VISUAL EDITORIAL #3
All Photography By: Joanna Glezakos
By: Fridae Mattas
Last Sunday I made it for a few hours to wander Krinos’s Taste Of The Danforth with the family, this year it was held August 8th to 10th. The Danforth is no stranger to me, I grew up there like the many Torontonian Greek kids, if I dropped my Dad’s name people would know him. My Dad once owned a little cafe restaurant on the strip beside Christina’s called “Moonlite Cafe”, which is now “Stixx” mediterranean flare kitchen as seen in the photo below.
Throughout the years, the street foodfest has gained some esteem to become one of those international festivals tourists congregate to. The authenticity of Greekness has dwindled since my childhood, when the Danforth was at its peak. Now you have Miss Asia Pageant delegates and Canadian bands taking over the stages. I didn’t hear any Bouzouki nor did I see any of my culture being showcased, all they had was overpriced mediocre food and only 35% of it was Greek. As a Greek Canadian I was a little offended and disappointed, then again the Danforth lost its shine after one of its most favorite people died. Regardless, the cash grab was what it was and the thousands of people wandering the streets were having a great time, including the ones at the Expendables3 live action show.
A past coworker hit me up to inform me that he would be doing a show during the festivities at the Logan and Danforth stage. Normally I cover music, films, dance, sports basically anything artistic, but I have never covered this type of performance. Presented by XLimit Entertainment, a stunt performance team doing a live action skit promoting the Expendables 3 film, which opened in theaters yesterday. It was pretty cool and some of the techniques were too slick, the fight choreography was not bad, my Dad probably would have approved! You can check out the video of the performance below and some shots I took of the festivities during my time in the old hood.
TORONTO – JUNE 17 2014 – Entertainment One (eOne) and Begin Again are on the search for Canada’s top undiscovered music talent! Just steps away from their Big Break, Canadian singers and bands can upload their original works to a new YouTube contest (www.youtube.com/beginagainmovie) to be entered for a chance to win a musical recording session at Metalworks Studios and a Digital Distribution opportunity from eOne Music, the #1 independent music distributor in North America, worth up to $10,000!
Contestants must rally their friends, fans and followers to vote for their original work to avoid elimination. Only the top four artists make it through to the final round. Canadian Recording Artist and Winner of Canadian Idol Eva Avila is joined by Eric Alper (Director of Media Relations at eOne Music and Host of ThatEricAlper’s Show on SiriusXM), Nathan Quinn (A&R and Label Acquisitions at eOne Music) and Kevin Dietz of Metalworks Studios in judging the four finalists and selecting the winning song.
“This inspiring film is set in NYC, and in a lot of ways, YouTube has the same huge caliber of undiscovered talent. Musicians can approach this like an open mic opportunity and do an original song to get heard by hundreds of thousands of music lovers,” explains Kai Exos, Creative Director at SPOKE and musician in his own right.
Begin Again is a soul-stirring comedy about what happens when lost souls meet and make beautiful music together. Gretta (Keira Knightley) and her long-time boyfriend Dave (Adam Levine) are college sweethearts and songwriting partners who decamp for New York when he lands a deal with a major label. But the trappings of his new-found fame soon tempt Dave to stray, and a reeling, lovelorn Gretta is left on her own. Her world takes a turn for the better when Dan (Mark Ruffalo), a disgraced record-label exec, stumbles upon her performing on an East Village stage and is immediately captivated by her raw talent. From this chance encounter emerges an enchanting portrait of a mutually transformative collaboration, set to the soundtrack of a summer in New York City.
“eOne Music Canada’s mission is to discover Canada’s next big star and showcase their stunning talent to listeners here, and around the world,” says Eric Alper, Director of Media Relations for eOne Music Canada. “We’re thrilled to be part of the Begin Again YouTube contest, so get your best song ready!”
The campaign, developed by creative agency, SPOKE, lives on YouTube and is powered by a custom YouTube contesting engine. The launch is supported by a heavy Social Media buy on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter as well as in-store POS at HMV, that forms part of eOne’s broader wide-release Media campaign, which also includes broadcast, digital, social, print, radio and Out of Home.
eOne opens Begin Again in theatres across Canada on July 11.
By: Fridae Mattas
By: Fridae Mattas
Caught up with Brampton Beast Goalie #37 , Grant Rollheiser after the game last Friday November 8th. Unfortunately they lost that game but managed to win the tie breaker game of the 3 game series 2-0 against the Allen Americas (CHL league champions and Dallas Stars affiliate team). Wish I was there to have seen Rollheiser guarding the gate and keeping the skilled Americans out of the Beast’s net. At 6’4 you would think the Chilliwack, BC native would be a little slower with all that gear on, not Rollheiser I’ve seen this kid in action against the Arizona Sundogs and the Beast won that game 4-0. Friday’s game was intense, the Americans were out for blood so much more hostile than the last team and I noticed the referee’s were calling a penalty for every minor infraction. Brampton did get a goal thanks to Beast #9 Left Wing Andrew Fournier sliding one passed the Allen American’s steel cage goaltender Bryan Pitton (who ironically is from Brampton). Fournier was assisted by #10 Right Wing Rob Collins and #16 Center Tylor Michel.
The Beast can really slay the ice, a good old fashioned fight took place between #4 Beast Defense Andrew Darrigo and Allen American #21 Garrett Klotz, obviously both were awarded penalties for that. Fights are dangerous but it is a part of the aggressive game that Hockey is. The Beast are hitting the road until the next home games December 12th, 13th and 14th you can grab your tickets here! Check out the interview with Grant and the gallery of stills from the game.
By: Fridae Mattas
Monday October 21st 2013 was the last of 3 games, the tie breaker for the opening weekend of the minor pro CHL (Central Hockey League) season. The Brampton Beast were hosting an arena of 2000 plus people and the Arizona Sundogs in a rubber match. Special guest Hockey Legend, Johnny Bower dropped the puck. For those that don’t know who Johnny Bower is, you don’t know your hockey! Like the man in the autograph line who told his son it was Eddie Bower.
Johnny Bower was a goaltender in the NHL for the New York Rangers and Toronto Maple Leafs. Bower was nicknamed the “Wall Of China” for good reason during his time on the Leafs he won 3 consecutive Stanley Cups 1962, 63 and 1964. He still lives to tell his story and Mr. Bower’s 89th Birthday is tomorrow.
Bower’s puck drop must have given the Beast a little bit of magic to annihilate the Arizona Sundogs 4-0. The first period was quiet, no goals by any of the teams but by the 2nd period the Brampton Beast were heating up! First goal was made by Beast number 20 Matt Caruana and assisted by number 16 Tylor Michele.
Second was by number 16 Tylor Michele who upgraded from assist to goal and was helped by number 26 James Vanderveeken (who signed autographs later for the fans.) and number 19 Rob Collins. The third goal was by number 18 Josh McQuade and number 12 Erik Spady. The final goal was shot by number 32 Assistant Captain Calin Wild and was assisted by number 19 Rob Collins.
Arizona was not happy about their loss but they did get one win during their time at Brampton’s Powerade Centre. You can catch the Brampton Beast live in action once again tonight November 7th against the League Champions The Allen Americans, tomorrow November 8th, and Sunday November 11th. Buy your tickets HERE and who knows I may pop by one of the games again, I do need a full interview.