Celebrations across Canada to mark National Indigenous Peoples Day

first_imgThe Canadian Press TORONTO — Events are being held across Canada to mark National Indigenous Peoples Day, including a sunrise ceremony in Toronto, a totem pole unveiling in Whitehorse and the renaming of a street in Montreal.Toronto Mayor John Tory met with Indigenous leaders and community members during a traditional ceremony in Nathan Phillips Square outside city hall that included singing, drumming and a sacred fire.Later today in Whitehorse, a restored centennial totem pole will be unveiled with members of the late carver’s family in attendance.In Montreal, officials are expected to rename Amherst Street in honour of someone of Indigenous significance.British general Jeffery Amherst, who oversaw the capitulation of Montreal in September 1760, is also accused of using blankets that he knew were contaminated with smallpox to quell Indigenous rebellions.Meantime in Gatineau, Que., this morning, Liberal MP William Amos is expected to unveil an interactive map of Indigenous place names across the country.last_img read more

Trudeau Liberals pledge 150M toward bigdata cancer research initiative

first_imgOTTAWA — The Liberal government is moving forward with funding for a new cancer research network that aims to advance the science of individually customized cancer treatment.Federal Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor was in Moncton today to highlight a five-year, $150-million investment — first announced in this year’s federal budget.The money will be used by the Terry Fox Research Institute to launch a new national Marathon of Hope Cancer Centre Network.This network is to unite top-tier cancer research institutes and clinics across the country to develop what is known as precision cancer medicine.This emerging treatment uses big data, new technologies like genomics and artificial intelligence to design treatment for individual patients based on the biological and genetic makeup of their individual cancers.The federal funding will be matched by the network’s partners to develop this new cancer research initiative.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Yao Ming Visits Africa To Raise Awareness Of Poaching Crisis

first_imgFormer NBA star and WildAid Ambassador, Yao Ming, is in Africa to document the poaching crisis facing rhinos and elephants, as a result of Asian demand for rhino horn and ivory.Yesterday he was at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, and blogged about his experiences.“[Ol Pejeta Conservancy] a private, non-profit wildlife sanctuary and home to Kenya’s highest concentration of wildlife. It’s also the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa, making Ol Pejeta a key player in protecting one of the world’s most endangered species.“Together with Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), they have created an elaborate security system at the Conservancy, which combines rhino patrols, armed teams, tracker dogs, aircrafts, cattle herders and local communities, and even an electrified fence that surrounds the entire perimeter of this 90,000 acre sanctuary!“Poaching has become such a serious problem in East Africa, that last year alone, Ol Pejeta lost five of their 88 rhinos to poachers, which has been their greatest loss in twenty years. Ol Pejeta and the KWS have had to step up their game to defeat poaching, and some members of the security team undergo intensive training programs to sharpen their surveillance skills.”You can follow Yao Ming’s journey on his blog.last_img read more

Race To Erase MS Raises 18 Million

first_imgOn Friday, May 3, host, MS survivor and advocate Nancy Davis welcomed guests to the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza for the 20th Annual Race to Erase MS themed “Love to Erase MS.”The event raised $1.8 million to benefit The Race to Erase MS and its Center Without Walls program which continues to raise funds in order to provide treatment and ultimately find a cure for MS.Celebrity guests at this year’s event included host Nancy Davis, honorees Sharon Osbourne and Jack Osbourne, presenter Kelly Osbourne, performers Elton John and Taio Cruz with DJ Havana Brown, along with guests Byron Allen, Lindsay Arnold, Mel B., Catherine Bell, David Burtka, Kristin Cavallari, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Cat Deeley, Zoey Deutch, Christine Devine, David Faustino, Clementine Ford, Daisy Fuentes, Courtney Galiano, Teri Garr, Sara Gilbert & Linda Perry, Camille Grammer, Linda Gray, Neil Patrick Harris, Anne Heche & James Tupper, Marg Helgenberger, Chelsie Hightower, Josh Hopkins, LaToya Jackson, Terrence Jenkins, Victoria Justice, Alexis Knapp, Robert Knepper, Swoosie Kurtz, Howie Mandel, Ziggy Marley, Aly & AJ Michalka, Shemar Moore, Demitrius Omphroy, Greg Phillinganes, Kellie Pickler, Ingo Rademacher, Kim Richards, Lisa Rinna & Harry Hamlin, Shaun Robinson, Ray Romano, Ryan Rottman, Melissa Rycroft, Gleb Savchenko, Cybill Shepherd, Barry Sloane, Matt Sorum, Rod Stewart, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, Lea Thompson, Bella Thorne, Bruno Tonioli, Anna Trebunskaya, Lisa Vanderpump, Dave Winfield, Amy Yasbeck, Chris Zylka, among others.The 20th Annual Race to Erase MS included a live auction called by Howie Mandel and Shaun Robinson, during which lucky bidders walked away with items including a five-night stay at Vomo Private Island Resort in Fiji, a week charter of a gorgeous yacht to the Bahamas, and the new Aston Martin Centenary Edition DB9 auctioned in celebration of the iconic British sports car’s 100-year history.Race to Erase MS once again hosted musical performances throughout the evening, including Taio Cruz who was joined by DJ Havana Brown to perform hits “Break Your Heart,” “Higher,” and “Dynamite.” Grammy Award-winning artist and musical icon Elton John sang an incredible 8-song set which included hits “Tiny Dancer,” “Your Song,” “I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues,” “Rocket Man,” “Philadelphia Freedom,” “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me,” “I’m Still Standing,” and “The Circle of Life / Can You Feel the Love Tonight.” In Race to Erase MS tradition, a rendition of “Lean On Me,” was performed as the finale of the evening, led by Aly & AJ Michalka and Greg Phillinganes, who were joined on stage by Nancy Davis, Cybill Shepherd, Marg Helgenberger, Kelly Osbourne, LaToya Jackson, David Faustino, Kim Richards, and more.Guests couldn’t leave without picking up the coveted Race to Erase MS gift bag, enjoying such items as makeup from Laura Geller, certificates to Blushington, a Marware iPad case, nail polish from OPI, razor from Rolling Razor, and gift certificates to the M Day Spa, to name a few.The evening was generously sponsored by Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, Associated Television International and American Airlines.The Race to Erase MS is dedicated to the treatment and ultimate cure for MS. Funding research is the core focus of the Foundation and significant strides have been made to find the cause and cure of this debilitating disease. All funds raised support “The Nancy Davis Center Without Walls” program, a unique collaboration of the world’s leading MS research scientists currently representing Harvard, Yale, University of Southern California, Oregon Health Science University, UC San Francisco and Johns Hopkins. This nationwide collaboration of physicians, scientists and clinicians are on the cutting-edge of innovative research and therapeutic approaches to treat MS. It is the hope of the Foundation that in addition to combating MS through research in a clinical environment, awareness will be created by educating the public about this mysterious disease.last_img read more

Kelly Ripa And Donna Karan To Host Super Saturday 17

first_imgCopyright ©2014Look to the Stars Super Saturday 17 is almost here! The most sophisticated, stylish and luxurious garage sale in the Hamptons is this Saturday, July 26th from 1PM – 6PM at Nova’s Ark Project in Water Mill, New York.Super Saturday 17, is sponsored by QVC and hosted by larger than life TV host Kelly Ripa and New York native and fashion powerhouse Donna Karan. All net proceeds from this amazing family oriented event go straight to Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF) – the oldest and largest charity in the United States funding ovarian cancer research.Besides the world class shopping, guests are treated to gourmet goodies, beauty treatments and an on site luxury raffle. Bidding for the raffle will take place on at www.charitybuzz.com/supersaturday. Guests can also swing by the Rolls-Royce photo booth to support OCRF even further. Every time you share a photo Rolls-Royce will make a donation!The best part of Super Saturday is that there is something for everyone in the family. For the children Super Saturday offers games, arts and crafts, and this year Stitched Fashion Camp makes its way onto the scene by giving children the chance to call upon their inner designer and design their own personalized tee’s with multiple designs by Swarovski.Each year major names such as Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren, INTERMIX, Vince, IRO, Alexis Bittar, Bonpoint, Theory, Elie Tahari, Diane von Furstenberg, alice + olivia, Scoop NYC, Vilebrequin, J Brand, Helmust Lang and nearly 200 others set up shop in support of the cause.OCRF and QVC will air “QVC Presents Super Saturday LIVE,” a live broadcast from 2:00PM-4:00PM EST, offering national viewers a chance to purchase designer clothing, jewelry, and accessories. All profits will be benefitting OCRF. In previous years the live broadcast has raised more than $7.4 million for OCRF.For more information about “QVC Presents Super Saturday LIVE,” please visit: QVC.com/SuperSaturday.For more information about Ovarian Cancer Research Fund please visit their website: ocrf.org/supersaturday.last_img read more

Kevin Nealon To Host 2014 Melanoma Research Foundation Golf Classic

first_imgActor and comedian Kevin Nealon will reprise his role as host of the annual Melanoma Research Foundation Celebrity Golf Classic on November 10th at the Lakeside Golf Club in Burbank, CA.Kevin is partnering with the MRF for the third year in a row to raise critically-needed funding to fight melanoma, a cause close to the actor’s heart. After losing a friend to skin cancer, Kevin committed to advancing melanoma research, education and advocacy.“I am happy to partner with the MRF and the Celebrity Golf Classic to help combat melanoma. I have personally felt the impact that skin cancer can have as I lost a long-time friend to this disease,” said Kevin. “The last two years have been so important and I’m proud to help fund more research, education and advocacy in the battle with this deadliest form of skin cancer.”Attending golf enthusiasts and celebrities will play an important role in advancing the fight against melanoma while playing a round of golf with some of their favorite celebrities and VIPs at one of the nation’s prestigious members-only golf clubs. Each golfing foursome will be joined by one of Kevin’s celebrity friends. Celebrities who attended the 2012 and 2013 events included Maroon 5’s Adam Levine, stars from Mad Men, Dexter, 24, Ray Romano, David Spade, Vinnie Jones, Joe Pesci, Richard Karn, Mark Moses, Scott Elrod, Joe Mantegna, David James Elliott and Gregory Harrison.“Kevin is a passionate supporter of melanoma prevention and research, and the MRF is pleased to continue fighting this disease in partnership with him,” said Tim Turnham, executive director for the MRF. “Kevin’s commitment and that of his friends help us reach more people across the nation who might not be aware of the risks of UV exposure and dangers associated with melanoma.”As tournament players conclude their rounds, cocktails will be served before a dinner reception and awards presentation. Following the awards ceremony, Kevin will host a joke telling contest in which three celebrity judges will award the funniest joke presented by any interested tournament attendee.If you would like to join Kevin and the MRF at the Celebrity Golf Classic and help advance the goal of finding a cure for melanoma, please contact Emily Lauer-Bader at (202) 742-5901. To learn about sponsorship opportunities, email elauer-bader@melanoma.org.The MRF is grateful for the generous support of the following 2014 event sponsors: Kevin Nealon, City National Bank, Dunkin Donuts, Craig Stern, John W. Carson Foundation, One America and Crackle.last_img read more

Brooke BurkeCharvet To MC World Of Children Award 2016 Alumni Honors

first_imgWorld of Children Award, a global recognition and funding organization for people specifically and exclusively serving the needs of children, announced today the three extraordinary individuals that will be honored at World of Children Award 2016 Alumni Honors on Tuesday, April 12 at the Montage Beverly Hills.Brooke Burke-Charvet, TV Personality, Actress, and CEO of ModernMom, will return for the second year as the Master of Ceremonies for the evening.World of Children Award identifies changemakers that create proven, sustainable programs for children, and awards grants to advance their work at an annual awards ceremony in New York City. For the second year, the organization will host an event in Beverly Hills commemorating past honorees who have continued their extraordinary efforts to change the lives of vulnerable children around the world. Each 2016 Alumni Honoree will receive a specially designed James Banks Design medal and a minimum cash grant of $20,000 to continue their outstanding work with children.The 2016 Alumni Honorees include: Ryan Hreljac (2003 World of Children Award Youth Honoree), founder of Ryan’s Well Foundation, which brings clean water and sanitation to vulnerable youth and their families in the poorest regions of the worlds’ developing countries; Denisse Pichardo (2011 World of Children Award Humanitarian Honoree), director of Caminante Proyecto Educativo, which rescues and shelters youth victims of the sex tourism industry in the Dominican Republic; and Dr. Ashok Banskota (2011 World of Children Award Health Honoree), founding chairman of the Hospital and Rehabilitation Center for Disabled Children (HRDC) in Nepal, which focuses on treating underprivileged children with orthopedic disabilities.“We are truly amazed and inspired by the work each of these three individuals has done for children,” said Harry Leibowitz, World of Children Award Co-Founder and Co-Chair. “We are so impressed by what each of them accomplished as a result of the World of Children Award recognition and funding that we are proud to recognize them once again and provide additional support for their programs to help even more children.”The 2016 Alumni Honors event will include a cocktail reception, dinner, and special performances by the Yermin Orde Youth Choir from the Yermin Orde Youth Village in Israel and the Carlthorp School Chorus from Carlthorp School in Santa Monica, CA. The special evening will also feature the honorees sharing their courageous stories about their work with children, and the invaluable role World of Children Award has played in their lives. Additionally, the latest pieces from the “Unlock the Future” jewelry collection made exclusively for World of Children Award by Heidi Nahser Fink and Adam Shulman of James Banks Design will be available for purchase with 100% of proceeds going to the organization. For more information on the exclusive jewelry pieces or to purchase online, please click here.World of Children Award is led by Co-Founders Harry Leibowitz and Kay Isaacson-Leibowitz, retired senior executives from Procter & Gamble and Victoria’s Secret respectively. Since they founded the organization in 1998, with the goal of setting the gold standard in child advocacy award programs, World of Children Award has granted more than $7 million in cash grants and program support to more than 100 Honorees who are the driving force behind programs that have served tens of millions of children worldwide.The Honorary Chairs for the 2016 Alumni Honors event include Lina and John Paul Beltran, Dawn and Jae Goodman, Veronica and Brian Grazer, and David E. Salzman. In addition, the Event Co-Chairs include Sandy Sholl, Adam Freede, Willow and Bertan Kalatchi, Adam Shulman, Sarah Conner, Craig Leibowitz, and Kay Isaacson-Leibowitz and Harry Leibowitz.Find out more about the event here.last_img read more

Stars Donate Glasses To Charity Auction

first_imgSightsavers is launching Specs Appeal 2016, a celebrity eBay auction stocked with more than 100 pairs of glasses and sunglasses donated by famous faces.Video: #SpecsAppeal | Sightsavers Celebrity eBay Auction | 25 November – 5 December 2016Among the more than 50 celebrities involved are actress Meryl Streep, Beatle Ringo Starr, pop sensations Annie Lennox, will.i.am and Rita Ora, Harry Potter stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Robbie Coltrane and style icons Kate Moss and Vivienne Westwood, with shoppers having the chance to bag a unique Christmas present for a loved one. Or for themselves.The glasses are available on eBay from Friday 25 November – Monday 5 December.All funds raised will help Sightsavers carry out eye tests in some of the world’s poorest places, and distribute specs to those who need them.Sightsavers ambassador and actress, Sunetra Sarker, has given a pair of glasses and has also seen the work of Sightsavers in India. She says: “I’m supporting Sightsavers because, if it can help just one person to see again, then it’s worth it.”Sir Tony Robinson, who has donated a pair of reading glasses, says: “I want to give someone a chance to see more clearly and look as cool in my glasses as I did”.Stephen Fry’s iconic tortoiseshell glasses came with a note saying “We all need to see more clearly”.He’s right. Worldwide there are an estimated 124 million people who need glasses. In developing countries where the problem is most acute, it can be a challenge for people to get their eyes tested or buy a pair of glasses. Often this is due to there being too few ophthalmologists, not enough equipment or the fact that people simply can’t afford prescription lenses. Not having glasses effectively renders people blind or visually impaired. This impacts their livelihoods, families, schooling and quality of life.To find out more about the auction, click here.last_img read more

Stars To Take Part In Womens March Los Angeles

first_imgWomen’s March Los Angeles has announced a powerful line-up of activists and celebrities for its January 20 event.Women’s March Los Angeles announced today that supporters including Scarlett Johansson, Chloe Bennet, Rowan Blanchard, Yvette Nicole Brown, Sophia Bush, Laverne Cox, Lea DeLaria, Tony Goldwyn, Paris Jackson, Megan Mullally, Olivia Munn, Nicole Richie, Catt Sadler, Adam Scott, Olivia Wilde, Larry Wilmore, and Alfre Woodard, among others, will take the stage at the March on Saturday, January 20th.Idina Menzel, Andra Day, Rachel Platten, Maxwell, and The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles with Melissa Etheridge are also set to perform. Other special guests include Mayor Eric Garcetti, GLAAD President Sarah Kate Ellis, Los Angeles LGBT Center CEO Lorri L. Jean, civil rights advocate Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, Planned Parenthood Los Angeles President & CEO Sue Dunlap, Black Lives Matter’s Melina Abdullah, ACLU of Southern California Executive Director Hector Villagra, Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, and more. Women’s March Los Angeles is part of a national movement to unify and empower those who stand for women’s rights, human rights, civil liberties and social justice for all.This year the Women’s March LA Foundation is committed to turning out the vote and hopes to use the power of the upcoming March, along with the work being done by partner organizations, to bring attention to the urgency of preparing for the November midterm elections. The March will encourage participants to use their vote in order to help build a government that reflects their ideals, and will provide the tools to do so by having voter registration available on-site. Speakers will address important issues such as voter turnout, access, restrictions and intimidation and will discuss a plan of action leading up to November 2018 and beyond.Last year’s inaugural Women’s March was a huge success with an incredible 750,000 Los Angelenos coming together for the cause. Taking place on January 20th in Downtown Los Angeles, this year’s event will feature music, art, community and speakers all aligned with the National Women’s March Unity Principles of ending violence, protection of reproductive rights, LGBTQIA rights, workers’ rights, civil rights, disability rights, immigrant rights, Indigenous people’s rights and environmental justice. The event will kick off in Pershing Square at 8:30AM with some very special speakers, followed by the March at 10:00AM, which will bring everyone to Grand Park. Festivities are expected to continue until 3:00PM.Tune in for a Facebook Live on Saturday, January 20th to get a real time look as presenters, speakers and performers take the main stage. Here supporters will also be able to donate to the cause directly through Facebook’s donate button. For additional information, please click here and join the conversation on social media by following @wmnsmarchla and using #hearourvote #powertothepolls and #wmla2018.last_img read more

Vancouver to lose Timeless but will gain XFiles Six and several new

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Other TV series that made similar relocations from Vancouver due to California’s tax incentives have been Lucifer, Legion, and Mistresses.However, a new production that Vancouver has gained is a gritty military drama TV series. Six shot its first season in North Carolina. However, it will be shooting its second season here in Vancouver from July 17 to November 23.READ MORE While much of the media attention has focused on California luring screen productions back to the state with its ramped-up tax incentives, Vancouver has also gained a number of productions.The sci-fi TV series Timeless is the latest TV series to relocate from Vancouver to California.NBC’s Timeless had been cancelled earlier this year but received a surprise renewal for a second season. The series follows a time-travelling trio (played by Abigail Spencer, Malcolm Barrett, and Matt Lanter) who are pursuing a thief (Goran Višnjic) who stole a time machine with the intent to change U.S. history. The production will employ approximately 250 cast members, 220 crew, and 3,000 extras. Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Toronto Sets Midnight Madness Docs Lineup With James Francos The Disaster Artist

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook READ MORE Twitter The Toronto International Film Festival continues to round out its slate for the 42nd event which runs September 7-17, setting today the Midnight Madness, TIFF Docs and Short Cuts sections. Notably, Peter Kuplowsky has unveiled his inaugural Midnight Madness roster as the strand’s new programmer.Opening the section is the world premiere of Bodied from Joseph Kahn, a comedy starring Anthony Michael Hall. James Franco will bring The Disaster Artist to Toronto, based on the making of Tommy Wiseau’s 2003 cult film The Room and starring Franco, Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Alison Brie, Zac Efron and Bryan Cranston. It had a work-in-progress screening back at SXSW.The TIFF Docs slate includes Morgan Spurlock’s Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!, a new battle with the food industry in its world premiere. Also premiering is the Matt Tyrnauer-directed Scotty And The Secret History Of Hollywood about Scotty Bowers, a handsome ex-Marine who landed in Hollywood after WWII and became confidante, aide de camp and lover to many of Hollywood’s greatest male – and female – stars. Login/Register With:last_img read more

Globe And Mail Cutting Weekday Arts Life Sports Sections

first_img Facebook Twitter Login/Register With: While no staff are expected to be lost as part of the restructuring, some may be reassigned, and consequences for freelancers, as well as the GTA’s Friday Real Estate section, are unclear.Neither editor-in-chief David Walmsley nor Gabe Gonda, the head of Features, Sports, and Opinion, have yet responded to requests for comment, but we’ll be happy to update if they do.Last week, The Globe announced that it would be cutting its Atlantic Canada edition, halting distribution of papers in the region at the end of November.With a report from Jesse Brown. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The Globe and Mail plans to reduce the number of sections in its weekday print product starting in December. News and Report on Business would survive as standalone sections, with Life & Arts coverage folded into the former and Sports into the latter, as part of a larger redesign of the paper.Final details remain undecided, but several sources connected to the paper expressed concern that the changes would result in a net loss of arts coverage.While the impact on Monday-Thursday arts content would likely be minimal — given the limited space that it currently occupies — the loss of the standalone Film section published on Fridays in the Greater Toronto Area would be more difficult to offset elsewhere in the paper. Deadlines, however, would be later for “A” section content, allowing for more timely arts news and reviews. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

JUSTIN BIEBER ENGAGED TO HAILEY BALDWIN

first_img Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Love Love Love Love Love Love Love.— Pattie Mallette (@pattiemallette) July 7, 2018TMZ reported Bieber and Baldwin appeared to have become involved again after Justin broke up with long-time girlfriend Selena Gomez.Baldwin has appeared in American Vogue, Marie Claire and Spanish Harper’s Bazaar.She has also appeared in a number of modelling campaigns, music videos and television shows.Baldwin, pictured in May, and the singer reportedly attend the same church. (Reuters)She is the daughter of Stephen Baldwin, the actor and producer who has starred in films like Born on the Fourth of July, The Usual Suspects and The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas.She is also the niece of actor Alec Baldwin, who has starred in films like The Hunt for Red October and is known more recently for the television series 30 Rock and his portrayals of US President Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live.But while this is obviously happy news for the future Mr and Mrs Bieber, many social media users appear to be less thrilled:If Justin Bieber really is engaged to Hailey Baldwin. My heart breaks twice, once for myself and once for Selena— Kait Pennington (@kaitpennington) July 8, 2018 Bieber and Baldwin only recently reunited, having dated in the past.Bieber’s father, Jeremy, posted a photo of his son on Instagram, saying he was “Excited for the next chapter”, while his mother Pattie Mallette expressed her excitement on Twitter. If Justin Bieber & Hailey Baldwin are engaged, everything I’ve worked for since I was 12 was FOR NOTHING— Ellie (@elliefogel) July 8, 2018 Canadian pop star Justin Bieber is engaged to US model Hailey Baldwin, US media report.The 24-year-old popped the question at a Bahamas resort, according to TMZ. His security staff reportedly asked restaurant patrons to put away their phones before the star proposed.CNN and E! News confirmed reports of the engagement, which Bieber’s parents also appeared to celebrate online. Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

CMRRA Reaches Licensing Deal with Amazon Music

first_img“We’re very happy to have come to a negotiated agreement with Amazon Music and to see them enter Canada with Amazon Music Unlimited. Amazon Music and its entry will benefit both Canadian consumers and the rightsholders that we serve by offering a new point of sale and a new source of revenue for music publishers and their songwriters,” CMRRA President Caroline Rioux said.Amazon announced yesterday the launch of Amazon Music Unlimited for Canada, bringing customers a catalogue of millions of songs and thousands of playlists and personalized stations, combined with the magic of voice controls powered by Alexa. Terms of the deal are not being disclosed, but the rates apply to the reproduction of songs on Amazon Music Unlimited, which will now be available throughout Canada for the first time. Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img TORONTO – Canada’s leading reproduction rights collective welcomes Amazon Music and yesterday’s launch of its premium music streaming service, Amazon Music Unlimited, to Canada. The Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency Ltd. (CMRRA) has reached a licensing agreement with Amazon Music to ensure that its music publisher and rightsholder clients, which together represent more than 80,000 music catalogues, will receive royalties for the use of their works on the service. To learn more about Amazon Music Unlimited visit amazon.ca/music/unlimited.“CMRRA is constantly working with our licensees to create solutions to make it easier for services to come to Canadaand to provide for compensation for our valued music publisher clients,” CMRRA Vice President, Legal and Business Affairs, Veronica Syrtash said.CMRRA has taken the lead in national rate-setting efforts before the Copyright Board of Canada, as well as directly through negotiations with licensees. The organization’s work is responsible for the important flow of digital royalties paid to all publishers and songwriters. On behalf of its music publisher clients, CMRRA issues licenses and collects royalties for the reproduction of musical works. Licensees pay royalties to CMRRA, which in turn distributes the royalties to its music publisher clients on a quarterly basis.“CMRRA has established itself as a vital resource for music publishers to manage their mechanical royalties in Canada,” said Neville Quinlan, chairman of SXWorks’ Canadian Publishers Committee and managing director of peermusic Canada. “This licensing agreement underscores CMRRA’s commitment to advocating for music publishers and self-published songwriters.”CMRRA also collects publishing royalties from dozens of other digital companies, such as Apple, Google and Spotify.About CMRRA and SXWorksSXWorks provides global administration services to music publishers to support multiple licensing configurations. SXWorks, a subsidiary of SoundExchange, is governed by a board consisting of leading music publishers and SoundExchange executives. SXWorks was created in conjunction with the 2017 acquisition of the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency Ltd. (CMRRA). CMRRA represents the mechanical rights of music publishers and administers the majority of songs recorded, sold and broadcast in Canada. For more information, visit http://sx-works.com/ and  http://www.cmrra.ca. Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

CANADIAN SCREEN AWARDS LOVE RULES ON SCHITTS CREEK STEPHANS HOMETOWN SHOUTOUT AND

first_imgRising Canadian star Stephan James might have had a stellar year after starring in the Oscar contender If Beale Street Could Talk and earning a Golden Globe nomination for Homecoming. But the inaugural winner of the CSAs new Radius Award had his mind on those who might be coming up behind him.”I want to dedicate this award to young Black boys and girls across this country.”Congratulations, @realstephj. You are a legend.Don’t miss a minute of the #CdnScreenAwards. Tune in now on https://t.co/N5IHgPn01q! pic.twitter.com/o3wNCk38xn— The Canadian Academy (@TheCdnAcademy) April 1, 2019“I want to dedicate this award to all the little black boys and girls across the country. Perhaps you are watching this now.  I want to tell you that your craziest dreams, your wildest imaginations are all possible no matter where you are, no matter where you come from. Scarborough to the world,” James declared as he accepted the fledgling honour, established to recognize a current talent “making waves globally.”Backstage, he spoke of the B.L.A.C.K. Ball, an initiative he and his brother Shamier Anderson have created to spotlight young filmmakers of colour“We’ve always wanted to try and trailblaze … and try and create the blueprint for young men and young women who look like us to be inspired by seeing themselves on the screen,” he explained.Women behind the lensAs the entertainment industry grapples with gender balance and increasing representation, a factoid off the top of Sunday’s ceremony was notable: 60 per cent of the night’s film nominees were directed by women. The awards show itself had an all-female writers’ room and was also directed by women. Login/Register With: The cast of Schitt’s Creek pose after winning best comedy series at the Canadian Screen Awards in Toronto on Sunday. (Chris Young/Canadian Press) Advertisement Advertisement A new wave of Canuck talent shared the stage with industry luminaries at Sunday’s Canadian Screen Awards gala, which honoured current creators shaping the industry and paid tribute to Cancon trailblazers.The relatively speedy two-hour broadcast ceremony — the culmination of nearly a week’s worth of celebrations — awarded trophies in the remaining, high-profile cinema and television categories. As well, a quartet of special honourees were feted for their career achievements.Here’s a peek at a few notable moments from the night.Scarborough to the worldcenter_img Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Edmonton cop Tasered boy eight times

first_imgAPTN National NewsAn Edmonton police officer has been suspended without pay for Tasering a teenaged First Nation boy.Const. Mike Wasylyshen was convicted last month of using excessive force for Tasering then 16-year-old Randy Fryingpan eight times in a span of 68 seconds on Oct. 5, 2002.Wasylyshen was then suspended this week for 120 hours without pay.The presiding officer at Wasylyshen’s hearings called his actions an “embarrassment to policing” and abuse of power.Fryingpan’s mother had fought for justice since the crime happened.last_img

First Nations man provides wood for Gibson and Fender guitars

first_imgAPTN National NewsYou don’t have to be a guitar lover to enjoy this story.A Maliseet woodworker from New Brunswick has carved out a lucrative niche for himself, literally.He provides wooden parts for some of the finest guitar makers in the world.APTN’s Tim Fontaine has the story.tfontaine@aptn.ca@anishinaboylast_img

Grandmother among four women arrested at Buffalo Point

first_imgAPTN National NewsMore on those four women arrested Wednesday at the Buffalo point First Nation in southern Manitoba.In spite of a court order against them, the four occupied the local band office after Chief John Thunder was arrested and charged with extortion by the RCMP.One of the women arrested was an eighty two year old grandmother.APTN’s Shaneen Robinson sorts it out and we warn you, some of you may be offered by some of the images in this story.last_img

Law firm representing Cree woman fighting murder conviction put into custodianship

first_img(Shawn Beaver, left, has been suspended by the Alberta Law Society and his firm put into custodianship. Alexandra Seaman, right, was employed by the firm and represents Connie Oakes in her appeal of a murder conviction. University of Alberta photo.)Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe Edmonton law firm employing a lawyer representing a Cree woman fighting a murder conviction before the Alberta Court of Appeal has been put into “custodianship” after its owner was suspended by the law society.The Law Society of Alberta suspended Shawn Beaver citing the allegations surrounding his “conduct” led the society to conclude the move was “warranted.” Beaver’s law firm Beaver, Leebody, Frank and Associates, was put into the custodianship of Calgary lawyer Brenda Edwards.Beaver’s law firm employs Alexandra Seaman who is one of two appeal lawyers for Connie Oakes, a Cree woman from Nekaneet First Nation in southern Saskatchewan who was convicted of murdering a man from Medicine Hat., Alta.“The custodianship order will not affect Ms. Oakes’ appeal and should not take the focus away from the important issues in this case. The custodianship order relates to the conduct of Mr. Beaver and not the conduct of any of the other lawyers previously practicing at Beaver Leebody & Associates,” said Seaman, in a statement.Edwards also said the custodianship would not “affect” Oakes’ case.“It will continue to be the same,” she said.Oakes’ other appeal lawyer Aleksandra Simic, who is not part of Beaver’s firm, told APTN National News also the situation would not impact the appeal process. Simic said the custodianship had to follow a set-out process for all of the law firm’s clients.Read more about Connie Oakes’ case here.Oakes is fighting her second degree murder conviction partly on fresh evidence grounds. The Crown’s primary witness during the trial now says Oakes wasn’t there in a sealed affidavit filed as part of the appeal.With no murder weapon, DNA or fingerprint evidence linking Oakes to the crime, the police and the Crown relied on the testimony of Wendy Scott, a self-described small town crack dealer with an IQ of 50. Scott initially accused three other people of the murder before claiming she was with Oakes when Casey Armstrong was killed.A man’s size 11 bloody boot print was found on the bathroom floor that police never managed to trace. Armstrong was found dead in his bathtub.Oakes’ recently lost a bid for appeal bail and the National Parole Board twice denied her compassionate lave application. Oakes applied to see her 22 year-old son who was dying of cancer and then applied again to go to his funeral.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Tensions rise in BC as Kinder Morgan decision looms

first_imgCara McKenna APTN National NewsTensions are rising in British Columbia as First Nation communities await a major milestone from the National Energy Board.The board is expected to make a decision on whether Kinder Morgan is allowed to expand the Trans Mountain pipeline.cmckenna@aptn.calast_img