first_imgTORONTO — Old and new inductees to Canada’s Walk of Fame said they hope to inspire a new generation of Canadians as the organization celebrated its 20th anniversary on Saturday.Nine influential Canadians were inducted into the Walk of Fame for excellence in their respective fields, including sports, music, science, film and television.Olympic medallists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, movie star Seth Rogen and retired astronaut Chris Hadfield were among those who received a star on the Walk of Fame in Toronto’s entertainment district. Facebook “I can’t believe this is real life. This is such a huge honour,” said Moir. “We can’t believe we have a Walk of Fame star, and we’re pretty excited about it.” Advertisement Virtue said she hopes her and Moir’s 21-year partnership on the ice has inspired a new generation of Canadian athletes.“The thing with the Olympic movement and sport, in general, is that there’s always another story, another athlete coming that is even more inspiring and is giving more to the Canadian public,” said Virtue.“We’re so lucky to be a part of something bigger.”The evening began on the red carpet, where the new stars were unveiled. Rogen received a star along with his childhood best friend and writing partner Evan Goldberg. The pair grew up in Vancouver where they began writing movie scripts, including the comedy Superbad.“I’d rather be receiving this honour alone, to be honest, and not be sharing the spotlight with Evan,” Rogen joked.Goldberg and Rogen commented on their support for cannabis legalization in Canada, adding that other countries should follow suit.“It’s good and we’re super-pumped and it’s awesome that (Canada) is leading the charge,” said Goldberg.Rogen, who is known for his enthusiasm for legalization, said it’s possible he and Goldberg could enter the weed business.“We wouldn’t rule it out. We are proponents,” said Rogen.The afternoon ended with an award show, which featured performances from Canadian talent such as the Barenaked Ladies. Ed Robertson, the band’s lead singer, said the group wrote a song for Hadfield to perform during the show.“It’s very specific about the life and times of Chris Hadfield,” said Robertson.Hadfield, who retired in 2013, said he is grateful to receive a Walk of Fame star, especially when a new chapter of space exploration will begin on Monday. That’s when Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques is set to be launched to the International Space Station on a six-month mission.“I recognize that life goes in stages and people get their turn. And when you have the oars, you should be pulling as hard as you can, but then you get to a certain stage and you realize you should hand those oars off to somebody else,” said Hadfield.“I am very much looking forward to seeing (Saint-Jacques) successfully leave Earth and start his grand adventure off the planet.”This year’s inductees also include singer-songwriter Andy Kim, billionaire businessman Jimmy Pattison, actress Andrea Martin and a posthumous honour for Montreal singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen.Martin, who was born in Portland, Maine, said she got her Canadian citizenship last year so she could receive a Walk of Fame star. She said the citizenship ceremony was “moving.”“It was very impactful and humbling. It was beautiful,” she said. “This honour is for high achievement and I would say if being Canadian means I get to have this star, then I feel very lucky.”Kim and Pattison said they are honoured to be inductees for their achievements, but they said they are most thankful for being Canadian.“Canadians today, with all the turmoil in the world, are actually very well received in most places that I know of — and I travel a lot for my job,” said Pattison.“Being Canadian is a very positive thing and I’m very grateful that I was born in Canada.”Kim, who was born in Montreal to Lebanese immigrants, thanked his family for giving him the confidence to succeed.“They made me realize I could have a dream and never let it go — that’s Canada to me.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Seth Rogan, right, and Evan Goldberg stand by their star as they are inducted into the 2018 Canada Walk of Fame during a press red carpet event in Toronto on Saturday December 1, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young) Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

When the audience sat spellbound

first_imgDelhiites witnessed a spectacular piano performance by the students of Ankita Kumar’s Piano Academy, which left everybody spellbound. The evening held at ML Bharti Auditorium was graced by Former Chief Justice Of India Dipak Mishra, who seemed relaxed and rejuvenated with the music of two students of the academy ‘Colours of Music’ – Shounak Malhotra and Saisha Khanna. The young artists rendered Hindi film music and Western classics on the piano.Award-winning pianist and founder of the piano academy Ankita Kumar raised the curtains at the evening by invoking the Almighty with her rendition of Raj Kapoor’s classic ‘Jaago Mohan Pyaare’. She then invited her two students Shounak Malhotra, 13, of Sanskriti School and Saisha Khanna, 14, of the British School to play for the audience. Shounak’s renditions of Hindi film songs like Kal Ho Na Ho and Tum Hi Ho and Hollywood classics like Phantom of the Opera and Mamma Mia mesmerized the audience. Saisha’s music comprising of the classic Pehla Nasha and Ek Haseena Thi was equally enchanting. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfTalking of the event, Retired Justice Dipak Mishra said, ‘These young pianists have displayed incredible talent and stage presence in their performance today. I am very impressed by both Shounak and Saisha and I congratulate their teacher Ankita Kumar who has honed their talent and worked so hard on them.”Expressing her feeling, the proud mentor Ankita said, “It is a very proud moment for me. Shounak and Saisha have achieved far more than I did at their age and I hope they reach greater heights as musicians of our nation.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveInternationally recognised pianist Ankita Kumar debuted on stage in 2009 at the Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre with her solo recital ‘Summer Sonata’ featuring Hindi film songs and Western popular songs on the piano.Since then, she rendered several performances all across the country. Moreover, she has performed internationally at the Nehru Centre in London. Ankita is the recipient of the Sanatan Sangeet Sanskrit Award given to the most promising young musicians of the nation. Ankita has released two Music albums titled which were produced by the prestigious music lane T Series. Turning her passion into the profession, Ankita opened a piano academy which at present has 30 registered students ranging from the age of 7 years to 60 years. Basics of piano playing, hand exercises, scales and the grammar of music are taught extensively. Songs and melodies are taught in tandem with rhythm corrective classes and orchestra sessions. The school has been lauded for its innovative methods of teaching that train the mind and the ear, both of which are imperative to good piano playing.last_img read more

A touch of Canadiana in NYC Air Canada unveils new lounge at

first_imgA touch of Canadiana in NYC: Air Canada unveils new lounge at LGA Posted by Tuesday, December 4, 2018 Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Air Canada, Events, LaGuardia Airport, Lounge Cindy Sosroutomo NEW YORK CITY — Just how Canadian is Air Canada’s new Maple Leaf Lounge at LaGuardia? There’s Molson Canadian on tap.The upscale lounge, which had its ribbon-cutting ceremony yesterday and officially opened to the public at 5 a.m. this morning, marks the carrier’s third lounge in the U.S. and its 23rd overall. With capacity for up to 126 customers at any given time, it’s also conveniently located after security near Air Canada’s gates in the brand new Terminal B Eastern Concourse, which had its grand opening at LaGuardia Airport (LGA) on Dec. 1.Air Canada has the distinct honour of being the first airline to open a lounge at the sparkling new terminal.Speaking to Travelweek, Mats Winter, Director of Airport and In Flight Product for Air Canada, said that the facility not only doubles the capacity from the previous Maple Leaf Lounge that it’s replacing at LGA, but it also elevates the customer experience with new contemporary design elements, many of which are distinctly Canadian.Mats Winter“We’re extremely proud to be opening this new lounge,” he said, adding that design firm HOK made sure to include touches of Canadiana into the décor and amenities. “We really tried to work with our Canadian partners to bring the Canadian experience down here to New York City.”In addition to Canadian beer, the 7,105 square-foot contemporary space features artwork by renowned Canadian artists, including Johanna Reynolds, whose four-piece ‘Passages’ abstract series depicts Canadian natural landscapes. There’s also a self-serve bar, a wide selection of beverages including Canadian wines and Lavazza specialty coffees, a cyber counter equipped with PCs and colour printing, complimentary Wi-Fi and access to more than 7,000 digital newspapers and magazines courtesy of Vancouver-based company PressReader.Toronto-based artist Johanna ReynoldsAll this, added Winter, is part of Air Canada’s overall product strategy.“If you look at our strategy over the last couple of years, you’ll see that it’s really a storyline that focuses on our premium product,” he said. “We started a few years ago with our dedicated Business Class check-in area at Toronto Pearson, then we started the BMW chauffeur service at Pearson for eligible passengers, and last Dec. 1 we opened the Air Canada Signature Suite, also at Pearson, which has been assessed as the Best Business Class Pre-Flight Dining Facility in the world by Skytrax as part of their last Quality Assessment. This is a huge acknowledgement for a North American carrier when you’re going up against the Qatar Airways and Turkish Airlines of the world.”More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTWinters also noted other recent premium initiatives, including Air Canada’s new Signature Service, launched in April on select nonstop, transcontinental flights within Canada and to the U.S., the introduction of luxury amenity kits and new mattress pads to enhance the sleep experience, and Air Canada’s partnership with Chef David Hawksworth who designed sophisticated inflight menus and the menu for Signature Suites.“It’s been a continuous investment in the premium product and this new lounge [at LaGuardia] is yet another part of it,” said Winter. “The investment in our premium product is ongoing and will continue, but I should also say that we are definitely looking into our Economy Class product as well next year to see what can be enhanced because we do recognize a lot of our customers are in Economy Class cabins.”When asked whether this is in response to Canada’s increasingly competitive low-cost carrier market, Winter said yes and no.“From the mainline perspective, we’re not necessarily competing against the WOW airs of the world. We’re really in the market to compete with other legacy and network carriers, and we certainly want to have a similar, if not better offering in all cabins compared to them,” he said. “But we do have a very powerful tool – Air Canada Rouge – a leisure carrier that operates primarily to Europe in the summertime and to the Caribbean and Central America in the winter. That’s really our competitive response to some of the lower-cost entrants into the market.”Whether it’s Air Canada’s Economy or Premium product, Winter noted how the carrier’s brand has evolved over the years to one that focuses largely on exceptional service. In fact, launching in conjunction with the LaGuardia Maple Leaf Lounge is a brand new employee program called Premium Agent.Andrew Yiu, Vice President, Product at Air Canada, said that through the new program, employees are specifically trained and accredited to work in Air Canada’s lounges and priority check-in areas.More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin Cruises“We’ve had this program in Canada where it’s been highly successful, and New York is the first city in the U.S. that we’re launching this with the opening of the new lounge,” he said, also noting that Air Canada has been flying to LGA from Toronto since 1941. “The history between us and LGA go way back to 75 years plus, something that we’re extremely proud of, and we’re really proud to be part of history again moving forward.”So what’s next for Air Canada? Following today’s opening at LGA, the carrier will unveil another Maple Leaf Lounge in St. John’s, Newfoundland within the next two weeks, and one in San Francisco towards the end of 2019.“I think for next year you’ll see a lot of the same focus on network growth and product investment,” said Winter, “not so much perhaps on international expansion, but definitely the expansion of our North American network.”The LaGuardia Maple Leaf Lounge operates seven days a week and is located in the departure gate area, on Level 2, of the Terminal B Eastern Concourse. The new terminal is part of a US$5.1 billion redevelopment project and features 13 new shops, restaurants and services, including an airport-themed children’s play area.For more information go to see more photos from yesterday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony, visit the Travelweek Facebook page here. About Latest Posts Cindy SosroutomoDeputy Editor at TravelweekCindy is Deputy Editor at Travelweek and has worked for the company since 2007. She has travelled to more than 50 countries and counts Kenya, Morocco, Thailand and Turkey among her favourite destinations. Latest posts by Cindy Sosroutomo (see all) Frustrations mount over elusive consumer-pay model: Will it ever happen? – July 16, 2019 “It’s in everyone’s best interest to stay open”: Beaches Turks & Caicos will not close in 2021 – May 15, 2019 Putting “Partners First”: NCL’s CEO lauds agents and the new Norwegian Joy – April 29, 2019last_img read more