The stars were out in force to celebrate Broadway’s Biggest Night at The Actors Fund’s 20th Anniversary Tony Awards Viewing Party, held Sunday night at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.Florence Henderson Honored At The Actors Fund’s 20th Anniversary Tony Awards Viewing PartyCredit/Copyright: Nina Prommer/The Actors FundThe benefit raised over $200,000. This year’s gala was hosted by ABC7 Eyewitness News entertainment reporter George Pennacchio, and featured a special performance by Tony Award nominated actress Sheryl Lee Ralph, as well as presentations of the Nedda Harrigan Logan Award to longtime Tony Party event co-chairs, Trustee Jomarie Ward and Western Council Chair John Holly, and the Julie Harris Award for Artistic Achievement to Broadway and television star Florence Henderson.The evening’s program featured red carpet arrivals, cocktails, silent auction, dinner, and the live telecast of the Tony Awards. Special thanks to presenting sponsor Writers Guild of America, West and sponsors United Airlines, US Bank, SAG-AFTRA, Actors’ Equity Association, DIRECTV, Screen Engine, The Nederlander Organization, Masque Sound and Flourishing Art.
Internationally acclaimed GRAMMY Award-winning musicians Alabama Shakes and Ben Harper will join the extraordinary line-up for the Tibet House US 30th Anniversary Benefit Concert Celebrating Philip Glass’s 80th Birthday on March 16th at Carnegie Hall in New York City.Chart-topping band Alabama Shakes will grace the Tibet House US Benefit Concert for the first time with their ground-shaking brand of rock ‘n’ roll. Their celebrated 2012 album Boys & Girls and latest album Sound & Color have earned the band multiple GRAMMY Awards, critical praise, chart-topping success and countless accolades.Musician, songwriter, guitarist, producer and activist Ben Harper will light up this special evening with his world-class musicianship and signature blend of blues, folk, soul, reggae and rock which draws throngs of fans to his live shows all around the globe. Ben is currently touring the world with his original band, The Innocent Criminals, supporting their latest release, Call It What It Is.Artistic director and curator Philip Glass will also be joined by Laurie Anderson, Iggy Pop, New Order’s Bernard Sumner, Phil Cunningham, and Tom Chapman, Patti Smith and her Band, Sufjan Stevens, Tenzin Choegyal and Jesse Paris Smith, Scorchio Quartet, Lavinia Meijer and more.In addition to celebrating Glass’s 80th birthday, the evening will also honor 30 years of Tibet House US. It’s sure to be another jam-packed show full of amazing music and one-night-only collaborations in what has been a series of unforgettable concerts spanning three decades. Proceeds support the work of Tibet House US, a non-profit educational institution and cultural embassy founded in 1987 at the request of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to ensure the survival of the unique Tibetan civilization. Uma Thurman, Chuck Close, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard and Arden Wohl are Honorary Chairpersons.TICKET INFO:Tickets for the concert are on sale now ($35-$200) – visit www.carnegiehall.org to purchase, or call Carnegie Charge at 212.247.7800, or visit the Carnegie Hall Box Office (57th Street and Seventh Avenue). Also available now are special gala packages starting at $500 that include prime concert tickets and an elegant dinner reception with the performers and a who’s who of New York City society. To purchase these packages, visit www.tibethouse.us or call Tibet House US at 212.807.0563.
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Bell Canada, Bell Mobility, Cogeco, Eastlink, MTS, Rogers Communications, SaskTel, Shaw, Telus and Videotron must each submit a detailed report, no later than six months for the date of the decision, concerning their respective plans to invest in the ongoing accessibility of telecommunications services. Fixed broadband Internet access service, as set out in the decision, should be available in 90% of Canadian homes and businesses by the end of 2021 and in the remaining 10% within 10-15 years. New funding mechanism Guiding principlesThe new funding mechanism will focus on underserved areas in Canada.1The CRTC will attempt to align this new funding mechanism with the broader ecosystem of current and future funding and investment.To the greatest extent possible, the funding mechanism will be managed at arm’s length from the CRTC, based on objective criteria, and administered in a manner that is transparent, fair and efficient.Fund designGeneralA competitive process will be used to distribute funds to successful applicants under the new funding mechanism.Applicants will be able to submit funding proposals to build or upgrade access and transport infrastructure for fixed and mobile wireless broadband Internet access serviceGovernment funding and private sector investmentApplicants requesting funding will be required to secure a minimum level of financial support from a government entity.2Applicants will be required to provide a minimum amount of investment for their project.The amount of funding from public and private sources cannot be nominal and must be commensurate with the nature of the project.In the assessment stage, more weight will be given to applications with higher amounts of government funding and private investment in their projects.Amount of fundingThe current local voice subsidy will now be transitioned to the new funding mechanism.The first five years of funding (amounts will be reviewed after three years) will be no more than the following:Year 1: $100 millionYear 2: $125 millionYear 3: $150 millionYear 4: $175 millionYear 5: $200 million Canadians should have access to the latest generally deployed mobile wireless technology (currently LTE). This technology should be available in Canada not only in homes and businesses, but on major transportation roads. Measurement of success Data allowance Universal service objective Backgrounders Summary of key decision points A follow-up proceeding will be initiated in early 2017 to examine these preliminary views as well as other matters related to the new funding mechanism._________________________1 An underserved area is defined as an area that does not meet the criteria used to measure achievement of the Commission’s new universal service objective.2 “Government entity” includes federal, provincial, regional and municipal entities, Aboriginal governments, community entities, and non-profit organizations. Criteria for the universal service objective New funding for broadband projectsThe CRTC is establishing a fund to support projects in areas that do not meet these targets. Applicants will be able to submit funding proposals in order to build or upgrade infrastructure for fixed and mobile broadband Internet access services. The fund will:make available up to $750 million over the first five years;be complementary to existing and future private investment and public funding;focus on underserved areas; andbe managed at arm’s length by a third party.Accessibility and tools for consumersThe CRTC wants Canadians to have access to the tools and services they need to empower themselves regarding fixed Internet access services. No later than six months from today, service providers should ensure that contracts are written in clear and plain language, and should make available online tools so consumers can easily manage their data usage.Also, all wireless service providers will have to offer and publicize, no later than six months from today, mobile service packages that meet the needs of Canadians with disabilities.The path forward for Canada’s digital economyDuring its consultations with Canadians, the CRTC also identified further gaps regarding the adoption of broadband Internet services in Canada that are outside its core mandate. Today, the CRTC is submitting a report to the Innovation Agenda, as encouraged by the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, on the availability and adoption of broadband Internet services in Canada. This report includes information on access gaps resulting from infrastructure, affordability and digital literacy issues, as well as barriers to connectivity in Indigenous communities.The decision issued today complements the Government of Canada’s Innovation Agenda. Looking ahead, the CRTC will contribute in ways appropriate to its mandate. However, all stakeholders have a role to play to ensure that broadband Internet service is universally available and barriers to adoption are removed.Quick FactsBroadband Internet access services are necessary to the quality of life for Canadians and empowers them as citizens, creators and consumers.While most are well-served, many Canadians, particularly those in rural and remote communities, do not have access to broadband Internet access services that are comparable to those offered to the vast majority of Canadians in terms of speed, capacity, quality and price.Broadband Internet services would allow more Canadian entrepreneurs to easily access crucial information relating to international markets and create more business opportunities across Canada.In 2015, 82% of Canadians had access to speeds of 50 Mbps download/10 Mbps upload for fixed broadband services.The CRTC is shifting its regulatory focus from wireline voice to broadband services.Currently there is a subsidy for residential local voice services in rural and remote areas that amounted to approximately $100 million in 2016.The current local voice subsidy will now be transitioned to the new funding mechanism announced today (for projects that meet the new targets).Further to a broad consultation, more than 50,000 Canadians provided their views on the telecommunications services they need to participate in the digital economy.Quote“Access to broadband Internet service is vital and a basic telecommunication service all Canadians are entitled to receive. Canadians who participated during our process told us that no matter where they live or work in our vast country—whether in a small town in northern Yukon, a rural area of eastern Quebec or in downtown Calgary—everyone needs access to high-quality fixed Internet and mobile services. We are doing our part to bring broadband services to rural and remote communities.The availability of broadband Internet, however, is an issue that can’t be solved by the CRTC alone. All players in the Canadian communications landscape will need to do their part to ensure Canadians have access to the services they need to participate in the digital economy.All levels of government must address gaps in digital literacy. Affordability concerns are best addressed by the emergence of a dynamic market place where service providers compete on price for telecommunication services, in conjunction with social responsibility programs of telecommunications carriers and different levels of government.High quality and reliable digital connectivity is essential for the quality of life of Canadians and Canada’s economic prosperity.”– Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairman and CEO, CRTC The new funding mechanism will involve two main functions: project management and accounting.Third-party administrator(s) will carry out these functions.A fairness monitor will be appointed to observe the competitive process.An audit committee will be established to verify the accounting function.CRTC will retain oversight and will approve the projects to be funded. Advertisement Consumer empowerment regarding broadband Internet access services Login/Register With: Canadian home and business subscribers of fixed broadband Internet access services can access speeds of at least 50 Mbps download and 10 Mbps upload. These speeds are to be the actual speeds delivered, not merely those advertised. All providers of retail fixed broadband Internet access services must notify residential and small business customers who have incurred overage charges of where they can find information about:(i) the account management tools offered,(ii) the data usage associated with common online activities, and(iii) alternative plans that may better suit the customer’s needs. Customers should be able to opt out of these notifications at any time. Such notifications must be provided each month in which a customer incurs data overage charges, unless the customer opts out of receiving such notifications. Canadians, in urban areas as well as in rural and remote areas, have access to voice and broadband Internet access services, on both fixed and mobile wireless networks. Follow-up proceedingThe CRTC has set out preliminary views on the following aspects of the new funding mechanism: Speeds Levels for latency, jitter, and packet loss will be established to assess high quality for fixed broadband Internet access service. The CRTC wants Canadians to have access to an unlimited data plan option and speeds of at least 50 Mbps download and 10 Mbps upload The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today declared that broadband access Internet service is now considered a basic telecommunications service for all Canadians. The CRTC is also setting ambitious new speed targets and creating a new fund that will invest up to $750 million over and above existing government programs.Broadband and mobile servicesFurther to its legislative mandate, the CRTC has set the following targets for the basic telecommunications services that Canadians need to participate in the digital economy:speeds of 50 megabits per second (Mbps) download/10 Mbps upload for fixed broadband Internet access services.an unlimited data option for fixed broadband access services.the latest mobile wireless technology available not only in homes and businesses, but also along major Canadian roads. Fixed broadband service Within six months of the date of this decision, all Internet service providers that provide retail fixed broadband Internet access service are expected:(i) to ensure that contracts and related documents clearly explain, to all customers;the services included in the contract, any limits on the use of those services that could trigger overage charges, the minimum monthly charge for services included in the contract, information on where customers can find information on rates for overage charges, and whether or not there is a maximum data overage charge that might be incurred in a monthly billing cycle, and if so, the amount of that maximum charge. (ii) to provide account management tools that enable customers to monitor their data usage; and(iii) to provide plain-language information on the data usage associated with common online activities. The above-noted information and tools should also be accessible to customers with disabilities. Policy regarding modern telecommunications services for Canada’s digital economy Advertisement Mobile wireless broadband service Availability and awareness Modifications to current regulatory measures for local voice services All wireless service providers must offer and publicize, no later than six months from the date of this decision, mobile service packages that meet the needs of Canadians with disabilities who tend to rely more on data services than voice services. These packages must ensure access to 9-1-1 service, and be based on consultations with Canadians with disabilities. Current and future initiatives Quality of service Advertisement Eligibility and assessment criteria.Responsibilities of the CRTC and the third-party administrator(s) for the project-management and accounting functions. Fixed broadband Internet service criteria Facebook Accessibility Mobile wireless and fixed broadband Internet access services are key components of this new objective. In addition, Canadians living in rural and remote areas should have a level of broadband Internet access services similar to those available in urban areas. Canadians should have access to fixed broadband Internet access service offerings that meet certain levels of speed, data allowance and quality of service. Specific values and parameters for these characteristics are discussed below. Local service subsidy Awareness and notification Canadian home and business customers can subscribe to fixed broadband Internet access services that include the option to have an unlimited data allowance. The local service subsidy will be phased out. A follow-up proceeding will be launched in early 2017 to examine how it should be phased out. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment For the first five years, up to 10% of annual funding will be allocated to satellite-dependent communities to cover operational costs and certain related capital costs.Governance and accountability All wireless service providers’ websites are expected to meet the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines by June 1, 2017. Twitter
Twitter CBC and its production partners took home 49 awards, more than any other broadcaster, during The Academy of Canadian Film & Television’s Canadian Screen Award week, which spanned four award galas honouring excellence in scripted, unscripted, documentary, news, sports and digital programming. CBC received 40 awards at galas held earlier in the week and nine awards during the broadcast gala, which aired live on CBC on Sunday, March 12, including wins for CBC SPORTS, FIRSTHAND – GUANTANAMO’S CHILD: OMAR KHADR, KIM’S CONVENIENCE, MURDOCH MYSTERIES, SCHITT’S CREEK and THE TRAGICALLY HIP: A NATIONAL CELEBRATION.“These awards are a testament to the quality of CBC’s distinctly Canadian content, which informs and entertains while reflecting our country’s rich diversity of voices and experiences,” said Heather Conway, Executive Vice-President, English Services, CBC. “As Canada’s public broadcaster, we are proud to be at the very heart of this nation’s cultural ecosystem, nurturing and investing in Canadian creators and artists. Congratulations to all nominees and winners. CBC celebrates your passion, dedication and commitment to telling Canadian stories.”CBC’s Canadian Screen Award highlights:CBC’s scripted programming won a total of 16 awards including multiple wins for hit comedy series BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW, KIM’S CONVENIENCE and SCHITT’S CREEK. MURDOCH MYSTERIES won five awards including the Golden Screen Award for Canada’s Most-Watched TV Drama or Comedy. Best Direction in a Variety or Sketch Comedy Program or SeriesDavid Russell CBC’s 2017 CANADIAN SCREEN AWARD WINS – 49 TOTAL:* Broadcast gala award wins on Sunday, March 12, 2017 CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON:CBC, Media Headquarters Best Live Sports EventRio 2016Trevor Pilling, Chris Irwin, Paul McDougall, Mike Dodson, Don Peppin, Karen Sebesta-30- THE TRAGICALLY HIP: A NATIONAL CELEBRATION (6):CBC, Insight Production Company Ltd. Best Original Music for a Non-Fiction Program or SeriesMark Korven Best Host in a Lifestyle, Talk or Entertainment News Program or SeriesJonny Harris THE NATURE OF THINGS (2): Best Variety or Sketch Comedy Program or SeriesCarolyn Taylor, Meredith MacNeill, Aurora Browne, Jennifer Whalen, Jamie Brown Best TV Movie or Limited SeriesChristina Jennings, Scott Garvie, Peter Mitchell, Yannick Bisson, Julie Lacey, Stephen Montgomery Best Direction in a Program or Series Produced for Digital MediaMorgan Waters, Brooks Gray Best National NewscastMark Harrison, Peter Mansbridge, Fred Parker, Derek Desouza, Heather McLennan LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Limited SeriesBen Carlson Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role or Guest Role in a Comedic SeriesKim’s Convenience: Janet’s Photos / Ddong ChimAndrew Phung 2016 CANADIAN SCREEN AWARDS:CBC, Frank ContentBest Host in a Variety or Reality/Competition Program or Series*Norm Macdonald Best Direction in a Dramatic Program or Limited SeriesMichael McGowan Best Picture Editing in a Comedy Program or SeriesKim’s Convenience: Gay DiscountKye Meechan Best Writing in a Factual Program or SeriesStill Standing: VanastraJonny Harris, Fraser Young, Steve Dylan UNCLAIMED:CBC, Full Flood ProductionsBest Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Limited SeriesElle-Máijá Tailfeathers THE TAMING OF THE SHREW (2):CBC, Melbar Entertainment Group Advertisement Golden Screen Award for Most-Watched TV Drama or Comedy *Christina Jennings, Scott Garvie, Peter Mitchell, Yannick Bisson, Julie Lacey, Stephen Montgomery MOOSE: A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF A TWIG EATERCBC, Twig Eaters Inc.Best Science or Nature Documentary Program or SeriesSusan Fleming Best Performing Arts ProgramBarry Avrich, Susan Edwards Best Picture Editing in a Variety or Sketch Comedy Program or SeriesBaroness von Sketch Show: If the Killer is WatchingMike Fly, Jeremy LaLonde Best Production Design or Art Direction in a Non-Fiction Program or SeriesBrent Clark Best Host or Interviewer in a News or Information Program or SeriesWendy Mesley THE WOMAN WHO JOINED THE TALIBAN:CBC, Matter of Fact Media Inc.Best Writing in a Documentary Program or SeriesRichard O’Regan Login/Register With: Best Cinematography in a Feature Length Documentary*John Price Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role or Guest Role in a Comedic SeriesSchitt’s Creek: Bob’s Bagels / Moira’s NudesEmily Hampshire THIS IS HIGH SCHOOL:CBC, Paperny Entertainment Inc.Best Picture Editing in a Factual Program or SeriesThis Is High School: Grade 9 is the Worst YearSarah Cruise Best Performance in a Variety or Sketch Comedy Program or Series (Individual or Ensemble)*Gord Downie, Rob Baker, Johnny Fay, Paul Langlois, Gord Sinclair Best Reportage, NationalCBC News: The National – Trapped at the BorderNahlah Ayed, Tracy Seeley and Richard Devey STILL STANDING (3):CBC, Frantic Films SONIC MAGIC: THE WONDER AND SCIENCE OF SOUNDCBC, Lightship EntertainmentBest Sound in a Non-Fiction Program or SeriesJeff Henschel CBC’s unscripted programming earned 11 wins including six awards for last summer’s historic, nation-building concert THE TRAGICALLY HIP: A NATIONAL CELEBRATION and three awards for factual series STILL STANDING. Best Writing in a Variety or Sketch Comedy Program or SeriesBaroness von Sketch Show: I Can’t Believe This Used to Take DaysCarolyn Taylor, Meredith MacNeill, Jennifer Whalen, Jennifer Goodhue, Dawn Whitwell, Monica Heisey, Mae Martin BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW (3):CBC, Frantic Films MY 90-YEAR-OLD ROOMATE: CBC, LoCo Motion PicturesBest Performance by an Actor in a Program or Series Produced for Digital MediaPaul Soles Best Achievement in CastingKim’s Convenience: Frank & NayoungDeirdre Bowen, Millie Tom Ted Rogers Best Feature Length Documentary*Daniel Cross, Bob Moore, Mila Aung-Thwin, Bruce Cowley Best Direction in a Documentary ProgramPatrick Reed, Michelle Shephard Donald Brittain Award for Best Social/Political Documentary Program*Sponsor | Rogers Group of FundsPatrick Reed, Michelle Shephard, Peter Raymont FIRSTHAND (4) – GUANTANAMO’S CHILD: OMAR KHADR:Documentary Channel (CBC), White Pine Pictures CBC DOCUMENTARY PROGRAMMING (8 AWARDS) Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Comedic Role*Paul Sun-Hyung Lee Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Comedic Role*Catherine O’Hara Best Sound in a Variety or Animated Program or SeriesJay Vicari, Peter Gary, Jon Erickson, Lee Moro, Mark Vreeken CBC UNSCRIPTED PROGRAMMING (13) CBC SCRIPTED PROGRAMMING (16) CBC Sports took home two awards for its coverage of the RIO 2016 OLYMPIC GAMES, the most-watched summer Olympics in Canadian history, including Best Live Sports Event and Best Sports Host in a Sports Program or Series for Scott Russell.CBC’s original digital content was honoured with four awards including wins for THE AMAZING GAYL PILE and MY 90-YEAR-OLD ROOMMATE. CBC SPORTS (2 AWARDS) Best Writing in a Dramatic Program or Limited SeriesPeter Mitchell Best Factual Program or SeriesJamie Brown, Jeff Peeler, Maureen Riley CBC DIGITAL (4 AWARDS) Advertisement Best Original Program or Series produced for Digital Media – Fiction Morgan Waters, Brooks Gray, Matt King, Andrew Ferguson Best Photography in a News or Information Program, Series or SegmentCBC News: The National – Ethiopia on EdgeRichard Devey Best Photography in a Variety Program or SeriesAlex Nadon, Tyler Pigeon CBC’s acclaimed documentary programming was recognized with eight awards including the Donald Brittain Award for Best Social/Political Documentary Program for FIRSTHAND – GUANTANAMO’S CHILD: OMAR KHADR; the Ted Rogers Best Feature Length Documentary award for I AM THE BLUES; and Best Science or Nature Documentary Program or Series forTHE NATURE OF THINGS – MOOSE: A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF A TWIG EATER. Best Cross-Platform ProjectRobert Cohen, Barry Davis, Kyle Richmond, Mike Miner, Bill Konrad, David Offierski, Matt Odynski, Jesilou Tongio CBC NEWS (6 AWARDS)CBC NEWS: THE NATIONAL (5): Best Original Music Score for a ProgramRobert Carli I AM THE BLUES (2): CBC NEWS: HERE & NOW:Best Local NewscastCBC Newfoundland and LabradorLee Pitts, Jen White, Debbie Cooper, Jonathan Crowe, Ryan Snoddon, Rod Dobbin Best News or Information SegmentCBC News: The National – Catching up with the FarwansAdrienne Arsenault, Carmen Merrifield, Dave Rae, Jamie Hopkins, Dominique Banoun Advertisement SCHITT’S CREEK (2):CBC, Not A Real Company Productions Inc. THE CURSE OF CLARA: A HOLIDAY TALE:CBC, Smiley Guy StudiosBest Animated Program or SeriesJonas Diamond, Jeremy Diamond, Veronica Tennant, Vickie Fagan, Mike Valiquette, Denny Silverthorne Best Sports Host in a Sports Program or Series*Rio 2016Scott Russell THE AMAZING GAYL PILE (2):CBC, LaRue Entertainment About CBC/Radio-CanadaCBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. We are Canada’s trusted source of news, information and Canadian entertainment. Deeply rooted in communities all across the country, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also provide international news and information from a uniquely Canadian perspective. In 2017, CBC/Radio-Canada will be at the heart of the celebrations and conversations with special 2017-themed multiplatform programming and events across Canada. KIM’S CONVENIENCE (4):CBC, Thunderbird MURDOCH MYSTERIES (5):CBC, Shaftesbury CBC NEWS: THE NATIONAL took home five awards including Best National Newscast. Facebook Best Live Entertainment SpecialGord Downie, Rob Baker, Johnny Fay, Paul Langlois, Gord Sinclair, Bernie Breen, Patrick Sambrook, John Brunton, Barbara Bowlby, Lindsay Cox
Andrew MacDonald-Smith, winner of outstanding performance by an actor in a comedy or musical, at the Betty Mitchell Awards. Betty Mitchell Awards -BETTY MITCHELL AWARDS / CALGARY HERALD Don Horsburgh won a Betty for his musical direction of Crazy for You and Dayna Tekatch took home the Betty for outstanding choreography of fight direction.Mark Bellamy who was one of the moving forces behind creating the Betty Mitchell Awards 20 years ago shared award ceremony hosting duties on Monday with Selena Wong.Braden Griffiths, the Chair of the Bettys Board summed up the evening when be observed “the Bettys are proud to carry on the important tradition of recognizing Calgary as a hotbed of theatre excellence.”READ MORE Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: The 20th annual Betty Mitchell Theatre Awards or Bettys held Monday night at Vertigo Theatre went crazy for Theatre Calgary.TC’s production of Crazy for You, which was a joint venture with Edmonton’s the Citadel Theatre, danced away with five Bettys including outstanding production of a musical.Crazy for You, the reworking of the 1930 Gershwin musical Girl Crazy, which won the Tony Award for best musical in 1992, is a whimsical homage to the early film and Broadway musicals. Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Sajadi appears in the film alongside Jabbari, the latter of whom plays the drama’s title character, an upper-class teen in Tehran whose relationship with her parents takes a severe turn after questions arise about her relationship with a local boy. The film, a co-production between Iran, Canada and Qatar, made its world premiere at TIFF on Friday night, and will continue to screen this Sunday and next Sunday for the public.“I was surprised to have this news and of course, so sad,” Foroughi told The Globe and Mail over email. “But now I am so much looking forward to our premiere here in the country where I live and love. What is important for me is all the supports and kindness Ava and I have received so far from the festival, especially from [TIFF programmers] Magali Simard and Steve Gravestock.”“The girls are so happy that we all care about them here,” she added. “Altogether, we are looking forward to our audience’s feedback.”Last week, Foroughi was announced as one of the 15 nominees for the 2017 Directors Guild of Canada Discovery Award. This year’s award winner will be announced at the annual DGC gala on Oct. 28.In 2014, Foroughi was at the centre of a dispute with Canadian customs officers, who seized an art installation that was shipped from Iran to Montreal. She eventually received a permit from Foreign Affairs to release her work, which was part of a federally subsidized art project. Advertisement Facebook As the new Iranian film Ava enjoys its debut at the TIFF this weekend, it will have to do so without the presence of its two stars.According to reports, the Canadian government denied travel visas to Iranian performers Shayesteh Sajadi, 18, and Mahour Jabbari, 17. Ava‘s director Sadaf Foroughi, an Iranian-born Canadian citizen, said her two young actors were denied entry after applying for a travel visa through Canada’s embassy in Turkey.According to a letter received by Sajadi and excerpted in The Hollywood Reporter, the government was not satisfied “that you would leave Canada at the end of your stay as a temporary resident.” A Globe and Mail request for comment from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has not been returned. Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Director Sadaf Foroughi attends the Toronto International Film Festival announcement of their Canadian features for this year’s program in Toronto, Wednesday August 9 , 2017. – CHRIS YOUNG/THE CANADIAN PRESS
Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO – Saddle up country fans! iHeartRadio Canada announced today that it has teamed up with Boots and Hearts to become the official radio partner of Canada’s largest country music festival. As part of this exclusive partnership, iHeartRadio has launched Boots and Hearts Radio, which features music from the hottest country artists playing at the 2018 Boots and Hearts Music Festival, including country heavyweights Florida Georgia Line, Alan Jackson, Thomas Rhett, Dallas Smith, Billy Currington, Brett Young and more.Anchored by hosts of the iHeartRadio New Country Countdown, Sophie Moroz and Jeff Hopper, the brand new, commercial-free, Boots and Hearts country music station features artists from the 2018 line-up, and those that have previously headlined this must-attend summer festival, as well as exclusive interviews from them. Boots and Hearts Radio is available now on the iHeartRadio app.Spanning four days from August 9-12 in Oro Medonte, Ont., just north of Toronto, Boots and Hearts provides country music fans with performances from more than 40 artists, 60 hours of live entertainment, and many other attractions, creating a truly unique festival experience. iHeartRadio will also have its own activation space on the grounds during the festival, with live coverage across multiple Bell Media country radio stations, including live interview content and updates from Burl’s Creek Event Grounds. Advertisement Facebook Twitter
Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement The trailers follow below, with synopses provided by TIFF:Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben FerenczBarry AvrichCanada; World Premiere; 83 minutesBarry Avrich returns to the festival with a fascinating portrait of Ben Ferencz, the last surviving Nuremberg Trial prosecutor, who continues to wage his lifelong crusade in the fight for law and peace.Putin’s WitnessesVitaly ManskyLatvia, Switzerland, Czech Republic; International Premiere; 102 minutesThrough testimonies from Gorbachev, Yeltsin and the current Russian president himself, Vitaly Mansky tells the story of how Putin rose to power and held his position for nearly two decades.ScrewballBilly CorbenUSA; World Premiere; 105 minutesBilly Corben’s true-crime dramedy investigates the MLB’s infamous doping scandal involving a nefarious clinician and his most famous client: the New York Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez. As we approach the start of the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, realscreen has collected all available trailers and clips of this year’s feature documentaries (see part one of the ’18 trailer round-up here).With 27 documentary features announced as part of TIFF Docs, the following are a few examples of what you can expect to see during the Canadian festival, which runs from Sept. 6 to 16.Today’s batch of trailers and clips includes Astra Taylor’s What is Democracy?, a far-reaching look at the history of democracy and its place in the present day; Vitaly Mansky’s Putin’s Witnesses, about the rise and two decades-long rule of Russian President Vladimir Putin; and Sharkwater Extinction (pictured), the late filmmaker and conservationist Rob Stewart’s follow-up to his 2006 investigation of the illegal shark fin trade. Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment iHeartRadio’s CHUM 104.5 welcomed its newest member to the CHUM family, Jamar McNeil, as co-host for its brand-new morning show MARILYN DENIS AND JAMAR last summer. Now, as Jamar and CHUM 104.5 continue to “Make Mornings Pop”, The Lede gives Jamar a pop quiz of his own:So Jamar, tell us more about yourself! Where are you from?Jamar: I’m a proud Jamaican and American citizen. My Caribbean background has greatly influenced my life and alter ego DJ J Niice; a DJ/Producer specializing in Dancehall, Reggae, Soca, and Reggaeton. Facebook If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?Jamar: I LOVE Toronto. It’s the perfect city for me, but if I could choose the PERFECT perfect place for me to live it would be…. UNDERWATER! I’m an Advanced Open Water Scuba diver with countless hours of below surface experience and I’ve done dives in some of the world’s most renowned dive sites like the Antilla in Aruba, Kittiwake in the Cayman Islands, and Darwin’s Arch in the Galapagos Islands.How did you get started in the entertainment industry?Jamar: I started in show biz as a child actor. I’ve appeared in NICKELODEON’S ADVENTURES OF PETE AND PETE, SESAME STREET, and I was a Honey Comb cereal kid (Andre the Giant commercial). These hard-edge, streetwise roles probably helped me land the character of “Vince Boyd” on EMPIRE alongside Taraji P. Henson (S1 Ep6).Tell us more about growing up in NYC!Jamar: At heart I’m a typical NY City kid who grew up loving comic books, pizza, house parties, and have been in nightclubs absorbing the vibes since I wasn’t legally allowed to do so!Favourite Hobbies?Jamar: I LOVE snowboarding! I’ve been a volunteer instructor for Burton’s “Chill” Foundation and the plot to mold my newborn son Kofi into the Olympic snowboarding star that I never was is in motion. Our recent move to Canada means…my diabolical plan is looking…eggggggcellent! #EvilLaughJoining CHUM 104.5 co-host Marilyn Denis weekdays from 5 – 9 a.m. ET, the dynamic duo of Marilyn and Jamar bring a fresh interactive take to mornings, keeping listeners engaged, informed, and entertained all while playing the best music in Toronto.MARILYN DENIS AND JAMAR is also available across Canada via live stream on the iHeartRadio Canada app, iHeartRadio.ca/CHUM, or just ask for CHUM 104.5 on your smart speaker. Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With:
APTN National NewsFamed musician Robbie Robertson was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame this past weekend.Here is the fourth part of his interview with APTN National News reporter Donna Smith.Smith asked him if he’s ever been star struck and his answer may surprise.
APTN National NewsWhile Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan isn’t sure when, if ever, he’ll be able to go to Attawapiskat to see the conditions there for himself, Liberal MP Carolyn Bennett says the minister can join her their weekend.Bennett made the offer during question period Thursday.NDP interim leader Nycole Turmel and NDP MP Charlie Angus also recently visited the community.
APTN InFocus with Cheryl McKenzie:In this edition our guests reflect back on the year 2014.Which stories and issues do you think were most important?Watch our panel give their perspective on the year’s events and ongoing issues.
Tom Fennario APTN National NewsOne of Canada’s most prestigious schools has made a gesture of reconciliation with Indigenous people.And from the sounds of it, it’s one of the first of many more to come from McGill University.
APTN NewsAcclaimed actress, Michelle Thrush is in the final days of performing her new play.It tells the story of growing up in Calgary as an Indigenous person.APTN’s Tamara Pimentel met up Thrush to find a deeper meaning behind Inner Elder.
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump turned the firing of NBC’s Matt Lauer into a fresh opportunity to attack the press Wednesday, unleashing a series of cryptic and personal tweets aimed at prominent media figures.As many Americans were eating breakfast, the president swiftly responded to the abrupt dismissal of the longtime “Today” show host by condemning NBC News and its Philadelphia-based parent company, Comcast Corp. Trump said on Twitter: “Wow, Matt Lauer was just fired from NBC for ‘inappropriate sexual behaviour in the workplace.’ But when will the top executives at NBC & Comcast be fired for putting out so much Fake News.”Trump then referenced the NBC News chairman, adding: “Check out Andy Lack’s past!” It was not immediately clear what that comment referred to. In another tweet, the president used Lauer’s firing to lash out at “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough and MSNBC President Phil Griffin.NBC declined to comment on Trump’s tweets. It announced Wednesday that it had terminated Lauer after receiving a “detailed complaint” from a colleague about sexual misconduct.Trump’s comment on “Fake News” was a reiteration of his long-standing complaints about mainstream news outlets that he contends have covered his presidency unfairly and inaccurately. Trump, who often deems stories that he doesn’t like to be fake news, has maintained an ongoing battle with the media.His latest tweets follow a spate of posts in recent days denigrating the press, including one in which he suggested a contest to determine “the most dishonest, corrupt and/or distorted” news organization. He added: “Winner to receive the FAKE NEWS TROPHY!”As a presidential candidate, Trump often criticized individual reporters by name at his massive, free-wheeling rallies. Wednesday’s tweets carried a sharply personal tone against a network that made Trump one of its biggest stars on “The Apprentice.”Speaking of Griffin, Trump tweeted that in light of Lauer’s departure, “when will the Fake News practitioners at NBC be terminating the contract of Phil Griffin?”Turning to Scarborough, Trump wrote: “And will they terminate low ratings Joe Scarborough based on the “unsolved mystery” that took place in Florida years ago? Investigate!”The president may have been referring to the 2001 death of an employee for Scarborough when he was serving as a Republican congressman from Florida. The 28-year-old woman was found dead in the congressman’s district office. A doctor who performed her autopsy said she suffered an abnormal heart rhythm, and police said at the time there were no signs of foul play.Scarborough responded with his own tweet: “Looks like I picked a good day to stop responding to Trump’s bizarre tweets. He is not well.”Trump has had a running feud with Scarborough and his “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski. After the two questioned Trump’s mental stability on their show, Trump last summer issued a crude tweet questioning Brzezinski’s intelligence, looks and temperament.The president’s tweets seeking to undermine the media have been a mainstay of Trump’s first year in office. The latest examples come amid tension over an upcoming White House holiday party.CNN, which is among Trump’s favourite targets, announced Tuesday that the network’s reporters would not be attending Friday’s White House Christmas party, an annual tradition in which reporters and administration officials interact in a more relaxed setting.“In light of the president’s continued attacks on freedom of the press and CNN, we do not feel it is appropriate to celebrate with him as his invited guests,” the network said in a statement, adding that it intended to send “a White House reporting team to the event” to cover any news.White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders responded to the CNN announcement with a celebratory tweet, writing, “Christmas comes early! Finally, good news from @CNN.”Trump piled on, tweeting: “Great, and we should boycott Fake News CNN. Dealing with them is a total waste of time!”Journalists with The Associated Press also have been invited to the White House party. The news organization leaves it up to individual reporters to attend at their discretion.Over the weekend, Trump went after CNN International on Twitter, saying the network was “a major source of (Fake) news” outside the U.S. and complained that they “represent our Nation to the WORLD very poorly.”“The outside world does not see the truth from them!” he wrote.It was an especially pointed attack on a news organization that prides itself on its international coverage.CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer noted during Monday’s broadcast that the network’s reporters risk their lives across the globe on a daily basis. “No matter how many insults or blatant assaults on the press and its freedoms, this pursuit is something for which we will never bend or break and even the loudest critics can’t silence the facts,” he said.___On Twitter, follow Ken Thomas at @KThomasDC.
TORONTO – Black Press Group Inc. will begin printing the Calgary Sun newspaper this summer under an outsourcing agreement with Toronto-based Postmedia Network Inc., which will eliminate 52 positions as a result.Other printing work for weeklies and community dailies currently done at the Calgary plant will be moved to other Postmedia production locations.Postmedia says 26 full-time and 26 part-time positions in Calgary will be eliminated when the plant closes.It says all employees will receive a combination of working notice and severance based on length of service.Postmedia didn’t announce financial details of the restructuring costs or its outsourcing agreement with Black Press of Surrey, B.C., which has plants in Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton, as well as several cities in British Columbia and the United States.Printing of the Calgary Herald, also owned by Postmedia, was previously outsourced in 2013 to TC Transcontinental Printing.
MONTREAL — Yellow Pages Ltd. says its lockout of sales representatives in the province of Quebec has been lifted after they ratified a new three-year collective agreement.The Montreal-based publisher of digital and paper-based advertising announced in mid-September that it was locking out about 130 of its unionized employees after the two sides failed to reach a labour agreement. It announced Sunday that the workers were scheduled to return to work immediately but neither the company nor the union released details about the terms of the new contract.The Federation des travailleurs du Quebec (FTQ) announced separately that the deal was ratified by 65 per cent of the members who voted Sunday in Laval, Que.The union executive had recommended ratification of the deal due to the company’s intransigence and its financial difficulties.Earlier this month, Yellow Pages announced it had achieved a $27.1-million profit for the third quarter ended Sept. 30, due to cost-cutting including workforce reductions, asset sales and a $18.3-million reversal in income tax provisions. Revenue for the three months was down 26 per cent from the third quarter of 2017, to $130.1 million from $175.7 million. Companies in this story: (TSX:Y)The Canadian Press
Updates will be provided on the City of Dawson Creek website and Facebook when conditions have changed.For more information on the emergency repair, you can visit the City of Dawson Creek’s website. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The City of Dawson Creek is advising residents that an emergency repair is being made to the raw water line.According to the City, starting on August 28, customers along the water line are expected to be out of water for the next few days.The City says City crews are working to repair the line prior to the weekend.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – RCMP received a report on July 27, 2019, at approximately 4:40 of a robbery at the convenience store, located at 9607 100th Ave.Two masked thieves were reported to have used weapons to intimidate the store clerk, then fled the area after obtaining a large number of cigarette packages.The police are looking for any witnesses who may have seen the suspects flee the area or who may know who they are. The Fort St John RCMP continue to investigate and are asking anyone who has information about this incident or can assist in locating the suspects, please contact the Fort St John RCMP at 250-787-8100.Should you wish to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online at www.crimestoppersnebc.ca.