On September 29th $2.2 million was raised by 4,000+ participants, sponsors and volunteers at the first-ever SickKids GetLoud, a fundraising march and festival in support of The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). Participants formed a SickKids army and walked together in a 5-kilometre march, capped with a festival celebration including Th Mini Pop Kids, Said the Whale, MAGIC! and headlined by 2018 Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductees, Barenaked Ladies.
GetLoud is just one reason that the Hospital for Sick Children is a miracle worker when it comes to acquiring financial support. Thanks to the generosity of the community, and as a result of a record-breaking year in fundraising, SickKids Foundation generated an unprecedented $146.3 million for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018.
My post tardiness reason outlined here - https://www.instagram.com/p/BqGnjbMHR_d/
Today, the Cavendish Beach Music Festival, presented by Bell is pleased to announce 3-time CMA and 7-time ACMA Award-winner, Country music superstar Eric Church and 7-time GRAMMY Award-winning multi-platinum superstar Carrie Underwood as the first announcement for the 2019 festival.
Underwood will hit the stage on Saturday, July 6, while Church will close out Atlantic Canada’s largest multi-day outdoor music festival on Sunday, July 7. Cavendish Beach Music Festival will run from July 5 - July 7, 2019.
Also announced, GRAMMY and CMA nominee Cam and Russell Dickerson will perform at this year’s festival. Additional artist announcements will come in the weeks leading up to the Cavendish Beach Music Festival
Tickets go on sale Friday, November 16 at 10:00 a.m. (AT). 3-Day tickets start at $179.50+ taxes and service fees and are available via cavendishbeachmusic.com.
TORONTO, November 6, 2018 - Furniture Bank, the charity and social enterprise based in Toronto, announced a major capacity-building gift at a their 8th annual Chair Affair gala event this past Friday night.
Held at Casalife in Etobicoke, the bustling evening was hosted by HGTV's Todd Talbot and featured performances by JUNO award-winning jazz crooner Matt Dusk with food prepared by Chef Michael Smith among others. Guests in attendance included the who’s who of the interior design community including Yvonne Whelan, Janice Fedak, Cori Halpern, and Sarah Gunn alongside hundreds of supporters raising money for the cause.
The cause was the Furniture Bank a registered charity and social enterprise working to eradicate furniture poverty by redistributing gently-used furniture and housewares to those in need, including women and children leaving shelters, the formerly homeless, and refugees and newcomers to Canada. Clients are screened and referred to Furniture Bank by a variety of community agency partners. In 2018, thanks to thousands of donors, Furniture Bank provided more than 10,000 individuals the gift of furniture and useful home items they needed to make their house a home.
South Shore Furniture President Jean Laflamme was on hand to announce a multi year seven figure investment, which will provide support for Furniture Bank's national expansion strategy. ”Furniture Bank’s mission to end furniture poverty is a natural fit with South Shore’s mandate to ‘make room for what matters’. It’s a partnership rooted in a shared goal to provide comfort, stability, and dignity for children and families,” shared Laflamme.
In recognition of this investment, Furniture Bank presented South Shore Furniture president Jean Laflamme with the inaugural Sister Anne Schenk Innovation Award during the gala.
TORONTO, ON– Anthem / ole label group singer-songwriter and founding member of Award-winning band, The Road Hammers, Clayton Bellamy, is hitting the reset button with his new venture, Clayton Bellamy & The Congregation. Their sound can only be described as a high-octane blend of gospel, R&B and riff-driven hard rock. Channelling influences from vintage R&B and 90’s alt rock, the first single, 'Commandment #11 (Love Someone)”, will be released on November 2 via all streaming and digital download services.
There is a reason that Clayton Bellamy is defined as an "Anthem Recording Artist". The tightness of his compositions set to a marching beat with those compelling lyrics get me every time, Clayton Bellamy may be hitting the reset button but with lyrics like the following - "The only way to stop the madness ... you've got to love someone" - it would seem to me that he wouldn't want to stray too far. He has a pretty keen idea as to what needs to happen if we are ever want to find a sense of equilibrium again in this world where words and bullets forged in hate appear to be sanctioned by the highest political powers.
Theoretically, Clayton Bellamy's Commandment #11 (Love Someone) should be added to (and given primacy over) the other original Ten Commandments.
This was a very humbling experience for me as I had to be bright eyed and bushy tailed at a time when I am usually sound asleep. As a self proclaimed night owl a 6:30 am carpet call totally ruffled my feathers. Then when I got there the media peeps didn't have me on their list. No worries I wasn't crashing! I had an email to prove it. So I showed them my email at which point they told me to just sit aside for the time being until they gave me a number.
Eventually I just walk into the photo pit section and secured a corner. I am finally given the number 12. OK. Whatever. Then the person organizing the pit comes in and starts prioritizing photographers by number. Thereby allowing them to commandeer the prized locations of the blue carpet. Now the big boys (physically and figuratively) took up the prime locations on the carpet. I'm not easily deterred. I still managed to pull off some decent shots by shooting under, over, or between the preferred peeps.
Maybe, just maybe, in the future, the organizers could confirm whether or not those peeps are staying to cover the main event. I was not thrilled when I heard in the pit that the tallest of the preferred photographers was rushing off to shoot some corporate execs new head shots. Priority should probably have been given to a) those that showed up first and b) those that were going to stick around for the main event. Just sayin'.
TORONTO, September 20, 2018 - “As I evolve, I realize, you can have a vision, but sometimes you have to have a re-vision” explains Maestro Fresh Wes in his TED talk, released on YouTube and filmed in Vancouver, Canada in 2017. “A lot of people have ideas, and they stay in their little box. I decided to keep on moving.[...] Don’t let anybody tell you that you can’t accomplish what you want to do. Revise yourself.”
The Canadian rapper and JUNO award-winner first came into prominence in 1989 upon the release of his first album Symphony in Effect and the launch of his smash hit Let Your Backbone Slide. He is the first Canadian to have a record certified platinum and is credited as the ‘godfather of Canadian hip-hop.” Since then, he has been relentless in his life, releasing music, becoming an author, an actor and a keynote speaker.
This October he joins Classified’s live tour across Canada for 26 shows. Maestro Fresh Wes will be in Toronto at the Opera House with Classified on November 16th, 2016. Additional tour and ticket information available here.
One of my all time favourite things to do is grab my camera(s) and hop on my bike in search of street art. Yesterday I went out and captured these beauties. #SundayFunday isn't just a hashtag anymore.
I know you are probably wondering where the full body shots are. Well someone else took those, I don't want to focus on the clothes on the red carpet. I want to focus on the people.
Besides, the only shoe that you needed to see from the Hollywood North TIFF Party was the one below ... An absolutely stunning ice sculpture.
The fourth annual TDOT FEST at Yonge and Dundas Square happened on September 2nd, 2018.
I definitely appreciate the fact that they continue to reinforce the notion that this is a family friendly event. There was a hand printed sign facing the stage that clearly stated anyone using foul language would have their mic cut off immediately. Just in case they needed the reminder.
It's sad though really that some of these artists don't practice a clean version of their songs. In the last couple of years it seems that the majority of the times the sound guys cut the microphone I was completely vibing with what the performers were trying to say. Leaving me shaking my head when everything goes strangely silent as I struggle to re-enter my own mind front and center at YDSquare
For the record artists that perform on their stage this year are getting the message. From what I recall, only one performance was cut short.
(Photos were original published to my Instagram .)
TORONTO, ON - After an already massively successful major festival run through Europe, multi-platinum selling band The Cat Empire are pleased to announce a 10-date Canadian tour in 2019. The tour will kick off in Quebec City, QC on March 3, 2019 and wrap in Victoria, BC on March 19, 2019. Tickets for Canadian dates on sale Friday, September 7, 2018 at 10am local time.
It’s been a huge year so far for The Cat Empire, after releasing three brand new songs in 2018 so far The Cat Empire have mobilised their fanbase across the globe with this brand new music, amassing over 1 million streams and nearly 75,000 views on YouTube.
The Cat Empire will be performing at Toronto's Danforth Music Hall on March 7th, 2019. For more information on how to purchase tickets click here.