YouTube Canada has shared its list of the top trending videos of 2019. Gordon Ramsay’s appearance on Hot Ones topped the list, while the most-viewed music video in both Canada and the U.S. was Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus’ Old Town Road. Find the complete list of what trended in Canada in 2019 and this year’s YouTube Rewind video here.
Glacier Media’s Vancouver Is Awesome (VIA) has made updates to its website, in partnership with Village Media, that will see the news and lifestyle site bring in more content from its sister publications. Historically averaging about 25 stories a day, VIA has added up-to-the-hour National News, National Sports, National Business and World News sections featuring content from The Canadian Press. It’s also initiating a top stories daily newsletter, a lowest gas prices tool, and a “Mood Meter” at the bottom of stories that allow readers to react based on emotion. Additionally, VIA has plans to introduce classifieds, obituaries, and business directories.
Media Technology Monitor’s latest release on the impact of fake news in Canada, reveals that 64% of online Canadians have a high level of concern about how fake news is affecting politics. About 88% reported some level of concern, with that heightened in older Anglophones and women. Over half of respondents were also concerned about the impact fake news had on the 2019 election. The report says TV and internet are the two most common platforms for news content, with one-sixth of Canadians also subscribing to a newspaper, either print or online.
Complex Networks, the global lifestyle brand and media company, and Bonsai, the Canadian commerce platform for publishers, have launched Complex SHOP, an e-commerce destination that merges the Complex brand voice with a curated selection of products from streetwear to accessories and sneakers. The Complex SHOP enables audiences to discover and purchase products as they engage with Complex content, without leaving the Complex SHOP experience. In addition to Complex’s collaborations and merchandise, Complex will have access to the Bonsai network of integrations with brands and retailers built-in to its previous iteration as a streetwear shopping and news app. Complex struck a content and ad sales partnership with Corus earlier this year.
The Canada Media Fund (CMF) has announced that 10 digital media projects will receive a total of $7.1M in funding through the second round of financing of its Experimental Stream’s Innovation – Production Program. This round of funding features a variety of new digital content including seven games and three software applications. Find the latest projects that received production support, here.
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