YouTube Music and Premium come to Canada and the UK

As expected, Google has announced that YouTube Music and YouTube Premium will continue its global rollout, coming to 11 more countries. The list of nations now able to take advantage of the two platforms has swelled to include the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Russia, Italy and Spain.

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20 Best Restaurants in Toronto

Honest Weight, Toronto, Canada, Restaurant

As one of the most culturally diverse cities on the planet, Toronto manages to evade categorization. While other cosmopolitan cities like Paris or Tokyo have iconic, immediately identifiable cuisines and food scenes, Canada’s largest city manages to remain a moving target. Some would say its strong suit is the diversity of cuisines available; others would point out the Canadian influence across all categories, which emphasizes foraged ingredients and provincially sourced meats and produce. The bottom line is, that you’ve got a lot of choices. Whether you’re in for a high-brow dining experience, or just a quick bite at the neighborhood haunt, you will find that Toronto’s food scene—truly—has something for everyone. Read on for our picks for where to eat first.

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Major 2D Animation Project in Montréal – Oasis Animation Launches a Major Expansion Program and Announces New Agreements with Leading Broadcasters

Highlights

  • Creation of 100 jobs.
  • 2 new television series contracts:
    • Kulipari (Season 2) produced by Splash Entertainment
    • Arthur (Seasons 22 to 25) produced by PBS/WGBH
  • A new training campus for employees.
  • An expansion plan of $3.33 million in investments, including two repayable financial contributions: $577,500 from the Québec Ministry of Economy, Science and Innovation (MESI), and $425,000 from Canada Economic Development (CED), as well as financial support of $216,724 from the ministère du Travail, de l’Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale (MTESS) to train 125 employees, including 100 new animators.
  • The MESI is also providing $38,412 through the Programme Exportation (PEX) to support the company’s export project.
  • The investment also includes a financial contribution of $2,072,364 from Oasis Animation.

MONTRÉAL, June 4, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ – Oasis Animation, Canada’s leading 2D animation studio, is proud to announce a $3,330,000 investment in a major expansion program to increase its production capacity. The studio plans to increase and modernize its production infrastructure and create 100 jobs.

 “Over the past few years, the increasing quality of our productions has been recognized on the international marketplace and helped to showcase the talent of our artists abroad,” said Jacques Bilodeau, Founding President of Oasis Animation. “The signing of new production contracts for animation series is requiring us to more than double our production capacity and to hire 100 2D animators. By the end of 2019, Oasis Animation will have doubled its workforce to nearly 200 people.”

 


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Montreal Will Host Its First Major International Art Fair Next Year | artnet News

The Place Bonaventure in downtown Montreal will host the new ArtMontreal fair. Photo courtesy of ArtMontreal.

Art Toronto kicks off its 18th straight edition on Friday—but that’s not the only art-related news coming from Canada this week. ShowHamptons, the event producers formerly behind such fairs as ArtHamptons and the Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, have announced that they will now be opening a new event in the northern nation: ArtMontreal.

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‘This is a first for Calgary’: Public art on 17th Avenue S.W. aims to bring back business – Calgary – CBC News

The City of Calgary hopes a series of public art projects will draw people to businesses affected by 17th Avenue S.W. construction, but restaurant owners in the area aren’t so sure it will work.”I know that New York and Montreal and cities like that have done this in the past. This is a first for Calgary,” said Logan Tolsma, a senior project engineer with the city.

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7 NFB Movies That Prove Canada Is An Animation Powerhouse | Cultured Vultures

Formed in 1939, the National Film Board of Canada has been bringing the work of great Canadian filmmakers to the world.

They are responsible for some of the most politically incisive and socially impactive documentaries of the 20th century, their initiatives to create programs for indigenous filmmakers has helped to promote diversity in the arts, and their influence on the technology of medium is immeasurable.

But, more importantly, they produce cartoons.

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