HALIFAX – On March 28, 2015, an Airbus A320-211, operating as Air Canada Flight 624, flew from Toronto to Halifax with 133 passengers and five crew members. Here is how the Transportation Safety Board chronicles the flight’s progress — and its crash landing in blizzard conditions (some times approximate):10:05 p.m. — Plane leaves Lester B. Pearson International Airport for Stanfield International Airport.10:56 — Air Canada tells flight crew an Air Canada flight had landed on Halifax’s Runway 05 after a missed approach due to insufficient visibility. The crew determines conditions are suitable for the aircraft to land.11:25 — Because of weather conditions, the Stanfield controller tells crew to hold at 9,000 feet.12:07 — Captain indicates flight will have to divert to Moncton if the weather does not improve within 20 minutes.12:16 — Tower controller tells flight crew visibility is a half-mile in snow and drifting snow, and that vertical visibility is 300 feet. Flight crew determines they will carry out an approach to Runway 05.12:17 — Crew asks tower to confirm runway lights are on setting 5. The tower controller, who is also dealing with snowplows on the runway and an aircraft taxiing for Runway 05, says lights are currently on setting 4, but would be on setting 5 in time for the landing.12:27 — Tower controller clears AC624 to land; runway lights remain at setting 4.12:27 — As aircraft descends, its flight path diverges because of wind variations. Divergence continues to increase throughout the approach.12:29 — Captain disconnects autopilot, and plane makes automated calls they are 100 and then 50 feet above land. Co-pilot says to pull up. AC624 severs an electrical power line, cutting power to the airport terminal.12:29 — The captain advances thrust levers to the takeoff go-around and pulls side-stick to the full nose-up position. A left main tire hits an approach light 861 feet from the runway threshold.12:30 — The main landing gear, aft lower fuselage, and left engine cowling strike the snow-covered ground on an embankment sloping up toward the runway. The plane strikes the localizer antenna array and continues airborne before striking the ground twice more and then sliding along the runway.12:30 — Aircraft comes to rest about 1,900 feet beyond the threshold. It has completely lost power.12:30 — Tower controller activates crash alarm.12:32 — As passengers complete evacuation, firefighters arrive at accident site.12:36 — Passengers, many wearing open-toed shoes, shorts, and T-shirts and carrying baggage, are grouped about 200 metres behind the aircraft in frigid temperatures. Occupants with more severe injuries sit in emergency vehicles.12:42 — Firefighters confirm everyone has evacuated the aircraft and request transportation to bring them to shelter.1:22 — About 50 minutes after the aircraft came to a stop, all remaining passengers are transported to an indoor holding area.
Award-winning Canadian playwright, actor and educator Kevin Loring has been named the first-ever artistic director of indigenous theatre at the National Arts Centre.The new department’s inaugural season in 2019 and 2020 will coincide with a major milestone for the NAC: the 50th anniversary of the Ottawa-based performing arts centre.Loring won the 2009 Governor General’s Award for English Language Drama for the play “Where the Blood Mixes,” which examined the intergenerational effects of the residential school system.The production toured nationally and was presented at the NAC in 2010 when Loring was the playwright-in-residence.He is currently performing at the NAC in the musical “Children of God” from Oji-Cree playwright, actor composer and director Corey Payette, which also explores the legacy of the residential school system.Loring will take up his new post on Oct. 16.Loring’s lengthy history with the NAC dates back well over a decade, with appearances in Marie Clements’s plays “Burning Vision” and “Copper Thunderbird,” and in the NAC’s 40th anniversary production of George Ryga’s “The Ecstasy of Rita Joe.” He also took on the role of Edmund in an all-aboriginal version of “King Lear” in 2012.Loring was among hundreds of indigenous artists the NAC brought together for discussions about expanding indigenous arts at one of the world’s largest performing arts centres.In his new role, Loring plans to work towards that objective by broadening access to the NAC’s indigenous theatrical offerings beyond Canada’s capital.“How do we make this a national company if all of our shows are being done at the National Arts Centre and for an Ottawa audience?” Loring said in a phone interview.“What I propose is that we do four shows at the National Arts Centre stages every season, and at the same time, we do four shows outside of Ottawa,” he added, citing Vancouver, Iqaluit, Montreal and Toronto as potential locales.“We create with other companies out there, with communities out there. We build shows with them or support shows that they are creating, and we maybe help them tour it, either through the region and eventually back onto our stages at the National Arts Centre … so that we always have a number of shows that we’re developing outside of Ottawa.”Loring is a member of the Nlaka’pamux Nation from the Lytton First Nation in British Columbia. He created the “Songs of the Land” project in 2012 working in tandem with five separate organizations in his home community. The project involved the examination of century-old audio recordings of songs and stories of the Nlaka’pamux people.He has also written two new plays based on his work in the community: “Battle of the Birds,” about domestic violence and power abuse, and “The Boy Who Was Abandoned,” about youth and elder neglect.In addition to collaborative creative work on a broader scale, Loring said he is also interested in exploring more innovative ways of storytelling.“This work, I hope, inspires our indigenous youth and inspires our indigenous people to see that there might be a space for them in theatre, in art … telling our stories, singing our songs, dancing our dances,” he said.“The truth of the matter is we do not have, at the moment, enough indigenous designers, enough indigenous stage managers, enough indigenous arts managers.“That’s going to be a process of trying to fill those roles as best we can with indigenous people, and at the same time, to try to foster and bring in artists from other backgrounds into the theatre realm.”Follow @lauren_larose on Twitter.
VANCOUVER – Morneau Shepell is taking over administration of Sears Canada Inc.’s registered retirement plan.The Financial Services Commission of Ontario says in a statement that the Ontario Superintendent of Financial Services appointed the human resources consulting and technology company after a competitive tendering process.The commission says the superintendent determined it’s inevitable that the plan will need to be wound up, but said the date and details are to be determined.Morneau Shepell, which takes over the plan’s administration effective immediately, will contact members in the coming months.Sears Canada says in a statement that it welcomes the appointment and the company is working closely with Morneau Shepell on a smooth transition.The retailer, which has been operating under court protection from creditors since June, received court approval last week to begin its liquidation sales starting Thursday.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission says it is investigating a series of earthquakes that took place Thursday evening in the province’s northeast.The commission says the seismic events struck between 16 kilometres southwest and 25 kilometres southeast of Fort St. John.It says operations in the area were immediately shut down as a precaution and mitigation strategies will be put into place for any operations linked to seismic events.Earthquakes Canada reported a 4.5 magnitude quake just before 5:30 p.m. Thursday that was felt in Fort St. John, Taylor, Chetwynd and Dawson Creek.Honn Kao of the Geological Survey of Canada says the probability is “very high” that the earthquake was caused by hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the process used in oil and gas extraction.He says his organization is working with the oil and gas commission to conduct further investigation.The Canadian Press
Five stories in the news for Monday, March 11———CANADIANS MOURN PLANE CRASH VICTIMSA mother and daughter from Edmonton, a renowned Carleton University professor and an accountant with the City of Calgary are among the 18 Canadians who died Sunday when an Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed shortly after takeoff, killing all 157 aboard. It’s not yet known what caused the plane to go down in clear weather after leaving Addis Ababa on a flight to Nairobi. But the accident was strikingly similar to last year’s crash of a Lion Air jet that plunged into the Java Sea, killing 189 people. Both crashes involved the Boeing 737 Max 8, and both happened minutes after the jets became airborne. Ethiopian Airlines as well as all Chinese airlines have grounded their 737 Max 8s indefinitely as a safety precaution.———BOEING ‘DEEPLY SADDENED’ BY ETHIOPIAN CRASHSunday’s tragic Ethiopian Airlines crash involved a new model jet touted for its environmentally friendly engine that is used by both Air Canada and WestJet. Records show the Boeing 737 Max 8 that crashed Sunday was new and had been delivered to the airline in November. Last October a two month old 737 Max 8 owned by Lion Air plunged into the Java Sea just minutes after taking off from Jakarta, killing 189 people. A Boeing technical team will be travelling to Sunday’s crash site to provide technical assistance to Ethiopian authorities and investigators with the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board.———TEEN’S FAMILY ANTICIPATES NEW REPORT INTO DEATHThe woman who raised an Indigenous girl whose body was found in the Red River says she hopes a new report from the Manitoba children’s advocate will ensure that such a tragedy never happens again. Thelma Favel, the great-aunt of Tina Fontiane, says nothing will ever bring the teenager back but the report could save other children’s lives. The highly anticipated document from Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth Daphne Penrose will be released tomorrow. It’s expected to detail Tina’s interactions with police and child-welfare workers before her death.———VERDICT EXPECTED IN CASE OF SLAIN FOOTBALL PLAYERA judge is expected to deliver a verdict today in the trial of a man accused of killing a player with the CFL’s Calgary Stampeders. Nelson Lugela is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Mylan Hicks outside a Calgary bar in September 2016. The trial heard that Hicks and some other Stampeders were celebrating a victory over Winnipeg when a disagreement over a spilled drink intensified after closing time in the bar’s parking lot. Witnesses testified the 23-year-old Hicks was shot as he was running for cover. He was hit in the abdomen and chest, and died in hospital.———COAL WORKERS NEED HELP TO FIND NEW JOBSThe Task Force on Just Transition for Canadian Coal Power Workers and Communities is filing its final report today. The report warns that if the Trudeau government wants to maintain public support for climate-change action it must prepare communities that are economically dependent on coal for a future when their products aren’t needed. Underlying many of the report’s 10 broad recommendations is a warning that not easing the anxieties of workers who will be affected by a planned phaseout of coal-fired generating plants will come with a political, and possibly even environmental, cost.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan will CFB Gagetown, NB to highlight new logistics trucks being delivered to the Canadian Armed Forces.— NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh in Montreal to present his plan to reconnect with Quebecers.— Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains makes a funding announcement in Hamilton area for small- and medium-sized manufacturers and users of steel and aluminum.———The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — Global Affairs Canada has issued a travel advisory for Canadians in Britain, warning them of possible violence in the wake of today’s latest twist in the country’s Brexit drama.The department issued the updated advisory as British politicians rejected the latest attempt to coalesce around a path out of the European Union.In the advisory, officials warn of “acts of violence” and confrontations between demonstrators and security forces around the parliamentary buildings and near Westminster Abbey in London.Canadians are urged to avoid areas where demonstrations take place and nearby subway stations.The department continues to recommend Canadians visiting the United Kingdom exercise a “high degree of caution” due to the threat of terrorism.U.K. parliamentarians today rejected for the third time British Prime Minister Teresa May’s plan for Brexit setting the stage for the country to crash out of the European Union next month without a replacement deal in place.The Canadian Press
MONTREAL — Teen environmental activist Greta Thunberg will be in Montreal at the end of the month to take part in a climate march.The 16-year-old Swedish climate activist announced her presence at the Sept. 27 event via social media on Sunday.Currently in New York to spread her message on the importance of fighting against the climate crisis, Thunberg had previously expressed her interest in coming to Quebec for the global day of mobilization for the environment.Thunberg sailed across the Atlantic from England to Manhattan — a two-week trip — to attend the United Nations Climate Action Summit later this month.She’d refused to fly to New York because of the carbon emissions involved in jet travel. She will also take part in a march in that city on Sept. 20.A local Montreal collective that invited Thunberg to come to Montreal will hold a news conference on Tuesday to highlight her appearance.According to the group, at least 867 cities around the world have protests planned for Sept. 27.The Canadian Press
Thousands of wrapped toys were handed out to kids in a huge Christmas display Monday at the Los Angeles Mission’s annual Christmas Eve event.Harrison Ford at the LA Mission, December 24Credit/Copyright: Los Angeles MissionThere were more than 4,000 meals served – with Chef Ben Ford creating a gourmet meal for the Skid Row homeless.Among the stars who took part were Harrison Ford, Harry Hamlin, Bella Thorne, Booboo Stewart, Kate Linder, Melissa Gilbert, and many more.Toyota was the primary sponsor for the event, with the Sharing the Spirit Holiday Party presented by the Festival of Children Foundation.“We have made a very big effort to step up the quality of the Christmas meal,” said Herb Smith, President of the Los Angeles Mission. “That’s why we are so pleased to have Ben Ford, of Ford’s Filling Station join us again to create the signature dishes for the meal. That, along with the magnificent Festival of Children Foundation Share the Spirit Holiday Party tent makes this one of the most special events we have.”Celebrity Chef Ben Ford worked with the Los Angeles Mission Chef Chris Cormier and the kitchen staff to envision and prepare the meal. There was Lemon-Rosemary Roasted Chicken, Cheezy Grits, Brown Butter Carrots, Green Beans with Griddled Onions, a special Winter Fruit Chutney created by Chef Ford, and Apricot compound butter for the dinner rolls. The meal was rounded out with cake for dessert.“Changing a life can start with a meal made with love” said Chef Ford. “This Christmas I will be a part of nourishing our community through food and hopefully change a couple of lives along the way.”A generous contribution from Toyota and nearly 200 volunteers helped make the event possible. Thousands of toys were donated by JAKKS Pacific, Imperial Toys, Jazwares, and hundreds from other donors. The Sharing the Spirit Holiday Party featured Santa, decorations, music and crafts for the children. Toys were wrapped so children had the choice of opening them immediately or waiting until Christmas morning. Hundreds of volunteer hours were spent sorting, wrapping and marking the gifts so they could be distributed in an age and gender appropriate manner.“This is Toyota’s third year supporting the Los Angeles Mission’s holiday outreach, and we continue to be touched by the Mission’s dedication and service to families in need,” said Michael Rouse, vice president of philanthropy, community affairs and diversity & inclusion for Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. “Nearly 200 Toyota associates, friends and family volunteer their time to work this event or who have contributed by donating 100 hygiene kits to the residents of the Mission will come away from this experience with a greater understanding of our broader community and the support needed.”“The Los Angeles Mission wouldn’t exist without the loving financial support of the community,” said President Smith. “Our community volunteers, our donors, the businesses who support us make our work possible. Toyota and the Festival of Children Foundation have worked closely with us for months to make the event happen. As we look toward 2013 we are concerned about how the unsettled economy will impact the Mission. We have seen a significant downturn in donations – we are concerned about financial shortfalls – all at a time when the number of men, women and families coming for help is increasing.”More than 10,000 toys were donated for distribution at the event.“JAKKS Pacific is proud to support the Los Angeles Mission, both year-round and again this holiday season,” said Anne-Marie Feliciano, Vice President of Corporate Communications & Philanthropy, JAKKS Pacific, Inc. “They provide crucial, invaluable services to underserved families and individuals in our community and make a remarkable difference in the lives of disadvantaged young people. We are very proud that together, JAKKS and the Los Angeles Mission, can help make the holidays brighter for so many deserving children and families.”Festival of Children Foundation staff and volunteers arrived early Friday morning to set up the 2,000 square foot Sharing the Spirit Holiday Party tent on Skid Row. There were 30 decorated Christmas trees, giant nutcrackers, Santa, crafts, and each child received a bag of toys. More than 50 volunteers made a very special place for the children of Skid Row with decorations and loads of fun.“Festival of Children Foundation supports children’s charities nationwide, but today, we’re focusing on bringing Christmas to the children served by the Los Angeles Mission. We’re honored to have the opportunity to share our blessings with them. Christmas means a spirit of love, and that’s what we want every child here today to feel… loved,” said Sandy Segerstrom Daniels, Founder and Executive Director of Festival of Children Foundation.Christmas Eve morning started early for the staff and volunteers and the Mission. There were last minute gift donations to wrap, and the big dinner to prepare. And the volunteers in the kitchen also served breakfast to overnight guests at the Mission. And at about 7:00 AM volunteers also handed out hot breakfast sandwiches and cider to the families waiting in line for the event that would begin later in the morning.Chef Ford, Chef Chris Cormier and the Mission staff marinated and roasted 3,000 pounds of chicken, sliced, seasoned and cooked 600 pounds of carrots, prepared 600 pounds of green beans and griddled lots of onions, mixed and baked 140 gallons of grits for the Cheezy Grits and chopped and mixed 115 gallons of Winter Chutney. (Recipes are attached). The preparation work went on for several days, with the chef staff in a cooking frenzy all Monday morning to be ready for the 11:00 AM serving time.A thousand blankets were handed out by Kimberly Vodang, Ms. America International, to those who attended. There was also underwear distributed which was donated by Briefly Cares, a philanthropic outreach by Briefly Lightweight company. Dining utensils and napkins were provided by Landsberg/Amcor. Hygiene kits were put together by Mission volunteers throughout the month of December, and were handed out Monday as well to participants.Housed in temporary facilities, shelters and low-income housing in the Skid Row area, this will be the only Christmas celebration for many of the guests. As they waited to be seated and served, the guests enjoyed holiday music from a number of local musical groups.The Los Angeles Mission has been providing a Christmas meal and toy distribution at this location since the Mission building was dedicated 20 years ago. The Mission has been operating continuously since 1936, when it was created as a soup kitchen to serve those displaced during the great depression.
From buying all-electric cars to installing solar panels on their roofs, environmentalists across the country are taking steps to save the planet — but some of them are dragging their feet when it comes to taking that essential step: going vegan.So PETA and Twilight and The Walking Dead star Christian Serratos, who is a longtime vegetarian and PETA supporter, have purchased ads that will be placed on electric car charging stations, targeting the very people who want to make a difference and urging them to go all the way.The new ads bluntly proclaim, “Producing two strips of bacon generates three times the amount of greenhouse gases that driving 1 mile in a Prius does. Save the world—go vegan.” The ads will be up in time for Earth Day.“Environmentalists who have switched to all-electric cars may be shocked to discover that the hybrids they deemed not ‘green’ enough are still far ‘greener’ than bacon,” Serratos says. “PETA’s message for Earth Day and every day is that the most effective way to help the environment — and animals — is to go vegetarian.”According to the United Nations, raising animals for food is “a top contributor to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global.” A staggering 51 percent or more of global greenhouse-gas emissions are caused by animal agriculture, according to a report published by the Worldwatch Institute. And of course, the meat industry is responsible for the daily suffering and terrifying deaths of billions of animals every year.Serratos is part of a growing list of celebrities — including Bones star Emily Deschanel, Nikita and Divergent star Maggie Q, and Social Distortion frontman Mike Ness — who have teamed up with PETA to point out that the meat industry has a devastating impact on the planet.
Two cancer-fighting initiatives come together this year at The 2014 ESPYS to join forces in the battle against the disease.ESPN has announced that The V Foundation for Cancer Research and Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, will collaborate on grants for research scholars working within an emerging scientific field known as convergence, a new model of research meant to spur innovation in new ways of combating cancer.“We are so proud to make the announcement of these two major organizations teaming up as part of our new multi-platform ESPY Day program this year designed to take our fundraising tied to the ESPYS to another level,” said ESPN president John Skipper. “This donation, combined with the support of our viewers and radio listeners, is creating a truly collaborative way to strive for a cure for this disease.”A highlight of ESPY Day – a vision of former ESPN President and V Foundation board member George Bodenheimer – will be the special announcement of the collaboration during The 2014 ESPYS by Robin Roberts. Roberts, who was honored with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at The 2013 ESPYS, has publicly battled cancer and has received wide recognition for inspiring others who are continuing to fight each day. The 2014 ESPYS, hosted by Drake, will be televised live Wednesday, July 16, at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN from Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles.This is the first time The V Foundation and Stand Up To Cancer have worked together. SU2C is investing $4 million in the grants program.“We see convergence as a blueprint for innovation, involving the coming together of different fields of study — particularly engineering, physical sciences, and life sciences,’’ said Nobel Laureate Phillip A. Sharp, Ph.D., Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT, and chair of the SU2C Scientific Advisory Committee, who wrote a white paper on the subject. “Through collaboration among research groups and the integration of approaches that were originally viewed as distinct and potentially contradictory, convergence enables the innovation necessary to address the epidemic of cancer, one of the most urgent health care challenges of the 21st century.”“The donation stemmed from the jointly-held visions of both The V Foundation for Cancer Research and The Entertainment Industry Foundation’s Stand Up To Cancer initiative to discover and fund scientific breakthroughs that can end cancer’s reign as a leading cause of death,” said Lisa Paulsen, a co-founder of Stand Up To Cancer and president & CEO of the Entertainment Industry Foundation.“By working collaboratively with The V Foundation, Stand Up To Cancer will help expand investments in new and innovative research efforts combining expertise from several scientific areas aimed at understanding, controlling and treating cancer,” said Sung Poblete, Ph.D., R.N., president & CEO of Stand Up To Cancer.Added Susan Braun, CEO of The V Foundation for Cancer Research: “By taking advantage of advances in information technology, nanotechnology, new material research, imaging, optics, quantum physics, and other physical sciences, often considered outside the realm of traditional biomedical research, convergence grants may provide a tipping point in our fight against cancer. ESPY Day and this collaboration with these two leaders in cancer research funding is another important effort in our shared fight against this terrible disease. Donations made through this multi-platform initiative allow us to continue funding life-saving research programs.”This year, ESPN is also expanding its 21-year effort to help find a cure for cancer with a day-long fundraising drive across multiple platforms called “ESPY Day Benefitting The V Foundation for Cancer Research.” ESPY Day will begin at midnight on July 16 with integrated fundraising messaging across ESPN networks culminating with a special simulcast of the ESPYS on ESPN2 at 9 p.m. Some of these funds raised will support future SU2C-V Foundation Convergence Scholars grants. The simulcast will include fundraising elements and heavy social media integration of the hashtag #DontEverGiveUp, inspired by Jim Valvano’s iconic speech at the 1993 ESPYS.
Hollywood Stands Up To Cancer, presented by the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) and chaired by Jim Toth and Reese Witherspoon, took place in Culver City, CA, on Wednesday.Camila and Matthew McConaugheyThe event was hosted by James Corden and featured a performance by John Legend and special guest Common.Among the stars who attended were Robert Downey Jr, Camila and Matthew McConaughey, Eva Mendes, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Tony Hale, Marg Helgenberger, Dan Bucatinsky, Katee Sackhoff, Karl Urban and Stacy Keibler.Between gifts from major donors and ticket sales, more than $16 million was pledged in connection with the 2015 event to fund Stand Up To Cancer’s innovative research including its support of The Jim Toth Sr. Breakthrough Lung Cancer Research Award established last year.Each year, Stand Up To Cancer recognizes one of its generous corporate donors for their support. This year, Co-Founder Katie Couric honored Visionary Donor, MasterCard, which has committed more than $25 million since the formation of SU2C and announced a new donation of $10 million to support SU2C’s innovative cancer research programs. Additionally, a $6 million grant from The Lustgarten Foundation will be combined with funding from Cancer Research UK (CRUK) for a new three-year, international pancreatic cancer dream team with SU2C.The event was produced by Yifat Oren & Associates and Don Mischer Productions in collaboration with the Entertainment Industry Foundation.
The 5th Annual Getzlaf Golf Shootout benefiting Cure Duchenne will be held September 12 at Sutra Lounge in Costa Mesa, Calif. and September 13 at the Monarch Beach Golf Links in Dana Point, Calif.Hosted by Ryan Getzlaf, captain of the Anaheim Ducks, the Getzlaf Golf Shootout is a two-day charity golf event that brings together athletes, celebrities and community leaders teaming up in support of CureDuchenne.Each foursome includes a professional athlete or celebrity as a fifth player. Current and former Anaheim Ducks teammates and coaches including Bruce Boudreau, Scott Neidermayer, Teemu Selanne, Ryan Kesler, Corey Perry, Andrew Cogliano, Frederik Andersen, Mark Fistric, Tim Jackman, Clayton Stoner, Brian Sutherby, Dany Heatley, Kent Huskins, Bob Murray, Andy Sutton and Emerson Etem have played in past tournaments.CureDuchenne is a nonprofit that raises awareness and funds research to find a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Duchenne is a progressive muscle disease that impacts one in every 3,500 boys. Boys are usually diagnosed at age 5, are in a wheelchair by 12 and most don’t survive their mid-20s. Currently there is no cure for Duchenne. Proceeds of the event will fund impactful research to find a cure for Duchenne.Getzlaf Golf Shootout sponsors include Patriot Environmental Services, Bauer, CNC Motors, Gateway One Lending, Fullmer Construction, Mark Beamish Waterproofing and The Sports Corporation.For sponsorship information go to www.getzlafgolf.org or call 949-872-2552.
As he looks around at the upscale recording studio he marvels at a little-known fact. Until recently, the university had no idea that former student Ron Nelson became the “godfather” of Toronto hip hop while sitting in a much more modest chair in a Ryerson community radio station. Mark Campbell is sitting in a bright pink chair in the Allan Slaight Radio Institute at Ryerson, recounting his younger days as a member of an east-end hip-hop sound crew and later, a DJ on a community radio station. Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Campbell, 38, began documenting Toronto’s vibrant hip-hop scene in 2009 after discovering during research for a book that little had been written about it. Advertisement He has organized live events so that artists and industry insiders can tell their stories and share memorabilia. The historical material is being compiled online in the Northside Hip Hop Archive, a website that hosts a collection of audio, images and accounts — beginning in the late ’80s — that is funded by a number of partners including Canadian Heritage and the Canada Council for the Arts. “Ryerson had no idea that one of the first hip-hop shows in Canada came out of Jorgenson Hall in the basement. That was Ron Nelson’s show,” says Campbell, an adjunct professor at the RTA School of Media. “That should be part of Canada’s pride across the world.” Advertisement Campbell is also the lead developer of a new think tank in the faculty of communication and design at Ryerson, where he will develop strategies and partnerships to promote Canadian culture. Facebook Login/Register With:
Advertisement Advertisement Watching all the golden hardware being handed out last Sunday at the Canadian Screen Awards brought another image to mind.It was of financial reports being distributed at a meeting of corporate shareholders — and not just because the Canuck film and TV event still uses the nickname “the CSAs,” which would be a great handle for accountancy prizes but not artistic ones.The money image resonates because we’ve reached the end of the movie fiscal year, so to speak. All the major awards for the films of 2016 have now been handed out, unless I’ve overlooked some impending galas in Tasmania, say, or Kazakhstan. Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement We don’t have to argue about La La Land anymore, but hopefully we still have lots to discuss about Moonlight.We’re done, finally, but only briefly. The next movie fiscal year commences on April 13, when Cannes Film Festival chief Thierry Frémaux and his team unveil the official selection for their 70th edition, which will run May 17-28. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter
Advertisement Advertisement It’s pretty much impossible to hear the opening notes of John Williams’s “Hedwig’s Theme” and not immediately think of Harry Potter and the magical world J.K. Rowling wrote two decades ago thanks to Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone being brought to cinematic life in 2001.But after all these years, Potter Mania continues to thrive, with various stage and screen incarnations and spin-offs.READ MORE LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Facebook Login/Register With:
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “We are delighted to offer Canadian audiences the opportunity to experience a wide range of paintings and sculptures by one of the world’s most influential and visionary artists,” says Kathleen S. Bartels, Director of the Vancouver Art Gallery. “In tracing Takashi Murakami’s development as an artist over the course of three decades, The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg draws attention to some of the major themes and cultural conditions that have shaped his artistic practice. We can’t wait to welcome countless visitors from Vancouver and beyond to this monumental exhibition, and for the general public to experience his work every time they pass by our Georgia Street facade.”The exhibition opens with Murakami’s early paintings from the 1980s that synthesize traditional Nihonga-style painting techniques and formats with contemporary subject matter, and goes on to trace the artist’s shift in the 1990s toward a distinctive, anime-influenced style known as Superflat. From his signature animated flowers to the iconic character Mr. DOB, a mouse-like figure that serves as part- ambassador and part self-portrait, the works in the show offer an in-depth look at Murakami’s unique Superflat universe.The exhibition also features works from a recent body of paintings depicting groups of wizened Buddhist monks (Arhats), including the ten-panel 100 Arhats (2013), an ambitious work of stunning intricacy and craftsmanship. A departure from the commercial pop aesthetic that first garnered him popular acclaim, the Arhat works mark Murakami’s return to his training in traditional Japanese painting in order to find a response to the suffering caused by the massive earthquake and tsunami in Fukushima, Japan in 2011 that killed more than 15,000 people.“The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg highlights Takashi Murakami’s dedication to exquisite craftsmanship as well as his boundless imagination moving freely within an ever-expanding field of aesthetic decisions and cultural inspiration, from Buddhist folk traditions to art history to popular culture,” says Bruce Grenville, senior curator. “This wide-ranging exhibition offers a serious engagement on issues affecting Japan and the larger world today, from media culture to globalization to the threats of nuclear power.”Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and is curated by MCA Chief Curator Michael Darling.About Takashi MurakamiTakashi Murakami was born in 1962 in Tokyo, Japan. He studied at Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan, where he received his BFA in 1986, his MFA in 1988, and his Ph.D. in 1993. He is the founder of the art production and management company Kaikai Kiki, which evolved from its predecessor, the Hiropon Factory founded in 1996.Murakami is well known for his high-profile projects with brands such as Louis Vuitton, VANS, shu uemura, Issey Miyake, Lucien Pellat-Finet, Roppongi Hills and ComplexCon, as well as collaborations with musicians such as Kanye West and Pharrell Williams. In 2008, he was selected as one of TIME magazine’s “The 100 Most Influential People.” From 2003, he was included in ArtReview‘s Power 100 for ten consecutive years. He has also been engaged in a wide range of artistic undertakings such as curating exhibitions and collecting art and other curiosities for his personal collection. Between 2002 and 2014, he regularly organized “GEISAI,” a project intended to discover and nurture young artists from Japan and Taiwan. In all, approximately 20,000 artists participated in these projects. In response to the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake, he launched New Day, a charity initiative that carries out art auctions and other activities to help Japan recover from natural disasters.Murakami has also ventured into film and animation productions, releasing his first live-action feature film Jellyfish Eyes in 2013. He is currently working on the sequel of Jellyfish Eyes as well as an animated television series, 6HP (Six Hearts Princess).Advanced tickets can be purchased here: murakami.vanartgallery.bc.caMajor Sponsors: Brian and Andrea HillSupporting Sponsor: Coromandel PropertiesAdditional Support: Chan Family FoundationGenerous support for Murakami’s Georgia Street Façade project: Artworkers Retirement SocietyAt the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the exhibition was supported by: Lead support provided by Kenneth C. Griffin, Helen and Sam Zell, Anne L. Kaplan, Cari and Michael Sacks, Galerie Perrotin, Stefan Edlis and Gael Neeson, Gagosian, Andrea and Jim Gordon, and Susan Gaspari-Forest and Robert Forest.Major support provided by Blum & Poe and Liz and Eric Lefkofsky.Generous support provided by The Bluhm Family Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, Jennifer and Alec Litowitz, Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd., Matt Bayer and Joyce Yaung and the Bayer Family Foundation, The Japan Foundation, Robert J. Buford, Marilyn and Larry Fields, Nancy Lerner Frej and David Frej, and Dana and Brian L. Newman.Exhibition-Related Public Programs + Events Lecture with Takashi MurakamiWhen: Wednesday, January 31, 7:00 p.m.Where: Simon Fraser University, Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, Goldcorp Centre for the ArtsThis lecture with renowned artist Takashi Murakami examines his ever-shifting and always evolving interests. Conceived in dialogue with Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg, this lecture will examine his ongoing research-based practice through a series of interlocking ideas. Working across disciplines — from painting and sculpture, to anime and fashion — Murakami has created works that effectively blur the boundaries between vernacular and fine art, eastern and western philosophies and aesthetics and politics. By reflecting on his thirty years of making, including working with collaborators as diverse as Louis Vuitton and Kanye West, Murakami will propose different means for engaging with history and shaping the future through the specific lens of an artistic practice.Tickets can be purchased here.Murakami’s Birthday Bash and After PartyWhen: Friday, February 2, 5:30 p.m., 10:00 p.m. for the After-PartyWhere: Vancouver Art Gallery (750 Hornby Street) and The Commodore Ballroom (868 Granville Street)This special evening will celebrate Takashi Murakami’s birthday and the opening of his first retrospective exhibition in Canada, Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg. The evening will begin at the Vancouver Art Gallery with an exclusive exhibition preview with the artist, followed by a seated dinner at the Commodore Ballroom, and an after-party headlined by Grammy Award-winning DJ Mix Master Mike. Proceeds from this event support the Vancouver Art Gallery’s exhibitions and education and public programs.Tickets can be purchased here. VANCOUVER, British Columbia — The Vancouver Art Gallery is excited to kick off its spring season with Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg (February 3 – May 6, 2018), the first- ever major retrospective of Takashi Murakami’s work in Canada.Featuring over 55 impressive paintings and sculptures, Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg offers an in-depth survey of the evolution of Murakami’s paintings from the 1980s to the present, while highlighting the artist’s role as a committed and often conflicted cultural commentator. Spanning three decades from his earliest mature work to his recent large-scale creations, this extraordinary exhibition will include a recently produced five-metre tall sculpture and two specially created multi-panel paintings.For Murakami, connecting with his audience and allowing his artwork to be accessible to the general public are integral aspects of what he stands for as an artist. Murakami has created a new major public art project featuring a skull surrounded by octopus tentacles which will cover the Gallery’s Georgia Street façade, extending the exhibition outside the traditional confines of the Gallery space. Advertisement Facebook The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg (PRNewsfoto/The Vancouver Art Gallery) Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter
Canadian novelist Esi Edugyan is photographed at home in Victoria, B.C., on Monday, August 27, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito Ondaatje’s “Warlight” made Obama’s year-end list after first being named on Obama’s summer reading list.The novel follows two siblings separated from their parents in 1945 London.In July, Ondaatje’s 1992 book “The English Patient” was named the greatest-ever winner of the Man Booker Prize.THE CANADIAN PRESS Advertisement Canadian authors Esi Edugyan and Michael Ondaatje have made former U.S. president Barack Obama’s best-of 2018 list.Edugyan made the list for her novel “Washington Black,” which follows the saga of an 11-year-old boy who escapes slavery at a Barbados sugar plantation with the help of the owner’s kinder brother.The book won her the Scotiabank Giller Prize this year, and was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize for fiction. Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook
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