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BARKING UP THE RIGHT TREE: If you’re shopping for an animal lover, Target has just the answer! These adorable ceramic cookie jars – one in the shape of a cat and the other shaped like a dog – are sure to steal her heart. Plus, you can probably expect more cookies in your future. Sweet! (Valentine’s Ceramic Dog/Cat Cookie Jar, $22, target.ca)

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide: 10 touching treats for $30 or less

HELLO! Canada | posted Thursday, Feb 12th, 2015

Unless you’ve got a high-maintenance gal, most ladies are simply looking for a small token of your love on Valentine’s Day.

Some want you to scrap the cheesy roses and chocolates for more creative fare (heart-shaped pizza, anyone?), while others are happy being showered with scaled-down versions of the usual goodies.

We’ve rounded up 10 thoughtful gifts – ringing in at $30 or less – that your love (and your wallet) are sure to adore.

5 TV Shows to Binge on Family Day

Maria Tallarico | posted Tuesday, Feb 10th, 2015

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Scheming mothers, unscrupulous fathers, covert KGB agent spouses—we’re spending some quality time this Family Day (Feb. 9 in B.C., Feb. 16 in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario) with clans that are more Borgias than Brady Bunch. (Don’t worry, we added in some warm-and-fuzzies, too.)

All titles are streaming now on Shomi!

Transparent

After a two huge Golden Globe wins (Best Series, Comedy or Music, and Best Actor, Comedy or Musical, for star Jeffrey Tambor), Transparent has gone from streaming darling to must-watch TV. Centering on the gender reassignment of a divorced father of three, Morton Pfefferman (who becomes Maura), the show was inspired by creator Jill Soloway’s father, who came out as trans a few years ago. With Bruce Jenner’s upcoming reality TV series on his transition into a woman, many are hoping 2015 will be a milestone year for LGBT awareness.

Jeffrey Tambor as Maura Pfefferman in Transparent

Jeffrey Tambor as Maura Pfefferman in Transparent 

Scandal

Dynamo Olivia Pope is known for her beautiful coats, passionate rallying cries and undying loyalty to her white-hat Gladiators. And although much is made of the love triangle with Jake and President Fitz, it’s her relationship with her omnipresent and intimidating father that creates the boldest, most dramatic moments—and gasp-worthy plot twists that have made Scandal the phenomenon it is.Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope and Joe Morton as her father in Scandal

Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope and Joe Morton as her father in Scandal

The Americans

Set in the Reagan ’80s, The Americans mixes international espionage with the banalities of nuclear family life. After years in an arranged marriage, Russian husband-and-wife spy team Elizabeth and Philip Jennings (played by real-life couple Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys) must navigate the Cold War abroad—and at home, with increasing complications brought on by their feelings for America, their taut marriage and their two children.A scene from The Americans

A scene from The Americans

Sons of Anarchy

While we won’t get to enjoy Charlie Hunnam in Fifty Shades of Grey, his backside gets plenty of play on Sons of Anarchy. As does his dark side—he plays Jax Teller, the heir to an outlaw biker gang, unofficially controlled by a manipulative and brutal matriarch played by the brilliant Katey Segal. With notes of Hamlet, it’ s a pulpy and operatic look at a violent criminal underworld. (And did we mention Charlie Hunnam’s butt?)Charlie Hunam Sons of Anarchy

Charlie Hunnam as Jax Teller in Sons of Anarchy

Parenthood

It recently came to a teary series finale, but it made us cry all along, didn’t it? Parenthood weaves around the Braverman family—two parents, four children, and several grandchildren—as they cope with life’s delightful messiness. The rambling, rapid-fire dinner table banter, the imperfect and evolving relationships and the shifting sibling dynamic make for a sentimental journey. To quote from Twitter, “I’m going to miss certain Bravermans more than I miss some actual people I am related to.”A scene from Parenthood

A scene from Parenthood

A recap of the GRAMMYs: Instagram Edition

Christina Balram | posted Monday, Feb 9th, 2015

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The 57th annual GRAMMY awards took place last night celebrating the biggest musicians in Hollywood and across the world. Here’s a recap of last night, as seen through the celebs themselves via their Instagram accounts.

Getting ready :

Rihanna getting ready and finding out that Eminem won an award for the best rap album for The Marshall Mathers LP2. Rihanna did a collab with Em on The Monster.

we just won a GRAMMY!!! Congrats @eminem

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Miranda Lambert took some time before the show to unwind and do a little karaoke with a cameo from husband Blake Shelton.

#GlamJam #grammy @meghan_trainor @blakeshelton @moanilee @johnnylavoy @tiffanygiffordstyle

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Red carpet:

Taylor brought her best friend Abigail as her date to the GRAMMYs because guys are overrated.

When your red carpet poses are completely on point… @taylorswift

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Charli XCX

thank you Grammy's <3

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Sam Smith

LET'S GO!!!!

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Pharrell Williams showed up on the carpet wearing a white suite with shorts and his date in a jumpsuit.

FLASH…

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Lady Gaga rocked the carpet with a gorgeous silver dress by Brandon Maxwell.

Thank you @brandonvmaxwell for my beautiful dress! I felt so sexy!

Ari looked stunning as always!

@versace_official

During the show:

AC/DC opened the show with a medley of  their songs including, ‘Highway to Hell.’

AC/DC are rocking @theGRAMMYs #grammys #rockorbust

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#Grammys

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Sam Smith was a big winner taking home four awards!

!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pharrell did a unique version of his song ‘Happy’ that had ‘Grand Butapest Hotel’-esque to it, as well as special guests joining him.

Thank you @chanelofficial. #Grammys

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The iconic Tony Bennett did a performance with Lady Gaga.

A wonderful time performing on The Grammys with @ladygaga

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Madonna did a performance of her song ‘Living for love.’

ThAnk you to all my Minataurs!!! You killed it!! ❤️U all! ❤️#livingforlove

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Ariana Grande fan-girled.

loves gonna lift me up!!!! @madonna

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After the show:

Batch @badgalriri

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Juanes performed the GRAMMYs first spanish-language song in 10 years. After the show, he took a quick picture with “With two of my favorite artists.”

Con dos de mis artistas preferidos. @teddysphotos @hozier #Grammys

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The Band Perry took home an award for the award for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for their song ‘Gentle On My Mind.’

#ThrowbackThursday: GRAMMY nominees

Christina Balram | posted Thursday, Feb 5th, 2015

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For #ThrowbackThursday this week, we go back in time and remember the songs that started the careers of some of music’s great artists.

Taylor Swift

Nominations: Best Solo Performance, Record of the Year, Song of the Year
Breakout song: Love Story

This song captured every girl’s dream to live like Romeo & Juliette… where they don’t die.

Beyoncé

Nominations: Album of the Year, Best R&B Performance, Best R&B Song
Breakout song: Crazy in Love

Beyoncé set the bar with this song, and its sexy undertones have become standard in all of Queen B’s songs. #Fierce.

Pharrell Williams

Nominations: Album of the Year, Best Solo Pop Performance, Best Urban Contemporary Album, Best Music Video,
Breakout song: Drop it Like It’s Hot feat. Snoop Dogg

When this song came out in 2004, everyone who sang along in the club thought they were the coolest person in the world.

*Pharrell has done a lot of producing and writing for other artists, with one of his biggest songs he produced being ‘Slave for You’ by Britney Spears.

Coldplay

Nominations: Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Music Film
Breakout song: Yellow

This song is called ‘Yellow.’ Coldplay has received 30 GRAMMY nominations overall. The GRAMMY awards are yellow. Coincidence?

Eminem

Nominations: Best Rap Performance, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, Best Rap Album
Breakout song: My Name Is

This was the introduction to Slim Shady, which answered the prayers of aspiring rappers near and far.

Madonna, Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande confirmed for the GRAMMYs

HELLO! Canada | posted Tuesday, Feb 3rd, 2015

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Madonna will once again take the stage The 57TH Annual GRAMMY Awards. The singer informed fans of her involvement in the awards show by tweeting a picture of her Rebel Heart artwork meshed with a GRAMMY Award. “Rebel Hearts see you Feb 8th @TheGRAMMYs,” she wrote alongside the snap.

The GRAMMY’s official Twitter account confirmed the news shortly after, announcing: “The rumors are true! Seven-time GRAMMY winner @Madonna will perform at the 57th #GRAMMYs.”

Madonna will perform at the 57th annual GRAMMY Awards

This will be Madonna’s fifth time performing at the event, which will air on Feb. 8 on City. The seven-time GRAMMY winner last performed on the show just a year ago, with rappers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

More acts to be confirmed for the Staples Center stage include Ed Sheeran, Australian rockers AC/DC, Ariana Grande and country singer Eric Church.

Ed, 23, is nominated in three different categories, including Album of the Year for X.

 This will be Madonna’s fifth time performing at the event

Ariana was nominated for two awards – Best Pop Duo/Group Performance alongside Jessie J and Nicki Minaj for Bang Bang and Best Pop Vocal Album for My Everything. Eric scored four nominations, most notably Best Country Album for his The Outsiders.

The 57th GRAMMY Awards comes two days before Madonna’s new single, Living For Love, will officially begin its promotion to U.S. radio. It’s the lead track from the Rebel Heart album, which will be released on 10 March through Interscope Records.

Music’s Biggest Night® will be broadcast live exclusively on City on Sunday, February 8 starting at 6:30pm ET/PT with Entertainment City: live at the GRAMMYs, followed immediately by The 57 TH Annual GRAMMY Awards at 8pm ET/PT.

Week of Feb. 2, 2015

BT Toronto | posted Sunday, Feb 1st, 2015

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Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

Monday is Groundhog Day and will Wiarton Willie see his shadow? Jenn and the Live Eye team will be on location to tell you if this cold is here to stay.

Another UK superstar is in studio this week! Olly Murs stops by and performs his new song ‘Wrapped Up.’

And on Friday we’ll be live from Los Angeles as BT goes to the GRAMMYs to celebrate music’s biggest night.

Be sure to watch BT weekdays 5:30 to 9 a.m. on City, right here at BTtoronto.ca, or on our Breakfast Television mobile app for iOS and Android!

Hitting a high note with exclusive multiplatform coverage of the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards

Breakfast Television | posted Thursday, Jan 29th, 2015

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All-Access Pass to Music’s Biggest Night® with Rogers’s Exclusive Multiplatform Coverage of the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards®, Feb. 2 to 9 

A Canadian first for the GRAMMYs – log on to Citytv.com/GRAMMYs during Entertainment City: Live at the GRAMMY®s for an interactive second-screen experience live from City’s GRAMMY headquarters at L.A. Live –

– Barenaked Ladies lead singer Ed Robertson returns to join Rogers’s A-list team of on-air personalities –

To tweet this release: http://goo.gl/WgQ4bT

TORONTO (January 29, 2015) The Hollywood hills are alive with the sound of music as the countdown to the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards® gets underway. Whether it’s inside L.A.’s hottest parties, front and centre on the red carpet, backstage at the show, or interviewing music’s hottest stars  Rogers hits a high note, bringing fans live multiplatform coverage of Music’s Biggest Night®.

The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards® air live on Sunday, Feb. 8, at 8 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings) on City, with coverage airing before and after across Rogers’s suite of media assets.

“Canadian music fans are getting more GRAMMYs than ever before, with our expanded rollout of multiplatform content,” said Jordan Schwartz, Vice President, In-House Productions, Rogers. “From our exclusive red carpet access to this year’s innovative new second-stream broadcast, Rogers’s exceptional on-air team are ensuring fans don’t miss a second of the action and get the most out of their GRAMMYs experience, no matter where they are.”

CITY/YOUR WORLD THIS WEEK

Monday, Feb. 2 to Friday, Feb. 6:

Entertainment City: Daily on Breakfast Television, Your World This Week, and CityNews

Beginning February 2, tune in to Entertainment City all week long, as host Brad Smith brings viewers exclusive behind-the-scenes highlights and interviews from all of L.A.’s biggest parties – including Clive Davis’s annual pre-GRAMMY party, the 25th anniversary of MusiCares Person of the Year tribute, honouring Bob Dylan, and the Canadian Consulate GRAMMY Gala.

Friday, Feb. 6:

Breakfast Television: 5:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. ET/PT (check local listings)

**National Edition**

As the countdown to the awards continues, Breakfast Television goes live from City’s exclusive GRAMMY headquarters at L.A. Live for a special national edition. Anchored by Kevin Frankish and featuring Rogers’s on-air red carpet team – Dina Pugliese (Breakfast Television Toronto), Tracy Moore (Cityline), Brad Smith, Tara Slone (Breakfast Television Calgary/Rogers Hometown Hockey), Alex Despatie (Breakfast Television Montreal), Winston Sih (Breakfast Television Toronto), HELLO! Canada editor-in-chief Alison Eastwood, and Chatelaine style correspondent Susie Wall – viewers will get the first sneak peek at all of the glamorous pre-GRAMMY events, straight from the heart of the action.

Cityline: 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. ET/PT (check local listings)

Get red-carpet ready with a special GRAMMY-themed “Fashion Friday,” as host Tracy Moore and stylist Lynn Spence turn celebrity glamour into every-day wear and take viewers through trendy red-carpet looks. Plus, makeup artist Dino Dilio and hairstylist Janet Jackson provide tips on how to get a picture-perfect face and a head-turning hairstyle, and Kleinfeld’s Jessica Mulroney showcases accessories that rock.

Sunday, Feb. 8:

Entertainment City: Live at the GRAMMY®s: 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings)

**Live Stream Available at Citytv.com/GRAMMYs**

As the exclusive Canadian broadcaster from the official GRAMMY red carpet, City’s A-list team of on-air personalities give viewers a front-row seat to all of the action with the night’s biggest celebrity appearances. Additionally, two-time GRAMMY nominee and Barenaked Ladies lead singer Ed Robertson returns to join the team as special guest host.

Plus, in a Canadian first for the GRAMMYs, music fans can log on to Citytv.com/GRAMMYs during the red carpet special, for a 90-minute, exclusive second-screen broadcast, produced live from City’s GRAMMY headquarters at L.A. Live. From this interactive hub, hosts will bring viewers behind the scenes of this innovative new experience, reacting to celebrity arrivals and sharing their expertise on fashion, music, and entertainment news. Tweet along using the hashtag #CityGRAMMYs.

Monday, Feb. 9:

Breakfast Television: 5:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. ET/PT (check local listings)

**National Edition**

Viewers get an insider’s tour of the music industry’s biggest event with another special national edition of Breakfast Television from L.A. Live, where Kevin Frankish and the GRAMMY red carpet team share highlights from the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards.

Cityline: 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. ET/PT (check local listings)

Joining the action live from Los Angeles, host Tracy Moore takes viewers behind the scenes of her own GRAMMY experience, and Cityline’s fashion panel – including Alison Eastwood and LOULOU beauty director Katherine Lalancette – react to red carpet looks and recap the night’s hits and misses. Plus, digital media correspondent Winston Sih recaps results from the night’s interactive polls at Cityline.ca/GRAMMYs, including best dressed, best performance, funniest moments, and surprising snubs.

ROGERS RADIO

Bringing listeners the music they love most, Rogers Radio presents a one-hour special hosted by Cory Kimm (98.1 CHFI), featuring today’s hottest hits and intimate interviews from this year’s GRAMMY nominees, including Sam Smith, Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Katy Perry, and Pharrell Williams. The special will air on select Rogers Radio stations across Canada, beginning February 2. Plus, tune in to select stations countrywide leading up to the big show to hear special profiles on this year’s nominees, and log on to Rogers Radio websites for a new ‘Great GRAMMY Moment’ uploaded each day, featuring the most memorable highlights from GRAMMYs past.

Then, in addition to City’s expansive television coverage, Damnit Maurie (KiSS 92.5’s Roz & Mocha Show) lends an ear to listeners with behind-the-scenes backstage interviews live throughout the night.

DIGITAL 

A one-stop online shop for all things GRAMMY-related, Citytv.com/GRAMMYs invites viewers to immerse themselves in the music leading up and following the big night with tweets, photos, articles, and four exclusive live streams, including:

  • Entertainment City: Live at the GRAMMY®s broadcast special
  • Live 90-minute second screen broadcast from City’s GRAMMY headquarters at L.A. Live
  • Arrivals cam – be the first to see music’s biggest stars as they arrive
  • Fashion cam – get up close and personal with the most-talked-about looks of the night

Additionally, fans can get their GRAMMY on all week long leading up to the main event, with special online GRAMMYs content from Rogers magazines, including FLARE, LOULOU, and HELLO! Canada.

Social Media Links

About The Recording Academy®

Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @TheGRAMMYs on Twitter, like “The GRAMMYs” on Facebook, and join The GRAMMYs’ social communities on Google+, Instagram, Tumblr and YouTube.

About City
City™ television stations in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Montreal, and Saskatchewan offer viewers intensely local, urban-oriented, culturally diverse television programming.  A distinct alternative to other conventional television stations, City engages its viewers with dynamic on-air personalities and delivers an entertaining mix of news, local-interactive formats, such as Breakfast Television and Cityline, as well as local Canadian and acquired prime-time entertainment programming.  City is part of Rogers Broadcasting Limited, a division of Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX: RCI and NYSE: RCI), which is a diversified Canadian communications and media company. For more information on City stations and programming, visit Citytv.com.

Media Contacts

Stephanie Perron, City, stephanie.perron@rci.rogers.com, 416.764.3253
Stephanie Leslie, City, stephanie.leslie@rci.rogers.com, 416.764.3191

WATCH: 8 Super Bowl commercials worth seeing

Christina Balram | posted Wednesday, Jan 28th, 2015

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It’s no surprise that people tune in to watch the Super Bowl because it’s one of the most highly anticipated events of the year, but it also has the best American commercials.

#KIMSDATASTASH

No one really knows why Kim Kardashian is still famous. She can be described as conceded, self-absorbed and taking more selfies than healthy. She is well aware of this and decided to play on it in a clever ad for T-Mobile. Regardless, she makes a valid point.

Old Spice – Terry Crews

There’s no horsing around this time! The Old Spice commercials are iconic and Terry Crews is not letting that stop now. In the newest commercial for the deodorant company, Crews enters into a nightmare wherein he marries himself. This commercial is nothing less than hilarious.

Snickers – Brady Bunch meets ‘Machete’

Snickers has stuck with their tagline of “you’re not you when you’re hungry.” If you have ever watched The Brady Bunch, and know who Danny Trejo is, then this combination is both strange and amazing.

Wix.com #ItsThatEasy

Wix is an American website company that makes it easy for people to create their own web page. This commercial seems to blend in with the rest, but it is worth watching for the plethora of football players.

Nascar

This commercial with Nick Offerman from the show Parks and Recreation, seems to be a spoof of Clint Eastwood’s “It’s halftime in America” ad. Quite frankly, it’s one of those it’s-so-stupid-it’s-funny type of commercials.

Pizza Hut

In keeping with the football theme, Jets coach Rex Ryan and Cowboys star Tony Romo discuss the issue of crusts being left behind, wasting a perfectly good piece of the pizza due to lack of flavour.

Dove Men

It’s no surprise that majority of the ads airing throughout the Super Bowl are targeted towards men. Most of the commercials are about men being macho figure but this commercial highlights the importance of being a dad that cares about their childeren and family. Definitely tugs at the heart strings.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Jpb2_YdxYM

Bud Light brings Pac Man to life

The best for last. This is one of the coolest commercials among the pack. Everyone is familiar with the iconic game of Pac Man so what’s cooler than being in a real-life version of the game with hundreds of people cheering you on.

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