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ISOLATION Short Film Festival: Virtual Red Carpet on May 23, 2020

Get Ready for a Virtual Blast on the RED CARPET!

Sign in to YOUTUBE (https://youtu.be/Pycd_fFGC8o) on Saturday, May 23rd, 2020 for this incredibly special Film Festival!

BROKEN WING cover by Yvonne McNamara

Young Country Star Takes on Broken Wing

Yvonne McNamara is a Courageous Gifted & Talented Rising Star!

Martina McBride Cover (Broken Wing)
This video was created by Creekside Sound and Studiio
Recorded and mixed by Justin Cowan
Mastered by Paul Milner from Trillium House Studios
Yvonne McNamara – Vocal
Scott Gogan – Electric & Acoustic Guitar
Pat Madsen – Keyboard
Cocoa McGraw – Steel guitar
Kevin Shepard – Drums
Justin Cowan – Bass Guitar

MOB Radio’s May 2020

“Artist of the Month”

At the age of 9, Yvonne auditioned and was selected to perform on the Empty Stocking Fund that was broadcasted all over the local TV networks in New Brunswick, Canada to help raise money for families in need at Christmas.

Later, Yvonne was introduced to Steve Lyons who booked her on his Country Music Show after she sang “Blue” by Leanne Rimes. Yvonne then became a regular on Steve’s shows.

Yvonne soon inspired “Theresa Malenfant,” a celebrated artist from Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada after hearing her perform “The Tennessee Waltz.” Theresa admittedly shed a tear after the performance.

In January of 2019, Yvonne’s video “Thank You For The Music” was spotted by Tay Williams who introduced her to Chris Powel from “Stars Worldwide.” Yvonne currently works with both Tay and Chris.

Yvonne received the gold standard recognition for her performance of “Pie Jesu” and “Come to the Fair” during the Music Festival in Sussex, New Brunswick in May 2019. She went on to compete at the provincial level in Classical Music, and being the youngest of all the competitors she placed 3rd in the Province of New Brunswick.

In February 2020 Yvonne began working with Al Atkinson, Producer (Mob Radio) along with Seamus Traynor, Manager of The Mob Music Network. Yvonne also created jingles and radio announcements for the radio station. Yvonne’s music is currently on radioplay in the Country & the New Artist show.

Official Website: Yvonne McNamara

The Show Must Go! New Online Portal

New Online Portal for Actors, Dancers and Voice Over Artists…

by Grant Heggie

Welcome to Showbiz HIRE! (A division of The SHOW Must GO!) Big changes to Showbiz HIRE!

Special Covid 19 pricing: POST NOW FOR FREE!! Your listing will run for 1 year with no obligation to pay for a 2nd year if you do not wish to!

We now have a new category called “I am an actor/actress/dancer/voice-over artist.”

In this category you may:

List your agent’s contact info.

List your union status or tell us if you are looking for representation.

Post a link both to your reel, and a link to your IMDB page.

Up load one free photo ( additional photos are $5.00 each).

Cut and paste your resume in the section called details.

Tell us about your physical characteristics.

Tell us what age ranges you can play.

You can also tell us other things about yourself such as what other areas of the business, besides acting you are available and qualified to work in.. or areas that you may wish to expand into but need training. You may also tell everyone what public sector work you have done and are still approachable about! There is also a place where you can tell us about yourself, your hobbies, interests, training and such! Showbiz HIRE was created to help EVERYONE in all departments and segments of our industry to find more work, cross pollinate their skills and develop new ones too! Lets shed the confines of the boxes people put us into and learn while we while earn.. making us all better professionals!

This lock down has been brutal for everyone in our business. Although we will come through everyone is going to have to leverage every skill they have. So let us help you keep your dance cards full!

Thanks for reading and we really welcome your feedback. Help us evolve and develop this service to benefit everyone!

To post on Showbiz HIRE go to The SHOW Must GO!

Serge Ibaka and UNINTERRUPTED Canada

Serge Ibaka and UNINTERRUPTED Canada Present Signature Digital Series In Partnership with Iconic Fashion Retailer Holt Renfrew

AVEC CLASSE showcases Ibaka’s passion for fashion in new six-episode digital series.

Athlete empowerment brand, UNINTERRUPTED Canada and luxury fashion retailer, Holt Renfrew announces a new signature content series labelled, AVEC CLASSE, featuring one of the NBA’s most fashion-forward athletes, Serge Ibaka. Fresh off an NBA championship with the Toronto Raptors, AVEC CLASSE weaves Ibaka’s passion for basketball with his ahead of the curve flair for fashion off the court.

“I have always liked to express myself through fashion,” said Serge Ibaka, Toronto Raptors Forward. “You can project many different feelings by the way you dress, and I am passionate about that aspect of fashion.”

Ibaka continued, “I come from Congo where we take style very seriously and, having lived in different parts of the world. I’ve learned a lot about personal style, being front row at fashion shows or casually observing people in the streets of New York and Toronto, now I want to share that with everybody. It’s the greatest opportunity for me to partner with UNINTERRUPTED Canada to produce AVEC CLASS, a show that allows me and my guests to talk about fashion and also to give back through my Foundation.”

From sporting icon to Vogue recognized fashion champion, AVEC CLASSE invites viewers to step inside Ibaka’s world as he curates’ pieces from his favorite menswear lines. Known for dapper custom suits and wide brimmed hats, Ibaka’s legendary fashion sense has won over fans across the globe.

“Serge Ibaka is passionate about so much more than basketball. AVEC CLASSE, presents fans with an intimate look at yet another facet of this multi-talented, multi-dimensional superstar,” said Vinay Virmani, Partner and Chief Content Officer at UNINTERRUPTED Canada. “Building on the success of Ibaka’s viral hit, “How Hungry Are You?” we wanted to provide a platform for him to share his iconic style viewpoint with fans.”

Viewers will gain front-row access to Ibaka’s bespoke perspective on fashion as he shops with his celebrity friends for the latest trends, accessories, and seasonal must haves available exclusively at Holt Renfrew. The luxury Canadian retailer’s shopping environment provides the perfect backdrop as fashion insiders spill style secrets and contextualize the latest trends.

In addition to consuming digital content, fans will be immersed into the fashion experience via a unique online auction, where they will have the opportunity to purchase an exclusive item featured in the series. The auction will be hosted in each episode by Ibaka’s celebrity guest who will donate an item with sentimental value. All proceeds from the sale will support The Serge Ibaka Foundation, a charity that benefits children in his native home, The Republic of Congo.

This is the second collaboration undertaken by UNINTERRUPTED Canada and Ibaka, having recently premiered ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE, a full-length documentary that follows the NBA star on his improbable journey from the streets of Brazzaville in the Republic of Congo to the NBA. It is a harrowing story of overcoming both overwhelming family loss and abject poverty to achieve one’s dreams.

AVEC CLASSE is executive produced and distributed by UNINTERRUPTED Canada and Ibaka’s own, Ouenze Entertainment.

Now, here are a couple Toronto heroes! Freddy VanVleet and Serge Ibaka talkin’ fashion. This is a great video, so click, sit back and ENJOY!


ABOUT UNINTERRUPTED CANADA

UNINTERRUPTED is an athlete empowerment brand founded by LeBron James and Maverick Carter. The company is built upon the radical idea that all athletes should have a platform to express themselves without intermediaries. From this premise, a mission was born: to empower athletes from all walks of life to communicate in an unimpeded way and to be More Than an Athlete. UNINTERRUPTED is upending the world of sports media by working with athletes to tell unique, human stories from their point of view. Through content, products, events, partnerships and educational opportunities, UNINTERRUPTED is changing the way athletes engage with the public and empowering them to be known and valued for more than the sport they play.

ABOUT HOLT RENFREW

Celebrating an over 180-year heritage, Holt Renfrew is recognized worldwide for an inspired shopping experience. Founded in 1837 as a modest hat shop, Holt Renfrew would soon become a purveyor of fashion to Her Majesty Queen Victoria. In the 1930s, Holt Renfrew began to establish exclusive accounts with leading European designers, hosting Monsieur Christian Dior himself in 1947 as he launched his “New Look”. After many years of foreign ownership, Holt Renfrew was acquired in 1986 by W. Galen and the Hon. Hilary M. Weston. Under Weston ownership, Holt Renfrew has become Canada’s destination for luxury retail. www.holtrenfrew.com.

spectacularly BOUNDLESS with Kate Campbell and Dini Petty

Boundless: Kate Campbell’s exciting film recognizing the contributions of the courageous women pilots during World War II.

By Rose Marie Bresolin

After listening to Dini Petty speak with passion about the aviation film Boundless and Kate Campbell who directed it, I asked if she could arrange an interview. I knew there was a story in it for our Spencer readers and was excited when the answer came back as yes.

(l to r) Rose Marie Bresolin, Kate Campbell, Dini Petty. Photo: Jonathan Levy

Rose Marie Bresolin: So, Kate, thank you for agreeing to the interview. And Dini, welcome back. Dini, as a woman who was born near the end of WWII with planes thundering overhead as they bombed London, your reaction to such a fearsome experience could have taken you either way; either you’d be drawn to flying or cringe at the thought of airplanes. Thankfully for us, it went in favor of your choosing to fly.

Dini, I’d like to put a few questions to Kate first about Boundless and then have you take us into your experience of the filming.

Kate, Boundless is described as a historical fiction, a narrative that was inspired by your grandmother, Betty Grepley. And while a pilot, she herself was not in the war. She’s deceased now, but her impact lives on in you, and now through this film, she stands to impact much more widely. That must bring you a great degree of satisfaction. Tell us a little bit about this special someone you refer to as your best friend.

Kate: It does bring me satisfaction. It’s been a fairly long journey and obviously my grandmother was an incredible woman who still inspires me. This project is a love letter to her and what she represented to me. I don’t know where I would be without her. I grew up hearing her stories about flying and watching her interact with male pilots as they compared notes and it was in one of her stories that I first heard about Dini. My grandmother got her license in the 50’s and Dini got hers in the late 60’s and they both flew out of Buttonville airport in Ontario, Canada.

Rose Marie: Such a vivid image, thank you. Given that much of the information you were seeking was buried for so long, what level of cooperation did you receive in the developing stages of the film?

Kate: A lot of help actually. I began with the First Canadian Chapter of the Ninety-Nines in Toronto, Canada where my grandmother was a member. The more research I did, the more women pilots I found and then I discovered the Women Airforce Service Pilots, known as WASP and I was astounded that no one knew their story. Then I moved to Los Angeles and eventually began interviewing women pilots in California, Seattle and Texas. I discovered that the Women Airforce Service Pilots held an annual homecoming every year on Memorial Day weekend in Sweetwater, Texas where they originally trained. I started going every year, filming the surviving women and some of the planes they flew. Originally, I wanted someone else to write the story and I approached the only three writers I knew. They were all men and fortunately they all said no.

So, with lots of encouragement from mentors and friends, I started writing the story myself.

I had moved to Los Angeles to continue pursuing my acting career. I had some success but along the way I learned just how messy and painful the struggle is and how strong you have to be to follow your dreams. Soon after I landed in LA I began singing again and launched a career with that, so by the time I started writing Boundless, I had the tenacity and the courage to do it. This is where historical fiction comes in, because when you spend so many years researching the facts and hearing the stories, it provides a rich tapestry to write from. Then I further developed it over the years with an incredible collective of artists to flesh the story out.

Rose Marie: While you were in the various stages, did you ever think about abandoning the project?

Kate: Many times, but I knew that I wouldn’t, which was terribly frustrating. I learned what it meant to be a woman not only in that time but also today, as women still face many of the same issues. We’ve come a long way, but we still have a long way to go.

Rose Marie: Yes, and I think it’s worth underscoring, that you allowed yourself to think about quitting and then you carried on. Because – there you are. How did you drum up funds, and I realize now that this was another new experience for you, just as the filming was. So, take us into that.

Kate: Yes it was. I decided I wanted to shoot a short film version of Boundless because I was tired of waiting for someone to do something about it. So, I organized a fundraising concert in my hometown of Haliburton, Ontario, Canada. I also received some grant money from the Haliburton County Development Corporation. There have been other community and private donations as well.

We tried an online campaign with Indiegogo, but it didn’t do well, mainly because I didn’t have the team in place before we launched. But thankfully, a fantastic team did come together. We are still fundraising and seeking sponsorships.  

Rose Marie: One of the things the movie brings out is what happened when the war ended, and the men came home. Talk to us about this and some of the other findings in the process of researching and interviewing female pilots across North America for the film.

Kate: The women who had been ferrying the military aircraft were disbanded before the war actually ended. As we started to win the war the men returned from overseas and there was no place for the women to continue. Society as a whole, was not supportive of the women continuing on the path of piloting military aircraft or any career in aviation.

Rose Marie: Might women in general have felt justified in becoming part of that block in a belief that they were protecting their husband’s jobs?

Kate: Well, that too, but there’s a deeper issue, one that still exists today. Society was not prepared for these powerful women or their contribution. There’s programmed patriarchy in all of us. It’s been ingrained. So how does a society shift consciousness? Men are not to blame. Now especially, women hold a lot of responsibility for this change. It takes a lot of work, the facing of oneself, and it takes guts to change anything.

I’ve been surrounded by a lot of powerful women and, for better or worse, it gave me what I needed to step into myself. We have a responsibility to ourselves and to younger generations. You never know who you’re affecting.      

Rose Marie: There’s transparency and honesty in what you’re doing. I imagine you’re also looking to dig deep to see if there is a general will to make the change? It’ll take a lot of energy from like-minded people to cause a societal shift from a position long fixed. It’s always promising to hear of people willing to play a part in it. Hopefully the positive light shed by the film will help to allay some fears; maybe help grease a rusty wheel… Tell us where and when the filming began?

Kate: We shot in September, 2019.

Rose Marie: Wow, so fresh, I thought it had been earlier.

Sarah Thomas Moffat, Director of Photography “Boundless”

Kate: We actually pushed the date back twice. We shot mainly in Guelph, Canada because it was rural and reminiscent of Avenger Field in Sweetwater Texas, where the women trained, and we could still land the planes that we were working with. We ended the shoot at the Niagara Military Museum in Niagara Falls, Canada. On one of the days, we had 60 extras to travel to Guelph, in a no-budget situation plus 35 to 40 crew members too, so feeding all those people was challenging. Kirtida Kitchen, a great Indian restaurant in Guelph, had their food truck come out to feed us all our hot lunch that day. It was wonderful.

Rose Marie: My mind just keeps saying wow. Now tell us about the little girl who could.

Kate: Yes, my production manager and I were working online in a program called Zoom where our cast and background actors could just video call into our space to confirm and show us their wardrobe. So, while I was under the gun working with my production manager in my apartment, (that looked liked a bomb went off!), we forgot that the computer screen was even on, and this young woman popped up. “Oh!” I responded after being taken aback. And the girl went on to say that she was calling from Winnipeg and wanted to tell us that she was coming out for the shoot. I was so excited. I mean, she flew herself out for one day and was so proud to be a part of it. It was stuff like that; people came out of the woodwork to offer help. We were given all of the camera equipment from SIM, a really incredible camera rental house in Toronto, Canada. A lot of production support came from Buck Productions and two post-production companies have come on board, Clark Stanley and Rolling Pictures.

Rose Marie: And yet again, wow! Lots of good souls out there. And Oshkosh?

Kate: Oh, yes. That was for the teaser that I shot in in 2018; some of it was filmed in Los Angeles, some of it in Ontario, Canada and some was in Oshkosh, Wisconsin which is the largest aviation convention in the world. It goes on for miles in every direction. You could attend the entire convention and not see all of it. It’s like Disneyland for aviation geeks.

Rose Marie: I see how that could be exciting.

Dini, at this point intrigued with the direction the interview is taking, interjects.

Dini Petty: There was something I’ve been meaning to ask you Kate. When did you first hear the story of WASP? Who first led you there?

Kate: It was in the early stages; the more research I did the more women pilots I found. I was floored by their stories. I then began to realize how long it was going to take and how much work it would require. I was overwhelmed.

Rose Marie: It does sound overwhelming.

Dini: One of the things that impresses me about the film and unless you’re a pilot, you might not appreciate it, is that these women were only required to have 35 hours of flying time to become a WASP! 35 hours is so little time! Today you need 40 hours for a private license and a hundred for your commercial license for one type of aircraft. These women were flying several different kinds of planes. That’s extraordinary!

Rose Marie: Gotta take a breath here, because while the excitement must have been high, I’m also imagining the fear. Thanks Dini. Okay, Kate! What do you want the film to do?

Kate: I want the film to be a calling card for the miniseries which we already have in writing development, and the film will also tour the film festival circuit. It will be finished at the end of February, 2020. I also hope that it will speak to younger generations of women and girls; to share that this is something that is possible. Only 6% of all pilots globally are women. Not a large percentage.

Dini: What film festivals will you be entering it in?

Kate: I’d love to try for Cannes, and then hoping it will go to the Palm Springs Short Festival and TIFF, among others.

Dini: What about Sundance?

Kate: I love Sundance, but it happens in January every year, so for us that would be January 2021. We’ll see.  

Rose Marie: It can still happen. What markers will you be looking for to tell you if the film has achieved your goals? How will you know if your digging went deep enough?

Kate: I think if it moves people. And if it can attract more support and financing, as we move into miniseries territory. And when it gets its due recognition for what it is.

Rose Marie: What about education, how do you see that playing out as one of your supports?

We have a responsibility to ourselves and to younger generations to pass down the stories of the female pilots who played a part in WWII. When girls see themselves represented, it gives them permission to do the same. You never know who you’re affecting.

Kate: I’d love to share it with schools. I have shared it with my hometown school. They’ll be the first people to be impacted, having seen the process, not just the story. It’s important, not just for girls to see women represented and acknowledged, but for the boys as well.

Rose Marie: For sure, I can see the impact having value for both genders, and in both the elementary and secondary panels; to see girls written into a history they had a part in making. How good is that? It takes me back to a school I ran, when for a Career Day we were fortunate to have a female pilot speak. After presenting in the large forum, she agreed to sit in the reading pit and engage our Junior and Senior Kindergartens. I remember the saucer-wide eyes being glued to hers. The laughter and joy drawn from the children the moment she placed her hat on one of the little girls is captured in a memory that I hold dear. I never thought about doing some research into the impact that may have had on those little girls and boys in pointing them to aviation. There are a few more female pilots now than in the late 90’s so maybe it’s worth looking into. And of course, Kate, the importance of what you’re doing ties in nicely with the mandate of the Spencer publication. As a family lifestyle magazine, it’s well positioned to become a supportive avenue for promoting the film. Another positive way to help expand awareness.

Kate: Absolutely. And it’s also working with organizations like the Ninety-Nines, the organization of women pilots founded by Emilia Earhart in 1929 that my grandmother was a member of and of which I’m a student member. I also had a booth at an event called Girls Take Flight, in April at the Oshawa Airport in Ontario, Canada where they welcome young women and girls to learn more about the world of aviation and they get to go up in a plane. So, there are more and more outlets for getting the information out there.

Dini Petty taking flight in “Boundless”

Dini: Did you know that Emilia Earhart wanted to start an association for women pilots? She sent out hundreds of invitations and 99 women showed up and the Ninety-nines were born.    

Rose Marie: This is amazing. So, Dini, I believe this was your first role in a movie?

Dini: No, I’ve been in several, but most often cast in the role of an interviewer. I would like to do more.

Rose Marie: How did it make you feel to be a part of a mechanism focused on delivering an incredibly powerful message?

Dini: Terrific. As Kate and I were becoming friends she told me about her grandmother who also flew out of Buttonville Airport but when I realized Betty Grepley and I knew each other, I was amazed! So when Kate asked me to do the part, my first thought was “the circle is complete.” I’m thrilled to be part of Kate’s dream honoring women in aviation. But I hadn’t acted in a long time so I was apprehensive and I think Kate was a little nervous, maybe?

Kate: I wasn’t nervous about you doing it, Dini. I just didn’t want you to feel you had to pitch or sell anything because it was such a private moment. I wanted you to be comfortable enough to be vulnerable, and you were just so lovely. After the first take, I turned around and 35, 40 crew members were teary eyed. It was just beautiful.

Rose Marie: Kate, my experience is that the moment you’ve done something that has a serious impact, it automatically becomes the seed for something else, something more. What do you see next?

Kate: I think the seed of it is to do it on a larger scale and to not stop. To keep telling more stories, more women’s stories. It’s a great time to look at our current reality. And there are so many fantastic women’s stories now being told. It’s empowering. There is something transformational about narrative work. It changes lives. I saw “A League of Their Own” when I was growing up, and it launched my whole high school athletic career. I was a national athlete back then and I learned a great deal about myself because of that film. The hope is that younger women see themselves in these stories because that’s what my grandmother was for me too. I could see myself in her because she had done it.

There’s so much pressure, even more so on women and girls today, to look and be and act in a certain way especially with social media. The pressure on the psyche from the technological age that we are in can be crippling. Information overload and everyone feeling that they have to have a picture-perfect life lacks human connection. I think that narrative stories are so powerful because if they’re done well, they speak directly to our humanity and bypass the superficiality. They have the power to change lives.  

Rose Marie: Seems I’ve said it too many times, and not enough, and I see the same message on Dini’s face as well. We’re simply amazed. Thank you, Kate, and our thanks to the late Betty.

Dini, in the article about you in Spencer Magazine (click here for Dini’s article), I shared with the readers that you were writing your memoirs and I promised I would get back to them. So, tell us, where are you in the writing?

Dini: I’m probably about three quarters of the way. January 15th, 2020 will be my 75th birthday and I promised myself I’d have them done in that year. I had two women read them for me and pick their favorites. I have an agent who’s going to read the chapters, and then I’ll have it published. I’ll be so glad when that’s done. I believe that in every culture including this one, women are valued for three things: first their looks and their youth, and then their looks and their youth, and then…

We repeated it in chorus and laughed at the mutual understanding.

The only problem with that is women believe it. And if you believe your value is based on your looks you’re screwed.

Rose Marie: You’re dead. You also stand to hate other women.

Dini: That’s why women have this problem. We’re set up to compete with each other naturally.

Rose Marie: We can’t even see that narrative; the one that says, guess what, it’s because you bought into it that it continues. And you give your power up.

Kate: There’s also a whole underground culture that doesn’t want you to feel good about yourself. Billions and trillions of dollars are made, especially off of women feeling insecure about themselves. A yoga teacher of mine in Los Angeles, Guru Jagat, asked ‘what would it be like if every woman in the world woke up one morning and genuinely liked themselves,’ and someone responded, ‘Armageddon.’ It’s true. How many companies would go out of business tomorrow if women truly loved and accepted themselves exactly as they are?

Dini: The concept of beauty has widened from the narrow Doris Day image of my youth, but it’s still just another concept we buy into.

Rose Marie: Because it’s not coming from the inside. It’s about what the outside wants me to look like; so even with the widening of the concept, we’re still looking out to see what that is and try to copy it. Then judge ourselves accordingly.

Dini: Back to why it’s so hard for women to support each other. We’ve been raised to compete, and the conditioning has come down the generations.

Rose Marie: I certainly see Boundless as a step with great potential to turn an inward eye on this, at least get us thinking about it. And as I said earlier, Spencer can help you to get the word out.

We all agreed on that and as I write this, I imagine our readers may be thinking, but guys are set to compete too. To which I respond, yes, it’s the way of the market. That’s where Dini’s statement that women have been raised to compete naturally comes in; it highlights that we’re talking about the value placed on women’s appearance. I see a whole other discussion about what it would take to actually see that, and collectively use our ingenuity to cushion the negative impact on the market in a societal value shift. It would take immense planning for that kind of transition. And we, as mothers, fathers, siblings and friends would have to think of it as being important enough. Now there’s another narrative, an ongoing one to be sure. A narrative that we can walk together, along a continued path for change.

 

 

To read more about Kate Campbell and her film Boundless, visit her site at katecampbellfilmmaker.com

 

 

Dini Petty continues to accept public speaking engagements; to request a booking she can be reached at dinipetty.com

 

 

Photo Credits:  Sarah Thomas Moffat, Jonathan Levy

WHO WILL SAVE THE WORLD by Liberty Silver

Liberty Silver’s newly released original:

Who Will Save the World?

We all know that Liberty is a remarkably talented performer, but her newly released single will take your breath away!

Written by Gary Borden and Liberty Silver. Music and video produced by Gary Borden. Musicians include: Gary Borden, Rory Faciane, Corey Macfadyen. Background Vocals: Gary Borden. Mixed by Corey Macdadyen. Liberty footage by RPM. Co-Producer Kahly Borden. Slick Music Production/Borden. Copyright SOCAN. All Rights Reserved.

Liberty Silver is a multiple “Juno” and “Grammy” (collaboration) award-winning recording artist, who has a 6.5 octave vocal range. She was originally discovered on the US based TV show “Star Search” hosted by “Ed McMahon.”

Liberty Silver is the first black woman to receive a Juno Award. Her “Grammy” award (collaboration) was in association with her performance on the single “Tears Are Not Enough”, which raised funds for relief of the famine in Ethiopia. Collaborating alongside some of Canada’s most celebrated artists in the group called “Northern Lights”, which included Gordon Lightfoot, Anne Murray, Joni Mitchell, Burton Cummings, Bryan Adams, Neil Young and others.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6OqvHNcuTk  TEARS ARE NOT ENOUGH by Northern Lights 

GOD’S COUNTRY cover by Jadyn Rylee

GOD’S COUNTRY…

Outstanding cover by Jadyn Rylee!

“God’s Country” is a song recorded by American country music singer Blake Shelton. It was released on March 29, 2019 as the first single and partial title track from his compilation album Fully Loaded: God’s Country. The song was written by Devin Dawson, Jordan Schmidt, and Hardy. The song has been described as a southern rock anthem. Dawson stated that he and his fellows wrote the song on a Thursday, and that “Blake heard it, and by Monday he had recorded it.” Shelton first heard the song while working on his farm in Oklahoma, and was blown away by the song.[3] He related “I had to stop and just listen to this song, because the song was talking to me about a place that I was in at that moment, which was a place in the middle of nowhere that meant something to me that probably nobody else could ever understand, what that is and what it is inside of me and what my connection is to the land.” He recalled thinking “‘I’ve gotta record this song,’ and I think I even decided before I even recorded it, ‘This has got to be the song that I put out next.’ – Wikipedia

Blake Shelton Official Music video: https://youtu.be/ZEWGyyLiqY4

Jadyn saw a cover of Blake Shelton’s original video that was performed by Kristin Carter. Jadyn connected with the vocal range and tempo of this cover and decided to use this as a basis for her own version.

Please take a look at Kristin’s web site http://kristincartermusic.com/

Here is the link to Kristins version of God’s Country https://youtu.be/cPRfZpuMNB4

Special Thanks To Curt Ryle of Big Matador Recoding who created the guitars on Jadyn’s version. https://www.bigmatadorrecording.com/

Also a BIG thanks to James from Cleveland Sounds Lab for the audio and video production of Jadyn’s cover song. https://clevelandlab.com/

Jadyn Rylee performing to a sold-out audience at TKFW. Photo Credit: Jonathan Levy

 


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A Message from Chef Jagger Gordon: FEED IT FORWARD

When there’s only one plate of food, who eats first your pet or are you?

 

Chef Jagger Gordon

Chef Jagger Gordon is taking the initiative to produce pet food, along with meals for people suffering desperately during the Covid-19 pandemic.

(l to r) Carlo Parentela and Chef Jagger Gordon

Chef Gordon is asking for donations and volunteers, right now! Please join the many other people who continue to support Gordon, like Carlo Parentela of Chateau Le Jardin. Now is the time to get involved in helping this incredible man who is unselfishly providing a most important service to our communities.

To Donate: click here!

To Volunteer: click here!

 

COVID-19: When will “NORMAL” Ever Return?!

A Message from our Publisher and Editor-in-Chief: Joseph Edward Schur

2020: On the precipice of change

By Joseph Edward Schur

Joseph Edward Schur

The haze of smog has lifted from Shanghai. Air pollution has plummeted in cities around the world. Change.

Meanwhile, we’re all in a battle of survival. One day, future generations will look upon this crisis with either admiration on the way we tackled this invisible menace or hold us, forever, in contempt. We have the opportunity, nay, the obligation to tear down the walls isolating us; perhaps not physically, but spiritually. We must face the challenges, both health wise and economically, which will lead to recovery sooner than later. It’s up to us.

With war (which this is!) comes heroes. I’m encouraged by the unselfish acts of the people around me. For example, my friend Chef Jagger Gordon who is working around the clock preparing meals to be delivered to Seniors and Toronto’s at-risk communities. And companies like Spirit of York, halting production of their (incredible!) gin and vodka to manufacture hand sanitizers. Their reward? Knowing that they are contributing solutions for battling this pandemic. We’re all in this together.

This war could last for a long time. Again, the enemy is invisible. Who knows? There’s so much misinformation that’s being distributed. We must remain positive. And as the meme suggests, we all need to make sacrifices, like self-isolation. Flatten the curve. It’s your duty as a responsible human being.

As the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of our magazine, I refuse to allow Covid-19 to knock down the spirit of Spencer. We’ll soldier on, for however long it takes, to get though this crisis. We’re committed. We’re determined. And we’re excited for what the future holds.

From our Spencer family to yours…

Joseph Edward Schur

Publisher and Editor-in-Chief

JOHN FLUEVOG: The Soul Behind the Soles

Fluevog: 50 Years of Unique Soles for Unique Souls

By Rose Marie Bresolin

My first experience with the John Fluevog brand was after dropping into the Fluevog store in Toronto’s Distillery District some years ago. Friends had come down to the city to visit me in my new home, and to shop. We were all taken back at the uniqueness of the shoes our eyes took in! Thus, on visits by family from the United States since, I have felt it as the place to take them to for shoes. My feelings have been supported by the big smile on a photo from a niece in Michigan, modelling the trademark blue shoes that her mother bought from Fluevogs while here. So naturally, when the opportunity arose for an interview with John Fluevog himself, I jumped at it.

Rose Marie Bresolin: John, your shoes are so very different and have been from the start. What gave you the courage to shift as far away from the more conventional footwear?

John: I never thought of them as being so non-conventional. I only wanted to make a product that felt and looked good to me; footwear that expressed how I saw the world and what I’d like others to feel.

Rose Marie: What constituted your initial market?

John: My market has changed over the years. I have never been one thing and never had one customer. Don’t forget I have been through disco, the boring early 80’s, punk, grunge club, and each era has its own feeling.

Rose Marie: I know from my research that when you started up In Vancouver, you had a partner. You were already experiencing success when you two parted ways, so, tell us, did you have even a moment’s thought to closing up shop and taking life easy?

John: I never thought of taking it easy because there has never been a time when I think I have “made it” and can relax.

Rose Marie: What inspired you to reduce the footprint by your shoes on the environment, and to make the shift towards earth friendlier and sustainable materials in their manufacture?

John: That to me is not inspired; it’s just plain good sense. We all need to do what we can in our everyday lives. Not to do so is wrong.

Rose Marie: Powerful words for stirring conscience. John, I’m also impressed that your shoes are manufactured in small numbers, even with the growing number of stores being supplied around the world. That would explain the attention to their detail. And, I’m thinking it may also be to protect the time required to attend closely to the finer detail that’s involved?

John: Yes, precisely. All our shoes are made in small factories where we know the owners and the families that own and run the factories. Our factories are like our partners. We are all working for the same goals.

Rose Marie: Can you talk a little more about how you view the relationship with the people who manufacture the shoes, the shop keepers as well.

John: We are all part of a mosaic. I can not do what I do alone. I need a team of people. The staff and the factories and the customers are all part that mosaic.

Rose Marie: Has your family been involved in any part of the production or promotion?

John: My middle son is the CEO of the company. The other two have worked for the company from time to time, and needless to say, are part of a growing family.

Rose Marie: What were some of your funniest moments?

John: I hope everything is funny! I try not to take it all too seriously or I would cry!

Rose Marie: There’s a Jimmy Buffet line if I ever heard one. Haha! And, the most challenging?

John: Getting shoes out of the factories the way I want them.

Rose Marie: About your book, when did the thought of taking on yet this new adventure first begin?

John: I began to think about the book when I realized that fifty years were fast approaching. It’s a long time to be in the fashion business.

Rose Marie: What has the response since launching your book been like for you?

John: The response has passed my expectations… not that I had many expectations, but the presales and the press have been very encouraging.

Rose Marie: I take my little granddaughters to your Toronto store on occasion and we’ve been lucky enough to come away with the large newsprint catalogue. They love to copy and to redesign some of your shoes. That’s to tell you something more about your reach. What words of wisdom then, for the creative young among us, on the brink of a decision as to whether to risk pursuing their dream now, or to wait until they’re more financially secure and see if it’s still there?

John: Get on it. Don’t delay, do both. Or do one. Just start.

Rose Marie: John, at the end of your website, you’re quoted, ‘Thank you for wearing my shoes.’ On behalf of everyone who has experienced the creativeness and craftsmanship of your footwear, ‘thank you for your dedication to the artistic rendering behind it.’

 

Canadian, John Fluevog has been named as one of the world’s most innovative companies in the fashion industry. He employs 200 people worldwide and later this year, Fluevog Shoes will be opening its first ever Australian store in Melbourne, Australia. His philanthropic reach extends to various causes and in support of numerous charity events. To read up on grants to artists, enter the Fluevog Artist Grant into your search engine, or visit www.johnfluevog.com

 

 


An homage to wild and whimsical John Fluevog shoes and their free-spirited fans…

Written by the cult shoe designer and featuring lush photography, graphics, and hand-drawn illustrations.

Colorful and quirky, Fluevog shoes have graced the feet of celebrities such as Madonna, Jack White, and Lady Gaga, as well as legions of lifelong fans who consider themselves more a community than mere customers.

Known for cheeky slogans such as “no, you’re weird” and the message engraved on the soles of their iconic Angel shoes: “Resists alkali, water, acid, fatigue and Satan,” the Fluevog brand is a celebration of individualism, creativity, and humour.

These values flow directly from the heart of John Fluevog himself, who says that his mission in business and in life is to help people “walk in spirit.”

To mark his fiftieth year in the shoe business in 2020, John Fluevog has penned a love letter to Fluvogers everywhere in FLUEVOG: 50 Years of Unique Soles for Unique Souls. In this full-color, visually rich coffee table book, Fluevog gives fans and fashionistas a behind-the-scenes look into the brand’s evolution and his own creative process. With his unmistakable jovial warmth, Fluevog reveals the ups and downs of the business’s evolution and his own personal triumphs and heartbreaks with disarming candor and intimacy.

Echoing the eclectic style of Fluevog’s whimsical and witty zine-style catalogs over the years, the book features Fluevog’s own design sketches and handwritten messages, blended with stories, graphics, and previously unpublished photographs from the brand’s archives. The book is a fascinating peek inside the colorful mind of the iconoclastic designer, while also paying homage to the wild and beautiful John Fluevog shoes themselves.

Description

Shoe designer, businessman, and now author, John Fluevog has been busy blazing his own trail since 1970. It was only a matter of time before he sat down and put all his stories on paper. Fluevog: 50 Years of Unique Soles for Unique Souls by John Fluevog is a dazzling and comprehensive window into John’s rollercoaster journey in fashion and life.

  • Free Shipping to all domestic addresses!
  • Includes a Limited Edition 50th Anniversary Vintage Shoes Poster
  • Hardcover
  • Flush cut binding
  • Custom edge painting
  • 166 pages
  • Dimensions: 22.9 x 25.4 x 2 cm
  • Published by Lifetree Media

Buy it now: CLICK HERE!

 

*This book features flush cut binding and custom edge painting that requires a little extra TLC to maintain. Please keep away from moisture and do not use as a dog toy, football, frisbee or other throwing object.