7th September 2011

Mobiz Confirms Top Speakers For Inaugural Event

mobizAlliance numérique committee Alliance Mobilité has confirmed some of the top international names in the mobile industry will be attending this very first edition of Mobiz, presented by the Canada Media Fund. Mobiz, Quebec Mobile Congress, is a new event dedicated to mobility, which aims to foster the outreach and discovery of the most recent technology, as well as best business practices. Mobiz will take place on October 31st at the Hilton Montréal Bonaventure hotel as part of MTL DGTL. Register now to take advantage of the 30% Early Bird discount by registering online before September 16.

Confirmed For Mobiz:

  • Eric Morris, Head of Mobile Advertising, Google Canada
  • Gladstone Grant, Vice-President, Platforms and Developers Group, Microsoft Canada
  • Philippe Lozier, Director of Convergence, Samsung Canada
  • Niels Helkov, Vice-President, e-health & M2M Americas, Orange

“Mobiz provides a unique opportunity to get a feel for a booming industry through current topics such as mobile marketing, mobile wallet, convergence, cloud computing, emerging trends and, of course, market research,” highlights Martin Dufresne, Event Director.

Mobiz is already expecting a number of companies from across Quebec and Canada who are active in the mobile industry:

  • Rogers
  • Transcontinental Interactive
  • Mirego
  • Canadian Tire
  • Yellow Pages Group
  • WhereCloud
  • DH International
  • Wavefront
  • Soluteo

“We are very proud of this first edition which brings together players of the international and local arenas, and will be featuring business cases that will address both current issues and future avenues for the mobility world,” adds Mister Dufresne.

The day will end with Mobiz Awards, which will provide an opportunity for five mobile industry companies as well as five startups to increase their visibility within the industry. Seasoned developers and emerging Montreal professionals will have five minutes to present their innovative mobility projects to Mobiz attendees. Registration for participation in Mobiz Awards will end on September 15th.

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7th September 2011

Playdium DVD Rental Kiosks Filling Blockbuster Void

playdiumToronto-based entertainment giant Playdium has launched its “Playdium Movie Magic ” DVD Rental Kiosk program. A self-service movie and game rental kiosk which replaces conventional brick and mortar rental retail shops. With more than 70 kiosks already deployed throughout the GTA and surrounding areas, movie and game enthusiasts worried about impending local video store closures will not need to look very far for a convenient and cost effective alternative.

Kiosks are located at various retail outlets (including approximately 25 Walmart Supercentres) and allow consumers to rent a DVD movie for only $2 plus tax for a day. Any additional days are charged at $1 plus tax. Kiosk capacity is 625 discs and content is primarily made up of new & recent releases with some classic titles offered. A full list of kiosk locations can be found on the Playdium web site.

Playdium Movie Magic began testing DVD kiosks in late 2010 and has been busy rolling out the kiosk program in 2011. Kiosk placements are continuing and Playdium Movie Magic intends to have well over 200 kiosks deployed by early 2012. Blu Ray format is currently being tested at various locations and Playdium Movie Magic will begin testing video game rentals in Q4 of 2011.

Playdium Movie Magic has had its eye on the success of DVD kiosk market in the U.S., where DVD rental kiosks number over 40 000 units deployed and represent approximately 33% of the DVD rental market. “DVD Rental Kiosks have shown great success in the U.S. market. Playdium Movie Magic gives Canadian consumers a fresh and easy way to rent movies and games at very affordable prices” said Len Keywood, Playdium CEO.


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7th September 2011

Introducing CBC Live

cbc liveCBC has launched Canada’s newest online entertainment destination: CBC Live. From film and fashion to people and parties, CBC Live brings the stars to life like never before, connecting Canadians with high-profile personalities and happenings.

“At CBC, we’re focused on celebrating the very best in Canadian talent,” said Kirstine Stewart, Executive Vice-President, English Services. “CBC Live is a great way for Canadians to connect to the entertainment scene in our country online – easy access for the entertainment lover anywhere in Canada.”

Launching just in time for the star-studded September season, CBC Live will have a place of prominence at fall events from the Gemini Awards and the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) to the CCMA Awards and the national Culture Days celebrations. And of course, CBC Live will be the go-to site for the inside scoop on the hottest fall television programming, film premieres and music events. The site has already attracting exciting content, including an exclusive interview with international superstar Russell Crowe.

On September 7, as a kick-off to CBC Live, the site will play host to groundbreaking online companion programming for the 26th Annual Gemini Awards. The live stream features digital host Tom Green, in the “Tom Green Room” beginning at 7 p.m. ET at cbc.ca/live and will be available On Demand as a digital companion to the 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) television broadcast.

Then, as Canada turns its eyes to TIFF, CBC Live and the stars of CBC will literally roll out the red carpet across Toronto. From September 8th until the 18th, fans will have the chance to walk CBC Live red carpets like a star – all captured by the CBC Live paparazzi – with surprise appearances by CBC stars bringing the celebrity spirit of CBC Live to life.

Off the streets, Canadians can stay connected with CBC Live anytime and anywhere they are online – whether by following @CBCLive on Twitter and by “liking” the CBC Live Facebook page.

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7th September 2011

TIFF Breakaway Film in Brampton Buzz Mela

Among the Canadians films being featured at the Toronto International Film Festival is Breakaway, which will be featured in a TIFF Buzz Event on September 11th at Chinguacousy Park in Brampton. The film’s international mega-cast including Rob Lowe, Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar, Anupam Kher, the film’s main leads Vinay Virmani, Noureen Dewulf and Camilla Belle, the comedic superstar Brampton-born funny man Russell Peters and Gurpreet Ghuggi will be in attendance at the Breakaway Buzz Mela.

In keeping with the theme of the film, the festivities will begin with the Hyundai Hockey Tournament in which 16 local teams compete for Nav Bhatia’s Hyundai Indo Canada Cup trophy to be presented by GTA’s very own businessman, sports aficionado and entertainment czar Nav Bhatia along with the Honorable Mayor of Brampton Ms. Susan Fennell. The Breakaway Buzz Mela will also feature international recording superstars and Brampton’s own Brand Ambassadors RDB along with Josh, Bohemia, Jassi Sidhu,

H-Dhami and Veronica ‘live’ in concert. These performances will be livened up by Shiamak Davar’s internationally renowned dance troupe. Along with the music and celebrations, the event will have food and market vendors. The event is supported by the City of Brampton.

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7th September 2011

Mobilicity Launches Frosh Blogs

mobilicityTo mark the start of the school year, Mobilicity has introduced back to school blog.ca- a special collection of blogs by Canadian frosh students using Mobilicity smartphones to share their own unique perspectives on going back to school.

Mobilicity’s back-to-school site features five distinct blogs from first-year students attending different post-secondary school campuses across Canada. It gives site visitors an inside account of their student lives through text, photographs and video clips as they enter college or university, attend frosh activities and their first week of classes.frosh bloggers

“Going back to school plays a notable role in our lives because it’s at school where we typically form meaningful, lifelong friendships, learn important ideas and start to follow new paths in life,” said Chief Customer Officer Anthony Booth. “With the Back To School Blog, Mobilicity is paying tribute to these special experiences using the power of our smartphones and blogging technology to bring five Canadian students’ back-to-school stories to life.”

5 frosh bloggers + 5 smartphones = 1 helluva blog

  • Toronto native Daniel Rostas is studying Radio and Television Arts at Ryerson University after three years of musical theatre at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. Blogging with a Mobilicity HTC Panache smartphone, 21-year-old Daniel says this about Orientation Week: “I say “orientation” in numerous senses, as I immediately got lost the second I arrived. The place was friggin’ huge! I guess I’m coming from what wasn’t a very large high school to studying at a conservatory that only had a few hundred students, to a bona fide university with several thousand students, and tons and tons of buildings, faculties, and departments.”
  • Alberta farm girl Jennifer Wood is enrolled in the business administration program at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton. Blogging using a Mobilicity Motorola Spice smartphone, Jennifer, 19, admits that city life will be an adjustment and she’s going to miss life on the farm (in addition to the animals, she loves snowmobiles and ATVs). But she adds, “I’m always up for an adventure. I’m not the type of person to turn down a challenge.”
  • Vancouver amateur photographer Marko Kundicevic, 18, is studying journalism and film at University of British Columbia and is blogging using a Mobilicity Samsung Nexus S smartphone. Marko, who likes to use a lot of food analogies, says he’s “about to take a big bite of the UBC burger! There’s just something about university that makes it sound so appetizing. The lively people I am going to meet, the exciting things I am going to learn, the wild campus life… I’m thrilled to add all these ingredients to my life and share them with you.”
  • Saskatoon gymnast Nicole Linzmeyer is blogging from Ottawa’s Carleton University using a Mobilicity BlackBerry Curve 3G smartphone. Studying journalism, 18-year-old Nikki says she’s “most looking forward to living on residence and having a fresh start with everybody. I am also excited to see the similarities and differences between Saskatchewan and Ontario; I’m sure there are plenty (I’ve heard milk comes in bags?!).”
  • University of Calgary undergrad Iain Tufts is blogging using the Samsung G-Touch smartphone. Iain, 18, is working toward his Bachelor of Commerce but doesn’t have to select a major until third year. “I am thinking of Accounting,” he says. “The idea of having a set routine, with clear rules and regulations, just seems enticing to me. A benefit of this major is its applications to real life – complete control over your own financial affairs!”

Site visitors who vote for their favourite back-to-school blogger through the end of September will automatically be entered into a draw to win a Mobilicity smartphone with one year of service on the carrier’s Ultimate Unlimited Back to School plan (valued at approximately $650, see blog site for complete rules and regulations).

Mobilicity recently introduced a number of limited-time promotions to help make going back to school more affordable and enjoyable. The unlimited carrier’s $25 Back-to-School Plan is a great deal for anyone who wants to stay connected with friends and family without breaking the bank, offering unlimited local calling, unlimited text and picture messaging, unlimited data, caller ID and unlimited Mobilicity-to-Mobilicity calling.

To provide students the most bang for their buck, the company also launched the Ultimate Unlimited Back-to-School Plan, which for only $40 a month, includes all of its $25 Back-to-School Plan features, plus unlimited North American long distance, unlimited Canada/US text and picture messaging, unlimited global text messaging, voicemail, call waiting, call forwarding and 3-way calling.

Mobilicity is also offering up to $200 off select handsets for a limited time, making it possible for students to purchase a name-brand Android smartphone for under $100.

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7th September 2011

Teenage Paparazzo Comes To Ottawa For Single Screening

Actor and director Adrian Grenier will walk the Ottawa red carpet with co-producer Evan Ferrante for the screening of his documentary “Teenage Paparazzo“.  The documentary film turns the camera on the paparazzi, exploring celebrity culture through the eyes of 13-year-old photographer Austin Visschedyk. The evening’s time frame is as follows:

Saturday, September 10, 2011
Press Conference
“Teenage Paparazzo” Film Screening:
Q&A (Adrian Grenier & Evan Ferrante):
Art Exhibition
Post Screening Party
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
7:30 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.
5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
10:00 p.m – 2:00 a.m.

The Press Conference will take place at the Lobby Nightclub, which is located at 158 1/2 Rideau Street. This will be followed by a screening of “Teenage Paparazzo” and Question & Answer with Adrian Grenier at the Rainbow Theatre, 1200 St. Laurent Blvd.

Directed by Grenier and co-produced by Evan Ferrante and Matthew Cole, Teenage Paparazzo documents the true story of a relationship between a 13-year-old paparazzo (Austin Visschedyk) and Adrian Grenier, the star of the HBO series Entourage.  Inspired by a chance encounter with Visschedyk during an evening in Los Angeles, Grenier turns the cameras on the paparazzi in an effort to document this unique teenager’s world.

One of 20 stops on the Teenage Paparazzo Experience’s North American Tour, the Ottawa event features a film screening, Q&A with Grenier and Evan Ferrante, an art show featuring Shepard Fairy, Banksy, Adrian Grenier and more.  Also included is a post screening party at Lobby and Mansion Nightclubs in the ByWard Market.

“The Teenage Paparazzo Experience brings a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience art, film and the Hollywood culture alongside one of the biggest celebrities in the entertainment industry today,” says Michael O’Farrell, Marquis Group. “We get the chance to explore the conception of “fame” firsthand as Ottawa becomes star struck with the anticipation of the film screening.  We are thrilled with the buzz and excitement surrounding the Ottawa stop of the Teenage Paparazzo Experience tour”.

Adrian Grenier will host a single Ottawa screening on September 10, 2011 at the Rainbow Theatre located at 1200 St. Laurent Blvd, as well as a post screening party at Mansion and Lobby nightclubs located at 400A Dalhousie Street and 158 1/2 Rideau St. respectively.  Tickets for the film screening and post screening party are $20.00 and can be purchased online. The Teenage Paparazzo Experience tour is presented by the Marquis Group, Projekt Events, A-List Entertainment, Urban Male Magazine, 105.3 Kiss FM, Madflower Creative Group and Area 32a.

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6th September 2011

Canadian Architectural Illustrators Honoured

Four Canadian architectural illustrators have had their artwork chosen to be part of Architecture in Perspective 26, the International Competition of Digital and Traditional Architectural Illustration. Marie Eldridge from Calgary, and three Toronto-area illustrators – Roberto Ou, Michael  Ouzikov (Forrec) and Michael McCann – will all have their work featured in the exhibition, which opens on September 26 at the Pola Gallery in Tokyo. Architecture in Perspective (AIP) is presented by the American Society of Architectural Illustrators (ASAI), whose annual convention and exhibition will be held this year in conjunction with the UIA 2011 World Congress of Architecture, also taking place in Tokyo, from September 24 to October 2.

“Winning the ASAI Award of Excellence was extremely gratifying; there is nothing more professionally satisfying than the recognition of your peers,” says Marie Eldridge. “Attending the conference in Japan will be the icing on the cake.”

From among the 56 pieces selected for the exhibition, Michael McCann’s illustration received two major awards: The Formal Category Award and The Members’ Choice Award. The preeminent award, The Hugh Ferriss Memorial Prize, was awarded this year to Swiss illustrator Marcel Schaufelberger.

With 10,000 people expected to attend the 2011 UIA Conference, ASAI President Masaaki Yamada stated that “This year’s exhibition Includes the largest international exhibition of architectural illustration ever assembled, featuring AIP26 (ASAI) and exhibitions from Japan (JARA), Korea (KAPA), Australia (AAAI) and China.”

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6th September 2011

Space Marine Ready For Battle

Relic EntertainmentFor those not yet aware, Warhammer® 40,000®: Space Marine® by THQ studio Relic Entertainment has shipped for the Xbox 360®, Playstation®3 and Windows PC. Combining intense melee and ranged combat, Space Marine puts players into the boots of one of humanity’s elite soldiers, genetically engineered and equipped with state of the art weapons and armor. Players are dropped right into the action as they battle to defend an Imperial Forge World, a planet sized factory, from an invasion by the savage and brutal Orks, using the most devastating weaponry mankind has at its disposal.Space Marine

Space Marine also features 8 vs. 8 class-based multiplayer where players take on the role of either Space Marine or Chaos Space Marine in a battle to the death. Players can choose the balanced Tactical and Chaos Space Marine, the heavy weapons focused Devastator and Havoc or the jump pack equipped melee specialist Assault Marine and Raptor.

A free downloadable Co-operative gameplay mode called Exterminatus will also be made available to all players in early October. This mode pits a team of four Space Marine players against numerous AI controlled enemies in a fight to survive. Featuring dynamic challenges and global leaderboards, Space Marine’s co-op mode will keep players engaged for months to come.

The game includes a full progression and upgrade system tied to both multiplayer and co-op. Players will earn experience and unlock new weapons and perks which allow them to customize their loadouts to suit their play style. Progression will also unlock more options for the game’s customizer, which allows players to create a unique character to suit them, with over 1.8 Billion possibilities available at launch.

In addition to leveraging Steamworks’ Auto-Updating, Achievements, Match-Making, Leaderboards and Stats, the PC version of Warhammer® 40,000® Space Marine® will support Steamworks Cloud technology.

A premium quality Collector’s Edition is available to purchase from THQ.com, featuring a 10″ Purity Seal, Art Book, Game Soundtrack, 25 foiled character cards and a premium box. The Space Marine Collector’s Edition has a SRP of $99 (console) and $79 (PC).

A demo of the game is now available to download now for the Xbox 360,Playstation 3 and Windows PC. Space Marine is available to purchase now from a variety of retailers for a SRP of $60 console and $50 PC, and is rated M for Mature.


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6th September 2011

Inspirapps Launches Polltogo

InspirappsToronto start-up Inspirapps Inc. has launched polltogo, a web/mobile application that lets users conduct short mobile polls and receive instant feedback from various audiences, including clients, students, viewers, readers and friends, using their cell phone, smartphone or any internet-connected device.

In addition to offering the classic online polling features, polltogo focuses on real-time interaction and offers a unique, simple way of collecting instant feedback from a target audience without the need for using, installing or renting dedicated voting devices.polltogo

polltogo is a universal tool that can be used within a professional environment, such as at a conference or in customer satisfaction polls, a learning environment to stimulate the interaction between teachers and students, or during a training session. Users also may choose to poll colleagues and friends in a casual setting, asking such questions as, “Sushi or Tex-Mex for dinner tonight?” Also, its ability to work on any mobile device (voters are not required to download any application to their phone to participate) makes it the perfect tool for interaction between television producers, advertisers and viewers during a live TV show.

polltogo is totally free for voters. It is also free for poll makers who wish to create a poll with up to 20 votes (typically the length of most personal-interest polls).  Professional users, who generally need to receive more than 20 votes per poll, can buy credits (one credit equals one vote) at a very reasonable rate (currently 200 votes for 99 cents).

Creating a poll, sharing it with a target audience and viewing the results is as easy as 1-2-3 and only takes a minute:

1. Create the poll – Users can create polls in advance (or live at an event) on a smartphone, tablet or laptop using a very simple interface. Using polltogo.com or the polltogo mobile app, the user simply enters a question (e.g., “How would you rate this presentation?”), chooses a poll type (multiple choice, yes/no, rating, textual feedback), sets the duration (from 1 minute to no limit), and provides a few options (result presentation, allow comments, privacy, etc.).

2. Share the poll – Once the poll is created, two sharing options are offered: A unique QR code that can be scanned by most smartphones and a short URL that voters can simply type into any web browser (on their laptop/desktop, on their mobile phone, or even on older WAP-based cell phones).

3. View the results – Results of each poll can be viewed on a web page or shown live to an audience that just voted. They also may be viewed directly and easily by each voter on their device, providing that the poll initiator selects that option.

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6th September 2011

Teletoon Unveils New Branding

teletoonAlong with the launch of its fall programming season, Teletoon has officially unveiled its newly-refreshed branding for the network’s English and French daytime properties. The new, wilder branding reflects the network’s tagline: “Teletoon: It’s Unreal” as well as the network’s brand essence: “Anything is possible.”

“Teletoon is a brand with unexpected characteristics – it’s funny, surprising, playful and – like kids – a little bit mischievous. With this refresh, we want to better unify and re-establish the brand as a whole – and that’s exactly what we’ve done,” said Russell Ward, Vice President, Marketing, Teletoon Canada Inc. “We’ve incorporated the brand essence and personality in the logo itself, giving it infinite possibilities to take on different shapes, textures, materials, characteristics and much more.  In our world, everything begins and ends with Teletoon.”

The refreshed look takes on the characteristics of the network’s programming and overall attitude that reflects the fun, unexpected and imaginative spirit of Teletoon and its viewers. The updated Teletoon logo embodies the network’s tagline and brand essence with bold new animations, effects and colours, while maintaining its recognizable yellow colour. The new branding can be seen across Teletoon’s on-air and online platforms, including on-air promos and on-screen IDs and across teletoon.com.

In support and celebration of the Teletoon brand refresh, the network has planned a series of unreal surprises taking place at random locations that will surprise and delight unsuspecting fans while promoting the brand. The first such endeavor is the ongoing, Teletoon-branded, Unreal Ice Cream Truck that has been showing up unexpectedly all around Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area with brand ambassadors surprising fans with delicious treats. Other such surprises will be taking place in mystery locations in the coming months.

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