National Newswatch

‘Anne’ has leading 13 Canadian Screen Award nominations

Jan 17 2018 — Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — This year's Canadian Screen Awards will boast a "solid slate" of work from women, organizers said Tuesday as they unveiled the nominees and addressed how the #MeToo and Time's Up female empowerment movements might factor into the upcoming show. CBC/Netflix's female-led "Anne," featuring the plucky young heroine from Lucy Maud Montgomery's classic novel, nabbed a leading […]

Soulpepper Theatre Company set to stage its next show after Schultz allegations

Jan 12 2018 — Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — The show will go on at the Toronto-based Soulpepper Theatre Company. On Saturday, just over a week after four actresses filed separate lawsuits against the company and its founding artistic director Albert Schultz, the theatre will start running its next production: American playwright Edward Albee's Pulitzer Prize-winning "A Delicate Balance." "Soulpepper Theatre Company is determined to […]

Soulpepper Theatre Company set to stage its next show after Schultz allegations

Jan 12 2018 — Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — The show will go on at the Toronto-based Soulpepper Theatre Company. On Saturday, just over a week after four actresses filed separate lawsuits against the company and its founding artistic director Albert Schultz, the theatre will start running its next production: American playwright Edward Albee's Pulitzer Prize-winning "A Delicate Balance." "Soulpepper Theatre Company is determined to […]

Canadian voiceover artist Alan Bleviss dead at age 76

Jan 10 2018 — Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Renowned Canadian voiceover artist Alan Bleviss won industry acclaim for bringing a sonorous, honeyed tenor to blockbuster film trailers and TV commercials. And then he lost his dulcet tones. Reflecting on the legacy of her father, whose recent death made international headlines, Sarah Bleviss says there was a point in his life when he could barely speak due to […]

Soulpepper allegations spur boycott talk among actors, patrons

Jan 5 2018 — Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press — Toronto's renowned Soulpepper Theatre Company underwent a shakeup Thursday with several resignations and calls for a boycott in the wake of sexual assault and harassment allegations against founding artistic director Albert Schultz. Early Thursday, Soulpepper co-founders Ted Dykstra and Stuart Hughes and fellow artists Michelle Monteith and Rick Roberts said they were stepping down in solidarity with four actresses […]

Soulpepper allegations spur boycott talk among actors, patrons

Jan 5 2018 — Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press — Toronto's renowned Soulpepper Theatre Company underwent a shakeup Thursday with several resignations and calls for a boycott in the wake of sexual assault and harassment allegations against founding artistic director Albert Schultz. Early Thursday, Soulpepper co-founders Ted Dykstra and Stuart Hughes and fellow artists Michelle Monteith and Rick Roberts said they were stepping down in solidarity with four actresses […]

Indigenous filmmaking set to rise in Canada in 2018 and beyond

Dec 26 2017 — Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Indigenous filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin never thought she would see this in her lifetime. Fifty years after starting her distinguished career amid major funding roadblocks, the Quebec-raised 85-year-old is elated to see Indigenous filmmaking finally at an "exciting" place heading into 2018, with new initiatives including an Indigenous Screen Office in Canada. "Any Indigenous person who wants […]