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MEDIA ALERT: The Official Launch of the Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival on July 8th, 2014

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MEDIA ALERT

THE OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF THE SCOTIABANK TORONTO CARIBBEAN CARNIVAL KICKS OFF AT CITY HALL

  • Official Launch for the Carnival on Tuesday July 8th at Nathan Phillips Square with 100 Masqueraders, Soca and Calypso Music, Caribbean Food and more!

 Toronto, ON (July 4, 2014) – The media are invited to join Finance Minister Joe Oliver, Minister of Tourism Culture and Sport Michael Coteau, Scotiabank VP of the Toronto East District Christine Williams, Ontario Science Centre CEO Maurice Bitran, Festival CEO Denise Herrera-Jackson and CAO Chris Alexander, members of the Canadian Caribbean community and Chutney Soca artist Drupatee to kick off the 47th annual Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 8th at Nathan Phillips Square.

The launch ceremony, hosted by CTV Toronto’s Andria Case and CP24’s Pooja Handa will be followed by a colourful parade of over 100 Mas players, Afropan Steel Band, Calypso Soca Monarch Macomere Fifi and Reggae Artist Steele.   Caribbean food vendors will be on-site.

What: Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival 2014 is kicking off the 3-week summer festival at Nathan Phillips Square. The NOON HOUR launch showcases the many events that will entertain and energize Toronto leading up to the Grand Parade on Saturday Aug. 2.  Keynote speakers including major sponsors, city officials and members of the FMC.  There will be music, performances and food.

Why: Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival is an important tourism event.  It annually brings hundreds of thousands of tourists into the city.  New events and new funding will be announced.  Grand Parade route has been extended.  There will be an addition of Jab Jab J’Ouvert, Summer Slamm and Carnival Island music events, with major Caribbean performers to appear at all three events.  Carnival moving to Malvern. Summer BBQ at Liberty Village.

Who: Scheduled to speak are Federal Minister of Finance Joe Oliver, Provincial Minister of Culture, Tourism and Sport Michael Coteau, City Councillor Joe Mihevc, Scotiabank VP of the Toronto East District Christine Williams, CEO Denise Herrera-Jackson and CAO Chris Alexander of the Festival Management Committee.  The kick off will be hosted by Andria Case of CTV and Pooja Handa of CP24.

There will be 100 masqueraders, both male and female, at the Square for photo/interview opportunities. Also attending are Afro Pan, Canada Calypso Monarch Macomere Fifi, (Reggae artist) Steele, Connector, Fire eaters and Limbo dancers and Chutney Soca artiste Drupatee.

When: National anthem at 11:55 a.m. sharp. Speeches from 11:59 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Caribbean entertainment until 2 p.m. Entertainment resumes at 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: Nathan Phillips Square. Queen Street – Toronto City Hall.

How: All media are welcome to cover the event. www.torontocaribbeancarnival.com. The public is encouraged to attend this FREE event.

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Media Contacts

Stephen Weir
Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival Publicist
Phone 416-489-5868
Cell: 416-801-3101
Email: Stephen@stephenweir.com

Darling Nicky
Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival Cultural Liaison and PR
Cell: 905-399-5322
Email: darlingnicky.ca@gmail.com

Diana Hart
Scotiabank, Public, Corporate & Government Affairs
Cell: 647-821-3849
Email: diana.hart@scotiabank.com

 

MEDIA ALERT: The Junior Caribbean Carnival Parade Media Launch/Preview on July 2, 2014

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Junior Carnival Moving Back to Malvern

Media Launch/Preview on July 2, 2014

(Toronto, ON) – June 25, 2014 -The media is invited to join Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival’s CEO Denise Herrera-Jackson, local MPPs, city of Toronto councillors, Scotiabank representatives and members of the Caribbean Canadian community for the releasing of information about this year’s RELOCATED Junior Carnival/Family Day.   The colourful lunch time media preview will be held at the soon-to-be-opened Malvern Family Resource Centre (90 Littles Rd).

The Festival Management Committee, members of the Toronto Mas Band Association and The Organization of Calypso Performing Artistes will be releasing key information about this year’s Children’s Parade and Carnival. Starring in the media preview with be 50 children in costumes (with signed model releases) from nine mas camps and will be showing their new Mas dance moves for the first time!  There will also be Junior Calypso singers, a dance group and steelpan performances.

For the past two years, the Parade and Family Day has been staged in Downsview Park.  However, since this summer the roads and bridge that the children danced along are slated to be closed for reconstruction, the parade is coming to the Malvern community. On Saturday July 19th, over 2,000 children in Mas costume will be taking to the streets between Malvern and Neilson Park south of Finch and Neilson Road for the annual parade.

Who:  50 children in mas costumes. Jr steel pan orchestra. Jr calypso singers.Spokespeople from the Junior Carnival Parade, MPPS, city councillors and Scotiabank will speak at the press launch.
When: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Where:  90 Littles Road (east of Morningside Ave and Sewells Rd)
What:   The children will hold a short parade along Littles Road into the new Malvern Family Resource Centre.  Parking available

For more information about the programs and events, please visit the festival’s official website at www.torontocaribbeancarnival.com. The Festival Office is located at 19 Waterman Avenue.

Contact info: Tel: 416-391-5608;  Email: info@torontocaribbeancarnival.com.

About Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival

The Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival is an exciting three-week cultural explosion of Caribbean music, cuisine, and revelry as well as visual and performing arts. It has become a major international event and the largest cultural festival of its kind in North America. As Carnival is an international cultural phenomenon, the great metropolis of Toronto and its environs will come alive as the city explodes with the pulsating rhythms and melodies of Calypso, Soca, Reggae, Chutney, Steel Pan and Brass Bands. The Festival Management Committee oversees the running of North America’s largest outdoor festival.

Corporate sponsors of this year’s festival include: Scotiabank, OLG, The Toronto Star, CTV, CP-24, Virgin Radio, The Canadian Federal Government, The Province of Ontario, City of Toronto, Tourism Toronto, The Greater Toronto Airports Authority, the Ontario Science Centre, and the Liberty Grand.

About Scotiabank

Scotiabank is a leading financial services provider in over 55 countries and Canada’s most international bank. Through Bright Future, our global philanthropic program, Scotiabank and its employees support causes at a grassroots level across six pillars: health, education, social services, arts and culture, environment and sports. Recognized as a leader for our charitable donations and philanthropic activities, Scotiabank has contributed on average some $50 million annually over the last five years to community causes around the world. Visit us at www.scotiabank.com.

For media inquires:

Stephen Weir
Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival Publicist
Phone 416-489-5868
Cell: 416-801-3101
Email: Stephen@stephenweir.com

Diana Hart
Scotiabank, Public, Corporate & Government Affairs
Phone: 416-866-7238
Cell: 647-821-3849
Email: diana.hart@scotiabank.com

 

CARIVIBE – Celebrating Caribbean Culture In The Nation’s Capital

The New Hot 89.9 presents


IN CELEBRATION OF THE 2014 WORLD CUP, TAKING PLACE IN BRAZIL, CARIVIBE FESTIVAL OTTAWA INVITES ALL NATIONS TO WEAR THEIR FLAGS AND CELEBRATE CARIBBEAN CULTURE ON PETRIE ISLAND

CARIVIBE

Celebrating Caribbean Culture In The Nation’s Capital

SATURDAY JUNE 21ST 2014

BEACH FESTIVAL
PETRIE ISLAND – 727 Trim Rd.
ORLEANS, ONTARIO (OTTAWA)

#ReachTheBeach
CARIVIBE TAKES PLACE RAIN OR SHINE
www.carivibe.com

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CARIVIBE BEACH FESTIVAL
SATURDAY JUNE 21ST 2014 – GATES OPEN AT 12:00PM
#ReachTheBeach

ENTERTAINMENT & ACTIVITIES:

In celebration of the 2014 World Cup, taking place in Brazil, Carivibe Festival Ottawa invites all Nations to celebrate Caribbean culture on Petrie Island. Wear your countries colours, wave your flags and enjoy NINE HOURS of non-stop entertainment at Canada’s Largest Caribbean Beach Party. Indulge in the finest Caribbean cuisine and kick back in our licensed beach tents for adults. Teens will love our all-ages stage and the Kiddies will have a blast in our Myers Carnival village, filled with arts & crafts, bouncy rides, inflatables, face painting, mascots and games.

Don’t forget to stop by our Brazil World Cup Zone to test your skills and play a game of beach soccer. We will also be playing ARGENTINA vs IRAN, GERMANY vs GHANA and NIGERIA vs BOSNIA/HERZEGOVINA on our big screen projectors in our Brazil World Cup tent.

Caribbean Cuisine & Beverages, Licensed Beach Tent, Brazil World Cup Zone, Myers Children’s Play Village, All Ages Stage, Steel Bands, Masqueraders, International Entertainers, DJ’s, Dance Groups, Fashion Shows, Arts & Crafts, Carivibe Booty Camp and more.

*BANDS*

MOSES REVOLUTION
DESTINY
ARTISAN KINGS
NEPEAN PANHARMONIC STEEL BAND
SALSITOS
LOYAL KIGABIRO
& SURPRISE GUESTS

*DJ’S*

DR. JAY
MACE
CHRIS DUBBS
CHARLIE B
BEANZ
SWEET CHUNES
SELEKTAH SHELLZ
C4
TYTUS
MES
JETSON & MNM
MBITIOUS

*DANCE GROUPS*

CARIVIBE BOOTY CAMP W/ DIONNE SINCLAIR
RITMO BAILE DANCE SCHOOL
OMEGA PSI PHI OTTAWA CHAPTER

*HOSTED BY*

PAPA RICHIE
CASHTRO

DIRECTIONS:

From Ottawa West, Take 417 East to Provincial Route 174
toward Orleans/Rockland, Turn left on Trim Rd. and you have arrived at PETRIE ISLAND – 727 Trim Rd.

Go to www.mapquest.com for more detailed directions

SHUTTLE BUS TO PETRIE ISLAND

# 1: Park and Ride (Trim Road and Hwy 174)

# 2: Regular OC Transpo Bus Route #122 + Place D’Orleans Service to Petrie Island

CARIVIBE TAKES PLACE RAIN OR SHINE!
www.carivibe.com

#ReachTheBeach

EVERYONE IS INVITED
ALL NATIONS, ONE LOVE.

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Gates open at 12:00pm, 19+ Licensed Tent
Children’s Play Village and All Ages Section

Children 12 and under are FREE
$12.00 ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE UNTIL JUNE 18TH AT:

OTTAWA
www.ticketgateway.com – 1-877-616-0101
www.capitaltickets.ca – (613) 599-32671-877-788-3267

Bananas – 2010 Trim Rd. (Sobeys Plaza) – (613)-837-5555
Darcy McGee’s – 260 Centrum Blvd. (613)-841-4784
L&F Montego Place – 2211 St. Joseph Blvd. (613) 830-8377
One Stop Caribbean Take-Out – 2518 Innes Rd. (613)-834-1200
Nrml Clothing – 184 Rideau St. (613) 562-2043
The Pita Pit – 373 Dalhousie St. (613) 789-2239
Island Flava – 409 Dalhousie St. (613) 321-4198
Caribbean Sizzler – 133 Bank St. (613) 569-7000
Fades – 1800 Bank St. (613) 737-3633
Fades – 597 Somerset St. (613) 230-3233
Mama Cee’s – 1020 St. Laurent Blvd. (613) 796-8228, 741-5952
Tropical Garden – 556 Montreal Rd. (613) 746-5600
Mugena – 911 Richmond Rd. (613) 722-8228
Phresh – 3098 Carling Ave. 613-321-1447
Salon Silk – 4100 Strandherd Dr. 613-843-7455
Carivibe Ltd. – (613) 590-1588, (613) 291-3975, (613) 316-1113, (613) 558-9504, 613-850-9104

KINGSTON
www.ticketgateway.com – 1-877-616-0101
Bayjam Caribbean Cuisine – 41 Montreal St. 613-541-0006

MONTREAL
www.ticketgateway.com – 1-877-616-0101
www.capitaltickets.ca – (613) 599-3267, 1-877-788-3267

TORONTO
www.ticketgateway.com – 1-877-616-0101
www.capitaltickets.ca – (613) 599-3267, 1-877-788-3267
Play De Record – 357A Yonge St. (416) 586-0380

Advance tickets available until June 18th
$12.00 in advance, $20.00 at the gate

Special thanks to
BOB MONETTE
City Councillor Orleans Ward 1
Thanks for making Carivibe 2014 possible!

CARIVIBE TAKES PLACE RAIN OR SHINE!
www.carivibe.com

#ReachTheBeach

EVERYONE IS INVITED
ALL NATIONS, ONE LOVE.

Toronto Comedian MALIAKA BRYCE launches “Laugh-A-Thon Campaign”

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May 16, 2014 —  For Immediate Release

Comedian MALIAKA BRYCE launches “Laugh-A-Thon Campaign”

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Toronto funny girl, Maliaka Bryce is seriously funny as she aims to serve up good vibes with the production of her Indigogo crowd sourcing campaign “The Maliaka Bryce Laugh-A-Thon Campaign” to raise $15,000 to cover the production costs of her sure-to-be hilarious comedy DVD. Maliaka plans to post a hilarious new joke or skit online via Facebook /Twitter/ InstaGram everyday starting May 9, to May 20, 2014 in order to raise funds and awareness for her project.

Exactly what is a Laugh-A-Thon anyway? Think a marathon of laughter, only coming up for air with a healthy dose of “I know someone like that!” in-between. Comedienne, Host and Producer, Maliaka Bryce is a Toronto-based entertainer who has performed for over 40,000 people creating laughter and fun with her unique brand of Jamaican/Canadian humor while growing a loyal fan base.

And if laughter is the best medicine, then O/D on Maliaka, your comedian pharmacist of choice; because everybody feels better when they laugh, and tend to be a little more liberal with their spending too. That’s where the donations come in.  The Maliaka Bryce- Laugh-a-Thon is loaded with perks and benefits with sponsorship packages starting from only $45 dollars. More information and to donate click here …

 

The Last Laugh

You’re either laughing with or at her. Maliaka’s entry into the world of entertainment in 2002 was like a stand-up comedy drama; It took her weeks of pleading to get the owner of a local sports bar in Montego Bay, Jamaica to agree to let her emcee the bar’s karaoke night. On her opening night she was booed off the stage. The owner, however, saw something in Maliaka and, to the utter dismay of the patrons; he invited her back the following week to try again. Maliaka took the snide remarks in stride, cried A LOT, but refused to give up.

Within two years, she was dubbed Mobay’s Queen of Karaoke and her sultry voice and quirky personality landed her a radio show on one of the island’s most popular station’s, Mello FM. Maliaka jumped from Jamaican radio to the acting stage and finally to Jamaican television before she returned to Toronto in 2010 with a nomination from the Actor Boy Awards, their Oscar’s, for Best Actress in a supporting role.

Having headlined her first one-hour special on April 4, 2014, hosted by Jay Martin, Maliaka is ready to take the next leap forward towards becoming a household name in Canada and the Caribbean while honing a reputation as the entertainer of choice. Cue production of hilarious, high-quality comedy DVD for international distribution…but she needs your help.

Invest in LAUGHTER and Feel Good

The average cost for this type of production ranges from $60,000 to $200,000.00. However, during her 12 years in the industry, through her connections and friendship with some of the best production and creative specialists in Canada and them lending their support, Maliaka has significantly reduced the overheads to only $15,000.00 (which is almost like getting it done for free, almost!)

Laughing Matters

Wonderful things happen in your mind and body when you laugh, besides the urge the use the lavatory. We’ve all experienced how laughter instantly improves our moods, helps keep life’s challenges in perspective, greatly reduces stress, and improves sex. So do yourself a favour and laugh, hard, laugh often and laugh with Maliaka. No contribution is too small, so this is one time size doesn’t matter!

To make your donation or for more details please check out the Indigogo crowd sourcing project page entitled MALIAKA BRYCE – Laugh-A- Thon Campaign  or https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=maliaka+bryce+epic+begging

Need A Pick-Me-Upper?

Head over to Maliaka’s website http://www.senoritaproductions.com for the joke of the day. Be sure to check the site 4 to 5 times weekly for new jokes guaranteed to make you feel good.

Contact Person:

Maliaka Bryce
Senorita Productions
647-999-9014

 

TORONTO MUSICIANS GIVE “THE GIFT OF MUSIC” FOR MUSICOUNTS IN 4th ANNUAL CHARITY BENEFIT

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TORONTO MUSICIANS GIVE “THE GIFT OF MUSIC” FOR MUSICOUNTS IN 4th ANNUAL CHARITY BENEFIT  

DECEMBER 3, 2013 (Publicity Support Newswire)  TORONTO, ON — Award winning MC and Producer Kid Kut, and co-producers IV PLAY and Darling Nicky are pleased to return for their 4th installment of “The Gift Of Music” with returning sponsor  CASIO Canada Ltd.; an evening of music to benefit MusiCounts Canada.  On Tuesday, December 17th, 2013 at the Hard Rock Café (279 Yonge Street at Dundas) the public is invited to celebrate “The CASIO® Gift of Music”, an event featuring live performances by an A-list roster of artists that have made an impact on the Canadian urban music industry.  This highly anticipated event, hosted this year by Canadian R&B icon Glenn Lewis alongside Kid Kut shall feature live performances by August Rigo, Ginette Claudette, Aleesia, Luu Breeze, Andrea Lewis, Omar Lunan, Rufus John, Lisa Banton with a special performance DJ segment by turntablists Turnstylez.    An after party will follow with music by G 98.7’s Jester and MC Linx.

“It never ceases to amaze me how much talent there is in the City of Toronto, and to be able to provide a platform where established artists and up-and-comers can perform on the same stage in the name of my favourite cause is nothing short of a blessing.” – Kid Kut

MusiCounts associated with CARAS, is a charity based organization that focuses on supporting music programs in schools across Canada, ensuring that children of all walks of life have access to music education through instrument grants, scholarships and other music initiatives. This year, schools across Canada will benefit from $600,000 worth of Band Aid musical instrument grants. The grants (worth $5,000 or $10,000) impact thousands of young Canadians and support diverse music programs that include concert and jazz bands to drum and guitar ensembles from Pre K to Grade 12 in urban, rural, remote and First Nations communities from coast to coast.  For more information on MusiCounts, please see their official website at http://www.musicounts.ca.

The Hard Rock Café, located in the heart of Toronto, is a perfect venue for such an event which boasts a long history of live performances. With limited advanced tickets available, it is strongly recommended that you purchase yours early, as it is guaranteed to sell out.

On December 17th, 2013, you can expect an evening of unparalleled musical entertainment, along with the opportunity to give the gift of music to generations to come via silent auctions, and raffles.  100% of the proceeds will be donated to MusiCounts Canada on behalf of The CASIO® Gift of Music Team.

“It’s important to keep children learning through music in schools.  Music is an amazing force that can make people with difference share something in common.” – Natalie of IV Play.

“Music may be the one gift that we can give to one another that is universally appreciated, and re-gifted over and over.” – Darling Nicky

Advanced $15.00 tickets to The Gift of Music can be purchased securely online at www.ticketgateway.com OR by calling 416.858.2191.

Please join us at The Gift of Music on December 17th, 2013 at The Hard Rock Café.

For General Info: info@giftofmusicTO.com
For Media Inquiries: nicky@publicitysupport.ca

Darling Nicky, Publicity and Media Relations,
The Gift of Music

Gift of Music 2013

NEW MUSIC ARTISTS GIVEN A ROTATIONAL PLATFORM ON CHRY 105.5 FM

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NEW MUSIC ARTISTS GIVEN A ROTATIONAL PLATFORM

Toronto – On Monday, November 25th, CHRY 105.5 FM launched its newest programming initiative, AMPTrax. Short of Amplified Music Plays, AMPTrax are songs deemed worthy of extra plays across the CHRY program grid.  “AMPTrax allows the CHRY music department to leverage its existing relationship with emerging, independent artists and further gives local and Canadian talent a leg up in Toronto’s hyper-competitive radio market,” says Randy Reid, CHRY’s Program Director.

AMPTrax airs 105 times throughout our programming week with individual tracks receiving more than a dozen plus spins. Much of the music spotlighted are chosen by a collective of highly engaged and connected music connoisseurs (many of which contribute to the CHRY music department and are further engaged in the music industry across Canada in a variety of ways). The artists/bands spotlighted represent genres and emerging acts that would struggle to get ‘regular rotation’ spins in mainstream and broadcast arenas across the country due to the gross saturation of media ownership in markets across Canada. AMPTrax is a direct answer to this void.

The premiere group of artist/songs includes:

Eamon McGrath – “Bitter Ends” (eamonmcgrath.ca)

Shi Wisdom – “Monster” (shiwisdommusic.bandcamp.com)

Exco Levi – “Holding On” (www.excolevi.com)

The Knobodies – “Summer” (xiisundays.com/‎)

Bizzarh – “Moments” (bizzarh.bandcamp.com/‎)

Artists and labels looking to submit music for AMPTrax consideration can email hi-quality mp3 files (320 kbs)and a brief bio to amptrax@chry.fm. Preference is given to local and independent artists.

CHRY looks forward to working with artists, labels and the general music community at large as they continue to grow in their contributions to Canada’s new music scene.

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Based in Toronto, Ontario CHRY 105.5FM is the market’s leading source for diversity on the FM dial. Our signal broadcasts to a base residential audience of over 1.6 million and offers a varied program schedule showcasing a strong mix of language, culture, lifestyle and talk programming. As a recognized leader in community-centric broadcast CHRY Radio Inc. (105.5FM) sustains a mass listening audience by working with leading and credible ambassadors of identified causes, musical genres and communities to deliver content that expertly fills the void of local ‘points of view’ and culture absent in media across Canada. You can tune into CHRY across the GTA at 105.5FM and across Southern Ontario on several digital cable providers and worldwide at: www.chry.fm or (Mobile APP) www.tunein.com

For Media & Information Contact: Station Manager-Danae Peart chrymgr@yorku.ca // Program Director-Randy Reid chryprog@yorku.ca

TORONTO’S CHRY 105.5 FM LAUNCHES NEW SOUND DESIGN

CHRY CHRY 105.5 FM LAUNCHES NEW SOUND DESIGN

Radio more than any other medium is defined by the quality and delivery of its sound/audio.  For more than 26 years CHRY 105.5FM has been defined by its unique and diverse sound.  This week CHRY takes the bold step of re-defining its sound for their listening audience and engagement of a wider demographic. The sound to be presented is a partial preview into a larger organizational shift currently in progress.  Earlier in 2013 CHRY embraced the undertaking of reimaging and reconnecting with the long-standing traditions of radio and quality content development, they further embodied it in the tag line: Your Leading Source for Diversity.  This latest step in enhancing their audio is to illustrate a commitment to excellence in broadcast media through sound design.

As of  Monday November 25th, 2013 listeners can tune-in to the sound and imaging launch.  As you go between the varied programs CHRY offers, the new ‘signature voices’ will help navigate you through the diversity in language, cultural and innovative music/spoken word programming.  As a burgeoning not-for-profit social enterprise, CHRY has secured two entirely new, yet wildly experienced and talented voices to the Toronto broadcast market.

Don Amiche and Jessica Gomes represent a winning combination of vocal command and appeal. Don Amiche (Los Angeles) has dominated ratings in broadcasts world-wide from Barbados to the United States and will entice Toronto markets. Jessica Gomes (Australia) is a Jill of all-trades from International fashion magazine campaigns with Vogue and Victoria Secret; her voice is most readily recognizable as the ‘Maybach Music Girl’ heard millions of times over on the top hip hop music label releases of Maybach Music (owned by rapper Rick Ross).

CHRY is pleased that this new sound design project will clearly respond to the expectations of its advertising clients across the GTA, who appreciate the impact of radio and its ability to move their products.  And further recognize that the economical campaigns structured by CHRY now further place their small/medium sized business budgets in line with their large market competitors. As the city’s “leading source for diversity” and ambassador for small business and community campaigns, CHRY encourages you to listen all day, all week for the shift in sound at 1055 FM and follow us on all social media outlets at chryradio.

Based in Toronto, Ontario CHRY 105.5FM is the market’s leading source for diversity on the FM dial. Our signal broadcasts to a base residential audience of over 1.6 million and offers a varied program schedule showcasing a strong mix of language, culture, lifestyle and talk programming. As a recognized leader in community-centric broadcast CHRY Radio Inc. (105.5FM) sustains a mass listening audience by working with leading and credible ambassadors of identified causes, musical genres and communities to deliver content that expertly fills the void of local ‘points of view’ and culture absent in media across Canada. You can tune into CHRY across the GTA at 105.5FM and across Southern Ontario on several digital cable providers and worldwide at: www.chry.fm or (Mobile APP) www.tunein.com

For Media & Information Contact: Station Manager-Danae Peart chrymgr@yorku.ca // Program Director-Randy Reid chryprog@yorku.ca

CASIO® REJOINS TORONTO’S 2013 “GIFT OF MUSIC” EVENT AS TITLE SPONSOR WITH HOST GLENN LEWIS

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CASIO® REJOINS TORONTO’S 2013 “GIFT OF MUSIC” EVENT AS TITLE SPONSOR WITH HOST GLENN LEWIS

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OCTOBER 29, 2013 (Publicity Support Newswire) TORONTO, ON – Returning for the second consecutive year, international electronics manufacturing company CASIO® will be sponsoring the Gift of Music talent showcase in support of MusiCounts Canada.

The Casio Gift of Music will take place on Tuesday, December 17th, 2013 at the Hard Rock Café (279 Yonge Street at Dundas).

“As a proud sponsor of the “Casio Gift of Music”, we are extremely pleased to continue our partnership with MusiCounts to celebrate the joy of music and to support the rich diversity of Canadian musicianship. Music plays an important role in life, and as a manufacturer of high-quality pianos and keyboards, we believe strongly in the importance of fostering young musical minds and helping them to achieve their goals.” says Michael Powers, Vice President, Sales and Marketing of Casio Canada Ltd.

The CASIO® Gift of Music will feature performances using the critically acclaimed Privia Pro PX-5S Digital Piano and the award-winning XW-P1 Performance Synthesizer.

Urban music legend Kevin “Kid Kut” Keith, Natalie “IV Play” Powell and Toronto’s Ms. Darling Nicky invite you to share their love of music and celebrate The 4th Annual CASIO® Gift of Music, an event featuring live performances by an A-list roster of artists and musicians that have made an impact on the Canadian music industry.

Canadian R&B singer Glenn Lewis will headline this year’s charity event.  Glenn has recently released a full-length album under Ruffhouse/Capitol.  His single “Can’t Say Love” performed well in the Top 40 of the Urban Adult Contemporary charts.  Previous performers have included Jully Black, Michie Mee, Kardinal Offishall, Saukrates and August Rigo.

Doors open at 8 p.m., show starts promptly at 9 p.m.  Tickets are available at participating outlets and online at TicketGateway.com.

ABOUT CASIO®:

Casio is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of consumer electronics and business equipment solutions, striving to realize our corporate creed of “creativity and contribution” through the introduction of innovative and imaginative products.

CASIO® Canada Ltd. is located at 141 McPherson Street, Markham, Ontario, L3R 3L3, Canada, and markets calculators, musical instruments, mobile presentation devices, disc title and label printers, watches, cash registers and other consumer electronic products.

www.casioca.com

ABOUT MUSICOUNTS®

MusiCounts associated with CARAS, is a charity based organization that focuses on supporting music programs in schools across Canada, ensuring that children of all walks of life have access to music education through instrument grants, scholarships and other music initiatives. This year, schools across Canada will benefit from $600,000 worth of Band Aid musical instrument grants. The grants (worth $5,000 or $10,000) impact thousands of young Canadians and support diverse music programs that include concert and jazz bands to drum and guitar ensembles from Pre K to Grade 12 in urban, rural, remote and First Nations communities from coast to coast.  For more information on MusiCounts, please see their official website at http://www.musicounts.ca.

For General Info: info@giftofmusicTO.com
For Media Inquiries: nicky@publicitysupport.ca

Darling Nicky, Publicity and Media Relations,
The CASIO® Gift of Music

GLENN LEWIS

24 HOURS OF 24 DJ’s MIXING LIVE TO RADIO BROADCAST AND LIVE AUDIENCES ON CHRY 105.5FM

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24 HOURS OF 24 DJ’s MIXING LIVE TO RADIO BROADCAST AND LIVE AUDIENCES ON CHRY 105.5FM

 

TORONTO, ONTARIO –Thursday, October 3, 2013 //

On Tuesday, October 15, 2013 CHRY 105.5 FM invites an exciting roster of DJ’s to the campus of York University to participate in Canada’s largest DJ Mix Relay Marathon broadcast 24 HOURS/24 DJS (24djs.ca).

This 24hour media (and non-stop music) event will mark the 3rd Annual event of its kind and a unique broadcast experience never attempted on Toronto radio airwaves until CHRY 105.5FM established it in 2011. It will also launch the radio stations 2013 public fundraising drive ‘celebrating 26 years on the FM dial’.

As one of the standing leaders in alternative source media across the city of Toronto – there is no other station on the dial suited to pull off such a historical media moment. Twenty-four highly influential DJ’s and night life industry leaders will grace the air-waves with one-hour mix DJ sets over the course of 24 hours. The first set will begin at NOON on Tuesday, October 15th with world WTF Turntabilist Champion DJ GROUCH and end NOON on Wednesday, October 16th with world renowned I*AM Artist and Toronto Raptors Game Day DJ 4KORNERS.

CHRY 105.5FM’s legacy as a stakeholder for DJ culture is well founded through several signature on-air series such as May Is Month Of The DJ and further substantiated through international recognition as the leading content provider of Afro-Caribbean programming among all C/C class stations across North America for over 23-years.

The 24-hour Mix DJ Relay Marathon will cover a wide array of genres and profile some of the city’s more influential DJ talents from radio, club and nightlife across Southern Ontario including Tuesday September 15th: Legendary Soca DJ DR. JAY – DE SOCA PRINCE (4PM), National Redbull 3Style Champion DJ MENSA (6PM), the World Famous – STARTING FROM SCRATCH (5PM), and Wednesday morning 2012 Regional Redbull 3Style Champion DJ MAKEM (10AM) and several more very notable DJ’s (see below for full roster).

CHRY Radio Inc. is inviting media reps and bloggers to the 105.5FM studios located on the Keele campus of York University inside The Student Centre to witness the event unfold live over the 24 hour period in front of live audiences of up to 1200 youth and community members in locations throughout the newly renovated facility. For those in the media interested in securing  interview slots with any of the identified DJ’s from the mix relay: please contact:

Randy Reid, CHRY 105.5FM Program Director at chryprog@yorku.ca or phone – 416.736.5293 ext. 70366.

Based in Toronto, Ontario CHRY 105.5FM is the market’s leading source for diversity on the FM dial. Our signal broadcasts to a base residential audience of over 1.5 million and offers a varied program schedule showcasing a strong mix of language, culture, lifestyle and talk programming. As a recognized leader in community-centric broadcast CHRY Radio Inc. (105.5FM) sustains a mass listening audience by working with credible ambassadors of identified causes, musical genres and communities to deliver content that expertly fills the void of local ‘points of view’ and culture absent in media across Canada. You can tune into CHRY across the GTA at 105.5FM and across Southern Ontario on several digital cable providers and worldwide at: www.chry.fm or (Mobile APP) www.tunein.com.                                  .

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#24DJS ROSTER

The following list outlines the confirmed and very talented 2013 roster. Interview blocks are available 20mins before and after their one-hour set. Please schedule 5-7min block with Program Director at chryprog@yorku.ca

FIRST WAVE – OCTOBER 15th, 2013 (Noon):

(01) 12:00PM – DJ GROUCH (@djgrouch)

(02) 01:00PM – DJ SMARTIEZ (@DJSMARTIEZ)

(03) 02:00PM – DJ FASE (@DJFASE)

(04) 03:00PM – DJ ROMEO (@TheRealDJRomeo)

(05) 04:00PM – DR. JAY (@socaprince)

(06) 05:00PM – STARTING FROM SCRATCH (@djsfs)

(07) 06:00PM – DJ MENSA (@mensathedj)

(08) 07:00PM – DJ RITZ (@djritz)

(09) 08:00PM – DJ BIG JACKS (@bigjacks)

(10) 09:00PM – DJ DOC (@DEJAYDOC)

(11) 10:00PM – DJ MEL-BOOGIE (@djmelboogie)

(12) 11:00PM – BLACK REACTION (@blackreaction)

SECOND WAVE – OCTOBER 16th, 2013 (till Noon):

(13) 12:00AM – DJ ROYALE (@RoyaleGG)

(14) 01:00AM – DJ RED X (@DJREDXO)

(15) 02:00AM – BOZACK MORRIS (@bozackula)

(16) 03:00AM – ROOTSMAN SOUND (tba)

(17) 04:00AM – DJ HOT SHOT (@IAMDJHOTSHOT)

(18) 05:00AM – DJ BABY YU (@djbabyyu)

(19) 06:00AM – DJ MARXMAN (@MARXMAN_KOS)

(20) 07:00AM – DJ ONONYMOUS (@iamdjo)

(21) 08:00AM – DJ SPOONZ (@djspoonz)

(22) 09:00AM – DJ SOCA SWEETNESS (@DJSOCASWEETNESS)

(23) 10:00AM – DJ MAKEM (@DJMAKEM)

(24) 11:00AM – 4KORNERS (@4KORNERS)

MORE INFORMATION AT: 24djs.ca

Jason Baldwin (West Memphis Three) to be keynote speaker at AIDWYC’s “Back to the Future” Conference

AIDWYC

The Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted (AIDWYC) will be hosting “BACK to the FUTURE” a day-long educational conference, gala dinner and an evening of festivities in recognition of its 20th Anniversary.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Hyatt Regency

370 King St W Toronto, ON M5V 1J9

JASON BALDWIN (West Memphis Three) to be Keynote Speaker at AIDWYC’s Gala Dinner.

Interviews can be scheduled for all participants as well as AIDWYC’s Co-Presidents Jonathan Freedman and Ralph Steinberg:

CONTACT:  Stephen Weir at 416-801-3101 or 416-489-5868. stephen@stephenweir.com

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Gala Keynote Speaker, Jason Baldwin (West Memphis Three)—one of three teenagers wrongly imprisoned for 18 years for the murder of three eight-year-old boys in West Memphis, Arkansas.  Mr. Baldwin and his two co-accused were released in 2011.  Mr. Baldwin joins a long list of wrongly convicted Canadians and Americans who will be in Toronto to participate in this milestone event.

Conference –reflecting on past convictions through the lens of today’s developments in forensic sciences, research and evidence and working towards preventing and correcting wrongful convictions in the future.

Topics to be discussed by leading experts in their fields include: History of Innocence Work, Shaken Baby Syndrome, the Role of the Crown in Preventing Wrongful Convictions, the Role of Bias in the System, False Confessions/Plea Bargains, the relationship between Forensic Science and Miscarriages of Justice and the Long Way Home – the wrongly convicted and their families share their stories.

The conference will include exoneree and AIDWYC Board member Ron Dalton who was incarcerated for 9 years for a non-murder before being exonerated.  Also participating  amongst many others will be the Wrongly Convicted and their Families, Toronto lawyer and AIDWYC co-founder James Lockyer, New York lawyers and co-founder’s of the Innocence ProjectBarry Scheck and Peter Neufeld, the godfather of innocence work and founder of Centurion Ministries, James McCloskey,  co-host of the Fifth Estate, Linden MacIntyre, Special advisor to the Commissioner of the Elliot Lake Inquiry and former Special Advisor on wrongful convictions to the Department of Justice, Stephen Bindman, retired Kingston, Ontario Chief of Police, William Closs, Judge Anne Derrick, QC of the Provincial and Family Court of Nova Scotia, Professor Tim Moore from the Department  of Psychology at Glendon College , who is a consultant and expert witness in criminal trials both in Canada and the United States, Justice Murray Sinclair, Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

The media and public are welcome to attend “Back to the Future”.  Tickets can be purchased through AIDWYC’s website www.aidwyc.org.

Jason Baldwin, Damien Echols and Jessie Misskelley Jr. (West Memphis Three) were tried and convicted as teenagers in 1994 of the 1993 murders of three boys.  Mr. Echols was sentenced to death; Mr. Misskelley Jr. and Jason Baldwin were sentenced to life imprisonment with two 20-year sentences added to Mr. Misskelley’s life sentence.

The West Memphis Three were released in part due to dedicated attorneys, a skilled private investigator, a series of documentary films produced by HBO, half a dozen books; hundreds of magazine, newspaper, and television features which drew international attention to their case.  Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan will be releasing a feature film, Devil’s Knot, the true story of the West Memphis Three case, starring Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth.

Atom Egoyan has dramatized for the screen the story of the West Memphis Three.  The film previewed to critical acclaim at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) earlier this fall.  Critics see this as an important film that is as compelling and disturbing as the truth itself.  Egoyan is a master at telling tales about deeply misunderstood outsiders, their families and communities, and their darkest fantasies.  In Devil’s Knot Egoyan details the small-town lives of ordinary people befuddled and angered by the senseless killing in their ostensibly safe town and the private investigator for whom the sum of the case’s parts doesn’t quite add up, and who is driven to get at the truth.

AIDWYC’s “Back to the Future” conference will educate the legal profession, the judiciary and law enforcement and compel them to respect society’s ethical obligation to reverse wrongful convictions when evidence proves a miscarriage of justice has occurred.

A number of high profile musicians and actors including Eddie Vedder, the Dixie Chicks and Johnnie Depp worked hard to secure their release based on flaws in their original trial and DNA evidence.

The Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted is a national, non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to identifying, advocating for, and exonerating individuals convicted of a crime that they did not commit and to preventing such injustices in the future through education and reform.

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For Further Information Please Contact:

Debbie Oakley at doakley@rogers.com or 416-648-4275 or Stephen Weir at 416-801-3101 or 416-489-5868. stephen@stephenweir.com