Alberta media news, events, awards & personalities

The 2012 Corus Entertainment Distinguished Lecture “Stories about Storytellers” Edmonton, March 2, 2012

Douglas GibsonPrepare to meet Alice Munro, Pierre Trudeau, Robertson Davies, Alistair MacLeod, Mavis Gallant, Hugh MacLennan, Peter C. Newman, Brian Mulroney, Morley Callaghan, John Kenneth Galbraith, Paul Martin, James Houston, Peter Gzowski, W.O. Mitchell, and many more. MacEwan’s School of Communications invites you to hear Douglas Gibson, the 2012 Corus Entertainment Lecturer. This free public event is scheduled for March 2, 2012 in the Haar Theatre at the Centre for Arts and Communications at MacEwan University. The address is 10045 156 Street. There will be a reception at 5:00 p.m. with the lecture at 6:00 p.m. and dessert and networking to follow. Admission is free. There is no need to RSVP.

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New Romantic Comedy Now Shooting in Edmonton January 5 to 25, 2012

I Think I Do Edmonton FilmI Think I Do from Rocky Mountain Picture Company and Panacea Entertainment starring Mia Kirshner is now being shot and produced in Edmonton. I Think I Do is a romantic-relationship comedy about commitment, cold feet, the endurance of true love, the importance of family ties and the hard lesson learned that, try as we may, life simply does not go as planned. I Think I Do will be screened on W Network in Canada and Lifetime in the United States. Starring Canada’s Mia Kirshner along with Jenny Cooper, Sara Canning, James Thomas, the film is being made in Edmonton with a local crew and production team featuring locations and services from local vendors.

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CKUA Awarded $5 Million for their Capital Campaign by the City of Edmonton

CKUA Radio AlbertaIn a recent capital budget meeting this December, the City of Edmonton granted the request by CKUA of $5 million. The funds were requested to offset the difference in the purchase price of their new location in the former Alberta Hotel building and the sale price of their current location at the Alberta Block on 105 Street and Jasper Avenue in Edmonton. “The City’s funding is key to the whole process. We’ll now be able to leverage their support fto secure private and publich sector funding,” reports Ken Regan, the station manager. Now in the “quiet period” of a larger campaign to redevelop the Alberta Hotel location to suit their needs. The current location in the Alberta Block decidedly does not suit their needs as Todd Babiuk makes clear in an April 7, 2011 column in the Edmonton Journal:

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Jerry Forbes Centre for Community Spirit to Hold Fundraising Gala in Edmonton on October 1, 2011

Jerry Forbes Centre for Community Spirit Mardi Gras GalaThe Jerry Forbes Centre for Community Spirit (named after Jerry Forbes Sr, the GM of CHED for 28 years) is holding a 2011 Mardi Gras Dinner and Auction on Saturday October 1, 2011 at the Crowne Plaza Chateau Lacombe. Tickets: $125 per person. Dress: Formal. 5:30 Cocktails & Silent Auction, 6:45 Dinner, 7:00 Live Auction, 9:00 Dance. All proceeds to support Jerry Forbes Centre for Community Spirit and the Rotary Club of Edmonton South. The Jerry Forbes Centre for Community Spirit is named in honour of broadcaster Jerry Forbes who got his start at CFRN in 1947. He moved to CHED in 1954 where he was their first production manager and eventually became the station’s general manager and founded CHED’s Santa’s Anonymous Program. He spent 28 years at the station and retired and passed away in 1981. His commitment to community spirit is now being taken over by his son, Marty Forbes. Like his father before him, Marty recently retired as the GM at Edmonton’s Astral Media stations after spending his professional career in broadcasting.  

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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)