NEWSLETTER

Updated:  November 14, 2002

 

Lots of great news and events this week - let's get to it!  This week’s highlights include an update on LANGFIELD ENTERTAINMENT SERVICES, an important announcement regarding JULIETTE POWELL’S company, recaps on the MYBINDI AWARDS as well as the SNOW concert to raise funds for the Daily Food Bank, a special event featuring top speaker, Johnnie Cochrane at SOUNDS LIKE JUSTICE, BACKSTAGE PARTY COMPETITION featuring MICHIE MEE as the host, a special concert tribute to THELONIOUS MONK, another celebrity youth killed by gunshot, MERLIN SANTANA of The Steve Harvey Show, updates on DEBORAH COX, MEKHI PHIFER, EDDIE GRIFFIN, AALIYAH and much, much more!

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LANGFIELD ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCEMENT

Thank you for the support of my most recent service to be offered from Langfield Entertainment.  As most of you are already aware, I would like to offer yet another valuable service on my website.  I would like to create a page on my site for artist bios (with picture) with links to your own websites, should you have one.  I have found a need for this as many record labels, casting agents, music executives, event planners, award show planners, etc. have asked me for these in the past.  They consider me a resource person in this area – which is very cool.  They may not know how to find you – so I’d like to provide them with this service. 
As usual, I use discretion on what is placed on my site - please submit excellence!    Keep in mind that this invitation is not only for Toronto, or even just Canadian, artists.  This is to be a global venture.  If you're a bass player in New York or perhaps an up-and-comer actor in LA or a homegrown Canadian singer, you may also submit - the only prerequisite is that your product is top notch.  If you want, I could also include some music/video tracks (just two please) and/or links on how to buy your product.  They will have to be submitted to me in .wav format. 

This page is for vocalists, musicians, actors, models, videographers and spoken word artists.  Lots of times I have been asked for very specific requirements of artists for different occasions.   Now, of course, I’m trying to run a business here and this is an investment in your future.  I will charge $250 per artist or their management for one year to have the information listed on my site – a reasonable fee for the exposure.  Keep in mind that when your individual information is listed, I will send out an exclusive notice to those in the industry letting them know about you.  If you would like me to write a bio for you, that’s an additional $100 which includes an interview. 

I’d be happy to hear your feedback on this plan as the ultimate goal here is to help raise awareness of Canadian talent – to be seen and heard globally.  If you know of anyone that would be interested in this service, please let them know ok?   Please respond at langfieldent@rogers.com.
 

 

 

POWELL INTERNATIONAL ENTERTAINMENT UPDATE

With 9000 live shows and 10 years of broadcasting experience,
Juliette Powell takes her company Powell International Entertainment to the next level.  We’re proud to announce that Powell International Entertainment Inc. (PIE) has a new office in New York City. Our head office is still located in the heart of Toronto’s trendy College St. area. However we’re proud to now have a new locale south of the border to better serve our US-based clients. We’ve been traveling extensively since June to open a new base of operations in Manhattan, NY and we’re confident that the time invested will pay off for our Canadian and International clients.   PIE Inc. is an integrated television production and media development company that provides media consulting services including print/broadcast campaigns, TV, film and radio production, product launches, and strategic alliance development. Clients include Bell Canada, the YWCA, Microsoft, the University of Toronto, the Department of Justice, Toronto Police Services and Nokia. It has produced special programming for E! Entertainment Television, providing E! News Live! with red carpet interviews of Tom Cruise, Steven Spielberg, Rosie O’Donnell, Jennifer Love-Hewitt and Steven Tyler.

Currently PIE Inc. is in development with two significant projects for the Cirque du Soleil Int’l, working as a consultant to the VP of the film and television division. This entails the supervision of the production of a feature film tentatively titled “Je Nous Aime”, based on a soundtrack written and produced by Claude Challes (Buddha Bar CD Series). On the broadcast side, we are collaborating on a 12-part television series for children called “Quand la tele fait son Cirque”. PIE Inc. acts as artistic consultant, liaising with the celebrities involved and then filming them in the most unobtrusive way possible.

A dual citizen, Juliette Powell began her career as a host, producer for CHUM Television’s CityTV, MuchMusic, and MusiquePlus. By 1999, she had moved into the News Division, anchoring three financial shows for CP24: Opening Bell, MoneyDay and MoneyLine. These featured market overviews with senior economists, financial analysis and interviews with noteworthy newsmakers. She also wrote scripts for her shows, booked guests, did her own research, and began writing for other anchors under the umbrella of her company, Powell International Entertainment Inc.   Following our expansion into the US, PIE Inc. continues to explore new and exciting projects.   If a picture is worth a thousand words, how much is a video worth?

PIE Inc. America
122 East 82nd street, Suite 5B
New York, NY
10028
Direct line: (917) 617-5206


PIE Inc. Canada

2 Bellwoods Park, PH 12
Toronto, Ontario
M6J 1S4
Direct line: (416) 251-2046

 

RECAP

 

MYBINDI AWARDS RECAP

The organizers of the Mybindi Awards have done it again! 
It was a glamorous red-carpet affair, a gathering of some of Canada's finest talent, and an evening of flashing bulbs, Joan Rivers look-alikes, live performances, awards presentations and a host of celebrity appearances.  Two years in a row, the awards show were incredibly organized and well-timed – not to mention exciting.  The aims of the MyBindi Awards Show are to recognize and reward South Asian talent and achievement; showcase the contribution of the South Asian community within Canada; inspire South Asian youth to pursue their goals; and instill pride and appreciation of South Asian culture and community.  Some of the winners include Deepa Mehta, the filmmaker behind the popular Bollywood/Hollywood.  She was honoured with the Mybindi Special Achievement Award.  Jazz Mann won for Best Comedian (whose acceptance was almost like Cuba Gooding Jr.’s when he won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor – hilarious!) and Gurpreet Chanda won for Best Musician.  Go to www.mybindi.com for a complete list.  Many of the urban community also represented at the Awards – including Maestro, representatives of FLOW 93.5 and Michael Williams.  Check them out in my PHOTO GALLERY.  Props to all the folks at Mybindi for a rewarding evening.

 

 

DAILY FOOD BANK FUNDRAISER FEATURING SNOW

After the Mybindis, I ventured over to Revival for a Daily Food Bank fundraiser which featured Snow as their headliner.  Our beloved Master T was the MC as well.  What an incredible performance by this veteran of Canadian hip hop!  Snow put the packed crowd in a frenzy with his lyrical renditions, including the huge hit Informer.  The band was tight and it was a great show.  Look for more from Snow by tuning into this newsletter.  Congrats to the people at Daily Food Bank for putting on a great evening of talent.

 

HOT EVENTS TO CHECK OUT!

 

SOUNDS LIKE JUSTICE – FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2002

The 2nd annual concert fundraiser for AIDWYC is in effect!  The purpose is to raise money for AIDWYC, to allow the association to support cases of wrongful convictions.  Special guests include Executive Director RUBIN HURRICANE CARTER.  Musical special guests include Alannah Myles, Jeff Healey, Headstones, Robert Priest, Kenny Maclean, Mark Cassius (Nylons), members of Third World and Messenjah.  Further, special guests include Denny Doherty of The Mamas and Papas and Jennifer Valentyne! The MC for the evening is Hedley Jones.  AIDWYC is a Toronto organization founded in 1993 dedicated to the prevention of wrongful conviction and advocacy for the wrongfully convicted.  Rubin "Hurricane" Carter is AIDWYC's Executive Director.  For further information about AIDWYC and its work, visit AIDWYC's website at www.aidwyc.org.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2002
SOUNDS LIKE JUSTICE 2

2nd annual benefit concert
Hosted by: The Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted (AIDWYC)
York Event Theatre
101 Eglinton Ave. East

7:00 pm - Keynote address with Johnnie Cochran - $35

8:00 pm VIP reception with musicians, Johnnie Cochran, Rubin “Hurricane” Carter and Geronimo Pratt - $95

9:00 pm - 1am - BENEFIT CONCERT, cash bar and silent auction  - $35

$125 for the WHOLE EVENING! (no tax receipt)
*Ticketmaster at 416.870.8000
AIDWYC office at 416.504.7500 or aidwyc@on.aibn.com , or at the door.

 

*VIP ticket includes concert, hors d'oeuvres and 2 cocktails, silent auction prizes: a guitar signed Bob Dylan, the use of a studio apartment in Paris, France and more!

 

 

BE IN THE STUDIO AUDIENCE FOR TEST OF FAITH WITH VALERIE PRINGLE

Be part of a TV/studio audience for a brilliant new television series "Test of Faith" with host VALERIE PRINGLE!  Next week the show tapes on the dates listed below.  Pick your date and time!  Audience arrival time for each show is 1/2 hr. BEFORE show starts.  Book your FREE tickets by calling the Audience Coordinator, Suave Hupa at (416) 537-5004 x121 or audience@microtainment.com.  The topics will range from terrorism and religion to wedding bell blues. The show airs on Vision Television.  Besides stimulating thought, you also get refreshments and prize give-aways!  Bring a group of friends and take a seat in a real live studio audience taping for "Test of Faith".  Apparently it’s quite cool!

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19,
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20,
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22
GLOBAL Television Studios

81 Barber Green Road at Don Mills Rd. (just North of Eglinton Ave E.)
6:30pm or 8:30pm

 

 

BACKSTAGE PARTY TALENT COMPETITION - NOVEMBER 20, 2002

Star Destiny Entertainment and SK Productions are proud to present the 6th Backstage Party Competition.  Come check out the hottest upcoming urban and popstars! Come hang out with A&R from Universal, Warner, Virgin, Sony and Zomba. For those of you who are artists, submit your demo for the next show so you can show what you got to those in the music industry. Who attends these shows? Artists, producers, dancers, fans, record labels representatives, studio owners, songwriters and all those who enjoy an amazing show. The show will be hosted by Michie Mee and will be jam-packed full of giveaways!  For more info, please leave a message at (416) 740-5775 or (647) 227-8699. The first 20 callers will be placed on the guestlist for free!

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2002
BACKSTAGE PARTY TALENT COMPETITION
Berlin Nightclub
2335 Yonge Street
Doors open at 6:30pm, Show starts at 7:00pm
$5.00 at the door

 

 

CALIBAN ARTS THEATRE PRESENTS A MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO THELONIOUS MONK - SATURDAY NOVEMBER 23, 2002

The ultimate contemporary / urban jazz performance series
.  Originally produced in 1997, The Black Underground Project honours the genius and talents of the greatest musicians and vocalists who championed the form and sounds of Jazz. The Underground features the incredible talents of professional instrumentalists and vocalists, paying tribute to the styles of the greatest musicians and vocalists of past and present!  Featured Musicians:  Alana Bridgewater (Guest Vocalist), Marc Auguste Jr. (Piano, Musical Director), Meiron Kelly (Saxophone), Jack Zarowski (Bass), Mark Hundevad (Drums).  Also featured this special evening is special feature film presentation: “Straight No Chaser” - A look at Thelonious Monk.  Sponsored by: Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, JAZZ91.1FM, CKLN 88.1FM, CHRY 105.5FM, Steam Whistle Breweries, Mankind Studios, A Different Booklist. 

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 23
A Special Concert Tribute to Thelonious Monk (Part 2)
The Rivoli
334 Queen St. West (at Spadina)
Tickets are $15 @ The Door Only
For more info. 416-657-0367
Doors will open earlier at 8:30pm!!! Film at 9:00pm

 

 

CANADIAN REGGAE SUMMIT – NOVEMBER 27, 2002

Attention all reggae artists, producers, promoters, DJ’s, MC’s, radio personalities, promoters and booking agents!
  MARK YOUR CALENDARS!  The objective of the Canadian Reggae Summit, specifically Julian King, is to establish dialogue and education on various levels including: Educating the Canadian reggae artist about the funding available to produce more music; Learning how to create a larger body of work to hit the airwaves; Introducing the artists to success stories within the industry; Introducing artists to contact information for radio personalities like, Tony Barnes & Sweet Tee, Ron Nelson, DJ Ruff Kut, Delroy Sterling, Delroy G and D.B. Hawkes to improve greater airplay; Initiating networking opportunities within the Reggae community, i.e.; artist with artist collaborations, sound systems with artists producing riddim tracks or compilations or individual projects; Improving sales opportunities globally by exporting Canadian reggae music to international waters in established reggae markets.

Come by and share in this information-sharing gathering.  Bring your product!  Bring your business cards!  Bring pen and paper!  Speakers include Master T (Tony Young), Farley Flex (Flow 93.5FM), Ivan Berry (BMG Music), Ryan “Fritz the Cat” Hanes (Universal Music) and FACTOR representative, Mark Watts and SOCAN representative, Dave Betts.  Featuring performances by Belinda and Michael St. George.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER, 27, 2002

CANADIAN REGGAE SUMMIT
Presented by
Canadian Reggae World
Lula Lounge
1585 Dundas Street, just west of Dufferin
6:00 pm SHARP
$10.00

 

NEW CD RELEASES

 

Tuesday, November 12, 2002
BONE THUGS-N-HARMONY Thug World Order (Sony)
FAT JOE Loyalty (Atlantic)
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE Justified (Jive)
MISSY ELLIOTT Under Construction (Elektra)
MS DYNAMITE A Little Deeper (Polydor)
SEAN PAUL Dutty Rock (VP)
SNOW Two Hands Clapping (Virgin)
(see story above)
TLC 3D (Arista)

Tuesday November 19, 2002

BLACKSTREET Level II (DreamWorks)
DEBORAH COX The Morning After (J Records)
(see story below)
JA RULE Last Temptation (Def Jam)
JAY-Z Blueprint 2: The Gift And The Curse (Def Jam)
JENNIFER LOPEZ Jenny From The Block (CD Single) (Sony)
KENNY LATTIMORE & CHANTE MOORE Things That Lovers Do (Arista)
MARIAH CAREY Through The Rain (CD Single) (Island)
MONICA All Eyez On Me (J Records)
TALIB KWELI Quality (MCA)
TONI BRAXTON More Than A Woman (BMG)
VARIOUS ARTISTS MuchDance 2003 (BMG)
 
Tuesday November 26, 2002
BUSTA RHYMES It Ain't Safe No More (J Records)
DRU HILL Dru World Order (Def Soul)
JENNIFER LOPEZ This Is Me...Then (Epic)
JOSH GROBAN In Concert (Warner)
K-CI & JOJO Emotional (MCA)
(see story below)
NELLY Dilemma (CD Single) (Universal)
SNOOP DOGG Paid Tha Cost To Be Da Boss (Capitol)
SUM 41 Does This Look Infected? (Island)
THE ROOTS Phrenology (MCA)
WILL SMITH Greatest Hits (Sony)

 

 

INDUSTRY NEWS

 

'STEVE HARVEY SHOW' ACTOR, MERLIN SANTANA, KILLED: ACTOR AND ASPIRING RAPPER, SHOT IN SOUTH CENTRAL FRIDAY NIGHT

Excerpt from www.eurweb.com

It's happened again. Another celebrity has been shot and killed. The LAPD has confirmed that actor Merlin Santana, 26, was shot as he sat in a parked car in South Central Los Angeles by a lone gunman.   The incident happened around 2:30 AM Saturday morning on Crenshaw Boulevard in the 3900 block. The driver escaped injury, drove off and flagged down police. Paramedics responded but Santana was pronounced dead at the scene, police spokeswoman, Lucy Diaz, confirmed.  At EUR press time, no arrests had been made, but the unofficial word on the street is that it was "female" related. The story goes that he met a young lady at a club earlier and were to rendezvous at the location where he was shot.   As fans of "The Steve Harvey Show" know, Santana was a regular on the series, now in syndication. He played Romeo Santana, a role that won him nominations for NAACP Image Awards and ALMA Awards, which honor Hispanic performers. He was recently seen in "Showtime" which starred Robert DeNiro and Eddie Murphy.   According to website TVtoMe.com, Santana has also recorded three rap albums that have not been released and appeared in the 1999 Alaye calendar.

 

 

IS THE 3RD TIME A CHARM FOR DEBORAH COX? TALENTED SINGER DROPS HER THIRD ALBUM AND TALKS ABOUT THE POLITICS OF AWARDS

Excerpt from www.eurweb.com


Deborah Cox has a phenomenal voice and stunning beauty but so do other singers. There’s Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey. Yet when you listen to Cox speak, it becomes clear how she differs from the pack. Deborah Cox seems really humble. Maybe that’s because she hasn't experienced the level of success the other divas have. But whatever the reason, it is refreshing to hear an R&B singer sound so grounded.   “I grew up with great parents,” Cox says about her upbringing.   “They taught me to treat people with love and care and respect. I’m very respectful of people.”  

That lesson may have helped Cox avoid an ugly feud with her label-mate, Whitney Houston, when Cox first signed with Arista Records. At that time there were rumors that Houston’s camp was envious of the way Clive Davis was hyping his new star. And there were constant comparisons made between the two singers by the media and by fans.   Cox says that the pressure to sell millions of records and to match Houston’s vocal abilities and superstardom was “a burden.”   “Even though we may have the same tonality in our voices, we’re different. I’ve had conversations with Whitney about this, too. I’d be like, ‘I have these awesome, huge shoes to fill and it’s unfair.’”   Over time, however, Cox chose to see the comparison as a vote of confidence in her.   “Clive ultimately believes in my talent and that’s all he was trying to bring to the forefront,” she says.   Cox believes in Clive’s talent, too. She followed the record executive when he left Arista to form his own label, J Records. Cox’s third album, “The Morning After,” was released last week on the J Records label.

She calls this latest set “very autobiographical” and “my most personal to date.” She co-wrote many of the songs and she says she was involved in all aspects of the creative process. Producers on this album include Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Warryn Campbell, Rodney Jerkins, Jermaine Dupri, Battlecat and Shep Crawford.   The singer is aware that some of the producers chosen are very popular and that their “sound” may be overexposed. But she believes that her involvement in the creative process prevents her songs from sounding like Jerkins-produced-Brandy or Dupri-produced-Mariah.   “The production may sound similar but the topics, and melodically, the songs are very personal,” she says. Cox is especially excited about the work she did with Jam and Lewis and the cuts produced by Shep Crawford. Crawford wrote and produced her chart-topper “Nobody’s Supposed To Be Here.” She playfully calls Crawford “my husband.”   Cox sounds optimistic when she talks about this album. She says she’s come into her own. And it doesn’t appear that she will be devastated if this album, like her previous two albums, does not receive any awards.   “[Music awards] are not based on just talent ... if it was Chaka Khan would have received a Grammy. [Khan] just [recently] won an American Music Award and she’s been around for a long time. There are a lot of incredible vocalists who haven’t gotten any accolades or awards and that’s just the way it is sometimes.”   Maybe “The Morning After” will give Cox the recognition that has eluded her career so far.

 

 

MEKHI PHIFER ON HIS ROLE IN '8-MILE' AND WORKING WITH EMINEM

by Tibberly Richard

Excerpt from www.eurweb.com

Life definitely seems good for Mekhi Phifer, and 2002 seems to be his year. Since his acting debut in Spike Lee's "Clockers" eight years ago, the self-professed non-trained actor has made a steady climb up the Hollywood ladder with films like "I know what you did Last Summer," "O," and his NAACP nominated role in "A Lesson Before Dying" opposite Don Cheadle.   As of late, he has landed a series regular role on NBC's hit medical drama "ER," where he plays arrogant Intern Dr. Gregory Pratt. He has a movie in production titled "Honey" (2003) starring opposite Jessica Alba and directed by Bille Woodruff. But that's just the beginning. Phifer is a successful businessman, becoming the youngest owner of athletic shoe franchise, Athletes Foot. And, let's not forget about the two movies in theaters right now … "Paid in Full" and the eagerly awaited "8 Mile" starring Eminem, which opens this weekend.   So how does he manage it all? "Variety is the spice of life. I'm not looking for any particular niche in my acting career. I found my niche …acting and business."   With so many projects consuming Mekhi's time these days, we wanted to focus on his role in the "8 Mile." He talked with us about the meaning behind the movie and his role in the film.   "It's [the 8-Mile] loosely based on his [Eminem's] life. It's about his friends, his Mom, his girlfriends, and all the motivations and what we are trying to do," says Phifer. "You haven't seen a film like this."

The title of the movie refers to the separation of black and white neighborhoods in Detroit whether real or imagined. Phifer plays Future the best friend and mentor of Eminem's character Jimmy. A role that somewhat mimics Eminem's relationship with real-life best friend Proof of D12.   In the film, Mekhi Phifer's character is constantly trying to get the rapper to showcase his talents at The Shelter, a place where your raw street talents are the only way that you gain respect and credibility in the underground neighborhood rap world. So what was it like working so closely with Eminem?   "We had so much fun on this movie," admits Phifer. "We formed a family. Sometimes people get caught up in what the music is about and they think that the person is like that. He is a great father, very family oriented cat, and professional. He was never late to the set, and I've got love for him."   The soundtrack to the movie is already #1, and the movie is expected to break box office records. The "8 Mile" hits movie theaters today. Check it out. I know I will!

 

FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT

by Karu F. Daniels (New York, NY)

Excerpt from www.eurweb.com


Before I start, I know that most of it is attributed to the acumen of their savvy record company marketing executives and “big-picture” management teams, but it’s good that some of these artists are finally getting involved, one way or another, for worthy causes.   Flashy hip-hop superstar Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliot always gets into something good on the heels of the release of her new album. With one album, she hawked lipstick with legendary supermodel Iman. For another project, she raised awareness about domestic abuse. And now, she’s associated with AIDS awareness.   Ms. Elliot, along with world renowned AIDS activist and international recording start Elton John, former Fugees frontman Wylcef Jean and R&B vocalist Angie Stone, have joined the Levi’s “Staying Alive” Jacket campaign in an effort to raise funds and awareness to combat HIV/AIDS globally. Specially designed Levi's jackets from these artists will be part of a charity auction hosted by eBay, that will benefit Population Services International's (PSI) YouthAIDS program. The jackets will be listed on www.ebay.com/levis from November 22 to December 1, which is World AIDS Day.   "I am proud to lend my name and talent to this important global cause," offered Ms. Elliott. "I designed this jacket as a symbol of my commitment to the fight against HIV/AIDS and I am thrilled that other artists are joining the campaign."   Additionally, a Levi's Jeans Staying Alive Concert is scheduled to take place in Capetown, South Africa on November 23 and will air globally on MTV as one 90-minute commercial free special on December 1. Among those scheduled to perform are Ms. Elliott, Dave Matthews, Michelle Branch, Sean "P. Diddy" Combs and Alicia Keys, respectively.

 

 

'ICE-T'S PIMPIN' 101' SOUNDTRACK IS BEING READIED

Excerpt from www.eurweb.com

Fatt Entertainment and Ice-T's Pay Up Records kick off 2003 with the bangin' soundtrack to the XXX film, Ice-T's Pimpin' 101, due to hit stores in January. While Ice gets his full and explicit mack on in this documentary-style romp through five distinct areas of the pimp game, a stellar line-up of artists, from Busta Rhymes to Brand Nubian, provide the music that drive the on-screen sexcapades.  The soundtrack's first single "Swazy," from Ice-T and his group SMG, is a slow, bouncy groove about the need to be up and out after a booty call.  New artist Cacreo Vega raps about infidelity in, "Promises You Can't Keep." Busta Rhymes and Rampage light up the hard-driving, "Raw Sh*t," and the reggae sway of Amil's "Kill the Bitch" has the Murder Inc rapper on a lyrical rampage against female haters.  On "Wifey No More," newcomer Joe Summa rhymes about philandering wives over Sting's "Englishman in New York," and the Latin-flavored "Thank You Mi Amor" pairs new singer Melissa Manjan with Cuban Link in a steamy ode to past loves.
Cuban Link also appears with RNS on the head-nodder, "Taste of Money," while MOP brings their patented rugged realness to "Salute."  Rounding out the versatile soundtrack are the boastful, "This Sh*t," from Ron Lyonz and Rockwilder, and the return of veteran old-school rappers Brand Nubians with songstress Kym Rae on the smooth and saucy, "Ease Your Mind."  From hip hop, to reggae, to smooth Latin, Ice-T's Pimpin' 101 Soundtrack, and its first single, "Swazy," redefine the standard for adult-entertainment soundtracks.  The Ice-T's Pimpin' 101 Soundtrack will be available January 2003 from Fatt Entertainment and Pay Up Records.

 

 

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ROGERS SPORTSNET INC.

Toronto, ON

November 8

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Independent Film Financing

Toronto, ON

November 7

Accounts Receivable/Payable Clerk

Canadian Television Fund

Toronto, ON

November 7

Executive Assistant

Breakthrough Films and Television

Toronto, ON

November 1

Agency Office Manager / Personal Assistant

Diamondfield Entertainment

Toronto, ON

October 31

Executive - Producer's Assistant

White Pine Pictures

Toronto, Ontario

October 28

MTV Producer

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Vancouver, BC

October 25

Account Manager

Realscreen Magazine

Toronto, ON

October 23

Post Production Coordinator Wanted

Keystone Entertainment

Vancouver, BC

October 17

 

 

 

TIDBITS

 

HBO TO PRODUCE HIP-HOP SERIES

Excerpt from Metro:

HBO which has gone From The Earth To The Moon to The Corner and headed to war with Band Of Brothers, is now taking on the hip-hop world. The pay TV network is developing a six-hour miniseries that tells the history of hip-hop through the lives of three fictional characters. Keri L.Selig will executive produce with Tracey Edmonds and her husband, Kenneth “Babyface ” Edmonds.  The project is based on veteran music scribe Alan Light ’s book Vibe History Of Hip Hop. “When I read the galleys, I flipped — I didn ’t know any of this stuff, and that really surprised me,” said Selig.  Tracey Edmonds said the project begins in 1976 and ends at 1992,and leaves the door open for a follow-up.

 

 

FOXX & CHESTNUT "BREAK-UP" DUO STAR IN NEW COMEDY

Excerpt from www.eurweb.com

Jamie Foxx and Morris Chestnut may star together in the new film "The Break-Up Handbook" come next year.   The film is about a man (Foxx) who, after being dumped by his fiancée, writes a best seller about breaking up.   Of course, all heck breaks loose when buddies like the one played by Chestnut, take his advice.   Chestnut is still negotiating, but can be seen in "Half Past Dead," which hits theatres Nov. 15 and also stars Ja Rule and Steven Seagal.

 

GO, GO GRIFFIN: WE APPARENTLY CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF HIM

Excerpt from www.eurweb.com

Eddie Griffin is hard at work. The comedian/actor is teaming with Cheech Marin, and Queen Latifah to lend their voices for the live-action film "Pinocchio."   Marin will voice the Fox, Griffin will voice the Cat, and Latifah will voice the Dove. The film is expected in theatres this Christmas.   Griffin is grouped with some other friends for VH1's "Big in 2002 Awards." (Aren't there enough award shows already?) Griffin, Vin Diesel, Eddie Murphy, Beyonce Knowles, Eve, Dr. Dre, Eminem, and many others have been nominated for an award at the new irreverent VH1 show that airs Dec. 15.   Griffin will also play an action star in the film "Blast!" Variety describes the film "as 'Die Hard' on an oil tanker." Lensing begins next month. The film is expected in theatres by February. You can also catch Griffin in a film which he wrote called "My Baby's Mama." That film is expected in theatres some time next year.

 

POSTHUMUS AALIYAH: "I CARE 4 U" EXPECTED NEXT MONTH

Excerpt from www.eurweb.com

As reported, the upcoming Aaliyah collection, "I Care 4 U," is expected in stores Dec. 10.   According to Billboard, Aaliyah's former label, Blackground, confirms that the set will feature six previously unreleased tracks and eight hits.   Some of the tracks are "Try Again," "More Than A Woman," "One In a Million," and her debut hit, "Back And Forth," among others.   A portion of the CD proceeds will got the Aaliyah Memorial Fund benefiting the Revlon UCLA Women's Cancer Research Program and New York's Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

 

K-CI & JOJO GET "EMOTIONAL" NEW SET DUE NOV. 26

Excerpt from www.eurweb.com

Dynamic R&B duo K-Ci & JoJo are returning to music stores Nov. 26. The brothers' fourth album, "Emotional," will be released, as the lead single "It's Me," heads up the charts.   "Emotional" features hot writers and producers Babyface, Rodney Jerkins, and the Underdogs, among others. And of course features a number of hot ballads.   "This CD is so special because we had almost total control over it," K-Ci said in a statement. "When we weren't writing or producing, we chose who did, and we chose the songs."   The duo are planning a tour in support of the new album, and K-Ci is making plans to release a solo album.

 

 

BET RESTRUCTURES: CABLE NETWORK HAS BIG PLANS

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BET has gone and done it again - made some programming plans and promises. The cable network is restructuring and refocusing its programming.   The announcement comes on the cuff of the resignation of BET's Entertainment Programming Chief Curtis Gadson. As we told you last week, he didn't leave on his own accord. But that's another story for another EUR.   Meanwhile, BET President/COO Debra Lee announced that the network will have a new focus for its entertainment and prime-time programming.   "The restructuring ... will result in a greater centralization of programming execution out of our New York studios, but with continued production of some shows from both Burbank and our Washington headquarters," said Lee. "We've chosen to do this at a time when we've enjoyed four consecutive seasons of ratings growth. Research indicates an increasing desire on the part of BET viewers for even more diversity in what we offer. Our new strategy will focus on increased acquisition of syndicated programming to complement the music and entertainment shows already in our lineup."

 

 

WEEKEND EVENTS
NOVEMBER 14 - 17, 2002

 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14
PEPPA SEED MOTOWN REVIVAL
Indian Motorcycle
355 King Street
10:30 pm
NO COVER

EVENT PROFILE
: Featuring Divine Earth Essence, Kenny Moran, Rohan Staton/Trust, Roger Williams, Neil Brathwaite, Deryck Roche

 

 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15
SOUNDS LIKE JUSTICE 2

2nd annual benefit concert
Hosted by: The Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted (AIDWYC)
York Event Theatre
101 Eglinton Ave. East

7:00 pm - Keynote address with Johnnie Cochran - $35

8:00 pm VIP reception with musicians, Johnnie Cochran, Rubin “Hurricane” Carter and Geronimo Pratt - $95

9:00 pm - 1am - BENEFIT CONCERT, cash bar and silent auction  - $35

$125 for the WHOLE EVENING! (no tax receipt)
*Ticketmaster at 416.870.8000
AIDWYC office at 416.504.7500 or aidwyc@on.aibn.com , or at the door.

 

*VIP ticket includes concert, hors d'oeuvres and 2 cocktails, silent auction prizes: a guitar signed Bob Dylan, the use of a studio apartment in Paris, France and more!

EVENT PROFILE: The 2nd annual concert fundraiser for AIDWYC is in effect!  The purpose is to raise money for AIDWYC, to allow the association to support cases of wrongful convictions.  Special guests include Executive Director RUBIN HURRICANE CARTER.  Musical special guests include Alannah Myles, Jeff Healey, Headstones, Robert Priest, Kenny Maclean, Mark Cassius (Nylons), members of Third World and Messenjah.  Further, special guests include Denny Doherty of The Mamas and Papas and Jennifer Valentyne! The MC for the evening is Hedley Jones.  AIDWYC is a Toronto organization founded in 1993 dedicated to the prevention of wrongful conviction and advocacy for the wrongfully convicted.  Rubin "Hurricane" Carter is AIDWYC's Executive Director.  For further information about AIDWYC and its work, visit AIDWYC's website at www.aidwyc.org.






 

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17
SOULAR
College Street Bar
574 College Street (at Manning)
10:30 pm
$5.00

EVENT PROFILE
: Featuring Dione Taylor, Sandy Mamane, Davide Direnzo, Justin Abedin, Dafydd Hughes and David French.

 

 

NEXT WEEK’S EVENTS
NOVEMBER 18 - 24, 2002

 

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18
VIP JAM WITH SPECIAL GUESTS
Revival Bar
783 College Street (at Shaw)
10:00 pm
NO COVER

EVENT PROFILE
: Featuring Rich Brown, Andrew Craig and Shamakah Ali with various local artists.

 

 

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19
JAZZ TUESDAYS AT MUSE
Muse Bistro
369 King Street W.
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

EVENT PROFILE
: The ever-popular and hip Muse Bistro is beginning a new jazz night after work on Tuesdays!  Every Tuesday evening, join us at Muse between 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm for some of the finest jazz Toronto has to offer.  It’s going to be a very cool vibe and remember that Muse has some of the best food in town!  Join us in filling this night with smiling faces and wonderful music.

 

 

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19
JAM SESSION
Lava Lounge
507 College Street (west of Bathurst)
10:30 pm
NO COVER

EVENT PROFILE
: Featuring Divine Earth Essence, Calvin Beale, Michael Shand, Joe Bowden, Thomas Reynolds and various local artists.

 

 

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2002
BACKSTAGE PARTY TALENT COMPETITION
Berlin Nightclub
2335 Yonge Street
Doors open at 6:30pm, Show starts at 7:00pm
$5.00 at the door

EVENT PROFILE
: Star Destiny Entertainment and SK Productions are proud to present the 6th Backstage Party Competition.  Come check out the hottest upcoming urban and popstars! Come hang out with A&R from Universal, Warner, Virgin, Sony and Zomba. For those of you who are artists, submit your demo for the next show so you can show what you got to those in the music industry. Who attends these shows? Artists, producers, dancers, fans, record labels representatives, studio owners, songwriters and all those who enjoy an amazing show. The show will be hosted by Michie Mee and will be jam-packed full of giveaways!  For more info, please leave a message at (416) 740-5775 or (647) 227-8699. The first 20 callers will be placed on the guestlist for free!

 

 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21
PEPPA SEED MOTOWN REVIVAL
Indian Motorcycle
355 King Street
10:30 pm
NO COVER

EVENT PROFILE
: Featuring Divine Earth Essence, Mackie Langford, Rohan Staton, Roger Williams, Deryck Roche

 

 

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24
SOULAR
College Street Bar
574 College Street (at Manning)
10:30 pm
$5.00

EVENT PROFILE
: Featuring Dione Taylor, Sandy Mamane, Davide Direnzo, Justin Abedin, Dafydd Hughes and David French.

 

 

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