North By Northeast (NXNE) announces Canada’s largest free e-sports event ever with Game Land at Yonge-Dundas Square. Brought to you by NXNE Omen by HP, and car2go, Game Land will welcome over 30,000 gaming enthusiasts, novices and pros in the heart of downtown Toronto to witness the best professional gamers in the world to kick off the 2017 edition of NXNE. Fans are invited to take part in the all ages free event, celebrating gaming and technology from June 16 - 18. For more information, please visit nxne.com/game.
Additional highlights of this NXNE Game Land include:
Players sign up on the provided links, and check-in 30 minutes prior to the event starting:
http://challonge.com/GameLandEU - May 24th
http://challonge.com/GameLandWC - May 25th
(Originally published to Fresh Print Magazine on July 6, 2015)
After attending the consultation on June 24th, 2015 that was designated an exclusive event for elected TCHC (Toronto Community Housing Corporation) tenant reps there seems to be a number of outstanding issues according to the summary of what has come out of the wide spread community consultations. Beginning with what the Mayor’s Task Force claims residents have stated TCHC is ‘Doing Well” in managing a portfolio of over 2,200 properties (that includes high rises, low rises, town houses, and scattered homes).
First on the slideshow list was “providing affordable housing”. One thing you may notice is that it doesn’t say that TCHC is providing “safe” and affordable housing. Maybe the fear and apathy among TCHC residents regarding criminal activity is the true cost of living in subsidized housing. In Toronto, the average rent (according to a survey done by the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation in 2014) for a one bedroom is $899.00. For a similarly sized subsidized unit in Toronto an individual can expect to pay as little as $140. So what’s the average market rent cost compared to ignoring a little drug dealing or prostitution next door? … Who’s the whore?
By now you are probably asking yourself about TCHC’s security personnel. Well they would be doing triage in a community with a much bigger problem than yours without the necessary training, resources, or powers.
The second problem with the statement that TCHC was doing well at “providing affordable housing” was the waiting list. They would want you to believe that they are within acceptable limits of housing all the people that are on their subsidized waiting list within a reasonable amount of time. The most recent stats indicate there are over 90 thousand individuals and families who can expect to wait a minimum of five years. Forgive me but that doesn’t seem like they are even remotely capable of meeting the demand for affordable housing in Toronto.
The next item listed under the “Doing Well” category was the “call center”. Based on personal experience satisfaction with call center operations is a concept that is in constant flux. Besides, how can you claim that a call center is meeting it’s customer satisfaction quota if clearly two thirds, or more, of callers complaints are being ignored?
That two thirds guesstimate is based on the admission at a recent Operational Assessment Meeting open to residents that stated many calls to security are ignored unless there are three calls regarding the same incident. When you also take into consideration that the call center is working with outdated technology that two-thirds estimate begins to look a lot more like an unattainable goal.
Next to appear on the slideshow list under “Doing Well” was (try not to laugh) “good strategic planning”. The very nature of good strategic planning would preclude the need for a Mayor’s Task Force on TCHC would it not? Just sayin’.
Let’s not forget the inclusion of “some hard-working committed staff”. Are we seriously going to pat them on the back for doing their jobs? Admittedly, there are those staff members that go above and beyond every single day. Those individuals deserve our praise.
There are others that need to develop the mindset of ” but for the grace of God go I”. Coming from someone that’s not a religious person, by any means, that’s a significant statement. As a volunteer tenant leader trying to coordinate funding and development projects for my area I don’t want to hear from staff members how they are looking forward to their retirement or how they are dissatisfied with their job. Especially when it’s the same staff member making both statements. May I suggest early retirement? I’m sure there is someone out there who would appreciate your job with its introductory salary of around forty dollars an hour.
Approaching the end of the slideshow list under “Doing Well” was the State of Good Repair and the Closing the Gap initiatives. Beginning with the State of Good Repair campaign where TCHC created a mass sign up for residents to report any repairs that needed to be completed within their units. There was a steady stream of horror stories of projects being started then taking months to complete. One day a contractor would come to their unit to scrape the walls for plastering and painting. Then, on some occasions, months later, the resident would have to call TCHC’s maintenance line in order to get the painting and plastering completed. Never mind the nightmarish stories of incomplete kitchen and bathroom renovations.
Now the Closing the (Housing) Gap campaign isn’t “Doing Well” either. Basically, this involves TCHC hoping that the provincial and federal governments pony up 864 million each to cover the cost of capital repairs on housing stock that is, on average, forty two years old. “Doing Well” for any “Corporation” does not entail a subsidy of two thirds just to get its original stock into acceptable condition in order for it to become a marketable asset.
The final item on the Mayor’s Task Force on TCHC was “having tenant representatives [including] tenant reps on the TCHC Board of Directors”. It is a firmly held belief that if the TCHC was doing well with respect to tenant representation particularly at the Board level we would have equal representation. Meaning tenants would hold half of the TCHC Board of Directors seats as well as a co-chair position. It was reported at the Mayor’s Task Force on TCHC for Tenant Representatives that the two tenant reps currently seated on the twelve member board get railroaded during the decision making/voting process.
During the review on what TCHC appears to be doing well an audience member mentioned TCHC’s efforts at accommodating people with accessibility issues. Again that is another item that is open to interpretation. There are buildings within the TCHC portfolio that are not wheelchair accessible. Some are completely inaccessible. Whereas others are only accessible through the garbage room at the back of the building.
The Mayor’s Task Force on TCHC is trying to sell you (or rent you) a heavily subsidized version of propaganda about what TCHC is “Doing Well”. Doing well really should mean that those individual instances of greatness are common occurrences. It should also mean that there is an increase in the number of satisfied staff or tenants.
Mind you any significant change in work or living conditions within the TCHC community would only take place if the issues raised in the slide referring to “What Is TCHC Not Doing Well?” are adequately addressed. That I will leave for another day.
TORONTO, ON - LOTTO MAX presents Cavendish Beach Music Festival, is pleased to announce the performers for the Cavendish Farms Kitchen Stage,. A FREE Tailgate Party in the Cavendish Farms Kitchen Tent will kick off the weekend festivities on Thursday, July 6th from 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Artists playing the Tailgate Party include, DJ Bad Ash, Johnson Crook, John King and Mountain Faith Band.
Artists announced to play the Cavendish Farms Kitchen Stage during the festival include CMA Award Winner and multi-platinum selling artist :Billy Ray Cyrus (aka Cyrus), Amanda Riley, DJ Bad Ash, , Eloie Richard, EmiSunshine. Endless Summer, Jason Price, JJ Shiplett, Rawlins Cross, Rik Reese, Sykamore, The Good Brothers, The Lovelocks, The Mountain Faith Band, The Stanfields, TJ King and Tony Jackson.
When attending Cavendish Beach Music Festival you cannot forget about the food! Season 7 MasterChef Champion Chef Shaun O'Neale will be cooking all weekend long for Cavendish Beach Music Festival attendees.
For more information on Atlantic Canada's largest outdoor music festival, artist lineup, and tickets to the Cavendish Beach Music Festival presented by LOTTO MAX please visit www.cavendishbeachmusic.com
OMG Even the poster is drool worthy. Don't you agree?
TORONTO, ON - The Canadian summer will heat up fast as Magic Men Live! will be bringing its unforgettable ultimate ladies' night experience to Ontario with an additional stop in Montreal. The tour begins in London, Ontario at Centennial Hall on May 31 with a run of west coast dates to be announced soon.
Magic Men Live! is the first live stage production to bring the combined phenomena of Magic Mike, Fifty Shades of Grey and other female-focused erotic entertainment to life. Now in its fifth year and finishing a year of performing over 140 shows and performing to over 100,000 people, Magic Men Live! is bringing Canadian audiences a show that promises to be is bigger, better and hotter than ever.
"These are our first Canadian shows and there's already been a lot of excitement about it from our fans and the guys," said Hass. "We've been looking forward to this for a long time and its finally happening. We can't wait to show our Canadian fans this show!"
Magic Men Live! invites ladies to let loose in an empowering, fun-filled environment and embark on an unforgettable night out. With thrilling choreography, visual story lines, state of the art design elements and themed acts, Magic Men Live! entertains audiences by bringing fantasies to reality with the help of it's 10. With an exciting and innovative cabaret-style show filled with comedy, theatrics, sexy dance moves, and audience participation, Magic Men Live! has sold out shows around the United States.
Magic Men Live! is spearheaded by Myles Hass, the host of the show. Hass started in the adult party entertainment business in 2007, learning from a family member who has been in the business since 1989. Starting the company more than six years ago from his bedroom in his parents' house, Magic Men Live! has now grown into a multi million-dollar company, performing all over the USA. Hass' aims to bring a one of a kind experience that inspires awe, excitement and happiness for millions of people around the world.
Magic Men Live Tour Dates
May 31, 2017 Centennial Hall London, ON
June 1, 2017 Centre in the Square Kitchener, ON
June 2, 2017 Patridge Hall St. Catharines, ON
June 3, 2017 Chrysler Theatre Windsor, ON
June 4, 2017 Danforth Music Hall Toronto, ON
June 5, 2017 Algonquin Commons Theatre Ottawa, ON
June 7, 2017 Grand Theatre Kingston, ON
June 8, 2017 L'Olympia Montreal, QC
For ticketing information PLEASE visit www.magicmenlive.com Make a date with Magic Men Live! Don't forget to bring a friend or two ... or ten.
There were some happy fans today as two of The Jacksons (YES ... THOSE JACKSONS!!!!) were at Yonge and Dundas Square to meet the public to promote their upcoming tour. They will be back in the Tdot on Friday, June 9th, 2017 for a concert at Rebel night club .
Even members of the media were starstruck today with many of them posing for pictures with the music icons. One fellow I keep running into at select music related events asked if I had my turn for a picture with The Jacksons. I had to explain that it's best if I remain behind the lens. It takes one photograph to realize that I was born with a face for radio. LOL
Thankfully, there were many beautiful people on hand and I didn't have to prove my point. :D
Fans are invited for a chance to win free tickets to June 9th, 2017 show at Rebel.
Monday, May 8, 2017
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m
Yonge Dundas Square (North East Corner)
1 Dundas St. E.
Toronto, ON M5B 2R8
The other day I was supposed to go to my advocacy mentors retirement party that started at five. Shortly after three o'clock I received a twitter message from someone at CBC News requesting a meet up in the next hour to discuss Toronto Community Housing's interim CEO Greg Spearn stepping down.
That led to an immediate change in plans. I contacted the peeps organizing the retirement party, sent my regrets, and a GIANT thank you to my mentor, I know that without her support in the past I never would have felt safe enough to voice my opinion about anything. Never mind taking the opportunity to be the lead story on CBC News at six o'clock.
In those few hours I went through many different scenarios in my head as to how they wanted me to answer some key questions. Once the camera crew arrived I ran through a few more scenarios. Then once the live segment started I realized I could zoom right in on one of my key Manifesto points. The interview began focusing on the reporter listing the defaults of several of the previous CEO's at TCH. That many people being disgraced in the same position speaks to the inadequacy of the position not the individual people.
So I led the CBC News at six o'clock Tuesday evening with the following quote""Maybe it shouldn't be just one person at the top handling the whole portfolio ,.. Maybe they should be dividing it up and making it more manageable, because I think (that), would hopefully, prevent some of the catastrophes that have been happening financially."
What did I mean by that?
Well, Toronto Community Housing is the largest social housing provider in Canada and second largest in North America. To put the management responsibility of such a huge diverse portfolio on any one individual is cruel. It's setting them up for failure.
So how about creating a team. Admittedly, the details of my following suggestion are going to sound far fetched at first. But. why not bring in tenants as co-board members. Give the tenants equal representation at the Board of Directors level. There is a built in suspicion between Toronto Community Housing tenants and board members. That would act as an automatic deterrent to allowing the other side to squander money. With equal representation of tenants versus outside interests at the board of directors level there is less likelihood of misspent funds. We certainly couldn't do any worse than what has happened in the past, still happens today and will continue to happen, if appropriate balancing mechanisms are not put in place.
In addition, I do still believe in abolishing the current tenant rep system. I believe we should have some type of tenant system that reports to the board on a quarterly basis from each sector of the city providing basic stats and developments within their specific geographic area. Admittedly, this reporting system would work best if TCH operating unit management staff were part of the equation. They have access to information that the tenants may not.
This would effectively eliminate the need for last ditch efforts to include tenant voices like the Tenant's First Advisory Panel which I still haven't heard a peep from. Have you?
Whether one, or both, of my ideas are even considered remains to be seen. But either way TCH needs to begin working collaboratively with it's tenants. The medieval system at Toronto Community Housing does not work. There has been enough blood letting. I'm tired of seeing the CEO's drained of pallor and of valor. It's time we give them a team It's time we bring the governance structure at Toronto Community Housing into the 21rst century. It's not about whose "First". It's about working together.
Michael Wekerle and El Mocambo Entertainment Inc. are proud to announce the signing of iconic Canadian alt-rockers 54•40 to their new artist and label services arm, El Mocambo Records. The signing includes the release of 54•40’s new single, “Keep on Walking,” and coincides with the band’s induction into the Halls of Fame of both the Independent Music Awards (The Indies) and the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards.
“This is a great first signing for us,” says Andy Curran, the newly appointed General Manager/Head of A&R for El Mocambo Entertainment. “54•40 is a band with a serious pedigree.”
This summer, El Mocambo Records and 54•40 Music Ltd. will release 54•40’s new album, "Keep On Walking", with tour dates to follow. “Wek is a passionate supporter of Canadian music, and we are thrilled to be part of this new venture,” says Neil Osborne, lead singer of 54•40.
El Mocambo Entertainment was founded by Michael Wekerle, owner of the legendary El Mocambo, one of Toronto’s oldest live music establishments. The El Mo is undergoing a major renovation (led by Walters–Storyk Design Group) that will transform the historic venue into a state-of-the-art entertainment, recording, and production facility. It is expected to reopen in the fall of 2017.
SAVE THE DATE: IF I RULED T.O. (IIRTO) Youth Summit 2017
Date: May 6th, 2017 s Venue: City Hall (100 Queen Street West)
If I Ruled T.O. is back this year, and we are excited to continue the tradition of engaging youth to talk about what matters to them! The City of Toronto, Social Development and Finance Division in partnership with Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC), Resident and Community Services Division, will hold the conference for 250 youth. In the fifth annual edition of the If I Ruled T.O., youth from across the city will be invited to present their thoughts and opinions regarding matters such as education, civic engagement, violence in community, mental health, and housing.
The day will include a large group plenary, followed by a choice to participate in various themed workshops in the afternoon. Each workshop will be led by a community agency or city division that works closely with the topic of discussion. The agenda this year is structured to allow youth the opportunity to deeply engage in one topic with the focus on generating an interactive experience and solution oriented discussion.
Here are all the details you need:
Date: Saturday, May 6th, 2016
Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Address: 100 Queen Street West (City Hall)
Ages: 16 years to 29 years
Registration Details: please click this EventBrite link to open registration>> https://www.eventbrite.ca/o/city-of-toronto-toronto-community-housing-corp-13153857947
*Please note registration is now open, and will be closed on April 28th, 2016*
We are excited for this year’s event, and very appreciative of your support in sharing this information with your networks. Please stay tuned in the coming weeks for more details.
Hi! My name is Cheryl. All of my work is inspired by my senses. Sometimes my sixth sense comes into play. At other times I'll inject a healthy dose of common sense.