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October 22, 2014

TELETOON Travels To Another Dimension This November


(October 22, 2014 – Toronto, ON) TELETOON journeys into another dimension this fall with the launch of the new kid-adventure animated series, Dr. Dimensionpants. The series follows 12-year-old Kyle Lipton, an ordinary kid who mysteriously receives a pair of magical glowing trousers that turn him into Dr. Dimensionpants, a cosmic superhero with a pointy moustache. The hilarious 26 x 30 minute animated series premieres in TELETOON's Can't Miss Thursdays block starting November 6 at 6:30 p.m. ET/PT, following Clarence. On TÉLÉTOON in Quebec, the series will premiere day-and-date in French as Dr. Pantastique. 

"We can't wait to introduce our TELETOON audience to this fun-filled imaginative series," says Athena Georgaklis, Director of Content, TELETOON. "The characters are vibrant and dynamic – we have no doubt kids will be enticed by Kyle, the 12-year-old mustached and magic pant-wearing superhero and his unicorn best friend."

Created by Brad Peyton (Cats & Dogs 2: Revenge of Kitty Galore, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island) and produced by DHX Media and TELETOON, Dr. Dimensionpants showcases new superhero, Kyle, with all the crazy-weird superhero powers he ever wanted…and more responsibility than he can handle. With the help of his talking unicorn mentor Philip, Dr. Dimensionpants must learn to master his powers as he defends his hometown of Ganderville from the constant threat of inter-dimensional villains while still having to deal with his normal, day-to-day kid issues like homework, girls, and his annoyingly smart little sister.

"We are thrilled that TELETOON will be premiering this terrific new series from creator Brad Peyton this fall," said Steven DeNure, President and COO of DHX Media. "Dr. Dimensionpants has that boisterous quirkiness that kids find hilarious, so we think our mustachioed 12-year-old hero and his talking unicorn pal, Philip, will be a big hit."

For more on Dr. Dimensionpants, visit



October 21, 2014

Corus Entertainment and Flink Unite Music Fans, Writers and Artists Globally on Publishing Platform


Alan Cross' The Ongoing History of New Music Launches in the Flink Community

LOS ANGELES and TORONTO, Oct. 21, 2014 /CNW/ - Flink (, the crowd-sourced publishing platform and Corus Entertainment Inc., a leading media and entertainment company in North America, today announced a global content and promotional partnership agreement that will see a growing selection of past and new episodes of The Ongoing History of New Music, the world's longest-running radio program on new music, featured on Flink's storytelling platform. Flink, which crowd sources content from writers, artists and fans, will allow subscribers to gather and share their expertise about the program. In the process, SuperFans become part of the biggest story on rock history itself.

Hosted by legendary music journalist Alan Cross and produced by Corus Entertainment, The Ongoing History of New Music chronicles the evolution of new music through almost 700 episodes. The series profiles pioneering musicians and provides intimate insight into topics including new music's conspiracy theories, festivals, censorship, bootlegs, and more.

The Ongoing History of New Music "flink" is a super-charged collection of the program's episodes and its community of SuperFans. Flink and Corus are working together to bring the most talked about episodes to a global audience. Released monthly, they will include audio files and transcripts from episodes that will be further enhanced with exclusive content such as video interviews with Alan.

"We have been searching for a spectacular way to showcase the radio series and Flink is the disruptive platform that does justice to our vision," said Alan Cross, host at 102.1 the Edge, Toronto's alternative rock station. "This represents a revolutionary opportunity for new and longtime fans to engage with the show on an unprecedented level. Now, episodes can grow and evolve and ultimately take on a life of their own with contributions from myself, fans, and even the artists themselves."

"The Ongoing History of New Music is the type of legendary content Flink was designed to nurture on a global scale," said Allison Sweeney, Sr. Vice President of Content, Flink. "Now hundreds of thousands of SuperFans have an outlet, a community through which to share their passion, interact with other fans and even intersect with their music industry heroes like Alan Cross in a way that's never been done before."

Subscribers to The Ongoing History of New Music flink can begin contributing their expertise to episodes immediately and earn status. SuperFans will rise up the flink's leaderboard based on votes to their contributions. Also, anyone who successfully promotes the flink has the opportunity to earn a share of the flink's revenue.

"If you're a true music fan, there's just nothing like it...The Ongoing History of New Music shaped my entire life path," said 28-year-old Canadian music journalist, Julia Wallace. "From the age of seven, I spent every Sunday night sitting by the radio with a notepad waiting for Alan Cross' newest episode. On Flink, fans around the world will now have a voice in this ongoing history—it will get people excited about music again."

"This is a great opportunity to extend The Ongoing History of New Music brand and grow the series' popularity with existing and new music fans through an exciting new platform," said David Farough, General Manager, Corus Radio Toronto. 

Redefining the publishing industry, Flink is a crowdsourced publishing platform that delivers a beautiful digital experience, eclipsing the coffee table book by offering talent, writers and SuperFans a new way to create stories that evolve with more depth than any other medium can offer. Flink puts the focus back on great content by rewarding and recognizing those who create it through an innovative revenue sharing model. It's a visually stunning, ad-free storytelling platform where serious fans pay a small monthly subscription fee to come together for the love of what they love, organized into collections of stories known as "flinks."


October 21, 2014



TORONTO, October 21, 2014 – Fitzroy Gordon, Founder and President of Toronto based radio station G98.7FM “The Way We Groove,” is pleased to announce that he has been granted approval from the Canadian Radio Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to operate a national television station focused on airing programs for the Black and Caribbean population of Canada.
“For years the Black and Caribbean community in Canada has expressed the need to have easier access to media that reflects their identity, culture, values and issues. By obtaining approval to establish this television station we have taken a significant step in bringing this shared vision to life,” said Gordon.

The station which is scheduled to begin broadcasting in fall 2015, will air a wide range of local and international content, as well as originally produced programs, geared toward the entire family. The station’s programming will include everything from sitcoms to movies, drama series, documentaries, news, sports, talk shows, religious programs, tourism, festivals, carnivals, weather reports, cooking and music shows.

“For the first time in the history of Canada, Black and Caribbean people will have a national voice. It is also my desire to keep our distinct and authentic culture alive in this nation for generations to come,” said Gordon.

Upon launch, the station will be available through various cable providers nationwide on a subscription basis for all Canadians to enjoy.

“A few years ago I promised to work hard to deliver a radio station to serve the population, as a result, G98.7FM was born. I then promised a television station, and now I am delivering on that promise,” Gordon said.


October 21, 2014

Party Like it’s 1989! Much Celebrates Taylor Swift’s Album Release with MUCH PRESENTS: TAYLOR SWIFT, October 27


TORONTO (October 21, 2014) – On Monday, Oct. 27 at 6:30 p.m. ET, Much celebrates that day’s release of Taylor Swift’s highly anticipated fifth studio album, 1989, with the premiere of the all-new 30-minute interview special, MUCH PRESENTS: TAYLOR SWIFT. Hosted by Much’s Liz Trinnear, the special focuses on the seven-time GRAMMY® Award winner’s career, rise to fame, and music, including her massive #1 hit single from 1989, “Shake It Off”. MUCH PRESENTS: TAYLOR SWIFT encores at 8:30 p.m. ET and streams on immediately following the broadcast. Click here for a sneak peek.

In the intimate and fun sit-down interview, Liz gets up close and personal with Swift as she dishes about her sound evolution on 1989, her style, and staying “open”. In their interview, Swift comments:

“…as a songwriter you’re supposed to stay very open to all the emotions and intuitions and fleeting impulses you have as a person; as a celebrity you’re taught that you’re supposed to put up all these emotional protective walls around yourself to make sure that you keep all of the negativity out – so it’s kind of conflicting messages. And for me, I just try to stay as open to change as possible.”

Preceding MUCH PRESENTS: TAYLOR SWIFT, Much gives “Swifties” a chance to “Shake It Off” with a videoflow special dedicated to the pop songstress, SPOTLIGHT: TAYLOR SWIFT, beginning at 6 p.m. ET. The special 30-minute countdown features some of Swift’s mega-hits including “Mine”, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”, and “Shake It Off”.

Taylor Swift, who writes all of her own songs, is a global superstar, seven-time GRAMMY winner and the youngest winner in history of the music industry's highest honor, the GRAMMY Award for Album of the Year. She is the first artist since the Beatles (and the only female artist in history) to log six or more weeks at #1 in the U.S. with three consecutive studio albums. Taylor has an album on Rolling Stone's prestigious The 50 Greatest Albums of All Time (by women) list, Time magazine has named her one of the 100 Most Influential People in the world, and she is Billboard's youngest-ever Woman of the Year and the only artist to have been awarded this honour twice. Taylor has career record sales in excess of 30 million albums and almost 80 million song downloads worldwide, and has had singles top both the pop and country radio charts around the globe. Taylor's album RED, released almost two years ago on Big Machine Records, has sold more than 6 million copies worldwide to date, including more than 1.2 million copies in the U.S. in its first week, scoring the highest first-week sales debut of any album in over a decade. Taylor is the only female artist in music history (and just the fourth artist ever) to twice have an album (2010's Speak Now and 2012's RED) hit the 1 million plus first-week sales figure. ”Shake It Off” is the first single off her fifth studio album 1989 (Big Machine Records), which will be released on October 27, 2014. The single has topped Billboard’s Pop, HotAC and Hot 100 charts and has earned double Platinum-status by the RIAA for exceeding sales of two million downloads in the U.S., and has peaked at No. 1 in 64 countries on iTunes. For more information please visit or follow her on Facebook, Google +, Instagram, LINE/TaylorSwift, Tumblr, and Twitter


October 21, 2014



Montreal/New York - October 21, 2014 — Corus Media and A+E Networks® have reached an agreement to bring content and branding from HISTORY® to Historia in Quebec, it was announced today by Mario Cecchini, President, Corus Media and Christopher Barry, Sr. Vice President, International Strategy and Digital Media, A+E Networks.

Slated to roll out this winter, Historia will carry a number of global hit franchises from the HISTORY catalogue such as Mountain Men, Appalachian Outlaws, Down East Dickering and No Man’s Land. Historia already broadcasts a number of series from the History catalogue, including Pawn Stars, American Pickers, American Restoration and Counting Cars, all of which rank among the channel’s top ten most-watched shows. Historia will also incorporate the iconic gold HISTORY ‘H’ into its logo.

“We’re delighted to partner with one of the biggest players in the television business,” said Cecchini. “This deal will enrich our broadcasting package with shows produced by a world-renowned brand.”

HISTORY takes viewers on a journey through the ages, connecting our modern world with its historical roots in a way that is relevant, entertaining, and often surprising. Globally, HISTORY is a leading destination for top quality, award-winning original series and specials that challenge perceptions of the past and tell compelling stories through new perspectives and vivid reconstructions. The channel brings history to life; thrusting viewers into the action, and challenging perceptions of what history is.

“HISTORY is a powerful brand with truly innovative content and compelling characters that have struck a chord with viewers globally," said Barry. “We are pleased to join forces with Corus Media to bring our content and branding to Historia viewers.”

“This agreement gives us access to shows that will thrill Historia viewers!” stated Fabrice Brasier, vice-president, programming, at Historia. “These programs will complement our distinctive existing content, which includes original productions produced in Quebec and form the basis of our identity and success.”

HISTORY is available in 180+ territories and 325+ million households worldwide. 


October 21, 2014

Bell Media Congratulates TSN’s Michael Landsberg on 2015 Canadian Screen Awards Humanitarian Award


TORONTO (October 21, 2014) – Bell Media is proud to congratulate TSN’s Michael Landsberg on being honoured with the Humanitarian Award at the 2015 Canadian Screen Awards. The host of TSN’s acclaimed daily sports debate show OFF THE RECORD will be recognized for his longstanding dedication to promoting mental health awareness.

Landsberg speaks publicly about his personal battle with depression and considers his ability to help reduce the stigma of mental illness as his most important professional calling. He has been an ambassador for Bell Let’s Talk, an initiative focused on raising awareness and encouraging dialogue about mental health, since it launched in 2011.

"Michael Landsberg’s exemplary dedication to mental health awareness has encouraged thousands of people across Canada to seek out and find help,” said Kevin Crull, President, Bell Media. “We believe that talking about mental illness is the first step towards making lasting change, and Michael’s tireless efforts to start the conversation and reduce the stigma are a daily inspiration to all of us at Bell Media. He really has made a difference.”

In 2013, Landsberg’s documentary, Darkness and Hope: Depression, Sports and Me, was nominated for a 2013 Canadian Screen Award for Best History or Biography Documentary Program or Series. In 2012, the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health also named Landsberg one of its Champions of Mental Health. Landsberg also takes to Twitter using the hashtag #sicknotweak to encourage discussion around mental health and creating a forum for those needing help.

A recognizable on-air personality since TSN launched in 1984, Landsberg began his broadcasting career as one of the original anchors at SPORTSCENTRE (then called SPORTSDESK), going on to host more than 5,000 episodes. In 1997, Landsberg left SPORTSCENTRE to host OTR. He has twice been nominated for the Gemini Award for Best Host or Interviewer in a Sports Program or Sportscast.  

Landsberg will be honoured at a Canadian Screen Awards ceremony in February 2015. Canadian Screen Week is the annual celebration of excellence in Canadian film, television, and digital media productions.


October 20, 2014

Ontario and Quebec are joining forces to oppose cuts to Radio-Canada and support Canadian Francophonie

TORONTO, Oct. 20, 2014 /CNW/ - The Minister responsible for Canadian Intergovernmental Affairs and the Canadian Francophonie, Jean-Marc Fournier, and the Attorney General and Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs ofOntario, Madeleine Meilleur, met today to discuss issues of common interest. They mainly discussed the waves of cuts occurring at Radio-Canada and their impact on Francophone communities.

The two Ministers will continue their hard work on this file. They intend to meet with certain stakeholders, such as the leaders of Radio-Canada and the group "Amis de Radio-Canada," as well as the Commissioner of Official Languages, to better determine the effects of these recent cuts. They will then report on the outcome to the Ministerial Conference on the Canadian Francophonie.

Radio-Canada plays an important role in the development and vitality of Francophone and Acadian communities. Radio-Canada ensures an essential French presence in all provinces and territories, and in many parts of the country with an Anglophone majority, it is one of the only media outlets to provide television and radio presence in French. The cuts in French-language services at Radio-Canada have raised concerns across Canada.

In fact, at the last Ministerial Conference on the Canadian Francophonie, last June, Minister Fournier discussed the cuts with his colleagues and, at the same time, filed a preliminary impact study on the effects that these cuts will have on the Francophone and Acadian communities in Canada.

"Under the Broadcasting Act, Radio-Canada has obligations to fulfill in order to reflect the situation and specific needs of Francophone and Anglophone communities, particularly for the 2.5 million Francophones living outside Quebec for whom Radio-Canada is often the only thread of communication in French. By restricting access to programs and local news in French, these cuts have a detrimental effect on the development and vitality of Francophone communities across the country," said Minister Fournier.

"Radio-Canada contributes significantly to the strengthening of the Canadian Francophonie and plays a key role in the future of our country and our national identity. It is essential that it be given the necessary resources and support to reach its full potential and to fully reflect the reality of French-speaking minority communities in Ontario, Acadia and across Canada," stated Minister Meilleur.


October 20, 2014

All Rise! Hilarity is Now in Session with BENCHED, Premiering October 28, Exclusively on The Comedy Network


TORONTO (October 20, 2014) – The Comedy Network is heading to court for the debut of the all-new comedy series BENCHED, premiering Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT. In this 12-episode, single-camera, half-hour series, Eliza Coupe (HAPPY ENDINGS) stars as Nina Whitley, a distinguished corporate lawyer who after having spent her career climbing to the top, hits a career low after a very public breakdown. This turning point in Nina’s life lands her a new job in the public defender’s office where she attempts to rise from the ashes of her old life surrounded by criminals, the disenfranchised, and a group of eccentric coworkers. 

“When Bell Media secured BENCHED in June as part of our big-ticket acquisitions, we knew it fit right in with Comedy’s roster of premium comedy,” said Tracey Pearce, Senior Vice-President, Specialty and Pay, Bell Media. “With the charismatic Eliza Coupe at the helm of this quick-witted series, we’re confident BENCHED will fast become a fan favourite.”

Joining Nina in the courtroom are attractively scruffy public defender Phil (Jay Harrington, BETTER OFF TED); co-workers Carlos (Oscar Nunez, THE OFFICE) and Cheryl (Maria Bamford, ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT); Nina’s dedicated intern, Micah (Jolene Purdy, UNDER THE DOME); and Trent (Carter MacIntyre, DROP DEAD DIVA), Nina’s ex-fiancé and professional nemesis.

In the series premiere of BENCHED, Nina learns that her ex-fiancé is engaged, three months after their breakup. When she finds out that she’s been passed over as partner at her high-power corporate law firm, Nina loses it, breaking vases and burning bridges. Shunned from the corporate world, the only place Nina can find work is at the Public Defender’s office.

BENCHED is from executive producers and writers Michaela Watkins (SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, TROPHY WIFE) and Damon Jones (HALFWAY HOME). John Enbom (PARTY DOWN) serves as executive producer and showrunner. Mark Gordon (GREY’S ANATOMY) and Andrea Shay (FAMILY TOOLS) are executive producing for The Mark Gordon Company. BENCHED is from ABC Signature, a division of ABC Studios.


October 20, 2014



TORONTO, ON—Oct. 20, 2014—Crossroads Global Media Group formally announced that acclaimed global leader, Rev. Dr. Geoff Tunnicliffe will provide leadership on Crossroads Canada’s and Crossroads USA’s Board of Directors effective immediately.

Dr. Tunnicliffe is best known for his leadership at the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA), where he has served as the Chief Executive Officer and Secretary General since 2005, to support, connect, and represent over 600 million evangelicals around the world. In the course of his work assignments, Dr. Tunnicliffe has travelled to over 120 countries, served as the president of an international agency, and acted as an advisor for the highly successful TV mini-series, The Bible, and major motion picture, Son of God.

"Geoff is one of the most globally connected leaders I know,” remarked Crossroads’ Global CEO, Dr. John Hull. “We have enjoyed more than twenty years of friendship throughout which he has proven to be a man of great capacity and great compassion.  We look forward to him bringing all of his skills to our board tables.”

The Crossroads boards are honoured and privileged to welcome Dr. Tunnicliffe to their Board of Directors in which his global experience aligns with Crossroads’ vision for expansion and global impact.

Crossroads' flagship television program, "100 Huntley Street," will air its 10,000th episode in October 2015 to audiences in Canada and the U.S.  Viewers can watch current episodes anytime at or


October 20, 2014

City, Netflix, and shomi™ Collaborate To Bring Viewers Between, A New Premium Original Drama Series

TORONTO, Oct. 20, 2014 /CNW/ - Today, City, Netflix, and shomi™ announced a landmark partnership to bring audiences around the world a new, premium drama series, Between – an original survivalist thriller series, created by award-winning writer/director Michael McGowan (Still Mine, One Week, Saint Ralph) and starring Jennette McCurdy (iCarly, Sam & Cat). The partnership is the first of its kind in Canada for the creation of a new, original series.  

The first season of Between, featuring six, one-hour episodes, will premiere on City and shomi in Canadaand on Netflix outside of Canada where the service is available. Between will come to Netflix Canada one year following the initial premiere. Additional broadcast details will be announced at a later date. The series begins principal photography today.

"We know that Canadians crave daring and distinctive original programs, and Between offers just that," saidNataline Rodrigues, Director of Original Programming, Rogers. "Showcasing Michael McGowan's cinematic vision on the small screen, this compelling new series, in partnership with Netflix and shomi, delivers on our promise to offer viewers world-class entertainment." 

"Teaming up with Rogers, on Between, is a tremendous opportunity to work with a creative partner inCanada to bring our global viewers top-notch content," said Erik Barmack, Vice President of Global Independent Content at Netflix. "We're thrilled to be working with outstanding talent behind the scenes including Canadians Don Carmody, Jon Cassar and Michael McGowan, and in front of the camera with a new generation of actors led by Jennette McCurdy, delivering a must watch event series that millions of Netflix viewers will enjoy."

Between is the story of a town under siege from a mysterious disease that has wiped out everybody except those 21 years old and under. The series explores the power vacuum that results when a government has quarantined a 10-mile diameter area and left the inhabitants to fend for themselves.

"With the commission of Between, we are reinforcing our commitment to bring the best programming to our subscribers," said Marni Shulman, Head of Content & Programming, shomi. "Great opportunities to build original content like this, and working with the breadth of talent, including the amazing Michael McGowan, is a perfect fit for the shomi brand."

"Speaking on behalf of DCTV, Mulmur Feed Co. and Elevation Pictures Corp., we are very excited to be announcing our first series production deal which is doubly historic as a Canadian first between Netflix and Rogers," said Executive Producer Don Carmody." We have assembled an outstanding team led by Michael McGowan, as show runner who has given us a bold and riveting narrative; director Jon Cassar, who will bring this thriller to life; and starring the beautiful and talented Jennette McCurdy. Between is backed by three of the best content behemoths in the business."

Between stars Jennette McCurdy and was created by Michael McGowan, who executive produces along withDon Carmody (Resident Evil, Silent Hill, Goon, Chicago), David Cormican (The Tall Man, Faces in the Crowd), and Naveen Prasad, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Elevation Pictures Corp. Emmy® award-winning director Jon Cassar (24, The Kennedys) will direct the first two episodes. The series is produced by Don Carmody Television, Mulmur Feed Co. and in association with Elevation Pictures Corp. Prasad, along with Jayme Alter (Denton's Canada) for DCTV negotiated the deal. Elevation will oversee worldwide distribution.  From Rogers Media, Nataline Rodrigues is Director of Original Programming, Hayden Mindell is Vice President of Television Programming & Content, and Navaid Mansuri is Interim Senior Vice President of Broadcast.


October 20, 2014

C-Suite Quarterly Survey: Canada’s Foremost CEOs Assess Threat of Cyber-Attacks, Canadian Trade with China, and Canada’s Economic Outlook, Today on BNN


TORONTO (October 20, 2014) – Commissioned by Business News Network (BNN) and The Globe and Mail’s Report on Business, results from today’s release of the 36th C-Suite Quarterly survey reveal that improving cyber-security has become increasingly important for Canada’s top executives. Of those polled, 60% of executives report they have increased investment to protect their companies against the threat of cyber-attack, with 49% of executives also noting high-profile cyber-attacks aimed at consumers have increased concern surrounding data security. The C-Suite Quarterly survey is designed to enrich public debate in Canada and help Canadians better understand the views of executives in the country’s biggest companies.

To coincide with today’s release of the survey results, BNN taps Canada’s top business professionals to offer their opinions on this quarter’s findings. BNN’s in-depth analysis of the latest edition of the survey includes exclusive interviews with David Herle, Principal of The Gandalf Group, and Willy Kruh, Partner, KPMG. BNN delivers these interviews and further analysis to viewers on THE STREET at 7:50 a.m. ET, BUSINESS DAY AM at 11:15 a.m. ET, THE BUSINESS NEWS at 12:20 p.m. ET, and BUSINESS DAY PM at 2:20 p.m. ET and at 4:20 p.m. ET. BNN’s complete review of the findings are available online post-broadcast at

·         Key findings of the 36th C-Suite Quarterly survey include:
28% of executives surveyed report that their businesses have already been a victim of one or more cyber-attacks.

·         74% of executives surveyed believe that more open trade and investment between Canada and China will result in a positive impact on their sector.

·         Two-thirds of respondents state that Canada should place a top priority on opening up trade and investment with China.

·         87% of executives polled expect moderate growth from the Canadian economy over the next 12 months.

The C-Suite Quarterly survey is conducted by The Gandalf Group and sponsored by KPMG.


October 19, 2014

The Man Who Would Be King: inside the ruthless battle for control of the $34-billion Rogers empire

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October 17, 2014

TSN Announces New Partnership with College Hockey Inc. to Deliver More Live NCAA Hockey Coverage Than Ever Before, Including the FROZEN FOUR


TORONTO (October 17, 2014) – With highly-rated prospect Jack Eichel looking to make his mark on the collegiate hockey world, the game’s brightest young stars shine on TSN as the network today announced a new partnership with College Hockey Inc. to deliver expanded live coverage of the 2014-15 NCAA Men’s Division I Ice Hockey season, including the FROZEN FOUR championship. With more NCAA Hockey games available in Canada this season than ever before, TSN’s live coverage consists of 37 games beginning with Notre Dame hosting Lake Superior State today (Friday, October 17) at 7:30 p.m. ET on TSN2 (see below for complete broadcast schedule*).

TSN’s expanded coverage of NCAA Hockey is available for live streaming and on demand viewing to TSN subscribers through TSN GO.

“This partnership will allow TSN to deliver Canadian fans unprecedented access to the excitement of NCAA Hockey,” said Mike Snee, Executive Director, College Hockey Inc. “Canadians have always had a strong presence in college hockey and currently make up 30% of all Division I players. TSN will provide fans in Canada the chance to see for themselves why so many skilled Canadian hockey players are choosing college hockey, and why NCAA Hockey is the fastest growing development path to professional hockey.”

“We’re very excited to showcase so many of hockey’s emerging young stars with the addition of live NCAA Hockey coverage, including the biggest event in college hockey, the FROZEN FOUR,” said Shawn Redmond, Vice-President, Programming and Marketing, TSN. “NCAA Hockey is an excellent addition to our comprehensive NCAA coverage that also includes NCAA MARCH MADNESS and the all-new COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF.”

“Hockey fans throughout Canada should be very excited,” said Andy Murray, longtime NHL coach, Manitoba native, and current head coach of Western Michigan University. “Obviously the quality of play in college hockey is exceptional, but I think it will be the atmosphere in the rink and intensity of the games that will be the biggest surprise to Canadians not familiar with NCAA Hockey. From the bands to the student-sections to the historic rivalries, it's very special.”

With live coverage of NCAA Hockey all season long, TSN’s five feeds shine the spotlight on the game’s next generation of star players, among them Boston University centre Jack Eichel and Boston College defenceman Noah Hanifin, as well as the best college hockey teams from across the United States, including the #1-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers and the 2014 FROZEN FOUR champion Union Dutchmen.

In addition to the network’s live broadcast coverage, TSN delivers news updates and analysis of NCAA Hockey on multiple platforms including TIM HORTONS THAT’S HOCKEY, SPORTSCENTRE, and

Fast Facts: NCAA Men’s Division I Ice Hockey

·         Several 2015 draft eligible players are playing NCAA Hockey this season, including three in the Top 11 according to TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button (Jack Eichel, Noah Hanifin, and Zach Werenski)

·         305 former NCAA players played in the NHL last season, making up 31% of the league (both all-time highs)

·         Nearly 200 NHL draft picks are currently playing NCAA Hockey

·         Every NHL team has prospects playing NCAA Hockey, led by the Chicago Blackhawks (13)

·         More than 30% of all NCAA Hockey players are Canadian

Five members of Canada’s gold medal winning team at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games played NCAA Hockey (Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp, Martin St. Louis, Chris Kunitz, and Duncan Keith)

October 17, 2014



(Toronto, ON) October 17, 2014 – Blue Ant Media announces the appointment of Laura Pearce to Vice President, Brand Strategy and Fan Engagement. Laura comes to Blue Ant with over 15 years of digital marketing experience in the media and technology industry. Her expertise will be a key asset in growing the company’sten media brands including Cottage Life, T+E, Oasis and Smithsonian Channel Canada.   

“We are thrilled to welcome Laura to Blue Ant as we continue to evolve our portfolio of brands and look to build them both domestically and internationally,” said Jamie Schouela, EVP, Marketing and Communications, Blue Ant Media. “Her deep digital marketing expertise and strong industry relationships will be a major benefit as we form greater connections with the audiences in our communities of interest.”

"It is exciting to be joining such a dynamic and innovative media company,” said Laura Pearce, VP Brand Strategy and Fan Engagement, Blue Ant Media. “Blue Ant has established its place as a strong developer and distributor of integrated cross-platform content and I look forward contributing to their ongoing success.”

Laura comes from AOL Canada where she oversaw marketing and communications for their consumer and trade brands including The Huffington Post Canada,, StyleList Canada, Kitchen Daily Canada, Parentdish and AOL’s Platform products including Adap.TV. Prior to that she was at Postmedia driving audiences to their portfolio of newspaper websites as well as hubs like, and She has also worked in digital marketing for & Dell Canada. In her new role, Laura will lead marketing strategy for Blue Ant’s roster of consumer brands to build greater engagement and affinity across all touch points.

Laura joins the Blue Ant Media team on Monday, October 20th and will be working out of the company’s head office in Toronto.


October 17, 2014

Rogers Appoints Nitin Kawale to President, Enterprise Business Unit


TORONTO, Oct. 17, 2014 /CNW/ - Guy Laurence, Rogers President and Chief Executive Officer, today announced the appointment of Nitin Kawale to President, Enterprise Business Unit effective December 1. The appointment follows the recent unveiling of Rogers 3.0, a new, multi-year strategy that includes better serving the changing needs of Canadian businesses.

Kawale joins Rogers from Cisco Systems Canada Co where he held the position of President since 2008 with responsibility for all aspects of the Canadian operation including sales, marketing, finance, distribution and services. He's been with Cisco since 1995 serving a variety of domestic and international roles including: Worldwide Strategy and Worldwide Mobility as well as Cisco Canada executive roles in Enterprise, Small and Medium Business, and Public Sector businesses. Under his leadership, Cisco Canada has doubled in size becoming the third largest revenue producing country for Cisco globally. 

"Nitin is a proven, accomplished executive who is well-known and respected in the business space," said Guy Laurence. "Business customers in Canada are currently underserved and we're going to change that. We're serious about helping businesses use technology to be more productive and efficient. Nitin's track record for innovating and building relationships across the business community will be key assets as we execute on our Rogers 3.0 plan. He'll be a great contributor to Rogers and the executive team."

As Rogers President, Enterprise Business Unit, Kawale will be responsible for the delivery of the company's Enterprise business strategy and commercial plan covering Small and Medium Business, Enterprise and Public Sector customers. Kawale will report to CEO Guy Laurence and be a member of the Executive team. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree from the University of Toronto.

"There couldn't be a better time to join Rogers," said Nitin Kawale. "I've partnered with Rogers for more than six years and have watched the dynamic and exciting changes taking place within the company. From the small start-up to the large, enterprise customer, it's clear Rogers is serious about helping Canadian businesses adopt technology that will foster productivity and growth. They've brought wireless, wireline and data-centre assets together to provide end-to-end solutions for business customers, which is hugely exciting. I look forward to working with Guy and the team at Rogers to better serve Canadian businesses of all sizes."

Kawale has been a high-profile public speaker and quoted source across Canada on the topics of innovation and productivity. He was, in April 2014, named a Champion of Public Education across Canada by The Learning Partnership and, in June 2011, he was honoured as the Corporate Executive of the Year by the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce – a national award that recognizes exemplary achievement in business by those of Indian heritage.

Under his leadership, Cisco was named Canada's Top Employer by HR consultant Aon Hewett in 2014, 2013 and 2011. Likewise Cisco was listed as a 2014 Top Foreign Corporate Citizen in Canada and named amongCanada's 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures in 2013.

Larry Baldachin, who agreed to serve as the interim President of the Enterprise Business Unit, will continue in the interim role until Kawale arrives and will remain a key executive on Kawale's team.


October 16, 2014

Commonwealth privacy regulators launch Common Thread Network

MAURITIUS, October 16, 2014 - Commonwealth privacy regulators met today in conjunction with the 36th Annual Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners Conference, attended by data protection and privacy officials of United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore, Malta, Mauritius, State of Victoria (Australia) and Ghana under the joint chairmanship of the United Kingdom and Canada, with the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation as an observer.

Participants agreed the next steps in establishing a Commonwealth network, to be known as Common Thread Network, aimed at facilitating the sharing of experiences, knowledge and expertise amongst Commonwealth stakeholders, and promoting cross-border cooperation, which is critically important in view of the growth of the cyberspace, data and cloud services.

Welcoming the delegates, UK Information Commissioner Christopher Graham drew attention to the role of good privacy practices in assisting socio-economic development. “It cannot be coincidence that a small nation such as Mauritius has both a growing information and communications technology and process sub-contracting sector and a highly effective data protection authority. Enterprise and consumer trust go hand in hand,” Mr. Graham said.

The Common Thread Network was originally proposed by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien said: “Our aim is to leverage the strengths available within the Commonwealth to support each other, in keeping with the spirit of the Commonwealth. We will continue as a grouping of willing and committed partners pursuing similar goals, which ultimately leads to better socio-economic outcomes and social norms which treat data and privacy with the care and dignity it deserves.”

The network is being co-ordinated by the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO). Lasantha De Alwis, Director-Operations of the CTO said: “Data protection and privacy fits perfectly within the Cybergovernance and Cybersecurity agenda of the CTO, which as the Commonwealth organisation mandated in the field of information and communications technology (ICT), works to help Commonwealth countries leverage ICTs for socio-economic development.”

For more information, please contact:
Valerie Lawton
Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada


October 16, 2014

SiriusXM Canada launches Sarah McLachlan Radio


TORONTO, Oct. 16, 2014 /CNW/ - SiriusXM Canada (TSX: XSR), the country's leading audio entertainment company, today announced it will launch Sarah McLachlan Radio, a limited engagement channel featuring music, performances and more from across the iconic Canadian singer-songwriter's career.

Starting on October 17th Sarah McLachlan Radio will take over Iceberg (Sirius 161) and The Verge (XM 173) for four days to showcase McLachlan's treasured music catalogue. In addition to the classic singles and albums that made Sarah an international household name, subscribers will hear rare tracks, acoustic recordings, a track-by-track walk through of her new album Shine On and a special never-before-aired broadcast of this summer's SiriusXM Town Hall with Sarah McLachlan.

"Sarah and her music are such a powerful force around the world," said Jeff Leake, Director of Music Programming, SiriusXM Canada. "With her incredible talent and incredibly giving spirit, it's easy to see why she is so loved and why we are so happy to be able to offer up this special programming to our subscribers."

"I am so blessed that I get the opportunity to reach so many people with Shine On, my tour and now on SiriusXM," said Sarah McLachlan. "SiriusXM has been a great supporter of mine and the Sarah McLachlan School of Music and I look forward to joining their subscribers across North America with Sarah McLachlan Radio."

The SiriusXM Town Hall with Sarah McLachlan will air daily during the channel takeover. The performance was recorded on September 18th at the Sarah McLachlan School of Music, which provides free music education for at-risk and underserved youth in Vancouver B.C. and is proudly supported by SiriusXM. Listeners will be treated to an intimate acoustic performance from Sarah as well as a candid interview with the superstar.

Listeners who have SiriusXM Internet Radio access can also listen to Sarah McLachlan Radio on the SiriusXM Internet Radio App and online.

Sarah McLachlan Radio and support of the Sarah McLachlan School of Music is part of SiriusXM Canada's ongoing initiatives to provide exposure to and support Canadian talent. Through Canadian indie music channels The Verge (XM 173) and Iceberg (Sirius 161), francophone channels Influence Franco (XM 174) and Attitude Franco (Sirius 164), plus many more, SiriusXM continues to offer a leading platform for Canadian artists.

Sarah's coast-to-coast SHINE ON CANADIAN tour kicks off this Saturday in Victoria, BC. For more information on tour dates or to purchase tickets please visit

For more information on Sarah McLachlan Radio visit


October 16, 2014

Astral Out-of-Home to Install Digital Faces in its Toronto Transit Shelters


TORONTO (October 16, 2014) – Astral Out-of-Home, a division of Bell Media, today announced the exclusive deployment of 40 digital transit shelters in Toronto by December 2014. The launch of this new street furniture product – the first of its kind in downtown Toronto – enables Astral Out-of-Home to solidify its leading position in the digital advertising market. Equipped with 84-inch LCD screens, Toronto's transit shelters will be the first digital network in Canada to offer advertisers the option to display their campaigns in brilliant 4K HD.

“Astral Out-of-Home thrives on innovation and its commitment to be a Canadian leader in digital advertising,” said Luc Quétel, President, Astral Out-of-Home. “The installation of digital faces in transit shelters will give an even more dynamic and modern focus for transit shelters in Toronto.”

Designed by Kramer Design Associates, the new digital transit shelters will be installed in strategic locations throughout downtown Toronto. The digital faces are programmed on demand and managed remotely from Astral Out-of-Home's state-of-the-art broadcast control center.

Forty faces will initially be installed and fully operational by December 2014, just in time for the holiday season, the advertising community’s busiest time of year. Plans to expand the network will continue throughout the year.

“Astral Out-of-Home is committed to regularly offering the advertising community new opportunities to reach consumers,” said Jordana Fatsis, Vice-President, Sales, Astral Out-of-Home. “We are doing just that by adding these digital faces in the transit shelters of Canada's largest market.”

As a partner of the City of Toronto, Astral Out-of-Home operates the city's street furniture program by delivering practical street furniture elements, including transit shelters, litter and recycling bins, newspaper boxes, information pillars with neighbourhood maps, columns displaying public service announcements, bike racks, automatic public washrooms, and benches across the City of Toronto.


October 16, 2014

The Ottawa Convention Centre and Shaw Communications Announce Sponsorship Agreement


OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 16, 2014) - The Ottawa Convention Centre and Shaw Communications Inc. announced today a multi-year agreement that will see the award-winning downtown venue be named Shaw Centre, effective immediately

"This exciting relationship will help position the Shaw Centre and our city for continued growth in the lucrative national and international meetings and conventions marketplace," said Centre Chair Marc Seaman. "Over the coming decade, the Shaw Centre will leverage the strength of one of Canada's leading brands and media organizations to enhance and increase its profile and standing as a world class convention facility."

"We are privileged to work with this world-class and award-winning facility, and are eager to showcase the Shaw brand to hundreds of thousands of local, national and international visitors that come to the Shaw Centre every year," said Brad Shaw, Chief Executive Officer, Shaw Communications. "The Shaw Centre reflects our commitment to strengthening our presence with our customers, communities, regulatory and government stakeholders in the nation's capital. We are honoured to be a partner of one of the world's greatest convention venues."

"We are delighted to partner with Shaw Communications and we look forward to working with them," said Centre President and CEO Patrick Kelly. "Over the coming weeks, we will be executing a comprehensive plan to communicate with clients, stakeholders and suppliers across multiple channels to ensure broad awareness of the name change in support of our strategic growth initiatives in Canadian and international markets."

This agreement will allow the Shaw Centre to elevate its existing profile and standing as one of Canada's premier national and international convention facilities by leveraging Shaw's strength as a leading Internet and content-experience company.

The partnership will provide Shaw with the opportunity to showcase its leading media brands, products, and services to guests from Canada and abroad. Notably, visitors to the Shaw Centre will enjoy seamless access to Shaw Go WiFi - Shaw's carrier-grade wifi network - throughout the building with complimentary access available to all guests in recognized gathering areas.

In the coming months, the Shaw brand will be visible on new interior and exterior signage and across all communications platforms.

The Shaw Centre will continue to use 'Canada's Meeting Place' as its descriptor, and will continue to partner closely with Ottawa Tourism in all domestic and international marketing efforts to ensure the Centre is positioned as the premier meeting venue in Canada's Capital. Shaw has secured naming rights for a period of 10 years.

October 16, 2014

Corus Entertainment Gets Ready To “Shake It Off” With Global Superstar Taylor Swift


(October 16, 2014 – Toronto, ON) Corus Entertainment will be the destination for Taylor Swift fans on Monday, October 27 with Taylor Swift 1989 - an exclusive, in-depth, multi-platform music special that premieres nationally across four Corus Television networks and 13 Corus Radio stations the same day Swift releases her highly anticipated new album, 1989. CMT will kick off the television broadcast premiere at 7 p.m. ET/ 4 p.m. PT, followed by premieres on ABC Spark, Cosmo TV and YTV. On Corus Radio, Canadian listeners can tune-in to their favourite station to hear the special and fans can listen live online.  Corus Radio stations will also feature dedicated Taylor Swift content on each of their websites. Full broadcast details are listed below.  

“This is our biggest cross-platform initiative to date,” says Susan Schaefer, Vice President, Head of Brands, Corus Entertainment. “Taylor is the perfect fit with Corus’ portfolio of TV, radio and digital brands and we are thrilled the mega-star is back at Corus Quay. We are equally excited to share this compelling content to her diverse fan base across the country. This event special will be the first of many.”

Taylor Swift 1989 captures the GRAMMY® winning star in one of her most candid interviews to date. Profiling the evolution of her multi-platinum career and life in the spotlight, Corus Entertainment’s Paul McGuire gets to the root of Swift’s musical influence and personal inspiration behind her most highly anticipated fifth studio album.

After the special airs, fans will be able to stream the full 30-minute special online via beginning Tuesday, October 28. Additional encore presentations will air throughout November on Corus Television. 

Taylor Swift 1989 is an original production developed by Corus Entertainment Television in association with Corus Radio.

Taylor Swift 1989 - Program Listings

Corus Television: Taylor Swift 1989 television special will air on the following networks Monday, October 27 beginning at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT on CMT.

CMT – Premiere – 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT

ABC Spark – Premiere – 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT

Cosmo TV – Premiere – 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT

YTV – Premiere – 10:30 p.m. ET / 7:30 p.m. PT

Corus Radio: Taylor Swift 1989 radio special will air on the following stations Monday, October 27.


B101 (Barrie) – Airs at 8 p.m. ET

CHAY 93.1 FM (Barrie) – Airs at 7 p.m. ET

95.1 The Peak FM (Collingwood) – Airs at 7 p.m. ET

The New 104.5 Fresh FM (Cornwall) – Airs at 7 p.m. ET

The New 95.3 Fresh FM (Hamilton) – Airs at 7 p.m. ET

91.5 The Beat (Kitchener) – Airs at 7 p.m. ET

Country 104 FM (London) – Airs at 7 p.m. ET

The New 103.1 Fresh FM (London) – Airs at 7 p.m. ET

JUMP! 106.9 (Ottawa) – Airs at 7 p.m. ET


Country 105 (Calgary) – Airs at 7 p.m. MT

CISN Country 103.9 (Edmonton) – Airs at 7 p.m. MT

The New 92.5 Fresh FM (Edmonton) – Airs at 7 p.m. MT


The New 99.1 Fresh FM (Winnipeg) – Airs at 7 p.m. CT


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