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Pizza Nova Kicks off Its Annual “That’s Amore Pizza for Kids” Fundraiser

May is the month of giving at Pizza Nova as they celebrate the start of their annual “That’s Amore Pizza for Kids”, a special campaign in support of Variety Village – the Children’s Charity of Ontario.

Over the past 24 years, Pizza Nova has raised over $2 million for children’s charities, and just last year alone, over $200,000 thousand was raised to help kids play and participate in sports, camps, afternoon programs, and much more.

Pizza Nova President, Domenic Primucci, describes the month of May as a ‘Dip and Give Event’ in which proceeds of every dip sold goes back to Variety Village.

The “That’s Amore Pizza for Kids” fundraiser gives children with disabilities the opportunity to actively participate in sports that otherwise would not be available and runs through May 1- 31 at participating locations.

For more info, and to support Variety Village, please visit: https://www.varietyvillage.ca/

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The Quiet Immigrant Project

TLN Media Group is proud to be a media partner of The Quiet Immigrant Project, a two-month-long exhibit running through to June 26th and currently on display at the Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery in Toronto’s Columbus Centre.

This exhibit celebrates matriarchs with its moving homage to the brave Italian women who immigrated to Canada after World War II. Between 1928 and 1960, over 139,000 thousand brave women left behind everything – family, friends, familiarity, and much more – in the pursuit for a better future. Through sheer strength of character and with neither fanfare or complaint, these unsung heroes wove their way into the fabric of society; their stories of strength, courage, determination, and sacrifice are sure to move, amuse, and captivate in this multifaceted, multimedia, and multilayered legacy piece.

In the video below, TLN TV Host and Producer Francesca Soia takes us through exhibit and the powerful legacy left by these brave Italian women. For more information on The Quiet Immigrant Project, click here.

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ANTHONY SARRACCO: Award-Winning Italian-Canadian Director on his upcoming documentary ‘Lost and Found in Italy,’ Filming in Italy, and the secret to Italian “Nirvana.”

ANTHONY SARRACCO: Award-Winning Italian-Canadian Director on his upcoming documentary ‘Lost and Found in Italy,’ Filming in Italy, and the secret to Italian “Nirvana.”

BY GIOVANNA BONOMO-BLESCIA | International Editor

Bringing The Italian Legacy to Canadian Cinema

Anthony Sarracco, DGC | PLuri-Award Winning Canadian Film Director (Photo Credit: Rebellion Films)

Widely regarded as one of the most significant and influential Italian-Canadian filmmakers in Canada, Anthony Sarracco has Italy running through his veins. Born in Montreal to Italian parents, Sarracco would spend the school year in Canada and summers in Italy with his grandparents. Sarracco studied and worked as an actor for nearly a decade— good part of that time studying at the Strasberg Studio before enrolling in film school. He now spearheads the creative engine at Rebellion Films and, for well over a decade, has developed his skill-set in Film and Television Production. His documentary work took flight after winning a small short documentary competition for his film “Portraits of New York,” judged by Bill Weir and Philip Bloom from CNN’s “The Wonder List.” Anthony has since produced ten feature documentaries, all sold for television broadcasting. Among his award-winning documentaries in collaboration with TLN Media group are Tendenza (2020), Malocchio Moderno (2021), Montecassino (2018).

Cinematographer/Composer Michael Franceschini and Anthony Sarracco (Photo Credit: Rebellion Films)

Shared with Cinematographer Michael Franceschini, Sarracco has won more than 20 Best Film Awards in multiple categories at several prestigious Film Festivals worldwide, including the Vegas film awards, Cannes World Film Festival, the Florence Film Awards, and Hollywood Gold Awards. Categories include but are not limited to “Best Feature Documentary,” “Best Director in a Feature,” “Best Original Story,” and “Best Feature Script.”

Italy-Canada Partnerships

In 2019, I had published an article about my reversion to Catholicism after a life-changing visit to the Sanctuary of Saint Padre Pio in San Giovanni Rotondo, Puglia. It was a piece that I thought would damage my career, yet little could I imagine that Antonio Giorgi, journalist and longtime Host of TLN, would read and bring this story to Sarracco’s attention.

Sarracco: I first met Giovanna while working on a documentary on the life of a Capuchin monk named Padre Pio. She had a beautiful testimonial to share and was a must-have interview for the project. During our many zoom calls prepping for the interview that I would be flying from Canada to Italy to conduct, I began to notice a natural familiarity with Giovanna and her husband, Tony. It was as though I had known them my entire life. Our brief meetings grew into two-hour-long conversations where we discussed not only the documentary but life. There was a sincerity and intimacy in the stories we shared that would normally come with years of nourishing a friendship.

Lost and Found in Italy

Sarracco: After reading Lost and Found in Italy, nearly devouring the words on the pages in a day, I was awestruck by Giovanna’s ability to hit deep emotions I have had brewing inside of me for years. It left me wanting. It reminded me of something I had learned long ago and was now fading. A choice. A choice I had made NOT to take the “natural” (or what I call the unnatural) path set out for me by my ancestral karmic debt. Severing ties, this one, in particular, allows a person to grow exponentially from the limits burnt into their subconscious, allowing one to unplug from the machine (yes, the film guy made a Matrix reference).”

Michael Franceschini filming Giovanna Bonomo and Film Producer Yuping Lin in Trevignano Romano

In early Fall 2021, the actor turned producer/director, Sarracco and Director of Photography Michael Franceschini, broke ground in Italy, and we quickly began production on Lost and Found in Italy. We conducted nearly 20 interviews with people worldwide, including American and Canadian Influencers Luke Ranieri and Elissa Dell’Aera, Internationally-Acclaimed Artist Michal Cole, Italian singer/songwriter Mauro DiMaggio, Michelin Star Chefs Antonio Zaccardi and Angelica Giannuzzi, Diana Von Harsdorf, a German Baroness who did every job known to man to stay in the Eternal City.

The big takeaway?

Sarracco: We are not machines; we are human beings. Beautiful, living, breathing complex organisms and should be treated as such. You are not meant to enjoy 14 days out of 365. You are designed to live. Italy offers life worth living. It offers an opportunity to feed your senses on a daily basis. Sure it’s not perfect, but what country is?

Shooting in Rome’s most iconic locations during the height of the pandemic wasn’t easy. We had location permissions for most of our shots, and Anna Cosimi, Apulia-Coast-to-Coast personal driver, chauffeured us throughout the capital fighting through traffic and protecting the crew from anyone and everyone who dared get in our way. All went surprisingly smooth until we got to Trevi Fountain. But I’ll let Anthony tell this story from his perspective:

Sarracco: Our schedule was fast and rigorous, and the covid restrictions were a pain in the butt. Italian bureaucracy veered its ugly head when we attempted to film a short sequence at the Trevi fountain. I like telling this story because, for me, it describes Italy in a nutshell. We arrived in the early morning to film, only to be stopped by two military soldiers. They informed us that we could not film near the fountain without a permit from the lord’s high command (I’m exaggerating for effect). We dumbed down the operation and told them we would only film with our iPhones. They refused. We pointed out that there were about a dozen tourists at this very moment filming with their iPhones. Did all these people have permits? They didn’t care for reason. Hopeless. As Giovanna haggled with the soldiers, I did what I had learned on my many trips to Italy—I went for a coffee and cornetto. A form of meditation, if you will. Upon my return, we decided to strip down our cameras and enter the area of the Trevi Fountain from the northern side where the military guards couldn’t see us. You see, even though the military may say NO, the Polizia may say YES. And so it went.

We got our shots. It was beautiful. The police officer standing next to us smiled, and everyone was happy. Italy in a nutshell. Italian bureaucracy equation: No + passionate argument (regardless if the person is a government operative wielding a fully automatic assault rifle or not) + espresso + adaptation = Italian nirvana. Needless to say, I am looking forward to part two of Giovanna’s book, and I hope everyone finds their Italy!

Films To Look Out for In 2022/2023

2022/2023 will bring several new productions, including long-awaited documentaries: Gotica, Padre Pio, Lost and Found in Italy, Candombe, Italofobia, and Whip Cream—a brand new six-episode English language comedy series about a Neapolitan pastry chef hiding in Brampton coming to TLN, Canada’s most influential multicultural media company. For more information on Anthony Sarracco and Upcoming Rebellion Films productions, visit: www.rblfilms.com

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Italy at Home Film Festival on TLN TV

TLN Media Group is proud to announce the return of the annual Italy at Home Film Festival on TLN TV, featuring 15 Box Office comedy hits with English subtitles!

Get ready to Smile Italian Style as movie lovers unite for this specially curated lineup of critically acclaimed Italian comedies. TLN TV Host and Producer, Antonio Giorgi, gives us the insider scoop for some of the highlights in this year’s film festival:

  • Uno di Famiglia (One of the Family): a strange mafia boss who likes and dislikes everyone.
  • Troppo Napoletano (From Naples With Love): a young kid growing up in Naples.
  • Forever Young: starring an Italian DJ who refuses to grow up.

 

TLN Media Group is proud to be the country’s leading purveyor of Italian Films in its nearly 40 years in Ethnic Media.

For the full line up of movies and trailers, visit: https://www.tln.ca/italy-at-home-film-festival-2022/

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TLN Media Group Makes Top 30 on Playback’s 2022 Indie Report

TLN Media Group Makes Top 30 on Playback’s 2022 Indie Report

Playback Canada’s Indie List 2022 is in, and TLN Media Group continues to make its mark in the production sector as one of Canada’s top independent production companies!

Working alongside a talented team of award-winning multicultural and multi-lingual writers, directors, crew and collaborators, TLN Studios is currently producing an extensive list of tv and digital media projects in over half a dozen languages.

As Canada’s most influential multicultural media company, we are deeply-rooted in Canadian stories and storytelling for national and worldwide audiences.

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Golden Age Academy: A Mosaic of Cultural Diversity

TLN TV host and producer, Antonio Giorgi, recently had the opportunity to visit the Golden Age Academy (GAA) in Toronto after their recent closure due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Golden Age Academy: About

The Golden Age Academy is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1997 by a group of seniors who had an interest in arts and crafts as a means for expression through different artforms. Members of the GAA gather once a month and present their art, socialize, exchange ideas, art techniques, and express their feelings; it is a way for members to reconnect as they welcome the reopening of the academy.

Visiting the Non-Profit Organization

In the following video, GAA supporter Franca Brocca comments on the importance of accepting and welcoming everyone so they have the freedom to express themselves through their heritage, background, passion, beliefs, and their love for art. GAA President, Lucia Paterra Catania, also shares what art means to her, and her open chair and table policy at the academy and also invites community members to partake in the event.

The GAA is an open welcome space for members to meet, share their work, and integrate with the community. For more information, please visit, http://www.goldenageacademy.org/

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Steve Gregory, Honorary Colonel of the 2nd Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery

TLN Media Group was honoured to support and be part of the 2022 International Forum on Peace, Security & Prosperity, held in Agira, Sicily. Steve Gregory, Honorary Colonel of the 2nd Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery, discusses this year’s online forum with TLN TV host Antonio Giorgi.

About the Conference

The theme of this year’s online conference was: “Winning the Peace”, which was addressed through four panels of academics, operational experts, and students from military and civilian institutions, from more than 30 countries.

The forum also explored the eight pillars of positive peace, and the sustainability for peace in a prosperous society, a great and timely initiative that is now more relevant than ever with the current state of the world. Military personnel were also invited to speak and describe the unique role the military has on maintaining peace.

Honorary Colonel Steve Gregory

Colonel Gregory shared insight as to how the peace forum is specifically geared towards younger generations, academics, and military colleges, as teaching the youth to keep peace is imperative for the future of humanity.

The International Forum on Peace hopes to expand as the largest peace forum worldwide, and welcomes the support of teachers, colleges, and universities worldwide.

For more information, visit: psp-forum.org

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Aspiring Latino-Canadian Comedian Lucas Lopez Vilet on His Rise to TikTok Fame

Latino-Canadian TikTok Content Creator, Lucas Lopez Vilet, quickly rose to fame over the past two years, amassing 2.5 million followers with quick-wit humour and Hispanic focused parodies.

TLN TV Host and Producer, Camila Gonzalez, had the opportunity to speak with Lopez over his recent transition to a full-time TikTok content creator during the COVID-19 pandemic in the latest segment of TLN Connects.

Lucas Lopez: Career Decision

Lopez decided to make TikTok his full-time career when he realized that the standard traditional route was not in his path, opting to take the route he knew he would excel in. “It was basically all or nothing”, states the young social star.

Latino-Hispanic culture is centered around strict parenting, however, Lopez shares that his mother has always been very supportive about him following his dreams.

Pushing Through Adversity

Unfortunately, the TikTok star states that he did receive some backlash from the Latino Community over his content, but voiced that his intentions are light-hearted and fun.

His content is focused on Hispanic culture norms, his time in Florida, and his father, recalling him as a “naturally very funny guy.”

Lopez hopes his TikTok career will propel him in the right direction towards stand up comedy, and eventually film to aid in the fight for Latino-Canadian representation on the big screen.

How to Watch Lucas Lopez

TLN Media Group would like to congratulate you, Lucas, and wishes you much success!

To watch Lucas Lopez Vilet’s content, visit his TikTok account and his Instagram profile.

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TLN Media Group Unveils New Canadian TV Specials: “Speaking Freely”

TLN Media Group Unveils New Canadian TV Specials:
“Speaking Freely” with
Dr. Rafael Gomez

Sundays at 8P/et on TLN TV – Starts April 24th

A TLN Media Group commissioned series of TV specials entitled Speaking Freely will air Sundays at 8P/et starting April 24th on TLN TV.

The series of one-hour specials is hosted by Dr. Rafael Gomez, Professor of Employment Relations at the University of Toronto, and produced by Render Media at the TLN Media Group Studios in Toronto’s Columbus Centre, with additional contributions from guests across Canada.

Speaking Freely represents our serious side. “As an independent immigrant-owned media company operating in a Canadian media environment dominated by giant concerns, we believe we have a public duty to our multicultural communities and the Canadian public at large to use our channels to advance public discourse of fundamental issues. Our democratic values and future depend on it, and Dr. Gomez is the ideal protagonist. He is decidedly respectful, evidence-based and uncompromising when it comes to uncovering the truth.”  TLN Media Group President, Aldo Di Felice

“It is no secret that the rigid adherence to establishment narratives and the shunning of dissident and heterodox viewpoints from the left and right, is driving the growth of alternative online programming. Digital formats and platforms are creating massive audiences for independent journalists and hosts.  Nonetheless, I believe that there is still an audience for a legacy news product that bucks the current corporate consensus and provides honest and intelligent discussion in the tradition of past shows of the 1970’s and 1980’s like the Shulman Files and Firing Line. Speaking Freely, seeks to fill a gap. It brings a modern sensibility to the current affairs format with entertaining debate that does not shy away from asking tough questions and provides a platform for voices rarely heard in mainstream media.”  Dr. Rafael Gomez, Professor of Employment Relations at the University of Toronto

Speaking Freely examines the past, present and future of Canadian democracy and our multicultural society. Where have we come from, where are we now and where are we going? To address these questions, we interview regular citizens and experts who are willing to speak freely about the issues that matter to Canadians.

Episode topics follow:
“Is The Media Becoming the Message? – Has traditional media lost its relevance for most Canadians and does the rise of independent journalism point to a brighter future?

“Who Stands on Guard for Thee?”
–  In 1961, a young Canadian hero named Frances Oldham Kelsey stopped the approval of Thalidomide in the US saving thousands of lives…in Canada, however, we allowed pregnant women to take the drug. Have we learned anything since then?

“Are We Running Roughshod Over Democracy?”- How well have Canada’s democratic institutions held up during the past two years? Has the pandemic provided a convenient cover for the weakening of voter accountability and public voice?

“Never Say Never Again – The History of Internment in Canada” – As we witness the awful scenes of war and displacement in the Ukraine, did you know that during WWI Canada interned around 80,000 people, mostly Ukrainian Canadians under the authority of the War Measures Act. Many were also obliged to register as “enemy aliens” during the war. The same thing happened again during WWII to Japanese, Italian and Jewish Canadians of German descent. Who’s to say it can’t happen again?

“Inflation Nation – Is Inflation Out of Control in Canada?” – Less than a year ago we were being told by government officials that the problem with our economy was the threat of deflation. Now that gas is approaching 2 dollars a litre, housing prices are through the roof across the country, and food prices skyrocketing, does anyone doubt that we are in an inflation spiral?

“Canada’s Covid Exit Strategy  
What Can Be Learned from the Past Two Years?” – The pandemic began with a simple catch phrase – “two weeks to flatten the curve”. Two years later we ask the question, have decision makers learned anything about how to handle the next public health crisis?

For more information, contact: Bruna Aloe | Senior Director, Communications & Marketing | 416.744.5745 | [email protected]

About Dr. Rafael Gomez
Rafael Gomez is a Full Professor of Employment Relations in Human Resources at the University of Toronto. Many of you may know Rafael from his many publications. Others may have seen or heard him in the media as he has been a frequent guest on radio, TV and other media. Prof. Gomez received his Bachelors in Economics and Political Science from Glendon College, a Masters in Economics and a PhD in Industrial Relations from the University of Toronto. He went on to teach at the London School of Economics and has held Visiting appointments internationally at Moscow State University, University of Munich, University of Zurich, the Central Bank of Spain among others. He returned to the University of Toronto as Associate Professor in 2009 and as Full Professor in 2020. Prof. Gomez’s many research interests include small-scale entrepreneurship, worker preferences for workplace representation and the effect of demographic change on labour markets and economic institutions. He has co-authored and co-edited 4 books and over 70 articles and chapters in prestigious academic publications. In 2013 his book The Little Black Book for Managers was published by Wiley and became a UK business book bestseller. In 2015 his book Small Business and City: The Transformative Potential of Small-Scale Entrepreneurship was published by Rotman-UTP press and in 2019 his book The Everyday Leader was published by Bloomsbury Press.

About TLN Media Group
Nearing 40 years of service to Canadians, the TLN Media Group organization brands continue to inform and entertain millions. Whether in Italian, Spanish, English and other languages, TLN has played a key role in the development of the national multicultural media landscape.  Since launching in 1984, the original ethnic TV channel “Telelatino” has grown to become TLN Media Group, Canada’s most influential multicultural media company. TLN Media Group is an independent, immigrant-owned organization dedicated to connecting communities through storytelling and shared experiences. As a multicultural advocacy leader, TLN Media Group selects, curates, produces, and commissions unique and culturally significant TV and digital content distributed in Canada and worldwide.  TLN TV, the original flagship channel has evolved into a mainstream-friendly destination providing multiculturally rich content. TLN Media Group also operates Canada’s most widely available multilingual TV channels led by Spanish language leader Univision Canada and top Italian language services Mediaset Italia Canada and TGCOM24 news network. And TLN Media Group’s additional TV channels include Canada’s first and only Heritage language channels for kids, Telebimbi (Italian) and Teleniños (Spanish), bringing well-known Canadian-made kids shows to families nationwide; and EuroWorld Sport TV, a channel dedicated to sports fandom. TLN Media Group has produced and promoted many cultural events and festivals, the most widely recognized of which is the annual TD Salsa in Toronto/Salsa on St Clair summer festival and street party.

About Render Media
Render Media in an Award-Winning Video Agency that has been engaging audiences through video, digital media, and experiences, since 2008. Along with full-service video production capabilities, Render Media has a wide array of digital products and services for Marketing, Advertising, and Communications. Through its divisions Render Cast and Render Docs, Render Media also produces world class Live Webcasting, Virtual Events, Vlog Series, Video Podcasts, Talk Shows, Documentaries, Docu-Series, and Factual TV Series.

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April Is Caritas Awareness Month Across TLN Media Group Channels

Each year, TLN Media Group is dedicated to building awareness and support for the Caritas School of Life throughout the month of April, having raised over $2 million to date since 1996.

TLN Media Group’s national and multilingual PSA campaign across the network’s family of channels (TLN Television, Mediaset Italia and Univision Canada) continues to help increase national awareness of the therapeutic residential program that offers support to those struggling with addictions and mental health.

Caritas Residential Program Manager Silvana Tibollo discusses the positive effects that the program has had on its residents and what the organization is doing to assist more people. Despite COVID-19 impacting business and changing the ways that work was completed, Caritas was able to remain operating, but they also had a long waitlist of people who were looking to receive help.

For residents, the program is a positive uphill trajectory towards a light at the end of the tunnel, and a step in the right direction towards regaining their life. The 24-month long program has an 85% success rate and aims to help its residents build a sustainable lifestyle on the road to recovery.

With Caritas regional group centres in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver, the annual PSA campaign is one of a series of TLN Media Group outreach initiatives to support its viewing audience and their communities.

Stay tuned to TLN Television, Mediaset Italia and Univision Canada throughout the month of April for more information on how to help support Caritas.

Click here or call (416) 748-9988 to make a donation to Caritas.