Pictures of the boss not welcome at Montreal axethrowing facility

first_imgMONTREAL – Do not bring pictures of the boss.That’s what Anton Pushkar, the owner of an indoor Montreal axe-throwing facility, tells enthusiasts who may want a particular photo as their target.“We’ve had people saying: ‘Can I put a picture of somebody really special right on the bull’s eye?’” Pushkar said in a recent interview.“And we did have a couple of people coming in who were a little more serious about it. It’s not something we want to see, but they do ask.”The appropriately named Rage Academy has 11 “throwing lanes” that are separated by steel fences. Customers entering the centre are greeted by huge lettering on the wall that reads, “Control Your Rage.”It says on its website it can accommodate up to 60 people “for every possible action from bachelor to divorce celebration.”Pushkar, 27, said axe-throwing is still a relatively new form of mass entertainment.Young professionals and students between the ages of 25 and 35 now make up about 35 per cent of his clientele.The Siberian-born Pushkar said a lot of singles come in to try their hand.“You would be surprised, but often the girls get the hang of it much quicker than the guys,” he added.Three different sizes of the steel hatchets are available for players, including one for two-handed tossing.Kids are allowed to try the activity — if they are able to safely throw a specially made small axe.“We’ve had 10-year-olds who were throwing better than their adult parents,” said Pushkar, adding that even people in their 80s have come in for target practice.Roger Beaudoin, 96, who used to compete in lumberjack festivals, has also paid a visit.He took first place in several axe-throwing competitions around Quebec.But Beaudoin, who still tosses around an axe in his backyard in the village of Sainte-Emelie-de-l’Energie, says “all good things come to an end.”“I don’t have the capacity to be as accurate as I used to be, but I hit the target a few times,” he said in an interview with The Canadian Press.Pushkar, who came to Montreal from central Russia with his parents 14 years ago, said all activities at his venue are supervised by instructors who also provide training.He stressed that alcohol consumption is not allowed and that inebriated clients who come in are told to “get some fresh air and come back later.”“So far, here at Rage we’ve had no accidents involving axes,” Pushkar said.But some people end up cutting their fingers when they try to see how sharp the axe is.“Band-Aids are our biggest expense in terms of safety,” Pushkar joked.It costs a total of $40 per target per hour for three people, Monday to Thursday, and $50 on weekends.There are also special group rates.For serious competitors, there’s the Toronto-based National Axe Throwing Federation, whose members are from Canada, the United States, Australia and Poland.The federation, which was established in 2016, represents the sport of axe-throwing on behalf of 17 member organizations with more than 3,000 members in 39 cities.Commissioner Matt Wilson says one major tournament is held every year in February in Toronto.“The first stage of the tournament happens across all organizations that are part of the NATF,” he said in an interview.“The top 128 people then make it to the final day of the Toronto tournament.”The federation’s specific mandate is to promote uniform rules of competition, security measures and similar training techniques.Wilson also owns “B.A.T.L – Backyard Axe Throwing League,” which has been around for 11 years.last_img read more

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People with disabilities lose hopes skills in psych hospital inquiry told

first_imgHALIFAX – Leaving people with intellectual disabilities in a Halifax psychiatric hospital has created “an unnatural setting” where skills and hopes fade away as years go by, a behavioural therapist told a human rights inquiry Thursday.Nicole Robinson, a behavioural therapist who works in an acute care unit of the Nova Scotia Hospital, testified that seven of nine patients she treats have been medically discharged but are in limbo because of the lack of supported housing in the community.She said one of the men has been on the ward for about four decades.The inquiry is examining a 2014 complaint by 46-year-old Beth MacLean and 45-year-old Joseph Delaney that the province has violated the Human Rights Act by failing to move them from a hospital-like setting into a community home.“People are faced with a roadblock to go on to the next step. They’re kind of held there,” Robinson told the inquiry.She then proceeded to give evidence that was a rare glimpse into a locked-door hospital setting that frustrates the efforts of highly trained staff.She explained that applied behavioural analysis is used to reinforce positive habits and patterns that range from table manners to simple tasks such as washing your own hair.However, Robinson said to make the skills stick, people with disabilities need to apply them in homes with roommates, a quiet atmosphere and trained staff they see regularly.If that doesn’t happen, the work by the therapists often falls apart as the skill the person has learned atrophies and the patient reverts to a life of reliance on institutional staff and routines.The constant refusals to provide a home also creates a depressing cycle for her clients, she said.She recalled meetings with Department of Community Services staff informing them the client was ready to leave and receive community-based care.However, she said she would encounter an ever-changing set of criteria from the department.“We continue to work on the goals they provide, we achieve them, they may come up with another set of goals, and then we continue this cycle,” she said.Robinson was hired to bring intensive behavioural therapy to the hospital and the outreach teams in 2015.Her position was among those recommended in a scathing 2006 independent report that warned a human rights case could unfold if ways weren’t found to house the medically discharged patients elsewhere.However, during her testimony, Robinson told the inquiry she’s found it challenging to make progress due to the shortage of small options homes.“I can’t adhere to what I’ve been trained to do, which is to teach a skill … (have the patient) learn it and generalize it to other settings. It’s not a healthy place to be,” she said.Part of the problem are inadequacies in the facility itself, which has one van available for outings and a gym that is often used by community groups.The patient’s motivation levels to learn and change behaviours frequently plunge in a hospital environment, where trips are cancelled and promises aren’t kept, said Robinson.She gave the example of one patient who has been told if she would “use … gentle hands,” rather than hitting, she could move to a group home.“But she’s been in the hospital five or six years. You can understand that if you’re being told you’re going to achieve this outcome and it doesn’t come, I feel like I’ve done her a disservice. She loses her motivation and we need to find new territory to motivate her,” she testified.She said she’d worked with both MacLean and Delaney, and helped prepare them to depart.After 15 years on waiting lists, MacLean was moved to a hospital-like setting at the Community Transition Program facility in Halifax in 2016, and briefly was able to live in a group home, but has since returned to the Community Transition Program.Robinson testified there’s little difference between the transition program and Emerald Hall, as they are institutional environments with staff working on shifts, scheduled activities and locked doors.“The main outcome of my work as a behaviour analyst is to teach someone to independently use their skills … in a natural environment,” she said.“The settings I’ve described … are the most unnatural settings.”The provincial government has said it is preparing more small options homes, but that it can’t place patients with more complex needs until homes with safe and appropriate levels of care are available.Follow (at)mtuttoncporg on Twitter.last_img read more

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High taxes growing debt Newfoundland and Labrador forecasts more deficits

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Newfoundland and Labrador’s latest budget relies on high taxes and heavy borrowing, pinning hopes once again on offshore oil prospects to eventually help control soaring debt.The $8.4-billion spending plan revealed Tuesday also forecasts a $683 million deficit and a shakeup at the Crown corporation responsible for huge cost overruns at the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project.Expenses will slightly rise as net debt for the province of just 529,000 people is expected to hit a historic high at $15.5 billion.Finance Minister Tom Osborne said the profitable oil and gas sector will be hived off from Nalcor Energy, which oversees the delayed and over-budget Muskrat Falls development in Labrador. A new Crown corporation will focus solely on the oil sector off Newfoundland.“We want to make sure that this industry reaches its full potential,” Osborne said of the Nalcor changes. “The maximum number of jobs, the maximum spin off, the maximum number of industry players, the maximum amount of oil production and the maximum royalties to the people of this province.“We have a very, very strong future in the oil industry.”Osborne said there will still be demand for fossil fuels as the world increasingly shifts to renewable energy sources. He also said Newfoundland’s offshore sector, while a significant carbon emitter, is relatively clean when compared to the Alberta oilsands.Federally required plans for a provincial carbon tax will be introduced this spring, Osborne said.Muskrat Falls, once fully online in 2020, will mean the province is almost totally powered by renewable hydro energy.The 2018 budget also forecasts deficits in each of the next three fiscal years, returning to a modest surplus by 2023 if the price of oil hovers around US$74 a barrel.The province will spend almost $3.2 billion on health care this year — far higher per person than what’s spent elsewhere in Canada, as it aims to cut smoking rates and increase exercise.Osborne said the governing Liberals have made strides to get the province’s battered fiscal house in order since the oil-price slide in 2014. They’ve cut 759 public sector jobs in the last two years and will reduce more through attrition as about 5,000 workers are eligible to retire, he told a news conference.More radical reductions would “shock” an already fragile economy, he said.Cost-cutting efforts also include less discretionary spending, and working with management and unions to reduce overtime and sick leave.“Back at the peak of oil, we were 30 per cent reliant on (it) as a revenue source for the province,” Osborne said. “Through finding efficiencies, through diversifying the economy, we’re now 14 per cent reliant on oil.”If those revenues increase, they’ll be used to eliminate deficits and pay down debt, he added.The budget forecasts oil at an average price of US$63 per barrel in 2018-19 and 2019-20, based on forecasts from 11 analysts. Brent crude was trading early Tuesday at about US$70 a barrel.Richard Alexander, executive director of the Newfoundland and Labrador Employers’ Council, represents members who employ more than half the province’s private sector workers. The council has called on the government for years to bring expenses more in line with reduced revenues.Instead, it’s spending far beyond its means while taking yet another gamble on volatile oil values, Alexander said in an interview.“What happens if interest rates go up? What happens if there’s a recession in the global economy? What happens if the price of oil doesn’t go where they expect it to go?” he asked.“Plan B is, now we have to make expenditure reductions on top of having $15 billion in debt — and that’s a very risky plan.”Newfoundland and Labrador’s tax rates are among the highest in Canada, driving young families away as the unemployment rate rose more than a percentage point last year to almost 15 per cent.“It’s stifling growth in the economy,” Alexander said.Others worry that an oil-or-bust approach makes the province an environmental laggard.“We need to be looking at climate change,” said interim NDP Leader Lorraine Michael. “If we don’t get out of the mentality that our revenue is only going to be oil and gas, and start planning for a diversified economy, we’re going to be 10 years down the road in the same situation.”Follow @suebailey on Twitter.last_img read more

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Chilliwack school trustee facing human rights complaint for LGBTQ comments

first_imgVANCOUVER – A Chilliwack school trustee is facing a human rights complaint for controversial comments he has made about gender identity and sexual orientation.The B.C. Teachers’ Federation and Chilliwack Teachers’ Association allege in their joint complaint that trustee Barry Neufeld’s statements and social media posts have been “discriminatory,” and are likely to expose transgender individuals to hatred.The complaint filed with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal alleges that Neufeld negatively affected teachers’ work environments by calling those who support transgender students “child abusers.”It claims Neufeld has referred to trans people as part of a “biologically absurd theory,” and that his statements paint trans people as “ill, delusional and suggests that there is a transgender agenda that will harm children.”Reached by phone, Neufeld said he remains an active trustee and he refers all comments to his lawyer, who was not immediately available.Much of Neufeld’s criticisms have centred on an educational resource aimed at supporting LGBTQ students in the district, which he called a “weapon of propaganda” in the fall.Neufeld later apologized for his comments, saying he believes in a safe learning environment but that educational resources should be reviewed by parents and teachers before they’re implemented.In January, he said in a statement that he must remain on the Chilliwack Board of Education to protect “impressionable children.”The board had passed a motion asking him to resign.B.C. Education Minister Rob Fleming has also called for Neufeld to step down, saying the trustee’s comments have undermined the goals of the school board and the ministry.last_img read more

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Acting like an idiot Driver clocked at 232 kmh on Nova Scotia

first_imgTHOMSON STATION, N.S. – Nova Scotia police say it’s one of the fastest speeds they’ve ever clocked: A young Quebec man was allegedly caught driving 232 kilometres an hour on the Trans-Canada Highway.Cpl. Dal Hutchinson says officers were conducting radar enforcement on Highway 104 in Thomson Station, N.S., around noon Saturday when they saw two vehicles that appeared to be racing.An officer clocked one car driving 159 kilometres an hour, and a 29-year-old man from Lakeside, N.S., was issued a ticket with a fine of $410.A second officer clocked the other car driving 232 kilometres an hour — a whopping 122 kilometres over the speed limit.A 19-year-old man from Quebec was charged with stunting — which carries a fine of $2,422.50 — and his licence was suspended and vehicle seized.Hutchinson says there was heavy long weekend traffic on the highway, which leads to New Brunswick, and that the Quebec driver was “acting like an idiot with total disregard for others.”He said driving fast affects your reaction time, and it’s not usual for bears, deer and other wildlife to cross on that stretch of highway.“We’re trained on a closed track for driving at high rates of speed and even as a police officer, we do not travel at that rate of speed,” said Hutchinson.“What’s going through a person’s mind at the time, who knows.”Hutchinson says it’s one of the fastest speeds the force has on record, and the highest he’s seen in his 14-year career.last_img read more

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You need to stand with your leader Ford rallies federal Tories in

first_imgHALIFAX – Ontario Premier Doug Ford threw his political weight behind federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer during an impassioned speech clearly aimed at rallying the troops at the national Conservative convention in Halifax Thursday.Speaking to a room filled with thousands of Conservative delegates and members from across the country, Ford boasted of his recent electoral success in Ontario, which he said can also happen for the federal party in 2019 — if members remain united behind Scheer.“My friends, it will not come easy. It will take effort and discipline. And most importantly, you will need to stand together and you need to stand with your leader,” Ford said, eliciting a standing ovation from the crowd.Earlier in the day, Scheer sustained a searing attack from his former leadership rival, Quebec MP Maxime Bernier, who announced he was quitting the Conservative party. In a scathing diatribe, Bernier called the Tories “intellectually and morally corrupt” and said a Scheer victory next year would lead to “a more moderate version of the disastrous Trudeau government.”Ford did not mention Bernier in his remarks, instead focusing his comments on praising Scheer and lending his personal slogan, “Help is on the way” to the federal party.Brandishing his signature oratory cadence, Ford repeated many of his own oft-used electoral slogans to get the Halifax crowd on their feet — and jump to their feet they did.Ford reiterated his vow to fight Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s “punishing carbon tax” using every tool at his disposal. He also said he has been “burning up the phone lines” talking to U.S. governors to help get a deal on NAFTA.But his speech was aimed mainly at offering hope and advice to federal delegates, offering his own recent electoral victory as an example to remain firm in their convictions that victory is possible.“As you look towards the upcoming campaign, please remember we won in Ontario because we listened to the people and because we stayed true to our principles,” said Ford.“And you can do it too with a great leader and future prime minister, Andrew Scheer.”As Ford’s speech drew to a close, Scheer and his wife Jill joined the Ontario premier on stage, where they hoisted their hands together in the air, officially kicking off the three-day Conservative convention in Halifax.Follow @ReporterTeresa on Twitter.last_img read more

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Tories continue to raise most money but Liberals close gap as election

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal Liberal party just scored its best-ever third quarter fundraising result in a non-election year — but still fell $1 million short of the money raked in by the Conservatives.According to the latest quarterly financial reports filed with Elections Canada, the governing party pulled in nearly $3.8 million between July 1 and the end of September, from some 33,000 donors.The Conservatives, who’ve proven their mettle time and again as fundraising champs, took in $4.86 million in the same period, from 36,655 contributors.Still, as the clock ticks down to the next election in a year, the fundraising gap between the two parties closed significantly during the third quarter.The Conservatives raked in more than $6 million in each of the first two quarters — almost double the Liberal hauls.The NDP continued to lag far behind, raising just $861,889 from 11,877 donors in the third quarter. That was only marginally better than the Green party, which pulled in just over $555,000.The NDP reported similarly dismal results in the first half of the year but party spokesman Guillaume Francoeur says the total of $3.1 million raised so far this year is still slightly better than the amount raised at the same point last year. And he says the party has just revamped its fundraising program and expects to see improved results in the fourth quarter.last_img read more

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Liberals look to build positive frame around billions in housing spending

first_imgOTTAWA — The first details from the Liberal government’s decade-long housing plan show early spending has helped keep some 14,000 households in affordable units.The national housing strategy is only a few months old, with many parts of the plan having launched in April and more to roll out in the coming months.The Liberals have yet to fulfil a promise to enshrine the strategy, its goals and its spending into law.Today, the Liberals will use “National Housing Day” to talk about $5.7 billion in social spending that the government says has helped more than 775,000 households since they came to office.Background documents show the spending figure includes money budgeted annually for housing programs and dollars the Liberals set aside in their first budget in 2016.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Premier defends BC Speaker says his impartiality not in question

first_imgVICTORIA — Premier John Horgan says he wishes the last week of events at British Columbia’s legislature had unfolded differently, but it hasn’t diminished his confidence in Speaker Darryl Plecas.Horgan says he believes Plecas will continue to perform his duties despite the disruptive events that resulted in two top officials in the legislature being placed on leave amid an RCMP investigation.The premier says he has confidence in the actions of Plecas over the past week and suggests patience as the police conduct their investigation with the help of two special prosecutors.The Opposition Liberals say Plecas appears to be empire-building after they revealed he attempted to have his special adviser Alan Mullen appointed acting sergeant-at-arms after Gary Lenz was placed on administrative leave along with clerk of the house Craig James.Lenz and James say they have yet to be told about the allegations they face and they have hired a lawyer who demands their reinstatement while the police investigation proceeds.Horgan made his comments at a news conference as the fall session of the legislature comes to a close today.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Man fit to stand trial in girls death at BC high school

first_imgVANCOUVER — A British Columbia Supreme Court judge has ruled that a man accused of killing a 13-year-old girl in an Abbotsford high school is fit to stand trial.Gabriel Klein will remain at a psychiatric hospital for the duration of the trial instead of going to a pre-trial centre.Klein is charged with second-degree murder and aggravated assault in a November 2016 stabbing attack that killed the girl and wounded another.Associate Chief Justice Heather Holmes declared him unfit to stand trial last April because he suffers from schizophrenia, auditory hallucinations and paranoid delusions.The B.C. Review Board ruled Jan. 15 that he was fit to stand trial and Holmes agreed with requests from the Crown and defence on Thursday that she also declare him fit.Court heard that Klein is taking a new medication that has made it easier for him to understand court proceedings and communicate.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Duchess Of Cambridge Attends 100 Women In Hedge Funds Gala Dinner

first_imgThe Duchess of Cambridge attended the 100 Women in Hedge Funds philanthropic initiatives reception dinner last week in aid of the charity Action on Addiction.The Duchess of Cambridge at the 100 Women in Hedge Funds Gala dinnerCredit/Copyright: DukeAndDuchessOfCambridge.orgSpeaking to guests at the event, The Duchess of Cambridge said that Prince George was “such a good boy” at his christening.The Duchess of Cambridge attends the 100 Women in Hedge Funds Gala dinnerCredit/Copyright: DukeAndDuchessOfCambridge.orgThe Duchess chatted to the invited guests about the success of Wednesday’s christening, which took place at the historic Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace. Her Royal Highness is a patron of both Action on Addiction and 100WHF, an organisation for professionals in the alternative investments industry.The Duchess presented Dame Amelia Fawcett with the 100 Women in Hedge Funds’ 2013 European Industry Leadership Award.Amanda Pullinger, the 100 Women in Hedge Funds executive director, said: “We are honoured that The Duchess of Cambridge has once again lent her support to 100 Women in Hedge Funds for our London gala, and particularly as it is one of her first public appearances since the birth of her son.”Action on Addiction is involved in tackling addiction through research, prevention, treatment, professional education and family support. It has centres in Dorset, London, Merseyside and Wiltshire.The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry are also patrons of 100 Women in Hedge Funds’ philanthropic initiatives. It is focusing on helping Action on Addiction in 2013, WellChild in 2014 and The Art Room in 2015.Source:dukeandduchessofcambridge.orglast_img read more

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Prince Harry Awards Digital Media Champions For Invictus Games

first_imgPrince Harry has made an impassioned plea for the nation to support his paralympic-style sporting championships for injured servicemen and women.Prince Harry poses for a group photograph during a visit to Bethnal Green AcademyCredit/Copyright: www.princehenryofwales.org/The Prince told a group of students who have become digital media champions for the Invictus Games that the event would be the “most amazing weekends of your lives”.He met more than 60 young people from six schools across east and central London during a visit to Bethnal Green Academy where they were being trained by Facebook in how to use social media to promote the sporting event being staged in the capital from September 10-14.When he stopped in one classroom to join the students learning how to take pictures, he praised their enthusiasm and said: “We’re very short on time, it’s going to happen; what are we – a month and a half away from the actual Games.“The more noise and the more enthusiasm you guys can get behind the Invictus Games, get your friends involved, buy some tickets, come down and scream and shout – I promise you, you will not regret it, it will be the most amazing weekend of your lives.”More than 400 wounded and sick servicemen and women from 14 nations – from countries like Canada, Iraq, Estonia and Italy – will take part in a variety of events from wheelchair rugby and athletics to power lifting during the Games being staged at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Lee Valley Athletics Centre.As digital media champions, the students will have the opportunity to report from sporting sites on all the action and atmosphere.During his visit to the academy Prince Harry stopped in a workshop being run by staff from Facebook and sat with the students listening to advice on how to make interesting posts.He told the group that his team would also be putting information on Facebook and Twitter.Organisers hope that the students will be able to use social media to generate interest in the Games.Speaking at the certificate presentation ceremony The Prince highlighted why he had decided to bring the concept of the Games from the United States, where a version has been staged for a number of years, to the UK.He said: “Some of these guys shouldn’t be alive but they are, they’ve put themselves back out there – they want to put a show on for you guys, for us, that’s the selfless commitment.“They don’t see this as anything else apart from ‘right we’re going to put on a show for the British public to say thank you’.”He added: “They want to say thank you to us whereas I’m trying to get us to say thank you to them.”Source:www.princehenryofwales.orglast_img read more

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Julia Roberts Honored At GLSEN Respect Awards

first_imgJulia Roberts and Derek Hough were honored at the GLSEN Respect Awards in Beverly Hills on Friday.Julia Roberts At GLSEN Respect AwardsThe GLSEN Respect Awards, introduced in 2004 and held annually in Los Angeles and New York, showcase the work of corporations, individuals, students and educators who have made a significant difference in the areas of diversity, inclusion and the Safe Schools movement, and who serve as exemplary role models.Derek Hough At GLSEN Respect AwardsAmong the guests on the night were NBC’s Robert Greenblatt (Chairman’s Award), Cliff Tang (Student Advocate of the Year). Additional guests included Sasha Alexander, Morena Baccarin, Brad Bessey, Kevin Brockman, Eliza Byard, Jessica Capshaw, Jessica Clark, Jason Collins, Cheyenne Jackson, Kathy Kloves, George Kotsiopoulos, Rose McGowan, Markus Molinari, Shemar Moore, Rob Morrow, Ryan Murphy, Kenny Ortega, Jim Parsons, Amy Poehler, Maggie Q, Greg Rikaart, Robbie Rogers, Elisabeth Rohm, Jonathan Schaech, Hal Sparks, Kirsten Vangsness, Sirdeaner & Dominique Walker, Kevin Williamson, and more.Jason Collins Talks At GLSEN Respect AwardsDanny Moder and Julia Roberts received the Humanitarian Award for their commitment to, and support of, numerous philanthropic endeavors and humanitarian causes, including GLSEN, UNICEF, Heal the Bay, Stand Up To Cancer, the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, and many others. They bring a sense of stewardship, responsibility and consciousness to their humanitarian efforts and serve as wonderful role models.Emmy Award-winning and New York Times Best-Selling author Derek Hough, choreographer and the only-five time dancing champion on the hit ABC series Dancing with the Stars, received this year’s Inspiration Award. Not afraid to use his craft to give voice to those less fortunate, Derek’s new book, Taking the Lead: Lessons From a Life in Motion, epitomizes GLSEN’s commitment to storytelling and serves as a testament to the power of a strong work ethic, dedication to one’s craft, and a spirit of perseverance. His bravery in speaking out against bullying through the lens of personal experience has positioned him as an invaluable advocate and ally for youth.last_img read more

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Making A Difference In Duchenne

first_imgNewport Beach based charity Coalition Duchenne has launched an interview series titled “Making a Difference in Duchenne” on its Youtube channel focused on individuals making a difference in Duchenne muscular dystrophy research, care, awareness, and education.The first interview features Dr. Eduardo Marbán MD, PhD, director of the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles, talking about cardiac derived stem cells. Dr. Marbán was featured in a November 2011 Economist article “Repairing Broken Hearts,” read by Coalition Duchenne founder and executive director Catherine Jayasuriya. She lobbied for a focus on Duchenne because cardiac scarring severely compromises the life span of those with the disease. Coalition Duchenne funded successful research applying Marbán’s stem cell technology to Duchenne. The approach has been clinically proven to mitigate scarring cause by heart attacks. In Marbán’s therapy, human heart tissue is used to grow specialized heart stem cells, which are injected back into the patient’s heart.“We need to focus on changing the course of the disease. We lose many young men to cardiac issues. We hope that working with cardiac stem cells is one way we will eventually change that outcome,” said Jayasuriya.The second interview in the “Making a Difference in Duchenne” series features actor Cody Saintgnue, who plays Brett Talbot in MTV’s Teen Wolf. Saintgnue has a unique relationship with Duchenne. He played a young man with muscular dystrophy in his break out role on House MD in 2009. Saintgnue talks about his experience learning to mimic the physicality of a young man with Duchenne, as well as the inspiration he draws from the way those young men overcome many obstacles to live happy, fulfilling lives.Video: Cody Saintgnue: Making A Difference in DuchenneUpcoming interviews will feature: Professor Rachelle Crosbie-Watson from the University of California, Los Angeles, who teaches the first university course focused entirely on Duchenne; Dr. Ron Victor, a Cedars-Sinai cardiologist and researcher looking at the benefits of Cialis and Viagra for Duchenne cardiomyopathy; and, Scotty Bob Morgan, a daredevil wingsuit pilot, who has raised awareness worldwide about Duchenne, flying a specially made Coalition Duchenne wingsuit.Find out more here.last_img read more

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Anie Lennox Visits Family Counselling Centre And Shelter For Women In South

first_imgIn a recent blog, Annie Lennox shares her most recent visit to Nonceba, a family counselling centre and shelter for women supported by The Circle.Nonceba is located in Khayelitsha, a township in Western Cape, South Africa.“The range of services Nonceba offers is comprehensive and holistic. Social workers are available to help women seek and receive the support they are entitled to, and counsellors help women and children deal with the traumas they are faced with. There are play spaces and simple bedrooms in the safe houses, where mothers can stay together with their children. Child care is provided. A crèche is run, so mothers have a safe and caring place to leave their children whilst they are at work, and the community hall is a place where past and current service users, as well as staff, can come together for support, encouragement and laughs. Once the women do eventually leave Nonceba, continued support is available after their stay.”To read the full blog, click here.last_img read more

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Ai Weiwei To Receive Artistic Expression Award at PEN America 2018 LitFest

first_imgPEN America announced today that globally lauded artist Ai Weiwei will receive the Artistic Expression Award at the organization’s 2018 LitFest Gala in Los Angeles.Ai is renowned for making bold aesthetic statements that expose fault lines, unmask hypocrisies, and unleash empathy on a global scale. This honor comes in the wake of the razing last weekend of Ai Weiwei’s Beijing studio, including the destruction of several artworks, purportedly to make way for gentrification. In the fall of 2018, Ai Weiwei will open three major exhibitions in Los Angeles. The 2018 LitFest Gala, which will take place on November 2, 2018, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, will also recognize media and entertainment litigator and PEN America Trustee Marvin Putnam with the 2018 Distinguished Leadership Award for exceptional work in support of PEN America and its mission to defend free expression and celebrate literary excellence.Now in its 28th year, PEN America’s LitFest Gala is a celebration of free expression and the literary arts. Each year, the event brings together impassioned tributes, conversation, and levity before an esteemed audience of authors, screenwriters, producers, showrunners, executives, philanthropists, actors, and devotees of the written word who share a commitment to the robust defense of creative freedom in Los Angeles and around the world. Proceeds from PEN America’s LitFest Gala support initiatives including: advocacy for writers, journalists, and artists threatened or imprisoned worldwide; landmark research that addresses critical free speech issues; and the advancement of literary excellence and cross-cultural exchanges through hallmark initiatives, including the World Voices Festival of International Literature, PEN America’s Literary Awards, and fellowship and grants programs. Recently honored luminaries and participants include Roxane Gay, Isabel Allende, Jose Antonio Vargas, Margaret Atwood, Janet Mock, Norman Lear, Guillermo del Toro, Amber Tamblyn, Aisha Tyler, Amy Poehler, and Cecile Richards.“Ai Weiwei’s inventive, iconic, and utterly original lens on contemporary life both within and outside China have bridged the worlds of art and activism, awakening millions to the plight of refugees, government corruption, and human suffering. His dramatic, insistent, and impossible-to-forget films, artworks, and installations have jolted the art world, inspired millions, and stoked fear in the minds of governments alert to the power of creativity to spark social change,” said PEN America CEO Suzanne Nossel. “Ai Weiwei has, for decades, endured the personal price of harassment, intimidation, and constraints on his freedom in his determination to speak out and be a voice for those who cannot. Coming without warning, the demolition of his studio last weekend was a vivid reminder of the arbitrary and unpredictable exercise of power that Ai’s work has consistently exposed and contested. PEN America has been proud to stand with Ai Weiwei in his courageous posture of artistic defiance, and is honored to present him with our Artistic Expression Award this year.”Michelle Franke, Executive Director of PEN America’s Los Angeles office, said, “As a fierce advocate for human rights and an avid reader – –one with a guiding belief in the power of words to inspire, educate, and heal – –Marvin Putnam found in PEN America a way to channel his manifest passion for free speech and the rights of creative communities into action, which he’s been doing for over a decade with a steadfast dedication worthy of celebration. It will be an honor to recognize Marvin with the 2018 Distinguished Leadership Award for his many contributions to our organization, especially following the recent unification of PEN America’s New York and Los Angeles offices. The unification was an opportunity to connect writers and activists coast to coast that he welcomed with his unique ability to bridge differences and forge common purpose.”From architecture to installations, social media to documentaries, Ai Weiwei uses a wide range of mediums as expressions of new ways for his audiences to examine society and its values. Recent exhibitions include: Good Fences Make Good Neighbors with the Public Art Fund in New York City; Ai Weiwei on Porcelain at the Sakip Sabanci Museum in Istanbul; Maybe, Maybe Not at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem; and Ai Weiwei. Libero at Palazzo Strozzi in Florence. Ai was born in Beijing in 1957 and currently resides and works in Berlin. Ai is the current Einstein Visiting Professor at the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK) and the 2012 Václav Havel Prize for Creative Dissent from the Human Rights Foundation. Ai’s first feature-length documentary, Human Flow, premiered at the 74th Venice Film Festival in competition.Marvin Putnam, a partner at Latham & Watkins LLP, is a trial lawyer who offers clients an exceptional combination of litigation experience and keen insight into the entertainment industry. He has successfully represented clients ranging from individual authors and producers to leading entertainment companies and investment banks. His accomplishments at trial and appellate courts, both state and federal as well as internationally, have earned Mr. Putnam a reputation as a market-leading entertainment litigator. Mr. Putnam has been recognized by Chambers USA as a leading lawyer in Media & Entertainment Litigation; Variety “Legal Impact Report;” The Hollywood Reporter “Power Lawyers;” and The Daily Journal “Top 100 California Lawyers” and “Top Entertainment Lawyers.” In 2014, he was named one of National Law Journal’s “Winning Trial Lawyers” and Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Century City Bar Association.PEN America stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect open expression in the United States and worldwide. Its mission is to unite writers and their allies to celebrate creative expression and defend the liberties that make it possible.For more information on the PEN America’s 2018 LitFest Gala, please click here.last_img read more

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Maggie Q to Canada Goose Murder Is Never In Fashion

first_imgCoyotes are often bludgeoned, stomped on, or shot to death—as this viral video shows. In addition, birds used for down spend their entire lives in crowded, filthy sheds until their throats are slit..The actor tried to request an in-person meeting with Dani Reiss, the CEO of Canada Goose, in order to ask him to remove fur from his coats, but was not allowed access to the building. Of course this wasn’t the first time Reiss ran from the facts: Every fur-and-feather Canada Goose coat represents the terrifying and painful death of a coyote who was trapped, strangled, shot, stomped on, or bludgeoned. The message shared  by Maggie Q and PETA activists was clear: every bit of fur trim on a Canada Goose jacket came from an animal who didn’t want to die.The Designated Survivor star led PETA supporters in a spirited “bloody” protest against Canada Goose’s fur-trimmed and feather-filled jackets outside the company’s Toronto headquarters on Monday.Coyotes who are trapped—especially mothers who are desperate to return to their starving pups—may even attempt to chew off their own limbs to escape. Trappers tear animal families apart and beat immobile coyotes to death—they are enemies of wildlife. Twitter Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

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CTV Reveals the Next 10 Aspiring Artists Selected to Appear on CTVs

first_img“The calibre of talented artists participating on THE LAUNCH is simply extraordinary,” said Randy Lennox, President, Bell Media. “Our mission – to rewrite the musical television genre and propel new songs and artists to the world as we merge broadcast television and music. We have carefully partnered with the artists being announced this week to achieve this vision.”Supporting today’s announcement across @CTV_PR social platforms is a companion #MeetTheArtists video – a compilation introducing Canadians to today’s wave of 10 announced artists for THE LAUNCH, available on Instagram and Twitter. Click here to view today’s artist video.More information about the 10 artists announced today and participating in THE LAUNCH is included below. Bio pages showcasing all of the artists announced thus far are also available on CTV.ca‘s dedicated artist pages (available via links below).Basil PhoenixInstagram: @basilphoenixSoundCloud: soundcloud.com/basilphoenixHometown: The Pas, ManitobaCurrent City: TorontoMusical Genres: R&B, Hip-HopBasil began singing and writing music after an accident at the age of 13 left her hospitalized and bedridden for months. She began writing songs to instrumental beats she found on YouTube™, recording ideas to her phone, and eventually working with a producer to create original compositions. With smooth vocals and introspective lyrics reminiscent of Lauryn Hill mixed with Sade, Basil has amassed a strong following on Instagram and has begun recording songs for the release of her debut EP.Full Bio: CTV.ca/Basil-PhoenixEthan YoungInstagram: @Ethany0ungYouTube: Ethan YoungHometown: TorontoMusical Genres: R&B, PopEthan’s love for performance and songwriting began at a very young age. While attending Karen Kain School of the Arts, Ethan became one of the famed Mini Pop Kids, performing for sold-out audiences across Ontario. He was featured on three Mini Pop Kid albums that were sold in retail stores internationally. Ethan regularly performs for charitable events including ThreeToBe, Covenant House, Children’s Wish Foundation, and Jacob’s Ladder.Dream Musical Venue to Perform in: Air Canada CentreTop 3 Favourite Musical Artists: Whitney Houston, Adele, and Miley Cyrus.Full Bio: CTV.ca/Ethan-YoungEzra JordanWebsite: ezrajordan.comFacebook: @EzraJordanMusicInstagram: @ezrajordanYouTube: Ezra JordanHometown: TorontoMusical Genres: R&B, PopEzra Jordan took up piano at the age of four. A graduate of the Independent Artist Program at the Musician’s Institute in Hollywood, CA, Ezra blends the genres of R&B and alt-pop with his keyboard-oriented approach to songwriting to create a style that is soulful, refreshing, and authentic. At the age of 18, Ezra suffered a traumatic and life-threatening leg injury. Forced to put a hold on his classical piano training during his 18-month recovery process, he turned to singing and songwriting as a musical outlet. Back on his feet with his newly honed talents, Ezra joined Juno nominated singer-songwriter Scott Helman as his keyboard player and backup singer.Musical Bloodlines: Surrounded by music his whole life growing up with parents Marc Jordan andAmy Sky – both in the music industry.Full Bio: CTV.ca/Ezra-JordanJaryd StanleyWebsite: jarydstanley.comFacebook: @JarydStanleyMusicInstagram: @JarydStanleyTwitter: @JarydStanleyHometown: Rothesay, N.B.Genre: Pop, SoulAn acoustic guitar-playing singer-songwriter at heart, Jaryd Stanley mixes elements of rock, hip-hop, soul, pop, dance, and folk into his songs. Jaryd’s versatility is paramount in creating his ever-evolving sound, earning him “Fan Favourite” status for CBC’s 2017 National Searchlight song writing competition, as well as being named the 2017 Grand Prize Winner of Canada’s Walk of Fame Emerging Artists Music Mentorship Program. A small town “Maritimer” with big city dreams and boundless potential, his debut EP “sixteen ten” was released in mid-2017.Top 3 Favourite Musical Artists: Ed Sheeran. Joel Plaskett. Carole King.Full Bio: CTV.ca/Jaryd-StanleyJayd InkTwitter: @Jayd_InkInstagram: @jayd_inkYouTube: Jayd InkHometown: TorontoMusic Genre: R&B, soul, hip-hop, pop, and reggaeAs an independent artist, Jayd Ink has accomplished a great deal of success with her music. The R&B singer-songwriter has been releasing music since 2013, with her background in poetry allowing her to effortlessly move through a myriad of musical genres. Jayd has been headlining shows in Toronto since the release of her first EP “Invitation Only” in 2015. Capturing listeners around the world with her unique voice, Jayd has also performed in Japan alongside K.Camp, DJ Whoo Kid, and Silento, and is recognized as “Toronto Musicians to Watch in 2017” by NOW Magazine.Dream Duet: Janet JacksonFull Bio: CTV.ca/Jayd-InkJP MauriceTwitter: @jpthemauriceInstagram: @jpthemauriceFacebook: @MauriceYouTube: JP MauriceHometown: VancouverMusical Genres: Pop/rock/alt-countryAfter touring Canada and Europe, a loss in the family caused JP to focus on channeling his emotions into his music. The tragedy resulted in his “Girls” EP, which sweeps from cinematic pop-noir into slinky neo-soul, all tied together with JP’s powerfully emotive vocals. Challenges haven’t stopped JP Maurice – if anything, they have made him stronger.Dream Musical Venue to Perform in: Coachella, or main stage of the Sasquatch! Music FestivalFull Bio: CTV.ca/JP-MauriceNoelle MaracleTwitter: @noellemaracleInstagram: @noellemaracleFacebook: @noellemaraclemusicYouTube: Noelle MaracleHometown: Tyendinaga, Ont.Musical Genres: R&B, soul, acoustic pop, EDM, all with jazz influenceWhen Noelle Maracle was eight years old, her brothers convinced her to audition for the television show KARAOKE STAR JR., an experience that helped her realize how much she enjoyed performing. Later that year, Noelle won YTV’s “Virtual Next Star” singing contest and presented Justin Bieber with his first Platinum Award in Toronto. To date, Noelle has had the honour of singing at the National Aboriginal Achievement Awards, Andrea Menard’s TV Christmas special, and being backed up by an amazing children’s choir at “Reach for the Rainbow”. Noelle also wrote the ballad song for Dance for Kindness 2016. Her YouTube™ channel currently has 27 million views and over 92,000 subscribers.Dream Musical Venue to Perform in: Carnegie Hall, with an amazing piano player and jazz band.Dream Duet: Daniel CaesarFull Bio: CTV.ca/Noelle-MaraclePoesyWebsite: poesyofficial.comFacebook: @poesyofficialInstagram: @poesyofficialYouTube: POESYHometown: Ancaster, Ont.Musical Genres: Alternative rock/indie rockAfter being inspired to write her first song at the age of nine, Poesy is now fully immersed in the alternative indie world of music. With her named derived from an archaic word for poetry, and a callback to her time as an English and Creative Writing major at Western University, Poesy finds inspiration in literature, 1970s rock, thrift stores, and bus rides, to create the narratives present in her own songwriting. Poesy’s infatuation with all types of art is behind the short story she wrote to accompany each track on her debut EP, “The Spotless Mind”. With her piano skills in her pocket, she dabbles with anything she can get her hands on – guitar, ukulele, you name it – in order to make her cathartic style of music.Musical Influences: Freddie Mercury, Katy Perry, Florence Welch, Kurt Cobain, and Stevie Nicks.Dream Musical Venue to Perform in: Wembley StadiumFull Bio: CTV.ca/PoesyRaymond SalgadoInstagram: @raymondsalgadoofficialTwitter: @raysalgadomusicYouTube: Raymond SalgadoHometown: Nanaimo, B.C.Current City: Lantzville, B.C.Music genres: Pop/R&B, classical, musical theatreRaymond Salgado’s love of music came at a very early age, inspired by a large Filipino community that loves to sing, dance, and perform. A veteran of competitions, festivals and concerts, Raymond has been the representative for Provincial Performing Arts of B.C. for the last six years and recently won the Senior Classical at Provincials 2016. For the last nine years, Raymond has been a student of voice lessons at Andrea Bertram Studio. He has combined those skills with his passion for musical theatre, with roles in musicals such as Benny in the production of Rent, Donkey in the musical Shrek, and Valjean in Les Misérables.Top 3 Favourite Musical Artists: Mariah Carey, Sam Smith, Shawn MendesNicknames: Slaymond, Baemond, Ray-Ray, Ray BaeFull Bio: CTV.ca/Raymond-SalgadoSons of DaughtersTwitter: @sonsofdaughtersInstagram: @sonsofdaughtersYouTube: Sons of DaughtersHometown: VancouverCurrent City: NashvilleMeet The Band: Chrystal Leigh and Jimmy ThowThe Band’s Sound: CountrySince their move to Nashville, Sons of Daughters have collaborated with numerous Grammy®-nominated songwriters, helping them to expand their musical repertoire. They have recorded a six-track debut EP entitled “Pick your Poison”, which was created with legendary Grammy®-nominated Producer Mike Fraser (AC/DC, Metallica, Aerosmith); and Juno-nominated, CCMA winner, Writer and Producer Jeff Johnson (Wes Mack, Dallas Smith). The duo is committed to carving their own unique sound in the modern country scene through captivating vocal harmonies, swampy guitar riffs, and catchy lyrics.Dream Duet: The Rolling Stones because I’m in love with Keith Richards (Chrystal Leigh)Favourite Personal Performance to Date: Playing for AC/DC at a private dinner party (Jimmy Thow)Full Bio: CTV.ca/Sons-of-DaughtersToday’s announcement will be followed up tomorrow (Thursday, Nov. 9) with the release of the final 10 artists selected to participate on THE LAUNCH. In addition, viewers are invited to catch interviews with some of the series’ participating artists today across Bell Media properties.THE LAUNCH was put into development in January 2016. The series was co-developed by and is produced by Bell Media in association with Scott Borchetta of Big Machine Label Group, Paul Franklin of Eureka (MASTERCHEF, THE BIGGEST LOSER), in partnership with John Brunton and Lindsay Cox of Insight Productions (THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, CANADIAN IDOL, THE JUNO AWARDS).THE LAUNCH is executive produced by Scott Borchetta, Randy Lennox and John Brunton; Lindsay Cox and Paul Franklin are Showrunners and Executive Producers; Executive producers for Bell Media are Robin Johnston and Corrie Coe, who is also Senior Vice-President, Original Programming, Bell Media. Pat DiVittorio is Vice-President, CTV and Specialty Programming, Mike Cosentino is President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media.SOCIAL MEDIA LINKSTwitter:@TheLaunchCTV@BellMediaPR@bigmachine@CTV_PR @CTV_Television@insightprod@iHeartRadioCAFacebook:www.facebook.com/CTVwww.facebook.com/TheLaunchCTViHeartRadio CanadaInstagram:@TheLaunchCTV@CTV_PR@ctv_televisioniHeartRadioCAWebsite:www.ctv.ca/TheLaunchAbout Big Machine Label GroupLed by Founder, President and CEO Scott Borchetta, the Big Machine Label Group encompasses Big Machine Records, The Valory Music Co., BMLG Records, Nash Icon Records and publishing company Big Machine Music as well as its own digital radio station, Big Machine Radio. BMLG artists include superstars Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts, Reba McEntire, Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett, Brantley Gilbert, Hank Williams Jr., Ronnie Dunn, Cheap Trick and Jennifer Nettles; chart-topping acts Justin Moore, Eli Young Band, Brett Young, Aaron Lewis, THE VOICE winner Danielle Bradbery; up-and-comers Midland, Carly Pearce, Delta Rae, The Cadillac Three, Drake White, Tucker Beathard, and Tara Thompson. BMLG also helms soundtracks for the hit TV show NASHVILLE. BMLG artists have received multiple GRAMMY, CMA, ACM, AMA, CMT, Teen Choice, MTV, Billboard, People’s Choice, and Brit Awards. Big Machine is the first-ever American label to align with terrestrial radio for performance royalty rights for its artists and is an industry leader in fighting for artist, songwriter, publisher and record company rights. Visit BigMachineLabelGroup.com for more information.About EurekaEureka is a next-generation production company combining the expertise, credibility and key relationships traditionally found within large multi-national production companies with the energy and nimbleness of a startup. Launched in January 2016, Eureka has offices in Los Angeles and Sydney and produces both unscripted and scripted programs. Within less than a year of opening Eurekahas over sixty hours of programming commissioned in 2017 with more series to be announced soon.About Insight Production Company, Ltd.Insight Productions, known for its award-winning ratings juggernauts, is Canada’s most established content producer. Headed by CEO John Brunton & COO Barbara Bowlby, Insight is an industry leader in the development, financing, and production of hit programming, both scripted and unscripted. THE TRAGICALLY HIP: A NATIONAL CELEBRATION; THE JUNO AWARDS; CANADA’S WALK OF FAME; BIG BROTHER CANADA; HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD; and THE AMAZING RACE CANADA – the most watched Canadian series on record – were collectively nominated for 31 Canadian Screen Awards in 2017 taking home 14 statues. Year after year, THE AMAZING RACE CANADA wins the Golden Screen, the CSA for the highest-rated reality program in Canada. Other productions include: CANADIAN IDOL; BATTLE OF THE BLADES; NEVER EVER DO THIS AT HOME; INTERVENTION; TOP CHEF CANADA; READY OR NOT; FALCON BEACH; and A CHRISTMAS FURY. Recently, Insight produced THE TRAGICALLY HIP: A NATIONAL CELEBRATION, a live concert special watched by one in three Canadians. Insight Productions was founded in 1979 and has since created thousands of hours of groundbreaking and multiplatform content for the global market in every genre. In 2015, Insight received the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television’s inaugural Icon Award in recognition of its 35th anniversary. For more information visit www.insighttv.com.About CTVCTV is Canada’s #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada’s most-watched television network for the past 16 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network’s website at CTV.ca. (Top Row L-R: Basil Phoenx, Ethan Young, Ezra Jordan, Jaryd Stanley, Jayd Ink) (Second Row L-R: JP Maurice, Noelle Maracle, Poesy, Raymond Salgado, Sons of Daughters) (CNW Group/CTV) Advertisement Login/Register With: TORONTO, Nov. 8, 2017 – Following yesterday’s announcement unveiling the first 10 artists participating in the inaugural season of THE LAUNCH, CTV today revealed the second wave of 10 artists out of the 30 selected to participate in the all-new, six-part musical series slated for broadcast in mid-season.Hand-picked from more than 10,000 emerging performers following an international casting call and completion of an extensive A&R and review process, the aspiring artists are vying for the chance of a lifetime: the opportunity to record and perform a new original song, mentored by a panel of internationally renowned music industry legends. The selected artists face the life-changing prospect of being propelled from discovery to stardom in just 48 hours. CTV will announce the remaining 10 teams tomorrow (Thursday, Nov. 9).Representing wildly diverse musical tastes, styles, and genres running the gamut from R&B to soul, Hip-Hop to Acoustic Pop, Reggae, Alt-Country, Alt-Rock, Indie Rock, EDM, Classical/Jazz, musical theatre, and more – THE LAUNCH‘s emerging artists illustrate a vast array of styles and hybrids of genres both vocally and instrumentally, indicative of the platinum standard of talent taking part in the series’ inaugural season. Facebookcenter_img Twitter Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

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TORONTO ACTRESS CHARLOTTE SULLIVAN ON THE SCIFI THRILLER RADIUS

first_img Login/Register With: Known for her role as officer Gail Peck in the police drama “Rookie Blue” and more recently as Anna Turner in “Chicago Fire,” Toronto born actress Charlotte Sullivan has starred in “M.V.P,” “Across the River to Motor City” and in “The Kennedys” as Marilyn Monroe. She has also appeared in the dramas “Fever Pitch” and “Mary Kills People.”In the sci-fi thriller “Radius,” Charlotte is Jane, an amnesiac who joins Liam (Diego Klattenhoff), a man cursed with the stigma of causing the instantaneous death of everyone (except Jane) who comes within 50 feet of him. Together, they struggle to uncover who they are and what happened to them on the night of Liam’s auto accident. In this one-on-one interview, Charlotte reveals some interesting facts about her character and what drew her to this film. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement “Radius” is not your typical thriller. What attracted you to this unusual film?Charlotte Sullivan: It was such a quick turnaround and it was not what I expected in a thriller. When I read the script and got to the end, I was so surprised to see that the two main characters, Liam and Jane, didn’t end up in a love scene. It was refreshingly different in that sense. There were so many layers to the story and its characters.How did you prepare for the role of Jane, a woman who not only lost her memory but abruptly faces a terrifying reality?CS: It was hard. There were a lot of demanding scenes, scenes that left me emotionally and physically drained.READ MORECHARLOTTE SULLIVAN IS REPRESENTED BY:  CREATIVE DRIVE ARTISTS Twitter Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

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CHRIS PINE JESSICA ALBA SANDRA OH BUSY PHILIPPS GABRIELLE UNION AND OTHER

first_imgAdvertisement TORONTO – Following last week’s announcement about CTV pick-ups at last month’s L.A. Screenings, Bell Media has announced the acquisition of 10 marquee series for its entertainment specialty channels for the 2018/2019 broadcast year. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The acquisitions feature big and buzzy new titles including the highly anticipated Bad Boys spinoff series L.A.’S FINESTwith superstars Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba, and DEADLY CLASS, based on the hugely popular graphic novel of the same name and from directors of the smash hit film Avengers: Infinity War, the Russo brothers.“Landing a powerful lineup of series that resonate with our core brands is the kind of forward-looking programming that has helped define our groundbreaking entertainment specialty channels,” said Mike Cosentino, President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. “Our unique schedules, including an array of character-driven dramas, comedies, and docu-series, are proven destinations for viewers, and a robust choice for our clients.” Advertisementcenter_img Also joining Bell Media’s specialty lineup this season are dramas ARROW and LEGENDS OF TOMORROW, with brand new seasons coming this fall. Additionally, Chris Pine stars in mystery drama ONE DAY SHE’LL DARKEN (working title), featuring award-winning director Patty Jenkins (Wonder Woman) at the helm; and Chris Noth stars in the powerful procedural crime drama, GONE.Meanwhile, one-hour spy thriller KILLING EVE, starring Sandra Oh, gets its highly anticipated Canadian debut in THE HANDMAID’S TALE timeslot, beginning Sunday, July 22 at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo.As well, THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS joins Bell Media’s unparalleled lineup of award shows on Sunday, Nov. 11 at 8 p.m. ET on E!Also coming to Bell Media specialties are comedies THE OTHER TWO and SOUTH SIDE; new late-night series BUSY TONIGHT, hosted by actress, social media darling, and infamous “BFF” Busy Philipps; and coming-of-age series Staten Island 10310 (working title).See below for the full list of new Bell Media Entertainment Specialty channel acquisitions:L.A.’S FINEST (2019, 13 x :60)Based on the Bad Boys film franchise, L.A.’S FINEST stars Gabrielle Union as Syd Burnett, last seen in Miami taking down a drug cartel. Syd has left her complicated past behind to become an LAPD detective and pursue all the fun Los Angeles offers. But things get a little crazy when her new partner, Nancy McKenna (Jessica Alba), a working mom with an equally complex past, learns that Syd’s unapologetic lifestyle might be masking a greater personal secret. These two have completely different approaches and don’t agree on much, but they find common ground when it comes to taking on the most dangerous criminals in L.A. in this action-packed, character-driven drama.DEADLY CLASS (2019, 10 x :60)From blockbuster directors the Russo Brothers, DEADLY CLASS follows Marcus (Benjamin Wadsworth) a homeless teen recruited into King’s Dominion, a storied elite private school where the students are the children of the world’s most feared crime bosses. Under the leadership of Master Lin (Benedict Wong), Marcus is forced to maintain his moral code while surviving a ruthless curriculum, which includes hand to hand combat and poisons, all while navigating vicious social cliques, and facing his own adolescent uncertainties. Set against the backdrop of late 80s counter culture, based on the successful graphic novels of the same name, DEADLY CLASS is a coming of age journey full of ancient mystery and teen angst.ONE DAY SHE’LL DARKEN (working title, Fall, 6 x :60)Starring Chris Pine, ONE DAY SHE’LL DARKEN tells the incredible story of Fauna Hodel (India Eisley, The Secret Life of the American Teenager) who was given away at birth. As Fauna begins to investigate the secrets to her past, she follows a sinister trail that swirls ever closer to an infamous Hollywood gynecologist, Dr. George Hodel (Jefferson Mays, THE AMERICANS), a man involved in the darkest Hollywood debauchery. Pine (Wonder Woman, Star Trek) executive produces and stars as Jay Singletary, a former Marine-turned-hack-reporter/paparazzo. The talented roster also includes Leland Orser (Berlin Station) as Peter Sullivan, Yul Vazquez (Last Flag Flying) as Billis, Dylan Smith (Maze Runner: The Death Cure) as Sepp, Golden Brooks (Girlfriends) as Jimmy Lee, Justin Cornwell (Training Day) as Terrence Shye, Jay Paulson (Mad Men) as Ohls, and Connie Nielsen (Wonder Woman) as Corinna Hodel.GONE (Fall, 12 x :60)Starring Chris Noth, GONE is a powerful procedural crime drama that follows Kit “Kick” Lannigan (Leven Rambin, The Hunger Games), the survivor of a famous child-abduction case, and Frank Novak (Noth), the FBI agent who rescued her years ago. Now a young woman with an expertise in self-defence, Kick is recruited by Novak to join a special task force he created to solve missing person and abduction cases. Working alongside former military intelligence officer John Bishop (Danny Pino, LAW & ORDER: SVU), Kick utilizes her past experience to find missing people and bring them safely back home.THE OTHER TWO (2019, TBC x :30)THE OTHER TWO stars Drew Tarver (Bajillion Dollar Propertie$) as a 29-year-old aspiring actor wondering why he can’t get better auditions than “Man At Party Who Smells Fart,” and Heléne Yorke (Masters of Sex, High Maintenance) as his 30-year-old sister, and former professional child dancer, Brooke, who aspires to be anything other than what she is right now. As the two siblings work towards finding themselves, they also confront the dueling emotions of envy and pride brought on by the overnight internet fame of their younger brother, 12-year-old Chase, played by real-life musical.ly sensation Case Walker. THE OTHER TWO also stars Molly Shannon, the siblings’ Hollywood-ready mother, and Ken Marino (Party Down), as ChaseDream’s newly-hired manager. The series is created, written, and executive produced by former Saturday Night Live co-head writers Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider.SOUTH SIDE (2019, TBC x :30)SOUTH SIDE is an ensemble workplace comedy set in and around a rent-to-own store in the working class neighborhood of Englewood on the South Side of Chicago. The series centers around two long-time friends trying to better their lives despite the numerous socioeconomic and political obstacles they face on a daily basis, authentically exploring the ups and downs of the ensemble of characters, as well as the people they come into contact with while on the job and off-the-clock. SOUTH SIDE is written by brothers Bashir Salahuddin (GLOW) and Sultan Salahuddin, and Diallo Riddle (MARLON). Late Night With Jimmy Fallon alums Riddle, Bashir Salahuddin, and Michael Blieden will serve as executive producers.2018 PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS (Sunday, Nov. 11 at 8 p.m. ET on E!)E!’s inaugural broadcast of THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS is set to air November 11, 2018, with Den of Thieves’ Jesse Ignjatovic and Evan Prager as Executive Producers. The 44th annual installment of the awards show, which celebrates the best in pop culture and is voted on entirely by fans, is produced by Wilshire Studios, the team behind E!’s Live From the Red Carpet coverage.BUSY TONIGHT (working title, 2018, 10 x :30)Hosted by actress Busy Philipps (VICE PRINCIPALS, COUGAR TOWN), BUSY TONIGHT (working title) features comedic commentary, interviews, and segments that go behind her most popular Instagram stories. Unfiltered, in-the-know, and always entertaining, Busy gives viewers her unique and hilarious point of view on literally everything.STATEN ISLAND 10310 (working title, 2018, TBC)STATEN ISLAND 10310 is a coming-of-age story that follows a group of rebellious young adults and their families as they struggle to break away from the temptations of the lifestyle they were born into.About Bell MediaBell 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 109 licensed radio stations in 58 markets across the country, all part of the iHeartRadio brand and streaming service. Bell Media owns Astral, an out-of-home advertising network of more than 30,000 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; owns a majority stake in Pinewood Toronto Studios, one of the largest purpose-built production studios in Canada; 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 http://www.bellmedia.ca. Twitter Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

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