October is a significant month for Hispanic/Spanish-speaking communities worldwide, and the government of Canada has designated it as Latin American Heritage Month. As Canada’s most influential multicultural media leader, TLN Media Group celebrates Latin American Heritage Month with a series of initiatives, special programming, and theatrical premiere screenings of original documentaries at Toronto’s Latin American Film Festival (LATAFF). This celebration honors the rich tapestry of Latinx cultures, countries, and people for their significant social, economic, and political contributions to our nation.
TLN Media Group supports and showcases Canada’s over 1.5 million Spanish-speaking communities year-round, a commitment we’ve upheld for nearly four decades. However, we acknowledge the significance of October in amplifying voices and shining a spotlight on the diverse aspects of Latino culture. This celebration enriches Canada’s cultural mosaic, fostering opportunities for cross-cultural appreciation and understanding.
TLN MEDIA GROUP ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY PRESENTATIONS
TLN Media Group takes great pride in its longstanding tradition of producing unique, top-quality programs with the participation of a culturally diverse roster of writers, directors, and production crew. Made by multicultural Canadians for all Canadians to enjoy, TLN Media Group’s extensive catalogue of original productions connects communities with the passions that make their cultures unique and ensures these stories are accessible for future generations. We place a spotlight on the unique Hispanic Canadian stories that celebrate the vibrancy of our country’s diversity.
LATAFF | Oct 1-31
Proudly presented by VIVA Streaming TV and the Hispanic Canadian Heritage Council, the Toronto Latin American Film Festival takes place throughout the month of October.
TLN Media Group has partnered with the Hispanic Canadian Heritage Council (HCHC) to feature special theatrical screenings of its original Spanish language documentaries at the Toronto Latin American Film Festival (LATAFF) on Saturday, October 21st, at 4P and 6P at Innis Town Hall Theatre. Click HERE for the complete festival lineup!
PLUS NEW THIS YEAR
Catch the online LATAFF Film Festival on VIVA Streaming TV! Get access to a specially curated LATAFF lineup of Spanish films, PLUS a huge catalogue of on-demand content and LIVE channels including Univision Canada, Cinelatino and Teleninos – todo en espano! Go to vivatv.ca and subscribe today to get the LATAFF Discount!
Use code LATAFF and take advantage of a special limited time offer of $12.99 for the month OR $49.99 for the entire year!
Heart of Goal: The Rise of Canadian Soccer
In 1986, Canada’s soccer team made it to the World Cup. After many struggles, soccer in Canada is improving thanks to a new group of diverse players. This documentary tells the story of Jonathan Osorio and his team trying to qualify for the World Cup again after 36 years.
Candombe: Canciones de Libertad
Candombe, a UNESCO Cultural Heritage, began with African slaves in Uruguay who found solace in music. It‘s a captivating style with powerful drums and lively dances. Uruguayan immigrants brought it to Montreal, enriching Canada’s heritage. This documentary tells its story.
Dia de los Muertos
Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead, is a significant Mexican tradition. It’s now celebrated in Canada by Hispanic immigrants who cherish their culture and share it. This documentary explores its importance to Mexican Canadians and its spread in Canada.
Un Nuevo Norte – Energía
Many Latin American professionals are coming to Canada and bringing their creative ideas to sustainable energy. This project in Spanish shows how they’re making a big impact here and around the world.
Univision Canada will broadcast special presentations of Spanish language TLN Original documentaries airing on Saturdays at 6:00P.
Una Mañana Cualquiera | October 1
A man who has decided to end his life faces distractions and interruptions delaying his demise. Will it be enough to prevent him from taking action or to change his mind?
Los Primeros Hispanos | October 8
This exploration delves into the early Hispanic settlements in Canada, tracing Spanish adventurers’ journeys from the Caribbean to the Pacific North shores, claiming territories as early as 1789.
No Todo El Oro Brilla | October 15
Canadian mining executive was kidnapped in Colombia by the ELN, sparking a series of similar incidents and conflicts between international mining companies and local communities. This investigative documentary explores Canada’s role in this contentious industry.
Carmen: La Hija Revolucionaria | October 22
This documentary explores the life of Carmen Aguirre, a Chilean-Canadian artist, writer, actor, and activist who fled to Canada as a child following the 1973 coup in Chile, later becoming a militant and advocate for social justice in Vancouver.
Evolución Constante Con Boogat | October 29
Boogat, born in Quebec, blends his French Canadian-Mexican roots into his distinctive Latin-urban-electronic music, earning accolades, including a 2017 Juno award. This biopic chronicles his journey from humble beginnings to global recognition.
TLN Media Group celebrates Latin American Heritage Month this October with original documentary presentations, theatrical premiere screenings, community partnerships, and coverage across Canada.
TLN MEDIA GROUP SPECIALS | Oct 9-13 at 8P
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT – HISPANIC CANADIAN SUCCESS STORIES:
TLN Media Group is happily embedded in our communities in Canada even as those communities have evolved in many different directions. We see our role as evolving with them all and that includes initiatives and stories that showcase various aspects Latino culture. As part of our month-long festivities, our original community segments will shine a spotlight on the events and success stories of Hispanics across Canada including interviews with government officials, community land business leaders, artists, and unsung heroes. The goal of our daily production effort is to inform, entertain, inspire, and unite all Canadians now more than ever and celebrate the diversity that is Canada’s strength. Latin American Heritage Month initiatives include:
Latin Parade & Fall Fiesta 2023 | Sept 30 – Oct 1
TLN Media Group is a proud sponsor of the Latin Parade and Fall Fiesta 2023 in partnership with the Hispanic Canadian Heritage Council (HCHC)! Join us for two days of music, dance, handicrafts, folklore, food, arts, culture and Latin American Roots. Come celebrate the enormous work that the Hispanic-Latino-Canadian community does every day in Toronto! Click here for more info.
LATAFF | Oct 1-31
Proudly presented by VIVA Streaming TV and the Hispanic Canadian Heritage Council LATAFF launched in 2015 to connect the Latinx community with their roots by providing a platform that showcases Latin American cinema to a diverse audience, bridging cultures, generations, and backgrounds. PLUS NEW THIS YEAR – stream LATAFF Films on VIVA Streaming TV! Click here for more info.
TLN 10 Most Influential | TBD
Since 2007, This prestigious event celebrates the outstanding contributions of Hispanic Canadians to various fields and will take place during Latin American Heritage Month. It’s a fitting occasion to recognize the remarkable impact these individuals have made in Canada. Click here for more info.
Canada Salsa & Bachata Congress | Oct 5-9
TD Salsa in Toronto, TLN and Univision Canada are proud presenting partners of the 19th Annual Canada Salsa & Bachata Congress taking place from Oct 5-9 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel. Click here for more info.