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September 26, 2014

Summer?  Fall?  It's a coin toss every day - enjoy every day as we are Canadian and that means ... weather changes as often as we put it in a conversation.  Due to a busier work schedule, I am considering doing the newsletter just once every month.  Let me know your thoughts. 

And stay tuned for pictures from the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival to be loaded into the PHOTO GALLERY over the next couple of days.

This week features your entertainment news including: Canadian singer Tamia talks about life; Canadian content within film This Is Where I Leave You; Jay Baruchel's Canadian devotion; Xavier Dolan's Mommy up for an Oscar; 2015 Pan Am Games sell a whopping amount of tickets; Prince releases a new track; Jermain Defoe allegiance to Toronto FC; Tanya Tagaq wins the Polaris Music Prize; and much more. 

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::TOP STORIES::
   
Tamia: On Longevity, MS Diagnosis, Brandy, Performing, More

(Sep 22 2014) *After a recent performance, Singersroom caught up with Grammy- nominated singer Tamia to chat about her busy schedule as a wife and mom, the secret to success in the industry, being diagnosed with MS, and her upcoming projects in the near future.

Source: www.eurweb.com
This Is Where I Leave You: Why funny people love to play sad

(Sep 19 2014) Shawn Levy, the Montreal-born director of many successful comedies, including Cheaper by the Dozen, Date Night and Night at the Museum, is also pleased to be venturing into more serious terrain with This Is Where I Leave You, which premiered at TIFF and opened yesterday.

Source: www.globeandmail.com - Johanna Schneller
   
Fiercely Canadian Jay Baruchel wears his maple leaf on his sleeve

(Sep 19 2014) We are in the middle of a diner having at fries and cheese-based sandwiches, and Jay Baruchel is freaking out. "Holy smokes! Are you sure about this?" I had just handed him a 1973 Guy Lafleur hockey card, from my childhood collection stuffed away in boxes. "This is a big deal, man, do you realize that?" he asks.

Source: www.globeandmail.com - Brad Wheeler
Canada submits Xavier Dolan's Mommy for Oscar consideration

(Sep 19 2014) MONTREAL—Quebec director Xavier Dolan's Mommy has been selected as Canada's bid for Oscar glory in the best foreign-language film category.

Source:  www.thestar.com - The Canadian Press
   
75,000 Pan Am Games tickets snapped up in first two days

(Sep 19 2014) During the first 48 hours of tickets availability for the 2015 Pan Am Games, 75,000 were snapped up.

Source:  www.thestar.com - Star staff
AUDIO: Prince Drops New Single 'FUNKNROLL'

(Sep 19 2014) *Prince just dropped his new track "FUNKNROLL," which will be available on both of his upcoming album releases.

Source: www.eurweb.com
   
Jermain Defoe back with Toronto FC

(Sep 24 2014) No matter what the future may hold beyond this season, Jermain Defoe wants to make one thing perfectly clear: He's focused on getting healthy and helping Toronto FC make the playoffs.

Source:  www.thestar.com - Josh Rubin 
Tanya Tagaq wins $30K Polaris Music Prize, urges people to 'wear and eat seal'

(Sep 22 2014) Nunavut-reared throat singer Tanya Tagaq claimed the $30,000 Polaris Music Prize on Monday, just moments after mesmerizing the gala crowd with a show-stealing performance aided by a choir.

Source: www.thestar.com - The Canadian Press
   
::MUSIC::
   
Aga Khan Museum welcomes music of the world

(Sep 17 2014) The inaugural concert at the Aga Khan Museum is led by a Jewish musician, though David sees nothing unusual about that.

Source:  www.thestar.com - Trish Crawford 
The secret lives of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra

(Sep 19 2014) Peter Oundjian, music director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, strides onstage, gives a friendly smile to the audience then raises his baton and the music begins.

Source: www.thestar.com - Trish Crawford 
   
Understanding Leonard Cohen

(Sep 19 2014) Cohen's music seemed too rich to digest – a whole lot of Leonard got in the way of his songs. But Leonard was interesting, if not hummable, and people are often the best part of what they make. I read Sylvie Simmons's 2012 biography, I'm Your Man, out of curiosity, and by the end I'd been bitten.

Source: www.globeandmail.com - Alexandra Molotkow
AUDIO: Michael Jackson/Queen Track Unleashed after 33 Years

(Sep 19 2014) *More than three decades after Michael Jackson and Queen's Freddie Mercury first began working together in the studio, the fruit of their labour will finally see the light of day.

Source: www.eurweb.com
   
Mirel Wagner's '1234': A slowly strummed fright-ballad

(Sep 24 2014) The song is 1234, but unlike Feist's chirpy counting tune of the same name, the creepy new one from the gloom-blues folkie Mirel Wagner will not be adapted for Sesame Street spots or iPod ads.

Source:  www.globeandmail.com - Brad Wheeler
Alvester Martin Climbs into the Music Industry

(Sep 17 2014) *In 1991, in the streets of Dade County, a young Alvester Martin knew that his abilities and talents would be his keys to success.  Traveling up the ranks of education, Martin found himself in the hallowed halls of the School of American Ballet.

Source: www.eurweb.com
   
Aretha Franklin Album Due Sept. 30; Adele Cover to be 1st Single

(Sep 18 2014) *Aretha Franklin will finally release her long-awaited new album – a collection of covers overseen by music mogul Clive Davis for RCA-Arista – on Sept. 30. The tentative title is, "Aretha Franklin Sings Songs of the Great Divas."

Source: www.eurweb.com
VIDEO: Five reasons Barbra Streisand has stayed on top for 50 years

(Sep 25 2014 ) It was already a feat 21 years ago, when Barbra Streisand became the first female artist with four No. 1 albums in each of the four past decades. Then she hit the top of the Billboard charts again in 2009, becoming the only artist to ever have five No. 1s in five decades.

Source: www.globeandmail.com - Cliff Lee
   
Bob Dylan to be honoured by Neil Young, Jack White as MusiCares person of year

(Sep 23 2014) LOS ANGELES—Bob Dylan will be honoured as the 2015 MusiCares person of the year.

Source: www.thestar.com - The Associated Press
Ed Sheeran delivers an A+ solo show at the ACC

(Sep 19 2014) British ginger-haired dynamo Ed Sheeran is unlike any other contemporary pop performer who has amassed a giant mainstream following.

Source: www.thestar.com - Nick Krewen 
   
Dr. Dre 'Beats' Diddy, Jay Z on Forbes' Cash Kings List

(Sep 23 2014) *Thanks to the sale of his little headphone company, Dr. Dre's annual salary has stomped on and vaporized the competition on Forbes' new list of highest paid hip hop artists…aka The Cash Kings List.

Source: www.eurweb.com
VIDEO: Idris Elba To Release Album Inspired by his 'Mandela' Role

(Sep 24 2014) *Idris Elba has announced plans for a November release of "mi Mandela," an album inspired by his experience playing late South African anti-Apartheid leader Nelson Mandela in "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom."‎

Source:  www.eurweb.com
   
Jennifer Hudson Introduces 'JHUD' at Listening Party

(Sep 24 2014) *Jennifer Hudson had a listening party in New York this week for her new album "JHUD."

Source:  www.eurweb.com
Jazz great Kenny Wheeler dies at 84

(Sep 19 2014) Kenny Wheeler, a jazz trumpet player who wrote more than 100 compositions, has died.

Source: www.thestar.com - Bruce DeMara 
   
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::FILM::
   
Keys, Belafonte and Bassett Honour Ruby Dee At Star-Packed Memorial

(Sep 22 2014) *Entertainment icon Ruby Dee was honoured with an all-star memorial Saturday during in New York City.

Source: www.eurweb.com
Three Stratford plays to hit the big screen next year

(Sep 16 2014) Didn't make it to the Stratford Festival to catch Colm Feore's performance as King Lear this season?

Source: www.globeandmail.com - J. Kelly Nestruck
   
The Drop: A modest tale with great appeal

(Sep 12 2014) A shy Brooklyn bartender, an abused puppy and a middle-aged man looking for a last-chance score, set wheels in motion in The Drop, a crime drama adapted by Dennis Lehane from his short story, Animal Rescue.

Source: www.globeandmail.com - Liam Lacey
Vancouver is 'a real hotbed for indie work,' says filmmaker Kris Elgstrand

(Sep 24 2014) VANCOUVER — Vancouver indie filmmaker Kris Elgstrand makes unconventional, you might even say twisted, films.

Source:  www.globeandmail.com - Marsha Lederman
   
Bollywood's Deepika Padukone takes on The Times of India over cleavage tweet

(Sep 15 2014) The Times of India is the country's largest English-language daily with a circulation of 4.9 million. Deepika Padukone is Bollywood's highest-paid female star (yes, men still make more) with a Twitter following of 7.2 million people.

Source:  www.thestar.com
VIDEO: New Muhammad Ali Documentary: 'I Am Ali' Coming

(Sep 19 2014) *"I Am Ali" is told through exclusive, unprecedented access to Ali's personal archive of 'audio journals' combined with touching interviews and testimonials from his inner circle of family and friends, including his daughters, son, ex-wife and brother, plus legends of the boxing community including Mike Tyson, George Foreman and Gene Kilroy.

Source: www.eurweb.com
   
Schnetzer loved playing gay activist in Pride

(Sep 25 2014 ) In Pride, New York native Ben Schnetzer (The Book Thief, The Riot Club) plays real-life British gay rights activist Mark Ashton.

Source: www.thestar.com - Bruce DeMara
VIDEO: Quincy Jones Discusses Clark Terry Doc 'Keep On Keepin' On'

(Sep 22 2014) *The widely heralded documentary "Keep On Keepin' On" is in theatres now.

Source: www.eurweb.com
   
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Amazing Race host Phil Keoghan's Canadian connections

(Sep 25 2014 ) New Zealand-born Phil Keoghan is best known as the face of the hit CBS reality TV show The Amazing Race, which starts a landmark 25th season this fall.

Source: www.thestar.com - Tony Wong
Spoiler alert: Canadians less likely to ruin TV shows for friends than Americans

(Sep 22 2014) Sorry about that spoiler, eh? According to a study conducted by Netflix, Canadians are characteristically polite about trying to avoid spoiling a TV show for their friends and family.

Source: www.globeandmail.com - Michael Oliveira The Canadian Press
   
VIDEO: The Voice: Pharrell chooses well on Night 2 of blind auditions

(Sep 24 2014) As coaches continued to fill their teams on The Voice on Tuesday it became clear the best get of all may be Pharrell Williams.

Source:  www.thestar.com - Debra Yeo 
Lifetime Set to Premiere Aaliyah Biopic on November 15

(Sep 19 2014) *Although the Aaliyah biopic had so many controversies and so much drama behind-the-scenes (but very publicly behind-the-scenes), the film is finally coming to the small screen this fall.

Source: www.eurweb.com
   
Shemar Moore Visit Gives 'Y&R' Highest Ratings Since March

(Sep 18 2014) *Shemar Moore's two-episode return to Genoa City boosted viewership big time for "The Young and the Restless."

Source: www.eurweb.com
VIDEO: Denzel Does Vigilante in Adaptation of Eighties TV Series

(Sep 2O 2014) *On the surface, Robert McCall (Denzel Washington), "The Equalizer," is a perfectly-pleasant, hail fellow well met.

Source: www.eurweb.com - by Kam Williams
   
VIDEO: Jada Pinkett Smith on 'Gotham': 'It Was Like I Have to Do It'

(Sep 19 2014) *"Gotham" is already an early favourite of TV critics to become one of the top rated shows of the new season, and much of that has to do with the hilariously-devilish performance of Mrs. Jada Pinkett Smith.

Source: www.eurweb.com - Cherie Saunders
How to Get Away With Murder makes Thursdays Shonda Rhimes' night

(Sep 24 2014) BEVERLY HILLS, CALIF.—
Then, closing out Shonday at 10 p.m., 
How to Get Away With Murder premieres with Viola Davis as a rife-with-mystery criminal lawyer who apparently will do anything to spring her clients and who, as a law professor, trains her students to do the same.

Source:  www.thestar.com - Frazier Moore The Associated Press
   
::ARTS::
   
The Book of Mormon finds balance between outrageous and outraged

(Sep 19 2014) Why don't the producers of The Book of Mormon want The Globe and Mail to review their show on its current visit to Toronto? I don't know. The answer I got back was, "No comment."

Source: www.globeandmail.com - J. Kelly Nestruck
Toronto's Culture Days lets the public perform

(Sep 25 2014 ) Peter Oundjian, music director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, has some tips for the amateur conductors who will lead the symphony for two minutes each on Friday as part of Culture Days.

Source: www.thestar.com - Trish Crawford
   
Elsewhere opens Danceworks' new season

(Sep 25 2014 ) That's what happened to Toronto dancer/choreographer Heidi Strauss. The course of inquiry prompted by this external observation has now matured into a work called elsewhere that opens Danceworks' new season this week at Harbourfront Centre.

Source: www.thestar.com - Michael Crabb
Former Drug Kingpin 'Freeway' Rick Ross Becomes Advocate for Literacy

(Sep 25 2014 ) *Once considered one of the country's top drug kingpins, Ricky Donnell Ross, better known as "Freeway" Rick Ross, has transformed his life and launched the Freeway Literacy Foundation (www.freewayliteracy.org).

Source: www.eurweb.com - by Angela P. Moore  
   
Our Country's Good an intelligent play with faults

(Sep 17 2014) Try to picture Bottom and his rude mechanicals from A Midsummer Night's Dream transported to a penal colony in 18th-century Australia and you'll have a pretty good idea of what the sometimes hilarious, sometimes provocative, sometimes frustrating play called Our Country's Good is like.

Source:  www.thestar.com - Richard Ouzounian 
   
::TECHNOLOGY::
   
Light from tablets, phones disrupts sleep

(Sep 14 2014) The pervasive glow of electronic devices may be an impediment to a good night's sleep. That's particularly noticeable now, when families are adjusting to early wake-up times for school.

Source:  www.thestar.com - Meeri Kim The Washington Post
Apple's iPhone 6 tops 4 million in pre-orders

(Sep 15 2014) Apple Inc.'s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus topped 4 million in pre-orders in the first 24 hours, as early demand for the smartphones outstrips supply.

Source: www.globeandmail.com - Bruce Rule Bloomberg News
   
Toronto Sick Kids geneticist named potential Nobel Prize recipient

(Sep 24 2014) Stephen Scherer, director of the Centre for Applied Genomics at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children, was named a potential winner of the Physiology or Medicine prize for his role in the discovery of copy number variation, a form of genetic difference between individuals that has been implicated in a wide range of diseases.

Source:  www.globeandmail.com - Ivan Semeniuk 
   
::TRAVEL::
   
Six travel apps you've got to try at least once

(Sep 25 2014 ) Eventloko:  Sometimes, even the most organized family-trip planner can get stumped. So when the kids ask, "What's next?" try Eventloko (eventloko.com) to find family-friendly events in foreign places.

Source: www.globeandmail.com - Mercedeh Sanati
   
::SPORTS::
   
First phase of BMO Field's $105-million renovation under way

(Sep 23 2014) TORONTO — With Toronto FC star midfielder Michael Bradley manning a bulldozer, BMO Field's $105-million renovation officially kicked off Tuesday.

Source: www.globeandmail.com - The Canadian Press
Tomas Plekanec embraces role as mentor to young Habs

(Sep 23 2014) BROSSARD, Que. — Tomas Plekanec has jumped right into his new role as one of the four alternate captains on the Montreal Canadiens.

Source: www.globeandmail.com - Bill Beacon The Canadian Press
   
Canadian women's basketball team set for FIBA world championship

(Sep 24 2014) The vivid recollections washed over them and the wonderful moments became fresh in their minds as members of the Canadian women's basketball team walked in the Ankara Arena in Turkey for practice Wednesday afternoon.

Source:  www.thestar.com - Doug Smith 
Pacers star Paul George back on his feet after gruesome leg injury

(Sep 25 2014 ) INDIANAPOLIS — Paul George is getting back on his feet.

Source: www.globeandmail.com - Michael Marot The Associated Press
   
::FITNESS::
 
Armed and Dangerous

(Sept 17, 2014) Who says guys are the only ones who can sport great guns? Women with well-developed arms are strong and sexy, and we’ve got just the routine to whip yours into shape.

Source: www.oxygenmag.com - By Lara McGlashan MFA CPT 
 
::MOTIVATION::
 
Motivational Thought

If your mental attitude is positive, even when threats abound, you won’t lose your inner peace. On the other hand, if your mind is negative, marked by fear, suspicion and feelings of helplessness, even among your best friends, in a pleasant atmosphere and comfortable surroundings, you won’t be happy.

Source:  Dalai Lama
 

Have a great week!


 

Dawn Langfield
Langfield
Entertainment
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