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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

CCSA, CBC Strike Deal for Broadband, VOD Programming Rights | Mediacaster Magazine - Broadband & Content

The Canadian Cable Systems Alliance (CCSA) and CBC/Radio-Canada have completed work on an agreement for the distribution of the public broadcaster's specialty services.

The new deal, announced this month, includes on-demand and broadband rights for the bold, documentary, CBC News Network, RDI, and ARTV programming services.

"This is a great new partnership for CBC/Radio-Canada, making our top-rated Canadian programming available in more homes and delivered to Canadians on more platforms, for years to come," said Janice Ward, Director of Affiliate Marketing and Distribution at CBC.

Read More: CCSA, CBC Strike Deal for Broadband, VOD Programming Rights | Mediacaster Magazine - Broadband & Content

BlackBerry Unveils Cloud Based Music Service | Mediacaster Magazine - Broadband & Content

BBM Music, a new cloud-based service from Research In Motion (RIM), is now being introduced in a closed beta trial.

The service is designed to let users build their own community-based music library that can be shared with friends on the service.

Users can select tunes from a catalogue of songs from leading music companies - Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group and EMI.

RIM has offered other music related services in the past, working with the likes of Amazon and U2. Today's announcement confirms recent speculation that Blackberry would launch its own music store for the BlackBerry.

Read More: BlackBerry Unveils Cloud Based Music Service | Mediacaster Magazine - Broadband & Content

Happy Birthday, Glenn! CBC to Launch New Gould Website, Remastered TV Shows | Mediacaster Magazine - Broadband & Content

CBC is launching a new micro site, dedicated to the life and music of Glenn Gould.

The master musician would have been celebrating his 79th birthday today, September 25th, 2011.

But to mark the occasion and celebrate in his absence, the CBC will launch the website and release a comprehensive DVD collection that includes complete CBC broadcasts by the legendary pianist.

Read More: Happy Birthday, Glenn! CBC to Launch New Gould Website, Remastered TV Shows | Mediacaster Magazine - Broadband & Content

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Steve Jobs Isn't That Awesome | Ken Wheaton - Advertising Age


If an alien landed on earth this morning, he'd be forgiven if he thought Steve Jobs was Prometheus, Jesus and Henry Ford all rolled up into one, that all the wails and lamentations, the celebrations and tributes, marked the passing of the world's greatest mind.

Usually, this sort of hagiography is reserved for the dead -- or for the presidential candidate who shares our party affiliation -- during mourning periods in which churlish people like myself usually have to shut up and not say, "Yes, but ..." (with the exception of Christopher Hitchens). But Jobs isn't dead; he's simply resigned as CEO of Apple. So allow me to point out that the man is no fallen angel -- hell, when it comes to charitable use of his amassed wealth, he's not even a fallen Bill Gates -- and he isn't a perfect businessman.

Sports Network Expands as Digital Signage Hits the Ice | Mediacaster Magazine - Broadband & Content


Montreal's Newad digital marketing and publishing company is expanding its ad network with new exclusive partner Canlan Ice Sports, one of the biggest owner-operator of ice sports facilities in North America.
In addition to its Classic digital signage screens and ad boards, Newad will offer new products including ice-in logos, rink boards, dressing room graphics, mega banners, decals and Zamboni wraps.

The 15 Canlan sports facilities including ice rinks and indoor soccer facilities, that are included in the deal are located in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec.

Toronto Blogging Festival WORD11 Goes Green with Bio-Based Hand sanitizer


Toronto, Ontario, August 24 — WORD11, Toronto’s first 24-hour blogging festival, will feature eco-friendly, bio-based hand sanitizer from Medonyx, Inc., helping make the August 27, 2011 event as green and sustainable as it can be.

Medonyx’s gelFAST 2Go hand sanitizer will be provided to WORD11 attendees, who will use the sanitizer to keep clean during the all-day, all-night festival, which includes camping in the heart of the city. This is the latest in WORD11’s efforts to be a truly sustainable event.

"The clear bottle is recyclable, as is the clear cap, and there are no dyes or additives to the HDPE/LDPE plastics,” said Dana Manoliu, director of Medonyx, Inc., manufacturaturer of gelFAST 2GO. “Our gel is also Bio-Based which makes our sanitizer more eco-friendly than other hand sanitizers. Bio-Based means the gel is made from substances derived from renewable biological resources, as opposed to most gels formulations, which use non-renewable substances, such as alcohol derived from petroleum products."

Medonyx, Inc.'s sanitizer is widely being used in clinical environment, with all the effort to get their sanitizer greener, gelFAST 2GO still achieve 99.999% effective at killing microbes in a healthcare setting.

The inclusion of gelFAST 2GO hand sanitizer is courtesy of event sponsor TruFinancial Consultants.

"I have been thinking of what promotional item would be a perfect giveaway at WORD11 for quite a while now. After coming across gelFAST 2GO and learning how green the product is, I decided it fits the event entirely," said Mimi Lee, Word11 committee member, sponsor of WORD11 and managing principal of TruFinancial Consultants.

This Saturday, August 27, 2011, Word11 is bringing together bloggers of all backgrounds to learn from expert speakers and network all day and into the night by creating an outdoor campground within the city. Appealing to more than 37,000 bloggers across Toronto, it is a festival that truly celebrates blogging.

Prior to this announcement, WORD11 had partnered with eco-friendly organizations including community swapping site Swapsity, electric scooter company Green Choice Moto, and portable solar power providers Solarline and zero-emission lawn care company The Grasscutters.

"We are very excited to have all the support we are getting and that support is growing by day. As we entered the final week to the event, everything is falling in place quite nicely. Since 2009, I wanted to run a blogging festival, this initiative wouldn't have been possible without the support of industry collaborators who have come together on common interest; the love for green - to ensure we provide a unique experience to all who attend." says Tm Mahdi, Word11 committee member and director and founder of Cg6 Inc.

Detailed information and itinerary on WORD11 can be found on www.word11.com.

Facebook Surpasses 1 Trillion Pageviews Per Month [REPORT]

Facebook garnered more than 1 trillion pageviews per month in June and July, according to data from DoubleClick.

The Google-owned ad network found that Facebook received approximately 870 million unique visitors in June and 860 million in July, exceeding the known number of users by more than 100 million.

Facebook Surpasses 1 Trillion Pageviews Per Month [REPORT]

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

CBC/Radio-Canada kicks off one-year countdown to 75th anniversary


Ottawa, November 2, 2010 – CBC/Radio-Canada officially kicked off today the one-year countdown to the Corporation’s 75th anniversary.
It was on November 2, 1936, that the Canadian Broadcasting Act replaced the Canadian Radio Broadcasting Commission. Through the Act was created a new crown Corporation: the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. And with that, a Canadian cultural icon was born.
In CBC’s first broadcast, then Chairman Leonard Brockington told listeners they could expect many new things from their new broadcaster. The Corporation’s governors, he said, have ideas and ideals that are “almost as numerous as apple blossoms in the Annapolis Valley or peach blossoms in the Okanagan.” Today, the Corporation delivers a comprehensive range of radio, television, Internet, and satellite-based services, in multiple languages, from coast-to-coast-to-coast.


Framework For Online Behavioural Advertising

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A coalition of eight of the leading advertising industry trade associations in Canada today announced a framework for industry self-regulation regarding Online Behavioural Advertising (OBA) in Canada.

The initiative, which is similar to those adopted by groups in the US, Europe and Australia, is the culmination of over 2 years of work; including regular submissions, dialogue, research and status updates to The Office Of The Privacy Commissioner Of Canada (OPC).

5 horrible ad placements that could have been avoided - iMediaConnection.com

The wrong place at the wrong time

You're a brand advertiser. You know you have to be on the internet, but you're not exactly sure how. So you retain an agency. It comes up with cool creative and formulates a campaign. The buy begins. Everyone's excited. Then all hell breaks loose.

CIX Seeks Canada's Top 20 in Digital Media | Mediacaster Magazine - Broadband & Content

CIX Seeks Canada's Top 20 in Digital Media | Mediacaster Magazine - Broadband & Content: CIX Seeks Canada's Top 20 in Digital Media

The fourth annual Canadian Innovation Exchange will identify the Top 20 Canadian companies working in Digital Media and Information and Communication Technology, and bring them together for a day-long interactive conference.

CIX 2011 brings together international investors, media companies and tech entrepreneurs in a full day of conversation with and presentations from Canada's hottest emerging technology companies.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Jack Layton, 61, dies after struggle with cancer - CTV News

Jack Layton, 61, dies after struggle with cancer - CTV News: NDP Leader Jack Layton died early Monday morning after announcing just weeks ago that he was fighting a new form of cancer, and just months after leading his party to its most successful federal election result ever.

Layton was 61 years old.

The New Democratic Party issued a statement Monday on behalf of Layton's wife Olivia Chow, and his children Sarah and Michael Layton.

"We deeply regret to inform you that The Honourable Jack Layton, leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada, passed away at 4:45 a.m. today, Monday, Aug. 22," the statement said.

"He passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family and loved ones."

Layton's death is not only heartbreaking in how quickly it came after he announced his illness on July 25, but that it came so soon after what is considered to be Layton's greatest political achievement.

GlamMobile launches mobile advertising platform to compete with Apple's iAds - Techvibes.com

GlamMobile launches mobile advertising platform to compete with Apple's iAds - Techvibes.com: GlamMobile is launching a full-scale mobile advertising, content and social platform in North America, with specific partnerships in Canada designed to let brand advertisers reach target audiences on popular portable media devices. The platform comes with GlamEnable, a development tool for publishers who need both a mobile Web presence and in native applications for iOS and Android mobile operating systems.

Montreal World Film Festival 2011: The perfect place to break down cultural borders

Montreal World Film Festival 2011: The perfect place to break down cultural borders: The Montreal World Film Festival doesn't take over the town the way the jazz or Just for Laughs fests do, but it quietly continues to do its own quirky thing 35 years down the road.

The opening weekend of this year's fest was marked by buzz for a Flemish film and the arrival of a member of one of Hollywood's most famous families. That neatly sums up the film festival: in Toronto it's all about the Hollywood stars, but here the excitement is all about a Flemish dramedy centred on three disabled guys in a Spanish brothel and an Israeli drama starring Hollywood auteur John Huston's son.

Youth Chess Tournaments for Peace, in Montreal, on September 7, 2011

The Canadian Centre for Ecumenism is delighted to announce the launch of Youth Chess Tournaments for Peace, in Montreal, on September 7, 2011 in collaboration with MonRoi Inc. and the Canadian Chess’n Math Association.

The event will coincide with the visit of His Holiness the Dalia Lama to the 2nd Global Conference of World Religions After 9/11, a combined initiative of McGill University and the University of Montréal.

The event is endorsed by the World Chess Federation (FIDE). In a letter to organizers the President says that FIDEis proud to be associated with the 2011 Youth Chess Tournament for Peace, which promotes harmony amongst the people of the world. FIDE, which is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as an Intentional Sports Federation, with 170 member federations, has several on-going projects with the Peace and Sports organization.

2nd Global Conference on World's Religions in Montreal - Peace through Religion

2nd Global Conference on World's Religions after September 11 - Peace through Religion: On September 7, 2011, His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, will be joined by Nobel Peace Laureate Shirin Ebadi, world-famous author Deepak Chopra, Professors Tariq Ramadan, Robert Thurman, Steven T. Katz and Gregory Baum and Swami Dayananda Saraswati who will speak on the theme "Peace Through Religion".

The conference will include:

A keynote address by the Dalai Lama
Talks given by the other participants
Panel discussions on the importance of inter-faith education and co-operative action
Discussion of a proposed Universal Declaration of Human Rights by The World's Religions

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Sunday, August 21, 2011

AFP: Online ad revenue exceeds print in Canada: study

AFP: Online ad revenue exceeds print in Canada: study: MONTREAL — Online advertising revenues have surpassed those of newspapers in Canada and are expected to grow further in the coming years, according to a study published Tuesday.

The Interactive Advertising Bureau of Canada (IAB) said online ad revenues exceeded expectations to rise by 23 percent to Can$2.23 billion ($2.32 billion) in 2010, making them second only to television in terms of media ad revenue.

IAB President Paula Gignac called the rise a "watershed moment for the digital community in Canada," adding that the future looks "extremely positive" considering the rise of mobile and interactive advertising.

Advertising revenues for print media grew a mere four percent to reach Can$2.1 billion in 2010, while television revenues grew 9 percent to reach Can$3.4 billion, according to the report.

Ranger takes Montreal NASCAR Canadian Tire race | Motorsports | Sports | Toronto Sun

Ranger takes Montreal NASCAR Canadian Tire race | Motorsports | Sports | Toronto Sun: MONTREAL - The result of the NASCAR Canadian Tire NAPA 100 was never in doubt once Andrew Ranger drove away from the grid on the very first lap at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Saturday.

It was a position he would never surrender over the next 100 kilometres in the No. 27 Dave Jacombs Racing Dodge.

It was Ranger’s second consecutive win in the NAPA 100 and his third overall on the Ile Notre Dame track.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Thursday, August 18, 2011

North American Chinese Invitational Volleyball Tournament to host its 67th annual tournament in Palais des Congres on Labor Day weekend n Palais des Congres on Labor Day weekend


August 17th 2011-

Are you out of ideas for where to go for the Labor Day weekend, and do not want to get out of the city? 

Join The North American Chinese Invitational Volleyball Tournament (NACIVT) occurring September 3rd till the 5th, held in Palais Des Congrès, for its’ 67th annual volleyball tournament, which welcomes over 1500 volleyball players from San Francisco, North Carolina, Los Angeles, Washington, New York, Boston, Houston, Philadelphia, Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal. 

The event will host its opening ceremony, on the 3rd of September, at 11:30am at Palais des Congrès. The event will start with a Dragon dance at 11:15 am at the Sun-Yat Sen Park leading to the Palais Des Congrès, prior to the official start of the volleyball tournament.


NACIVT, founded in 1937, originated from a 9 man volleyball tournament in North American’s Chinatowns from the Providence team against the Boston players. The tournament was held outdoors and played on pavement, with the courts typically set-up in a large parking lot or even on the streets. With the increase in popularity in the Asian community, it has become a cultural phenomenon which seeks to build friendship liaisons between the Chinese societies in the North American soil. Each year, the tournament is held in different cities in United States and Canada. 

“I was impressed with the attitude of the young people involved and saw how energetic and passionate they were. These young professionals and university students have worked hard to ensure the success of this upcoming event.” says the fundraising chairman, Annie Yu Chan, of NACIVT Montreal Association. 

This year, Montreal has the pleasure of hosting the 67th Annual North American Chinese Invitational Volleyball Tournament, held at the Palais des Congrès, offers free admission to all.

For more information, please contact:
Jean Yang, NACIVT Public Relations Lead at (514)995-9698, or
jyangcs@gmail.com
Website: http://montreal.nacivt.com/

Global Montreal | Montreal World Film Festival kicks off with home grown talent

Global Montreal | Montreal World Film Festival kicks off with home grown talent: The 35th Montreal World Film Festival kicked-off in true Quebec style Thursday with the premier of “Coteau Rouge” by Quebec’s Andre Forcier.

Forcier’s film about a shady real-estate developer and an ex-boxer isn’t the only homemade flick in the event.

Montreal’s Demian Fuica’s “La Run” – the story of a man who decides to break into the drug trade – will also be debuting.

The lone American entry is called “David” and is one of the most anticipated films in the event.

“David”, which comes from New York filmmakers Stephanie Levy and Joel Fendleman, is about a Muslim boy in Brooklyn who becomes friends with a group of Jewish boys at the community yeshiva.


France will be featured in the competition with the premier of “L’Art d’aimer" by director Emmanuel Mouret, and French actress Catherine Deneuve will receive a lifetime achievement award.


The festival will pay tribute to Victor Loewy and Ginette Reno and will also feature a special film presentation by Bertrand Tavernier.

The 11-day fest will feature 383 films from over 70 countries.

They will include 230 features and medium-length films – 51 of which are from North America and 107 from around the world.

There will also be 153 short films.

OfficiaL World Film Festival Site

CRTC Calls for Input on Closed Captioning | Mediacaster Magazine - Broadband & Content

CRTC Calls for Input on Closed Captioning | Mediacaster Magazine - Broadband & Content: The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission is calling for comments about the use and application of closed captioning on Canadian television broadcasts.

The Commission notes that all English-language television licensees will be required to adhere to these closed captioning standards, once approved by the Commission, through conditions of licence that have been or will be imposed at the time of licence renewal or approval of a broadcasting licence for a new service. French language standards will be considered in a separate process.

Intel Canada Visibility Tour - 27 days. 4 cities. 2 wicked trucks.

The Intel Visibly Smart Tour hits the road this August, jammed full of the latest laptops featuring 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ processors, awesome demos, and even a PC challenge.
It’s a fun way to get the information you need to buy the right PC with the right processor.

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Montreal
 
Thursday, August 18th
12pm – 5pm: Le Plateau Neighbourhood Visit : Avenue Mount Royal Est
6pm – 9pm: Movie Theatre: AMC 2313 Ste-Catherine Ouest, Montréal

Friday, August 19th
1pm – 7pm: Best Buy Visit: 8871 De L’Acadie Boulevard

Saturday, August 20th
10am – 4pm: Best Buy Location: 8871 De L’Acadie Boulevard
5pm – 9pm: St. Catherine St. ( St. Catherine & Peel Street)

Sunday, August 21st
10am – 4pm: Best Buy Visit: 8871 De L’Acadie Boulevard


Arabic Applications Hit the Blackberry Playbook

Kids Stories

An amazing collection of stories for children aged from one to ten years old. Kids Stories allows parents and their children to read, listen to audio and view picture stories, giving them the opportunity to bond during these early stages of psychological and mental development.


Kids Stories is available to download from your BlackBerry smartphone for free


Android set to become top advertising platform - telecoms.com – telecoms industry news, analysis and opinion

Android set to become top advertising platform

Android will become the top global mobile advertising platform by the end of 2011, according to predictions released by mobile ad display network InMobi this week.

In the three months to the end of July, InMobi served 112.5 billion mobile advertising impressions across the globe, a growth of 22 per cent over the previous three months. Smartphone growth is the primary driver, with Android continuing to make a significant global impact, capturing an additional 1.9 share points in the quarter to reach 16.6 per cent ad share. Nokia S40 and Symbian OS continue to be the top performing mobile platforms globally, with 19.6 per cent and 19 per cent ad share respectively, although their market share has continued to steadily diminish.


Google Should Capitalize on TV Side of Motorola Acquisition | MediaWorks - Advertising Age

Google Should Capitalize on TV Side of Motorola Acquisition | MediaWorks - Advertising Age: Google's announced acquisition of Motorola Mobility will lead to many parlor discussions related to large-scale, industry-transforming acquisitions and divestitures within the telecommunications industry. The combination should affect scores of multibillion-dollar companies touching the wireless sector alone. In particular, observers will be highly focused upon the company's stated focus around mobile computing, driving Android adoption and the importance of Motorola's patent portfolio.

But as followers of the video business are well aware, Motorola is one of the two most important players in set-top box manufacturing and the provision of related infrastructure, generating nearly $3.6 billion in revenue during 2010 from this activity.

What's the Most Popular Channel on YouTube? | Digital - Advertising Age

ComScore Measures Largest Channels; Music Brands Top the List

What's the Most Popular Channel on YouTube? | Digital - Advertising Age: Viewers pining for MTV's early era of three-minute lip-synched dramatizations have long known to turn to that grand repository of all video: YouTube. But what they may not know is just how many video-crazed citizens congregate regularly around the video-sharing site.


According to ComScore, which will start publishing data on YouTube's channel partners tomorrow, 40% of YouTube's audience clicked over in July to watch music videos, more than any other category. Vevo accounted for 38% of YouTube's entire monthly viewers, easily the most-watched channel within the video-sharing site, and second-place Warner Music accounted for 20% of all viewers in July. Vevo is a joint venture between Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group and Abu Dhabi Media, and it licenses music videos from EMI. (See chart below for full ranking.)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

CBC gets reprieve on transition to digital signal - The Globe and Mail

CBC gets reprieve on transition to digital signal - The Globe and Mail: "Thousands of Canadians who were about to lose their over-the-air CBC television signal have got a reprieve: The federal broadcast regulator announced Tuesday that it will allow the public broadcaster to keep its old analog transmitters up and running for another year.

Canada moves to digital transmission of television signals Aug. 31 and, on that date, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission requires all broadcasters to shut off analog signals in 28 mandatory markets covering all major cities. The CBC, however, says it cannot afford to replace all its transmitters with the new technology, leaving places from Saint John to London, Ont., and Saskatoon without an over-the-air signal."

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Remote Quebec Communities to Get High Speed Internet | Mediacaster Magazine - Broadband & Content

Remote Quebec Communities to Get High Speed Internet | Mediacaster Magazine - Broadband & Content: "TELUS is bringing high speed wired Internet service to remote communities in Quebec.


Construction is already underway in the first communities, Mingan, Natashquan, Saint-Joseph-des-Erables, Colombier and Saint-Theophile, and the company says it will have broadband connections complete by the end of this year.


Funding for the expansion comes from TELUS' funds set aside in a deferral account established by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)."

Why ICANN's New Domain-Name System Could Benefit Brands | CMO Strategy - Advertising Age

Why ICANN's New Domain-Name System Could Benefit Brands | CMO Strategy - Advertising Age: "When the Internet Corp. of Assigned Names and Numbers approved in June the new top-level domain program, virtually every major media organization covered it.


Unfortunately, few understood it.


They are not alone. Even veterans of the domain name system are mulling the potential for new TLDs. Do they portend a revolution in internet marketing, or are they much ado about nothing?"

Decoded: Magazines' Best-Performing Ads with 2-D Barcodes | MediaWorks - Advertising Age

Decoded: Magazines' Best-Performing Ads with 2-D Barcodes | MediaWorks - Advertising Age: "The spread of 2-D barcodes and icons through magazines hasn't been matched by independent data on whether readers actually use them -- until now."

The Top 20 Most Expensive Keywords in Google AdWords Advertising | WordStream

Monday, August 15, 2011

Here's the WIND Mobile Kitchener-Waterloo coverage map | MobileSyrup.com

Here's the WIND Mobile Kitchener-Waterloo coverage map | MobileSyrup.com: "WIND Mobile is officially turning their service on tomorrow in the Kitchener-Waterloo region. This will be the first of many new expansion cities we’ll see this year, K-W now joins other “Home Zones” in Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Ottawa.

The  map is the complete coverage area, mainly focused on the heart of action with both universities accounted for. The yellow is the planned expansion and it looks like Guelph and Cambridge will be added soon too.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Rogers Technology showcase in Montreal Oct 13th

www.rogerstechshowcase.com


Wireless technologies for business continue to evolve so rapidly that it can be daunting to keep up. From mobile workforce solutions that make employees more productive in the field to machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions that enable the flow of data from remote devices to backend systems, there are a dizzying number of options for businesses to consider.

To help you understand wireless technologies and how they could help you achieve your business goals, we created the Rogers Technology Showcase. Coming soon to a city near you, this annual event brings together the top hardware, software and services vendors. Now is your chance to come out and learn first-hand about a wide variety of innovative M2M technologies and play with our latest devices, smartphones and tablets. You can chat with the experts, watch demos of their products, and learn about solutions that are changing the ways that companies in many sectors do business.

Throughout the day, They’ll also offer special breakout sessions that focus on wireless technologies for particular industries. Visit their registration site soon for more information about these sessions.
 
Confirmed technology partners include Cisco and Research in Motion, among others. Other participating Rogers Data Alliance members include Microhard Systems, Novotech, Cybercat, and SafetyLine. Stay tuned for more updates about participating vendors.

Beginning in Ottawa on September 7, the Technology Showcase will travel to Toronto (Sept 8), Vancouver (Sept 16), Calgary (Sept 20), Edmonton (Sept 22), Winnipeg (Oct 5) and Montreal (Oct 13).

There is no cost to attend, but you do have to register in advance at www.rogerstechshowcase.com.  
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Friday, August 12, 2011

MediaPost Publications Five Questions Video Buyers Should Ask Themselves Before Every Ad Buy 08/12/2011

MediaPost Publications Five Questions Video Buyers Should "As the old saying goes, 'People can't buy what they don't understand.' This saying applies to the world of online video. Brands, agencies and marketers need to know what they're buying in order to understand the true value of their video ad purchases. Not a complicated proposition; however, it becomes more complex given the landscape we are doing business in.

Here are five questions that buyers should ask before placing a video ad buy:" Read More...Ask Themselves Before Every Ad Buy 08/12/2011:

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Cyclist dies after collision with car - Montreal - CBC News

Cyclist dies after collision with car - Montreal - CBC News: "The 17-year-old boy was struck by a car at the corner of Ste. Anne de Bellevue Boulevard and St. Jacques Street Wednesday afternoon. The 17-year-old boy was struck by a car at the corner of Ste. Anne de Bellevue Boulevard and St. Jacques Street Wednesday afternoon. (CBC)"

CTV Montreal - Laurier Gordon Ramsay ready for dinner after sprinkler mishap - CTV News

CTV Montreal - Laurier Gordon Ramsay ready for dinner after sprinkler mishap - CTV News: "MONTREAL — Laurier Gordon Ramsay is back in business after a sprinkler mishap forced the eatery to close Wednesday, postponing what was supposed to be the restaurant's splashy launch.

The restaurant - long previously known as Laurier BBQ - has announced that all will be functioning as normal as of 5 p.m. Thursday.

Around 250 people getting their first taste of the cuisine at the official grand opening of Laurier Gordon Ramsay on Wednesday night had their dining experience ruined by a fire alarm that forced the evacuation of the restaurant.

'We were waiting at the bar, just trying to wait out the waiting list, it was about a two-hour wait,' one diner said. 'The alarm started going off, they cleared us out, tons of firemen came in, so we just waited.'

But they never got back in."

Quebecor Reports Second Quarter Results | Mediacaster Magazine - Broadband & Content


Videotron will continue on its multi-platform media strategy, as financial reports for Quebecor Inc. second quarter show growth across all its operating divisions.

Quebecor reported its consolidated financial results for the second quarter of 2011 and announced a normal course issuer bid. Quebecor consolidates the financial results of its Quebecor Media Inc. 

("Quebecor Media") subsidiary, in which it holds a 54.7% interest. Quebecor adopted International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") on January 1, 2011. The Corporation's condensed consolidated financial statements for the three-month and six-month periods ended June 30, 2011 have therefore been prepared in accordance with IFRS and comparative figures for 2010 have been restated.


Quebecor Reports Second Quarter Results | Mediacaster Magazine - Broadband & Content

NetroMedia Streams Ramadan Prayers, Broadcast Industry Demos | Mediacaster Magazine - Broadband & Content


Two different global events, one technological solution - streaming media.

NetroMedia, the Victoria, B.C.-based streaming media provider, is powering live streaming distribution of both significant faith-based and industry-centric content.

In a series of 30 live events, daily Ramadan prayers will be available live and worldwide this month, on any Internet-capable device, including tablet, set-top box, PC, Mac and portable device (like iPhone, Android and BlackBerry smartphones).


NetroMedia Streams Ramadan Prayers, Broadcast Industry Demos | Mediacaster Magazine - Broadband & Content

StumbleUpon Launches Program to Help Nonprofits | GoodWorks - Advertising Age

StumbleUpon is officially launching Stumbling for Good, a new advertising program to help nonprofits increase awareness and site traffic. The San Francisco-based company started the program earlier this summer, initially running a campaign for the World Food Programme, and is now opening up the effort to include more organizations.

StumbleUpon Launches Program to Help Nonprofits | GoodWorks - Advertising Age

Google Beats Microsoft in Video Battle for Email | Viral Video Charts: Week's Top Brand-Driven Viral Ads - Advertising Age

Microsoft and Google took their battle for your email account to YouTube last month with their competing "Gmail Man" and "Email Intervention" videos. But several weeks online, it's looking like Microsoft brought a knife to a gun fight: Google's video, which doesn't mention Microsoft by name, is in the lead, and last week landed on the Viral Chart at No. 10.

Google Beats Microsoft in Video Battle for Email | Viral Video Charts: Week's Top Brand-Driven Viral Ads - Advertising Age

How To Measure Mobile Metrics To Help Your App Get Traction | @MapleButter

Our KPI’s today are:

1. Daily active users
2. Monthly active users
3. New users per day
4. Questions asked per day
5. Invites sent per day

How To Measure Mobile Metrics To Help Your App Get Traction | @MapleButter

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Samsung's GalaxyTab 10.1 banned in EU | Telecoms Europe

Apple has struck another blow in its legal battle against Samsung, with a court prohibiting sales of the Korean vendor’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 anywhere in the EU bar the Netherlands.
A German court has agreed to Apple's request for a preliminary injunction on sales of the device, in an intellectual property ruling that can be applied throughout the European Union. The Netherlands is excluded from the ruling because Apple has launched a separate patent suit against Samsung in the country, Reuters reports.
Samsung has only just started rolling out the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Europe, with the device debuting in the UK last week. Adverts for the device were still running on the firm’s UK site this morning.


Samsung's GalaxyTab 10.1 banned in EU | Telecoms Europe

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

AD Age - Stat of the day

25% of Toddlers Have Used a Smartphone | Ad Age Stat - Advertising Age: "We've come to accept that millennials adopt technology at a faster rate than other generations. And we've come to accept that millennial moms are uber-digital -- not only the mommy-bloggers gathering in San Diego this week for the annual BlogHer conference. What we don't often talk about is how that's going to shape the generation coming up after the millennials -- the iGen. Technology isn't going to skip this generation, it's being handed down right from mother to child."

Bell Media in Production on Original Drama | Mediacaster Magazine - Broadband & Content


Bell Media and Epitome Productions have started production on a new original dramatic TV series looking at success, failure and heartbreak in Hollywood.

With the working title Highland Gardens, the show is produced by Emmy-nominated Epitome Pictures, and written and directed by Canadian Martin Gero.

Linda Schuyler and Stephen Stohn are executive producers.

The details of where and when the show will air, or on what specific platforms it will be available, could not be confirmed. Bell Media says it will announce such details closer to broadcast.
The one-hour, six-part scripted series begins shooting in Toronto before continuing in Hollywood this Fall.

"It's so exciting to be starting production on a brand new series with our friends at Bell Media," said Executive Producer and CEO of Epitome Pictures Inc., Linda Schuyler. "I've always enjoyed telling stories about the adolescent experience. Now, I am looking forward to exploring a more adult point of view."


Bell Media in Production on Original Drama | Mediacaster Magazine - Broadband & Content

Original Series, Acquired Content, More Canadian Sports to Air on New FX Canada | Mediacaster Magazine - Broadband & Content

FX Canada, a new digital specialty channel, will launch this November

Rogers Media and FX Networks have finalized a deal to bring the FOX entertainment channel to Canada, as announced by Rogers Media President of Broadcasting, Scott Moore, and Eric Schrier, Executive Vice President of FX Productions and Head of Series Development for FX.

FX Canada will launch on November 1 as a digital service, airing FX original series, U.S. acquired movies and series, original Canadian programming, and Canadian sports events. 

"FX complements Rogers Media's strong portfolio of broadcast assets such as Citytv, OLN and Rogers Sportsnet and showcases our commitment to building upon our television business," Moore described, citing the new series American Horror Story, which will debut in the United States on Oct. 5, with the first Canadian screenings likely to be on CityTV before moving to FX Canada after the Nov. 1 launch.


Original Series, Acquired Content, More Canadian Sports to Air on New FX Canada | Mediacaster Magazine - Broadband & Content

RIM promises to trace UK rioters | Telecoms Europe

RIM is pledging to do all it can to help UK police track down rioters, following three nights of violence in London and other major cities.
The Canadian smartphone maker has been implicated by several media outlets after its BlackBerry Messenger service was used to help organize riots and looting, alongside Facebook and Twitter.
“We have engaged with the authorities to assist in any way we can,” Patrick Spence, managing director of global sales and regional marketing stated in an e-mail. “As in all markets around the world where BlackBerry is available, we cooperate with local telecommunications operators, law enforcement and regulatory officials.”


RIM promises to trace UK rioters | Telecoms Europe

Monday, August 8, 2011

FMA - Festival du Monde Arabe de Montreal

Loto-Québec en collaboration avec Radio Canada présente Orientalys, l'évènement plein air du Festival du Monde Arabe de Montréal, les 12, 13 et 14 août au Théâtre de Verdure du Parc La Fontaine.

Reconnu pour l’excellence de sa programmation en salle, le FMA a fait le choix d’aller à la rencontre du grand public avec Orientalys, un grand volet plein air accessible à tous, un événement au contenu original, frais et consistant. Cette manifestation estivale majeure vient compléter et soutenir les propositions artistiques automnales du festival.

Des artistes de renommée et des spectacles éblouissants animent, en musique, danse et arts visuels, la Scène Loto-Québec au Théâtre de Verdure du Parc Lafontaine les 12, 13 et 14 août. Dans sa première édition, Orientalys offre des choix alléchants, allant des créations inédites (Hassan Hakmoun & Maroc N’Reel, Vox Musika, Maure flamenco) ou reprises (Percussions universelles, Gnawa El Jazz) aux spectacles majeurs (Sokoun, Mystique Montréal, L’Algérie au bout des cordes, Tarab de Beyrouth), en passant par diverses animations au café culturel de l’Espace La Fontaine, mettant en vedette le talent de divers artistes québécois et étrangers de différentes disciplines. Un Orient pour tous, fleuri de lys, au coeur de Montréal !

Orientalys

Friday, August 5, 2011

MediaPost Publications LinkedIn Tops Wall Street Expectations, 120% Rev Growth 08/05/2011

Following its red-hot stock market debut in May, LinkedIn Thursday reported quarterly earnings as a publicly traded company for the first time. Its results did not disappoint Wall Street. The professional networking site beat analyst expectations for the second quarter, with revenue growing 120% to $121 million from $54.9 million a year ago. It posted a profit of $4.5 million, or 4 cents a share, compared to $4.3 million in the year-earlier period.

Analysts had forecast a loss of 3 cents a share on revenue of $104.7 million.


MediaPost Publications LinkedIn Tops Wall Street Expectations, 120% Rev Growth 08/05/2011

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Arcade Fire to pay tribute to city they love

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The rumours have been confirmed. Arcade Fire will perform a free outdoor concert at Place des Festivals on Sept. 22, as part of the 10th edition of Pop Montreal. Karkwa will play in the opening slot.
The show, which will be broadcast live on SiriusXM Canada, is a display of gratitude to the city of Montreal.

"Our band couldn't exist without Montreal," said Arcade Fire's Regine Chassagne, in a statement. "After having had the chance to tour extensively around the world, we're very excited to finally come home. And to do so the Montreal way, we hoped to play a free outside show, on the very last day of summer as a big 'Thank you' to the beautiful city we love so much."


Arcade Fire to pay tribute to city they love

Yellow Media CEO Marc Tellier acknowledges struggles with digital endeavours

MONTREAL - Yellow Media Inc.’s chief executive officer said he’s disappointed with how potential customers and the market in general has reacted to the company’s attempts to build new revenue models.

In recent years, Yellow Media has tried to grow new sources of revenue from its 103-year-old Yellow Pages business directory by adding display advertising on the web, as well as a slate of products to build websites and products to help market small and medium-sized companies on the Internet.

Last year the company purchased rebate aggregator Redflagdeals.com and began offering a daily deal on a new site called Deal of the Day. It also started a product called the 360 solution, where it offered services to businesses such as web listing, and website creation. It also launched Mediative, an advertising and digital marketing company. However, in the company’s earnings conference call Thursday, CEO Marc Tellier said so far the digital revenues have not made up for the drop in its print advertising revenue.


Yellow Media CEO Marc Tellier acknowledges struggles with digital endeavours

Montreal director Mitriani's thriller zig-zags through bated breath


Noël Mitrani has some theories on suspense. The Montreal writer-director put those theories to the test in the screenplay for his second feature, The Kate Logan Affair, and he passed with flying colours.
Not only did his script garner interest from producers with 48 hours, it also attracted the attention of American actress Alexis Bledel, of Gilmore Girls fame. She signed on to play the lead role of a rookie police officer who gets herself in a pile of trouble.

The film is a slow-burning thriller set in Western Canada. Bledel’s character has an affair with a mysterious French insurance broker (Laurent Lucas) – whom she initially mistakes for a serial rapist – in town for a conference.


Show Times: http://www.imdb.com/showtimes/title/tt1744793/2011-08-05

Gaultier takes Montreal

 

The summer of Montreal’s love affair with Jean Paul Gaultier culminated Wednesday night with a world-class fashion spectacle as part of the Festival Mode & Design. A crowd in the many thousands packed McGill College Ave. as the French designer took his fall ready to wear collections for men and women – and a dozen or so cheeky, sublime and iconic haute couture creations – to Montreal.

The show kicked off with the sound track to James Bond. Then came the procession of distinctive models, professional, cast from the street and a few of Gaultier’s favourites: Tanel Bedrossiantz, muse and model to Gaultier for 26 years and 80 shows; Ève Salvail, the Montrealer known for her shaved tattooed head; and Francisco Randez, the first face of the fragrance Le Mâle.
The crowd was ecstatic.

Gaultier takes Montreal

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Les Montréalais méritent mieux!

Avec le recul, heureusement que c’était de nuit que j’ai foulé la première fois le sol québécois. Il faisait frette et noir et je n’ai pas eu à imposer à mon organe de vue les odieuses images du trajet qui relie Dorval à Montréal, une vraie catastrophe urbanistique digne du décor apocalyptique de la fiction Mad Max!

Mais ce n’était que partie remise. Comme je l’ai évoqué dans l’un de mes billets précédents, ma première adresse fut un taudis, un demi sous-sol pourri sur Bélanger, coin Pie-IX. Quinze jours après mon installation, le toit de ma salle de bain s’est effondré et le propriétaire m’a traité avec dédain comme lorsqu’il m’a obligé à payer trois mois d’avance illégalement!

par: Hassan Serraji

Métro Montréal : Blogue : Montréalais d'ici et d'ailleurs : Les Montréalais méritent mieux!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Montreal World Film Festival lineup unveiled - Arts & Entertainment - CBC News

Quebec director André Forcier's Coteau Rouge, starring Roy Dupuis and Céline Bonnier, is to open the Montreal World Film Festival on Aug. 18.
A full lineup of films for the Montreal festival, which concentrates on new, foreign and auteur filmmakers, was released Tuesday.

External Link: Montreal World Film Festival

Montreal World Film Festival lineup unveiled - Arts & Entertainment - CBC News

Stolen Riopelle statues worth $1M found broken - Montreal - CBC News

Quebec provincial police say the two Jean-Paul Riopelle statues they recovered are both broken into two pieces.

Spokeswoman Marie-Josee Ouellet says the sculptures were found in a wooded area about 100 kilometres northeast of Montreal.

They weigh more than 450 kilograms combined and are about two metres tall. Initial reports indicated they were slightly shorter.

The massive bronze statues (pictured) by the late Jean-Paul Riopelle weigh about 450 kilograms each. SQ/Canadian Press

Stolen Riopelle statues worth $1M found broken - Montreal - CBC News

Sarah Aitken remembered as fearless Montreal activist and volunteer

Sarah Aitken has died at the age of 73.
Photograph by:
Courtesy of Sarah Aitken's family

MONTREAL – Fearless, stubborn, a community sparkplug with a remarkable knack for pinning down the right people to pitch in, Sarah (Sally) Aitken knew how to get things done.
The longtime local volunteer and activist passed away Sunday afternoon, “very peacefully and surrounded by her family,” a family member said.
With Aitken’s death, at age 73, “a little piece of Westmount is gone,” reflected Peter Trent, that city’s mayor.


Sarah Aitken remembered as fearless Montreal activist and volunteer

37% of Newspaper Subscribers Are Habitual | Ad Age Stat - Advertising Age

Half said it was the local news that was the main driver but one in five said coupons were what compelled them to pick it up off the porch each morning.


37% of Newspaper Subscribers Are Habitual | Ad Age Stat - Advertising Age