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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Robert Lepage's genre-defying production of Coriolanus hits the stage in Stratford


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Robert Lepage's genre-defying production

of Coriolanus hits the stage in Stratford

 

THE FASTER YOU RISE, THE HARDER YOU FALL.

Coriolanus production trailer.

 

June 8, 2018… Robert Lepage makes a thrilling Stratford Festival debut with Shakespeare's Coriolanus, featuring André Sills in the title role. Created in collaboration with Ex Machina, the production begins previews this Saturday, June 9, at the Avon Theatre, and runs until October 20, marking its official opening on June 22.

 

Lepage is celebrated around the world for his stunning, boundary-breaking work. Like his other theatrical and Cirque du Soleil productions, Coriolanus will showcase the technologically sophisticated staging the director is known for.

 

"Robert has created an absolutely stunning version of this play," says Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino. "It is imbued with a leading-edge, contemporary style but never loses touch with its Shakespearean roots."

 

Inspired by modern media, Lepage takes the story about the rise and fall of a legendary general who must face off against the angry Roman mob and infuses it with the energy of Occupy Wall Street and the Arab Spring. The Twittersphere assumes the role of the mob traditionally represented as rioters on stage.

 

"Nowadays, public opinion is mostly represented not by tribunes and mass assemblies but by mass media and social media," Lepage says. "If you want to know what the public feels, you count the number of likes on Facebook, or you look at people's tweets. Even the president of the United States communicates by tweets. That's how democracy expresses itself now." 

 

In addition to Sills, Coriolanus features Graham Abbey as Tullus Aufidius, Michael Blake as Cominius, Tom McCamus as Menenius Agrippa, Stephen Ouimette as Junius Brutus, Lucy Peacock as Volumnia and Tom Rooney as Sicinius Velutus.

 

The creative team, led by Lepage as Director and Set Designer, includes Creative Director and Designer Steve Blanchet, Assistant Director Adèle Saint-Amand, Associate Set and Props Designer Ariane Sauvé, Costume Designer Mara Gottler, Lighting Designer Laurent Routhier, Composer and Sound Designer Antoine Bédard, Images Designer Pedro Pires, Fight Director John Stead and ASL Coach Elizabeth Morris.

 

Coriolanus officially opens on June 22 and runs until October 20.

 

This is one of the 200 exceptional projects funded through the Canada Council for the Arts' New Chapter initiative. With this $35M initiative, the Council supports the creation and sharing of the arts in communities across Canada.

 

Production support is generously provided by Larry Enkin & family in memory of Sharon Enkin, by Sylvia Soyka, and by Catherine & David Wilkes.

 

The production sponsor is BMO Financial Group.

 

Support for the 2018 season of the Avon Theatre is generously provided by The Birmingham Family.

 

Coriolanus at the Forum

 

The Forum is a series of events, such as exclusive showcases, guest speakers, special meals, music and family fun, that offer theatregoers a unique opportunity to delve deeper into the ideas and issues raised by the 2018 playbill.

 

·         IN SEARCH OF GLOBAL FREEDOM

Saturday, June 23

10:30 a.m. to noon

There are many places in the world where citizens' freedoms are constrained; and citizens' concerns about their ability to direct their future transcend national borders. Randall Hansen, Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs, is joined by Lama Mourad and Joseph Wong to discuss the global meaning of freedom.

 

·         MYTHOLOGIZING EMPIRE

Saturday, August 25

10:30 a.m. to noon

Through his Roman plays, Shakespeare mythologized the birth of a new Rome in Britain. But what of the actual Roman context is lost in that process? Join Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino, former National Post theatre critic Robert Cushman and others as they consider both Shakespeare's texts and our knowledge of the Roman world.

 

·         THE NATURE OF LEADERSHIP

Wednesday, September 26

10:45 a.m. to noon

Julius Caesar and Coriolanus both challenge the role and responsibilities of political leadership. In a conversation moderated by CBC Ideas host Paul Kennedy, Samantha Nutt, founder of War Child Canada and War Child USA, Chief Ava Hill of the Six Nations of the Grand River and other successful women consider the relationship between leadership and power and what makes a good leader.

 

The Stratford Festival's 2018 season runs until November 4, featuring The Tempest, The Comedy of Errors, Coriolanus, Julius Caesar, The Music Man, The Rocky Horror Show, Long Day's Journey Into Night, An Ideal Husband, To Kill a Mockingbird, Napoli Milionaria!, Brontë: The World Without and Paradise Lost. For tickets and more information, visit stratfordfestival.ca or call 1.800.567.1600.

 

CAST (in alphabetical order)

 

Tullus Aufidius..................................................................... Graham Abbey

Host, Doctor, Father.............................................................. Wayne Best

Cominius............................................................................... Michael Blake

Old Senator, Old Man........................................................... David Collins

Daughter, Gentlewoman........................................................ Martha Farrell

Young Martius...................................................................... Oliver Gamble

Waiter, Deaf Woman's Husband, Sentinel #2....................... Farhang Ghajar

Virgilia.................................................................................. Alexis Gordon

Menenius Agrippa................................................................. Tom McCamus

Young Martius...................................................................... Eli McCready-Branch

Bartender, Reporter............................................................... Nick Nahwegahbow

Junius Brutus........................................................................ Stephen Ouimette

Volumnia.............................................................................. Lucy Peacock

Sicinius Velutus.................................................................... Tom Rooney

Coriolanus............................................................................. André Sills

Surrogate............................................................................... E.B. Smith

Lieutenant............................................................................. Johnathan Sousa

Caller, Messenger, Caretaker................................................. Emilio Vieira

Valeria, Deaf Woman........................................................... Brigit Wilson

 

ARTISTIC CREDITS

 

Director and Set Designer...................................................... Robert Lepage

Creative Director and Designer............................................. Steve Blanchet

Assistant Director.................................................................. Adèle Saint-Amand

Associate Set and Props Designer.......................................... Ariane Sauvé

Costume Designer................................................................. Mara Gottler

Lighting Designer.................................................................. Laurent Routhier

Composer and Sound Designer............................................. Antoine Bédard

Images Designer.................................................................... Pedro Pires

Fight Director........................................................................ John Stead

ASL Coach............................................................................ Elizabeth Morris

Producer................................................................................ David Auster

Casting Director.................................................................... Beth Russell

Creative Planning Director.................................................... Jason Miller

Assistant Director (Michael Langham Workshop)................. Mikaela Davies

Assistant Costume Designer.................................................. Laura Delchiaro

Assistant Lighting Designer................................................... C.J. Astronomo

Associate Fight Director........................................................ Anita Nittoly

Assistant Fight Director......................................................... Geoff Scovell

Stage Manager....................................................................... Brian Scott

Assistant Stage Managers...................................................... Katherine Arcus, Melissa Rood

Production Assistant.............................................................. Grace Batten

Production Stage Managers................................................... Michael Hart, Janine Ralph

                                                                                              Maxwell T. Wilson

Technical Director................................................................. Elissa Horscroft

 

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PHOTOGRAPHY:

 

Promotional photos for Coriolanus:

https://www.stratfordfestival.ca/Media/ImageGallery/Productions/Photos/Coriolanus

 

Headshots:

https://www.stratfordfestival.ca/Media/ImageGallery/Headshots

 

VIDEO:

 

Production trailer for Coriolanus:

https://youtu.be/CEb4H81iKvE

 

 

Ann Swerdfager

Publicity Director

 

Stratford Festival
55 Queen Street PO Box 520 Stratford ON | N5A 6V2

519.271.4040 x2297

M: 519.301.3569

 

Box Office: Toll Free 1.800.567.1600 Local 519.273.1600

stratfordfestival.ca

 

2018 Season | April to October

The Tempest | The Comedy of Errors | Coriolanus | Julius Caesar | The Music Man

The Rocky Horror Show | Long Day's Journey Into NightAn Ideal Husband

To Kill a Mockingbird Napoli Milionaria! | Brontë | Paradise Lost

 




Saturday, June 16, 2018

Cousins Market satisfies growing consumer appetite for fresh, high-quality prepared foods


 

Cousins Market satisfies growing consumer appetite for fresh, high-quality prepared foods 

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. (June 11, 2018)– The menu of freshly prepared, all-natural appetizers and entrees would make even the most discerning diner's stomach growl.

There are more than 30 house-made fresh soups and dozens of salads to select from to get started. Then there's a long list of mouth-watering dishes such as House Poached Salmon with Couscous Salad, Frenched Lamb Rack for One with Green Beans and Garlic Mash, and Lemon Chicken Piccata for the main course.

But you won't find these great meal options at a restaurant. They're served up daily, prepared from scratch using fresh, high-quality ingredients, by the expert culinary team at Cousins Market.

As it celebrates its 40thanniversary in business, the independent family-owned and operated supermarket has invested heavily in enhancing and expanding its prepared food offerings for the rapidly growing segment of consumers hungry for the convenience of having delicious, wholesome meals made for them without the higher expense and time commitment of dining out.

"Our customers lead very busy lives and we want to make meal time easy for them, without compromising on quality and freshness," says Director of Food Operations Anthony Caruso. "This store earned its reputation by providing the best produce, meats and cheeses every day — our expanded line of prepared and ready-to-eat meals is an extension of that commitment."

Caruso, a 30-year food services veteran, was brought on board to oversee the expansion of the store's prepared foods department. Not only did Cousins build a full commercial kitchen on site as part of a $3 million expansion and enhancement project at its Hurontario Road location in Mississauga, but also Caruso hired more than 20 additional specialized kitchen and service staff.

Other highlights for customers looking for prepared foods include:

·       An expanded meat department featuring free-range, hormone-free and organic meats including chicken, lamb, pork and turkey, as well as wild-caught fish;

·       A new deli and cheese department featuring an expanded selection of meats that are prepared and cooked on site, as well as a new cheese island with dozens of varieties for every taste;

·       A new salad bar and an eat-in dining area with stone-oven pizzas prepared fresh daily;

·       A selection of dry-aged meats, as well as nitrate-free house-made roast beef and oven-roasted Turkey; and

·       A soup island featuring three different soups from more than 30 varieties made fresh from scratch daily.

Cousins' expanded prepared foods department has been a hit with its growing base of loyal customers, particularly with busy families and seniors who want quick, healthy meal options.

"We've experienced significant growth over the past year as a result of the investments we've made in upgrades and our prepared foods have been a large part of that success," Caruso said.

Cousins commitment to quality and value has allowed it to forge relationships with several premium brands and offer their products in the store, including a full line Beretta Farms hormone- and antibiotic-free meat products in its meat department, as well as Balzac Coffee and David's Teas in its café.

 

About Cousins Market:

When Pasquale Battaglia and his two cousins opened their first grocery store way back in 1978, they could hardly have known how Cousins Market would grow and evolve to eventually become a destination point for the freshest groceries and traditionally prepared dishes around town. Now under the careful management of Pasquale's three sons, Cousins continues to thrive as a premium marketplace where you'll find top quality butchery meats, farm fresh foods, and an international selection of fine oils, wines, vinegars and exotic grocery items for your kitchen.

To learn more, please go to www.cousinsmarket.com.

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McDonald's General Manager receives global recognition for work at Bramalea & Sandalwood restaurant


 

                                                                                                                                                                      

 

 

MANAGER OF MCDONALD'S RESTAURANT IN HAMILTON

RECEIVES PRESTIGIOUS GLOBAL AWARD

 

 

 

 

BRAMPTON, Ont. (June 13, 2018) Cindy Wilson, former Manager of the McDonald's Restaurant in Brampton and current restaurant Manager in Hamilton, has won a Ray Kroc Award, an accolade which recognizes the top performing McDonald's restaurant managers globally. Only one percent of restaurant managers around the world receive the honour, which includes a cash prize and a trophy.

 

Cindy was awarded her prize at the Ray Kroc Awards Gala this past April at McDonald's Worldwide Convention in Orlando, Florida.

 

Having started working for McDonald's 23 years ago in Hamilton, Cindy quickly climbed the ranks after two years as a crew member. In 2013 she was promoted to General Manager and, two years later in 2015, she was provided the opportunity to open a new location in Brampton, where she received the Ray Kroc Award. Cindy has since returned to her original location in Hamilton as the General Manager.

 

"It's such an honour to receive this award. It makes me feel like I've accomplished something I never thought I could," said Wilson. "I come into work and do my job, and be the best I can every day."

 

Every year, McDonald's franchisees and regional management across the country nominate restaurant managers for the Ray Kroc Awards to recognize their hard work, dedication, and commitment to McDonald's and its customers.

 

"Since joining the McDonald's team, we've watched as Cindy has applied her strong leadership skills, strategic business acumen and unrivalled work ethic to our business," said Shelly Hansen, Vice President McOpCo and West Region. "This award is our way of thanking Cindy for her ongoing efforts to grow and improve our engagement with both employees and guests."

 

Awards like the Ray Kroc Award reflect McDonald's commitment to creating memorable employment opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds. With a focus on employee growth, the company strives to offer its people with the skills and experience they need to progress in their careers, with around 90 per cent of restaurant managers beginning their careers as crew.

 

To help employees on their career path, McDonald's Canada and its franchisees offer competitive wages, flexible work schedules and scholarship programs. Candidates that are looking for local restaurant career opportunities with the ability for growth can visit their local McDonald's or go to www.worksforme.ca to apply online.

 

About McDonald's Canada

 

In 1967, Canadians welcomed the first McDonald's® restaurant to Richmond, British Columbia. Today, McDonald's Restaurants of Canada Limited has become part of the Canadian fabric, serving close to three million guests every day. Together with our franchisees, we proudly employ nearly 100,000 people from coast-to-coast and approximately 90 per cent of McDonald's 1,400 Canadian restaurants are locally owned and operated by independent entrepreneurs. Of the almost $1 billion we spend on food, beverages and packaging, more than 85 per cent is purchased from over 100 suppliers in Canada.

 

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

BEATING THE DIGITAL AUTO-TUNE ERA OF SINGERS






CANADA, MAY 15, 2018 : A decades long commitment to honing her craft through dedication and perseverance is the ultimate reason behind Shobha Shekhar’s outstanding talent and abilIty. Had it not been for the keen eye and ears of her parents, she would not have begun her formal lessons at the precocious age of three! Having said that, formal training and riyaaz alone are not what makes an artist resonate with an audience! Shobha has worked tirelessly to bring a very traditional art form to a modern audience in an engaging manner a fact that is not easy in the digital, downloadable, auto-tuning era. As an artist, Shobha has had several opportunities to mentor and educate upcoming talent through her various assignments from being in the panel of judges at prestigious music competitions such as CMR Star fest, Super Singers music competition, Indian Idol singing contest and others, she has also been recognized for her contributions to the performing arts and singing with accolades and awards in 2016. This does require true commitment and grit to overcome constant obstacles as well as detectors. Shobha is one of the few artists, in a sea of talent within the South Asian community in Canada, who has experienced performing on a world platform. Shobha has completed over 400 concerts, in addition to lending her voice to several private albums and product commercials in India and Canada. her recent singles "Raahein”, produced here in Canada by Awaazein, almost mimicking her own journey to musical success as well as a beautiful Ghazal, Halat Ye Hai, speaks about her
versatile singing abilities She has also strived relentlessly to create and educate masses through her own music concert compilations in the North Americas - ie, Melange, a fusion project to explore her knowledge and exposure to the various genres of music, as she conceptualized and compiled the presentation content of this concert, She has also collaborated with many veteran musicians and symphony bands across Canada and The Americas as well has shared stage with prolific musicians and singers from the bollywood industry. Most recently, Meri Awaaz Hi Pehchaan Hai, a tribute concert for India’s original nightingale, Lata Mangeshkar, took place on April 21, 2018 at the Aga Khan Centre in Toronto. The concert, organized by Manoj and Sonia Singh of Devsaiadi, helped to raise funds for Shivas, a non-profit organization that helps children with autism. The timelessness and crystal clear clarity of Shobha’s voice left the audience mesmerized, leaving everyone of all ages
speaking, understanding and communicating in the synchronous voice of music. The audience was transported; swaying to the beat as each toe-tapping note resonated, fondly jogging memories of the Divas of Indian music history. Shobha’s ability to sing in numerous regional languages, English, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Kannada, Bengali, Punjabi, and Telugu allows for true versatility. This is truly a talent that many aspiring artists dream to attain. Be sure to watch out for this amazing performer as she prepares once again for several high profile summer festivals across the GTA. ABOUT GTA SOUTH ASIAN MEDIA NETWORK Established in 2016, the GTA South Asian Media Network has developed a reputation for expertise in Media Relations, PR and Promotion of those in the arts, media and entertainment industries, as well as in Marketing and Community Outreach. The multi-award winning working brand, Annie J Koshy – Media Consultant, has a vast network, both within the South Asian as well as the mainstream communities and has the leverage to develop meaningful associations amongst individuals, businesses and within the media fraternity. (www.anniejkoshy.com)
Further information aboshobhashekharsid@gmail.comut Shobha Shekhar can be found at 


www.singershobha.com
or email her at singershobha@gmail.com

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Conversion of PIO Card to OCI Card

The Consulate General of India wishes to reiterate that all the PIO card holders are required to convert their PIO cards into OCI cards at the earliest. The Government of India has a scheme of conversion of PIO cards to OCI Cards for which the deadline was extended up to 31 December 2017.
It is also informed that as per the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)’s guidelines, handwritten PIO cards are not valid after November 2018 and the holders will be denied entry at the Indian Immigration and sent back. 

The service for conversion of PIO to OCI is gratis till 31 December 2017. The  conversion of PIO to OCI after 31 December 2017 will be done against payment of a fee, as prescribed by GOI. All  members of Indo-Canadian community, still holding PIO cards, are therefore requested to convert their PIOs to OCI at the earliest so as to avoid any complications during their travel to India. The community is further advised that conversion of PIO to OCI cards need not require any extra scrutiny or additional documents. For further details, please refer to Consulate website www.cgitoronto.ca .

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Stratford Presents Laser Light Shows in Market Square Dec 27 - 31


Laser Light Show Experience in Stratford's Market Square
A free laser light show for all of Stratford and surrounding areas to enjoy in Stratford's Market Square between Christmas and New Year's
Stratford, ON – December 12th, 2017: The Laser Light Show will be a unique, family friendly experience happening in Stratford's Market Square. Taking place nightly December 27th, 28th, 29th and 30th at 7:30pm, as well as December 31st at both 7:30pm and 12:00am, with the earlier scheduled for a special Kid's countdown, and the latter a New Year's Eve countdown.
         
Each show will be choreographed to music and capture the heritage and beauty of the City Hall building and other historic structures surrounding Stratford's Market Square. There will be no cost to view the Laser Light Show, and each show will run 15 minutes in length. Nu-Salt Laser Light Shows International will orchestrate the shows, providing a premium, fresh experience for the community.
Come down to Stratford's Market Square from December 27th – 31st for a never before seen experience of lights and beauty. The perfect winter outing; gather your family and grab some hot chocolate, while trying something new!  For more information, please visit Strat Fests – New Year's in the Square's Facebook page or follow the link, Stratford's Free Laser Light Show Experience



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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Jordskott (A Shudder Exclusive Series) - Season 2 Teaser



New York, New York — 5 December — AMC Networks’ premium subscription streaming video service SHUDDER continues to build its offering of thrilling, dark and critically-acclaimed international genre series with premieres of Scandinavian Noir mystery BLACK LAKE debuting on December 21st and Season 2 of acclaimed international thriller JORDSKOTT following on January 18th, 2018.
 
JORDSKOTT Season 2, which will premiere on Shudder in the US and Canada, sees the return of tough police detective Eva Thornblad (Moa Gammel) in this eerie, Nordic Noir series laced with Gothic menace. Eva returns to her old job in Stockholm in an attempt to put the haunting events that occurred in Silverhojd behind her and begin a new chapter. However, the discovery of a mutilated corpse floating beneath the ice of a suburban lake leads her to believe she is not yet done with her past. JORDSKOTT is distributed by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.
 
Blending horror and the supernatural psychological thriller genre, BLACK LAKE (produced by Jarowskij, a Banijay Group company) will premiere on Shudder in the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Germany and Austria. It was the most viewed series when broadcast on MTG’s free-TV channel TV3 in 2016, gaining critical praise. The series tells the mysterious tale of Black Lake, a remote and neglected ski resort which has been closed for years, having been the scene of a horrific crime years prior. Johan (Filip Berg) invites his friends to the abandoned resort, with an idea of reopening it. They are soon gripped by fear, as a series of disturbing events lead to danger, questions on who can be trusted, and ultimately who will survive.
 
“With a passion for genre across provocative thrillers, suspense entertainment and horror, we’re delighted to expand SHUDDER’s offering of compelling foreign language genre series,” stated SHUDDER’s VP of Global Acquisitions and Co-Productions, Aurelie de Troyer. “Following its huge success in Sweden, BLACK LAKE takes a fresh and ingenious approach to Scandi Noir, while JORDSKOTT offers an alternative take on the crime drama phenomenon with a captivating second season. The Shudder team is excited to bring these two fantastic series to our members.”
 
SHUDDER has debuted critically-acclaimed international genre series consistently throughout 2017 including, visionary and thrilling three-part French series, BEYOND THE WALLS, THE VALLEY, a mystery where nothing is what it seems in a small, remote village town in Germany and MISSIONS, an award-winning sci-fi supernatural French and English series exploring a space mission that quickly derails, and becomes an electrifying ‘rescue’ mission to Mars. SHUDDER will also co-produce season 2 of MISSIONS, due to air in 2018.
 
About Shudder
 
AMC Networks’ SHUDDER is a premium streaming video service, super-serving fans of all degrees with the best selection in genre entertainment, covering thrillers, suspense, and horror. Home to the largest and fastest-growing human-curated selection of high-quality, spine-tingling and provocative films, TV series, and originals, there’s always something new and unexpected for SHUDDER members to explore. SHUDDER’s expanding library is available in the US, Canada, UK, Ireland and Germany on the web, iOS, Android, Chromecast, Apple TV, Fire TV, Xbox One, and Roku for 4.99/month or 49.99 with an annual membership. Join the SHUDDER community experience commitment-free for 7 days, visit www.shudder.com.
 
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