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Amber Rose Collection Pop Up Shop in time for MMVAs 2016

Amber Rose Collection Pop Up Shop in time for 2016 MMVAs

Model and designer Amber Rose was in the 6ix to present an award at iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards on June 18. She stopped by the Pop-Up shop at MogoLounge to meet her fans and promote the new - Bash Collection, Eyewear by Amber Rose.

"I have always had a passion for eyewear since I was a small kid." - says Amber, "I came up with designs so special it is worthy of the name Bash - my first and only son. Each piece is crafted with love and pride. We use only high grade materials, hinges and lenses to create the unique shapes and frames of this Collection." Amber took lots of pictures with her fans and spoke with the media. @DaRealAmberRose @OTSNmedia

Photography by Kopet A. / OTSN

Canadian Artists Stand Out at the 2016 iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards

Gigi Hadid on the Red Carpet before hosting iHeartRadio MMVAsThe 2016 iHeartRadio MMVAS was a night of fantastic performances and well deserved wins by both Canadian and International artists. Originally known as just the Much Music Video Awards, this year MMVA's co-branded with iHeartRadio due to the fact that Much’s parent company Bell media had reached a licensing agreement to operate a Canadian version of the iHeartMedia-owned service. This year hosting duties were given to none other than international supermodel Gigi Hadid, who stunned everyone on the red carpet in a red pantsuit with her hair pulled back into braid. Hadid seemed like a natural host by being witty, friendly and exuding a great stage presence.

There were many categories at the award show including video of the year, best director, best pop video, best hip hop video and several others. Video of the year included many incredibly talented artists; so talented it was difficult to just root for one. The award ended up going to Drake for his infamous song “Hotline Bling”. And it didn’t stop there for Drake, who was nominated for five awards. He also won best hip hop video for the same song, most buzz-worthy Canadian and “Hotline Bling” even won for best director, which was directed by Director X. Another famous Canadian nominated for four awards and walked away with two was international singer Shawn Mendes. He won best pop video for “I Known What You Did Last Summer” with Camila Cabello from Fifth Harmony. Mendes as well performed his new song “Treat you Better”, making it its first television debut. Fifth Harmony also performed their radio smash hit “Work From Home”. Another performance that really stood out was Canadian sister duo Tegan and Sara, who sang their new hit “Boyfriend” in stellar performance. Out of all the Canadian performers or nominees Alessia Cara was the one who really shined that night. She was nominated for video of the year, best pop video, most buzz-worthy Canadian and best new Canadian artist. Although she only won one of those awards, she received the one that best describes her, which is best new Canadian artist. In addition to this award, Cara performed her new song “Wild Things” with incredible passion and stage command. International nominees and performers had some remarkable moments as well. Nick Jonas won IHeartRadio International Artist of the year, beating out Taylor Swift, Zayn, Ariana Grande and Kanye West. Jonas even paused to recognize the recent horrific shooting in Orlando during his acceptance speech. “To all the families and victims of the shootings recently, we love you, and we have not forgotten you”, he said as he grasped his well-deserved award.

The 2016 iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards was definitely a night of Canadian recognition in the music industry. @Much @OTSNmedia #MMVAs

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau discussing global economy at the Canada Summit

Prime Minister Justin TrudeauCanada has always had a huge impact on the global economy by contributing ideas to create a more financially successful country. The Canada Summit addresses these ideas by identifying the key trends that are reshaping Canada’s role in the global economy. The event featured keynote speakers Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Minister of Finance Bill Morneau and many other Canadian business professionals.

It is a serious moment in time for Canada in terms of the economy. After 10 years of Stephen Harper’s conservative leadership, pristine Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, at just 43 years of age, has introduced a more diverse cabinet. A majority of Canadians believe these changes symbolize an established sense of national identity. Although it will take more than just a multicultural team and a positive disposition to deal with Canada’s issues. The commodities boom, which has protected our country from the worst effects of the global financial crisis. This has disappointingly ended, causing economic despair. Canada’s prices continue to rise and the population has been avidly consuming debt. Granting, the improving US dollar and weaker loonie are working together to assemble a greater demand for Canadian exports.

As Canada continues to restore its economy, we must ask ourselves were does Canada stand in the global economic outlook and how it is still a significant force in global business and economic growth? All these questions and more were answered at The Canada Summit held on June 8th, 2016 in Toronto. The day consisted of interactive discussion and a debate with a practical focus on business issues in Canada on a larger scale. In order to comprehend the economic issue in our country, individuals should understand the logistics behind it and this can be done at The Canada Summit.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau talking about Canadian Economy at the Canada Summit 2016

Q: What aspects of the Canadian economy do you think need to be disrupted to achieve the growth you want to achieve? (paraphrased)

Q: How are you planning to move forward on carbon emissions and carbon pricing? (paraphrased)

Q: What are your thoughts on legalizing Marijuana? (paraphrased)

Watch the Video of the Event here.

The Notorious Art Party: Power Ball

Power Ball began in 1999 and has since been thriving as a determined fundraising event that provides essential funds for exhibitions and public programs at The Power Plant. This event has since set the bar as one of the most influential and lively art galas in the Toronto area. The gala attracts sophisticated well known guests, which brings together the world of fashion, cinema, media, finance, advertising, music and of course the visual arts. Power Ball is famous for transforming each gallery space into an interactive art experience, allowing guests to enjoy the lavishness of a vibrant gathering, all while being surrounded by site specific works of art. Some important past artists include CONFETTI SYSTEM, Jon Rafman, Jesi the Elder, Marisa Hoika and Philippe Blanchard.

Power Ball 2016This year The Power Plant is collaborating with fashion house Max Mara again to represent Toronto’s legendary art party, Power Ball XVIII: Pleasure Principal, which will take place on Thursday June 2 at 7:00 pm. A night that will be filled with fabulous art including projects by:
- Coryn Kempster and Julia Jamrozik (BACKOFFICE),
- Laura Kikauka,
- Lorna Mills,
- Jordan Söderberg Mills,
- Karen Tam.

The evening will also feature a VIP Performance & Party featuring a situation-specific work by genre-evading performance artist: Ryan McNamara.

Submit to the requests of pleasure and indulge yourself in an evening of art discovery, adventure and desire seeking pieces, while surrounded by incredible art installations, performances, drinks and more. You get all this plus, it is in support of the ambitious exhibitions and programming at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery.

Buy tickets now by following this link, for all your ticket information.

About Max Mara:
Achille Maramotti officially established the Max Mara fashion house in 1951. At that time he was one of the first men to anticipate that industrial processes could support the production of high quality designer clothing. Over the years, designers for the Max Mara brand included some of the most important future names like Karl Lagerfeld, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Dolce & Gabbana, Narciso Rodriguez, Luciano Soprani, Anne-Marie Beretta and Guy Paulin.

National Companies and Celebrities helping those affected by the Fort McMurray Wildfire

Fort McMurray Wildfire

Courtesy: Jason Franson/CP

The devastating wildfires in Fort McMurray have caused much pain and tragedy to those families involved in this horrific incident. It started on May 1st in Alberta, Canada and swept through the community on May 3rd damaging more than 2,000 homes and buildings, forcing the largest wildfire evacuation in Alberta history. People in the Alberta community are doing everything they can to help those affected by these wildfires. Nationwide companies like Walmart Canada, Loblaw’s, Boston Pizza and Hudson’s Bay have all pledged money in support of the devastation.

Walmart Canada and the Walmart Foundation have kindly dedicated $500,000 to support the relief efforts in the Fort McMurray community, which includes a donation to the Canadian Red Cross and support by Walmart Canada for local associates.

Loblaw Companies Ltd has also devoted $300,000 in support of relief efforts towards Fort McMurray. Not only did they donate money, but also essential foods and health supplies. Additionally more than 2,400 stores across Canada have assembled a disaster relief effort in each of its businesses such as Loblaw grocery, Shoppers Drug Mart, PC Financial and PC Insurance.

Hudson’s Bay Company contributed $100,000 from the HBC Foundation to the Canadian Red Cross in support of the relief. Additionally, HBC is encouraging customers to donate their HBC Rewards Points, which will be converted to cash and donated to the Canadian Red Cross for individuals and families in dire need of assistance.

Lastly, Boston Pizza restaurants have provided assistance to first responders, volunteers and all those affected by the wildfires in Fort McMurray. The franchise as well has offered $400,000 worth of food vouchers valid at any Boston Pizza in Alberta. This type of generosity will allow families in evacuation centres in Edmonton to come together during such a difficult time.

Not only have companies come together in support of the people and families affected by the wildfires, but also celebrities. Popular Canadian duo, Tegan and Sara, are auctioning off meet and greets to raise money for the Canadian Red Cross and Fort McMurray relief. Their massive worldwide popularity will bring awareness and a bring in substantial donations for the Canadian Red Cross. James Taylor pledged to donate proceeds of his Alberta shows, Pearl Jam has dedicated their song “Evacuation” at the latest concert to those affected by the fires and Shaquille O' Neal thanked Fort McMurray First Responders in a facebook video.

Through the help and dedication of these companies and celebrities, the residents of Fort McMurray and the surrounding areas will have the assistance they need to move on from such a horrifying experience.

Sheena’s Place hosts 3rd Annual Sparkle Party

Co-Founder and Sheena's mother Lynn Carpenter with OTSN host Darriel Roy

Co-Founder and Sheena's mother Lynn Carpenter with OTSN host Darriel Roy

3rd Annual Sparkle Party in support of Sheena's Place

3rd Annual Sparkle Party in support of Sheena's Place

On Thursday, April 28th, 2016, Sheena’s Place hosted their 3rd Annual Sparkle Party. The event accommodated over 500 of Toronto’s business leaders, philanthropists, influencers and trendsetters that included a night of glitz and glamour, entertainment, cocktails, food and prizes, all while dancing, mingling and raising funds for an extremely admirable cause. The event was hosted by two wonderful hosts from CTV’s The Social, Lainey Lui and Cynthia Loyst. Lui and Loyst did an incredible job hosting the event and bringing awareness to Sheena’s Place, which supports those who deal with eating disorders.

This spectacular night also featured a musical performance from the fabulous Jillea, who introduced her new hit single “Shattered”. Proceeds from the event all go to Sheena’s Place; a non-institutional, non-residential centre in downtown Toronto, where individuals with similar issues gather in groups to share stories, feelings and coping strategies about eating disorders. Sheena’s Place provides people with eating disorders a safe space to share how to deal with and overcome such issues.

Celebrating Canada’s finest in fashion at the CAFA Awards

Fashion Model Karlie Kloss

Fashion Model Karlie Kloss

The Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards (CAFA) was put together to celebrate exceptional achievement and emerging talent in the Canadian fashion industry. The purpose of CAFA, as a nationwide platform, is to cultivate the next generation of Canadian talent through an annual awards show and year-round commercial development initiatives. This kind of exposure will develop a stronger appreciation for Canadian talent at home and across the globe. CAFA hosted its third annual red-carpet Awards show event on Friday, April 15th, 2016, which included a unique evening that connects Canadian talent and fashion guides from around the world. The event honours designers, models, image creators, stylists and other guides that made an impact on the Canadian fashion industry. CAFA has now established itself as a leading event in the Canadian fashion industry through the many honourees. The event will hopefully bring exposure to Canadian fashion and bring more economic development in Canada’s fashion industry.

Awards that were given at the event were ones such as The Womenswear Designer of the Year, The Menswear Designer of the Year, The Fashion Design Student Award, The Image Maker Award, The Model of the Year Award and many others. All nominees rightfully deserved to be there whether or not they won the award. The night was about the appreciation of the Canadian Fashion industry and that is what they did. It was truly an incredible evening and a genuine celebration of the exceptional talent within our country. A big congratulations to all the winners and nominees on such a successful and inspiring night.

Star-studded lineup announced for WE Day Seattle

WE Day is an influential series of educational events that use the momentum of a concert with the inspiration of amazing stories of guidance and change that occur every year in such countries as the USA, Canada and UK. This year WE Day Seattle has announced its presenters, speakers and performers who will be in attendance for this incredible event taking place on April 20, 2016 at the KeyArena at the Seattle Center. Some of those celebrity faces include Ciara, Kat Graham, Lilly Singh, The Band Perry, Paula Abdul, Jordan Smith, Marlee Matlin, Pete Carroll, Seattle Seahawks’ Ricardo Lockette and Doug Baldwin, George Takei, Madison Beer, Bailee Madison, Dominic Sherwood, Becca Tobin, Kardinal Offishall, SOL and many more. These celebrity activists will join WE Day co-founders and worldwide activists, Craig and Marc Kielburger, to share their desire for change and international experiences, as well as to motivate the crowd with memorable performances and motivational speeches. “Performing at WE Day last year for the first time in front of thousands of young people was such a beautiful, and inspiring experience,” said Grammy Award-winning entertainer, songwriter and producer, Ciara. “It’s amazing to see the positive actions being taken by the future generation with the ‘WE movement’ to create real changes in our world.” With the help of these well-known stars, children around the world will be inspired to contribute to bettering the situations of those who are in need.

Joining the star-studded ensemble are local youths with moving personal stories including Abigail Houck, age 25, who at the early age of 9 years old was diagnosed with childhood Leukemia. A once athletic and spirited child, found herself feeling tired and weak due to the medication she was taking in order to fight this debilitating disease. Abigail was determined to take control of her life and started visualizing about one day attending the university of her dreams, The University of Washington. Everyday on her way to school she would pass by the university and hope she could one day be a student there. Due to the finances for her treatments, Abigail’s family had reached financial trouble. Fortunately for Abigail she received a 4-year scholarship from Cancer for College, an organization offering youths impacted by cancer with the chance to continue their education. Abigail is now cancer free and an advocate for pediatric cancer patients and survivors. She is now the Pacific Northwest Director of Cancer for College and is determined to use her second chance at life to provide scholarships to cancer patients who went through the same difficulties she did. Abigail is just one of the many motivational speakers who will be attending this inspiring event.

Images courtesy We Day.

WE Day inspires this generation of young people to change and motivates them towards compassion and improving communities internationally. Thanks to the Co-Title Sponsors Microsoft Philanthropies and Allstate, WE Day Seattle will gather 15,000 students in a motivational setting, celebrating the commitment they have to bring awareness and action to local and global causes they care about.

Khloé Kardashian Helps Launch Live Chin Up Campaign

Live Chin Up Event

Photo credit: Wendy Lewis

Self-confidence has always been a struggle with people who do not feel comfortable with their appearance. A prominent pharmaceutical company, Allergan plc, kicked off their Live Chin Up campaign at an elite event in the Frank Gehry designed IAC Building in New York City, which was hosted by Khloé Kardashian, a well-known TV personality and New York Times best-selling author. Kardashian herself has wrestled with negativity towards her body image, due to being such a prominent public figure. She is someone who has always believed in bettering oneself, whether it is through exercise or physical alterations, in order to regain one's self-confidence. The purpose of the Live Chin Up campaign is to help encourage people to not let their appearance get in the way of living a blissful life. The Live Chin Up website offers meaningful guidance on how to start living with a “chin up” attitude. Some tips on how to live a “chin up” lifestyle is to smile, control your body language, making eye contact, focusing on what you can control and many other inspiring tips. At the event, Kardashian directed a panel of notable experts, which included a dermatologist who discussed submental fullness and treatment options, including KYBELLA (deoxycholic acid) injection 10mg/mL. KYBELLA is a prescription medication used in adults to enhance the appearance and shape of moderate to severe fat below the chin (submental fat), better known as “double chin”. This injection will contribute to encouraging individuals to live a full life without being fearful of what others may say of their appearance. Furthermore, a patient joined the panel to discuss her experience living with submental fullness and how it had impact her confidence.

Kardashian was evidently a terrific host for such an important campaign. “We are very pleased that Khloé was able to serve as the host of our event and discuss how she lives chin up,” said Philippe Schaison, EVP and President Allergan Medical. “As someone who lives life in the public eye, Khloé embodies what it means to live chin up by refusing to let negativity stand in her way. We feel she is the perfect person to kick off this inspiring campaign.” Kardashian represents self-confidence and self-love, which is why she embodies the Live Chin Up philosophy.

ACM Lifting Lives With Music

(Photo by Frederick Breedon IV/Getty Images for ACM)

(Photo by Frederick Breedon IV/Getty Images for ACM)

ACM Lifting Lives is a philanthropic part of the Academy of Country Music devoted to contributing help through the influence of music. Through this collaboration with artist and deep bonds in the music industry, the ACM Lifting Lives assists and funds music-related therapy and educational programs to provide members of the community who suffer from extreme hardships through the Diane Holcomb Emergency Fund. Due to substantial donations from kindhearted fans and artists, this foundation is able to provide funds to all types of destitution from disaster relief and local communities in need of resources, to music education in schools, music camps for individuals with disabilities and even war veterans who use music as a kind of therapy. ACM Lifting Lives as well provide grants for these war veterans to help maneuver back into their normal lives.

On March 25th, 2016 ACM Lifting Lives announced a new collaboration with the Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder Foundation to start a direct program called Harmonicas for Health. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder is a lung disease that includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. This incapacitating disease is mainly cause by smoking, occupational dusts and chemicals, frequent lung infections as a child, etc. The Harmonicas for Health program is here to help make this disease less draining. The program is part of the incredible COPD Foundation’s Pulmonary Education Program, which works to promote and inspire patients to train their lungs and advance their lives via the energy of music. The event kicked off in January in Murfreesboro, Tennessee with the help of ACM Lifting Lives presenting the worthy program. Three-time ACM-nominated country singer Chris Janson made an appearance at the Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital to see how the patients were progressing, as they have been learning to play the harmonica to treat COPD. Only fives weeks into the program, and the patients have evidently found a new hobby and a successful new remedy. By September, 2016, The COPD Foundation’s plans to have 25 Harmonicas for Health programs introduced at numerous hospitals and PEP locations nationwide. This will contribute to a new way to heal such a debilitating disease with the help of music and music therapy. ACM Lifting Lives will continue to fund such a worthy program, as well as bringing Chris Janson on board as the COPD National Spokesperson for the program.