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There are no clean getaways…

In Canada, Cars, Film, Toronto, YouTube on September 13, 2011 at 14:27

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TIFF Movies you should see later …with Canadian in them!!

http://tiff.net/filmsandschedules/tiff/2011/drive

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Some body gonna Get hurt Real BAD!

In Canada, Film, Have to Laugh, Hockey, YouTube on September 13, 2011 at 13:47

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TIFF Movies you should see later …with Canadian in them!!

http://tiff.net/filmsandschedules/tiff/2011/breakaway

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Tech Tuesday: Netflix is coming to Canada

In Business, Canada, Film, Media, Tech on July 20, 2010 at 08:56

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I can’t remember the last time I went to my local Blockbuster, but after hearing the news yesterday that Netflix was bringing their streaming dvd service to Canada, the likelihood is Blockbusters days are officially numbered.  I’ve got wonder if Zip.ca might make a partnership with Netflix?  Zip.ca has the mail order DVD service that Netflix will lack when it’s brought to Canada in the fall.  I already download movies through my iTunes/AppleTV but at $5.99 per HD movie, there isn’t much of savings.  Right now in the states, Netflix streams 720p through you PC, enabled BluRay machines, enabled HDTVs and game machines like the Xbox360 and PS3.  If you have an internet connection you’re pretty much good to go.  Now if we could just get a Canadian version of Hulu, Pandora and Spotify we’d be golden.

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Press Release

Netflix To Launch Canadian Service for Streaming Movies and TV Episodes Later This Year

Expansion Beyond U.S. Marks First International Venture for Internet’s Leading Movie Subscription Service

LOS GATOS, Calif., July 19 /PRNewswire/ — Netflix, Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX), the leading Internet movie subscription service, today announced it will expand into Canada this fall offering unlimited movies and TV episodes streamed instantly to TVs and computers for one low monthly fee.  The Canadian launch will mark the first availability of Netflix outside the United States.

Canadian Netflix members will be able to instantly watch a broad array of movies and TV episodes right on their TVs via a range of consumer electronics devices capable of streaming from Netflix, as well as watching on PCs and Macs.

In addition to representing its inaugural international market, Canada will also mark the first streaming-only service promoted by Netflix.

At the time of launch, the Netflix Canadian service will be available in English only, but the company said it expects to add French language capability over time.

Canadians interested in Netflix can go to www.netflix.ca and sign up to receive an email from the company when the service launches in Canada this fall.

You can read Dana Flavelle ‘s in The Toronto Star here

Netflix to bring Internet movies and TV to Canada

…Netflix has yet to reveal what it plans to charge for the service in Canada. Analysts are betting it will be more than in the U.S., where for $8.99 a month subscribers to its traditional mail-order DVD rental business can also stream the content online.

The company is not bringing the mail order business to Canada, a move that didn’t surprise industry watchers as technological advances have since made it easier for consumers to stream movies and TV shows directly over the Internet.

“Now, an average Internet connection with an average laptop lets you watch House on Global or Desperate Housewives on CTV,” Yigit said.

If consumers can also stream Internet shows to their TVs via their game consoles, such as the Xbox 360 or Playstation 3, it could have an impact on traditional cable and satellite TV subscriptions, analysts noted.

Netflix, which has 13 million suscribers in the U.S., already has strong brand recognition in Canada, said Jayanth Angl, a senior research analyst with Info-Tech Research Group, in London, Ont…

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You can read Susan Krashinsky’s full article in The Globe and Mail here

Netflix to shake up Canadian industry

…Netflix’s entry into Canada poses a serious threat to players like Blockbuster Canada and Rogers Communications Inc. which, until now, have largely avoided the pricing wars that have decimated brick-and-mortar rental chains in the U.S.

Since it was founded in 1997, Netflix has helped to create an upheaval in the rental market south of the border, kicking off a pricing war aided by automated rental kiosks like the Redbox machines operated by Coinstar. In-store rentals now account for less than half of the rental market in the U.S.

The picture is very different in Canada, where rental stores still dominate the market and generate a steady stream of profits The online movie rental business accounts for just 0.6 per cent of the Canadian market, and kiosks take up only 1.4 per cent, according to Convergence Consulting Group, which tracks the industry.

That will change in the months ahead. Netflix is just the first in a series of challengers looking to take a piece of the $1.3-billion Canadian market for movie rentals…

…There is no part of the rental business quite as poised for change in the coming months as online.

“Prior to the Internet, any street in America had a travel agency … and you don’t see travel agencies that much any more,” Netflix spokesperson Steve Swasey said.

The company is pursuing the digital market: On the day the iPad was released, Netflix released an application for the device. Netflix is also coming to the iPhone, and it has put out job postings for developers for the Android mobile platform. It has deals with Blu-Ray disc player manufacturers to connect its online content to TV sets.

Zip.ca also plans to launch an online rental service in the fall, and Cineplex, which dominates the theatrical movie market in Canada, will expand its online DVD store to allow customers to purchase movies for download, or rent a movie in the same streaming format.

“Netflix is starting with zero base in Canada. We have 70 million people coming through our doors annually. I think we understand the movie business,” Cineplex CEO Ellis Jacob said…

“Meet Me in the Basement”

In Canada, Film, G8 & G20, Law & Order, Media, The Social, The World Comes To Toronto, Toronto on July 16, 2010 at 12:12

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Just watch the new Broken Social Scene video here, and enjoy.  I don’t often watch music video anymore (though I use them a lot on this blog) but this one caught my eye.  Special cameo from the City of Toronto G20 streetfest!

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You can read Ryan Dombal’s full article in Pitchfolk here

Political New Broken Social Scene Video

The Political New Broken Social Scene Videofan-made, band-approved, found-footage video for Forgiveness Rock Record‘s epic “Meet Me in the Basement” looks like a visual analog for his worldview. Made as a response to the recent riot-filled G20 Summit in the band’s hometown of Toronto, the clip slices together storm-trooper footage from that event along with a flashes of what could be interpreted as “distractions”: Justin Bieber, violent video games, Lady Gaga, Obama girl. It’s pretty intense.

According to the band, “This video was sent to us by a lover of our music who wants to remain anonymous. We are very proud to share this mash-up with you.”

It’s Oscar Weekend..nothing else matters!!

In Business, Canada, Entertainment, Fashion, Film, Money, Toronto on March 5, 2010 at 07:59

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With the worlds focus on this weekends 82nd Academy Awards, did anyone take the time to notice that both the Genie and Juno nominations were presented?  Probably not, and that has to make both organizations a bit sad.  After two weeks of CA-NA-DA, has the world had enough of us?  Did they ever care?  Well we can party without them so there.  The full list of nominees for both the Genie (being presented on April 12 at the Guvernment/Kool Haus in Toronto) and the Juno (taking place in St. John’s NFLD on April 18) can be  found below.

Genie Awards here

Juno Awards here
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Movies

Genie nominations offer surprises, emotion

Guy Dixon and Gayle MacDonald

Globe and Mail Published on Monday, Mar. 01, 2010

Denis Villeneuve’s harrowing drama about the 1989 Montreal massacre Polytechnique led the field with 11 nominations at yesterday’s Genie Awards announcement, while the highly acclaimed J’ai tué ma mère (I Killed My Mother) was conspicuously incognito, receiving just one special award from The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television.

A major success on the film festival circuit, director Xavier Dolan’s story of the explosive ties between a mother and her teenage son had been Canada’s official entry for a best foreign-language film Oscar.

But J’ai tué ma mère didn’t make the final Oscar nomination list, nor did it receive any Genie nods in the regular categories. Instead, the Canadian academy’s jury, composed of film professionals, technicians and critics, will give Dolan the Genie’s special Claude Jutra Award for outstanding work by a first-time feature filmmaker at the Genie Awards gala on April 12 in Toronto.

“It definitely was considered in all the categories,” said Sara Morton, chief executive officer of the Canadian academy. “There is a significant difference between a film that does well on the festival circuit and one which is in a competition against other films. I don’t think you can generalize from festival success to Genie success.”

You can read the rest of this article at http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/arts/awards/genie-nominations-offer-surprises-emotion/article1485870/

Music

Michael Bublé is the one to beat at the upcoming Juno Awards, after the West Coast crooner nabbed a leading six nominations for Canada’s most prominent celebration of popular music.

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences announced on Tuesday the nominees for this year’s gala, set to descend on St. John’s, N.L., this spring.

Burnaby, B.C.-born Bublé, whose latest album Crazy Love was an international hit, will compete in a host of categories, including best album, best pop album, best artist, best single for Haven’t Met You Yet and the Juno fan choice award. Bublé’s competition for the fan choice award, which is voted on by the public, includes Ginette Reno, Maxime Landry, Johhny Reid and Nickelback.

Bublé and his co-writers will also vie for the best songwriter trophy for the tracks Haven’t Met You Yet and Hold On, while two of his acclaimed producers — David Foster and Bob Rock — go head-to-head in the best producer category for their work on the album.

Joining Bublé among the multiple category nominees is an eclectic group of mostly male acts from Ontario. Rockers Billy Talent, Scottish-born country star Johnny Reid and Toronto rap sensation Drake picked up four nods each, while teen pop newcomer Justin Bieber of Stratford, Ont., indie rockers Metric and hip hop artist K’Naan — both based in Toronto — followed with three nominations a piece.

You can read the rest of this article at  http://www.cbc.ca/canada/newfoundland-labrador/story/2010/03/03/juno-nominations.html

Up in the sky, it’s a piece of metal

In Film, The World Comes To Toronto, Toronto on December 3, 2009 at 09:34

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Even Iron Man has to give a shout out to Toronto.  Iron Man 2 comes out May 7th, 2010

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http://www.wired.com/underwire/2009/12/new-iron-man-2-images-show-tony-starks-adversaries/

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Oprah’s Precious Wins puts Canada on Cario Time

In Canada, Entertainment, Film, The World Comes To Toronto, Toronto on September 21, 2009 at 09:01

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While the rest of the world dealt with H1NI, melting ice caps and the global recession.  Toronto spent 10 days celebrating film.  What will the TIFF 2009 edition be remembered for:

Director Jon Amiel’s Creation opens the film festival marking the first non-Canadian film to do so in the Toronto Film Festivals history (http://www.thestar.com/article/665910)

Hugh Hefner makes a splash with a documentary all about him and his bunnies (http://www.nationalpost.com/m/story.html?id=1954821)

Battle lines are drawn because of TIFF’s decision to highlight Tel Aviv films (http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/tiff/article/695776)

Zombies take to the streets to promote George A Romero’s Survival of the Dead (http://www.nowtoronto.com/daily/story.cfm?content=171256)

ETCanada Vs eTalk Mulroney Vs Campanelli (http://www.torontolife.com/features/star-wars/)

Ruba Nadda’s Winner of the Best Canadian Feature

Looking forward to 2010!

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‘Precious’ wins Oscar’s Toronto primary

by Brian D. Johnson on Sunday, September 20, 2009

It was wrap yesterday for the Toronto International Film Festival, as it staged its awards ceremony at a hotel brunch. This is always a low-key affair. Unlike the othe major festivals—Cannes, Berlin, Venice and Sundance—Toronto prides itself on being a non-competitive event. Which is lot of filmmakers feel comfortable unveiling their work here. There are no losers. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t winners. Although there’s no formal competition, awards are given out, and this year there were more than ever. Juries honoured three categories of Canadian films with cash prizes—Ruba Nadda’s lush and delicate romance, Cairo Time, won $30,000 for best Canadian feature, Alexandre Franchi’s The Wild Hunt, about role-playing games, won $15,000 for best Canadian first feature, and Pedro Pires’s Dance Macabre, a dark ballet conceived by Robert Lepage, won $10,000 for best Canadian short. But the prize that has taken on more and more significance over the years is the People’s Choice Award, which is voted by audiences—and has come to serve as a bell-weather for Oscar success. Past winners have included Chariots of Fire,American BeautyCrash and Slumdog Millionaire. To no one’s surprise, at least not mine, the 2009 winner was Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire. By turns harrowing and inspirational, this tale of an abused, obese, illiterate Harlem teen is this year’s Slumdog.Unlike Slumdog, it wasn’t discovered at TIFF but at Sundance, and that’s when fairy godmother Oprah Winfrey jumped on board as executive producer. But Toronto was where Oprah launched the Oscar campaign for Precious. Generating massive fanfare, he has turned a small, underdog movie into a self-help cause, a cinematic group therapy session for anyone who has ever been abused—or longed to empathize with someone who has. Given the precious subtitle (Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire), joining the cause feels  like joining Oprah’s Book Club. The message: we all have a bit of Precious inside us. I have an allergy to this sort of thing. But there’s no denying Precious is a powerful movie, with knock-out performances by ugly duckling ingénue.  The first runner up for the audience award was Bruce Beresford Mao’s Last Dancer; the second runner-up is Micmacs (Micmacs à tire-larigot), a past winner forAmelie). This year, the People’s Choice Award was expanded to include documentary and Midnight Madness categories. Leanne Pooley’s The Topp Twins, a feel good movie about a Zealand lesbian country-and-western duo, took the documentary prize and Michael Moore’s Capitalism: A Love Story was runner-up. The most popular film in  Midnight Madness was Sean Byrne’s The Loved Ones, a twisted prom movie described as “a wild mash-up of Pretty in Pink and Misery.  Didn’t see it, but I did see the runner-up, which was a hoot—Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig’s Daybreakers, a Matrix-like twist on the vampire genre in which vampires rule the world and humans are an endangered species.

It’s party time in Toronto! TIFF Begins with a Bang

In Canada, Entertainment, Film, Media, Toronto on September 10, 2009 at 09:56

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Unfortunately this year I won’t be attending glitz and galas that everyone else is.  What do you mean you won’t either?  You mean you don’t have the insiders pass to get past the fake 3 hour VIP lines to your favorite bar?  You mean you haven’t already made reservations to all of the upper crust restaurants on Bloor and Bay Street?  What do you mean you’re only interested in seeing movies and indulging in the art of film?  This is a ten day schmooze fest that’s only topped by Cannes, you know, in Cannes, France.  Get out your camera and notepad.  Start twittering and facebooking all your virtual friends on your iPhones.  You’re in the middle of Hollywood, Canadian style.  Just make sure to put away the Blue Jay hats and maple leaf Roots jackets.  We don’t our American friends to think Toronto isn’t just a suburb of Buffalo.

Here’s where you need to go ~

http://www.torontolife.com/daily/51-must-know-tiff-hotspots/

And if you just have to see movies, here are the ones you can’t miss ~

http://www.cbc.ca/arts/film/story/2009/09/03/f-toronto-film-fest-buzz-films.html

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Toronto International Film Festival 2008

Toronto International Film Festival opens

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Toronto returns to the cinema world spotlight Thursday as the Toronto International Film Festival gets underway for 10 days of movie screenings, deal-making and celebrity-watching.

More than 330 titles from around the globe will unspool as part of the 34th edition of the annual movie-fest, known for being one of the most public film festivals on the international circuit and also as a successful launch pad and testing ground for films aspiring to the Academy Awards and other prominent year-end film honours.

“The No. 1 thing about the Toronto film fest — and it’s become a cliché, but it actually is true — is it’s just the best audiences in the world,” Quentin Tarantino said in an interview while in Toronto in August.

“If you’re looking at the Midnight Madness movies, they’re here for it. If you’re seeing the new Eric Rohmer [film], they’re there for it. Whatever the proper audience for the movie is, the Toronto audience brings it.”

This year’s festival arrives at an odd crossroads, in that it is showcasing films largely made and financed before the global economic collapse, but a significant segment of which are still searching for distribution deals — possibly because of a still-anxious industry.

Industry representatives, on the other hand, are on the lookout for gems like Slumdog Millionaire, which grew from award-winning audience favourite at TIFF in 2008 to widespread critical acclaim and Oscar domination.

The festival’s nearly 100 world premieres this year include anticipated Hollywood titles such as A Serious Man from Joel and Ethan Coen, Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut Whip It! (featuring Canadian Ellen Page) and Jason Reitman’s Up in the Air, one of two TIFF offerings starring George Clooney.

In addition to Clooney, Barrymore and Page, celebrities slated to make a red carpet appearance include Penelope Cruz (Broken Embraces), Julianne Moore (Chloe), Michael Caine (Harry Brown) and Oprah Winfrey, executive producer of another of the films with buzz this year, Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire.

“I think everyone can find something here that’s going to speak to them,” festival co-director Cameron Bailey told CBC in a recent interview.

TIFF gets underway Thursday evening with the gala world premiere of the Charles Darwin drama Creation, which scored a last-minute, pre-festival distribution deal earlier this week. The festival continues through Sept. 19, closing with Quebec director Jean-Marc Vallée’s royal costume drama The Young Victoria.

http://www.cbc.ca/arts/tiff/story/2009/09/10/toronto-festival-opening-day.html?ref=rss&cmp=AFC-I78V04166919

For the Love of Film

Making movies in Toronto… We have an App for that!

In Business, Entertainment, Film, Government, Toronto on August 27, 2009 at 09:04

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Could Toronto get some of it’s movie mojo back?  It isn’t a slam dunk yet but the

financial crisis in the US could see a flood of other productions jumping ship and heading north to Toronto, not Vancouver.  I’ve almost missed the weekends where I could walk the streets and bump into three, four even five different movie shoots within a 10 city block square.  I’m just wondering if this means the Flimport movie production studios will final be used on a regular basis?

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Philadelphia‘s loss is Toronto movie industry’s gain

Aug 25, 2009

STAR STAFF AND WIRE SERVICES

Director M. Night Shyamalan says he will move production of his new thriller Devil from his hometown of Philadelphia to Toronto because Pennsylvania can’t guarantee his film will get a tax credit.

The state’s budget, which includes new tax legislation, has been tied up in the Democratic-controlled House and Republican-controlled Senate for nearly two months.

“We’ve been working closely with the production company and we’re hoping they’ll show up here in the fall,” Toronto film commissioner Peter Finestone told the Star today.

“The director wanted to shoot in Philadelphia but the tax credit status there was not secure.”

Finestone said the film’s producers “wanted assurances from us that our film tax credit situation wouldn’t change, and we were able to guarantee it wouldn’t.”

The only event that might keep Shyamalan in Philadelphia is if the publicity over the move causes a break in the Pennsylvania budget impasse, Finestone added.

Shyamalan lives near the Philadelphia suburb of Malvern and has filmed eight of his nine movies in Pennsylvania, including The Sixth Sense, starring Bruce Willis.

Last month, Ontario Finance Minister Dwight Duncan announced that the province was sweetening its film tax credit by $80 million in a bid to stop several productions from moving to Quebec, which also offers generous film tax credits.

Devil might not be the only bonus for Toronto flowing from Pennsylvania’s budget uncertainty.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that another film, Destination Home, about a wealthy family facing adversity during the recession, has cancelled plans to start production in Philadelphia in September.

Producer Justin Moore-Lewy told the newspaper: “We would like to shoot in Philadelphia. But a combination of the tax credit in jeopardy and union negotiations have left us in limbo.”

Moore-Lewy said he is now looking at possible filming locations in Toronto, Georgia and Louisiana.

http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/movies/article/686371

Get out there and tell the world..dammit!

In Canada, Entertainment, Film, Music, The Social, Toronto on August 24, 2009 at 20:36

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It’s been a few Monday’s since I last had a New Music Monday session.  Doing a bit a digging and I came across a little known music showcase here in Toronto.  The 5th annual Canadian Music Café is hosted at the Hard Rock Cafe in collaboration with the Toronto International Film Festival.  A very cool line up of singer songwriters like Hawksley Workman, Emman-Lee, Winter Gloves and Stef Lang.    Message to Canadian Independent Record Production Association (CIRPA), the Canadian Music Publishers Association (CMPA), the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA), the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) & The Government of Canada; you need a better way to communicate some of these great opportunities.  You can showcase all the musically talent you want, but you need to find the audience.  Just because you happen to be at TIFF or at the Hard Rock during these three days, doesn’t mean you have the right audience.  Use the Twitters, Facebook, MySpace, HMV, CBC.ca, Radio across Canada.  You need to spread the word in a LARGE way.  Get on it already!

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Announcing the 2009 artist line-up

Canadian Music Café and the
34th Toronto International Film Festival®
Hard Rock Cafe, 279 Yonge Street
September 15 – 17, 2009
www.canadianmusiccafe.com

This year’s performances at the 5th annual Canadian Music Café will include Amy Millan, Arkells, The Duhks, Emma-Lee, Hawksley Workman, Jason Bajada, The Mountains and the Trees, Ruby Jean and the Thoughtful Bees, Saukrates, Spiral Beach, Stef Lang, Terri Clark, USS and Winter Gloves.  These artists will have the opportunity to showcase their unique sounds to American and Canadian music supervisors and film industry delegates at the 34th Toronto International Film Festival.  Live performances run daily at the Hard Rock Cafe, 279 Yonge Street, September 15th – 17th, between 1-5 p.m.

“Once again, we are thrilled at the breadth and depth of Canadian talent that applied to the Café, demonstrating the excitement that Canadian artists have for this event,” said Michael Perlmutter, café coordinator, Canadian Music Café. “We have confirmed 12 music supervisors from the U.S. – the most in the Café’s five-year history.”  The attendees will be treated to live performances from a variety of music genres, including rock, pop, dance, hip-hop, country and jazz.

The Café showcases Canada’s vibrant music scene to music supervisors/executives, producers, directors and media from around the world. As the result of international exposure, leading Canadian music companies receive nearly half of their revenues from foreign sources, according to reports from Canadian government sources.

“The Café has provided a platform for over 60 Canadian artists to date,” said Duncan McKie, president and CEO, CIRPA. “We salute this initiative and are pleased to facilitate the dialogue where film and music meet.”

The Canadian Music Café, an initiative developed by the Canadian music industry, is presented by Radio Starmaker Fund and is collaboratively produced by the Canadian Independent Record Production Association (CIRPA), the Canadian Music Publishers Association (CMPA), the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA), the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN), and in partnership with the Toronto International Film Festival. We thank our marketing partner OMDC (Ontario Media Development Corporation) for their support.

http://www.canadianmusiccafe.com/2009/media/press/announcing-the-2009-artist-line-up/