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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

BMO confirms $1.5-million sponsorship for new Tom Patterson Theatre Centre

Stratford Festival confirms BMO Financial Group as first major corporate partnerin support of new Tom Patterson Theatre Centre


October 29, 2018 – The Stratford Festival is pleased to announce its first corporate donor for the Spirit of the Tent Campaign for a new Tom Patterson Theatre Centre. BMO Financial Group, one of the Festival's founding partners, has committed $1.5 million to this monumental project.

"Back in 1952, when the Stratford Festival was just a gleam in Tom Patterson's eye, BMO stepped up to show its support with a foundational donation," says Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino. "Since that crucial first financial contribution, BMO's commitment to the Stratford Festival has not flagged. How very fitting that once again it is BMO coming forward as the first corporate supporter of this exciting project."

The $100-million Spirit of the Tent Campaign was launched in January 2018. It will provide the capital for a stunning new facility, designed by acclaimed architect Siamak Hariri of Toronto-based Hariri Pontarini, along with a fund to support the long-term viability of the centre and the programs it will house, including the Stratford Festival Forum and Laboratory, as well as new play development, education and digital initiatives.

"We have been a proud supporter of the Stratford Festival for over six decades," said Julie Barker-Merz, Senior Vice-President, South Western Ontario, BMO Bank of Montreal.  "We are excited to be part of the campaign for the new theatre, which will enhance the audience experience, and enable the Festival to explore new creative avenues and continue to maintain its reputation as a leading global cultural institution."

The donation will be earmarked for the naming of the BMO Box Office at the new Tom Patterson Theatre Centre.

"We gratefully acknowledge BMO's steadfast support of the Stratford Festival," says Campaign Co-Chair Dr. M. Lee Myers, speaking on behalf of Co-Chair Ophelia Lazaridis and Honorary Chair Hon. Michael Meighen. "BMO has been there for us at our most critical junctions – from foundational funding of the Festival itself, to the Act III campaign to renew the Festival Theatre, to today's most generous gift to build the new Tom Patterson Theatre Centre. We are thrilled to announce that this first corporate commitment takes support for this project to more than $80 million. With construction well underway we are now past 'dream' territory and into the reality of this spectacular project thanks to BMO and all of our wonderful donors."

The Tom Patterson Theatre Centre, currently under construction on Lakeside Drive in Stratford, is scheduled to open for the 2020 season.

"BMO is the bank of record for the Stratford Festival," says Executive Director Anita Gaffney, "and also our most faithful corporate partner, with a relationship stretching back 66 years. BMO supported not only Tom Patterson's dream, but also many of our staged productions and some of our most important audience-building initiatives over the years, including our Play On program to encourage the attendance of people under 26 and our Family Experience program, which offers reduced-price tickets for children. We are extremely grateful to BMO for this most recent gift and delighted to have them with us for this thrilling new project."


Monday, October 29, 2018



What permanent and temporary residents need to know about Canada’s new impaired driving and cannabis-related penalties


What permanent and temporary residents need to know about Canada's new impaired driving and cannabis-related penalties

Canada has made cannabis legally available to adults under a strict legal framework. We have also imposed tough new penalties on those who commit cannabis-related crimes, and in December 2018, those who drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs, including cannabis.
These penalties will have significant impacts on Canadians and non-Canadians alike. For non-Canadians, including permanent residents, the stakes will be high:
  • Not only could they face a fine, criminal charges or even jail, but they may also lose their status and have to leave the country. 
  • Similarly for temporary residents, including visitors, international students and foreign workers, they may not be able to enter or stay in the country.
Share the information: Permanent residents and their Canadian family and friends need to know how these changes could affect them. Help us spread the word by sharing this information with your readers.
Potential immigration consequences for Canadian permanent residents and temporary residents
·         As of October 17, 2018, if a permanent or temporary resident commits a cannabis-related crime, such as illegally producing or selling cannabis, whether in or outside Canada, they could be found inadmissible for serious criminality under our immigration laws.

·         Similarly, when the new impaired driving penalties take effect on December 18, 2018, most impaired driving infractions, including in cases where no one is hurt and the minimum fine is imposed, will be considered serious crimes in Canada. As a result, both permanent and temporary residents could be found inadmissible for serious criminality.
If these situations, permanent residents could lose their status and have to leave the country. Similarly, for those who want to visit, study, or work temporarily in Canada, or who are already here temporarily, they may not be able to stay or enter the country.
See this web notice for more information.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

22-Year Old Local Fashion Designer Makes it Big at Golden Globes


"…don't compromise, keep the drive to do what you love and continuously make connections."  – Adrian Arnieri

ET Canada's Sangita Patel was blown away at how beautiful her gorgeous black gown looked draped across the red carpet. Designed by recent university graduate and Mississauga fashion designer, Adrian Arnieri, Patel could not resist saying that the full length black dress was a true 'piece of art.'

With more than 19 million people watching, Arnieri never imagined he'd see his designs on display at one of Hollywood's most glamorous and prestigious award shows.

Arnieri has loved fashion since the age of three. With support from his family, friends and mentors, he decided to follow his passion. He embarked on a journey into the world of fashion by studying at Ryerson's School of Fashion. While at school, he had the chance to work as an intern to stylists as well as a dresser at a Schwarzkopf fashion show.

With his experiences and talent alone, he started a fashion wardrobe styling business, Arnieri, in 2015. With support from the Mississauga Business Enterprise Centre's (MBEC) Summer Company Program, he developed marketing strategies and branding skills.

It also gave him access to a strong network that led him to key individuals in the fashion industry. With the grant he received from MBEC, he was able to purchase
      supplies and materials to grow his business.

"The Program played a huge part in my success, it really gave me the tools and skills to continue my business on my own," said Arnieri. "Networking is major skill which is huge to have when working in the fashion industry. I am so grateful that this Program expanded my business abilities and knowledge."

Arnieri has had guest appearances on Breakfast Television, Global TV, ET Canada and CP24 Breakfast. He also received first place for his dress design at the 2017 Italian Contemporary Film Festival (ICFF) and second place in the White Cashmere Collection 2017.

Looking forward, Arnieri has goals to produce a collection for the 2018 Toronto Fashion week, participating in the Canadian Art and Fashion Awards (CAFA), and will be showcasing his collection at the Italian Film Festival in June. In April, Arnieri produced a three-piece collection for an auction to support the Canadian Cancer Society. The collection served to honour his mother who passed away from cancer seven years ago.

MBEC is a central source for business information, resources and guidance. For information and guidance from business professionals, visit MBEC on the fourth floor of the Mississauga Central Library or online at mississauga.ca/mbec.

Small Business Month is from October 1 to 31 – it is an opportunity for us to celebrate and profile more than 94,000 Mississauga local Small-Medium Business Enterprises (SMEs).

What better way to celebrate than profiling Mississauga's local businesses. For more information on Adrian Arnieri or the MBEC, please visit thefutureisunlimited.ca/start-up.

The Summer Company Program is funded by the Government of Ontario. For information about the Summer Company program, visit ontario.ca/summercompany

If you would like to know more about Adrian or to schedule a one-on-one interview, please contact Jamal Robinson at Jamal.Robinson@Mississauga.caor 905-615-3200 ext. 5214.

Baazaar starring Saif Ali Khan on October 26th. Trailor


Monday, October 22, 2018

Winners of the 2018 Nathan Cohen Awards Announced

The Canadian Theatre Critics Association is pleased to announce that Karen Fricker and Barry Freeman have won the 2018 Nathan Cohen Awards for excellence in critical writing.
Fricker, theatre critic for the Toronto Star, won in the Short category for her review of Michel Tremblay’s classic Hosanna, as revived in 2016 by Toronto’s Soulpepper Theatre.
Freeman, a drama professor at the University of Toronto and a Newfoundlander, won in the Long category for an essay dissecting the popularity of the musical Come From Away. It was published in the Summer 2017 issue of Canadian Theatre Review.
The biennial awards recognize work published over the past two theatre seasons. They were judged this year by Athabasca University professor emeritus Anne Nothof, a noted theatre scholar, broadcaster and currently editor of the online Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia.
“I am impressed by the quality and depth of theatre criticism in Canada, despite the cuts to newspaper coverage,” Nothof commented. “The reviews were often very inspiring, coming from a range of backgrounds and perspectives.”
“Once again, we had a great response to the competition, with submissions from across Canada,” added CTCA President Martin Morrow. “The Long category, in particular, attracted quite a few entries, suggesting that critics are finding more room for in-depth criticism online.”
The Nathan Cohen Awards, established in 1981, are given out every two years to honour outstanding critical writing about theatre and performance in print and/or electronic media. They are named after the legendary Toronto Star and CBC critic Nathan Cohen (1923-1971). A history of the awards and list of past recipients may be found on the CTCA website.
This year’s awards will be presented at a luncheon in Toronto in December.
Karen Fricker’s winning entry, published Oct. 3, 2016 in the Toronto Star, may be read here.
Barry Freeman’s entry, published Aug. 21, 2017 in Canadian Theatre Review, may be read here.StarBuzzOnline

ent! Marketing launches “Studio Sessions” ad series for brands seeking curated content

Toronto, ON – October 22, 2018 — ent! Marketing, a multinational marketing agency that connects 
brands including YouTube, New Era, Google Play and Visa with their audiences through captivating 
entertainment content, announced the launch of its Studio Sessions series, which allows global 
brands to engage intimately with listeners through original music. 
Spearheaded by ent! Marketing’s Founder and CEO, Libby Biason, the first campaign in the Studio 
Sessions series, executed in partnership with Samsung Canada, brought together three seasoned North 
American producers and 16 artists in a four-day creative collaboration.  
For the Studio Sessions campaign, ent! Marketing invited artists from seven labels including Sony, Warner
 and EOne, to participate in a 90-minute in-studio recording session with one of three renowned 
producers: WondaGurl (Ebony Oshunrinde), T-Minus (Tyler Williams), or Harrison (Harrison Robinson). The
 result: 16 new tracks, five feature videos all captured using the Samsung Galaxy S9+, and 10 tracks to 
engage mobile users.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled with the content we produced with Samsung for its customers to enjoy 
exclusively,” stated Biason, a veteran of 20 years in the entertainment industry. “With this project, we’re 
spotlighting the importance of producers in the music industry. While brand partnerships in music are on 
the rise, most of the opportunities are aimed at trending artists, and we saw an abundance of 
opportunitiesfor rising talent and the producers who will get them to the top.”
Ent! Marketing, with locations in Toronto and Miami, Fla., managed all appearance and content 
contracts, scheduled musical talents and producers into the iconic Warehouse Studios in the 
Gastown district of Vancouver, B.C., and managed all technical requirements for flawless execution 
while in studio.“It was amazing to watch these artists grow throughout this opportunity; they all
 brought new ideas to the table,” said WondaGurl, Ebony Oshunrinde, whose production credits include 
titles by Big Sean, Drake, Travis Scott and Jay-Z. “The results have been incredible. To see some of the 
artists using the songs they made in their careers – I wasn’t expecting to have such an impact on them.”
The participants were a variety of emerging and seasoned talent already signed to one of the seven 
labels. Artists involved included Swollen Members, Lou Phelps, DCF, Terra Lightfoot, Zanski, 
and Nuela Charles.
"Collectively, we've been fans of WondaGurl's production work for a while, so when Samsung came to us 
with the opportunity to work with her, we jumped at the chance,” said Prevail of Swollen Members, whose 
Studio Sessions’ track will be used in a special music video to launch the group’s 20th-anniversary tour. 
“She was able to come up with a beat that captured the Swollen sound and it helped to fuel our creative 
fire in the studio. We're excited to release this new track and video, which document what we laid down 
in the Studio Session.”
All the tracks produced through Studio Sessions are currently available exclusively to Samsung Members. 
To become a Member, register via the Samsung Members App available to download on Galaxy devices or 
via the Galaxy App Store and Google Play Store.
The Studio Sessions campaign series is available to global brands in the United States and Canada
 looking to connect with audiences in compelling ways. For more information about Studio Sessions 
and ent! Marketing, please visit entmarketing.com.
About ent! Marketing
Within the music industry, ent! Marketing has established a community where partners can come 
together to build mutually beneficial music-marketing solutions for clients. Ent! builds relevant, 
fully integrated turnkey music programs that drive ROI. Campaigns leverage the talent and 
assets of major booking agencies, concert promoters, and major record labels in North America. 
To learn more about ent! Marketing, please visit: www.entmarketing.ca/about.
Media contact:
For ent! Marketing/Studio Sessions
Melissa A. Vitale PR

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