Third season of ‘Orphan Black’ starts filming in Toronto

The Clone Club can rejoice, because Space, Temple Street Productions, and BBC America announced yesterday that Orphan Black has started shooting the third season of the series in Toronto, which will premiere in spring 2015.

Filming of the ten episodes for season three will go until March 2015.

Tatiana Maslany returns as, well, Sarah Manning and the host of other clones, while Ari Millens also…

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Nolan Gerard Funk at the Montblanc opening at Yorkdale Mall

Last night I was at Yorkdale Shopping Centre for the opening of the store, which had a special guest: Canadian actor, Versace model, and all-around nice guy, .

Funk, who has the coolest last name ever, was a gentleman and spoke about his love of Montblanc and the charities they represent, his fans, and he spoke briefly about his upcoming appearance on Arrow, which he of course can’t really talk about. And, obviously, he was dressed like a star in a Versace suit, while sporting the Montblanc Extreme watch and tie bar.

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For the last few weeks I’ve been testing out the Samsung Galaxy S5, a beautiful update to the Galaxy S line of phones that has an upgrade that I really appreciate the most: the camera.

Like pretty much every new device in the lineup, the camera is ever-evolving, and so is the software behind it. With the Galaxy S5, the camera has evolved to meet the customers, and how they likely use it the most, especially when it comes to social media.

When I was using the Galaxy Note 3, the big screen is fantastic, and I love a lot of the features, but I used the camera on the phone multiple times a day, either of stuff with my family, or covering events and products for The GATE.

Where the Galaxy S5 improves on the camera the most is the general light sensitivity, which was painful at times on the Note 3, making photos in darker spaces much easier now. The options under the camera have also been paired down to just a few shooting modes–and you can download any that you might be missing–but the big ones are all there, including panorama.

For what I like to shoot, including food and products, the Galaxy S5 also has a new feature that can make almost anything look great and just a tad artsy. Selective focus can be turned on, and when the camera is just the right distance from the subject, it will take two photos and merge them, focusing on the main object and leaving the background blurry. This feature, that replicates a good lens on a regular still camera, really makes images pop, and while it is based on software, rather than the lens, it actually works quite well overall.

If you like shooting video, and don’t mind big files, the S5 also can shoot video in 4K resolution, which is vibrant and incredible on any new television or screen. It works best in bright conditions, so outdoor videos look exceptionally good over indoor locations.

There are lots of other features on the Galaxy S5, including HDR, a vibrant display, better power saving modes, and the fact that it’s dust and water resistant, but for what I do, the camera is generally solid and versatile enough to allow me to leave my still camera at home, depending on what I’m doing.

Here are some of the photos I shot on the Samsung Galaxy S5:

Highlights from the Samsung Galaxy S5 For the last few weeks I’ve been testing out the Samsung Galaxy S5, a beautiful update to the Galaxy S line of phones that has an upgrade that I really appreciate the most: the camera.

Interview: Dan Stevens and Maika Monroe on ‘The Guest’

Interview: Dan Stevens and Maika Monroe on ‘The Guest’

One of the hits of Midnight Madness this year, during the Toronto International Film Festival, was director Adam Wingard’s, and writer Simon Barrett’s The Guest, a twisted, funny, clever action and horror hybrid that stars Dan Stevens and Maika Monroe.

Stevens plays David, a former soldier who appears on the doorstep of the Peterson family, who are still grieving the death of their son, Caleb.…

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Heli-skiing in the Canadian Rockies

Heli-skiing in the Canadian Rockies

Untouched powder over millions of hectares of backcountry terrain offer skiing nirvana for travellers with a passion for adventure.

By Mark Sissons

In 1965, Canadian Mountain Holidays founder Hans Gmoser started using helicopters to transport skiers high into British Columbia’s mountains. Half a century later, the adventure sport that Gmoser practically invented remains the ultimate downhill…

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Pop culture lover’s guide to Canada [Infographic]

Pop culture lover’s guide to Canada [Infographic]

Canada is the home to some of the entertainment industry’s biggest names, especially when it comes to music, and the folks over at Cheapflights Media have put together a little infographic that pays tribute.

“Over the years Canada has nurtured some amazing talents from Celine Dion, to Ryan Reynolds and Drake. We created this data viz that explores the many provinces of Canada and where pop…

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Samsung launches Galaxy Note 4 on October 24

Samsung Canada announced today that the new Galaxy Note 4, which includes the newly reimagined S-Pen, will launch on October 24 in Charcoal Black and Frost White with all major Canadian carriers and retailers.

The Galaxy Note 4 features a 5.7-inch Quad HD (2560 x 1440) Super AMOLED display, 16 megapixel rear-facing camera with Smart Optical Image Stabilizer, 3.7 megapixel front-facing camera, a…

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My computers are filled with photos and videos that I’ve shot over the years. Ignoring all of the photos I haven’t even scanned from my film days, I’ve got close to a terabyte of content that I’ve shot over the years.

Recently, I started going through my photo archives from all of these yester-years and I can’t believe some of the shots I have from the Toronto International Film Festival. There are of course some not so-great photos (thanks, old digital cameras and dark press conference rooms), but there are also some interesting shots of basically a huge group of Hollywood’s current A-list stars.

Since I’ve been contemplating re-sharing some of them for a while, here are a few samples just from TIFF 2005 – unedited for the most part. There’s Christina Ricci from the red carpet for Penelope, Kate Hudson from the Elizabethtown red carpet, Morgan Freeman at the Edison press conference, Reese Witherspoon from the Walk The Line press conference, and Johnny Depp at the Corpse Bride press conference.

What I can’t get over is how young everyone looks!

From the archives: photos from TIFF of yester-year My computers are filled with photos and videos that I’ve shot over the years. Ignoring all of the photos I haven’t even scanned from my film days, I’ve got close to a terabyte of content that I’ve shot over the years.

Sonos Bridge now optional following Sonos software update

Sonos Bridge now optional following Sonos software update

Sonos is helping their customers cut cables with a software update that now allows their speakers to work without any additional hardware, like the Sonos Bridge, and without wired connections.

Sonos version 5.1 works with any existing WiFi networks, replacing the need for Sonos speakers to be connected to a router through a wired connection, or through the Sonos Bridge.

The software update will…

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The Black Grouse & Malabar Toronto Halloween giveaway

The Black Grouse & Malabar Toronto Halloween giveaway

This Halloween, The Famous Grouse has the perfect ingredients to help you host an unforgettable Halloween party. In partnership with Malabar, Toronto’s top costume shop that is home to over 30,000 costumes, and the smoky flavours of the Black Grouse, The GATE has the ultimate Halloween giveaway–complete with cocktails inspired by this year’s most sought after costumes.

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