Jimmy Page will be awarded the O2 Silver Clef Award at the upcoming Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Awards on Friday 4th July at the London Hilton.Founding member of British rock sensation Led Zeppelin in the late 1960s, Jimmy Page is unquestionably one of rock’s most important, influential and versatile guitarists and songwriters.Jimmy Page said: “A big thank you to Nordoff Robbins and everyone involved in awarding me the Silver Clef Award.”Nuala Donnelly, Sponsorship O2 said: “It’s a real honour to have Jimmy Page accept the O2 Silver Clef Award this year. There is no doubt that his support for the charity back in 1990 helped to raise the profile of the outstanding work that Nordoff Robbins do and it is a pleasure to be recognising such a huge talent and bonafide music legend.”CAA’s Emma Banks is Chairman of the Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Committee. Emma said: “Ask anyone ‘Who is the greatest guitar player of all time?’ and it wouldn’t take long before you hear the name Jimmy Page. Truly a legend, we are deeply honoured that Mr Jimmy Page will join us to receive the O2 Silver Clef Award.”Also just announced is the music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins will present Black Sabbath with the AEG Live Ambassadors of Rock Award at the 2014 O2 Silver Clef Awards.After almost 44 years and 75 million albums sold worldwide the band continues to be as vital as ever. Black Sabbath is currently finishing up a 16 month sold-out world tour which concludes this summer when the band headlines Hyde Park for the very first time, the same stage that fellow rock legends The Rolling Stones presided over for two historic gigs last year.The Hyde Park gig, Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park, takes place immediately after the Silver Clef Awards – just across the road from the London Hilton on Park Lane.Ozzy Osbourne said: “Winning the Ambassadors of Rock award from Nordoff Robbins is a huge honour. Music is our life, and we couldn’t live without it. The world can’t survive without music and this is a very special charity that brings music to everyone. There are a lot of talented people already being honoured at the awards and we are looking forward to celebrating with them at the O2 Silver Clefs this summer.”Tom Miserendino, President & CEO, AEG Europe says: “We are extremely proud to be sponsoring this award which highlights the massive impact Black Sabbath has had on the music world. Starting in Birmingham and going on to conquer the world, the band really are great ambassadors for the music industry. We are equally excited about them taking over Hyde Park later the same evening following their triumphant return to live gigs last year.” CAA’s Emma Banks is Chairman of the Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Committee. Emma said: “Black Sabbath are still at the top of their game after a long, illustrious and occasionally controversial career. Selling out arenas all over the globe, they really are Rock Gods!”Also being honored at the event are Pharrell Williams, Paloma Faith, Giorgio Moroder, Tom Jones, Laura Mvula, Chas and Dave, and Gareth Malone.More info and tickets can be found here.
A host of celebrities including Strictly Come Dancing stars Kristina Rihanoff and Robin Windsor attended a special space themed celebration today to honour the courage and bravery of children who have been diagnosed with cancer.Kristina Rihanoff Attends Little Stars Awards PartyThe Little Star Awards party, organised by Cancer Research UK and TK Maxx, is an annual event that brings together youngsters from across the UK for a fun packed party in their honour.The party, held at The Roof Gardens in Kensington, London, saw 20 inspirational Little Stars, who are currently battling or have undergone treatment for cancer, enjoy entertainment and games and live music before receiving award medals in front of their families. The day was rounded off with entertainment from CBeebies favourite RastaMouse and musical group GoGoGo!.Strictly Come Dancing star Robin Windsor said: “To lend my support to the Little Star Awards once again is such an incredible honour for me. These amazing kids and their families have been through such tough and gruelling times and to see their strength, spirit and constant positivity is truly humbling. Each and every one of these children is a hero.”Fellow Strictly dancer Kristina Rihanoff said: “It’s such a privilege to be supporting the Little Star Awards and to help show these brave kids and their families that they are always in our thoughts. To have gone through so much at such a young age is incredibly tough and the Little Star Awards party is a fantastic way to reward these amazing kids for their phenomenal courage.”Eastenders star Maisie Smith said: “I’m so glad I was invited to the Little Stars Awards today. The Little Stars are so brave and they deserve to be celebrated at this special party.”Eastenders star Maddy Hill: “I’m so glad that I have been invited to the Little Star Awards, the space themed party is brilliant. The Little Stars have had a great time and so have I. Despite so many of them still being poorly, they are so positive and happy, it’s great to see them smiling.”Actor Jamie Borthwick said, “I had a wonderful time at the Little Star Awards and it has been a pleasure to meet the Little Stars and their families. It’s been a lovely day and it’s nice to see the Little Stars laughing, playing and having an amazing time at their party. I am a keen supporter of Cancer Research UK and the work they do to help beat cancer sooner.”Pop star Elyar Fox said: “I’m so happy to support the Little Star Awards. It reminds me of how lucky so many of us are, the Little Stars and their families have been through so much and some still have more to go through. This is a fantastic event and a great way to celebrate these little heroes.”Party activities provided by Sharkey & George.The Little Star Awards in partnership with Cancer Research UK and TK Maxx celebrate the courage of all children who have been diagnosed with cancer. Every child nominated receives an award and a goody bag, including a £50 TK Maxx voucher. For more information visit www.cruk.org/littlestar.
Paddington Bear has packed his suitcase and is coming to London for his big screen debut in the Paddington film, released in the UK on 28 November 2014.Paddington BearIn celebration of Paddington the movie – released in UK Cinemas on 28 November 2014 – and London’s art, culture and innovation, visitlondon.com, The NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) and STUDIOCANAL present The Paddington Trail.Fifty Paddington statues will be placed across London close to museums, parks, shops and key cultural and landmark hotspots in an inspiring trail, with a colourful, Paddington flavour. Each of the 50 Paddington statues will be created by artists, designers and celebrities with the trail tracking the travelling bear’s favourite places in London.From October 2014, you’ll be able to follow in the furry footsteps of the world’s favourite Peruvian explorer when the Paddington Trail is launched.In the movie, the young, stowaway bear finds himself alone in a big, unfamiliar city. He soon finds a warm, welcome place to stay with the Brown family, and sets out to discover more about his adopted city, London (hopefully with plenty of marmalade sandwiches along the way).Paddington’s origins date back almost sixty 60 years. His creator, Michael Bond, bought a small bear on Christmas Eve 1956, as a present for his wife, and named him after the nearest railway station to which they lived.The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said, “As a long-time fan of Paddington Bear, I’m delighted that this world-famous, marmalade-loving, duffle-coat wearing, polite but notoriously accident prone bear will be celebrated by Londoners and visitors to our great city, with the launch of this fantastic trail.”All of the Paddington Trail statues will be auctioned later in the year to raise money for the NSPCC, a charity whose work is all about protecting vulnerable children and making them safe.The film from STUDIOCANAL and Heyday Films is written and directed by Paul King (Bunny and the Bull, The Mighty Boosh) and produced by David Heyman (Gravity, Harry Potter). It boasts an all-star cast, including Nicole Kidman, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Jim Broadbent, Julie Walters and Peter Capaldi.Source:VisitLondon.com
The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF) and 23andMe announced a collaboration to build a large, diverse cohort of both patients and control volunteers who have consented to participate in research.This cohort will provide researchers, drug makers, regulators and payers critical insight into the lived experience, genetics and variability of Parkinson’s disease. The study, Fox Insight (foxinsight.org), is open to anyone 18 or older worldwide with or without Parkinson’s disease and aims to recruit tens or even hundreds of thousands of patients to contribute data.“Fox Insight amplifies the patient voice in research and enables high-impact scientific collaboration toward patient-relevant outcomes,” says Todd Sherer, PhD, CEO of MJFF. “Our expanded partnership with 23andMe holds potential to illuminate new pathways to treatment breakthroughs by coupling genetic insights with the power of patient-reported phenotypic data.”Direct-from-patient Data Driving Discovery Increasingly, Parkinson’s patients seek to be active contributors to improved disease understanding and the search for new therapies. To that end, Fox Insight facilitates patient sharing of information about the lived experience of Parkinson’s.The study complements traditional clinical research with scale and accessibility, supplementing in-person studies with cohort size and rigorous patient perspective data gathered over time. Fox Insight’s flexible design enables integration of diverse data collection modalities — such as remote biological sample collections — and the online nature of the study allows a broader population of patients, who may face geographic, mobility or transportation challenges, to contribute data.Starting in 2018, data from Fox Insight will be de-identified and made accessible to qualified PD scientists in real time, for independent studies. The aim is to increase understanding of the variability and progression of PD, expand understanding of disease and influence research drug development and healthcare priorities. Access to the Fox Insight dataset can shorten research timelines, accelerate “go/no-go” decisions and advance new therapies faster.“What I find really fascinating when I talk to Parkinson’s patients is that we all have a different disease,” says Michael J. Fox, who launched the Foundation in 2000 with a vision of bringing Parkinson’s patients and scientists into a true two-way dialogue to speed patient-relevant research outcomes. “One of our Foundation’s most important goals has been finding a way to incorporate patient involvement and patient knowledge and wisdom and enthusiasm in research. Capturing the natural back-and-forth between patients really helps doctors and researchers.”The Fox Insight study is sponsored by The Michael J. Fox Foundation and funded through Foundation investments of $6 million to date. Leadership philanthropic support for Fox Insight has been furnished by Connie and Steven Ballmer.Collaboration with 23andMe Integrates Genetic and Lived Experience DataThrough a collaboration between MJFF and personal genetics company 23andMe, Fox Insight participants diagnosed with Parkinson’s also may choose to contribute genetic data to research by completing a 23andMe genetic test at no cost. This will open new opportunities for researchers to correlate clinical features of PD with underlying, individual genetic biology for better drug design toward precision medicine.“Joining forces with The Michael J. Fox Foundation will help our research goals of understanding, treating and preventing this disease,” said Anne Wojcicki, 23andMe CEO and co-founder. “Making the data available to the wider research community will accelerate our understanding of Parkinson’s disease.”MJFF and 23andMe share a commitment to building large networks of patients and researchers to work together toward deeper understanding of Parkinson’s and new PD treatments. From 2009 to 2017, 23andMe’s PD Research Community (who may now choose to participate in Fox Insight) enrolled 12,000 patients who contributed genetic and phenotypic data for disease study. 23andMe continues to generate a deep well of knowledge surrounding the genetics behind PD and an infrastructure to mine data for genetic discovery.Fox Insight study participants who are new to 23andMe will receive the full 23andMe service, including the option to access genetic health risk reports containing information on genetic variants that are associated with risk for Parkinson’s and other conditions.Genetic discoveries over the past two decades have revolutionized Parkinson’s drug development by illuminating new pathological pathways that drug developers are targeting with therapies to slow or stop disease. Combining Fox Insight’s datasets of genetic and phenotypic data will lead to more complete knowledge of the disease through better understanding of the underlying disease process, potential therapeutic targets, and how symptoms and disease course may differ depending on whether a genetic mutation is present.Patient privacy is a top Fox Insight priority. All contributed data is de-identified and kept on a secure server to maximize protection of individual-level data. Individuals who access their Parkinson’s genetic health risk report are eligible for complimentary genetic counseling on PD-associated genes included in that report.Fox Insight’s genetic data collection is funded by The Michael J. Fox Foundation with a grant of more than $4 million to 23andMe, which includes the costs of making the 23andMe service available to participants at no cost, as well as storing and maintaining the data.For more information on how The Michael J. Fox Foundation and 23andMe are collaborating to speed Parkinson’s genetic research, visit michaeljfox.org or 23andme.com/PD.
She also plans to perform a selection of those songs on the tour. Sept. 19 – Hamilton, FirstOntario Concert Hall The Canadian tour is an extension of three shows recently announced in Australia. Sept. 14 – St. John’s, Mile One Centre “Constant Craving” is the biggest hit of lang’s career and helped to skyrocket her to a new level of fame. A gala performance at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa on Sept. 16 will also feature the NAC’s orchestra as part of the show. Aug. 20 – Edmonton, Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium Login/Register With: The 23 dates begin with two nights in Victoria in August before lang heads across the country with stops in every province along the way. Advertisement Sept. 7 – Moncton, N.B., Casino New Brunswick Aug. 27 – Winnipeg, Burton Cummings Theatre Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Aug. 17 – Vancouver, Orpheum Theatre Aug. 30 – Toronto, Sony Centre for the Performing Arts Aug. 19 – Edmonton, Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium Advertisement Aug. 26 – Regina, Conexus Arts Centre But lang has also garnered international acclaim for her other works, including the 2004 covers album “Hymns of the 49th Parallel,” which featured songs from legendary Canadian artists like Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen and Neil Young. Aug. 23 – Calgary, Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium Sept. 11 – Sydney, N.S., Centre 200 Advertisement Sept. 8 – Charlottetown, Eastlink Centre Charlottetown Sept. 17 – Ottawa, National Arts Centre Aug. 22 – Saskatoon, TCU Place A full list of dates: Sept. 9 – Halifax, Scotiabank Centre Sept. 2 – Montreal, Place des Arts – Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier Aug. 12 – Victoria, Royal Theatre Facebook Four-time Grammy winner k.d. lang will mark the success of her 1992 hit single “Constant Craving” and its album “Ingenue” with a 17-city Canadian tour. Sept. 16 – Ottawa, National Arts Centre Fundraising Gala (with NAC orchestra) Aug. 16 – Vancouver, Orpheum Theatre Aug. 24 – Calgary, Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium Aug. 31 – Toronto, Sony Centre for the Performing Arts Sept. 3 – Quebec City, Grand Theatre de Quebec Tickets for the Ingenue Redux Tour go on sale to fan club members March 2 while a general sale begins on March 3. Aug. 13 – Victoria, Royal Theatre
Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement SECOND CHANCERS:Gary “Glitter” LevyAge: 25Hometown: Toronto, ONCurrently living: Ajax, ONOccupation: ArtistBBCAN background: The first runner up in the inaugural season of Big Brother Canada, Gary would have taken the BBCAN crown if fellow Season 1 houseguest, and his closest ally, Topaz hadn’t mistakenly voted for rival Jillian to win instead of him. Talk about misunderstanding the voting process! Second chance strategy: “First and foremost, I’m going to reiterate the voting instructions when I get to the final two: ‘Houseguests, vote for the person you WANT to win!’”Neda KalantarAge: 25Hometown: Vancouver, BCCurrently living: Vancouver, BCOccupation: Fashion Stylist and EntrepreneurBBCAN background: The victim of friendship gone wrong, Neda made it to the final three in Season 2 but her game was cut short by her closest friend in the BBCAN house, Jon, when he won the final HOH and evicted her in the finale.Second chance strategy: “Last time I went in and laid low for the first few weeks. I can’t do that now. I have a reputation going in. I will cut anyone I need to cut this season and I won’t look back.”Kevin MartinAge: 24Hometown: Calgary, ABCurrently living: Calgary, ABOccupation: Professional Poker Player and Content CreatorBBCAN background: One of the first houseguests to be evicted as a result of a triple eviction, Kevin is also the first houseguest in BBCAN history to be evicted without receiving any eviction votes against him. Ouch.Second chance strategy: “The first time I played I thought having good social game was just getting along with everyone, but it turned out to be a little shallow. This time I want to get to know people deeper on a personal level.”Bruno IeloAge: 33Hometown: Ottawa, ONCurrently living: Ottawa, ONOccupation: Construction WorkerBBCAN background: The first houseguest to win the Power of Veto during a triple eviction, Bruno lasted eight weeks without a single eviction nomination. But the father of two was ultimately evicted in a coup d’état twist that put him on the block and lead to his departure from the BBCAN house.Second chance strategy: “I don’t have a set strategy. I need to meet everybody, see what they’re about, see the personalities, learn their strengths and weaknesses and use those against them.”FIRST TIMERS:Andre “Dre” GwenaelleAge: 25Hometown: Montreal, QCCurrently living: Montreal, QCOccupation: Masters StudentBrains, beauty and a sassy attitude make this masters student a force to be reckoned with. But don’t mistake her lack of strategy for not being prepared – Dre is heading into the BBCAN house flexible enough to adapt to any situation.Mark ChryslerAge: 24Hometown: Edmonton, ABCurrently living: Edmonton, ABOccupation: BartenderThis fun, outgoing, fitness-lover has a two-pronged strategy when it comes to winning over the houseguests, and winning the game – dominate the physical challenges and use his charm to up his social game.William Laprise DesbiensAge: 23Currently living: Trois-Rivieres, QCHometown: Trois-Rivieres, QCOccupation: Marketing Student & BloggerEven though William plans to use his French accent as his secret weapon to confuse houseguests, this French-Canadian is ultimately trying to be himself and have fun in the house…but if he has to do a little backstabbing in the process he will!Emily HawkinAge: 23Hometown: Lindsay, ONCurrently living: Toronto, ONOccupation: Musician & ServerThis “really freaking single” singer-songwriter has contemplated several strategies before going into the BBCAN5 house, but is holding out until the first HOH competition to decide on her plan of attack.The final group of houseguests will be revealed tomorrow.Airing exclusively on Global, Big Brother Canada plucks a group of hand-picked strangers from their homes, sequesters them from the outside world, and places them inside a house outfitted wall-to-wall with cameras and microphones that capture their every move. The houseguests compete for a grand prize of $100,000, a $30,000 home furnishing makeover from The Brick, and a new 2017 Toyota 86.Big Brother Canada premieres Wednesday, March 15 at 9 p.m. ET/PT and continues to air Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT, Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT, and Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Global. Viewers who miss the premiere can catch up on Big Brother Canada following the broadcast the next day on GlobalTV.com and Global Go. And for even more behind the scenes action, fans can watch the live feeds on BigBrotherCanada.ca.SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:#BBCAN5Twitter:@BigBrotherCA@Global_TV@GlobalTV_PR@CorusPRFacebook:www.Facebook.com/BigBrotherCAhttp://www.facebook.com/globaltelevisionInstagram:@BigBrotherCAGlobal Television is a Corus Entertainment Network.About Corus Entertainment Inc.Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 45 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic Channel, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com.About Insight Production Company, Ltd.Insight Productions, known for its award-winning ratings juggernauts, is Canada’s most established content producer. Headed by John Brunton & Barbara Bowlby, Insight is an industry leader in the development, financing, and production of hit programming, both scripted and unscripted. Big Brother Canada (2016’s most watched Canadian show on Corus), The Amazing Race Canada (the most watched Canadian show on record), The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration; The JUNO Awards 2016, Canada’s Walk of Fame 2015, and How To Change The World were collectively nominated for 29 Canadian Screen Awards in 2017, more than any other prodco. Other productions include Intervention, Top Chef Canada, Ready Or Not, Falcon Beach, The Truth About Alex, and Canadian Idol. Most recently, Insight produced The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration, a live concert special watched by one in three Canadians. Insight Productions was founded in 1979 and has since created thousands of hours of groundbreaking content. TORONTO, March 8, 2017 /CNW/ – Big Brother Canada is going where no Big Brother has gone before! Season 5 of Global‘s hit reality series is bringing back some of Canada’s favourite houseguests from the past to battle new houseguests from the present, pitting them against each other in a fight for future supremacy inside the Big Brother Canada “Odyssey” house. This #BBCAN5 voyage through time begins Wednesday, March 15 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Global.Vying for another shot at BBCAN victory, second chance Big Brother Canada houseguests are all after the ultimate redemption – a chance to re-write their history, and Canada has a front row seat! Second chance houseguests include: Gary Levy from Toronto, ON; Neda Kalantar from Vancouver, BC; Kevin Martin from Calgary, AB; and Bruno Ielo from Ottawa, ON. First time houseguests joining the returning players include: Andre “Dre” Gwenaelle, a masters student from Montreal, QC; Mark Chrysler, a bartender from Edmonton, AB; William Laprise Desbiens, a Marketing student from Trois-Rivieres, QB; and Emily Hawkin, a bartender from Lindsay, ON.Meet the first eight of this season’s 16 houseguests: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Twitter
Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement In fact, 67.5 per cent of shows, or 108 out of 160, were written, directed or choreographed by a female artist.That’s an amazing statistic, especially since it’s not reflected in the theatre scene during the other 50 weeks of the year.It was also a great year for cultural diversity. Some of the strongest ensemble shows, like Nasty, Grey, Hands Down and Lysistrata showcased performers who reflect the population of the city, and not the same old white faces we see routinely on mainstages.READ MORE Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Fringe 2017 will go down in history for several reasons.It was the biggest ever Toronto Fringe, with 160 shows, which may have had something to do with its record-breaking sales of $519,707 (the first time it’s broken the $500K mark); it was the first Fringe at its new home at Scadding Court; the near-paperless ticketing system, which had a trial run at last winter’s Next Stage Festival, went very smoothly; and this was the final Fringe under executive director Kelly Straughan.It was also the year that #FringeFemmeTO, a hashtag to celebrate women playwrights, directors and choreographers at the Toronto Fringe, really broke through and got people discussing gender parity in theatre. Advertisement
OTTAWA, Aug. 16, 2017 – Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston invite the public to watch Bon Cop Bad Cop 2 on the evening of Saturday, August 26, 2017, as part of Rideau Hall Movie Nights. This film is being presented free of charge courtesy of leading independent studio Entertainment One (eOne)/Les Films Séville.“Rideau Hall Movie Nights gives Canadians the opportunity to feel proud of our talented, homegrown film industry,” said the Governor General. “Filmmakers and actors have a unique ability to both entertain and make us reflect on our lives and it’s important that we celebrate their skills and success. Celebration happens here—what better place to do this than on the grounds of Rideau Hall, the home of the people of Canada.”Bon Cop Bad Cop 2 is a bilingual Canadian film written by Patrick Huard, directed by Alain Desrochers and coproduced by Jessie films and Item 7. The comedy features the duo Colm Feore, Patrick Huard, as well as Lucie Laurier, Sarah-Jeanne Labrosse, Erik Knudsen, Mariana Mazza, Andreas Apergis, Marc Beaupré, Noam Jenkins, Jameson Kraemer, Neil Crone, Hamza Haq and Catherine Saint-Laurent. In the highly anticipated movie, David Bouchard (Patrick Huard) and Martin Ward(Colm Feore) are once again forced to work together. This time, the Quebec investigator is under Ward’s command, since Ward is now a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer. The unlikely duo has the mission of dismantling a stolen car ring, which in fact fronts for something much, much more sinister. Through their experiences, Bouchard and Ward discover that the enemies are not always whom you think. They also realize that as time goes by, some things change, while others stay exactly the same. Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Twitter The film was selected by the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General in consultation with Canadian film industry partners, in order to best showcase Canadian feature films in the National Capital Region. More details about Rideau Hall Movie Nights will be announced at a later date.About Rideau Hall Movie NightsRideau Hall Movie Nights feature English- and French-Canadian films, screened on the grounds of Rideau Hall. Members of the public are invited to bring their blankets, settle in with some free popcorn and watch these films under the stars.The Office of the Secretary to the Governor General is partnering with Canadian organizations who are committed to promoting Canada’s cultural vitality: Bell Media; Canada Media Fund; Canadian Film Institute; Canadian Media Producers Association; Entertainment One (eOne)/Les Films Séville; Eye on Canada; the National Capital Commission; and Telefilm Canada.Learn more about Rideau Hall Movie Nights online at www.rideauhallmovienights.ca. Join the conversation by using the hashtag #GGMovie.Follow GGDavidJohnston and RideauHall on Facebook and Twitter.
Andy Frost started Psychedelic Sunday in 1985 at the age of 29, shortly after moving to Toronto. He’s hosted it for most of the 33 years since then. (PETER HOWELL / TORONTO STAR) Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Sunday’s show was the genial Frost’s last, as Q107 pursues a corporate plan to expand from its Baby Boomer base towards a more youthful audience. But judging from the reaction of shocked and dismayed listeners, Toronto Mayor John Tory among them, the news was a colossal bummer, man.They took to Twitter en masse, using the hashtag #ThankYouAndy, to express their dismay over the shuttering of Psychedelic Sunday and the imminent departure of Frost, 62, who is also known to hockey fans as a former public address announcer for the Maple Leafs. Advertisement Login/Register With: Rock ’n’ roll will never die — but as far as generations of Toronto radio listeners are concerned, it’s suddenly become a whole lot less psychedelic.That’s because Psychedelic Sunday, the popular Q107 classic rock program hosted by Andy Frost, has abruptly signed off after 33 years of exciting ears and expanding minds with Sunday-long servings of album tracks by Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Doors, Supertramp, Yes, Neil Young and other artists from rock’s headiest era, 1965-75.The show lasted three times longer than the decade it celebrates. Facebook Advertisement
APTN National NewsAn Aboriginal man with mental health issues is on trial for allegedly assaulting an Edmonton police officer.The accused, Percy Davis, was shot twice in the neck and chest.APTN National News reporter Noemi LoPinto has the details.
APTN National NewsAPTN National News’ political panel tackles Conservative MP Rob Clarke’s private member’s bill on the Indian Act.
APTN National NewsA nearly three week blockade by Attawapiskat residents of a diamond mine ice road is ending.An Ontario judge extended an injunction against the blockade Friday.Additional OPP officers were expected to arrive soon in the community, a local Attawapiskat resident said.The blockade severed the overland supply route to the De Beers Victor diamond mine. The mine uses the ice road for fuel and to truck machinery and parts too heavy to fly in.
APTN National News OTTAWA–The Conservative MPs on the House of Commons special committee on violence against Indigenous women refused to add calls for a public inquiry as part of the main recommendations in the committee’s report tabled Friday in Parliament.The committee’s main recommendations, which were essentially those of Conservative MPs on the committee, generally reflected the Harper government’s current policy on the issue.There are an estimated 800 murdered and missing Indigenous women across the country.The report included the dissenting opinions of the NDP and Liberals MPs on the committee who both recommended the government to call a public inquiry and issued a separate set of recommendations. The NDP and Liberals also recommended the government develop a national action plan to combat violence against Indigenous women.“It is appalling that after hearing witness after witness testify that much more needs to be done on missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, the Conservatives could produce a sanitized report saying that everything is fine,” said NDP Aboriginal affairs critic Jean Crowder.“That this report only contains recommendations approved by the government, and does not reflect the testimony of witnesses, is in flagrant disregard of Parliamentary principles,” said Liberal Aboriginal affairs critic Carolyn Bennett.Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) president Michelle Audette said the report marked a “sad day for the families.”Audette said Indigenous women needed concrete action from Ottawa.“Look how much they spend for nothing when we are dying on the streets,” said Audette.Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo said he would be meeting with NWAC, the Metis National Council and the inuit Tapiriit Kanatami to discuss what to do to up pressure on the issue.“This report is disappointing to Indigenous women and girls and all Canadians who stand with us,” said Atleo.According to the evidence heard by the committee, 70 per cent of disappearances and 60 per cent of murders of Indigenous women happen in urban centres. The committee heard that over 87 per cent of these women were mothers of at least one child, according to data provided by NWAC.NWAC also told the committee that of the over 582 cases they’ve tallied, 39 per cent occurred after 2000 and 17 per cent in the 1990s. NWAC also found that half of the cases remain unsolved. The Canadian average for homicide investigation is a 75 per cent solve rate.Indigenous women are also far more likely to be murdered than non-Indigenous women. Between 2004 and 2011, Indigenous women accounted for 8 per cent of murders while being only 4 per cent of the total population of women.Indigenous women are also more likely to be attacked by a stranger than non-Indigenous women, the committee heard.Indigenous women are also more likely to face violence in domestic situations. According to the 2009 General Social Survey, indigenous women face twice the rate of domestic violence than the general population.While the Conservative MP’s recommendations in the report called on Ottawa to work with provinces, territories and municipalities to create “public awareness and prevention” campaigns in its first recommendation, the four that followed simply mirrored already announced initiatives by the federal government.The committee called on the government to “strengthen the criminal justice system” so “violent and repeat offenders serve appropriate sentences.” It recommended the Harper government “maintain its commitment to develop the Canadian Victims Bill of Rights” and implement a national DNA missing persons index, which was announced in the most recent budget.The committee also recommended Ottawa support on-reserve K-12 education, which was recently the subject of joint federal government-Assembly of First Nations announcement.The committee stopped short of calling for funding for women’s shelters and front-line services on reserve, but instead called on Ottawa to “engage First nation communities to examine how to improve” them.APTN National News reported Thursday that an Iqaluit woman was murdered by her partner shortly before she was turned away by a shelter because it had no more room.The committee recommended Ottawa address poverty as a root cause of violence against Indigenous women by providing economic development and job skills training. It also called on the federal government to ensure territorial and First Nation childcare agencies have “effective and accountable service delivery.”Ottawa is currently facing a human rights complaint alleging it underfunds on reserve child and family services compared to the provinces.The committee recommended the federal government work with municipal, provincial and territorial governments to collect police data on violence against Indigenous women that “includes an ethnicity variable.”The RCMP is already collective missing and murdered case data from police forces across the country but it is not specific to First Nations, Metis and Inuit women.The Native Women’s Association of Canada has already dismissed the work of the committee.Amnesty International said in a statement that the report failed Indigenous women.Prime Minister Stephen Harper is personally against calling an inquiry and has relayed his views to AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo. email@example.com@APTNNews
APTN National NewsThe Yukon is looking at ways it can answer the call from the Truth and Reconciliation commission for all governments to release Indian residential school records.As Shirley McLean tells us, the territory has one of the toughest privacy laws in the country.
InFocus on APTN National News:Taxation and First NationsIn this edition we put Perspectives on Taxation InFocus.Point of sale tax exemption has changed over the years.Our guests give their take on why the exemption is not honoured across the country.We also talk about what the self-governing Westbank First Nation in B.C. is doing with their annual multi-million dollar property tax base.
OTTAWA – Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. says the country’s housing markets remain “highly vulnerable” with evidence of moderate overvaluation and price acceleration.Markets in Toronto, Hamilton, Vancouver, Victoria and Saskatoon are highly vulnerable, the national housing agency said in its quarterly housing market assessment on Thursday.CMHC’s housing market assessment gauges the overall level of risk by evaluating four problematic conditions: overheating, price acceleration, overvaluation and overbuilding.“For Canada, the housing market remains at a high degree of vulnerability,” said Bob Dugan, CMHC’s chief economist on a call with reporters.This comes after the Canadian Real Estate Association’s latest figures showed that the number of homes sold in September climbed for the second month in a row.Earlier this year, home sales across the country saw a slowdown, led by Toronto, after the Ontario government introduced measures aimed at cooling the market. Sales in September were down almost 12 per cent from the record set in March before Ontario announced its housing plan.CMHC noted Thursday that despite the recent easing in Toronto’s resale market, it detected moderate evidence of price acceleration with strong growth in home prices among all housing types.Vancouver’s housing market remained highly vulnerable, CMHC added, with evidence of moderate overheating and price acceleration, and strong overvaluation.Calgary and Edmonton also saw stronger overvaluation, due to rising inventory of complete and unsold homes, Dugan added, noting that vacancy rates in both cities have signalled overbuilding for several quarters.In its housing market outlook, which was also released Thursday, CMHC says that after a boost this year, housing starts are expected to decline by 2019, but remain close to the average level from the last five years.Sales in the existing-homes market are also expected to decline relative to the record level set in 2016, while price growth is expected to slow, CMHC says.“High house prices particularly for single-family homes and rising mortgage rates will bring about some cooling in the pace of housing market activity,” said Dugan.
SAN FRANCISCO – A federal copyright board has raised the music streaming royalties for songwriters and music publishers by more than 40 per cent to narrow the financial divide separating them from recording labels.The decision announced earlier this weekend by the National Music Publishers Association stems from a dispute pitting songwriters against steadily growing music streaming services sold by Spotify, Apple, Google, Amazon and Pandora.The Copyright Royalty Board’s decision will require those services to pay 15.1 per cent of their revenue to the songwriters and publishers, up from 10.5 per cent.The music publishers association hailed the ruling, even though the trade group estimates recording labels will still be receiving $3.82 for every $1 paid to songwriters and publishers. Even so, that still represents “the most favourable balance in the history of the industry,” said David Israelite, president of the music publishers association.None of the major companies affected by the new music streaming royalties responded to requests by The Associated Press for comment, leaving it unclear whether the shift will prod any of them to raise the prices paid by consumers.The popularity of music streaming services has soared in the past few years as more consumers have embraced paying a monthly or annual subscription fee for unlimited access to tens of millions of songs instead of incrementally buying a more limited amount of music on CDs or in a digital download.Those changing habits have pushed artists, songwriters and publishers to step up their efforts to get a larger cut of the royalties generated from music streaming — a format that didn’t even exist when some performers signed their last record deals years ago.The Copyright Royalty Board drew up the new rates for songwriters and publishers after hearing evidence during a trial last year.“Songwriters desperately need and deserve the rate increases,” said Bart Herbison, executive director for the Nashville Songwriters Association International, another trade group.The new royalties seem unlikely to faze Apple, Google and Amazon — all of whom rank among the world’s richest companies and operate their music streaming services as complements to other products that generate most of their revenue.The new royalty systems could leave a bigger financial dent in smaller and less diversified companies such as Spotify and Pandora, even though both are music streaming pioneers.___This story has been corrected to refer to the “Copyright Royalty Board” instead of the “Copyright Ruling Board.”
WILMINGTON, Vt. – A private Vermont ski resort that was the setting for “The Bachelor Winter Games” on ABC has been shut down for failing to pay taxes.The resort missed a required payment to the state and was ordered to close until it is paid, Meridith Dennes, a spokeswoman for The Hermitage Club, said Monday. “We are working diligently to secure the funds to allow us to open for this coming weekend.”The members-only resort owes more than $1 million in back taxes and recently laid off about 80 people, citing poor weather and cash-flow issues.Last month, a bank filed a foreclosure notice on several of the resort’s properties, saying the club had defaulted on more than $16 million in loans.State employees were posting public notices on the doors of the resort Monday afternoon, and the company was not allowed to open until it is able to come up with enough money to make its payments to the tax department, said Vermont Tax Commissioner Kaj Samsom.The Hermitage Club hosted “The Bachelor Winter Games,” a four-episode spin-off of “The Bachelor” that ran in conjunction with the Olympics.
MONTREAL – Competition is heating up for Canada’s most price-sensitive travellers as WestJet Airlines gears up to launch the country’s second ultra-low cost airline Wednesday.Swoop, an offshoot of WestJet Airlines, will make its maiden flight on its pink and white aircraft before the sun rises in Hamilton, Ont. on a trip to Abbotsford, B.C.“From my perspective coming into this fresh — I’ve been in Canada four months now — I personally believe there’s a huge opportunity in Canada,” said Swoop president Steven Greenway.Greenway is an Australian native who has worked in executive positions at airlines including Japanese low-cost carrier Peach, Virgin Blue, Virgin Atlantic and Qantas.Swoop marks his sixth airline startup.By discounting travel, Swoop, Flair Airlines and others are trying to repatriate the more than five million Canadians who cross the border to catch flights from airports in Buffalo and Plattsburgh, N.Y., and Birmingham, Wash.“From our perspective there’s the opportunity to fill a gap, there’s an opportunity to stimulate demand, there’s an opportunity to welcome Canadians back from crossing the border. We believe there’s a significant enough market to be able to thrive,” Greenway said in an interview.He expects competition will increase significantly over the next 12 months as Canada Jetlines gears up to join Swoop and Flair in offering deeply discounted fares along with charges for everything from a onboard drink to carry-on and checked baggage.Flair welcomed the extra competition.“We think that having more people in the space helps promote the fact the space exists and will work to each other’s advantage,” executive chairman David Tait said in an interview.“I don’t think Canada’s big enough for half a dozen players in this space, but there’s certainly plenty of room for two and maybe three.”Meanwhile, Tait said Flair plans to move its headquarters to Edmonton from Kelowna, B.C., over the coming months to help promote its growth.“Kelowna was a fine base for a charter operator but it didn’t really give us the scope, the potential we need as we’re growing.”Swoop is entering an area of the airline business that doesn’t have a stellar history of success in Canada: Jetsgo, Air Canada’s Tango, Canada 3000 and Roots Air have all floundered in the past.Canada is the only G7 country without a true ultra low-cost carrier (ULCC) and the model has been successful in Europe, Australia and the United States, said transportation analyst Chris Murray of AltaCorp Capital.“I don’t think we’ve ever seen a true ULCC model in the Canadian marketplace before so I think we’re in somewhat uncharted territory,” he said.“I think there’s also frankly some opportunities if they do it well to be successful with it.”Murray estimates the Canadian ultra low-cost market can handle 10 million passengers per year, enough to support up to 50 aircraft. The service is particularly suited to leisure flights to Las Vegas, Arizona and Florida, he added.Swoop says fares should be 30 to 40 per cent lower than a national carrier.The key will be to keep costs down from lower labour costs, cramming 189 seats into Boeing 737-800s, and stimulating demand from people who don’t normally fly because of the high cost.The carrier, however, has already had something of a bumpy takeoff.WestJet’s launch of Swoop had been a source of labour strife between the company and pilots, who were on the brink of a strike last month before reaching an 11th-hour deal.Earlier this year, the union won a Canada Industrial Relations Board challenge to the company’s proposed policy to offer pilots a two-year leave of absence if they go to fly for Swoop.A federal arbitrator recently ruled that WestJet’s unionized pilots will also fly Swoop, which means the airline can no longer outsource Swoop flying, a major disagreement in recent negotiations.Swoop will recognize the union as the exclusive bargaining agent for all Swoop pilots, who will be on the airline’s one seniority list and fly aircraft at Swoop terms and conditions.Initial one-way flights start at $49 tax included from Abbotsford to Winnipeg, $129 between Hamilton and Abbotsford and $99 between Hamilton and Halifax.The fares don’t include a range of fees, including carry-on luggage and checked bags starting at $26.25, seat selection start at $5, and $15 to contact the call centre if the service can be carried out on the website.No pets aside from guide dogs are allowed on board and any credits are only valid for 90 days. No loyalty points will be awarded.Swoop is starting with two planes, with plans to roll out six by year-end and 10 in 2019.Instead of flying from Toronto Pearson International, flights will fly out of Hamilton’s lower-cost airport. Other initial cities are Winnipeg, Edmonton, Halifax and Abbotsford.Additional destinations will be added, including international flights likely by the end of 2018, said Greenway. Flair plans to fly to Orlando and Palm Springs, Calif., next winter.While there is a real concern that passengers could feel being “nickled and dimed” by a series of ancillary fees, experience in Europe over the past 20 years suggests passengers ultimately focus on the fares, said Greenway.“It is an education process and I think people will adapt over time.”Companies in this story: (TSX:WJA)
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — A board of high-ranking Maryland officials has rejected a pipeline across the western part of the state that would carry natural gas produced in Pennsylvania to West Virginia.The Board of Public Works voted 3-0 Wednesday against an easement for TransCanada’s proposed pipeline. It would run under the Potomac River and extend 3 miles (4.83 kilometres) from Columbia Gas’ network in Pennsylvania to Mountaineer Gas’ distribution system in West Virginia.One board member, Comptroller Peter Franchot, cited testimony that the pipeline could bring Maryland environmental problems without economic benefits. The board also includes Maryland’s governor and treasurer.Environmentalists oppose the pipeline. Chesapeake Climate Action Network attorney Anne Havemann says she hopes this marks an end to the proposal, but further action by the federal government or the courts is possible.Brian Witte, The Associated Press