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June 30, 2016

BROADCAST DIALOGUE - CANADA'S BROADCAST INDUSTRY PUBLICATION OF RECORD - ACQUIRED BY MOMENTUM MEDIA MARKETING INC.

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Broadcast Dialogue to Resume Publishing July 21, 2016
Howard Christensen Named Editor Emeritus
Momentum Founder Shawn Smith to Become Publisher
Veteran Broadcast Journalist Lisa Blackburn Named Editor
Vancouver BC - Lagoon City ON June 30, 2016 - Howard Christensen, Publisher of Broadcast Dialogue - Canada's broadcast industry publication of record - announced today that Broadcast Dialogue will, in fact, resume publishing on July 21, 2016 under new stewardship. Vancouver-based Momentum Media Marketing, Inc. will acquire Broadcast Dialogue from Christensen Communications Ltd. following Howard and Ingrid's June 30th farewell issue.

"The backgrounds of the Momentum Marketing people are in line with Ingrid's and my desire to see experienced broadcasters continue the qualities readers and advertisers expect of Broadcast Dialogue," said Howard Christensen, Publisher of Broadcast Dialogue.

"Howard and Ingrid Christensen are beloved in the Canadian broadcast industry," said Shawn Smith, President and Founder of Momentum. "As their final edition approached, I know that both Howard and Ingrid were genuinely overwhelmed by the accolades and recognition, as well as the personal notes of congratulations they received. Broadcast Dialogue has always nurtured a sense of community and connectedness among us all, no matter where the industry took us across the country. Broadcasters have not taken them for granted."

Howard Christensen has graciously agreed to serve as Editor Emeritus of Broadcast Dialogue as part of the acquisition plan, in order to ensure a smooth transition and provide counsel and expertise to the Momentum team. Momentum Founder and CEO Shawn Smith will serve as Publisher of Broadcast Dialogue. "We could not imagine an industry without Broadcast Dialogue," continued Shawn Smith. "Although we have lofty standards to meet, our team is deeply gratified that Howard and Ingrid agree and have blessed our plan to move Broadcast Dialogue forward. We aspire to honour the passion, integrity, and legacy of all they have built."

Industry veteran and Journalist, Lisa Blackburn, has joined the Momentum team and will serve as Editor of Broadcast Dialogue. Based in Halifax, Lisa is a graduate of University of Kings College and holds a degree in Journalism, Radio and Television. Lisa's immense experience includes longtime engagements as morning show co-host/reporter with Newcap and Rogers radio, Television host with Global Maritimes, as well as web editor and writer with CBC Halifax.

"Broadcast Dialogue has been required reading my entire career," Lisa Blackburn said. "The opportunity to help shape how our industry stories are told during this exciting time of change is humbling."

Broadcast Dialogue will return on July 21, 2016 and will retain its tried-and-true content format. Additional editorial features and unique advertising extensions are expected to be in place for September.

"In addition to content creation, Momentum has a successful track record of providing unique and measurable marketing initiatives for broadcasters and industry suppliers," said Shawn Smith. "We look forward to providing next-level marketing opportunities to all our industry partners. We will also leverage the latest digital platforms to expand the "dialogue" that Howard and Ingrid have begun and fostered with Broadcast Dialogue."

For advertising information, please reach out to Shawn Smith at Momentum Media Marketing at 604-872-8900 ext. 300, shawn@momentummediamarketing.com, or www.momentummediamarketing.com/broadcastdialogue.

 

About Broadcast Dialogue
Published by Howard Christensen, Broadcast Dialogue has served the Canadian broadcasting industry and its related sectors since 1992 with fresh, essential and thought-provoking news and articles that are delivered in a timely and relevant fashion. Together with Ingrid Christensen, who guides the operational and administrative aspects of the business, Howard has maintained an extraordinary level of visibility and credibility with Canada's top broadcasters. The Broadcast Dialogue Briefing from Christensen Communications Ltd., is delivered electronically each week, 48 weeks annually, and provides an executive read of broad-based industry news: CRTC decisions, station achievements, people, TV, radio, etc. Broadcast Dialogue is the only Canadian broadcasting publication to have been honoured with awards from seven broadcast associations. www.broadcastdialogue.com

About Momentum Media Marketing Inc.
Momentum has been delivering marketing and business optimization solutions, with a particular focus on the broadcast industry, since 2003. We believe all marketing should be measurable and deliver an outstanding return on investment for our clients. All our programs, content, and creative initiatives are created by media and marketing pros who know how to grow business. We are passionate, adaptable, digital and measurable. www.momentummediamarketing.com

Media Contacts
Howard Christensen, 705.484.0752, howard@broadcastdialogue.com
Shawn Smith, 604.872.8900 ext. 300, shawn@momentummediamarketing.com

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June 30, 2016

New Canadian Comedy YOU ME HER Premieres July 10 on HBO Canada

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TORONTO (June 30, 2016) – HBO Canada announced today the polyromantic comedy YOU ME HER will premiere Sunday, July 10 at 8:30 p.m. ET. The 10-episode, half-hour Canadian series from Entertainment One (eOne) infuses the grounded and relatable sensibilities of an indie rom-com with a distinctive twist.

In YOU ME HER, a whirlwind affair takes place between a “normal” suburban married couple Jack (Greg Poehler, WELCOME TO SWEDEN), Emma (Rachel Blanchard, Clueless, FARGO), and Izzy (Priscilla Faia, ROOKIE BLUE), a grad student moonlighting as an escort.

After dealing with fertility issues for several years, Jack and Emma find themselves more in like than in love. When they independently meet Izzy, all three of them are smitten. Jack and Emma decide to engage in a ‘business relationship’ with Izzy, which quickly evolves into something more.

Filmed in Vancouver, YOU ME HER was created and written by EP/showrunner John Scott Shepherd, author of Henry’s List of Wrongs and creator of THE DAYS (ABC) and SAVE ME (NBC), and directed by Nisha Ganatra (TRANSPARENT, SHAMELESS, MARRIED).

eOne finances, produces and distributes YOU ME HER worldwide, with John Morayniss, CEO, Gerard Bocaccio, SVP US Scripted Development, and Debra Curtis, SVP Current Programming, overseeing for the studio and Jonathan Schwartz producing.

Alta Loma Entertainment’s Peter Jaysen serves as an Executive Producer along with Alan Gasmer (VIKINGS).

Click here to watch the trailer for YOU ME HER.

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June 30, 2016

CraveTV, Eh? Season 19 of Outrageous Comedy SOUTH PARK Kicks off CraveTV’s The Canada Day Collection, Streaming Now

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CraveTV shows its true and patriotic love on #iCraveFridays this Canada Day with The Canada Day Collection, a curated variety of home-grown Canadian productions and Canadiana-themed viewer favourites. Leading the collection is Season 19 of the uproariously offensive hit comedy SOUTH PARK, hitting the service one year to the day after the series first launched on CraveTV. Season 19 of SOUTH PARK includes the episode “Where My Country Gone,” which depicts Canada with ‘a new president’ – none other than Donald Trump.

Also streaming as part of the collection are: Season 3 of Canadian original hitMASTERCHEF CANADA; the gritty police-drama 19-2; the “dart-crushing” duo from LETTERKENNY, starring Ontario’s own Jared Keeso and Nathan Dales; the Golden Globe®-nominated series OPRHAN BLACK, starring Tatiana Maslany; the classic Canadian and Emmy®-nominated comedyCORNER GAS; CTV’s hit crime series MOTIVE; and Canada’s most-watched summer reality series THE AMAZING RACE CANADA.

Below are details of The Canada Day Collection, (in alphabetical order):

19-2 – Seasons 1&2 (also streams in The Drama Collection)
A richly-nuanced character-driven drama,
19-2 follows the lives of patrol officers Ben Chartier (Jared Keeso, FALLING SKIES) and Nick Barron (Adrian Holmes, ARROW). Nick is a veteran on Montreal’s urban police force and has just returned from a three-month leave following the traumatic shooting of his partner. On his first day back, he is unhappy to learn he has been partnered with Ben, who has just transferred from a small town to restart his life in the big city. Both men are good cops, who deeply care about the job, yet struggle to move beyond painful events in their past. Ben and Nick must attempt to put their differences aside as their lives further intertwine, both professionally and personally, and continue to take surprising and dramatic turns.

THE AMAZING RACE CANADA – Seasons 1-3 (also streams in TheReality Collection and The Action Collection)
Teams embark on an adventure of a lifetime, all vying for the grand prize at the finish line. Canada’s most-watched television series on record is jam packed non-stop, action-packed adventure, as the racers travel across Canada and the world in the hopes of being the last team standing. Hosted by Olympic Gold Medallist Jon Montgomery, the series pits teams, each comprised of two members with a pre-existing relationship, against each other.

CORNER GAS – Seasons 1-6 (also streams in The Comedy Collection)
Gemini-nominated comedian Brent Butt returns to small town Saskatchewan to portray the life he would have led had he gotten a real job: pumping gas. Butt plays Brent LeRoy, owner of “Corner Gas,” the local gas station in Dog River, Saskatchewan. Conveniently attached to the town’s only coffee shop, “Corner Gas” is the only stop for miles around and a hub of action on the Prairies. Populated by a group of regular folks who get up to a whole lot of nothing in the middle of nowhere, Dog River is a place where everyone knows everyone else’s business, a place where people have their own, very unique way of solving the problems that come their way. Among Dog River’s many “distinguished” residents: Brent’s parents Oscar and Emma (Eric Peterson and Janet Wright), his best friend Hank (Fred Ewanuick), police officers Davis (Lorne Cardinal) and Karen (Tara Spencer-Nairn), coffee shop proprietor Lacey (Gabrielle Miller) and grocer Wanda (Nancy Robertson).

LETTERKENNY – Season 1 (also streams in The Comedy Collection)
LETTERKENNY
revolves around the dustups Wayne (Jared Keeso) and his fellow Hicks have with the rival groups in town. The residents of Letterkenny belong to one of three groups: the Hicks, the Skids, and the Hockey Players, who are constantly feuding with each other over seemingly trivial matters that often end with someone getting their ass kicked. Wayne, Daryl, Dan, and Katy are Hicks. The Hockey Players, Reilly and Jonesy, are always ready to take the piss out of The Hicks, while Stewart and Devon, the Skids, are always up to something.

MASTERCHEF CANADA – Season 3 (also streams in The Reality Collection)
MASTERCHEF CANADA gives home cooks a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to demonstrate their skill and passion as they compete for $100,000 and the title of Canada’s next MasterChef. Following a cross-Canada search with thousands of applicants, 40 of the best home cooks are invited to Toronto to present their signature dishes to MASTERCHEF CANADA judges Michael Bonacini (O&B restaurant empire), Alvin Leung (Bo Innovation in Hong Kong), and Claudio Aprile (Origin Restaurants). Each week the home cooks will fight for survival – facing a series of Mystery Box, Pressure Test, and Team Challenges. Designed to test their creativity, knowledge, passion and skill, these culinary challenges will push them to their limits.

MOTIVE – Seasons 1-4 (also streams in The Drama Collection)
An unconventional way to watch a crime unfold, MOTIVE pieces together the clues of a murder as each episode begins by revealing not only the victim, but the killer as well. It’s an intense cat-and-mouse game as the homicide team sets off to piece together clues from the crimes committed. How did they do it? How are the victim and killer connected? What’s the motive? As the mystery unfolds, winding between revealing flashbacks and present time – viewers navigate the twisted and complicated maze of each murder, solving the puzzle alongside Detective Angie Flynn and her team.

 ORPHAN BLACK – Season 1-3 (also streams in The Drama Collection)
Sarah (Tatiana Maslany,
Woman in Gold) is an outsider, orphan, and streetwise chameleon with a murky past and a tenuous future. When she witnesses the suicide of a stranger who looks just like her, Sarah assumes Beth’s (Tatiana Maslany) identity, planning to solve all her own problems with a quick score. Instead, Sarah stumbles into a kaleidoscopic mystery. The truth is they are clones, and there are more out there, genetic identicals, planted in unsuspecting birth parents and nurtured in wildly different circumstances. They have no idea who created them, or why, but they need to find out in a hurry ? because an assassin is killing them, one by one.

SOUTHPARK – Season 19 (also streams in The Comedy Collection )
Set in a small town nestled in the Colorado Rockies, the critically acclaimed animated series, SOUTH PARK, is breathtakingly irreverent and ruthlessly funny. Created by comic geniuses, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the adult-oriented series features the misadventures of four eight-year old boys whose everyday lives regularly intersect with world events and include elements of the paranormal, the mythical and the divine. Five-time Emmy®
Award-winner SOUTH PARK returns with 10 all-new episodes. Last season, the foul-mouthed fourth-graders launched a Kickstarter campaign, discovered Randy’s true passion, flew a drone and explored the world of virtual reality. Tune in to see what Cartman, Kyle, Stan and Kenny get into this season.

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June 30, 2016

On September 10, Canadians to Make History with CTV’s CANADA IN A DAY

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TORONTO (June 30, 2016) – In advance of Canada Day celebrations this weekend, CTV confirmed this morning that it has chosen Saturday, September 10, 2016 as the day when Canadians from across the country and around the world will reveal what it means to them to be Canadian as part of the ground-breaking project CANADA IN A DAY. As previously announced,CANADA IN A DAY is a two-hour event broadcast revealing the lives and culture of our country as demonstrated by footage shot and submitted by Canadians.

Inspired by Academy Award® and Golden Globe®-nominee Ridley Scott and Academy Award-winner Kevin Macdonald’s highly successful Life in a Day,CANADA IN A DAY will capture one day in the life of our country, and will air on CTV as part of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017. CTV also confirmed today that the project’s website, CanadaInADay.ca, is now live.

From countless individual moments and stories, one film will be crafted by director Trish Dolman (Eco-Pirate: The Story of Paul Watson; LUNA: SPIRIT OF THE WHALE) to capture Canada on a single day – engaging people across the country, and Canadians around the world, to share – in any language – their hopes and fears, their personal stories and, in doing so, what it means to be Canadian. From the ordinary to the extraordinary, footage submitted may be included in the final film project set to air on CTV or featured on the film’s online archive at CanadaInADay.ca.

How it Works:
CANADA IN A DAY is open to Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or landed immigrants across the country, or Canadians living abroad.
Participants can film as much or as little footage as they want during the 24-hour period on
Saturday, September 10, 2016.
Canadians have until midnight on Saturday, October 22, 2016 to submit their footage online at CanadaInADay.ca.
CANADA IN A DAY
is looking for people to be creative, honest, and real, filming themselves and the people or places that mean the most to them. Participants should capture their passions, loves, fears, hopes, and dreams.
Canadians are encouraged to film and submit videos in their own languages.
To help Canadians decide what they want to film, there are four main questions they can ask themselves:
-- What do you love?
-- What do you fear?
-- What do you hope for?
--What does Canada mean to you?
Participants can answer the above questions directly to camera, or showcase their answers with a visual response.

For more information, including video submission requirements and tips from director Trish Dolman on how to create a great video, people are encouraged to visit CanadaInADay.ca. Canadians can also sign up to receive alerts and updates during the countdown to the Saturday, Sept. 10 film day.

Celebrity ambassadors supporting the project and helping to bring awareness to the CANADA IN A DAY Saturday, Sept. 10 film day include Russell Peters, Shawn Ashmore, Karine Vanasse, Rick Hansen, Jacob Tremblay, Patrice Bernier, Jason Priestley, Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir, Benjamin Hollingsworth, Giacomo Gianniotti, Jessica Lucas, Roger Frappier, Chan Hon Goh, and more.

CANADA IN A DAY is inspired by the original award-winning Ridley Scott film,Life in a Day. Shot in 2010 and released in 2011, Life in a Day was the remarkable story of one day on Earth. The project garnered more than 80,000 submissions around the world, and contained more than 4,500 hours of deeply personal, powerful moments shot by contributors from Australia to Zambia – from the heart of bustling major cities to some of the most remote places on Earth. Since then, several countries have launched their own In a Day films, including Britain, Italy, Germany, Spain, India, and Japan.

CANADA IN A DAY is produced by Screen Siren Pictures Inc. in association with CTV, with the financial participation of the Canada Media Fund, Bell Fund, Creative BC, FIBC, and the Government of Canada. Executive producers are Scott Free Films, Trish Dolman, and Christine Haebler, with Trish Dolman and Michael Ghent producing for Screen Siren Pictures Inc. Switch United is the web producer and Innovate by Day is the Social Media producer.

For Bell Media, Robin Johnston is Director, Factual and Reality, Independent Production, and Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production. Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, Programming, CTV Networks and CraveTV. Randy Lennox is President, Entertainment Production and Broadcasting, Bell Media.

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June 29, 2016

ET CANADA SHOWCASES CANADIAN STARS COMING TOGETHER TO HELP FORT MCMURRAY WITH A CANADA DAY SPECIAL

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This Canada Day, ET Canada travels to Alberta to showcase the Canadian stars who are coming together in support of the over 80,000 people displaced by the Fort McMurray wildfire with ET Canada's Fort McMurray Special Presented by The Brick. Hosted by ET Canada’s Erin Cebula and CMT Canada’s Paul McGuire, the half-hour special, airing Friday, July 1 at 7:30 pm ET/PT on Global, features interviews with award-winning Canadian artists performing at the Fire Aid for Fort McMurray benefit concert. ET Canada also sits down with HGTV Canada’s Mike Holmes and country music star Brett Kissel to talk about how they’re bringing awareness to the Fort Mac cause.

Reporting from Edmonton’s Commonwealth Stadium, Erin sits down with Nickelback, Blue Rodeo front man Jim Cuddy, Dear Rouge, Dallas Smith, and Dean Brody to talk about their involvement in the concert and commitment to raising funds for the Fort McMurray United Way. To help understand the devastation that so many residents have endured, Erin sits down with one of the Fort McMurray families who lost their home in the wildfire. Then, Paul catches up with JUNO Award-winning country music star Brett Kissel following his performance at a pancake breakfast benefiting those affected by the fires in Fort McMurray. ET Canada also speaks with Canada’s Most Trusted Contractor Mike Holmes, who offers advice and support to residents to ensure their rebuild is done right.

ET Canada airs weeknights at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT on Global. For up-to-the-moment entertainment news, celebrity interviews and more, visit etcanada.com
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June 29, 2016

Six companies pay $1.23 million for making telemarketing calls to Canadians

June 29, 2016 – Ottawa-Gatineau – Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today announced that six Canadian companies that made calls to Canadians through third-party call centres or on behalf of telemarketers have paid a total of $1.23 million as part of settlements for making non-compliant telemarketing calls.

The companies and penalty amounts are:
Sirius XM Canada Inc. - $650,000
Raid Inc. - $500,000
9117-7683 Québec Inc. (operating as Centre d’appel J.L) - $40,000
Leads, Call Centers & Marketing Solutions Inc. - $30,000
8472416 Canada Inc. (operating as Télémarketing TS) - $8,000
9165-2602 Québec Inc. (operating as Planification Marketing CF) - $5,000

Further to an investigation, the CRTC’s Chief Compliance and Enforcement Officer found that Sirius XM Canada hired telemarketers to conduct calls on its behalf. The telemarketers in question made calls to Canadians who were registered on the company’s internal do not call list. In the case of Raid, the marketer hired call centres to make calls on behalf of its clients, without ensuring that its clients were registered and subscribed to the National Do Not Call List (DNCL).

The investigation also revealed that four call centres made calls on behalf of their clients to Canadians whose phone numbers are registered on the National DNCL, or their clients’ internal do not call lists. Some call centres failed to subscribe to the National DNCL, verify their clients’ subscriptions and registrations to the National DNCL, and made calls outside of the designated calling hours.

About the National Do Not Call List
The National DNCL was launched in 2008 to protect Canadians from unsolicited telecommunications. Canadians may register their numbers permanently on the List at no charge. Over 13 million numbers are currently registered on the List.

Canadians can register their numbers, verify whether a number is on the List or file a complaint about a telemarketer by calling 1-866-580-DNCL (3625) or visiting the National DNCL website.

Quick facts
The four call centres, Raid Inc. and Sirius XM Canada Inc. cooperated during the investigations and agreed to implement a compliance program to avoid any further violations in the future.
The CRTC reminds telemarketers that it is their duty to comply with the Unsolicited Telecommunications Rules, whether based in Canada or abroad, and whether they make the calls themselves or hire a third-party agency to do it for them.
The Unsolicited Telecommunications Rules are a strict set of rules that individuals, companies and organizations must follow when making unsolicited telecommunications, including telemarketing calls.
The CRTC is continuing to enhance its monitoring to ensure telemarketers follow the Rules, and to reduce the number of unwanted calls to Canadians. The CRTC can discuss corrective actions with individuals, firms or organizations engaged in telemarketing, which may lead to a settlement that includes an administrative monetary penalty and other corrective measures. The CRTC can also issue warnings and citations, conduct inspections and issue notices of violation.
To date, the CRTC has imposed over $8 million in penalties payable to the Receiver General for Canada.

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“Today’s announcement further demonstrates our commitment to reducing unwanted calls and to protecting the privacy of Canadians in their homes. It also serves as a reminder that all telemarketers and third-party call centres, whether based in Canada or abroad, must be properly registered and have a valid subscription to the National Do Not Call List before engaging in telemarketing calls.”
Manon Bombardier, CRTC Chief Compliance and Enforcement Officer

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June 29, 2016

STINGRAY MUSIC AVAILABLE TO MORE MUSIC LOVERS THAN EVER BEFORE

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Montreal, June 29, 2016 – Stingray Digital Group Inc. (TSX: RAY. A; RAY B), a leading business-to-business multiplatform music and in-store solutions provider, today announced that is offering music lovers even more ways to enjoy its Stingray Music products – at home and on-the-go. Stingray Music aims to be the difinitive source for music that suits every moment, place, and mood; on TV, the web, and mobile.

THE STINGRAY MUSIC MOBILE APP NOW WORKS WITH CHROMECAST AND CHROMECAST AUDIO
Stingray Music mobile app users can now cast their favorite Stingray Music channels to their TV with Chromecast, a media streaming device that plugs into the television’s HDMI port, or to their home speakers with Chromecast Audio; all over WiFi.

Once set up, users can simply use their iPhone®, iPad®, Android phone and tablet, Mac® and Windows® laptop, or Chromebook to cast their music.

With this Chromecast integration, Stingray expands the user experience and delivers yet another way for users to enjoy exciting content on their home entertainment systems.

2,000 STINGRAY MUSIC VIBES CHANNELS NOW AVAILABLE ON SONOS
Following the July launch of the Stingray Music streaming service on Sonos, the smart speaker system that uses your WiFi to stream the music you love throughout your home, 2,000 Vibes channels have been added to the channel offering in selected markets.

Sonos listeners in Canada and Latin America can now stream Vibes channels specially curated for every activity, mood, and occasion in any room of their home. Listeners in The Netherlands will have access to Vibes channels starting in early May 2016.

Vibes channels are programmed by 100 of the top music programmers from around the globe, and offer crowd-pleasing and niche content in over 100 genres selected to suit all tastes. Each Vibes channel features a minimum of 150 tracks (up to 2000), streams an average of 10 to 12 hours of music, and offers the best possible listening experience for all situations; whether you need energetic pop songs to motivate a workout, elegant jazz tracks to entertain friends or a chill indie mix to relax on a weekend morning.

THE STINGRAY MUSIC MOBILE APP AVAILABLE ON TABLET DEVICES
The popular Stingray Music mobile app is now  available on iPad and Android tablet devices.

The tablet app, which was developed entirely in-house by Stingray’s engineering team, takes advantage of the increased screen size to improve the user experience and optimize navigation, including a player with larger cover art for every track and simplified social sharing.

The Stingray Music mobile app, which was launch in October 2014 and already counts close to 1 million users, is offered free to subscribers who have access to Stingray Music’s vast selection of channels in every popular genre through their Pay-TV providers. No wonder users spend an average of five hours a week listening to their favourite tracks and artists!

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June 29, 2016

Bell Media’s Harold Greenberg Fund Announces Support for 27 New Canadian Film Projects

TORONTO (June 29, 2016) – On the heels of yesterday’s announcing  of the Harold Greenberg Fund’s  Equity Investment Program, Bell Media announced today its support for 27 Canadian film projects through the Fund’s Script Development Program. The slate includes films in all stages of script development, from story optioning and first and second drafts, to polish and packaging, and final drafts.

Today’s announced selections focus on the development of new voices. Over half the selections have first and second time feature directors attached. Celebrated filmmakers Deepa Mehta, David Cronenberg, and Ryan Redford have all adapted novels for their latest projects.

Supported projects – Script Development Program

Story Optioning – First Option
Knucklehead
Darius Films Inc.
Author: Matt Lennox
Screenwriter: Ryan Redford

Annabel
Hamilton-Mehta Productions Inc.
Author: Kathleen Winter
Screenwriter: Deepa Mehta

Consumed
Serendipity Point Films Inc.
Author: David Cronenberg
Screenwriter: David Cronenberg

Polish and Packaging
Sin La Habana
Voyelles Films Productions
Screenwriter: Kaveh Nabatian, Pablo Herrera
Director: Kaveh Nabatian

20th Century
Voyelles Films
Screenwriter: Matthew Rankin
Director: Matthew Rankin

Sorry For Your Loss
Middle Child Films Inc
Screenwriter: Collin Friesen
Director: Collin Friesen

Distance
Aiken Heart Films
Screenwriter: Patrick Whistler
Director: Chelsea McMullan

Nancy
Screen Asylum Inc.
Screenwriter: Christina Choe
Director: Christina Choe

Unsettled
The Film Farm Inc.
Screenwriter: Hannah Moscovitch
Director: Laurie Lynd

Dry Swallow
Lady Hammond Entertainment Inc.
Screenwriter: Joel Thomas Hynes
Director: Joel Thomas Hynes

Wolf at the Door
Hawkeye Pictures
Screenwriter: Enuka Okuma
Director: Adam MacDonald

The Miller’s Son
2509909 Ontario Inc
Screenwriter: Michael Doyle
Director: Lindsay MacKay

Restless River
Les Prod MHCousineau Inc
Screenwriters: Marie-Hélène Cousineau & Madeline Ivalu
Director: Marie-Hélène Cousineau & Madeline Ivalu

Mary Goes Round
Wildling Pictures Inc.
Screenwriter: Molly McGlynn
Director: Molly McGlynn

First to Second Draft
A Vacation in Iceland
Motel Pictures Inc.
Screenwriter: Joey Klein

Hard as a Rock
EMAfilms Inc.
Screenwriter: Arto Paragamian

Docking
Alyson Richards Productions Inc
Screenwriters: Trevor Anderson & Fish Griwkowsky

Come Home Year
Media Connections Film Inc
Screenwriter: Mary Walsh

Bad Dog
Jason Lapeyre
Screenwriters: Jason Lapeyre

Melting
Shut Up & Colour Pictures Inc
Screenwriter: David Jones

Panther!
Jeffrey St Jules
Screenwriters: Jeffrey St Jules & Colin Aussant

The Donnellys
Shadow Shows
Screenwriter: Shadow Shows

Barb
Microscope Inc
Screenwriters: Marc Tulin & Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais

Second to Final Draft
The Long Distance Thing
Banner House Productions Inc.
Screenwriter: Pat Kiely

Bloody Knuckles
Alcina Pictures
Screenwriter: Patrick Tarr

Baldy
Film Forge Productions Inc.
Screenwriters: Yonah Lewis & Calvin Thomas

 Exit Papers From Paradise
Alley Lime Productions Inc.
Screenwriter: Liam Card

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June 29, 2016

Best Friends Anthony and Brandon from Windsor, Ont. are the First Team Eliminated in the Season 4 Premiere of CTV’s THE AMAZING RACE CANADA

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It was a heartfelt goodbye for best friends Anthony and Brandon in tonight’s Season 4 premiere of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA. The lively pair fell behind when they chose to take a penalty at the physically demanding Jasper SkyTram Roadblock. The Windsor-based duo became the first team eliminated at the Pit Stop at Pyramid Island Lake in Jasper, Alta.

“It’s hard standing on this mat hearing we’re the first eliminated. I expected the race to be difficult but this totally surprised us. I’ve never traveled anywhere in Canada before and to be here right now and seeing what’s around us is unreal,” said Brandon. Reflecting on his bond with Brandon and their friendship throughout the experience, Anthony went on to say, “Going through this I definitely made a friend and brother – I love you man, I got you.”

 Episode 401 Recap
In the Season 4 premiere, 10 teams embarked on an adventure of a lifetime, beginning in the rugged Northwest Territories. In Yellowknife, teams proceeded to the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories where they were tasked with correctly translating a Weledeh phrase to English using plaques scattered across the forest. In order to receive their next clue, teams had to search for the words “travel safely across the land”. Teams then departed for Jasper, Alta. on one of two flights where they faced their first Roadblock, climbing under The Jasper SkyTram – arguably one of the most gruelling challenges in
THE AMAZING RACE CANADA history. The Racer attempting the Roadblock had to climb outside of the tram – high above the treetops – onto a ladder, transition to monkey bars and use their upper body strength to traverse to the other side to retrieve their next clue. Ashley struggled to get across, while Emmett, and Steph made it through on their first attempt with Joel, Jillian, and Kristen watching from an adjoining tram. Meanwhile Kelly and Kate, and Anthony and Brandon made the decision to skip the Roadblock and instead each took a four-hour penalty.

Teams then proceeded to suit up and paddle down the ice-cold Athabasca River to find their next clue – a three-part Roadblock. After locating Two Valley Creek Canyon, Racers first had to rappel down a rockface, then navigate under a bridge to a river valley where a Parks Canada representative handed them an avalanche beacon. Their next clue was emitting a signal and Racers had to determine how to use the beacon to find the signal and the clue. Exes Jillian and Emmett arrived first at the Pit Stop at Pyramid Island Lake winning a trip for two to London, UK with five nights’ accommodation provided by Hotels.com. After being unable to catch up to Kelly and Kate – the other team that chose a penalty – best friends Anthony and Brandon were eliminated from the race.

Last night’s episode encores this Saturday, July 2 at 8 p.m. ET/PT andSunday, July 3 at 1 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO. Visit CTV.ca to check local listings. Previous seasons of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA are available now on CraveTV.

Viewers can catch Anthony and Brandon live tomorrow (June 29) on 104.5 CHUM FM (Weekdays at 5:30 a.m. ET), CP24 BREAKFAST (Weekdays 5:30 a.m. ET, and Saturday and Sunday at 7 a.m. ET), THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW (Weekdays at 10 a.m. ET), THE SOCIAL (Weekdays at 1 p.m. ET), and ETALK (Weekdays at 7 p.m. ET) as they discuss their elimination fromTHE AMAZING RACE CANADA.

Next Week:
On the next episode of
THE AMAZING RACE CANADA (Tuesday, July 5 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO), teams race to downtown Calgary, where some struggle to catch the beat. Then, a detour leaves racers floundering and heads spinning with two Express Passes on the line.

The nine remaining teams competing for THE AMAZING RACE CANADA are:
Joel and Ashley – Father and daughter – Enoch Cree Nation, Alta.
Rita and Yvette – Twin sisters – Edmonton
Steph and Kristen – Dating couple – Toronto
Julie and Lowell – Married couple – Lethbridge, Alta.
Anne and Tanya – Friends – Woodbridge, Ont.
Stéphane and Antoine – Father and son – Saint Hubert, Que. and Montreal
Kelly and Kate – Business partners – Toronto
Jillian and Emmett – Exes – New Glasgow, N.S. and Gore N.S.
Frankie and Amy – Mother and daughter – Aldergrove, B.C.

For more on THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, fans can visit CTV.ca/TheAmazingRaceCanada for exclusive content, including team videos, bios, full episodes, sneak peeks, and extras.

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June 28, 2016

Canadian Media Producers Association welcomes Heritage Review advisory panel

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OTTAWA, June 28, 2016 –The Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) today issued the following statement on behalf of President and CEO, Reynolds Mastin:

“We welcome today’s announcement of an appointed advisory group that will provide ongoing feedback and support for Minister Joly as she moves forward with a comprehensive policy review, aimed at bringing Canada’s cultural policies into the digital age.

We are very encouraged by the breadth and depth of experience of the individuals named to the panel, and are particularly pleased to see the inclusion of voices from Canada’s independent production sector. There is tremendous value in drawing upon experts who have produced audiovisual content for both traditional and emerging platforms, and have done so while operating within the existing policy and regulatory framework.

As the Minister moves forward with the review, we are hopeful that any future policy toolkit will leverage the creative entrepreneurship and diversity of voices of Canada's indie producers, so they can embrace innovative approaches to develop and deliver world-class content for audiences at home and abroad.”

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June 28, 2016

An Unforgettable Journey: John Mann and Spirit of the West Rock on in Moving New Original Documentary SPIRIT UNFORGETTABLE, July 1 on HBO Canada

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TORONTO (June 28, 2016) – This Canada Day, viewers might need to stay “home for a rest.” On Friday, July 1 at 8:30 p.m. ET, HBO Canada premieres the poignant documentary, SPIRIT UNFORGETTABLE. Commissioned by Bell Media and a favourite at this year’s Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, the 90-minute film shares the deeply personal story of John Mann, frontman for famed Canadian band Spirit of the West, and his struggle with early-onset Alzheimers.

At 52, Mann is confronted with the reality that he’s losing grasp of the poetic and political lyrics he has shared with millions, since the band formed in 1983. With the support of his wife, Mann and his lifelong bandmates decide to give their fans a goodbye, hoping Mann will be able to make what could be his final performance at Massey Hall. Including archival material and interviews with bandmates, musicians, and doctors, SPIRIT UNFORGETTABLE is an emotional tribute to an incredible artist making the most of every moment as he fights with dignity against a crippling disease.

Click here for a look at SPIRIT UNFORGETTABLE.

SPIRIT UNFORGETTABLE premiered at the Hot Doc’s film festival this past spring to rave reviews, and placed in the top 5 films for Hot Docs’ Audience Award. The Globe and Mail called the film, “…smart and sensitive – without being sappy,” and Now magazine declared that “the joy just flows”, giving it 4/5 stars.

Nearing the three-and-a-half decade mark, Spirit of the West continues to rock audiences with their original and potent blend of Folk, Celtic, Rock, Pop, and Punk. With 13 albums to their credit, five of them gold and three platinum, a history of extensive touring throughout the western world, and the authorship of a drinking song (“Home For a Rest”) so well known and loved that it is often called ‘Canada’s unofficial national anthem’, Spirit of the West’s legacy has grown to legendary status. In recognition of the band’s extensive career, they have been inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Western Canadian Music Association, have received the National Achievement Award from the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada, and were, in 2014, presented with a star in Vancouver’s Starwalk. They have been nominated for four JUNO Awards, including Group of the Year.

SPIRIT UNFORGETTABLE is written, directed, and produced by Canadian writer, musician, and director Pete McCormack (I am Bruce Lee, Facing Ali). It is executive produced by Andrew Barnsley (SPORTS ON FIRE), Pete McCormack (Facing Ali), and Samantha Reynolds.

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June 28, 2016

Bell Media’s Harold Greenberg Fund Supports 10 New Feature Films Through Equity Investment Program

TORONTO (June 28, 2016) – Bell Media’s Harold Greenberg Fund announced today the support of 10 new feature-film projects through its Equity Investment Program. The latest round of funding includes the first English-language production from international sensation Xavier Dolan (The Death and Life of John F. Donovan), the latest from acclaimed director Kim Nguyen (Eye on Juliet), as well as works from Kathleen Hepburn (Never Steady, Never Still), Jordan Canning (Suck it Up), Miranda De Pencier (The Grizzlies), and Eisha Marjara (Venus).

“We are proud to support Canada’s incredible filmmaking talent through the Equity Investment Program,” said John Galway, President, English-Language Program, The Harold Greenberg Fund. “This is an exciting time for the Canadian film industry as our country’s brilliant writers, directors, and producers continue to push boundaries by exploring a range of hot-button issues.”

Projects receiving funding from the Equity Investment Program feature celebrated stars from Canada and beyond, including such names as Natalie Portman, Kit Harington, Jessica Chastain, Geena Davis, Scott Thompson, Thomas Middleditch, Amanda Crew,  and Ethan Hawke. Harold Greenberg Fund supported films tackle a wide-range of subjects, including fame (The Death and Life of John F. Donovan), gender identity (Venus), and drone  technology (Eye on Juliet).

Supported projects:

The Death and Life of John F. Dononvan
Lyla Films Inc, Productions Sons of Manual
Drama
Director: Xavier Dolan
Writers: Xavier Dolan, Jacob Tierney
Starring: Natalie Portman, Kit Harington, Jessica Chastain

Don’t Talk to Irene
Alyson Richards Productions
Comedy
Writer/Director: Pat Mills
Starring: Geena Davis, Scott Thompson, Anastasia Phillips

Entanglement
Resonance Films
Drama
Director: Jason James
Writer: Jason Filiatrault
Starring: Thomas Middleditch, Jess Weixler, Diana Bang

Eye on Juliet
Item 7
Drama
Writer/Director: Kim Nguyen
Starring: Joe Cole, Lina El Arabi, Faycal Zeglat

The Grizzlies
Northwood Productions
Drama
Director: Miranda De Pencier
Writers: Moira Walley-Beckett, Graham Yost
Starring: Ben Schnetzer, Will Sasso

Juggernaut
Mad Samurai Productions
Drama
Writer/Director: Daniel DiMarco
Starring: Jack Kesy, David Cubitt, Amanda Crew

Maudie
Rink Rat Productions, Screen Door Productions
Drama
Writer: Sherry White
Director: Aisling Walsh
Starring: Sally Hawkins, Ethan Hawke

Never Steady, Never Still
Christie Street Creative
Drama
Writer/Director: Kathleen Hepburn
Starring: Shirley Henderson, Théodore Pellerin, Mary Galloway

Suck it Up
Permanent Geranium Pictures
Dramedy
Director: Jordan Canning
Writers: Julia Hoff
Starring: Erin Carter, Grace Glowicki

Venus
Les Films Compass
Dramedy
Writer/Director: Eisha Marjara
Starring: Debargo Sanyal, Jamie Mayers, Gordon Warnecke

 

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June 28, 2016

What's your story, Canada? CBC/Radio-Canada to Celebrate Canada 150 in 2017 With Special Programming and Public Events to Inspire All Canadians

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OTTAWA, June 28, 2016 /CNW/ - CBC/Radio-Canada is putting the national public broadcaster at the heart of Canada's 150thanniversary celebrations, helping inspire our nation to define itself for the next century.

"2017 will be an important milestone in the history of our country: a time for Canadians to connect and to share stories about who we are and where we are headed as a nation," said Hubert T. Lacroix, President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada. "The public broadcaster will provide the public space where Canadians can share their stories, ideas and perspectives, and where they can engage with one another from coast to coast to coast."

CBC/Radio-Canada is the largest Canadian online media destination, reaching millions of Canadians every month through our websites, suite of apps and extensive network of social channels. The public broadcaster invites Canadians to join us in creating a national collection of content that will be shared on our digital platforms and social channels throughout 2017.

WHAT'S YOUR STORY, CANADA?
Make history! Share photos, videos and stories
that define
Canada for you!
#CBC2017

2017 PARTNERS & EVENTS
CBC/Radio-Canada is deepening its connections with Canadian communities, working with partners to develop a series of dynamic public events across the country:

·         CBC/Radio-Canada is the Official Broadcast Partner of SESQUI, a Signature Initiative of Canada 150, poised to lead the celebrations in Canadian communities in 2017. It is an immersive media touring experience that will travel across the country in 2017, engaging Canadians through an original 360° film, interactive content, live events, online activities and education programs showcasing the best in Canadian culture and innovation. This will be a once-in-a-generation opportunity to experience Canada like it's never been experienced before.

·         CBC/Radio-Canada is an Official Partner of the 150ALLIANCE, an open network of organizations, groups and individuals working to make the most out of Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation. CBC/Radio-Canada will tap into the 150Alliance's national network to highlight the diverse array of events and activities taking place in every province and territory for Canada'ssesquicentennial.

·         CBC/Radio-Canada is also an Official Partner of COMMUNITY FOUNDATIONS OF CANADA and its national network of 191 community foundations. Leveraging the deep local roots community foundations have from coast to coast to coast, CBC/Radio-Canada will showcase the stories and impact of their work, including the local initiatives being funded through the Community Fund for Canada's 150th.

·         CBC/Radio-Canada is pleased to announce CIBC as the first lead partner of Canada 150 in 2017, corresponding with the bank's own 150th birthday. Details around the partnership will be announced at a later date.

PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS*
CBC and Radio-Canada are each creating robust lineups of 2017-themed programming across all platforms that will provide audiences an opportunity to discover and share the diverse perspectives of Canadians across the country who shape who we are today; challenging stereotypes and creating a vision of Canada's future together.

The offer will include programming from all content areas, including documentaries, news specials, radio programs, kids programs, entertainment and arts specials, and innovative digital and virtual reality initiatives. *(Comprehensive and complete programming information and broadcast schedules to be announced at a later date.)

Here are a couple of highlights:

·         Starting with coverage of this year's CANADA DAY celebrations across the country, the Corporation's English and French news services will take a lead role in covering the Canadian stories that continue to unfold across the countdown to January 1st and throughout 2017, with additional special 2017-themed news programs along the way.

·         CBC News (live, July 1, 2016) kicks off its coverage by inviting Canadians to share their personal stories about what definesCanada to them. Throughout 2017, CBC will offer multiple interactive programming experiences with these stories, reflecting the country back to our audiences in surprising new ways.

·         CBC highlights include CANADA: THE STORY OF US, an epic ten-part television history series that tells the extraordinary story of the people, places and events that have shaped our country.  It's the stories of Indigenous peoples and immigrants; pioneers and rule breakers; and scientists and entrepreneurs who forged a nation in a vast and harsh land. The series will combine fact-based drama with stunning CGI animation, and feature interviews with Canada's most important national figures; and a digital-first series called BECOMING CANADIAN, that will focus on stories from the 250,000 new Canadians who will take the Oath of Citizenship this year.

·         Radio-Canada presents LA GRANDE TRAVERSÉE, a television adventure series that gives ten young adventurers the opportunity to recreate the epic ocean voyage of the settlers from France to Quebec, on a classic three-mast yacht; and STANLEY VOLLANT: DE COMPOSTELLE À KUUJJUAK, in collaboration with Radio-Canada's regional centres, a two-part mini-series that tells the story of Stanley Vollant, the first Indigenous surgeon in Quebec, known for his walk, Innu Meshkenu, which aims at raising Indigenous people's awareness of healthy living.

·         CBC Radio One and ICI Radio-Canada Premiere will partner to launch a national initiative – WHAT'S YOUR STORY?/LA ROUTE DES 20 – that will recruit young diverse Millennials to tell the contemporary story of Canada across all platforms throughout 2017.

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June 28, 2016

BLUE ANT INTERNATIONAL TAKES PREMIUM LIFESTYLE SERIES ABROAD

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(Toronto, ON, June 28, 2016) – Blue Ant International, a division of Blue Ant Media and leaders in global content distribution, continues to attract the attention of international media buyers around the globe. Blue Ant International has secured several new deals in the home categories for original series What’s For Sale With a View, My Retreat, Brojects(known as Lake Guys in the US market) and What’s For Sale?.

“Our premium lifestyle series have been well-received around the globe by tapping into universal desires, while fulfilling our remit of providing high quality content and service to our clients worldwide,” said Solange Attwood, SVP, Blue Ant International.

What’s For Sale with a View (26 x 30’ HD), features potential homebuyers as they are presented with three dream houses with incredible, jaw-dropping views. What’s For Sale with a View has been sold to Discovery Communications’ Destination America (US),Discovery World HD (Latin America), Digicast (Italy) and Talit Communications (Israel).

Blue Ant Media’s co-production with Whistlestop Productions’, My Retreat (26 x 30’ HD), takes audiences inside the iconic and unique cabins found along some of the world’s most scenic shorelines, riverbanks and mountainsides. My Retreat has been sold to Canal Evasion (French Canada), FOX Networks Group España (Spain), Hola! TV (US), Times Group (India), Rainbow TV (UAE).

Brojects (39 x 30’ HD), produced by Farmhouse Productions, features masters Kevin and Andrew Buckles as they transform their weekend home in to the ultimate summer getaway. Brojects (Seasons 1, 2 and 3) has been picked up by Corus Entertainment’s CMT(Canada), while Seasons 1 and 2 have been sold to Discovery (Benelux) and Scripps Networks (Great American Country – US), who refer to the series as Lake Guys.

FOX Networks Group España (Spain) has picked up Seasons 1, 2 and 3 of Blue Ant Media original series What’s For Sale? (39 x 30’ HD). The lifestyle series follows a family looking to purchase the perfect getaway with the help of rock star realtor, Rob Serediuk.  

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June 27, 2016

CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK ANNOUNCES 2017 DATES: APRIL 18-22

Canadian Music Week, is pleased to announce the 35th installment will take place April 18-22, 2017.Recognized as one of the premier entertainment events in North America focusing on the business of music. The Canadian Music Week festival spans 4 nights of performances, with over 800 showcasing bands at more than 40 music venues in downtown Toronto. All convention functions take place at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, 123 Queen Street W. Toronto.

CMW takes pride in welcoming international artists and key industry players from around the world with 40 participating countries. For the 35th edition, Canadian Music Week will shine a spotlight on France, while the special focus will be on Italy. The upcoming festival will also present the first Austin - Toronto showcase during the annual event.

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June 27, 2016

Ron MacLean Returns to Host Hockey Night in Canada, Alongside David Amber

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TORONTO (June 27, 2016) For more than 30 years, Ron MacLean has been a cornerstone of Hockey Night in Canada, and today Sportsnet announced he is returning to host hockey’s biggest night alongside David Amber.  MacLean will host Game 1 on Saturday nights with Amber hosting Game 2, and together they will guide Canadians through all of Hockey Night in Canada’s memorable moments and greatest stories.

MacLean will continue to host Coach’s Corner with Don Cherry in the first intermission of Game 1.  Following his hosting duties on Saturday nights, MacLean will head out to 24 communities across the country to host Rogers Hometown Hockey with Tara Slone on Sundays throughout the season.

“The impact Ron has had on the game and in communities across the country is immeasurable.  Hockey fans, young and old, have a deep connection with him,” said Scott Moore, President of Sportsnet & NHL Properties, Rogers.  “David is one of the top sports broadcasters in North America, with a long and impressive resume from both sides of the border.  He’s earned this coveted role.  With Ron and David at the helm, it’s the perfect mix for hockey’s biggest night.”

Amber has been a reporter with Hockey Night in Canada for the past five years.  He has nearly 20 years of sports broadcast experience in both Canada and the U.S., including eight years as anchor and reporter with ESPN, as well as covering four Olympic Games and a two-year stint hosting NHL On The Fly.

“Hockey Night in Canada is a tradition unlike anything else in this country.  It’s part of our national DNA, and so is Ron.  It’s a balance of giving our fans what they want and evolving the broadcasts to keep them fresh,” said Moore.

After hosting Hockey Night in Canada for the past two seasons, George Stroumboulopoulos will depart the company to explore new creative opportunities.

“George is an extremely versatile and creative broadcaster and we value the contributions he made to Hockey Night in Canada.  We look forward to seeing what his next great project will be,” said Moore.  “We are continually evaluating and evolving our broadcasts to deliver the best experience for fans.”

Panelists Elliotte Friedman, Kelly Hrudey, and Nick Kypreos join MacLean and Amber in-studio Saturday nights.  Daren Millard continues to host Scotiabank Wednesday Night Hockey, alongside panelists Friedman and Doug MacLean.

“As part of our evolution, we will deliver more consistency each night of the week for our national NHL broadcasts. When fans tune in, they will know who they are going to see,” said Moore.

More details regarding Sportsnet’s 2016-17 NHL coverage will be announced in the coming weeks.

Bios
For Ron MacLean bio, click here
For David Amber bio, click here

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June 24, 2016

TD Salsa in Toronto Festival Announces Caliente Performer Lineup for the 12th Annual TD Salsa

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(Toronto, June 24, 2016) – Get ready to celebrate the summer Latino Style with a caliente free weekend event of mucho music and dance. The TD Salsa in Toronto Festival is pleased to announce its performer lineup for Canada’s hottest Latin themed street festival, the 12th annual TD Salsa on St. Clair on Saturday July 9 & Sunday July 10.

The TD Salsa in Toronto Festival brings an international caliber of Latin music that will guarantee to get everyone dancing in the streets of Toronto as this year’s TD Salsa on St. Clair festival line-up is bigger than ever. Experience Canada’s vibrant Latino cultures with an all-star cast of Canadian Latin bands, artists and hosts.

Toronto-based singer/songwriter Amanda Martinez will host this year’s festivities alongside Salsa on St. Clair’s very own Ivan Wanis Ruiz. Martinez’s unique sound blends her unique Mexican and South African roots with flamenco soul and has garnered her multiple nominations for Latin Jazz Performer of the Year, and her songs have appeared on three Putumayo world music collections.

Practice your dance moves with Rice and Mango, one of the hottest Latin acts in Toronto, experience the best of Bachata with Chantelle Collado, known as “La Princesa de la Bachata”, and take in the vibrant sounds of Roberto Linares Brown Orchestra, hailed as one of Cuba’s most talented composers. Enjoy the pulsating drums of Samba Squad and all the Latin sounds alongside the numerous dance groups and schools at the festival hot spots that will be sure to keep you and your family dancing throughout the weekend!

Click http://www.salsaintoronto.com/artists/ for the complete TD Salsa on St. Clair Street Festival performer lineup.
TD Salsa in Toronto Festival: June 30 – July 17
TD Salsa on St. Clair Street Festival: July 9 & 10
For a full calendar of TD Salsa in Toronto Festival events go to www.SalsainToronto.com

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June 24, 2016

Discovery Networks Announces Summer 2016 Programming Slate with New and Returning Titles

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TORONTO (June 24, 2016) – Summer has officially arrived and Discovery and its networks are celebrating by unveiling its complete schedule for the season. Kicking off Discovery’s red-hot programming slate is everyone’s favourite annual event SHARK WEEK, airing throughout primetime from Sunday, June 26 to Sunday, July 3 beginning at 8 p.m. ET; followed by the debut of original Canadian series MADE BY DESTRUCTION airing back-to-back episodes on Mondays at 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. ET beginning July 4; and original Canadian special JUPITER: CLOSE ENCOUNTER airing Tuesday, July 5 at7 p.m. ET.

The summer slate continues with all-new series and specials joining the mix of premieres. Airing Sundays at 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. ET beginning July 10, Discovery joins six top recording artists to share stories of the animal kingdom in HELLO WORLD! Then, later this summer, Discovery travels beneath the ocean’s surface in SONIC SEA to uncover the damaging consequences of increased ocean noise pollution, airing Sundays at 7 p.m. ET beginning July 31. Throughout the summer months, Discovery will feature new episode debuts from current seasons of hit series including ALASKAN BUSH PEOPLE (Mondays at 9 p.m. ET), BITCHIN’ RIDES (Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET), and BERING SEA GOLD (Sundays at 10 p.m. ET).

Viewers can also catch up on full episodes of Discovery series live and on demand on the Discovery GO app and at Discovery.ca. Coming later this summer, viewers can preview  exclusive Discovery GO content including close encounters with humans and animals in 9-1-1 ENCOUNTERS, recollect the worst nuclear catastrophe in history from LIFE AFTER CHERNOBYL, and join rocker Billy Gibbons as he fullfills his wildest hot rod desires in ROCKIN’ ROADSTERS.

A closer look at Discovery’ s NEW summer series and specials in chronological order:
BARRETT-JACKSON LIVE FROM MOHEGAN SUN (NEW LOCATION)

Saturday, June 25, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET
(See below complete schedule full event on Discovery Velocity)
Hosted for the first time in Mohegan Sun, Connecticut ,
 BARRETT-JACKSON LIVE delivers live coverage of the world’s greatest collector car auction with an exquisite array of the finest, rarest, and most one-of-a-kind automotive collectables from around the world.

MADE BY DESTRUCTION (NEW SERIES)
Mondays at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT beginning July 4
Viewers are in for a wild ride as the program travels all across the globe to explore how everything from obsolete airplanes to empty bottles are being split apart, stripped down, melted, shredded, and re-invented in ingenious and extraordinary ways. Once these objects have been destroyed, viewers get a glimpse into their journey across the world to their final destination – the factory where it all gets put back together again into an often entirely different product.

HELLO WORLD! (NEW SERIES)
Sundays at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT beginning July 10
Discovery teams up with six top recording artists to share stories of the animal kingdom. The six-part series takes a closer look at the wonders of the natural world through the narration and music of world-renowned artists including,Christina Aguilera,
Ellie Goulding, Joan Jett, Dave Matthews, Usher Raymond, and Steven Tyler.

SONIC SEA (NEW SPECIAL)
Sunday, July 31 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT
Narrated by Oscar®-Nominated Actress
Rachel McAdams, SONIC SEAjourneys deep into the ocean to uncover the devastating impact of man-made noise on marine life, and what can be done to stop the damage to these creatures that are a crucial part of the circle of life.

Viewers can also cool off from the summer heat with new programming on Discovery brands Animal Planet, Discovery Velocity, Investigation Discovery, and Discovery Science. Below are highlights of new and returning series debuting this summer across other Discovery Networks:

Discovery Velocity summer highlight
BARRETT-JACKSON LIVE FROM MOHEGAN SUN
(NEW LOCATION)
Airing now until Saturday, June 25
Discovery Velocity swings into high gear as it cruises into the summer season for
the world’s greatest classic car auction BARRETT-JACKSON (June 23-25). For the first time ever, the auction parks in the Northeast at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut.

The remaining schedule on Discovery Velocity is as follows:
Friday, June 24
from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. ET
Saturday, June 25
from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. ET

Animal Planet summer highlights

The animals are ready to come out and enjoy the summer fun! Viewers can cozy up with their favourite cuddly pups and enjoy a full-week of doggy programming with BARK WEEK (July 4-10).

DOGS 101 (NEW SERIES)
Monday, July 4 at
8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT before moving to regular timeslot, Saturdays at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT beginning July 16
The most comprehensive dog encyclopedia on television,
DOGS 101 has arrived exclusively to Animal Planet. The series explores the many facets of man’s best friend via commentary by animal experts and personal stories from dog owners.

PIT BULLS & PAROLEES: A LONG TIME COMING (NEW EPISODE)
Friday, July 8 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT
A severely malnourished dog requires the entire team to nurse it back to health. Meanwhile, a Hurricane Katrina survivor gets a shot at a forever home after waiting more than 10 years.

Investigation Discovery summer highlights

REDRUM (NEW SEASON)
Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT beginning July 7
When it comes to murder, no detective starts their search from the beginning of the crime. It is up to police officers to piece together the story, moving back in time.
REDRUM follows officers as the piece together the puzzle until the mystery is solved.

DISAPPEARED (NEW SEASON)
Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT beginning July 13
A riveting and compelling series, DISAPPEARED
serves as an outlet for the loved ones of missing persons to profile their stories. Each one-hour episode follows the unpredictable twists of missing person cases, tracking investigations aimed at solving how and why people simply vanish.

TRUE CRIME WITH APHRODITE JONES (NEW SEASON)
Thursdays at
9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT beginning July 28
Best-selling author
Aphrodite Jones guides viewers through the twists and turns of heinous crimes while trying to find the motivation behind these sinful acts.

Discovery Science summer highlights

WORLD’S BIGGEST SHIP (NEW SERIES)
Mondays at
8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT beginning Aug. 29
The Triple E is longer than four football fields, heavier than 55 nuclear submarines, and able to carry more than 300 million bottles of wine.
WORLD’S BIGGEST SHIP takes viewers on the epic battle to build this mighty ship through the eyes of the team.
All programming is subject to change. Visit
discovery.ca  to confirm local broadcast times.

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June 24, 2016

Historic First: CTV Vancouver Wins Prestigious National Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence

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TORONTO (June 24, 2016) – CTV News and Bell Media Radio are proud to be honoured with prestigious national Edward R. Murrow Awards from the U.S. arm of the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA), including an historic win for Overall Excellence by CTV Vancouver – a first for a Canadian Large Market television station in the Award’s 45-year history.

CTV Vancouver joins the likes of ABC News, ABC News Radio, and The Washington Post as category winners for Overall Excellence this fall. CTV Vancouver will be presented with the recognition at the RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Awards Gala on October 10 in New York City.

Announced earlier this week, the highly coveted National Murrow prizes will also be presented to CTV London, winning in the Investigative Reporting, Small Market Television category for its four-part series “MENTAL HEALTH 911”, and C-FAX 1070 winning the Newscast, Small Market Radio category for VICTORIA @ NOON.

“We are honoured to have been judged by our peers and selected as the best overall large market news organization in the world this year,” said Les Staff, News Director, CTV Vancouver. “Morning, noon, and night, seven days-a-week, we are committed to delivering the highest quality news for our viewers, and it’s immensely gratifying to be recognized for our efforts.”

“The Overall Excellence award is not just for one newscast or one breaking news event, but for the sum of all the team does every day to serve its audiences,” said Wendy Freeman, President, CTV News. “This prestigious award is a fitting culmination of a year filled with record successes for CTV Vancouver. And along with the well-deserved accolades for CTV London andC-FAX 1070 in Victoria, these nods acknowledge to the world the quality of our newsgathering operations.”

The Overall Excellence award, as described by the RTDNA, is presented to a news organization that exemplifies “the highest standards in serving its audience through quality electronic journalism.” Selected among the world’s top 14 regional winners, CTV Vancouver’s winning submission represented the entire local news team.

Showcasing a wide range of content aired over the course of 2015, from CTV MORNING LIVE and CTV NEWS AT NOON, through CTV NEWS AT FIVE, CTV NEWS AT SIX, and CTV NEWS AT 11:30, the entry featured breaking news coverage of a large chemical fire at the Port of Vancouver on March 4, 2015, for which CTV Vancouver also took home a Canadian Screen Award earlier this year. Judges considered examples of investigative reporting, feature stories, sports and weather coverage, the latest use of technology to cover news, and online journalism – all demonstrating why CTV Vancouver earned record audiences on TV and online in the last year. In fact, CTV NEWS AT SIX, CTV NEWS AT FIVE, and CTV NEWS AT 11:30 have respectively earned their highest audiences in more than a decade.*

CTV London’s winning four-part “MENTAL HEALTH 911” investigative series focused on the gaps in healthcare resources for those with mental health emergencies, and the greater impact on the emergency response system. Winning the national Murrow award for best radio newscast in a small market, Bell Media Radio’s C-FAX 1070 has won for VICTORIA @ NOON, its regularly scheduled and longest weekday newscast. Additional information about RTDNA and the 2016 National Edward R. Murrow Awards can be found atRTDNA.org.

*Source:
– Television: Numeris, Vancouver/Victoria EM, Broadcast Years, Weeks 1-42, 2015-16. Audiences prior to August 31, 2009 are based on BBM Nielsen Media Research Mark II meters.
– Online: ComScore, 2015 vs. 2016 monthly averages, all key metrics: video views, page views, and unique visitors

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June 24, 2016

Discovery Transforms Nissan Rogue Into a Shark Tank as Nissan Returns for Third Consecutive Year as Lead Partner of SHARK WEEK

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TORONTO (June 24, 2016) – Nissan returns as the lead partner of Discovery’s SHARK WEEK (June 26 July 3), by developing a truly immersive, new promotional execution for the company’s 2016 Nissan Rogue Crossover brand. SHARK WEEK is Discovery’s annual blockbuster summer television event now celebrating its 21st year.

For the third year in a row, Bell Media’s Brand Parternerships team has created a thoroughly innovative broadcast campaign for the annual television event’s long-standing partner, this year executing the transformation of a Nissan Rogue into a shark tank, on display at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada in Toronto from June 26 – July 3. The five-part micro-series hosted by Teddy Wilson,NISSAN PRESENTS: ROGUE SHARK UNLEASHED, will air during commercial breaks throughout SHARK WEEK’s primetime lineup on Discovery, and will also be made available on Discovery GO, Discovery’sYouTube and Facebook pages, as well as Nissan.ca.

“We are elated to continue our long-standing partnership with Nissan forSHARK WEEK as we look toward a three-peat success with this newest, bigidea,” said Ken MacDonald, Vice-President and General Manager, Discovery. “This year, inspired by the SHARK WEEK’s “shark n’ awe” theme, we’re working with our lead partner to have a little fun in celebration of these amazing creatures by transforming a Nissan Rogue into a shark tank.”

“Nissan Canada is delighted to partner with SHARK WEEK for the third year in a row, and together we are excited to introduce another very different and unique campaign,” said, Brent Smith, Senior Manager, Chief Marketing Manager, Crossovers, Nissan Canada Inc. “We look forward to sharing with viewers the various stages of the project and the challenges of the build, from beginning to end.”

Last year, Nissan made it possible for viewers to join Jeffrey Gallant, founder ofGEERG (Greenland Shark and Elasmobranch Education and Research Group), in Baie-Comeau, Que. in search of the elusive greenland shark, while learning  about the important work that Gallant’s group is doing. In its inaugural year, Discovery and Nissan sparked an immensely popular viral video of a life-like prosthetic model shark spotted in Lake Ontario.

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