Alberta media news, events, awards & personalities

The Edmonton International Film Festival (EIFF) Announces the 2017 Jury Awards & Oscar Qualifying Short Films

Film-AwardsThe Edmonton International Film Festival (EIFF) announced this year’s Jury Awards, chosen from an outstanding 2017 EIFF program  This year’s full festival line-up featured more than 150 films – short, documentary, dramatic and feature-length – curated from a record-breaking 4,000 submissions.This year’s two Grand Jury Short Film winners are now eligible for OSCAR consideration. The Award Winning Short Films screen on Saturday, October 7 at 10am in Landmark Cinemas. 

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Alberta Radio Station — CHQR aka Newstalk 770 AM | Calgary’s Breaking News and Conversation Station

R-CHQRCHQR branded as Newstalk 770 AM is owned and operated by Corus Radio, and is a sister station to CFGQ, branded Q107, and CKRY branded Country 105 in Calgary and a sister station to CISN, CHED, CKNG, branded Fresh 92.5 FM and CHQT, branded iNews 880 in Edmonton. With the exception of one show, all of CHQR’s weekday programming is produced in-house.

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Alberta Media Moves | September 2017

MM-Gord-GilliesGord Gillies is now with News Talk 770 (CHQR) radio in Calgary.  Gillies worked at Global Calgary for 25 years and is known throughout the city as the co-anchor of Global News Hour at 6 alongside Linda Olsen. The new radio show, The Morning News with Gord Gillies, breaks down key issues facing Calgarians with engaging debate, featuring Gillies’ jovial and insightful take on daily headlines. Gillies took over from long-time morning radio host Bruce Kenyon who is retiring after 42 years in the business. 

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Edmonton International Film Festival 2017 Showcases 140 Films from 32 Countries | September 28 – October 1

Edmonton-Film-FestivalThe 31st annual Edmonton International Film Festival (EIFF) launches today and will have Edmonton buzzing with big screen productions for nine days and nine nights. This year, the event features 140 films from 32 different countries around the world. In 2016, the EIFF was designated as an “Oscar qualifying” film festival by the the Academy of Motion Picture and Sciences, meaning juried winners in the EIFF’s Best Short Film (Live Action) and Best Short Film (Animation) categories can advance in the OSCAR nomination process.

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Alberta Media News | September 2017

OMNI-logoRogers Media’s new national multilingual channel OMNI Regional debuted September 1 with half hour, daily national newscasts in Cantonese, Italian, Mandarin, and Punjabi. Regionally-focused, weekday current affairs programs are also being produced locally in Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, and Vancouver. Focus Cantonese, Focus Mandarin and Focus Punjabi offer provincial, municipal, healthcare and business news. OMNI Regional is being offered nationally on all digital basic television packages with top stories from the day available online at

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Alberta Media Events | September 2017

Media-ChallengeThe Edmonton Comedy Festival presents the Media Challenge on Thursday, October 12 at 7:30pm at the ATB Financial Arts Barns, 10330 84 Ave. Hosted by Kevin Stobo, starring Tim Nutt, and depending on how many chicken out, featuring 16 local media personalities attempting stand-up comedy for the first or second time. From television, radio, and print you’ll recognize them all.

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Marilyn Jones, Edmonton, Alberta ABOUT ME
I am Marilyn Jones, a news junkie with a penchant for publishing, politics, communications, gardening, hiking, reading, the arts and training nonprofit organizations in media relations and social media communications in Alberta (BA in English with Honours, U of A; Master of Publishing, SFU)