Albertas WritingonStone monument named UNESCO World Heritage SiteAlbertas WritingonStone monument named UNESCO World Heritage Site

first_imgOTTAWA — The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization has added Alberta’s Writing-on-Stone monument to its list of World Heritage Sites.The federal government says the designation, made at UNESCO’s annual meeting in Azerbaijan on Saturday, follows more than a decade of advocacy by Indigenous groups and the provincial government.The site, described as an “ancient and sacred cultural landscape where Indigenous peoples have created rock art for millennia,” is contained entirely within Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park.Known as Áísínai’pi (“it is pictured/written”) in Blackfoot, the site contains thousands of rock carvings and paintings, including some that chronicle historical events such as Indigenous People’s first contact with Europeans.It becomes Alberta’s sixth World Heritage Site, and the twentieth in Canada.Indigenous leaders and the federal and provincial environment ministers are among those praising the decision.The designation “provides the Blackfoot Confederacy a basis for its future generations as to the strength and truth of our continuing relationship to this land and to our traditions, ceremonies and cultural practices,” Blackfoot elder Martin Heavy Head said in a statement.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

The Giver Film Helps Charity Over Labor Day WeekendThe Giver Film Helps Charity Over Labor Day Weekend

first_imgAs part of its continuing efforts to promote literacy and in order to provide books to those children in America most in need, Walden Media and the Weinstein Company (TWC) have partnered with the National Education Association’s Read Across America to launch the “Ticket to a Better World” initiative.Fifty cents of each The Giver movie ticket sold during Labor Day Weekend will be donated to the Ticket to a Better World initiative to raise up to a quarter of a million dollars to buy books for those children most in need.The Giver stars Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes and Taylor Swift.Walden Executive Francis X. “Chip” Flaherty stated, “The Giver affirms our belief that individuals must have the freedom to pursue and fulfill their dreams. That freedom is precisely the gift that reading and literacy provide. Every time you put a book in the hands of a child, you unleash the power of imagination and hope that can change the world. We are honored to partner with Read Across America to launch the ‘Ticket to a Better World’ campaign and get books into the hands of kids who need them the most.”“Books open the floodgates to understanding and to learning,” says Anita Merina, national coordinator of NEA’s Read Across America. “This generous initiative will help us bring books like The Giver, onto the shelves and into the lives of so many children. At a time when access to books is so critical in the learning life of a child, this initiative is very exciting indeed.”Commented TWC Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein, “Behind this incredible movie that TWC and Walden are so proud of is one of the most beloved books of our time. Joining forces with the NEA’s fantastic Read Across America initiative is a perfect opportunity to support the cause for literacy behind the powerful name of The Giver.”To donate, visit read more

Petra Nemcova Challenges You To Share Your HeartPetra Nemcova Challenges You To Share Your Heart

first_imgSupermodel, philanthropist, and entrepreneur Petra Nemcova is challenging citizens of the world to proactively spread awareness about the need to protect the futures of children living in areas impacted by natural disasters.Petra Nemcova and Wiz Khalifa join the #HappyHeartsChallegeThe Happy Hearts Challenge launched when Petra and Hugh Evans joined hands creating a heart and took a selfie in front of the world’s brightest young game-changers at the Forbes Under 30 Summit panel discussion, Break the Rules to Change the World.Chrissy Teigen and John Legend join the #HappyHeartsChallengePetra passionately spoke of the success of The Happy Hearts Fund, which to date has rebuilt 92 schools in 9 countries, but stressed the need for a shift from being reactive to proactive as a society. Be proactive and take part in the #HappyHeartsChallenge by joining hands with another person to create a heart and share on social media with the hashtag #happyheartschallenge. Then challenge three other people to share their hearts as well by tagging them in your photo and by sending text: HEARTS to 85944 to donate $10 to the Happy Hearts Fund. Have fun and get creative with your heart!Notable people who have already posted the challenge on Instagram: Petra Nemcova, Wiz Khalifa, Lily Aldridge, Chrissy Teigen, John Legend, Jeremy Olander, Magdalena Langrova and more.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Torrey DeVitto Speaks At Launch Of StigmaFree CampaignTorrey DeVitto Speaks At Launch Of StigmaFree Campaign

first_imgAs part of National Mental Health Awareness Month, Philosophy’s hope & grace initiative partnered with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to launch the #stigmafree campaign, a national effort focused on shattering the stereotypes associated with mental illness.Torrey DeVitto, Rachel McCord and Jamie Stone at the Philosophy and NAMI #stigmafree luncheon in honor of Mental Health Awareness monthCredit/Copyright: Araya DiazAt the event, held at the Estérel Restaurant at the Sofitel Hotel in Los Angeles last Thursday, Torrey DeVitto and Rachel McCord were among those who gathered to help break the stigma of mental illness.Torrey DeVitto and her newly found love, Artem Chigvintsev from Dancing With the StarsCredit/Copyright: Araya DiazNAMI is the largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.Torrey DeVitto talked about her own battles with mental health wellbeing, and helped shed light on the more than 450 million people worldwide who suffer from mild to serious mental health issues.last_img read more

Johnson Johnson And United Nations Foundation Launch Fifth Annual Global Moms RelayJohnson Johnson And United Nations Foundation Launch Fifth Annual Global Moms Relay

first_imgLast week marked the start of the fifth-annual Global Moms Relay, an annual campaign co-created by Johnson & Johnson and the United Nations Foundation to improve the health and wellbeing of families worldwide.The campaign is designed to raise awareness of critical issues facing families, children and infants, while providing an opportunity to make a difference just by sharing content.Global Moms Relay asks 25 community leaders, experts and everyday parents to answer one question: “What do you wish were true for every family, everywhere?” The responses will be featured on, ending on June 16. Each time the response is shared on social media, Johnson & Johnson will donate $1, up to $500,000, to its philanthropic partners dedicated to solving challenges facing moms worldwide, including Girl Up, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, the United Nations Population Fund, Shot@Life and Nothing But Nets.The Global Moms Relay kicked off with a one-day summit called Moms + SocialGood at the AXA Event and Production Center in New York City. This yearly event unites advocates and everyday moms and dads to discuss the challenges facing families, ways to create change and the role social media plays in improving the quality of life for children across the globe.Conversations featuring experts and influential speakers such as Zoe Saldana, Rachel Zoe, Laura Dern, Juju Chang, Elizabeth Cousens, Anthony Lake, Carolyn Miles, Kimberly Chandler, Dr. Alaa Murabit and many more, provided insight and guidance on how everyone can turn small actions into successful solutions for creating a better world and a brighter future.Over the last five years, the Global Moms Relay has raised funds for hundreds of thousands of vaccines; ensured access to education for thousands of girls around the world; provided thousands of mothers and families with pre-pregnancy and early childhood health information directly through mobile phones; reduced household air pollution in hundreds of homes by supplying access to clean cookstoves; provided thousands of bed nets to protect families against malaria; and helped save thousands of premature babies. In this fifth year, the Relay will also provide training to health workers, along with supplies and support to reach thousands of the world’s most vulnerable women during pregnancy and early motherhood.This builds on the longstanding relationship between Johnson & Johnson and the United Nations Foundation who have worked together to create change across the globe since 2004. Global Moms Relay and Moms + SocialGood are among the most powerful initiatives developed through the partnership, and are being supported this year by BabyCenter, Global Citizen, Fatherly and Charity Miles.Everyone is encouraged to participate through social media sharing and buzz generation using the hashtag #GlobalMomsRelay and #JNJ. Sharing and engagements directly result in charitable donations, giving everyone the opportunity to change lives and support families lives one social media post at a time.last_img read more

Just For Laughs Marks Its Milestone 35th Edition With A Comedy CavalcadeJust For Laughs Marks Its Milestone 35th Edition With A Comedy Cavalcade

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Twitter Just For Laughs and JS Touring are thrilled to announce that America’s premier comedian Jerry Seinfeld and France’s biggest and most loved comedic star Gad Elmaleh will share the stage for the first time as co-headliners with an exclusive one-night-only event to commemorate Just For Laughs’ 35th anniversary. This exceptional concert will mark Seinfeld’s return to Montreal’s Just For Laughs Festival since first performing back in 1989. This is Gad’s second English appearance at the festival, following sold-out performances and rave reviews for his first English language one-person show which ran at last year’s festival. These two international icons and friends will come together Wednesday, July 26, at 8:00 PM at the Bell Centre for one night of guaranteed laughter from beginning to end.KEVIN HART’S LAUGH OUT LOUD PRESENTS: JUST FOR LAUGHS EAT MY SHORTSKevin Hart’s Laugh Out Loud Network (LOL) and Just For Laughs have joined forces in search of the funniest short films from the US and Canada with Laugh Out Loud Network Presents: Just For Laughs Eat My Shorts, a new initiative between the world’s biggest comedy star and the world’s biggest comedy festival. From submissions received, 20 films that speak to a diverse, multicultural audience will be selected to stream on the LOL website when it launches this summer. Fans will then have the chance to vote on their favorites. The top five films selected and more will be screened at the Just For Laughs Festival on Thursday, July 27 at 7:00 pm at the Imperial Cinema, where Kevin Hart will present a development deal to one lucky winner followed by a post Q&A.THE BIGGEST COMEDIANS PERFORMING LIVE IN CONCERTTrevor Noah is the most successful comedian in Africa and the host of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning The Daily Show on Comedy Central. Trevor Noah released his 9th new comedy special Afraid of The Dark in February on Netflix, and in November 2016 he released his first book, Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, which was an instant New York Times bestseller. His Born a Crime audiobook is Audible’s highest rated since its release in 2016. He brings his stand-up show live to Montreal for one night only on Friday, July 28 with two performances at 7:00 pm and 9:30 pm at Maison Symphonique at Place des Arts.In addition to his concerts, Just For Laughs ComedyPRO will host In Conversation with Trevor Noah. Join Trevor for a conversation touching on his life and experiences — and whatever else comes to the mind of this brilliant comedian — on Saturday, July 29 at 12:00 Noon at the Grand Salon Opera, Level 4, Hyatt Regency Montreal.Judd Apatow returns to his stand-up comedy roots. The prolific writer/director of such films as Knocked Up and The 40-Year-Old Virgin, the director of Trainwreck, as well as executive producer of HBO’s Girls and Crashing and Netflix’s Love, is one of the most sought-after comedy minds in the business. Don’t miss your chance to see the one-and-only Judd Apatow perform his new stand-up show being recorded live for Netflix with four performances this summer on Friday, July 28 and Saturday, July 29 at 7:00 pm and 9:30 pm at 5ieme Salle at Place des Arts.Ali Wong is a stand-up comic from San Francisco, now living in Los Angeles. Her Netflix stand-up special Baby Cobra was filmed when she was seven months pregnant and according to the New York Magazine, “The special’s arrival on Netflix is the sort of star-making moment that unites the tastes of the unlikeliest fans.” Catch Ali Wong live on Thursday, July 27 at 7:00 pm at Maison Symphonique at Place des Arts. Act fast, her headlining live shows are now known to sell out within two minutes!John Mulaney, Emmy Award-winning writer and comedian, adds a second performance to his previously announced return to the festival due to popular demand. Mulaney recently starred in the Broadway hit, Oh, Hello alongside Nick Kroll. In 2015, he released his Netflix Original special entitled The Comeback Kid preceding a very successful stint at Saturday Night Live where he wrote and appeared as a Weekend Updatecorrespondent and co-created characters such as “Stefon” with Bill Hader. He brings his new standup comedy tour, John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous to Montreal for one night only, Saturday, July 29, 7:00 pm and 9:30 pm at L’Olympia.Chris D’Elia continues to cement his status as a comedic force of nature. From his role as Danny on NBC’s Undateable, to the countless sold-out shows he absolutely muuuurders, and his hilarious YouTube videos, Chris D’Elia is without a doubt one of the funniest men in the world. Performing this special concert show live Thursday, July 27 at 9:30 pm at L’Olympia.You know Tom Segura from his Netflix specials Completely Normal and Mostly Stories, or from one of his many appearances on the biggest podcasts in comedy, including The Joe Rogan Experience and WTF with Marc Maron. We’re thrilled to announce Tom will be coming to Montreal with his No Teeth, No Entry Tour on Wednesday, July 26 at 7:00 pm at L’Olympia.HOMETOWN BOY’S TRIUMPHANT RETURN TO JUST FOR LAUGHSSUGAR SAMMY’S INTERNATIONAL GALAOn one of the most electric nights of last year’s festival, Sugar Sammy capped off his 420 show tour with one last performance of his hit show, You’re Gonna Rire, in front of a crowd of 115,000.After performing 1,500 shows in 29 countries and in four different languages, Sugar Sammy has teamed up with Just For Laughs to select the best stand-up acts from around the world for his Gala, each performer a star in their own country. Sugar Sammy’s International Gala promises to be one of the most original nights you’ll experience at the festival. Comedic perspectives from around the world will converge on Montreal for a night of cultural exchange you won’t want to miss!“In hosting a Just For Laughs Gala, Sugar Sammy joins legends and comedy stars such as Don Rickles, Steve Martin, Tina Fey, Jimmy Fallon, Bill Maher and Bill Burr. We couldn’t be happier to add to the fold, a homegrown star who is making a name for himself around the world,” said Bruce Hills, Just For Laugh’s Chief Operating Officer.Sugar Sammy’s International Videotron Gala presented by Air Canada will feature some of the best international stand-ups on the planet on Friday, July 28 at 9:45 pm at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place des Arts.VIDEOTRON GALAS PRESENTED BY AIR CANADA SOAR WITH STAR-STUDDED TALENTVidéotron Galas presented by Air Canada return with this high-distinguished series of special Galas taking place over six evenings at the prestigious Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place des Arts. This year’s superlative lineup kicks off with Golden Globe and Emmy Award-nominee, comedian/actor David Spade. One of the funniest men to burst onto the comedy scene with a five year run on NBC’s iconic Saturday Night Live, Spade went on to star in some of the top tent pole comedies as Tommy Boy, Black Sheep, and most recently Grown Ups. Spade is sure to bring his signature sarcastic style as host of The David Spade Gala, featuring a line up of hilarious comedians and special guests on Wednesday July 26 at 7:00 pm at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place des Arts.Emmy Award nominee, Laverne Cox didn’t have any problem standing out in the cast of Netlfix’s Orange is the New Black. That’s not the last time she’ll shine as part of an ensemble of super talented performers as we welcome Laverne to Montreal as the host of her own gala! She will channel her years of hosting reality television on VH1 when she hosts The Laverne Cox Gala, a multi-comic line-up of some of the best stand-up comedians in the world on Saturday, July 29, 9:45 pm at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place des Arts.Canadian television personality and political satirist, Rick Mercer will once again take his rightful place in the spotlight of Canadian comedy to host a night of top class stand-up comedy featuring a lineup of some of the best comedians. One of the creators, performers, and writers of CBC’s seminal This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Mercer keeps the flame of healthy skepticism alive with his hugely popular show The Rick Mercer Report. The Rick Mercer Gala will take place Thursday, July 27 at 7:00 pm at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place des Arts.Canadian celebrity, television personality and host, Howie Mandel, returns this summer for the third instalment of his highly-rated, multi-comic Gala, which features a lineup of some of the best comedians and unbelievable special guests for an exclusive 90-minute special being filmed for The CW Network. Mandel thrives in the spotlight. From TV hits Deal or No Deal to America’s Got Talent, he’s been an unstoppable force in show business for over 30 years. The Howie Mandel Gala will channel that magnetic energy into this one-of-a-kind evening on Saturday, July 29 at 6:30 pm at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place des Arts.More than just traditional stand-up shows, the Just For Laughs Galas are hilariously inclusive evenings of comedy and theatrics packed with uproarious surprises from start to finish. Additional Galas will be announced in the coming weeks.JACK ASTOR’S SERVES UP THE COOLEST SOLO AND CLUB SERIES OF THE SUMMERLooking for great comedy, up close? Join the club! Just For Laughs is delighted to bring back the ever-so-popular solo and club series presented by Jack Astor’s, sure to bring any room to raucous laughter with this unprecedented lineup of audience favourites and impulsive drop-by sets by some of the best in the industry.One of the industry more unrestrained, bold comedians, Jim Norton returns to Montreal bringing a brand-new hour of his refreshingly unapologetic stand-up with him. Following up on Mouthful of Shame (now streaming on Netflix), Norton’s new show Far from Delightful is sure to be an audience hit with his sharp transgressive wit he’s loved for. Friday, July 28 and Saturday, July 29 at 9:30 pm at Gesù.A must-see All Access Live is back and brings a killer line-up of hosts this year, taking over Club Soda for four consecutive nights. Audiences are guaranteed laughter with comedic juggernaut hosts and lineups of stacked comedians guaranteed to delight.Selling out tours across North America, the charismatic comedic storyteller Mike Birbiglia is sure to mix it up when he hosts All Acccess Live on Wednesday, July 26. Moshe Kasher, comedian, actor and host of the popular Comedy Central show Problematic, will oversee hosting duties Thursday, July 27. And, Natasha Leggero, writer, actor and comedian, and a regular on the Comedy Central Roast series, will take the stage as host to charm and spar with the room on Friday, July 28. The host changes each night. The lineup changes each show. The nightly show times of 7:00 pm and 10:00 pm at Club Soda stay the same.We knew you’d want more! Tickets have been in demand since the announcement that Montreal would be treated to the hilarious, clever wit and skillful observational humour of Mike Birbiglia’s latest solo show, The New One. In The New One, the award-winning comedian approaches an entirely new subject in a new way with the same heart and humor we’ve come to expect. Do not miss The New One. It may be the best one. Shows runs Monday, July 24, Tuesday, July 25 and Thursday, July 27 through to Saturday, July 29. Nightly show times at 7:00 pm at Le Gesù Theatre.Brexit may have some people up in arms, but we’re unifying audiences with Brit(ish) hosted by Gina Yashere, starring Aisling Bea, Joe Lycett, James Acaster, Seann Walsh, and featuring special guest Sarah Millican. You’ll laugh so hard, the Queen on your money will silently judge you for being so improper. Catch this club series Wednesday, July 26 at 7:00 pm, Thursday, July 27 at 9:30 pm, and Friday, July 28 at 7:00 pm, at L’Astral.Elon Gold will be making his 11th appearance at Just For Laughs this summer, performing his new solo show Elon Gold: Pro-Semite. A favoured son in the proud tradition of Jewish-American comedy, Gold has never stopped being one of the funniest, most charming guys in the room. Audiences can see for themselves starting Monday, July 24 through to Thursday, July 27, one performance each night at 7:00 pm at Maison Theatre.I wouldn’t mention that it’s a live performance of the podcast, since it’s not being recorded – it’s just a live show. Maybe something like this: Make sure you catch The Fighter & the Kid: LIVE, starring former UFC heavyweight Brendan Schaub and actor/comedian Bryan Callen. Brendan and Bryan’s unbelievable chemistry and rich conversational style busts out of the speakers on their hit podcast, making this a show that was born to be seen LIVE! Just don’t let Brendan invite you out for a steak. Join us on Thursday, July 27 at 9:30 pm at Maison Theatre.Don’t miss this recording of Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld’s hit podcast If I Were You, performed LIVE just for you! If I Were You offers up advice to its listeners in areas Jake and Amir are qualified to talk about… and quite a few areas they’re not at all. If you’re really lucky they might even have some advice for you when you can catch them LIVE on Tuesday, July 25 at 9:30 pm at Maison Theatre. It doesn’t stop there! Jake and Amir founded the podcast network HeadGum to produce and promote the best podcasting talent in the world. Join the pair as they host a night featuring live recordings of three of their favourite HeadGum podcasts: High and Mighty with Jon Gabrus, Twinnovation with Jeff Rosenberg, Dave Rosenberg and Mike Karnell, and Black Men Can’t Jump with Jerah Milligan, Jon Braylock, and James III on Wednesday, July 26 at 9:30 pm at Maison Theatre.WHEN THE CONVERSATION TURNS TO FUNNY BUSINESSThe Just For Laughs ComedyPRO conference is back, bringing the best of the industry together for a four-day event, attracting everyone from leaders to groundbreakers and exploring all facets of humour at the foreground of entertainment. In addition to Kevin Hart and Trevor Noah, this year’s Just For Laughs ComedyPRO will include some of the hottest cast panels, podcasts and showcases of the best up-and-coming comedians.HBO PRESENTS VICE PRINCIPALS LIVE AT JUST FOR LAUGHSHBO’s Vice Principals tells the story of two school administrators locked in an epic struggle to ascend to their rightful place at North Jackson High School – to be school principal. Sit down with the stars and creators of Vice Principals as they discuss the darkest comedy on television and talk to us about what’s in store for Season 2! The cast panel features Danny McBride, Jody Hill, Walton Goggins, Kimberly Hébert Gregory, Georgia King and Edi Patterson. Friday, July 28 at 1:00 pm at the Grand Salon Opera, Level 4, Hyatt Regency Montreal.CNN PRESENTS THE HISTORY OF COMEDY LIVE AT JUST FOR LAUGHSJoin us for a special screening of the “Spark of Madness” episode from the CNN Original Series, The History of Comedy. “Spark of Madness” explores the fascinating minds of comedians, as well as the difficult road of mental illness and substance abuse that so many seemed destined to take. Following the screening, there will be a panel discussion moderated by Kliph Nesteroff with executive producers Mark Herzog and Todd Milliner and comedian W. Kamau Bell on Thursday, July 27 at 4:00 pm at Grand Salon Opera, Level 4, Hyatt Regency Montreal.The stand-up megastars that have been born at Just For Laughs’ New Faces of Comedy include Amy Schumer, Hannibal Buress, Demetri Martin, Ali Wong and Kevin Hart. Not a bad list, if we say so. Come see the genuinely thrilling moment a young comic steps up and becomes a star with our New Faces of Comedy, New Faces: Characters, and New Faces: Unrepped showcases taking place on Wednesday, July 26; and Thursday July 27 at Ludger-Duvernay at Monument National. The best of the next generation of comedians and solo sketch acts will give you a serious dose of comedic street cred. Catch them now before they are household names!Speaking of new, this year Just For Laughs is adding New Faces: Creators, a showcase of the up-and-coming influencers and creators who are contributing to the evolution of the comedy landscape through digital content creation. Thursday, July 27 at 1:45 pm at the Hyatt Grand Salon Opera, Level 4.Mark Critch is returning this fall to co-star in the 25th season of the venerable Canadian comedy institution This Hour Has 22 Minutes so who better to host a celebration of the future of Canadian comedy? See the next generation of great Canadian comics as they strut their stuff in a showcase of the best talent, hand-picked from across The Great White North in our 19th edition of Homegrown Comics, with special guest, comedian K. Trevor Wilson. Presented by Sirius XM, and taking place on Friday, July 28 at 7:00 pm at Ludger-Duvernay at Monument National.Save the date: One of the biggest events in the comedy world each year is the unveiling of Variety’s “10 Comics to Watch”, which recognizes stand-up, sketch artists and web content creators making the most impact in the industry. Catch the best and brightest “10 Comics To Watch” as they hit the stage and show you why they made the 2017 list, on Friday, July 28, 9:30 pm, at Ludger-Duvernay at Monument National.BREAKING DOWN STEREOTYPES AND BOUNDARIES IS WHAT WE DO BESTJust For Laughs tradition continues with The Ethnic Show, returning for its ninth edition and presented as part of the Jack Astor’s Club Series. This cultural melting pot of comedy features today’s buzz worthy comics, hosted by outspoken comedian Iranian-American Maz Jobrani. Maz is best known for numerous appearances on the late night talk show circuit and his many movie and television appearances. Joining Maz, sharing the humorous side of their diverse backgrounds: Jewish-American Jessica Kirson returns after highly praised performances in 2016; international comedian and one of the most sought-after performers, Korean Irish-American Steve Byrne; the return to the festival, audience favourite Italian-Canadians The Doo Wops, comprised of John Catucci and David Mesiano; rising star Portuguese-Canadian Mike Rita; and staple of the New York comedy scene Dominican-American Vlad Caamaño. We’re tearing down barriers to speak forthright while laughing at our differences and similarities, starting Wednesday, July 12 through to Thursday, July 27 with 19 performances at Club Soda and Metropolis.One of the most talked about series in the fest, The Nasty Show returns with a masterful line-up of outspoken, candid and daring standup comics guaranteed to push the boundaries of what is taboo. The series features heavy hitters such as Jimmy Carr with his mastery of amusing deadpan, edgy-one liner deliveries; unfiltered comedian Godfrey with his high-energy range of voices and personas and hilarious expletive-studded tirades. Big Jay Oakerson dubbed recently by The New York Times as a “Master of the Dirty Joke”, most notable with fans as the co-host of The Bonfire with Big Jay Oakerson and Dan Soder; along with his keen eye for the life’s absurdities, Robert Kelly‘s honest, abrasively funny, yet refreshingly vulnerable take on life has been winning over audiences for years. Audiences will need to relinquish judgment at the door to enjoy this uncensored night of indulgent laughs starting Wednesday, July 19 through to Friday, July 28 with 10 performances at Métropolis.VIDEOTRON PRESENTS OFF-JFL and ZOOFEST IN COLLABORATION WITH PABST BLUE RIBBONSometimes your alternative, edgy sibling can be a great influence. At least that’s the case with OFF-JFL and Zoofest this year. This series features 60 + distinctive shows spanning intimate venues around Montreal, appealing to a young, vibrant demographic thanks to its risqué nature and affordability. Some of the biggest names in comedy made surprise appearances in the past from Louis C.K. and Bill Burr to Judd Apatow and Dave Chappelle. This year will be no exception with some of the hippest acts planning to take the stage.Notables from their recent TV appearances include HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, comedian Arj Barker; FXX famed-animated hit Lucas Bros Moving Co., comedians The Lucas Bros; NBC’s Powerless comedian/actor Ron Funches; to Canada’s own Sabrina Jalees who recently guest-starred on Amazon’s Transparent; and comedian, writer, actor and TV host on the BBC Katherine Ryan. Comedian, screenwriter, actor, seen on Netflix and E!’s Chelsea Lately, Jen Kirkman joins; as well, socio-political comedian and TV host of FXX’s Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, W. Kamau Bell. Comedian and actor, most recently seen as everyone’s favourite brash coach on ABC’s The Goldbergs, podcast legend Bryan Callenshares his no-holds-barred approach to stand-up.The hottest comedians and shows emerging on the circuit will be featured in this series, including Cristela Alonzo, Kate Berlant, Vir Das, Mark Forward, Erik Griffin, Dan Soder, Barry Rothbart, Emily Heller, James Adomian, K. Trevor Wilson, Orny Adams, Debra DiGiovanni, Sasheer Zamata, Krystyna Hutchinson, Corinne Fisher, Wil Anderson, Ian Karmel, Big Jay Oakerson‘s What’s Your F*cking Deal?, Best of the Fest, Hosts with the Most and the insanely popular Midnight Surprise.Oh, one more thing. We can’t forget the quintessential comic’s comic Andy Kindler returns to OFF-JFL to host the beloved Alternative Show for five nights.Just For Laughs continues to draw the biggest talent in the industry, putting the audience in the middle of the action. Many comedians got their “big break” in Montreal over the last 35 years. In a span of 20 days, audiences will have the opportunity to see everyone from their stand-up idols, while also having the ability to discover the industry’s next breakout star.Be prepared for more announcements to the premium lineups in the coming weeks.Pre-sale tickets will be available starting today, Wednesday May 3, 2017 as of 12:00 Noon (ET), and to the general public Friday, May 5, 2017 at 10:00 am (ET) at hahaha.comLooking for the best way to experience the Just For Laughs Festival? Get a JFLMTL Pass! Passes available include: the JFL 2-Show Pass for $99.99, 3-Show Pass for $139.99 and 5-Show Pass for $215. Each pass includes one free ticket every day from July 25-29 (some restrictions apply).The Just For Laughs Festival runs from July 12 – 31, 2017 in Montréal, Canada.Find us on social #JFLMTL #JFL35Facebook: @justforlaughsTwitter: @justforlaughsInstagram: @justforlaughsThe Just For Laughs Festival would like to thank its public partners: Government of Canada, Gouvernement du Québec, City of Montréal and Tourisme Montréal for their support.# # #THE 2017 EDITION OFTHE JUST FOR LAUGHS FESTIVAL PRESENTED BY VIDEOTRONIN ASSOCIATION WITH LOTO-QUÉBECFor tickets by phone, online or in person: The Just For Laughs Box Office, 514-845-2322, presented by Vidéotron. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook Montréal, PQ [May 3, 2017] – The Just For Laughs Festival, presented by Vidéotron in association with Loto-Québec, is excited to announce the first slate of this year’s extraordinary line-up of comedians who will descend upon Montreal, turning the city into the epicenter of comedy for its annual celebration. The diversity and quality of performers is unsurpassable, deserving the title of the best-curated festival in the world.From stand up Galas and concert shows to intimate club series, live TV tapings, cast panels and live podcast recordings, Just For Laughs gives comedy enthusiasts the opportunity to get up close and personal with the comedic titans of today.ONE NIGHT, ONE STAGETWO OF COMEDY’S BIGGEST INTERNATIONAL COMEDIC TITANSlast_img read more

Gwyneth Paltrows Goop PopIn store coming to TorontoGwyneth Paltrows Goop PopIn store coming to Toronto

first_img Login/Register With: Nordstrom’s Pop-In shop concept is curated by Olivia Kim, a fashion world darling and vice-president of creative projects at Nordstrom. Kim came to the Seattle-based, high-end department store from her longtime gig at New York store-turned-label Opening Ceremony, which she helped grow with designers Carol Lim and Humberto Leon.The woman Vogue called a “rock star buyer,” Kim directs her own themed boutique within Nordstrom stores, which changes up every few weeks. Recent examples have included her KFashion (Korean fashion) tribute, as well as specially created offerings from Alexander Wang and Nike.READ MORE Advertisement Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Good news for fans of Goop, actor Gwyneth Paltrow’s nine-year-old aspirational lifestyle website. This Friday, Nordstrom at the Eaton Centre launches a “Pop-In” boutique called Goop x Nordstrom for a five-week run. The California-based site does not ship to Canada, so this is the first time keeners can get ahold of her buzzy gear.Goop has made news for its ahead-of-the-curve and sometimes off-the-wall lifestyle products and advice. The website features clothing collaborations with major designers, to create “classic and timeless” pieces reproduced from favourite items in Paltrow’s own wardrobe.There are also exclusive cleanse, dietary supplement and cookery items (Paltrow has cast herself as an accomplished home cook and has published several cookbooks, one with celeb chef Mario Batali), plus natural, detoxifying beauty products, to match her focus on leading a “clean” life. The site ranges from luxe travel tips and fine jewelry to New Age-y advice, including a recent divisive paean to the health benefits of mugwort vaginal steaming. Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Trevor Connie is the Season 4 Winner of CTVs MASTERCHEF CANADATrevor Connie is the Season 4 Winner of CTVs MASTERCHEF CANADA

first_imgWith the clock continuously counting down, the home cooks moved on to prepare their entrees. Trevor presented the judges with a braised lamb shank and lamb tongue with celeriac puree and seasonal vegetables, while Thea prepared braised pork belly and pork cheek tamale with pineapple mole sauce The judges declared that Trevor’s flavours and plating were almost perfect and felt that Thea’s dish showcased her command of bold flavours, but found the tamale ball to be slightly raw in the middle. In the final round of the showdown, Thea and Trevor prepared and presented their complex desserts. Thea created a stunning café de olla-inspired offering with orange cake, sponge toffee, and cinnamon ice cream, while Trevor served up a unique and whimsical take on a fallen ice cream cone with mint chocolate gelato and a crème fraiche whip. The judges found Trevor’s desert playful and full of flavour, while Thea’s creation was beautifully plated and full of bold flavours. Following a difficult deliberation, judges Michael Bonacini, Alvin Leung, and Claudio Aprile revealed that Trevor would receive the title of Canada’s next MasterChef.Season 4 of MASTERCHEF CANADA is the #1 Canadian program this spring with total viewers and all key adult demos. Averaging 1.3 million total viewers weekly, MASTERCHEF CANADA ranks in the Top 10 most-watched programs this spring with all key adult demos and consistently wins its Thursdays at 9 p.m. timeslot.Viewers can relive all the culinary action from the MASTERCHEF CANADA Kitchen with Season 4 episodes available on demand at and on the CTV GO app. Season 4 will also be available on CraveTV with episodes streaming beginning Friday, June 2. The Season 4 finale will encore Saturday, June 3 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV Two; Sunday, June 4 at 1 p.m. ET on CTV and 7 p.m. ET on Gusto (check local listings).Viewers can watch Trevor Connie live on YOUR MORNING (Weekdays at 6 a.m. ET on CTV in Ontario, Québec, and Eastern Canada), CTV MORNING LIVE EDMONTON (Weekdays at5:30 a.m. MT on CTV Edmonton) CP24 BREAKFAST (Weekdays at 5:30 a.m. ET), CTV News Channel (8:45 a.m. ET/PT), and THE SOCIAL (Weekdays at 1 p.m. ET/PT on CTV) on Friday, June 2, and ETALK (Weekdays at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV) on Monday, June 5 as he discusses his experience on MASTERCHEF CANADA.The MASTERCHEF format and finished programmes are represented internationally by Endemol Shine Group, and is based on a format originally created by Franc Roddam.MASTERCHEF CANADA is produced by Proper Television in association with CTV. Proper’s Vice-President and Creative Director Cathie James is the show runner and executive producer; Marike Emery is the Series Producer; President of Proper Television, Guy O’Sullivan, is the executive producer. For Bell Media, Danielle Pearson is Manager, Original Programming, Factual and Reality; Robin Johnston is Director, Original Programming, Factual and Reality; Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Original Programming. Pat DiVittorio is Vice-President, CTV and Specialty Programming; Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, Content and Programming. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media..SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Twitter:#MasterChefCanada@CTV_Television@MasterChefCDAMichael Bonacini – @MichaelBonaciniAlvin Leung – @TheDemonChefClaudio Aprile – @ClaudioAprileTrevor Connie – Aprile – @claudioaprile1Trevor Connie – @TrevorConnieAbout CTVCTV is Canada’s #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada’s most-watched television network for the past 15 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network’s website at Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement TORONTO, June 2, 2017  – Following an intense 12-episode culinary battle that began with a box of rice and 24 ambitious home cooks, it was revealed tonight by judges Michael Bonacini, Alvin Leung, and Claudio Aprile that plumber/gas fitter Trevor Connie (@ConnieTrevor) from Edmonton, Alberta., is the winner of MASTERCHEF CANADA Season 4. Cooking his way through a demanding, uninterrupted three-hour, three course culinary showdown, Trevor was awarded the much sought-after title of MASTERCHEF CANADA and the $100,000 grand prize over runner up Thea VanHerwaarden (@Thea_van1), a broker from Vancouver, B.C.“This experience has changed my life is so many ways and for that I am incredibly grateful,” said Trevor Connie. “I’m so honoured to have earned the title of Canada’s MasterChef. This journey has been truly humbling, and has given me the confidence and vision to pursue my food dream. I’m so thankful for the opportunity I’ve had to meet and learn from so many talented people, from my fellow home cooks, the judges, and everyone I’ve encountered during this adventure; and to my amazing family and friends who have cheered me on along the way.”On the Season 4 finale, the final two home cooks faced off in the most spectacular culinary showdown in MASTERCHEF CANADA history. With only three uninterrupted hours, Trevor and Thea had to prepare a three-course, restaurant quality meal that demonstrated their talent and growth throughout the competition. Starting with one hour to complete the appetizer course, Trevor created an octopus and chips appetizer with a deconstructed lemon tartar sauce, while Thea presented Mexican street corn panna cotta, with zucchini blossoms and jalapeno-lime puree. Judges Michael Bonacini, Alvin Leung, and Claudio Aprile enjoyed the flavours and presentation of Trevor’s dish and thought the octopus was cooked to perfection and felt Thea’s dish perfectly captured Latin American cuisine. Twitter Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

Rachel McAdams goes public with James Toback allegationsRachel McAdams goes public with James Toback allegations

first_img— With files from The Associated Press The London, Ont., native alleges that after the audition, Toback wanted to rehearse with her more and insisted she meet him at his hotel room that night because he was flying out the next day. McAdams says she told her agent about the meeting the next day. “I can’t believe he did it again,” McAdams says her agent responded. “This isn’t the first time that this has happened. He did this the last time that he was in town. He did this to one of my other actresses.” Facebook The 72-year-old denied the allegations to the Los Angeles Times, saying he never met any of the women, or if he had it “was for five minutes and (I) have no recollection.” Vanity Fair says Toback, who received an Oscar nomination for writing “Bugsy,” had no comment on any of the allegations when reached by phone on Wednesday. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “Pretty quickly the conversation turned quite sexual and he said, ‘You know, I just have to tell you. I have masturbated countless times today thinking about you since we met at your audition,’” McAdams says in the article, which was published online Thursday. “Sexual harassment is so pervasive” in Hollywood and has “got to stop,” says McAdams in the piece. She says she eventually left and feels “very lucky” that he didn’t physically assault her.center_img “We need to start acknowledging what an epidemic this is, and what a deep-seated problem this is. You have to get it all out in the open and in the light so that we can really understand how pervasive this is. ” Later, Toback asked her to show him her pubic hair, McAdams alleges. Allegations against Toback first surfaced on Sunday in the Los Angeles Times, which reported at the time that 38 women had accused him of sexual harassment, including Canadian actress Chantal Cousineau. McAdams says that made her angry and feeling “kind of thrown into the lion’s den and given no warning that he was a predator.” Canadian actress Rachel McAdams has gone public with an experience she says she had with writer-director James Toback, who’s reportedly been accused by some 200 women of sexual harassment. Advertisement McAdams tells Vanity Fair magazine she was a 21-year-old theatre school student in Toronto when she was invited to audition for Toback for a role in the 2001 film “Harvard Man.” Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more


first_imgHello 2018! The start of a new year will bring a few new celebrity faces to town. Here are 25 celebrities you can spot in and around Vancouver during January.ANNA KENDRICKAnna Kendrick will be in Vancouver until mid January for her role in Disney’s Christmas film Noelle, also known as Nicole. She is best known for her roles in the Twilight saga, the Pitch Perfect films and she has recently starred alongside Zac Efron in Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates.KATHERINE LANGFORD Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Best known for playing Hannah Baker on Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why, Australian actress Katherine Langford will be in Vancouver this January for her role in Spontaneous.CHRIS HEMSWORTHBe on the lookout for those baby blues!  The amazing Chris Hemsworth will be in Vancouver for his role in the feature film Bad Times at the El Royale.JEFF BRIDGESAlso joining Hemsworth on the set of Bad Times at the El Royale is actor and producer Jeff Bridges. Bridges comes from a family of actors and has been acting since he was two years old. You may remember him most recently in Hell or High Water, Tron: Legacy, True Grit or Iron Man.FREDDIE HIGHMOREBest known for his creepy portrayal of Norman Bates in the TV series Bates Motel, Freddie Highmore will be in Vancouver through to March for his new starring role in The Good Doctor, which will likely be renewed for a second season. Highmore has been acting since he was a child and has starred in films like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Finding Neverland and The Spiderwick Chronicles. Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Super Channel commissions second season of PURE from Two East Productions andSuper Channel commissions second season of PURE from Two East Productions and

first_imgAdvertisement Super Channel commissions second season of PURE from Two East Productions and Cineflix (CNW Group/Super Channel) EDMONTON, April 5, 2018 – Super Channel is pleased to announce that it has commissioned a second season of PURE, the critically acclaimed, Canadian Screen Award nominated series from Two East Productions and Cineflix.The six-part Super Channel Original Production will tell the continuing story of Noah and Anna Funk, Mennonites trying to protect their family and preserve their faith while battling drug trafficking within their community. The second season is scheduled to begin production in Nova Scotia later this spring and anticipated to premiere on Super Channel in early 2019.“We are thrilled to be working with Michael Amo and the team at Two East and Cineflix to bring PURE back for Canadian fans of the series,” said Melissa Kajpust, Vice President, Programming for Super Channel. “We jumped at the chance to bring this compelling drama set in a unique world to a pay-tv audience. There is so much more to the story to be told and we are excited the creators will have the creative freedom to take the story in new directions.” Twitter Showrunner Michael Amo said: “As a storyteller, I couldn’t ask for better creative partners or more compelling characters. Noah’s path will lead him to redemption or perdition, while Anna, exiled by her community, will be forced to outsmart the new cartel kingpin all by herself. It’s going to be a fun ride.”“We could not be more pleased and thankful to work with Super Channel to bring audiences a second season of PUREin which Michael is taking Anna and Noah on an even more conflicted and perilous journey,” added Cineflix Media President, Peter Emerson.PURE takes us deep inside a closed, secretive subculture through the eyes of a conflicted, good-hearted Mennonite couple trying to protect their family and preserve their faith.  Inspired by actual events, PURE is the journey of Noah and Anna Funk, determined to rid their community of the scourge of drugs and its nefarious ties to a transborder smuggling alliance with ruthless Mexican cocaine cartels.  But just when they believe the danger is behind them, they are pulled back into a world of violence, greed, and betrayal.Returning cast for season two include Ryan Robbins (Arrow, The Killing) as Noah Funk and Alex Paxton-Beesley(Cardinal, Copper) as Anna Funk.Produced by Two East Productions and Cineflix (Pure East 2) Inc. in association with Super Channel, WGN America, Hulu and the CBC, PURE is created and written by Michael Amo (The Listener) with Ken Girotti (Orphan Black, Vikings) as the series Director. Amo and Girotti serve as executive producers for the second season, along with Brett Burlock, Peter Emerson and David MacLeod (Call Me Fitz, Haven). Cineflix Rights has the exclusive worldwide distribution rights to PURE.About Super ChannelSuper Channel is a national premium pay television network, consisting of four HD channels, four SD channels, and Super Channel On Demand.Super Channel’s mission is to entertain and engage Canadian audiences by providing a unique and exclusive entertainment experience.  With a core foundation of integrity and accountability, we dedicate ourselves to implementing innovative programming strategies and unparalleled team work that provides viewers with exceptional value and variety.Super Channel is owned by Allarco Entertainment 2008 Inc., an Edmonton-based media company.Super Channel is currently available on Bell TV, Shaw Direct, Rogers Anyplace TV, Shaw Cable, Cogeco Cable,  Access Communications, Bell Aliant TV, Source Cable, SaskTel, MTS, Novus, EastLink, TELUS, Videotron, Westman Communications and other regional providers.Connect with Super Channel:www.superchannel.caSuper Channel on FacebookSuper Channel on TwitterSuper Channel on InstagramAbout CineflixCineflix creates, produces, and distributes popular factual and scripted content for the global market with operations in Montreal, Toronto, New York, London and Dublin. Producing approximately 200 hours of network-defining programming per year across a wide range of genres, and with a growing catalogue of 4,600 hours, Cineflix is behind some of TV’s most highly-rated brands. Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With:last_img read more

Winners of New Generation Photography Award featured in inaugural exhibition at theWinners of New Generation Photography Award featured in inaugural exhibition at the

first_img“This award allowed me to continue to focus my energies on creating art and enable me to forward my practice as I work on a new body of work,” said Meryl McMaster.Established in 2017, the New Generation Photography Award recognizes up-and-coming photo-based artists aged 30 and under working in Canada. Created by CPI in collaboration with its Founding Partner, Scotiabank, the Award is intended to support and advance the careers of young artists working in the photographic medium. Each artist receives $10,000 in prize money, as well as, the exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada and the opportunity to work closely with CPI curators and production staff on site. “The Canadian Photography Institute, in partnership with Scotiabank, is proud to present the innovative work of the talented young artists awarded the 2018 New Generation Photography Award,” said Ann Thomas, Interim Chief Curator of the National Gallery of Canada and former Senior Curator of CPI. “PhotoLab 4 will be on view at the same time as the exhibition The Extended Moment: Fifty Years of Collecting Photographs, providing Gallery goers a full spectrum of how generations of photographers have responded to the world around them and the inspiring dialogue that has occurred between them.”The inaugural exhibition features photographs, portraits, and video/sound installations that explore gender identity, Indigenous representation, longing, loss, spontaneity, self-discovery, and more. John Doig, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Scotiabank, describes the work in the exhibition as providing a “unique insight into how young Canadians perceive the world.”Elisa Julia Gilmour said she was honoured to have her work selected by a jury of experts and given the chance to show her work to new audiences. “It is a rare opportunity to be given the platform to exhibit for a large public, pushing the work to lead a public life of its own.”Gilmour, McMaster and Pizzitelli were selected from a longlist of 24 nominees announced in February 2018. The jury consisted of: Robert Bean, Professor of Visual Arts at NSCAD University; Stan Douglas, artist and winner of the Scotiabank Photography Award in 2013; and Elena Navarro, Director of the Foto México festival.The winning artists will participate in education programming and artist talks at the Gallery on May 5, 2018. The work of all the longlisted nominees will be featured in an exhibition at OCAD University’s Onsite Gallery as part of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival from May 12 to June 17, 2018.“The experience of putting together two exhibitions with such major institutions is really helpful,” said Deanna Pizzitelli. “You learn a lot about your field, such as installation design, institutional pathways, challenges and problem-solving related to fabrication. Because of this, I’ve allowed myself to think more ambitiously. Winning this prize has allowed me to think about my work on a larger scale.”Hours of operationFrom May 1 to September 30, 2018, the Gallery is open daily from 10 am to 6 pm, and on Thursdays from 10 am to 8 pm. Holiday exceptions apply, and hours are subject to change without notice. Please visit for more information.AdmissionTickets: $15 (adults); $13 (seniors); $7 (age 24 and under and full-time students); $30 (families: two adults and three youth, 17 and under). Admission is free for children under the age of 11 and for Members. Includes admission to the national collection, and all exhibitions excluding Impressionist Treasures. Free admission on Thursdays from 5 pm to 8 pm. To find out more.BoutiqueExhibitions catalogues are on sale at the Boutique, allowing visitors to revisit their favorite works of art for years to come. Also available online at Opens at 10 am daily. 15% off for Members.NGC is a beautifully illustrated online source of information about the Canadian and international art world, and the National Gallery of Canada’s activities and programming. This online magazine includes articles about upcoming and travelling exhibitions, behind the scenes features, artists’ profiles, book reviews and interviews.  NGC Magazine is free and published here. Subscribe to the NGC Magazine newsletter here.Connect with the GalleryFollow the Gallery’s latest news on its social media networks: Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram.About the National Gallery of CanadaThe National Gallery of Canada is home to the most important collections of historical and contemporary Canadian art. The Gallery also maintains Canada’s premier collection of European Art from the 14th to the 21st centuries, as well as important works of American, Asian and Indigenous Art and renowned international collections of prints, drawings and photographs. In 2015, the National Gallery of Canada established the Canadian Photography Institute, a global multidisciplinary research center dedicated to the history, evolution and future of photography. Created in 1880, the National Gallery of Canada has played a key role in Canadian culture for well over a century. Among its principal missions is to increase access to excellent works of art for all Canadians. For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter @NatGalleryCanAbout the Canadian Photography InstituteThe Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada is a multidisciplinary research centre dedicated to the history, evolution and future of photography in all its forms. The Institute was established in 2015 and officially launched in 2016. Its collections, which are regularly enriched with new donations, are built upon the National Gallery’s Photographs Collection, the collection of the former Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography and the still photos of the National Film Board of Canada archives. Part of the National Gallery of Canada, the Canadian Photography Institute receives unprecedented support from CPI’s Founding Partner, Scotiabank, the Archive of Modern Conflict (AMC) and the National Gallery of Canada Foundation. More information about the Canadian Photography Institution can be found on the Gallery’s website the National Gallery of Canada FoundationThe National Gallery of Canada Foundation is dedicated to supporting the National Gallery of Canada in fulfilling its mandate. By fostering strong philanthropic partnerships, the Foundation provides the Gallery with the additional financial support required to lead Canada’s visual arts community locally, nationally and internationally. The blend of public support and private philanthropy empowers the Gallery to preserve and interpret Canada’s visual arts heritage. The Foundation welcomes present and deferred gifts for special projects and endowments. To learn more about the National Gallery of Canada Foundation, visit and follow us on Twitter @NGC_FoundationAbout ScotiabankAt Scotiabank, we aim to support organizations that are committed to helping young people reach their infinite potential. Young people are our future leaders and Scotiabank’s goal is to help ensure that they have the necessary skills and resources they need to support their success. Together with our employees, the Bank supports causes at a grassroots level. Recognized as a leader for our charitable donations and philanthropic activities, in 2017, Scotiabank contributed more than $80 million to help our communities around the world.Scotiabank is Canada’s international bank and a leading financial services provider in North America, Latin America, the Caribbean and Central America, and Asia-Pacific. We are dedicated to helping our 24 million customers become better off through a broad range of advice, products and services, including personal and commercial banking, wealth management and private banking, corporate and investment banking, and capital markets. With a team of more than 89,000 employees and assets of over $923 billion (as at January 31, 2018), Scotiabank trades on the Toronto (TSX: BNS) and New York Exchanges (NYSE: BNS). For more information, please visit and follow us on Twitter @Scotiabank. Login/Register With: Advertisement OTTAWA, April 11 – The Canadian Photography Institute (CPI) of the National Gallery of Canada (NGC) presents PhotoLab 4: New Generation photography Award Exhibition from April 13 to August 19, 2018. The exhibition features the work of the winners of the inaugural New Generation Photography Award. Elisa Julia Gilmour from Toronto; Meryl McMaster from Ottawa; and Deanna Pizzitelli from Ottawa were singled out for making outstanding work in the photographic arts so early in their careers. Advertisementcenter_img Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more




first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Well, we’re taking this one out like we brought it in: with love, laughs, gratitude… and on our own terms. Season 3 of #WillandGrace (well, season 11!) will be our grand finale… and it’s gonna be FANTASTIC. @WillAndGrace @DebraMessing @SeanHayes @MeganMullally @MaxMutchnick— Eric McCormack (@EricMcCormack) July 25, 2019 Will & Grace ‘WILL AND GRACE’ TO END WITH REVIVAL’S THIRD SEASON (AND 11TH OVERALL) ON NBCWill and Grace is saying farewell. Again. The revived NBC comedy’s upcoming third season (and 11th overall) will be its last. The final season, which will consist of another round of 18 episodes, will debut in 2020 on NBC. The decision was, as the creators explain in the quotes below, a creative one between themselves and the cast decision. READ MORE Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisementcenter_img NBC’S ‘WILL & GRACE’ REBOOT TO END WITH UPCOMING 2020 SEASON“Will & Grace” executive producers Max Mutchnick, David Kohan and James Burrows, in conjunction with the cast, have decided to end the “Will & Grace” reboot on NBC with the 2020 season, its third season that follows an original eight-season run.“We think of the ‘Will & Grace’ reboot episodes the way Karen Walker thinks of martinis – 51 is not enough, 53 is too many,” they said in a joint statement. “That is why, after consulting with the cast, we all have decided this will be the final season of ‘Will & Grace.’”The comedy, starring Debra Messing, Eric McCormack, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullaly, initially aired for eight seasons on NBC from 1998 to 2006, before being rebooted 11 years later in 2017. READ MORE ‘WILL & GRACE’ REVIVAL TO END WITH UPCOMING 2020 SEASON ON NBCWill & Grace is coming to an end. After an 11-season, 246-episode run, the series will end with the upcoming season (the revival’s third and 11th overall) in 2020.“When NBC had the opportunity to reconnect this amazing cast and creative team, we jumped at the chance,” said George Cheeks and Paul Telegdy, Co-Chairmen, NBC Entertainment.”The impact and legacy of ‘Will & Grace’ simply can’t be overstated, both as a true game-changer in the portrayal of the LGBTQ community and as one of the finest comedies in television history. A huge thank you to Max, David, Jimmy and a cast that is second to none for their brilliance over an incredible run.” READ MORE‘WILL AND GRACE’ CAST TOAST END OF 3-YEAR REVIVAL: “WHAT A MIRACLE”Debra Messing says the cast and creators “got together and we decided it was the right time” (and shared a photo of the moment).Shortly after breaking the news that the Will and Grace revival would be coming to an end, the stars took to social media to further comment on their decision.“We’re taking this one out like we brought it in: with love, laughs, gratitude… and on our own terms,” Eric McCormack wrote on Twitter as the cast began to circulate the news on Thursday. READ MORE David Kohan and I just sent this letter to our #WillandGrace family. #ThePartysOver— Max Mutchnick (@MaxMutchnick) July 25, 2019 For all “Will & Grace” fans, I am sharing the news that this is going to be our last and final season (which premieres this winter).  To everyone who watched the first run and to everyone that encouraged this reboot, we did it all for you. ❤️Love to you all. Sean— Sean Hayes (@SeanHayes) July 25, 2019 WILL & GRACE ENDING WITH SEASON 11Will & Grace is preparing to enter its final season. For real this time. NBC’s revival of the hit sitcom — which returned in Sept. 2017 after originally wrapping up in May 2006 — will conclude with its upcoming 11th season, TVLine has learned.“We think of the Will & Grace [revival] episodes the way Karen Walker thinks of martinis — 51 is not enough, 53 is too many,” executive producers Max Mutchnick, David Kohan and James Burrows said in a statement. That is why, after consulting with the cast, we all have decided this will be the final season of Will & Grace.” READ MORE LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

The part about the letter IVThe part about the letter IV

first_imgFULL SPECIAL REPORTBy Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsJohn Crosbie, the lieutenant-governor of Newfoundland and Labrador, says he wrote the letter to the immigration minister as a favour for a friend who wanted to buy the Quebec-based Laurentian Bank of Canada.Monte Solberg was the Conservative government’s Immigration minister at the time.Crosbie, 80, wrote Solberg asking him to intervene and prevent the expulsion of Michael Chamas‘ common-law wife, a French citizen named Brigitte Garas, from Canada.Garas and Chamas, along with their two children, were going through customs at Montreal’s Pierre Elliot Trudeau airport after a trip to Switzerland and Dubai on July 5, 2006, when a Canada Border Services Agency official noticed a red flag on her file.The CBSA agent saw a note that had been inserted by another customs officer in 2002. The note indicated that Garas had been told to apply for permanent residency within six months.Garas hadn’t applied for permanent residency, even though she had been living in Canada for about a decade, and had given birth to a second child in the country. The CBSA agent ruled her inadmissible and she was ordered to leave by July 21.Chamas then called Juanita Cree, who was his assistant at the time and she contacted Montreal immigration lawyer Cheryl Ann Buckley, who took on the case.Cree said she also phoned David Bernstein who said he knew how to help. Bernstein was a Montreal bankruptcy lawyer and Conservative fundraiser. He had close ties to Crosbie and other prominent Conservatives and was three times a Tory candidate in the 1970s and in 1980.“He said yes, we can take care of this, it’s not a problem,” said Cree.Bernstein had heard about Chamas from Cree and believed he was a Swiss banker involved in international investing.There was an expectation that Chamas would help out with some “projects” in exchange for the political favour, said Cree. One of those projects was the purchase of the Laurentian Bank, which was rumoured to be up for grabs.So Bernstein contacted his friend Crosbie.On Friday, July 14, a legal assistant with St. John’s law firm Patterson Palmer sent an email, carbon-copied to Bernstein, with a subject line that said “Brigitte Garas.” Attached to the email was a letter from Crosbie.“A friend and supporter of our party has contacted me from Montreal in connection with Brigitte Garas, a French citizen who has been living as a common law wife of a Canadian citizen, Michael Chamas, for over 11 years,” wrote Crosbie, in the July 14, 2006, letter. “It would be much appreciated if you could have this matter looked into and make a decision as to whether you should exercise your discretion and have the expulsion order suspended or whatever appears to be the proper treatment.”The letter.Download (PDF, 57KB)According to Cree, Garas’ file was then handled by “Ottawa.”“The letter was just the beginning of it,” said Cree. “This was to make sure we got a ministerial permit in place…to get her paperwork approved for her permanent residency, it was the whole kit…This is why in the end, the involvement of Ottawa was all the way through this entire process.”Buckley sent an application on July 13 to obtain a temporary residence permit to allow Garas to stay in Canada.On July 19, Buckley received a call from Solberg’s office to inform her that a temporary residence permit would be issued. It would be good for a year.That same day, Bernstein emailed Solberg’s aide Alison Stodin thanking her for “your understanding and prompt action.”Stodin said the issue had been dealt with by Solberg.“This was brought to the minister and a decision has been taken that will mean that Mrs. Garas will not be compelled to leave the country on July 21,” wrote Stodin. “However, this is somewhat complicated so I would like to either speak with you directly on phone or directly to Mrs. Garas.”The email.Download (PDF, Unknown)Solberg, who chose not to run in the 2008 federal election, said in an email to APTN National News he doesn’t remember the issue or the letter from Crosbie.“I don’t recall receiving this at all. Given that it’s from John Crosbie,I’m pretty certain that I would have remembered if I had ever seen it,” wrote Solberg, who was sent a copy of the letter and the emails.Crosbie, however, remembers sending the letter.“I wrote the letter to Immigration Minister Solberg at the request of Bernstein since the information I was given indicated that the wife of Chamas had been treated unfairly,” wrote Crosbie, in an email to APTN National News. “I asked the minister to review that. I never heard anything from the minister in response to the letter.”Crosbie said in an interview with APTN National News that Bernstein wanted the letter sent to Solberg as part of a plan to raise funds for the purchase of the Laurentian Bank.“(Bernstein) wanted me to do this in connection with his interest in trying to see if we could get sufficient funding raised to get control of the bank in Quebec. It was something about that. It never went anywhere,” said Crosbie. “It was just a minor incident, years ago, when I was a friend of Bernstein, he was seeing if I could help him do something, that is all, it never got anywhere and there is no story in it.”Garas’ temporary permit was again renewed in 2007 for another year and Buckley continued to work securing her temporary permit on humanitarian grounds.Garas gave birth to a third child during this time.Then, according to Buckley, things turned against Garas, and it became obvious that it was being driven by “Ottawa.”“I got the impression that Ottawa was sticking its fingers everywhere,” she said.On March 12, 2008, Buckley received a phone call from an immigration official.“They wanted significant proof as to her establishment and monetary support,” said Buckley. “They banged on the monetary support by her common-law husband.”Buckley said she believes Revenue Canada was trying to extract information about Chamas’ financial affairs through Garas’ immigration case.Chamas was fighting Revenue Canada over millions of dollars in back taxes. Chamas claimed he didn’t have to pay taxes because all his business was done overseas where he resided.“It was like, ‘see if we can’t get him, see what we can get out of her stupid attorney who is doing the immigration and find out where Brigitte’s money is coming from,’” she said. “It was more than an impression.”Buckley said that as time progressed, the immigration official she dealt with began to repeatedly refer to Ottawa whenever she wanted information.“It later got worse in 2009 when they kept saying Ottawa is asking, Ottawa is telling me to do this,” said Buckley. “I just kept referring them to the tax attorney.”Buckley, who added a complementary sponsorship application to the original humanitarian and compassionate grounds application, said money issues do not apply to spouses unless they are bankrupt, according to the department’s own forms.In her over 20 years in practice, Buckley said she had never been asked the type of detailed financial questions she faced on the Garas file.“They don’t ask for specifics on cars, or how do you pay your bills, or who is underwriting you or where is your money coming from. That I have never been asked before,” said Buckley. “Ever.”Then on July 9, 2008, Buckley was told by telephone by immigration official Suzanne Pelletier that the department would be refusing another extension to the temporary residence permit.The department had only received the application in their Vegreville, Alta., office the day before, said Buckley.Pelletier also said that the humanitarian and compassionate grounds application would also be rejected.“I didn’t have a letter of refusal, I had nothing. That didn’t come for another six months,” Buckley said. “They were basically telling that it would be refused…and because that will be refused the (temporary residency permit) will be refused…it defies logic this case.”Buckley said she had never dealt with an immigration official acting as an intermediary with Ottawa before a case had been decided.“This is interference by Ottawa before a decision has been made,” she said.In a letter to Pelletier, Buckley said the department’s handling of the case was “taking a more sinister tone.”On September 19, 2008, the department officially refused to issue another temporary permit and Garas was ordered to leave the country, according to Federal Court documents. On April 27, 2009, her application for permanent residency was also rejected.The decision was challenged in Federal Court, but the rejection was upheld in a ruling delivered Dec. 8, 2010.Garas was forced to leave the country with her three children.Solberg said in an email that Chamas’ criminal charges resulting from Operation Cancun would have been enough to get her “bounced” from the country.jbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more

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