National Newswatch

Features from Deragh Campbell, Fab Filippo among those getting Telefilm Canada funds

Jul 22 2021 — Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Feature films from actors Deragh Campbell, Fab Filippo and Aaron Poole are among those getting Telefilm support. The federal agency says it's putting $12 million towards production of 29 English- and French-language, lower-budget features across Canada — a list that also includes a project from acclaimed filmmakers Hubert Davis and Kathleen Hepburn.  Campbell, […]

Alanis Obomsawin, Denis Villeneuve to get TIFF Tribute Awards at Toronto film fest

Jul 22 2021 — Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Acclaimed filmmakers Alanis Obomsawin and Denis Villeneuve will be honoured at the TIFF Tribute Awards fundraiser during the Toronto International Film Festival in September. Organizers say Obomsawin will receive the Jeff Skoll Award in Impact Media, which "recognizes leadership in creating a union between social impact and cinema." TIFF will also have a […]

Halifax jazz drummer Jerry Granelli dies at age 80

Jul 21 2021 — Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Acclaimed Halifax jazz drummer Jerry Granelli, who provided the smooth and subtle percussion for the beloved 1965 TV special "A Charlie Brown Christmas," has died. His son, musician J. Anthony Granelli, said the San Francisco-born percussionist and teacher died Tuesday morning surrounded by friends and caregivers at his home in Halifax. He was […]

‘Dear Evan Hansen’ to open Toronto International Film Festival

Jul 20 2021 — Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Stephen Chbosky's musical feature "Dear Evan Hansen" will open this year's hybrid Toronto International Film Festival, with organizers touting an expansion of last year's shrunken showcase and a return of red carpets and in-person glitz as pandemic border measures ease. Organizers on Tuesday revealed the first selections of high-profile gala and special presentations […]

‘Never Have I Ever’ star on navigating pandemic-era stardom from a distance in Canada

Jul 12 2021 — Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — "Never Have I Ever" star Maitreyi Ramakrishnan is on Zoom from her family home in Mississauga, Ont., talking about plans to visit a billboard for her Netflix series that evening. The downtown Toronto trip she later posted on Instagram marked a milestone moment for the 19-year-old Tamil-Canadian, who previously hadn't seen a billboard […]

‘Black Bodies’ director Kelly Fyffe-Marshall making ‘ripples’ in Canadian film and TV

Jul 7 2021 — Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — With an equal passion for Canadian cinema and humanitarianism, rising filmmaker Kelly Fyffe-Marshall's mantra is to "make ripples where you are." That's the title of her 2018 TEDx Youth Toronto talk, it's what inspired her new Make Ripples Foundation, and it's why she strives to make meaningful change in the Canadian screen industry […]

‘Canada’s Drag Race’ changes judging panel with Brugel, Goreski and Melchor

Jun 29 2021 — Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — "Canada's Drag Race" has some new faces on its main judging panel for season 2, premiering later this year. Streaming service Crave says actor Amanda Brugel, fashion personality Brad Goreski and CTV's "etalk" senior correspondent Traci Melchor join Brooke Lynn Hytes to critique the drag-queen contestants. Brugel, Goreski and Melchor replace two previous […]

Toronto film fest returning to more theatres; Alanis Morissette doc, ‘Dune’ in lineup

Jun 23 2021 — Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — An Alanis Morissette documentary and a special IMAX event for Denis Villeneuve's "Dune" are heading to the Toronto International Film Festival, billed as more of a "big theatrical experience" than last year's pandemic-tailored showcase. The 46th edition runs Sept. 9 to 18 with more than 100 films screening digitally and in-person at TIFF […]

Ford calls Toronto birthday party shooting that injured four a ‘senseless tragedy’

Jun 20 2021 — Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Condemnation poured in on Sunday for a weekend shooting at a northwest Toronto birthday party that injured four people, including three children, with politicians and police alike describing it as a "senseless tragedy." Police said a five-year-old girl was in serious, life-threatening condition Sunday after the shooting the night before at a party […]

Ontario reports 318 new cases of COVID-19 as province prepares for Pfizer delay

Jun 20 2021 — Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press — Toronto is scaling up doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to compensate for a delay in shipment of Pfizer-BioNTech shots to Ontario. The city says the province's anticipated weekly Pfizer vaccine shipment of more than 162,000 doses destined for Toronto immunization clinics will be delayed. A representative for Health Minister Christine Elliott says Ontario's Pfizer […]