Press +1 Announces Move to THE CANADIAN FILM REVIEW
Toronto, September 1st, 2013 -
In a move that exemplifies commitment to Canadian film, Press +1 Magazine announced that they will be dedicating their online presence to Canadian screen-based productions.
Moving forward in a show of solidarity with The Canadian Screen Awards, The Canadian Film Review will be continuing the online presence established by Press +1 magazine by focusing solely on Canadian Film, Television and Web Series.
Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, Kindah Mardam Bey, says “As much as I have loved showcasing the enormous talent across Canada and across multiple platforms of arts and entertainment, it has become clear to me that unlike any other aspect of Canadian entertainment, our films need dedicated advocates to stand up and commit themselves solely to the Canadian screen based industry, which is exactly what I am doing with the Canadian Film Review.”
What began as a web series showcasing new Canadian Film in 2011, THE CANADIAN FILM REVIEW shone the spotlight on a variety of Canadian film productions such as GOON, TAKE THIS WALTZ and EDWIN BOYD: CITIZEN GANGSTER. To build upon the success of the first season, the “little-show-that-could” made the move to Television audiences in Toronto and area on Rogers TV Cable 10/63 in Toronto/Scarborough on November 6, 2012. The Canadian Film Review television show continued to advocate for Canadian film with industry spotlights featuring media moguls such as ROBERT LANTOS (Serendipity Point Films), interviews with Canadian screen celebrities like JAY BARUCHEL (Goon), JOSHUA JACKSON (One Week, Inescapable) and KRISTIN KREUK (Irvine Welsh’s ECSTASY) and showcase news on emerging talents like TATIANA MASLANY (Picture Day, Cas & Dylan), SARAH GADON (Cosmopolis, A Dangerous Method) and JASON BUXTON (Blackbird). The second season was a resounding success drawing viewers both online and to watch the TV show.
Kindah Mardam Bey sees new challenges for Canadian films, “The old mindset that Canadian films are lacking in some way when compared to other films in other industries is a myth at this point. Being one of the rare people who watch almost every Canadian theatrical release in a year, my informed opinion can easily state that Canadian films are vibrant, challenging, courageous, funny, scary and often poetic that audiences embrace when they see them. As a publisher, web-show Producer and TV show Producer of the Canadian Film Review, I can also say that Canadian audiences are eager to be informed and engaged about their homegrown films.”
Press+1 Magazine has also shown their enthusiasm towards the small screen this year through recaps and articles on ten different Canadian television series with such varied audience appeal as Arctic Air, Mr. D, Orphan Black and Lost Girl.
Press+1 broke new ground with coverage of Web Series, a format fast becoming the future of entertainment and garnering attention through quality writing along with original concepts and content. Working closely with the Bell Media Fund and the Independent Production Fund to showcase series such as Guidestones and the stand-alone hit tween series Ruby Skye, P.I. now headed to CBC this fall, Kindah Mardam Bey’s publications are the frontrunner for covering Canadian Web Series.
The Canadian Film Review will have a brand new online address
Launched in 2007, PRESS+1 now has over 50 journalists from coast to coast submitting daily coverage. It is Canada’s largest independent online entertainment magazine. Publications such as The Globe & Mail, Huffington Post, Calgary Herald and British newspaper The Guardian have recently used PRESS+1 in coverage and as an expert reference based on its original content. www.pressplus1.com
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|BLAKE LEWIS - Heartbreak On Vinyl|
|REVIEWS - ALBUM Reviews|
|Written by Processed By Editor|
|Saturday, 24 October 2009 18:51|
Title: Heartbreak On Vinyl
Artist: Blake Lewis
Label: TommyBoy Records
Released: October 6th, 2009
Reviewed By: Max Specht (London)
As far as American Idol alumni are concerned it’s really hit or miss success-wise. You can either become one of the biggest artists in the country (see: Kelly Clarkson), or fade into obscurity after your label drops you (see: Taylor Hicks). Thankfully the latter wasn’t the case for Blake Lewis, the runner up during season six of American Idol. With some of the best arrangements fused with his love of beat boxing he became of the most innovative and creative contestants to appear on the show, showing limitless potential for his career after idol. His first album received lukewarm response, but now he’s back! With a new label, a new album and a new style with his sophomore release Heartbreak On Vinyl, he’s positioned to find superstardom on the dance-floor as well as the charts.
The album opens up with the title track “Heartbreak On Vinyl” and immediately this is unlike any other post-Idol release, it explodes with a strong techno beat as Lewis croons along with the beat at a perfect pace. It seems Lewis has been digging through crates of old 80’s dark pop because that’s where he’s found himself on this album.
The next songs “Binary Love” and “Freak” are songs that deserve to be played as loud as possible at the club down the street. They are fast paced and bubble with sensuality and catchy hooks. The following track is the first single “Sad Song”, and while the length of it might scare itself out of the charts, it is a song that catches the ear and pulls you into Blake’s world.
Heartbreak On Vinyl bounces from sad (“Our Rapture of Love”) to standard hot club fare (“The Remedy”) to classic pop stylings (“Left My Baby For You”) all the way to his traditional beatbox style (“SuperScratchVocalistTurntableLicious”) This album is a melting pot of styles that really sums up the kind of artist Blake Lewis is, he’s all over the place yet centered all at once. He’s an homage as much as he is a trailblazer in pop music, and this album will help find him fans with commuters blasting the radio, to night owls dancing the night away in crowded clubs down main street.
1. Heartbreak On Vinyl
2. Binary love
4. Sad Song
5. Rhythm Of My Heart
7. Left My Baby For You
8. Rebel Without A Cause
10. Our Rapture Of Love
11. The Point
12. The Remedy
13. Love Or Torture (Please Don’t Stop)