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Big night for Canada at the AMERICAN Music Awards

Posted by cirvine on November 21, 2016

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They might be called the American Music Awards but last night’s event was all about Canada.  The Canadian takeover started with a ton of nominations, including The Weeknd, Alessia Cara, Shawn Mendes, and Justin Bieber. And lest we forget our boyfriend Drake, whose 13 nominations broke Michael Jackson’s previous record for most nods in a single ceremony in 1984. You started from the bottom and now you are here, sir.

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Then we started #winning. Stratford’s own Justin Bieber and Toronto-born Drake each won 4 awards at the fan-voted show, becoming the biggest winners of the night. Bieber won some of the top prizes of the night: Favourite Male Artist Pop/Rock, Favourite Song Pop/Rock for Love Yourself, Video of the Year and Favourite Album Pop/Rock for his album, Purpose.  

Drake swept the Rap/Hip-Hop category, winning Favourite Artist Rap/Hip Hop, Favourite Album Rap/Hip Hop for Views, Favourite Song Soul/R&B for Work with Rihanna, and Favourite Song Rap/Hip Hop for Hotline Bling. He covered all the bases in his speeches, thanking (of course) Toronto, his fans, his dad, and also congratulated his Degrassi co-star Nina Dobrev on her success, who handed him his first award of the night. Drake, your manners do Canada proud.

And just to firmly solidify our love for him, Drake released his hilarious new commercial for Apple Music during the show. It features him working out to Taylor Swift’s Bad Blood, which plays on her own Apple Music commercial where she sings his hit Jumpman while running on a treadmill. Check out Drake’s commercial below:

The night was also blessed by some amazing performances from our Canadian popstars. Shawn Mendes, who was up for new artist of the year alongside Alessia Cara, did a heartthrobbingly-good back to back performance of Treat You Better and Mercy. The Weeknd, who was up for 3 awards that night, performed his new hit Starboy and absolutely killed it.

We also caught up with Justin Bieber on his world tour and let him serenade us with his huge hit Let Me Love You—a song I don’t think I will ever get sick of.

All in all, the night was totally owned by Canada and we couldn’t be more proud of our hometown heroes who are killing it in down in ‘Merica. Well done guys and gals. You fully deserve the recognition.

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Beauty and the Beast 2017 Trailer: New Nostalgia

Posted by cirvine on November 17, 2016

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Have you seen the new Beauty and the Beast trailer yet? You probably have, considering it has set a new record with 127.6 million views in its first 24 hours, smashing the previous records set by Fifty Shades Darker and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Safe to say, this movie is going to be huge.

Of course it’s going to be huge. It’s a remake of the smash-hit original, from Disney’s “Renaissance Period” during the early 90s. The original blew everyone’s minds, including mine.  I can still remember how blown away everyone was with the characters, the music, the animation, and of course, the music. Like many of the Disney movies from that period, I could probably recite the soundtrack for you line for line.

So how does the classic compare to the original? Well, let’s take a closer look at the trailer:

My heart overfloweth with the nostalgia feels!  

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Folks, Disney knows what it’s doing. As soon as the music starts, your mind jumps back through the decades to the original, and sets the scene for what you already know will be an epic nostalgia ride.  And from the looks of the trailer, this movie is going to stay VERY true to the original. Fans found vastly different stories in Disney’s new remakes of Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty (Maleficent), and that was fine, but you can’t mess too much with perfection, and that’s what Beauty and the Beast is. From the iconic yellow dress cascading around the ballroom to that gently falling rose pedal, it looks like they’re keeping our beloved story just as beautiful as they left it.

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That being said, they don’t want to deliver the same movie scene for scene. They’re bringing something new to the dinner table this time and they are doing that in a few different ways. For starters, they are adding in some new songs. Thankfully, they have hired on the original composer Alan Menken, who won two Academy Awards (Best Original Score and Best Song) for the 1991 film’s score. I can’t wait to hear them and add them to my Disney music obsession.

Secondly, they have given Belle more depth. She has always been the more feminist Disney role model for little girls—she likes to read, she wants more than just a handsome prince, and dreams of “more than this provincial life”. But now, thanks in part to Emma Watson who is playing Belle, she is an inventor as well.

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 “In the animated movie, it’s her father who is the inventor, and we actually co-opted that for Belle,” Watson told Entertainment Weekly. “I was like, ‘Well, there was never very much information or detail at the beginning of the story as to why Belle didn’t fit in, other than she liked books. Also what is she doing with her time?’[ …] So, yeah, we made Belle an inventor.”

I, for one, think this is a great twist on the story and am all for Disney princesses getting a little sprinkling of modern feminism.  It allows for a more rounded-out character, creates a stronger female role model for young audiences while staying true to the heart of the story.

I couldn’t think of a more perfect fit for Belle than Emma Watson (known primarily for her role as Hermione in Harry Potter). We also can look forward to Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens as the Beast (love), Kevin Kline as Belle’s father, Maurice, Gandalf aka Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, and Ewan McGregor as Lumiere.

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With a cast like this alongside such an iconic story, I won’t be surprised when this breaks the box office in March, 2017.

Can’t wait!

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Diabetes is something my family is all too familiar with. In the past ten years, my cousin and brother were both diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and my uncle was diagnosed with Type 2. Since those initial diagnoses all those years ago, I’ve watched them adapt to a new way of life in managing their disease. One major addition to their daily routine is the injection of insulin.

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Today is World Diabetes Day. It’s a day to get informed, perhaps get tested, and to honour the scientists that discovered insulin, the key to treating the disease. Canada’s own Sir Frederick Banting, featured on today’s Google Doodle, was born 125 years ago on this day. Today we honour him for his co-discovery of insulin and for the thousands of lives his team has saved.

And Now, A Few Amazing Facts About The Awesome Sir Frederick Banting:

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He’s Local

He was born on a farm in Alliston, Ontario and started a practice in London, Ontario on 442 Adelaide Street N (shown above). You can find the Banting House Museum there today which has been deemed a National Historic Site of Canada and officially recognized as the “Birthplace of Insulin”. You can also find there the “Flame of Hope” which was ignited by Queen Elizabeth in 1989. The flame will burn until a cure is found, and is to be extinguished by the scientists who find that cure. Those same scientists will also unearth a time capsule left by the International Diabetes Federation in 1991 as part of Banting’s centenary celebration! How cool is that?

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He Was a Military Hero

In 1914, Banting attempted to enter the army but was refused twice due to poor eyesight. He successfully joined in 1915 and his medical education was fast-tracked in order to have more doctors in the war-effort. In 1918, he was seriously wounded in the Battle of Cambrai, and despite his injury and intense enemy fire he helped other wounded men for sixteen hours until another doctor told him to stop. For this he was awarded the Military Cross in 1919 for heroism.

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He’s an Acclaimed Artist

After winning the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine at the young age of 31, Banting felt all the professional pressures that follow that kind of success. He found refuge from this stress in painting, and eventually formed a close bond with Group of Seven painter A.Y. Jackson. The two travelled much of Canada together painting the Rockies and Northern landscape. His works are quite collectible.

He Died Serving Our Country

When the Second World War broke out, Banting began working for the National Research Council in the area of aviation medicine. His work helped contribute to the G-suit, a special outfit worn by pilots to prevent blood from pooling in the lower parts of their body which causes them to black out. In 1941, Banting made the decision to fly to Great Britain to ensure the safe transport of this secret Allied research. His plane failed shortly after departure, and crashed on Newfoundland’s Seven Mile Pond. He survived, but was mortally wounded and died on February 21, 1941.

Related blog posts: Today We Remember.

From all of us here at Execulink, today we say thank you to Sir Frederick Banting and his team for all their efforts both in science and in battle. The discovery of insulin has saved millions of lives, including some of the lives of my own family. We are forever in his debt.

To learn more about diabetes, and to screen yourself to discover your risk of getting the disease, please visit the International Diabetes Federation website here.

 

Sources (photos and information):
https://www.cnet.com/news/google-doodle-world-diabetes-day-frederick-banting/#page-what-does-a-trump-presidency-mean-for-tech

https://www.diabetes.ca/publications-newsletters/diabetes-current-newsletter/diabetes-current-archive/diabetes-current-january-2015/news/5-things-you-didn-t-know-about-sir-frederick-banti
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_Banting
https://bantinghousenhsc.wordpress.com/

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Today We Remember.

Posted by istevens on November 11, 2016

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Today we say thank you to all the brave men and women that fought for us, our freedom, and our country. Thank you. We remember you.

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Today We Remember. 2

Posted by istevens on November 11, 2016

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Today we say thank you to all the brave men and women that fought for us, our freedom, and our country. Thank you. We remember you.

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Ian Stevens
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I’m an engineer’s problem-solving brain in a businessman’s body. Throw in a hint of health nut, a side of avid skier, and a dose of outdoorsman and voila, you’ve got the recipe for me.