Monday, August 27, 2012


Series Premieres Sunday, September 2 at 10pm ET/PT

Exclusively on Lifetime®
Part of Lifetime’s Inaugural Fall Schedule, The Client List Joins a Powerful Lineup of Acclaimed Scripted Series,  Exclusive Hit Reality Shows and Movies
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The steamy hit series The Client List, starring and executive-produced by Golden Globe®-nominated actress Jennifer Love Hewitt (Ghost Whisperer), makes its Canadian premiere on Sunday, September 2 at 10pm ET/PT exclusively on Lifetime®. Based on the Lifetime movie of the same name for which Hewitt garnered a Golden Globe® nomination, The Client List also stars Golden Globe® -winning actress Cybill Shepherd, Colin Egglesfield (Something Borrowed, Melrose Place, All My Children), Emmy® award-winning actress Loretta Devine (Grey’s Anatomy, Boston Public) and Rebecca Field (American Reunion, October Road).

Abandoned by her husband, Riley Parks (Hewitt) finds herself struggling to make ends meet for her young family. Taking a job at a day spa, she soon learns that the parlour offers more than just traditional massage therapy. With bills piling up and the threat of losing the family home becoming a reality, Riley finds herself struggling to balance two disparate worlds – one that revolves around providing for her kids and the other around the massage parlour and its special clientele. Keeping both worlds separate is trickier than expected as she’s not the only one harbouring secrets.

With the help of her tough-talkin’ mother (Shepherd), best friend Lacey (Field), brother-in-law Evan (Egglesfield), spa owner Georgia (Devine) and spirited co-workers, Riley learns to cope with the challenges of being a single mother and soon finds herself adapting to her new life of independence.

The first season of The Client List aired this past spring on Lifetime in the U.S. to massive ratings success, delivering Lifetime’s strongest freshman season for an original series since 2009 (among Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 and Women 25-54)* and during its run was cable’s number one drama among Women 18+ in the Sunday 10pm time period.**

The Client List is executive produced by Jennifer Love Hewitt, John Tinker, Jordan Budde, Efrem Seeger, Howard Braunstein and Dannielle Thomas, with Fedora Films and Jaffe/Braunstein producing, in association with Sony Pictures Television.

As part of Lifetime Canada’s inaugural fall schedule, The Client List joins a powerful line up of acclaimed scripted series, exclusive hit reality shows and movies. Other enticing new series coming this fall include: Dance Moms, Dance Mom: Miami, The Conversation with Amanda de Cadenet and original movies Liz & Dick, Ring of Fire and Steel Magnolias. At launch, Lifetime will be available on a three-month free preview in nearly 10 million homes across the country.


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*4/8/12- 6/17/12 vs. 7/12/09- 10/11/09

**4/8/12- 6/17/12







The TSO will perform for over 10,000 students and adults in its eighth annual Northern Residency.

August 21, 2012 – The Toronto Symphony Orchestra embarks on its eighth annual Northern Residency, September 10 – 14, 2012, presenting both student concerts and public concerts in North Bay and Timmins. 64 artists are travelling on the Northern Residency, including TSO Music Director Peter Oundjian who will lead the public concerts, newly-appointed RBC Resident Conductor Shalom Bard who will lead student concerts, and Roch Carrier who will narrate The Hockey Sweater in student concerts. Three Canadian composers will join the TSO and meet with local students during the Residency: Composer Advisor Gary Kulesha, whose Northern Lights Overture will be performed on the public concerts; Abigail Richardson, whose TSO-commissioned The Hockey Sweater will be performed on the student concerts; and the TSO’s newly-appointed RBC Affiliate Composer Kevin Lau.

After popular world première performances in Toronto, The Hockey Sweater will be featured in concerts designed for students and performed in North Bay and Timmins. The TSO commissioned The Hockey Sweater from Canadian composer Abigail Richardson, who uses the orchestra to create a unique musical version of this classic children’s story. Joining the TSO for these performances is author Roch Carrier, who will narrate his childhood tale of tolerance and hockey in rural Quebec. Five student concert performances will be conducted by the TSO’s newly-appointed RBC Resident Conductor Shalom Bard, and will be performed in French and English.

The Orchestra's 2012 Northern Residency will connect over 10,000 students and adults in Northern Ontario communities with live orchestral music this September. While in these northern communities, TSO musicians will travel to local schools, performing small ensemble concerts designed for young listeners, as well as leading masterclasses for student musicians. During the five-day Northern Residency, TSO musicians will also take part in 48 in-school performances (14 of which will be given in French language), and nine masterclasses for secondary school students.

Symphony-lovers in North Bay and Timmins will also have the chance to catch the TSO in public concerts presented by the local orchestra in each host city (September 11 in North Bay and September 13 in Timmins). Led by TSO Music Director Peter Oundjian, the programme includes Brahms Symphony No.1 and Northern Lights Overture by Canadian composer Gary Kulesha. TSO Horns Christopher Gongos and Gabriel Radford are featured in Haydn’s Concerto for Two Horns, and TSO Violins Amanda Goodburn and Peter Seminovs perform Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Violins.

TSO Season Presenting Sponsor is BMO Financial Group.

The Official Airline of the TSO is Air Canada.

Tour Cartage Provided by Tippet-Richardson Limited.

This tour is made possible in part by generous grants from the Ontario Arts Council and the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

The RBC Resident Conductor and RBC Affiliate Composer positions are supported by RBC Foundation and the Canada Council for the Arts.

The Hockey Sweater was jointly commissioned by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.

Toronto Symphony Orchestra 2012 Northern Residency Public Concerts and Education Programme itinerary:

Monday, September 10, Burk’s Falls/South River/Sturgeon Falls/North Bay

English language In-School Education Programmes

French language In-School Education Programmes

Tuesday, September 11, North Bay

English language In-School Education Programmes French language In-School Education Programmes Public Concert 7:30pm at North Bay Capitol Centre

Wednesday, September 12, North Bay English Student Concert

10:00am at North Bay Capitol Centre

English Student Concert 12:00pm at North Bay Capitol Centre

Thursday, September 13, Timmins French Student Concert 10:30am at École secondaire catholique Thériault

English language In-School Education Programmes French language In-School Education Programmes Public Concert 7:30pm at École secondaire catholique Thériault

Friday, September 14, Timmins

English Student Concert 10:00am at École secondaire catholique Thériault English Student Concert 12:00pm at École secondaire catholique Thériault

About the TSO: Founded in 1922, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra is one of Canada’s major cultural institutions and is internationally recognized as a leading orchestra. Under the leadership of Music Director Peter Oundjian, the TSO is committed to innovative programming and showcases a roster of distinguished guest artists and conductors. In addition to performances, the TSO serves the community with one of the largest music education outreach programmes in Canada, connecting students throughout Ontario with acclaimed curriculum-based programming.


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ReelHeART 2013

“We Run Sh*t!” a never before seen exposé into the deceitful and darker side of nightlife entertainment will officially open  to a graphic spotlight on the underbelly of the Miami club scene in recession fueled America, where a tough, often brutal and a drug and sex entrenched dark side rears it’s ugly head to provide club goers “entertainment”.

Characters in “We Run Sh*t!” are selfish, greedy, egotistical, lazy and cruel, constantly shifting blame, while our heroes try to stay two steps ahead, but seem to fall 10 steps back at almost every turn.

“We Run Sh*t!” is produced by 2010 Toronto mayoral candidate James Di Fiore who is also an investigative freelance writer and hip hop artist.

Co-Directed by ReelHeART 2006 “Best of Fest” Winner Scott Storm, who says of his documentary, “In many ways, the 2-year process of making the movie and working out all the kinks took its toll on all of us. But like any creative endeavor, if you can survive the war, the victory is in seeing the finished product up there on display and watching how the world responds to what you’ve created.”

Asked why ReelHeART 2013 is opening with such a dark “cloak and daggers” documentary, ReelHeART Executive Managing Director Shannonn Kelly explains: “For years, audiences and filmmakers thought we were the “nice festival”, screening films with Pandas and soulful red-headed Vegans. I always explain that sure, ReelHeART means heart, but it also means guts and soul. When audiences see our films, they’re so often moved, emotionally shaken or highly entertained when they get out of a film. They seem astonished. That’s what we’re going for — Feeling something. We want filmmakers and filmgoers to get all their organs involved with ReelHeART films. Your Heart, your Brain, and your Gut. Feel something. And talk about it to everyone you see. In our 8th season, we feel “We Run Sh*t!” says this perfectly for us.”

The 8th Annual ReelHeART International Film Festival runs June 27-30, 2013.

Short and Feature Screenplay Competition rehearsed-cast-to-type Live Reads will be held at night with a Special Opening, Wednesday June 27th. Films start their premieres June 28th and run through the weekend, with Closing Night Gala at 9:00PM Saturday June 30th.

“WE Run Sh*t! Official Opening Film 2013 ReelHeART 7:00PM, Thursday June 28, 2013

The Projection Booth East 1035 Gerrard Street East, #506 College Car – - Jones TTC Stop

Tickets are $12 – - Advance Tickets on sale online May 20th at

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For Press Screeners, Contact GG Gianfranco, ReelHeART Marketing Liaison

To see the “We Run Sh*T!” Trailer click Here Email

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Veld Music Festival


INK Entertainment, Canada’s premiere hospitality and entertainment company heats up the 2012 summer music season with VELD Music Festival. Featuring an unprecedented, globally acclaimed musical line-up, VELD will touch down in Toronto at Downsview Park on August 4th and 5th, 2012. Fans of a wide range of electronic music and talent can expect to revel in the DJ sets of today’s biggest names, rain or shine. Over the course of two days and spanning across two stages, the all-ages festival will feature a 19+ VIP area for 3000 guests, complete with bar, washroom facilities, priority parking and fast access. Collaborating with the biggest stars and labels in EDM, VELD is the culmination of the world’s top talent and show producers, all ready to redefine and eclipse festival-goers’ expectations.

Enhanced by an ideal open setting, Downsview Park will host fans while providing the optimal festival environment. Conveniently located to a variety of public transit routes and Downsview Subway Station, the park is equipped with a variety of amenities such as concessions and parking to amplify a comfortable festival experience.

VELD tickets will be made available for public purchase online, at 10 AM EST, on April 26th, 2012 and will provide access for the two days. Fans can receive exclusive pre-sale, front-of-the-line access for ticket purchase through signing up on Facebook and Twitter. A limited block of 1000 General Admission tickets will be available at $69.50, followed by a block of 4000 tickets to be released at $89.50, and third block of 5000 tickets to be released at $129.50 (all plus tax + service charge). The first 1000 VIP tickets will be available at $199.50 and a second batch of 1000 VIP tickets will be $299.50 (both plus tax + service charge). VIP tickets are limited to just 3000 units and all ticket holders must be 19 years or older. Additional General Admission and VIP tickets will be released, though fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets early for preferential pricing. Tickets are available at, Tickets will be available at authorized retail outlets throughout Toronto, at a later date. VELD Music Festival will engage fans through its social media channels, providing the public with updates, news, photos and artist mixes, leading up to and post festival.

Renowned for exceptional entertainment and hospitality, INK Entertainment is excited to bring together a roster of world-class talent, industry and festival production in one place, under one dynamic brand. VELD Music Festival promises to be the electronic music highlight of the year, and is looking forward to solidifying Canada as a cultural music mecca for the masses.

The VIP package includes the following:

  • Dedicated VIP Parking

  • Priority Entry

  • Charging Station

  • Access to a private area with separate VIP only washrooms & bar


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Saturday, February 02, 2008

The International Association for Jazz Education

The International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE) will inhabit the Canadian metropolis of Toronto when it returns for the 35th Annual Conference from January 9-12, 2008. The conference was held in Toronto for the first time in 2003. Widely considered as one of the most diverse cities in the world, Toronto has much to offer IAJE conference participants. It is a cosmopolitan city with a vibrant nightlife, a strong jazz community, and a major scene for music, theatre, performing arts and architectural attractions such as the CN Tower and the Distillery District. The Fairmount Royal York, Toronto Sheraton and Intercontinental Hotels along with the Metro Toronto Convention Centre will serve as the headquarters for the largest annual gathering of the global jazz community.

Upwards of 7,000 educators, musicians, record executives, exhibitors, media, students and enthusiasts are expected to attend the 35th Annual IAJE Conference. In 2009, Seattle is set to host IAJE for the first time; New York City is committed to host again in 2010. Then, IAJE heads down to the Big Easy in 2011 when it returns for a second time to New Orleans.
Education, teacher training and outreach will be firmly at the heart of the four-day conference agenda that will also feature Canada's most respected and influential jazz performing artists. With the variety of clinics, concerts, and a 70,000 square-foot music industry exposition with something for everyone, the 2008 IAJE conference program promises to be one of the strongest conferences yet.

On Wednesday, January 9 at 6pm, conference highlights begin with the 8th Annual IAJE Gala Dinner, hosted by Nancy Wilson. Manchester Craftsmen's Guild founder Bill Strickland is set to receive the Lawrence Berk Leadership Award, and the 2008 IAJE Presidents Award will be presented to Senator Tommy Banks and Paquito D'Rivera. Proceeds from the ticketed event will benefit the IAJE Campaign for Jazz.

On Friday, January 11 at 8pm, the IAJE Conference will host the 2008 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Jazz Masters Awards Concert in the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The NEA Jazz Masters award is the nation's highest honor in this distinctly American art form. Each recipient is set to receive a $25,000 fellowship, and the opportunity to participate in other promotional and performance activities. Sadly, one of the 2008 honorees, renowned pianist and composer Andrew Hill, was notified of his receipt of the award shortly before his death. Hill spent 40 years composing, performing, recording, and mentoring young musicians. He earned acclaim for his innovative performances and compositions beginning in the 1960s.

In addition to Hill, the 2008 NEA Jazz Masters are: rhythm instrumentalist Candido Camero; bandleader Quincy Jones; composer-arranger Tom McIntosh; trumpeter Joe Wilder and the A.B. Spellman NEA Jazz Master Award for Jazz Advocacy is being given to classical and jazz composer-arranger Gunther Schuller. The NEA, in partnership with the Canadian Council for the Arts, will also give a special award to Dr. Oscar Peterson for his unique role as a Canadian Jazz Master. The awards concert will feature performances by Kurt Elling and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra conducted by David Baker. The concert and ceremony will be open to all registered attendees.

Other artists scheduled to perform at the 2008 IAJE Conference include: Aaron Goldberg Trio featuring Eric Harland & Reuben Rogers, Altsys Jazz Orchestra with guest saxophonist Donny McCaslin, Art of Jazz Orchestra with Kevin Mahogany, Barry Romberg's Random Access Large Ensemble, Christian Scott, Christine Jensen Quintet, Clay Jenkins, Convergence, Courtney Pine, Darcy James Argue's Secret Society North, Davidson/Murley/Braid Quintet (DMBQ), Deborah J. Carter Quartet, Dennis Rollins' Badbone & Co., Denny Zeitlin Solo Piano, Empirical, Esperanza Spalding, Francois Houle Octet, Gabriel Alegria's Afro-Peruvian Jazz Sextet, Gregoire Maret & Andy Milne Duo, Heinrich von Kalnein Songlines, Jacqui Naylor, Joel Harrison and Harbor, Jovino Santos Neto Trio, Kenny Werner & Roseanna Vitro, Les Projectionnistes, Lionel Loueke, MB3, Martin Taylor's Freternity, Marty Ehrlich & Myra Melford Duo, New York Voices with Paquito D'Rivera, Nimmons 'n' Nine Now!, Nordic Connect, Ralph Bowen, Sachal Vasandani, Sofia Koutsovitis, The Delirium Blues Project featuring the NYU Student All-Stars, The Tierney Sutton Band, Tim Posgate Hornband featuring Howard Johnson, Tommy Smith National Youth Jazz Orchestra, Toru Dodo Trio, Valeria Matzner, and many more.

The conference will feature over 100 performances by internationally recognized artists and school groups and includes daily concerts featuring professional jazz artists representing the diversity of jazz worldwide, the IAJE Sisters In Jazz Collegiate All-Stars, the Clifford Brown/Stan Getz All-Stars, Community College All-Star Student Big Band, and a number of outstanding school ensembles from around the world. Other conference highlights include the Montreux Jazz Festival Competition winners; the world premieres of the works of the ASCAP, Gil Evans, and SOCAN award winners; research paper presentations; and pre-conference workshops to provide training and development for IAJE volunteer leaders and chapter officers.

WBGO Jazz 88 FM, CBC Radio and Jazz FM 91 are the IAJE Conference host radio stations that will broadcast daily from the site.

The 2008 IAJE Conference Industry Track will focus on career development, new media, the recording industry, and personalized consultation. These insightful and sometimes controversial panels and workshops are geared to members of the jazz recording, journalism, presenting, performing, retail, and radio industries. With sponsorship and support from JazzTimes, Jazziz, Down Beat, JazzWeek, the NEA, NARAS, the Jazz Journalists Association, Jazz FM 91 and DL Media, the Industry Track will provide an opportunity for industry members, jazz educators, and musicians to interact with each other in a series of sessions that encourage an honest exchange of ideas and strategies for the future.

Among the Industry Track highlights, one-on-one interviews with Paul Bley and Candido Camero, Dr. Billy Taylor interviews Roy Haynes, Kurt Elling interviews Jon Hendricks, and A.B. Spellman interviews the 2008 NEA Jazz Masters.

All U.S. citizens will be required to have a passport to re-enter the United States. Please allow at least six weeks for the processing of a new passport. Visit the U.S. State Department web site to learn more and obtain an application. For travel from other countries, please contact your home country's Department of Foreign Affairs, Identity and Passport Service, or Department of Internal or Home Affairs.

Monday, July 02, 2007

Theatre Ontario Announces Festival 2007 Award Winners

Theatre Ontario Festival 2007 came to a successful close on Sunday. Awards were presented to the best in Ontario community theatre productions, and to six individuals who were recognized for their contribution to community theatre across the province. This year's festival, celebrating the 35th anniversary of Theatre Ontario, was supported by a $19,200 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF). Frank Klees, MPP for Oak Ridges, joined OTF representative Helen Ching-Kircher in congratulating Theatre Ontario at the Festival's opening ceremonies on Wednesday night.

"We are privileged and proud to have the Theatre Ontario Festival 2007 here in Newmarket delivering such high level performing excellence," said MPP Klees.
The Festival, hosted by Theatre Ontario and the Association of Community Theatres of Central Ontario (ACT-CO), represents the finals of an Ontario-wide drama competition, and features four outstanding productions from across the province. Participating in Theatre Ontario Festival 2007 were several hundred people, and four dynamic productions:

Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee, presented by East Side Players, Toronto (representing the Association of Community Theatres – Central Ontario)
Kiss The Moon, Kiss The Sun by Norm Foster, presented by Gore Bay Theatre (representing the Quebec-Ontario Theatre Association)
All My Sons by Arthur Miller, presented by Domino Theatre, Kingston (representing the Eastern Ontario Drama League)
Ethan Claymore by Norm Foster, presented by London Community Players (representing the Western Ontario Drama League)
Domino Theatre of Kingston was awarded the Elsie for Outstanding Production.

Please click here for a full list of award recipients.

The OTF grant funded a special staged reading of two plays: Drew Hayden Taylor's 400 Kilometres and Norm Foster's Jenny's House Of Joy, followed by a panel discussion on "Breaking Down Barriers." The grant also funded a workshop for community theatres on recruitment and retention of volunteers, facilitated by Jane Gardner, General Manager of the Blyth Festival, and Cameron Smillie, arts consultant.

The five-day festival, chaired by Andrea Emmerton of Theatre Ontario and Maureen Lukie of ACT-CO, also featured a workshop on "Transactional Approach For Actors" led by adjudicator Brian Van Norman; a play reading by Norm Foster (sponsored by The Canada Council for the Arts and Playwrights Guild of Canada); and Theatre Ontario's Annual General Meeting.
In recognition of the 35th anniversary, the Michael Spence Awards were also presented at the ceremonies. These awards are given every five years to individuals from each of the five community theatre regions of Ontario for their outstanding contribution to their region within the past thirty-five years. The recipients were Gabe Ferrazzo of Thunder Bay, Val Hadley of Sarnia, Maureen Lukie of Toronto, Beth McMaster of Peterborough, and Kenneth Stephen of Elliot Lake. A sixth Award was presented to Richard Howard of Sault Ste. Marie, as a professional who has contributed both financially and artistically to the development of theatre across the province.

Each year, Theatre Ontario also celebrates the achievements of Ontario-based individuals who have made a sustained and significant contribution to the development of theatre in the province, by awarding the Maggie Bassett Award. Yvette Nolan, the recipient of the 2007 Maggie Bassett Award was recognized at Sunday's award ceremony.
Theatre Ontario Festival 2008 will be held in North Bay, Ontario.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Ministry of Culture, receives funds from the government’s charity casino initiative.

Friday, December 15, 2006

The Arts and Toronto:

Art runs in the Thomson family, more than once!

A Thomson Retrospective premieres works by Margaret & George Thomson, siblings of the renowned Canadian legend, Tom Thomson. The John A Libby Fine Art Gallery unveils collective works on Thursday, December 7, 2006 from 7:00 to 10:00pm.

TORONTO, Dec. 5 /CNW/ - For the first time works by Tom Thomson's
lesser-known siblings, George and Margaret will be on display and available
for sale at Libby's from Thursday December 9 through Saturday, December 23.
George Thomson LLB, O.S.A., 1868 - 1965 was the first of the ten Thomson
children. A lawyer, teacher and entrepreneur he began to paint seriously in
1906, while studying in New York at The Art Students League. His art works
were accepted at the National Academy of Design and the Art Institute of
Chicago. Upon his return to Canada, he began painting full time and made a
name for himself here. By 1964 his works were in the collections of the
National Gallery of Canada and the Art Gallery of Ontario. George never tried
to imitate his brother Tom as he thought himself more conventional and
believed artists should paint to their own temperament. The day before he
died, George was out sketching with his brother Fraser at Lion's Head and
Barrow Bay Ontario. He was 97 years old and the oldest practicing professional
artist in Canada.

Margaret Thomson Tweedale 1884 - 1979 was the ninth of the ten children
and also taught before pursuing painting. She spent much of her life in
Toronto near High Park. The shared pain of her brother Tom's death brought the
siblings closer together. In 1926 George, Frazer, and Margaret began taking
traditional spring and fall painting expeditions. Margaret created a small
body of charming landscapes during those years, and we are excited to reunite
her pictures with those of her brothers George and Frazer. Their more famous
sibling Tom would surely be proud!

"We are delighted to exhibit these works for Canadian Art collectors and
enthusiasts," says John A Libby, President "the Thomson family made a
significant contribution to the Canadian Art scene and it is a pleasure to
present these fine paintings." The exhibition continues until December 23,

About John A. Libby Fine Art Gallery

Libby's art gallery was established in 1978 at 463 King Street, Toronto.
The art business has developed over the years to encompass all aspects of art
collecting to service the growing needs of Libby's clientele. This called for
the forming of Libby's Print and Frame Gallery, Master's Studio of Fine
Restoration, and Trillium Press Limited Edition Prints. John A. Libby is
President of the Canadian Association of Personal Property Appraisers. For
more information, please visit our website at
Shows: Gallery shows are held eight months of the year including living
artists and shows specializing in historical art.

Publications: A series of collector booklets have been published by us,
and include: "George and Margaret Thomson," "Manly MacDonald," "Joachim
Gauthier," "Julius Griffith," "Fred S. Haines" These booklets are available
for sale at the gallery.

For further information: Maria Hazel, Gallery Director, (416) 364-3730