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Canadian Tennis Pros, Raonic and Bouchard Lead Tennis Clinic with Kids for Mini Rogers Cup

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!

@rogerscup @OTSNmedia

Jimmy Page from Led Zeppelin

Indigo Books & Music Inc. were thrilled to welcome one of the world’s most legendary guitar players, Jimmy Page.   James Patrick “Jimmy” Page himself appeared at the Indigo Bay & Bloor location in Toronto on July 21st between 3:00pm - 4:30pm to personally greet his fans and stamp copies of his new book creatively entitled Jimmy Page by Jimmy Page.

Jimmy Page from Led Zeppelin
Jimmy Page from Led Zeppelin
Jimmy Page from Led Zeppelin

The photographic autobiography is an exploration into the English musicians career and is considered a visual record of his outstanding life in the world of music.  Page’s autobiography, also considered a historical document, includes hundreds of archived and unseen photographs and detailed captions all of which represent an iconic moment in his career.  Page began his career as a studio session musician in London, England and by the mid-1960’s, he had become the most popular and ultimately the most sought-after guitarist in England.  Jimmy was a member of the Yardbirds and in 1968 he founded Led Zeppelin and is widely known as the guitarist and leader of the rock band.  A man of many remarkable talents in addition to his fame as a guitarist, Jimmy Page has also achieved success as a songwriter, a multi-instrumentalist and record producer.

Author: Kiran Patel-Shah

@ChaptersIndigo @OTSNmedia


Much Music Video Awards 2015 hosted by Ed Sheeran

The 2015 MMVAs shook up Toronto with Ed Sheeran, The Weeknd and Drake

You would be living under a very enormous rock if you haven’t heard about the star-studded, highly entertaining party that hit ‘The 6’ in a very big way! The 2015 MMVAs rocked the downtown streets of Toronto last night, from massive crowds, screaming fans with cell phone in hand, to heavy super-star musicians all glammed up for the much-anticipated 2015 Much Music Video Awards.

What else can we say about Brit singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran? How about he is EPIC! Not only can this man of many talents, sing, write and dance in his own music videos, but he can also win a couple of awards along the way while brilliantly hosting the very same awards gig! His hosting ability seemed to have aligned well with his laid back candid personality and even trickled into his acceptance speeches for Best International Artist and Most Buzzworthy International Artist. "This is my fourth year (and) I've never won one — I feel like it's just because I'm presenting," he said while accepting his first award, for best international artist. "So thank you very much for this." ‘Thinking Out Loud’, Mr.
Ed Sheeran, I seriously may have a crush on you – awesome job! Torontobased R&B singer Abel Tesfaye, best known by his stage name The Weeknd, was the night's big winner. The 25-year-old artist definitely “Earned It” by taking home four awards, including Video of the Year and Most Buzzworthy Canadian. Not only was he on stage accepting his awards, he returned, setting the crowds of fans on fire with his performance of “The Hills” and of course he did not leave that stage without giving the fans what we’ve all been yearning for, “Earned It”. To be honest, I still feel the after effects of that performance! The Weeknd you undoubtedly ended our weekend in the best way! A surprise visit from ‘The 6’ man himself, Drake, is never a bad thing; in fact the entire audience and onstage hosts were even in shock including local rapper P.Reign. Super-star
Drizzy walked on stage when his friend P. Reign won for best hip-hop video. For those of you who don’t know, Drake co-directed the video and buoyed the song with a guest verse. A bearded Drake, briefly took the mike before handing over the spotlight back to his buddy, P.Reign, who said, "My brother Drizzy Drake is in the building! That's my brother for life."

Other ‘really really really really’ extraordinary performances that left the Toronto streets quaking for hours afterwards was the stunning Carley Rae Jepson with “I Really Like You”. Canadian alternative rock and reggae band, Walk Off The Earth did not hold back performing “Rule The World” with the crew all dressed in white, introducing us to exceptional instrumental sound that drove the crowd wild and let’s not forget about the fierce lyricism of the very pregnant band member, Sarah Blackwood – I love strong women! The epic party continued on with outstanding performances from Nick Jonas, Jason Derulo to Adam Lambert, Mia Martinis and many more.

What a night to remember Torontonians, looking forward to next year MMVAs!

Author: Kiran Patel-Shah

@Much @OTSNmedia