Martina McBride Invites Homeless Teens To Concert

first_imgMartina McBride and her global volunteer group “Team Martina” paid a surprise visit to the Covenant House shelter for homeless youth in Newark, NJ, on March 1, 2014.Team Martina volunteers, who assembled from 10 states and 2 countries for Martina’s concert with George Strait in New Jersey, treated the kids living at the Covenant House Newark shelter to ice cream, games, and prizes.Then Martina spoke to the kids and surprised them with tickets to her show later that night in front of a sold out crowd. Martina donated enough seats for the entire shelter to attend the concert.International president of Covenant House, Kevin Ryan, was on hand for Team Martina’s visit and he and his staff were able to attend the concert with the kids later that night as a group. “We can’t thank Team Martina, and Martina herself, enough for being here today,” said Ryan. “Martina has a big voice, but she has an even bigger heart. And the fact Team Martina volunteers from all over the country are here shows that our kids are not forgotten and that you care, and that means everything.”Martina and her team also surprised the staff and kids at the shelter with a new karaoke sound system. Then Martina signed autographs and took photos with the kids. Martina McBride’s global charity team, Team Martina, is a platform for thousands of country music fans interested in volunteering and helping the world alongside Martina. Learn more here and follow them on Facebook at or Twitter.Source:Covenant Houselast_img read more

NonProfit Sponsors New Movie To Raise Awareness Of Frontotemporal Dementia

first_imgThe 3in4 Association has been announced as an official sponsor of the motion picture “It Snows All The Time.”Golden Globe Winning Actress Lesley Ann Warren and Actor Brett CullenThe film is based on Ed Hover, a former manager of the biolab storeroom at the University of Nebraska, who was diagnosed at age 58 with Frontotemporal Dementia, a disease similar to Alzheimer’s. Though Ed’s disease is rare, it is very similar to Alzheimer’s, which affects 5 million Americans and is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States, according to production is currently underway in Omaha and features stars Erich Hover (“Moneyball”), Brett Cullen (“42,” “The Dark Knight”), Oscar nominee Lesley Ann Warren, Jay Giannone (“Gone Baby Gone”) and Taryn Manning (Orange Is The New Black, “Hustle & Flow”). Hip-hop artist Slaine (“The Town”), Grammy nominee Clinton Sparks and Sterling Knight (“Sony With a Chance”) are also part of the cast.The movie will wrap this month and aims to raise awareness on an epidemic that is progressive, fatal and has no cure. 10 percent of the movie’s profits will be donated to Dementia/Alzheimer’s research. This is a movie about a family sticking together through a difficult situation, showing the bonds between a father and his children and the love between a husband and wife.“The 3in4 Association is very proud to be a sponsor of this production,” stated Jonas Roeser, Founder and President. 3in4’s mission is educate Americans about products, services and entitlement programs that offer support during a long-term care event. “Diseases like Alzheimer’s and Frontotemporal Dementia can drain a family’s finances, but with proper planning, much of the financial risk could be covered in the form of an insurance policy. The key to planning is to plan early while you are still healthy. Your money does not buy this kind of protection; your health does.”Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Robert Plant Joins Lampedusa Concerts For Refugees Tour

first_imgRobert Plant, Joan Baez, and Ron Sexsmith are joining the Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees tour in select cities this month.Also appearing at certain shows will be Ruby Amanfu and Nancy And Beth.Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees will be headlined in North America by Grammy Award-winning artists Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Buddy Miller, and The Milk Carton Kids.“When I heard that some of my friends were rallying to do a series of concerts to help raise funds and awareness, to help address the basic needs of food, shelter and medical care, I wanted to help,” said Robert Plant. Mr. Plant had a hugely successful career with Led Zeppelin before embarking on an equally impressive and Grammy-winning career as a solo artist.The tour is a benefit for Jesuit Refugee Service’s Global Education Initiative, which was launched in 2015 and endorsed by Pope Francis. JRS seeks to double the number of refugees served in its educational programs by 2020 to 240,000. JRS services are available to refugees and displaced persons regardless of their race, ethnic origin, or religious beliefs.“When I watch the news and see people from these places being displaced by hatred and ignorance, I know that these people are just like you and me. All they want is to live in peace and have their children grow up loved, fed and educated,” said Mr. Plant.Joan Baez has been as busy as ever since she celebrated the landmark years of 2008-2009, the 50th anniversaries of her legendary residency in 1958 at the famed Club 47 in Cambridge, and her subsequent debut at the 1959 Newport Folk Festival.Ms. Baez remains a musical force of nature whose influence is incalculable — marching on the front line of the civil rights movement with Martin Luther King, inspiring Vaclav Havel in his fight for a Czech Republic, singing on the first Amnesty International tour and more recently, standing alongside Nelson Mandela when the world celebrated his 90th birthday in London’s Hyde Park.Raised in the Niagara Falls area, Ron Sexsmith started his first band as a teenager. Marrying young and becoming a father inspired him to write his own music. After moving to Toronto, he began releasing original songs on cassette. Ron signed with Interscope and his Mitchell Froom-produced album debuted in 1995.Mr. Sexsmith’s dream gig of headlining Toronto’s Massey Hall was achieved in 2006 and he has done so for every album release since then. His return to that stage in such illustrious company for a great cause is one Ron looks forward to with great anticipation.Whether on Beyonce’s new album Lemonade, or singing her own songs, Ghana-born and Nashville-based singer/songwriter Ruby Amanfu’s voice is one you only have to hear once to remember forever. Not an artist to be pegged, Amanfu’s musical style knows no boundaries. She is ever inspired and grateful for the abundant opportunities she has been given to continue to create and inspire through music.Nancy And Beth is an inventive new band featuring Megan Mullally and Stephanie Hunt, as well as five other accomplished musicians including vocalist and violinist Petra Haden. Tight harmonies, witty choreography, and songs from every genre and era are coupled with relaxed humor to form an inventive and celebratory musical experience.The concerts start Thursday in Boulder and cross the continent before finishing in Washington, D.C.• October 6, 2016 — Boulder Theater, Boulder, Colo. • October 8, 2016 — Helzberg Hall, Kansas City, Mo • October 9, 2016 — Rococo Theater, Lincoln, Neb. • October 11, 2016 — Sheldon Concert Hall, St. Louis, Mo. • October 12, 2016 — Pabst Theater, Milwaukee, Wisc. (with Ruby Amanfu and Robert Plant) • October 13, 2016 — Vic Theater, Chicago, Ill. (with Ruby Amanfu and Robert Plant) • October 14, 2016 — Massey Hall, Toronto, Ontario (with Ron Sexsmith and Robert Plant) • October 16, 2016 — Berklee Performance Center, Boston (with Nancy And Beth, and Robert Plant) • October 18, 2016 — The Town Hall, New York City (with Nancy And Beth, Joan Baez, Robert Plant) • October 19, 2016 — Merriam Theater, Philadelphia, Penns. (with Nancy And Beth, and Robert Plant) • October 21, 2016 — Lisner Auditorium, Washington, D.C. (with Robert Plant)For more information about Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees, visit read more


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A winning day for Montreals Madeleine Thien

first_imgInstead, Paul Beatty, author of The Sellout, a satirical novel about modern slavery and a race trial, made history as the first American to win the award since the U.S. became eligible two years ago.Thien was not disappointed. “Things work out the way they do,” she told the Star Tuesday evening. “I was so happy to be there to hear Paul Beatty’s acceptance speech. It’s one of those moments I’ll remember for the rest of my life.” Advertisement Advertisement Beatty also beat out the other Canadian in this year’s race, Montreal-born David Szalay for All That Man Is. Like Thien, Szalay has a Montreal connection — he was born there, but moved to England when he was a year old and now lives in Hungary. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “Do Not Say We Have Nothing” by Madeleine Thien took home the 2016 Governor General’s Literary Award for fiction on Tuesday. Besides, she added, the Governor General’s award “is very close to my heart.”“That was a joy. It was a bit unexpected. I’ve known for a couple of weeks now, but it’s still sinking in. It’s special.”center_img Facebook For writers, few days get bigger than this.On Tuesday, Madeleine Thien awaited the announcement on whether she was the winner of not one but two prestigious literary awards for her novel Do Not Say We Have Nothing.Early in the day she took home the 2016 Governor General’s Literary Award for fiction, worth $25,000. Later, the Montreal-based writer attended the Man Booker Prize ceremony in London as one of six finalists — and one of two Canadians — vying for the £50,000 ($81,000) award. She was in pole position to end a 14-year Man Booker drought for Canada, and a favourite to win with 2:1 odds, according to some U.K. bookies. Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Wow Unlimited Media and Bell Media Announce Strategic Partnership in Kids and

first_imgAdvertisement The Transaction will be structured as an asset purchase pursuant to which Wow will directly or indirectly acquire the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications (“CRTC“) broadcasting license relating to the Category B specialty service from Bell Media pursuant to an asset purchase agreement to be entered into by Wow and Bell Media in respect of the Transaction (the “Asset Purchase Agreement“).Pursuant to the Term Sheet, the parties have agreed that, as consideration for the acquisition of the CRTC broadcasting license relating to the Category B specialty service from Bell Media, Wow will issue an aggregate of 3,433,446 common voting shares in the capital of Wow to Bell Media at a deemed price of $2.00 per share for an aggregate acquisition price of $6,866,892 (representing approximately 12% of the Corporation’s issued share capital, after giving effect to the issuance).In addition, the Term Sheet provides that concurrently with the closing of the Transaction, Wow and Bell Media will enter into a series of ancillary agreements establishing an ongoing strategic partnership between Wow and Bell Media (the “Ancillary Agreements“).  These Ancillary Agreements relate to, among other things, the ongoing carriage of a Wow branded channel to replace the current branding of the Category B specialty service on Bell TV and related platforms, transitional services whereby Bell Media will provide various operational, transmission, studio and technology services to Wow, the supply of children’s and other programming controlled by Wow for use by Bell Media on CraveTV and Snackable TV, and have agreed to collaborate and to jointly develop and produce content for the development and production of future programming. Further, subject to the closing of the Transaction, Wow will enter into an investor rights agreement pursuant to which Bell Media shall be granted following the closing of the Transaction: (i) the right to nominate one individual to the board of directors of Wow at closing of the Transaction and at each annual meeting of Wow’s shareholders and (ii) subject to customary exceptions, a pre-emptive right to participate in any future offerings of Wow’s securities on a pro-rata basis.This Transaction constitutes an arm’s length Reviewable Transaction under TSXV Policy 5.3 – Acquisitions and Dispositions of Non-Cash Assets and is subject to the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange. In addition, completion of the Transaction will be subject to the entering into of the Asset Purchase Agreement and customary terms and conditions for a transaction of this nature, including satisfactory completion of due diligence, receipt of regulatory approvals, including CRTC approval, and the execution of the Asset Purchase Agreement and the Ancillary Agreements on or before August 7, 2017.About Wow Unlimited Media Inc.Wow Unlimited Media Inc., (formerly Rainmaker Entertainment Inc.), is creating a leading next-generation kids and youth animation business by focusing on digital platforms and content. Wow’s key assets include: the world’s No. 1 digital animation network, Frederator Networks, which consists of an animation production company Frederator Studios, as well as VOD channels on digital platforms; the world’s first Hispanic animation network, Atomo Network, a joint venture with Anima Estudios; and one of Canada’s largest, multifaceted animation production studios, Rainmaker Entertainment, which consists of Mainframe Studios that produces CGI animated television series, and Rainmaker Studios that produces long-form animated features.About Bell MediaBell Media creates content and builds brands that entertain, inform, engage, and inspire audiences through the platforms of their choice. Bell Media is Canada’s leading content creation company with premier assets in television, radio, out-of-home advertising, and digital media. Bell Media owns 30 local television stations led by CTV, Canada’s highest-rated television network; 30 specialty channels, including TSN and RDS, and four pay TV services, including The Movie Network and Super Écran. Bell Media is also Canada’s largest radio broadcaster, with 215 music channels including 105 licensed radio stations in 54 markets across the country, all part of the iHeartRadio brand and streaming service. Bell Media owns Astral Out of Home with a network of more than 30,000 advertising faces in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Québec, and Nova Scotia. Bell Media also operates more than 200 websites; delivers TV Everywhere with its CraveTV and GO video streaming services; operates multi-channel network Much Digital Studios; produces live theatrical shows via its partnership with Iconic Entertainment Studios; and owns Dome Productions Inc., a multi-platform production company. Bell Media is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. For more on Bell Media, please visit Facebook TORONTO and VANCOUVER, June 7, 2017 – Wow Unlimited Media Inc. (“Wow“) (TSXV: WOW.A; WOW.B) and Bell Media (“Bell Media”) are pleased to announce that they have entered into a term sheet (the “Term Sheet“) pursuant to which Wow proposes to acquire a Category B specialty service from Bell Media (the “Transaction“) in exchange for equity in Wow.Michael Hirsh, Chairman and CEO of Wow, said: “This strategic partnership will drive our planned multi-platform rollout of a new paradigm in entertainment for kids and youth across North America. In addition, the support and collaborative efforts of Canada’s leading media and telecommunication company will provide strong momentum to Wow’s global expansion plans.”“We are very excited about our strategic partnership with Wow and the opportunity to work with them in realizing their strategy of becoming a best in class international producer of kids and youth content,” said Randy Lennox, President,  Bell Media. “As part of our partnership, Bell Media will leverage Wow’s programming for use across all of our platforms including linear television, CraveTV, and SnackableTV.” Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Torontos Bay Adelaide Centre passes for Wall Street on Suits

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Turrell’s body of work, at the forefront of the influential California light and space movement, was always deeply contemplative of nature and a response, in some measure, to ultra-urbanism.“Light should be treasured, like we do silver and gold,” Turrell has said. Login/Register With: So what to make of the art, framed by the creamy marble of the Bay Adelaide Centre, a monument to corporatism in the heart of the financial district of Canada’s largest city?It’s an irony that only Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht), the testosterone-filled partner of the fictional law firm Pearson-Specter, could appreciate.READ MORE Advertisementcenter_img Unnoticed by passersby and often unmarked by plaques, numerous Toronto addresses with big parts to play in cultural history sit mostly uncelebrated. In our series Local Legends, we tell you about them and put them on your mental map.Los Angeles-based conceptual artist James Turrell’s Straight Flush in the lobby of the Bay Adelaide Centre is one of Toronto’s most widely viewed pieces of art.The five rectangular lines of electrified light are on a dancing loop of luminescent pastels that work symbiotically with the busy streetscape through the building’s glass walls. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Twitterlast_img read more


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Women Filmmakers Rise to the Top at Whistler Film Festival

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Whistler, B.C. (November 27, 2017) — At a time when the call for gender parity is more prevalent than ever, the Whistler Film Festival (Nov 29 – Dec 3) is proud to present an unprecedented number of female focused films, talent, events, and awards throughout its 2017 programs. To mark its commitment to championing women in the industry, and to celebrate the women directors and talent at this year’s festival, female filmmakers and industry leaders will ascend to the top of Whistler Mountain for WFF’s second annual Women on Top Keynote and Breakfast on December 2 sponsored by Whistler Blackcomb. The Whistler Film Festival is pleased to screen 14 feature films and 16 short films directed by women, which makes up 30% of this year’s film programming, the highest percentage for the festival to date. WFF is also honoured to have 40 Canadian females out of 82 (49%) participating in 11 different talent programs, including 14 directors, 5 producers, 4 screenwriters, 9 filmmakers, 3 actors, and 5 musicians in bands in the Music Showcase.WFF’s Women on Top keynote address will be delivered by American film producer and co-founder of Resonate Entertainment Susan Cartsonis, who was named “one of the top five grossing producers of the year” by The Hollywood Reporter, in the year her film WHAT WOMEN WANT became the highest grossing romantic comedy of all time at the time of its release and remains number two to this day. Cartsonis has also produced THE DUFF, BEASTLY, WHERE THE HEART IS, and AQUAMARINE, as well as executive produced MIDDLE SCHOOL, INVISIBLE SISTER, and NO RESERVATIONS. Her most recent films produced include CARRIE PILBY, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2016, and DEIDRA & LANEY ROB A TRAIN, a Netflix Original Film which premiered at Sundance 2017. She is currently executive producing The Disney Channel musical FREAKY FRIDAY THE MUSICAL.“It’s not unreasonable to expect that women should be 50 percent of those creating content, considering more than 50 percent of us are consuming the content,” says Cartsonis. “I think it’s really important that women mentor both men and women. I’m well aware that some encouragement, direction and advice can change the course of your life. And when women mentor men, we change the way they view the abilities of women.” Cartsonis was an executive at 20th Century Fox for nearly a decade and rose from script reader to Senior VP of Production. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and serves on the Independent Committee of the Producer’s Guild. She teaches Advanced Producing at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts and is strong advocate for female representation in front and behind the camera. She is a frequent speaker on the economic argument for female inclusion in media.Greetings and updates at the Women on Top event will be delivered from public agencies that have initiated new policies for gender equality. The roster includes Creative BC CEO Prem Gil, Canada Media Fund President and CEO Valerie Creighton, National Film Board of Canada’s Executive Producer of Pacific and Yukon Centre Shirley Vercruysse and Telefilm Canada Feature Film Executive – English-language Market Stephanie Azam as well as current Women in Film and Televisions Chair of Advocacy Committee and Vancouver Honorary Lifetime Member, filmmaker and UBC professor, Sharon McGowan.The Whistler Film Festival is poised to help elevate efforts to increase women working together across the entertainment industry. In addition to the talented content creators attending the festival in support of their films and projects, WFF will also host industry elite including actress and Borsos Jury member Camille Sullivan, award winning director and WFF alumni Ingrid Veningerwith PORCUPINE LAKE, first time feature director Jackie English with BECOMING BURLESQUE, Darcy Hennessey Turenne, director of WFF’s closing gala film THE MOMENT, Sarah Rotella director NOBODY FAMOUS, Michelle Ouellet director PRODIGALS, acclaimed director Éva Gardos with BUDAPEST NOIR, first time feature directors and WFF alumni Hannah Cheesman and Mackenzie Donaldson with THE DEFINITES, acclaimed director Camille Thoman with the American Indie selection NEVER HERE, Kyra Sedgwick director of STORY OF A GIRL, award winning director Eisha Marjara with VENUS, American director Lori Stoll with HEAVEN’S FLOOR, Gail Harvey director of NEVER SAW IT COMING, and Jordan Canning and Renuka Jeyapalan co-directors of ORDINARY DAYS. Add to that industry leaders from all of Canada’s public agencies and the high level female executives that will be attendance, including Kim Fox – Partner, MadRiver Pictures, Christina Rogers – Director, Content Acquisitions, Netflix, Kristin Harris – VP, Acquisitions and Distribution, Good Deed Entertainment, Joanna Miles – VP, Marketing, Films Canada, eOne, Viviana Zarragoitia – Vice President, Three Point Capital, Amanda Archibald – VP, International Marketing and Publicity, IM Global, Gosia Kamela – Production Executive, Drama & Feature Film Original Programming, Bell Media, Christina Davila – Creative Executive, Stage 13/Warner Bros Digital Network, Tania Natscheff – Director of Programming, VICE Media Inc. and many more.WFF is thrilled to host the Variety 10 Screenwriters to Watch class of 2017 which is primarily comprised of women screenwriters. The seven female screenwriters being honoured include Liz Hannah, THE POST; Hallie Meyers-Shyer, HOME AGAIN; Maggie Betts, NOVITIATE; Tracy Oliver – co-wrote GIRLS TRIP, Dorothy Blyskal – “THE 15:17 TO PARIS”, and Sarah Ruhl, MY LIFE ON THE ROAD. Maggie Betts, Tracy Oliver and Dorothy Blyskal will be attending the festival.“The Whistler Film Festival’s female focused initiatives are aligned with several industry wide mandates launched last year, and we are committed to promoting the shared goal of breaking the celluloid ceiling and increasing the number of women in the director’s chair, addressing the imbalance of industry diversity behind the camera and supporting the collaborative efforts to bring more female written and directed narratives to screen,” says Shauna Hardy Mishaw, WFF Executive Director. “With strong representation both in front of and behind the camera in our films, and talent programs this year, Whistler is maintaining a timely leadership role for women in the industry, when the need is not only apparent, the collective is calling for it.“WFF Feature Films directed or co-directed by women:BECOMING BURLESQUE (Canada) Dir. Jackie EnglishTHE MOMENT (Canada) Dir. Darcy Hennessey TurenneNEVER SAW IT COMING (Canada) Dir. Gail HarveyNOBODY FAMOUS (Canada) Dir. Sarah RotellaPRODIGALS (Canada) Dir. Michelle OuelletBUDAPEST NOIR (Hungary) Dir Éva GárdosTHE DEFINITES (Canada) Dir. Hannah Cheesman & Mackenzie DonaldsonNEVER HERE (United States) Dir. Camille ThomanSTORY OF A GIRL (United States) Dir. Kyra SedgwickVENUS (Canada) Dir. Eisha MarjaraTHE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ANDRÉ (United States) Dir. Kate NovackPORCUPINE LAKE (Canada) Dir. Ingrid VeningerHEAVEN’S FLOOR (Canada, United States) Dir. Lori StollORDINARY DAYS (Canada) Dir. Jordan Canning, Kris Booth, Renuka JeyapalanWFF Short Films directed or co-directed by women:THE STAKEOUT (Canada) Dir. Jax SmithNEGATIVE SPACE (France/US) Dir. Ru Kuwuhata and Max PorterWE FORGOT TO BREAK UP (Canada) Dir. Chandler LevackBFF (Canada) Dir. Sofia AuzaGOOD GIRLS DON’T (Canada) Dir. Ana de LaraMONDAY (Canada) Dir. Liz LevineLOLZITA (Canada) Dir. Katie BolandTHE BURDEN (MIN BÖRDA) (Sweden) Dir. Niki Lindroth von BahrDEAR HATETTS (Canada) Dir. Kerry BarberSHADES OF WINTER: CROSSROADS (Austria) Dir. Sandra LahnsteinerTHE THINGS YOU THINK I’M THINKING (Canada) Dir. Sherren LeeUNINTENTIONAL MOTHER (Canada) Dir. Mary GallowayWAITING FOR LOU (EN ATTENDANT LOU) (Canada) Dir. Katerine MartineauFLOATING LIGHT (Canada) Dir. Natalie MuraoVIOLET AND JUNE (Canada) Dir. Linnea RitlandTHE BUTTERFLY (Canada) Dir. Andy AlvarezWFF Talent Programs with female participation announced to date include: Feature Project Lab (4/6 producers): Lettie Costea (BC) – ALONE; Tricia Lee (ON) PENUMBRA; Amanda Verhagen (BC) PARTY FAVOUR and Carmen Forsberg (BC) – BOUNDARY COUNTRY.Praxis Screenwriters Lab (4/5 screenwriters): Andeep Singh (BC) – GOODNIGHT MR G; Emily Bridger (NL) – LITTLE ORPHANS; Simone Stock(ON) POLARIS and Kate Bond (BC) – TRAPLINE.Power Pitch (1/5 producers): Rebeka Herron (BC) – SALTBOXAboriginal Filmmaker Fellowship (3/6 directors): Nikita Weiss Day (BC) – SWEETGRASS ROAD; Madison Thomas (MB) – STARBOUND and Sonya Ballantyne (MB) – REVISIONDoc Lab (5/10 filmmakers): Kate Kroll (BC) -, CALAMITY KATE AND THE FIGHTING CHOLITAS; Jessica Dymond (BC) – TO LETHBRIDGE WITH LOVE; Christina Ienna (ON) – COLDWATER; Ali Harris (BC) – XWAAQW’UM: A JOURNEY and Jaime Leigh Gianopoulos (BC) – WE ARE THE BRIDGE.Digital First Lab (4/7 filmmakers): Rebecca Campbell, THE GIRL WHO TALKS TO THE MOON; Farah Merani, SUPER ZEE; Sonya Ballantyne, REVISION and Nikita Weiss Day, SWEETGRASS ROAD.Music Showcase finalists (5/31 musicians): The Katherines (3 – all female band); I M U R (fronted by a female) and Rya (female – solo).Stars to Watch (3/4 actors): Jessica Parker Kennedy attending WFF with the world premiere of SOMEONE ELSE’S WEDDING; Tiera Skovbye attending with the world premiere of PRODIGALS and Julia Sarah Stone attending with the Western Canadian premiere of A WORTHY COMPANION.MPPIA Short Film Award (2/4 directors): Jessie Anthony (BC) – THE LAST CIGARETTE and Veronika Kurz (BC) – 20 MINUTES TO LIFEWIDC WFF Industry Immersion (8/8 directors): Sonia Bonspille Boileau(QC) – RUSTIC ORACLE; Jessica Bradford (BC) – FINN MCKAIN AND THE LOST TOAD; Katia Café Fébrissy (ON) – GROUNDED; Leah Cameron (ON) – THE COMMUNIST’S DAUGHTER; Sandi Gisbert (BC) – ALL PRANKS AND NO FUN; Sophie Jarvis (BC) – INVASIONS; Elizabeth Lazebnik (ON) – HANNAH and Shannon Walsh, UNIDENTIFIED MINOR.WIFTV Mentorship (1/1 director): Shannon Walsh, UNIDENTIFIED MINOR. Mentor is Robyn Wiener – CEO Owner/Producer, Synergy Cinema Inc.Other female-focused talent programs that WFF supports includes the Women in Film & Television Vancouver Film Market Preparation Mentorship, which provides the recipient with experience in preparing her feature film project for market by immersing her in the festival, and the Women In the Director’s Chair (WIDC) with eight Canadian women directors recently announced to attend the 20th anniversary session of the highly acclaimed script development and director mentoring program WIDC: Story & Leadership. A major component of the program takes the form of an Industry Immersion at the Whistler Film Festival, and culminates with each director receiving individually tailored coaching to advance her project to the next stage over the three months following face-to-face sessions. These eight directors-to-watch will join the ranks of WIDC’s prestigious alumnae network of over 220 women directors across Canada. Between 2006 and 2016 over 60% of Telefilm Canada funded features directed by women were directed by WIDC alumnae. One of the directors will win the WIDC Feature Film Award valued at nearly $200,000 including in kind services and rentals from companies across Canada, and $35,000 cash investment from Harold Greenberg Fund, will be presented to a Canadian woman director to help her complete her fiction feature film at the Whistler Film Festival.WFF is also providing a platform for the fifth consecutive year to present three female-focused awards including the juried Alliance of Women Journalists EDA Awards – for Best Female-Directed Narrative Feature and for Best Female-Directed Short Film to recognize and honor excellent work by female directors. Eligible female-directed films are being screened as part of the festival’s regular program, and are being nominated for EDA Awards consideration by Whistler Film Festival’s administration and programmers. The Narrative feature jury includes: Marina Antunes – Row Three, Vancouver, Nikki Baughan – Screen International, London, Betsy Boszdech – Commonsense Media, San Francisco, Jennifer Merin (Chair) – Cinema Citizen, New York, Gill Pringle – The Independent, Los Angeles; Short Film Jury includes: Katherine Brodsky (Chair) – Variety, Vancouver, Lexi Feinberg – Big Picture, Big Sound, Berkeley, Karen Martin – Arkansas Online, Little Rock, Diana Saenger – East County Gazette, San Diego, Susan Wloszczyna –, Washington, DC. The EDA Awards will be presented to winners at the Whistler Film Festival’s awards ceremony on December 3.From November 29 to December 3, the Whistler Film Festival will welcome film fans and filmmakers to experience its 17th edition featuring 87 fresh films, special guests, epic events, unique industry and talent programs, and time to play in North America’s premier mountain resort destination. The Whistler Film Festival combines an international film competition with a focused Industry Summit dedicated to the art and business of filmmaking in the digital age. WFF’s film lineup, events and industry Summit schedule are now available at, and will be updated regularly.The Festival’s online box office at is now open for VIP Patron Passes, Industry Passes and Ticket Packages. Single film and event tickets are now on sale (until December 3). The Festival Box Office is open for phone sales (1-877-838-FILM) and on November 24 for walk-up sales.Air travel and ground transportation deals as well as best accommodation rates are now available on WFF has 20 accommodation partners to choose from including host hotel, the Westin Whistler Resort and Spa and VIP hotel the Fairmont Chateau Whistler Resort.The Whistler Film Festival is funded by the Government of Canada through Telefilm Canada and Western Economic Diversification, and by the Province of British Columbia and the Resort Municipality of Whistler, is supported by the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation and the American Friends of Whistler, and is sponsored by Variety, Creative BC, The Harold Greenberg Fund, the Canadian Media Producers Association, Cineplex, SW Event Technology, Remax Sea to Sky Real Estate, Whistler Blackcomb, Tourism Whistler, and the Westin Resort & Spa Whistler.The Whistler Film Festival Society is a charitable cultural organization dedicated to furthering the art of film by providing programs that focus on the discovery, development and promotion of new talent culminating with a must attend festival for artists, industry and audiences in Whistler. 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Canadiandirected film Charlie Says tells story of women who killed for Charles

first_imgServing life in jail are three women, still in thrall to Manson and clinging to his promise that they will all live out the coming race war in a hole in the desert from which they will emerge to populate a glorious new world. Charles Manson did not wield the knives in the 1969 murder spree that ended the Californian hippy dream, so what drove the people who did so on his orders? That is the question posed in “Charlie Says” which premiered in Venice on Sunday.“Doctor Who” star Matt Smith plays Manson, a wild-eyed petty criminal who sets up a hippy commune where his followers worship him like a messiah, clinging to every word of his incoherent prophecies of Armageddon.Directed by Canadian Mary Harron, who made the 2000 Christian Bale movie “American Psycho,” “Charlie Says” is set three years after the murders of, among others, Roman Polanski’s actress wife Sharon Tate and her unborn child. Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more


first_imgCredits: Showrunner of CBC’s Anne with an E2018 Contributions to Canadian TV: In Season 2 of the “Anne of Green Gables” adaptation, the former Breaking Bad writer went even bolder, and made the world of Avonlea even more inclusive. From introducing the first black character to confirming that there will be multiple queer characters, Walley-Beckett continues to use the series as a vehicle to explore more themes from today, and to trigger important conversations among viewers. Along with her all-female writing room, Walley-Beckett is now eyeing a third season that will undoubtedly continue to expand the world and horizons of its fierce young protagonist.AURORA BROWNE / MEREDITH MACNEILL / CAROLYN TAYLOR / JENNIFER WHALENCredits: Creators and stars of CBC’s Baroness Von Sketch Show2018 Contributions to Canadian TV: The four women writers, stars and executive producers are behind the sketch comedy series that returned to both CBC and IFC in the U.S. for Season 3. Already renewed for a Season 4, the series continued to move briskly from sketch to sketch, using everyday life to be more perceptive than ever. Baroness continues to showcase women’s voices in areas we’ve traditionally seen reserved for men only, all while giving us tons of laughs along the way.EMILY ANDRASCredits: Showrunner of SYFY/Space’s Wynonna Earp2018 Contributions to Canadian TV: From the cold, harsh shoots in Calgary to the hot sun and bright lights of the People’s Choice Awards red carpet, Wynonna Earp continues to defy expectations. There are many stories being told by so many different voices. It’s one of the best things to come out of having so many TV series on our screens over the past year. It means that viewers have many different options available to them to find a story that they can connect with, relate to and that truly speaks to them. It also means that a more diverse pool of voices are now getting the opportunity to create and tell those stories. As we’ve always done here at The TV Junkies, that also means celebrating all the women getting their chance to create television.The past year was another big year in Canadian television for female creators. While not as large or vast as the U.S. industry, Canadian TV is producing some quality content, and a great amount of the series to come out of the Great White North are created by and led by women. As we reflect back on the year that was, we thought it would be the perfect time to shine the light once again on all these powerful, talented lady bosses out there making Canadian television.MOIRA WALLEY-BECKETT Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Facebooklast_img read more


first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Twittercenter_img Hollywood heartthrob, environmental crusader and my 12-year-old self’s imaginary boyfriend Leonardio DiCaprio is going to be spending a significant amount of time in Toronto this fall — enough time, perhaps, to meet and fall in love with a local writer.All we know for certain at this point is that Guillermo del Toro, the man behind that fish sex movie (among other award-winning films), has once again chosen our home and native land as a backdrop for one of his masterpieces, and that DiCaprio will be involved. Leonardio DiCaprio Advertisementlast_img

Indigenous soldiers in defence of Canada

first_imgAPTN National NewsAPTN National News has done plenty of coverage of Canadian Forces exercises.This time, APTN National News host Michael Hutchinson chose to speak to the soldiers themselves.Hutchinson spoke to three soldiers from the Canadian reserve forces from the 38th Canadian Brigade Group out of CFB Shilo, Man.last_img

Manitoba First Nation communities still reeling from floods 4 years later

first_imgAPTN National NewsWhile most of Manitoba breathes a sigh of relief in wake of a “good” flood forecast, four First Nation communities are still reeling over the effect of the 2011 flood.This week, representatives from the communities are in Winnipeg to talk about the distress and what can be done to combat it.APTN’s Jaydon Flett has the story.last_img

Federal MPs prepare for last summer before federal election

first_imgAPTN National NewsFederal MPs in Ottawa are scurrying to wrap-up last minute business before heading out for the summer and preparing for a federal election.Government House Leader Peter Van Loan outlined all the Conservative’s accomplishment during a press scrum Monday.Not everyone agrees with Van Loan’s claim of a sterling government record.APTN’s Annette Francis has a lock back from Parliament Hill.last_img

10 years after fatal fire community still looking for help Delaney WindigoAPTN National News10 years ago, a fire ripped through the police station on the Kashechewan First Nation in Ontario killing two men.An inquest was called into what happened.Jurors heard about the poor state of police facilities in Kashechewan and in northern Ontario.Conditions that led to the deaths of the two men.First Nations leadership at the time time hoped the inquest would solve the problems of poor infrastructure and inadequate funding.last_img

Indigenous treatment facility in Alberta launches boycott of TD bank

first_imgAPTN National NewsAn Aboriginal treatment facility near Edmonton is boycotting the TD Bank after a bizarre incident last week.Two clients with the centre were conducting business at a TD in Saint-Albert when they were accused of plotting to rob it.The Poundmakers Health Lodge says the two clients were a target of racial profiling.APTN’s Brandi Morin reports.bmorin@aptn.caFollow @songstress28last_img

Opinion Edmonton Eskimos is a racial slur and its time to stop

first_imgNorma Dunning University of Alberta Special to APTN News The Edmonton Eskimos had a big football game Sunday and thousands of people in my hometown who hoped their team would make it to the Grey Cup were ultimately disappointed. But when I think of my city’s Canadian Football League team, I have a different hope — that it will soon stop using the word “Eskimos.”The use of the Eskimos name has been a recurring issue for the past few years, especially since Natan Obed, national Inuit leader for Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, called for the elimination of the name as part of his organization’s ongoing fight against colonization in the name of reconciliation.“The colonial legacy of naming is about power and control,” said Obed. “The issue of Inuit being used as a sports team mascot matters, because this is the way this legacy continues to play out in popular culture.”As an Inuit scholar and writer, I have also spoken on this topic several times, both with the media and within my own work.The Edmonton Eskimos are an institution and, like most institutions, want to appear as though they are helping and respecting the less fortunate or the underdogs of society. The Edmonton football team has said they use their name with pride. In fact, they are disrespecting and suppressing Inuit peoples.By using the word Eskimos, they are perpetuating the ideas that go along with the word. Firstly, the word Eskimo word is not used by my peoples, and secondly, they are perpetuating the concept that Inuit do not have the abilities required for present-day modern living.I live in Edmonton — a city that presents itself as being progressive and modern. So why continue to use a term circulated by anthropologists hundreds of years ago?More importantly, why continue to make use of a word that is considered to be — by the people most affected — a racial slur?In my creative work, when I make use of the word Eskimo it is to bring attention to the ongoing colonization of Inuit peoples in Canada. Sadly, most of the Canadian population has been indoctrinated into the grand narrative of our country’s history in which Aboriginal Canadians are absent.Therefore, the general population is led to believe the word Eskimo is harmless. This is rhetoric, constantly generated by media, to an audience that is uninformed or misinformed about the truth of Inuit existence in Canada.Economic disparityThe issue is not only about the use of a word, it is also about the disparity that Inuit Canadians live within on a daily basis. It is about Inuit as the smallest group of Aboriginal Canadians, holding the rank of first place in all the statistics that point to poverty, food scarcity and high attrition rates in high school.Painful and abusive rhetoric has both emotional and financial costs. From where I stand, “The Edmonton Eskimos” have done very well financially off of the word Eskimo. However, I do not see where the team or the CFL has given back to Inuit Canadians as a whole.Inuit are contributing citizens of Canada. We have always paid full taxes. We do not receive any form of individual payment for the resources that are harvested within the northern areas of Canada.Any profits received from the resources that Canada or a foreign industry pay for the right to harvest, is placed into a heritage trust account, ensuring that Inuit history and language is sustained into future generations.The public may think that a land claims agreement represents a huge payout to Inuit in the north, but it does not. It represents an agreement that places the federal government into a position of fulfilling a fiduciary obligation towards the people whose land and resources they wanted.True ways to reconciliationMy opposition of the use of the word Eskimo by a major football team is not just about cultural appropriation.Eliminating the use of the word Eskimo is about the empowerment and respect required and demanded by Inuit Canadians.I heard on CBC Calgary that a small social media survey was taken within the northern areas of Canada where the response was in favour of the word, Eskimo. I also believe that if one Inuit person says, “I don’t mind it. That’s what we are!” the media and the institutions that hold power will feel justified in how they use the word.Last week, Global News reported on a national survey which found only 21 per cent of Canadians believed the Eskimos team name to be unacceptable. In Alberta, that number was just 12 per cent. But this was a poll of only 1,005 people. Clearly, media can present information that leaves out important facts, and does not give a true representation of an issue. Perhaps this can be interpreted as yet another way an institution protects itself.Another issue is some non-Inuit may feel that by supporting a football team named the Eskimos, they have somehow engaged with Inuit culture or are supporting an Aboriginal group. But Inuit never invented or played football traditionally. Inuit traditional sport is more complex, requiring an intersection of finesse and skill.Perhaps becoming involved in the Arctic Games, or informing oneself on what Inuit culture is, could be a form of personal reconciliation that mainstream society could take up.I speak from what I know. What I know is the name of a football team generates a great deal of passion and energy. I would like to see that passion and energy from the fans and general public put into the social justice issues that the Inuit represent. If that happened, what a beautiful world we would live in.Inuttigut. We the Inuit: We are here.Norma Dunning, PhD candidate, Department of Educational Policy Studies, Indigenous Peoples Education, University of Alberta. This article was originally published in The Conversation and was published in full on aptnnews.calast_img read more

Mohawk wrestlers Dad Bod Squad latest from their community to jump in

first_img(Dad bod Squad Kyle Zachary, left, with Shawn Rice. Photo: Tom Fennario/APTN)This is a regular Saturday night at Beauharnois Championship Wrestling [BCW], based forty-five minutes southwest of Montreal.At $10 a head ($5 for kids) it’s mostly a labour of love for organizers and performers.That applies to promoter Loïc Lessard Paquette, who says wrestling is nothing less than an art form.“It’s a piece of theatre, each wrestling match is a play, so the director decides the story, the wrestlers play the parts, so a wrestling match, at its core, it’s really about telling a story,” explained Lessard Paquette in French “It’s like a dance.”Another essential element to good wrestling: characters.“Yeah, we’re the old dudes, we’re out of shape, we’re dads, we’re like in the twilight of our careers pretty much,” said Rice, pointing to his torso “dad bod, you know we got the dad bods going on, kind of makes sense.”“We’re called the Dad Bod Squad because you look at these guys back here,” said Zachary gesturing to a group of wrestlers warming up in the ring “they’re chipper, they’re bright eyed, they’re bushy tailed, and they’re ready to take on the world, we can’t keep up with that kind of youthful enthusiasm.”But what The Dad Bod Squad lacks in energy or abdominal muscles, they make up for in craftiness.Their motto “work smarter, not harder” speaks to how they’ve been known to delve into the dark arts of wrestling.“You watch some of these guys, they’re doing backflips and somersaults all over the place, the way we keep up with them is give ’em a quick poke in the eyes,” explained ZacharyZachary and Rice might be playing up the dad angle, but you could also call them the comeback kids.They returned to the ring only a few months ago, after over a decade off.This coming weekend they’ll be making their US debut in New Jersey at a nearly week long independent circuit showcase.“Every promotion from the world, not just from North America, but the world. Like even Japan and Mexico, they’re all having shows in the same place so it’s a big thing for everybody in pro wrestling,” said Rice.But the Dad Bod Squad aren’t the first Mohawk wrestlers from Kahnawà:ke to make a name for themselves.Long-time fans of pro wrestling will know Billy Two Rivers.He wrestled for 24 years all over the world mainly in the US, U.K, and Asia.He never once played a villain.“No, I didn’t have a choice, they loved me,” said Two Rivers with a laugh.Ever the showman, the 83 year old agreed to meet with APTN even though he’s in the hospital rehabbing a back injury.When asked to describe his first match in 1953 – Two Rivers guffawed.“The first one was a laugh on me.”Two Rivers always entered the ring by vaulting over the top ropes.Aside from being flashy, it was a way to avoid getting his famous headdress stuck between the ropes on entry.But nerves got the best of him during his first match ever in Detroit.“My first time there, my knees were knocking. So I went, I got up on the apron on the ring, I grabbed the top two ropes, and I vaulted. I was so nervous, as I was clearing it my toe caught the top rope. And you ever see a chicken fall into a ring? There I was on the mat in a pile of feathers. Well, I never lived that down for about ten years,” said Two Rivers.(Billy Two Rivers holds a picture of himself and his patented entry into the wrestling ring. Photo: Tom Fennario/APTN)Having a wrestling legend in the community certainly served as inspiration for Zachary long before he had a dad bod.“When I first got into the industry I sat with Billy and we talked and we developed this bond that only you can grow with other wrestlers,” said Zachary.Despite giving the appearance of blood enemies in the ring, out of the ring the wrestling community is close knit.Injuries can happen easily in the ring, so it’s important to have the trust of your combatants.But on this night in Beauharnois, that bond between wrestlers only goes so far.Especially when the opportunity for revenge appears.After the sour end to their own match, the squad waited until Cayen and Cable, the team that ambushed them, were near victory before staging a perfectly timed distraction to steal the match out from under them.“I mean, it’s tit for tat, right? Dutch door action. You screw us, we’re going to screw you right back. It’s simple, simple mathematics,” Zachary explained, before Rice interjected “I’m terrible at math.”Perhaps mathematics is a poor analogy.To call it poetry would be a stretch.But great theatre? The roar of the Beauharnois crowd says that’s a That’s the way Kahnawà:ke’s Dad Bod Squad likes it.“We’re gonna come out here and put on a great show for these great fans at BCW [Beauharnois Championships Wrestling], and we’re going to kick some butt at the same time,” affirmed Dad Bod Squad’s Shawn Rice.Their match against the Mascouche Dynasty, obnoxious oil millionaires from the Montreal suburbs, turned quickly on a double DDT delivered by the squad’s other member, Kyle Zachary.Then after getting tagged in, Rice entered the ring in a fury, nearly completing the job.But the nefarious interference of another tag team, Cayen and Cable, distracted the referee, leaving the Dynasty to pull off a brutal low blow on Rice before pinning him to mat.It was a tough loss, one that lead to The Dad Bod Squad vowing revenge.“You stick your nose in our business, we’re gonna have to flatten it!” exclaimed Zachary in post match exclusive with APTN News. Tom FennarioAPTN NewsIn the wrestling ring fortunes can change in a flash.One moment, you’re taking a beating, struggling, and failing to tag in your partner.The next, an opportunity can present itself, waiting to be seized.It could be a chance to pull off a reverse suplex…duck under a clothesline…or use a hapless referee to block an opponent’s blow.The momentum swings are fast and frequent, lending the sport a drama like no other.last_img read more

Autonomous vehicle centre opens in Stratford

first_imgTORONTO – An autonomous vehicle demonstration and testing zone has opened in Stratford, Ont.The Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network allows researchers to test self-driving technology in real-life traffic scenarios.The Ontario government says auto industry representatives and academics researching autonomous vehicles will work together at the centre to further develop the technology.The centre will also host a talent development program to give students an opportunity for internships and fellowships in the autonomous vehicle field.The Ontario government announced in the 2017 budget that it would spend $80 million over five years on autonomous vehicle development.The government says self-driving vehicles have the potential to improve road safety, reduce congestion and cut greenhouse gas emissions.last_img read more