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LitFest: Canada’s Only NonFiction Literary Festival Runs from October 13 – 23, 2016

Lit FestivalThe 11-day festival connects nonfiction fans with the authors and writers that are guiding conversations that matter to Canadians, from climate change to politics, social issues, and  ever-changing trends in cuisine. Festival attendees explore a wide variety of nonfiction related content, including author panels, readings, live performances, and master-class writing workshops. Single tickets for each production and all access festival passes are now on sale. Here’s my favourite picks for this year’s festival: 

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A Brief History of Journal Le Franco Newspaper in Alberta

Le Franco AlbertaIn 1898 the first Franco-Albertan newspaper in Western Canada was founded. By 1928, six French newspapers emerged. Not all had the same longevity and some were successful outside the borders of the province, for example, the newspaper L’Union founded in 1917 was, “one of the top ten independent newspapers in French Canada,” according to Le Devoir. Despite its reputation, the differences between the leaders of the newspaper L’Union and the newly founded French Canadian Association of Alberta (founded in 1926) resulted in the disappearance of the L’Union in 1929 and the founding of a new journal LS Alberta, which then became the official publication of the French Canadian Association of Alberta. The new newspaper, LS Alberta, was launched on November 16, 1928. 

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Edmonton’s Mosiac Entertainment Wraps Principal Photography on #Roxy, a New Romantic Comedy for Teens

Jake-ShortEdmonton-based Mosaic Entertainment just wrapped principal photography on a new feature film titled #Roxy. Shot in Edmonton and St. Albert, #Roxy, a teenage romantic-comedy, is a modern retelling of the 19th century verse play Cyrano de Bergerac. It is a younger version of the 1987 romantic comedy Roxanne starring Steve Martin, as a firefighter with a huge nose in love with a beautiful newcomer.

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Newcap Radio Launches Emerging Talent Program


newcap radio logoNewcap Radio marked Canada Day by launching an initiative promoting emerging Canadian music talents on its network of stations and affiliated social media networks. In a marketplace offering fewer opportunities to starter acts, the benefits are huge for those trying to gain traction and attention nationwide. Newcap has done innumerable initiatives for emerging Canadian artists in the past–but this is the first time the broadcast company has leveraged its size and scope in this way.

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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)