloops, and Whitehorse, with both student and public presentations.

"We are thrilled to bring another original musical to Canadians from coast-to-coast," said Jessie Inman, CEO, Confederation Centre. "We are proud that our production not only reflects Canada's culture and heritage, but is also performed by a diverse, multicultural cast."

2017 will be a year of celebration and reflection on the past, present, and future of Canada. The Laurier Project hopes to spark a conversation that leads to a greater understanding of our collective cultural history.

The Laurier Project invites Canadians from across the country to follow the discussion at lauriertour.ca and share their thoughts on what Laurier and Canada's cultural identity means to them on social media using the hashtag #lauriertour2016.

Montreal hosts underwater gig
Famous pool transformed into sound art experience for Red Bull Music Academy.
The RBMA unveiled the latest in an exciting series of global events with Montreal playing host to an underwater performance by Wet Sounds.

Visionary Joel Cahen created a custom-built soundsystem to diffuse specially commissioned work by Lorenzo Senni, a live set by Dopplereffekt and an all-Drexciya DJ Stingray set to a packed crowd.

They were able to enjoy the music and light show through a network of speakers located under the water, at the pool surface and a dedicated dancing space.

​Cahen explained: “Inside the water the sound travels much quicker than through the air so you don’t hear it through your ears, you hear it through your bones.

“So what actually happens is that you hear the sound like if it was inside your head. It is really strange.

“You can’t record it. You can put a microphone inside, but it is not going to sound the same. The sounds are really sharp, immediate, detailed and accurate.

“The low frequencies don’t go well, because they need more energy to push a big body of water. It’s more the low mids, high mids and high frequencies.”

What with lectures from the likes of Iggy Pop and Suzanne Ciani also, together with Bjork’s groundbreaking digital exhibition, Red Bull Music Academy Montreal has been a big hit with music fans.
DJ Stingray performs at Dans les Abysses during the Red Bull Music Academy in Montreal, September 24 to October 28, 2016
Tom Cochrane honoured as a musician and humanitarian
With the upcoming 25th anniversary rerelease of the iconic album Mad, Mad World, World Vision celebrated Tom Cochrane and his incredible career as a musician and a humanitarian. At an event attended by hundreds, Cochrane was honoured for his outstanding contribution to helping children around the world.

The event featured a special premier screening of 25 Years on The Highway, a documentary on Cochrane's humanitarian efforts, an award presentation from World Vision, and a special acoustic performance.

Cochrane remains one of the most influential musicians in Canada, and is an inspiration and mentor to many. "Life Is a Highway was a pep talk to myself that you can't change the world as a single individual in one fell swoop, but you can spread some goodwill and love along the way. After the trip to Mozambique I felt a heaviness about what I couldn't do. It was draining and I was exhausted in every sense of the word. Working on this song really pulled me out of that place and helped me focus on the truth that you need to keep your eye on the road ahead, and focus on the good you can do, and that this will make a difference. Out of a dark place, ironically, came one of my most positive songs."  

A tireless champion for children, his hit song Life is a Highway was inspired by his travels with World Vision in 1989 to Mozambique. It has become one of the best-loved and most recognizable Canadian songs, and an important part of our pop culture. He has been on many trips with World Vision, most recently visiting Syrian refugee camps in 2016.

Michael Messenger, President & CEO, World Vision Canada said, "Mad Mad World came out only a few months after I started at World Vision--and so I can't remember a time without Tom Cochrane as a key partner. We're so pleased he's experienced such artistic success and are grateful for his enduring commitment to the world's most vulnerable children through his relationship with World Vision."

World Vision celebrates the generosity and advocacy of this true partner for children around the world. A passionate and outspoken champion for children, Cochrane's work is an inspiration as he demonstrates how one person can create change. 
IMAX Entertainment's Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience® from acclaimed director Terrence Malick opens October 22 exclusively at the Ontario Science Centre under the OMNIMAX® dome
Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience, the new film from acclaimed American filmmaker Terrence Malick and IMAX Entertainment, will open at the Ontario Science Centre on October 22. The film — a 45-minute, giant-screen adventure narrated by Brad Pitt — transports audiences directly into the story of the universe and life itself. Tickets are on sale at www.OntarioScienceCentre.ca.

"Voyage of Time promises a truly immersive experience for visitors at Ontario's only dome IMAX theatre," said Dr. Maurice Bitran, CEO and Chief Science Officer for the Ontario Science Centre. "The Centre is pleased to offer the exclusive Toronto run of this unique cinematic experience chronicling the history of our universe." The film will screen on Saturdays at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. beginning October 22, 2016.

Voyage of Time premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. The IMAX® release of Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX's customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

  Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience is a one-of-a-kind celebration of life and the grand history of the cosmos, transporting audiences into a vast, yet up-close-and-personal journey that spans the eons from the Big Bang to the dinosaur age to our present human world … and beyond.
A labour of love from one of American cinema's most acclaimed and visually exciting filmmakers, Terrence Malick (The Thin Red Line, The Tree of Life), Voyage of Time represents the filmmaker's first foray into documentary storytelling. The film's panorama of awe-inspiring images will take you into the heart of the most monumental events ever witnessed — from the birth of the stars and galaxies to the explosion of diverse life-forms on planet earth, including humankind — in captivating new ways that only IMAX can deliver. This is a cosmic experience — a hymn to the glories of nature, life and scientific discovery - in which all the elements come together to form Malick's most original film to date.

IMAX Entertainment presents in association with IMAX Documentary Films Capital and Knights of Columbus.

Learn more about Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience by visiting its official site at www.imax.com/VOT.

The Ontario Science Centre is located at 770 Don Mills Road at Eglinton Avenue in Toronto.
For more information including tickets and show times, please call 416-696-1000 or visit the web site at www.OntarioScienceCentre.ca.

The Ontario Science Centre has welcomed more than 51 million visitors since it opened in 1969, implementing an interactive approach now adopted by science centres around the world. Today, the Science Centre is an international leader in free-choice science learning and a key contributor to Ontario's education and innovation ecosystem, offering lifelong learning through hands-on, engaging experiences. The Ontario Science Centre is an agency of the Government of Ontario funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. As a publicly assisted organization, the Science Centre relies on generous individuals, corporations and foundations who share a commitment to science and education for additional operating support. For more information about the Ontario Science Centre, please visit www.OntarioScienceCentre.ca.

IMAX®, IMAX® 3D, IMAX DMR®, Experience It In IMAX®, An IMAX 3D Experience® and The IMAX Experience® are trademarks of IMAX Corporation. More information about the Company can be found at www.imax.com. You may also connect with IMAX on Facebook (www.facebook.com/imax), Twitter (www.twitter.com/imax) and YouTube (www.youtube.com/imaxmovies).
The WALLS Come Down … Kings of Leon U.S. Tour Announced; Seventh Studio Album, WALLS, Out Today 
NEW YORK, Oct. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Multi-platinum selling rock band KINGS OF LEON released their hugely anticipated seventh studio album WALLS today on RCA Records. The album has already found critical acclaim with The New York Times calling it "timeless," Rolling Stone saying it's "Kings of Leon at their best," and Q Magazine calling the album "goosebump inducing" and "worth holding your breath for."

The Grammy Award winning group also announced a U.S. tour this morning on NBC's TODAY where they performed their new single "Waste A Moment" for a packed courtyard audience. The first leg of the tour, promoted by Live Nation (except where noted below), will begin January 12th in National Harbor, MD and route through major U.S. cities including New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Chicago before ending January 28th in Los Angeles.

Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets beginning Tuesday, October 18th at 10am through Citi's Private Pass Program. For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com.

Tickets to the general public go on-sale Friday, October 21st. A full listing of tour dates is below.
"Hope I die before I get old…" THE WHO - MY GENERATION 
LOS ANGELES, Oct. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- In the half century since its release, The Who's debut album My Generation hasn't lost any of its raw, visceral power and still stands as the ultimate musical declaration of teenage rebellion. The title track alone has been covered innumerable times by the likes of Oasis, Green Day, Patti Smith, Billy Joel, Alice Cooper and Iron Maiden amongst many more.

Back in 1965, the band was considered to be so dangerous that the tailors tasked with turning a Union Jack into a pop art mod jacket for the cover feared that they would be jailed for desecration of the nation's flag.

The Who's surly demeanour that day in 1965 at Surrey Docks and the brazen appropriation of the symbol of state is the best advert possible for My Generation. It's an album that sounds like it looks: terse, confrontational and full of youthful angst and energy.
    Brunswick Records first issued My Generation in the UK in December 1965, and later in the U.S. under the title The Who Sings My Generation in April 1966, and was produced by Shel Talmy who shot to fame with his work with The Kinks, a group that the teenage Pete Townshend admired greatly.

During a break in touring in 2015 Pete Townshend discovered tapes in his audio archive featuring previously unheard demos for the album which also included three totally unreleased songs that The Who hadn't ever revisited "The Girls I Could Have Had," "As Children We Grew" and "My Own Love."

The spectacular 79-track, five-disc super-deluxe edition of My Generation features these unheard songs as well as unreleased demos, unreleased alternate mixes, new remasters and a stereo remix which was created using new overdubs from Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend. For this mix Townshend used the same exact guitars and amps as the original album with Roger using same type of microphone.

The super-deluxe edition also features a stunning 80-page color book with many rare and unseen period photos, candid and insightful new notes from Pete Townshend and period memorabilia.

Of the super-deluxe box set Pete Townshend commented "Gathering these demos for this collection has been enjoyable; it's wonderful for me to have these tapes made fifty-two years ago to listen to. I hope you enjoy them. They have a naiveté and innocence, a simplicity and directness, and an ingenuousness that reveals me as a young man struggling to keep up with the more mature and developed men around me. What an incredible group of strong, talented, young and engaging men they were!"

As "Come From Away" heads to Broadway, Sheridan's Canadian Music Theatre Project launches three new musicals
 OAKVILLE, ON, Oct. 11, 2016 /CNW/ - Sheridan College's Canadian Music Theatre Project (CMTP), under the leadership of Michael Rubinoff, Associate Dean of Visual and Performing Arts, is an international centre of excellence for the development of new musicals in Canada. Since its inception in 2011, 15 shows have been incubated, with four having enjoyed their professional premieres (Come From Away, The Theory of Relativity, Prom Queen and Marathon of Hope) and one opening on Broadway in 2017 (Come From Away). To learn more about the CMTP and the works developed to date, click here.

The CMTP Festival of New Musicals provides the public with the chance to be among the first to witness new works in development. Sheridan's Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance Class of 2017 has been workshopping three new musicals this semester, under the guidance of leading theatre practitioners. 

Forty-five minute, staged readings of the following three musicals will be presented with each creative team introducing their projects:

Rumspringa break! An Am-ish Musical

Book by Matt Murray, Music by Colleen Dauncey, Lyrics by Akiva Romer-Segal
Direction by Steven Gallagher, Musical Direction by Wayne Gwillim

When Amish twins Hannah and Ruth leave the comfort of their strict, sheltered community to explore the outside world for the first time, things don't go as planned. Desperate, penniless, and stranded in the big city's roughest neighbourhood, the naïve sisters must rely on their faith, the outlandish locals, and each other to survive. As chaos and hilarity ensue, their faith and their relationship are tested. This musical contains strong language and mature themes.

Small Wonder

Book by Morris Panych
Lyrics by Morris Panych, Anika Johnson and Britta Johnson
Music by Anika Johnson and Britta Johnson
Direction by Morris Panych, Musical Direction by Paul Moody

Ambrose Small, the famously disappearing Toronto theatrical entrepreneur, faced with debts and obligations to both the gangsters and the cops, decides to cash in his considerable holdings and escape, somehow by magic, into thin air. Set in 1919, the musical embraces a period of Toronto history, seemingly upright and sober, whose underbelly is anything but. Ambrose Small is in the final planning stages of his departure, when a young woman from a small town shows up looking for a part. It's what else she's looking for that places her centre stage in this criminal misadventure.

The Journey That Saved Curious George

Book by Jen Shuber, Music and Lyrics by Nicky Phillips
Based on the Book by Louise Borden
Direction by Ann Hodges, Musical Direction by Aaron Eyre

Curious George, the beloved monkey of children's books, is famous for his narrow escape from danger in his well-known stories. What is not well known is how he symbolically safeguarded his own creators in times of danger. Margret and H.A. Rey were Jewish immigrants who fled Paris in 1940 with not much more than the Curious George manuscript on their backs. This is the story of how they escaped Nazi occupied Europe and brought Curious George safely to America narrowly escaping danger themselves. A husband and wife finding a way against all odds to find joy in a time of despair through creating their artwork and stories, determined to get to safety while protecting their life's work and ultimately bringing a little monkey to millions of children for years to come.

October 13 at 7:30 p.m.
October 14 and 15 at 7:00 p.m.

Sheridan College, Macdonald Heaslip Hall
1430 Trafalgar Road, Oakville, ON, L6H 2L1


"We've earned the 'Hamilton' in our name," says festival director/CEO Nathan Fleet
HAMILTON, ON, Oct. 4, 2016 /CNW/ - The 11th Annual Hamilton Film Festival 2016 (HFF), a festival for feature-length movies, documentaries, and short films plus industry and public events … the brand-new Canadian Film Market, the first-ever Special Effects 72-Hour Film Challenge (HFX) plus the Hamilton Film Expo 2: Expo Harder … runs from Saturday, November 5 – Sunday, November 13.

HFF is held annually beginning the first Saturday in November, showcasing from a juried selection of submissions from all over the world. "We've done extremely well in 2016 with 700 submissions from a total of 53 countries. The Hamilton Film Festival will screen a total of 150 official movies, docs, and shorts over the nine days of the festival. Forty-seven of those works have been shot in Hamilton.

"This year, of these selections, forty-five have been directed by women, a new record for HFF and one of which we're very proud.

"I feel this year is one of the best examples ever of story-telling we've had the pleasure of presenting to our audiences. The submissions range in tone from dark to delirious, from romantic to rugged," says HFF director and CEO, Nathan Fleet.

  Fleet continues, "The diversity is wonderful and we know our audiences will really enjoy the entire spectrum. Of the 53 countries submitting, the top four countries are Canada (263 submissions), U.S.A. (147), U.K. (52), and Germany (25).

"For your interest, the longest film we have is a 282 minute drama…that's almost 5 hours! It's called The Family and it is from China (with English subtitles), directed by Shumin Liu. The shortest is only 2:08 minutes long and is called A Bumpy Ride, an animated selection from the U.S.A., directed by Chang Shu.

"We've earned the "Hamilton' in our name because everything we do has been to enhance the local film scene and we are solely supported by Hamilton businesses, organizations and individuals. Hamilton has a huge arts culture and we are honoured to be a big part of it. We want the rest of Canada – the planet itself – to discover what we already know about this city," Fleet concludes.

Special Programs
The Hamilton Film Festival is concentrating on a mix of industry and public events this year:

The first-ever Canadian Film Market, an industry-only event for the marketing and sale of content, begins Thursday, November 10 at 10am at the Sheraton Hamilton Hotel, 116 King St. E and concludes on Sunday, November 13;
Fireside Chat: Visual FX with Academy Award® winner Colin Chilvers and Academy Award® Winner Colin Doncaster on Saturday November 12th, 2:30pm at the Sheraton Hamilton Hotel;
The Special Effects 72-Hour Film Challenge (HFX), is launching its first year, from Digital Canaries Film Studio. Film teams make their short films from Saturday, November 5 until they are required to submit on Tuesday, November 8. Each team will be given a set by Digital Canaries Film Studio, a special effect by MaxFX, and special effects make-up will come from Carlos Henriques of The Butcher Shop;
The Hamilton Film Expo 2: Expo Harder is an exciting opportunity for both the public, to participate in a variety of workshops, film set tours, tradeshow stalls, cosplay, and includes an evening screening, at The Zoetic, of Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made The Expo takes place Saturday November 5th, 10am-5pm, at Digital Canaries Film Studio, 520 Burlington St. East (recently re-named Nikola Tesla Blvd.) and the corner of Wentworth. This is a ticketed event ($10/adult and $5/child).

Hamilton Film Festival tickets and passes are available online at www.hamiltonfilmfestival.com. Tickets can be purchased in person, the day-of, at the Staircase Theatre 27 Dundurn St. N., and the Zoetic Theatre, 526 Concession St,

Passes range from $45 - $100.00. Single tickets to screenings range from $6-$ 12. Please check schedule for pricing. Opening Night Screening and Gala tickets are $12. Closing Night Screening tickets are $10.

Hamilton Film Festival (www.hamiltonfilmfestival.com) is possibly the largest film festival that runs solely on loyalty, private sponsorship, and ticket revenue. Hamilton Film Festival (HFF) is presenting its 11th annual celebration of the art of big-screen storytelling this year, from Saturday November 5 – Sunday November 13, 2016. There is an outstanding showcase of 150 jury-selected movies, documentaries, and shorts including 47 shot here in Hamilton, Ontario. As well, the 11th annual Hamilton Film Festival is launching its first-ever Canadian Film Market, its first-ever Special Effects 72-Hour Film Challenge (HFX) as well as the Hamilton Film Expo. As we do each year, we'll have new Special Guests, presenters, and panellists. Hamilton Film Festival began at the Staircase Theatre: Hamilton's Arts Incubator on Dundurn St. and was created and nurtured by theatre owners Kathy Garneau and Hugh MacLeod and their manager, Collette Kendall. In 2008, Nathan Fleet was appointed Director of the Hamilton Film Festival and in 2015, the festival's CEO. This year, Nathan and the rest of the indefatigable individuals of HFF want to recognize: Staircase Theatre; Digital Canaries Film Studio; The Zoetic Theatre; CHCH; Hamilton Video and Sound; Peregrine Labs; Picture Perfect Package; Sheraton Hotel Hamilton; Admiral Inn Hamilton; and Front Row Insurance Brokers. Private sponsorship has indeed been one of the critical tent poles of the Hamilton Film Festival, and has been since its inception. Thank you sincerely to each and everyone.

Hamilton Film Festival founded and is a member of the Southern Ontario Film Festival Group: Promoting Submission-based Film Festivals In Southern Ontario (www.soffg.info). Another major initiative created and founded by HFF is Lights Camera Hamilton in order to promote and encourage the hiring of local cast, crew and services.

SiriusXM Canada crowns Top Comic winner
TORONTO, Sept. 30, 2016 /CNW/ - SiriusXM Canada (TSX: XSR), the country's leading audio entertainment company, crowned Chris Robinson of Toronto winner of the seventh annual SiriusXM's Top Comic competition last night at the Finale held at Toronto's Queen Elizabeth Theatre, as part of JFL42. Robinson took home the competition's biggest grand prize yet ‑ $25,000 ‑ and guaranteed spots at three of Canada's biggest comedy festivals in 2017 ‑ JFL42 in Toronto, JFL NorthWest in Vancouver and the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal. In addition, they will be included in a televised JFL: All Access special airing on The Comedy Network.

SiriusXM's Top Comic Finale, which was broadcast live on SiriusXM's Canada Laughs (ch. 168), featured eight finalists who went mic-to-mic in front of a panel of judges including comedian Ron Funches, plus industry experts Aaron Hodges (SiriusXM's Raw Dog Comedy), Zoe Rabnett (JFL), Rachel Goldstein-Couto (Bell Media) and a Canada-wide text-to-vote.

Runners-up, Sophie Buddle of Vancouver and Che Durena of Toronto will receive TV spots at the 2017 Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, as well as a double-threat show at JFL42 2017.

Canadian comic Tom Green, MTV personality, star of the films Road Trip and Freddy Got Fingered, and current host of the widely popular internet talk show Tom Green's House Tonight and the Tom Green Radio podcast, closed out last night's Top Comic Finale to a standing ovation from the exuberant packed house. Ben Miner, Canadian comic and host of SiriusXM's Canada Laughs hosted the night.

"It's an absolute honour to win the Top Comic title as it's the biggest competition in Canadian comedy," said Robinson. "The judges are some of the top names in the industry and to perform for them alongside the other incredibly talented finalists has been an unforgettable experience."

"Top Comic continues to draw the best comedic talent in Canada and Robinson is no exception — He had the crowd howling with an incredible set," said Ben Miner. "We had a great group of finalists this year and are thrilled to award Robinson the biggest grand prize of the competition yet."

The Finale capped off a nearly five-month journey for Robinson. After hundreds of comics from across Canada registered for the competition in the spring, 72 contestants were selected to compete at the Toronto and Vancouver auditions over six nights in June. Judges then selected 18 semi-finalists to participate in a Canada-wide online vote, and the eight comics with the most votes advanced to last night's finale.

Top Comic is part of SiriusXM Canada's ongoing initiatives to provide exposure to Canadian talent. Last year, Montreal's Derek Seguin took home the title and grand prize, with Matt Billon of Vancouver and Jordan Welwood of Winnipeg placing as runners-up. Previous winners include Faisal Butt, Pete Zedlacher, Eric Andrews, Matt O'Brien and Brian Stollery.

Canada Laughs (ch. 168) features uncensored Canadian comedy 24/7 including stand-up, sketch and more, putting the spotlight on the rich pool of extraordinary talent from Canada. Canada Laughs is available to all SiriusXM subscribers in Canada and across the U.S. and joins SiriusXM's hilarious comedy lineup, including Comedy Central Radio, Raw Dog Comedy, The Foxxhole, Jeff and Larry's Comedy Roundup, Laugh USA and more.

Submissions for the 2017 JUNO Awards Open Today

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced today that submissions for the 2017 JUNO Awards will be accepted starting Friday, September 30 until Friday, November 11 at www.junosubmissions.ca.

JUNO Week 2017 will be hosted in Ottawa from March 27 through April 2, 2017.

Key submission dates:

September 30, 2016 – Submissions open
October 21, 2016; 5 p.m. EST – Early-bird deadline to receive discounted submission rates
November 11, 2016; 5 p.m. EST – Submission deadline
December 1, 2016 - Submissions for International Album of the Year and Album of the Year open
January 5, 2017; 5 p.m. EST – Deadline for International Album of the Year and Album of the Year
Submission eligibility:
Eligibility for the 2017 JUNO Awards applies to music released for national sale between September 1, 2015 and November 11, 2016. For a complete list of JUNO Awards categories, eligibility rules, and voting criteria visit www.junoawards.ca/submissions. Note: Save up to 40% on submissions by signing up as a CARAS Academy Delegate at www.junoawards.ca/join.

Website: www.junosubmissions.ca, www.junoawards.ca
Twitter: @TheJUNOAwards
Instagram: @TheJUNOAwards

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP is the Official Ballot Accountants for the 2017 JUNO Awards.

Premier partners of the 2017 JUNO Awards: CARAS acknowledges the financial support of FACTOR, the Government of Canada and of Canada's Private Radio Broadcasters, Radio Starmaker Fund, Ottawa 2017, the Province of Ontario, the Ontario Media Development Corporation, Tourism Ottawa, Google Play Music and TD Bank Group.

About CARAS:

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences/L'académie canadienne des arts et des sciences de l'enregistrement (CARAS) is a not-for-profit organization created to preserve and enhance the Canadian music industry and to contribute toward higher artistic and industry standards. The main focus of CARAS is the exploration and development of ongoing opportunities to showcase and promote Canadian artists and music through vehicles such as The JUNO Awards, MusiCounts, the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and other year-round initiatives. For more information on the 46th Annual JUNO Awards or The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) please visit www.junoawards.ca.  

Frank D'Angelo's 'Red Maple Leaf' feature film wins Best Picture at AOF

TORONTO, Sept. 29, 2016 /CNW/ - It's been an amazing month for the Red Maple Leaf as it started its film festival tour, playing to capacity audiences and receiving tremendous accolades at two prominent California film festivals, California Independent Film Festival (CAIFF) and Action on Film (AOF). At the competitive Action on Film (AOF) festival, Red Maple Leaf gathered 10 nominations and 5 wins including (Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Sound Design, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Director, Best Foreign Film), and walked away with the coveted Best Picture award. Moving forward, the film has been selected to be the closing film at the 31st Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (Nov 4 - 20, 2016) and The Sunrise Film Festival in Nova Scotia on Nov 12, 2016.

The Red Maple Leaf tells the story of the daughter of a U.S. Ambassador who is snatched from under the nose of her Secret Service detail in Ottawa. As the American authorities search for answers, pressure comes at them from every side and, while Canada and the U.S. fight over jurisdiction, seasoned RCMP veteran Alfonso Palermo puts everything aside to find her.

The movie is written, directed and produced by Frank D'Angelo and he also plays the leading role alongside some of Hollywood's most notable actors including James Caan, Robert Loggia, Martin Landau, Paul Sorvino, Kris Kristofferson, Mira Sorvino, Michael Paré, Armand Assante, Eric Roberts, Margot Kidder, Daniel Baldwin, Laurier Fortier, Doris Roberts and Marc Blucas. The film is dedicated to the great Oscar nominated Robert Loggia and the Emmy Award-winning Doris Roberts, the last film both actors appeared in.

To top the weekend off, Frank D'Angelo's In Your Ear Productions Ltd. signed a 5-year worldwide distribution deal with 20th Century Fox Incendo Television for four of his films: Real Gangsters, Big Fat Stone, No Deposit and Sicilian Vampire. Three of those films were released theatrically in Canada and the USA and now there's talk of a soon-to-be-announced theatrical release for Red Maple Leaf. When asked about the new deal, Frank D'Angelo was elated, saying, "I am very happy and delighted that my films are receiving this kind of attention, because I know how difficult it is for filmmakers today, especially when 90% of the movies that are made never see the light of day".

Never a man to stand still, Frank just completed a new feature film script which will start shooting with a star studded cast this fall. As well, Frank has completed a new Christmas music album to be released shortly. It will be available on iTunes and http://frankdangelo.ca for the holiday season.

Frank D'Angelo is a screenwriter, director, actor, musician and Canadian talk show host. As a performer, he knew there was a big void in Canada for Canadians to promote their talents and so he created The Being Frank Show, a nationally broadcast late night talk/variety show. It has boasted guests and show business luminaries such as Al Pacino, Paul Newman, Tony Bennett, Graham Greene, Bill Fichtner, Kim Coates, Estella Warren, Bai Ling, Reggae Rapper Snow, Pavlo, Dan Hill, Ian Thomas, Murray McLauchlan, Missi Pyle, Kevin Hearn of The Barenaked Ladies and many, many more. The Being Frank Show will start taping its 7th season this fall.
Musicians Band Together for a Historic Concert Series to Remember Victims of Gun Violence and Make Gun Violence a Voting Issue in November Elections
NEW YORK, Sept. 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Concert Across America to End Gun Violence featured 350 events across the country with more than 5,200 artists performing for a day of music on Sunday to honor victims of gun violence and to make gun violence prevention a voting issue in the November elections. Hawaii, the state with the lowest gun death rate in the country, initiated the concert series with a special sunrise Hawaiian Aloha chant performed by the Prince Dance Theatre at the Kahilu Theatre at 12:01AM HST/6:01AM EST. Moby made a surprise appearance at the Los Angeles concert while Joan Osborne joined the New York City performance.

Jackson Browne and Rosanne Cash joined Marc Cohn on stage for a special performance of "The Only Living Boy in New York," a song written by Paul Simon. Marc Cohn, a victim of gun violence himself, said of the Concert Across America to End Gun Violence musicians including Cash and Browne, "They stand tall and they stand up for what they believe in."

Following Hawaii, musical events took place over the course of the day at places of faith, historical theaters and other venues across the country.
​ "Together we have power. If we rise to the challenge to unite and support sensible gun violence prevention measures in our cities and our towns, then we have the power to save lives. Let's use our power for good," said Eddie Vedder during his performance.

The call to action on Sunday was to make gun violence prevention a voting issue in November, and to educate voters on the issue starting with Monday's first presidential debate. Leading up to and on the day of the Concert Across America, organizers called for answers from the candidates on their solutions to curbing gun violence. Even though the question was not formally asked, the candidates still provided starkly different attitudes about gun violence in America.

"We were thrilled that Hillary Clinton took the opportunity during the debate to reiterate her position on the gun violence epidemic in America. Specifically on the need to strengthen the background check system to keep guns out of the hands of violent felons, domestic abusers and the dangerously mentally ill," said John Rosenthal, founder Stop Handgun Violence and national co-chair of the Concert Across America.

The founder of the Million Mom March and concert co-chair Donna Dees said "It is remarkable how so many organizations were represented at events across the country. In the Beacon Theatre alone, there were representatives from Moms Demand Action, New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, the Brady Campaign, Stop Handgun Violence and Gays Against Guns, all in agreement that we must make gun violence prevention a voting issue in November."

The audience at the Beacon Theater was filled with activists who cheered at each reference to ending gun violence and people who have had loved ones ripped from their lives including Trennelle Gabay, the widow of Governor Cuomo's lawyer who was gunned down in 2015. The parents of Allison Parker, who was murdered on-air during a news report for CBS in Roanoke along with Adam Ward, were in the audience. Andy and Barbara Parker held a backstage meeting with Marc Cohn and shared with him how much his song "Walking in Memphis" helped them.

Jackson Browne invited John Rosenthal, founder of Stop Handgun Violence and National Concert Chair, Dees and concert coalition chair, Zoe Grover on stage during the Beacon performance to get a standing ovation for bringing so many diverse groups across America together. On stage, John Rosenthal reminded the audience of the power of music to mobilize movements and encouraged audience members to hold Congress accountable. Rosenthal also announced that the original estimate of 1000 participating artists was grossly underestimated as the 350 events nationwide reported over 5,200 performers.

The artists and communities that participated in the Concert Across America to End Gun Violence reflect the diversity of the movement.

"More than 300 enthusiastic people filled our audience" said Boca Raton organizer Elin Schusterman. "More than double the response of any previous event we have held since our committee against gun violence was formed over three years ago. We had everyone take out their phones and save congresses number in their phone before putting them away for the concert. Our audience left fired up and ready for action."

"We had 40 musicians including Jeffrey Gaines, plus 25 visual artists and dozens of advocates, vendors, speakers and so much more" Said Eric Miller organizer of the Ewing NJ event. "We had diversity, we had community and we had solidarity, it was incredible."

Elsewhere, middle schoolers in Gloucester, MA played to a packed venue at a teens only open mic and at San Quinton State Prison an inmate choir was led by a member of Rabbis Against Gun Violence to sing of choosing hope over hate.

"This weekend, places of worship across the country raised their voices in song to raise awareness about America's gun violence epidemic and to promote love, kindness and peace." Said Brian Birch, Deputy National Coordinator of Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence.

"We're in awe of what these congregations accomplished. There was a performance from the University of Kentucky Black Voices choir at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Lexington, a multicultural choir performance by the World House Choir at First Presbyterian in Yellow Springs (Ohio), an interfaith event with 17 congregations gathering for an event they are calling 'Standing on the Side of Love' on the Capitol steps in Denver, and so many more. September 25th really was a day for standing on the side of love. Love can heal fear and policy change can save lives. We need both."

Others showed support with social media shout-outs. Bette Midler, Snoop Dog, Chelsea Handler, Sarah McLachlan, Valerie Jarrett, Bonnie Raitt and James Taylor are among those who expressed support using the hashtags #ConcertAcrossAmerica (to) #EndGunViolence.

For more information or to watch the live-stream from the Santa Barbara, CA concert, see the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBohOV4qP24.

Visit www.ConcertAcrossAmerica.org for more information. #ConcertAcrossAmerica to #EndGunViolence.

For more information, visit www.ConcertAcrossAmerica.org.

About the Concert Across America to End Gun Violence: This nationwide event will bring together a network of organizations, activists, and artists with the dual goals of keeping guns out of dangerous hands and making the issue of gun violence prevention top of mind for members of Congress, the presidential candidates, and the American people as they go to the polls in November 2016. Spearheaded by Stop Handgun Violence in Boston, more than 100 organizations have since signed on to support the effort including: Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence, States United to Prevent Gun Violence, Texas Musicians Against Gun Violence and volunteers from Moms Demand Action and volunteers from the Brady Campaign's Million Mom March chapters. For more information, visit www.concertacrossamerica.org.

Stop Handgun Violence (SHV) is a Massachusetts­-based non­profit organization committed to the prevention of gun violence through education, public awareness, effective law enforcement, and common­ sense gun laws. SHV was founded by John Rosenthal, a gun owner and activist businessperson. SHV has been the lead advocate in urban industrial Massachusetts for enactment of some of the most effective gun violence prevention laws and of first-in-the-nation consumer protection regulations. Since 1994, gun deaths in the Commonwealth have been dramatically reduced without banning guns except military style assault weapons and large capacity ammunition magazines, the common weapons used in most mass shootings. The organization does not seek to restrict Constitutional rights but advocates only for common­ sense legislation that will help save lives without infringing on the Second Amendment. For more information, go to www.stophandgunviolence.org.
Toronto World Premiere of "SOUSATZKA", a New Garth Drabinsky Production, Announced
Teatro Proscenium Limited Partnership (Richard Stursberg, CEO) today announced the world premiere of the Garth Drabinsky production of Sousatzka, the new musical by three-time Tony Award®-nominated book writer Craig Lucas and the legendary composing team of Tony Award® winner Richard Maltby, Jr. (Lyrics) and Academy Award® winner David Shire (Music). Choreographed by ten-time Tony Award® nominee Graciela Daniele and directed by Adrian Noble, Sousatzka will begin performances on February 25, 2017 at Toronto's historic Elgin Theatre (189 Yonge Street), and officially open on Thursday, March 23. Tickets will go on sale, via Ticketmaster, on October 17. Sousatzka's pre-Broadway strictly limited engagement is scheduled to run through April 9, 2017.

Sousatzka stars Tony Award® winner Victoria Clark, Tony Award® nominee Montego Glover, Tony Award® winner Judy Kaye, and features the Broadway debut of Jordan Barrow.

"To be able to present this remarkable creative team, and cast, and the musical work of one of the best creative producers of our age, is a gift," Mr. Stursberg said in a statement. "My association with Garth has proven itself to be one of the most satisfying and enduring creative relationships I've ever had, and I look forward to ensuring that he has every resource available to get this inspired show to Broadway, and beyond."

Based on the original novel Madame Sousatzka by Bernice Rubens, Sousatzka, set in London, England in 1982, tells the story of a young musical prodigy torn between two powerful women from vastly different worlds: his mother, a political refugee and his piano teacher, a brilliant eccentric with a shattered past. These two proud, iconoclastic women must ultimately cross cultural and racial divides to find common ground, or else put the boy's destiny in jeopardy. 
Sousatzka's creative and design dream team includes Tony Award® winner Anthony Ward (Scenic Design), Tony Award® winner Paul Tazwell (Costume Design), two-time Tony Award® winner Howell Binkley (Lighting Design), Jonathan Driscoll (Projection Design), Grammy Award® winner Martin Levan (Sound Design), Tony Award® winner Jonathan Tunick (Orchestrations), David Caddick (Music Supervision), Brad Haak (Music Director), Lebo M. (Additional Music and Vocal Arrangements), and Marius de Vries (Additional Music Arrangements).
Bazodee Opens in Toronto Sept 30
TORONTO, Sept. 26, 2016 /CNW/ - Serafini Releasing presents Bazodee on September 30, a 'Come Alive' Caribbean Musical featuring Machel Montano in his debut feature and the heartbeat of his Soca music, influenced by the traditional sounds of India and electronica.

Set on the colourful islands of Trinidad & Tobago, Bazodee pulses with sensuous dance rhythms.

Anita Ponchouri (Natalie Perera), the dutiful Indian daughter of a deep in debt businessman (Kabir Bedi), is about to marry a wealthy Londoner (Staz Nair). A chance encounter with Soca singer, Lee de Leon (superstar Machel Montano), sets the plot in motion. de Leon agrees to perform at the engagement party for both families. Unable to deny their mutual attraction, Anita must now choose between the answer to her family's financial prayers and the possibility of true love.

Machel Montano has won countless awards. He has sold out NYC's Madison Square Garden, thrilled Coachella, and rocked 35,000 souls at home in Trinidad.

Natalie Perera makes her leading role film debut.

Acclaimed Indian actor Kabir Bedi has appeared in over 100 films in the US, his native India and in Italy where he was knighted in 2010.

Serafini Releasing is a production and distribution company with its main offices in NYC.

Serafini's focus is on telling stories from an African American, Latino, Caribbean, Indian, LGMT perspective.
Major motion picture Deepwater Horizon to bullfrogpower all advance screenings in Canada with 100 per cent clean energy
Today, Bullfrog Power®, Canada's leading green energy provider, and Canadian distributor, Elevation Pictures, are announcing a new partnership that will see advance screenings of Deepwater Horizon – a major motion picture on one of the largest oil spills in human history – bullfrogpowered with 100 per cent clean, renewable power.

The movie depicts the thrilling story of the crew aboard the Deepwater Horizon as they experienced a catastrophic oil rig blowout on April 20, 2010, where crew members' heroic efforts led to saving many lives. The blowout caused an oil spill that released 4.9 million barrels of oil (according to government estimates) in the Gulf of Mexico.

"Deepwater Horizon is a film that brings awareness to the environmental risks of relying on conventional sources of energy—and specifically deep sea drilling to obtain that energy," says Ron Seftel, CEO, Bullfrog Power.

Through the partnership, Bullfrog Power will put 100 per cent green electricity onto the grid to match the amount of conventional power each advance screening uses. Across Canada, Bullfrog Power's green electricity comes from a blend of wind and low-impact hydro power sourced from new Canadian renewable energy facilities.

The bullfrogpowered advance screenings will take place on September 28, 2016, in the following cities across Canada: Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa and Halifax.

Through the partnership, Bullfrog Power will be airing 30 second information spots on the benefits of green energy at each screening to help raise awareness of clean, renewable sources of energy.

"A key focus of our film is human ingenuity—and the strength and bravery that people show during extreme situations," says Adrian Love, Senior VP of Marketing & Acquisitions, Elevation Pictures. We're proud to partner with Bullfrog Power to support green energy for our film's advance screenings and help increase awareness of green energy in Canada."

About Bullfrog Power
Bullfrog Power, Canada's leading green energy provider, offers renewable energy solutions that enable individuals and businesses to reduce their environmental impact, support the development of green energy projects in Canada and help create a cleaner, healthier world. As a Certified B Corporation, Bullfrog Power meets higher standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability. Thousands of individuals and businesses in Canada are doing their part to address climate change and air pollution by choosing green energy with Bullfrog Power. Sign up easily, quickly and affordably at bullfrogpower.com.

Join the bullfrogpowered community online on Facebook (facebook.com/BullfrogPower), Instagram (@bullfrogpower) and Twitter (@bullfrogpower).

About Elevation Pictures
Founded in 2013, with finance partner Teddy Schwarzman of Black Bear Pictures, Elevation Pictures has established itself as one of Canada's leading film and television companies. Elevation's team of seasoned production and distribution executives are committed to bringing an elevated and robust film and television slate to audiences. Elevation was named Playback Magazine's Distributor of the Year for 2015

About Deepwater Horizon
On April 20th, 2010, one of the world's largest man-made disasters occurred on the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico. Directed by Peter Berg (Lone Survivor), this story honours the brave men and women whose heroism would save many on board, and change everyone's lives forever.

The Rolling Stones' Historic Film Goes to CraveTV In First-Window TIFF Deal
In advance of tonight's world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, CraveTV today announced it has exclusively acquired the new feature film THE ROLLING STONES OLÉ OLÉ OLÉ!: A TRIP ACROSS LATIN AMERICA, which follows The Rolling Stones' early 2016 tour through 10 Latin American cities, including their historic stop in Havana. The deal was brokered this week in Toronto during TIFF, between CraveTV's Mike Cosentino and Eagle Rock Entertainment's Thomas Howe.

The feature-length timely film, directed by Grammy® nominated Paul Dugdale (ADELE LIVE AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL; COLDPLAY: GHOST STORIES; ED SHEERAN: LIVE AT WEMBLEY STADIUM) provides intimate insight into the world of The Rolling Stones. A road movie that celebrates the revolutionary power of rock-and-roll, exhilarating and vivid, the film chronicles the tour, local culture, and unique bond that exists between the Latin American people and The Rolling Stones. As part of the deal, CraveTV also acquired the Stones' companion concert film, THE ROLLING STONES HAVANA MOON, a concert special from the Havana show, also directed by Dugdale.

Today's announcement also confirmed that following its world premiere at TIFF, CraveTV will be the exclusive first-window home in Canada for THE ROLLING STONES OLÉ OLÉ OLÉ!: A TRIP ACROSS LATIN AMERICA, launching Friday, Oct. 14 and anchoring the service's popular Music Collection, which features a broad array of documentary and performance specials featuring artists and their music across all genres. THE ROLLING STONES HAVANA MOON will launch in Jan 2017, again in an exclusive post-theatrical window.

CraveTV parent Bell Media confirmed that following their exclusive first-windows on CraveTV, the specials will premiere across premium Pay service The Movie Network, and Specialty services Bravo! and MUCH, before getting a broadcast premiere in Canada on CTV, Canada's most-watched network.


"Bringing The Rolling Stones to Bell Media's networks fits perfectly with our aim of delivering exclusive, must-watch music themed programming to Canadians across multiple platforms," said Randy Lennox, President, Broadcasting and Content, Bell Media. "We are excited to welcome Mick, Keith, Charlie, and Ronnie to Bell Media and Canada."

"Bringing exclusive premium content to our subscribers is our number-one goal," said Mike Cosentino, Senior Vice-President, CTV and Specialty, Bell Media. "The Rolling Stones are the world's greatest rock-and-roll band and we are thrilled for this deal and to make CraveTV and our Music Collection the exclusive home for these historic films."

"Exclusive specials from iconic artists are a huge part of what makes CraveTV an unmatched value proposition in Canada, and they don't get any more iconic than The Rolling Stones," said Tracey Pearce, President, Distribution and Pay, Bell Media.

"Eagle Rock Entertainment is proud to have screened THE ROLLING STONES OLÉ OLÉ OLÉ!: A TRIP ACROSS LATIN AMERICA at TIFF. Paul Dugdale and JA Digital have produced with us and The Rolling Stones a fine film and we are very happy that Bell Media will be our broadcast partners for Canada," said Geoff Kempin, Executive Director, Eagle Rock Entertainment.

A portrait of a band still at the very top of their game that have seen it all but remain hungry as ever to break new ground, the documentary captures blistering performances and unique personal experiences as the band visited Latin America for the first time in 10 years. True pioneers of rock, the Stones, who have toured every corner of the globe, explored new horizons bringing their high-octane performances to countries Uruguay, Peru and Columbia and the city of Porto Alegre, and of course Cuba, for the very first time. Fans will see Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, and Ronnie Wood mesmerize their generations of fans with full performances of classic hits from their extraordinary calalogue such as "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," "It's Only Rock 'n Roll," "Wild Horses," "Honkey Tonk Women," "Sympathy For The Devil," "Paint It Black," and "Miss You."

Directed by Paul Dugdale, produced by Sam Bridger (THE ROLLING STONES: SWEET SUMMER SUN – LIVE FROM HYDE PARK; IDRIS ELBA'S HOW CLUBBING CHANGED THE WORLD), and shot throughout February and March 2016, the film is produced by JA Digital in co-production with Eagle Rock Films for Eagle Rock Entertainment and Promotone.


About the CraveTV Music Collection:
CraveTV's Music Collection features more than 100 live concert specials, documentaries, and music-themed programs, spotlighting some of the world's biggest and most influential artists. Titles include MICHAEL JACKSON'S JOURNEY FROM MOTOWN TO OFF THE WALL; BEYONCÉ & JAY Z ON THE RUN; FOO FIGHTERS: SONIC HIGHWAYS; PAUL MCCARTNEY: LIVE KISSES; SPRINGSTEEN AND I, THE LATE LATE SHOW CARPOOL KARAOKE PRIMETIME SPECIAL; GREASE: LIVE, and many more.

CraveTV Social Media:

For more information:
Created for TV lovers and devoted to television, CraveTV is Canada's premium TV streaming service, providing the most robust lineup of superior television content in the country. From TV's most-acclaimed dramas and beloved comedies to documentaries, music, and factual programming, CraveTV features thousands of hours of premium non-kids TV programming, representing hundreds of unique titles including the entire off-air library of HBO's iconic programming catalogue and hundreds of hours of acclaimed SHOWTIME series and specials. CraveTV is available directly to all Canadians with access to the Internet, as well as to customers of Eastlink, TELUS Optik TV, Bell Fibe TV, Bell Satellite TV, Bell Aliant FibreOP TV, Access Communications, Northwestel, SaskTel, Cable Cable, Hay Communications, Mitchell Seaforth Cable TV, Tuckersmith Communications, Wightman Telecom subscribers, NRTC Communications, WTC Communications, Tbaytel, Execulink Telecom, and VMedia. Available through traditional set-top boxes, mobile apps on iOS, Android, and Microsoft Windows 8.1 and Xbox One, the web, Apple TV, Chromecast, and select Samsung Smart TVs. CraveTV is from Bell Media, Canada's premier multi-media company with more than a decade of leadership delivering Canada's most-watched and most-acclaimed television programming across the Pay, Specialty, Digital, and Network TV landscapes. For more on CraveTV, visit www.CraveTV.ca.
TIFF: ULTRAMEDIA and SC Films Sign Latest Distribution Deal for New Sci-Fi from the Writer of BLUE VALENTINE - 2307: WINTER'S DREAM 
In the wake of the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival, Santa Monica-based ULTRAMEDIA and London's SC Films, signed a distribution deal with Nettai Museum in Japan for the new sci-fi, 2307: WINTER'S DREAM, written and directed by Joey Curtis. The deal was negotiated by Fumie Suzuki Lancaster for the sales team and Fumiaki Ikeda for the distributor.

This makes Japan the latest amongst international territories where 2307: WINTER'S DREAM will be released. ULTRAMEDIA and SC Films, who handle worldwide rights, have also inked territory distribution deals with Signature in the U.K., Ascot Elite in Germany, Falcon Films in the Middle East, Hagi Film in Poland, Tanweer Ltd. in Turkey, and One2See Movies in Benelux. The team is presently engaged in talks for remaining territories.

Joey Curtis, who also wrote the Academy Award nominated BLUE VALENTINE, will attend a special screening for this, his sophomore directorial outing, on Friday, September 16th at the LA INDIE Film Festival, along with the film's star, Paul Sidhu.

Development for 2307: WINTER'S DREAM began shortly after Curtis, who had recently completed several films, was introduced to Sidhu. The two bonded over a love of Sci-Fi. When Sidhu showed Curtis a story he was writing called "Winter's Dream," Curtis fell in love with the concept, and the pair decided to develop it into a feature. ULTRAMEDIA's Robert Beaumont was tapped to produce. Beaumont is a longtime friend and collaborator of Curtis' whom he'd met in film school and worked with on the first film Curtis had written and directed, the Sundance Film Festival winner QUATTRO NOZA, and had similarly just finished producing several projects including Helen Hunt's RIDE and the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival darling, EMELIE.

As the script began to take shape, Curtis realized he'd been contouring the lead character for Sidhu, especially after having seen Sidhu perform at Ivana Chubbuck Studio. When the script was finished, the team cast Sidhu to play Bishop in the film.

Arielle Holmes, who recently starred with Shia LaBeouf in Andrea Arnold's AMERICAN HONEY, the Prix du Jury winner at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, also joined the cast. Timothy Lee DePriest, who is showcased in HBO's upcoming WESTWORLD series, is featured as well.

2307: WINTER'S DREAM is an ULTRAMEDIA and Thorium 7 Films production in collaboration with Platinum Platypus, Kenneth K. Martinez Burgmaier Productions, and Good Deed Entertainment.

A Q & A with the filmmakers is scheduled to follow the September 16th screening at the Let Live Theatre in West Hollywood. The film has been selected for several festivals and further announcements are expected.

ULTRAMEDIA specializes in the worldwide sales, production, and financing of quality artist driven films, television, and other content. Cultivating collaborative and transparent processes, their team stewards productive relationships between storytellers, distributors, and financiers to penetrate platforms and engage audiences.

More information about 2307: WINTER'S DREAM can be found at http://www.ultramedia.com/2307-winters-dream/.

Devour! The Food Film Fest previews upcoming festival program

With the Toronto International Film Festival as the backdrop, Devour! The Food Film Fest today launched its program preview at the Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts at George Brown College. Executive director Michael Howell and managing director Lia Rinaldo served up a preview of the 2016 festival, November 2-6 in Wolfville, Nova Scotia.
The sixth edition of the festival offers 94 unique events over five days including 80 films in 30 screenings, 24 industry workshops, 20 tasting tours, three celebrity chef dinners and over 20 parties and events.

This year's major theme is Women in Gastronomy and includes the world premiere of Vérane Frédiani's highly-anticipated feature, The Goddesses of Food. Six legendary female chefs will also work together to create a decadent dinner inspired by the film. Three visiting chefs, Boston's Barbara Lynch (No 9 Park), Los Angeles' Mary Sue Milliken (Border Grill) and Toronto's Christine Flynn (Chef Jacques La Merde), will join three local chefs, The Canteen's Renée Lavallee, The Prince George's Bee Choo Char and The Old Apothecary's Laura MacLeod to create the ultimate feast for the senses. Long-time festival partner, Bishop's Cellar, will pair each course with a selection from all-female winemakers 
The menu of visiting celebrity chefs continues with Normand Laprise of the James Beard Award-winning Toqué in Montreal, Stephen Wall of Ottawa's Supply + Demand, John Sundstrum of Seattle's Lark and Food Network's John Higgins and Ned Bell.

The slate of visiting industry celebrities includes John Henion, producer of the Netflix series Chef's Table; A Brown Table's Nik Sharma, Steve Chagollan, Editor in Chief of the Directors Guild of America and former senior editor at Variety; and famed food photographer Sharma.

The festival's celebrity headliner will be announced in the coming weeks.
 Tickets are on sale starting Friday, September 16 at 9 a.m. AST online at devourfest.com and by phone through Ticketpro at 1-888-311-9090. Exclusive packages will also be available at this time.


Only one hour from Halifax, the Town of Wolfville and Kings County provides the perfect setting for Devour! amid the beauty of the Annapolis Valley and the mighty Bay of Fundy. It is the heartland of Nova Scotia's burgeoning wine industry and the centre of culinary and agricultural innovation.

Music streaming now included in Canada's historic Gold/Platinum certification program

With the introduction of a new Single Award, Music Canada's Gold/Platinum certification and awards program will now include streams towards digital track certifications. Over 50 new Single certifications were revealed today, with 10 artists receiving their first Canadian certifications.

"Today's announcement signifies a pivotal moment in Canada's evolving digital music marketplace," says Graham Henderson, President & CEO of Music Canada. "By accepting on-demand streams for track certifications, Music Canada can continue to acknowledge the success of Canadian and international artists, as well as the subscription-based streaming platforms currently thriving in our market. The new Single Award helps maintain the integrity of our Gold/Platinum program, which has historically recognized the active choice consumers make when building their personal music libraries."

During County Music Week in London, ON, rising country stars Brett Kissel and Chris Lane were presented with the first Single Award plaques leading up to Sunday's 40th CCMA Awards broadcast.

"We are thrilled that Music Canada is now accepting streams with its new Single Award," says Steve Kane, President of Warner Music Canada, who presented Kissel with his plaque for the Gold Single 'Airwaves' at Saturday's CCMA FanFest. "Canadian music fans have welcomed the arrival of streaming subscription services with open arms, and are now consuming more music than ever before. We are excited to honour new milestones for our artists who have flourished on this new path, and whose fanbases continue to grow as streaming increases in popularity."

The new Single Award will combine on-demand audio streams from subscription services with digital download and CD single sales. Streams can be used toward certification using a conversion formula of 150 streams equaling 1 unit towards certification. This 150:1 ratio is consistent with other major global counterparts. Streaming data from YouTube/VEVO videos will not be accepted towards certification upon launch.

The Single Award launch also coincides with the reveal of new bilingual branding for the program, which has certified over 16,000 releases in its 41-year history.

Music Canada's Gold/Platinum Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts are live with the new branding. For more information, visit www.musiccanada.com/gold-platinum.  
Roger Frappier and Hany Ouichou win CMPA Feature Film Producer Awards at TIFF
Today, the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) announced the 2016 winners of its prestigious Feature Film Producer Awards, as part of the opening of the 41st Toronto International Film Festival:

Roger Frappier (Max Films) was presented with the CMPA's Established Producer Award for his outstanding achievements and distinguished career as an independent feature film producer in Canada.

Hany Ouichou (Art & Essai) was presented with the CMPA's inaugural Emerging Producer Award, recognizing his unique creative vision and impressive talents as an independent film producer with a promising career ahead.
"I'm thrilled to celebrate the work of these two remarkable producers and congratulate both Roger and Hany for their terrific films and their meaningful contributions to independent Canadian cinema," said Reynolds Mastin, President and CEO, CMPA.

Roger Frappier's filmography consists of nearly 70 production credits, including La Grande Séduction, Maelström, as well as Academy-Award nominated films Le Déclin de l'empire américain and Jésus de Montréal. Frappier was previously nominated for a CMPA Feature Film Producer Award in 2010. His latest film, Two Lovers and a Bear, will have its North American premiere as part of TIFF's Special Presentation program. The feature was directed by Kim Nguyen and stars Tatiana Maslany and Dane DeHaan.

Hany Ouichou is the first-ever recipient of the Emerging Producer Award, which was launched this year as an extension of the CMPA's ongoing commitment to nurturing the development of aspiring Canadian filmmakers. With two feature film credits to his name, Ouichou will showcase both productions at TIFF this year. Ceux qui font les révolutions à moitié n'ont fait que se creuser un tombeau will be competing in the prestigious Platform program and Prank will be presented as part of the TIFF Discovery lineup.

The award winners were selected from a shortlist of eight nominees by a jury chaired by last year's CMPA Feature Film Producer Award winner, Robert Lantos. Members of the 2016 Selection Jury included:

Tantoo Cardinal, Actor
Maxime Giroux, Director
Aeschylus Poulos, Producer
Julia Rosenberg, Producer

About the Awards
Established in 2005, the CMPA Feature Film Producer Awards recognize producers whose vision and entrepreneurship demonstrate a commitment and passion for producing Canadian feature films. To be eligible for nomination, producers must have a film selected for screening at TIFF that year. The winner of the Established Producer Award receives $10,000 and the winner of the new Emerging Producer Award receives $5,000.
Visa Turns Spotlight on the Future of Commerce at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival
In its 20th year of sponsorship of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Visa will roll out the red carpet for a lineup of innovative payment experiences showcasing the future of commerce. From September 8-18th, VISA will provide festival-goers with the opportunity to experience the first-of-its-kind Connected Screen powered by Ingenico Group, the global leader in seamless payment, which is making its debut at TIFF to enable contactless payments, and a Virtual Wardrobe Studio featuring Visa Checkout.

"Throughout our long history as sponsor, we've continued to expand access for filmgoers with interactive experiences that heighten the excitement of the Festival," said Brenda Woods, head of marketing, Visa Canada. "Our activation at Roy Thompson Hall showcases Visa's leading edge payment technology, transporting consumers to the future of commerce."

First-of-its-kind Connected Screen
Utilizing Ingenico Group's Connected Screen technology, the first of its kind in North America, VISA will demonstrate how contactless technology can make payments seamless for consumers. Contributions of $2 or $5 can be made to the TIFF Pocket Fund by waving a Visa payWave enabled credit card or device at the Visa Connected Screen. The TIFF Pocket Fund is an organization dedicated to ensuring that every young person has access to TIFF's educational programming regardless of their financial circumstance.

"As we expand our offering to increase touch points for payments acceptance, digitization allows for unique and engaging consumer experiences," said Suzan Denoncourt, managing director, Canada, Ingenico Group. "The integration of our secure payment technology into connected screens enables merchants to interact with their consumers in creative ways, while enabling frictionless purchases virtually anywhere via contactless credit card or NFC-enabled mobile wallet."

In Canada, 21 Visa payWave transactions take place every secondi, and as the number of IoT enabled devices is expected to grow to 50 billion globally by 2020ii, payment-enabled devices in any number of form factors will continue to be in demand.

"We're excited to partner with Ingenico Group to debut the Connected Screen in Canada," said Derek Colfer, head of technology and digital innovation, Visa Canada. "We've entered the next phase in the evolution of electronic commerce that includes many new players and innovative ways to shop, pay and get paid, while maintaining the payment security that consumers expect from Visa."

Virtual Wardrobe Studio

In celebration of film, Visa is further extending the cinematic experience at the Festival with an immersive virtual shopping experience. By stepping into the Virtual Wardrobe Studio's augmented reality space, consumers will be dynamically transported into a film's wardrobe department, where they'll have the opportunity to virtually try on costumers from a variety of movies and genres. From standing in Versailles in a full Marie Antoinette gown and headpiece, to a gladiator helmet, chest plate, sword and shield in the Coliseum, attendees can navigate their way through the experience using hand gestures to select purchases and checkout with a selfie!
The Virtual Wardrobe Studio illustrates how easy it can be to shop online with Visa Checkout, the online payment service that lets consumers make online purchases more quickly and easily. Whether using a computer, tablet or mobile device, Visa Checkout makes online shopping more enjoyable by removing the need to continually re-enter payment and shipping information.

Visa Infinite

Always synonymous with the TIFF experience, Visa Infinite cardholders will enjoy the perks and special access they have come to expect at the Festival through the years. Visa Infinite cardholders had access to special ticket presales and will enjoy VIP access to theatre lounges including the Red Carpet lounge, express line access at the Visa Screening Room, and other perks.
Visa Infinite provides cardholders with access to one-of-a-kind experiences. This includes exceptional benefits at some of the world's finest hotels, exclusive access to dining and sports events and complimentary 24/7 concierge service. For more information about Visa Infinite please visit visainfinite.ca.

Based on a True Story: Children and Youth Exposed to Smoking in Movies

 As a galaxy of movie stars descends on the city for the annual Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), young people from across Ontario will march through downtown Toronto on Saturday, September 10, to send a message to these famous visitors and their fans: BUTT OUT in movies rated for children and teens.

"Smoking isn`t glamorous or sexy. We are tired of seeing Hollywood portraying this behaviour as normal for youth. It's time for the Province of Ontario to take this issue seriously," said Rakhshan Kamran, a Big Tobacco Lies volunteer with the Canadian Cancer Society.

The event, organized by the Ontario Coalition for Smoke-Free Movies and Canadian Cancer Society's 'Big Tobacco Lies' youth group, begins at 2:00 p.m. at Toronto City Hall where youth participants will be educating visitors about the issue, hosting a peaceful demonstration and securing signatures of support to make all new youth-rated movies in Ontario smoke-free.

"Parents always try to do and be the best for their children," said Tirthesha Pandya, of Toronto, an Ontario Lung Association youth volunteer. "Violence, language, nudity, sexual activity, horror and psychological impact including substance abuse are among the criteria considered when assigning a movie rating. To help prevent a new generation of addicted tobacco users, movies rated for children and teens need to be smoke-free."

Saturday's event in Toronto will also highlight growing public support for the use of movie ratings to ensure that youth-rated movies are smoke-free. Almost eight in ten Ontarians support smoke free movies rated for children and teens according to the results of a 2015 Ipsos Reid poll.1


The Ontario Tobacco Research Unit (OTRU) report Exposure to Onscreen Tobacco in Movies among Ontario Youth, 2004-2014 found that 86 per cent of movies with on-screen smoking released in Ontario were rated for children and teens. OTRU estimates that at least 185,000 children and teens aged 0-17 living in Ontario today will be recruited to cigarette smoking by their exposure to onscreen smoking and that at least 59,000 of them will die prematurely from smoking-related diseases. Making youth-rated films smoke-free would prevent an estimated 30,000 tobacco-related deaths and save more than half a billion dollars in health-care costs.2

About the Ontario Coalition for Smoke-Free Movies

The Ontario Coalition for Smoke-Free Movies is an alliance of leading health organizations taking collective action to counter the harmful impact of smoking in youth-rated movies. Members of the coalition include the Ontario Lung Association, Canadian Cancer Society Ontario Division, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, Non-Smokers' Rights Association/Smoking and Health Action Foundation, Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada and the Tobacco Control Networks of Public Health Units in Ontario. For more information visit: www.smokefreemovies.ca

1 http://www.ipsos-na.com/download/pr.aspx?id=15448
2 http://otru.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/special_movies.pdf
Stars to grace Hudson's Bay red carpets at the 41st Toronto International Film Festival
As the Official Fashion Retailer and Official Red Carpet Sponsor, Hudson's Bay's signature stripes will take over the red carpets at three key Toronto International Film Festival® venues for the sixth year in a row. From Thursday, Sept. 8th to Sunday, Sept. 18th, the stars will walk the striped carpet at Roy Thomson Hall, TIFF Bell Lightbox and the Ryerson Theatre. Beyond the red carpet, Hudson's Bay is teaming up with entertainment news leader, The Hollywood Reporter for the first time at the festival.

"As Canada's leading department store, we are proud to be an official sponsor of the Toronto International Film Festival – it is truly one of our favourite times of the year", said Liz Rodbell, President, Hudson's Bay. "TIFF continues to solidify the city as a worldwide cultural capital, and as always, we are excited to see the stars grace our signature striped carpets throughout the festival."

"We are excited to partner with iconic Canadian company Hudson's Bay for our 41st Festival," said Michèle Maheux, Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer for TIFF. "We are grateful for their continued support and look forward to celebrating fashion, film and culture on the red carpets and across the festival."

Hudson's Bay x The Hollywood Reporter

From Sept. 9th to 13th, talent visiting The Hollywood Reporter Studio at Brasaii will get the star treatment courtesy of Hudson's Bay. In addition to receiving an HBC Collection gift bag, visiting talent can sit back and relax in a custom designed lounge complete with furniture inspired by the retailer's iconic point blanket.

All eyes on #starsonstripes

"Nothing brings out the glitz and glamour quite like a red carpet," said Suzanne Timmins, Senior Vice President and Fashion Director, Hudson's Bay. "A super chic pant suit will make a winning statement and is so on point for fall worn with a cami, corset or nothing at all for that feminine twist. Exposed shoulders, glittery fabrics and plunging necklines are key dress details that we will see gracing the red carpet. Whether you choose the sexy pant suit or a fabulous gown, Hudson's Bay is the ultimate destination to shop all the TIFF worthy trends."

As the Official Red Carpet Sponsor, "Stars on Stripes" daily press alerts rounds up the best-dressed looks, as talent take to the Hudson's Bay iconic striped carpets at this year's Festival.

Get the celebrity treatment at the Hudson's Bay TIFF Lounge

Stars won't be the only ones who get to indulge in the TIFF experience, as Hudson's Bay unveils an exciting in-store lounge located at the retailer's downtown flagship store. Customers are invited to get red-carpet ready with makeup touch-ups before strutting the striped carpet in the Hudson's Bay TIFF Lounge GIF booth. Style snaps taken in the booth over the 10 day festival will contribute to the #starsonstripes social media feed, and users can share their Red Carpet experience on their personal social channels. The lounge also gives visitors a chance to catch up on celebrity news with a complimentary issue of The Hollywood Reporter.

Join #starsonstripes with a shoefie

For the second year in a row, Hudson's Bay launches its #starsonstripes social contest around the city of Toronto from Sept. 8th to 13th. Modelled after the iconic Official Striped Red Carpets, decaled carpets in 25 key locations in the downtown core allow passersby to take a "shoefie" on the striped carpet and enter a contest to win two Hudson's Bay fashion gift cards and two tickets to the closing night premiere screening of The Edge of Seventeen. Users can enter the contest by posting their "shoefie" with the hashtag #starsonstripes and following @hudsonsbay on Instagram and Twitter.

Twitter: @HudsonsBay
Instagram: @HudsonsBay
Facebook: @HudsonsBay
Snapchat: hudsonsbay
Hashtag: #starsonstripes

Bell Media Ventures into Live Theatrical Production; Announces New Partnership with Michael Cohl's Iconic Entertainment Studios

− Bat Out of Hell brings legendary composer Jim Steinman's massively successful, iconic classic rock album to the stage –

 "Bell Media's foray into live theatrical production emphasizes our commitment to producing engaging content on diverse platforms," said Randy Lennox, President, Broadcast and Content, Bell Media and Co-Producer. "We are excited to bring Bat Out of Hell to the stage as our inaugural production, and look forward to capturing the heart, soul, and imagination of audiences around the world, as this musical masterpiece enters its 40th anniversary."

Lennox added: "Bat Out of Hell represents a strategic revenue opportunity for Bell Media, modeling the phenomenal success of other musical adaptations including Mamma Mia! which went on to gross more than $1 billion worldwide and is still running in several major cities more than a decade since its debut."

In 2017, the iconic album finally comes to the stage, the place Steinman had always intended for it to be performed. Directed by innovative, award-winning stage director Jay Scheib (Powder Her Face, World of Wires, Platonov), Bat Out of Hell: The Musical is a romantic adventure about rebellious youth and passionate love, set against the backdrop of a post-cataclysmic city adrift from the mainland. The musical incorporates songs from the Bat Out of Hell albums, including Paradise by the Dashboard Light, You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night), Bat Out Of Hell, I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That), and Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad.

"Bell Media has so much to offer to live productions it's surprising they haven't been in this area before," said Michael Cohl, Chairman, Iconic Entertainment Studios. "I look forward to working with Randy and his great team."

Bell Media announced today it is entering into live theatrical production in a partnership with legendary Canadian producer Michael Cohl's Iconic Entertainment Studios (Spamalot; Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark; Rock of Ages: The Musical). The first production from the new joint venture is Bat Out of Hell: The Musical, a new live theatrical spectacle that celebrates the 40th anniversary of one of the best-selling albums of all time when it hits stages next year. To be directed by award-winning theatre and opera director Jay Sheib, Bat Out of Hell begins previews February 17, 2017 at the Manchester Opera House. Casting is currently underway in the U.K.

Produced by David Sonenberg, Michael Cohl for Iconic Entertainment Studios, Randy Lennox for Bell Media, and Tony Smith, Bat Out of Hell brings legendary composer Jim Steinman's original concept full circle: Steinman's workshop of a 1974 theatre piece laid the foundation for the record-breaking album Bat Out of Hell, released in 1977. Featuring the opulent vocals of recording industry great Meat Loaf, the album made music industry history, selling more than 50 million albums worldwide and earning platinum album status 14 times over by the Recording Industry Association of America. It is one of only 11 albums to reach Double Diamond status in Canada.
Stevie Nicks Announces 27 City North American 24 Karat Gold Tour With Pretenders
24 Karat Gold Tour with Pretenders
*all dates, venues and cities below subject to change.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Phoenix, AZ
Talking Stick Arena
Thursday, October 27, 2016
Denver, CO
Pepsi Center
Saturday, October 29, 2016
Houston, TX
Toyota Center
Sunday, October 30, 2016
Dallas, TX
American Airlines Center
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Tampa, FL
Amalie Arena
Friday, November 4, 2016
Fort Lauderdale, FL
BB&T Center
Sunday, November 06, 2016
Atlanta, GA
Phillips Arena
Monday, November 07, 2016
Nashville, TN
Bridgestone Arena
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Charlotte, NC
Time Warner Cable Arena
Saturday, November 12, 2016
Columbia, SC
Colonial Life Arena
Monday, November 14, 2016
Washington, DC
Verizon Center
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Boston, MA
TD Garden
Saturday, November 19, 2016
Bethlehem, PA
Sands Bethlehem Event Center
Sunday, November 20, 2016
Philadelphia, PA
Wells Fargo Center
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Grand Rapids, MI
Van Andel Arena
Friday, November 25, 2016
Uncasville, CT
Mohegan Sun Arena
Sunday, November 27, 2016
Detroit, MI
The Palace of Auburn Hills
Singer Stevie Nicks, the multi-platinum, Grammy® Award Winning-music icon today announced The 24 Karat Gold Tour.  Produced exclusively by Live Nation, the 27-city tour with Pretenders, will begin on Tuesday, October 25 in Phoenix, Arizona and will see the legendary Nicks perform throughout North America this Fall with shows scheduled in New York City, Los Angeles, Toronto,Vancouver, Chicago, Philadelphia, Atlanta and more.  A full list of tour dates follows this release.

American Express Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Wednesday, September 7 at 10:00 a.m. through Sunday, September 11 at 10:00 p.m.  Tickets go on sale beginningMonday, September 12 at www.livenation.com.

Nicks, a multi-platinum selling artist - dubbed "the reigning queen of rock and roll" by Rolling Stone Magazine has had six Top Ten albums and 8 Grammy nominations.  Her 2014 album 24 Karat Gold – Songs From The Vault debuted at No. 7 on Billboard's Top 200 Charts.  As a member of Fleetwood Mac, Nicks recently performed 122 sold out shows around the world during 2014-2015.  Collectively as a solo artist and Fleetwood Mac band member, Nicks has sold over 140 million albums and won several Grammys.

The Pretenders cross the bridge between punk, new wave and Top 40 pop music more than any other band, with hit songs like I'll Stand By You, Back On The Chain Gang and Don't Get Me Wrong. The band has sold over 25 million albums and founder & leader Chrissie Hynde is one of contemporary music's greatest songwriters.  Chrissie most recently released the album Stockholm and a 2015 memoir, Reckless: My Life As a Pretender, hailed by the New York Times upon its release as "honest and distinctive…first and foremost, a love letter to rock and roll."

Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Toronto, ON
Air Canada Centre

Thursday, December 1, 2016
New York, NY
Madison Square Garden
Saturday, December 3, 2016
Chicago, IL
United Center
Monday, December 5, 2016
Lincoln, NE
Pinnacle Bank Arena
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
St Paul, MN
Xcel Energy Center
Friday, December 9, 2016
Vancouver. BC
Pepsi Live at Rogers Center
Sunday, December 11, 2016
Seattle, WA
Key Arena
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Sacramento, CA
Golden 1 Center
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
San Jose, CA
SAP Center
Sunday, December 18, 2016
Inglewood, CA
The Forum

Young and the Restless Soap Opera Festival on Saturday November 12 at Four Winds New Buffalo
  The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians' Four Winds® Casinos are pleased to announce it will host a Young and the Restless Soap Opera Festival™ at Four Winds New Buffalo's Silver Creek Event Center on Saturday, November 12 at 4 p.m. The event will feature a Q&A with the stars of the long-running soap opera and will offer fans a chance to find out what happens behind the scenes. Hotel and dinner packages are available for the night of the festival. Tickets can be purchased beginning on Friday, September 9 at 11 a.m. Eastern exclusively through the Ticketmaster® Web site, www.ticketmaster.com, or by calling (800)745-3000. Ticket prices for the concert are $40 plus applicable fees.

Hotel and dinner packages include the Hard Rock and Copper Rock options. The Hard Rock option is available for $442 and includes two tickets to the festival, a one night hotel stay on Saturday, November 12, and a $50 gift card to Hard Rock Cafe Four Winds. The Copper Rock option is available for $542 and includes two tickets, a one night hotel stay on Saturday, November 12, and a $150 gift card to Copper Rock Steakhouse. All hotel and dinner packages must be purchased through Ticketmaster.
The Soap Opera Festival will feature a Q&A emceed by Joyce Becker with actors Amelia Heinle, who plays Victoria Newman; Jason Thompson, who plays Billy Abbott; Gina Tognoni, who plays Phyllis Newman; and Kristoff St. John, who plays Neil Winters.

Now in its 43rd season on the CBS Television Network, "The Young and the Restless" has been the number one daytime drama for more than 20 consecutive years. It revolves around the rivalries, romances, hopes and fears of the residents of the fictional Midwestern metropolis, Genoa City. The lives and loves of a wide variety of characters mingle through the generations, dominated by the Newman, Abbott, Chancellor, Baldwin and Winters families. More information is available at www.cbs.com/shows/the_young_and_the_restless/about/.

Reservations and Information
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SiriusXM's Top Comic finalists battle for biggest prize to date

Canadian comic Tom Green will headline the Finale on September 29 
Finale to air live on Canada Laughs channel 168
SiriusXM Canada, the country's leading audio entertainment company, today announced the eight finalists who, determined by popular Canadian vote, have earned a spot to perform at SiriusXM's Top Comic Finale. The Finale will take place at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Toronto on September 29 at 7 p.m. as part of the Just For Laughs JFL42 Comedy Festival.

From 72 contestants down to eight, the finalists will battle it out mic-to-mic, bringing their best comedic material in hopes of winning the coveted title of SiriusXM's Top Comic and the biggest grand prize to date – $25,000. Auditions were held in Toronto and Vancouver across six nights in June where judges selected 18 semi-finalists from the 72 comics chosen to audition. From there, a Canada-wide online vote was held and the eight comics with the most votes advanced to the Finale. 

The Finale will feature a headlining performance by Canadian comic Tom Green and will be hosted by Ben Miner, Canadian comic and host of SiriusXM's Canada Laughs. A panel of industry judges will select the winner of SiriusXM's Top Comic who will receive the grand prize of $25,000. The winner will also receive guaranteed spots at three of Canada's biggest comedy festivals in 2017: JFL42 in Toronto, JFL NorthWest in Vancouver, and the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal as well as be included in a televised JFL: All Access special airing on The Comedy Network. Two runners up will receive TV spots at the 2017 Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal plus a double-threat show at JFL42 2017.
SiriusXM's Top Comic 2016 finalists are:

Kevin Banner, Vancouver, BC (hometown is Sooke, BC)

Sophie Buddle, Vancouver, BC (hometown is Ottawa, ON)

Graham Clark, Vancouver, BC

Mike Delamont, Victoria, BC

Che Durena, Toronto, ON (hometown is Port Coquitlam, BC)

Mayce Galoni, Hamilton, ON

Julia Hladkowicz, Toronto, ON (hometown is Ottawa, ON)

Chris Robinson, Toronto, ON (hometown is Brampton, ON)
Tickets for the SiriusXM Top Comic Finale can be purchased online at: jfl42.com/act/siriusxm-top-comic. JFL42 passholders have access to the Finale by using one of their credits to reserve their seat at the show. Passes and tickets to JFL42 are on sale now at jfl42.com.

For those outside of Toronto, Canada Laughs (channel 168) will air the Finale live, starting with a pre-show at 6 p.m. ET. Satellite radio subscribers who have access to SiriusXM Streaming can listen to the Finale on Canada Laughs on the SiriusXM App and online.

Top Comic is part of SiriusXM Canada's ongoing initiative to provide exposure to Canadian talent. Last year, Montreal's Derek Seguin took home the title and grand prize, with Matt Billon of Vancouver and Jordan Welwood of Winnipeg placing as runners-up. Previous winners include Faisal Butt, Pete Zedlacher, Eric Andrews, Matt O'Brien and Brian Stollery.

Canada Laughs (channel 168) features uncensored Canadian comedy 24/7 including stand-up, sketch and more, putting the spotlight on the rich pool of extraordinary talent from Canada. Canada Laughs is available to all SiriusXM subscribers in Canada and across the U.S. and joins SiriusXM's hilarious comedy lineup, including Comedy Central Radio, Raw Dog Comedy, The Foxxhole, Jeff and Larry's Comedy Roundup, Laugh USA and more.



 Toronto Urban Film Festival (TUFF) takes over TTC platforms and screens with international films from September 10 – 18. This year marks the 10-year anniversary of North America's first, largest and longest-running commuter Film Festival that reaches over 1.4 million people each day throughout the duration of the Festival. To kick off its 10th year, TUFF organizer Sharon Switzer and accomplished programmer Angie Driscoll have curated TUFF TEN, a selection of new short films from previous TUFF winners including Midi Onodera, James Stewart and Ananya Ohri, among other groundbreaking programs.

“TUFF is committed to showcasing cinema that challenges the boundaries of art, film and public space,” says TUFF founder and organizer Sharon Switzer. “We are proud to offer travellers a uniquely urban cinematic experience that reminds them of the culture they have access to while living and working in Toronto. TUFF wants to inspire people to re-imagine their daily commute and daily lives.”

For the 2016 Festival, TUFF received 485 submissions from 60 countries, including 216 from Canada – 104 of which are from Toronto. TUFF’s 10th year anniversary edition will be screening 72 official selections from 26 countries, 31 of which are from Canada.

TUFF’s 10-year anniversary programming includes the following 10 programs:

  *   TUFF TEN (Sept 10) new Canadian shorts from previous TUFF award winners;
  *   Outta My Way! (Sept 11) a program of shorts that highlight tenacity and perseverance;
  *   Waterworld (Sept 12), an exploration of scarcity, conservation and plumbing;
  *   Heads Up! (Sept 13), cautionary tales for modern times;
  *   Slow Your Roll (Sept 14), a collection of reminders to slow down and take the road less traveled;
  *   Labelles (Sept 15), portrayals of women as witches, wives and everything in-between;
  *   Twist and Shout (Sept 16), shorts that will keep you guessing;
  *   Solitary (Sept 17), yearnings for connection and kinship;
  *   Waking Nightmare (Sept 18), dark visions of lost souls and raccoons defeating evil
  *   In addition, Too TUFF For The TTC is a program of mature shorts hosted exclusively on the TUFF website

SOCAN Foundation Reveals the 24 Young Composers and Young Audio Visual Award Winners
The SOCAN Foundation today announced the 24 winners of the 2016 SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers and Young Audio Visual Composers.

This year's competition attracted 224 entries, awarding a total of $51,000 to the prize winners. The jury awarded the grand prize to Canadian, New York-based Taylor Brook for his inspiring piece "Song for Solo Cello."

"Congratulations to all of this year's winners for composing music that made enough of an impression on the juries to be chosen as a winner," said Charlie Andrews, Manager of the SOCAN Foundation. "There are a tremendous amount of talented young Canadian composers and we're thrilled to be able to help and recognize some of them, so they can continue to create the beautiful music that touches us all."

The Annual SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers recognize Canadian composers 30 years of age and under for specific musical works in five categories of concert music. The submissions were judged anonymously by a jury of three prominent composers: Dr. Robert Lemay (Sudbury, ON), Jocelyn Morlock (Vancouver, British Columbia), and Afarin Mansouri Tehrani (Toronto, ON).

"Overall the composers demonstrated a great deal of skill, wide-ranging imagination, and that there was a remarkable (and admirable) diversity of styles and influences in their music," said Morlock.

The Young Audio Visual competition is designed to recognize Canadian composers who are 30 years of age and under, for original musical themes or scores created exclusively for audio-visual support (TV, film, Internet, etc.). The jury for this category was comprised of industry professionals Darren Fung (Los Angeles, California), Judith Gruber-Stitzer (Montreal, QC), and Stephanie Copland (Toronto, ON).

"The level of musicianship and professionalism displayed in this year's AV composer candidates was impressive. It gives me great hope that that craft of screen composing is alive and well," said Fung.

Young Composer Award Recipients:

The Sir Ernest MacMillan Awards (for compositions for no fewer than 13 performers up to full symphony orchestra, which may include vocal participation and may be scored to include electroacoustics)

1st – Hoi Chak Roydon Tse (Toronto, ON)
2nd – Matthew Ricketts (New York, USA)
3rd – Joseph Glaser (Montréal, QC)

The Serge Garant Awards (for compositions for a minimum of three performers to a maximum of 12 performers, with or without voice and/or electroacoustics).

1st – Taylor Brook (New York, USA)
2nd – David Storen (North Vancouver, BC)
3rd – Carmen Vanderveken (Nijmegen, Netherlands)

The Pierre Mercure Awards (for solo or duet compositions, with or without voices and/or electroacoustics)

1st – Taylor Brook (New York, USA)
2nd – Gabriel Dufour-Laperriere (Montréal, QC)
3rd – Hoi Chak Roydon Tse (Toronto, ON)

The Hugh Le Caine Awards (for live or recorded electroacoustics, where the intended performance is, at least in part, through loudspeakers. Works in this category may be multi-media and may include acoustic instrument(s) or voice(s), live or recorded. The principal element in the work must be electroacoustic)

1st – Guillaume Campion (Montréal, QC)
2nd – Maxime Fillion, (Montréal, QC)
3rd – Matthew Horrigan (Vancouver, BC)

The Godfrey Ridout Awards (for works of any number of voices with or without instrumentation and/or electroacoustics)

1st – Katerina Gimon (Vancouver, BC)
2nd – Matthew Horrigan (Vancouver, BC)
3rd – Dylann Miller (Aurora, ON)

The John Weinzweig Grand Prize (for best overall work submitted; applicants do not apply for this award)

Taylor Brook (New York, USA).

Young Audio Visual Composer Award Recipients:

Best Original Score – Non-Fiction

1st – Antoine Binette Mercier (Montréal, QC)
2nd – William Kraushaar (Montréal QC)
3rd – Olivier Bibeau (Quebec, QC)

Best Original Score – Fiction

1st – Arie Verheul van de Ven (Toronto, ON)
2nd – Isaias Garcia (Toronto, ON)
3rd (tie) – Vincent L. Pratte (Los Angeles, USA)
3rd (tie) – Shaun Chasin (Toronto, ON)

Best Original Theme (opening or closing)

1st – Emily Klassen (Toronto, ON)
2nd – Spencer Creaghan (London, ON)
3rd – Vincent L. Pratte (Los Angeles, USA)

Best Original Score – Animated

1st – Lora Bidner (Toronto, ON)
2nd – Benjamin Goldman (Montréal, QC)
3rd – Toby Sherriff (Los Angeles, USA)

About SOCAN Foundation
Founded in 1992, SOCAN Foundation is dedicated to fostering musical creativity and promoting a better understanding of the role of music creators in today's society.


Canada’s Walk of Fame, along with Corus Entertainment, today announced the names of the 2016 inductees. Each has been selected for having excelled in their respective field, for fuelling Canadian pride and for inspiring the next generation to follow in their footsteps. 2016 Canada’s Walk of Fame inductees are:

Jeanne Beker, Fashion Entrepreneur, Television Personality, Journalist
Darryl Sittler, Hockey Player, NHL
Corey Hart, Musician
Deepa Mehta, Filmmaker
Jason Priestley, Actor, Director
Al Waxman, Actor, Director (Cineplex Legends Inductee)
The announcement was made earlier today at a press conference held at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto, with Jeanne Beker along with the family of the late Al Waxman in attendance.

“Each year, we shine the spotlight on remarkable Canadians who have excelled in their careers and have contributed to the cultural fabric of this country, inspiring future generations to follow in their footsteps,” said Melanie Hurley, CEO of Canada’s Walk of Fame. “We are proud to honour this year’s inductees whose achievements will leave a lasting legacy for generations of Canadians.”

Also announced yesterday, the 2016 Allan Slaight Honour will be awarded to 26-year-old CCMA and JUNO Award-winning country music artist Brett Kissel. The Allan Slaight Honour recognizes young, inspirational Canadians who have achieved international success in the music industry. Kissel will be honoured alongside this year’s inductees during Canada’s Walk of Fame Celebration Events and will also be featured on the televised special.

These outstanding Canadians will be honoured in a star-studded celebration during Canada’s Walk of Fame Celebration Events on Thursday, October 6 at the Allstream Centre in Toronto. The celebration will kick off with a public outdoor red carpet star unveiling from 4pm-6pm ET, followed by Canada’s Walk of Fame Broadcast Gala where inductees will each accept this recognition from special guest presenters that have impacted their life and/or career. The Broadcast Gala will also feature surprise performances and will be filmed for broadcast to air as a televised special on Global on Sunday, December 18 at 8pm ET/PT. Presenters and performers will be announced at a later date. This year's Gala and Broadcast is being produced by Enter the Picture Productions Inc. Executive Producer is Lynn Harvey.

With 2016’s additions, 167 stars recognizing remarkable Canadians have a permanent place of tribute on Canada’s Walk of Fame in the streets of Toronto’s Entertainment District. For a complete list of inductees along with more information on Canada’s Walk of Fame visit: www.canadaswalkoffame.com.

Canada’s Walk of Fame gratefully acknowledges the support of its 2016 National Sponsors: Cineplex Entertainment, NBCUniversal, Slaight Communications and Air Canada.  
L.A. food, fashion, culture come to The Drake to celebrate 
Toronto International Film Festival

 Neal Fraser (Redbird, Fritzi Dog), A Club Called Rhonda, Poketo and Vacancy Projects just a few famous faces taking over The Drake this September
Each Drake property will each host a L.A. experience, while Drake General Store’s brand-new flagship location (2 Abell St.) will showcase a special collection of well-known L.A.-based designers. The L.A. market will include products from Poketo and Vacancy Projects, a capsule collection of L.A.-inspired pins and patches, and a limited collection of vintage denim jackets, shirts and dresses.

One of L.A.’s hottest chefs, Neal Fraser (Top Chef: Masters), brings two of his sought-after restaurants to Hollywood North. Torontonians will have the chance to taste dishes from Redbird, hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “the most anticipated Los Angeles restaurant of the current decade”, at Drake One Fifty on Tuesday, Sept. 13. Fraser will collaborate with chef de cuisine Jon Pong and his team on a modern American menu celebrating seasonal, local ingredients. The Drake Hotel will feature dishes from Fraser’s healthy, haute hot dog spot Fritzi Dog on Wednesday, Sept. 14., offering gourmet, sustainable hot dogs and veggie “hot dogs” (made from a whole sous vide carrot cooked in 26 spices) to diners. For the week of September 12, the Drake Devonshire Inn will offer a menu featuring items inspired by both Fritzi Dog and Redbird. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made online.

All locations will serve up a special TIFF cocktail menu inspired by classic L.A. hotels, including the brand new Death + Sex (Havana Club 3 year, Chartreuse, Capo Capo, Falernum, pineapple, $15).

 Arts and Culture
The Drake Hotel’s always-popular TIFF celebration is back with art party-DJ collective A Club Called Rhonda. Founders Loren Granich and Gregory Alexander bring back their shrine to Dionysus and top house, electro and disco DJs on Sept. 15 at 9 P.M. ($10 at the door). To cleanse from the debauchery, the hotel will host RAW Yoga, connecting mind, body and soul every weekend in September ($10).

Drake One Fifty’s iconic art program will focus on L.A.-influenced pieces in its new show FOMO on Sept. 18, a site-specific installation featuring fluorescent abstract sculptures and GIFs by Wendy White, Kristen Schiele, Shaun Gladwell, Jen Mann and Michael Vickers. The Drake Hotel will feature L.A.-inspired works in its new show Prismatic, with works by Jenny Sharaf in the lobby, with her digital photo collage, Lea Marcaccini’s psychedelic, kaleidoscope-esque illustrations in the Café, Tau Lewis and her resin sculpture installation in the front vestibule and Lazy Mom collective’s work at the top of the stairs. All properties will also showcase original video art pieces and L.A.-themed playlists on The Drake's Spotify account.

Tau Lewis

As part of its L.A. market, Drake General Store will continue the good vibrations throughout September and October, with various pop-up events including Bunner’s vegan and gluten-free donuts, Greenhouse Juice, nail art by Naked Beauty Bar and more.

The Drake will offer guests a chance to be treated like a VVIP this TIFF and “Win L.A.”. The Drake has collaborated with The Airstream Collective (Canada’s largest private collection of classic vintage Airstream trailers) to give guests a chance to win one of three nights in a restored, fully decked-out Airstream, parked at The Drake Hotel, Drake One Fifty or at Drake Devonshire Inn, complete with delicious meals and drinks, Drake General Store swag, front of the line access and even a personal assistant. Contest closes Sept. 6.

The Airstream Collective

Drake Hotel Properties
Drake Hotel Properties (DHP) is a growing arts and culture-driven hospitality brand focused on lifestyle hotels, restaurants and retail. DHP are Canadian leaders in forward-thinking hospitality design & build with a passion for revitalizing character properties. These properties include The Drake Hotel (Toronto), Drake One Fifty (Toronto), Drake Devonshire Inn (Wellington, Prince Edward County) and Drake General Stores (Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver). Each property reflects its unique neighbourhood and invites guests to experience our blend of bespoke hotel, classic general store and cultural community centre while enjoying great seasonal menus, a deep cocktail list, carefully curated curiosities and genuine hospitality excellence. For more information, visit www.thedrake.ca.

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The Neighbourhood Celebrates Together The Last Concert of The Tragically Hip

By  Walter Tautorat

  1. What a Saturday night it was! Since 1984, hailing from Kingston Ontario, Gord Downie, Paul Langlois, Rob Baker, Gord Sinclair and Johnny Fay have been weaving themselves into the fabric of our lives.
  2. The Tragically Hip have become a piece of Canadian history and indeed a part of the Canadian heart and soul.
  3. I can imagine that most Canadians, from cities, rural communities, campgrounds, cottages stopped and grouped together in a farewell celebration of the closing of this chapter of our lives.
  4. I can also imagine, given the gravity of the circumstances that brought this about and Gord Downie’s amazing soul baring performance, many people that weren’t Hip fans before certainly became fans last night.
  5. Three hours of a journey into our pasts. Every song evoking memories in all of us. Hats off to the CBC for presenting this event with the class and dedication it did!
  6. No commercials, no corporate sponsorships, no breaks, foregoing 3 hours of Olympic coverage, no less, just to give this entire country an evening of a fond and loving farewell.
  7. I started out with a few thousand neighbors at Sauroran Park and it wasn’t hard to feel the love. From kids to seniors, an outing that will live in our memories. I got to finish the concert off on my neighbor’s front lawn.
  8. Neighbors walking by stopped and hung out, tissue boxes at the ready and somewhere in the third encore we knew that book was closing. It felt amazing to be with friends old and new.
  9. More than anything else it felt great to be Canadian! Best of luck and health to Gord Downie.
  10. Thank You for an amazing ride! The music of The Hip will certainly remain and so will the memories of that incredible Saturday night!!

Celebrate BEATLES 50 T.O. week at multiple concerts and events

The 50th anniversary of the final Beatles concert in Toronto will be celebrated next week by the City of Toronto. Mayor John Tory has proclaimed the week of August 13 to be BEATLES 50 T.O. Week in Toronto. 

The City of Toronto has partnered with multiple organizations to celebrate the anniversary. 
Classic Albums Live: Beatles 1966 at Maple Leaf Gardens (August 17 at 8 p.m.)

The City, in partnership with Massey Hall, presents a 50th-anniversary tribute to the Beatles’ last Toronto concert. This rare opportunity to return to the former Maple Leaf Gardens, site of the 1966 concert and now Ryerson's Mattamy Athletic Centre, features Toronto-based Classic Albums Live performing the original set list as well as greatest hits from the Fab Four catalogue. Concert tickets are available at:http://masseyhall.com/eventdetail/CALBeatlesMLG.

Beatlemania – a modern menswear fashion show on the Beatles style and era at Toronto Men's Fashion Week (August 20 at 6 p.m.)

From their slim-fitting suits to their Chelsea boots, the Beatles and their iconic style continue to influence men's fashion today. Toronto Men's Fashion Week (TOM*), in partnership with the City, will present a modern look at the Beatles era and style featuring 20 Canadian designers at Ryerson's Mattamy Athletic Centre. More information about the show and tickets are available at http://www.tomfw.com/.

When the Beatles Rocked Toronto exhibit (running until November 12)

This Market Gallery exhibit explores the Beatles impact on the city through a display of rare images by Toronto photographers who were there in person to document the concerts and the fan's intense love of the group. The exhibit also features rare Beatles artifacts and explores Toronto during the postwar baby boom era through its music scene, a stylized 1960s recreation room and an extensive timeline of Toronto events. Tickets are available online at http://www.toronto.ca/beatles50 and at the Market Gallery.

The Rattles at the Feast of St. Lawrence festival (August 13 at 2 p.m.)
Beatles tribute band, The Rattles, will perform for free at the Feast of St. Lawrence festival on Market Street (adjacent to the Market Gallery). 
The Dreamboats play the Beatles (August 18 at noon)

The Downtown Yonge BIA, as part of the Play the Parks series curated by Massey Hall, will present a free concert with The Dreamboats – a young quartet that plays old fashioned pop and rock 'n' roll. This event includes Beatles tunes and will take place at the College Park Courtyard, 777 Bay St.
The Massey Hall Band plays the Beatles (August 19 at 8 p.m.)

The Massey Hall Band, a 15-piece alternative big band devoted to reinventing, reinterpreting and re-energizing great music, will put a unique and diverse spin on the Beatles with special guests including flamenco-soul singer Amanda Martinez, local legend Jay Douglas and many more at a free concert at Yonge-Dundas Square.

Additional celebratory events will include Movies in St. James Park presenting an outdoor screening of the Beatles 1964 film A Hard Day's Night on August 25 at 9 p.m. The Rattles will also play a pre-screening concert at 8 p.m. The free film and Rattles concert are presented by the St. Lawrence Market Neighbourhood BIA. 

Access to more information and tickets for all of these events can be found at http://www.toronto.ca/beatles50. Connect with the Beatlemania on Twitter using #Beatles50TO and on Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/MarketGallery/.

BEATLES 50 T.O is funded by the Province of Ontario through Celebrate Ontario. Classic Albums Live: Beatles 1966 at Maple Leaf Gardens is sponsored by TD Bank Group and the Downtown Yonge BIA in partnership with Massey Hall, Ryerson University, Ryerson's Mattamy Athletic Centre and Westbury National. BEATLES 50 T.O's exclusive digital media sponsor is Cieslok Media, the exclusive radio sponsor is Q107 and the Toronto Star, Pattison Outdoor Advertising and Metroland Media are all valued media sponsors. 

Program partners include Heritage Toronto, St. Lawrence Market, St. Lawrence Market Neighbourhood BIA, Massey Hall, Toronto Men’s Fashion Week (TOM*), MusiCounts and Universal Music Canada. Travel partners are Visit Britain and DH Tours and the exclusive hotel partner is Omni Hotels and Resorts the King Edward Toronto. 

Usher, Half Moon Run, Metric, Grimes, and Charlotte Cardin to headline the Global Citizen Concert to End AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria on September 17th 2016

With Special Guests Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Bill Gates

Hosted by Patrick Langlois, Kweku Mandela, Maripier Morin and George Stroumboulopoulos

Produced in partnership with Live Nation and in association with Official Media Partner Bell Media, the concert is to be broadcast live on Bell Fibe TV1 and live streamed at iHeartRadio.ca
Today, international advocacy organization Global Citizen, in support of the Global Fund to End AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria announced that Usher, Half Moon Run, Metric, Grimes, and Charlotte Cardin will headline a free-ticketed concert on Saturday, September 17th, at the Bell Centre in Montreal. With Canada's Prim e Minister Justin Trudeau and Bill Gates attending as special guests, the event will celebrate progress in global health and development.

Starting today, fans and activists can start earning their tickets by joining the Global Citizen movement at www.globalcitizen.org/canada, where they can take action in support of the Global Fund, a partnership of governments, civil society, the private sector and people affected by AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria united to end these epidemics by 2030.

The Global Citizen concert to end AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria will be a celebration of the power of the world to come together for global health, driven by Canada's leadership. Taking place after a pledging conference where governments and private sector partners commit to funding the Global Fund's lifesaving work for the next three years, the event will celebrate announcements from world leaders working together with the shared goal of ending three of the world's deadliest diseases. These funds, which will save an additional eight million lives and avert 300 million infections, are critical in the fight to end HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria as epidemics. 

  "After 2 years away from Canada I'm looking forward to getting back in September to support this very important event. Justin Trudeau and Canada's leadership in education and global health is something for the rest of the world to pay attention to," said Usher.

"Global Citizen is looking forward to working with Prime Minister Trudeau and the administration to eradicate HIV/Aids, tuberculosis and malaria. Canada's leadership in support of the Global Fund will have a lasting effect for the world's poor for many generations and we encourage leaders from across the globe to follow the Canadian example," said Hugh Evans, CEO, Global Citizen.


"This concert is a rallying call – especially to young people around the world – to take action against HIV, TB and malaria," said Mark Dybul, Executive Director of the Global Fund. "We've made tremendous progress and now this can be the generation to put an end to these epidemics for good."

"Bell Media is proud to support Global Citizen through our participation in this important concert," said Randy Lennox, President, Broadcasting and Content, Bell Media. "It is our hope that through the Bell Fibe TV1 broadcast and iHeartRadio livestream that we will be able to engage and inform Canadians about the Global Fund and its mission to wipe out AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria."

Co-host Maripier Morin said, "The idea of living in a world where HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria are eradicated would be a dream come true, educating everyone is key to the success of this movement. I am more than thrilled to co-host this event for Global Citizen in Canada, let's all join in and make this happen!"

"From the moment I met the Global Citizen team, I immediately knew that I would like to get involved in this movement and add my efforts in their events in order to create a better world for everyone. I am proud to be Canadian, but I also know that every action taken in my yard can have an effect on my neighbor. That is why I define myself as a citizen of the world. I am honored to take part and contribute to the recruitment of new advocates for this cause with the September 17th concert," co-host Patrick Langlois said.

10,000 free tickets to GC Canada will be given out to Global Citizens and people everywhere are invited to sign-up, take actions, and enter the draw for free tickets.

In association with official media partner Bell Media, the concert will be broadcast live to Bell Fibe TV subscribers on TV1, channel 1158, on Saturday, Sept. 17 beginning at 7 p.m. ET. Additionally, in advance of the launch of iHeartRadio Canada in the coming weeks, the event will be the first-ever livestream at iHeartRadio.ca. The concert will be streamed on additional Bell Media Radio websites, also beginning at 7 p.m.

The concert is supported by major partner Johnson & Johnson, and associate partners The Coca-Cola Company, Ecobank Foundation, Nando's and the United Nations Foundation.

The event is being produced in partnership with Live Nation and evenko, and official media partner Bell Media.

For more information about the artists and event please visit www.globalcitizen.org/canada
About Global Citizen:

Global Citizen is a social action platform for a global generation that wants to solve the world's biggest challenges. On the platform Global Citizens can learn about issues, take action on what matters most and join a community committed to social change. We believe we can end extreme poverty by 2030, because of the collective actions of global citizens across the world. Over the last five years, Global Citizens around the world have taken over six million actions to solve the world's biggest challenges. To date, the actions by our global community have resulted in 120 commitments and policy announcements from leaders, including financial aid valued at over $25 billion that will directly impact the lives of 656 million people.

About Global Fund:

The Global Fund is a 21st-century partnership designed to accelerate the end of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as epidemics. As a partnership between governments, civil society, the private sector and people affected by the diseases, the Global Fund mobilizes and invests nearly US$4 billion a year to support programs run by local experts in more than 100 countries. By challenging barriers and embracing innovative approaches, we are working together to better serve people affected by the diseases. To date, programs supported by the Global fund partnership have saved more than 20 million lives.

About evenko:

evenko is a Quebec company which has become the most important independent promoter and producer in Canada. Presenting more than 1,200 musical, family and sporting events annually throughout the province of Quebec, Atlantic Canada and the eastern United States, evenko plays host to the biggest entertainers in the world and invests in the development and promotion of Quebec artists. evenko is also the creator and producer of four festivals: Osheaga Music and Arts Festival, Heavy MONTRÉAL, IleSoniq which are all held at Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal, as well as the Festival YUL EAT. evenko is also the exclusive manager of the Bell Centre, the Corona Theatre and the future Place Bell in Laval. In January 2016, Pollstar, the entertainment industry's most respected source, ranked evenko as the top promoter in Canada and the 8th most important promoter in North America. The evenko trademark is the property of L'Aréna des Canadiens Inc.

Country Superstar Tim Mcgraw to Peform at Fallsview Casino

 Grammy-winning country music artist Tim McGraw is coming to Niagara Falls in November to perform live at Fallsview Casino Resort.

The "Humble and Kind" singer is a three-time Grammy Award winner with more than 40 million records sold worldwide and 38 No. 1 singles to his name. The talented singer, songwriter and actor has racked up a list of impressive career credits including, among many honours, 16 Academy of Country Music Awards, 14 Country Music Association Awards, 10 American Music Awards, and big-screen appearances in films like "The Blind Side", "Friday Night Lights" and "The Kingdom".

Performing hits such as "Something Like That", "Felt Good On My Lips" and "Shotgun Rider", McGraw promises fans at least two things: the donning of a signature black cowboy hat and an unforgettable night of music.

Joining November's line up are Hong Kong-based Cantopop singer and acclaimed actor George Lam, renowned comedian and impressionist Rich Little, legendary rock band Foreigner, who will perform an exclusive acoustic concert of their biggest hits, and Fallsview Casino's Christmas on Ice, which transforms the main floor of the theatre into an ice rink.

The complete November 2016 Performance Schedule:

Tim McGraw
November 4 & November 5: Showtime 9:00PM
Tickets start at $150

George Lam
40th Anniversary Concert
With guest performer Alex Lam
November 6: Showtime 7:00PM
November 7: Showtime 8:30PM
Tickets start at $95

Rich Little
November 8: Showtime 3:00PM
November 9: Showtime 3:00PM
November 10: Showtime 3:00PM & 8:30 PM
Tickets start at $25

Foreigner – The Hits Unplugged
November 11 & November 12: Showtime 9:00PM
Tickets start at $30

Fallsview Casino's Christmas On Ice
November 17 – December 4 (excluding November 23 & 30)

November 17: Showtime 8:30PM
November 18, 25 & December 2: Showtime 9:00PM
November 19, 26 & December 3: Showtime 3:00PM & 9:00PM
November 20, 27 & December 4: Showtime 3:00PM & 7:00PM
November 21, 22, 24, 28, 29 & December 1: Showtime 3:00PM & 8:30PM
Ticket start at $25

Tickets to the November shows will be available starting at noon on Friday, August 12 at the Fallsview Casino Box Office (on any show date) or at all Ticketmaster outlets. Call Ticketmaster at 1-877-833-3110 or visit www.ticketmaster.ca.
Canadian Alt Rock Double Bill Highlights New Fall Concert Announcement at the Great Indoors
There's a place up north. With speaker stacks and aces over jacks. Where it doesn't take a telescope to see the stars. Welcome to lucky sevens and turning it up to eleven at a place pretty much exactly like nowhere else. Rock out at the Great Indoors this fall with some of the hottest names on the charts.

Fans are invited to visit the Casino Rama Resort Facebook page to gain access to an exclusive pre-sale code, along with a chance to beat the box office to win a pair of tickets to one of these newly announced shows.

Exclusive advanced in-person ticket purchase for Players Passport™ Club Members begins Thursday, August 11th at 12 noon only at the Casino Rama Resort Box Office. Advanced online ticket purchase for Facebook Fans & Club Members begins on Thursday, August 11th at 2pm on www.ticketmaster.ca or by calling toll free 1-877-599-RAMA (7262). A special code is required for Thursday's advance purchase period which can be found on the Casino Rama Resort Facebook page.

Tickets go on-sale to the general public on Friday, August 12th at 10am and will be available in-person at the Casino Rama Resort Box Office, at all TicketMaster locations, by calling toll free 1-877-599-RAMA (7262) and online at www.casinorama.com. Ticket prices do not include applicable taxes or service charges.

PER SHOW TICKET LIMIT: Ticket limit is 8 per customer per show. Please adhere to published ticket limits. Orders exceeding the ticket limit may be cancelled without notice by TicketMaster at its discretion. This includes duplicate orders having the same billing address or credit card.

IN-PERSON PRE-SALE PER SHOW LIMIT: Patrons may only purchase up to four (4) shows per transaction during the Casino Rama Resort Players Passport in-person pre-sale on Sunday. Please adhere to published show limits. Orders exceeding the show limit will not be processed. Purchasers are welcome to complete additional purchases but must re-enter the line to do so.

Casino Rama Resort is thrilled to welcome Our Lady Peace in concert with I Mother Earth and support act, The Standstills on November 5th. The two beloved and best-selling Canadian bands are excited to reunite 20 years after having toured together in the mid-90's for their breakthrough albums, Naveed (OLP) and Dig (IME) to once again perform for their fans across the country. "To share the stage again is exciting both for our common fans & selfishly for us as well," commented Our Lady Peace front man, Raine Maida.

New additions to the 2016 Casino Rama Resort concert line-up include performances by:

Larry the Cable Guy
Friday, November 4
Tickets are $49/$59/$69
Multiplatinum recording artist, Grammy nominee and Billboard award winner, Larry the Cable Guy returns with his signature style and catchphrase "Git-R-Done".
Mature Content

Our Lady Peace & I Mother Earth
with special guests The Standstills
Saturday, November 5th
Tickets are $49.11/$66.81
IME: "One More Astronaut", "Another Sunday" & "Used to Be Alright".
OLP: "Innocent", "Somewhere Out There" & "Clumsy".

Stadio with special guest Michele Zarrillo
Sunday, November 13th
Tickets are $37.50/$47.50/$62.50
STADIO: "Un Giorno Mi Dirai (sanremo 2016 winner)", "Stabiliamo Un Contatto" & "Generazione Di Fenomeni".
ZARRILLO: "Cinque Giorni", "La Notte Dei Pensieri" & "Una Rosa Blu"

Patrons must be nineteen (19) years of age or older with government issued photo identification to attend concerts & events. Those who have been trespassed and/or self-excluded from Casino Rama Resort or any OLG property may not visit Casino Rama Resort, participate in promotions and/or redeem offers.

Celebrating 20 successful years, Casino Rama Resort is Ontario's only First Nations commercial casino and has earned a reputation for presenting exclusive world-class sporting, entertainment & television events. The Casino offers a complete entertainment experience with over 2,500 slot machines, more than 110 gaming tables, 8 unique restaurants, a world-class 5,000 seat Entertainment Centre, and a 300-room all-suite, full-service hotel, featuring spa and health club facilities. Through the Casino Rama Cares program we are dedicated to continuing our rich history of community support by being an outstanding corporate neighbour; providing year-round assistance through a combination of charitable giving and employee volunteerism. Casino Rama Resort is operated by Penn National Gaming, Inc.
Canadian Music Companies Successfully Settle Legal Action Against isoHunt
Canadian and international music companies have settled litigation against isoHunt Web Technologies Inc. ("isoHunt") and its founder Gary Fung ("Fung") with the entering of orders by consent against isoHunt and Fung. The settlement ends a lawsuit filed in 2010 alleging substantial copyright infringement of music on the isoHunt site, as well as an opposing action filed by isoHunt and Fung.

isoHunt and Fung agreed to a court order finding them liable for infringing the music companies' rights in their recordings, which were made available for BitTorrent file-sharing through isoHunt's websites. Fung and isoHunt further agreed not to be associated with any service that makes the music companies' recordings available without authorization, including by BitTorrent or any other file-sharing technology.

"Music companies in Canada stand shoulder-to-shoulder in the fight against illegitimate sites that distribute massive volumes of creative works without compensation to creators," said Graham Henderson, President & CEO of Music Canada. "Thousands of Canadian creators, our creative industries, and their employees are directly harmed by these activities. This settlement is a step forward towards providing consumers with a marketplace in which legitimate online music services can thrive."

isoHunt was one of the largest unauthorized BitTorrent sites in the world, offering access to a vast array of music and films for instant download by millions of users. It operated out of Vancouver with worldwide reach.

"Courts all over the world have confirmed that websites such as isoHunt infringe rights", said Frances Moore, Chief Executive Officer of IFPI. "Artists, creators and record companies pay a heavy price for that infringement, in lost revenues, lost jobs and lost investment. This settlement sends a strong message that anyone who builds a business by encouraging and enabling copyright infringement faces legal consequences for these actions."

A timeline of legal activities involving isoHunt:
  • 2008 – isoHunt files a petition in British Columbia Supreme Court against Canadian music companies, seeking to have its BitTorrent file-sharing site declared legal under the Canadian Copyright Act;
  • 2009 – The British Columbia Supreme Court rejects isoHunt's application, and grants the Canadian music companies' application to have the petition proceed by way of an action or full trial. isoHunt files such an action;\
  • 2009 – A US federal district court finds isoHunt liable for copyright infringement in a case brought by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), citing unchallenged evidence that 95% of the files traded through isoHunt's sites were likely infringing;
  • 2010 – Two dozen Canadian and international music companies file a lawsuit against isoHunt and Fung in British Columbia Supreme Court, alleging massive copyright infringement and seeking damages;
  • 2012 – The Canadian government passes The Copyright Modernization Act (Bill C-11), which ensures that businesses that enable infringement can be held liable for the activities they facilitate. In public statements, government representatives identify isoHunt as the type of "enabler" that the law is intended to target;
  • 2013 – A US federal court of appeals unanimously upholds the US district court's decision;
  • 2013 – isoHunt and Fung agree to halt all operations worldwide and are deemed liable for a judgment of US$110 million in the US proceedings;
  • 2016 – by way of a consent order filed in the Canadian proceedings in British Columbia Supreme Court, isoHunt and Fung are liable for CAD$55 million in damages and an additional CAD$10 million in punitive damages. isoHunt and Fung further agree not to be associated with any service that makes the music companies' recordings available without authorization.

Despite these successful legal actions, piracy remains a significant problem for the music industry. IFPI estimates that 20 per cent of all fixed line internet users worldwide regularly access services offering infringing music. A recent report by the Digital Citizens Alliance demonstrates that one in three piracy sites contains malware, which could result in identity theft, stolen banking information, or exposure to hackers. 

About Music Canada
Music Canada is a non-profit trade organization that represents the major record companies in Canada, namely Sony Music Entertainment Canada, Universal Music Canada and Warner Music Canada. Music Canada also works with some of the leading independent record labels and distributors, recording studios, live music venues, concert promoters, managers and artists in the promotion and development of the music cluster.

About IFPI
IFPI is the organisation that promotes the interests of the international recording industry worldwide. Its membership comprises some 1,300 major and independent companies in 61 countries. It also has affiliated industry associations in 57 countries.  IFPI's mission is to promote the value of recorded music, campaign for record producer rights and expand the commercial uses of recorded music in all its member markets.

Jeff Buckley: The Record Collection, An Extraordinary New Online Music Site, Launching Monday, July 18

About Jeff Buckley
After working more than a decade as a session guitarist in Los Angeles, Jeff Buckley moved to New York City in the early 1990s, gathering a rabid following playing tiny venues, notably Sin-é in the East Village. His repertoire incorporated folk, rock, R&B, blues and jazz. He signed to Columbia Records, home of many of his musical heroes, in October 1992. In February 1993, he went into the studio to create the newly uncovered tracks on You and I. Jeff Buckley only completed one studio album, 1994's Grace, before his life and career ended with his tragic drowning in Memphis on May 29, 1997.

Though scant, the discography of Jeff Buckley has received universal critical accolades and continues to create new fans and followers drawn to the music of a singular visionary artist whose voice, guitar work, songwriting and interpretative skills transcended all categories.

Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, announces the launch of Jeff Buckley: The Record Collection on Monday, July 18. A new online music destination site offering fans access to the music Jeff loved most, the Jeff Buckley Record Collectionproject has been overseen by the artist's mother, Mary Guibert.

A groundbreaking and intimate online experience, Jeff Buckley's Record Collection provides a comprehensive overview of the influences and inspirations that Jeff incorporated into his own music, including You and I, the recently-released collection of his first studio recordings from 1993, now available for streaming and purchase on the site.

Like spending the day with Jeff in his apartment listening to music, the site allows fans to play and share any song from any album in Jeff's personal collection via 30 second previews or access to Spotify for full song playback. On the site, fans can navigate through Jeff Buckley's record collection by using arrows and the alphabet. Hovering over album spines reveal album information and the ability to stream music.

Bringing the vinyl and CD experience into the online digital realm, Jeff Buckley's Record Collection offers fresh insight into the creative process that fueled Jeff's work while introducing music fans to the incredibly wide range of artists (from Bob Dylan and Miles Davis to Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Nina Simone and Robert Johnson) and genres (blues, jazz, heavy metal, world music and much more) that informed his genius.

7Sould Brings the Sounds of Toronto to Life with the July 21 Debut Release of HOME TO YOU

f you had to explain the sounds of “The Six” to the rest of the world in just 10 songs, playing 7Sould’s music would be the way. Their debut album, HOME TO YOU, blends jazz, pop, rock, Latin and R&B into an emerging sound that truly reflects the culturally diverse ethnic mosaic of Toronto. In celebration of the July 21 HOME TO YOUrelease, 7Sould will perform songs from the new album that evening at Lula Lounge (1585 Dundas St. West, Toronto). Doors open at 6:30 pm.

While there is a single thread with a specific sound from start to finish onHOME TO YOU, each track presents many different styles within,” says 7SouldCo-Founder and Executive Producer Mark Daniels. With roots from Cuba, Jamaica, Philippines, India, Poland, Armenia, Korea and Quebec, the Toronto-based 7Sould merges history, heritage and modern sounds in a way that has never been heard before.

“I can only think of a handful of cities in the world that come to mind just from hearing a song. Toronto is one of them,” says Co-Founder, Musical Director andHOME TO YOU Producer Joaquin Nuñez Hidalgo. “The eclectic mix of cultural sounds is a true homage to Toronto and will have you feeling Toronto the entire time.”

“7Sould could easily be the poster band for multicultural Toronto,” says Errol Nazareth of CBC Radio One.

HOME TO YOU was mastered during a rigorous eight-month period. Twenty tracks were originally created and then filtered down to the 10 that best reflected the musical direction of the group. 
Major highlights from HOME TO YOU include:
"Home to You"
The fresh pop-styled title track tells the story of a musician’s plight on the road, longing for those they love. Its inspirational lyrics illustrate how absence truly makes the heart grow fonder. 

"Believe in the Rhythm"
The lyric “When the rhythm gets you it never quits” couldn’t be truer for this song. Inspired by the sounds of the streets of São Paolo, Joaquin Nuñez Hidalgo brings the energy of Brazilian drumming to a song about the euphoria of dance.

Starting off with a cool drum beat, bass line and triangle, this track puts you in a trance of paradise. Inspired by her influences in R&B, Neo-soul & Latin music, this was the first song Madette Mendoza wrote when she joined the group. It beautifully conveys the sensuality in true love and devotion. There is no doubt that you'll be playing this intoxicating tune on repeat.

"Ask Me Now" 
Showcasing lead singers Madette Mendoza and Kimya Hypolite, this is the most complex song on the album. The song begins with a strong jazz base but the pulsing electric guitar brings it into the realm of rock.

"Come Take My Hand"
The heartwarmingly romantic track inspires nothing but pure belief and reassurance when the lyrics “Fearless, brave. You’ve never gotta be afraid” ring out. The song began as an instrumental and then Kimya Hypolite added lyrics. Both versions were so strong that the band decided to feature both on the album. The instrumental version features special guest Canadian saxophonist Vern Dorge.

The origins of 7Sould go back to 2011 when Mark Daniels (percussion) and Joaquin Nuñez Hidalgo (percussion, drums and Musical Director) collaborated on a project in Cuba. In 2014, that original idea materialized and developed into an eclectic jazz ensemble influenced by rock, funk, Latin, and modern pop music. This vision was realized with a coming together of six more intelligent, creative, and solid musicians; JT Kim (bass and Assistant Producer), Jasper Gahunia (DJ, keyboards), Madette Mendoza (lead vocals and lyrical composer), Dyalis Machado (percussion, vocals, vibes), Darryl Joseph-Dennie (piano, keyboards), and Gary Lee Hill (guitar). More recently,7Sould added four new members to the band; Ara Arakelyan (saxophone, keyboards), William Lamoureux (violin, vocals), George Murga-Martinez (trumpet) and Kimya Hypolite (lead vocals and lyrical composer).

The Tenors Issue an Apology for the singing of the Canadian National Anthem at the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in San Diego
"The Tenors are deeply sorry for the disrespectful and misguided lack of judgment by one member of the group acting as a 'lone wolf' today during the singing of the Canadian national anthem at the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in San Diego. The other members of the group are shocked and embarrassed by the actions of Remigio Pereira, who changed the lyrics of our treasured anthem and used this coveted platform to serve his own political views. Our sincere apologies and regrets go out to everybody who witnessed this shameful act, to our fellow Canadians, to Major League Baseball, to our friends, families, fans and to all those affected. The actions of one member of this group were extremely selfish and he will not be performing with The Tenors until further notice," The Tenors.
Cue The Lights: 37th Annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards

 Toronto's theatre scene celebrated on June 27 at Harbourfront Centre for the 37th Annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards, produced and presented by the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) and celebrate excellence in Toronto theatre, dance and opera.

A total of 50 awards were given out including the Silver Ticket Award and the Audience Choice Award.

Hosted by the amazing Bruce Dow the evening was a festive night showcasing the incredible talent from the city's performing artists.
Dow sang the praises of Justin Trudeau and increased funding for the arts with "We're In The Money" to open up the show. Later in the night Down brought the house to their feet when he sand Both Sides Now.

Proving the city is a diverse cultural hub many of the awards were for people like Ravi Jain nd Wayni Mengesha, both winning for outstanding direction.

Andy McKim, the Artistic Director of Toronto’s Theatre Passe Muraille, was awarded the Silver Ticket Awards, said he had been told not to cry prior to coming on stage. He gave an emotionally charged acceptance speech and thanked the Toronto theatre community for making his life "so challenging".

Established in 1980, the Silver Ticket Award is bestowed upon an individual who has excelled in their career while also nurturing the development of Canadian theatre. Presented by the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA), the Silver Ticket Award is given to an individual selected by a committee made up of previous winners and it entitles the recipient to a lifetime of theatre tickets to any TAPA member company production.

The Canadian Opera Company lead the pack, taking home 8 Dora Awards (5 for Siegfried – including Outstanding Production in the Opera Division – and 3 for La Traviata). Young People’s Theatre earns second spot with 5 Doras (including Outstanding Production in the Theatre for Young Audiences Division for Goodnight Moon). Canadian Stage follows closely with 4 wins (including Outstanding Production for Botticelli in the Fire & Sunday in Sodom in the General Theatre Division, Outstanding Production for Betroffenheit in the Dance Division and Outstanding Touring Production for Cold Blood). David Mirvish and Tarragon Theatre each tally in with 3 awards including Outstanding Production for Mirvish’s Kinky Boots in the Musical Theatre Division and Outstanding New Play to Kat Sandler for Tarragon’s Mustard in the General Theatre Division.

In the General Theatre Division, Tarragon Theatre leads the division with 3 Dora Awards with its production of Mustard garnering 2 hits – Outstanding New Play for Kat Sandler and Outstanding Performance - Male for Anand Rajaram – while its Blind Date nabs 1 for Outstanding Performance - Female for Rebecca Northan.

Canadian Stage, Factory Theatre and VideoCabaret follow with 2 Dora Awards each in this division. Canadian Stage earns Outstanding Production for Botticelli in the Fire & Sunday in Sodom (a Canadian Stage production in collaboration with the Department of Theatre in the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design at York University) and Outstanding Scenic Design goes to Judith Bowden for Chimerica. (As noted above, Canadian Stage garners 4 in total with 1 in the Dance Division and 1 in Touring.)

For Salt-Water Moon, Factory Theatre nabs Outstanding Direction to Ravi Jain while Jennifer Lennon earns Outstanding Lighting Design for Bombay Black. For The Great War, VideoCabaret racks up Outstanding Performance - Ensemble and Outstanding Costume Design to Astrid Janson and Melanie McNeill. Debashis Sinha nabs Outstanding Sound Design/Composition for The Theatre Centre’s We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as Southwest Africa, From the German Südwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915.

Special gifts were also awarded in the General Theatre Division. The Bluma Appel Community Trust continued its gift of a $5,000 prize for the 10th year in a row to the winning playwright of Outstanding New Play (Kat Sandler). And, for the second year in a row, the Pat and Tony Adams Freedom Fund for the Arts provided a prize of $1,000 each to the recipients of the Outstanding Performance - Female and Outstanding Performance - Male (Rebecca Northan, Anand Rajaram).
In the Musical Theatre Division, David Mirvish leads the division with 3 Doras for Kinky Boots: Outstanding Production (produced by Daryl Roth & Hal Luftig, by arrangement with David Mirvish), Outstanding Performance - Male to Alan Mingo Jr. and Outstanding Choreography to Jerry Mitchell. Outstanding Performance - Female goes to Lisa Horner for Acting Up Stage Company’s Grey Gardens and Outstanding Performance - Ensemble goes to The Ensemble of The Wizard of Oz, presented by Young People’s Theatre.

In the Opera Division, the Canadian Opera Company leads the pack, taking home 8 Dora Awards with 5 for Siegfried (Outstanding Production, Outstanding Direction to François Girard, Outstanding Scenic Design to Michael Levine, Outstanding Lighting Design to David Finn and Outstanding Musical Direction to Johannes Debus) and 3 for La Traviata (Outstanding Performance - Male to Quinn Kelsey, Outstanding Performance - Female to Ekaterina Siurina and Outstanding Costume Design to Cait O’Connor). Outstanding New Musical or Opera goes to Marjorie Chan (librettist) and John Harris (composer) for M’dea Undone (A Tapestry Opera Production in collaboration with Scottish Opera) while Outstanding Performance - Ensemble goes to AtG’s Messiah (presented by Against the Grain).

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Bluma’s Indies bestows each of the winners in the Independent Theatre Division with a $1,000 cheque from the Bluma Appel Community Trust.

Native Earth Performing Arts and Red One Theatre Collective tie for the lead in the Independent Theatre Division with 2 Awards each. Native Earth lands Outstanding New Play and Outstanding Performance - Male, both to Cliff Cardinal. Outstanding Performance - Ensemble goes to The Ensemble of La Chasse Galerie from Red One as well as Outstanding Sound Design/Composition for the same for James Smith.

Each of the other awards in this division are won by different companies and individuals, except for Patrick Lavender who snags both Outstanding Scenic Design for Videofag’s Crawlspace and Outstanding Lighting Design for It Comes In Waves, produced by Necessary Angel with bluemouth inc. Groundling Theatre Company takes home Outstanding Production for The Winter’s Tale. Outstanding Direction goes to Weyni Mengesha for Why Not Theatre’s Butcher. Outstanding Performance - Female goes to d’bi. young anitafrika for Watah Theatre’s She Mami Wata & The Pussy Witchhunt. Anna Treusch nabs Outstanding Costume Design for Tails from the City from Common Boots Theatre.

In the Theatre for Young Audience’s Division, Young People’s Theatre’s (YPT) heads the division with 4 Doras: 2 for One Thing Leads to Another (Outstanding New Play for Maja Ardal, Audrey Dwyer, Julia Tribe, Mary Francis Moore; Outstanding Performance - Ensemble), Outstanding Production for Goodnight Moon (Young People’s Theatre presents Seattle Children’s Theatre) and Outstanding Performance - Individual to Mishka Thébaud for Scarberia. (With the addition of its win in the Musical Theatre Division for Outstanding Performance - Ensemble for The Wizard of Oz, YPT tallies in with 5 Doras for the evening.) Outstanding Direction goes to Sébastien Bertrand for Théâtre français de Toronto’s Les Zinspirés puissance Quatre.

In the Dance Division, Peggy Baker Dance Projects and princess productions tie for 2 awards each. Outstanding Original Choreography goes to Zhenya Cerneacov, Mairéad Filgate and Brodie Stevenson for Various Concert, part of princess productions’ dance: made in canada / fait au canada festival while Fabien Piché nabs Outstanding Performance - Male for Waiting for a Sleepless Night, part of the same festival. John Kameel Farah and Fides Krucker win Outstanding Sound Design / Composition while Marc Parent wins Outstanding Lighting Design, both for Peggy Baker Dance Project’s Phase Space.

Outstanding Production goes to Betroffenheit (A Kidd Pivot, Electric Company Theatre Production, presented by Canadian Stage), Outstanding Performance - Female goes to Jillian Peever for The Mystery of Mr. Leftovers from Jillian Peever Dance Creations & Cinetic Creations (Sharon B. Moore & Derek Aasland) and The Ensemble of DanceWorks DW212: Woven takes home Outstanding Performance - Ensemble (DanceWorks / Tribal Crackling Wind).

The Outstanding Touring Production category (open to General Theatre and Musical Theatre) goes to Cold Blood, created by Michèle Anne De Mey and Jaco Van Dormael, presented by Canadian Stage.     

CMT Music Fest Announces Molson Coors as Official Beer and Cider Partner

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Today, CMT Music Fest and its official beer and cider partner Molson Coors shared details on three activities designed to heighten the fan experience at this year's festival, which takes place Friday, July 8 and Saturday, July 9 at Bingemans grounds in Kitchener, Ontario. The three activations will feature Coors Banquet, lead beer brand for CMT Music Fest, Molson Canadian Cider, the festival's exclusive cider brand, and Coors Light, the most popular beer in Canada.

Details on the three fan-experience activities:

Known as "The Banquet Beer", Coors Banquet will showcase its deep roots in the country music. The legendary beer is known for its superior craftsmanship, and will host a branded saloon-style bar stationed at Bingemans for the duration of CMT Music Fest.
As the exclusive cider brand to the festival, Molson Canadian Cider will have its sampling team onsite for the weekend, and cider-lovers will also be able to purchase the product at branded bars throughout the event.
CMT Music Fest will also feature a stop on the mobile tour for the 2016 Coors Light Games. Campers and attendees will be treated to an amazing set of larger than life backyard games including volley-pong, frisbee and more, adding fun and excitement to the weekend.
Two-day general admission tickets are currently on sale. Tickets, travel and camping packages as well as VIP ticket offerings can be found at www.cmtmusicfest.com.

CMT Music Fest is an all ages event (+19 property license).
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CMT Music Fest - Artist Lineup
*Subject to change.

Friday, July 8
Eric Church
Kip Moore
Andrew Hyatt
Brothers Osborne
Lindi Ortega
Meghan Patrick

Saturday, July 9
Zac Brown Band
Tom Cochrane with Red Rider
The Road Hammers
Drake White and the Big Fire
Kira Isabella
Leah Daniels
Cold Creek County
The Washboard Union

ALEXIS BARO To Play Poetry Jazz Café

As part of this year’s annual TD TORONTO JAZZ FESTIVAL, Afro-Cuban trumpeter ALEXIS BARO brings his hot jazz to the Poetry Jazz Café in the heart of Kensington Market on Saturday July 2nd at 9:30pm (doors open: 9pm). Joining Alexis and his group is accomplished drummer and fellow Cuban Amhed Mitchel, who will keep the joint jumpin’ until close.

Jazz trumpeter Alexis Baro (at left) has performed and recorded with a
variety of artists including David Foster, Pacquito D’Riviera, Paul Shaffer, Andreas Bocelli, Omara Portunda, Joey DeFrancisco, Gino Vanelli, Wayne Newton and Tom Jones. He has been the opening act for Herbie Hancock and has led his own groups on tour across Canada, Europe and the West Indies.

His most recent release, “Guilty Pleasure” on G-THREE features Cuban
female rapper Telmary and Dwayne Morgan, and was recently named the Gold Medal
Award winner at the Global Music Awards. It’s a collection of laid back, soulful original compositions touching on a variety of genres including Latin, Afro-Cuban and Contemporary Jazz.

Alexis is currently completing his Alexis Baro & Pueblo Nuevo Jazz Project that
pays tribute to his Cuban musical roots with his new CD, Sugar Rush, due for release early in September.

Amhed Mitchel started playing drums at a very young age and from his early 20's, Amhed has been playing and recording with Cuban music stars like the 8x Grammy Award winner "Chucho" Valdes, guitar virtuoso Elmer Ferrer and Roberto Carcaces, just to name a few. As a session drummer, Mitchel has played with Herbie Hancock,
Wayne Shorter, Dave Holland, Dianne Reeves and Leonel Lueke. Since 2006, Amhed has lived in Toronto and has often worked with Jane Bunnet, Hilario Duran, Ukrainian Violin virtuoso Vasyl Papadiuk, and his very own project “Breath of Life”... among others.

Poetry Jazz Café, 224 Augusta Avenue (Kensington Market)
Saturday July 2 at 9:30pm
Tickets: $20/pr or $15 ea.

PortsToronto Releases Film Shortlist and Launches Voting for Annual Sail-In Cinema™ Festival to be Held August 18-20

PortsToronto today announced the shortlist of films that will be put to a public vote to determine the final movie line-up for the sixth annual Sail-in Cinema free movie festival being held August 18-20 at Sugar Beach. Voting is now open at www.sailincinema.com and with this year's theme of "Books to Big Screen," audiences will have the opportunity to experience – or re-experience – their favourite stories from land or water, on an enormous four-story, two-sided, floating screen anchored in Lake Ontario.
 Voting will close July 12, and the three winning films will be announced soon after. Updates and early polling results will be shared on social media using the #SailInCinema hashtag.

"Again this year, PortsToronto will give the community the opportunity to vote for their favourite Sail-In Cinema movies and have a say in choosing the final film line-up for this year's event," said Deborah Wilson, Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs, PortsToronto. "Last year 5,465 votes were cast by the public, setting a new record for Toronto's only outdoor floating film event. This year, with so many great films to choose from, we encourage Torontonians to vote to ensure their favourite film makes the final cut. Whether invoking childhood memories with Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, re-living pivotal moments in modern history with Forrest Gump, or embarking on a cinematic adventure with Life of Pi, it's anyone's guess which movies will unspool on the shores of Sugar Beach this August."
Three movies in total will be chosen by public vote from the following curated shortlist of movies.

Forrest Gump
The Princess Bride
The Wizard of Oz
How to Train Your Dragon
Charlotte's Web (2006)
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) Life of Pi
The King's Speech
The Martian
Groundhog Day
The Help
Casino Royale
PortsToronto's Sail-In Cinema has grown to become a not-to-be-missed summer outing for the entire family, attracting more than 11,000 people on land and 100 boats over the three-day period. The free festival will once again offer the world's first two-sided floating movie experience of its size with this year's event promising a truly memorable cinematic experience with custom configured audio and cinema-quality digital projectors.

Non-stop activities, food and entertainment will once again be offered by event sponsors prior to the start of each night's feature film to provide a full evening of fun for all ages. Gates will open at 6:00 p.m. each night with the film starting at approximately 8:00 p.m.

PortsToronto is pleased to have new and returning partners this year including Toyota, Redpath Sugar, Christie Digital, CP24, the Toronto Star, Porter Airlines, aroma espresso bar, North American Logistics and The Waterfront BIA.

For more information on Sail-In Cinema, visit www.sailincinema.com. Information about the event will be shared using the #SailInCinema hashtag.
SOCAN Awards Celebrate Great Canadian Songwriters, Composers, Film Scorers, Music Publishers
The Sheraton Centre in Toronto was abuzz tonight as the Canadian music industry gathered to pay tribute to Canada's best songwriters, composers, film and TV music scorers, lyricists and music publishers at the 2016 SOCAN Awards.

Emceed this year by bestselling author Dave Bidini of the Rheostatics, and sponsored by Gowling WLG, KPMG, HMV, Long & McQuade, Music Canada, Ontario Media Development Corporation and RBC, the SOCAN Awards honour the accomplishments of the people who create Canadian music, recognizing them in a diverse cross-section of categories: Pop/Rock, Film & Television, Urban, Dance, Folk/Roots, Jazz, Country, Classical, and more.

SOCAN's presented major achievement awards this year to Hockey Night in Canada theme composer Dolores Claman (Cultural Impact Award); Canadian music industry driving force Gary Slaight (Special Achievement Award); global phenomenon The Weeknd (International Achievement Award) and his frequent co-writer Ahmad "Belly" Balshe (Songwriters of the Year); chart-topping teen Alessia Cara (Breakout Award); and multi-platinum singer-songwriter Johnny Reid (National Achievement Award).

The evening included memorable live performances from hit songwriter Shawn Hook, who sang his smash single "Sound of Your Heart"; celebrated singer-songwriter Matt Barber, who played a poignant version of Edward Bear's "Last Song"; young sensations Lennon and Maisy Stella of the hit TV show Nashville; Crash Test Dummies frontman and creative force Brad Roberts, who performed "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm" and "Afternoons and Coffee Spoons," two of his SOCAN Classics Award-winning songs of the evening; young, multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Jordan Hart; and Reid, who sang a passionate version of his song, "What Love is All About." Throughout the evening, attendees were greatly entertained by a live orchestra that highlighted the outstanding work of our film and television composers.
  Attending to receive their awards were Trevor Guthrie, who won the Dance Music Award for his song, "Summertime"; Jason Blaine and Deric Ruttan, who co-wrote Blaine's hit song "Country Side," which earned a SOCAN Country Music Award; Pop/Rock Music Award winners Francesco Yates, Jocelyn Alice, and Scott Helman, who won for "Better to be Loved," "Jackpot," and "Bungalow," respectively; Oscar-winning film composer Mychael Danna and San Andreas soundtrack composer Andrew Lockington, who both won for Achievements in Feature Film Music; Keith Power, who earned an International TV Series Music award for Hawaii Five-O; Ebony "WondaGurl" Oshunrinde and Bryan "Eestbound" Van Mierlo, who co-wrote the huge Travi$ Scott hit "Antidote," which won an Urban Music Award, as did Drake's "Hotline Bling," co-written by Paul "Nineteen85" Jefferies; and Simon Wilcox, who won two Pop/Rock Awards, for co-writing both the Nick Jonas global hit "Jealous" and the aforementioned Scott Helman Canadian hit, "Bungalow."

SOCAN will also recognize outstanding Francophone music creators and publishers at an awards gala in September 2016 at Métropolis, in the heart of Montréal.

SOCAN is a member-based organization that represents the Canadian performing rights of more than four-million Canadian and international music creators and publishers. SOCAN is proud to play a leading role in supporting the long-term success of its more than 135,000 Canadian members, and the Canadian music industry overall. SOCAN licenses more than 130,000 businesses in Canada, and distributes royalties to its members and music rights organizations around the world. SOCAN also distributes royalties to its members for the use of their music internationally in collaboration with its peer societies. www.socan.ca
"The people who write, compose and publish Canadian music are providing an essential service for our national culture, pride and economy," said SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste. "Canadian songwriters and composers are making fantastic music that has made a massive impact, both domestically and throughout the world. Similarly, our music publisher members play a crucial role in expanding the market reach of that great Canadian music. We're pleased and proud to congratulate all of tonight's SOCAN Award recipients for their tremendous accomplishments."
Heart Mark 40th Anniversary Of Debut Album Dreamboat Annie With Vinyl Reissue In Stores June 17
​"Not every musician gets to feel what it's like to climb onstage, open up, let your soul ring out like clear bells, send out your heart like a javelin, out to feel that love returned to you like a wild fire burning you all the way down, down, down to the ground. But I got a chance to sing, to find my voice onstage, and I took it, and I still take it every night, in front of every audience. I never take it for granted...." -- ANN WILSON

"For us music is the real church. It's a life calling. It's bigger than men and women put together. Music makes us all equal and perfectly human. Lost angels maybe - but lifted up by the absolute million soul thrills of music. But we're not finished rocking just yet. We are looking straight into the face of the future and we say- TURN IT UP!" -- NANCY WILSON

 An often told true story of triumph against all odds in classic rock history, this year marks a remarkable four decades since the U.S. release of Heart's groundbreaking debut album, Dreamboat Annie, which contained such indelible songs as "Magic Man," Crazy On You," "White Lightning and Wine" and its ethereal title track. The album, which originally came out on the indie Vancouver-based label Mushroom Records in August 1975, became the springboard to the group's legendary Hall of Fame career.

UMe is now celebrating that milestone by reissuing the Dreamboat Annie on 180-gram heavyweight black vinyl in an old-school gatefold sleeve, including lyrics, June 17, and for ultimate fans and record collectors, a red translucent vinyl version has been pressed and is limited to only 500 copies 
worldwide. It can only be purchased through the uDiscover online store here. 

​The vinyl arrives just in time for the band's U.K. tour and a subsequent series of U.S. concerts with fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Cheap Trick and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, starting in July. Full tour dates can be found here.

Heart returns on July 8 with Beautiful Broken, their sixteenth album and their first on Concord Records. Heart has sold over 35 million records, and this anticipated album is their first in four years. Beautiful Broken finds Ann and Nancy Wilson exploring new songs, as well as taking some of their favorite "cherry picks" from their catalog and rerecording and reimagining them. The album spans a wide range of musical flavors, though all wrapped up in the Wilson sisters' unique brand of hard hitting rock, and even draws a few friends of the band into the mix. The title track features a dynamic guest vocal contribution by Metallica's James Hetfield with Ann Wilson, while another of the brand new songs, "Two," was penned by hip-hop artist, Ne-Yo.

Ann and Nancy Wilson formed Heart when the idea of two women leading a rock band was still groundbreaking. From the moment 1976's Dreamboat Annie was released, they became stars. With hits like "Magic Man," "Dreamboat Annie," and "Crazy On You," and subsequent albums and hits "Barracuda," "Alone," "What About Love," and "These Dreams," the band became one of the biggest hit-makers in the seventies and eighties. In 2012, their memoir Kicking & Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul and Rock & Roll became a New York Times bestseller, and in 2013 they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They have sold more records than any sister act in the history of popular music, but they've done so keeping their vision--that women can both rock and put forth emotional intimacy--central to their sound.

"As I told both Ann and Nancy (and the band), it was a master class in How It's Done. On the one hand, they were providing a shining example of how to aim high right out of the gate with your first album (Dreamboat Annie being the unholy hybrid of Zeppelin, Joni Mitchell, the Stones, CSN&Y, etc that it is) and on another level, they were also giving Ninja lessons on how to maintain 30 years into the game…At the end, I stood up and applauded as one would after just having witnessed an excellent opera (or a wonder of Nature). Because that's exactly how I felt." – William Duvall, Alice in Chains

Ann and Nancy Wilson have released classic, raw rock and roll hits for more than four decades and scored a Top Ten album in every decade. As the only sisters in rock who write their own music and play their own instruments, Ann and Nancy have always stood apart - certainly from their male counterparts - but also from their female peers. By refusing to let themselves and their music be defined by their gender, and by never allowing their sexuality to overshadow their talent, the Wilson sisters have made their mark, and in the process paved the way for many of today's female artists.

Dreamboat Annie was an anomaly when it first came out. At a time when disco dominated the airwaves, Heart's debut album was an eclectic affair that ran the gamut from hard-core rockers to acoustic ballads, made all the more unique by two young women fronting a group that sounded more like a distaff Led Zeppelin.

Dreamboat Annie was released in Canada by Mushroom Records, following the success of the second single, "Magic Man," an autobiographical song about Ann leaving home for Vancouver to pursue a romance. "Magic Man" initially got airplay on a Montreal station, earning the band a slot opening for Rod Stewart in that city in October 1975. To meet the demand, Mushroom Records formed a U.S. division, releasing the album in the U.S. in February 1976, attracting airplay in Seattle, and gradually spreading across the country, as the group went personally from station to station to promote it.

The album was a great success – it peaked at #7 on the Billboard 200 and went platinum, selling one million copies. The three singles all became FM rock radio staples and pop hits: "Magic Man" went to #9 on the Billboard Hot 100, followed by "Crazy On You," which peaked at #35, while the epic title track climbed to #42. Heart's follow-up album, Little Queen, was released on their new label, CBS Records, in 1977, and the rest is history.

Celebrating a Summer of Music with Nationwide Jazz Festivals

The much anticipated jazz festivals, sponsored by TD, feature musically diverse headliners including Sarah McLachlan, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Gregory Porter, Oliver Jones Trio and more

For the 13th year in a row, TD Bank Group celebrates music as the sponsor of jazz festivals across Canada, welcoming world-class musicians, critically acclaimed jazz artists and rising stars to perform for communities and share their love of music.

This year's lineups will showcase culturally and musically diverse programming including jazz, blues, folk, R&B, gospel and more, featuring some of Canada's most recognized artists and musicians. TD's ongoing commitment to Canada's music scene brings these exciting festivals to Winnipeg, Ottawa, Saskatchewan, Toronto, Victoria, Vancouver, Montreal, Halifax and Calgary.

"Celebrating over a decade of music support, TD is proud to host these talented performers, bringing the love of music to customers and communities," said Tyrrell Schmidt, Vice President, Global Brand and Customer Experience, Marketing, TD Bank Group. "We're thrilled to continue to bring great music to Canadians from coast-to-coast. The festivals create a unique platform for established and up-and-coming artists to showcase their talent and share their passion."

This year, TD welcomes headlining talent among the jazz festival lineups, including songwriter, rapper and record producer Ms. Lauryn Hill (Fugees) and Canadian music icon Sarah McLachlan. Also scheduled to perform are some of the most established jazz musicians in the industry including Joe Jackson, Gregory Porter, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Michael Franti & Spearhead and Oliver Jones Trio.

Shining a spotlight on rising stars, the festivals offer workshops for musicians to learn new skills and free concerts for the public to introduce young talent and student performers to their communities. 
This summer's festival schedule includes:

TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival
June 16 – 26
TD Ottawa Jazz Festival
June 22 – July 3
SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival
June 24 – July 3
TD Toronto Jazz Festival
June 24 – July 3
TD Victoria International JazzFest
June 24 – July 3
TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival
June 24 – July 3
TD Montreal International Jazz Festival
June 29 – July 9
TD Halifax Jazz Festival July 12 – 17
Calgary Folk Music Festival July 21 – 24

TD has been a significant supporter of music since 2003 and sponsors over 80 music festivals and more than 100 community music programs across Canada. TD helps create comfortable experiences for communities to come together to celebrate and share in the love of music and provide young people with access to music from coast-to-coast. Music fans can keep up-to-date on all TD Music initiatives by visiting www.TDMusic.com and liking us on Facebook and following @TD_Canada on Twitter and Instagram.


Ashley Benson, Jus Reign, Marianas Trench, Robbie Amell, Scott Helman, Shemar Moore, and Tyler Posey confirmed as presenters 
Damn, Much! Back at it again with the red-hot lineup! After all wristbands for Canada's favourite street party were scooped up in less than one minute last week, Much announced today that PRETTY LITTLE LIARS star Ashley Benson, comedian, Much Digital Studios Creator, and co-host of THE 2016 IHEARTRADIO MMVA RED CARPET Jus Reign, MMVA-winning pop rockers Marianas Trench, Toronto actor Robbie Amell, MMVA-nominee for Fan Fave Vine Musician Ruth B, singer-songwriter Scott Helman, swoon-worthy actor Shemar Moore, and MTV's TEEN WOLF star Tyler Posey are confirmed to present atTHE 2016IHEARTRADIO MUCH MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS.

Much gives fans the experience of a lifetime by putting them as close as humanly possible to their favourite artists and celebrities at THE 2016 IHEARTRADIO MMVAs. The show airs live on Sunday, June 19 on Much, CTV, Much.com, and Bell Media's French youth network, VRAK. Past MMVA performers and presenters include: Adam Lambert, Ariana Grande, Avril Lavigne, The Black Eyed Peas, The Black Keys, Britney Spears, Bruno Mars, Carly Rae Jepsen, Colin Farrell, Drake, Ed Sheeran, Gigi Hadid, Hedley, Jonas Brothers,Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Katy Perry, Ke$ha, Kelly Clarkson, Lady Gaga, LMFAO, Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, Selena Gomez, Snoop Dogg, Taylor Swift, The Weeknd, and many more. At THE IHEARTRADIO MMVAs, the audience is the priority; Much gives them the best seats in the house, whether a foot from the stage or a foot from a television, computer, or mobile phone. Fans should hit up Much regularly at Much.com or Twitter @Much for the most up-to-date info about the event of the year.
Much also confirmed today that singer-songwriter and multiple IHEARTRADIO MMVA-nominee Coleman Hell and Edmonton nativeRuth B are set to kick off the party with performances on THE 2016 IHEARTRADIO MMVA RED CARPET airing at 8 p.m. ET on Much, CTV Two, and Much.com (check local listings). Additionally, five-time JUNO Award winner and ambassador for Canada 150, Kardinal Offishall is confirmed as the red carpet DJ. Joining hosts Chloe Wilde and Jus Reign as red carpet correspondent is singer-songwriterJillea, who gets up close and personal with fans throughout THE 2016 IHEARTRADIO MMVA RED CARPET SPECIAL.

This latest round of talent join previously announced performers singer-songwriter Alessia Cara, hip-hop artist Desiigner, pop supergroup Fifth Harmony, pop singer and actress Hailee Steinfeldwith B.C. hit-maker Shawn Hook, Canadian rockers Hedley, singer-songwriter James Bay, and JUNO Award-winning indie rock band July Talk, hip hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, multi-platinum recording artist Nick Jonas, MMVA winner and JUNO-nominated singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes, Canadian indie pop duo Tegan and Sara. Presenters include pop singer Alx Veliz, author and actress Amber Rose, model Hailey Baldwin, comedic entertainer and YouTube sensation Lilly Singh, PRETTY LITTLE LIARS star Lucy Hale, singer and actress Sofia Carson, and Canadian hip hop artistSonReal.
Hosted by international supermodel Gigi Hadid, ETALK reporter and Much host Liz Trinnear, and Much and E! host Tyrone Edwards, the iconic awards show airs live in stunning 4K Sunday, June 19 at 9 p.m. ET on Much, CTV, Much.com, and VRAK. Just before the main event, E!'s Chloe Wilde  and comedian and Much Digital Studios creator Jus Reign welcome the biggest celebrities to the #MMVAs carpet as hosts of THE IHEARTRADIO MMVA RED CARPET at 8 p.m. ET on Much and Much.com. Join the conversation online at #MMVAs.

Fans are invited to count down to THE 2016 IHEARTRADIO

MMVAs on Much.com, Instagram, and Twitter to get the latest announcements on performers, presenters, celebrity guests, and the chance to win big prizes.
Official partners of THE 2016 IHEARTRADIO MMVAs include: Coca-Cola® Canada, Nestlé USA, Inc., Procter & Gamble®, and Virgin Mobile Canada™.

Carnegie Mellon Alumni Goldsberry, Odom, Jr. Win Tony Awards 

Carnegie Mellon University congratulates CMU alumni Renée Elise Goldsberry and Leslie Odom, Jr., who received Tony Awards on Sunday night at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. These two winners increase the number of Tonys received by Carnegie Mellon alumni to 43.

Goldsberry and Odom, Jr., received two of the 11 Tony Awards bestowed on the musical "Hamilton," which was nominated for a record 16 Tonys.

Goldsberry, a 1993 graduate, earned her first Tony Award for best performance by an actress in a featured role in the musical "Hamilton," where she played Angelica Schuyler. Goldsberry boasts a multitude of film and stage credits and most recently held a recurring role on CBS' "The Good Wife." She also starred in the 2001 film "All About You."

Odom, Jr. took home his first Tony Award for best performance by an actor in a leading role for his portrayal of Aaron Burr in "Hamilton." After making his Broadway debut at the age of 17 in "Rent," he graduated from CMU in 2003 and held recurring roles in numerous television series.

"We are very proud of Renée and Leslie for the great work they've done on Broadway and throughout their careers," said Dan J. Martin, dean of CMU's College of Fine Arts. "Thanks to a firm foundation in K-12 arts education and the benefits of Carnegie Mellon's conservatory training, our graduates continue to achieve great things and the Tony Awards are one example of that success."

Carnegie Mellon University alumni Leslie Odom, Jr. and Renee Elise Goldsberry received two of the 11 Tony Awards bestowed on the musical "Hamilton."


Guests of BBQ Films to GHOSTBUSTERS HQ in Brooklyn on the 8th will not only get a 360-degree interactive experience, but also an exclusive first chance to play the new Ghostbusters console game and the mobile game, Ghostbusters: Slime City, both from Activision. Fans will have the chance to record their unique spectral encounters using special GIPHY Cam filters, and enjoy Hi-C Ecto Cooler beverages at the bar. New shows have been added, including a family show. More information is available at www.bbqfilms.com.

Fans will be able to check out the Ghostbusters' ride, the Ecto-1, with national and local appearances.

The studio will also launch the Ghostbusters Twitter Mission Sweepstakes on Ghostbusters Day. The sweepstakes will award cool prizes, like custom Ghostbusters uniforms, every week leading up to the release of the film to users who retweet contest messages. Twitter users can join in the fun by following @Ghostbusters.

Fans can also follow the movie at @Ghostbusters on their favorite social networks, as the day will be documented via Facebook Live, Periscope, Snapchat Live Stories, and other social coverage.

In addition, moviegoers can now hear Elle King's "Good Girls," from the film's original soundtrack, which is available now at all digital providers. Click here to listen. "Good Girls" was written by Elle King and Dave Bassett and produced by Bassett. The soundtrack will be available on July 15th.

Ghostbusters makes its long-awaited return, rebooted with a cast of hilarious new characters. Thirty years after the beloved original franchise took the world by storm, director Paul Feig brings his fresh take to the supernatural comedy, joined by some of the funniest actors working today – Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Chris Hemsworth. This summer, they're here to save the world! The film is produced by Ivan Reitman and Amy Pascal, and written by Katie Dippold & Paul Feig, based on the 1984 film "Ghostbusters," an Ivan Reitman film, written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis.
In anticipation of the release of Ghostbusters, which brings the legendary franchise back to theaters with a new team fighting the paranormal on July 15, Sony Pictures and moviegoers across the country will celebrate the classic franchise with Ghostbusters Day on Wednesday, June 8 – the anniversary of the release date of the original 1984 film.

On Ghostbusters Day, the cast of the original classic Ghostbusters – including Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, and Annie Potts – will reunite and join the new Ghostbusters – Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones – as they honor the franchise that evening with an appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live." "Jimmy Kimmel Live" airs weeknights at 11:35pm Eastern and Pacific / 10:35pm Central on ABC.

Fans will also be able to join in the celebration by seeing a sneak peek of the new film as part of the Fathom Events presentation of the original classic in more than 800 cinemas nationwide on June 8, with encore showings on Sunday, June 12. In addition, in Brooklyn, BBQ Films will present the world's only official immersive screening of the classic Ghostbusters – a transportive experience built around the classic movie called GHOSTBUSTERS HQ.

Participating theaters will also join in the fun with sweepstakes. Cinemark is giving fans the chance to score one of ten signed posters for the new film through a social media giveaway and as a collectible reward in their all-new app-based loyalty program, Cinemark Connections. And when Regal Cinemas Crown Club Members buy a ticket to the classic movie, they will be entered for the chance to win a flyaway to the premiere of the new Ghostbusters film in Los Angeles, plus a $2500 gift card for travel and accommodations.

Short Documentary - Olga, An Arequipa Story wins $10,000 top prize at the Eddies Short Film Festival

View The 2016 Eddies Shorts here….

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Top prize for the 2016 Eddies Short Film festival has been awarded to Calgary producer, Gabriel Yee and his production, "Olga – An Arequipa Story." The Peru shot documentary tells the story of a mother, desperate to find medical treatment for her 12-year old daughter Olga. Yee, who owns 403K Films, picked up the $10,000 cash prize at the Big Rock Eddies Short Film Festival at Theatre Junction Grand in Calgary, Alberta, Saturday.

For the 23rd year of The Eddies, Big Rock's theme, was TRAILBLAZER, inspired by its founder, Ed McNally whose vision was to create a craft brewery long before many had ever seen one, or heard such a term.

Yee says two narratives tell the story of a trailblazer in his winning short. "The first is Olga, the second is that of Jodee's [Olga's therapist]. Both embark on a journey that has never been walked, or even ran. They cling to the prospect that the path unexplored is sometimes the path to healing," says Yee.

Second place and a cash prize of $5,000 was awarded to "Recollection Cinema Presents Shotgunning" by Daniel Code, Cam Macleod and Nima Gholamipour. The trio are partners in a small comedy group out of Vancouver called Comedyloaf. Their short, set in 1983 is about washed up rock star roadie, Frankie Lawson, "the beer drinking sensation."

Ali Hamzah Virk's compelling film called "Change" picked up 3rd place and $2,500. In it, Joe Roberts shares his story of trailblazing as he travels a road to recovery, after years of heroin addiction. A psychologist is able to connect with Roberts and help save his life.

The only criteria to submit a film for The Eddies was a 5 minute short with a connection to the theme "trailblazing." An experienced panel of judges included Emmy Award winning Calgary producer Chad Oakes, Calgary Underground Film Festival founder Brenda Lieberman, Calgary International Film Festival executive director Steve Schroeder, Canadian Entertainment Blogger Michael Morrison, and Jamie M. Dagg, an award winning Canadian director and writer.

Rocking the Toronto core - Union and TD Bank Group host free public concert and announce summer event lineup

Today, TD Bank Group (TD) and Union officially launched the summer music season with a free Block Party co-headlined by Canadian musicians Francesco Yates and Shawn Hook, and hosted by Kardinal Offishall. Over 900 fans attended, taking in the best in homegrown talent, local fare and fun. The concert kicks off a season of continuous programming, with the highly anticipated Union Summer presented by TD, opening in 25 days. From June 27 to September 5, the Sir John A. Macdonald Plaza on Front Street will transform into a unique outdoor destination, featuring some of the city's most loved international and independent food and drink vendors, musicians and artists, creating the perfect space for locals and visitors to experience the best of Toronto.

"The plaza in front of Union Station is the perfect place to pause, enjoy, eat and explore," says Brad Keast, VP Development of Osmington. "We are changing the way the city experiences the station every day and the programming planned this summer, starting with today's concert, will prove more than ever that Union is Toronto's must-see destination."

Union Summer, presented by TD, will feature continuous, interactive programming all season long from a wide-ranging mix of artists, musicians, performers and community partners. Themed events will establish a regular rhythm on the plaza, such as a weekly outdoor movie series, TD Festival Preview and Emerging Artist days, showcasing local talent -- as well as special events celebrating Toronto Pride and more.

"TD understands the power music has to connect communities and it's incredible to see the city come together to celebrate and support Canadian talent," said Theresa McLaughlin, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, TD Bank Group. "We are proud to be collaborating with Union, supporting the vision to transform one of Canada's most iconic landmarks. Today was just the beginning and we look forward to delivering comfortable experiences to the millions of visitors to Union."

TD and Union are working together to bring comfort and convenience to Canada's busiest transportation hub, supporting the revitalization of Union Station as a vibrant and engaging civic destination. Recently supporting the launch of free WiFi in the GO York Concourse and the addition of comfort seating throughout the station – TD is helping to make commuting more comfortable
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Universal Pictures restores silent film, The Last Warning, Honoring the Studio's rich history and cultural legacy 

Universal Pictures announces the premiere of the restored 1929 silent film classic, The Last Warning. The film will screen on June 4, 2016 at the Castro Theater as part of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival. Directed by Paul Leni and starring Laura La Plante, The Last Warning is a dramatic horror centered on an unsolved murder during a theatrical performance and the revival production meant to solve the mystery. This restored version is a part of Universal's silent restoration initiative announced last year.

"The Last Warning is significant in Universal's history as it was Paul Leni's last film and a key role for Universal's leading lady of the 1920s, Laura La Plante," said Michael Daruty, Senior Vice President, NBCUniversal Global Media Operations. "Through the silent film initiative, our two goals are to preserve the films for the future and share them with audiences."

Beginning in March 2015, Universal's team of restoration experts conducted a worldwide search for The Last Warning's available elements. After extensive exploration, a 35mm nitrate dupe negative was located at the Cinémathèque française, and was loaned to the Studio. This French negative became the base element. However because of its origin, the negative contained French title cards. In order to obtain the English title cards, Universal turned to a 16 mm English print from the Packard Humanities Institute Collection in the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Universal's restoration team then replaced the French title cards with the English.

The Last Warning was directed by Paul Leni and stars Laura La Plante, a prominent Universal contract player known for her celebrated roles in Skinner's Dress Suit (1926), The Cat and the Canary (1927), Show Boat (1929), and King of Jazz (1930). In this horror film, a producer reopens a theatre production, where one of his former actors had been murdered during a performance. The producer proceeds to stage the show exactly as it was with the exception of the murdered actor. The film was adapted from the 1922 Broadway play by the same name written by Thomas F. Fallon based on the story The House of Fear by Wadsworth Camp, the father of the writer Madeleine L'Engle. The Last Warning first premiered in 1929 and was popular with audiences of the time.

Other silent film titles being restored by Universal include Outside the Law, Sensation Seekers, and Oh, Doctor! The Universal Pictures silent film restoration initiative builds on the company's ongoing restoration commitment. Since the program was first announced in 2012, nearly 50 titles have been restored and 25 more titles are expected to be restored by 2017. Fully restored titles to date include All Quiet on the Western Front, The Birds, Buck Privates, Dracula (1931), Dracula Spanish (1931), Frankenstein, Jaws, Schindler's List, Out of Africa, Pillow Talk, Bride of Frankenstein, The Sting, To Kill a Mockingbird, Touch of Evil, Double Indemnity, High Plains Drifter, Holiday Inn, Spartacus, King of Jazz, and One-Eyed Jacks. 
 Universal Pictures is a unit of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks, and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.
Kinky Boots, Butcher and Mustard Dominate 2016 Dora Mavor Moore Award Nominations!
Monday morning Toronto's theatre crowd gathered at the Sony Centre for Performing Arts to hear the nominations for the 37th Annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards by the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts(TAPA) . Tarragon Theatre, Factory Theatre and Why Not Theatre's productions gathered up a total of 32 out of the total 236 nominations.

Named for the late Dora Mavor Moore, a beloved teacher and Canadian director the Dora Awards is in its 37th year. The awards spotlight the best of Toronto's performing arts industry in General Theatre, Independent Theatre, Musical Theatre, Dance, Opera and Theatre for Young Audiences.

Three of the 2016 awards were presented this morning; the Pauline McGibbon Award,
Barbara Hamilton Memorial Award and
Leonard McHardy and John Harvey Award for Outstanding Leadership in Administration.

Pauline McGibbon Award

This year's winner is Jennifer Wonnacott for her work as the Stratford Festive costume cutter and tailor. Wonnacott has been with the company for the past 6 seasons. "We act as interpreters for designers by translating their sketches into actual garments through research, pattern drafting and fitting actors," Wonnacott said of her craft.

Barbara Hamilton Memorial Award

George Curtiss Randolph was honoured this year for his amazing work as a visionary for the performing arts. Randolph co-founded Show Choir Canada in 2011 and traveled globally to develop arts programs for youth in China and Jordan. The first black dancer with Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal, Randolph has taught countless performers in Canada. Many of his alumni have been on Broadway, London's West End and on Ontario stages delighting audiences.

Leonard McHardy and John Harvey Award for Outstanding Leadership in Administration

Nancy J. Webster has been a maverick as an arts manager for years. Since 2013 she has been the Executive Director at Young People's Theater. During her time at YPT she has grown the annual budget and created a model of integrated programming.

Actor Maev Beaty and her husband, director Alan Dilworth announced the slew of nominees this morning.

Tarragon Theatre's Mustard racked up 7 nominations including Outstanding New Play, Outstanding Production, Outstanding Direction and both male and female Outstanding Performance.

Bombay Black and Salt-Water Moon both brought home 4 nominations for Factory Theatre.

Why Not Theatre took the lead in the Independent Theatre Division with 9 noms, 8 of which was for Butcher.

Kinky Boots dominated the nods for Mirvish Productions in the Musical Theatre Division with 10 nominations including Outstanding Performance and Outstanding Choreography.

Young People's Theatre performances gathered up 6 nominations.

Acting Up Stage Company gathered 7 noms for Grey Gardens.

Harbourfront's Dance Works is up for 8 awards.

A pdf of all the nominations is here.

The 37th Annual Dora Awards will be presented on June 27 at Harbourfront Centre. Hosted by award winning actor Bruce Dow.

Tickets go on sale Tuesday, May 31.
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Canadian electric-violinist, Dr. Draw (Eugene Draw), is excited to announce his upcoming performance in which he will play alongside 36 string musicians with the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra and in collaboration with the 36thconcert season for Sistema Toronto, which helps enhance the social development of children at risk through the power of music (sistema-toronto.ca).

“For me, this concert is incredibly special!” Says Dr. Draw, “Firstly, the money raised is going to Sistema Toronto and will therefore provide musical education to kids who otherwise don’t have access. Sistema Toronto was started up by my dear friend David Visentin, who has given so much to myself and the Toronto arts community. David is leaving to take a position at Victoria Conservatory this year, so this event is a bittersweet last hoorah for us in Toronto. He leaves behind a legend and tough shoes to fill, but Sistema Toronto has come so far under his wing and can now fully function on its own. All of us will miss him incredibly and I am so thankful for all the opportunities he has provided me, so I’m ready to play my heart out for David and the Sistema kids on May 28th.”

The Many Faces of String Playing will feature three original compositions by Dr. Draw that have been orchestrated for 36 string performers. Dr. Draw will be playing with the string orchestra alongside his drummer/producer, Jeff Antoine-Côté.

This kicks off Dr. Draw’s busy summer schedule right before he releases his upcoming album. After a small tour in Thailand, he is hitting the road again with first stops in northern Alberta for his fourth performance at the North Country Fair this June.

Dr. Draw is known as the first violinist to venture from rock and classical into electronic music culture. His style is difficult to describe as his history with music and culture spans an eccentric lifetime. From playing for royalty in Prague to creating near chaos at the Toronto Beaches Jazz Festival to playing luxury brand events like Chloé and Dom Pérignon, Dr. Draw inspires kudos wherever he plays. Lately, his reputation is growing eastward. Performances have included playing in Singapore, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, and a spate of Louis Vuitton events in Hong Kong, Malaysia, and South Korea.

Performing in such frenetic locales energizes the performer time and time again, allowing him to repeatedly “creatively interact with cultures all across the world.” The result is a constantly evolving musical style that brings together the seemingly disparate elements of classical violin, jazz-rock fusion, folk, and pop into a riveting masala that feeds the soul and invigorates audiences.
Website: www.DrDraw.ca    
Facebook: www.Facebook.com/DoctorDraw           
Twitter: @RealDrDraw         
Soundcloud: www.Soundcloud.com/Dr-Draw

Vivaldi Summer of The Four Seasons, Piazzolla Summer of The Four Seasons of Argentina, Holst St. Paul’s Suite, Arensky Variations on a theme of Tchaikovsky, Shreya Jha Sonata for Strings (Premiere), and Dr. Draw Three Pieces for Electric Violin and String Orchestra.

A Selection of Short Pieces for Youth Choir and String Orchestra, and Youth String Ensemble and String Orchestra

In Collaboration with Sistema Toronto

Ronald Royer Conductor (Spo), David Visentin & Monica Parisi Conductors (Sistema), Emma Nikolovska Young Artistdr. Draw Electric, Violinmusicians/Teachers of Sistema Torontostudents Of Sistema Toronto (Scarborough)

Tickets are available online at spo.ca, at the door, or by calling the SPO Box Office at 416.429.0007 or by emailing [email protected] to reserve tickets. Individual concert ticket prices are $30 for adults, $25 for seniors, $15 for students with ID and $10 children under 10. Group rates are available.an Ontario government agencyun organisme du gouvernement de l’Ontari

Sistema Toronto’s free after-school program delivers ten hours of intensive musical instruction per week throughout the school year. Our children make music together in orchestras and choirs. They’re not just musical ensembles – they’re models that teach our kids their role in the success of the team. By working toward a common goal, our students learn about cooperation, mutual support, empathy, self-respect, perseverance, and resilience. They discover the joy of belonging to something greater than the sum of its parts.

From its orchestra's enthusiastic, high-quality performances, to the wonderful acoustics of the concert venues, to its engaging and entertaining repertoire, SPO offers an enjoyable concert experience in the heart of Scarborough. This community and training orchestra works with professional to nurture diverse and upcoming talent through innovative programming.
Its concerts are known for their inviting, friendly, and relaxed atmosphere. SPO has brought its Scarborough community great music right next door, at affordable prices, for more than three decades.

SAT, MAY 28, 2016, 8 P.M.
Tickets: $10-$30
Sing, Dance, Celebrate and SHOUT with new William Shatner Video Ecard from American Greetings!
The wide-ranging list of occasions that William Shatner will help you celebrate includes the regulars, like Birthday, Thank You, Get Well, Wedding, Baby, Graduation, Father’s Day, Christmas and Valentine’s Day – but the random and unexpected occasions are sure to have you laughing out loud. Who wouldn’t want William Shatner to sing them a personalized congratulatory song for “winning the internet,” being paroled or posting something on social media that you actually wanted to read? There is even an ecard for no reason at all – just a “big, fat excuse to say ‘Hi!’”

After selecting the celebration-worthy occasion from the list of 32 options, consumers are able to personalize the ecard by choosing from over 1,100 names. Can’t find an exact match for your recipient’s name? Choose an endearment like Friend, Buddy or Honey.

“At American Greetings, we know that consumers love to celebrate the important people in their lives in BIG ways, and what could be bigger than a personalized song that is sung especially for them by a Hollywood icon?” said Andrew Gallo, President of American Greetings Interactive. “The beauty of this brand-new ecard featuring the one-and-only William Shatner is that – in addition to being comical, entertaining and downright fun – it’s the perfect greeting for practically every occasion from major holidays to simply brightening someone’s day.”

Consumers can find this William Shatner ecard and more digital options for staying connected at www.americangreetings.com. A great selection of inspiring cards from American Greetings is also available in the app stores for mobile devices, at participating drug chains, grocery stores and mass retailers nationwide, as well as in American Greetings and Carlton Cards retail stores. For more information on American Greetings, visit www.corporate.americangreetings.com. You can also follow American Greetings on Twitter, Facebook, American Greetings blog, YouTube, Pinterest, Google+ and Instagram.

About American Greetings Corporation

As a leader in meaningful connections, American Greetings Corporation is a creator and manufacturer of innovative social expression products that assist consumers in making the world a more thoughtful and caring place. Founded in 1906, the Company's major greeting card lines are American Greetings, Carlton Cards, Gibson, Recycled Paper Greetings and Papyrus, and other paper product offerings include DesignWare party goods and American Greetings and Plus Mark gift-wrap and boxed cards. American Greetings also has one of the largest collections of greetings on the Web, including greeting cards available at Cardstore.com and ecards available at AmericanGreetings.com. In addition to its product lines, American Greetings also creates and licenses popular character brands through the AG Entertainment group. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, American Greetings generates annual revenue of approximately $2 billion, and its products can be found in retail outlets worldwide. For more information on the Company, visit www.corporate.americangreetings.com.

About William Shatner

William Shatner has cultivated a career spanning over 50 years as an award-winning actor, director, producer, writer, recording artist, and horseman. He is one of Hollywood’s most recognizable figures and a major philanthropist.

In 1966, Shatner originated the role of “Captain James T. Kirk” in the television series Star Trek. The series spawned a feature film franchise where Shatner returned as Captain Kirk in seven of the Star Trek movies, one of which he directed.

Shatner played the title role in the hit television series T.J. Hooker before hosting television’s first reality-based series, Rescue 911.

He won Emmys and his first Golden Globe for his portrayal of eccentric lawyer “Denny Crane” on both The Practice and Boston Legal. He received four more Emmy nominations, as well as other Golden Globe and SAG Award nods.

Off the screen and broadcast waves, Shatner has authored nearly 30 best-sellers in both the fiction and non-fiction genres. His autobiography, Up Till Now, was a New York Times best-seller and was followed by Shatner Rules, which was released in October 2011. William Shatner’s new book, Hire Yourself, was released in May 2015.

In April 2011, Shatner launched his one-man show, Shatner’s World that became a big hit on Broadway.

Shatner continues to act, write, produce and direct, while still making time to work with charities and further his passion in equestrian sports. He and his wife, Elizabeth, and three married children live in Los Angeles.The wide-ranging list of occasions that William Shatner will help you celebrate includes the regulars, like Birthday, Thank You, Get Well, Wedding, Baby, Graduation, Father’s Day, Christmas and Valentine’s Day – but the random and unexpected occasions are sure to have you laughing out loud. Who wouldn’t want William Shatner to sing them a personalized congratulatory song for “winning the internet,” being paroled or posting something on social media that you actually wanted to read? There is even an ecard for no reason at all – just a “big, fat excuse to say ‘Hi!’”

After selecting the celebration-worthy occasion from the list of 32 options, consumers are able to personalize the ecard by choosing from over 1,100 names. Can’t find an exact match for your recipient’s name? Choose an endearment like Friend, Buddy or Honey.

“At American Greetings, we know that consumers love to celebrate the important people in their lives in BIG ways, and what could be bigger than a personalized song that is sung especially for them by a Hollywood icon?” said Andrew Gallo, President of American Greetings Interactive. “The beauty of this brand-new ecard featuring the one-and-only William Shatner is that – in addition to being comical, entertaining and downright fun – it’s the perfect greeting for practically every occasion from major holidays to simply brightening someone’s day.”

Consumers can find this William Shatner ecard and more digital options for staying connected at www.americangreetings.com. A great selection of inspiring cards from American Greetings is also available in the app stores for mobile devices, at participating drug chains, grocery stores and mass retailers nationwide, as well as in American Greetings and Carlton Cards retail stores. For more information on American Greetings, visit www.corporate.americangreetings.com. You can also follow American Greetings on Twitter, Facebook, American Greetings blog, YouTube, Pinterest, Google+ and Instagram.

About American Greetings Corporation

As a leader in meaningful connections, American Greetings Corporation is a creator and manufacturer of innovative social expression products that assist consumers in making the world a more thoughtful and caring place. Founded in 1906, the Company's major greeting card lines are American Greetings, Carlton Cards, Gibson, Recycled Paper Greetings and Papyrus, and other paper product offerings include DesignWare party goods and American Greetings and Plus Mark gift-wrap and boxed cards. American Greetings also has one of the largest collections of greetings on the Web, including greeting cards available at Cardstore.com and ecards available at AmericanGreetings.com. In addition to its product lines, American Greetings also creates and licenses popular character brands through the AG Entertainment group. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, American Greetings generates annual revenue of approximately $2 billion, and its products can be found in retail outlets worldwide. For more information on the Company, visit www.corporate.americangreetings.com.

About William Shatner

William Shatner has cultivated a career spanning over 50 years as an award-winning actor, director, producer, writer, recording artist, and horseman. He is one of Hollywood’s most recognizable figures and a major philanthropist.

In 1966, Shatner originated the role of “Captain James T. Kirk” in the television series Star Trek. The series spawned a feature film franchise where Shatner returned as Captain Kirk in seven of the Star Trek movies, one of which he directed.

Shatner played the title role in the hit television series T.J. Hooker before hosting television’s first reality-based series, Rescue 911.

He won Emmys and his first Golden Globe for his portrayal of eccentric lawyer “Denny Crane” on both The Practice and Boston Legal. He received four more Emmy nominations, as well as other Golden Globe and SAG Award nods.

Off the screen and broadcast waves, Shatner has authored nearly 30 best-sellers in both the fiction and non-fiction genres. His autobiography, Up Till Now, was a New York Times best-seller and was followed by Shatner Rules, which was released in October 2011. William Shatner’s new book, Hire Yourself, was released in May 2015.

In April 2011, Shatner launched his one-man show, Shatner’s World that became a big hit on Broadway.

Shatner continues to act, write, produce and direct, while still making time to work with charities and further his passion in equestrian sports. He and his wife, Elizabeth, and three married children live in Los Angeles.

Mýa to Headline Teaze


Heritage of Pride, Inc. is the volunteer-managed organization behind the official NYC Pride roster of events. The 2016 roster includes 11 different events for LGBT and allied people of all ages, taking place from June 19 to June 26 throughout Manhattan.

For more information about NYC Pride 2016, please visit www.nycpride.org.

Grammy winner to perform at largest LGBT women’s event of NYC Pride on June 25

Heritage of Pride announced today that Grammy Award-winning artist, Mýa, will be headlining NYC Pride’s exclusive Saturday event for women – Teaze. Mýa joins an impressive list of DJ’s – Samantha Ronson, Toni*K and Tatiana – slotted to perform throughout the day.
“We can't wait to have Mýa entertain the more than 4,000 women expected to attend Teaze this year,” said Icelyn Ugbomah-Ragbir, NYC Pride Teaze Director. “We've been working hard to create an even more exciting and interactive Teaze experience, and Mýa's performance is certain to make 2016 an unforgettable party.”
Mýa has just released her 12th in studio project, Smoove Jones, and is best known for her chart topping hits, “Ghetto Supastar,” “Case of the Ex,” “My Love Is Like… Wo” and her wildly successful collaboration with P!nk, Christina Aguilera and Lil’ Kim on “Lady Marmalade.” She has also appeared in films such asChicago, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, and Shall We Dance? In addition to her music and film career, Mýa has also been a tireless advocate for the LGBT community over the past several years including supporting efforts to aid LGBT homeless youth, support marriage equality and eliminate HIV/AIDS.
The 13th annual Teaze (formerly known as Rapture on the River) is NYC Pride’s exclusive Saturday event for women. The event runs from 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM and takes place at Hudson River Park’s Pier 26 in downtown Manhattan. Tickets are available online at https://www.showclix.com/event/Teaze2016

#HBD! Much Digital Studios Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

#Views from Much! Since launching only one year ago today, Much Digital Studios, the multi-channel network of YouTubers and digital influencers, has amplified cyberspace with a combined total of more than 200 million views. Growing from 13 to 44 creators, the roster of Much Digital Studios influencers making waves across the country, and around the world, now has a collective subscriber base of more than 5 million.

"When we launched Much Digital Studios 12 months ago, we were confident that this digital strategy would not only bolster Much's connection to youth, and provide stand-out opportunities for advertisers, but also add a new dimension to the online creative community in Canada," said Justin Stockman, Vice-President, Business and Channel Strategy, Bell Media. "With the continued growth of our creator roster and the ongoing production of truly engaging content, we're very proud of what we've accomplished this year, and look forward to sharing more ideas with our audience and brands."

"Building and growing with Much Digital Studios to bring new media and digital entertainment to the forefront within Canada has been an incredible experience," said Jus Reign, comedian and Much Digital Studios Creator. "In a landscape that is still very new, I'm excited to see companies like Bell Media provide opportunities to those that chose an alternative route in entertainment, and I'm proud to be a part of that team."

From Jus Reign's 2015 nextMEDIA Award for Youtuber of the Year, to Tasha Leelyn's #AcademySocial win for Tastemaker Influencer, and the premiere of Michael Rizzi's video My Strange Addiction: YAAAAASS at the 2015 Buffer Festival, Much Digital Studios creators have seen tremendous growth over the past year.

Highlights include:

Named one of Playback Magazine's "5 to Watch" in 2015, comedian Jus Reign has seen a 38% rise in his subscriber base, bringing his total subscribers to more than 720,000. Jus Reign is set to co-host THE IHEARTRADIO MMVA RED CARPET show for the second year in the row on June 19
Vlogger and host The Danocracy (Dan James) has amassed 305,000 subscribers, growing his base by more than 296% since joining Much Digital Studios
4Yall Entertainment now has more than 430,000 subscribers, with growth of 66% since launch
Deejdesign earned more than 56,000 subscribers with growth of 951% since joining Much Digital Studios in November
Sickick Music has garnered 101,000 subscribers, with growth of 82% since Much Digital Studios launched
ASkylitAvenue has grown her subscriber base 55%, to a total of more than 45,000 since joining Much Digital Studios in November
Since joining the roster in July, beauty and fashion expert Tasha Leelyn has gained more than 370,000 subscribers, seeing 114% growth on her channel
Much Digital Studios creators receive more than 5 million combined views per week. Some of the most-watched videos from the past year, each earning more than one million views, include:

The Danocracy's 7 MORE Simple Magic Tricks With Household Items (2.6 million views)
Tasha Leelyn's How To: Glitter Roots + Double Buns! (1.5 million views);
Jus Reign's Indian Restaurants are SAVAGE (1.1 million views)
Tyler Shaw's House of Cards (Audio) (1.1 million views)
The growing success and unparalleled reach of Much Digital Studios attracted partnerships with some of the most notable brands in Canada including Bell, MLSE, PUMA, Ubisoft's Just Dance, U by Kotex, Virgin Mobile Canada, and many more. Some brand activations from the past year included: Much Creator Mila Victoria teaming up with MTV's beauty blog FORA to showcase L'Oreal Feria's great hair colour options for prom, summer festivals, and back-to-school looks; six Much creators teaming up with Kids Help Phone and lip-syncing inspirational messages on their Instagram accounts to encourage youth to #findyourvoice; and most recently, Much creators Chelsi Madonna, Sickick, and Rayn Magic joining forces with SweeTarts and challenging fans to showcase their inner misfit via Instagram (#MMVAMisfit) for a chance to win a VIP trip to THE 2016 IHEARTRADIO MMVAs.

The 2016 Air Canada enRoute Film Festival seeks soaring talent as festival marks 10th anniversary - Call for entries

Air Canada today announced submissions are open for the 10th annual Air Canada enRoute Film Festival. Emerging Canadian filmmakers are invited to showcase their artistic talent, out-of-the-box thinking and compelling vision in this year's festival that includes a star-studded jury, a cash prize and a chance to travel to the Berlin International Film Festival to have their film screened at the European Film Market.
 "Air Canada is excited to be launching the Air Canada enRoute Film Festival's 10th year. The festival has received more than 1,600 submissions in the past decade," said Éric Lauzon, Manager, Multimedia Entertainment, Air Canada. "We look forward to seeing this year's engaging and creative submissions; with the selected entries joining the more than 100 Canadian short films showcased by the festival on Air Canada planes over the past 10 years."

The winner of Best Short Film will receive a $5,000 cash prize courtesy of presenting sponsor Cineplex Entertainment. Other awards include Achievement in Direction, Achievement in Cinematography, Achievement in Animation, Achievement in Documentary and People's Choice Award. Achievement Award supporters include, the Directors Guild of Canada, William F. White International Inc., the National Film Board of Canada and the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.

All Achievement Award winners will receive an all-inclusive trip to the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival, courtesy of Air Canada. Winners will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to showcase their short films in Telefilm Canada's Not Short on Talent program, which will screen at the European Film Market.

A handpicked jury from the Canadian film industry, consisting of highly prominent celebrities, producers and directors, will select the winning films. Previous jury members include Don McKellar, Catherine O'Hara, Denis Villeneuve, Jean-Marc Vallée, Guy Maddin, Laura Vandervoort, Alison Pill, Sarah Gadon, Suzanne Clément, Tatiana Maslany, Atom Egoyan and Donald Sutherland, among many others. An all-star jury for this year's festival, composed of returning members from the past decade, will be announced in July.

Winning films will be broadcast on the Air Canada enRoute Inflight Entertainment system, viewed by millions of Air Canada customers around the world each month. Roster events to honour participants will take place throughout the country, starting with a networking reception in Calgary on April 16 presented by the TELUS Optik Local Fund and STORYHIVE. Later events will be announced for other Canadian cities.

The Air Canada enRoute Film Festival supporters include Cineplex Entertainment, TELUS Optik Local / STORYHIVE, ETALK, Spafax, Entertainment One, Telefilm Canada, Directors Guild of Canada, William F. White International Inc., National Film Board of Canada and Hot Docs.

Do you think you have what it takes? View full festival rules and regulations and submit your film at www.enroutefilm.com. Submissions will be accepted until May 31, 2016.

7Sould Presents “Underneath”, A Musical and Theatrical Dance Spectacle Debuting at The Beaches Jazz Festival on Friday, July 15 at 9 pm
It will be a fusion of music, theatre and dance like no other. On Friday, July 15 at 9 pm, 7Sould will take their audience on a unique journey when they present the North American premiere of Underneath, a 70-minute show of extraordinary power and musical invention. The show will bring 7Sould’s original Canadian music to life through the talents of a diverse array of 12 musicians along with singers, dancers and acrobats – all backed up by the ultimate high-tech lighting and spectacular LED visuals. This unforgettable theatrical experience, inspired by 7Sould’srepertoire of music, will include 15 original songs and will be the first time they’ve been brought to life in this form. With musical genre crossovers being a norm in the industry today, 7Sould plays off that idea, yet in an unprecedented way.

“As a unique musical project, the band truly reflects the identity of Toronto,” says Musical Director Joaquin Nunez Hidalgo. “The musicians all come from different parts of the world, they represent a wide array of cultural backgrounds and they fuse that to create a sound and experience that is quite distinctive.”
With roots from Cuba, Jamaica, Philippines, India, Poland, Armenia and Quebec, the Toronto-based 7Sould merges history, heritage and modern sounds in a way that has never been seen before at Toronto’s Beaches Jazz Festival. The eclectic ensemble is heavily influenced by jazz, rock, funk, Latin, and modern pop music.

The origins of 7Sould go back to 2011 when Mark Daniels (congas, percussion) and Joaquin Nuñez Hidalgo (drums-percussion and Musical Director) collaborated on a project in Cuba. In 2014, that original idea materialized and developed into an eclectic jazz ensemble influenced by rock, funk, Latin, and modern pop music. This vision was realized with a coming together of six more intelligent, creative, and solid musicians; JT Kim (bass), Jasper Gahunia (DJ, keyboards), Madette Mendoza (lead vocals), Dyalis Machado (percussion, vocals, vibes), Darryl Joseph-Dennie (piano, keyboards), and Gary Lee Hill (guitar). More recently, 7Souldadded four new members to the band; Ara Arakelyan (saxophone, keyboards), William Lamoureux (violin, vocals), George Murga-Martinez (trumpet) and Kimya Hypolite (vocals).

Mark Daniels and Joaquin Nunez Hidalgo are co-creators and co-executive producers. Mark’s love of music from a young age has led him to play with a variety of esteemed musicians and bands. Joaquin’s percussion work has earned him numerous awards and accolades, most notably in the 2008 Mirvish Production of the North American theatrical premiere of Dirty Dancing as well as performing on the official Dirty Dancing soundtrack. He has worked with such renounced artists as the Canadian Tenors and David Foster. His producing credits include collaborations with pianist Eddie Bullen on Havana Nights in 2010, and with Italian singer/songwriter Zucchero on La Sesión Cubana for the CD and subsequent World Tour in 2013.

Founder of ANU Entertainment Michael Challenger and Kafi Pierre are co-directors and co-choreographers of the stage presentation. Michael’s credits include such acclaimed Broadway productions as The Lion King, Chicago andThe Producers â€“ as well as the U.S. and Canadian television series, Fringe(U.S.), Dancing with the Stars (Canada) and So You Think You Can Dance(Poland). Kafi, a graduate of The Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, has worked with many greats including Andrew Lloyd Webber (The Phantom of the Opera), Franco Dragone (Le Reve in Las Vegas), Mia Michaels (So You Think You Can Dance), and Bill T. Jones (Spring Awakening). Her other credits include The Lion King, Bombay Dreams, Cirque Du Soleil’s Delirium andDralion, and America’s Got Talent.

“With Underneath, our goal is to create a universal music experience that anyone can connect to,” says Michael Challenger who is also a producer on the show. â€œOur eclectic mix of talented musicians and performers is what will create this experience.”​
#Goals. Supermodel Gigi Hadid Confirmed to Host THE IHEARTRADIO CANADA MUCH MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS, June 19
 Much announced today that stunning "it girl" Gigi Hadid returns to one of the biggest street parties on the planet, taking over as host of THE 2016 IHEARTRADIO CANADA MUCH MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS. After making her MMVA debut as a presenter in 2015, Hadid returns to Canada to host the show, joining previously announced performers, Alessia Cara, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and Nick Jonas. Airing live in exceptional 4K for the first time on Sunday, June 19 at 9 p.m. ET, THE 2016 IHEARTRADIO MMVAs is simulcast on Much, CTV, Much.com, and Bell Media's French youth network, VRAK. Check local listings to confirm broadcast times.

With her incredible reach on social media, countless magazine covers, and international runway success, Hadid has quickly become a trend-setting style icon and muse.

"I'm so excited and honoured to be hosting THE 2016 IHEARTRADIO MUCH MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS," said Gigi Hadid. "There's a lot of fun entertainment in store for the evening and I can't wait to share these moments with the fans!"

It was also confirmed today that ETALK reporter and Much host Liz Trinnear, and Much and E! host Tyrone Edwards, are returning to co-host THE 2016 IHEARTRADIO MMVAs. Additionally, it was announced E!'s Chloe Wilde and comedian and Much Digital Studios creator Jus Reign welcome the hottest celebrities to the #MMVAs carpet as hosts of THE IHEARTRADIO MMVA RED CARPET, airing Sunday, June 19 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Much and Much.com.

At age two, Gigi Hadid was discovered by Paul Marciano of Guess and modelled in campaigns for Baby Guess and Guess Kids. At age 17, she signed a modelling contract with IMG and now at only 21, Hadid has graced the runways of Marc Jacobs, Giles, Sonia Rykiel, Jean Paul Gaultier, Jeremy Scott, Chanel, and walked in Victoria's Secret 2015 Fashion Show. Hadid has campaigns with Maybelline, Tommy Hilfiger, Stuart Weitzman, BMW, Evian, Versace and has been the face of Tom Ford, Topshop and more. Gigi has appeared on the cover of ten Vogue magazines around the world, and landed the covers of W, AdWeek, and the fourth installment of Carine Roitfeld's CR Fashion Book. Mentored by Carine Roitfeld, Gigi has sat for renowned photographers including Steven Meisel, Mario Testino, Mario Sorrenti, Craig McDean, Bruce Weber, Gilles Bensimon and more.

Nominees and additional performers and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks. Join the conversation online at #MMVAs.

Official partners of THE 2016 IHEARTRADIO MMVAs include: Coca-Cola® Canada, Nestlé USA, Inc., Procter & Gamble®, and Virgin Mobile Canada™.


Much gives fans the experience of a lifetime by putting them as close as humanly possible to their favourite artists and celebrities at THE 2016 IHEARTRADIO MMVAs. The show airs live on Sunday, June 19 on Much, CTV, Much.com, and Bell Media's French youth network, VRAK. Past MMVA performers and presenters include: Adam Lambert, Ariana Grande, Avril Lavigne, The Black Eyed Peas, The Black Keys, Britney Spears, Bruno Mars, Carly Rae Jepsen, Colin Farrell, Drake, Ed Sheeran, Gigi Hadid, Hedley, Jonas Brothers, Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Katy Perry, Ke$ha, Kelly Clarkson, Lady Gaga, LMFAO, Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, Selena Gomez, Snoop Dogg, Taylor Swift, The Weeknd, and many more. At THE IHEARTRADIO MMVAs, the audience is the priority; Much gives them the best seats in the house, whether a foot from the stage or a foot from a television, computer, or mobile phone. Fans should hit up Much regularly at Much.com or Twitter @Much for the most up-to-date info about the event of the year.
Unplugged Electroshock Hootenanny: a review of Fat Albert's Open Stage for Wednesday, May 4th 
Christian Christian: 
 The night of Wednesday, May 4th, I went to Fat Albert’s open stage, but because the Steelworkers Hall had booked the room to another group, the doors wouldn’t open for us until 21:00, as opposed to the usual time of 19:00. That gave me time to actually have dinner and to even watch an episode of Gunsmoke before heading out at 20:15.

When I arrived, there were a few regulars gathered in the area where the security guard usually sits. It looked like there were two large union meetings going on, but they might have been related. A big, bearded guy in his early middle age and with tattoos telling an incomplete story that stopped at his rolled up sleeves, came carrying a box out of the nearest meeting and apologized for bumping our event. He told us that he plays guitar himself, so he sympathizes. John Stroud, perhaps in his 80s, was sitting behind the desk, and asked him why he’d never brought his guitar to Fat Albert’s. The union man explained that he doesn’t live in Toronto. John asked him if he’d heard of Fat Albert’s before, but he said that he only remembered an animated television show by that name from when he was a kid. John told him that Fat Albert’s is the oldest Folk coffee house in Canada and that this is its 49th year.

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First Edition of Hit The Floor Toronto

"After six years in Lévis and three in Gatineau, we have managed to become a leader among events that generate the most tourism spin-offs in terms of the number of visitors to each of these regions. We are confident that we'll be able to recreate the same excitement in Toronto," Mr. Bégin said, adding that the majority of Hit The Floor visitors are from outside of the region.

Canada's Biggest Multi-Style Dance Competition Takes on the Queen City!

After its resounding success in Lévis and Gatineau-Ottawa, Canada's biggest multi-style dance competition continues to gather momentum as it heads to Toronto for a spectacular event taking place at the Metro Convention Centre in exactly one year's time, that is to say from April 28 to 30, 2017.

"There's a large pool of dancers in Ontario, which means there's a high number of requests to participate in our competitions. As our two events were fully booked, it made perfect sense to turn towards Toronto. This decision is also perfectly in keeping with our plan to make Hit The Floor a world-class organization within the next five years," revealed Hit The Floor founder and director Nicolas Bégin, who is also an experienced dancer.

A true celebration of dance, Hit The Floor features hundreds of performances by dancers of all skill levels, which are presented throughout the three-day event. The line-up includes contemporary, ballet, lyrical, jazz, tap and hip hop dance routines performed by dancers affiliated with dance schools located across Canada.
Hit The Floor also brings together internationally renowned dance masters as judges and guest performers. Natalli Reznik, who has starred in several Hollywood films including Take The Lead, Candace Brown, an instructor and choreographer from the prestigious Broadway Dance Center, Hokuto Konishi, known for his stellar performance on the television show America's Best Dance Crew and also a choreographer for the popular music group LMFAO, Kim Gingras, who took part in the Beyoncé Tour as well as the television show Dancing with the Stars, and Jaja Vankova from the famous I.aM.mE dance crew are just a few of the participants in past Gatineau and Lévis editions.
And then of course there are world-class crews such as Quest Crew (America's Best Dance Crew Season 3 and 8 champions), I.aM.Me (America's Best Dance Crew Season 5 champions), Dana Foglia Dance Company and Fanny Pak (participants in Season 2 of America's Best Dance Crew).

Registrations for the Toronto competition will begin in June.
Created in 2011 by dancer Nicolas Bégin, Hit The Floor has enjoyed exponential success. The city of Lévis will beat to the rhythm of its 6th edition in just a few days time, barely a month after Gatineau's sold-out 3rd edition was held. The two events combined attract a total of approximately 30,000 spectators and just over 5,000 dancers every year.

Established by dancer Nicolas Bégin, whose performances on America's Best Dance Crew and So You Think You Can Dance Canada caused a sensation, the Hit The Floor competition was staged for the first time in the city of Lévis in 2011 with the goal of contributing to the development of all styles of dance in Canada. In 2014, the event was exported to Gatineau, where it was a resounding success. The dance competition presented in Toronto will be the first one to be held outside Quebec.

City's first musical instrument lending library shares the sound of music with Torontonians

Starting today, Torontonians will have access to the city's first musical instrument library - the Sun Life Financial Musical Instrument Lending Library. Sun Life Financial and the Toronto Public Library have created this innovative free program that will provide residents with the opportunity to borrow a variety of instruments.

Guitars, ukuleles, violins and portable keyboards are among the 100 instruments available - donated by Sun Life Financial to establish the program. Sun Life Financial has also created a special series of short videos to assist individuals with the use, care and enjoyment of the instruments. Whether you're a seasoned musician in need of an instrument or a beginner looking to learn a new skill, the Sun Life Financial Musical Instrument Lending Library is the perfect program to ignite your musical creativity.

This program is part of a national initiative that will see similar musical lending libraries launched in cities across Canada this spring. The Sun Life Financial Musical Instrument Lending Library will be housed at Parkdale Branch. All instruments can be borrowed free of charge with a valid Toronto Public Library card.

"We're so pleased that we can connect music lovers and learners to instruments at the library, thanks to Sun Life Financial's generous philanthropic donation," said Vickery Bowles, City Librarian at Toronto Public Library. "We know how much music enriches life, but many Torontonians don't have ready access to musical instruments for financial reasons. Programs such as this one break down those barriers and connect people to wonderful opportunities. I'm looking forward to hearing stories of the music that people will be making thanks to the Sun Life Financial Musical Instrument Lending Library."

Sun Life Financial believes that arts and culture should be celebrated within our communities and made accessible to individuals and families, regardless of their means - the focus of its award-winning Making the Arts More Accessibleâ„¢ program. As such, Sun Life Financial has been a partner of the Toronto Public Library since 2007, supporting the Sun Life Financial Museum + Arts Pass program.

"This new program is a natural extension of our support of music education, bringing music into the homes of residents across the city of Toronto," said Paul Joliat, Assistant Vice-President, Philanthropy and Sponsorships, Sun Life Financial. "We wish to help bring the joy of music to more peoples' lives."

The library will also be holding a Musical Instrument Donation Drive running month-long until May 7th. Torontonians may drop off their new or gently used musical instrument donations at Parkdale Branch and two participating Long & McQuade locations in Toronto. Please visit tpl.ca/instrumentlending for more information.

The Sun Life Financial Musical Instrument Lending Library was developed and executed in collaboration with Shaw Saltzberg of NextStage Entertainment Ltd.

Legacy Recordings Celebrates Kris Kristofferson's 80th Birthday with Release of The Complete Monument & Columbia Album Collection on Friday, June 10 

Kristofferson wrote his first songs while studying at Merton College at Oxford University, hoping the craft of songwriting would further his goal of becoming a novelist. While in England, he cut his first records as "Kris Carson" for the Top Rank Records label. This early foray into the music industry proved unsuccessful. Graduating Oxford with a master's degree in English literature in 1960, Kristofferson eventually relocated to Nashville, Tennessee, where he began to ply his trade as a songwriter while working as a series of other jobs including helicopter pilot, oil rig operator (in Louisiana) and janitor at Columbia Recording Studios.

By 1967, Kristofferson had signed with Epic Records, who released an unsuccessful single, "Golden Idol"/"Killing Time". Meanwhile, Kris Kristofferson-penned songs were hitting the charts, performed by other artists including Roy Drusky ("Jody and the Kid"); Billy Walker & the Tennessee Walkers ("From the Bottle to the Bottom"); Ray Stevens ("Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down"); Jerry Lee Lewis ("Once More with Feeling"); Faron Young ("Your Time's Comin'"); and Roger Miller ("Me and Bobby McGee", "Best of all Possible Worlds", and "Darby's Castle"). Kris started to achieve attention as a performer in his own right, especially after being introduced on-stage at the Newport Folk Festival by Johnny Cash.

Signed as a recording artist to Monument Records by the prescient Fred Foster, Kristofferson saw his eponymous debut album released in 1970. The album, Kristofferson, included newly written originals as well as some of Kris's most familiar hits for other artists; re-released as Me & Bobby McGee a year later, the collection put Kris Kristofferson front and center in the worlds of popular and country music. Ray Price's recording of "For the Good Times" helped the composition win the Academy of Country Music's Song of the Year in 1970 while Johnny Cash's version of "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down" secured the Song of the Year award that same year from the Country Music Association. Kris Kristofferson's double win for Song of the Year in 1970 marked the only time a single individual has ever achieved the same award--from Country Music's two competing professional guilds--in the same year for two different songs.

In 1971, Janis Joplin's definitive recording of "Me and Bobby McGee" became a #1 hit and remains a radio perennial to this day. While a string of Kristofferson songs became hits for other artists--Ray Price ("I'd Rather Be Sorry"); Joe Simon ("Help Me Make It Through the Night"); Bobby Bare ("Please Don't Tell Me How the Story Ends"); O.C. Smith ("Help Me Make It Through the Night"); Jerry Lee Lewis ("Me and Bobby McGee"); Patti Page ("I'd Rather Be Sorry"); Peggy Little ("I've Got to Have You") and Kenny Rogers ("Me and Bobby McGee"), Kristofferson solidified his position as a recordings artist with the release of The Silver Tongued Devil and I in 1971. He swept the Grammys in 1971 with several nominations, winning Country Song of the Year for "Help Me Make It Through the Night."  

​ Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will celebrate the 80th birthday of American music legend Kris Kristofferson with the release of The Complete Monument & Columbia Album Collection, a 16CD deluxe box set, on Friday, June 10.

The most comprehensive Kris Kristofferson musical library ever assembled, The Complete Monument & Columbia Album Collection brings together 11 essential studio albums, recorded by the artist from 1970 through 1981, individually packaged in a facsimile sleeve reproducing the original album artwork. In addition, the boxed set includes five bonus discs of unreleased and hard-to-find live and studio material drawn from Kristofferson's extraordinary golden era with the Monument and Columbia Records labels. Bonus material includes three highly-collectible concert recordings (two of them previously unreleased) from 1970-1972 and two full discs of rarities featuring non-LP singles, studio outtakes, rare appearances, previously unavailable demos and more.

The Complete Monument & Columbia Album Collection box set includes a deluxe booklet featuring essays and liner notes penned especially for this anthology: 1) an introduction to Kristofferson written by Fred Foster, the visionary founder of Monument Records who signed Kris as a songwriter to Combine Music and a recording artist for Monument, who released his debut album in 1970; 2) an aesthetic appreciation of the artist--"Kris Kristofferson True American Hero""--by famed musician/producer Don Was; and 3) a revelatory and insightful portrait of Kris Kristofferson and his music from acclaimed American writer and journalist Mikal Gilmore.

Born June 22, 1936 in Brownsville, Texas, Kristoffer ("Kris") Kristofferson has been an active force in the entertainment industry for the past half century. An influential singer/songwriter who changed the contours of American country music with the lyrical insight and penetrating honesty of his songs, a US Army veteran (who served from 1960-1965, achieving the rank of Captain) and former Oxford University Rhodes Scholar who won a Golden Globes Best Actor Award (for his starring role opposite Barbra Streisand in the 1976 movie smash "A Star Is Born"), Kris Kristofferson is both a multi-faceted artist and a bonafide American icon.

A musician whose sound bridges the worlds of country, folk, rock and gospel, Kristofferson is one of the sonic architects of the American outlaw country movement. Having written and recorded such hit songs as "Me and Bobby McGee," "For the Good Times," "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," "Help Me Make It Through the Night" and many others, Kris Kristofferson is among the most influential and admired musicians in the world, with a body of work that spans the late 20th and early 21st centuries. In 1985, he united with fellow outlaw country artists Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings to form The Highwaymen, the world's first country music "supergroup." He was induced into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2004.

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TUFF, North America's Longest-Running Commuter Film Festival Turns 10 This September and is Getting Ready to Celebrate 10 Years of Outstanding One-Minute Films from Toronto, Across North America and Around the World.

Take Up the Challenge. Make a Minute that Counts. Share it with Millions.

TUFF accepts all genres of silent, one-minute film, video, and animation.

FREE Deadline: May 15th

An entry fee of $20.00 is required after May 15th.

Final Deadline: July 15, 2016

Submit: www.torontourbanfilmfestival.com

The 10th annual Toronto Urban Film Festival (TUFF) will bring the best one-minute silent films from around the world to Toronto subway platforms from September 10 - 18, 2016. TUFF launches the 10th anniversary celebrations with TUFF Ten, a special programme in recognition of the festival's history.

TUFF Ten will take over all 346 PATTISON Onestop digital subway screens, replacing all regular content, from 10:00 am - 4:00pm on Saturday, September 10, 2016. Starting September 11th, TUFF will be seen daily at five-minute intervals from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m., on all subway platform screens across Toronto, entertaining an audience of over 1.2 million daily commuters.
Continuing TUFF traditions for 2016, dedicated PATTISON Onestop subway screens in key stations will present an uninterrupted viewing of TUFF each day, and Too TUFF for the TTC will offer an online program of great films not appropriate for screening in a public transit setting.
Named one of the 'Coolest Film Festivals' by MovieMaker Magazine, TUFF is North America's largest commuter film festival. Selected films are eligible for cash prizes and awards, with a top prize of $3,000. Past guest judges include: Patricia Rozema, Guy Maddin, Bruce McDonald, Jennifer Baichwal, Atom Egoyan, and Deepa Mehta.

One Minute. Ten Years. Endless Imagination. Visit the TUFF website for submission details, festival information and to view past films at www.torontourbanfilmfestival.com.