The Slaight Family Foundation has announced they will be donating $1,000,000 over a four-year period to The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada as part of their Children and Youth Initiative. This donation is the largest pledge in Children’s Wish history and will provide tremendous support for the newly launched More Wishes, More Wonders Campaign across Canada. This exciting announcement was made at 11:00a.m., today at Daniels Spectrum in the Regent Park neighbourhood.
The Slaight Family Foundation is working in partnership with 11 national organizations to provide new or expanded services to improve the physical, mental and social well-being of children in Canada. Children’s Wish is honoured to be included in this charitable initiative and is grateful for the support of The Slaight Family Foundation to expand our wish granting capabilities.
“We hope these gifts provide them with the resources to help children lead healthy, successful and positive lives. We would also encourage others to support these national initiatives for the betterment of Canadian children and youth,” said Gary Slaight, President and CEO of Slaight Family Foundation.
As the largest and only all-Canadian wish granting charity, with over thirty years of granting 23,000 of the most heartfelt wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses, Children’s Wish is now expanding its reach to include children with serious neurological and genetic diagnoses. These at-risk children have complex care and mobility challenges and are dependent on their families for their day-to-day activities. Thanks in part to the generous support of The Slaight Family Foundation, granting wishes to this new group of deserving children is now becoming a reality.
Advances in medicine and technology are now making it possible for children with these diagnoses to survive into young adulthood. But while science may have extended their lives, these children and their families face incredible challenges as they struggle with the need for constant care and hospitalization, as well as severe special needs and developmental delays. Through field work and strong medical community partnerships, Children’s Wish has responded to this real and urgent request.
“It’s an opportunity for the entire family to be together, to spend a day where the entire focus is on their enjoyment, on making memories and doing things that are really exciting and wonderful without having the focus be on the child and the medical complexity,” says Dr. Jeremy Friedman, Associate Pediatrician-in-Chief at Sick Kids Hospital and Children’s Wish Medical Advisor.
This is UCLA senior gymnast Sophina DeJesus’ last year as a competitor, and she went out with a bang, bringing hip hop, sass and incredible talent to wow the crowd into displaying Perfect 10 marks.
The pure love for YouTube star Lilly Singh — known as Super Woman to her fans — is what drove hundreds of young teens (“Team Super”) to the iconic TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX to see the premiere of her YouTube Red original documentary A Trip To Unicorn Island, produced by Astronauts Wanted.
Since launching her “Superwoman” channel in 2010, the Canadian-Indian digital star has amassed nearly 7 million subscribers and over 880 million views. She is known for her uplifting, honest videos and hilarious impressions of her parents. The film, directed by Scott Winn, follows Singh’s journey on her 26-city tour around the world.
The tour was Singh’s way of bringing her fans to her happy place, known as “Unicorn Island.”
After his untimely death earlier this month, David Bowie left behind more than a legacy of memorable songs, but bequeathed an indelible imprint on popular culture as well. Storm Entertainment captures this spirit in a new tribute comic book biography released this week.
Tribute: David Bowie, available in both print and digital, follows the enigmatic artist’s innovative career from his through early days as David Jones through his ever-changing metamorphoses into a rock god, tortured artist, thin white duke and blinded prophet.
Written by Mike Lynch and Michael L. Frizell with art by George Amaru and Vincenzo Sansone, the book pays homage to one of the most influential artists any generation, constantly reinventing himself while defying convention. The one-shot features three collectable covers by Sansone, David Frizell, and Graham Hill.
The book builds on the previously published Fame: David Bowie and completes his life story. Fans of Bowie will recognize his transformation from the iconic Ziggy Stardust to Aladdin Sane to pre-punk Berliner to the The Thin White Duke and even in his star turn as the Goblin King in the 1986 movie “Labyrinth.”
“Bowie should not be remembered for his multiple personas, but rather for his desire to push musical and artistic boundaries,” said writer Michael Frizell. “He was on the forefront of so many musical movements; psychedelic, glam, Krautrock, funk, grunge, and his latest post modern masterpiece and farewell gift Black-Star.
Storm Entertainment president Darren G. Davis added, “I hope readers come away with not simply a sense of the richness of his life, but how he influenced practically every artist that came after; regardless of genre.”
The “Tribute” series serves as a pop culture companion to Storm Entertainment’s successful “Female Force,” “Political Power,” “Orbit,” and “Fame” series. The biography comic form allows Storm’s talented writers to delve into the history of certain newsworthy figures and explore what shaped them. Storm Entertainment’s biographical comic books have been featured on CNN, Politico, Roll Call, The Today Show, FOX News, and in People Magazine among thousands of others.
“Tribute: David Bowie” is available on your e-reader from iTunes, Kindle, Nook, Wowio, ComiXology, DriveThru Comics, Google Play, My Digital Comics, Overdrive, Iverse, Biblioboard, Flipkart, ComicBin,Axis360, Blio, Entitle, Comicblender, Kobo and wherever eBooks are sold. Print copies can be ordered exclusively at ComicFleaMarket.com.
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Storm has published well-received tribute biographies of other musicians, John Lennon, George Harrison, Whitney Houston, Amy Winehouse, Kurt Cobian, Jerry Garcia and more.
You can download this title on ComiXology, DriveThru Comics, Google Play, My Digital Comics, Overdrive, Iverse, iTunes, Kindle, Biblioboard, ComicBin, Nook, Kobo and wherever eBooks are sold.
Lionel Richie has shared the strange story of how he wrote “We Are the World” with Michael Jackson. During an interview with Kevin Spacey that was part of the ceremonies honoring Richie as this year’s MusiCares Person of the Year, Richie remembered:
I’m at Michael’s house trying to write “We Are the World” and his dog is barking and his Mynah bird is yelling “Shut up” [repeatedly at the dog]. I see albums falling over. I look again and see more falling over and there’s an albino python [coming toward me]. I will admit I was screaming like a white woman. Michael goes, “Oh my God, Lionel. There he is, he wants to play with you.” I know you want a spiritual tale about how we brought this song [to’ you, but that’s how it was for three days.
Arcade Fire have released video of the David Bowie tribute parade they led through the streets of New Orleans shortly after the icon’s death.
The history of Arcade Fire and David Bowie goes back to 2005, when the band appeared on the British/U.S. television special “Fashion Rocks”, on which Bowie joined them for “Wake Up”. This recording, as well as recordings of the band’s collaboration on Bowie’s “Life on Mars” and “Five Years,” were made available on the iTunes Music Store in a virtual live EP. The same trip to New York City took them to the Late Show with David Letterman and a concert in Central Park. The Central Park show featured a surprise appearance by Bowie.
The Boss has a book deal.
Simon & Schuster announced Thursday that Bruce Springsteen has spent the past several years working on a memoir, which will come out Sept. 27, four days after Springsteen turns 67.
The title, of course, is “Born to Run.” Financial terms were not disclosed, although his deal is almost certainly worth millions.
“Writing about yourself is a funny business,” Springsteen said in a statement that will appear in his book. “But in a project like this, the writer has made one promise, to show the reader his mind. In these pages, I’ve tried to do this.”
According to Simon & Schuster, Springsteen will tell his story with “disarming candor” as he remembers his childhood in New Jersey, his rise to superstardom and “the personal struggles” that inspired such classics as “Born to Run” and Thunder Road.”