The Hobbit Gives Back The Charitable Journey Of Bilbo And Friends

first_imgCopyright ©2012Look to the Stars’s Tim Saunders looks back at some of the work the cast and crew of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey did to help charity while filming the new trilogy, which had its world premiere in Wellington, New Zealand, this week.The stars hit the red carpet this week for the world premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, but it was undoubtedly Wellington’s hometown boy Peter Jackson who the thousands of people lining the 500 meter red carpet in New Zealand’s capital wanted to see. He’s nothing short of a hero around these parts, and some of the Hobbit hungry fans waited overnight to claim their spots to catch a glimpse as he led his gaggle of dwarves, elves and wizards to the first screening of the long awaited film.Among the stars making their way down the red carpet were Elijah Wood, Martin Freeman, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Sylvester McCoy, Andy Serkis, Richard Armitage, James Nesbitt, Barry Humphries, Evangeline Lilly, Neil Finn and many more, as Wellington turned on a sunny but blustery day one would expect to see in Middle Earth.The trilogy of films have been several years in the making, and while in New Zealand many of the stars joined director Peter Jackson in giving back to the community where they could. This philanthropy began while the films were still in pre-production, in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake that struck the South Island city of Christchurch in February, 2011. As the death toll following the quake continued to rise, Peter Jackson was one of the first to reach out to victims.“Everyone involved in the production of The Hobbit is shocked and saddened by the earthquake and it’s devastating aftermath,” he said at the time. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Christchurch and all those affected by this terrible tragedy.”He went on to join his special effects company, Weta, in auctioning some very special signed miniatures to raise money for the Red Cross. Among the items that went under the hammer were a Bag End Miniature Environment signed by Peter Jackson, and a Prancing Pony Environment signed by Weta head Richard Taylor.A few weeks later, the stars of the new film organized a game of celebrity charity cricket in Wellington to raise money for quake victims. The match saw two teams – coached by Russell Crowe (who doesn’t appear in the films, but was born in New Zealand) and James Nesbitt – go head-to-head for cricket supremacy. Among those taking part were Martin Freeman and Hobbit star Mark Hadlow, as well as Australian cricket legend Shane Warne, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, and several All Blacks. The game raised $500,000 for charity.Earlier this year, Hobbit star Sir Ian McKellen donated his time to tour New Zealand with a one man show to raise funds to restore the quake damaged Isaac Theatre Royal in Christchurch. The show featured Sir Ian in intimate theaters around the country, answering questions about his life and work, and performing monologues from the many productions he has been part of.“I went down to the Red Zone [in Christchurch], where even locals aren’t allowed to go,” said Sir Ian, as he left the stage at one of his performances with a collection bucket in hand to personally collect donations from the audience in the foyer as they left. “You go into the centre of Christchurch, and it’s gone. It is like being on a film set waiting for the actors. There’s nobody walking around there, and buildings have tumbled down, they’ve been pulled down, they’ve been replaced. But like a good deed in a naughty world, the Isaac Theatre Royal is pretty well intact. It can’t be used, its not safe, it needs to be renovated. And that’s where our funds are going to, and within a year we hope it will be up-and-running again. And that will be a symbol in their wonderfully redesigned city – there will still be at least one iconic building, and an important one because as all of us know, a theatre can revive spirits.”Peter Jackson, meanwhile, was instrumental in supporting the infamous Memphis Three in 2011, and brought one of them to New Zealand following their release after 18 years in prison.“There are all sorts of emotive headlines about Damien Echols, killer, coming to New Zealand, but the reality is that Damien Echols is an innocent man who has spent 18 years incarcerated in a tiny cell,” Jackson said at a press conference. following their release. “He’s come here to work with us on a couple of things. We’re doing investigative work, we’re doing forensic work with the purpose of getting a complete pardon.”Earlier this year, Peter Jackson auctioned a visit to the set of The Hobbit to benefit Sir Ray Avery’s Medicine Mondiale, which “manages a global network of Scientific, Clinical and business experts who donate their knowledge and time to develop medical solutions which make quality healthcare accessible to everyone.” The auction also included the chance to get your face immortalized by Weat Workshop, and to record your songs with Neil Finn, who wrote the title track for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.And just last week, Hobbit star Evangeline Lilly attended an event at a Wellington beach that saw the world sandcastle building record smashed to raise money for the Neonatal Trust, which “provides support to families of premature or sick full term babies as they make their journey through Neonatal Intensive Care, the transition home, and onwards.” Weta’s Richard Taylor and Tania Roger also attended.Giving back is alive and well here in Middle Earth – and it looks set to continue as the film makes its way around the world in the next few weeks, with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge due to attend the Royal Charity UK Premiere of the film in London on December 12, to raise money for the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund.last_img read more

Cheryl Hines Stands Up For Nosey The Elephant

first_imgWith the UniverSoul Circus headed to Tallahassee next week, Suburgatory star and Emmy nominee Cheryl Hines is turning her attention from Hollywood to her roots in Tallahassee in order to urge the North Florida Fairgrounds to follow the leads of other venues across the country and ensure that the circus does not force Nosey the elephant—who suffers from a painful skin condition—to perform in its shows.As Hines explains in her letter on behalf of PETA, Nosey’s exhibitor, Hugo Liebel, faces nearly three dozen formal charges for violations of the Animal Welfare Act, mostly for abusing and neglecting Nosey, including by failing to provide her with desperately needed veterinary care and appropriate shelter as well as chaining her so tightly that she could barely move.“I’m writing today on behalf of my friends at PETA—and as someone who grew up in Tallahassee and has fond memories of the city—to urge you to cancel plans to allow the UniverSoul Circus to exhibit a suffering elephant named Nosey,” writes Hines. “Very recent evidence shows that Liebel continues to deny this elephant the care that she so desperately needs. … UniverSoul can put on an excellent circus show without exploiting a suffering, neglected elephant.”Hines joins a long list of celebrities — including Alec Baldwin, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sarah Silverman, Demi Moore, and Wilmer Valderrama — who have teamed up with PETA to combat circuses that use elephants.Source:PETAlast_img read more

MaryLouise Parker To Be Honored By Hope North

first_imgHope North will hold its first ever gala on September 18 at City Winery in New York City, where it will honor Mary-Louise Parker with an evening of spectacular live music, food, drinks, and a silent auction.Hosted by Susan Sarandon and Forest Whitaker, the event’s growing host committee includes ELEW, Adrian Grenier, Taraji P. Henson, Eva Amurri Martino and Kyle Martino, James McAvoy, Hunter Parrish, Di Quon, Trudie Styler, Chris Talbott, and Sharon and Michael Zambrelli.Hope North is educating and healing the young victims of Uganda’s civil war, including orphans and former child soldiers, empowering them to become voices for peace and development.Founded in 1998 by artist and former child soldier Okello Sam, Hope North is an accredited secondary school located on a 40-acre campus with an international arts center, vocational training, and a working farm, staffed by 26 dedicated Ugandan educators. Over 1,500 vulnerable youth have lived at Hope North, and today 255 incredible youth are working towards their degrees and planning careers. These youth in turn are contributing to peace-building by organizing educational theater and soccer tournaments throughout the north, an area destroyed by years of war, reaching thousands more.Find tickets here.last_img read more

Zachary Levi Signs Headsets For Charity Auction

first_imgBid on a set of the new Turtle Beach Marvel headsets with “Fandrel” plates signed by Zachary Levi!The new Marvel SEVEN blends quality, comfort, control and versatility and features premium finishes. It can be used for gaming as well as watching movies, listening to music, chat and voice calls.Proceeds will benefit Operation Smile.These headsets come with a set of custom “Fandral” speaker plates autographed by Zachary Levi, star of THOR: THE DARK WORLD and will NEVER be available for purchase. There are ONLY 4 sets in existence, so be sure to bid on this exclusive offer! Letter of Authenticity included.Operation Smile is an international children’s medical charity that heals children’s smiles, forever changing their lives. As an international charity for children, we measure ourselves by the joy we see on all of the faces we help. Every child — no matter where they are born — has the right to smile. The right to receive proper medical care. The right to a better and healthier future. Operation Smile mobilizes a world of generous hearts to heal children’s smiles and transform lives across the globe.The auction ends on November 18 and can be accessed via eBay.last_img read more

Katy Perry Named As UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador

first_imgAt a special event today at UNICEF Headquarters, global pop superstar Katy Perry was appointed UNICEF’s newest Goodwill Ambassador, with a special focus on engaging young people in the agency’s work to improve the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children and adolescents.“Katy Perry is already a champion for children, and we look forward to hearing her ‘roar’ on behalf of UNICEF,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. “We are delighted that she is joining us as UNICEF’s newest Goodwill Ambassador and lending her remarkable voice to amplify the voices of children and young people around the world.”As a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Katy will work to engage young people in speaking out about the issues they believe are most important in their own lives and enlisting them more directly in coming up with solutions to those challenges. She will focus her outreach especially on children and adolescents who are most vulnerable, including those living in severe poverty, affected by violence, abuse, and neglect, and in emergency and conflict situations.“I believe young people have the power to change their own lives, with our help,” said Katy. “I am honoured to join UNICEF as a Goodwill Ambassador, and committed to doing everything I can to help children and adolescents who come from such different backgrounds but want the same thing: a brighter future.”Earlier this year, Katy visited Madagascar, one of the poorest countries in the world, as part of a UNICEF mission, bringing much-needed attention to the situation of children there.In October, Katy joined in UNICEF’s celebration of the International Day of the Girl Child, lending her hit song “Roar” to the soundtrack of a new PSA to inspire girls and help them become tomorrow’s champions.Most recently, she has called on her massive social media following to support UNICEF’s emergency relief efforts for children, including those affected by Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the Philippines in early November.The international star was joined by Lake and Hannah Godefa, a UNICEF National Ambassador for Ethiopia, who moderated a question and answer session as part of Katy’s official welcome to UNICEF.As a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, the 29-year-old singer joins an impressive list that also includes Amitabh Bachchan, David Beckham, Harry Belafonte, Orlando Bloom, Jackie Chan, Mia Farrow, Danny Glover, Angelique Kidjo, Liam Neeson, Leo Messi, Sir Roger Moore, Vanessa Redgrave and Susan Sarandon.Oscar winning icon Audrey Hepburn drew worldwide attention to the role of UNICEF Goodwill ambassador, following in the footsteps of actor and comedian Danny Kaye, who pioneered the concept of the Goodwill Ambassador, serving from 1954 until his death in 1987.last_img read more

MakeAWish Reflects On 33 Years Of Disney Wishes

first_imgIt’s been 33 years since the first Make-A-Wish kid, an 8-year-old boy named Bopsy, stepped foot into a world of inspiration and motivation at the Disneyland Resort.Decades later, thousands more wish kids with life-threatening medical conditions have felt that same feeling – inspiration that can provide the hope, strength, and joy that they need to fight their illness.This month, Make-A-Wish Foundation is celebrating all that Disney has done to strengthen the families and communities where we all live, work, and play.Make-A-Wish grants more than 14,000 wishes each year. Nearly 7,000 of them involve Disney’s help – ranging from once-in-a-life time meetings with favorite Disney talent and visits to Disney theme parks to extraordinary trips on Disney Cruise Lines and relaxing stays at the Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii. In 2013, Disney contributed more than $10 million through the donation of cash and theme park tickets to help grant wishes.“Disney has been with Make-A-Wish since the beginning. Their support of our mission and their deep affection for our wish kids has never wavered and continues to grow,” said David Williams, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish America. “As Disney does for all of us, they capture our wish kids’ imaginations, giving them hope as they return their focus to the future. We are grateful to have such a dedicated and faithful friend.”Disney’s support of Make-A-Wish extends far beyond the wish experience. In 2012, Make-A-Wish, as a signature partner, secured a grant from Disney, and every year since has received grants, totaling more than $2.2 million, to help build wish infrastructure and other capacity-building programs. Since 2006, Disney-owned ESPN has showcased incredible sports-related wish stories on their annual “My Wish” series; and the company encourages Disney VoluntEARS to contribute their time and talents to further the Make-A-Wish mission.Throughout the month of February, Make-A-Wish will showcase Disney wish stories on its website at, sharing the story of just a few of the thousands of wish kids impacted by their Disney experience. Make-A-Wish is proud to call Disney its longest tenured sponsor and sincerely thanks Disney for more than three decades of generous support.last_img read more

Items From Joan Rivers Country Estate And Manhattan Apartment To Go Under

first_imgBeloved comedian, philanthropist, designer and global businesswoman Joan Rivers was known for her exquisite taste in fashion and interior decor. As the recent, highly successful Christie’s estate auction of her fine and decorative art collection revealed, Rivers appreciated quality and consistently bought the best of every category.While many pieces in the Manhattan auction sold for prices beyond the reach of the average buyer, another opportunity awaits on July 20-21 to acquire beautiful furniture, decorative art, jewelry, silver and artworks from the Rivers estate, but at more accessible price points. Litchfield County Auctions will host the approximately 600-lot, no-reserve sale at their gallery, with absentee, phone and Internet live bidding available for those who cannot attend in person. All items are from Rivers’ Connecticut country estate or New York apartment.The Wednesday session will be devoted to fine and decorative art, while Thursday’s lineup features Rivers’ wonderful collection of jewelry and accessories. A portion of the auction proceeds will benefit Guide Dogs for the Blind, and God’s Love We Deliver.All of the auction goods were personally owned by Joan Rivers, and some were family heirlooms. “These are the items my mother used and loved and lived with in her country house,” said her daughter, Melissa Rivers. “I am pleased to know that fans will have a chance at owning a piece of her legacy.”Until 2013, Rivers owned a rambling 76-acre estate on New Preston Hill Road in New Milford, near the gallery where the auction will take place. She was active in the community and frequently attended events and social affairs around Litchfield County, whose towns are regarded as the Hamptons of Connecticut.Every item chosen for her breathtaking residences had to have Joan’s stamp of approval before entering the front door, so even though there may be bargains available on July 20 and 21, Rivers’ discerning eye and uncompromising attention to detail will be evident in each auction lot.The artworks in Rivers’ Connecticut residence crossed many genres, from canine depictions to French landscapes. For her country home she favored British mahogany furniture and traditional accessories. But unsurprisingly, Joan also had a bold and witty side to her decorating choices, as seen in the low bench upholstered in cerise and ivory, with lime-green bolsters.One of the more-recognizable auction items from Rivers’ elegant Fifth Avenue apartment in New York is an antique cast-lead garden sculpture of the Angel Gabriel with his horn. The life-size figure on a marble plinth oversaw Central Park from its lofty perch on the apartment’s terrace and appears in many magazine photos of the Rivers residence.Dinner at Joan’s house was always a stylish affair, with porcelain dinnerware, sparkling crystal and fine silver. Many dinner services will be auctioned, as well as luxe accessories, such as a pair of .800 silver table trees by Ludwig Neresheimer.Arguably, no American designer did more to bring sophistication and superior workmanship to costume jewelry than Joan Rivers. Her now-classic creations allowed every woman the opportunity to accessorize effortlessly, knowing each piece was stylish and beautifully made. The July 20-21 auction will open Joan’s personal jewelry box, containing chains, necklaces, beads, brooches, and the sensational enameled and jeweled bangles that were a staple of her collection. The jewelry items will be grouped in lots and offered with attractive estimates.Nick Thorn, president of Litchfield County Auctions said, “We’re honored to have a role in carrying out the wishes of Joan Rivers and her estate. We expect to see many of Joan’s friends and neighbors on auction day and hope all of her fans will join us, as well, whether it is in person, online or over the phone.”Litchfield County Auctions’ Wed./Thurs. July 20-21, 2016 auction will start at 10 a.m. Eastern Time on both days. The gallery is located at 425 Bantam Rd., Litchfield, CT 06759. Preview from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, July 15 through Tuesday, July 19, inclusive. For additional information on any item in the auction, call 860-567-4661 or email Web: forms of bidding will be available, including absentee or live via the Internet through read more

Canadas David Foster Vacations With Katharine McPhee

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Photo: Charley Gallay / Getty Imagescenter_img Facebook Canadian music legend David Foster is ending 2017 on a romantic European vacation with singer-actress Katharine McPhee.The lovebirds were snapped earlier this week smooching in Paris and walking hand-in-hand in Gstaad, Switzerland on Thursday.Foster, 68, and McPhee, 33, only recently went public with their relationship. A native of Victoria, Foster has five daughters ranging from 31 to 47 years of age and seven grandchildren. He has been married four times.Foster’s divorce from Yolanda Hadid – mother of models Bella and Gigi – was finalized earlier this year. Advertisementlast_img


first_img“I’m thrilled to have had the life-changing opportunity to be mentored by Julia Michaels, Ian Kirkpatirck, and Scott Borchetta,” said Jayd Ink. “I am honoured to engage in the process of artistic collaboration with these superstar industry talents. The process of taking this pop record and transforming it into an R&B record tailored to my style is something I am so proud of. Launching ‘Codes’ is going to open up so many doors.”“Jayd has the artistry, she just needed the team,” said Scott Borchetta. “It is now our job to get Jayd where she’s meant to be…to the top! She really did make ‘Codes’ her own and I am pretty blown away by the result.”Streaming now on various platforms including, CTV GO, and CraveTV™, THE LAUNCH: DIRECTOR’S CUT features the extended auditions of Zack Lane, Noelle Maracle, and the newly launched Jayd Ink, as well as, James Marshall and Nicky MacKenzie, who are featured exclusively in the On Demand version of the episode. The special edition also features comprehensive mentor reactions, feedback, and never-before-seen moments from THE LAUNCH that take the viewer deeper into the once in a lifetime opportunity for each of the artists.Following an exhilarating audition process before the celebrity mentors, aspiring artists Jayd Ink and Zack Laneemerged as the two breakthrough artists chosen to perform and make the original song “Codes” their own.After a collaborative 48 hours in studio rehearsals, recordings, and working with the episode’s celebrity mentors, the final artists took the stage in front of a live studio audience to perform their interpretations of “Codes.”Two, uniquely tailored renditions of the song resulted in captivating performances by both aspiring artists, but following intense deliberations, Jayd Ink was ultimately chosen for the opportunity of a lifetime – to have her version of the song “Codes” launched across Canada and to the world via THE LAUNCH‘s expansive slate of top music partners.Following tonight’s song launch, Bell Media is poised to throw the full weight of its marketing, promotional, and publicity support behind Jayd Ink’s “Codes” across its national footprint of broadcast and digital entertainment properties.“Codes” is written by Meghan Kabir, Bryan Fryzel, Ferras Alqaisi, Kerr Ann Janeen Thompson, and produced by Ian Kirkpatrick. Label: Big Machine Canada and Universal Music Canada. Executive Producers are Scott Borchetta and Randy Lennox.As an independent artist, Jayd Ink has accomplished a great deal of success with her music. The Toronto born R&B singer-songwriter has been releasing music since 2013, with her background in poetry allowing her to effortlessly move through a myriad of musical genres. Jayd has been headlining shows in Toronto since the release of her first EP “Invitation Only” in 2015. To learn more about Jayd Ink, visit’s episode is also available on, CraveTV, CTV GO, and On Demand. Encore presentations of THE LAUNCHair Saturdays at 5 p.m. ET/MT on CTV; Fridays at 7 p.m. ET and Saturdays at 1 p.m. ET on Much; Sundays at 5 p.m. ETand 11 p.m. ET on MTV; Mondays at 10 p.m. ET on E!.THE LAUNCH‘s musical performances will also be available on Bell Media’s new short-form video content hub, SnackableTV, available now for iOS and Android users. The mobile-first app delivers premium and shareable entertainment targeted at viewers looking to consume snack-size pieces of content.Viewers can catch live interviews featuring Jayd Ink tomorrow (Feb. 8) on CP24 BREAKFAST (weekdays 5:30 a.m. ET), YOUR MORNING (weekdays at 6 a.m. ET), THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW (weekdays at 10 a.m. ET), THE SOCIAL (weekdays at 1 p.m. ET), ETALK (weekdays at 7 p.m. ET), and CTV News Channel. As well, live interviews with Jayd Ink will be featured on Bell Media Radio stations across the country.On the next episode of THE LAUNCH, “Giants” (Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. MT on CTV and CTV GO, and super simulcast on CTV Two and Much, and in French on VRAK and Canal Vie), emerging artists Elequen, Raymond Salgado, Grace Bakker, Ethan Young, and Victoria Azevedo audition in front of celebrity mentors: Grammy® Award-winner Boy George, Grammy®-Award-winner Alessia Cara, and Oscar® and Grammy® nominated producer Stephan Moccio.THE LAUNCH airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. MT on CTV and CTV GO, and in super simulcast on CTV Two and Much, and in French on VRAK and Canal Vie.Fans are also invited to visit throughout the season for exclusive, expansive digital content featuring THE LAUNCH celebrity mentors and the 30 artists selected to participate in the series’ inaugural season. Digital content includes comprehensive Q&As with all artists taking part in THE LAUNCH, now available on the site’s video portal. Refreshed Q&A materials featuring each episode’s respective artists will be released weekly leading up to each subsequent episode. In addition, is the destination for blogs highlighting Season 1 mentors’ greatest achievements, with new blog entries to surface throughout the season and beyond. Following each episode, will release videos featuring extended musical performances, in-studio demos and “first-listens”, unique moments between artists and their mentors, and a variety of other exclusive digital content.Bio pages showcasing all of the artists are available on’s dedicated artist pages at a new and unique format documenting an authentic, behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to break a new artist and bring a song to life, in each close-ended, hour-long episode of THE LAUNCH, unsigned emerging artists audition for the opportunity to record and perform a new original song written by a world famous songwriter/producer and mentored by a panel of internationally renowned music industry legends. The mentors then decide which version of the song will be released across the country immediately following the broadcast of the episode each week.Hand-picked from more than 10,000 emerging performers, the artists were selected to be on THE LAUNCH following an international casting call and completion of an extensive A&R and review process. Contending for the opportunity of a lifetime – to record and perform a new original song written by a world famous songwriter/ producer and mentored by a panel of internationally renowned music industry legends – the selected artists face the life-altering prospect of being catapulted from discovery to stardom in just 48 hours.THE LAUNCH was put into development in January 2016. The series was co-developed by and is produced by Bell Media in association with Scott Borchetta of Big Machine Label Group, Paul Franklin of Eureka (MASTERCHEF, THE BIGGEST LOSER), in partnership with John Brunton and Lindsay Cox of Insight Productions (THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, CANADIAN IDOL, THE JUNO AWARDS).THE LAUNCH is executive produced by Scott Borchetta, Randy Lennox and John Brunton; Paul Franklin and Lindsay Coxare Showrunners and Executive Producers; Executive Producers for Bell Media are Robin Johnston and Corrie Coe, who is also Senior Vice-President, Original Programming, Bell Media. Pat DiVittorio is Vice-President, CTV and Specialty Programming, Mike Cosentino is President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media.SOCIAL MEDIA LINKSTwitter:@Jayd_Ink@poesyofficial@TheStaticShift@ewxjfmusic@LoganStaats@alessiacara@BoyGeorge@Fergie@iek@JenniferNettles@imjmichaels@NikkiSixx@RyanTedder@scottborchetta@ShaniaTwain@stephanmoccio@BellMediaPR@umusic@bigmachine@CTV_PR@CTV_Television@insightprod@TheLaunchCTV@iHeartRadioCAFacebook:alessiacaraboygeorgeofficialfergieJenniferNettlesMusicjuliamichaelsofficialnikkisixxofficialRyanTedder1RscottborchettaShaniaTwainStephanMoccioCTVTheLaunchCTViHeartRadio CanadaInstagram:@Jayd_Ink@poesyofficial@ CTVCTV is Canada’s #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada’s most-watched television network for the past 16 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network’s website at Advertisement Advertisement Jayd Ink is the Fifth Artist Chosen on CTV’s THE LAUNCH to Release a New, Original Song “Codes” Now Available Everywhere! (CNW Group/CTV) Facebook TORONTO – THE LAUNCH cracks the code, unlocking independent Toronto R&B singer/songwriter Jayd Ink, who was chosen from among the episode’s featured artists on tonight’s episode of CTV’s THE LAUNCH to record the new original single “Codes.” The series’ fifth single was released to radio stations across the country immediately following tonight’s broadcast, and is also now available to buy and stream everywhere, including iHeartRadio, Apple Music, iTunes, Spotify, and Google Play.After putting her personal stamp on the song by adding a distinct reggae/R&B flair, mentors including Grammy®-nominated Best New Artist of the Year Julia Michaels,  Grammy®-nominated record producer Ian Kirkpartick, and record mogul Scott Borchetta chose to launch Jayd Ink’s music career with her unique and captivating version of “Codes.”Last week, in addition to THE LAUNCH charting its fourth consecutive #1 single at iTunes Canada with Episode 4’s chosen artist POESY’s “Soldier of Love”, the series also celebrates the milestone of surpassing more than 2.3 million streams globally for the original songs launched to date, including Logan Staats “The Lucky Ones”, Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine‘s “Ain’t Easy”, and The Static Shift‘s “Wide Awake”.center_img Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

HabsBruins rivalry strong in Kahnawake

first_imgAPTN National NewsThese days, it is not the federal election catching the attention of the Mohawk members of Kahnawake.It’s all about hockey.APTN National News reporter Danielle Rochette explains.last_img

Cree elder weird phenomena are a global warning

first_imgAPTN National NewsWill the world end on December 21st, 2012?It’s a common question, sparked by the calendars of the Maya people. At the height of their civilization, they created great calendars that plotted out the days and years centuries in advance… but then stopped, at a date that corresponds to December 21st, 2012 on the Gregorian calendar.Many explain the mystery by saying that the Maya knew the world would end on that date.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler takes a look at recent omen-like phenomena, and speaks with a Cree elder on what could happen this December.last_img

Northern Manitoba leaders raise outcry over police detainees held in locker rooms

first_imgAPTN National NewsLeaders in Manitoba are calling out the province for a lack of security on their reserves.That’s because band constables aren’t able to police their own communities anymore.Now, chief and council says they are going to extremes to keep their people safe.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler has this story.last_img

Cree artist Carter unveils To Dream the Bear

first_imgAPTN National NewsHe expressed himself through stone and canvas.Jason Carter is an up and coming contemporary Aboriginal artist who is celebrated for both his paintings and carvings.Now the Cree artists is launching his latest work, “To Dream the Bear,” at his own art gallery.APTN National News reporter Noemi LoPinto has this story.last_img

APTN political panel all about the scandals – Part 1

first_imgAPTN National NewsThere’s no shortage of things to talk about on Parliament Hill.There’s the Senate scandal.The prime minister’s former chief of staff.Over at Aboriginal Affairs questions about how the department investigated claims that it was spying on First Nations child advocate Cindy Blackstock.APTN’s Jorge Barrera with this week’s political panel.For Part 2 click here.last_img

Video allegedly shows Quebec cops beating Innu man

first_imgAPTN National NewsQuebec’s provincial police force is investigating a video which appears to show two of its officers beating an Innu man.The incident happened last Tuesday in the remote Innu community of Unamen Shipu.APTN’s Danielle Rochette has the story.last_img

Still unfinished business with Pickton inquiry

first_imgAPTN National NewsPremiers and territorial leaders agree there is a need for a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women.But many in British Columbia are saying there is still unfinished business there from a provincial inquiry that concluded last December.APTN’s Tina House has the story.last_img

Embattled MKO Grand Chief Harper says push to oust him political

first_imgAPTN National NewsManitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Grand Chief David Harper isn’t stepping down from his post despite calls for his ouster.Harper says politics are behind a misunderstanding over an agreement he signed with the Nuclear Waste Management Organization.Last week, the Swampy Cree Tribal Council said they had lost faith in the MKO grand chief.The $312,000 deal with NWMO will be pu for discussion at an executive meeting Wednesday.Harper says the agreement has nothing to do with bringing nuclear waste to Manitoba.“It’s about education our people. We don’t want nuclear waste. I definitely don’t want nuclear waste,” said Harper. “But I want my people educated, aware of the impacts.”last_img

Cree woman files complaint against Montreal police after officers did nothing after

first_imgAPTN National NewsJeannie Icebound is shaken after being attacked in Montreal.But the Cree woman is angry that Montreal’s police did nothing to help her.Icebound has now filed an official complaint against the police.APTN’s Tom Fennario reports.tfennario@aptn.calast_img

Developmentally challenged boy thrown into Winnipeg dumpster

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Guns clothing and a historical lock of hair in St Boniface museum

first_imgThe Canadian PressWINNIPEG — A 19th-century lock of hair from one of Canada’s most controversial figures, which sits next to a pistol, is undoubtedly the most startling artifact in the St. Boniface Museum in Winnipeg.The hair was taken from Louis Riel’s beard, shortly after he was convicted of treason and hanged, and now has a place of prominence in a museum that takes visitors back in time to the days of fur traders, missionaries and the development of the Prairies.“After he was executed, there was what was called a coroner’s jury, which was a group of people who met with the coroner to confirm that it was Louis Riel, he was dead, and that he died in a humane way,” Aidan Prenovault, one of the museum’s interpreters, explains.“When all that was confirmed and the coroner signed off declaring his death, (jurors) would take souvenirs from his body _ locks of his hair, they cut off his suspenders, they took the moccasins from his feet … so they could say, ‘Yeah, I was involved in executing Louis Riel.”’The pistol that sits next to the lock of hair is said to have been purchased by Riel in Montana in 1883. Moccasins, a trunk and other goods that belonged to Riel are also on display. He is buried in a cemetery a two-minute walk away.The museum, across the Red River from downtown Winnipeg, celebrates French-Canadian and Metis contributions to the development of the West, starting at a time when there was little relief from the harsh Prairie weather.The building itself was built in the 1840s for a group of Grey Nuns who were brought in to the burgeoning Red River Colony to help with religious guidance, education and health care. The oak log structure is the oldest remaining building in what is now Winnipeg and served as a convent, school, asylum and the first hospital in Western Canada.The nuns moved in about three years before the building was finished, and had little protection against the bone-chilling winters.“Only one of the walls was up, and they were using bison hides for the rest of the walls until the building was completed,” Prenovault says.The museum has an altar, statues and other religious items from that time, all contained in a chapel.Other displays focus on specific eras of the West.One section of the museum shows a model of a canoe and explains the life of fur traders who battled raging rivers and extreme weather as the Hudson’s Bay Company and the North West Company wrestled for economic supremacy in the West.The section that includes the story of Riel celebrates the Red River Rebellion, which led to a provisional government in 1869 and the entry of Manitoba into Confederation the following year. The section explains Riel’s efforts to set up a government that would respect the rights of French- and English-speaking inhabitants, and the fighting that occurred before and after.After Confederation, life became more settled. St. Boniface was incorporated as a town in 1883, then a city 25 years later (it would eventually be absorbed into Winnipeg). The museum shows the growing urbanization of the area.One display shows two rooms of a typical home in the 1920s, as the inhabitants enjoy semi-modern conveniences. Gabrielle Roy, the francophone author of “The Tin Flute” who gained fame after moving to Quebec, was born, raised and taught school in St. Boniface. A quilt made by her mother is on display at the museum.Winnipeg would lose ground to faster-growing western cities as the 20th century progressed and trade routes that didn’t involve the Red or Assiniboine rivers developed. The museum, Prenovault says, takes visitors back to an era when the area was ground zero for commerce, religion and education beyond Ontario.“Winnipeg _ the Red River settlement _ was a hub.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more