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Primoris Group in Toronto is looking for a Communications Assistant.

Blackburn Radio in London, ON has an opening for a Promotions Assistant / Summer Cruiser.

Entertainment One in Toronto is looking for a Corporate New Media Specialist.

Blackburn Radio (Sarnia) is seeking candidates to fill a Reporter/Newscaster position.

Goose Lane Editions in Fredericton, NB is looking for a Publicity Manager.

Odesk in Toronto, ON is looking for a Social media marketing assistant.

Brother Canada, based in Dollard-Des Ormeaux, QC, is seeking a Marketing Communications and Public Relations Associate.

BCLC in Vancouver has an opening for a Digital Marketing Specialist, responsible for implementing digital advertising and marketing campaigns that drive new player registration, player participation and channel awareness.

Jazz FM in Toronto is looking for an Arts Journalist fulfills a key role in covering artists, organizations, and events in arts and culture including music, architecture, theatre, literature, dance and film.

Elevate Marketing in Toronto has an opportunity for a Digital Marketing Intern.

Sago Sago is looking for a full-time Marketing Manager to join their team in Toronto.

BASF Canada, a leader in the global markets of chemical manufacturing and distribution, has an immediate opportunity in Mississauga for the role of a Marketing Intern.

The National Office of the Elks of Canada is looking for a Marketing & Social Media Coordinator.

Uniiverse has been written about in over 80 publications including Forbes, TechCrunch, Mashable, Globe and Mail, and National Post, and they are looking for a motivated and intuitive communicator with strong knowledge and understanding of the digital media landscape.

Second Nature Boutique in Toronto has an opportunity for a Social Media Internship.

St. Mary’s University is looking for an Executive Assistant providing confidential and secretarial assistance to the President.

Atlantic Lottery in Moncton, NB has an opportunity for a Communications Coordinator (Summer Student Position).

Toronto Community Housing (“TCH”) is the largest social housing provider in Canada and the second largest in North America, and they’re looking for a Corporate and Internal Communications Assistant.

Air Canada in Montreal, QC is looking for a Manager, Digital Marketing driveing the development and implementation of a comprehensive strategy for digital marketing, as well as social, online and mobile communications for Air Canada.

Savour Toronto is seeking a local Food Tour Guide to lead neighbourhood and specialty food tours. This is an occasional, part-time position (less than 12 hours a week). The guide may be asked to work additional tours as necessary.

From TechCrunch:

Social logins are a convenient way to sign in to services without having to go through lengthy sign-up procedures and setting up yet another password. According to thelatest data from social login service Gigya, Facebook remains the absolute market leader here and now powers more than 51 percent of all social logins in North America. Google+ is the second most popular service, but at 31 percent in North America, it remains far behind Facebook.


The third most popular service in North America is Yahoo with 15 percent, but it’s actually losing share in every vertical tracked by the service while Facebook is dominant across platforms and verticals.

Twitter, it’s worth noting, is a very minor player in the social login world. Both on the desktop and on mobile, it accounts for about 4 percent of social logins through Gigya’s services.

From The Hollywood Reporter:

Tom Petty, the writer behind such hits as “American Girl,” “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” and “I Need to Know” will accept the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers’ Founders Award on Wednesday in Los Angeles. Previous honorees include Stevie Wonder, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and Billy Joel.

“It’s very nice to get an award for songwriting,” said Petty. “I’m duly impressed.”
His process is much the same as it’s always been: Sit down with the guitar and see what comes. When inspiration strikes, “it’s a very real magic,” he said.

So magical, in fact, that he hesitates to examine it too closely.

“It’s really hard to explain because I don’t really understand it myself,” said Petty. “I know that when we have time booked, like when we set aside time to make a record, that’s when I usually get pretty — I guess I get ‘on the job’ as far as making sure I have enough songs, you know.”

He sits and plays, recording bits here and there. The next day, he listens to what he did and either develops or scraps it.

On Monday, May 5th Music Monday celebrates its 10th anniversary with a live webcast linking simultaneous cross Canada events in St. John’s NL; Halifax Regional Municipality NS; Charlottetown, PEI; Toronto, ON; Winnipeg, MB; Edmonton, AB; Whitehorse, YT; Ottawa, ON; and Montreal, QC and Vancouver, BC. The event will conclude with a synchronized nationwide performance of I.S.S. (Is Somebody Singing) with former Canadian Space Agency Astronaut Col. Chris Hadfield, led by Maestro Bramwell Tovey of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.  The live webcast will air between 12 – 1pm ET on Monday, May 5, 2014 and can be accessed at musicmonday.ca.

“The incredible responses by prominent Canadians who are willing to celebrate Music Monday are strong messages that music affects people from all walks of life,” says Holly Nimmons, Executive Director, Coalition for Music Education in Canada. “We’re hoping that these messages will resonate locally, inspiring those in communities large and small to also lend their voices to the cause.”

Additional celebrities and special guests who have committed to help raise awareness for music education include Oliver Jones, Lennie Gallant, Sean Panting, Red Robinson, NAC Chamber Orchestra, the Edmonton Symphony and the McGill Chamber Orchestra.  Representatives from the worlds of music, science, business, sports, politics, comedy, and more will join in via video and audio messages in support of Music Monday including: environmentalist David Suzuki, children’s entertainer Fred Penner, R&B singer-songwriter Jully Black, Olympic medalist Jennifer Jones, Dragon’s Den financier W. Brett Wilson, MP Andrew Cash, and comedian Dean Jenkinson.

In 2013, thousands of Music Monday celebrations accounted for one million participants across the globe! For this year’s event, schools and community groups across the country have already registered their celebrations, including:

  • drum dancers and accordion music at Maani Ulujuk Ilinniarvik school in Nunavut;
  • an integration of Music with Visual arts and Science at Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth
    Annex School;
  • an airband contest at Medicine Hat’s École Connaught School;
  • an assembly with the singing of O Canada in English, French and Ojibway at
    Southampton (ON)’s GC Huston Public School;
  • a percussion ensemble of drums and xylophones joining with school choir to lead
    the students of Lachute (QC) Laurentian Elementary School in singing and celebrating;
  • a performance at a local seniors home by Charlottetown (PEI)’s Stonepark Intermediate;
    and more.

The 10th Anniversary program will recognize this participation with a special on-line contest which offers Music Monday participants an opportunity to win a Skype chat with Colonel Chris Hadfield, and earn a chance to be part of the live webcast.  For more information about prize opportunities and to register an event, please visit www.musicmonday.ca.

Since its inception in 2005, Canada’s annual celebration of music education, Music Monday has touched the lives of millions of students and teachers across Canada who take their music programs into their communities to perform the same song on the same day, at the same time, uniting the entire country in song. Music Monday takes place on the first Monday May each year. 

The Coalition for Music Education is inviting Canadians to get involved and lend their voice to raise awareness about the connections between music education and its influence on Canadian success. The 10th Anniversary program will recognize this participation with a special on-line contest which offers Music Monday participants an opportunity to win a Skype chat with Commander Chris Hadfield, and earn a chance to be part of the live webcast. For more information about Music Monday, about more prize opportunities and to register an event, visit www.musicmonday.ca. 

I.S.S. (Is Somebody Singing) was written by former Canadian Space Agency Astronaut and musician Col. Chris Hadfield and Barenaked Ladies’ Ed Robertson and commissioned by The Coalition for Music Education and CBCMusic.ca in partnership with the Canadian Space Agency to celebrate music education in schools across Canada.



Toronto is considered one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world with a rich, deep-rooted history in Jazz. The 1953 Jazz at Massey Hall performance and the 2001 anniversary of Miles and Coltrane with UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock are considered legendary!  Not to mention Canada’s contribution to the world stage in artists like Oscar Peterson, Diana Krall, Matt Dusk, Diana Panton, Peter Appleyard, Don Thompson, Rob McConnell and the list goes on and on….

Presently, Toronto is home to one of the most popular jazz centres in the world in radio station JAZZ.FM91, a station I happen to listen to a LOT, and write a daily blog for. The city supports a healthy jazz scene with a thriving club system, remarkable world class working musicians and larger venues like Massey Hall, Roy Thomson Hall and Koerner Hall.

With your support, I’d love for you to help JAZZ FM recommend Toronto as the host city for UNESCO’s  2015 International Jazz Day.  They would like to start by compiling as many signatures from jazz fans and frankly, Toronto fans, not just here in our city  but from around the world to assist in our dream.

It is their, and my hope to present these signatures to UNESCO, the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz and Herbie Hancock himself, in order to bring the 4th Annual International Jazz Day to our amazing city!

To help bring International Jazz Day to Toronto in 2015, please take a moment to sign their online petition HERE.

The Board of Directors for Canada’s Walk of Fame today announced the appointment of Melanie Berry as Chief Executive Officer effective May 5, 2014. Berry joins Canada’s Walk of Fame from The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS), where she held the position of President and CEO of CARAS, The JUNO Awards and MusiCounts.

“Melanie is a proven leader and the right person to take Canada’s Walk of Fame to the next exciting phase of the organization,” said Dan McGrath, Chair, Canada’s Walk of Fame Board of Directors, and Chief Operating Officer of Cineplex Entertainment. “We identified her as a seasoned corporate executive with skills, success and passion toward elevating brands and spearheading organizations. On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am delighted to welcome Melanie to Canada’s Walk of Fame.”

“I am thrilled to take this next step in my career with Canada’s Walk of Fame,” said Berry. “It is vital that we continue to celebrate our domestic achievements across all platforms. In doing so, we not only instill pride in our country that ultimately unifies us, we also inspire the next generation of Canadians to excel on a global level.”

Berry, named one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women at the Women’s Executive Network Top 100 Awards (2009) was instrumental in developing the JUNO Awards brand into Canada’s largest and most recognized celebration of Canadian music. In her first year as President of CARAS, the 2003 JUNO Awards in Ottawa were one of the most successful ever, with Canadian viewership more than doubling that of the Grammy Awards the same year. Since then, the JUNO Awards have consistently topped broadcast ratings, evolved from a one-night Awards show to include year round initiatives and signature JUNO events, travelled across the country to ten different Canadian cities, and contributed an economic impact of approximately $10 million for each host region. Along the way, the JUNO Awards have garnered eleven Gemini Awards (two of which Berry won for Executive Producer) and two Canadian Screen Awards. In addition to building the JUNO brand, Berry has greatly contributed towards the success of MusiCounts, Canada’s music education charity associated with CARAS. To date, MusiCounts has donated close to $7 million to support music education in Canadian schools and communities.

Prior to her success at CARAS, Berry served as the Executive Director for The Ireland Fund of Canada and established her own special events firm, Rock Pile Event Management, which oversaw the annual Weaselpalooza fundraiser that helped raise nearly $300,000 for The Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund.

The 2014 Canada’s Walk of Fame Awards will take place on Saturday, October 18, 2014, at Toronto’s Sony Centre for the Performing Arts.  The show will be broadcast nationally on Global Television at a later date.  Additional announcements will follow.

In the first-ever release of daily data for Record Store Day, BuzzAngle Music, a new in-depth music analytics service supported by CIMS, DRS, AIMS, and the Music Business Association, shows:

  • 646% growth in sales at independent record stores on Record Store Day (Saturday, April 19) in comparison to the previous Saturday (April 12)
  • 1,855% increase in vinyl sales for the industry as a whole (a 1,062% growth in overall sales mix for vinyl) on Record Store Day in comparison to the previous Saturday
  • 2,042% increase in vinyl sales at independent stores (a 187% growth in overall sales mix for vinyl, with over 74% of all titles sold being vinyl releases) on Record Store Day in comparison to the previous Saturday
  • Tame Impala’s live album and the Nirvana single top the BuzzAngle Music Charts of Record Store Day Releases; all top 25 albums and singles listed below.

The full release can be downloaded here.

Top 25 Albums sold on Record Store Day at independent record stores

tracked by BuzzAngle Music (all RSD Exclusive Vinyl Releases):


Rank Title Artist


Live Tame Impala


Live at Hampton Coliseum The Grateful Dead


An Ideal For Living (1978) Joy Division


7 Skies H3 The Flaming Lips


Meltdown With The Ramones The Ramones


Loaded The Velvet Underground


Live 2012 Death Cab For Cutie


The 1969 Singles Creedence Clearwater Revival


Live With Joe Strummer The Pogues


Because the Internet Childish Gambino


Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik The OutKast


The Wizard of Oz: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Various


Life After Death The Notorious B.I.G.


Demolicious Green Day


Live at Eddie’s Attic The Civil Wars


Ultimate Alternative Wavers Built to Spill


Indie Cindy Pixies


Recover EP Chvrches


Sun Records Curated by Record Store Day (Volume 1) The Various Artists


Clear Lake Forest The Black Angels


Odessey and Oracle The Zombies


Live At Monterey The Jimi Hendrix Experience


With His Hot and Blue Guitar Johnny Cash


Weird Scenes Inside The Goldmine The Doors


Girls Talk Garbage


Top 25 Singles sold on Record Store Day at independent record stores

tracked by BuzzAngle Music (all RSD Exclusive Vinyl Releases):


Rank Title Artist


Pennyroyal Tea / I Hate Myself and Want To Die Nirvana


Side By Side Series: Just Like Heaven The Cure/Dinosaur Jr.


Side By Side Series: Gates Of Steel Live Devo/The Flaming Lips


American Beauty Bruce Springsteen


1984 Picture Disc David Bowie


Side By Side Series: 7 and 7 is Mystery Artists – Rush / Love


Ghostbusters Ray Parker, Jr.


Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow / Down In De Dew Frank Zappa


Learn To Obey Off!


Million Dollar Bill / Easy/Lucky/Free Conor Oberst/Dawes


Dragonfly / The Purple Dancer Fleetwood Mac


Side By Side Series: The Badge Poison Idea/Pantera


Forever Haim


You’ve Got Time Regina Spektor


I’m Less Here Mazzy Star


Hundreds of Ways / Fast Friends Conor Oberst


The Lake Nokomis Maxi Single Atmosphere


Holding On for Life Broken Bells


Take It Or Leave It b/w Jesse James Cage The Elephant


Say Goodbye To Hollywood b/w Baby Please Don’t Go Ronnie Spector & The E Street Band


Wait for Me b/w Don’t Matter (Live) Kings Of Leon


Illumination Theory Dream Theater


Supernova b.w. Pick Up a Gun Ray LaMontagne


Run, John Barleycorn, Run / Ether Madness Clutch & Lionize


Live From Criminal Records Frightened Rabbit

Daniel Franzese, who played Damian in “Mean Girls” (one of my all-time favourite movies) ten years ago, has just decided to publicly come out, and he wrote a pretty cool letter to his  character.

Via IndieWire:

Dear Damian

It’s been a long time since our last encounter.  Ten years to be exact.

I was twenty-six; you were sixteen.  You were proud of who you were; I was an insecure actor.  You became an iconic character that people looked up to; I wished I’d had you as a role model when I was younger. I might’ve been easier to be gay growing up.

You WERE beautiful in every single way and words couldn’t bring you down.

What you may not know…

When I was cast in the role of “Damian” in ‘Mean Girls,’ I was TERRIFIED to play this part.  But this was a natural and true representation of a gay teenager – a character we laughed with instead of at.  (You can thank Tina Fey and Mark Waters for that.  I can only take partial credit.)

When we first made this movie, I’m not sure any of us knew how loved and quoted this movie would become.  You certainly hope when you pour your heart into something, that people will respond – but to paraphrase Gretchen Wieners, “we can’t help it that we’re so popular.”

So, why the hell did it take me so long to come out of the closet?

Here’s why:

When I first became an actor, I wanted to play lots of roles – Guidos, gangsters and goombahs were my specialty.  So, would I be able to play all of those parts after portraying a sensitive, moisturizing, Ashton Kutcher-loving, pink-shirt-wearing kid?  I was optimistic.  Hollywood?  Not so much.  I was meeting a “gay glass ceiling” in casting.

For example:

One time I wanted to audition for a supporting character in a low-budget indie movie described as a “doughy, blue-collar lug of a guy.”  The role was to play the husband of an actress friend of mine who I had been in two movies and an Off-Broadway play with.  She and I had even moved to L.A. together.

I figured I was perfect for it.

They said they were looking for a real “man’s man.”  The casting director wouldn’t even let me audition. This wasn’t the last time this happened. There were industry people who had seen me play you in Mean Girls but never seen me read in an audition but still denied me to be seen for “masculine” roles.

However, I did turn down many offers to play flamboyant, feather-boa-slinging stereotypes that always seemed to be laughed at BECAUSE they were gay. How could I go from playing an inspirational, progressive gay youth to the embarrassing, cliched butt-of-a-joke?

So, there it was.  Damian, you had ruined my life and I was really pissed at you. I became celibate for a year and a half.  I didn’t go to any gay bars, have any flings and I lied to anyone who asked if I was gay.  I even brought a girl to the ‘Mean Girls’ premiere and kissed her on the red carpet, making her my unwitting beard.

It wasn’t until years later that grown men started to coming up to me on the street – some of them in tears – and thanking me for being a role model to them. Telling me I gave them comfort not only being young and gay but also being a big dude. It was then that I realized how much of an impact YOU had made on them.

Meanwhile, I was still in the closet.  Deleting tweets that asked if I was gay, scrubbing IMDB Message Boards for any indication, etc.  (It’s important to note that I was actually DISCOVERED singing in a Florida gay bar by casting director, Carmen Cuba, for my first role in Larry Clark’s ‘Bully.’)

I had the perfect opportunity in 2004 to let people know the REAL Daniel Franzese.  Now in 2014 – ten years later – looking back, it took YOU to teach me how to be proud of myself again.  It’s okay if no one wants to sit at the table with the “art freaks.”  Being a queer artist is one of my favorite things about myself. I have always been different and that’s rad. People have always asked if I was really gay? While my reps usually lied to protect me. My friends and family all knew the truth but now it’s time everyone does. Perhaps this will help someone else. I had to remind myself that my parents named me Daniel because it means “God is my judge” So, I’m not afraid anymore.  Of Hollywood, the closet or mean girls.  Thank you for that, Damian.  (And Tina.)

By the way…in June I am the Celebrity Grand Marshall of the Portland Gay Pride Parade.


We go Glen Coco.

With love and respect,

Daniel Franzese

P.S.  I hate it when people say I’m “too gay to function.”  I know you do, too. Those people are part of the problem.  They should refrain from using that phrase. It really is ONLY okay when Janis says it.