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August 21, 2014

Last chance for Canadians to have their say on the future of television in Canada; Let's Talk TV!

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OTTAWA-GATINEAU, Aug. 21, 2014 /CNW/ - The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today launched an online discussion forum for Canadians to have their final say on the future of the television system. The forum will be open until September 19 – the final day of the public hearing on Let's Talk TV: A Conversation with Canadians.

To help focus comments, the CRTC has also published a working document for discussion that outlines some of the issues to be considered during the public hearing. Canadians are invited to share their views on the issues raised in this document.

The CRTC is seeking to ensure that the television system fosters choice and flexibility in selecting channels, encourages the creation of compelling and diverse programs and empowers Canadians to make informed choices and have recourse in the case of disputes with their television service providers.

Quick Facts

  • The CRTC is inviting Canadians to comment one last time on the future of their television system.
  • The public hearing for Let's Talk TV begins on September 8 and will continue through September 19.
  • The online discussion forum opens today and will remain open until the close of the public hearing.
  • Canadians can post as many comments as they want on the discussion forum, either before or during the public hearing, and respond to other participants or to issues raised at the hearing.
  • Since the conversation began in October 2013, more than 10,000 Canadians have offered their thoughts and opinions on the future of the television system.
  • The CRTC will seek to ensure that the television system fosters choice and flexibility in selecting channels.
  • The CRTC will seek to ensure that the television system encourages the creation of compelling and diverse programming; including local and Canadian choices.
  • The CRTC will seek to empower Canadians to make informed choices and have recourse in the case of disputes with their television service providers.

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"The Let's Talk TV conversation is all about ensuring that the television system is able to adapt to changing technologies and viewing habits in the coming years. We encourage Canadians not to miss out on this opportunity to influence the final outcome and help shape the future of television in Canada. After all, it's their television system. The only way we can make sure it meets their needs is if they participate."

Jean-Pierre Blais, CRTC Chairman

Related links

Let's Talk TV: A Conversation with Canadians - homepage

Let's Talk TV, Working document for discussion: Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2014-190-3

These documents are available in alternative format upon request.

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August 21, 2014

Eight Songs. Eight Cities. Eighth Album. HBO Canada Presents the HBO Documentary Series FOO FIGHTERS: SONIC HIGHWAYS, October 17

TORONTO (August 21, 2014) – Leading up to the November 10 worldwide release of Sonic Highways, the eighth album from the 11-time Grammy® Award-winning Foo Fighters, HBO Canada presents the eight-episode documentary series FOO FIGHTERS: SONIC HIGHWAYS, directed by the band’s own Dave Grohl. The first episode premieres on Friday, Oct. 17 at 11 p.m. ET/MT online and on demand, and debuts on HBO Canada at 12 midnight ET/MT, immediately following the season finale of THE KNICK. Beginning Oct. 24, FOO FIGHTERS: SONIC HIGHWAYS moves to its regular Fridays at 11 p.m. ET/MT timeslot on HBO Canada. Subscribers can catch the series’ 11 p.m. debut on Oct.17 on multiple platforms, including TMN GO and HBO Canada On Demand in Eastern Canada, and on Shaw Go Movie Central app, Bell TV app, Telus Optik on the go, and HBO Canada On Demand in Western Canada.

Click HERE for a sneak peek of FOO FIGHTERS: SONIC HIGHWAYS.

Each one-hour episode of FOO FIGHTERS: SONIC HIGHWAYS is devoted to a different American musical landmark, chronicling its history and exploring its cultural essence through Grohl’s interviews with the people that have defined and been shaped by each city’s unique musical identity. Episodes are set in Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Seattle, and Washington D.C., and feature appearances from local legends who have become the musical and cultural ambassadors of those cities, including Buddy Guy, Joe Walsh, Dolly Parton, Rick Nielsen, Bad Brains, Chuck D, Gibby Haynes, Allen Toussaint, and Gary Clark, Jr., among others.  

For the album and series, Grohl and bandmates Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, and Pat Smear, along with producer Butch Vig, recorded one song at a legendary studio in each of these cities. All songs feature local legends sitting in, with every lyric written in an experimental style: Grohl postponed putting down words until the last day of each session in order to be inspired by the experiences, interviews, and personalities that became part of the process. Additional artists who participated in the recordings include Charlie Gabriel, Nora Guthrie, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Trombone Shorty, Carrie Underwood, and many more.

FOO FIGHTERS: SONIC HIGHWAYS is directed by Dave Grohl for Roswell Films, a division of Roswell Records, the label that releases Foo Fighters' music; written by Mark Monroe and Dave Grohl. Executive produced by Dave Grohl, James A. Rota, John Ramsay. The series is produced for HBO by Roswell Films and Therapy Content, in association with Worldwide Pants. FOO FIGHTERS: SONIC HIGHWAYS is distributed internationally, outside of the U.S., by BBC Worldwide.

HBO Canada is a multiplex channel of Bell Media’s The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) and Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central (Western Canada). 

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August 21, 2014

99.1 Fresh FM's Comic Belief Creates Laughs for a Cause

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Comedy show on Monday, September 8 to raise awareness about mood disorders and suicide prevention in Manitoba

99.1 Fresh FM has joined forces with Rumor's Comedy Club and some of Winnipeg's best comedians to raise awareness about mood disorders and suicide prevention in Manitoba with the Comic Belief comedy show, in memory of the late Robin Williams. All proceeds from the show will go directly to The Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba, which helps over 55,000 Manitobans annually though peer support, education and advocacy.

The comedic lineup will include:

Big Daddy Tazz
Dan Verville
Chantel Marostica
Jordan Welwood
Dan Glasswick
Ben Walker

Where:              Rumor's Comedy Club, 2025 Corydon Avenue Winnipeg, MB
When:               Monday, September 8 at
7:45 p.m.
Admission:        $15
Tickets are on sale at www.rumorscomedyclub.com
For more details, visit www.991freshfm.com  

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August 20, 2014

If you’re a media company, your mobile competition isn’t other news entities, it’s Google Now.

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Many media outlets have figured out that they need to focus on mobile, but for the most part their apps fail to take advantage of the smartphone’s potential, and if they aren’t careful Google will get there before they do. Read the article HERE

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August 20, 2014

Hollywood Stars Align For Stand Up To Cancer Canada Friday, September 5th

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TORONTO, Aug. 20, 2014 /CNW/ - The Hollywood community is uniting to support Stand Up To Cancer Canada (SU2C Canada), a program of EIF Canada, a Canadian registered charity, by volunteering to participate in the Stand Up To Cancer "roadblock" fundraising telecast Friday, September 5 (8:00 – 9:00 PM ET/PT).  Gwyneth Paltrow,Reese Witherspoon, Pierce Brosnan, Jennifer Aniston, Halle Berry, Jon Hamm, Kiefer Sutherland, Ben Stiller, Will Ferrell, Mark Harmon, Rob Lowe, Danny McBride, Eric Stonestreet, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Tony Hale, Marg Helgenberger, Dane Cook, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Matt Passmore, Rob Riggle, Italia Ricci andBree Turner will appear in the broadcast, with special performances by The Who, Jennifer Hudson, Common & Lupe Fiasco, Ariana Grande, and Dave Matthews. Additional stars and performers will be announced in the coming weeks.

Paltrow and Joel Gallen of Tenth Planet Productions will executive produce the September 5 broadcast, live from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. For the first time, there will be a Canada-inclusive co-broadcast of the Stand Up To Cancer special, which will air simultaneously on all four major English-language Canadian networks: CBC, City, CTV and Global, along with Canadian services AMI, CHCH, CHEK, Fight Network, and Hollywood Suite.

Instead of the traditional phone bank staffed by celebrities, the September 5 telecast will feature a "digital lounge" on the set, hosted by Yahoo News Global Anchor Katie Couric. Stars in the digital lounge will reach out to viewers via phone, Facebook, Instagram and other social media platforms through an exciting new campaign called "We're Calling You" that SU2C's supporters can sign up for, as of today, at werecallingyou.org*.

"Since we started Stand Up To Cancer in 2008, social media has exploded, creating a whole new way to connect," said Couric, a Co-Founder of the U.S-based Stand Up To Cancer initiative. "So in an unprecedented way, we'll have plenty of stars reaching out to donors via social media, thanking them through Facebook messages, digital shout outs, Instagrams and tweets. In other words, this year, we are so 2014!" 

There have been three previous Stand Up To Cancer roadblock fundraising specials, which aired on dozens of U.S. broadcast and cable networks. Facebook has collaborated with the U.S.-based Stand Up To Cancer program since the first telecast in 2008 and is now SU2C's primary social media partner. With the "We're Calling You" activation, Facebook and Instagram will enable supporters and fans in Canada as well as the U.S. to engage directly with their favorite stars. See more at werecallingyou.org.

In the on-stage digital lounge, Katie Couric will tap into the Facebook Mentions Box, which allows supporters to share their connection to cancer and receive real-time responses from celebrities. Other celebrities in the digital lounge will participate in Facebook Q&As, using their own pages to respond live to fan questions.  Facebook and Instagram will also have a presence on the star-studded red carpet on Sept. 5 with a photo experience that will capture the stars as they make their way into the Dolby Theatre, sharing those images and videos with fans. All of this, and much more, can be followed on Stand Up To Cancer Canada's social media feeds (Facebook: Stand Up To Cancer Canada | Instagram: @SU2C_CA | Twitter: @SU2C_CA).

In addition to Facebook, an array of digital and social media platforms and influencers -- ranging from reddit, Nerdist, Tumblr, Yahoo, AOL, and Huffington Post are supporting the SU2C telecast this year. 

"Cancer affects us all," said Paltrow, who lost her father, Bruce Paltrow, to oral cancer in 2002, "and each and every person can help the scientists who are working 24/7 to save more lives.  We want to get that message out in as many ways as possible, so we're excited to use social media to reach supporters from all over who are helping to grow the Stand Up To Cancer movement, and hopefully, get even more people to stand up with us."

This star-studded appeal will help build public support for SU2C Canada, which will bring together scientists from different disciplines and across institutions to collaborate on finding new treatments for a wide range of cancer types.  All funds received from the Canadian general public during the broadcast will be directed towards the creation of collaborative research teams, as well as education and awareness programs conducted in Canada.

"It is such an honor to be part of this extraordinary event and movement. Everyone is joining together: the artists are volunteering their talents, the broadcast and cable networks are giving us the time, and the great online community is helping us reach millions of people. It is a powerful and hopeful moment to see so many stand united to turn every cancer patient into a survivor," said Gallen.

Organizations collaborating with the SU2C Canada initiative include the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, with funding from CIBC; the Canadian Cancer Society; the Cancer Stem Cell Consortium, with funding from Genome Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research; the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, and The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). MasterCard and AstraZeneca are the first Canadian corporate supporters of SU2CCanada.

The first three SU2C telecasts took place in 2008, 2010 and 2012 under the aegis of the U.S.-based SU2C program, part of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), a U.S. 501(c)(3) charitable organization, which utilizes the industry's resources to engage the public in supporting a new, collaborative model of cancer research, and to increase awareness about progress being made in the fight against the disease.  To date, more than $260 million has been pledged to the U.S.-based SU2C program.

In the U.S., ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC, along with ABC Family, American Forces Network, Bravo, Cooking Channel, Discovery Fit & Health, E!, Encore, Encore Espanol, EPIX, ESPNEWS, FOX Sports 2, FXM, HBO, HBO Latino, ION Television, LMN, Logo TV, MLB Network, National Geographic Channel, Oxygen, Palladia, Pivot, SHOWTIME, Smithsonian Channel, Starz, TNT and VH1 are donating one hour of simultaneous commercial-free primetime for the nationally televised fundraising special on Friday, September 5.
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August 20, 2014

Canada’s Longest-Running Political TV Program QUESTION PERIOD Returns for 44th Season, September 7 on CTV

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TORONTO (August 20, 2014) – CTV announced today the launch of the 44th season of QUESTION PERIOD, premiering Sunday, Sept. 7 at 11 a.m. ET on CTV and CTV GO, once again hosted by CTV News’ Robert Fife, the multiple award-winning political reporter and one of the country’s foremost Parliament Hill journalists. QUESTION PERIOD is Canada’s weekly destination for in-depth and insightful discussion on Canadian politics, with a unique look at the agenda for the upcoming week. Fife invites viewers behind the walls of parliament, lending his insider knowledge and authoritative analysis to the intricacies of Canada’s political scene and the issues that affect all Canadians.

“When it comes to analyzing and interpreting the often complex political happenings on Parliament Hill, as well as the breaking political news that sets the national agenda, Robert continually demonstrates his commitment to journalistic excellence and to sharing the stories that impact our nation,” said Wendy Freeman, President, CTV News.

With Fife’s careful guidance, audiences are poised to receive the best view of Parliament Hill and its inner workings. In addition, QUESTION PERIOD continues to deliver the country’s most popular political panel, “The Scrum,” featuring press gallery members who have deep insight into the happenings in Canadian politics.

Based in Ottawa, Fife is also CTV News’ Ottawa Bureau Chief, as well as Executive Producer of both QUESTION PERIOD and CTV’s daily political show, POWER PLAY WITH DON MARTIN. With more than 35 years covering national politics, Fife continues to uphold his longstanding track record of breaking some of Canada’s biggest political stories, including uncovering the recent Canadian Senate expense scandal. His tireless work breaking the scandal earned him some of the highest accolades in professional journalism, including the Don McGillivray Award for Investigative Journalism, top prize among all recipients in the investigative categories of the 2013 Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) Awards, handed out this past May. In addition, he was honoured with CAJ awards in the “Open Broadcast News” and “Scoop” categories. This past June, Fife was awarded top investigative journalism prizes from the prestigious Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA), including the Dan MacArthur and Ron Laidlaw Awards.

In addition to airing Sundays at 11 a.m. ET on CTV and CTV News Channel, encore presentations of QUESTION PERIOD air Sundays at 5 p.m. ET on CTV News Channel, CTVnews.ca/qp, the CTV News GO App, the CTV Mobile channel on Bell Mobile TV, via podcast, and on CTV Two at various times across the country (visit CTVNews.ca/qp for detailed listings). A radio broadcast of QUESTION PERIOD also airs Sundays at 6 p.m. ET in Quebec on CJAD 800.
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August 20, 2014

DOCTOR WHO Takes Over Space Beginning August 20 with Three, All-New Specials Leading up to Season 8 Premiere

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TORONTO (August 20, 2014) – Before the TARDIS touches down for the Season 8 premiere of DOCTOR WHO, Space has lined up three, all-new specials to welcome back the Time Lord. Beginning tonight, Space has the exclusive Canadian premieres of DOCTOR WHO: THE ULTIMATE COMPANION at 9 p.m. ET and DOCTOR WHO: THE ULTIMATE TIME LORD at 10 p.m. ET. Then, on Friday, Aug. 22 at 6 p.m. ET, Space’s flagship series INNERSPACE premieres INNERSPACE PRESENTS: DOCTOR WHO SEASON 8, featuring a Canadian exclusive interview with Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi and current companion Jenna Coleman. The highly anticipated Season 8 DOCTOR WHO premiere event kicks off on Saturday, Aug. 23 at 8 p.m. ET. The following week, DOCTOR WHO moves to its regular 9 p.m. ET timeslot, Saturday, Aug. 30.

In DOCTOR WHO: THE ULTIMATE COMPANION, the Fifth Doctor Peter Davison (LAW & ORDER: UK) explores the ever-changing role of the Doctor’s companion. Immediately following THE ULTIMATE COMPANION, Davison, along with special guests, executive producer Steven Moffat (SHERLOCK) and Tenth Doctor David Tennant (BROADCHURCH), explore what it takes to be a righteous Time Lord in, DOCTOR WHO: THE ULTIMATE TIME LORD.

Leading up to the Season 8 premiere event, Space gives viewers the chance to binge-watch all three aforementioned DOCTOR WHO specials beginning with an encore airing of DOCTOR WHO: THE ULTIMATE COMPANION at 2:30 p.m. ET, followed by DOCTOR WHO: THE ULTIMATE TIME LORD at 3:30 p.m. ET and INNERSPACE PRESENTS: DOCTOR WHO SEASON 8 at 4 p.m. ET. Then, Space delivers an encore presentation of the DOCTOR WHO 50th Anniversary special, THE DAY OF THE DOCTOR at 5 p.m. ET. Capping off the marathon is 2013 Christmas Special, THE TIME OF THE DOCTOR at 6:40 p.m. ET.

Following the marathon of specials, DOCTOR WHO makes its much-anticipated Season 8 return on Saturday, Aug. 23 at 8 p.m. ET. In the episode “Deep Breath,” when the Doctor arrives in Victorian London, he finds a dinosaur rampant in the Thames and a spate of deadly spontaneous combustions. Who is the new Doctor, and will Clara’s friendship survive as they embark on a terrifying mission into the heart of an alien conspiracy? The Doctor has changed. It’s time you knew him.
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August 19, 2014

Harry Steele acquires additional shares of Newfoundland Capital Corporation Limited

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DARTMOUTH, NS, Aug. 19, 2014 /CNW/ - Harry R. Steele of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia announced today that he acquired control of an additional 745,305 Class A Subordinate Voting Shares of Newfoundland Capital Corporation Limited, representing 3.1% of those outstanding, at a price of $8.00 per share under a private agreement with one vendor.  Mr. Steele now owns or controls 17,040,904 Class A shares representing approximately 69.9% of the outstanding Class A Shares and 3,658,002 Class B Common Shares representing 97.0% of the outstanding Class B Common Shares.

The purchases were made for investment purposes.  Subject to regulatory limitations, Mr. Steele and companies controlled by him may acquire, dispose of or continue to hold shares in the normal course of his investment activities.

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August 19, 2014

TSN and RDS Deliver Live Coverage of the 2014 CANADIAN PACIFIC WOMEN’S OPEN, August 21-24

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TORONTO (August 19, 2014) – TSN and RDS deliver live coverage of the 2014 CANADIAN PACIFIC WOMEN’S OPEN giving Canadians access to more than 16 hours of Canada’s national women’s open golf championship tournament in both English and French across multiple platforms.

The networks’ coverage of the 2014 CANADIAN PACIFIC WOMEN’S OPEN begins on Thursday, Aug. 21 at 12 noon ET live from the London Hunt and Country Club in London, Ont. (see broadcast schedule below).

TSN’s live coverage of the CANADIAN PACIFIC WOMEN’S OPEN is also available to TSN subscribers for live streaming and on demand viewing through TSN GO.

“We are thrilled to partner with TSN and RDS in delivering the excitement of the CANADIAN PACIFIC WOMEN’S OPEN and the LPGA Tour to television and online audiences across the country in both French and English,” said Scott Simmons, Executive Director and CEO, Golf Canada. “Together with our partners at Canadian Pacific and the LPGA Tour, we look forward to working with Canada’s leading sports networks to elevate the profile of the CANADIAN PACIFIC WOMEN’S OPEN and showcase this elite event to millions of golf enthusiasts.”

This marks the first time in nine years that TSN has broadcast all four rounds of Canada’s national women’s open golf championship, and the first time since 2011 that RDS has broadcast the event.

TSN’s coverage is led by Rod Black along with veteran golf analyst Judy Rankin. They will be joined by analysts Bob Weeks, Gail Graham, TSN’s Cory Woron and The Golf Channel’s Jerry Foltz.

The CANADIAN PACIFIC WOMEN’S OPEN features the world’s best women’s golfers – including two-time defending champion Lydia Ko, top-ranked golfer Stacey Lewis, and Canadian teenage sensation Brooke Henderson.

The fully customizable TSN Golf app also features up-to-the-minute news and analysis from the CANADIAN PACIFIC WOMEN’S OPEN.

In addition to domestic coverage from TSN and RDS, the CANADIAN PACIFIC WOMEN’S OPEN will also be broadcast on The Golf Channel in the United States and by LPGA international broadcast licensees around the world.

Visit TSN.ca for a complete broadcast schedule of the 2014 CANADIAN PACIFIC WOMEN’S OPEN.
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August 19, 2014

Sketch-comedy Fans Get Their Laughs Sunnyside Up, as City Greenlights New Original Series

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TORONTO (August 19, 2014) Welcome to Sunnyside, the not-so-typical neighbourhood where anything can happen, and almost always does. City has greenlit the all-new original sketch-comedy series from award-winning creators Gary Pearson (This Hour Has 22 Minutes, The Ron James Show) and Dan Redican (The Kids in the Hall, The Jenny McCarthy Show). With principal filming on the six-episode, half-hour series slated to get underway this September in Winnipeg, the all-Canadian cast features one of the industry’s brightest and hottest comedic talents, Kathleen Phillips. Developed and commissioned by Rogers, to be co-produced by Counterfeit Pictures and Buffalo Gal Pictures, Sunnyside will air mid-season on City. Additional broadcast details to be announced at a later date.

Canada loves comedy, but the raw, unpredictability of a homegrown sketch-comedy series is something we feel audiences just aren’t getting enough of on their prime-time schedule,” said Nataline Rodrigues, Director of Original Programming, Rogers Media. “City is proud to be working with some of the country’s top comedic talent to bring this format back to prime time and deliver this fresh brand of comedy to viewers.”

Sunnyside is a quirky neighbourhood in transition, where residents aren’t always what they seem and surprises lurk around every slightly dingy corner. Featuring people from all walks of life – from hipsters and young professionals to yoga moms and romantic crooks – Sunnyside is brought to life by a talented ensemble cast, led by the hilarious Kathleen Phillips. See below for full cast biographies.

Sunnyside Cast

Kathleen Phillips
Phillips is a rising star who has quickly become a staple of Toronto’s comedy scene. Originally from Keswick, ON, she was recently named NOW Magazine’s Best Character Comedian. She has written and starred in a series of one-woman shows, including The Loner Show and Kathleen Phillips Is A Haunted House. Phillips has been a regular contributor, as both a writer and performer, to the radio program This Is That, and has had recurring roles on Howie Do It, Dan for Mayor and, most recently, Mr D.

Lauren Ash
Ash is a recent alumnus of both the Second City Chicago and Toronto Mainstages and recently starred alongside Rebel Wilson and Liza Lapira in the City comedy series Super Fun Night. Originally from Belleville, ON, she is a two-time Canadian Comedy Award winner for Best Female Improviser and two-time nominee for Canadian Comedy Person of the Year.

Pat Thornton
Thornton is an established stand-up and sketch performer, appearing at festivals such as SXSW, Just For Laughs, and JFL Toronto. He is also a founding member, former head writer, and one of the stars of Sunday Night Live with his troupe, the Sketchersons (for which they won a 2007 Canadian Comedy Award). A Kingston, ON native, Thornton has acted in comedy series such as Satisfaction, Punched Up, and The Jon Dore Show.

Patrice Goodman
Goodman is an established star of the stage and small screen. Her TV credits include Platinum, produced by Sofia Coppola and John Ridley, Road Crew, Maximum Dimensions, and most recently, The Firm, in which she starred alongside Josh Lucas. Born in Toronto, Goodman’s extensive stage credits include 18 years with Little Red Theatre Company, the lead role in Touch the Sky at Young People’s Theatre, and, most recently, a role in the award-winning New York City stage play First Hand Woman.

Alice Moran
Hailing from Oakville, ON, Moran spent 2013 touring the United States as a writer and star of both Spank! (Official Selection: "Just For Laughs” 2013) and Hungry Hungry Games. She is a regular improv performer, having appeared in such shows as Provocateur, The Video Game Show, Whedonesque, and Throne of Games (Official Selection: Toronto Next Stage Festival 2013). Moran can be seen on episodes of Space Janitors, The Next Step, and Too Much Information, as well as on YouTube as one half of the comedy duo “Wildcats” with Jon Blair.

Kevin Vidal
Vidal is currently starring on The Second City Mainstage and drawing rave reviews for his performances in shows such as We Can Be Heroes and Sixteen Scandals. A Toronto native, he started his sketch and improv career in 2009 with a University of Toronto group called Skule Nite and with classes at The Second City Training Centre. Vidal’s recent credits include RENT (Fallen Rock and Lower Ossington Theatre), and Hairspray (Curtain Call Players).

Rob Norman
Norman is an acclaimed screenwriter, director, actor, improviser and Canadian Comedy Award winner. Originally from Markham, ON, his writing credits include The Beet Party, Versus Valerie, Sexy Nerd Girl, Guidance, and the animated feature film The Nut Job, starring Will Arnett. Norman is currently a member of “MANTOWN” (2013 Canadian Comedy Award winner for Best Improv Troupe), and a performer with Toronto’s Just for Laughs festival.

The original series is produced by Counterfeit Pictures and Buffalo Gal Pictures. Anton Leo, Shane Corkery, and Dan Bennett from Counterfeit Pictures and Phyllis Laing from Buffalo Gal Pictures serve as Executive Producers. For Rogers, Nataline Rodrigues is Director of Original Programming, and Hayden Mindell is Vice President of Television Programming & Content.
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August 18, 2014

How news apps on smartphones could be amazing in the future

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The modern smartphone is seven years old and yet, when it comes to designing mobile applications, we are still barely scratching the surface. Today we’ll see how harnessing technology already embedded in a phone can unleash great potential. Read the article HERE

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August 18, 2014

More Maple Leafs Games Than Ever: Sportsnet and Rogers to Deliver 56 Games on Television and 41 Games on Radio This Season

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TORONTO (August 18, 2014) Fifty-one days and counting until the Toronto Maple Leafs hit the ice for the 2014-15 season, and Sportsnet and Rogers are giving fans more games and access to their beloved team with 56 games on television and 41 games on radio on Sportsnet 590 The FAN. The action gets underway on Sportsnet and Sportsnet 590 The FAN at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Oct. 8 – opening night of the NHL regular season – with the Maple Leafs hosting the Montreal Canadiens. (See full broadcast schedule below).

On TV - Regional

Sportsnet’s regional television broadcast schedule kicks off on Friday, Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m. ET on Sportsnet Ontario as the Toronto Maple Leafs host the Detroit Red Wings.

All 16 regional Maple Leafs television broadcasts will air on Sportsnet Ontario. Veteran broadcaster Paul Romanuk makes his Sportsnet debut, calling play-by-play for all of the Toronto regional broadcasts alongside analyst Greg Millen.

Highlights from Sportsnet’s regional Maple Leafs broadcast schedule include:

Two games against the Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings

Two showdowns with Atlantic Division rival Tampa Bay Lightning

All-Canadian matchup with the Edmonton Oilers

On TV - National

Rogers will deliver 40 national Maple Leafs broadcasts this season. Highlights from the Leafs national package include:

24 Hockey Night in Canada Saturday matchups (channel allocations to be announced on a weekly basis)

12 appearances on Scotiabank Wednesday Night Hockey, including the NHL season opener on Wednesday, Oct. 8 featuring the Maple Leafs hosting the Montreal Canadiens at 7 p.m. ET

4 Rogers Hometown Hockey Sunday night matchups, the newest national night on the NHL schedule

On Radio – Sportsnet 590 The FAN

Sportsnet 590 The FAN will broadcast 41 Toronto Maple Leafs games this season, including the NHL season opener on Wednesday, Oct. 8 as the Maple Leafs host the Montreal Canadiens at 7 p.m. ET. Fan favourite Joe Bowen will be the exclusive voice of the station’s Maple Leafs broadcasts, calling play-by-play alongside analyst and former goalie Jim Ralph.

For all 41 games on radio, former Leafs GM Gord Stellick will host the two-hour Leafs Nation Post-Game to wrap up each broadcast. Plus, every Saturday night – beginning Saturday, Oct. 4 – Stellick will host HOCKEY CENTRAL Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. ET.

In addition to Sportsnet’s Toronto Maple Leaf regional broadcasts, Rogers will deliver 350 national regular season NHL games across nine networks, including CBC, City, Sportsnet (East, Ontario, West, and Pacific), Sportsnet ONE, Sportsnet 360 and FX Canada. Rogers has exclusive Canadian broadcast coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Stanley Cup Final, NHL All-Star Game, NHL Draft Lottery, NHL Draft, and the NHL Awards. Sportsnet is also the official regional television broadcast rights holder for the Calgary Flames (including radio rights on Sportsnet 960 The FAN), Edmonton Oilers, and Vancouver Canucks.

Rogers Communications secured a 12-year deal with the NHL in November 2013 for exclusive national broadcast and multimedia rights in Canada, beginning with the 2014-15 season.
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August 18, 2014

TSN is Home to More Toronto Maple Leafs Games Than Ever Before, With 26 Leafs Games This Season

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TORONTO (August 18, 2014) – TSN is set to deliver more Toronto Maple Leafs games than ever before, as the network broadcasts 26 Leafs games in 2014-15, up from 17 Leafs games last season. TSN’s package of 26 Leafs games will air on TSN4 – part of TSN’s new expanded lineup of five national feeds branded TSN1, TSN2, TSN3, TSN4, and TSN5 that debut on Monday, August 25.

To access Leafs games on TSN4, fans must live in the Leafs’ designated broadcast region. TSN subscribers with participating television service providers in the Leafs’ broadcast region will receive TSN4.

“We’ve increased our Leafs package to 26 games this season and we’re thrilled to have an expanded presence in one of the league’s biggest markets,” said Stewart Johnston, President of TSN. “We’re proud to deliver more Leafs games featuring James Duthie and our all-star team of Hockey Insiders than ever before.”

For TSN’s live game coverage, the network’s broadcast teams feature award-winning play-by-play announcers Gord Miller and Chris Cuthbert and game analysts Ray Ferraro and Jamie McLennan.

Along with regional Leafs coverage, TSN4 will also feature a variety of world-class sports programming available nationwide – among them the World Juniors, Grey Cup, FIFA World Cup 2015-2022, Grand Slam tennis, all of golf’s majors, and much more.

TSN Radio 1050 in Toronto

For radio coverage of the Toronto Maple Leafs, TSN Radio 1050 in Toronto will continue to bring fans live coverage of the team as an official radio broadcaster. Calling all the action are play-by-play commentator Joe “The Voice of the Leafs” Bowen and long-time Leafs radio analyst Jim Ralph.

TSN 1050’s schedule of Leafs games kicks off when the team hosts Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday, Oct. 11, with pre-game coverage beginning at 6 p.m. ET.

Leafs, Senators, and Jets on TSN

In addition to broadcasting 26 regional Toronto Maple Leafs games on TSN4, TSN also delivers live coverage of the Ottawa Senators and Winnipeg Jets as part of its package of 130+ regional NHL games.

TSN’s package of 53 Senators games will be made available in the Ottawa Senators’ designated broadcast region on TSN5.

TSN’s package of 60 Jets games will be made available in the Winnipeg Jets’ designated broadcast region on TSN3.

Broadcast Schedule

Click here for the Toronto Maple Leafs regional broadcast schedule. All games will air live on TSN4.
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August 18, 2014

Winnipeg Jets Games to Move to TSN Following the Network’s New Expansion to Five Feeds

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TORONTO and WINNIPEG (August 18, 2014) – TSN and True North Sports & Entertainment Limited are pleased to announce today that beginning this season the network’s package of 60 regional Winnipeg Jets games will be moved to TSN3 – part of TSN’s new expanded lineup of five national feeds branded TSN1, TSN2, TSN3, TSN4, and TSN5 that debut on Monday, August 25. The announcement comes as TSN’s Winnipeg Jets broadcast schedule was confirmed today.

To access regional Jets games on TSN3, fans must live in the Jets’ designated broadcast region, which includes Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Nunavut, the Northwest Territories, and parts of Northwestern Ontario including Kenora, Dryden, and Thunder Bay.

TSN subscribers with participating television service providers in the Jets’ broadcast region will receive TSN3. With games being moved to TSN3, the previously offered TSN Jets service is no longer required and will be retired.

“Our new expansion feeds allow us to better serve Winnipeg Jets fans,” said Stewart Johnston, President of TSN. “With a wider distribution of Jets games, we are reaching more viewers and providing more value for our clients and partners. Alongside our partners at True North Sports & Entertainment, we are looking forward to bringing passionate Jets fans another season of great hockey.”

“We are thrilled to be a significant partner with TSN as they launch their exciting new feeds across the country,” said Mark Chipman, Executive Chairman, True North Sports & Entertainment Limited. “With full distribution of Winnipeg Jets games across our central region, Jets fans will now find it easier to follow our young, dynamic team as they enter another NHL season. We are also excited about the increased value and exposure this will offer our corporate partners.”

TSN’s Jets coverage will feature play-by-play commentary by veteran broadcaster and Manitoba native Dennis Beyak. Colour commentary duties will be shared by Shane Hnidy and Brian Engblom.

TSN Winnipeg Bureau Reporter Sara Orlesky will follow the Jets all season long to deliver news on the team across TSN’s slate of programs and platforms.

Along with regional Jets coverage, TSN3 will also feature a variety of world-class sports programming available nationwide – among them the World Juniors, Grey Cup, FIFA World Cup 2015-2022, Grand Slam tennis, all of golf’s majors, and much more.

TSN Radio 1290 in Winnipeg

For radio coverage of the Winnipeg Jets, TSN Radio 1290 in Winnipeg will continue to bring fans live coverage of every Jets game as the team’s official radio broadcaster. TSN 1290 delivers all the play-by-play action and analysis from a rotating crew of veteran broadcasters familiar to Jets fans. Play-by-play calls are handled by Dennis Beyak and Paul Edmonds, who most recently served as the co-host of TSN 1290’s morning show. They are joined by analysts Shane Hnidy and Brian Munz, both of whom have been part of TSN 1290’s Jets coverage since it debuted in 2011.

Jets, Leafs, and Senators on TSN

In addition to broadcasting 60 regional Winnipeg Jets games on TSN3, TSN also delivers live coverage of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators as part of its package of 130+ regional NHL games.

TSN’s package of 26 Leafs games will be made available in the Toronto Maple Leafs’ designated broadcast region on TSN4.

TSN’s package of 53 Senators games will be made available in the Ottawa Senators’ designated broadcast region on TSN5.
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August 15, 2014

No One Goes Quietly: HBO’s Emmy® Award-Winning Drama BOARDWALK EMPIRE Returns for its Fifth and Final Season, September 7 on HBO Canada

TORONTO (August 15, 2014) – It’s the beginning of the end for HBO’s Prohibition-era drama BOARDWALK EMPIRE. Leaving behind the 1920s, in which the first four seasons were set, the fifth season dawns in 1931, the depths of the Great Depression. The final eight, one-hour episodes follow Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi, THE SOPRANOS) as he recalls his Atlantic City roots and plots a post-Prohibition future. Nominated for seven Primetime Emmy® Awards this year, the season premieres Sunday, Sept. 7, at 9 p.m. ET/MT on HBO Canada. Subscribers can also catch-up on Season 4 now on TMN GO, Shaw Go Movie Central app, Bell TV app, Telus Optik on the go and HBO Canada OnDemand.

Click HERE for a sneak peek of BOARDWALK EMPIRE Season 5.

In the fifth season of BOARDWALK EMPIRE, the end of Prohibition looms and Nucky looks to legitimize himself through alliances with liquor producers, while rivals Lucky Luciano (Vincent Piazza, RESCUE ME) and Meyer Lansky (Anatol Yusef, SOUTHCLIFFE) seek to consolidate their power in the wake of Arnold Rothstein’s (Michael Stuhlbarg, Blue Jasmine) death and eliminate all competition, by any means necessary.

BOARDWALK EMPIRE also stars: Kelly Macdonald (Brave); Michael Shannon (The Harvest); Shea Whigham (HBO’s TRUE DETECTIVE); Stephen Graham (PARADE’S END); Paul Sparks (PERSON OF INTEREST); Michael Kenneth Williams (HBO’s THE WIRE); Gretchen Mol (LIFE ON MARS); Jeffrey Wright (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire); Ben Rosenfield (Louder Than Words); Patricia Arquette (MEDIUM); and Michael Zegen (HBO’s GIRLS).

New cast members for Season 5 include: Jim True-Frost (HBO’s TREME) as crime fighter Eliot Ness; Matt Letscher (SCANDAL) as wealthy, politically connected businessman Joseph Kennedy; Giampiero Judica (INSPECTOR NARDONE) as Salvatore Maranzano, the “boss of all bosses”; and Louis Cancelmi (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) as Capone enforcer Mike D’Angelo.

Created by Terence Winter, BOARDWALK EMPIRE is executive produced by Winter, Martin Scorsese, Mark Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson, Tim Van Patten, Howard Korder and Eugene Kelly. The series is produced by Joseph E. Iberti, Rick Yorn, and Allen Coulter.

All new HBO programming airs day-and-date with HBO in the U.S.

In Eastern Canada, episodes will be available on TMN GO and HBO Canada OnDemand.

In Western Canada, episodes are available on HBO Canada HD, on the go with Shaw Go Movie Central app, Bell TV app, Telus Optik on the go, and HBO Canada On Demand.
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August 15, 2014

The 90s Are Calling Brick Phones Everywhere to Announce the Premiere of THE UNAUTHORIZED SAVED BY THE BELL STORY, September 1 on M3

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TORONTO (August 15, 2014) – The year was 1989. Slater’s acid-washed jeans were a fashion must-have, everyone wanted Zack’s over-sized brick phone, and Jessie’s momentary caffeine pill addiction was the talk of the water cooler. SAVED BY THE BELL, a pillar of 90s pop culture, was required watching for those growing up in that decade, and continues to be referenced today. Now, to mark the series’ 25th anniversary, M3 delivers all the behind-the-scenes drama of the teen sitcom with the exclusive premiere of THE UNAUTHORIZED SAVED BY THE BELL STORY, Monday, Sept. 1 at 9 p.m. ET. With U.S. Casting by Robin Lippin, the original casting director of SAVED BY THE BELL, the film stars Dylan Everett (DEGRASSI) as Mark-Paul Gosselaar, a.k.a. “Zack”, Sam Kindseth (SHAMELESS) as Dustin Diamond, a.k.a. “Screech”, Julian Works (Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones) as Mario Lopez, a.k.a. “Slater”, Tiera Skovbye (SUPERNATURAL) as Elizabeth Berkley, a.k.a. “Jessie”, Taylor Russell McKenzie (Blink) as Lark Voorhies, a.k.a. “Lisa”, and newcomer Alyssa Lynch as Tiffani-Amber Thiessen, a.k.a. “Kelly”.

The film tracks the unauthorized story of the off-camera lives of SAVED BY THE BELL’s stars, exploring the challenges and long-rumoured rifts cast members faced, as they juggled trying to maintain a wholesome image with growing up in front of the camera. THE UNAUTHORIZED SAVED BY THE BELL STORY dramatizes the alleged behind-the-scenes troubles that took place during the show’s initial run between 1989 and 1993. From promiscuity, to fights and drug use, no topic is off limits in the two-hour TV event.

Preceding THE UNAUTHORIZED SAVED BY THE BELL STORY, M3 gives viewers a chance to catch up on classic episodes of SAVED BY THE BELL in a five-hour marathon, THE BEST OF THE BELL, Monday, Sept. 1 beginning at 4 p.m. ET. The mega-marathon features fan favourite episodes including “No Hope with Dope” about the gang’s first exposure to drugs, “Last Dance” when Kelly begins to fall for her boss, and “Rockumentary”, when Zack Attack, the gang’s band, gets a push from Casey Kasem.

Visit m3tv.ca to confirm local listings.
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August 14, 2014

Netflix Announces Upcoming Stand-Up Comedy Slate

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Aug. 14, 2014 /CNW/ -- Netflix announced four new exclusive stand-up comedy specials today, joining the previously announced October 10th Chelsea Handler 1-Hour comedy special, "Uganda Be Kidding Me Live" on Netflix's upcoming roster of original comedies. Jim Jefferies, Bill Cosby, Bill Burr, and Chelsea Peretti join the diversified slate of original stand-up comedy specials airing in all territories where Netflix is available.

"Jim Jefferies, Chelsea Handler, Bill Cosby, Bill Burr and Chelsea Peretti are some of the funniest comedians of our time who will have our viewers in stitches," said Lisa Nishimura, vice president of original documentary and comedy programming at Netflix. "We are thrilled to bring this diverse slate of talent and their unique, multi-faceted and hilarious points of view exclusively to our members around the world."

Netflix will exclusively premiere Jim Jefferies' stand-up comedy, "Jim Jefferies: BARE," at 12:01 a.m. Pacific on Friday, August 29. Filmed live at the Wilbur Theatre in Boston, Jim Jefferies is back and fired up as ever in his newest comedy special.  No one is safe from Jim's hilarious and shocking observations about politics, new fatherhood, orgies and Neil Diamond. The show follows Jefferies' successful live, international "Day Streaming Tour" and is a follow up to his three previous stand-up performances: "Jim Jefferies: Alcoholocaust," "Jim Jefferies: Fully Functional," and "Jim Jefferies: I Swear to God."  "BARE" is executive produced by Jim Jefferies, Lisa Blum and Michelle Caputo.

Chelsea Handler headlines her first stand-up special exclusively for Netflix at 12:01 a.m. Pacific on Friday, October 10in "Uganda Be Kidding Me Live" the culmination of Handler's wildly popular international stand-up comedy tour in support of her fifth New York Times #1 Bestseller, Uganda Be Kidding Me. Using personal photos to enrich her stories and comedy, Handler regales the audience with absurd tales of her global travels and the ridiculous characters in her life, all the while offering her signature unabashed opinions on subjects ranging from her expectations of sexual partners, to the very real problem of dolphin rape. "Uganda Be Kidding Me Live" is executive produced by Chelsea Handler, Tom Brunelle and Brad Wollack.

Chelsea Peretti brings a re-imagining of the hour-long special, exclusively to Netflix in "One of the Greats," at 12:01 a.m. Pacific on Friday, November 14. Her unique delivery, writing, physicality, and mind shine in this dark yet silly, tightly-constructed material, filmed live at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco.  The production opens a new window into the singular voice of the Brooklyn 99 star and showcases her diverse talents as an actor, standup, writer, and motorcycle enthusiast. "One of the Greats" is executive produced by Chelsea Peretti, Christie Smith, Mike Berkowitz, Brian Volk-Weiss, Cisco Henson and Lance Bangs.

In Bill Cosby's latest special, "Bill Cosby 77," he brings his singular point of view and comedy to his favorite topics, relationships, marriage and children. Taped at the SF Jazz Center in San Francisco on Cosby's 77th birthday and directed by Robert Townsend, the concert will premiere only on Netflix at 12:01 am Pacific on Friday, November 28.

Bill Burr takes the stage of the Tabernacle in Atlanta at 12:01 a.m. Pacific on Friday, December 5 only on Netflix for his fourth hour-long special, "I'm Sorry You Feel That Way." Join him as he escapes the zombie apocalypse in his getaway helicopter, explores how nothing ruins great sex like a rom-com, and explains how too many childhood hugs may be the downfall of man.  The special is a follow up to Burr's previous stand-up performances, "You People Are All the Same," which is currently streaming on Netflix, "Let It Go," and "Why Do I Do This." "I'm Sorry You Feel That Way" is executive produced by Bill Burr, Dave Becky, Mike Berkowitz, Brian Volk-Weiss and Cisco Henson.
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August 14, 2014

The Comedy Network Exclusive: Seth Rogen’s Hilarity for Charity Has World Debut August 31

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TORONTO (August 14, 2014) – This Labour Day weekend, The Comedy Network delivers an exclusive original special hosted by one of the biggest stars in the world, Seth Rogen. Premiering Sunday, Aug. 31 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, SETH ROGEN’S HILARITY FOR CHARITY brings together a hand-picked line-up of comedians and special guests including Hannibal Buress, Jim Norton, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and P.K. Subban, in support of the “Hilarity For Charity.” Founded by Seth and his wife, actor and screenwriter Lauren Miller Rogen, this fund benefits Alzheimer’s research, support, and awareness. The full 90-minute special is available on demand following its broadcast at TheComedyNetwork.ca and Comedy GO.

Hosted by the homegrown superstar himself, Seth Rogen, and taped exclusively for Comedy at Montréal’s Place Des Arts theatre during this year’s Just For Laughs Festival , SETH ROGEN’S HILARITY FOR CHARITY features sidesplitting stand-up sets from some of today’s hottest comedians including Al Madrigal, Hannibal Buress, Jerrod Carmichael, Jim Norton, Joe Mande, and Michelle Wolf. The Comedy original special also features swoon-worthy surprise celebrity appearances from Montréal Canadiens hero P.K. Subban; actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who croons a jaw-dropping version of a Jacques Brel classic in perfect French; and a replica of Canada’s unofficial Holy Grail, The Stanley Cup, which inevitably brings the house down.

Below are some comedic nuggets from SETH ROGEN’S HILARITY FOR CHARITY:

Hannibal Burress on podiatrists: “Being a podiatrist has to be great because the stakes are so low. You never have to walk into a waiting room and go ‘I’m sorry…your son didn’t make it. His bunions went into his prostate.’”

Jerrod Carmichael on Tinder: “Tinder is missing a maybe option. It should have an option where you swipe up and that means, maybe. And then those faces don’t reappear until after three in the morning.”

Jim Norton on modern technology: “Could you imagine if in high school in the 80s, they had told us this technology was coming. Someday soon, you’re going to hold a glass telephone, and you can use that phone to take a picture of your d*ck, and send it to any woman in the world. I wouldn’t even ask if it worked as a phone.”

Al Madrigal on breastfeeding: “I saw a lady who was breastfeeding a kid who was way too old to be breastfed. You ever see that? Ladies – a child should not be old enough to comment on the quality.”

Joe Mande on L.A. becoming a hockey town: “We live in L.A –Hockeytown, U.S.A. Um I know. That sucks for you. We keep winning and no one cares. No one cares.”

Michelle Wolf on procrastination: “It’s weird. If you wait all day to do something, you’re a procrastinator. But if you do it first thing in the morning, you’re an alcoholic.”

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August 14, 2014

ETALK and E! Spotlight PRIMETIME EMMY® AWARDS with Exclusive Complementary Coverage

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TORONTO (August 14, 2014) – ETALK and E! have television’s biggest night covered as they deliver exclusive pre and post-event coverage of THE 66TH PRIMETIME EMMY® AWARDS airing live on CTV, Monday, Aug. 25 at 8 p.m. ET following  THE 66th Primetime Emmy® Red Carpet Special at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Before the awards show kicks-off, E! hosts Giuliana Rancic and Ross Matthews get up close and personal with Hollywood’s elite, delivering one-on-one interviews with the nominees, presenters, and special guests through two E! exclusive specials, COUNTDOWN TO THE RED CARPET at 4:30 p.m. ET and LIVE FROM THE RED CARPET at 6 p.m. ET. Then, beginning at 7 p.m. ET in a special pre-EMMY® AWARDS edition of ETALK on CTV, Ben Mulroney and Danielle Graham get viewers fully primed for the main event, hosting from the red carpet outside the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE, and giving viewers a peek inside the Performers Nominee Reception and the BAFTA Los Angeles TV Tea.

After the gold has been handed out, E! greets the most prominent stars of the evening and gets all the post-show scoop in E! AFTER PARTY: THE 2014 PRIMETIME EMMY® AWARDS at 11 p.m. ET. Then, on Tuesday, Aug. 26 at 9 p.m. ET, fashion headmistress Joan Rivers and her style enforcers, Giuliana Rancic, George Kotsiopoulos, and Kelly Osbourne, break down the biggest fashion hits and misses from the EMMY red carpet in E!’s FASHION POLICE: THE 2014 PRIMETIME EMMY® AWARDS.

Finally, in an EMMY-focussed show on Tuesday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. ET, viewers can relive the excitement with CTV’s ETALK featuring red carpet and exclusive one-on-one backstage interviews from the previous night, and ETALK’s Canadian exclusive coverage from the A-list HBO after-party.

Viewers can also prepare for the anticipated award show by visiting emmys.ctv.ca for the latest news about THE 2014 PRIMETIME EMMY® AWARDS. From the complete list of nominees, to ETALK interviews with host Seth Meyers, and interviews with some of the 2014 nominees, the site will also include video highlights from the broadcast the same night it airs.     

Below is a full list of ETALK and E! programs surrounding THE 66TH PRIMETIME EMMY® AWARDS broadcast on CTV. All times ET unless otherwise noted. Visit CTV.ca and eonline.ca to confirm local broadcast times.

Monday, Aug. 25
4:30 p.m. – COUNTDOWN TO THE RED CARPET: THE 2014 PRIMETIME EMMY® AWARDS (E!) 

Hosted by E! veterans Giuliana Rancic, Kelly Osbourne, and George Kotsiopoulos, E! provides viewers with an in-depth look at all of the nominees from THE 66TH PRIMETIME EMMY® AWARDS.

6 p.m. – LIVE FROM THE RED CARPET: THE 2014 PRIMETIME EMMY® AWARDS (E!)

Hosted by Giuliana Rancic and Ross Matthews, LIVE FROM THE RED CARPET offers viewers a front-row experience of THE 66TH PRIMETIME EMMY® AWARDS, with celebrity arrivals and full coverage of the stunning fashion on display. Additionally, Kelly Osbourne and Kristin Dos Santos are in E!’s Skybox to provide commentary on trends on the red carpet.

7 p.m. – ETALK – NEW EPISODE (CTV)
Ben Mulroney and Danielle Graham host an edition of ETALK moments before THE 66TH PRIMETIME EMMY® AWARDS red carpet outside the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE – only minutes before the biggest night in television begins. The special episode will feature all the pre-EMMY highlights, including coverage of the Awards Performers Nominee Reception, and the BAFTA Los Angeles TV Tea.

7:30 p.m. – THE 66th Primetime Emmy Red Carpet Special (CTV)
Hosted by ACCESS HOLLYWOOD’s Billy Bush, THE 66TH PRIMETIME EMMY RED CARPET SPECIAL features interviews with EMMY nominees and special celebrity guests as they make their way down the red carpet at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE. Bush will be joined by EMMY Award-winning journalist and Entertainment Reporter Shaun Robinson, and Style Reporter Louise Roe.

8 p.m. – THE 66TH PRIMETIME EMMY® AWARDS (CTV)
Airing exclusively on CTV, THE 66th Annual Primetime Emmy® Awards honours and celebrates the best in national primetime television. Hosted by Seth Meyers (LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS), this year’s ceremony airs from the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE.

11 p.m. – E! AFTER PARTY: THE 2014 PRIMETIME EMMY® AWARDS (E!)
After the awards are given out, Ross Mathews and Kristin Dos Santos head to the exclusive E! after-party to schmooze with
Hollywood’s biggest and brightest stars.

Tuesday, Aug. 26
7 p.m. – ETALK – NEW EPISODE (CTV)

Hosted from THE 66TH PRIMETIME EMMY® AWARDS red carpet outside the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE, Ben Mulroney gets the scoop from television’s biggest stars on the red carpet and from the exclusive backstage position. Also exclusive to Canadians, Danielle Graham has all the star-studded arrivals and reactions from the night at the HBO after-party.

9 p.m. – FASHION POLICE: THE 2014 PRIMETIME EMMY® AWARDS (E!)

Celebrity fashion correspondent Joan Rivers, and her team of style enforcers, Kelly Osbourne, Giuliana Rancic, and George Kotsiopoulos, hand out their own awards for the best and worst dressed celebrities on THE 66TH PRIMETIME EMMY® AWARDS red carpet.
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August 14, 2014

TSN and Kraft Canada Kick Off the 2014 Kraft Celebration Tour Tomorrow in Montebello, Que.

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TORONTO (August 14, 2014) – Let the summertime celebrations begin! TSN and Kraft Canada hit the road tomorrow for the sixth-annual Kraft Celebration Tour. From August 15-24, the Kraft Celebration Tour criss-crosses the country to award each Top 10 winning community  $25,000 towards building a better place to play, as well as host a live broadcast of SPORTSCENTRE, Canada’s #1 sports news program.

Anchors Jennifer Hedger and Nabil Karim kick off the Kraft Celebration Tour with a live broadcast of SPORTSCENTRE in Montebello, Que. this Friday, Aug. 15 at 6 p.m. ET on TSN. RDS joins in on the Kraft Celebration Tour festivities in Québec, with Luc Bellemare, Michel Laprise, and Geneviève Langlois hosting a live broadcast of SPORTS 30 LE MAGAZINE from Montebello.

The following day, SPORTSCENTRE touches down in Vancouver Island as anchors Darren Dutchyshen and Kate Beirness kick off the Western leg of the Tour when they bring SPORTSCENTRE to Nanaimo, B.C. on Saturday, Aug. 16 at 6 p.m. ET on TSN.

“This is my first year on the Kraft Celebration Tour and I’m incredibly excited to help the winners share their community’s story with SPORTSCENTRE fans across the country,” said Karim. “I can’t wait to travel this amazing country and see Canadians come together to build better places to play and celebrate their communities.”

In Eastern Canada, Hedger and Karim bring SPORTSCENTRE to Montebello, Que., Saint Andrews, N.B., Springhill, N.S, Charlottetown, P.E.I., and Gander, N.L.

Dutchyshen and Beirness host SPORTSCENTRE from the winning communities on the Western half of the Kraft Celebration Tour, including Nanaimo, B.C., Barrhead, Alta., Prince Albert, Sask., Holland, Man., and Ottawa, Ont.

Broadcast Schedule

All live broadcasts of the 2014 Kraft Celebration Tour will air on the 6 p.m. ET edition of SPORTSCENTRE. The broadcast locations and dates are as follows:
Montebello, Que. – Friday, Aug. 15 on TSN
Nanaimo, B.C. – Saturday, Aug. 16 on TSN
Saint Andrews, N.B. – Sunday, Aug. 17 on TSN
Barrhead, Alta. – Monday, Aug. 18 on TSN
Springhill, N.S. – Tuesday, Aug. 19 on TSN
Prince Albert, Sask. – Wednesday, Aug. 20 on TSN
Charlottetown, P.E.I. – Thursday, Aug. 21 on TSN
Holland, Man. – Friday, Aug. 22 on TSN
Gander, N.L. – Saturday, Aug. 23 on TSN2
Ottawa, Ont. – Sunday, Aug. 24 on TSN
Last month, the Top 10 winners went head-to-head in an online battle for the total grand prize of $100,000 – new prizing added to this year’s campaign. The grand prize winner will be revealed on SPORTSCENTRE on Monday, Aug. 25 – the day after the final Kraft Celebration Tour stop in
Ottawa, Ont.

Throughout the Kraft Celebration Tour, fans can keep up with all the action on social media by visiting and liking the Kraft Celebration Tour Fan Page on Facebook, and by following and interacting with the tour’s personalities on Twitter. Official Twitter hashtags for the Kraft Celebration Tour include #KCT, #kraftcelebrationtour, and #tourneedecelebrationkraft.
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