The 13th Annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational (MJCI), hosted by ARIA Resort & Casino at Shadow Creek, returns to Las Vegas for the fourth consecutive year, April 3 – 6, 2014.Tickets are now on sale for one of celebrity golf’s most popular events, giving spectators access to the acclaimed Shadow Creek Golf Course as the biggest names in sports and entertainment gather for four days of competitive golf and special events, while raising money for several worthy charitable organizations.Since its inception in 2001, MJCI has raised nearly $7 million for charities including this year’s beneficiaries Make-A-Wish Foundation, James R. Jordan Foundation, Keep Memory Alive, Opportunity Village and Cats Care, the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats’ charity arm.“We look forward to welcoming Michael Jordan, his celebrity invitees and fans back to ARIA and Shadow Creek for another great year,” said Bobby Baldwin, president and COO of ARIA. “The Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational is a terrific opportunity for us to showcase all that these beautiful destinations have to offer while raising funds and awareness for important charitable organizations.”The four-day tournament and celebration boasts incredible parties, A-list entertainment and competitive golf. Each year, MJCI attracts an all-star lineup of athletes and celebrities. Sports stars Wayne Gretzky, Ken Griffey, Jr., Dara Torres and Brian Urlacher, along with actors Anthony Anderson, Brian Baumgartner and Jesse Metcalfe are scheduled to participate in this year’s event. Past attendees include Cedric the Entertainer, Chevy Chase, Brandi Chastain, Don Cheadle, Roger Clemens, Michael Phelps, Jerry Rice, Aaron Rodgers and Stuart Scott, among dozens of other notable figures.Michael Jordan said, “Each year, MJCI gets even better. I’m excited to partner once again with ARIA and Shadow Creek to host this incredible event and support some very worthy causes. Our guests, sponsors and fans had an amazing time last year, and we’re looking forward to another great weekend.”The two rounds of the Celebrity-Amateur Competition, which pairs one celebrity golfer with four amateur participants, will take place Thursday, April 3 and Friday, April 4 at Shadow Creek. The MJCI two-person, 36-hole scramble format tournament begins Saturday, April 5 and includes only the competing celebrities. The second and final round of MJCI will be played Sunday, April 6. Additional festivities and events surrounding the Saturday and Sunday competition, as well as celebrity participants and guests, will be announced in the near future.Tickets are on sale and available at all 10 MGM Resorts’ box offices and concierge desks in Las Vegas, and online at [“aria.com”http://www.aria.com/], mjcigolf.com and shadowcreek.com. Fans who wish to experience this exclusive event can purchase daily or weekly general admission and VIP ticket packages. VIP guests will enjoy added perks including free general admission parking at Shadow Creek (a $10 daily value), unparalleled views from multiple open-air VIP hospitality decks, complimentary food and full-service bars.Discounted tickets are available for military service members, senior citizens 65 years of age or older and college/university students with valid identification. Each group will receive 25 percent off daily or weekly general admission tickets. Additionally, the tournament offers a “Bring the Kids for Free” general admission ticket pass which provides access to Shadow Creek for youth 17 years of age and younger when accompanied by a general admission ticketed adult (up to two children per paid adult).All ticketholders can enjoy complimentary shuttle service between ARIA and Shadow Creek. Shuttles will depart every 30 minutes from ARIA’s North Valet entrance Thursday and Friday of the tournament from 6 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Continuous return service from Shadow Creek to ARIA will be provided until 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.For more information about MJCI, visit aria.com, MJCIgolf.com or call (877) 253-5847.Source:PR Newswire
HSN To Launch UNICHEF Cookbook Featuring Celebrity Chefs
On September 26th, HSN will exclusively launch UNICHEF: Top Chefs Unite in Support of The World’s Children, a cookbook published by Glitterati Incorporated that features an unprecedented collaboration of 40 world-class chefs assembled by U.S. Fund for UNICEF National Board Member Hilary Gumbel.The cookbook features favorite recipes from HSN Chefs – Donatella Arpaia, Ingrid Hoffmann, Curtis Stone, Ming Tsai and Wolfgang Puck – and other renowned chefs such as Marcus Samuelsson, Mario Batali, Bobby Flay, Cat Cora and Geoffrey Zakarian.Only at HSN will customers have the opportunity to purchase a limited edition of the UNICHEF books that are signed by HSN Chefs Donatella Arpaia, Ingrid Hoffmann, Curtis Stone and Ming Tsai. For each book purchased from HSN on September 26th, HSN will donate twenty percent of the purchase price of the UNICHEF book to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. In addition, Hilary Gumbel will donate all royalties she would receive to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.To celebrate the launch of UNICHEF on HSN, Mindy Grossman and Caryl Stern will join Hilary Gumbel on-air, along with HSN chefs Donatella Arpaia, Ingrid Hoffmann and Ming Tsai, on September 26th at 10 p.m. EST for the second annual HSN Cares Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF Primetime Special. HSN Cares will donate twenty percent of the purchase price of all products featured on-air and sold during the primetime special to benefit Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF.Find out more at HSN.com.
Malala Yousafzai Awarded Nobel Peace Prize
The United Nations has lauded the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to two human rights activists, saying the winners had received well-deserved recognition for championing children’s rights around the world.Pakistan’s Malala Yousafzai, an ardent campaigner for a girl’s right to an education, and India’s Kailash Satyarthi, an activist fighting child labour, are the joint recipients of this year’s prize.Announcing the decision in Oslo, Norway, the Nobel judges cited the winners’ “struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.”In a statement, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praised Malala’s resilience in confronting extremists who sought to keep young girls out of school with “courage and determination,” adding that she had shown what terrorists fear most – “a girl with a book.”“Malala is a brave and gentle advocate of peace who through the simple act of going to school became a global teacher,” the Secretary-General said. “The United Nations will continue to stand with her against extremism and for the right of girls everywhere to be free of violence, to go to school and to enjoy their right to an education.”Yousafzai has become a regular presence at the United Nations since she was nearly killed in a targeted attack for lobbying for a girl’s right to an education. In 2013, the Secretary-General dubbed 12 July – Malala’s birthday – as “Malala Day.”Mr. Ban reserved similar accolades for Mr. Satyarthi, whose “heroic work” had pushed the world away from denial about abusive child labour to “acknowledgement, awareness and action,” raising public awareness, mobilizing opinion leaders, and galvanizing society.“Kailash Satyarthi has been at the forefront of a worldwide movement for justice, global education and a better life for millions of children trapped in exploitative child labour,” he stated, citing Mr. Satyarthi’s tireless “leadership, commitment and personal sacrifice over many decades.”“He has successfully brought together the key elements for success in the fight against the worst forms of child labour – moral outrage, personal commitment, and societal engagement,” concluded Mr. Ban.UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake also commented on the honor: “In a year that has seen so many crises affecting children around the world, the Nobel Committee’s decision is a welcome affirmation of the rights of every child to an education, to live free from violence, exploitation and abuse, and to be heard.“It is a reminder of the power of the human voice – often a young voice – to change the world. So in honoring Malala Yousafzai, the youngest person ever to win the Nobel Prize, and Kailash Satyarthi, a child rights legend – we salute activists everywhere who are working to improve the lives of children. The future of these children is the future of the world.”“Oxfam offers its heartfelt congratulations to Malala and Kailash for winning the Nobel Peace Prize,” said Oxfam International Executive Director, Winnie Byanyima. “Their fearless and tireless campaigning for education is legendary.“Education is the most powerful weapon to fight growing inequality but in recent years donor countries have made shameful cuts in their support to education. The world must redouble its efforts to ensure every child gets to finish school.”United Nations Foundation President and CEO Kathy Calvin congratulated the winners and highlighted the importance of their work: “Congratulations to Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi for receiving this extraordinary honor in recognition of their extraordinary efforts to promote the rights and education of children around the world.“To end poverty, intolerance, violence, and extremism, there is no greater force than education. This award sends a powerful message that empowering and educating children, including girls, must be a top priority for the global community.“Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi have been at the forefront of this movement. Malala Yousafzai embodies courage: In the face of grave danger, she has championed girls’ education and inspired the world to her cause. Kailash Satyarthi has been a passionate and effective advocate and leader for ending the exploitation of children and opening the doors of education. Both awardees have been important partners of the United Nations’ work to ensure education for all children.“It is fitting that this award comes as the world recognizes International Day of the Girl tomorrow. Malala, the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner ever, is an example of the power of girls to change their communities and the world. Today all of us have the opportunity and the obligation to stand up for their rights.“In a world filled with challenges and crises, Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi are messengers of hope. They remind us that anyone can be a changemaker, and we can all play a role in building a better world.”Save the Children President & CEO Carolyn Miles also commented: “This is an historical day for children’s rights. Children are, as we speak, living amid war, suffering attacks on their schools and being refused education. Joint prize winner Malala represents the voices of the billions of children asking for a good education. The other joint prize winner, Indian child rights campaigner, Kaylash Satyarthi, is a bold defender of those children who are cynically abused in child labor and trafficking.“This prize is a strong message to us all to stand up against all violence, discrimination and cruelty against children, especially those who are fighting for their rights. Their voices are crucial. This Nobel prize also makes children’s rights and children’s voices – their asking for the right to learn – echo in all corners of the world. Malala, who refused to be oppressed by extremism and discrimination, is a great source of inspiration for all children who desperately want to learn, especially girls.”
Cartoon Network Recruits One Million People To Speak Up Against Bullying
Cartoon Network, through its award-winning Stop Bullying: Speak Up campaign, issued a national call-to-action to recruit one million people to speak up against bullying as a kick-off to National Bullying Prevention Month.As of this week, the network is proud to report that more than 1.1 Million kids, parents, educators and others to date accepted the challenge and “spoke up” against bullying.Select videos uploaded to www.StopBullyingSpeakUp.com became part of new campaign spots appearing on Cartoon Network, its digital platforms and Boomerang throughout October. Participants were also encouraged to share their videos on their own social media platforms using #ISpeakUp to help spread the word.To see a sampling of the videos received from kids who wanted their voices to be heard in the fight against bullying, click here.Notable government officials and celebrities who also contributed video messages to the national campaign include U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, U.S. Attorney Eric Holder and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, plus actors Tony Goldwyn (Scandal), Ken Marino (Marry Me), Alysia Reiner (Orange Is The New Black), Kris Jenner (Keeping Up With the Kardashians), Howie Mandel (Deal With It), Scooter Braun (School Boy Records), Jason Beghe (Chicago P.D.), Mark-Paul Gosselaar & Breckin Meyer (Franklin & Bash), Anderson Cooper (Anderson Cooper 360), Sam Champion (Weather Channel), Grant Hill (NBA TV’s Inside Stuff), Reggie Miller (NBA on TNT), Rick Fox (NBA GameTime), Skylar Astin & John C. McGinley (Ground Floor), Henry Winkler (Childrens Hospital), Wilson Cruz (Red Band Society), Michael Carbonaro (The Carbonaro Effect), Michaela Pereira (CNN New Day) and Robin Meade (HLN Morning Express).“For kids who’ve been bullied or know someone who has been bullied, knowing that more than a million people went out of their way to speak up for them is going to leave them with a great feeling,” said Alice Cahn, Cartoon Network vice president of social responsibility.Cartoon Network’s Stop Bullying: Speak Up is an award-winning, multi-platform pro-social campaign, created with experts in the field to raise awareness, build partnerships and empower young people to speak up against bullying safely and effectively. Campaign resources include video, print and online content — including an award-winning documentary introduced by President Barack Obama — available at StopBullyingSpeakUp.com, available at no charge to schools, community groups and parents to motivate bullying prevention activities or discussions.Cartoon Network (CartoonNetwork.com) is regularly the #1 U.S. television network in prime among boys 6-11 & 9-14. Currently seen in 97 million U.S. homes and 194 countries around the world, Cartoon Network is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s ad-supported cable service now available in HD offering the best in original, acquired and classic entertainment for kids and families.Source:PR Newswire
G Hannelius To Host Art In The Afternoon
A Window Between Worlds (AWBW) presents Art in the Afternoon, the organization’s 13th annual family-fun festival on Saturday, May 2, at the Venice Skills Center in Venice, CA.All proceeds benefit AWBW’s healing art programs for women, men and children surviving violence and trauma.Hosted by star of The Disney Channel’s Dog with a Blog G. Hannelius, the event features signature AWBW art workshops, Color Me Mine ceramic painting, Disney Channel Celebrity Meet & Greets, delicious food including an In-N-Out Cookout (12-2pm), musical performances, live and silent auctions, face painting, and more! Adult tickets are $55 each and include two complimentary tickets for kids 12 and under; teen tickets are just $20. Purchase tickets by calling 310-396-0317 or click here. Sponsorship opportunities also available.A Window Between Worlds is a Venice-based nonprofit dedicated to using art as a healing tool to empower and transform individuals and communities impacted by violence and trauma. With 23 years of experience working in the field of domestic violence, the demand for AWBW’s healing art interventions has grown beyond the shelters to reach new populations of trauma survivors. They have begun work with returning combat veterans and are now building toward serving even more survivors seeking a future free from violence. Art is proving time and again to be an effective tool for healing and change, and it is thanks to supporters that AWBW is able to offer trainings at little or no cost to their partners. As a recent Children’s Windows participant recently shared, “I feel proud to share my story and maybe it will help someone else when they see my art.”Event Sponsors: Google LA, NBC/Universal, Whole Foods Venice, Hoop it Up, SuperCool Creamery, Hansen’s Cakes, Color Me Mine, Sprinkles Cupcakes, In-N-Out® Cookout, Alternative Apparel, Cool Cups, Hansen’s Natural Drinks.Auction Donors: Disneyland Resorts, Nintendo, Los Angeles Dodgers, Adidas, Circus Vargas, ElectroBike.For more information on Art in the Afternoon or A Window Between Worlds, please visit www.awbw.org, call 310.396.0317 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Steven Tyler To Perform At Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation Benefit
The Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation (LAPMF) will hold a special benefit concert on Tuesday March 6 at Avalon Hollywood.The evening will begin with a performance by LA-based rock musicians Heaven & Earth. Steven Tyler and the Loving Mary Band will close the evening out.“While participating in the Memorial Foundation’s Charity Golf Tournament I had the opportunity to get to know families that lost a loved one,” says Stuart Smith, Heaven & Earth. He continues “They lost a spouse or a parent over something so stupid as a traffic stop. My heart went out to them. I am very proud to be able to help out the men and women of the LAPD that do this every day for so little and are generally very unappreciated. Steven Tyler also wanted to do more to help,” said Smith.Proceeds from this event benefit LAPD employees and their immediate family members who have been afflicted by a tragedy including being injured or killed in the line of duty. The Foundation takes care of the widows and orphans of Officers when they may not have any other means. The Foundation helps ensure the children of Officers killed have the funds available to go to college, and helps with medical costs and other life necessities. Since it’s inception in 1972, the Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation has granted over $18 million without any direct taxpayer money.For over forty-five years, LAPMF has held star-studded fundraising events with a diversity of celebrities coming together to support LAPD Officers and their families who have experienced unforeseen catastrophic circumstances including illness, injury and death. After the benefit concert, the foundation will continue the tradition with a celebrity golf tournament in June and a celebrity poker tournament in October 2018.Celebrities that have supported LAPMF throughout the years include: Jack Nicholson, Jerry West, Wayne Gretzky, Mark Wahlberg, Elton John, Sugar Ray Leonard, Vin Scully, Dennis Quaid, Larry King, Kelsey Grammer, Eddie Van Halen, Samuel L. Jackson, Richard Dreyfuss, Chris O’Donnell, George Lopez, Tommy Lasorda, Oscar de la Hoya, Rihanna, Ray Romano, Betty White, Andy Garcia, Luke Wilson, Gene Simmons, Don Cheadle, Tito Ortiz, Chuck Liddell, Marlon Wayans, Backstreet Boys, Paula Abdul, David Hasselhoff, James Gandolfiini, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Bob Newhart, Telly Savalas, Johnny Grant, and many more.Tickets: LAPMFBenefitConcert.eventbrite.com.Further information about the Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation: LAPMF.org or 213.847.4240
Andy Grammer And Chita Rivera Join AllStar Cast Of PBS A CAPITOL
Joining the all-star line-up for the 38th annual edition of PBS’ A CAPITOL FOURTH, the country’s longest-running live national July 4 TV tradition, are multi-platinum pop singer and songwriter Andy Grammer, theatrical icon and one of Broadway’s greatest triple-threat talents Chita Rivera, and THE VOICE Season 14 finalist Kyla Jade.Grammer will perform his hit “Back Home,” the lead single from his Gold-certified album Magazines or Novels, on America’s national Independence Day celebration. Gospel singer Jade will open the show with a performance of the “National Anthem.”Rivera, a versatile actress/singer/dancer and the recipient of the 2018 Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre, will introduce a special tribute to the work of famed American composer Leonard Bernstein, the iconic voice of his age, on the 100th anniversary of his birthday (he was born August 25, 1918). The segment will feature Bernstein’s beloved composition “Tonight” from WEST SIDE STORY performed by internationally acclaimed Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly. Rivera, who has been nominated for a record-breaking ten Tony Awards, and won twice, originated the role of ‘Anita’ in the original Broadway premiere of WEST SIDE STORY in 1957 bringing her stardom.The 38th annual broadcast of A CAPITOL FOURTH, celebrating our country’s 242nd birthday, airs live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol on PBS Wednesday, July 4, 2018 from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. ET before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home, as well as to our troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network. The program can also be heard live in stereo over NPR member stations nationwide. The concert will also be live-streamed on PBS, You Tube, Facebook and www.pbs.org/a-capitol-fourth and available as Video on Demand for a limited time only, July 4 to July 18, 2018.Emmy Award-nominated actor and producer John Stamos (FULLER HOUSE, SCREAM QUEENS) hosts the festivities which will feature all-star musical performances by: multi-platinum selling music legend Jimmy Buffett with the Broadway cast of the new musical ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE, making their first stop after Broadway at the U.S. Capitol before launching a national tour; ’America’s Band,” the iconic multi-platinum selling music legends The Beach Boys; three-time Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum selling artist Pentatonix; legendary Motown stars The Temptations; acclaimed multi-platinum country music singer-songwriter and winner of the iHeartRadio Music Award for Best New Country Artist Luke Combs; country music star and AMERICAN IDOL alum Lauren Alaina; 12-time Grammy Award-winner and gospel legend CeCe Winans; and world-renowned four-time Grammy Award-winning soprano superstar Renée Fleming, who will be performing her show-stopping anthem from the current hit Broadway production of CAROUSEL.The program is a co-production of Michael Colbert of Capital Concerts and WETA, Washington, D.C. Executive producer Michael Colbert has assembled an award-winning production team that features the top Hollywood talent behind some of television’s most prestigious entertainment shows including the GRAMMY AWARDS, COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, TONY AWARDS, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, and more.
CBC series Shoot the Messenger goes behind citys facade
Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: A co-creator of the new CBC-TV crime drama Shoot the Messenger insists it’s not a story about Rob Ford.But Sudz Sutherland does admit he was inspired by the saga of the late former Toronto mayor as he helped craft the series, which stars Elyse Levesque as a newspaper reporter caught up in a web of gangs, murder, sex, drugs and politics in Toronto.“It’s not the Rob Ford story but . . . we were all inspired by that and I thought that unmasked a lot of what was going on behind the scenes of the city,” said Sutherland, who created the show with his wife Jennifer Holness. Facebook “We thought, ‘Hmm, that’s really interesting,’ so we wanted to actually explore these relationships between people who are super rich and political people with political power, and people who are business leaders but have these skeletons in their closet.”Debuting Monday, the serialized show follows Levesque’s character Daisy as she witnesses and then investigates the murder of a young Somali man. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Lyriq Bent plays the lead homicide detective, who is also Daisy’s secret lover.“A huge influence for me was Claire Danes of Homeland. That was a big inspiration for finding this person,” said Levesque, who hails from Regina.“But other than that I didn’t base it on any actual living human being.”Co-stars include Alex Kingston as Daisy’s editor, Lucas Bryant as her co-worker, Hannah Anderson as her sister and Ari Cohen as the attorney general.Guest stars include Barenaked Ladies lead singer Ed Robertson, and former NBA stars Jamaal Magloire and Rick Fox.“We’ve got the attorney general and we’ve got a group of young Somali men, so we took the barest piece of the Rob Ford stuff and that inspired us,” said Sutherland.“Then we also took a young reporter — nothing to do with the Rob Ford story — but we took somebody who actually witnessed a crime. So that was something that was really interesting to us, the fact that Daisy witnessed a crime and what would that be like if a reporter kind of becomes the story?”Sutherland, who is also a director on the show, said he and Holness wanted Shoot the Messenger to have the same characteristics as a Netflix or HBO series.“We wanted to bring that to the CBC, that highly serialized, really great, fun, guilty-pleasure-type show, things like Scandal.”He and Holness spoke with Toronto cops and reporters “to actually get into the underpinnings of what’s going on in the city,” he said.“We really learned so much about how people really get down in the world, because there’s a facade of how we think people behave, but really how people behave behind closed doors is really, really interesting. So that’s the story we wanted to tell.”By Victoria AhearnThe Canadian Press
WHATS SHOOTING IN ONTARIO – AS OF JUL2117 – LINKS BY DGC
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BELL MEDIA TAKES HOME 16 CANADIAN ONLINE PUBLISHING AWARDS
Twitter TORONTO – With 16 awards, Bell Media was the clear leader at the 10th anniversary of the Canadian Online Publishing Awards (COPA) on Wednesday, Nov. 14 in Toronto, winning more awards than any other outlet. The COPAs recognize outstanding achievement in Canada’s digital media landscape and include some of the best industry minds in advertising, art direction, broadcast, digital, newspapers, magazines, and web design on the judging panel.Bell Media took home 16 awards out of 20 nominations, including the most prestigious award of the evening, Best Digital Publication in the Media category for RDS. RDS.ca won eight awards in total including six gold and two silver, while VRAK had two gold and one silver, CTV News had two gold, Canal Vie had one gold, and Look du Jour and Fraichement Presse had one silver each.Below is the complete list of the 2018 COPAs won by Bell Media. Best Sports Feature – MediaSILVERRDSBest Use of Social MediaGOLDRDS CTV News (2)Best News Coverage – MediaGOLDCTV News Calgary VRAK (3)Best Service Article or Series – ConsumerGOLDVRAK Best News Coverage – MediaSILVERRDS Fraîchement Pressé (1)Best Publication – ConsumerSILVERFraîchement Pressé Best Blog Column/Video – MediaGOLDRDS CANAL VIE (1)Best Use of Social Media – ConsumerGOLDCanal Vie Best Podcast – MediaGOLDRDS Advertisement Best Interactive/Infographic Story – MediaGOLD:CTV News RDS (8)Best Publication – MediaGOLDRDS LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Look du jour (1)Best Use of Social Media – ConsumerSILVERLook du jour Best Sports Feature – MediaGOLDRDS Advertisement Best Branded Content – ConsumerGOLDVRAK.About Bell MediaBell Media is Canada’s leading content creation company with premier assets in television, radio, out-of-home advertising, digital media, and more. 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. Bell Media is 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 five provinces. Bell Media also operates more than 200 websites; video streaming services including Crave, TSN Direct, and RDS Direct; and multi-channel network Much Studios. The company produces live theatrical shows via its partnership with Iconic Entertainment Studios; owns a majority stake in Pinewood Toronto Studios; is a partner in Just for Laughs, the live comedy event and TV producer; and owns Dome Productions Inc., one of North America’s leading production facilities providers. Bell Media is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. Learn more at www.BellMedia.ca. Login/Register With: Best Video Content – MediaGOLDRDS Advertisement Facebook Best Lifestyle Article or Series – ConsumerSILVERVRAK
MacKenzie Porter About You
Advertisement Advertisement Facebook MacKenzie Porter- “About You” (Big Loud Records): This country singer/songwriter from Western Canada is now kicking up her bootheels in Music City to fine effect.She is the first Canadian signing to top Nashville-based label Big Loud Records, and this is the first project that the label is focusing on north of the border. This new cut (out today) is produced by hitmaker Joey Moi (Florida Georgia Line, Dallas Smith, Nickelback), and suggests Big Loud has backed a winner.On this track, Porter displays a supple and convincing vocal style, while the lyrical content is subtly subversive. It begins by stressing that this is not just another of those feel-good party songs that dominate the country genre these days. “It ain’t about turn it up to 10, a party for your friends, it’s about lessons learned and getting what you deserve,” she declares, in what emerges as a post-break-up song. Moi adds the big production sound he specialises in, making this a radio-friendly contender. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter
CONTROVERSIAL ANTIABORTION FILM UNPLANNED TO HIT MORE THAN 24 CANADIAN THEATRES
Advertisement Cary Solomon and Chuck Konzelman co-directed and co-wrote the drama, which is based on a memoir of the same name by anti-abortion activist Abby Johnson.“Some groups are saying that they’ll protest, and there’s a lot of people that will support,” said BJ McKelvie, a pastor and president of the film’s Fredericton-based Canadian distributor, Cinedicom.“We have one company that’s come under intense scrutiny, so he’s going to have security there. It’s The Movie Mill in Lethbridge, Alta. It’s been unfortunate that he’s had a lot of threats, a lot of emails.”The film has already drawn impassioned reactions from groups on both sides of the issue in the U.S., where it had an R-rating from the MPAA due to some graphic scenes.Top film critics on movie review aggregation websites Metacritic and Rotten Tomatoes have panned it, with many calling it propaganda. But audience scores are much higher and some theatres were packed as faith-based and anti-abortion groups in the U.S. held group screenings.In Canada, the rating varies from province to province. In Alberta, for instance, it’s received a 14A classification with a “disturbing content” warning, according to the Cineplex website, while in B.C. the film has a PG rating with “sexual language, medical trauma” caution.“Everybody has their right to choose to go see the movie and they have a right to choose not to,” McKelvie said in a recent phone interview.But the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada calls it “a dangerous piece of anti-abortion propaganda” containing “vicious falsehoods.”“It preaches an absolutist and extreme case against abortion that has nothing to do with reality,” the ARCC said in a statement.“Because of the film’s demonization of abortion providers, ARCC fears the movie could incite fanatics to commit acts of harassment or violence against clinics or doctors.”The ARCC added the film also depicts Planned Parenthood and its leaders as “demonic, cold-hearted monsters, their only goal to maximize profits by selling as many abortions as possible.”“In reality, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America is non-profit and offers a wide range of basic and mostly free health care services for low-income people, with abortion making up just 3.4 per cent of its services,” said the statement.“Like other U.S. abortion providers, Planned Parenthood clinics have no choice but to charge for abortion care because anti-choice laws prohibit government funding for abortion.” ARCC executive director Joyce Arthur also noted the film’s attempt to challenge abortion rights is “a non-starter in Canada, where women and transgender people have a Charter right to abortion based on their rights to bodily autonomy and equality.”McKelvie acknowledged he has a personal interest in seeing the film in theatres here.“It does certainly align with my values,” he said.He said he felt compelled to reach out to the “Unplanned” American producers to distribute the film in Canada after being “annoyed” by “misinformation” online that the drama had been banned here.“I was walking down the hall grumbling and I heard the Lord say to me, ‘Well why don’t you distribute it?’ and that was rather different,” McKelvie recalled.The film will hit select Cineplex and Landmark Theatres as well as some independent cinemas in Canada.Landmark said it has not heard of any planned protests at its theatres and it has not taken any steps to increase security. Cineplex said it is aware of concerns surrounding the film and is monitoring closely.“We have been showing movies for over 100 years and controversial films on the big screen are not new to us — that said, we of course understand and can appreciate the concerns some have expressed about this film,” Sarah Van Lange, executive director of communications for Cineplex Entertainment, said in a statement.“We have a long legacy of not censoring content and our role as a film exhibitor is to provide our guests with movie choices.”McKelvie’s company, which was founded 61 years ago by his late father, is typically a film booker and broker. “Unplanned” marks its first time as a film distributor.Cinedicom and American production company Soli Deo Gloria Releasing are collaborating to front the money for distribution in Canada.McKelvie said a few theatres here have refused to screen it.“I think some in smaller towns are a little nervous about what the pushback would be,” McKelvie said.“This is a hot topic, it’s a hot film, and I have received probably hundreds of letters of support. But I’ve also received letters of protest and phone calls. I’ve listened to both sides but I’m just a distributor.”THE CANADIAN PRESS Actor Ashley Bratcher (right) is shown in a scene from the film Unplanned. A controversial American anti-abortion film is set to hit Canadian theatres soon, with the distributor bracing for possible protests. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Soli Deo Gloria Releasing MANDATORY CREDIT Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement TORONTO — A controversial American anti-abortion film is set to hit Canadian theatres soon, with the distributor bracing for possible protests.More than 24 cinemas across the country are due to screen “Unplanned” for a week starting July 12, after stirring up intense debate during its U.S. release from Christian production studio Pure Flix.Ashley Bratcher stars as a Planned Parenthood clinic director in Texas who becomes an anti-abortion speaker after “the day she saw something that changed everything,” says a description on the film’s website. Twitter
Labrador Inuit community faces water crisis
APTN National NewsA small Inuit community in Labrador has declared a state of emergency.The community of Hopedale on the eastern shores of Labrador is struggling to provide water to its residents.A water main broke weeks ago leaving very little water pressure. The community has been without water for the past week.The community is waiting on the province to provide help.
Former First Nation chief seeking audience with Iran
(Former Roseau River chief Terry Nelson. APTN/File Photo)By Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsA former Manitoba chief who says the federal Aboriginal Affairs department orchestrated a “coup” against him plans to ask Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for permission to address Iran’s parliament on how Canada treats First Nations people.Former Roseau River Anishinabe First Nation Chief, Terry Nelson, said he wanted to speak to Iran’s parliament on the “economic sanctions” Canada has imposed on First Nations.“I will go to Iran if they want me to address the issue of economic sanctions and what is happening with our Indigenous peoples in Canada,” said Nelson. “The chiefs continue to go meet with (Prime Minister Stephen Harper) and don’t do anything more than leave their people suffering.”Nelson visited Iraq in 1998.The former chief said he has no choice but to go international after what he calls a “coup” orchestrated by the Aboriginal Affairs department.Nelson said the department’s decision to cancel a referendum scheduled for Thursday in his community was aimed at ensuring he could not return to power.Roseau River band members were to vote on whether to elect a band government based on a custom code or one under the Indian Act.“This was a coup at Roseau River,” said Nelson, who has made national headlines when he called for a national day of action in 2007. “They are not allowing people to make any decisions…there is no democracy.”Nelson has been voted in repeatedly under section 74 of the Indian Act, but he is opposed by a group that adheres to an election code outside section 74.The Federal Court issued an interim ruling earlier this month naming the chief elected under the custom code as the legitimate leader of the community.The ruling is temporary and comes on the heels of a drawn-out power struggle where both sides claimed to be the legitimate government and the department refused to acknowledge either.The custom council attempted to oust Nelson in the fall and called an election that put current Chief Ken Henry Jr. in power.The department said in a statement that the planned referendum “has been postponed until further notice.”The statement said the department planned to “allow chief and council to submit a plan to address governance issues in the community.”The Winnipeg Free Press reported that Henry planned to have Aboriginal Affairs officials arrested if they came on the reserve to hold the planned referendum.Nelson won re-election last spring under section 74 of Indian Act election despite the department releasing a forensic audit a week before the vote that slammed Nelson’s council for poor management of band funds and incomplete accounting.Roseau River is currently under third-party management.A group of community members protested in Winnipeg Wednesday demanding the department hold the referendum.Nelson said the federal government has targeted him because of his recent calls for First Nations to assert jurisdiction over oil deposits and pipelines in their territories.He has also called for unspecified action against oil pipelines.A motion, partially authored by Nelson, calling on the Assembly of First Nations to back actions against pipelines was rejected in December because the organization feared it promoted “terrorism.”Nelson planned to hold a press conference Thursday at 1 p.m. local time.Nelson issued a press release on Jan. 23 stating he was not trying to hang on to his job as chief.“As I stated many times, I am not running for chief again,” Nelson wrote.He went on to accuse the federal government of meddling in his band’s affairs.“They want the court to install a regime that was voted in by less than 13 per cent of the 1,470 eligible voters and they want the court to give them access to millions of dollars currently held in trust for the First Nation,” he email@example.com
Women candidates aim to upset AFN old boys club in race for
APTN National NewsThe candidates list for national chief of the Assembly of First Nations continues to grow.For the first time in the AFN’s history, three Aboriginal women are aiming for the top spot.Leaving many to wonder what kind of challenges would lay ahead for a female national chief.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler has this story.
Couple who posed nude in regalia causes stir in Saskatchewan
APTN National NewsAn Indigenous gay couple is set to make some waves after posing for a semi-nude photo shoot in a Saskatchewan magazine.The couple, a Metis man and his First Nation partner, are wearing some traditional garb.APTN’s Larissa Burnouf now with more.
Mikmaq Maliseet leaders in tax battle with NB government
APTN National NewsA key source of money for First Nations in New Brunswick is up in the air.The province is deciding whether tax dollars collected on reserve should be shared with the bands.Mi’kmaq and Maliseet leaders say that losing that revenue is a step in the wrong direction.APTN’s Trina Roache has this story.
On day 3 of Brazeau trial defence focuses on a necklace bra
Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsDay three of the assault and sexual assault trial of suspended Conservative Senator Patrick Brazeau began where the previous day’s proceedings ended, with the defence cross-examining the alleged victim with questions about a necklace.The defence focused on the opening moments of the incident in the third-floor bedroom of the rented Gatineau, Que., home that ended when police arrived shortly after 9 a.m. that Thursday morning on Feb. 7, 2013, following a 911 phone call from a woman inside.Gerard Larocque zeroed in on the minutia of the opening salvos of a conflict the alleged victim says left her scratched and bruised.Larocque asked and re-asked, as an interpreter translated, about the exact moment she yanked off the necklace, which was given to her by Brazeau who said it once belonged to his mother. According to the alleged victim, the events began in full that February 2013 morning in the master bedroom, with its own bathroom, on the third-floor of the house.A tall, lanky man, with salt and pepper hair and black rimmed glasses, Larocque leaned in and out as he questioned the alleged victim who stood to his left facing the white haired and mustachioed Quebec Judge Valmont Beaulieu. At times Larocque focused intently on the alleged victim as he asked her questions, at others he would pull away, take a step or two back and sweep his gaze across the gallery packed with reporters, making eye contact with one or two.The alleged victim again repeated how Brazeau pushed her out of the room, knocking her down in a sitting position at the top of the stairs. She said Brazeau then got on the floor and started pushing her with his feet.“He’s behind you, pushing you, asking for the necklace of his mother?” said Larocque.“Yes,” she said.Then he went back to her previous testimony about having a purple turtle-neck sweater and leopard print bra in her hands when she was pushed out of the bedroom.“When you were on the stairs you had a sweater and bra with you?” said Larocque.“Leaving the bedroom I had the sweater and bra,” she said.“In your hands?” he said.“Yes, leaving, yes,” she said.Then, Larocque pressed her, recalling her previous testimony, on what hand she was using to hold onto the railing post. Was it the right? Which hand?“I remembered I hung on with one hand and two hands,” she said.Larocque then pressed her on the sweater and bra she was holding, that she said previously Brazeau grabbed from her hands later in the alleged attack.The victim said she didn’t remember the details of those moments, only that somehow the bra and sweater ended up on the stairs in front of her and that she grabbed them again as she tumbled down the stairs.“This is a story you have told to police that arrived at the house and later at the police station,” said Larocque. “You have never mentioned you let go of the sweater and bra on the stairs and then you grabbed it again.”She again said, forcefully, she didn’t remember every detail of those heated moments.“I submit that in the bedroom you moved close to my client and you started to hit him with the sweater in one hand and the bra in the other and he grabbed the bra, that is where he grabbed it and that is why you didn’t have it,” said Larocque.“It’s false,” said the woman.Then Larocque rewound the event to where she said it began to get violent. It was in the master bedroom’s bathroom, she testified previously, where she retreated to change her clothes after Brazeau demanded she immediately leave the house.The alleged victim testified she demanded Brazeau leave the bathroom as she was pulling on her jeans and was preparing to change from her tank top into the bra and purple turtle-neck sweater. She said Brazeau pushed her out of the bathroom and bedroom to the top of the stairs where she fell in a sitting position before the fall.This is not what happened, said Larocque.“I suggest that Mr. Brazeau, while in the bedroom, took a phone and dialed a number and spoke into the phone while you were in the bathroom,” said Larocque.“I don’t know,” said the woman.“I suggest that while you were changing Mr. Brazeau made a phone call,” he said.“I don’t remember,” she said.The trial resumes Wednesday afternoon.Brazeau has pleaded not guilty to both assault and sexual assault charges.Tuesday’s court hearing heard testimony from the alleged victim who recounted her dramatic journey from Colombia to Canada.firstname.lastname@example.org@JorgeBarrera
Chief disappointed with court challenge from grandmothers over Algonquin modern treaty
APTN National NewsOne of the largest modern day treaties is being negotiated in Ontario.It is also one of the most controversial.A group of Algonquin grandmothers are now calling on the Federal Court to put a halt to the negotiations.APTN’s Annette Francis has this story.
Labrador Inuit turn up the heat on Muskrat Falls energy project
(Under ominous skies, demonstrators block the entrance to the Muskrat Falls construction site in Labrador. Photo courtesy Jacinda Beals)Trina RoacheAPTN National NewsAround 30 people in Labrador, including Nunatsiavut President Johannes Lampe, have blockaded the construction site at Muskrat Falls, a massive $11.4 billion dollar hydroelectric project along the Lower Churchill River.“We aren’t huge numbers here in Labrador,” said Inuk artist Billy Gauthier. “This here turnout shows how strong we are. There will be more. We will do more.”Gauthier, 38, began a hunger strike Thursday.Gauthier and the Labrador Inuit are demanding the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and the provincially owned energy company Nalcor fully clear the reservoir of all trees and topsoil before flooding begins.“The government, I just don’t understand why they don’t step in and fix it?” said Gauthier. “Why waste time? Why put people in a position where they feel like they need to fight for their rights? For their culture?”Muskrat Falls demonstration outside construction site. Photo courtesy Justin Brake/The IndependentThe main concern is methylmercury. A study by Harvard University predicts that trees, vegetation, and topsoil left in the flood zone will create the toxin and flow downstream, contaminating traditional food sources for the Inuit.President of the Nunatsiavut Government Johannes Lampe, who is at the blockade now, released a statement Friday calling on the province to clear the reservoir.“Despite our concerns, those who have the authority to make changes, including the Prime Minister and the Government of Canada, to the scope of the project are not willing to do so, and would rather stand by and allow our people to be poisoned and destroy a way of life,” said the statement. “If this project proceeds without changes, there will never be true reconciliation in this country.”On Saturday, while Gauthier was at the blockade, he received a call from Vice-President of the Lower Churchill Project, Gilbert Bennett.“He mentioned to me that he didn’t believe that there is any proof that methylmercury was going to move through out ecosystem the way the Harvard studies prove,” said Gauthier.Gauthier said Bennett assured him flooding had not yet begun but was given no assurance that Nalcor would clear the flood zone first.“I will starve myself,” said Gauthier, hitting day three of his hunger strike. “I’m basically crying out to everybody, screaming that we need help. To get government the Nalcor to give us a safe project. To make it right. We need anybody and everybody to stand.”And momentum is building in what many are now calling an eleventh hour battle over a project many have called a boondoggle.Muskrat Falls demonstration in Labrador. Photo courtesy Jacinda BealsOn Friday, the mayor of Cartwright sent a letter to federal and provincial leaders, including the Prime Minister.“I write to you all today to add my voice and the voice of my community to the growing level of discontent with the Muskrat Falls Project as we approach the first flood of the reservoir,” wrote Dwight Lethbridge. “My community of Cartwright, Labrador has decided to take a hard line stand on the methyl mercury issue, based on the concerns of our residents over the potential loss of country foods, culture, and an unknown impact on fish resources very important to our area.”And though the Muskrat Falls project falls under provincial jurisdiction, Lethbridge added that there is a role in this for the federal government.“You are allowing the demolition of an Innu and Inuit food source and culture,” wrote Lethbridge.At a town meeting last week, residents were clear in the action they plan to take against Nalcor.“Our community is to be used as a port for the delivery of transformers to Muskrat Falls,” said Lethbridge. “As things sit right now, until this methyl mercury issue is addressed, that shipment will not be happening through here.”The blockade at Muskrat Falls continues. People have set up tents, with no plans to go anywhere, anytime soon.RCMP are at the site, but no arrests reported so far.Another rally is planned Monday outside Newfoundland and Labrador’s legislature building in St. John’s with the slogan, “Flood the steps, not the reservoir.”“My people will not be poisoned,” said Gauthier. “It’s crunch time and you know what? This is it. We’re taking action now. We keep making more steps to make the right thing happen. Now we need Nalcor to make the right steps.”Inuit artist Billy Gauthier.In an email response to APTN, Nalcor wrote, “The protesters prevented the buses with local workers on the day shift from upper Lake Melville from accessing the work site and getting to work this morning.”Nalcor confirms that flooding has not yet begun, but work is ongoing.“It’s important to note it is not one sole activity to create the reservoir. Much like the process for river diversion completed earlier this summer, creating the reservoir involves a number of steps over a period of time. Impoundment will take place when all facilities and equipment are ready for operation.”This is a process, Nalcor says, that could begin at any time and continue through 2016. Nalcor made no mention of stopping this work to clear the reservoir.No word yet from the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.NunatuKavut President Todd Russell, will be holding a news conference Monday morning.Russell represents the Southern Inuit of Labrador and was arrested along with several others at a Muskrat Falls protest in email@example.com