Organized by RCIviva, Radio-Canada International's web-based service, Migr@tions has officially launched it's online film festival spanning for seven weeks from last Thursday.
So, from now until December, be sure to check out the online festival where 80 short documentaries and dramas dealing with immigration will be shown and voted on by viewers.
Each of the four to nine minute films come from more than 22 different countries across the world. Up to $25,000 in prizes will be given to the short films, and voters themselves will be given a chance to win an iPod each week...so don't forget to cast your vote!
Also, My Loud Speaker will be hosting a private screening at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver this coming Tuesday, October 28th from 8-10pm. A CBC representative will also be attending and audiences will be given the opportunity to pitch a news story on immigration and/or diversity, so to all you writers...bring your portfolio! If you would like to be put on the guestlist for this event please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.Posted by MyLoudSpeaker.ca | October 26, 2008 | Comments (0)
Can't think of what costume to wear on Halloween? Then perhaps this'll help...Blim presents a workshop where you can make and customize your own Lucha Libre wrestling mask. Lucha Libre (Spanish for "free wrestling") is a form of professional wrestling performed in Mexico and other Latin American countries. Lucha Libre wrestlers -- known as Luchadores -- are known for their crazy moves and equally crazy and colourful masks (mascaras).
Blim even adds a bit of cache to its Lucha Libre mask workshop by stating: "Masks (mascaras) have been used dating back to the beginnings of Lucha Libre and have a historical significance to Mexico dating back to the days of the Aztecs." Now, come on, a great tidbit to break out when you're out at a Halloween shindig wearing this mask...
Luche Libre Mask Workshop @ Blim (info)
Monday, October 27 | 7:00-10:00pm
197 East 17th Ave, Vancouver
Register: 604-872-8180...or...email at email@example.com
Fee: $50.00 + tax -- includes all materials (please pay for workshop 48 hrs before workshop date. Cash or debit only)
Instructor: Justin Ray
The U.K. has brought the world some of the best pop acts - S Club 7, the Spice Girls, oh right, and the Beatles too. Now, all-girl group THE SATURDAYS is ready to have their turn in the spotlight.
The Saturdays is made up of Una Healy, Mollie King, Frankie Sanford, Rochelle Wiseman, and Vanessa White. The women range from ages 19-27, and both Frankie and Rochelle were once apart of the less-popular S Club 7 spin-off, S Club 8.
The pure-pop group released their debut single, "If This Is Love," earlier this year, and the single quickly shot to the No. 8 spot on the Official U.K. Top 40 within a week of its release. Their second single, "Up," is set to officially debut on October 27, coinciding with the release of their debut album, Chasing Lights, on Polydor, Fascination Records.
The Saturdays' early success is credited to the fact that they are sticking to a single sound of pure, upbeat pop, powerful vocals and solid harmonies. "How would we describe The Saturdays sound? It's pop," says Frankie. "We're not trying to do anything else. We're a pop group and proud of it."
Take a listen to The Saturdays (below the cut) and watch them burn up North American pop charts later this year!Posted by Michelle D. | October 20, 2008 | Comments (0)
Bejewelled golden cases studded with colourful gems and a "kaleidoscopic clash of shades" make MAC's limited-edition collection by India's top designer MANISH ARORA a must-have in every fashionista's makeup bag.
Manish Arora designs two labels out of Bombay -- Manish Arora and Fish Fry. In 2007, Fish Fry teamed up with Reebok, as well as Swatch, and now with MAC.
The Manish Arora for MAC collection features an eyeshadow compact, 2 lipsticks, 2 lipglasses, and 2 blushes. The eyeshadow compact features 6 colours: Nylon (pale gold), Going Bananas (soft yellow), Playful (bright pink), Bitter (golden green), Electric Blue (vivid blue), and Deep Truth (dark blue). The two lipsticks colours are Girl About Town (bright fuschia) and Kiss Manish (frosty mid-tone burnt red); the two tinted lipglass colours are Shine Manish (frosty bright orange) and Pink Manish (frosted fuchsia); and the two powder-blushes come in Pink Swoon (sheertone pink) and Devil (satin iridescent coral orange).
Get them soon for Manish Arora for MAC is a limited edition collection, and some items are already sold-out.
Thailand - the land of endless golden beaches, aquamarine water, generous people, and of course, elephants. Now try to imagine Thailand again, but without its iconic elephants. This unimaginable scenario is fast becoming a reality. Only a century ago, over 100,000 elephants roamed Thailand - now there are only 5,000 left.
Thailand has traditionally used domesticated elephants as their main work-force animals for logging - even as military machines. In recent times, however, the 1989 logging ban has put most of these elephants out of work and into the streets as beggars. It's not unusual to spot a terrified baby elephant begging for change for its owner in the chaotic streets of Bangkok. The situation seems dire for Thailand's elephants, but there's still hope in the form of a dimunitive but feisty woman named Sangduen "Lek" Chailert.
This tiny woman has single-handedly rescued abused and unemployed elephants and brought them to her Elephant Nature Park, where they are rehabilitated and allowed to live out their lives peacefully. Located near the north-east Thailand city of Chiang-Mai, this sanctuary allows tourists to give a little TLC to the gentle giants, and to even volunteer their services for as long as they wish to stay.
After visiting this place, where you get to feed and bathe the elephants, you will never look at elephant rides the same way again. For herself, Lek has vowed to dedicate her life to saving these beautiful creatures, stating, "...I will work to help elephants until I die... I will never stop!" Certainly after a day of being at this must-see place, you will hold some of her passion within yourself forever.Posted by Jordana Mah | October 16, 2008 | Comments (0)
Cat Soup is a surrealist black comedy directed by Tatsuo Sato and inspired by the work of manga artist Nejojiru. The award-winning anime film follows Nyatta, a kitten, on his way to the land of the dead in attempts to save his sister's soul. The film won an Excellence Prize at the 2001 Japan Media Arts Festival as well as "Best Short Film" at the Fantasia Festival that same year. In 2003, Cat Soup grabbed the Silver Award for Animation at the New York Exposition for Film and Video.
Mind Game was written and directed by Masaaki Yuasa in 2004 and is based on Robin Nishi's comic book. The film tells the story of a young, aspiring comic book artist named Nishi who has a crush on his childhood friend, Myon. When Nishi is killed for getting wrapped up in Myon's father's shady business, he tries to change the course of events that lead to his death in order to flee the afterlife.
Double-Bill Screening of Cat Soup and Mind Game
October 18, Doors at 7:00 p.m.
Blim (197 East 17th Avenue, Vancouver)
Admission by donation.
Those that spent their Friday nights watching Canadian teen music video countdown show The Hit List during the late '90s might remember a cute duo girl group called M2M. Almost a decade later and half of that group is still making a name for herself in Europe's folk-pop scene.
While MARIT LARSEN is only 25-years-young, the Norwegian native has made a name for herself as an accomplished solo singer and songwriter since her 2006 debut Under the Surface. Later this month, on October 13, Marit Larsen will be releasing her follow-up album, The Chase, to much anticipation.
Marit Larsen's songs are nothing but sweet and easy-sounding folk-pop. Her runaway single "Don't Save Me" is upbeat and catchy, her pleasantly-piercing vocals a perfect match for pop. Other singles off of Marit Larsen's first album that topped the Norwegian music charts included the title track, "Under the Surface," "Only a Fool," and "Solid Ground." The album also won Marit Larsen the 2006 MTV Europe Music Award for Best Norwegian Act.
On the brink of releasing her sophomore effort, Marit Larsen has leaked the album's first single, "If a Song Could Get Me You." The single has a lovable throwback pop vibe to it and definitely builds anticipation to hear the rest of her album.
Take a listen to Marit Larsen's happily contagious pop (under the cut)!Posted by Michelle D. | October 3, 2008 | Comments (0)