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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Jordskott (A Shudder Exclusive Series) - Season 2 Teaser



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



Toronto, ON, December 4, 2017– Pensare Films Media proudly presents the Pendance Film Festival, sponsored by Beauty Bar Clinics, Trius Wines, Rolling Picture Company and media sponsors, the GTA South Asian Media Network and NOW Magazine.   This festival is a unique celebration of independent cinema and takes place December 15, 2017 at the Regent Theatre, 551 Mt. Pleasant Rd, Toronto.  The screening will begin at 7:00 pm.

Festival Founder and Director of Pensare Films Media, Robert Misovic, along with his team have created an evening that features a red-carpet reception, a 2.5-hour screening of some of the very best short films from around the world, and finally, a wine and networking gala for industry professionals, media, sponsors, and filmmakers in attendance. 

About the screenings:
Pendance packs a tight mix of some of the best films in the world. The trailers for the films are on their YouTube page and links are on their website; among them are established festival darlings like Cannes Palme d'Or winning film ' A Gentle Night' and Tribeca darling Cul-de-Sac.  There will be special screenings of Oscar winning shorts, and fresh discoveries - world premiere of Uruguayan masterpiece Emma, a Canadian premiere of 'Tsuki' written by Mark Raso, in addition to a world premiere of the Spanish drama, 'William Martin'. Three Canadian shorts will have their premieres at Pendance including the bold short 'Inland Freaks', by fast rising 21-year-old film maker, Kalainithan Kalaichelvan. 

The festival primed to be outstanding, is slated to be one of the most ambitious film festival launches in 20+ years. Tickets can be purchased at:  https://www.universe.com/events/pendance-film-festival-tickets-28G5XQ

About GTA South Asian Media Network
Established in 2016, the GTA South Asian Media Network has developed a reputation for expertise in Media Relations, PR and Promotion of those in the arts, media and entertainment industries, as well as in Marketing and Community Outreach. The working brand, Annie J Koshy – Media Consultant, has a vast network, both within the South Asian as well as the mainstream communities and has the leverage to develop meaningful associations amongst individuals, businesses and within the media fraternity.  (www.anniejkoshy.com)

Contact Information: 
Robert Misovic:  info@pendancefilmfestival.com 647.238.5360
www.pendancefilmfestival.com
www.facebook.com/pendancefilmfestival 


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Friday, November 10, 2017

Stratford Christmas Trail marks beginning of holiday season

Stratford, ON: The Stratford Christmas Trail (www.visitstratford.ca/ChristmasTrail) captures the spirit of giving and the joy of checking off that list. Throughout November and running until December 20, twenty-seven shops present fabulous stocking stuffers to delight on Christmas morning. You'll discover unique and individual gift ideas when you stroll our festive streets visiting shops draped in fresh cedar rope and tied with big red bows. Stratford Tourism is making it easy to kick off your holiday shopping with The Christmas Trail, just choose six gifts for $30 (+HS
Here is how it works. Purchase your trail at Stratford Tourism and receive your map and six vouchers to exchange for your choice of unique and distinctive gifts ready for you at  27 stops on the Christmas Trail. Share with friends and family to delight on Christmas morning – or keep a treat for yourself.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Dance Premiere Life Eternal explores Immortality & Freedom





​Janak Khendry Dance Company
presents World Premiere of
Life Eternal
- A captivating dance work that explores Immortality and Freedom -

TORONTO (October 6, 2017) - The Janak Khendry Dance Company celebrates its 39th year and Canada's 150th Anniversary with a unique dance creation that reflects on transcending time and space in a journey to love, peace, freedom and happiness. The world premiere of Life Eternal features an outstanding ensemble of 14 dancers, including Artistic Director Janak Khendry who choreographs this captivating dance work, with music composed by Ashit Desai. Life Eternal runs Thursday November 9 to Saturday November 11 at Harbourfront Centre's Fleck Dance Theatre. Tickets are on sale now.

Life Eternal is rooted in ancient universal truths embraced by Jain, Hindu and Buddhist philosophies of life. Indian classical dance is the medium that the distinguished Janak Khendry Dance Company uses to unravel these teachings.

The art of seduction, adoration of nature and artful loving devotion to a Divine Being are themes that are interwoven into the dance structure. Life Eternal highlights the quest to attain immortality - decoded as total freedom - transcending time and space, accepting nothing after life except eternal calm on the road to that freedom.

The celebrated Janak Khendry Dance Company had its origin in 1978 in New York and moved to Toronto in 1979. The company has created esteemed dance interpretations about major philosophies and religions, exploring Christianity with John Milton's Paradise Lost, Buddhism with Women Liberated, Hinduism with Ganga, Kaal-Time, Gayatri and Upanishad, and Jainism in Panchkalyanaka.

These works have been highly appreciated by the public in India, the United States, South Africa, Mexico, Middle East, Myanmar and, most importantly, in Canada. Company members travel abroad as Indo-Canadian Cultural Ambassadors and de facto propagate the diversity of cultures and the unity of Canadian society.

Janak Khendry, the Artistic Director of the dance company, is an internationally renowned dancer/choreographer, professionally trained in four classical Indian dance styles, ballet and modern dance. He was invited to give five command performances for two past Presidents of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad and Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, and was one of five artists invited from across the United States to perform for the Vice-President in Washington, D.C. at the inauguration of the CARE and MEDICARE projects.

As a non-profit, charitable organization, Janak Khendry Dance Company presents socio-philosophical works that benefit numerous communities and provides inspiration and mentorship to younger generations.

Janak Khendry Dance Company presents World Premiere of Life Eternal
Choreographed by Janak Khendry, Music composed by Ashit Desai

Thursday, November 9 - Saturday November 11 at 8pm nightly
At Harbourfront Centre's Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay W., 3rd Floor, Toronto

Tickets are available by calling the Harbourfront Centre Box Office at 416-973-4000
or visit Janak Khendry Dance Company's website at www.jkdanceco.org
Regular Tickets are $30 & $35; Students/Seniors/Artsworkers are $25. Groups 10+ are $20.




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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Government of Canada implements new legislative changes to the Citizenship Act

                Government of Canada implements new legislative changes to the Citizenship Act

October 4, 2017 – Ottawa, ON – As part of the Government of Canada's commitment to provide greater flexibility in meeting requirements for those who wish to obtain Canadian citizenship, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced today a significant milestone in implementing changes to the Citizenship Act through the adoption of Bill C-6.

 

Further to changes introduced upon Royal Assent which repealed certain provisions of the former government's Bill C-24, important changes to physical presence and the age required to meet language and knowledge requirements for permanent residents who are applying for citizenship will come into effect on October 11, 2017. The new requirements will give more flexibility to both younger and older eligible immigrants to obtain citizenship. They will also help individuals who have already begun building lives in Canada achieve citizenship faster.

 

Citizenship applicants who meet the new requirements must wait until October 11, 2017, before applying for citizenship. This is the date when the changes come into effect, and when the new citizenship application forms and guides will be available.


More changes to the Citizenship Act are expected to take effect later this year and in early 2018. For a complete list of past, current and future changes to the Citizenship Act and their effective dates, please read the
Bill C-6 Backgrounder.

 

 

Quote

 

"One of the strongest pillars for successful integration into Canadian life is achieving Canadian citizenship and becoming part of the Canadian family. The Government encourages all immigrants to take the path towards citizenship and take advantage of everything that being a Canadian has to offer."

 

– The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

 

Quick facts

 

·         Bill C-6, an Act to amend the Citizenship Act and make consequential amendments to another Act, received Royal Assent on June 19, 2017.

·         The latest set of amendments to the Act taking effect October 11, 2017, will also include aligning the number of years applicants need to file Canadian income taxes (if required to do so under the Income Tax Act) to three out of five years, to match the changes to the physical presence requirements.

 

·         Some changes to the Citizenship Act took effect immediately upon Royal Assent on June 19, 2017. They include: repealing of the ability to revoke citizenship from dual citizens convicted of crimes against the national interest; no longer requiring applicants to intend to continue to reside in Canada once granted citizenship; and making it easier for minors to apply for citizenship without a Canadian or permanent resident parent.

 

·         More changes expected to take place later in 2017 and 2018 include strengthening the citizenship revocation process so that the Federal Court is the decision-maker on most cases, and giving clear authority under the Citizenship Act for citizenship officers to seize fraudulent or suspected fraudulent documents.

 

 

Related products

·         News release – Citizenship Bill Receives Royal Assent

·         Backgrounder – Changes to the Citizenship Act as a Result of Bill C-6

·         Infographic

·         Read a copy of Bill C-6

 

Contacts for media only

 

Minister's Office

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

613-954-1064

 

Media Relations

Communications Branch

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

613-952-1650

CIC-Media-Relations@cic.gc.ca

 

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Monday, October 2, 2017

How to Curate Content Quickly (and 70+ Places to Find Great Content)



Full Article-How to Curate Content Quickly (and 70+ Places to Find Great Content): "Curating top content from around the web is a great strategy to increase your social media reach. For example, we grew our Facebook reach tremendously with high-quality content from third-party sources.
But where do you start with curation?
There are many great websites on all sorts of topics. With our community’s help, we put together an ultimate list of content curation sources across multiple industries. From design to education, marketing to remote work, and beyond.
I hope you’ll find some great websites for your content curation strategy.

The big list of content curation sources across multiple topics
When we put out a tweet asking for help, suggestions poured in immediately. I was blown away by the responses. (Thank you to those who have sent us your favorite websites!)
To keep the list manageable, I’ve picked only some of the bigger websites and blogs. Do check out the replies to our tweet here for all the great recommendations as the list here is definitely incomplete.
Also, as I’m not familiar with many of the topics, I’ve included lists of blogs created by the awesome people in the respective industries.
Here are all the categories covered in this list:
Business
Career, recruiting, and hiring
Data, Data Visualization, and Data Science
Design
Education
Food and cooking
Marketing
Personal finance
Product
Remote work
Self-improvement
Startup
Tech
Others

How to curate quickly from your favorite sites
Just a quick aside: my favorite method of curating content quickly is to use an RSS reader like Feedly.
First, I set up my feed by finding popular sites with Feedly’s search engine. If I know the sites I want to add to my Feedly, I would enter their URLs and follow their RSS feed.
Feedly also makes it easy to search for top sites for various topics. You can either search using keywords or browse the topics they’ve curated.

When I’m curating content to share, I would open up Feedly, scan through the latest posts from the sites I’m following, and read only those that stand out.
If you are strapped for time, you can quickly spot the viral articles in your feed by switching to “Title-Only View” and looking for articles with a huge number by its title. Articles with a number in the hundreds and thousands or an orange number are those that are trending and more popular than the rest of the articles from that site."



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Children's illustrated book on Diwali making its mark in Canadian and American Markets

Ved and Friends Celebrate Dussehra and Diwali is a great children’s book which tells the readers of all the different reasons and religions, celebrate the same day. Diwali is one of the most celebrated Hindu festivals across the globe, but it isn’t celebrated for the same reasons even within the Hindu community!
    
  




The book Ved and Friends talks about these various reasons the festivities are celebrated, and it’s a great way to introduce children to South Asian Culture and literature. The book was officially launched at the Consul General of India Office on Monday September 25th 2017, by the Honourable Consul  General of India, Mr. Dinesh Bhatia. The book has been on Amazon’s Top 10 Bestsellers list since its availability in the market.

Ved and Friends is on the Top Ten Bestseller List on Amazon's Book on Indian Culture

Having moved to Ontario, Canada in 2009, Author Diksha Pal Narayan has worked in the Canadian and Indian Television industries before taking a sabbatical from work to be a stay at home mother to her child who she and her husband were blessed with in 2013. While trying to maintain a healthy balance between her cultural heritage and life in Canada, she was unable to find relatable content to read to her son which was entertaining, informative and attractive to a young child. So when you don’t see what you want, you create it yourself, and that’s exactly what she did! Coming from a culturally diverse family herself where she is originally from a small mountain retreat in the Himalayas, her husband hails from the southern province of Kerala in India. The couple were from the same country, had the same religion but that’s where all similarities ended as they spoke different languages and the same festivities had different reasons for celebrations for them. When they had their son Ved, they thought of going a step further and including ALL the festivities into their son’s life thus giving birth to the idea of the book- Ved and Friends Celebrate Dussehra and Diwali.

People have asked Diksha why would you need to write a book about these festivities, when there is so much information available about it on the net? She responds, “Why not? There probably is information about a lot of things on the internet, but the joy of holding a book in your hand, engaging with your children, talking to them, reading to them is a joy I was blessed with as a child and I would love to give today’s generation the same opportunity to experience. Dussehra and Diwali are festivals which roughly span for 20 days while the preparations make it a whole month affair, so why not teach our children the reason we celebrate it. Our Bengali friend celebrates Durga Puja during the time we celebrate Golu Festival while our Gujarati friends celebrate Navratri and dance the garba during the 9-day festival leading up to Dussehra. Why not tell our kids about the reasons why their friends celebrate the same day as we do?”

“Look around you, your neighbourhood, your place of work, the schools your kids go to- it’s proof of our diversity and multiculturalism is in the Canadian blood. With this book, I hope to teach children about the diversity we have in our culture too, and the short stories with morals in them hopefully when taught at an early age can help them make better decisions in life to come,” adds Diksha.


This year Navratri is between 19th of September until the 30th of September.
Dusshera is on the 30th of September.
Diwali is on the 19th of October

To know more about the book please visit www.dikshapnarayan.com
Phone: 647.990.7801

Diksha is available for interview to talk about the book Ved and Friends Celebrate Dussehra and Diwali, the festival of Diwali, and multiculturalism and diversity are seen in the festivities.
Thank you for your time.
Diksha

Diksha Pal Narayan
Author,
Ved and Friends Celebrate:
Dussehra and Diwali
Call: 647-990-7801 

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