June 30, 2015
Stingray Digital Group Inc. Opens the Market
TORONTO, June 30, 2015 /CNW/ - Eric Boyko, CEO, Stingray Digital Group Inc. (RAY.A, RAY.B) joined Kevan Cowan, President, TSX Markets and Group Head
of Equities, TMX Group Limited to open the market to celebrate listing on Toronto
Stock Exchange. Stingray is a business-to-business
multi-platform music and in-store media solutions provider operating on a global
scale. Geared towards individuals and businesses, Stingray provides music products
and services available on TV, web, mobile and in commercial settings. Stingray Digital
Group Inc. commenced trading on
June 3, 2015. For more information
please visit www.stingray.com.
June 30, 2015
The JUNO Awards and Slaight Music team up to create Canada's premier artist development opportunity
30, 2015 /CNW/ - The JUNO Awards and Slaight Music announce the launch of the premier
artist development opportunity in Canada, The Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class. This
new initiative provides the crucial tools to help three finalists develop their
careers, build their own sustainable business and become 'JUNO ready'. The deadline
for submissions is Thursday, July 27, 2015 at 5:00 pm ET.
'master class' includes a week-long customized artist development program co-developed
withCanada's Music Incubator at Coalition Music. This development program provides
hands-on mentoring, networking and collaboration opportunities.
The Allan Slaight
JUNO Master Class brings together the two key mandates of CARAS and The JUNO Awards:
music education through MusiCounts and the celebration and promotion of excellence
through the JUNO Awards. The program aims to foster the growth of Canadian musicians
through mentorship, education, skills training, development and deal-making opportunities.
With no submission fee needed to apply, the program requires that an active CARAS
Academy Delegate endorse each applicant's entry.
go through two rounds of judging. Canadian music industry heavyweights, including
representatives from major and independent music labels, publishers, agents, managers,
and media partners will narrow down the submissions to the top 10. A Super Jury
made up of JUNO alumni will facilitate the second round of judging to narrow down
the field to three finalists. JUNO Award winners Sam Roberts of the Sam Roberts
Band, Max Kerman of Arkells, producer Gavin
Brown, and A&R representative Ali Slaight from Slaight Music are amongst the
Super Jury. Additional jurors and key partners from the music and media ecosystem
to be announced.
For more information
including eligibility and prizing visit: www.junomasterclass.ca
or click here
to watch our Master Class video.
June 30, 2015
MANITOBA FRESH: Manitoba Music and Fresh Radio Team Up for Monthly Music Spotlight
(June 30, 2015
- Winnipeg, MB) Manitoba Music is teaming
up with Winnipeg’s modern music station, Fresh Radio, for a new monthly spotlight
on local music, dubbed Manitoba Fresh.
in time for Canada Day, the new project will introduce audiences to a stellar slate
of buzz worthy local artists emerging on the Canadian music scene. To help music
fans get to know some of the hottest bands coming out of this province, Manitoba
Fresh will feature on-air segments and online performances via Fresh Radio, and
in-depth band profiles on manitobamusic.com.
is teeming with great musicians and Fresh Radio is thrilled to provide a platform
to showcase new music,” said Casey Norman, Music Director, Fresh Radio Winnipeg.
“Joining forces with Manitoba Music will allow us to provide exposure to exciting
local acts and highlight them on our station.”
favourite The Revival, is the first Manitoba Fresh act, just in time for the band’s
blistering set at Canada Day at The Forks’ Under the Canopy stage. When The Revival
first united in 2008 to rock Winnipeg’s underground party scene, the name embodied
their music – an energizing fusion of past and present, digital and analog. But
now, in 2015, that name represents a lot more. The foursome is set to make an impact
with the release of its debut full-length in this year through local label, Pipe
& Hat. What it showcases is the newest iteration of The Revival’s unique sonic
hybridity, blending bits of electro, new wave, and even some world flavours with
a foundation anchored in powerful alt rock.
to work with Fresh Radio to bring local music to an even wider audience and introduce
listeners to some fantastic acts making their mark on the local and national stage,”
says Manitoba Music’s executive director, Sean McManus. “Fresh Radio’s focus on
modern music is a natural fit to amplify original Manitoba music.”
the Fresh Radio team, Manitoba Fresh will continue to bring Manitoba’s modern music
to the forefront every month. Tune in to 99.1 Fresh Radio and hit manitobamusic.com
and freshradio.ca to celebrate local music, and stay tuned for so much more.
is the hub of Manitoba’s vibrant music community. A member-based, not-for-profit
industry association, it represents over 750 members in all facets of the music
industry. Through its programs and services, Manitoba Music provides information,
education and industry development opportunities to nurture, develop, and promote
the growth and sustainability of the Manitoba music industry. Manitoba Music’s programs
and services are made possible by the generous support of the Government of Canada,
Province of Manitoba, FACTOR through the financial support of the Government of
Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage (Canada Music Fund) and of Canada's
Private Radio Broadcasters, Manitoba Film & Music, Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries,
The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group, Canada Council for the Arts, The SOCAN Foundation,
and members of the music industry of Manitoba.
99.1 Fresh Radio
Winnipeg is owned by Corus Entertainment Inc., a Canadian-based media and entertainment
company that creates, broadcasts and licenses content across a variety of platforms
for audiences around the world. The Company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings
encompasses specialty television and radio with additional assets in pay television,
television broadcasting, children’s book publishing, children’s animation and animation
software. Corus’ brands include YTV, TELETOON, ABC Spark, W Network, OWN: Oprah
Winfrey Network (Canada), HBO Canada, Historia and Séries+, as well as Nelvana,
Kids Can Press, Toon Boom and 39 radio stations including CKNW AM 980, 99.3 The
FOX, Country 105, 630 CHED, Fresh FM London, Q107 and 102.1 the Edge. A publicly
traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (CJR.B). Experience
Corus on the web at corusent.com.
June 30, 2015
Bonjour, Hello, Namaste: Three Locations Revealed for Season 3 of CTV’s THE AMAZING RACE CANADA
30, 2015) – On the eve of Canada Day, CTV revealed today the nation’s biggest TV
show will once again celebrate the beauty, majesty, and diversity of Canada, kicking
off in Québec City on Wednesday, July 8 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO. This
season, teams will discover some of Canada’s most stunning and interesting landscapes
never before featured in the series, including breathtaking views from the tops
of mountains, a vast valley of plains, a basin of mineral deposits, radiant seaport
vistas, and the stunning shores of a unique island. Also, for a second year in a
row, teams will need to keep their passport handy as they race through some exotic
Season 3 of the
most-watched Canadian television show in history kicks off in one of the oldest
and most beautiful cities in North America, Québec City. The 12 teams begin their
epic journey in the historic and picturesque city of Old Québec in front of one
of the most photographed hotels in the world, the Chateau Frontenac. After their
first challenge, teams then travel to Canada’s largest city, Toronto, where they
will complete their first roadblock of the season. Right out of the gate, teams
will test both their mental and physical abilities, and come face-to-face with their
advance reveal for RACE fans, CTV also confirmed today THE AMAZING RACE CANADA will
visit the vibrant, bustling country of India. As the world’s second most populated
country, teams experience India’s diverse culture and endure extreme environments.
The Indian community in Canada has a rich history spanning more than a century.
Starting with just a few immigrants landing ashore in Vancouver in the early 1900’s,
Indo-Canadians now comprise one of Canada’s largest immigrant communities. Elsewhere
in the season, language skills will once again be put to the test as they travel
to several exciting foreign destinations that prove to be extremely challenging
– and ultimately life-changing for some.
Despite the exhilarating
and lively international stops, THE AMAZING RACE CANADA remains firmly rooted in
Canada, once again showcasing the nation’s broad cultural and ethnic diversity,
wildlife, and iconic landmarks. Hosted by Olympic champion and Canadian hero Jon
Montgomery (@jonmonty), Canadians
can look forward to even more action as the racers travel across Canada in the hopes
of being the first team to cross the finish line, on Canadian soil.
Up from 11 teams
last season, a total of 12 teams will race to win
more than $1 million dollars in prizes and THE AMAZING RACE CANADA:
and Elias – Dating – Toronto
and Jesse – Brothers – Hamilton
and Michaelia – Engaged – Centreville, N.S.
and Amanda – Co-workers – St. John’s, N.L.
and Sabrina – Dating – Montréal
and Sean – Brothers – Musquodoboit Harbour, N.S.
and Leilani – Exes – Toronto and Halifax, N.S.
and Sharnjit – Co-workers – Vancouver
Matt – Wrestling Teammates – Newmarket, Ont. and Stouffville, Ont.
and Kristin – Father and daughter – Burlington, Ont..
and Ope – Father and daughter – Burnaby, B.C.
and Cynthia – Married – Winnipeg
For more on the
racers, fans can visit CTV.ca/TheAmazingRaceCanada
and click on the team pages presented by Chevrolet Canada. With team videos, bios,
fun facts, and exclusive content, the site is the ultimate destination to get the
scoop on this season’s competitors. Full episodes, sneak peeks, and extras will
also be available following the July 8 premiere.
by CTV, Season 3 of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA is produced by Insight Productions in
association with CTV and with the support of Profiles Television Productions. Insight
Productions’ John Brunton and Barbara Bowlby are Executive Producers, and Mark Lysakowski
is Supervising Producer. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President and Robin Johnston
is Production Executive at Bell Media. Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President,
Programming, CTV Networks and CraveTV. Phil King is President – CTV, Sports, and
of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA will air Saturdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT and Sundays at 5 p.m.
ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO. Previous seasons are also now streaming on CraveTV.
The three premier
sponsors for THE AMAZING RACE CANADA are Air Canada, Chevrolet Canada, and newly
added BMO Financial Group. Dairy Queen® Canada, Mentos, and Petro-Canada™, a Suncor
business, also return to partner with the juggernaut hit series.
June 30, 2015
Hollywood Suite GO Now Available to Shaw and Shaw Direct Customers
(Toronto – June
30, 2015) Hollywood Suite today announced Shaw and Shaw Direct have launched Hollywood Suite GO (HSGO). Available at no additional
cost for existing subscribers, HSGO gives movie lovers the freedom and the ability
to enjoy their favourite movies in high definition, with unlimited access whenever
and wherever they want.
Suite GO mobile app is a video streaming service designed for immersive and intuitive
navigation of Hollywood Suite’s curated content offering. HSGO includes a customizable
watchlist and social features allowing users to share their watchlists and experiences
with friends, as well as notification options to keep users informed about new movies
and collections and a Wi-Fi-only streaming option to help users manage their cellular
data usage. The HSGO mobile app is available for Android mobile phone and tablet,
Apple iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad.
“We are delighted
HSGO is now available to Shaw and Shaw Direct customers across the country,” Said
David Kines, President of Hollywood Suite. “Through our user friendly app, our ever
evolving selection of films is now available for movie buffs, and future movie buffs
alike, whenever they want to watch it.”
Films currently available range
from Marvel comic’s ULTIMATE AVENGERS to THE MATRIX to Robin Williams in HOOK and
June 29, 2015
Roundhouse Radio 98.3 Vancouver Announces Senior News Team
COLUMBIA- June 29, 2015 - Roundhouse Radio 98.3 proudly announces the signing of
Kerry Marshall as News & Content Director, and Marcella Bernardo as Assistant
News & Content Director.
promises Vancouver residents a unique, hyper-local programming concept. Currently
building studios in Railtown, the FM signal and digital platform will go live in
the Fall of 2015. With the announcements
of Marshall and Bernardo, the station is poised to roll out their full roster of
on-air hosts over the next month.
CEO Don Shafer: “Roundhouse will be mostly talk, with just the
right mix of music. We intend to use radio
to break down barriers and learn more about each other - neighbours, businesses
and communities. A strong content team, headed
up by Kerry and Marcella, will be key to that.”
Broadcaster, Journalist and News Director, Marshall brings over 40 years of radio
experience to the Roundhouse team. He has been a staple of Vancouver's radio scene
for many years, most notably as a broadcaster with JACK FM and CFOX.
Marcella Bernardo: Reporter, anchor and all-round news & music
junkie since 1994, Bernardo spent most of her career in Vancouver. An RTNDA Award winner, she’s worked at News1130,
and for the past 11 years at CKNW.
Director of Programming
Tracey Friesen “We’re thrilled to attract such notable broadcasters to the ever
growing Roundhouse family. Not only do they
bring exceptional professional experience, but both Marcella and Kerry have heart. They will ensure that the people of Vancouver
have a platform to truly be heard.”
98.3 is a commercial station with a community focus, serving the needs of the people
who live, work and play in the City of Vancouver. The Roundhouse difference is to
provide a spotlight on an active citizenry: public debate, storytelling, live music,
local arts and culture, community events, news and features focused on the City's
June 29, 2015
A Record 3.2 Million Viewers Watch Canada’s Heartbreaking Quarter-Final Loss on CTV and RDS
(June 29, 2015) – Once again, a record number of Canadians tuned into watch the
Canadian women’s national team in the FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP CANADA 2015™ on
Saturday, June 27. Preliminary overnight data from Numeris confirms that 3.2
million viewers watched Canada’s heartbreaking 2-1 loss to England on CTV and
RDS, breaking the record for most-watched FIFA Women’s World Cup™ match ever.
The game was also the most-watched program on Canadian television this weekend.
million unique Canadian viewers tuned in to watch some or all of the game.
Average audience numbers peaked at 4.3 million viewers in the second half as
Canada made a final push in an attempt to find an equalizer.
consumption of the FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP CANADA 2015™ remains at an all-time
high through the quarter-final:
Canada Audience Stats
quarter-final match ranks as the second-highest audience ever recorded for a
women’s soccer game – just behind the 2012 London Olympic Games semifinal (3.7
national women’s team’s five matches have averaged 2.4 million viewers:
Canada-England (Quarter-Final) – 3.2 million
Canada-Switzerland (Round of 16) – 2.8 million
Canada-New Zealand (Group Stage) – 2.3 million
Canada-China (Group Stage) – 1.8 million
Canada-Netherlands (Group Stage) – 1.8 million
Overall, 15 million unique Canadian viewers have tuned in to Canada’s five
FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP CANADA 2015™
18.8 million unique
Canadian viewers – or more than half of the country’s population – have watched
the FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP CANADA 2015™ through to the quarter-finals
The USA vs. China quarter-final game became the most-watched non-Canadian game
ever with an average audience of 859,000 viewers on CTV, TSN, and RDS, breaking
the record set by the USA’s Round of 16 win over Colombia
Collectively, Canadians have consumed 63.7 million hours of FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD
CUP CANADA 2015™ coverage on CTV, TSN, and RDS
Total viewing through the quarter-finals of the FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP CANADA
2015™ is more than four times that of the 2011 tournament
9.2 million unique Canadian female viewers have tuned in to CTV, TSN, and RDS
to watch live action from the tournament
Nearly half of all Canadian girls aged 2-17 have watched the FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD
CUP CANADA 2015™
The FIFA WOMEN’S
WORLD CUP CANADA 2015™ has accounted for 6 million total page views on TSN.ca in the month of June
620,000 video streams of live tournament action, Must See moments, and match
highlights have been recorded through TSN.ca and TSN GO
the FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP CANADA 2015™ continues with the semifinals tomorrow
(Tuesday, June 30) featuring USA vs. Germany at 7 p.m. ET on CTV, TSN, and RDS and
on Wednesday, July 1 with Japan vs. England at 7 p.m. ET on CTV, TSN, and RDS.
information on CTV/TSN’s coverage of the FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP CANADA 2015™ is
available at TSN.ca/FIFA.
June 29, 2015
It’s Time for Tim & Sid…On TV
29, 2015) Match Game: Tim & Sid premiering on Canada Day is bigger than ________?
Hosts Tim Micallef and Sid Seixeiro are ready to “edu-tain”
the sports masses with the arrival of their new TV show Tim & Sid, premiering
on Wednesday, July 1 on Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific immediately following
the Toronto Blue Jays game. Beginning July 2, Tim & Sid will be seen at its
regular scheduled time, weeknights at 5 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. PT on Sportsnet East, Ontario,
West and Pacific.
The new, two-hour
program will be broadcast live from the new Tim & Sid studio in Toronto. Based
on Micallef and Seixeiro’s immensely popular sports-talk radio show Tim & Sid
that aired on Sportsnet 590 The FAN and
was simulcast on Sportsnet 360, the new TV series includes a mix of in-depth sports
analysis, fan-favourite classics, and compelling guests.
The show’s premiere
episode will delve into the major sports headlines of the day. Features and guests
Appearances by Donovan Bailey and Russell Martin
Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, Nick Kypreos, and Daren Millard will go in-depth on the
big moves and news from NHL Free Agency
A special video essay by Sportsnet’s Stephen Brunt that introduces Micallef and
Seixeiro to their new viewers
In honour of Canada Day, Tim & Sid celebrate our greatest Canadian sports moments
Just like the
world of sports, Tim & Sid never sleep. Fans can get their 24/7 fix online at
Sportsnet.ca/timandsid and by following
Tim & Sid on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
Tim & Sid
– The Numbers
833,045 – Number
of YouTube views for video
of Micallef and Seixeiro reacting to the Canadian women’s hockey team defeating
the U.S. in overtime to win the gold medal at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games
63,500 – Number
of Tim & Sid followers on Twitter. Fans of the show are known as “Tim &
3 – Amount of
years that Tim & Sid radio show was on Sportsnet
590 The FAN, ending in March 2015
3 – Months’ worth
of pent up sports opinions and commentary that Micallef and Seixeiro are ready to
2 – Number of
theme songs for the show. Music written and performed by Juno Award-winning band
The Sheepdogs (listen)
and Juno Award nominee Famous (listen)
2 – Hours of
the best sports edu-tainment every weekday
About Tim Micallef
Began his broadcasting career in 2004 with The Score (now Sportsnet 360) hosting
various programs, including the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament and NFL coverage,
as well as the nightly news show Score Tonight
Since September 2002, Micallef has called more than 200 live CIS games, including
football, men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball, and more than 20 CIS National
Championship games. Micallef is known as the voice of OUA Football
Spent three seasons as the radio voice of the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats on AM 900
CHML, from 2004 to 2007
About Sid Seixeiro
Began broadcasting career at The Score (now Sportsnet 360) in 1998 following his
graduation from Humber College’s radio broadcasting program
During his 13 years at The Score, Seixeiro had a variety of roles including working
as a field reporter for numerous sports, hosting the nightly highlight show Score
Tonight and soccer shows The Footy Show and World Cup Tonight
Names Bob Cole as his all-time idol in sports broadcasting
June 29, 2015
Anchors Aweigh! Discovery’s Canadian-Produced Mega Hit MIGHTY SHIPS Sets Sail for Season 8, July 19
(June 29, 2015) – MIGHTY SHIPS is set to shove off for its epic eighth season,
delivering an unparalleled stem-to-stern journey alongside the world’s most
sophisticated vessels, premiering Sunday, July 19 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT
exclusively on Discovery. The long-running Canadian mega-hit series, produced
by Bell Media’s Exploration Production Inc. (EPI) in association with Discovery
and seen in more than 150 territories around the world, uses stunning
cinematography to capture the spectacular scale and innovation behind
everything from luxurious cruise ships and cargo haulers to warships and oil
drilling rigs, along with the navigational challenges of stormy seas and
kicks off with twice the might, featuring all-new back-to-back episodes
showcasing “Quantum of the Seas” – the world’s most deluxe cruise ship,
boasting extreme sports facilities and an observation pod that takes guests to
staggering, skyscraper heights. And battening down the hatches for the second
episode of the evening, “Hawk” takes viewers aboard one of the world’s most
powerful semi-submersible transports – a vessel that must actually sink before
highlights from MIGHTY SHIPS – Season 8 include:
Quantum of the Seas
Sunday, July 19 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT
Quantum of the Seas is the world’s most innovative cruise ship. Filled with big
toys, guests can fly a trapeze, surf, or even skydive without ever leaving the
ship. With an observation pod reaching 90 metres high, Quantum offers a bird’s
eye view of herself. For the crew, this first full-length cruise is no time to
play. Quantum’s indoor facilities get a workout during early winter weather off
New Jersey. Later, her captain battles strong winds in the tight confines of
Caribbean ports. Finally, a computer glitch undermines the big show in the most
technologically advanced theatre at sea.
Sunday, July 19 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT
To transport one of the world’s largest oil drilling rigs halfway around the
world, Hawk has to sink before she swims. To load, she sinks down in the water,
submerging her expansive deck. Then, Hawk slips under the rig, expels her
ballast and rises up – lifting her towering cargo like a champion. From
there, she embarks on a 25,000-kilometre voyage, beginning with the notorious
traffic in Singapore, continuing through stormy seas off Western Africa, and
finishing up with an unexpected drift in Norway that puts the ship and her
cargo in jeopardy.
Sunday, July 26 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT
Happy Star is brand new and ready to lift and transport the world’s heaviest
industrial equipment around the world. Her first major job takes her from China
to Eastern Canada, carrying the massive components for a crane-and-conveyor
system. Along the way, Happy Star’s crew faces a baffling engine problem that
sets them adrift for 24 hours. Then through day and night, they crash their way
through daunting ice. Arriving at port, the crew sets the mighty ship’s
towering cranes to assemble the entire system, creating a new iron ore loading
facility. But frigid temperatures threaten to bring the entire operation to a
Sunday, August 2 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT
Algoma Equinox is built to haul more cargo faster, using less fuel than any
other Laker. On this voyage, her crew scrambles to load and transport
grain from one end of the world’s largest inland waterway to the other –
passing through four Great Lakes, as well as the mammoth locks and tight canals
that comprise the St. Lawrence Seaway. Equinox and her crew battle the fierce
ice and winds, encountering sudden and enormous shifts in water depth. And
after offloading the grain, she takes on a load of iron ore heavy enough to
bend the hull of the ship!
Sunday, August 9 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT
HDMS Peter Willemoes is the pride of the Royal Danish Navy. One of three in a
new class of frigate, she’s built to protect an entire battle group. On this
voyage, Willemoes and her crew undertake the most intense battle training
exercise ever seen on MIGHTY SHIPS. They engage every weapon aboard – from
machine gun, to cannons to a Harpoon sea-to-sea missile – and undertake rapid
evasive maneuvers. But Willemoes’ crew must do all of this while sustaining
multiple simulated damages. If they prove they can fight while wounded, this
warship and her crew will be cleared for active deployment.
Sunday, August 16 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT
The Maersk Interceptor is the largest rig of her kind. Purpose-built to drill
for oil in the harshest seas on the planet, she plants her 207-metre long legs
into the seafloor, then lifts her platform high above the raging seas, drilling
as deep as three kilometres down. The biggest challenge comes at the start:
towing the rig 170 kilometres off shore, positioning her, and readying her
massive derrick for drilling. On this – her first-ever job – Interceptor’s crew
is challenged by high stakes and the tough decisions required to survive the
biggest storm to hit the North Sea in two decades.
June 29, 2015
Leading Golf and Curling Journalist Bob Weeks Joins TSN on a Full-Time Basis
(June 29, 2015) – TSN announced today that acclaimed golf and curling
journalist Bob Weeks has signed
an agreement to work with the network on a permanent full-time basis.
today, Weeks will contribute regularly as a senior reporter and analyst for
TSN’s extensive slate of championship golf and curling events, which includes
all four of golf’s Majors – THE MASTERS, U.S. OPEN, THE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP, and
the PGA CHAMPIONSHIP – as well curling’s Season of Champions events.
with TSN for many years and I'm very excited to have the opportunity to join
the network on a full-time basis,” said Weeks. “I’m looking forward to
expanding my role in producing great content for Canadian sports fans.”
been a regular face on the network for years now and we’re thrilled to add
Canada’s preeminent golf and curling journalist to our team year-round,” said
Ken Volden, Vice-President and Executive Producer, Studio Production and News
and Information, TSN. “Bob’s passion and enthusiasm will be a great permanent
addition as we expand our coverage of the biggest events in golf and curling.”
most recently oversaw print, TV, and radio properties as Vice President,
Content and Editorial Director of SCOREGolf, has worked with TSN since 2000.
Also an accomplished curling journalist, Weeks has won three Scotty Harper
Awards for the best curling story in Canada, and is an honorary life member of
the Ontario Curling Association. Weeks’ recognition for his contributions to
the golf community include his 2014 inductions to both the Etobicoke Sports
Hall of Fame and the Ontario Golf Hall of Fame, as well as the 2013 Dick Grimm
Award for a significant lifetime contribution to Canadian golf.
June 29, 2015
boom 97.3’s Celebrates Pride by Going Totally G’80s!
June 29, 2015) boom 97.3 celebrated Pride Toronto 2015 by hosting a SOLD OUT
Totally G’80s Video Dance Party at the Phoenix Concert Theatre on Friday night.
Totally G’80s Video Dance Party was a fabulous success! From 80s music videos
and 80s themed shooter bar to a candy buffet and vintage photo booth, this
party had something for everyone. boom
personalities Stu Jeffries, KJ, Maie Pauts and Jeff Spindel emceed the event
and mingled with a room filled with people from all walks of life who danced
the night away as DJ Thomas Hall pumped out the most iconic and memorable music
videos and pride anthems of the 80’s.
Attendees were also treated to a live performance by Canadian rock
singer Carole Pope of Rough Trade and a very special appearance by music legend
appearance was met with elation from the crowd of adoring fans. A lucky group
of attendees were invited on-stage to strut their ‘kinkiest boots’ while the
audience and Cyndi selected a winner who was awarded tickets to the Toronto
Premiere of Kinky Boots.
didn’t stop there. Another lucky winner won a trip to New York to see Kinky
Boots on Broadway and several attendees were treated to private meet &
greets with Cyndi Lauper and Carole Pope.
G’80s continued on Pride Sunday as boom 97.3 went commercial free with non-stop
pride anthems leading into the start of the Pride Parade which featured a boom
97.3 & Kinky Boots float with a ‘Marie Antoinette’ inspired Cyndi Lauper at
June 29, 2015
Porter Airlines Inc. agrees to pay $150,000 for allegedly violating Canada's anti-spam law
2015 – Ottawa–Gatineau – Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications
Commission (CRTC) - The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications
Commission (CRTC) today announced that Porter Airlines Inc. has agreed to pay
$150,000 as part of an undertaking for alleged violations of Canada’s anti-spam
legislation. Once made aware of the investigation by the CRTC, Porter Airlines
was cooperative and immediately took corrective actions to comply with the
investigation launched by the CRTC’s Chief Compliance and Enforcement Officer
alleged that Porter Airlines failed to comply with various requirements of the
law between July 2014 and April 2015. The company allegedly sent some
commercial emails that did not contain an unsubscribe mechanism. In other
instances, it is alleged this mechanism was not clearly or prominently set out.
Certain emails also allegedly did not provide the complete contact information
as required by the law. Porter Airlines also allegedly failed to honour, within
10 business days, requests from some recipients to unsubscribe from receiving
future commercial emails.
for certain emails sent between July 2014 and February 2015, the company was
unable to provide proof that it had obtained consent for each electronic
address that received its commercial emails.
As part of
the undertaking, Porter Airlines will improve its existing compliance program
to ensure that its activities, going forward, are fully compliant with Canada’s
anti-spam legislation. The enhanced compliance program will include increased
training and education for staff and improved corporate policies and
The CRTC is
assessing complaints submitted to the Spam Reporting Centre that are under its mandate
and a number of investigations are currently underway. The CRTC is working with
its partners, both within Canada and internationally, to protect Canadians from
online threats and contribute to a more secure online environment.
The CRTC can
discuss corrective actions with individuals, firms or organizations, which may
lead to an undertaking that includes an amount to be paid and other corrective
measures. As part of its powers, the CRTC can also issue warning letters,
preservation demands, notices to produce, restraining orders and notices of
violation. Moreover, the CRTC can ask a court to issue a search warrant or an
are encouraged to report spam to the Spam Reporting Centre.
To ensure the CRTC has enough information to conduct an investigation, the
report should include the full email (including the message’s header) and a
description of why the email is considered to be spam. Information sent to the
Centre is used by the CRTC, the Competition Bureau, and the Office of the
Privacy Commissioner to enforce Canada’s anti-spam legislation.
Porter Airlines has voluntarily entered into an undertaking with the CRTC’s
Chief Compliance and Enforcement Officer for alleged non-compliance with
Canada’s anti-spam legislation.
As part of the undertaking, Porter Airlines has agreed to make a $150,000
payment, comply with Canada’ anti-spam legislation and improve its existing
Porter Airlines allegedly sent some commercial emails that failed to comply
with various requirements of Canada’s anti-spam legislation, including those
relating to unsubscribe mechanisms, the provision of contact information and
proof of consent.
Once made aware of the investigation by the CRTC, Porter Airlines immediately
took steps to fully comply with the legislation.
To help businesses comply with the law, the CRTC has provided numerous
information sessions across the country and made guidance materials available
on its website.
The CRTC is working with its partners, both within Canada and internationally,
to protect Canadians from online threats and contribute to a more secure online
Canada’s anti-spam legislation protects Canadians while ensuring that businesses
can continue to compete in the global marketplace.
Canada’s anti-spam legislation was adopted by Parliament in December 2010 and
came into force on July 1, 2014.
“We appreciate that Porter Airlines took corrective action once it became aware
of our investigation. The company has voluntarily entered into an undertaking
and committed to comply with Canada’s anti-spam law. This is a great outcome
for Canadians, and we encourage them to continue to report suspected violations
to the Spam Reporting Centre.
This case is
an important reminder that to be fully compliant with the law, proof of consent
is required for each electronic address. Some businesses are under the mistaken
impression that they are compliant with the law by relying on general business
practices or policies as proof of consent for the majority of the electronic
addresses to which they send their commercial emails. This is simply not the
Manon Bombardier, CRTC Chief Compliance and Enforcement Officer
June 29, 2015
Corus Entertainment Unveils First in a Suite of New Kids Apps with the Launch of TreehouseGO
2015—Toronto, Canada) As part of Corus Entertainment’s expanding digital
content roll out, the company is launching a full suite of TV Everywhere apps
for its kids television brands starting with TreehouseGO. Fans of Treehouse,
Canada’s #1 preschool network, will have access to their favourite Treehouse
shows anytime, anywhere with the launch of TreehouseGO for mobile devices and
tablets. Designed for kids 2 to 6, TreehouseGO is playful and easy for kids to
navigate, and above all, gives them on-the-go access in the same fun, safe and
trusted Treehouse environment that parents know and love. The app, free to
Treehouse TV subscribers, will be continually updated with the most popular and
current Treehouse series such as Dora and Friends, Little Charmers, Octonauts,
Toopy & Binoo, Bubble Guppies and Mike the Knight. Visit www.treehousetv.com/TreehouseGO
for more information.
thrilled to begin rolling out a full suite of Corus Kids brands specially
optimized for mobile devices, beginning with TreehouseGO,” said Colin Bohm,
Vice President, Television, Head of Corus Kids. “These apps ensure that our
content is everywhere consumers are and available to them whenever and wherever
they want it. Parents and kids will love the flexibility of being able to watch
their favourite entertainment on the go with the TreehouseGO experience that
mirrors the full, rich environment of Canada’s #1 television brand for young
is the first of several apps Corus is launching to ensure audiences have
convenient access to their favourite brands and content anywhere, anytime.
Corus’ apps will be available free to subscribers of its TV services in Canada
on iOS and Android devices, giving kids and families access to hundreds of
hours of current programming that they can view, download and live stream.
· Safe and easy for little ones
· Free with your Treehouse
· Features full-length episodes
on demand—or you watch the channel live as it airs by clicking on the Live TV
· Can be watched offline with
the “My Backpack” download-to-go option
is free to download from the App Store or Google Play and video content is
available at no charge to satellite and cable subscribers of Treehouse TV. Additional
features will be rolled out in the coming year.
downloading and opening the TreehouseGO app, users will be able to submit their
email to receive special promotions such as a discount code for tickets to Treehouse
Big Day Out, the two-day family festival taking place in Toronto on
Saturday, September 12 and Sunday, September 13.
apps are built using You.i Engine software, developed by Ottawa-based startup
You.i TV, which powers the user experience across all platforms. The apps are
also supported by technologies from thePlatform, Adobe Primetime, Penthera,
Akamai and Elemental.
June 26, 2015
Advanced TV Advertising – a discussion
Be sure to read Laurie Kennedy’s feature
coverage on Advanced TV Advertising. The discussion involved major players from
agencies, broadcasting, vendors and the CRTC. One significant question posed
related to how much longer a fragmented 500-channel universe can continue being
sold. To read the article click HERE
June 26, 2015
TSN Delivers Exclusive Live Coverage of the 2015 HOCKEY HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE ANNOUNCEMENT, June 29 at 4 p.m. ET on TSN2
26, 2015) – TSN delivers exclusive live coverage of the 2015 HOCKEY HALL OF FAME
INDUCTEE ANNOUNCEMENT on Monday, June 29 at 4 p.m. ET on TSN2.
THAT’S HOCKEY 2NITE’s Glenn Schiiler hosts the network’s
2015 HOCKEY HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE ANNOUNCEMENT coverage from the TSN Studio and
is joined by analysts Craig Button
and Dave Poulin. SPORTSCENTRE’s Gurdeep Ahluwalia
contributes reports live from the Hockey Hall of Fame in downtown Toronto.
TSN’s live coverage
of the 2015 HOCKEY HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE ANNOUNCEMENT is available for live streaming
and on-demand viewing to TSN subscribers through TSN
Along with exclusive
live broadcast coverage of the announcement, TSN Radio stations across the country
deliver in-depth news and analysis on the 2015 induction class: TSN Radio 1200 in Ottawa, TSN Radio 1290 in Winnipeg, TSN Radio 1260 in Edmonton, and TSN Radio 1040 in Vancouver.
The 2015 HOCKEY
HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE ANNOUNCEMENT will be hosted by John Davidson, Chairman of
the Selection Committee, alongside Lanny McDonald, Member of the Selection Committee
and Chairman of the Board (effective July 1, 2015). Among the first-year eligible
players for the Hockey Hall of Fame are Nicklas Lidstrom, Chris Pronger, and Sergei
As announced earlier this month, TSN Hockey Insider
Bob McKenzie is set to receive the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award for
excellence in hockey journalism during the Hockey Hall of Fame NHL Media Awards
presentations in November.
TSN’s industry-leading lineup of Hockey Insiders and experts continue their hockey
coverage with FREE AGENT FRENZY on Wednesday,
July 1 at 12 noon ET.
June 26, 2015
Investigation Discovery Offers Free Preview Beginning July 15
(June 26, 2015) – From harrowing crimes and salacious scandals to in-depth
investigations and heart-breaking mysteries, the entire Investigation Discovery
(ID) schedule will be available for free preview from Wednesday, July 15 to
Monday, Aug. 31. Announced today, Investigation Discovery’s free preview
delivers a strong summer slate of programming, including two compelling new
series premieres and five returning hits, all of which are available to sample
during a six-week period for subscribers of participating television service
preview window coincides with a newly refreshed logo design for the intrepid
channel, which continues to bring justice to television with a deeper look into
the world of crime, forensics, paranormal investigation, and modern mysteries.
Since rebranding from Court TV in 2010, Investigation Discovery has seen
double-digit percentage audience growth each year*, offering entertainment that
delivers remarkable insight into the thrilling twists and turns of real-life
Below is a
chronological listing of Investigation Discovery programming highlights during
the free preview period. All programming is subject to change.
ON ARRIVAL – *New Series*
Tuesday, July 7 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT
In the series premiere of DEAD ON ARRIVAL, naïve newcomers quickly learn that
the city streets are not only teeming with excitement and opportunity, but also
riddled with crime and violence. Caught in the hustle of city living, these
innocent young adults are set on a dangerous trajectory the moment they set
foot in a new territory. Click here
to screen Episode 1. New episodes airing throughout the free preview window.
– *Season 5 Premiere*
Wednesday, July 15 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT
In the Season 5 premiere of DISAPPEARED, missing persons are profiled in the
hopes that fresh leads or new information might come forward.
BOOK – *New Series*
Tuesday, July 21 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT
Narrated by Geoff Pierson (THE BRINK, DEXTER), MURDER BOOK turns the pages on
the deadliest stories of the most gruesome crimes. From the moment a homicide
is reported, a file is assembled to document every facet of the investigation.
The new one-hour series opens the MURDER BOOK to tell the haunting
stories buried within the pages. Lead investigators take viewers through the
book, unraveling the mystery of former cold cases page by page - ultimately
uncovering what broke the case wide open. Click here
to screen Episode 1.
OF NIGHT – *Season 2 Premiere*
Wednesday, July 29 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT
There's just something about darkness that awakens primal fears. Providing
vivid insight into a night on the town that turned fatal in an instant, each
episode of DEAD OF NIGHT recounts the dark, deadly deed and the daytime
investigation that followed. The series proves that sometimes it’s not only
wishes that come true…but nightmares too.
– *Season 7 Premiere*
Monday, August 10 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT
Female murderers are often more horrifying and intriguing than their male
counterparts. Their worlds can be defined by obsession, greed, and revenge. DEADLY
WOMEN fuses bone-chilling storytelling, sumptuous drama, and forensic fact in a
bid to explore history's most alluring female killers.
MURDERS – *Season 2 Premiere*
Monday, August 17 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT
Hot, humid swamps make great hiding places…for bodies that is. SWAMP MURDERS
provides the details of a murder committed by the least expected – families
with respected reputations or people with long-standing values to uphold. These
crimes involve victims left to rot in the marshy waters of a bog, bayou, river,
or lake. Each case involves re-enactments and interviews with law-enforcement
personnel, family members, and attorneys.
QUEEN MURDERS – *Season 2 Premiere*
Friday, August 21 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT
BEAUTY QUEEN MURDERS reveals the not-so-glamourous side of the typical beauty
pageant. Each episode recounts the chilling story of one beauty queen’s rise
and fall, interwoven with commentary from loved ones and law enforcement
officials who helped solve the crime. They were all so young, so beautiful, and
held so much promise – and they were all killed before their time in the
spotlight was up.
*Source: Numeris (BBM Canada)
June 25, 2015
FOOD NETWORK CANADA AND WALMART CANADA HARVEST ‘COOKING FOR KIDS’ CAMPAIGN
25, 2015 – Food Network
Canada and Walmart Canada are teaming up to help busy parents create easy, delicious, and
healthy options for their kids with a robust multi-platform campaign. Coinciding
with the re-brand of Walmart’s fresh foods section, the partnership includes sponsorship
of the resourceful
Cooking for Kids Guide onFoodNetwork.ca, which features
inspiring meal ideas and tips for Canadian families, Walmart custom content, and
product integration.The campaign also encompasses integration into the new original
series The Incredible Food Race as well as sponsorship of the show.
Hosted by Rick Campanelli (Entertainment
Tonight Canada), each episode of The Incredible
Food Race features two families battling it out
in a super-charged race full of fun food challenges and a main event: the family
versus family cook-off of a kid-approved meal. As the official show sponsor, Walmart
is integrated into every episode and provides each winning family free Walmart fresh
groceries for a year. Campanelli is joined by Food Network
Canada Chef Corbin Tomaszeski
(Restaurant Takeover, Dinner
Party Wars) as chef mentor and commentator during the main event. Over the summer,
Walmart and Chef Corbin will also host eight tailgate events at sites across Canada
featuring a barbecue, cooking demonstrations with local Walmart Mom Ambassadors
and Chef Corbin, with a ninth tailgate event created for the series.
piece of the partnership includes four broadcast spots featuring Chef Corbin inviting
Canadians to Discover Another Side of Walmart and promoting the Cooking for Kids conversation online using #KidApprovedMeals. The spots will run on Food Network Canada as
well as various Shaw Media broadcast properties including Global, HGTV Canada, Showcase
and Slice. The vignettes include Chef Corbin offering advice on cooking meals for
kids, introducing fresh produce and meat from Walmart fresh groceries into kid favourites,
and tours of Walmart’s distribution centres. Extended vignettes will live online
on the Walmart sponsored Cooking for Kids Guide on FoodNetwork.ca, in addition to
Walmart sites and Walmart Mom Ambassador blogs.
“There is an
appetite for quick, delicious and healthy meal options for families, and the partnership
between Food Network Canada and Walmart Canada provides both the resources and the
inspiration to make this easier for parents,” said Barb McKergow, Head of Marketing
Ventures, Shaw Media.
our mission is to help Canadians save money so they can live better,” said Jennifer
Holgate, Vice President, Marketing Communications at Walmart Canada. “This is why
we are excited to be partnering with Food
Network Canada to showcase our enhanced fresh food offering and inspire Canadian
families to create delicious, healthy and affordable kid-approved meal solutions.”
and running until December 16, Walmart is sponsoring Walmart Wednesday’s on Food
Network Canada during primetime, with co-branded promos to run throughout the schedule.
June 25, 2015
FOOD NETWORK CANADA AND TRICON FILMS & TELEVISION START PRODUCTION ON NEW ORIGINAL SERIES THE INCREDIBLE FOOD RACE
25, 2015 – Family, food, and fun are racing to Food Network Canada’s Fall schedule
as production begins on the new Canadian original series, The Incredible Food Race.
Hosted by Rick Campanelli (Entertainment Tonight Canada), each episode of The Incredible
Food Race features two families battling it out in a super-charged race full of
fun food challenges and a main event: the family versus family cook-off of a kid-approved
“I come from
a family that is very passionate about cooking and enjoying meals together,” said
Rick Campanelli. “I’m thrilled to be part of such an amazing project where families
come together to cook and compete in a fun and adventurous way, and alongside each
Canada’s Chef Corbin Tomaszeski (Restaurant Takeover, Dinner Party Wars) joins the
series as chef mentor and commentator for each episode’s main cook-off event. In
each episode, the competing families will battle for the grand prize of a year’s
supply of free groceries, courtesy of series sponsor, Walmart Canada.
“As a chef and
father I’m passionate about cooking with my kids; it’s a chance for us to come together
and have fun as a family”, says Chef Corbin Tomaszeski. “The Incredible Food Race
is taking families on a crazy food adventure and I’m excited to be on board to mentor
families through the wild ride.”
Food Race shoots its six episodes across Toronto and the GTA this summer, with stops
at some of the city’s most buzzed about food events. Production gets underway this
weekend at Toronto Ribfest 2015. The Incredible Food Race will premiere on Food
Network Canada in Fall 2015 – broadcast details to be announced at a later date.
June 25, 2015
The Scandal Specialist and The Sexual Revolution: SHOWTIME Dramas RAY DONOVAN and MASTERS OF SEX Return to Movie Central and The Movie Network with New Seasons, July 12
25, 2015) – Scandal, sex, family, and fame: the critically acclaimed, award-winning
dramas RAY DONOVAN and MASTERS OF SEX return with all-new, 12-episode seasons on
Movie Central and The Movie Network this summer, day-and-date with SHOWTIME in the
U.S. Starring two-time Golden Globe® and
Emmy® nominee Liev Schreiber (The Butler) as L.A.’s best professional fixer, RAY
DONOVAN Season 3 premieres Sunday, July 12 at 9 p.m. ET/MT, followed by the Season
3 premiere of MASTERS OF SEX, starring Emmy and Golden Globe-nominee Michael Sheen
(The Queen) and Emmy nominee Lizzy Caplan (The Interview), at 10 p.m. ET/MT.
of RAY DONOVAN are streaming now on CraveTV
(Season 1 & 2), and The Movie Network On Demand and TMN GO (Season 2); audiences
can watch past seasons of MASTERS OF SEX now on CraveTV (Season 1) and The Movie
Network On Demand and TMN GO (Season 2).
In Eastern Canada,
new episodes will be available on TMN
GO and The Movie Network OnDemand. In Western Canada, on the go with Shaw
Go Movie Central app, Bell TV app,
Telus Optik on the go,
and Movie Central On Demand.
for a sneak peek of RAY DONOVAN Season 3, and HERE for a sneak peek of
MASTERS OF SEX Season 3.
Premieres Sunday, July 12 at 9 p.m. ET/MT
Ray Donovan stars Liev Schreiber as L.A.’s best professional fixer, the man called
in to make the city’s celebrities, superstar athletes, and business moguls’ most
complicated and combustible situations go away. Season 3 finds Ray adrift from his
family and those closest to him, while he focuses on his business and desires to
be his own boss. Meanwhile, his father Mickey (Jon Voight in his Emmy-nominated
and Golden Globe Award-winning role), after narrowly escaping last season’s heist
debacle, finds himself charting a similar course to build his own empire.
Joining the series
this season as guest stars are Golden Globe Award-winner Ian McShane (DEADWOOD)
as prominent movie producer and billionaire Andrew Finney who hires Ray to get his
family out of a potentially catastrophic situation, and Katie Holmes (THE KENNEDYS)
as Andrew’s daughter Paige, a shrewd, cut-throat businesswoman.
RAY DONOVAN also
stars Paula Malcolmson (The Hunger Games), Eddie Marsan (JONATHAN STRANGE &
MR NORRELL), Dash Mihok (Silver Linings Playbook), Steven Bauer (Awakened), Katherine
Moennig (THE L WORD), Pooch Hall (THE GAME), Kerris Dorsey (BROTHERS & SISTERS),
and Devon Bagby (Ironside).
The series was
created by Ann Biderman and is executive produced by David Hollander, Mark Gordon,
and Bryan Zuriff.
MASTERS OF SEX,
Premieres Sunday, July 12 at 10 p.m. ET/MT
Starring Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan as Dr. William Masters and Virginia Johnson,
real-life pioneers of human sexuality research, Season 3 finds the famed duo dealing
with the glare of the national spotlight as their sex study is finally unveiled.
It’s 1966 and the beginning of the Sexual Revolution, and Masters and Johnson’s
work will have a profound impact on contemporary relationships, especially their
own evolving partnership with Masters’ wife Libby (Caitlin FitzGerald, GOSSIP GIRL).
Joining the cast
for Season 3 in a guest-starring role is Emmy-nominee Josh Charles (THE GOOD WIFE),
as Daniel Logan, a self-made businessman working in the scent industry. In an attempt
to bottle the smell of sex and market an aphrodisiac to the general public, Daniel
seeks out Masters and Johnson’s expertise on desire. MASTERS OF SEX also stars Beau
Bridges (THE MILLERS), Allison Janney (MOM), Teddy Sears (666 PARK AVENUE), Annaleigh
Ashford (Top 5), and Julianne Nicholson (August: Osage County). In addition to Charles,
Tate Donovan (DAMAGES) appears as a guest star this season.
MASTERS OF SEX
is an adaptation of Thomas Maier’s book Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William
Masters and Virginia Johnson, The Couple Who Taught America How to Love. The series
was developed for television by Michelle Ashford (THE PACIFIC) who also serves as
executive producer. The series is also executive
produced by Sarah Timberman, Amy Lippman, Dave Flebott, Carl Beverly, and Judith
Verno. Michael Sheen, Tammy Rosen, and Thomas Maier are producers. The series is
produced and distributed by Sony Pictures Television.
June 25, 2015
CRTC revokes the broadcasting licences of Aboriginal Voices Radio (AVR)
2015 – Ottawa–Gatineau — The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications
Commission (CRTC) issued a decision today to help improve radio service for
urban Aboriginal listeners.
revokes the broadcasting licences of Aboriginal Voices Radio (AVR), which
operated stations in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa under
radio call sign CKAV.
AVR has held
these licences since the early 2000s. Since then, at each renewal, the CRTC has
found numerous, repeated and serious instances of non-compliance with several
sections of the Radio Regulations and with conditions of licence.
non-compliances have accumulated over the years, despite the CRTC’s flexibility
and measures taken. For example, several short-term licence renewals were
granted to give AVR the opportunity to rectify the situation.
it is clear that over the years, AVR has not honoured its commitments as set
out in its original applications and, as a result, has not fulfilled its
mandate to reflect the distinctive place of the Aboriginal community in
Canadian society. For example, the Ottawa station has not broadcast anything
since fall 2014; as such that market has not been receiving the music and
spoken word programming that ought to have been offered by AVR.
contrary to its commitments, AVR was not providing the local programming or
news required and relevant to the Aboriginal communities in the other four
On May 13, 2015, AVR appeared before the CRTC to explain why the Commission
should not suspend or revoke its licences. AVR failed to demonstrate its
ability to rectify or resolve its numerous instances of non-compliance.
Furthermore, AVR acknowledged in the hearing that its instances of
non-compliance were serious, and indicated that it accepted responsibility for
them. It could not commit to re-establishing the compliance of its stations
before the end of the current licence term (August 31, 2015). It is important
to note that many interveners said that AVR was not adequately serving the
Aboriginal listeners in the communities targeted by these stations.
urban Aboriginal communities
The CRTC believes that the presence of Aboriginal services in markets where AVR
held licences would benefit those urban communities and complement existing services.
Accordingly, in the near future, the CRTC will issue a call for applications
for the operation of the frequencies that will become available as a result of
this decision. Proposals by services looking to serve Aboriginal communities
will receive priority.
The CRTC takes non-compliance with the Radio Regulations and with conditions of
The CRTC has revoked the broadcasting licences of Aboriginal Voices Radio
(AVR), which operated stations in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and
Ottawa under radio call sign CKAV.
AVR was found in non-compliance each of the four times it appeared before the
CRTC to renew its licences over the past 15 years.
AVR did not fulfil its commitments and mandate, which was to reflect the distinctive
place of the Aboriginal community in Canadian society.
In the near future, the CRTC will issue a call for applications for the
operation of the frequencies that will become available as a result of this
The CRTC will give priority to proposals for services that will serve
“Having a broadcasting licence in Canada
is a privilege, and having a mandate to serve Aboriginal communities is
particularly significant. The CRTC notes with regret that AVR has been in non-compliance
since its beginning, and has not fulfilled its commitments or the specific
mandate given to it. AVR let its listeners down by failing to inform them on
issues important to them. We find ourselves in an unfortunate situation where
licence revocation is not only necessary; it is the only option.
firmly believes that Aboriginal communities in Canada must have access to radio
stations that address their realities and keep them informed of events that
impact them. For that reason, we will be issuing a call for licence
applications as soon as possible. We will open the door and invite applicants
to submit projects aiming to serve and inform these urban Aboriginal
communities – services that we hope will be by, for and about the Aboriginal communities.
It is also
important to emphasize that all Canadian broadcasters are responsible for
giving the appropriate attention to such issues as missing Aboriginal women,
land claims and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. These topics
not only affect Aboriginal communities, but all Canadians.”
Jean-Pierre Blais, CRTC Chairman
CRTC 2015-282 - Aboriginal Voices Radio Inc.
Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2015-282 - Aboriginal Voices Radio Inc.’s
non-compliance with the Radio Regulations, 1986 and its conditions of licence
of Consultation CRTC 2015-84 - Notice of hearing