Boeing to pay 100 million to crash families communities

first_imgBoeing says it’s providing $100 million over several years to help families and communities affected by two crashes of its 737 Max plane that killed 346 people.The company said Wednesday that some of the money will go toward living expenses and to cover hardship suffered by the families of dead passengers.Boeing faces dozens of lawsuits over the accidents. Relatives of passengers on a Lion Air Max that crashed off the coast of Indonesia agreed to try to settle through mediation, but families of passengers killed in an Ethiopian Airlines crash are waiting until more is known about the accidents.Preliminary investigations point to the role played by new software that pushed the planes’ noses down. Boeing is updating the software. Max jets have been grounded worldwide since March.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Maria Shriver And Olivia Munn Attend Courage In Journalism Awards

first_imgMore than 300 media personalities gathered in Los Angeles this week for the Courage in Journalism Awards, hosted by Aisha Tyler (CBS) and First Amendment Attorney Ted Boutrous, and attended by many accomplished women of the U.S. media and entertainment world, including Maria Shriver, Olivia Munn, Annette Bening, Chelsea Handler, Jennifer Westfeldt, Mary Hart, Brooke Anderson and Louise Roe.Olivia Munn at IWMF Courage In Journalism AwardsCredit/Copyright: Vince Bucci for IWMF

The Awards were presented to Khadija Ismayilova, a radio reporter from Azerbaijan, Asmaa al-Goul, a freelance journalist from Gaza, and Reeyot Alemu, an imprisoned Ethiopian columnist, for their courageous reporting under difficult and sometimes life-threatening circumstances.Chelsea Handler at IWMF Courage in Journalism AwardsCredit/Copyright: Vince Bucci for IWMF

”This event which I come to just about every year, always humbles me deeply. And it always inspires me. These amazing women encourage me. Their stories uplift me. Their work astounds me and leaves me in awe. It’s so good to know that these women and so many others like them are out there every day, risking their lives and their livelihoods in pursuit of the truth. All of us here tonight and around the world are beneficiaries of their courage, their voices and their noble struggle”, Peabody-winning journalist Maria Shriver told the audience.
Annette Bening at IWMF Courage in Journalism AwardsCredit/Copyright: Vince Bucci for IWMF
Ted Boutrous, filling in for Cindi Leive (Glamour) who was unable to emcee the event due to suspended air travel from New York, explained: “The IWMF does vast, far-ranging work – all with the core principal that no press is truly free and no news is truly representative without women’s voices.” “And around the world, women journalists still face incredible obstacles. Many of them work in countries where it’s dangerous just to be a woman, and doubly so to be a woman asking questions and taking names”, Aisha Tyler added.Maria Shriver at IWMF Courage in Journalism AwardsCredit/Copyright: Vince Bucci for IWMF

The 2012 IWMF Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Zubeida Mustafa, the first female editor in the Pakistani mainstream media and a true trailblazer who paved the way for Pakistani women to ascend to the leadership ranks of her country’s news media.

In addition to honoring women journalists who have shown tremendous courage in the exercise of their profession, the ceremony also paid tribute to women journalists who have given their lives to report about domestic and armed violence, corruption and abuse of power, injustice and tyranny – including Marie Colvin and Mika Yamamoto who died reporting from the conflict in Syria earlier this year.

The 2012 Courage in Journalism Awards in Los Angeles have been made possible through the generous support of Bank of America and Chevron.

Founded in 1990 by a group of prominent U.S. women journalists, the International Women’s Media Foundation is a Washington-based organization that is dedicated to strengthening the role of women journalists worldwide. The IWMF empowers women with the tools, knowledge, and confidence to serve as a prominent voice on global issues. The IWMF’s programs provide training, support, and advancement for women journalists worldwide. At the core of the IWMF’s mission is the belief that no press is truly free unless women have an equal voice.last_img read more

Cedric The Entertainer To Host Celebrity Charity Golf

first_imgCedric the Entertainer is pleased to announce the launch of The Inaugural Cedric “The Entertainer” Celebrity Golf Classic on Monday August 12 at the world class Spanish Hills Country Club in Camarillo.This charity fundraiser will benefit The Kyles Family Foundation, The Brotherhood Crusade of Los Angeles and The Boys and Girls Club of Camarillo in their support to providing invaluable services and programs aiding youth and their families.Guests include: Cedric “The Entertainer”, Don Cheadle, Anthony Anderson, Barry Bonds, Rick Fox, Dondre Whitfield, Dr. J, George Lopez, Jerry Rice, Salli Richardson, Willie Gault, Chris Spencer, Cobi Jones, Eric Dickerson, Jim Hill, Marcus Johnson, Ronnie Lott, Royce Clayton, and many more!Cedric’s universal appeal, versatility and tremendous career successes spanning television, live performances, and film have solidified his standing as one of the premier entertainers in the world. As a philanthropist, his tireless and long-standing commitment to “Using Laughter To Build Character” has changed the lives of countless young people nationwide.The Inaugural Celebrity Golf Classic will tee off at 10am, after breakfast and a putting contest. Cedric “The Entertainer” and his 200 guests will enjoy the spectacular views of the Topa Topa Mountains, surrounding countryside and the Pacific Ocean as they take on the championship golf course.One of the most highly acclaimed course in California will allow for a friendly, intimate golf experience, raising funds for worthy causes. Sponsors will be present around all holes, including: Xerox, Mattel, Brand Jordan, Nestle, and Kettle One.As a thank you to the various celebrities attending the event, GBK is creating their renowned thank you lounge. One of the golfers in attendance will also have the chance to bid on the opportunity to walk though the gift lounge while supporting all of the causes.The beautiful Spanish style clubhouse will host a cocktail reception and awards ceremony following the tournament. A true highlight of the evening will be the silent and live auction to raise funds for the causes.The Kyles Family Foundation (KFF) is a non-profit tax exempt organization, founded in 2009. The foundation was established for “the purpose of teaching life skills, such as healthy eating, physical education, and academics to urban youth throughout the nation — To build confidence and self-esteem enabling them to navigate through life with a sense of purpose.” Through mentoring programs, strategic alliances and community outings, KFF will introduce our underserved “at risk” youth to invaluable life lessons and experiences. Topics and workshops include personal hygiene, exercise classes, beauty treatments, and some pampering — All relative to building confidence and self-esteem. Additionally, Etiquette Training Workshops centering on table settings, dining etiquette, and the value of nutritionally balanced meals are offered through KFF.The Boys and Girls Club of Camarillo provides programs for young people between the ages of six and eighteen that will inspire them to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, caring citizens. Their vision is to aspire to serve the youth and community by developing strong future leaders, instilling integrity, honesty, respect and foresight, and providing a fun and safe environment for all who walk through their doors. The Boys & Girls Club of Camarillo serves over 3,000 youth in Ventura County, offering a positive place for kids in those crucial after-school hours. The club is considered a second home and provides professional staff members that offer guidance and leadership as positive role models. For more information click here.The Brotherhood Crusade is a not-for-profit institution founded in 1968 to provide necessary resources, program services and a voice of advocacy to traditionally underserved communities. Its mission is to remove and/or help individuals overcome the barriers that deter their pursuit of success and facilitate opportunities for a better quality of life, by promoting health and wellness, enhancing educational opportunities, cultivating economic growth and building community agencies and institutions. For more information click here.last_img read more

Steve Martin To Be Honored At Backstage At The Geffen Fundraiser

first_imgNext year’s eagerly awaited “Backstage at the Geffen” will honor The Walt Disney Studios Chairman, Alan F. Horn, with the Distinction in Service Award and multi-talented entertainer Steve Martin with the Distinction in Theater Award at the ninth annual fundraiser, slated for Saturday, March 22, 2014.The evening brings together prominent members of the artistic, entertainment, philanthropic and business communities to celebrate the accomplishments of industry leaders and raise funds to benefit the Geffen Playhouse’s artistic initiatives.Steve Carell hosts the irreverent evening of laughter, music and stories featuring personal “backstage” memories and songs by a cavalcade of stars preceding the award ceremony in the Gil Cates Theater. Honorary Co-Chairs are Robert Iger and Willow Bay and Ron and Kelly Meyer.Funds raised are earmarked for a host of Geffen Playhouse endeavors including new play development, playwright commissions, second productions and artistic risks, as well as the theater’s award-winning education and outreach programs, which help bring the excitement of live theater to more than 15,000 disadvantaged youth, seniors and veterans annually. Last year’s event raised over $1.2 million for these programs.“Backstage at the Geffen” title sponsor, City National Bank returns for the fifth year and is joined by presenting sponsors, Audi of America and Social.The Geffen Playhouse has been a hub of the Los Angeles theater scene since opening in 1995. Noted for its intimacy and celebrated for its world-renowned mix of classic and contemporary plays, provocative new works and second productions, the Geffen Playhouse continues to present a body of work that has garnered national recognition. Named in honor of entertainment mogul and philanthropist David Geffen, who made the initial donation to the theater, the company was founded by Gilbert Cates, and is currently helmed by Artistic Director Randell Arney, Managing Director Ken Novice, General Manager Behnaz Ataee, Chief Development Officer Regina Miller and newly elected Board Chairs, Martha Henderson and Pamela Robinson Hollander.Proudly associated with UCLA, the Geffen Playhouse welcomes an audience of more than 130,000 each year, and maintains an extensive education and outreach program, designed to engage young people and the community at large in the arts. Visit Newswirelast_img read more

Hillary Clinton And Michael Bloomberg To Announce New Partnerships to Close Gender

first_imgFormer Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, 108th Mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg, United Nations Foundation President and CEO Kathy Calvin, and Clinton Foundation Vice Chair Chelsea Clinton will bring together leading experts for a discussion on the vital role data plays in closing gender gaps, and how lack of data can inhibit progress for women and girls globally.The event will take place Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, at Bloomberg Philanthropies in New York City.The event will highlight the work of Data2X – a partnership launched by Secretary Clinton in July 2012 to identify and spur efforts to fill gender data gaps – and unveil new partnerships to improve data collection and use for women and girls. Better gender data are needed to guide policies, set targets, and monitor progress for women and girls.The event will feature keynote remarks from Michael R. Bloomberg and Secretary Clinton, as well as an expert panel moderated by Chelsea Clinton.last_img read more

Patricia Arquette Joins Forces With Chideo To Give Love To Those Who

first_imgFresh off her Oscar win for Best Supporting Actress (“Boyhood”), humanitarian Patricia Arquette is launching an awareness and fundraising campaign with Chideo to support GiveLove, the non-profit organization she co-founded in 2010 to support ecological sanitation and composting, community development projects, and housing construction after Haiti’s devastating earthquake.Patricia Arquette and Chideo team up to raise money for GiveLoveAs Chideo’s newest Celebrity Ambassador, Arquette wants to leverage both her professional success and the power of the charity network to shine a light on critical public health issues in developing countries and inspire her fans to make a difference.Video: Win a Trip with Patricia Arquette’s GiveLove to Those Who Need it Most Experience“I’ve always loved acting, but when I started my work with GiveLove, I realized the most important work of my life was not going to be acting. The most important work of my life was going to be making sure people had improved sanitation,” Arquette said. “I’m grateful for this moment (in my acting career), and I feel like this moment is happening because it’s the work we’re all supposed to be doing.”Staying true to her hands-on approach, Arquette is offering one lucky fan and a guest the opportunity to spend the weekend with her at one of GiveLove’s international project sites. This boots-on-the-ground experience is an inspirational adventure that will change the lives of all involved. Here’s how it works: between now and March 26, 2015, visit or download the free app, watch Arquette’s exclusive videos, and donate a minimum of $10 to GiveLove for a chance to win the “Give Love to Those Who Need it Most Experience.” In addition to extra contest entries, donations of $25 or more receive the following rewards: • $25: Donor receives a digital thank you video from Patricia Arquette • $50: Donor receives a signed photo of Patricia Arquette and a digital thank you video • $100: Donor receives a CD of the “Boyhood” movie soundtrack • $500: Donor receives a coffee table book about the making of “Boyhood” signed by Patricia (only 50 available)For complete details (including free entry method) and to register for a chance to win, please visit or download the free Chideo app, available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch at, and for Android devices here.last_img read more

Soledad OBrien to Host The Womens Media Center 2018 Womens Media Awards

first_imgThe WOMEN’S MEDIA CENTER announces their host and honorees for the 2018 WOMEN’S MEDIA AWARDS, to be held on November 1st, at Capitale in New York City.WMC AWARDS will be presented to outstanding leaders and champions for women in media, including Lisa Borders, Abigail Disney, Fatima Goss Graves, Cindy Holland, Maria Teresa Kumar, and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal.Soledad O’Brien, three-time Emmy-winning anchor and producer of “Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien,” founder and CEO of Starfish Media Group, and a past WOMEN’S MEDIA CENTER honoree, will host the WOMEN’S MEDIA AWARDS.WMC YOUNG JOURNALIST AWARDS will be presented to Neha Madhira and Haley Stack.The 2018 WOMEN’S MEDIA AWARDS Honorees are: Lisa Borders, first President and CEO of Time’s Up and Retiring President of the National Women’s Basketball Association (WNBA), will receive the WMC Carol Jenkins Award. At the WNBA, Borders brought physical and financial opportunities to women that were once available only to men, and proved that women’s bodies are instruments, not ornaments. The WOMEN’S MEDIA CENTER is recognizing Borders for the ways she has helped bring women into the media picture – from her days at the city council and work in Atlanta-area politics, her corporate leadership at the Coca-Cola Company, and most recently her incredibly successful turn as president of the WNBA. As a leader in sports, she represented the change we so desperately seek, both for the athletes for whom she advocates, and the scores of young girls and women for whom she is an inspiring example of who women are and can be. The WOMEN’S MEDIA CENTER is especially happy to be celebrating Lisa Borders on the first day of her new job as the first President and CEO of Time’s Up.“I am so thrilled the WMC is honoring Lisa Borders. She is a true example of inspiring and empowering women,” says Carol Jenkins, former and founding President of the WOMEN’S MEDIA CENTER. “As Lisa says, ’I’m a girl, a woman of color. That means that nine times out of ten I’ve been underestimated.’ Her work with the WNBA, bringing women into the main ‘arena’ to be visible — and well paid —means that underestimation is turning into respect. For that, and a lifetime of good works in government, philanthropy, and the corporate world, we are so happy to thank her.” Abigail Disney, Emmy-winning director and producer, philanthropist, CEO and president of Fork Films, will receive the WMC Pat Mitchell Lifetime Achievement Award. Disney’s documentaries and films have advanced women’s roles in the public sphere focusing on social issues and spotlighting extraordinary people who speak truth to power. She recently founded Level Forward, a female-led media studio that will share profits with on-the-ground programs for women and girls.“Abby Disney is a force — a disrupter, an activist, a filmmaker, a philanthropist — a woman who understands the power of stories well told to change minds, influence opinion, put new ideas into the culture, shift culture, and compel change,” says Pat Mitchell, Co-Chair of the WOMEN’S MEDIA CENTER. “She is a powerful woman who knows how to use her power for good — including the ultimate power of ownership, which she and her new company, Level Forward, will leverage to change the representation of women in every aspect of media. For her commitment to being an advocate for other women and for putting forward the issues others fear to tackle, for her track record as an award-winning filmmaker and storyteller, and her accomplishments, as well as her audacious and important ideas for the future, I am excited to recognize Abby Disney with this year’s WMC Pat Mitchell Lifetime Achievement Award.” Cindy Holland, head of programming and original series at Netflix, will receive the WMC Visible and Powerful in Media Award. Holland listens to viewers and has brought us new voices ranging from the great stand-up comic/tragic, Hannah Gadsby, to the worlds of Shonda Rhimes.“Cindy Holland deserves this recognition for her advocacy for women in film and television, for her leadership and support of the We Rule Campaign, LGBTQ issues, and for helping Hollywood understand that by providing a slate of programming by and for women, she is giving audiences more characters and stories to which they can relate. Cindy has put women — of all ages and colors — in front of and behind the camera,” says Jane Fonda, Co-Founder of the WOMEN’S MEDIA CENTER. “She is a highly innovative and visionary head of programming and shining example of strength and integrity as a longtime advocate for women in the entertainment industry.”This year, the WOMEN’S MEDIA CENTER has created a new award: the WMC Progressive Women’s Voices IMPACT Award, to celebrate the exceptional achievements and impact of the women leaders and alumnae in our WMC Progressive Women’s Voices program. The first ever WMC Progressive Women’s Voices IMPACT Award Honorees will be: Fatima Goss Graves, CEO of the National Women’s Law Center and director of the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund; Maria Teresa Kumar, President of Voto Latino and MSNBC contributor; and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal.“We are so proud of the WMC Progressive Women’s Voices program for its work on building an inclusive democracy and media by training diverse women leaders to use the media to augment the power of their voices and causes,” says Maya Harris, Co-Chair of the WOMEN’S MEDIA CENTER. “Our inaugural WMC Progressive Women’s Voices IMPACT Award highlights three of our stand-out alumnae successes.”“Under the inspired leadership of Maria Teresa Kumar, Voto Latino is amplifying the Latino voice,” says Harris. “Using both cutting edge technology and civic engagement they have registered over a quarter of a million voters, and are not only training a pipeline of Latino leaders, but investing in Latino entrepreneurs as well. Maria Teresa is a leader who speaks from the heart and champions the stories of the Latino community. She is helping to shape America’s future.”“Pramila Jayapal, the first Indian-American woman in the House of Representatives, has been working internationally and domestically for women’s, immigrant, civil, and human rights for decades,” adds Harris. “After September 11, Pramila founded Hate Free Zone (now OneAmerica) in the wake of discrimination and civil liberties abuses against Muslims, Arabs, and South Asians. A former state senator, where she fought for gender equity, to increase the state minimum wage, and for expanded access to contraception for all women, Pramila is one of the most powerful and influential voices fighting for the rights of refugees arriving at our borders.”“Fatima Goss Graves is a talented lawyer, an impactful advocate, and a visionary leader,” says Harris. “She has fought to advance opportunities for women and girls on issues ranging from income security and education access, to reproductive health and workplace fairness. She regularly testifies before Congress and federal agencies, and works to ensure we understand, amplify, and address the experiences and interconnected threats facing LGBTQ people, women of color, immigrant women, and low-income families.” The first ever WMC Young Journalists Award honorees will be: Neha Madhira and Haley Stack — respectively Editor-in-Chief and Assistant Editor of the Prosper High School Student News Website, Eagle Nation Online. After the Texas school’s principal censored the publication, Madhira and Stack fought back on behalf of journalistic freedom for young journalists.“High School journalists Neha Madhira and Haley Stack faced the challenge of censorship personally and at a young age, and they met it head on,” says Robin Morgan, Co-Founder of the WOMEN’S MEDIA CENTER. “Their courage, dedication, and integrity exemplify the best of a new generation: tomorrow’s journalists and free press defenders. They give us hope.”The WOMEN’S MEDIA AWARDS recognize and honor game-changers for women in media. By deciding who gets to talk, what creates debate, who is the writer, and what is made visible, media shapes our understanding of who we are and what we can become.“The WOMEN’S MEDIA CENTER has spent over a decade training women leaders to be heard, seen, and read in online, on-air, and print journalism, and also researching and exposing sexism and racism in media,” says Gloria Steinem, Co-Founder of the WOMEN’S MEDIA CENTER. “Our awards will celebrate Lisa Borders on her first day on her new job as the first president and CEO of Times’s Up and Fatima Goss Graves, CEO of the National Women’s Law Center and director of the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund. They are a testament to the power of #MeToo, as is WMC’s 15-month investigation on how the movement has affected press coverage of sexual assault. This report, and others we produce, help shine a light on the underrepresentation and misrepresentation of women in media and the important work WMC does on behalf of all women.”“Over the past year, a historic shift in media has happened. Propelled by the #MeToo revelations, many survivors — previously invisible — have been heard for the first time, and media has been consumed by the downfall of powerful men,” says Julie Burton, President of the WOMEN’S MEDIA CENTER. “The WOMEN’S MEDIA AWARDS celebrate women who, despite systemic cultural and institutional bias, have broken barriers in politics, sports, and media. Their voices, their impact, and their power are profound.”WOMEN’S MEDIA CENTER Co-Founders, Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan, and Gloria Steinem, will all be attending the gala and speaking.The 2018 WOMEN’S MEDIA AWARDS Co-Chairs are:Loreen Arbus, Lauren Embrey, Jane Fonda, Maya L. Harris, Mellody Hobson, Pat Mitchell, Robin Morgan, Sheryl Sandberg, Regina K. Scully, Gloria Steinem, Mary and Steven Swig, and Gail B. Tifford. Proceeds from these awards support the work of the WOMEN’S MEDIA CENTER to make women visible and powerful in media.Past WMC honorees include Hillary Clinton, April Ryan, Maria Hinojosa, Ashley Judd, Luvvie Ajayi, Christiane Amanpour, Amma Asante, Laura Bates, Samantha Bee, Ursula Burns, Katie Couric, Sady Doyle, Mona Eltahawy, Sarah Hoye, Gwen Ifill & Judy Woodruff, Sheila C. Johnson, Laura Ling & Lisa Ling, Lara Logan, Pat Mitchell, Martha Nelson, Soledad O’Brien, Salma Hayek Pinault, Elianne Ramos, Joy Reid, Yanique Richards, Anita Sarkeesian, Regina K. Scully, Mary Thom (posthumously), Marlo Thomas, Barbara Walters, Padmasree Warrior, Lindy West, and Maggie Wilderotter.To buy tickets or for more information about the 2018 WOMEN’S MEDIA AWARDS and the ongoing work of the WOMEN’S MEDIA CENTER, go to: read more


first_img Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) is calling for submissions for the 2018 JUNO Awards. Submissions open today Monday, October 2 and close Friday, November 10 at Week 2018 will be hosted in Vancouver from March 19 through March 25, 2018.KEY SUBMISSION DATES:October 2, 2017 – Submissions openedOctober 20, 2017; 5 p.m. EST – Deadline for discounted early-bird submissionsNovember 10, 2017; 5 p.m. EST – Deadline for submissionsDecember 1, 2017 – Submissions for International Album of the Year and Album of the Year openJanuary 4, 2018; 5 p.m. EST – Submissions for International Album of the Year and Album of the Year close Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement SUBMISSION ELIGIBILITY:Eligibility for the 2018 JUNO Awards applies to music released for national sale between September1,2016 and November 10, 2017. Albums available for pre-order online no later than November 10, 2017 will also qualify. Pre-ordered online albums will need to be available no later than November 24, 2017.Eligible musicians are Canadian Citizens, which are defined by CARAS to be that where a majority of the group members hold Canadian birth certificates, passports or are Canadian Permanent Resident(s) with residency in Canada during the last six months of the eligibility period.For a complete list of JUNO Awards categories, eligibilityrules and voting criteria, visit Note: Save up to 40% on submissions by signing up as a CARAS Academy Delegate at has also introduced the following changes this year:Comedy Album of the YearCARAS is pleased to announce the return of the Comedy Album of the Year category sponsored by SiriusXM Canada. Eligible comedy albums must be available for national sale and recorded by a comedic performer or performers of any of the following disciplines: stand-up, sketch, improvisation, and musical comedy. The nominees and winners will be determined by a judge vote.Francophone Album of the YearThe nominees for Francophone Album of the Year will now be determined by equal weight of consumption and judge vote. The final round will be determined by judges.Rap Recording of the YearThe winner for Rap Recording of the Year will now be determined by an Academy Delegate vote.Album Artwork of the YearThe Recording Package of the Year category has been changed to Album Artwork of the Year in order to more clearly define the category criteria for those interested in submitting.Website:, www.junoawards.caTwitter: @TheJUNOAwardsInstagram: @TheJUNOAwardsPwC is the Official Ballot Accountants for the 2018 JUNO Awards.Premier Partners of the 2018 JUNO Awards: CARAS acknowledges the financial support of FACTOR, the Government of Canada and of Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters, the Province of British Columbia, the City of Vancouver and TD Bank Group.About CARASThe Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences/L’académiecanadienne des arts et des sciences de l’enregistrement (CARAS) is a not-for-profit organization created to preserve and enhance the Canadian music industry and to contribute toward higher artistic and industry standards. The main Focus of CARAS is the exploration and development of ongoing opportunities to showcase and promote Canadian artists and music through vehicles such as The JUNO Awards and other year-round initiatives. For more information on the JUNO Awards or The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) please visit read more


first_img Facebook Advertisement Twitter “I struggled with this idea of considering myself an actress, because I always read these stories of actors growing up who always entertained their families, and to be honest, I didn’t,” says Sidhu over tea one rainy Sunday in Kitsilano. “That was actually a very big reason I struggled for the first few years of my pursuing acting to tell anyone that I was an actor, because I never considered myself to be an authentic, real actress.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Sandy Sidhu – Photo by Kevin Clark, IMDB Sandy Sidhu might have acted opposite Jesse Williams on last week’s Grey’s Anatomy, but it wasn’t that long ago that the Vancouver actress was barrelling towards a completely different career: practicing medicine, rather than acting on television’s highest-rated medical drama.Hindsight is 20/20, but there were signs in Sidhu’s childhood that, in retrospect, clearly pointed to a career in showbiz rather than medicine. Sidhu – who grew up on Vancouver Island – demonstrated artistic inclinations at a young age, first as a visual artist inspired by anime, Disney films, and Michael Turner comic books, and then, throughout high school, on stage in various musical theatre productions.Even though Sidhu was undeniably artistic and particularly enjoyed being on stage (“I remember that first feeling of getting on stage in front of an audience, crossing from stage right to left and getting to the front of the stage and looking out and I just felt this magnetic energy, and I was hooked”), she says she always stopped short of calling herself an actress, and never once considered it as a viable career option. SANDY SIDHU LINKS:IMDB: BY: RED MANAGEMENT Login/Register With:last_img read more


first_img Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment In its 60th year of existence, the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre has finally broken the glass proscenium.For the first time, Canada’s oldest English-speaking regional theatre has hired a woman to take on the position of artistic director. Kelly Thornton, 53, will leave her duties at Toronto’s Nightwood Theatre to come to Winnipeg to take the helm of one one of the country’s most important cultural institutions starting in June 2019.Thornton will be taking the position left vacant by Steven Schipper, who announced in March he will be retiring from his post on May 31, 2019, 30 years to the day from when he was hired..Thornton, 53, has herself maintained a long career in Canadian theatre. Born in Brockville, Ont., the youngest of four children, she moved with her family to Melbourne, Australia, at the age of nine before returning to Canada six years later. Ultimately, her post-secondary education found her studying theatre at the University of Guelph. After working as an actor and dramaturg, she took the reins of the feminist theatre Nightwood in 2001.. Login/Register With: Kelly Thornton has been named the new artistic director of the Royal Manitoba Theatre Company. (Mikaela MacKenzie / Winnipeg Free Press)center_img Advertisement Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

29 Cheez Wiz in Arctic Bay

first_imgAPTN National NewsCheez Wiz costs $29 and a bottle of juice $38.Those are the store-shelf prices in Arctic Bay, Nunavut.Nunavut MLA Ron Elliot, who took photographs of the products and prices as proof, blames the federal government for putting elders and those on social assistance at risk by cutting subsidies to the cost of shipping foods north.last_img

Canadiens Price aims for statement in pink

first_imgAPTN National NewsUnlike most masks, Carey Price’s new helmet actually says a lot about the man underneath.Drawing inspiration from his First Nations heritage, the goalie for the Montreal Canadiens is also looking to promote a good cause with anew look in hot pink.APTN National News reporter Danielle Rochette has this story.last_img

Tlicho government takes Ottawa to court in battle over consultation natural resources

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Northwest Territories sits on one of the largest untapped oil and gas reserves in the world and getting at those resources has never been easier thanks to new legislation passed by Ottawa.But as APTN’s Wayne Rivers reports, at least one Indigenous government isn’t pleaed with the new policies and they are going to court to try and stop them.last_img

NWAC appeals to Harper government to fund project aimed at helping Indigenous

first_imgAPTN National NewsAlmost a year ago, the Native Women’s Association of Canada applied to the Status of Women minister seeking funding for a program to combat violence against Indigenous women.They’re still waiting.Project Peace sits on the shelf and the five employees who would run it are out of a job.The employees were laid off in April when funding for a different NWAC program ran out.The new funding was supposed to begin May 1 and NWAC had a meeting with Minister Kellie Leitch at the end of March hoping to secure it.But it never came and NWAC said their proposal was revised multiple times.NWAC met with Leitch again Tuesday where they pressed for answers on the $500,000 they are requesting.President Michele Audette was at that meeting and says NWAC hopes to know more Friday.The Harper government recently announced a $25 million “action plan” to help end violence against Indigenous womenThe feds say they traveled the country seeking input on the plan.But Audette said NWAC was never consulted.Audette spoke to APTN National News from our Ottawa bureau.last_img read more

Edmonton Oilers sign Ethan Bear to threeyear contract

first_imgJaydon FlettAPTN National NewsThose who don’t quite follow the National Hockey League may not know the name Ethan Bear, but the 19-year-old from Ochapowace First Nation in Saskatchewan just got signed by the Edmonton Oilers.Bear, who is currently taking part in the Oilers’ development camp, signed a three-year entry level contract and spoke to APTN National News Monday.“It’s a very special feeling, even to get drafted, that’s a big step,” he says. “But to actually be a part of the team, to sign a contract, and be a part of this development camp, it’s really exciting.”Bear got lost in mainstream media coverage largely due to the fact that star forward Connor McDavid was a first overall pick for the Oilers last year. Now, Bear – a fifth-round draft pick in that same draft – is starting to grab some headlines himself.This past season, the 5’11”, 200 pound defenceman racked up 65 points in 69 games for the Seattle Thunderbirds of the WHL.As a defenceman with strong offensive play, Bear may have something to offer the Oilers’ blueline.His advice for other Indigenous youth like himself?“Don’t quit,” he says. “When you do something you love, you’ll have a happy life. Hard work and dedication goes a long way with that.”last_img read more

Another hire another departure at MMIWG Inquiry

first_imgAPTN News The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls has announced a new executive director. However, the announcement comes amid word of another high-profile resignation.Late Friday afternoon, ahead of a long weekend, the Inquiry announced the hiring of Debbie Reid, effective immediately.  Reid has previously worked for the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs and was a special advisor to former AFN National Chief Phil Fontaine.She also has more than 10 years experience with the federal government.The hiring of Reid comes amid another resignation. Numerous sources tell APTN News the director of research, Aimee Craft, has resigned. That makes more than a dozen staff changes since the National Inquiry started, including the departure of Commissioner Marilyn Poitras.Said MMIWG advocate Pam Palmater: “The loss of the director of research is a major blow to the Inquiry, especially at this stage when the interim report is due shortly.“It is also a strong sign that internal problems continue to plague the Inquiry and begs the question, ‘When will the prime minister intervene?’”The Inquiry began in September with a two-year mandate. An interim report is due in a matter of months.Two public hearings have been held with a third scheduled to begin in Winnipeg on Oct.16. – Staffnews@aptn.calast_img read more

Crown withdraws charges against one of the officers charged in death of

first_imgAPTN NewsCharges of criminal negligence causing death against a member of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) for the death of Debra Chrisjohn have been dropped.Late Monday night, Chrisjohn’s family sent out a statement saying they were disappointed Const. Mark McKillop will not have to face the charges.“The decision by the Crown… is hard for the family to understand,” said Debra Chrisjohn’s sister, Brittany, in the statement. “We hope that everyone who played a role will be held accountable.”Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) charged the two police officers with the death of Chrisjohn, 39, a member of the Oneida Nation of the Thames.According to a release from the SIU in July, McKillop, and London Police Service (LPS) Const. Nicholas Doering faced one charge each of criminal negligence causing death and failing to provide the necessities of life.The family says Doering will still face those charges.“Debra was my best friend and a beautiful person,” said her sister Ruby. “Her life ended far too soon.”The following details were released on the SIU site in July of 2017:In response to calls made to 911 in the late afternoon hours of September 7, 2016, London Police Service officers were dispatched to the area of Trafalgar Street and Highbury Avenue North. Chrisjohn was arrested by LPS and transferred on an outstanding warrant into the custody of Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers with the Elgin County detachment. At 7:52 p.m., Emergency Medical Services transported Chrisjohn to St. Thomas Hospital.Ms. Chrisjohn was pronounced dead at 8:43 p.m.“Without knowing the specific details surrounding the death of Debra, it is difficult for the family to assess the decision by the office of the Crown attorney,” said Caitlyn Kasper, a lawyer at Aboriginal Legal Services and counsel for the family in the statement.“However, we know that as this active prosecution moves towards preliminary inquiry or trial, more details will emerge.“In the meantime, I certainly expect that the Ontario Provincial Police will be thoroughly reviewing the actions of Const. McKillop to determine if there were breaches of the Police Services Act.”last_img read more

Dene Elder says episode of First Contact was hurtful but says there

first_imgTamara PimentelAPTN NewsThe premier of the APTN series First Contact is generating a lot of discussion.It takes six non-Indigenous Canadians on a 28 day journey to communities, and cities to challenge their preconceptions of who First Nation, Metis and Inuit people are.Episode one shows the harsh reality of what some Canadians think of Indigenous peoples.Some say they shouldn’t be given this forum.Tamara watched the show with a Dene Elder who says the first episode is triggering, but at the same time, gives him