Sir Terry Wogan, Matt Baker, Gary Barlow, Nick Grimshaw, Alex Jones, JLS and Union J have joined forces to kick start this year’s BBC Children in Need Campaign.They are calling on the Great British public to once again get fundraising to help raise millions for disadvantaged children and young people right here in the UK.There are a number of fun ways people can get fundraising for the Charity as demonstrated by Pudsey’s celebrity pals. Union J and Alex Jones are leading the fundraising charge by asking people to ditch their usual 9 to 5 work clothes and wear their #pyjamas and have a PJ party of their own!Meanwhile Sir Terry Wogan and Nick Grimshaw are encouraging Brits to #bakeit, dig out their wooden spoons and get creative in the kitchen to hold a bake sale for the Bear. Sir Terry Wogan is fond of a lemon drizzle cake, but whether it is cookies, cupcakes or a crumble, all money raised will help to change young lives.JLS are encouraging fans to follow in their footsteps, pop on their dancing shoes and put on a musical fundraising show of their own telling the world using #songanddance. Music, lights, action, all in aid of BBC Children in Need!Or for the budding athletes out there, Matt Baker is calling on the public to dust off their running gear and get involved in a sponsored race. Every single run, race, skip or space-hop, will go towards helping the Charity.BBC Children in Need’s Life President Sir Terry Wogan says: “Another year older and my childhood is almost ancient history, though memories from back then are very fond ones. I was lucky. Mine was a happy childhood but for many children in the UK, this isn’t the case, which is why the BBC started BBC Children in Need. Get involved. Go on, you know you want to. Together we can make 2013 our greatest year ever.”One of BBC Children in Need’s biggest supporters, Gary Barlow says: “I’m doing my bit for BBC Children in Need, are you? Whether you bake, race, dress- up or sing, every penny goes towards making a difference to the lives of children and young people based here in the UK.”The official fundraising pack is available for download and is jam packed with fundraising ideas and games to help people with their fundraising efforts. To date the Great British public has raised nearly £690 million for children across the UK and the Charity is calling on people to once again pull out the stops and start baking, running, dancing, pyjama wearing or singing; anything at all to help raise money to change young lives!Source:Children In Need
Accomplished painter, singer and humanitarian Tony Bennett and his wife, arts advocate Susan Benedetto, have been awarded the George Washington University President’s Medal, the highest honor the university president can bestow.Tony Bennett and his wife Susan Benedetto honored by George Washington University for their commitment to the Arts.George Washington President Steven Knapp presented the award to honor Mr. Bennett and Mrs. Benedetto’s dedication to the arts at a ceremony in the Corcoran building, home to GW’s Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, on July 30.The award ceremony featured a private one-night-only exhibition of 18 pieces of Mr. Bennett’s renowned art, including a bust of Harry Belafonte and paintings of Duke Ellington and of Central Park – both of which are part of the Smithsonian Institution’s permanent collection.The George Washington University President’s Medal recognizes individuals who have exhibited courage, character and leadership in their chosen fields and who exemplify the ability of all human beings to improve the lives of others.“It’s a particular pleasure to recognize the contributions of Tony Bennett and Susan Benedetto to arts education at the home of the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, one of the most iconic buildings in our nation’s capital,” said GW President Steven Knapp.Mr. Bennett and Mrs. Benedetto have worked to make arts education a priority in American public schools. In 1999, Mr. Bennett and Mrs. Benedetto founded the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Queens. That same year, the couple founded the nonprofit arts education organization Exploring The Arts. Today, Exploring the Arts has partnerships with 23 public high schools in New York City and Los Angeles.Mr. Bennett, who is among the most popular recording artists in American history, paints under his family name as Anthony Benedetto. Three of Mr. Bennett’s original works are housed in the Smithsonian Institution’s permanent collection, including a portrait of Duke Ellington at the National Portrait Gallery, a painting of Central Park at the American Art Museum, and a portrait of Ella Fitzgerald at the National Museum of American History.“I could never dream of anything this beautiful happening to me. After years of work and wondering where it is all going to end up, this is a great experience in my life,” said Tony Bennett.As an advocate for civil rights, Mr. Bennett marched with Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, and he refused to perform in South Africa during the apartheid era. A dedicated humanitarian, Mr. Bennett has raised millions of dollars for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. His original paintings are displayed each year as the cover of the American Cancer Society’s holiday greeting card, with proceeds going to cancer research.Mrs. Benedetto has devoted much of her life to supporting arts education. She is a graduate of Fordham University and Columbia University’s Teachers College. Mrs. Benedetto was the owner of Creative Artists Management, where she advised artists on management of their careers and coordinated publicity, bookings and recording projects. She began her career in education as a social studies teacher at the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. Mrs. Benedetto also served as a social studies teacher and assistant principal at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts.Previous recipients of the President’s Medal, established in 1988, include Nobel laureate and former President of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev, former Israeli Prime Minister and Nobel laureate Shimon Peres, NASA astronaut Charles J. Camarda and journalist Walter Cronkite.Source:PR Newswire read more
On September 10, 2016, the nation’s leading reproductive health, rights, and justice organizations will host free music and cultural events that shine a light on the majority of Americans who support abortion rights and show how access to abortion benefits women, their families and ultimately, the country.Sia Joins All Access ConcertAll Access, a series of high-energy concerts, is bringing top musical and comedic talent to Cleveland with four other events taking place simultaneously in Atlanta, Chicago, Miami, and Philadelphia. From dance parties to slam poetry contests, thousands more will participate in more than 30 smaller events across the country to show that abortion rights supporters are visible, active, and willing to speak up.Hosted by Comedy Central’s Jessica Williams, the anchor event in Cleveland will feature a show-stopping headlining performance by five time Grammy-nominated artist Sia and a performance by 8 – time Latin Grammy Award-winning musical artist Natalia Lafourcade. Leslie Jones, the star of Ghostbusters and Saturday Night Live, will be a featured comedian.“All Access is such an inclusive group that I’m proud to be a part of this. We all need to stand together and be a part of creating the future we hope to see. There is so much support out there for an inclusive, equitable society that it’s time we showed our collective power,” said Sia.Through the concerts, daytime events, and a robust digital experience, All Access gives participants a platform to share their personal stories and show the world that abortion access is a fundamental part of a woman’s ability to participate equally in the social, economic, and political fabric of society.“We have taken many positive steps towards equity and reproductive rights, but our work is far from done,” said Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America. “All Access is an event that unites abortion access supporters and shows this country what is possible when each of us can choose our own life path – including what our families look like.”All Access will highlight the roadblocks that have been thrown in the way of individuals seeking to access their fundamental right to a safe and legal abortion. Since the 2010 midterm election, states have quietly passed more than 334 individual restrictions to keep women from accessing abortion. Nearly 90% of U.S. counties have no abortion provider, leaving roughly a third of women of reproductive age without a single clinic or doctor that can perform an abortion.“Abortion access is an issue that affects all women, but particularly low-income women and women of color,” said Marcela Howell, Executive Director for In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda. “Regardless of race or the size of one’s paycheck, access to abortion is a universal right that is consistently under threat and its time that we speak out on this issue.”Tickets to All Access events are free of charge and are available now on AllAccess2016.com. Cleveland’s All Access concert will be held at the Wolstein Center at Cleveland State University in downtown Cleveland. Additional talent for the events in Cleveland, Miami, Chicago, Atlanta and Philadelphia will be announced later this summer.For more information, visit AllAccess2016.com. read more
GRAMMY Award-winning, international superstar Pitbull and the Hard Rock Heals Foundation are hitting the stage with the release of the brand’s latest merchandise line on Monday, January 16, 2017.The Pitbull Signature Series: Edition 35 shirt, inspired by the global star, Mr. Worldwide, supports the SLAM Foundation to help advance learning opportunities for children around the world.“Music and education have always been a driving force in my life,” said Pitbull. “Partnering with the Hard Rock Heals Foundation for my Signature Series shirt will benefit SLAM! (Sports, Leadership, Arts and Management) in its effort to help students from all walks of life achieve their highest potential.”“Pitbull and Hard Rock understand how imperative it is to invest in our future through the education of children,” said Kellie Brown, Philanthropy Manager for Hard Rock International. “Pitbull has been a supporter of the Hard Rock brand, and we are honored to collaborate with him on this Signature Series program that we know will have an impact on children around the globe.”A percentage of the retail price of each Pitbull Signature Series shirt sold will be donated to SLAM through the Hard Rock Heals Foundation. The new Signature Series shirt features Pitbull’s famous moniker, “Mr. Worldwide,” in vibrant turquoise and pink lettering in homage to his Miami upbringing. The limited-edition black shirt is available in men’s and women’s sizes and can be purchased online and at participating Rock Shops at Hard Rock Cafe, Hotel and Casino properties around the world.Hard Rock developed the concept of partnering with world-renowned musicians and bands to create and donate imaginative designs more than 20 years ago. These unique designs are converted onto shirts and sold at Hard Rock properties worldwide. Through the Hard Rock Heals Foundation, a portion of the retail price benefits the artist’s preferred charity. Pitbull joins a legendary roster of music icons – including Bob Marley, Rihanna, Imagine Dragons, U2, KISS, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, The Who, Jon Bon Jovi, Linkin Park, Shakira, Ringo Starr and Jimi Hendrix – who have become part of Hard Rock’s Signature Series and Artist Spotlight programs, which have helped to raise millions of dollars for charitable causes around the globe.Visit HardRock.com for additional details on Hard Rock’s Signature Series program, or Rockshop.HardRock.com to purchase the new Pitbull Signature Series: Edition 35 merchandise. read more
After the successful run of “Will & Grace,” Eric McCormack could have parlayed his Emmy-winning success into a string of repeats, say, “According to Eric” or even “Eric Can Wait.” But the Canadian actor went against the broadcast-television grain to try out different roles.In his most recent series, TNT’s “Perception,” he played a neuropsychiatrist and part-time crime solver. In his newest outing, “Travelers,” he is an FBI agent who becomes a “host” for a visitor from another century. Facebook Advertisement Part science fiction and part espionage, the series, created by Brad Wright of the “Stargate” franchise, transports humans from the future into the present time. They assume the lives of random people, while performing missions in order to save humanity from the bleak future they already know.McCormack, 53, stars as Grant MacLaren, and plays a pivotal if cryptic role in the first two episodes. He spoke to The Post from New York’s London hotel about “Travelers” and the rumored revival of “Will & Grace.”Would you say you’re playing against type in this new series?I’m an actor. I can’t afford to have a type. I love to mix it up. I haven’t had a chance to play a quiet leading man in a while. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter read more
LUSELAND, Sask. — The most expensive, and arguably iconic, dress in the world made its Canadian public debut Monday at the community hall in Luseland, Sask.Marilyn Monroe wore the skin-tight, bejewelled Jean Louis dress when she cooed a sultry “Happy birthday, Mr. President…” to John F. Kennedy for his 45th birthday in 1962.She died less than three months later. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment An RCMP officer stands guard beside the gown Marilyn Monroe wore when she sang to John F. Kennedy for his 45th birthday. The dress, which was bought by Jim Pattison for $4.8 million, was on display July 10, 2017, at Luseland, Sask.’s community hall. (Chad Hills/CTV Saskatoon) Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement The dress was purchased for US$4.8 million last November by businessman Jim Pattison for his Ripley’s Entertainment division, making it the most expensive dress purchased, according to Guinness World Records.Pattison, who is originally from Luseland, is the CEO of the Jim Pattison Group, Canada’s second-largest privately held company.Edward Meyer, vice-president of exhibits and archives at Ripley’s Entertainment, said the seven minutes of bidding he engaged in for the dress was “very exciting.”“When the bids are going up by half a million dollars, if you pause for 30 seconds, you’re already a million back,” he told CTV News from Orlando, Fla. “You have to be able to act and react fast. It’s not until two or three days later it sinks in that, ‘Oh my gosh we just spent $4.8 million.’”The gown is adorned with 6,000 hand-sewn rhinestones and 2,500 crystals.Meyer said what grabbed the interest of Ripley’s was the historical importance of the dress.“It’s the association with JFK. It’s the 1960s. It’s the whole big picture, not just Marilyn,” Meyer explained. “It’s also her last big public event before her suicide/death.”Transporting the dress to the small Saskatchewan town was frantic and scary, according to Meyer, who said the artifact has been surrounded by security guards since its arrival in Luseland.Meyer said the case alone — which is bullet-proof and has GPS tracking — costs more than some other Ripley’s exhibits.Monroe’s dress will be taken to Saskatoon later this week, then will tour British Columbia before visiting various Ripley’s centres.(CTV Saskatoon)By The Canadian Press Advertisement Twitter read more
While its filming industry isn’t as big as Toronto’s or Vancouver’s, Montreal’s offers a variety of architecture that isn’t found elsewhere, he says.In particular, the architecture of parts of Old Montreal allows it to pass for parts of Europe, while other sectors of the Old Port and downtown are more reminiscent of New York.Patricia Durocher, a location manager who works mostly with Quebec or Quebec-Europe co-productions, said she used Montreal and its suburbs in her latest movie to represent a number of U.S. states, including Kansas, Vermont, New Hampshire and New York.The Hummingbird Project, a story about two entrepreneurs building a fibre-optic line, is to make its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival this year.“A lot of production in the past couple of years is representing the States in general, especially suburbs, and the background in Quebec is really, really similar,” she said.But her biggest challenge, she said, was trying to find interior scenes to represent the Middle Eastern country of Jordan while filming Denis Villeneuve’s 2010 Oscar-nominated drama Incendies.“All of our architecture is so different from over there,” she said. Advertisement MONTREAL—In almost 25 years as a location manager, Pierre Blondin has helped to transform Montreal and its suburbs into New York, part of Europe, New Jersey and New England cottage country.Foreign filming in the city has been booming of late, spurred on by tax incentives, varied architecture, an endless appetite for online streaming, and the presence of several top studios and visual effects companies specializing in post-production.Last year, foreign investments in shooting and audiovisual production investments totalled $645 million in the province, including from the 23 foreign productions that filmed in the province, many in Montreal, according to Quebec’s film and TV council. Advertisement “The light switches on the wall are different, and the construction materials they use, we don’t have here.”In the end, she said, the illusion was achieved through a mixture of imagination and creative work on the part of the art department.And if a match isn’t perfect, there are always visual effects, which can be used to erase a couple of trees or add storeys to Montreal’s buildings, which are shorter than New York’s.As location managers, Blondin and Durocher are involved at every stage of a production, including scouting locations, negotiating with property owners, setting schedules and ensuring everything is left in perfect shape.And while the filming boom has given them plenty of work, both say it doesn’t come without certain downsides.Durocher says the big-budget American productions have pushed the price of location rentals so high that Quebec’s homegrown French-language film and TV sector can barely afford to pay them.“(The Americans) want something and they just buy it, whatever the cost is,” she said.“But when you need that same place, you’re doing a local production, Mr. and Ms everyone doesn’t understand the difference and want the same price.”She says American productions are also sometimes less respectful of the neighbourhoods they shoot in, which makes citizens reluctant to allow subsequent shoots.But at the same time, she says the issue isn’t black and white, because the local productions are also benefiting from the skills of crew members who have gained valuable experience on American sets.Blondin, who works mainly with American productions, notes for his part that it’s becoming more and more difficult to find locations willing to accommodate the growing size of a production, which can include 20 trailers and more than 100 crew members.He’s gone to great lengths to ensure local businesses and residents aren’t bothered by filming, including ordering high-end gift baskets for every one of a hotel’s guests, hiring shuttles to transport residents who have temporarily lost parking, and agreeing to do electrical repair work for a school that was being rented as a film set.In the end, he said, citizens generally enjoy the process, but it’s getting harder to convince them ahead of time.Blondin says that while he gets a lot of help from a team of workers at the City of Montreal and Quebec’s film and television council, permits are getting harder to obtain over worries about parking, street closures or inconvenience.For that reason, he says, it’s unlikely that Montreal will ever film a major action movie such as Terminator or Mission: Impossible, because many authorities are too reluctant to agree to major street closures or the use of certain infrastructure.He says he’s hoping people will remember that, in the end, film and TV shooting results in a product that is enjoyed by millions, and that each production provides hundreds of jobs to Quebecers.“You have to remember we’re feeding families,” he said.“You have to be willing to make sacrifices for the economy, so people can make a living.”By MORGAN LOWRIE | The Canadian Press Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement While few of the productions are actually set in the city, Blondin says it’s been common for decades to “cheat” one location for another, usually for budget or scheduling reasons.“The cheating is large scale … but you get away with it, because what matters in a film is the action,” said Blondin, 61. “If you’re watching a film and looking at the background, it’s because the storyline is very boring.” Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Film and television location manager Pierre Blondin poses in Montreal, Saturday, August 4, 2018. 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On Friday, October 12, 2018 in Toronto, the Consulate General of France in Toronto presented Ana Serrano, CDO of the Canadian Film Centre (CFC), with the insignia as a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Letters). The Order of Arts and Letters was established in 1957 to recognize eminent artists and writers, as well as people who have contributed significantly to furthering the arts in France and throughout the world. It is aimed at building relationships and fostering cultural and linguistic exchange. To be considered for the award, recipients must have “significantly contributed to the enrichment of the French cultural inheritance.”Ana Serrano receives the Insignia from Mr. Marc Trouyet, Consul General of France in Toronto. Photo by Brian de Rivera Simon.Mr. Marc Trouyet, Consul General of France in Toronto, noted that “Ana Serrano founded the CFC Media Lab to lead the wider CFC’s digital innovation strategy. She has supervised more than 130 digital media projects, coached more than 50 startups, and initiated a breadth of visionary projects in the field of interactive and immersive media. As both a Francophile and an executive member of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, Serrano has been invited to France to share her expertise, including at Cannes and the Forum des images. Her action has been critical to the development of a partnership between the Cultural Service of the French Embassy and the CFC Media Lab to organize Enterprising Culture, a Franco-Canadian forum promoting French and Canadian expertise in the field of creative industries, and to reinforce Franco-Canadian cooperation in this field. I am delighted to have the opportunity to present her with the title of Knight in the Order of Arts and Letters this week.”The special bestowing ceremony took place at the conclusion of the third annual Franco-Canadian forum of creative industries, Enterprising Culture, presented by the Cultural Service of the Embassy of France in Canada and the CFC, in the Distillery District in downtown Toronto. The forum provided opportunities for unique discussions and exchanges between Canadian and French stakeholders and startups from the worlds of culture, creative, and media industries. It drew high-level French and Canadian stakeholders in the sectors of education, arts, culture and heritage, including academics, CEOs, content creators, designers, educators, entrepreneurs, government leaders and investors. Together, they generated substantive reflection on the ethics and impact of new digital technologies in creative, cultural, and educational sectors, especially machine learning, big data, and artificial intelligence (AI). Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment By Margaret DeRosia | CFC Facebook Advertisement read more
Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Twitter Advertisement During tonight’s awards show, Stephan James was recognized with the inaugural Radius Award, presented by MADE | NOUS, which was presented by his brother, Shamier Anderson. The Kids in the Hall received the Academy Icon Award, presented by Eric McCormack. The Academy honoured Mary Walsh with the Earle Grey Award, presented by Jonny Harris and Susan Kent. Deepa Mehta received the Lifetime Achievement Award.Dominique Provost-Chalkley was named the Cogeco Fund Audience Choice Award winner, presented during the live show by two past winners, CARMILLA stars Elise Bauman and Natasha Negovanlis. 7,752,418 number of votes were cast to determine the winner of this award.“It’s been a fantastic week embracing and celebrating homegrown talent, and their ability to engage audiences,” said Beth Janson, CEO, Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. “As another Canadian Screen Week comes to an end, we are proud of the unique opportunity we have to introduce incredible Canadian film and television to a broader audience. The Canadian Screen Awards puts a spotlight on the talented content creators and storytellers in our own backyard and on the world stage.”.2019 Canadian Screen Awards Film WinnersBest Motion PictureA Colony | Une colonie – Fanny Drew, Sarah ManneringPerformance by an Actor in a Leading RoleThéodore Pellerin – Family First | Chien de gardePerformance by an Actress in a Leading RoleÉmilie Bierre – A Colony | Une colonieAchievement in DirectionJasmin Mozaffari – FirecrackersTed Rogers Best Feature Length DocumentarySponsor | Rogers Group of FundsAnthropocene: The Human Epoch – Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier, Edward Burtynsky.2019 Canadian Screen Awards Television WinnersBest Comedy SeriesSchitt’s CreekCBC (CBC)(Not A Real Company Productions, Inc.)Eugene Levy, Daniel Levy, Andrew Barnsley, Fred Levy, Ben FeiginBest Drama SeriesAnne with an ECBC (CBC)(Northwood Entertainment)Miranda de Pencier, Moira Walley-BeckettBest Reality/Competition Program or SeriesThe Amazing Race CanadaCTV (Bell Media)(Insight Productions)John Brunton, Barbara Bowlby, Mark Lysakowski, Mike Bickerton, Sarah James, Kyle Martin, Robyn Bigue, Ann Camilleri, Guy Clarkson, Catherine PetersenBest Lead Actor, Drama Program or Limited SeriesCardinal: Blackfly SeasonCTV (Bell Media)(Cardinal Blackfly Productions Inc.)Billy CampbellBest Lead Actress, Drama Program or Limited SeriesCardinal: Blackfly SeasonCTV (Bell Media)(Cardinal Blackfly Productions Inc.)Karine VanasseBest Lead Actor, ComedyLetterkennyCrave (Bell Media)(New Metric Media)Jared KeesoBest Lead Actress, ComedySchitt’s CreekCBC (CBC)(Not A Real Company Productions, Inc.)Catherine O’HaraBest Lead Actor, Drama SeriesBad BloodCity (Rogers Media)(New Metric Media, Sphere Media Plus Inc.)Kim CoatesBest Lead Actress, Drama SeriesAnne with an ECBC (CBC)(Northwood Entertainment)Amybeth McNultyBest Writing, ComedyLetterkenny – Letterkenny Spelling BeeCrave (Bell Media)(New Metric Media)Jared Keeso, Jacob Tierney.Special Award CategoriesAcademy Icon AwardThe Kids in the HallLifetime Achievement AwardDeepa MehtaEarle Grey AwardMary WalshRadius AwardPresented by MADE | NOUSStephan JamesCogeco Fund Audience Choice AwardDominique Provost-ChalkleyVisit www.academy.ca to view the full list of winners from tonight’s Gala.About the Academy of Canadian Cinema & TelevisionThe Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television is the largest non-profit professional arts organization in Canada. We are dedicated to recognizing, advocating for, and celebrating Canadian talent in the film, television, and digital media sectors.Our more than 4,500 members encompass industry icons and professionals, emerging artists, and students. Collectively, we deliver professional development programs and networking opportunities that foster industry growth, inclusion, and mentorship.The Canadian Academy produces Canadian Screen Week. This annual celebration of excellence in media features a multi-platform, national program of events and celebrations, and culminates with the Canadian Screen Awards Broadcast Gala live on CBC, Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 8 p.m. (9 p.m. AT/ 9:30 p.m. NT).For information on membership and programming visit academy.ca. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO – (March 31, 2019) – A spotlight was shone on the country’s best in film and television this evening, as 2019 Canadian Screen Week concluded its festivities with the biggest night of celebration at the Canadian Screen Awards: Broadcast Gala. The awards show was broadcast live from Toronto’s Sony Centre for the Performing Arts on CBC and the free CBC Gem streaming service.A total of 20 awards were presented to Canada’s best screen talent throughout the evening, with highlights including:· Best Drama Series – Anne with an E· Best Comedy Series – Schitt’s Creek· Best Motion Picture – A Colony | Une colonie· Achievement in Direction – Jasmin Mozaffari (Firecrackers)· Ted Rogers Best Feature Length Documentary, presented by Rogers Group of Funds – Anthropocene: The Human Epoch· Best Reality/Competition Program or Series – The Amazing Race Canada read more
Facebook TORONTO ─ TIFF Co-Heads Cameron Bailey and Joana Vicente announced today that the World Premiere of Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band, Daniel Roher’s touching tale of Robertson’s young life and the creation of one of the most enduring groups in the history of popular music, The Band, will be the Opening Night Gala Presentation for the 44th Toronto International Film Festival® on Thursday, September 5, at Roy Thomson Hall. The premiere marks the first time a Canadian-made documentary opens the Toronto International Film Festival.The documentary film, directed by Roher (Ghosts of Our Forest), inspired by Robertson’s 2016 memoir, Testimony, tells the moving story of Robertson’s personal journey as he overcame adversity and found camaraderie alongside the four other men who would become his brothers in music, and who together made their mark on music history.Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band blends rare archival footage, photography, iconic songs, and interviews with many of Robertson’s friends and collaborators, including Martin Scorsese, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Peter Gabriel, Taj Mahal, Dominique Robertson, and Ronnie Hawkins.“This is one of Toronto’s great stories of a hometown hero,” said Bailey, Artistic Director & Co-Head of TIFF. “From his early years in this city, to the inspiration he took from life on the Six Nations reserve, to the impact he’s had on generations of music lovers, Robertson emerges in Roher’s film as a truly Canadian-made superstar. In our first year as TIFF’s Co-Heads, Joana and I are thrilled to open the Festival with a Canadian story that speaks to the world.” Advertisement “This stirring documentary takes audiences on a musical journey and shows us just what it takes to build one of the most significant groups in rock history,” said Vicente, Executive Director & Co-Head of TIFF. “Robertson is a Canadian music icon, and his moving story of persistence and passion is the perfect way to begin Festival 2019 for both Cameron and me. We’re eager to share the excitement of Opening Night with Toronto’s film lovers, and audiences can expect some very special guests joining us to help celebrate.”“Robertson’s tale is a remarkable reminder of how vision, ambition, and hard work can empower one’s wildest dreams,” said Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band director Daniel Roher. “Robbie took a chance on me, and I will be forever grateful that he rolled the dice on a kid from Toronto to helm his story. Opening the Toronto International Film Festival is beyond some wildest dreams of my own and I am thankful for everyone who believed in me.”“I’m so tremendously honoured that the premiere of Once Were Brothers, inspired by my memoir Testimony, will be the opening movie at TIFF this year, in my hometown of Toronto, Ontario, Canada,” said RobertsonIn a career spanning six decades, Robbie Robertson has continued to create as a songwriter, producer, performer, actor, author, and film composer. His raw talent thrust him into the spotlight and put him at the centre of a cultural revolution, backing Bob Dylan on his notorious 1966 electric world tour and later collaborating with Dylan on the groundbreaking Basement Tapes, then as a member of The Band, inventing the musical hybrid known as Americana with songs like “The Weight,” “Up on Cripple Creek,” and “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.” Of late, Robertson has been working on a new solo album, due this fall.Made in conjunction with Imagine Documentaries, White Pine Pictures, Bell Media Studios and Universal Music Canada’s Shed Creative, the project is executive produced by Martin Scorsese, Imagine Entertainment Chairmen Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, Justin Wilkes and Sara Bernstein for Imagine Documentaries; White Pines Pictures’ president Peter Raymont, and COO Steve Ord; Bell Media president, Randy Lennox; Jared Levine; Michael Levine; Universal Music Canada president and CEO Jeffrey Remedios; and Shed Creative’s managing director Dave Harris. The film was produced by Andrew Munger, Stephen Paniccia, Sam Sutherland and Lana Belle Mauro.Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band will stream on Crave in Canada later this year.The 44th Toronto International Film Festival runs September 5–15, 2019.TIFF announces more Gala and Special Presentations on July 23Festival ticket packages start at $110. Purchase packages online at tiff.net/tickets, by phone (416.599.TIFF or 1.888.599.8433), or in person at TIFF Bell Lightbox until August 11 while quantities last.TIFF prefers VisaSocial Media:@TIFF_NET#TIFF19Facebook.com/TIFF LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter read more
APTN National NewsForty-five people were awarded the Order of Canada Friday at Rideau Hall in Ottawa for enriching the lives of others.One of them was Mi’kmaq educator Edwina Wetzel from Conne River in Newfoundland and Labrador.The award is in recognition of a lifetime of work empowering her community through education.She has incorporated Mi’kmaq history, language and culture into the province’s modern curriculum and made modern education a priority.
APTN National NewsThe Transparency Act may show how much chiefs make, but it doesn’t answer the big questions.Band members say accountability is about more than numbers.As APTN’s Trina Roache reports, they want to know what their chiefs are doing to earn that money.
The Canadian PressOTTAWA – The premier of the Northwest Territories doesn’t see climate change as a ticking time bomb _ in his part of the country, it’s already gone off.Canada’s North is at the forefront of climate change and its effects can be seen with the naked eye on a daily basis, Bob McLeod said in an interview with The Canadian Press.Warmer temperatures have led to a host of changes, including a shifting tree line, problems with the territory’s winter road network and significant impacts on the caribou population, McLeod said.“I could go on and on,” he said. “We have permafrost … that’s melting. It is affecting our buildings and our housing so we have to change our building techniques.”Climate change has also contributed to the disappearance of certain fish species, McLeod noted. “We are seeing wildlife species foreign to this area … moving further north from the south like cougar and whitetail deer.”He also suggested the territory is at the mercy of outside efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.“We are doing our part, but I mean, in the larger scheme of things, we are very small emitters of CO2 (carbon dioxide) gases,” McLeod said.“Obviously we are dependent on national and international actions to reduce the overall emissions of greenhouses gases.”McLeod said he looks forward to participating in upcoming discussions with the federal government as it prepares to hammer out a national climate change strategy along with the provinces and other territories.“From all accounts, the prime minister has indicated that the government of Canada is going to take a much more active leadership role working … closely with the provinces and territories, so I was heartened by that,” he said.“I was also heartened by the fact that Canada contributed significantly to help developing countries to deal with climate change. We are hopeful he will take the same approach with developing territories to help us deal with the effects of greenhouse gases that are largely not our own doing.”The annual average temperature has increased 1.6 degrees C, or twice the global average, since 1948, according to briefing documents prepared for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.Canada’s North has warmed by about three times the global average _ a boost of 2.2 C, the documents note.“I remember 20 years ago, I had the opportunity to make a presentation to a Senate committee on climate change,” McLeod said. “I look back to some of things I talked about. Most of it has come true.”McLeod recalled a senator asking if he would be happy to see warmer temperatures in the North.“I said ‘No, the reason we live up here is because we like the cold weather and we like our four seasons,” he said.“So it is unnerving to … have temperatures in the single digits in January … you wonder what the world is coming to.”— the Canadian Press read more
APTN National NewsDocumentary makers go far and wide to show their films.But that’s not the case for one Inuk film maker.For years, she would only show her film to Indigenous audiences.Monday in Montreal, she relented, but only with certain conditions.APTN’s Tom Fennario firstname.lastname@example.org
Holly Moore, Laurie HamelinAPTN National NewsA group of women’s rights advocates rallied outside the Kelowna RCMP detachment Tuesday to protest the police force’s handling of a sexual assault complaint in 2012.The protest comes a week after APTN News released exclusive video footage of an RCMP officer interrogating the alleged victim.“We need the RCMP to start respecting our women. Our women, in Indigenous Nations and Indigenous communities, Indigenous culture, are sacred. They’re life givers,” said MMIWG advocate Jody Leon.“And for the RCMP to treat an Indigenous girl who’s going to tell her story with disrespect perpetuates the ability for others in society to look at Inigenous women as if we’re lower beings.”email@example.com@bhobbs22
BEIJING, China – China’s exports in February surged 44.5 per cent over a year earlier while its politically sensitive trade surplus widened amid mounting tension with Washington.Customs data on Thursday showed export growth accelerated from January’s 11.1 per cent rate while import growth cooled to 6.3 per cent from the previous month’s 36.9 per cent.The country’s global trade surplus widened to $33.7 billion from January’s $20.3 billion.Beijing faces mounting pressure from the government of President Donald Trump to narrow its trade surplus. Trump has approved higher tariffs on Chinese-made washing machines and some other goods and is considering other possible penalties.
OTTAWA – Updates to the social safety net and protections for workers have yet to keep pace with tectonic shifts in the labour market, the country’s labour minister says, highlighting the challenge facing world leaders gathering in Canada and abroad this week.G7 leaders will be faced with the task of tackling the issue starting Friday when the annual leaders summit starts in Charlevoix, Que., with the Liberal government having prioritized the changing world of work as one of the gathering’s central topics for discussion.This week’s gathering in Switzerland of the International Labour Organization — the UN agency that sets international labour standards and promotes decent work — ended without consensus about how governments should respond to the rise of the so-called gig economy.The global labour market is challenging traditional standards that are based on workers holding full-time jobs, as well as the social programs such jobs usually produce, Labour Minister Patty Hajdu said in an interview from the gathering.“We’re proud of some of the social protections that Canada has in place, but … they are not rapidly evolving to address what one would consider to be these arrangements that make people more private contractors and less employees,” she said Thursday in a conference call.Federal officials have for years been studying how to respond to a rise of cross-border telework and more workers making money through platforms like Airbnb, Uber and others that may be beyond the government’s regulatory reach.A committee of deputy ministers also meets regularly to review economic trends and policies, and late last year was seized with how to respond to the growing automation of jobs and tasks that could make some workers obsolete.A presentation from the December meeting, prepared by the National Research Council, noted that cab and truck divers, construction and farm workers, factory machine operators and clerical jobs were most at risk of becoming automated by 2035.There is also little data about the size of an expanding online labour market where workers perform tasks from anywhere, for companies located around the world.“It’s very hard to regulate something when you don’t know how big it is,” said economist Armine Yalnizyan, who has studied the issue in depth.“The little we do know is that it is perhaps more important than we think for the evolution of the Canadian labour market.”Oxford University’s online labour index has estimated that Canada amounts for about five per cent of work postings on English-language platforms, with the biggest demands in the area of software development and multimedia productions.Yalnizyan, president of the Canadian Association for Business Economics, said the shift away from full-time office work may be the future of the labour force. The question for governments, she said, is how to enforce minimal labour and wage standards when there aren’t mutually agreed-upon global standards.There were multiple calls for countries to boost social protections for workers and provide citizens with guaranteed basic incomes during the ILO meeting of policy-makers and labour groups, but Hajdu said she wasn’t convinced that a basic income alone will effectively deal with a global labour market.“Those are the conversations that are really interesting and certainly just starting. No one has moved yet in terms of really addressing this in a formative way.”— Follow @jpress on Twitter read more
BRUSSELS – Belgium’s airspace was closed off for landings and departures for about two hours on Thursday afternoon because of a technical glitch in the data system of the air safety control centre.Belgocontrol spokesman Dominque Dehaene said the control centre had to execute a “clear sky” operation until the issue was fixed. He couldn’t immediately provide details of the technical difficulties.Dehaene said it was “a very specific problem” that created a risk that some information on flights might not be correct. Flights resumed by 6 p.m. (1600 GMT; 12 p.m. EDT).About 15 flights were cancelled and many more delayed at Brussels international airport, which handles around 650 flights a day. Charleroi airport handles about 140. By comparison, Heathrow, which is Europe’s busiest airport, operates 1,299 daily flights. read more
NEW YORK — The following is a list of initial public offerings planned for the coming week. Sources include IPO ETF manager Renaissance Capital, and SEC filings.Week of Nov. 19.Taiwan Liposome Company – Taiwan, 5 million shares, priced at $5.80, managed by Cantor Fitzgerald/CITIC CLSA. Proposed Nasdaq symbol TLC. Business: Developing lipid formulations of approved drugs for pain and eye disease.TuanChe – China, 3 million shares, priced $7.50-$9.50, managed by Maxim Group LLC/AMTD Asset Management. Proposed Nasdaq symbol TC. Business: Operates an automotive marketplace in China.The Associated Press
The Canadian Press OTTAWA — Canada’s broadcast regulator, and its public broadcaster, want federal lawmakers to ensure Netflix, YouTube and Amazon Prime pay a share for producing Canadian content.In written submissions to a government panel this week, both the CRTC and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation also call on Ottawa to create new rules that encourage news content distributors to ensure they deliver accurate and trustworthy information.The submissions are part of a wide-scale review of Canada’s Broadcasting Act, Telecommunications Act and Radiocommunication Act that was started last June by a panel of experts chaired by Janet Yale.Ian Scott, the commissioner of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, says he’s not looking for broad new powers to regulate the broadcast and telecom industries.Rather, he says, the CRTC needs a smarter set of regulations that it can use to encourage foreign players to contribute to Canada’s cultural landscape.The CBC’s submission is nearly identical in tone, saying the government needs to ensure that digital companies profiting from the Canadian cultural marketplace also help pay for the creation of Canadian programming. read more