Even Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov was amazed he had beaten tennis superstar Rafael Nadal.The 18-year-old from Richmond Hill, Ontario shocked himself, the crowd that roared with every point he scored, and the tennis world with his 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (4) victory over top-seeded Nadal in the third round of the Rogers Cup on Thursday night at a sold out Uniprix Stadium.Shapovalov dropped to the ground and covered his face in joy and surprise as the cheers reached deafening levels after the match point fell, completing his comeback from a 3-0 deficit in the third-set tiebreaker.“It’s what I dreamed of all my life growing up, playing guys like Rafa (Nadal), Roger (Federer), Andy (Murray),” said Shapovalov. “You know, my dream came true today.”The victory put him into a quarter-final Friday against France’s Adrian Mannarino, who beat Hyeon Chung 6-3,6-3.It was one of the biggest wins in Canadian tennis history and it came at the tournament that some still call the Canadian Open.Shapovalov became the youngest player to reach the tournament’s quarter-finals since Bjorn Borg in 1974.He also became the youngest quarter-finalist at a Masters Series tournament ever and is the youngest to beat a player ranked in the top two in the world since Nadal beat Federer in 2004 in Miami.Shapovalov will reach his goal of moving into the top 100 in the world in a week that saw him save four match points in a first round win over Rogerio Dutra Silva, then beat 2009 U.S. Open winner Juan Martin Del Potro in the second round before toppling Nadal.“I’m very thankful that I’m in this position,” said Shapovalov, who had hockey great Wayne Gretzky and Olympic swimming star Penny Oleksiak cheering for him from the seats. “If I didn’t save those four match points in the first round, there wouldn’t even be a chance to play Juan Martin or Rafa.“It’s difficult to say how I was feeling during the match. It was extremely hard physically and mentally. Rafa is such a warrior. I’m just so happy to come out with the win.”Nadal, who could have claimed the No. 1 ranking if he had reached the semifinals this week, said it was the worst match he played all year, but he had kind words for Shapovalov.“He played well,” the 31-year-old said. “He has a great potential.“I wish him the best. He has everything to become a great player. He played with the right determination in the important moments.”Shapovalov looked unfazed in facing the biggest opponent of his young career. After Nadal cruised through the first set, Shapovalov kept battling, breaking service while taking a 3-0 lead in the second. When Nadal would start taking a control of a game, the younger of the two lefthanders would respond with big serves or impressive forehands down the lines.Nadal fought off two break points to hold serve at 4-2, then earned his own break to win back the momentum from the 2016 Wimbledon junior boys champion, only to see Shapovalov snatch it back and clinch the second set.The two held serve through the third. Nadal went up 3-0, but Shapovalov used two aces to fight back and complete the upset victory over the 10-time French Open champion.Second-seeded Roger Federer, a 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 winner over Spain’s David Ferrer, isn’t one to gloat over his stunning record against Spaniard, who was ranked third in the world in 2013.Without playing especially well, the 19-time Grand Slam champion from Switzerland stretched his career record against the Ferrer to 17-0. It started with a win in Vienna in 2003.“Maybe in the beginning he was not as good as he is now,” Federer said of Ferrer. “Maybe I won five times because I’m better than he was.“I was No. 1 in the world. I played him on hard courts also. I didn’t play him often on clay. Also, there were many tight matches, so maybe it became a mental thing for him. I have a lot of respect for David. As a person, he’s very nice. He’s a great fighter on the court. So this type of head-to-head is a bit strange.”In Friday’s quarter-finals, second-seeded Federer will face 12th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain, against whom he is 6-0. Bautista Agut outlasted Frenchman Gael Monfils 4-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (2) in a two hours 56 minutes battle.Unseeded Argentine Diego Schwartzman posted a strange win over American Jared Donaldson 0-6, 7-5, 7-5 to advance to a quarter-final meeting with Robin Haase, the 52nd-ranked Dutchman who upset seventh-seeded Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-1.Kevin Anderson of South Africa downed American Sam Querrey 6-4, 6-1 and will next play fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev, who ousted 16th seeded Nick Kyrgios 6-4, 6-3.Federer, who breezed past Canadian Peter Polansky in the second round on Wednesday, looked lost in the opening set, spraying balls long, wide or into the net, but gradually rediscovered at least some of the form that has seen the 36-year-old Swiss put back the clock with two grand slam wins this year.
MONTREAL – The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees says Canada’s reputation on refugee matters is solid, but he’s hoping it can do even more.Filippo Grandi said Friday he believes Canada can maintain its champion role by ramping up resettlement programs to help share the burden with countries facing an influx of refugees needing a new home.That doesn’t appear to be in the cards, however, as the federal government announced this week the number it will take via the UN will remain the same, although it will increase the number of privately sponsored refugees.It expects to take in 43,000 refugees next year — 3,000 more than this year — but the number of government-assisted refugees will remain stagnant at 7,500.Grandi said he will call on the federal government to go further when he meets with officials Monday.“It’s a positive message because Canada is an important, leading country in refugee matters from every perspective,” he said in Montreal where he attended several events and met a resettled refugee who works at a local hospital.“Positive, but also that Canada can do more and must to keep that position.”Grandi highlighted the case of Jean-Claude Puati, 40, who has been in Canada for two years and works regularly as a cook at Notre-Dame Hospital.He left his native Congo because of his homosexuality and went first to South Africa before facing discrimination and coming to Canada.“It’s not easy, because coming here people are a bit reserved to begin with,” said Puati, who has built up a social network and calls his time in Canada far more positive than negative.“There’s a lot of opportunity here and I’m looking toward the future with a lot of hope.”Grandi said Puati’s is the kind of case he wants to see Canada further embrace and that he would like the country to help LGBTQ members, women, rape victims and unaccompanied children.On Thursday, the custodian of the UN refugee convention appealed to the Security Council to do more to prevent and resolve conflicts and work toward peace.“They heard, I hope they listened,” Grandi said.Grandi said he hopes Canada, which has an interest in securing a council seat, will move to restore its multilateralist reputation and global peacekeeping role.Asking Canada to do more comes as the United States moves to cut by half the number of UN-referred refugees. The United States remains a leader in accepting refugees, but Grandi called the American trend worrisome.Ninety per cent of refugees are in the poorest countries and resettlement is a way to lessen their load.“What signal do you give to those countries that bear the biggest burden: Ethiopia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Kenya, Uganda,” Grandi said.
HALIFAX – Exactly one century after he died, mustachioed train dispatcher Vince Coleman’s status as the ultimate Halifax Explosion hero will be cemented Wednesday.Calgary lawyer Jim Coleman — Vince’s grandson — will deliver brief remarks during the city’s commemorative ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the blast that killed or wounded 11,000 people.The recognition of Vince Coleman is the culmination of his growing legend for his selfless act of saving a trainload of passengers at the cost of his own life.Halifax now has a condo building named The Vincent Coleman, he was the runaway favourite in a naming contest this year for a new harbour ferry, and his belongings are proudly displayed at a popular museum.But Coleman says his father — Vince’s son — didn’t talk much about living through the horror of the Halifax Explosion, and neither did the rest of his family.“It’s amazing how many people have asked me about it, but we don’t have family lore,” says Coleman.Coleman’s story has enjoyed a revival since the early 1990s, when Historica Canada produced one of its most dramatic “Heritage Minutes,” which started with the dispatcher being alerted by a navy sailor that the SS Mont-Blanc, a French munitions ship, was on fire and was about to explode.As the 45-year-old father of four was about to flee the busy rail yard, he remembered that Train No. 10 was carrying several hundred people from Saint John, N.B., and was due to arrive at 8:55 a.m.He returned to his telegraph key inside the Richmond railway station, less than a kilometre from where the ship was burning.Despite the imminent danger, Coleman tapped out a message that warned stations up the line to stop all trains from entering Halifax.“Hold up the train,” the message said. “Ammunition ship afire in harbor making for Pier 6 and will explode. Guess this will be my last message. Good-bye boys.”Within minutes, the Mont Blanc and everything near it was obliterated by a super-heated shock wave that caused a tsunami to roll over the waterfront, including the station where Coleman worked.Coleman’s hurried message was among the first to alert the world to the unfolding tragedy. As a result, the Canadian Government Railway was able to quickly dispatch six relief trains carrying firefighters, doctors, nurses and badly needed medical supplies.“Periodically, we would talk about it, but it wasn’t that we really discussed it,” said Jim Coleman, whose grandmother Frances died in the 1970s. “When I look back, I find it quite strange.”Coleman, a senior partner with a Calgary law firm, says his father, Gerald Patrick Coleman, was an altar boy taking part in a mass early on Dec. 6, 1917, when the blast hit.Just after 9 a.m., the ground shook and the church walls fell in, crushing a fellow altar boy.“All the houses were knocked down,” says Jim Coleman, recalling one of the few stories his father told him about that day. “And here he was, this 11-year-old boy, helping to dig people out. It was traumatic. And then he found out that his father had been killed in the explosion and his home was gone.”The blast killed about 2,000 people and wounded another 9,000. Hundreds were blinded by flying glass, and another 25,000 were left homeless. The city’s north end was levelled, and much of what was left standing was eventually burned by fires started by upended coal stoves.As the search for survivors stretched into the night, a blizzard descended on the port city, heaping misery on a community that had already lost so much.Days later, from deep within the wreckage of the railway station, searchers recovered Coleman’s watch, wallet, pen and telegraph key, all of which are now part of a permanent exhibit at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in downtown Halifax.“You can still see water stains in his wallet,” the museum’s website says. “His watch speaks grimly of the violent forces which descended on Coleman as its crystal and hands are blown away and its back is pounded in as if by hammers. Coleman no doubt died instantly at his telegraph key.”Jim Coleman says the exhibit holds special meaning for him.“Seeing the picture of my grandfather and his personal effects, obviously, it touches you somehow,” he says.
HALIFAX – There have been no reported deaths of North Atlantic right whales in Canadian waters this year — with dozens of the endangered mammals spotted amid strict fishing and vessel speed restrictions, federal officials say.There were 12 whale deaths last year in Canadian waters, half of those in June.“Earlier in the year there was a report in the United States of one (death) … but in Canadian waters there have been none,” said Adam Burns, director general of fisheries resource management at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO).At least 18 right whales have been found dead overall in Canadian and U.S. waters since 2017, likely due to rope entanglements and ship collisions.DFO said Thursday that aerial surveillance had so far detected at least 75 whales in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence.“This number likely underestimates the total number of right whales that may be present in the southern Gulf or in Canadian waters at this time,” said Jean Landry, the department’s director of marine mammal science.Landry said observers had logged 371 flying hours since early April, more than last year’s total by science aircraft.Meanwhile, DFO has temporarily closed 4,600 square kilometres of the Gulf and another 780 square kilometres in the Roseway Basin off Nova Scotia’s southern coast to non-tended fixed gear fisheries such as snow crab and lobster.The closures have drawn the ire of some lobster fishermen, who say the latest closures have squeezed them into tight proximity in zones that are already heavily fished.Nearly 500 brought empty lobster traps to Caraquet, N.B., on Thursday to protest against the continuing closures. They created a wall of traps outside a building where Acadie-Bathurst Liberal MP Serge Cormier has an office.But with the lobster and snow crab seasons set to wrap up at the end of this month, Burns said DFO isn’t about to relent on urgent measures, given the unprecedented number of right whale deaths last year.“These measures have a real impact on fish harvesters, processors, and communities in Atlantic Canada; however the long-term economic risks of not adequately protecting North Atlantic right whales is greater,” Burns said.He said there has already been a temporary suspension of Marine Stewardship Council certification for the snow crab fishery in the southern Gulf, and additional trade and eco-certification impacts could result in “long term serious economic impacts to coastal communities in Atlantic Canada and Quebec.”Still the industry continues to speak out with an eye to the future after reports of lobster landings that are down by as much as 25 per cent in some areas.Groups such as the Maritime Fishermen’s Union and the Pecheurs professionnels du Sud de la Gaspesie have said frustration is mounting after Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc decided not to exempt waters up to 10 fathoms deep from the closures.LeBlanc has said he isn’t insensitive to fishermen’s concerns and Ottawa is considering ways to alleviate the economic hardship. That includes measures to help processing plant workers qualify for Employment Insurance, and a possible fall opening of the lobster fishery to make up for lost days.The Lobster Council of Canada called for measures that balance protection with the impact on fishermen.“While we all agree we must do what we can to ensure the protection of the North Atlantic right whale, we believe we must continue to monitor the impact many of these mitigation measures are having on the people and communities that rely on the lobster fishery for their livelihood,” council executive director Geoff Irvine said in a news release Wednesday.“We need to continue to look for the right balance to allow the fishery to continue while ensuring the right whale’s protection.”Meanwhile, Transport Canada provided statistics on its mandatory slow-down area in the western Gulf, where vessels of 20 metres or larger are limited to a speed of 10 knots.Luc Brisebois, executive director of marine safety and security, said 1,085 vessels have been monitored to date. Of that number, 106 were recorded above the speed limit.“Out of those 106, there were 84 deemed non-violation,” Brisebois said, for issues related to time at speed, and the effects of weather or sea conditions.He said 21 cases are still under review, but since the slowdown was implemented April 28 only one vessel has been found in violation, resulting in a $6,000 fine.
QUEBEC CITY, Que. – The Parti Quebecois is partly to blame for the lack of support for sovereignty, according to the province’s longest-serving legislature member, who believes his party has renounced its duty to promote independence.Francois Gendron, 73, will retire from political life this fall after 42 years in the legislature — but not without a few parting shots directed at the media, his political rivals and his own party.“The PQ has things to blame itself for,” says Gendron, who was first elected in 1976 under former Parti Quebecois premier Rene Levesque.In a lengthy interview with The Canadian Press, the politician says he has three words of advice for his party, which was founded to make Quebec a country but has thus far proven incapable of rallying the population to its cause.“Go. Talk. Convince.”Gendron, a former teacher, believes sovereigntists have to return to the basics of political activism, and show Quebecers what they have to gain from independence.His party, he believes, has failed in this scholarly duty, noting that they haven’t produced a single substantial document on the benefits of sovereignty since the last referendum in 1995.When asked if he’s scared he’ll never see Quebec become its own country, he responds, “the answer is yes.”The outspoken politician had nothing but good words for former Bloc Quebecois leader Martine Ouellet, who stepped down from her party earlier this month after losing a confidence vote. She currently sits in provincial legislature as an independent but has indicated she won’t run in October’s election.Ouellet, who was criticized at times for her laser-like focus on independence, is a woman “of conviction,” who wears the cause proudly and knows it inside and out, Gendron says.In contrast, he has harsh words for the poll-leading provincial Coalition Avenir Quebec, whose members he describes as “puppets” with no program, and Philippe Couillard’s Liberals, whose “billions” spent on advertising he says ought to provoke a “social crisis.”Gendron also blames a highly individualistic culture and a lack of education among citizens for the decline of the independence movement and most other collective efforts.“There’s no more culture, no more history, people know just about nothing,” he says.Some of his harshest criticism was reserved for the media, which in his opinion is largely responsible for discrediting the noble role of elected politicians through endless commentary that “pollutes the airwaves.”“We’re less credible than sex workers and used car salesmen,” he says.Gendron, who will not seek re-election in this fall’s election, says that what he’ll miss the most is representing the 35,000 people in his western Quebec riding of Abitibi-Ouest.While outspoken on many topics, he remains more discreet when questioned on his party’s possible fate come October.He notes, with a touch of disappointment, that the party has lost its foothold in many ridings that were once PQ strongholds.In his decades-long career, Gendron has held a number of cabinet posts, many of them linked to regional development or resource management.He was instrumental in creating the first regional development policy in 1982, which he describes as a moment of pride.These days, he’s faced with the task of sorting decades of photos, documents, press clippings and memories as he prepares to make his exit.“When we stir all this up, madam, it disturbs,” he says. “It comes to get you at an emotional level.”
OTTAWA – The federal tax collector is less and less seeing dead people where there aren’t any.Figures recently tabled in Parliament show that 319 people were erroneously declared dead by the Canada Revenue Agency between Jan. 1, 2016 and Dec. 31, 2017, which actually marked a 39 per cent decline from the preceding two-year period.A spokeswoman for the agency says the agency incorrectly thought 524 people were dead between 2014 and 2015.The 319 people who were wrongly marked dead in the last two years represented 0.06 per cent of all the deaths reported to the CRA.The figures for the first few months of 2018 won’t be available until August.The details are contained in an answer the CRA provided to a written question from Conservative MP Alupa Clarke, who wanted to know how many times the agency had mistakenly marked someone as dead and the effects this had on benefit payments.Provinces and territories are responsible for collecting information about deaths and they pass on details to Service Canada, which notifies the CRA to stop payments to the deceased and start payments to surviving partners.The CRA says it also uses information on tax filings and from taxpayers to update its records, but even that backup isn’t foolproof.“Despite safeguards to ensure accuracy of its files, occasionally information it receives is incorrect or misinterpreted,” the agency wrote in its response to a written question.The majority of errors in the last two years were made when someone filed a return on behalf of a deceased and provided the wrong social insurance number, such as the one for the surviving spouse, which then causes that person to be coded as dead, the CRA said.Federal and provincial governments have been working on an overhaul of the death notification system to focus on electronic collection and sharing of information.A consultants’ report from October 2016 called the lack of digital services “the greatest constraint” facing governments that need timely registration and notification of a death.Hiccups in the notification process lead to mistakes in benefits payments, by either paying benefits to someone who hasn’t qualified for them, or stopping payments to someone who may need them.On average, it took 45 days before the CRA restarted benefit payments once the agency learned someone it thought dead was actually still quite alive.Faster payments were provided to anyone “experiencing financial hardship,” the agency told parliamentarians.
Niagara regional police have issued an Amber Alert for five children who were allegedly abducted by their father a week ago.Const. Phil Gavin says investigators are looking for Eska, Evalyn, Magnus, Mattias and Sovereign MacDermid, who range in age from five to 14 years.Police say the children, who are all Asian, were last seen in the community of Jordan in the town of Lincoln, Ont., with their father, 49-year-old Ian MacDermid.Investigators allege MacDermid took the children from their family home sometime between Sept. 19 and Sept. 25.Gavin says Ontario Child and Family Services investigated and found that the children may be in danger.He says the agency filed a missing persons report with police less than 24 hours before the Amber Alert was issued.He declined to say why it took so long for the children to be reported missing.Investigators say the children are the subject of a temporary custody order, which their father is allegedly contravening.He’s described as being white, six feet tall and 280 pounds, with blue eyes and brown hair.Police are looking for a gold or beige pickup truck.Gavin says their whereabouts is unknown, but the family used to live in the Toronto area so it’s possible that’s where they were headed.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 1, 2019.The Canadian Press
Dara O’Briain, Melanie C, Jack Dee, Chelsee Healey, Phillips Idowu and Greg James have completed the biggest challenge of their lives, The BT Red Nose Challenge: Hell and High Water – a five day ordeal which saw them travel under their own steam down Africa’s mighty Zambezi river to raise as much cash as possible for Red Nose Day.The challenge was sponsored by BT, a long term supporter of Comic Relief challenges since 2009.The triumphant team finished at exactly 3.18pm this afternoon – but it wasn’t easy. After clambering down a 200ft gorge using a ladder locally known as ‘The Steps of Doom’, the six intrepid amateurs spent the morning clinging on for dear life as they battled the most fierce rapids of the week – even the support crew’s raft flipped over and chucked them into the deep!Greg James said: “The rapids are really frightening, especially if you’re a novice! You can’t just sit back, you have to keep paddling otherwise you’ll just float off and go miles away. We’re in a big raft today and it keeps bouncing around, people are popping out of it like popcorn! I bounced into the air earlier and was only saved by Phillips grabbing me with his massive athletic claw! We’re going through rapids called ‘The Terminator’ and ‘The Gnashing Jaws of Death’; they’re just horrible names. I wish we could so through something called ‘small mound’ or ‘babbling brook’ instead.”Exhausted, aching, blistered and bruised after travelling over 111km under their own steam, battling raging rapids, manic mosquitos and sweltering sun, the team are now celebrating and reflecting on their success.Greg said: “Let me sum up how I’m feeling in one phrase – I’m over it. Big time. I’m over the water, the rapids, the hippos, the boats, the tents, the camping, the sand, the itchy bits, the mosquitos, the blisters, the sunburn, the smell – it’s been really tough. But we’re here, we’ve been doing this challenge and we all look like idiots, but the point is to raise a lot of money for the people we’ve been meeting out here. And I know it sounds really cheesy, but I totally get it – I get Comic Relief properly now. I’ve always watched it on telly, but I’ve seen it now first-hand. It’s really touching, really lovely.”Over the past five days, the celebrity challengers have pushed themselves to the limit, taking on rapids officially known as ‘Gnashing Jaws of Death’, ‘The Washing Machine’ and ‘Oblivion’.Along the way they encountered some of the world’s most dangerous and frightening creatures, like crocodiles, lethal snakes and one of the most deadly – hippos! By night there was none of the five star luxury they’re used to, as they camped on treacherous cliff tops and damp, soggy riverbanks. And as if that wasn’t enough, they had to suffer nasty blisters, intense aching limbs and sweltering 30-degree heat, as they spent each day covering up to 29km on the river.The team put themselves through hell and high water in the hope of raising £1 million to help children in Zambia go to school. This could pay for life-changing education for thousands of vulnerable girls, for whom it means an escape from poverty and safety from child marriage and pregnancy. Any extra money raised will help those living unimaginably tough lives across the UK and the rest of Africa.BT is giving £30,000 a day to support the Hell and High Water team as part of the £500,000 it has committed to raise in support of The BT Red Nose Challenges – a duo of celebrity challenges sponsored by BT for Red Nose Day 2013.Find out more here.
Nigerian born Hollywood actor Hakeem Kae Kazeem has been appointed Global Ambassador for Africa 2.0.Founded in 2010, Africa 2.0 is composed of 450+ young African leaders from more than 41 nationalities sharing a collective vision for Africa. Members are committed to the development of the continent through effective initiatives.Members of Advisory board include Chairman Olusegun Obasanjo, H.E. Joaquim Kissano – former President of Mozambique – and the Reverend Jesse Jackson amongst others.Africa 2.0 is a D-ink Tank (a Think Tank that Does Things) committed to thought leadership through concrete and exemplary actions.“I am truly honoured to be associated with Africa 2.0 – a pioneering platform for a new generation of African leaders to inspire and create a solid infrastructure – to shape a brighter future for our Continent,” said Hakeem.Hakeem’s new role will see him participate in AFRICA 2.0 global campaigns spanning across its 29 Chapter CountriesHakeem Kae Kazim has featured in blockbusters such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Hotel Rwanda, and more.Find out more about Africa 2.0 here.
DoSomething.org, the largest organization for young people and social change, and Be a STAR, an anti-bullying initiative co-founded in 2011 by The Creative Coalition and global entertainment company WWE, are teaming up for The Bully Text: Superstar Edition, a campaign that uses an SMS text message game to get young people to take action around bullying.Video: The Bully Text: Superstar Edition – SheamusBeginning today, young people will be able to participate in the SMS text message experience that virtually walks them through a day in the life of a student giving them a chance to take action around bullying. For example, young people receive a text in the experience with the following scenario: “Seth teases Amy, ur lab partner, about her stutter & everyone laughs. Do u A) wait & comfort her after class or B) tell them to quit it.” Each scenario is designed to make young people think about what they would do in the face of bullying alongside some of their favorite WWE Superstars.“Both DoSomething.org and Be a STAR are committed to giving young people the tools they need to combat bullying,” said Naomi Hirabayashi, Chief Marketing Officer, DoSomething.org. “Through DoSomething.org’s expertise in using innovative SMS games to tackle important issues and WWE’s global reach and passionate fan base, this partnership is a no-brainer.”WWE Superstar Sheamus has joined forces to record a public service announcement to encourage participation in The Bully Text.“We are proud to partner with DoSomething.org and their successful Bully Text Campaign, which has already provided thousands of young people with the education and resources they need to stop bullying in their communities,” said Stephanie McMahon, Chief Brand Officer, WWE. “Utilizing WWE’s global platforms will provide additional exposure for The Bully Text as well as new opportunities for young people to take a stand against bullying.”“Bullying is the unfortunate great equalizer. The Bully Text Campaign provides a direct and positive resource to the younger generation,” said Robin Bronk, Chief Executive Officer, The Creative Coalition. “Be a STAR aims to provide students with the best assets that help combat the bullying epidemic, and the Bully Text Campaign is something we want in every student’s anti-bullying toolbox.”To play the Bully Text, click here or text STAR to 38383.
Last week, WildAid celebrated its international ambassadors at a special event in Los Angeles.Josh Duhamel and Fergie at WildAid’s LA Gala; photo in background by Nick Brandt/Big Life FoundationCredit/Copyright: Brian To Photography via WildAidThe event, hosted by the Montage Beverly Hills, raised over $2.5 million to support WildAid’s programs throughout the world.Actress Maggie Q was honored with WildAid’s 2015 Wildlife Champion Award. A WildAid ambassador since 2012, Maggie stars in the “Say No to Rhino Horn” campaign, which in part educates consumers about the myths of rhino horn’s medicinal properties, as well as the “I’m FINished with Fins” campaign against shark fin soup. She has filmed several PSAs, and has participated in multiple photo shoots and media interviews to help raise awareness of the plight of animals around the world.John Corbett and Bo DerekCredit/Copyright: Brian To Photography via WildAidJoining Maggie at Saturday’s gala were Fergie and Josh Duhamel, Paula Abdul, Chevy & Jayni Chase, Tanzanian music artist Alikiba, Kristin Bauer, Michael Cudlitz, Bo Derek and John Corbett, Junior Nyong’o, Amy Tan and many more devoted WildAid supporters.Source:WildAid
Feeding America has launched new public service advertisements (PSAs) starring celebrity actress Jennie Garth to bring attention to childhood hunger.Video: Feeding America Child Hunger PSA with Jennie GarthFeeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief organization, has partnered with the Ad Council since 2008 on a Hunger Prevention campaign designed to raise awareness about hunger in America and the fight to solve it, led by the Feeding America nationwide network of food banks. Jennie Garth donated her time and talent for the project, as have other celebrity activists in past PSAs, including Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner.“No child should go hungry in this country,” said Jennie Garth. “Feeding America is working hard to make sure that, in our near future, childhood hunger will be a thing of the past.”According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), one in five children in America – 15 million kids – struggles with hunger. While food insecurity affects people of all ages, it is particularly devastating for children because of the potential for long-term consequences. Research has shown that good nutrition has implications for a child’s future physical and mental health, academic achievement and economic productivity.“Childhood hunger is a problem we have the power to solve. It takes motivated people to support local food banks and the acceptance that hunger is faced by far too many children in every community across America,” said Diana Aviv, CEO of Feeding America. “We’re so grateful to Ms. Garth for lending her influence to this issue, and hope that these new PSAs allow us to expose the prevalence of child hunger and engage the nation in solving the problem.”The new PSAs feature Garth in a food bank discussing the disproportionate effect of hunger on children and pointing out the fact that the billions of pounds of surplus edible food wasted each year in the U.S. can help feed families who are hungry. The ads encourage audiences to visit FeedingAmerica.org to learn more about hunger in their communities, and get involved in the fight to end hunger by volunteering at a local food bank, contacting their Members of Congress, and donating food or funds.“We’re proud to partner with Feeding America to continue to produce compelling work and help solve this critical issue,” said Lisa Sherman, President and CEO of the Ad Council. “No one should go hungry in America, especially around the holidays. We hope that Garth’s recognition will encourage volunteers, supporters and donors to support the millions of children in need.”The new PSAs are an extension of the Hunger Prevention campaign which was launched by Feeding America and the Ad Council in 2008. The new TV PSAs were created pro bono by 360i. Per the Ad Council’s model, all PSAs will run in advertising time and space entirely donated by the media. Since the launch of the Hunger Prevention campaign, media outlets across the country have donated more than $374 million in support for the PSAs.
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Much VJ Tyrone Edwards hosts a full day of Hip-themed programming on August 20, featuring music videos, archival interviews, and messages from the artist communityTORONTO (August 10, 2016) – Much celebrates the trailblazing career of Canada’s beloved The Tragically Hip in honour of their final performances in Toronto and Kingston, Ont. with THE HIP ON MUCH, beginning tonight. The marathon begins with a collection of music videos from The Tragically Hip and lead singer Gord Downie, coinciding with the band’s Toronto concert dates on Wednesday, Aug. 10, Friday, Aug. 12, and Sunday, Aug. 14 (full schedule below). Then, on Saturday, Aug. 20, Much airs a full day of Hip-themed programming, in honour of the band’s final performance in Kingston, Ont. Hosted by Much VJ Tyrone Edwards, the special illustrates the band’s storied career with music videos, archival interviews, and messages from the artist community sharing their favourite stories about the band. Advertisement Advertisement Gord Downie during an interview with MuchMusic in 1993See below for full descriptions and air times. All times are subject to change and are in ET. Visit Much.com to confirm local broadcast times.Wednesday, Aug. 107 p.m. – 9 p.m. – THE HIP ON MUCHMuch pays homage to The Tragically Hip, one of Canada’s most influential bands, with a selection of their greatest music videos. Tracing the history of the band’s career, and coinciding with their three Toronto concert dates, this collection of 32 videos includes Courage, Bobcaygeon, and New Orleans is Sinking. The playlist also airs on Friday, Aug. 12 from 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 14 from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.Saturday, Aug. 206 a.m. – 4 p.m., 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. – THE HIP ON MUCHMuch has brushed shoulders with The Tragically Hip many times over the years, hosting the band for many performances and interviews at Much HQ in Toronto. Much VJ Tyrone Edwards pulls together archival interview footage spanning from 1989-2011, along with a selection of music videos, to illustrate the band’s storied career in honour of their final performance in Kingston, Ont. Also included in this special are messages from the artist community sharing their personal stories about the band.About MuchMuch is the go-to channel for all things pop-culture, delivering trendworthy, topical programming, and exclusive live events. From the MUCH MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS to its industry-leading online and social media outreach, including Much.com, on Twitter (with more than a million followers), and Facebook (with more than 1.2 million likes), Much continues to deliver unique and clever programming to its audience. Much supports the Canadian music video production industry with its annual, multi-million dollar contribution to MuchFACT. Much is available in more than 8.2 million homes across Canada via satellite, IPTV, and cable, as well as more than 1 million mobile devices. Much is a division of Bell Media, which is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Twitter
Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement The shindig to announce a new season of CBC stuff is always a bit fraught. A person attending gets the feeling that the CBC does these events reluctantly. The people in charge would prefer if they were left alone to get on with producing CBC stuff, as though the CBC has a severe allergy to scrutiny.This ain’t unique in the Canadian TV racket. Most executives are hostile to scrutiny. But those executives come and go, and after a few years of buying U.S. programs to fill their schedules, they move on to a role even less taxing.But the CBC is there permanently, looming over everything, and last week’s shindig was more peculiar than usual. It was less about announcing a new season of CBC TV and mentioning some radio achievement than it was about announcing that the CBC is the crucible of Canadian culture. The CBC’s own perception of itself is that in a chaotic, shifting media landscape, the CBC is reliable, trusted and more Canadian than anything or anybody in the country. READ MORE
Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Now in its 28th year, Toronto’s long-running LGBT film festival Inside Out continues to put forth some seriously impressive programming. The lineup for the 2018 edition is finally here, and it’s a major mix of fascinating films.The festival will run from May 24 to June 3 and will offer a great deal of films from across all genres. There are 49 feature films, which you can dig into below, as well as a robust shorts program.“Our programming team has raised the bar again this year in delivering a lineup that truly represents the broad diversity of our LGBTQ communities and histories” said Andria Wilson, executive director of Inside Out. “With new offerings including our Bell Media Festival Lounge, and the expansion of our LGBTQ film financing forum, this year’s festival will offer more opportunities than ever for connection, conversation, and celebration.” Tickets for Inside Out are available here.GALAS AND SPECIAL PRESENTATIONSCLOSING NIGHTHEARTS BEAT LOUD, directed by Brett Haley. (USA) – International Premiere. Frank and Sam are the coolest of father/daughter duos. Frank owns a record store in Brooklyn, Sam is months away from heading off to UCLA pre-med, and every week the two get together for family jam sessions. The only problem? Frank’s store is failing and he finds himself in need of a new career path. When he and Sam write a particularly catchy song during their weekly session, Frank has an idea. They should start a band! As Sam struggles to balance her studies, her budding romance with Rose and her father’s sudden intense interest in creating music together, their relationship begins to crack. And when that catchy song goes viral, they are forced tomake some major life decisions. With Kiersey Clemons, Sasha Lane, Nick Offerman, Ted Danson, Toni ColletteCENTERPIECECANARY (KANARIE), directed by Christaan Olwagen. (South Africa) – World Premiere. Set in South Africa in 1985 against a backdrop of apartheid, religion and war, Canary is a charming musical drama that chronicles one teen’s struggle to find his voice.OPENING NIGHTA KID LIKE JAKE, directed by Silas Howard. (USA) – International Premiere. While preparing applications to private schools for four year-old Jake, Alex and Greg are told to focus on what makes their child unique, which, according to their preschool advisor, Judy, is Jake’s gender-expansive play. When Jake begins acting out in preschool, Alex and Greg must come together to lend support and not lose each other in the process. With Claire Danes, Jim Parsons, Octavia Spencer, Amy Landecker, Ann Dowd, and Priyanka Chopra.WOMEN’S GALAHALF THE PICTURE, directed by Amy Adrion. (USA) – Canadian Premiere. The documentary goes further than merely offering up disappointing statistics. The story told in Amy Adrion’s vital debut feature is one that manages to paint a clear picture of the severity of the damage while instilling hope for the future. Featuring compelling interviews with some of our most prolific female directors, this film takes an inspired look behind the camera and into the careers of your favourite filmmaking women. With Ava DuVernay, Jill Soloway, Gina Prince-Bythewood, Lena Dunham, Jamie Babbitt, Miranda July, Nisha Ganatra, Kimberly Pierce.SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS1985, directed by Yan Tan. (USA) – International Premiere. It’s been three years since Adrian returned from New York City to spend Christmas with his Bible Belt family in Fort Worth, Texas. Hiding behind the guise of a successful life in the Big Apple, he struggles to divulge the truth about his sexuality and his health, before it’s too late. But being honest is proving to be more difficult than he expected. With Jamie Chung, Virginia Madsen, Cory Michael Smith, Michael Chiklis.THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST, directed by Desiree Akhavan. (USA) – Canadian Premiere. Cameron Post is your average teenage girl. But after a prom night mishap in which she is caught in the act with another young woman, Cameron is sent to a facility that seeks to eliminate same-sex attractions. Despite being subjected to discipline and “de-gaying” methods, she finds herself in a new and exciting community. For the first time, Cameron connects with others like her, and finally has a chance to see herself reflected in the world. With Chloe Grace Moretz, Sasha Lane, Forrest Goodluck.PREMIERESL’ANIMALE, directed by Katharina Mueckstein. (Austria) – Canadian Premiere. Mati works part time at her mother’s veterinary clinic, learning the ropes so that she can follow in her footsteps. Outside of work, however, Mati’s mother understands so little about her daughter, forcing graduation dresses on her and questioning Mati’s desire to spend all her free time on her motocross bike with the local boys. When Mati develops feelings for a young woman from town and her mother uncovers a secret that her father has been keeping, the family must decide which is more important: living honestly or doing what is expected of them. With Sophie Stockinger, Kathrin Resetarits, Dominik Warta.FREELANCERS ANONYMOUS, directed by Sonia Sebastian. (USA) – International Premiere. In a moment of drug-induced clarity, Billie quits her job. While searching for a new one she stumbles across a misfit group of unemployed women in a church basement who call themselves “Freelancers Anonymous.” Like Billie, this band of socially awkward ladies want to work but are hopeless at finding jobs– until Billie persuades them to launch an app to reach potential clients. If she could only convince the wedding-obsessed Gayle to support her risky career move, Billie would be all set. With Lisa Cordileone, Alexandra Billings, and Natasha Negovanlis.HARD PAINT (TINTA BRUTA), directed by Filipe Matzembacher and Marcio Reolon. (Brazil) – Canadian Premiere. After noticing a decline in his chatroom income, and following an untimely court appearance, Pedro decides to track down another online performer, Boy25, and accuses him of stealing his act. But Boy25 turns out to be more than a rival, acquainting Pedro with the exuberant, artsy underground of their hometown of Porto Alegre. With Shico Menegat, Bruno Fernandes, Guega Peixoto.HURLEY, directed by Derek Dodge. (USA) – World Premiere. In the world of 1970s car racing, Hurley Haywood was cool, calm and collected. A five-time 24 Hours of Daytona winner, three-time Le Mans winner and TransAm champion, Haywood was a Hollywood archetype: a strikingly handsome man brought up by a good Midwestern family. Yet Haywood was often overshadowed by racing partner and volatile mentor, Peter Gregg–the Batman to his Robin–whose abrupt suicide in 1980 shook the sport to its core. And yet Haywood had secrets of his own. Despite multiple encounters with women, some that included public appearances alongside Penthouse models, he remained elusive about his personal life.MALILA: THE FAREWELL FLOWER, directed by Anucha Boonyawatana. (Thailand) – North American Premiere. When Shane learns that his former lover, Pitch, has been diagnosed with cancer, Shane returns to his old village to be with him. As Pitch devotes his time to Bai Sri, attempting to heal his body and spirit, the two men seek comfort in one another’s arms and remember their trauma in the difficult years apart. In a desperate effort to save Pitch, Shane embarks on a spiritual journey that will cause him to question everything in his life. With Sukollawat Kanarot, Sumret Muengput, Anuchit Sapanpong.NIGHT COMES ON, directed by Jordana Spiro. (USA) – Canadian Premiere. On the eve of her eighteenth birthday, Angel is released from juvenile detention after serving time for unlawful possession of a weapon. She’s thrown back onto the streets with nothing but a few dollars in her pocket, a broken relationship with her girlfriend, and a focused determination to seek revenge on her father for murdering her mother. With Dominique Fishback and Tatum Marilyn Hall.POSTCARDS FROM LONDON, directed by Steve McLean. (United Kingdom) – Canadian Premiere. New to the city, teenage Joe dreams of adventure but is short on cash. He is soon taken under the wings of the Raconteurs, a group of sex workers who believe that knowing the history of gay art is key to their success. Joe learns the ropes but discovers he has an unusual affliction–every time he sees an art masterpiece he is transported inside the work. Could Joe’s condition be a gift, or his downfall? With Harris Dickerson, Leonardo Salerni, Shaun Aylward, Kiera Bell.RETABLO, directed by Alvaro Delgado Aparicio. (Peru) – Canadian Premiere. Newcomer Junior Bejar shines in his portrayal of Seguno Paucar, a young boy learning the craft of artisanal Peruvian story boxes (retablos) under the watchful eye of his father Noé. Although the background of their life is full of beauty–spectacular mountain views, vibrant towns and colourful festivals–the local culture can be extraordinarily unforgiving. Segundo reveres his father but struggles with wanting to follow in his footsteps. With Junior Bejar and Amiel Cayo.SKATE KITCHEN, directed by Crystal Moselle. (USA) – International Premiere. Camille lives on Long Island and spends most of her days skateboarding alone. After a serious injury, Camille’s single mother finds her daughter’s hobby too dangerous and forces her to quit. But the pull is too strong. After discovering the young women of “The Skate Kitchen” on Instagram, Camille heads to New York City, board in hand. She is quickly adopted by the group and, before she knows it, she is living her dream skating and partying with her very own crew. But Camille comes to understand the complexities of the group dynamic when she befriends a boy from a rival group of skaters. With Kabrina Adams, Tom Bruno, Thaddeus Daniels, Jaden Smith.WHAT KEEPS YOU ALIVE, directed by Colin Minihan. (Canada) – Canadian Premiere. On the eve of their one-year wedding anniversary, Jules and Jackie become embroiled in a merciless battle when they find themselves pitted against the most unexpected of adversaries: each other. As violence rains down upon their idyllic forest getaway, the women engage in vicious psychological warfare that will test the limits of their instinct to survive. With Brittany Allen and Hannah Emily Anderson.ICONSANTONIO LOPEZ 1970: SEX, FASHION, & DISCO, directed by James Crump. (USA) – Canadian Premiere. With collaborator Juan Eugene Ramos, Antonio Lopez created ultra-chic fashion illustrations and helped launch the careers of now-iconic women, Grace Jones and Jerry Hall included. Moving through the decadent world of music and fashion, the film immerses us in stunning archival footage and interviews with Lopez’s closest friends and muses. With Jessica Lange, Pat Cleveland, and Karl Lagerfeld.BIXA TRAVESTY, directed by Kiko Goifman and Claudia Priscilla. (Brazil) – Canadian Premiere.Emerging from the favelas of São Paolo, Quebrada is a startlingly original voice who, along with her friend and collaborator, Jup do Bairro, smash gender assumptions and racism with their electrifying live performances. In a series of frank interviews, Quebrada speaks candidly about her experiences as a black trans woman and about her steadfast commitment to self-love. But Quebrada’s vulnerable side is also revealed through intimate archival footage, including home movies that document her recovery from cancer.EVERY ACT OF LIFE, directed by Jeff Kaufman. (USA) – International Premiere. Every Act of Life profiles world-renowned playwright Terrence McNally’s groundbreaking career in theatre and film. McNally’s resumé includes Kiss of the Spider Woman, Master Class and The Full Monty, to name a few, and Every Act of Life chronicles these career triumphs along with professional and personal lows. Whether winning Tony awards, battling addiction, falling in love, or fighting for LGBTQ rights, McNally’s life story shows us the powerful effect that the arts, and artists like him, can have on the world.With Meryl Streep, Angela Lansbury, F. Murray Abraham, Larry Kramer, Nathan Lane, Audra McDonald, Stanley Tucci, Billy Porter, Christine Baranski and more.LARGER THAN LIFE: THE KEVYN AUCOIN STORY, directed by Tiffany Bartok. (USA) – Canadian Premiere. Born in a small Louisiana town, Kevyn Aucoin dreamed big and found his way to New York City. A pioneering makeup artist, Aucoin was renowned in the fashion world for his innovative and trendsetting ideas. Throughout his career, he worked with some of the biggest names in fashion and entertainment, but his rise to the top came at a cost. With Cher, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, and more.SILVANA, directed by Mika Gustafson, Olivia Kastebring, and Christina Tsiobanelis. (Sweden) – Canadian Premiere. Silvana opens at the beginning of self-proclaimed lesbian, feminist, anti-racist, punk rapper Silvana’s career and reveals an artist who has the whole world ahead of her. As the film charts her rise to fame, it also follows her romance with popstar Beatrice Eli from swoon-worthy beginnings to what would become music world domination, one feminist lesbian anthem at a time. As Silvana draws more and more attention, the pressure mounts, and she must work to keep her career and relationship afloat. With Silvana Imam.TO A MORE PERFECT UNION: U.S. V WINDSOR, directed by Donna Zaccaro. (USA) – Canadian Premiere. The great love story of Edith Windsor and Thea Spyer first captivated audiences in the documentary Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement, a recounting of the couple’s long journey toward their 2007 wedding right here in Toronto. Their story, however, was far from over. When Thea passed away in 2009, Edie was faced with a monstrous estate tax bill, the federal government firmly denying benefits to same-sex couples. And so began the fight.SPOTLIGHT ON CANADA – Supported by CBCTHE FRUIT MACHINE, directed by Sarah Fodey. (Canada) – World Premiere. After the Second World War, Canada, and much of the Western world, became preoccupied with national security. Against the backdrop of Cold War paranoia, Canada began investigating federal employees who might be susceptible to blackmail by Soviet spies. Homosexuality, along with drunkenness and adultery, was considered a “character weakness” and became grounds for surveillance and interrogation by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police under the directive of the newly established Security Panel. Over the course of four decades, thousands of men and women had their privacy invaded and their careers ruined.LOVE, SCOTT, directed by Laura Marie Wayne. (Canada). Love, Scott follows the life of Wayne’s friend, openly gay musician Scott Jones, three years after he was the victim of an attack outside of a club in Pictou County, Nova Scotia. Now paralyzed from the waist down, Jones’s curiosity, charm and sense of humour remain intact, as do the family and community that surround him. While this documentary addresses small-town homophobia and the failings of the justice system (the assailant was never charged with a hate crime), Jones’s incredible resilience is very much the heart of the film.M/M, directed by Drew Lint. (Canada/Germany) – Canadian Premiere. Matthew is a young Montrealer who has recently moved to Berlin. He longs to make a fresh start but living in a strange new city leaves him feeling isolated and withdrawn. Things begin to change, however, when he meets Matthias. Charismatic, striking and sexy, Matthias is everything Matthew wants to be, and soon Matthew’s interest escalates from infatuation to obsession. He shaves his head, buys look-alike clothes and stalks Matthias through the streets of Berlin. After a motorbike accident lands Matthias in intensive care, Matthew seizes the opportunity to assume Matthias’ identity. In a bid for dominance, their shared power struggle careens between brutal passion and violence. With Nicolas Maxim Endlicher, Antoine Lahaie.OCTAVIO IS DEAD, directed and screenplay written by Soon-Yin Lee. (Canada) – World Premiere. Tyler is unemployed and unsettled after learning that her father, a man she’s never met, has died and left her everything, including an apartment cluttered with the detritus of a complicated life. Her mother Joan, played by the legendary Rosanna Arquette, doesn’t even want to talk about it. Impulsively deciding to explore her father’s stomping grounds before the apartment is sold, Tyler’s curiosity about her father slowly evolves into a sensual exploration of her own identity and desires. With Sarah Gadon and Dimitris Kitsos.INTERNATIONAL SHOWCASE A MOMENT IN THE REEDS (Tämä hetki kaislikossa), directed by Mikko Makela. (Finland) – Canadian Premiere. Leevi revisits his hometown in Finland to help renovate the family’s lake house. He is accompanied by Tareq, a lonesome Syrian refugee who is employed by Leevi’s father. By way of handy labour and broken language, Leevi and Tareq’s affections begin to grow. When Leevi’s father is called away on business, the young men’s connection deepens and they discover a shared need to distance themselves from their families in order to live openly. With Janne Puustinen, Boodi Kabbani, and Mika Melender.ALASKA IS A DRAG, directed by Shaz Bennett. (USA) – Canadian Premiere. After being discovered and recruited by a boxing coach, outsider Leo sees an opportunity to break free from the small-town burden of fish canning and getting beaten up by bullies –not to mention the potential of impressing the cute new boy in town, Declan. With the help of his resilient sister Tristen, Leo sets out to pack a good punch, keeping sight of his real dream: drag superstardom.With Martin L. Washington Jr., Matt Dallas, and Maya Washington.ANCHOR AND HOPE, directed by Carlos Marques-Marcet. (Spain / UK) – Canadian Premiere. Eva and Kat live a humble, carefree life aboard their London canal houseboat, just as Kat had always envisioned. But after the death of their beloved pet cat, Eva realizes she wants more: she wants to start a family. Kat is apprehensive about such a huge change, but when her best friend, Roger, drops in from Barcelona to party with the ladies, the trio drunkenly toys around with the idea of making a baby together. Forced into a corner, Kat succumbs to the plan and, before she knows it, she’s on a path to full-blown adulthood. As Eva enjoys her pregnancy and Roger fantasizes about his new role, Kat begins to feel further and further away from both Eva and Roger and the life that she wanted. Can her relationship with Kat survive their feuding to become a realized dream? With Oona Chaplin and Natalia Tena.CALL HER GANDA, directed by PJ Raval. (USA). In 2014, Jennifer Laude was murdered by an American marine. This senseless crime revealed the day-today dangers that trans women face in the Philippines, compounded by American imperialism. The Visiting Forces Agreement made prosecution of her killer difficult. Three women–trans activist and journalist Meredith Talusan, lawyer Virgie Suarez, and Jennifer’s mother Julita–search for answers while fighting and seeking justice for Jennifer.DADDY ISSUES, directed by Amara Cash. (USA) – Canadian Premiere. Maya spends her days escaping into her drawings and social media, where she cyberstalks the enigmatic Jasmine. Jasmine is an aspiring designer in an emotionally charged, co-dependent relationship with neurotic sugar daddy, Simon. When Maya and Jasmine’s paths finally cross, the two embark on a romantic relationship that provides Maya her dream of first love and Jasmine the inspiration she needs to jump start her career. A bizarre love triangle soon emerges, however, and we learn that Maya and Simon have more in common than merely their love for Jasmine. With Madison Lawlor, Montana Manning, and Andrew Pifko.THE DEVIL’S MAGNIFICENT (EL DIABLO ES MAGNIFICO), directed by Nicolas Videla.. (Chile / France) – Canadian Premiere. Piloting the occasionally hostile Parisian streets, dancing through traffic, or ruminating on the necessity of mascara or the travails of sex, Manu is a genuine eccentric. Dressed in a fur coat and sunglasses, and with a whole lot of sass, she navigates former and potential lovers with grace and wisdom beyond her years. With Manu Guevera, Daniel Larrieu, and Vicktor Philip.EVENING SHADOWS (SURMAEE SHAAM), directed by Sridhar Rangayan. (India) – Canadian Premiere. Kartik is a photographer living a contented life with his boyfriend in Mumbai, far from the prying eyes of his religious family. Upon returning to his conservative hometown in South India, he is shocked to discover that his overbearing father has arranged to marry him off to a childhood friend, Neela. Feeling tremendous pressure from his family, Kartik impulsively comes out to his mother, the only person who has ever really attempted to understand him. His decision presents serious ramifications that could not only destroy his relationship with his parents, but also threaten his safety and well-being. With Mona Ambegaonkar, Faredoon Dodo Bhujwala, and Arpit Chaudhary.FISH BONES, directed Joanne Mony Park. (USA) – Canadian Premiere. Hana is stuck between two worlds. She tends to her ailing mother and helps her brother at the family restaurant, but she also wants to focus on her modelling career. Her priorities are challenged even further when she meets and falls for Nico. Straddling emotions, family, and career expectations, Hana must decide what is truly best for her future.With Joony Kim and Cris Gris.GENDERBENDE, directed by Sophia Dros. (Netherlands) – Canadian Premiere. The film profiles five young people in the Netherlands who identify as non-binary or genderqueer. They discuss important issues in their lives such as which bathroom to use, whether to take hormones, and how to accurately reflect their identity on dating apps where male or female are the only gender options. We witness their daily struggles as these young people are constantly besieged by curious strangers.GRIMSEY, directed and screenplay written by Richard Garcia and Raul Portero. (Spain) – North American Premiere. After his breakup with Bruno, Norberto decides to leave everything behind and disappear to Iceland. Bruno, however, won’t give up on their relationship and he travels to Reykjavik on a mission to find his ex. Following his arrival, Bruno meets Arnau, a fellow Spaniard who is working as a tour guide. The pair set off on a journey that will take them around the country and ultimately to the remote island of Grimsey. With Richard Garcia, Fanny Gautier, and Helga Thury Ingvarsdottir.HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS AT PARTIES, directed by John Cameron Mitchell. (USA) – Toronto Premiere. Set in the London suburb of Croydon during the Silver Jubilee year of 1977, fanzine editor Enn meets Zan, a mesmerizing member of an alien cult who has taken human form to complete a mission on planet Earth. It’s love at first stare, and soon Enn and Zan are embarking on a misadventure to learn the basics of punk and how to succeed in anarchy without really trying. With Elle Fanning and Nicole Kidman, and Ruth WilsonLEZ BOMB, directed by Jenna Laurenzo. (USA) – International Premiere. Lauren decides to take the plunge and come out to her family at Thanksgiving dinner. But when her roommate Austin shows up, the family assumes he is her boyfriend and what follows is a downward spiral into madness. As more and more family members arrive it seems less and less likely that Lauren will find her voice. Will she ever be able to come out to her parents? Will her brother stop hitting on her girlfriend? Will her uncle burn down the house with his secret pot smoking? When it comes to a family gathering, anything is possible. With Jenna Laurenzo, Brandon Michael Hall, Cloris Leachman, Bruce Dern, Steve Guttenberg, Kevin Pollack, and Elaine Hendrix.MAN MADE, directed by T. Cooper. (USA) – Canadian Premiere. Man Made follows four men who are training for Trans Fit Con, the only all-transgender bodybuilding competition in the world. The strength on display, however, transcends the physical: Rese is a young father struggling with periods of homelessness; Dominic seeks out his family of origin; Kennie admits to himself and to his loved ones who he is for the first time, and Mason, a loving husband who struggles with mental illness, works continuously to be the man he’s always wanted to be, inside and out.MARIO, directed by Marcel Gisler. (Switzerland) – Canadian Premiere. For every Gus Kenworthy coming out story, far more closeted athletes struggle between living an authentic life or remaining closeted for the sake of succeeding in professional sport. Enter Mario, star player and captain of his football team. Mario’s sights are set on being promoted to the main squad, but his game is thrown off course when handsome new striker Leon joins the team. With what initially feels like a budding coming-of-age locker room romance, Mario comes out of left field in this poignant, timely story that focuses instead on the claustrophobic panic felt among LGBTQ players who are pressured to hide their sexuality. With Max Hubacher, Aaron Altaras, and Jessy Moravec.MONTANA, directed and screenplay written by Limor Shmila. (Israel) Following the death of her grandfather, Efi returns to her hometown for the first time in years. The visit results in a chance meeting with Karen, a married friend of the family, that soon blossoms into romance. With the good comes the bad, as being home also forces Efi to confront the childhood secrets she once ran from. When she discovers that these secrets also affect Karen’s family, Efi must be willing to put her own happiness aside and do what is right. With Noa Biron, Avi Malka, and Hai Maor.MR. GAY SYRIA, directed by Ayse Toprak (Turkey/France/Germany) – Canadian Premiere. Mr. Gay Syria follows two Syrian refugees trying to rebuild their lives and create the largest platform possible to shed light on the refugee crisis and how it effects the LGBTQ community. With roadblocks at every corner, we witness the struggle for one gay Syrian vying for the title of Mr. Gay World in order to live freely.MY LIFE WITH JAMES DEAN (MA VIE AVEC JAMES DEAN), directed by Dominique Choisy (France) – Canadian Premiere. When soft-spoken film director Géraud Champreux (Johnny Rasse) arrives on France’s picturesque Normandy coast for screenings of his latest arthouse movie, there’s nobody there to greet him. But he somehow manages to attract a motley crew of locals who bring their own drama along on his little tour.PATERNAL RITES, directed by Jules Rosskam (USA) – Canadian Premiere. Some actions can never be forgiven, while other inactions are equally unforgivable. Paternal Rites, a searing, personal experimental film by filmmaker Jules Rosskam, sensitively examines how histories of abuse can haunt a family long after the perpetrator has died. Paternal Rites is a thoughtful, nuanced examination of the aftermath of abuse.THE REST I MAKE UP (Sneak Preview), directed by Michelle Memran (USA) – World Premiere. A chance encounter between two creative women results in a fruitful collaboration. The Rest I Make Up is a fascinating film about a unique playwright and the disease that threatens to silence her. The Rest I Make Up is a loving portrait of a creative woman who remains vibrant, funny, and alive in the face of disappearing memories.THEY, directed by Anahita Ghazvinizadeh (USA/Qatar) – Toronto Premiere. Sometimes the decisions we make when we are young are meaningless and will have no effect on our lives as adults. But sometimes these decisions mean everything. They is a groundbreaking film that takes a penetrating look at one teenager who is at a very significant fork in the road. Executive-produced by Jane Campion, Anahita Ghazvinizadeh’s feature debut is a beautiful and intimate examination of one young person’s path to living authentically.TODAY MATCH AT 3 (HOY PARTIDO A LAS 3), directed by Clarisa Navas (Argentina/Paraguay) – Canadian Premiere. We celebrate any film that features one or two strong and nuanced queer female characters, and Today Match at 3 features a whole team’s worth. Today Match at 3 is especially appealing for anyone who has ever participated in organized sports. But what makes this film shine is its naturalistic, fully developed portrayal of a diverse collection of energetic queer women.WHITE RABBIT, directed by Daryl Wein (USA) – Canadian Premiere. White Rabbit stands out as intersectional feminist gold in a time where we are encouraged to identify and point out social inequalities. Daryl Wein (Breaking Upwards, Lola Versus) invites us to experience what moved him so deeply upon first discovering Bang and her performance art: we are confronted with the harshness of institutional racism and our gut responses to such injustice.YOURS IN SISTERHOOD, directed by Irene Lusztig (USA). Between 1972 and 1980, at the height of its popularity, Ms. Magazine was being read by women from all walks of life, thousands having written letters to the publication expressing both gratitude and annoyance at the magazine’s take on feminist issues. Director Lusztig calls Yours in Sisterhood as much a study in “unfinished business” in the work of feminism as it is a cinematic love letter to the powerful resolve of women whose voices are finally being heard.By Josiah Hughes
Advertisement Facebook As the house lights came on and the cocktails came out at the end of the 2018 Media Innovation Awards (MIAs) ceremony, some guests may have considered taking the train home.It helped that the night was capped with Via Rail taking home Best of Show at the gala for its ongoing “Data vs. Car” campaign. The campaign, spearheaded by media agency Touche, targeted travelers before, during and after their journey using a mix of OOH and mobile/digital ads to remind them that taking the train is often more convenient and safer than cars. As he held the company’s award and thanked the jury, Simon Parent, senior manager of marketing and optimization at Via Rail, smiled and encouraged the crowd to take the train more often.In total, 33 gold trophies, 34 silvers and 32 bronzes were awarded across 39 categories. Gold winners are listed below, while the full winners’ list will be available on the MIAs website. Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement The most Golds (10) went to Touche, which also saw its president Karine Courtemanche take home the Media Agency Leader of the Year trophy. For Gold wins, IPG shop Initiative wasn’t far behind with a total of seven.Another big winner for the night was Jungle Media’s director of planning, Janet, Xi, who was the second winner of Media in Canada and strategy‘s New Establishment: Media award.Products and ServicesEntertainment“The Luckiest Campaign Ever.” Client: Loto-Quebec. Agencies: Sid Lee & Sid Lee MediaPublic Service“Destination Pride.” Client: PLAG Canada. Agencies: FCB/Six & InitiativeDurable Goods“Our True Colours.” Client: PPG (Sico). Agency: PHD CanadaAutomotive“Common Ground.” Client: Harley-Davidson Canada. Agencies: Zulu Alpha Kilo & Initiative.Consumer Goods“The App that Made Milk Cartons Sing!” Client: Quebec Milk Producers. Agencies: Touche & Lg2Retail“Your Everyday Coach.” Client: Sports Experts. Agency: Touche!Best Use of MediaBest in Video“Play Less Nice.” Client: Nike. Agencies: Jungle Media & AnomalyBest in Out-of-Home/Ambient/Place-Based Media – Budget Over $100,000“Our True Colours.” Client: PPG (Sico). Agency: PHD CanadaBest in Out-of-Home/Ambient/Place-Based Media – Budget Under $100,000“Reskinning Queen St. West.” Client: Consonant Skincare. Agencies: Zulu Alpha KiloBest Integrated Campaign – Budget Over $250,000“VS: All In.” Client: SickKids Foundation. Agencies: Cossette & OMD.Best Use of DigitalBest in Websites and Microsites“Exploring Ancient Egypt.” Client: Ubisoft Canada (Assassin’s Creed). Agency: Bleublancrouge.“Destination Pride.” Client: PLAG Canada. Agencies: FCB/Six & Initiative.Best in Augmented/Virtual Reality“The App that Made Milk Cartons Sing!” Client: Quebec Milk Producers. Agencies: Touche & Lg2Best in Social Media“Spout.” Client: Post Consumer Brands (Sugar Crisp). Agencies: Ogilvy & Spark Foundry.Best in Location-Based Marketing“Dats Vs. Car.” Client: Via Rail. Agency: Touche!Best in Mobile“The App that Made Milk Cartons Sing!” Client: Quebec Milk Producers. Agencies: Touche & Lg2Best in Data-Driven Marketing“Destination Pride.” Client: PLAG Canada. Agencies: FCB/Six & Initiative.“Dats Vs. Car.” Client: Via Rail. Agency: Touche!Best in Search“Dynamic Inventory Ads.” Client: Mercedes-Benz Toronto Retail Group. Agency: OMD Canada.Best Use of Technology“Your Everyday Coach.” Client: Sports Experts. Agency: Touche!Best Use of Display/Video“Halloween Banner Curse.” Client: Constellation Brands (Svedka). Agency: Bensimon ByrneBest Use of ContentBest in Consumer Engagement“Spout.” Client: Post Consumer Brands (Sugar Crisp). Agencies: Ogilvy & Spark Foundry.“The App that Made Milk Cartons Sing!” Client: Quebec Milk Producers. Agencies: Touche & Lg2Best in Brand Integration“Common Ground.” Client: Harley-Davidson Canada. Agencies: Zulu Alpha Kilo & Initiative.Best Use of Branded Content“Common Ground.” Client: Harley-Davidson Canada. Agencies: Zulu Alpha Kilo & Initiative.Niche MarketingBest in Niche Targeting“Destination Pride.” Client: PLAG Canada. Agencies: FCB/Six & Initiative.Best in Youth Marketing“Spout.” Client: Post Consumer Brands (Sugar Crisp). Agencies: Ogilvy & Spark Foundry.Best Media InsightsDisruption“The App that Made Milk Cartons Sing!” Client: Quebec Milk Producers. Agencies: Touche & Lg2Launch/Relaunch“Your Everyday Coach.” Client: Sports Experts. Agency: ToucheBest New Metrics“Sell MOre Cars with Predictive Modelling.” Client: Honda Canada. Agency: PHD Canada
In Toronto, the “most wonderful time of the year” means utter chaos at the Eaton Centre and exceptionably long lines for mulled wine at the Distillery Christmas Market. But there’s plenty of festive cheer to be had, too. Here’s how some of Toronto’s notables are getting into the holiday spirit.Drake dressed like Don Corleone with an entourage of nutcrackers:Jessica Mulroney had a driveway campfire: Advertisement Advertisement The Schitt’s Creek cast got glitzed up:Actor Kiefer Sutherland picked out an unconventional tree-topper:Celebrity chef Matty Matheson made a festive guest appearance on This Hour has 22 Minutes:Canadian model Winnie Harlow is staying warm with hot chocolate:Canadian singer Tanya Tagaq decked her halls:Photographer Caitlin Cronenberg re-watched Macaulay Culkin outsmart Christmas thieves:NKPR president Natasha Koifman has one of the best Christmas trees on the ‘gram:Real House Wives of Toronto’s Grego Minot braved the lines at the Distillery District with her husband, Pierre Minot:And so did Hailey Bieber:TV host Sangita Patel put up her towering tree:The Beckerman twins got festive and hit up Soho House:Burstyn Inc. co-founder Amy Burstyn Fritz skipped the mall and took her family to see Santa at King West’s Serpentine Pavilion:Pomp & Circumstance co-founder Amanda Alvaro hosted her annual holiday baking party. Guests, including TV personality Tanya Kim, The Social’s Erica Wark, and MP Mary Ng, decorated 240 cookies to send to Covenant House Toronto.Jeanne Beker celebrated Hanukkah with an intricate menorah:The Social’s Host Melissa Grelo opted for an early celebration with her family:Real Housewife Joan Kelley Walker didn’t skimp out on the Christmas trees. (Why have one when you can have eight?):ET Canada’s Shayne Stevens got cozy with Toronto’s Fashion Santa:Michele Romanow got glam for a holiday special of CBC’s Dragons’ Den.eTalk Host Chloe Wilde put the final touches on her sparkly tree:BY JEN KIRSCH | TORONTO LIFE LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Drake (Photo courtesy of Instagram) Twitter Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With:
Twitter The event is sure to be an emotional tribute to a beloved musician and friend.The free show will take place in Burlington, but the band will also livestream on their official Facebook page.“Mike loved our fans so much. We want to honour him and his legacy by continuing our world tour to bring the spirit of this memorial to our fans across the globe,” the band said in a statement on Monday.Members of Barenaked Ladies, Monster Truck, USS, Darenots, Saint Alvia and Scott Helman will also join Walk Off The Earth on stage.The Canadian band gained popularity online performing covers and original songs using unique instruments.By COREY ATAD | ET CANADA Advertisement The late Mike “Beard Guy” Taylor of Walk Off The Earth (Photo: Mairo Cinquetti/NurPhoto) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement The band Walk Off the Earth is finding a way to pay tribute to their late band member.The group recently announced the tragic news that Mike “Beard Guy” Taylor had passed away.After an outpouring of condolences and support from fans, WOTE has announced a special event they’re holding in Taylor’s honour on Sunday, Jan. 13 in Burlington, Ont.❤️ pic.twitter.com/tEb8I10fBh— Walk off the Earth (@WalkOffTheEarth) January 4, 2019 Facebook Login/Register With:
APTN National NewsNunavut legislators are demanding a public inquiry into the territory’s housing corporation.MLA’s are calling for an inquiry to get to the bottom of the housing corporation, which has found itself $100 million in the red.The Nunavut government, however, is resisting the call.APTN National News reporter Kent Driscoll has more on this escalating political battle that could topple the premier.