The GATE http://www.thegate.ca Entertainment Magazine Tue, 28 Jul 2015 04:11:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.3 WayHome Music Festival: Day one in photos http://www.thegate.ca/music/023550/wayhome-music-festival-day-one-in-photos/ http://www.thegate.ca/music/023550/wayhome-music-festival-day-one-in-photos/#comments Sun, 26 Jul 2015 05:22:14 +0000 http://www.thegate.ca/?p=23550 Neil Young, Hozier, Alt-J, The Decemberists, Hey Rosetta!, and Bear Mountain: that's just a few favorites from the first day of WayHome Music and Arts Festival, one of the biggest music events to hit Canada this year, and all in the unassuming township of Oro-Medonte, just north of Barrie.

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Neil Young, Hozier, Alt-J, The Decemberists, Hey Rosetta!, and Bear Mountain: that’s just a few favorites from the first day of WayHome Music and Arts Festival, one of the biggest music events to hit Canada this year, and all in the unassuming township of Oro-Medonte, just north of Barrie.

Thanks to Samsung Canada, my wrist has been snuggly wrapped all weekend in the sweet embrace of a VIP pass for WayHome, and I’ve also been capturing my adventures at the festival on my new, beautiful Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge.

Samsung also set me up with time to sit down and then hang out with Josh Ward and Phil Maloney of Hey Rosetta!, to talk about the band and their decade-long career, so stay tuned for that interview soon as well. The guys were a lot of fun, and totally down to Earth, so it was a pleasure getting time with them during the big event and before they performed that night.

Josh Ward and Phil Maloney of Hey Rosetta!

Josh Ward and Phil Maloney of Hey Rosetta!

Samsung's space at WayHome

Samsung’s space at WayHome

On the stages, the performances were consistently fantastic, and while I never imagined that I would see Neil Young performing with his backing band, Promise of the Real, he was incredible. The first few songs, which he performed solo, were a particular treat, including the unforgettable, “Heart of Gold”, which literally had people running for the stage when he kicked off his set.

That said, my favorite act of the day–by far–was The Decemberists. This is a band that packs a punch, vocally and rhythmically, and hearing them perform tracks from The Hazards Of Love was pretty much perfect. The Hazards Of Love is one of my all-time favorite albums, and hearing what The Decemberists could do with it live was what music fandom is all about.

Every single act I caught though at WayHome was a new experience, not the least of which was because the fans at each stage were so different.

At the WayBold stage with Hey Rosetta! the crowd felt very in-sync with the band. Hey Rosetta! had the audience dancing to every song, and the energy of the band was lively but thoughtful, and most of all, soulful.

On the other hand, Bear Mountain at the WayAway stage earlier in the day felt like a gigantic party that I had stumbled into. There were beach balls flying around, lots of drinks, and somehow the band brought a little bit of their west coast vibe to Ontario. Perhaps that was the stage location, in amongst the trees, but I couldn’t imagine a better introduction to the band.

And then there was Hozier. From where I was standing, Hozier was the biggest draw of WayHome, and the attention was well-deserved. Hozier is an incredible performer.

Hozier may not have an epic stage presence or anything, but he has presence all the same, and he not only belts out his songs, but also kept the crowd enchanted with every song, and the banter throughout his set.

“Take Me to Church” is a great song, but he has a lot of other tracks that I fell in love with on the first listen. He also does a mean cover of Ariana Grande’s “Problem”, which is pretty perfect, whether you like Grande or not.

Hozier is also one of those special performers who can make any space feel small, and while I am sure I would have enjoyed him in a much smaller venue even more, I’d go to see him at least once more–and frankly that’s rare for me.

Ultimately, I can’t wait to go back to the festival to check out the bands for Sunday’s closing day at WayHome. The lineup looks great–with Sloan, Vance Joy, St. Vincent, Cold War Kids, Walk The Moon, Sam Smith, and a lot of other acts–and while the overall mood of the festival seems to be the fine line between Hippie and Hipster, it works well.

It is, in fact, exactly the kind of festival Ontario needed, and I’m already looking forward to the sequel in 2016.

Watch our Instgram and Twitter for updates from WayHome.

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Watch: “Fight for Sokovia” clip from Marvel’s ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ http://www.thegate.ca/film/023542/watch-fight-for-sokovia-clip-from-marvels-avengers-age-of-ultron/ http://www.thegate.ca/film/023542/watch-fight-for-sokovia-clip-from-marvels-avengers-age-of-ultron/#comments Fri, 24 Jul 2015 13:00:07 +0000 http://www.thegate.ca/?p=23542 Thanks to the good people at Marvel Studios, The GATE is thrilled to present a Canadian exclusive clip from Avengers: Age of Ultron: “Fight for Sokovia”. The scene, which is late in the film, features all of the Avengers kicking butt against Ultron’s minions, and sets the stage for Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen)–AKA Scarlet Witch–to […]

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Thanks to the good people at Marvel Studios, The GATE is thrilled to present a Canadian exclusive clip from Avengers: Age of Ultron: “Fight for Sokovia”. The scene, which is late in the film, features all of the Avengers kicking butt against Ultron’s minions, and sets the stage for Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen)–AKA Scarlet Witch–to stand up and fight.

The whole scene follows a moment between Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Scarlet Witch, where he tries to give the newbie, would-be hero a pep talk that will get her out of hiding and using her powers to help the Avengers.

This clip also features some great metallic-butt-kicking courtesy of Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and his pals.

Avengers: Age of Ultron has a lot of old and new faces alike coming together to face the intellectual villain, and this scene is just a hint at some of the big battle scenes from the film.

Marvel fans will otherwise have to wait until October 2, 2015 for the 3D Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray, and DVD, which include a few extras: Never-before-seen deleted scenes, making-of featurettes, a gag reel, and an audio commentary. If you just can’t wait until October though, the digital 3D and HD editions arrive on September 8, 2015.

Synopsis: Marvel Studios unleashes the next global phenomenon in the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. Good intentions wreak havoc when Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) unwittingly creates Ultron (James Spader), a terrifying A.I. monster who vows to achieve “world peace” via mass extinction. Now, Iron Man, Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo)–alongside Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson)–must reassemble to defeat Ultron and save mankind… if they can! This action-packed adventure is a must-own, mind-blowing blast!

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Sonos launches limited edition Play:1 today http://www.thegate.ca/gaming-gadgets/023534/sonos-launches-limited-edition-play1-today/ http://www.thegate.ca/gaming-gadgets/023534/sonos-launches-limited-edition-play1-today/#comments Tue, 21 Jul 2015 12:00:50 +0000 http://www.thegate.ca/?p=23534 Later today, at 1:00 PM (ET), Sonos.com will launch a limited edition version of their speakers: the Sonos Play:1 Tone, which the company has dubbed "[a]n expression of Sonos sound and design in the purest form."

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Later today, at 1:00 PM (ET), Sonos.com will launch a limited edition version of their speakers: the Sonos Play:1 Tone, which the company has dubbed “[a]n expression of Sonos sound and design in the purest form.”

The speakers feature a compact, minimalist design that is meant to look stylish in any room, and features a tone-on-tone style in either “absolute black or pristine white” with a matte finish.

“We want our products to reframe how people think about technology in the home,” the company said in a statement. “Part of how we do that is by focusing on simple things with innate power. This was our focus on Play:1 Tone. It’s a meditation on essentials.”

A total of 5000 of the speakers will be available only through the company’s website for $250 USD, $280 CAD, €250, and £220, with a limit of two speakers per household.

While the external design of the Tone is unique, the Sonos Play:1 hardware inside is unchanged, including two custom-designed drivers inside each speaker that are powered by dedicated amplifiers, and of course the ability to stream music direct to the speakers from your smart phone, tablet, or computer.

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Film review: ‘Ant-Man’ starring Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly & Michael Douglas http://www.thegate.ca/film/023520/film-review-ant-man-starring-paul-rudd-evangeline-lilly-michael-douglas/ http://www.thegate.ca/film/023520/film-review-ant-man-starring-paul-rudd-evangeline-lilly-michael-douglas/#comments Fri, 17 Jul 2015 18:56:38 +0000 http://www.thegate.ca/?p=23520 My expectations for Marvel's Ant-Man were pretty low going in. In my mind, if there was a Marvel film that was going to fail, it was going to be Ant-Man. The character just didn't strike me as all that interesting, and the departure of previous writer and director Edgar Wright had me wondering what kind of mess might be waiting for filmgoers.

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Film review: 'Ant-Man' starring Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly & Michael Douglas
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Ant-Man
Starring: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Michael Douglas
Director: Peyton Reed

My expectations for Marvel’s Ant-Man were pretty low going in. In my mind, if there was a Marvel film that was going to fail, it was going to be Ant-Man. The character just didn’t strike me as all that interesting, and the departure of previous writer and director Edgar Wright had me wondering what kind of mess might be waiting for filmgoers.

But Ant-Man is a surprising adventure, and a fresh perspective in the Marvel Universe as well. The film naturally has a few flaws, but it will make you wish the film was longer, and features a cast that is easy to love.

Paul Rudd stars as Scott Lang, a Robin Hood-style thief who stole from people who had essentially gotten rich off of bad deeds. When we meet him, Scott has just been released from prison and he wants to give up his life of crime so he doesn’t end up back in prison.

When he can’t find a way to make any money though, one robbery could help him find a new life–he hopes–and help him start over with his young daughter.

Paul Rudd as Scott Lang

Paul Rudd as Scott Lang

Scott’s hope seems dashed though when the robbery ends up earning him an odd prize: a funny looking suit and helmet that he doesn’t realize holds the power of Ant-Man.

The whole job is actually a set-up, as we find out. Hank Pym, played by the wonderful Michael Douglas, invented the Ant-Man suit, and wants to keep the technology out of the hands of his dangerous would-be protégé, Darren Cross (Corey Stoll), and Scott may be his only hope.

For Darren, the technology is just something he can use to make Hank’s former company rich, and Darren has been trying to discover the Pym particle, which powers the suit, since Hank took over the company.

Then there is Hope van Dyne, played by Evangeline Lilly. Hope is Pym’s estranged daughter who is working for Darren and has her own axe to grind with her father, and Scott is simply in the way.

At the core of the story is Scott playing the part of a super-powered micro-thief, who also happens to be tough enough to fight thanks to the power of the suit. That power means that Scott may be as small as an ant, but he packs the same weight to wallop the bag guys.

Visually, the tone and style of Ant-Man’s powers are both fun, a little zany, and original to the Marvel Universe. The way he shrinks, the way some objects (like an ant, actually, and then a toy train) get en-biggened, and even the way Ant-Man fights, are all done with a purposeful comic sensibility, to some degree, and it’s fun to watch as the film switches between those perspectives.

The visual style of the epic final battle is both exciting, and hilarious at times, and that’s exactly why Ant-Man works.

Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly), Scott Lang/Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) and Hank Pym (Michael Douglas)

Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly), Scott Lang/Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) and Hank Pym (Michael Douglas)

The cast is also just so much fun, it’s hard not to get carried along. Rudd is perhaps not quite as funny as I expected, but he makes Scott seem more realistic, for the most part, while his co-star Michael Peña steals pretty much every scene that he’s in as the comic relief.

Corey Stoll is pretty good as the villain, although he’s a bit too easy to spot as the villain, but he makes Darren seem legitimately crazy for success and any attention that he can grudgingly pull out of Hank.

And then there’s Douglas and Lilly. The chemistry between the two stars is great, although it could have possibly been a little more tense early on, but I simply loved Douglas in Ant-Man. Likewise, Lilly is an ass-kicking heroine who just needed an even bigger role, but she’s wonderful opposite Rudd.

Which brings me to one of the biggest problems that I had with the film: Lilly’s role should have been much bigger. Marvel is desperately short on heroines, and Hope is a hero that deserved more screen time. Ant-Man‘s co-hort, Wasp, is woefully lacking from the film, and that seems like a mistake on every level, especially when you have Lilly already on screen for so many scenes already.

At least Hope proves she can rough up Scott with no trouble, but that’s an inadequate tease, and fans shouldn’t have to wait longer for Wasp.

My other problem with Ant-Man is that, while the visuals are fun, it is hard to believe in the character’s powers to battle full-sized humans while he’s the size of an ant. This was just one of those elements that I had to try to accept, but it’s difficult, no matter how you look at it. Next to Captain America’s shield and muscles, Iron Man’s iron, and all the rest, Ant-Man is a little harder to accept.

Scott Lang trains with Hope van Dyne

Scott Lang trains with Hope van Dyne

Finally, let’s just say that Marvel has an issue in a lot of films where heroes tend to have to battle their own powers. Iron Man had Iron Monger, Captain America had the Winter Soldier, The Hulk had Abomination, and so on. Ant-Man is one of the few times that I didn’t begrudge them that storyline because it worked so well, but I’ll still say it’s a grievance that they didn’t push off into new territory for a change.

But, Ant-Man absolutely left me wanting to see more. A lot more. Ant-Man is just as likable as every other Marvel hero, but he has the distinct advantage of also seeming like the first approachable hero in the whole Marvel Universe. As one person put it recently, you could see yourself having a pint with Scott, and that’s a trait I appreciate when so many heroes seem to be from other worlds–literally and figuratively.

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Experiencing SUHD TV and 360 audio in the luxury Samsung More Room http://www.thegate.ca/gaming-gadgets/023480/experiencing-suhd-tv-and-360-audio-in-the-luxury-samsung-more-room/ http://www.thegate.ca/gaming-gadgets/023480/experiencing-suhd-tv-and-360-audio-in-the-luxury-samsung-more-room/#comments Fri, 17 Jul 2015 04:22:16 +0000 http://www.thegate.ca/?p=23480 If you've ever wanted to step into the dream television experience, to see what the ultimate TV would look like in the perfect space, Samsung Canada pulled out all the stops recently to show off the new SUHD TV in the Samsung More Room in downtown Toronto, and it was everything you could dream of and a little more.

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Imagine the ultimate television. It’s probably pretty big, right? The kind of high-definition TV that would look great in a home theatre so you can really immerse yourself in the experience.

If you’ve ever wanted to step into that dream experience, to see what the ultimate TV would look like in the perfect space, Samsung Canada pulled out all the stops recently to show off their new SUHD TV in the Samsung More Room in downtown Toronto, and it was everything you could dream of and a little more.

Taking over a luxurious multi-level town-home, the Samsung More Room featured all of the latest gear from Samsung, including the SUHD TV in a number of rooms–from bedrooms and the living room to the dining room and a home theatre space–plus one of my new favorite pieces of gear: the Wireless Audio 360, also known as the R7.

First though, there’s the SUHD TV. No matter which size television you’re looking at–they range from 55 inch to 88 inch–the results are stunning and beautiful. On the massive 88″ television in the home theatre space, the television just pops, no matter what you’re watching. Thanks to nano-crystal semiconductors, the television is up to 2.5 times brighter than regular TVs, and features 64 times more colour depth over conventional TVs as well.

The technology behind the television also performs some important upscaling magic on your content. While many people will not have much in the way of UHD movies or video to begin with, when they first purchase the television, the SUHD TV works to upscale your older content to look like 4K UHD quality content.

Samsung's SUHD TV

Samsung’s SUHD TV

Sitting in the living room of the Samsung More Room, the pros from Samsung showed off a range a content on the massive, beautiful, curved screen, and maybe the best part was realizing that your Samsung phone could be your television’s best friend. A lot of cameras today still don’t shoot 4K video, but if you have a recent Samsung phone–like the Samsung Galaxy S6–you can shoot 4K video anywhere you go, and it looks great on the SUHD TV.

Then there’s the Samsung R7. This is a speaker that boasts 360 degree sound thanks to its egg-like, omni-directional design. The tweeter and woofer are positioned at the top and bottom of the speaker, so the sound emanates in all directions. It’s a stylish, high-end design that deserves to be a centrepiece to any space, and the R7 sounds fantastic, and it’s easy to control from a handy app.

Samsung also was showing off a smaller version of the speaker–the R6–which can be used as a portable speaker thanks to a built-in rechargeable battery.

The Samsung More Room was a perfect space to show off the televisions and the speakers–it was stylish and modern, and it was truly a luxury home–but as you can probably imagine, the technology speaks for itself. As wonderful as the house was–and I would have loved to relax there for a week–the televisions and speakers will be tremendous in nearly any space.

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Tips & Tricks for the great Canadian family road trip from Michael Palmer http://www.thegate.ca/spotlight/travel-destinations/023495/tips-tricks-for-the-great-canadian-family-road-trip-from-michael-palmer/ http://www.thegate.ca/spotlight/travel-destinations/023495/tips-tricks-for-the-great-canadian-family-road-trip-from-michael-palmer/#comments Tue, 14 Jul 2015 13:00:42 +0000 http://www.thegate.ca/?p=23495 Before you head out on the great Canadian family road trip, a few tips might be in order this summer, and Calgarian Michael Palmer--the self-appointed “CEO” of family travel--has you covered.

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Before you head out on the great Canadian family road trip, a few tips might be in order this summer, and Calgarian Michael Palmer–the self-appointed “CEO” of family travel–has you covered.

“With our three young kids, my wife and I travelled coast to coast recently, covering 17,000 kilometres in just over 60 days,” Palmer said. That kind of travelling gives you a lot of insight into what it takes to enjoy the trip, while keeping everyone happy, and he has some very good ideas to get you started.

Part adventurer, part entrepreneur, and full time author, Palmer has teamed up with Canadian Tire to help make this your best road trip ever with your family. Plus, what better country to explore than Canada? With more than 900,000 kilometres of road, there are lots of adventures to plan, with lots of time left this summer.

Here are Palmer’s top suggestions before you head out on your next family road trip:

  1. Do a thorough maintenance check on your vehicle: Taking care of the car means keeping your family safe on the trip. Before hitting the road, I always take our van in for a full maintenance and service check, making sure the brakes, tires oil, oil filters, air filters, batteries and heating and cooling systems in particular are in good working order. I like to also make sure we have an Executive Car Safety Kit and an up-to-date roadside assistance membership just in case.
  2. Go-to Gadgets: Don’t hit the road without some key technology to help you along the way. I’d recommend investing in a good GPS–a cross-Canada trip can take you to many remote places. A portable charger for the car is a must to keep your gadgets running when you need them most. One I like is the Noco Battery Booster; it’s small but mighty! You can charge it up ahead of time and just keep it in the car as you travel, using it to power up your gadgets along the way. In an emergency, you can also use it to jump start your car battery too.
  3. Get organized: When you’re spending so much time together in a packed vehicle, and are constantly packing and unpacking as you travel, I’d recommend taking advantage of smart storage and cleaning solutions. It makes for an easier and more enjoyable ride. I like keeping a tub of disposable car cleaning wipes handy for getting to spills on the go, and this line of handy Glovebox car organization products too.
  4. Keep the kids entertained: To avoid meltdowns, be prepared. We like to pack an ‘entertainment bag’ for each one of our kids. They each pick out what they want to bring and customize it–with items like their favourite magnetic car games, puzzles, decks of cards, tablets or books. We like to limit device screen time for our kids to about 45 minutes a day while on the road; it’s important for them to unplug and enjoy the scenery along the way. That’s part of the fun! One way to do it is get them playing a classic “outside viewing” game. We love “I Spy” or the alphabet game (where the kids have to find objects outside that began with each letter of the alphabet, in order).
  5. Keep healthy snacks stocked up: A van full of hungry kids is a recipe for disaster and tantrums will escalate quickly. I find it helps to have healthy food and drinks in addition to fun snacks so everyone can keep their energy level up and enjoy the ride.
  6. Let kids get involved in the planning: Whether picking the locations, restaurants or activities, letting them in on the planning makes kids feel more connected to the trip and gives them some extra excitement. Treat your family like a team.
  7. Limit driving time to 5-6 hours a day: while it’s tempting to think about pulling a 12 hour marathon drive, I find the kids will naturally go a little nuts after sitting still for so long. And driving 5-6 hours is really more like 7-8 hours with breaks and stops. If possible, I’d also recommend staying in hotels, campgrounds or cabins that have pools or water access for the kids to unleash excess energy at the end of the day.
  8. Take lots of photos and video: it’s the best way to soak in all of your unique experiences while also making sure the memories live on forever. We love to involve the kids too, letting each of them play photographer along the way.

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JFL42 announces 2015 performers, including Bill Burr, Trevor Noah, Chris Hardwick http://www.thegate.ca/news/023338/jfl42-announces-2015-performers-including-bill-burr-trevor-noah-chris-hardwick/ http://www.thegate.ca/news/023338/jfl42-announces-2015-performers-including-bill-burr-trevor-noah-chris-hardwick/#comments Tue, 07 Jul 2015 13:00:37 +0000 http://www.thegate.ca/?p=23338 Bill Burr, Craig Ferguson, Trevor Noah, Hannibal Buress, John Mulaney, Chris Hardwick, and Miranda Sings will be coming to Toronto from September 24 to October 3 for the fourth annual JFL42 Festival, headlining the festival at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, and that's just the tip of the comedic iceberg as the festival has over 100 shows scheduled this year.

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Bill Burr, Craig Ferguson, Trevor Noah, Hannibal Buress, John Mulaney, Chris Hardwick, and Miranda Sings will be coming to Toronto from September 24 to October 3 for the fourth annual JFL42 Festival, headlining the festival at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, and that’s just the tip of the comedic iceberg as the festival has over 100 shows scheduled this year.

Created by Just For Laughs, JFL42 brings together headliners, plus 42 great comedy acts, and there’s a little something for every comedy fan, whether you’re looking for new and edgy, geeky laughs, or something else entirely.

Tickets and passes for JFL42 are already on sale, with festival passes ranging from $54.50 to $299, plus fees and taxes. Browse through the full list of performers below, including featured Canadian acts.

Headlining Acts:

Bill Burr (September 27 at 7:00pm and 9:30pm): Burr has quickly become one of the hottest comics in the world, with successful Netflix specials, international tours and one of the most downloaded comedy podcasts on the Internet. Not to be discounted are his TV appearances on Breaking Bad, Kroll Show, and Chappelle’s Show as well as most recently alongside Jerry Seinfeld on Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.

Craig Ferguson (October 2 at 7:00pm): Since stepping down as host of Late Night, Ferguson has been a stand-up powerhouse, performing around the world and showcasing the talent that made him a household name.

Trevor Noah (September 26 at 7:00pm):Trevor Noah is taking over the Daily Show on September 28, but not before coming to Toronto for a night of unforgettable comedy just two days beforehand. Yeah… we’re very excited also!

Patton Oswalt (October 2 at 9:45pm): He’s fresh off his guest arc on HBO’s Veep, and now the comedian’s comedian is touring! Oswalt is one of the best stand-up comedians in the world, and a favorite of fans and fellow comedians wherever he goes.

Hannibal Buress (October 3 at TBC): The man The New York Times calls one of the most “supremely gifted and respected” comics around has already had a prolific career, which includes writing on SNL and 30 Rock, and appearing regularly on the critically lauded Broad City. This summer will also see Buress get his own Comedy Central show, called “Why?” which will air in Canada on The Comedy Network.

John Mulaney (September 25 at 7:00pm): What do Kroll Show’s George St. Geegland, a proud Asian American woman, and SNL’s Stefon have in common? They’re all the brainchildren of John Mulaney, of course! Mulaney is a comedic genius; let him prove it to you this fall at the Sony Centre.

Chris Hardwick (September 26 at 9:45): He’s the host of Comedy Central’s @midnight, Talking Dead, and the ever popular Nerdist podcast, Hardwick is the host with the most as well as an amazing stand-up talent.Give him a break from his hosting duties and come see his full solo show!

Miranda Sings (September 26 at 4:00pm): Always a role model, YouTube sensation Miranda Sings has solidified her status as the Queen Bee of her 4 million subscribers. She even schooled Jerry Seinfeld when he had her on his show Comedians in Cars with Coffee. Miranda will dole out advice on how to be good at everything and give a sneak peek of her new book, Selp-Helf.

“The 42″ Other Acts:

T.J. Miller: In the past few years, the Silicon Valley star’s career has exploded. This is just the beginning for Miller, who is set to star in the upcoming Deadpool movie and whose YouTube series, The Gorburger Show, is coming to HBO.

Natasha Leggero: Leggero, who had a memorable set at the Justin Bieber roast, is now bringing her antics to Comedy Central for her own series Another Period, alongside Riki Lindhome.

John Hodgman: Author, podcaster, correspondent, deranged millionaire, judge… John Hodgman is a master of many talents. Catch the Pitch Perfect 2 actor in action at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

Jake and Amir: The Webby award-winning duo bring the familiar sarcastic voice they made popular on their CollegeHumor web series to the JFL42 stage, for both a live show and a live festival taping of their If I Were You podcast.

Pete Holmes: The prince of podcasts, Holmes hosts a hugely popular Nerdist show called You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes, on which he talks to the best in the biz about all things comedy. With enough comic knowledge to school us all, and his own late night show The Pete Holmes Show under his belt, Holmes brings his wisdom to the JFL42 stage.

Gilbert Gottfried: The SNL alum, who started doing stand-up when he was 15, broke the internet in recent years with a riotous reading of 50 Shades of Grey on YouTube. His legendary version of The Aristocrats has and will have fans laughing for decades. In addition to live shows, Gottfried will also host a live taping of his podcast, Gilbert Gottfried’s Amazing Colossal Podcast at the Festival.

Al Madrigal: The Daily Show correspondent, who has also had regular roles on a variety of primetime network TV shows like About a Boy, is the founder of the All Things Comedy Network alongside Bill Burr, a podcast network that doubles as a support system for up-and-coming comics who want to promote their material without sacrificing ownership.

Grace Helbig: Helbig is one of the internet’s foremost YouTubers, and host of the new E! show “The Grace Helbig Show”, and she is coming to Toronto for the first-ever live taping of her podcast Not Too Deep with Grace Helbig, which is part of the Nerdist Network.

Iliza Shlesinger: Shlesinger is the youngest person, and the only female, to ever win Last Comic Standing, and she is back again this year with all-new material. She will be performing at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Friday September 25, at 7pm. Shlesinger is at a great moment in her career, with two Netflix comedy specials, Freezing Hot and War Paint that top every comedy fan’s must-see list.

Ari Shaffir: The host of Comedy Central’s This is Not Happening, now in its second season and filthy comic extraordinaire, Shaffir is coming to Toronto. The festival wouldn’t be complete without Shaffir, who is an essential part of any comedy gathering. Shaffir will bring his stand-up shows and a taping of his podcast Ari Shaffir’s Skeptic Tank to the Festival.

Rhys Darby: The Flight of the Conchords alum is on the festival circuit this year and bringing his show I’m a Fighter Jet to JFL42.

Brian Posehn: Known as a jack of all trades and clocking in over 20 years in the biz, The Sarah Silverman Program’s Posehn is not only a successful stand-up comic with three albums under his belt, but also a writer, actor on shows like the upcoming Netflix series With Bob And David, a podcaster, heavy-metal musician, and author of several graphic novels.

Rory Scovel: A seasoned stand-up comedian, writer, and actor, Scovel’s surrealist comedy style is unique and his TCN comedy Ground Floor has garnered him great reviews and guest spots on Undateable.

Duncan Trussell: Host of The Duncan Trussell Family Hour, the funnyman is bringing his top notch stand-up routine, and a live taping of his podcast, to JFL42, which wouldn’t be complete without his trademark philosophical ponderings. .

Kyle Kinane: The punk-rock comedian’s sarcastic tone, dark humour, and matter-of-fact delivery have made him one of the most respected acts in the industry.

Moshe Kasher: Kasher is comedy’s resident wildcard with a Netflix special, a critically acclaimed book on his resume, and two podcasts (one with Neal Brennan). Kasher will be performing live as well as hosting a live taping of his podcast, Hound Tall.

Andy Kindler: Fresh off his annual “State of the Industry” address at JFL Montreal, festival favorite Kindler will be headed back to JFL42 for the fourth year in a row. The “voice of the industry” will bring his notoriously sharp and shameless wit to his lauded Alternative Show.

Dr. Katz Live: A live production of the Dr.Katz, Professional Therapist TV show that ran on Comedy Central in the late nineties, Jonathan Katz will interview his “celebrity” clients on stage at the Queen Elizabeth, for a show that’s two parts hilarious, one part Woody Allen neurotic.

Joe Mande: In 2014, Mande changed the comedy album game, releasing Bitchface, a mixtape style album full of guest appearances ranging from Amy Poehler to RZA. Mande will bring his new show The Drake of Comedy to the Festival.

Robert Kelly: His podcast, You Know What Dude, is on top of every comedy enthusiasts’ “must listen” list, and his role as Bobby, Louie’s brother on Louie, is one of the highlights of the FX show. Recently, Kelly was cast alongside Denis Leary on the new FX show Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll. Kelly will perform live and host a live taping of his podcast.

Brent Morin: The Undateable star, who can be seen live every Friday night on NBC, is bringing his Tempurpedic body, powerhouse vocals, and spot-on stand-up to JFL42.

Kurt Braunohler: The host of The K Ohle with Kurt Braunohler podcast on the Nerdist network, Braunholer creates content for outlets including This American Life and Comedy Central. Braunohler also hosts the variety show Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen, which he does with his comedy partner Kristen Schaal.

Chris Gethard: Gethard is Broad City’s most incompetent boss and host of his own show, Fusion’s The Chris Gethard Show, a public access talk show based out of New York City. Gethard is also an Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre alumni.

Doug Benson: Benson is funny, and he loves movies, and he’s made a career combining the two. His podcasts, Doug Loves Movies and Getting Doug with High, and his movie Super High Me is one of the top documentaries on Netflix.

Fortune Feimster: The Chelsea Lately alum has made appearances on Glee, Workaholics, Last Comic Standing, and Ari Shaffir’s This is Not Happening.

Michelle Wolf: Wolf is a writer and actress known for her reoccurring appearance as Grown Up Annie on Late Night with Seth Meyers. Wolf’s writing credits include both Late Night with Seth Meyers and the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards.

Rachel Feinstein: One of the Women Who Kill in the comedy world, Feinstein has appeared in Friends of People and on Inside Amy Schumer. She also has a comedy album out on iTunes called Thug Tears. Most recently, she taped her first half-hour Comedy Central special, coming out this July.

Aparna Nancherla: She got a running start on the FXX show Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, and since then she’s been finding success all over cable, with appearances on @midnight and Conan.

Tony Hinchcliffe: He’s one of the writer’s behind Comedy Central roasts, most notably the Comedy Central Roast of James Franco and his popular podcast Kill Tony tops podcast lovers’ must-listen list.

Christina Pazsitzky: Reality star turned stand-up star is half of Comedy’s power couple, along with her husband and Your Mom’s House podcast co-host, Tom Segura.

In addition to all of the above talent, JFL42 is also featuring a number of Canadian acts, including SiriusXM’s Top Comic at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

Faisal Butt: The winner of the 2014 SiriusXM Canada’s Top Comic competition, Faisal spent this last year opening for Russell Peters, dabbling in acting, and growing his beard.

Get Some: The winners of the 2015 Best Of The Fest at The Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival, Get Some is an amalgamation of some of the best sketch comedians in Toronto with members of Picnicface, Tony Ho, The Sketchersons, Peter n’ Chris and This Hour Has 22 Minutes.

Darcy Michael: The runner-up in the 2014 SiriusXM Canada Top Comic competition has toured with Russell Peters, was a finalist in NBC’s Standup for diversity, and has appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Pat Thornton: One of the country’s best stand-ups, Pat is also an accomplished sketch performer, featured on shows including Hotbox, Sunnyside, The Royal Canadian Air Farce, Satisfaction, and Space Janitors.

Mike Ward: The new host of The Nasty Show at Montreal’s Just for Laughs Festival, Ward is a household name in Quebec and is well on his way to achieving that same status on a national level.

Dawn Whitwell: Curve Magazine called Dawn “one of the funniest lesbians”, and her ‘subversive, slacker-next-door wit’ has garnered her plenty of critical praise. Whitwell is also a founder/teacher at COMEDY GIRL, an in-demand stand-up comedy class in Toronto, recently featured in the Globe and Mail.

Ladystache: Toronto based comedy duo Allison Hogg and Steph Tolev don’t shy away from any subject. Their fearlessness has landed them spots on the festival circuit, with appearances at the Edinburgh Fringe, Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver Sketch Fests, NXNE, LA Comedy Fest, San FranSketch Fest and the SiriusXM Sketch Off, where they were victorious.

Arthur Simeon: Uganda born, Ontario raised Simeon is an up and comer inspired by Bill Burr, Simeon calls himself: “a legend in the making” writing perfectly crafted jokes with sets that revolve around African-themes, storytelling and his luck, or lack thereof, with the ladies.

Crimson Wave: Jess Beaulieu and Natalie Norman are The Crimson Wave. Best friends who co-host both a feminist stand-up comedy show every Sunday night at Comedy Bar in Toronto and a weekly podcast available on iTunes. They also just participated in a national Canadian campaign to remove the tax from tampons!

Trevor Noah Patton Oswalt Miranda Sings John Mulaney Hannibal Buress Craig Ferguson Bill Burr

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Mark Oldershaw named Team Canada flag bearer for Toronto Pan Am Games http://www.thegate.ca/news/023482/mark-oldershaw-named-team-canada-flag-bearer-for-toronto-pan-am-games/ http://www.thegate.ca/news/023482/mark-oldershaw-named-team-canada-flag-bearer-for-toronto-pan-am-games/#comments Tue, 07 Jul 2015 03:11:08 +0000 http://www.thegate.ca/?p=23482 The Canadian Olympic Committee marked Canada Day with a special announcement last week with the news that two-time Olympian Mark Oldershaw will act as Team Canada's flag bearer for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games Opening Ceremony.

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The Canadian Olympic Committee marked Canada Day with a special announcement last week with the news that two-time Olympian Mark Oldershaw will act as Team Canada’s flag bearer for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games Opening Ceremony.

“I am bursting with pride at being named Canada’s flag bearer,” Oldershaw said in the announcement. “As Team Canada marches into Opening Ceremony for the Games, I will be thinking of all my teammates and of my grandfather, father and uncles who paved the way for me with their love of sport. I am so thankful for their support and the support of the Team Canada fans. As a nation, we adore sport, which is why I love the idea of the Olympic Club and am proud to be part of it. As athletes, we need all the support we can get, so I encourage fans to sign up to get behind Team Canada and engage with us like never before–I’m all for it.”

two-time Olympian, London 2012 bronze medallist, Canoe

Oldershaw, who is a third-generation Olympian and was a bronze medallist for canoeing at the London 2012 Summer Olympics, will lead Canada’s athletes into the Pan Am Ceremonies venue for an estimated 50,000 fans. Since Canada is hosting the 2015 Pan Am Games, Team Canada will be the last to enter the venue.

To commemorate the announcement, Team Canada also revealed details for the new official online fan club for the Canadian Olympic Team–Olympic Club–which Oldershaw and other Team Canada members, both past and present, will help promote in person and online.

Connected to social media, and featuring a range of rewards and special content, the Olympic Club will help connect Canadian fans with Team Canada athletes through the Pan Am Games and on the road to Rio 2016.

The GATE will have select coverage from the Toronto Pan Am Games.

Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games – Athlete Bio:
Mark Oldershaw was born February 7, 1983 in Burlington, Ontario. The fifth member of his family to compete in an Olympic Games, he started racing at age nine. His athletic career, however, hasn’t been without its challenges and he has used sport to overcome many battles in his life. In 2003, Oldershaw developed a non-cancerous tumour in his left hand that required two surgeries and seriously impacted his training for two years. It was Oldershaw’s supporters, love of sport and desire to return to competition that gave him the energy and drive to fight back and recover.

This will be Oldershaw’s first time competing at a Pan American Games. Coached by his father, Scott, Oldershaw trains at the Burloak Canoe Club in Oakville, Ontario, with fellow medallist Adam van Koeverden. Appropriately, Oldershaw competes in a sport that uses the canoe, which is deeply linked to Canada’s history and heritage.

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Giveaway: ‘Southpaw’ Canadian Premiere in Toronto with stars Jake Gyllenhaal & Rachel McAdams http://www.thegate.ca/contests/023470/giveaway-southpaw-canadian-premiere-in-toronto-with-stars-jake-gyllenhaal-rachel-mcadams/ http://www.thegate.ca/contests/023470/giveaway-southpaw-canadian-premiere-in-toronto-with-stars-jake-gyllenhaal-rachel-mcadams/#comments Mon, 06 Jul 2015 18:52:44 +0000 http://www.thegate.ca/?p=23470 If you've always wanted to be in the same room as Jake Gyllenhaal and Rachel McAdams, have we got a giveaway for you. The GATE and Entertainment One are giving away five double passes to attend the Canadian premiere of Southpaw this Thursday, July 9 in Toronto. Southpaw opens in theatres on July 24, 2015.

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If you’ve always wanted to be in the same room as Jake Gyllenhaal and Rachel McAdams, have we got a giveaway for you. The GATE and Entertainment One are giving away five double passes to attend the Canadian premiere of Southpaw this Thursday, July 9 in Toronto. Southpaw opens in theatres on July 24, 2015.

The premiere will be held at the Scotiabank Theatre in Toronto and includes a fan pit starting at 5:00 PM, the red carpet, and for the winners, the screening. Watch the trailer on YouTube, scroll down for a clip from the film, and read the film synopsis below.

Giveaway Details: The GATE’s Southpaw giveaway is open to residents of Ontario who are over the age of 18. Contest closes on July 8, 2015 at 5:00 PM (ET). Chance of winning depends on total number of entries. The giveaway does not include transportation, so winners must have their own transportation to and from Scotiabank Theatre in Toronto.

This giveaway is now closed. Thanks to everyone who entered.

Synopsis: From acclaimed director Antoine Fuqua (TRAINING DAY) and screenwriter Kurt Sutter (“Sons of Anarchy “), SOUTHPAW tells the riveting story of Billy “The Great” Hope, reigning Junior Middleweight Boxing Champion of the World (Academy Award® nominee Jake Gyllenhaal). Billy Hope seemingly has it all with an impressive career, a beautiful and loving wife (Rachel McAdams), an adorable daughter (Oona Laurence) and a lavish lifestyle. When tragedy strikes and his lifelong manager and friend (Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson) leaves him behind, Hope hits rock bottom and turns to an unlikely savior at a run-down local gym: Tick Willis (Academy Award® winner Forest Whitaker), a retired fighter and trainer to the city’s toughest amateur boxers. With his future riding on Tick’s guidance and tenacity, Billy enters the hardest battle of his life as he struggles with redemption and to win back the trust of those he loves.

Southpaw Canadian Premiere

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Director James Ford Murphy talks Pixar’s ‘Lava’ http://www.thegate.ca/film/023372/director-james-ford-murphy-talks-pixars-lava/ http://www.thegate.ca/film/023372/director-james-ford-murphy-talks-pixars-lava/#comments Sat, 04 Jul 2015 19:19:51 +0000 http://www.thegate.ca/?p=23372 Director James Ford Murphy knows how to sell his first film, Lava, with just a song. He should, since that's how he first pitched the film to Pixar, where he's worked as an animator since working on A Bug's Life in the late 1990s.

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Director James Ford Murphy knows how to sell his first short film, Lava, with just a song. He should, since that’s how he first pitched the film to Pixar, where he’s been an animator since working on A Bug’s Life in the late 1990s.

Last year, at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, Lava premiered in the festival’s first-ever Short Cuts International programme, and Murphy came to town to talk about his short.

“At Pixar, it’s an open-door policy for pitching short [film] ideas, but the only stipulation is that you have to pitch three ideas,” Murphy said. His only hope, however, was to only pitch ideas that he was really passionate about, and the kernel for Lava came from a visit 25 years before when he honeymooned with his wife on the big island in Hawaii.

“I’ve always been fascinated by Hawaii, and tropical islands… because there’s just something so lonely and beautiful and romantic about that,” he said.

After seeing the big volcano in Hawaii, he was “captivated” by the “power and beauty” of this natural phenomenon, and after hearing Israel Kamakawiwo?ole’s “Somewhere over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World,” ten years ago, he booked a trip to go back to Hawaii and bought a ukulele there during a vacation with his family.

Watch the interview with Murphy where he also performs some of the song that accompanies the film. Lava is in theatres now ahead of Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out.

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