Yesterday, the Fairmount Park Conservancy and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation broke ground on the football field in North Philadelphia’s 87-acre Hunting Park thanks to a critical contribution from Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback Michael Vick and his newly formed charity, the Team Vick Foundation.The $200,000 contribution marks the launch of the Foundation and its first major gift. The field will be named the Team Vick Field.The $1 million restoration of Hunting Park’s football field is the capstone project of Phase One of the Hunting Park Revitalization Project, a long-term comprehensive plan led by the Fairmount Park Conservancy to transform the park into a safe and well-maintained space that will provide a place for healthy recreation for children and families, bring neighborhoods together and serve as a catalyst for larger neighborhood renewal. Construction of football field the will be completed by late spring 2013.The football field restoration is also being funded by the City of Philadelphia; Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; JAWS Youth Playbook; LISC Philadelphia; The Philly Area Chevy Dealers’ EcoAd through CBS EcoMedia; and The Philadelphia Eagles.The Hunting Park Football field is home to the North Philly Aztecs youth football program, the first inner city youth football team to win a Pop Warner Championship. With more than 400 athletes in its football and cheerleading programs, the Aztecs are one of the largest youth athletic programs in Philadelphia. Yet, due to its deteriorating condition, the Aztecs have not played a game on their home field in nearly 20 years.Improvements to the football field include: drainage by elevating the field, new under-field drainage system, re-grading and resurfacing field and play areas, field lighting, installing goal posts and new scoreboard, leveling and paving of new track.Vick founded the Team Vick Foundation, a non-profit, 501c3 charity to provide second chances and support to individuals and communities who need it most in the summer of 2012. Committed to improving lives and communities, Vick’s vision and leadership is focused on improving livelihoods and communities through public service. This vision led Vick to become involved in the Hunting Park Revitalization Project.For information about completed projects and future plans for the Hunting Park Revitalization Project, visit the HPRP website. For information about the Fairmount Park Conservancy, visit www.myphillypark.org.Source:PR Newswire
Celebrities are no strangers to charities, but because of filming, publicity and tour schedules, their time is limited. They typically write a check or appear at fundraisers to help drum up publicity and donations. Recently launched, Chatter is a simple app that can help crowdfund rapid donations to favorite charities and maximize a star’s time and celebrity status.How Chatter WorksChatter connects celebrities with their favorite fans who want to talk over a video chat. But instead of just giving fans a chance to follow their Twitter feed or Instagram account and leave comments, Chatter gives loyal followers a chance to actually talk directly to celebrities.Fans can bid on a video chat with a celebrity for just $5. If that fan wins the raffle, they get to connect with the celebrity for up to 10 minutes.The Celeb ListSo far, stars such as Leonardo DiCaprio and Drake are signed up to chat with their fans. New celebrities and stars are being added, and the list of stars you bid to speak with changes.Stars can sign up to participate directly on the Chatter app, and their identity is verified before bidding for a video chat takes place.The AppThe Chatter app is currently available for download on iOS and Android. You can use any device you want, but it’s crucial to pick a reliable device with a quality camera and reliable signal. You don’t want your once-in-a-lifetime, one-on-one chat with Leonardo DiCaprio to end with a dropped signal and grainy film quality.The CharitiesThe celebrities themselves aren’t pocketing the $5 per bid. Instead, the app helps raise funds for the celeb’s charity of choice. The Chatter app helps crowdfund charity fundraising efforts, all while getting both fans and celebrities involved in the process.Chatter provides a charitable outlet for celebrities to support instead of flying across the country to attend dinner galas and Hollywood events. As an alternative to an expensive fundraising gala, the app can raise unlimited funds in a short period of time.The ChatAsk your favorite celebrities anything you want from what they’re working on to who they’re hanging out with. They might even give you some insights on making it in the business and a personal anecdote about their personal lives.Want to prepare in advance? Before you launch your winning video chat session, take a peek at your favorite celebrity’s social media feeds to see what they’re talking about to bring some fresh questions to the table.
On the evening of Monday, April 3rd, NYC’s prominent philanthropists, as well as those involved in the arts, entertainment, and fashion came together at espace for Culture For One’s Fifth Annual Benefit which raised $290,000 to provide the under-served youth in NYC’s foster care system with access to the arts.Josh Groban Performs At Culture For One’s Fifth Annual Benefit Credit/Copyright: Patrick McMullanWABC news anchor Sade Baderinwa served as the emcee for the evening, which also included three riveting performances from Josh Groban and the cast of The Great Comet of 1812. Diana and Joe DiMenna were honored with the Culture For One Inspiration Award for arts and entertainment leadership and their dedication to the organization.Comedian Caroline Rhea provided comic relief while raising additional funds for the silent auction that included top items such as a VIP concert package to attend Bruno Mars’ much-anticipated upcoming show, a Chuck Close self-portrait, and a photoshoot with legendary photographer Arthur Elgort and stylist to the stars Ann Caruso.Notable attendees included Alexandra Richards, Patti Hansen Richards, Caroline Rhea, stylist Ann Caruso, fashion designer Frederick Anderson, filmmaker Shruti Ganguly, Harold Koda, jewelry designer Joan B. Horning, Susan Clatworthy, Hofit Golan, and Susan Shin.The benefit chairs for evening included Jennifer Bandier & Neil Boyarsky, Patrice Bugelas-Brandt & Bill Brandt, Denise LeFrak Calicchio, Lenore & Bob Cohen, Janet & Howard Kagan, Shelley Lazar, Linn Tanzman & Sanford Rosen. In addition, the benefit committee for the evening was Jessica & Todd Aaron, Robin & John Abbott, Jenessa & Brent Banks, Julie Farmer & Scott Lazarus, Fran & Andrew Gelman, DO, Amy & Richard Goldman, Lorna Hyde Graev, Susan & Jason Kasarsky, Nancy Klein & Michael Brodman, MD, Lizzy & Bryce Markus, Carolyn Minick Mason, Randi Rossignol, Eileen Schein, Natasha Schlesinger, Pamela & Steven Sinderbrand, Kate & Shai Waisman, Nina Weinstein.Guests were inspired when Culture For One founder and executive director Linn Tanzman took the stage to tell the story of how the organization was founded. Throughout her career, Linn held multiple high-profile corporate positions in the music, media, beauty and fashion industries. One day, Linn began to feel her calling to work with children and as time went on, she began to think about her own “legacy,” realizing that she wanted to give back to the city that had served her so well. She left her corporate career to pursue this passion that spoke to her heart and soul. While volunteering with an organization that supported children living with HIV / AIDS, she learned about becoming an interim care provider to foster infants. Since 2009, Linn has fostered thirteen babies as a Spence-Chapin interim care provider. With time, she realized that those babies, who are on their way to their “forever families”, are the lucky ones. It is the children who spend time in foster care who are the most overlooked. This sparked the idea to take one foster child to a Broadway show, which made her realize that what most foster children need are genuine connections with adults that makes them feel valued and important opportunities to help with their development. Linn decided that although she was only one person, what she could offer local foster children was this type of connection through exposure to New York City’s vast cultural offerings, and thus Culture For One was born.Following Linn’s poignant speech, former foster youth and Culture For One participant Jahlika Hamilton brought the crowd to tears – and received a standing ovation with her deeply emotional recount of the positive impact that Culture For One has had on her life, and how the organization helped create new happy memories for help her overcome the hurt and many challenges she faced being in the foster care system.
“Celebrity Fight Night in Italy” returned for its fifth annual event, taking philanthropic donors and special guests to Italy’s most beautiful regions, where they were treated to the very best arts, entertainment, and culture in the region.Josh Groban and Andrea BocelliOver its 24-year history, Celebrity Fight Night has earned the title as one of the largest grossing charity events in the country, sending more than $86 million to charities, most significantly to the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, AZ. The proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the Andrea Bocelli Foundation and the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center.On September 4th, over 100 philanthropists traveled to Italy to participate in the extraordinary philanthropic adventure, which kicked off with a memorable dinner under the stars in the Gherardesca Garden}. The following day guests were taken on a journey to the sea where they cruised along the Tyrrhenian Coast up to the stunning town of Porto Venere for a dinner at the foot of the Church of St. Peter. Guests were enchanted with entertainment from Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, Katharine McPhee, and Colin Schachat, directed by 16-time Grammy Award Winner, David Foster.The next evening, Leonardo Ferragamo hosted guests at his family house, Villa le Rose, a beautiful Renaissance villa commissioned in the 15th century. Ferragamo treated guests to a dinner accompanied with outstanding entertainment from award-winning Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth, alongside Andrea Bocelli’s son, Matteo Bocelli, Michael W. Smith, and Chris Tucker.On Saturday night, guests traveled to medieval Verona for a dinner at the Gran Guardia Palace, followed by the mesmerizing opera show, ‘La Notte di Andrea Bocelli’, in the 2000-year-old Arena di Verona. Hosted by Italian TV Presenter, Milly Carlucci, alongside celebrity presenters including Morgan Freeman, Richard Gere, and Catherine Deneuve, the show was dedicated to the highest expression of art involving over 400 performers from the world of classical music and dance. World-renowned tenor, Andrea Bocelli was joined on stage by international artists Carla Fracci, Grammy Award winner Isabel Leonard, Grammy-Nominated Aida Garifullina, Sergei Polunin, Leo Nucci, and the Italian Operatic Baritone for an unparalleled operatic spectacle. During the concert, ABF promoted the SMS Campaign dedicated to the reconstruction of the pre-school and the primary school in the Municipality of Muccia, the Central Italy Earthquake Intervention.The culmination of the 7-day event featured a fun-filled musical night led by David Foster, as well as various world-renowned artists including Andrea Bocelli, Reba McEntire, Kristin Chenoweth, Katharine McPhee, Pia Toscano, Caroline Campbell, Brian McKnight, and Michael W. Smith. The entertainment was preceded by a gourmet dinner and live auction at the Palazzo Pitti, which was built in 1457 and eventually became the primary residence of the royal Medici family.This experience was sponsored by Stefano Ricci, Antico Setificio Fiorentino, GVM, TaTaTu, Fregoli, Vhernier, Emilio Pucci, Il Palato Italiano, Falconeri, Sanlorenzo, Ca ’del Bosco, and Fratelli Piccini.
Advertisement Facebook Top Chef Canada is back for its fiercest season yet! Turning up the heat for a brand-new season of Canada’s most prestigious and high stakes culinary competition, Top Chef Canada: All-Stars kicks off its return by introducing an all-star roster of talent to the judges’ table. Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef and television personality Eden Grinshpan (Chopped Canada) joins as host alongside Head Judge Chef Mark McEwan. Esteemed Resident Judges rounding out the panel include acclaimed restaurant critic and writer Chris Nuttall-Smith; Mijune Pak, food writer and creator of Follow Me Foodie; and powerhouse restaurateur Janet Zuccarini. For the first time in Top Chef Canada history, chefs from past seasons return to face cutthroat challenges and bold critiques from Canada’s most refined palates as they battle for the title that has eluded them all. 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Advertisement Toronto musicians and music video makers are singing dirges for MuchFACT. Advertisement As a division of Bell Media’s MuchMusic program, MuchFACT (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent) has provided millions of dollars every year in grants and loans to music content creators and independent film producers. Renowned names in Canadian entertainment have benefited from the program over the years, including Celine Dion, the Tragically Hip, Barenaked Ladies and Broken Social Scene.READ MORE “Such a shame,” said Chandler Levack, a Toronto video producer and filmmaker who also works as a digital editor for Toronto International Film Festival. Since breaking into the video content industry in 2012, she’s relied on MuchFACT funding for the production of two short films and a handful of music videos. “It’s the only resource available for emerging talent,” she said. “I wouldn’t be a filmmaker if I hadn’t had their support.” Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Earlier this week a CRTC decision effectively killed funding for MuchFACT and BravoFACT, two main programs that have been providing money to emerging musicians and video directors. Twitter Facebook
Advertisement Every year when I get ready to go to Montreal I wonder how long it is that I’ve been going. This year I found actual proof that I’ve been going for more than 25 years because I actually found my “VIP” pass from 1992, and I know it wasn’t the first year I went. The festival was only 10 years old and the pass was laminated but my name was written in marker and the pass was on a string. A plain white string. I brought it with me to show Paul Ronca, whose official title reads, “Director of Industry and Special Events Programming”. He’s the guy who works tirelessly to make sure that everything comes off right.So during the festival I get into the elevator and who’s in there but Maureen Taran, currently an executive with truTV, just upped to the position of VP of Talent, but in those days was working at the festival in logistics. I show her the pass and she’s like, “Jeffrey, that’s my handwriting. I wrote out that pass for you in 1992, 25 years ago.” And she couldn’t believe it was on a string and that “Victor” the JFL gremlin’s logo was colored in green on my pass which meant something special. She actually remembered doing it but she couldn’t recall what it was. It was really amazing that of all people I happened to show it to her and she remembered writing it so long ago.Since that time literally millions of jokes have been told at JFL, and I was there to hear a lot of them. This festival was the 35th and somehow magically seems to get bigger every year. My main focus besides seeing as many shows as I could, was covering the two main red carpet events, one for Kevin Hart’s LOL Network, where I hoped to interview Kevin, and the other was the JFL Awards honoring Trevor Noah as the Comedy Person of the Year, Kenya Barris as the Comedy Writer of the Year, Ali Wong as the Breakout Comedy Star of the Year, Mike Birbiglia as the Stand-Up Comedian of the Year, Craig Ferguson getting the Alumni Tribute an award created just for him, and to me the biggest was Jim Carrey receiving the Generation Award being presented to him by no less than Judd Apatow, now not only the King of Hollywood but also the King of cable TV. Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement It would be impossible to describe my time there in chronological order so I’m going to present some of the highlights in no particular order. It starts at the airport coming and going. Going up was with the APA team and Rick Glassman. Coming home it was Corinne Fisher, and Krystyna Hutchinson, New Face star Blair Socci, and Nathan Macintosh with Aaron Berg. Funny story about Aaron. I’m just about to sign in for the Kevin Hart red carpet. The woman asks me my name and before I get a chance to answer, literally at that very second, Aaron comes down the street with Annie Lederman yelling out at the top of his voice, “Is that Jeffrey Gurian? Look Annie it’s Jeffrey Gurian!” and the woman from the PR company says, “Well I guess you’re Jeffrey Gurian,” and signs me right in. The timing couldn’t have been better!”It was the David Spade Gala watching Godfrey, Sarah Tiana, the Lucas Brothers and Jeffrey Ross kill it for the cameras. Then it was the Colin Jost/Michael Che Gala for TV where they came out to a high-energy standing ovation which seemed to shock them both by its intensity. It’s obvious they have so much fun performing together and evidenced by their opening. They not only co-host Weekend Update but are also really good friends, and we all hung out to celebrate at the hotel lobby bar afterwards long into the night. Phil Hanley crushed on that show as did Lil Rel, Jim Norton and Steve Byrne who Colin said was the first comic to ever take him on the road and to whom he was very grateful.I was hanging with Big Jay Oakerson at his What’s Your Fucking Deal show, and seeing Kevin Hart hold court at a security sectioned-off site in the lobby with Russell Peters, Bryan Callen, Sherrod Small, Tony Rock, and whoever else was let past the watchful eye of Kevin’s security. He’s always well protected wherever he goes, and before I even saw Kevin just seeing a section of the lobby cordoned off I kind of knew it would be Kevin. When he came over to greet me I told him I’d be seeing him the next day on the red carpet.I attended the press junket for CNN’s History of Comedy docu-series which is a gift to all true fans of comedy and got to videotape an interview with W. Kamau Bell a frequent guest on the show along with Mark Herzog one of the Executive Producers.It was Andy Kindler’s annual State of the Industry speech which he told me he’s been doing for 22 years, which followed directly after the JFL Awards show and the Guys We Fucked Live Experience with my girls Corinne Fisher and Krystyna Hutchinson who had a sold out show at the Maison Theatre, which had to have held at least 500 people. In their prank call section of the show, they called a guy who does gay porn for money but claims to be straight, to get even with him for breaking up with a girl who had sex with him raw, and after offering him a gay porn gig got him to admit he was gay on the phone. In the airport on the way home, the girls told me they thought it was their best prank call ever.It was Comedy 101’s late night show sponsored by The Interrobang hosted by Ron Bennington and Gail Bennington with judges Jim Norton, Jimmy Schubert, and Dan Soder plus surprise judge Tommy Johnagin. Comedy 101’s been killing it at shows in NY, and it’s basically new comics coming up and being judged kindly and sometimes not so kindly by highly experienced comics.It was the Comedy Central party in the hotel lobby that went on till about 4 A.M. and unlike me I stayed till the end, and it was also the exclusive Funny or Die party in what they call “The Esplanade” of the Place Des Artes, a HUGE space that was taken up by thousands of comedians and their guests eating poutine and drinking their heads off while dancing to really cool music provided by a D.J. who was spinning till 3 A.M., at which time I left with Annie Lederman and Jeffrey Ross to head over to the after-party. On the way over we had a conversation about energy, healing, and TMJ problems, and Jeffrey told me about his next special he just shot for Comedy Central on immigration. Annie, who often opens for Jim Norton, told me about her first feature film coming out soon called “The Long Dumb Road” in which she plays Ron “Office Space” Livingston’s wife. Jason Mantzoukas is also in it and it was written by her friend Hanna Fidell. When I finally dragged myself out at 4:30 A.M. it was still going strong with Yamaneika Saunders and Calise Hawkins holding it down on the dance floor. It wasn’t till I got home and looked at my photos that I saw that the photo I took with Annie was photo bombed by Michael Che.It was the Superior Donuts cast panel in the Grand Salon room of the Hyatt, where I got to congratulate my old friend Jermaine Fowler on not only co-starring in his role as Franco, but also on being an Executive Producer of the show. Seeing Judd Hirsch and Katey Sagal there was also very special as was Judd’s take on working with Andy Kaufman, who he said was very hard to get to know. He showed up for a few days as Tony Clifton, and was late and uncooperative to the point where they had to fire Tony Clifton and someone had to call Andy to tell Tony he was being fired. Judd also told of the first time he met Jermaine at a table read and had to ask, “ Who the heck are you?” Jermaine is always, and has always been very humble and seems to be handling his stardom very well.I was hanging out with Noam Dworman and George Buchalter, partners in The Comedy Cellar when I felt someone come up behind me and embrace me, and it turned out to be Paul Provenzawho was up there doing both of his shows Set List and The Green Room. Paul and I got to spend some meaningful time together on our way home from Comedy 101 and while sharing a donut and ice tea, ( his treat!), he said I was probably one of his oldest friends in comedy. We met on a radio show hosted by Jackie Mason back in the early 80’s. Jackie was filling in for Bob Grant and Paul was starring in a play called “Only Kidding” at the time. Paul had chipped a tooth on stage and Jackie suggested he come to me to get it fixed. Paul said, “Why would I go to a comedy writer to get my tooth fixed” and after I fixed it for him he understood why, and went back on stage with a perfectly bonded tooth!It was the Showtime’s I’m Dying Up Here panel the night before the JFL Awards red carpet where I went specifically to see Jim Carrey and the other stars of the show. It’s very rare to see a star of Jim Carrey’s caliber anywhere but JFL gets them the way it did this year with Jerry Seinfeld and Kevin Hart. But I’ve been watching and enjoying the show and wanted to see Michael Angarano, Erik Griffin and Andrew Santino all of whom I had the chance to meet and talk to at the Funny or Die party. That was really a highlight for me. There’s something special about watching someone on TV and feeling you know them and like them and then getting to meet them in person.Andrew Santino and I discussed how hard it is for him to play Bill Hobbs, such a detestable character on the show and how he has to work hard not to bring that energy home with him to his wife at the end of the day. He said he learned for the first time how hard it is to not take home work, and that he had to learn to center himself to get rid of that negative energy. It’s a true testament to his talent that he can play someone so unlike himself. It was very special for me to have such an in depth conversation with someone in the midst of a crazy party. That doesn’t happen often. He’s a really spiritual guy! Very special!And Erik Griffin who plays Ralph, is such a strong presence on the show and told me about his new special “The Ugly Truth” which debuted on July 7th and was the highest rated special on Showtime. And Michael Angarano who plays new comic Eddie Zeidel told me about his friendship with his on-screen pal Clark Duke who plays Ron Shack. He said his part felt comfortable from the very beginning and that he and Clark were best friends when they were 7 years old. Then they hadn’t seen each other for a long time, and then just by coincidence both were cast in the show and met up again at a table read. Michael’s been acting since he was 6 and did a pilot with co-star Ari Graynor when they were both 9 years old. He also did a film with Melissa Leo when he was 15 and another one in which she “roofied” him and seduced him.During the panel Jim discussed going on stage for the first time at 15 at Yuk Yuks and tried imitating people on the Carol Burnett Show, bombing so badly he didn’t try again for two years. he said when he came back at 17 he did much better and when he went home where he lived with his parents he started getting perfumed letters from fans with lipstick on them and then his parents understood why he said he had such a good time. He made a lot of crazy Jim Carrey faces and was very physical in his answers. He told some really fun stories about sharing a joint with Richard Pryor, and his interactions with a young Sam Kinison.I was at the HBO’s Vice Principals cast moderated by the never tired Ron Bennington, with Danny McBride, Walton Goggins, Georgia King, Edi Patterson, and Kimberly Hebert Gregoryalong with the producers. I’m a fan of Walton’s and Danny from his Eastbound and Down days, but had never seen the show. The panel was so interesting that when I got home from Montreal last night as tired as I was I watched two episodes. Can’t wait to watch the rest.I was at the outdoor presentation of Josh Adam Meyers’ Goddamn Comedy Jam. I don’t know how he keeps his voice intact with all the yelling he does on stage but he’s amazing. They did the show in a few different venues but I wanted to see it on the outdoor stage which was incredible. Great performances by Dulce Sloan, Sasheer Zamata, Big Jay Oakerson, Adam Ray and Erik Griffin, and then me and the Bennington crew hung out in the street just chilling till late. They said they saw me at Godamn Comedy Jam and tried to call out to me but I didn’t hear them over the noise.It was running into Kurt Braunohler and his wife Lauren Cook in the elevator on their way to do their podcast Wedlock, which they just started in April available on Audible, and it was running into Donnell Rawlings just after he crushed on Jane Krakowski’s gala who told me he’ll be opening for Dave Chappelle in 10 out of his 15 shows at Radio City starting August 1.I’d have to say the most special part to me was the JFL Awards red carpet and show that followed where I got to interview just about all the award recipients and the presenters. Natasha Leggeropresented to Kenya Barris and was followed on the red carpet by her husband Moshe Kasher, Alonzo Bodden who was the host kept up a running gag throughout the show asking each person to keep him in mind if they needed a character to play a security guard, and he made it work, Jay Baruchel who presented the award to Craig Ferguson and who told me he gave himself the mohawk haircut he was sporting, W. Kamau Bell who presented to Ali Wong, Jimmy Carr who presented to Mike Birbiglia, Jeff Ross who presented to Trevor Noah, and Judd Apatow who presented to Jim Carrey.Mike Birbiglia said of Jimmy Carr, “he always looks like he’s dressed to give an award.” and then said he was always promised a TV deal which he never got, and it turned out to be the best thing that ever happened to him.Judd Apatow had great stories in his intro of Jim Carrey. As a young comedy writer he used to write sketches for Jim for “In Living Color” in hopes of Jim getting more screen time and although he wasn’t considered part of the show Jim paid him 5G’s out of his own pocket to write for him. Judd introduced Jim to his fiirst manager Jimmy Miller, and told the story of Jim being bumped at The Store by Sam Kinison and Dice and then stayed on stage for two hours improvising where he created the character of Fire Marshal Bill. When Ace Ventura was about to come out, Judd asked Jim if there were any scenes grounded in reality and Jim said there weren’t. He said, “I will either be the biggest star in the world or I will never work again.” It was a great intro.In Trevor Noah’s acceptance speech he referenced Jim Carrey and thanked him for talking about Depression. He said “ Comedians don’t win unless you get to the end without comitting suicide.” Trevor is so grateful for his success and reminisced about growing up so poor he didn’t even have a flushing toilet. He gave me a wonderful personal interview on the red carpet.So the next day, it was literally thrilling for me to have the opportunity to interview Jim Carrey on the red carpet. The night before during the Showtime panel someone asked him if he would ever return to doing stand-up, and he said something to the effect of “No, not for now. There’s no more Jim Carrey to sell. I don’t really think of myself as a person!” and he left it at that. It really struck me and I made a note to ask him about that if I got to speak to him on the red carpet. So on the red carpet, I saw him coming towards me and felt really excited, remembering iconic performances in things likeThe Mask and Man In The Moon where he played Andy Kaufman. He was very gracious with everyone he spoke to on the red carpet. Many times stars of his magnitude skip the carpet but with Jim I think he did it out of kindness but also out of respect for his cast on the show. When he got to me, we talked about comedy in the 70’s and 80’s when he started and he told me he had actually performed in the NY clubs as well in The Improv, at Catch and The Comic Strip. And when I asked him about there being no more Jim Carrey to sell he explained in in existential terms. He said ,” we spend our whole lives trying to invent ourselves and figure out what this is, and it’s just a collection of abstract ideas, your ethnicity, your nationality, … all that stuff are just ideas”, and I totaly got what he meant. I said to him, “ You mean the only reason you’re Jim Carrey is because your parents told you you were. Like my parents told me I’m Jeffrey Gurian and I believed them.” And that’s when he said to me, “ “ Right, and Jeffrey means ‘Go eat ‘em up’, … ‘Jeffrey means, “Make us look good!” He may never remember it, but It was truly a special moment for me. You’ll be able to see it all very soon on my Comedy Matters TV You TUbe channel!And on that note, … I’m OUT!!!Jeffrey Gurian is a comedian, writer and all around bon vivant in New York City. Subscribe to his YouTube channel, Comedy Matters TV.
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ORANGEVILLE, ON – Jim Cuddy has written many of the songs that have become indelible in the soundtrack of Canadian lives. To celebrate the release of his fifth solo album, Countrywide Soul, Jim – along with fiddler Anne Lindsay and guitarist Colin Cripps – will be performing for audiences across Ontario this fall. Tickets go on sale on Thursday August 29 at 10:00am ESTTOUR SCHEDULEOctober 1st – Orangeville, ON – Orangeville Town Hall Opera HouseOctober 19th – Wingham, ON – Wingham Town Hall TheatreOctober 24th – Lindsay, ON – The Academy TheatreOctober 26th – Meaford, ON – Meaford HallOctober 27th – Walkerton, ON – Victoria Jubilee HallNovember 3rd – Collingwood, ON – The Historic Gayety TheatreAbout Jim Cuddy: Over the course of five solo albums and fifteen studio recordings with Blue Rodeo, Jim has established himself as one of Canada’s most respected artists. Among his accolades, Jim has received 15 JUNO Awards, The Order of Canada and, along with bandmates Blue Rodeo, has been inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, received the Governor General Performing Arts Award and a Star on the Walk of Fame. Twitter Jim’s latest release, Countrywide Soul, is a celebration of music and the musicians who join him on stage each night.To achieve his goal on Countrywide Soul, Jim re-worked a number of songs previously recorded for his solo career and with Blue Rodeo. To round out the record, he wrote two new songs and included a couple of favourite cover songs.For more information on Jim Cuddy, visit www.jimcuddy.com. Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement To celebrate the release of his fifth solo album, Countrywide Soul, Jim Cuddy – along with fiddler Anne Lindsay and guitarist Colin Cripps – will be performing for audiences across Ontario this fall. (CNW Group/UP Next PR)
APTN National NewsAPTN is mourning the loss of a close friend and colleague.Patagaw Talimalaw, 32, was working in APTN’s Winnipeg office for the past two months as part of a two-year placement with the World Indigenous Television Broadcasters Network.Talimalaw passed away suddently on Sunday from an epileptic seizure.Her death was a shock and is a great loss to Indigenous journalists around the globe.APTN’s Shaneen Robinson has a look at who Patagaw was.
Kenneth Jackson APTN NewsA Poplar Hill First Nation family is struggling to find answers as to how their 15-year-old daughter was left alone to film her suicide in a Sioux Lookout foster home.Kanina Sue Turtle died by suicide Oct. 29, 2016 and recorded it on her iPod. She had tried the day before as well, and had several incidents of self-harm in the weeks prior, according to her parents.But somehow Kanina was left alone in a backroom of a foster home in Sioux Lookout for about 45 minutes before a worker came to check on her.It was far too late by then.“Why didn’t she check on her every five minutes?” said Barbara Suggashie, Kanina’s mother, in a telephone interview with APTN News from her home in Poplar Hill near the Ontario/Manitoba border.Related: Three First Nations girls died in Ontario group homes in last 6 monthsAPTN was shown the video, which is about an hour long, by the family’s lawyer, who confirmed that on the video the child had bruising consistent with another recent attempt to harm herself.On the video the worker comes into the room and says what sounds like “Kanina, take my hand.”She then lays Kanina on the floor, which isn’t visible in the video, and leaves the room. She returns quickly talking on a cellphone with emergency personnel. She also appears to try to resuscitate Kanina by pumping air into her lungs with a plastic device.But it’s futile. Too much time has passed.“She’s gone,” the woman says as a baby can be heard crying from another room.Within minutes sirens are heard and paramedics arrive.“No pulse,” one of them is heard saying.Kanina Sue Turtle. Facebook photo.Suggashie said she has been trying to find out what happened but said Tikinagan Child and Family Services, the agency that oversaw Kanina’s removal from the home, hasn’t told her much.“They said she was a suicidal,” said Suggashie.There are supervision orders that can be made, such as one-to-one care in group homes, meaning a worker is with the child 24-hours a day.APTN asked Tikinagan if this was the case with Kanina, as there was a second video on her iPod. Kanina had tried to kill herself the day before in the bush. She also had multiple scars from self-harming, according to her family, which doesn’t necessarily mean a person is suicidal, but all the warning signs were there said Suggashie.“Thank you for reaching out to Tikinagan. We will not be able to respond to your questions by 5 p.m. today,” said spokesperson Irene Dube. “At this time, we are respecting the privacy of the family.”APTN advised in a follow-up email that both parents were already interviewed, so there was no privacy to disrespect. Tikinagan did not reply to that email.APTN also tried to get answers from Ontario’s Ministry of Children and Youth Services that was asked about the level of supervision and what, if any, actions were taken against the foster home following the death.“We take the safety of children and youth in care very seriously. The loss of a young person in our province is a tragedy,” said spokesperson Genevieve Oger. “Our thoughts are with the family, caregivers, and support workers of this young person during this difficult time.”APTN immediately followed up by email saying the incident happened 16 months ago and the family wanted answers. The Ministry did not reply to that email.On the video the foster home worker gives the 911 operator the home’s telephone number. APTN called that number Wednesday and reached a woman who said to call Tikinagan and immediately provided its number in Thunder Bay.APTN explained the family wanted to know why their daughter was left alone but the woman hung up. APTN followed up with text messages but never got a response.Suggashie can’t help but wonder what’s going on.“They’re hiding something,” she said. “(Tikinagan) didn’t want to talk to me about it all.”When APTN first spoke to Suggashie last April she didn’t believe her daughter killed herself, or at least couldn’t bring herself to believe it.Then a couple months later her husband Clarence Suggashie said the police returned some of Kanina’s belongings, including the iPod. They told him about the video on it and said they weren’t able to see it themselves as they didn’t know the password to the iPod.Clarence said they were able to figure out the password and finally saw the video for themselves.He said Barbara never lets the device out of her sight and even sleeps with it.Barbara said it’s because she believes it tells the truth of what happened, even if she doesn’t know it all yet.“I’m not going to let go of this … of what really happened,” she said. “I really want to know why she did it.”She remembers seeing her daughter about a week before she died. She took her shopping and gave Kanina $140 to buy clothes. She ended up buying stuff for her siblings.Whenever Barbara is in Sioux Lookout she goes by to see the house.She can’t bring herself to go to the door.“I only see it from the outside,” she said. “She’s still there.”email@example.com
APTN NewsThe Pallister government confirms it cancelled plans to pave a rutted, gravel road into Nelson House First Nation in northern Manitoba, where three boys were allegedly struck and killed by a motorist April 28.It also extended condolences to the community.“Our hearts and prayers go out to the families touched by this tragic accident that occurred on Highway 620,” said a spokesperson for Manitoba Infrastructure Monday.“We do hope that those who have committed this (alleged) act are brought to justice.”A 27-year-old man from the community is accused of impaired driving and related offences in connection with the fatal crash.Nelson House Chief Marcel Moody told APTN News the Tory government “reprioritized” the $5-million asphalting project when it came to power in 2016.“We actually had a commitment from the (former) NDP (government) to get that done,” Moody said.He called it a “dangerous road” without any lighting.The government spokesman said the department was in the process of revising its five-year program and would review the Nelson House project.
Annette FrancisAPTN NewsA school yard brawl on Manitoulin Island has First Nations leaders seething with anger and emotion.Last week, the hour long brawl saw Indigenous and non-Indigenous fighting outside the school.Leaders are meeting this weekend to come up with a plan to present to the Rainbow school board to help put a stop to systemic firstname.lastname@example.org@aptnafrancis
Renée Yetman sat down for an on-camera interview with APTN on July 16. (Ken Welsh/APTN)Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsManitoba Grand Chief Arlen Dumas denied last week he messaged a woman half his age – asking her to “meet up” – and suggested unnamed political adversaries were impersonating him online in a fake Facebook account and hacked his phone.But since his denial three women have come forward to APTN News saying they received texts similar to those sent Bethany Maytwayashing either on Facebook accounts or phones belonging to the grand chief of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC).Dumas’s former wife also voiced concerns about Dumas messaging women on his phone and computer in public court documents detailing their marriage break up.On July 10 APTN reported Toronto-area doula Shannon Jennifer said Dumas contacted her through Facebook in 2016.Jennifer said for about a year she would get random occasional messages from Dumas’s Facebook account on Messenger.Things like “beautiful pics” or simply “have a good day.”“He repeatedly messaged me without reply from me, that was the creepy part,” said Jennifer, who was 37 and married at the time.She wasn’t offended by anything he said, but having a man unknown to her persistently reach out to her did upset her husband.Dumas was staying part-time in Toronto at the time and was chief of Mathias Colomb First Nation in northern Manitoba, according to public divorce records.The messages stopped, Jennifer said, when he became AMC grand chief in 2017 and deleted his personal Facebook account.Earlier this week a different woman who asked for anonymity showed APTN a string of texts from the grand chief’s phone, but she asked that they not be published because doing so may identify her and she fears repercussions.Those texts included a social invitation.On Monday, a third woman, Renée Yetman went public on Facebook to discuss her relationship with Dumas.Yetman says she took to Facebook with her story because she wanted to show support for Maytwayashing.Bethany Maytwayashing says some messages from the grand chief made her feel uncomfortable. (APTN file)She says her relationship with Dumas began after weeks of exchanging texts by phone and Facebook in 2018.Yetman, a mother of two who lives in Winnipeg, said she was 32 and singing in a female drum group when she first met Dumas at a community celebration following his election as grand chief in 2017.She said they added each other on Facebook afterwards and began texting via phone. She said he told her he was single and had four children.Renée Yetman provided these examples of texts she exchanged with Grand Chief Arlen Dumas. Yetman said they exchanged dozens of messages – some of which she’s kept and shown APTN – and hung out a few times in Winnipeg.She said another time he invited her back to his apartment and, believing he was interested in pursuing a relationship, she accepted, and they had consensual sex.But right after, she said he dressed, told her he had to get to the airport, and offered to drive her home.She said she didn’t hear from him for a week, and when he finally replied to her messages, she said he said, ‘Yeah, Renée, I’m not as hungry as you are.’Yetman says he then disclosed to her that he was in a relationship with another woman.An affidavit filed in conjunction with his divorce from Ward confirms Dumas was in a relationship at the time.Yetman said she felt hurt and used by Dumas, and found herself missing his advice and support.“I was just going to see where it was going,” she said in an interview. “I was attracted to his positivity…and humble attitude.”AMC Grand Chief Arlen Dumas has been embroiled in a texting scandal for two weeks. (APTN file)Divorce documents show Dumas met Jennifer Ward at Mt. Allison University in Sackville, N.B., in 1996, where they were both full-time students. They began a relationship in 1998 and later married, but the marriage failed.At the time of the divorce proceedings the documents identify Dumas as the chief of Mathias Colomb, a fly-in community in northern Manitoba.“…After the petitioner became chief I observed that his attitude and actions towards me began to change,” Ward said in an affidavit of July 18, 2014.“…The petitioner also started developing relationships with other women, and he also admitted such to me,” she added. “I saw his text messages and Facebook messages to these women.”Ward, a chiropractor in the northern Manitoba town of The Pas, complained “the petitioner was constantly texting on his phone, or on social media sites on his computer” while the family holidayed in Disney World in 2011.That observation was confirmed by the family’s nanny: “While in Florida I observed the petitioner to spend a lot of time on his cellphone and on his laptop computer,” she said in an affidavit included in the divorce file.Dumas, in his affidavit of July 25, 2014, confirmed the family visited Disneyworld in 2011, but said his cellphone remained turned off and the condo they rented did not have a computer.“I deny that I was using social media or email during our trip,” he said.Ward cited similar behaviour by Dumas on a 2012 trip the two of them took to Las Vegas.He similarly denied contacting other women online during the Vegas vacation, adding, “I deny that I was on the computer or inattentive…“During the trip I purchased an engagement ring from Tiffany & Co. and proposed to the respondent.”The phone used to text to Yetman was a different number than the one that sent texts to Maytwayashing.APTN has been able to confirm both phone numbers are used by Dumas.AMC confirmed the phone number that texted Maytwayashing belonged to Dumas in a press statement last week.It is the same phone used to text the woman who asked to remain anonymous.The number used to text Yetman has been used by an APTN reporter to contact Dumas for past interviews.Swan Lake First Nation Chief Francine Meeches has decried Facebook posts accusing FN leaders. (APTN file)In the case of Maytwayashing, AMC and Dumas made a statement last week saying the texts were ‘spoofs.They alleged someone other than Dumas sent the texts without him knowing by using a software to make it appear the texts came from his phone.The press release did not comment on how the texter knew details about where Dumas met Maytwayashing, or that she was a student and took a selfie with him at that meeting.After Yetman went public, AMC forwarded a screenshot to APTN of a post Yetman made about Dumas on its Facebook page on July 12 in response to a press statement about Dumas taking leave and time to heal. The statement was a follow up response to the Maytwayashing issue.Yetman praised Dumas as “a good chief for years” and was pleased to see him “take some time with yourself and family.“You will come back mighty in no time,” she wrote. “Rest up and rise up like the rest of us who been through hardships.”Asked about the post, Yetman said Thursday she had no hard feelings against Dumas. But wanted to be part of the larger conversation happening on social media about messaging between leaders and young women.APTN began reaching out to Dumas for comment last week when the texts to Maytwayashing first went public.Dumas has not responded to multiple requests for comment about Maytwayashing’s, Yetman’s and other claims made in the last two weeks through AMC or his lawyer, David Walker. He has not commented except through press statements.Dumas’s last statement noted he would be taking a brief leave of absence “to heal with his family.”Read the statement here:Press Statement from Grand Chief Arlen Dumas and the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs AMC, which advocates for chiefs of all First Nations in Manitoba, said in last Friday’s statement it stands behind Dumas and denounced the “media circus which focused on unfounded allegations about the grand chief.”The AMC’s Women’s Council, comprised of all female chiefs in Manitoba, initially offered to investigate the texting allegation. But has now withdrawn the offer.We “will no longer be part of the social media posts targeting First Nations leaders in Manitoba,” the council said in a statement released this week.“Chief Dumas issued an official statement denying the allegations and explained he regularly engages in message exchanges with community members seeking help…“This has created a media frenzy based on little more than Facebook posts.”APTN has twice asked AMC if it has a sexual harassment policy and to provide a copy, but it has not received a reply.Despite Dumas’s denials, Maytwayashing still believes the unwanted texts came from Manitoba’s top Indigenous leader.And she and her boyfriend, Matthew Shorting, have started a wider conversation online and in the media about harassment and what happens when Indigenous women come forward with complaints about unwanted and inappropriate messages from men in power.Matthew Shorting was first to raise concerns about the timing and nature of messages to Maytwayashing. (APTN file)Maytwayashing confirmed she and Dumas became Facebook friends in 2018 and chatted about her job and future after meeting at a Winnipeg restaurant.But she said more recent messages claiming to be Dumas under a different account stepped over the line.“What are you doing today?” part of the exchange said. “When can we meet up?”Some of the messages, she alleged, were sent late at night and on Valentine’s Day.Maytwayashing, who has a young son, said she was nervous about what a ‘meet up’ would lead to.“He was the person in every conversation who initiated the conversations,” she added.“I felt like it was really inappropriate and that I was being targeted or he was trying to pursue me.”But Dumas said that’s not true in press statements.He said she asked for advice and he “provided assistance to the best of my professional ability.”“While I was sincerely trying to respond to her requests for support, it is clear from her recent public expression of concern that she didn’t appreciate our informal message exchange,” he said in the AMC statement.“I apologize if this made her feel uncomfortable.”With files from Melissa Ridgenkmartens@aptn.ca@katmarte