The 8th Annual Rally for Kids with Cancer is a high-end scavenger hunt meets “Amazing Race” featuring luxury vehicles. This Scavenger Cup in Toronto has raised over $13,000,000 for children’s cancer research, treatment and care at SickKids. We had a chance to speak with NBA Champion John Salley, Kim Coates and Mark Boone from Sons of Anarchy as well as Jes Macallan from Mistresses. @RallyForKids @OTSNmedia
An exclusive VIP Busker Soiree shook up the downtown streets of Yonge on August 13th. The Toronto International BuskerFest for Epilepsy returns in just a few days for another electrifying year!
All in support of Epilepsy Toronto, the soiree was held at the charming Aperture Room and OTSN was there to take in all the exquisite events the evening had to offer. We spoke with NBA Basketball star, Tristan Thompson, Canada’s Queen of R&B Soul, Jully Black and Toronto’s Mayor John Tory. The Busker Soiree was produced by internationally acclaimed designers, Glen Peloso & Jamie Alexander and featured the exceptional cuisine of Oliver & Bonacini.
When Epilepsy Toronto established Buskerfest in 1999 the idea was simple - create dynamic entertainment while raising funds and public awareness of epilepsy. The neurological disorder affects over 40,000 Torontonians and Epilepsy Toronto is committed to improving the lives of these people through support groups, employment support, counseling and programs.
The Night is ‘Yonge’ Busker Soiree was an event unlike any other and served as a gentle tease to the upcoming Toronto International Buskerfest taking place August 27th– 30th. Be sure to catch the last major festival of the summer all in support of Epilepsy Toronto!
Canadian Tennis Pros, Raonic and Bouchard Lead Tennis Clinic with Kids for Mini Rogers Cup
Rogers Cup presented by National Bank is a professional tennis tournament organized by Tennis Canada. The best players from around the world have demonstrated their skills on Canadian courts since 1881. Tennis enthusiasts may already know this but for those novice tennis fans out there here is a bit of history you can boast about when you are chatting about the Rogers Cup with your neighbours. Only Wimbledon and the US Open have longer histories than the Rogers Cup and it’s also been sanctioned by the tennis world to be one of the best-run tournaments on the Tour. If you want to sound even more tennis savy, here’s a another fast fact - National Bank offers over $3 million in prize money and the Rogers Cup draws the biggest stars in tennis year after year.
Did someone say biggest stars in tennis? It just so happens that two big Canadian tennis pros where in Toronto on July 22nd. Milos Raonic and Eugenie "Genie" Bouchard, who are set to play in the Rogers Cup in a few weeks, shared their love of the sport by leading a Tennis Clinic at HTO Park and On the Scene Network (OTSN) was there! Raonic and Bouchard led the tennis clinic in celebration of Mini Rogers Cup which is a kid's tournament that provides young tennis stars the chance for their own title and to be recognized on-site during Rogers Cup this August. The one-hour tennis clinic was hosted by Sportsnet's Evanka Osmak and Ken Reid and took place on a tennis court atop a barge docked on Lake Ontario. Raonic and Bouchard shared their skills and experience of tennis with kids from local tennis clubs and demonstrated their tips and tricks of tennis on the courts. Mini Rogers Cup is part of Rogers's commitment to grassroots tennis and growing the game along with partner Tennis Canada. The event also allowed opportunities for fans to ask questions and receive autographed tennis balls, shirts and more.
Milos Raonic, a 24-year old Montenegro-born athlete grew up in Thornhill, Ontario from a very young age. At the age of nine, Milos began playing tennis and played his first tennis tournament when he was 10 in Toronto. When he was 16, he grew into one of Canada’s top juniors and was invited to be one of the first to join Tennis Canada’s National Training Centre in Montreal. Milos spent three years training with Canada’s top juniors in Montreal. In 2008, Raonic turned pro and he became one of three Canadians to reach the fourth round at a Grand Slam championship. He was named as Newcomer of the Year in the 2011 ATP World Tour Awards after jumping from No. 156 in the Emirates ATP Rankings at the start of the season to No. 31 on 14 November 2011. Milos has won five ATP World Tour titles and became the first homegrown finalist at the Canadian Masters since Robert Bedard in 1958 when he finished runner-up to Rafael Nadal in August 2013. Raonic currently holds the No. 8 spot.
Eugenie ‘Genie” Bouchard, a 21 year old athlete was born and currently resides in Montreal. At the age of five, Bouchard began playing tennis and seven years later she moved to Florida with her mother to be coached by Nick Saviano. By 2009 Genie turned pro and at the 2014 Wimbledon Championships, Bouchard became the first Canadian to reach the finals of a Grand Slam in singles, finishing runner-up to Petra Kvitová. She also reached the semifinals of the 2014 Australian Open and 2014 French Open, and won the 2012 Wimbledon girls' title. Following the end of the 2013 WTA Tour, she was named WTA Newcomer of the Year. The next year, Bouchard received the WTA Most Improved Player award for the 2014 season. Genie currently holds the No. 26 spot.
Seeing as how both Milos Raonic and Eugenie Bouchard started playing tennis at such a young age it seems almost fitting that they were the ones to lead the Tennis Clinic, the smiling faces of the two athetics including the kids definitely seemed to proved that. Good luck to Canadian superstars, Milos and Eugenie on their upcoming Rogers Cup matches!
Healthy Start Celebrity Golf Tournament is in support of Life with a Baby Program which supports parents and prevents Postpartum Mood Disorders. Special guests included CFL Hall of Famer Damon Allen, Stanley Cup champion Mike Krushelnyski, Basketball Player for Team Canada Sherman Hamilton and more. After a full day of golf at Thornhill Golf & Country Club guests enjoyed a cocktail reception and dinner highlighted by comedians Tim Steeves and Rob Bebenek. @lifewithababy @OTSNmedia Subscribe
The inaugural All-Star Gala held in Toronto's Arcadian Court raised over $68,000 for SickKids Hospital, specifically for the new cardiac MRI machine. Notable guests included players from Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors and Toronto FC. We had a chance to speak with Peter Holland and Morgan Rielly about their involvement. @SickKids @OTSNmedia Subscribe
2015 Right To Play Tribute Dinner was a huge success, raising more than $2 million for Right To Play programs worldwide! The dinner was held in honor of Olympian Clara Hughes and Bell Canada President and CEO George Cope. We had a chance to speak to Clara Hughes as well as Right to Play founder and Olympic medalist Johann Olav Koss. @RightToPlayCAN @OTSNmedia Subscribe
Six's annual Joe Carter Classic 2015 was an astounding success and raised over $1.2 million to date for Children's Aid Foundation and other local children's charities. The VIP after party at Shangri-La Hotel in downtown Toronto was a star studded event with the likes of Major League Baseball All-Star and World Series hero Joe Carter, Snoop Dogg, Maestro Fresh-Wes and more. @JoeCarterGolf @SnoopDogg @MaestroFreshWes @OTSNmedia Subscribe
The 4th annual Fight to End Cancer 2015 Charity Boxing Gala in support of Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation was held at the beautiful Old Mill Inn, Toronto. This unforgettable night included 5 fights, amazing entertainment and was hosted by Steve Patterson from "The Debaters" (CBC). #FTEC2015 @fightendcancer @OTSNmedia Subscribe
We had a chance to interview some of Baseball's biggest legends at this year's Roberto Alomar and Friends Charity Home Run Challenge in support of Jays Care Foundation. This part of the event was held at the Rogers Centre in Toronto and featured Roberto Alomar, Cito Gaston, Jesse Barfield and more. @JaysCare @Robbiealomar #HomeRunChallenge @OTSNmedia Subscribe
The annual Curve Ball Gala 2015 in support of Jays Care Foundation was a spectacular night with over 1,000 VIP guests hitting the field at Rogers Centre. Along with meeting and mingling with past and current Blue Jays players, guests enjoyed a Grand Slam Cocktail reception on the diamond before a gourmet dinner was served in the outfield. We had a chance to talk to Brett Cecil and Josh Donaldson from Toronto Blue Jays as well as Entrepreneur & Dragon on Dragon's Den Jim Treliving and Mayor of Toronto John Tory. @JaysCare #CurveBall @OTSNmedia Subscribe