PM-hopeful Sheila Copps has become the scourge of the photo op. Copps latest Shock and Awe camera calamity saw the Heritage minister fully adorned in Caribanna carnival gear leaving viewers to wonder if maybe there is something to this SARS thing. And while Copps copped a photo op, she didn't deliver any bucks for the beleaguered festival organizers at their kick off press conference. Just another image to haunt us like her plie pose, seared in our minds, as the PR-grubbing would-be-PM grabbed a ballerina stance in honour of National Ballet School funding. No wonder Sam Roberts has nightmares.
Post almost a postscript
Oh, we get it, the Aspers' Master Plan to make Winnipeg the capital of Canada and the National Post a "success" is all about creating a wrapper for Global Television program ads. The Post's last remaining star, Christie Blatchford, is leaving to join hated rivals the Globe and Mail. And the Post is so desperate they are allowing Blatchford to play out the string, giving the turncoat front-page play for a byline that will be boosting the competition in a few months. Looks like l'il Rebecca Ecklar's prospective progeny may never get to a Canwest Holiday party - unless Ecks lands a gig on Global's Train 48 (???) once the Post goes down.
Concert to celebrate paying bands big bucks
Two pretty cool concerts, lots of 416ers and 905ers on the streets - and big paydays for the bands, their agents and managers. It wasn't a SARS benefit or even much of an awareness builder but the June 21 Concert for Toronto saw fans and well-paid music-makers have a good time. While almost no money is actually going to health care or hospitality workers, and no band or agent has stepped up and offered even a portion of their fee, 3,000 healthcare workers got into the show for free. With Ernie Eves desperate-for-reelection Tories poneying up $5-million for the T.O. love fest, the tab for the healthcare workers tix was $1,666 each or about $1,646 more than everybody else paid for the roughly $20 tickets.
"Prada is so cool. And I wanted them to like me." -Globe and Mailer Leah McLaren, pitching press softballs at Milan Fashion Week, quoted in a nasty Toronto Life profile shows why, as a journalist, she makes a great head shot.
Telefilm tanks indies
Telefilm continues to fumble as it tries to make Canadian filmmakers - and festival organizers - mimic American films rather than develop our own shadows and light voice. With new head honcho Richard Stursberg wielding the axe, Telefilm has recently eliminated financial support for two important festivals, Toronto's Images and Ottawa's leading edge Animation festival. $35,000 has been cut from Images while Ottawa Animation has lost $52,000 a year. The cuts come with no warning to events that aren't exactly rolling in dough already.