CANADA’S NEXT BREAKOUT ARTIST RYLAND JAMES DEBUTS VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE
“SHOULDER TO CRY ON”
UPCOMING U.S. FESTIVAL PERFORMANCES AT BOTTLEROCK AND GOVERNORS BALL
“IN MY HEAD” CERTIFIED GOLD IN CANADA
WATCH “SHOULDER TO CRY ON” VIDEO HERE
Today, Ontario-born vocal powerhouse Ryland James releases the video for his new single “Shoulder To Cry On.” Produced by Jon Levine (Alessia Cara, Dua Lipa, Drake), “Shoulder To Cry On” showcases the rising talent’s powerful voice which rings out with a bold balance of passion and panache, coursing through a fusion of gospel roots, gritty soul, and anthemic pop straight from the heart.
Watch the video HERE
Listen HERE via 21 Entertainment / Republic Records
The video premiered earlier today via Idolator , who said “Ryland James needs to be on your radar. Armed with an evocative voice and sharp pen… [Shoulder To Cry On] could easily be the song to launch Ryland to the next level of stardom.”
Ryland James highlighted 2019 by crisscrossing Canada and the U.S on tour with Alessia Cara, as well as making his music festival debuts at Bumbershoot and Life Is Beautiful. Returning from the road, he released his single “In My Head” which has impressively been certified Gold in Canada. Co-written amidst trips to Stockholm and London, the track highlights Ryland’s poetic songcraft and expansive vocal range. The vocals reverberate with a combination of urgent immediacy and palpable emotion. Upon release, Billboard stated that “In My Head” was an “incredibly soulful” song, adding that Ryland “shows off Adele-like qualities with a soaring chorus and emotional, heartbreak-ridden lyrics.”
Ryland James recently wrapped a 6-stop tour throughout Ontario and is set to perform at summer festivals including BottleRock and Governor’s Ball. A full list of tour dates can be found below.
Stay tuned for much more to come from the budding superstar.
May 22 – Napa, CA – BottleRock Festival
June 7 – New York, NY – Randall’s Island
KO Média is pleased to announce that the March issue of ELLE Canada stars the inimitable Jane Fonda.
In a special issue that celebrates getting older with an open mind, the inspiring 82-year old actor, activist and icon opens up about her plans for the future and her past regrets.
“I can’t pretend that I’m not vain, but there isn’t going to be any more plastic surgery—I’m not going to cut myself up anymore,” says the refreshingly frank face of L’Oréal who talks about finding confidence later in life.
“I have psychic scars that I will never be able to give up.”
The special issue is packed with thoughtful features that dig into today’s most relevant questions, examining how societal perceptions about age are changing, and asking: Are fillers over? What’s the TikTok take on beauty? When will we finally start taking openly about menopause? In the words of French supermodel and author Caroline de Maigret, who is also featured in the exciting issue, “showing insatiable curiosity will make you look younger than a new pair of breasts.”
The March 2020 issue also boasts an everything-you-need-to-know guide to the season’s hottest trends, in which seasoned ELLE Canada editors decode how to wear must-have suits, trenches, retro prints, cool-girl denim and more.
Also in this issue: behind-the-scenes with Louis Vuitton’s Nicolas Ghesquière and his muses; a new study that hints romantic movies might be able to heal our relationships; and a fresh take on bold patterns and sleek minimalism.
The March issue of ELLE Canada will hit stands on February 17th.
Hot Wheels announced the Hot Wheels Legends Tour is back for the third year and on the hunt for the next life-size custom car worthy of becoming a Hot Wheels die-cast toy. The world’s largest traveling car show will kick off in Miami on March 7 and make 18 stops at Walmart parking lots across the country looking for cars that embody Hot Wheels’ high standards of performance and design.
“After stopping in more than 20 different cities and seeing almost 10,000 custom builds over the last two years, we’ve been blown away by our fans’ talent and serious passion for cars,” said Ted Wu, Head of Hot Wheels Design, Mattel. “The Legends Tour brings together every aspect of car culture embodied by the Hot Wheels brand, and we’re excited to take it to the next level in an even bigger and better way in 2020.”
In 2019, Hot Wheels Legends tour brought together more than 90,000 fans and over 5,000 custom cars from across the United States, Mexico and Germany, with deep rooted ties to car culture across the globe. Continuing in Hot Wheels true challenger spirit, the third annual tour will expand to stops in new cities like Boston and Milwaukee, giving fans even more chances to compete to see their custom car become an iconic 1:64 die-cast toy vehicle.
At each stop, fans will have the chance to show off their unique custom builds from open-wheeled jet-inspired rides like the 2018 tour winning 2JetZ, to classic coupes like The Nash, which won in 2019. Hot Wheels designers and automotive influencers will select one finalist from each stop based on the criteria of authenticity, creativity and garage spirit. At the end of the tour, all 18 finalists will win a trip to the 2020 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, where they will be judged side-by-side to determine the grand prize winner that will become the next Hot Wheels die-cast toy. New for 2020, Mobil 1 will also be providing one additional spot for a vehicle to be featured in the final competition at SEMA, through a fan favorite contest to give the runners up from each local stop at second chance at being immortalized into the Hot Wheels Garage of Legends.
The 18 stops on this year’s tour will feature even more fun for the family with on-site experiences with partners Walmart, Dickies, A&W Root Beer, American Honda, Dynacraft Wheels and title sponsor Mobil 1. On tour for the first time this year will be Mobil 1’s new Cupid build, a custom truck that aims to inspire the next generation to celebrate car culture. Hot Wheels traveling vending machine truck will also be cruising to Walmart stores across the country between the stops so even more fans can get their own Hot Wheels die-casts.
“The Mobil 1 brand is proud to again support the Hot Wheels Legends Tour,” said Ryan Allen, Retail Marketing, ExxonMobil. “We’re looking forward to continuing our partnership with Hot Wheels to bring family-oriented, exceptional experience to fans. This year, Mobil 1 is going bigger and better by bringing the Fan Favorite to the tour, which will give fans around the world a chance to vote on their favorite car at each of the stops. We can’t wait to see what car fans love best.”
The Legends Tour will stop at Walmart stores in the following cities: Miami (March 7), Tampa (March 21), Atlanta (April 4), Houston (April 18), Dallas (April 25), St. Louis (May 30), Northwest Arkansas (June 6), Boston (June 20), Detroit (July 11), Milwaukee (July 25), Denver (August 8), Salt Lake City (August 15), Portland (August 29), San Jose (September 12), Los Angeles (September 26), San Diego (October 10), Phoenix (October 17). The tour will also make a special stop at Hot Wheels headquarters in El Segundo, Calif. on May 16 to celebrate the brand’s 52nd birthday including new surprises from our partners.
“We celebrated the highly successful 2019 Hot Wheels Legends Tour by taking a one-of-a-kind 1972 HondaN600 with a motorcycle engine to SEMA, so we look forward to what the 2020 Legends Tour might bring,” said Bruce Garfield, Licensing and Brand Manager at American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “Honda and Mattel have enjoyed a long, successful relationship and we look forward to what the future holds for our fans and the tuner community.”
Conceived in 1968 by an innovator, a rocket scientist and a car designer, Hot Wheels 1:64 scale die-cast cars were designed to look awesome and perform. Five decades later, Hot Wheels is the number one selling toy in the world* with more than 16.5 cars sold every second. The brand has evolved from a simple, yet beloved, toy car with orange track system into a global franchise powerhouse that offers fans of all ages multi-channel play experiences.
Mattel (NASDAQ: MAT) is a leading global children’s entertainment company that specializes in design and production of quality toys and consumer products. We create innovative products and experiences that inspire, entertain and develop children through play. We engage consumers through our portfolio of iconic franchises, including Barbie®, Hot Wheels®, American Girl®, Fisher-Price®, Thomas & Friends® and Mega®, as well as other popular brands that we own or license in partnership with global entertainment companies. Our offerings include film and television content, gaming, music and live events. We operate in 40 locations and sell products in more than 150 countries in collaboration with the world’s leading retail and technology companies. Since its founding in 1945, Mattel is proud to be a trusted partner in exploring the wonder of childhood and empowering kids to reach their full potential. Visit us online at www.mattel.com.
A new automotive operation in North America has been formed by HAAH Automotive Holdings to distribute, sell and service vehicles under the brand name VANTAS. The new company was announced today by Duke Hale, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of HAAH Automotive Holdings.
All vehicles sold in the U.S. and Canada will be assembled in American plants bringing new jobs to America.
HAAH has a technical cooperation agreement with Chery Automobile, one of the top ten automakers in China and the leading auto exporter to over 80 countries. Chery manufactures and sells a full line of SUVs, passenger cars and electric vehicles under several separate brands, including the Exeed brand. As the first step in their cooperation VANTAS vehicles will be on the Exeed platform, which has been developed with global resources and technologies targeted specifically at United States and Canadian consumers.
The first of the vehicle models to be sold in North America will be a premium SUV. The specific model and other details have not been announced yet. Engineering development for homologation in the U.S. market has already begun.
“This is a historic agreement creating VANTAS. The brand will incorporate a number of new technologies from its Chinese partner, including “Intelligent Connected” for a wide variety of safety and driver assistance technology, various aspects of autonomous driving and, in the future, new energy vehicles. VANTAS is fully committed to building every one of its vehicles in the U.S. creating jobs in America. HAAH Automotive Holdings is proud to be working with Chery, launching the new VANTAS brand in North America,” said Hale. “Chery is an automaker in China with outstanding vehicles. We are very proud they have selected HAAH to be their partner for North America. VANTAS vehicles will offer more choice in the premium category for U.S. and Canadian consumers with excellent safety, quality and reliability,” Hale added.
The online sales process will be implemented using HAAH’s unique modern digital platform with an industry-leading 100% cloud-based system which combines the ERP and Dealership Management System (DMS) to support VANTAS and Dealer Operations.
This unique system design comes from an integrated and open API platform which will provide real time transactions and visibility for all users increasing speed and precision.
This system is the next generation in the automotive industry, giving VANTAS technological superiority not available from any other manufacturer today. It will provide a 360-degree view of customers for dealers and VANTAS personnel with each having access to a single version of the data (single version of the truth) to provide customer excellence for service and support. Sharing this data allows HAAH to offer a new, transparent, customer friendly selling process, faster handling of customer purchase and service issues, and improved dealer parts fulfillment.
“We are glad to witness the launch and establishment of this new American automobile brand, VANTAS, said Ray Bierzynski,Executive Vice President of Chery Automobile. New technology, new energy and new retail are profoundly changing the global automotive industry. HAAH is an excellent auto company in North America, with a first-class team that has deep auto experience and an innovative sales and marketing model. Chery is an auto company renowned worldwide with a global R&D system, having R&D centers in Europe, America, Latin America and China. The technical collaboration with HAAH will provide support for the development of new products which will meet and exceed North American customer expectations for the VANTAS brand. I have no doubt that VANTAS will bring consumers in North America an outstanding customer experience,” said Bierzynski.
Details on the vehicles to be sold and more information regarding the production of those models will be provided at a later time.
About HAAH Automotive Holdings
HAAH Automotive Holdings was formed by a group of leading auto industry executives and experts to create a unique customer experience from the beginning of the buying process and throughout ownership. Using a total of more than 300 years of experience in the industry, HAAH executives are committed to disrupting the auto buying and ownership process. Designed to meet the needs of 21st century car buyers, the company is creating new methods, processes and procedures to increase transparency, clarify pricing, and simplify purchase and vehicle service for the customer. The company is based in Irvine, Calif.
About Chery Automobile
Chery Automobile Co., Ltd. was established on January 8, 1997. Over the past 20 years, the company has always insisted on independent innovation and established a complete technology and product R&D system. Its products have been exported to more than 80 countries and regions around the world, created well-known product series such as ARRIZO, TIGGO and high-end brand EXEED. Chery’s joint ventures have brands such as Jaguar Land Rover, Qoros, and Cowin. Chery has been the top brand for the export of passenger vehicles from China for 17 consecutive years.
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Thanks to new hotel offerings, direct flights and a global focus on responsible travel,
Colombia is ushering in a new era of tourism.
Colombia has been named the number one trending destination for tourism in 2020 by the United States Tour Operators Association, and the experts at True Colombia Travel and Cannúa say this is only the beginning, as new hotels, flight paths and mindsets are driving change in the country’s tourism industry.
For the latter half of the last decade, backpackers have dominated the tourism scene in Colombia – typically younger travelers with ample time yet modest budgets. According to Brian Schon, co-founder and director of True Colombia Travel, a locally-owned and led tour operator offering custom cultural, culinary and environmental tours throughout Colombia, the next five years will see incredible changes in the way travelers can experience Colombia, giving way to a different type of visitor.
“From the type of hotels being built, to the increased accessibility from North America and what’s opening up within the country, it’s really incredible to see Colombia’s tourism growth unfolding in front of our eyes,” Schon says. “The country is only just starting to realize its tourism potential when it comes to being upscale and unique, and it is on track to be a major destination this decade for discerning travelers, looking for more luxury options, quick getaways and responsible practices.”
Here are several key predictions from Colombia’s travel experts for the next few years:
Shorter Trips Packed with Punch
As airlines start to offer more direct flights to Colombia from Canada and the United States, more North Americans will take advantage of Colombia as a quick getaway location, opening up whole new realm of unexplored opportunities for northern dwellers looking for an accessible, warm-weather escape.
“In the past, most visitors came for at least 10 days, with many of them staying 2 weeks, 3 weeks, even a month – in large part because it was so complicated to get here,” says Schon. “Now we are starting to get a ton of requests for week-long trips or even 4-5 days. People are recognizing that they can pop down to Colombia the same way they would to Florida, Puerto Rico or Mexico.”
While longer trips allow travelers to see more of Colombia and get to know the culture, Schon says there is still a lot of value in a short visit.
“The beauty of Colombia is you can go from the mountains to the beach within the same day, so there are lots of options to people who are short on time, especially if they stick to a specific geographic region,” says Schon. “In Antioquia, for example, guests can spend five days paragliding, hiking on pre-hispanic trails, exploring local caves, searching for wild hippos, and liberating endangered turtles.”
“Cutting down on layovers and travel time makes a quick jaunt to Colombia a lot more accessible, and North Americans will continue to discover this.”
More Boutique Luxury Hotels in Rural Areas
Colombia has seen incredible growth in its hotel sector, moving from a hostel-focused industry to one with luxury offerings in the big city centers of Cartagena, Medellin, Bogota, and Barranquilla. But with the recent opening of the boutique retreat Cannúa – sister company of True Colombia Travel – on Dec. 1, 2019 in Antioquia, hotel development is now starting to extend to rural areas.
“The magic of Colombia really comes from our rural areas – the Andes mountain towns, the Amazon basins, the unexplored Pacific Coast,” says Santiago Giraldo, General Manager and co-founder of Cannúa. “Typically, non-backpacking travelers base themselves in city centers, as there are lots of luxury offers there, and take day trips to rural regions; now, however, they can start to enjoy that same level of luxury in some of the most beautiful pockets of the country.”
Giraldo predicts there will be a rush over the next five years to construct these types of rural, high-end retreats, allowing for people to base themselves in remote areas closer to small villages, pre-hispanic treks or rushing waterfalls – especially as there is proof this concept works.
“We’ve seen this happen before in other countries with strong tourism sectors,” Giraldo says. “People are already latching on to what Cannúa offers, just as people latched onto the eco retreats of Costa Rica and the jungle villas of Thailand and the mountain lodges of Peru – and investors are sure to start taking notice soon, too.”
Responsible Approaches to Unexplored Regions
The past few years saw areas of Colombia open up to travelers and locals alike following the country’s historic peace accord in 2016, including the jungles around Puerto Berrio and the wild Pacific Coast, but some of it went too far: the Caño Cristales, a river known as the “melted rainbow” for its vibrant, multicolored hue, became such a popular, Instagrammable site that access to the area was restricted from visitor traffic in 2017 to give the overloaded ecosystem a break.
With international travelers concerned with their environmental and cultural impact more than ever before, the next five years of travel in Colombia will see stakeholders in the tourism and hospitality industry focus on responsible growth.
“There’s a lot of potential for tourism to make a positive impact in these former ‘no-go zones,’ but it’s important that it’s developed in the right way,” Schon says. “We want to help make sure these communities are directly benefiting from opportunities created by tourism, and the ecosystems of Colombia – the second-most biodiverse country in the world – are protected.”
In an effort to ensure these newly accessible regions do not become exploited or overcrowded, True Colombia Travels partners with local communities in every region they operate within to build thoughtful experiences focused on small-group, low-impact travel.
“Our guests want to engage with nature, but they are also highly educated about the impact that travel can have on local communities and on the environment,” says Schon. “Colombian operators, especially those who see the potential for growth in these newly-accessible regions, are going to have to answer to international travelers who are focused on these issues and make responsible travel practices top-of-mind across the industry.”
For more information about True Colombia Travel’s fully-customized cultural, culinary and environmental tours in all corners of the country, visit www.truecolombiatravel.com.
About True Colombia Travel
True Colombia Travel specializes in offering fully customized cultural, culinary and environmental tours throughout the rural and urban regions of Colombia. Owned and operated by locals who are passionate about their community, the TCT team is made up of bilingual artists, nature-lovers and world travelers committed to sharing Colombia’s secrets with visitors as respectfully and responsibly as possible. Welcoming families, groups, solo travelers and adventurers of all ages, True Colombia Travel creates personalized itineraries designed to showcase the people, heritage, culture and natural treasures that makes Colombia one of the most promising destinations in the world.
Harry Styles’ critically acclaimed new album Fine Line has once again topped the Billboard 200 chart for a 2nd week, closing the decade and starting the new year at #1 with over 89,000 equivalent album units sold this week.
Last week the album topped charts around the world and achieved an array of history-making records when it debuted at #1 in the U.S. on the Billboard 200 with over 478,000 equivalent album units sold, making history as the biggest sales week for a solo U.K. male artist’s album since Nielsen Music began electronically tracking sales data in 1991. It also marked the sixth best-selling traditional album of the year in just under a week and the fourth-biggest vinyl sales week in Nielsen music history. Harry achieved the 3rd highest debut for any artist this year, and achieved the biggest week for a pop album by a male artist in four years.
The incredible U.S. success has continued internationally where the album entered the charts at #1 in over 20 countries, including the U.S., Canada, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Mexico, Netherlands, Sweden, Brazil, and across South East Asia. Harry also became the first UK male artist to debut at #1 in the U.S. with his first two albums.
Harry will kick off his world tour ‘Love on Tour’ in April 2020, tickets and additional information are available here.
The new album, Fine Line, is available everywhere today via Columbia Records/Erskine Records.
KO Média is proud to announce that the January issue of ELLE Canadae stars none other than global phenomenon Beyoncé. As she unveils her new Adidas partnership for IVY PARK, Beyoncé offers a rare opportunity in this can’t-miss feature: full access. In an intimate DM session with her fans, the superstar opens up about motherhood, finding time for date nights and how she learned to feel “more womanly and secure” with her curves. “The more I mature, the more I understand my value,” she explains in the piece that hits newsstands in conjunction with ELLE US and UK. “I realized I had to take control of my work and my legacy because I wanted to be able to speak directly to my fans in an honest way.”
The issue also features another exciting ELLE network exclusive: the 2020 ELLE International Beauty Awards. This much-anticipated global event reveals the top 16 products handpicked by ELLE’s esteemed team of international beauty editors—and you won’t want to miss the results.
And for those looking for some guidance as we kick off a new decade, look no further than the whopping 30-page astrology guide in ELLE Canada’s January issue, which boasts ultra-entertaining year-ahead forecasts for every sign, an unmissable glossary of every celestial term you’ll need to know in 2020 and asks the important question: should you plan your next vacation based on your sign?
Also in this issue: Hollywood’s top stylist Karla Welch talks about the future of fashion, a report on the unlikely problem with clean beauty, a panel of Canada’s top fitness experts share the keys to successful goal setting, and an exclusive unforgettable shoot with Gucci’s one-of-a-kind eveningwear collection.
The January issue of ELLE Canada will hit stands today.
Selecting the right type of windows Mississauga for your bathroom should not be something daunting if you understand what to look for in terms of energy efficiency and privacy. Although bathrooms are not some of the home areas where energy efficiency is of great concern, that doesn’t mean that you should consider this aspect when choosing windows for your bathroom. You should still select well-operating window units.
Apart from choosing high energy efficient window units, you should also make sure that your bathroom windows in Mississauga are offering sufficient ventilation to your bathroom. In addition to that, such window units should offer some privacy while at the same time letting natural light in.
- Things You Ought To Know When Purchasing Bathroom Windows.
The bathroom usually receives a lot of humidity. All the moisture that builds-up in the air when you use a shower needs a place to go out. This is why it is essential to install at least a single window in your bathroom that is operable. Having an operable window in your home ensures that you don’t have to run your fun often.’ It re recommended to ventilate your bathroom for at least 15-20 minutes every day to minimise the levels of humidity in the air and avoid condensation formation on the windows.
There are many risks associated with poorly ventilated rooms. One of those dangers is mould growth that spreads to the walls and around the bathtub. Mould normally grows in warm and humid conditions, and your bathroom offers an excellent environment for mould to thrive. If nothing is done about it to prevent it from spreading, it can cause respiratory issues such as asthma and allergies, not to mention discolouration of the walls. However, if your bathroom is adequately ventilated, the issue of mould can be dealt with entirely.
- Crank Windows for Bathroom.
If you are looking for energy-efficient replacement windows Mississauga for your bathroom that will offer you excellent energy efficiency, then you cannot get it wrong with crank windows, especially awning and casement windows.
As opposed to sliders that come with weather-stripping, crank windows are fitted with compression seal around the area where the frame meets with the moving sash. The work of a compression seal is to create a perfect airtight unit when you close the window and prevent heat loss. However, you should know that though these window styles are more energy-efficient, they come at a high cost, which is 15-20% more compared to sliding windows.
- Awning Combination.
A more ingenious trick is to use awning windows together with the fixed windows Mississauga. Combining these two styles of windows helps boost energy efficiency while at the same time maintaining the operation of the windows and proper ventilation.
- Slider Windows.
Though they cannot be compared with crank replacement Mississauga windows when it comes to energy efficiency, sliders are still an excellent option for homeowners. They are inexpensive compared to crank windows, but still, provide reasonable energy efficiency, and they allow you to open them when you want to allow natural light into your bathroom.
But as we said earlier, sliders depend on weather-stripping to fill the open space between the window sashes. These spaces are vulnerable to freezing, especially in cold winter months. So if you decide to use slider windows Mississauga, you may want to use them along other features such as Low-E coatings to enhance their energy efficiency, especially when temperatures drop below -20 degrees.
- Multiple Windows Mississauga in Your Bathroom.
The main aspect of having windows in your bathroom is to offer ventilation while at the same time providing acceptable energy efficiency and privacy. That is why you should consider to install multiple windows and include some units that are operable to allow airflow in your bathroom and ventilate the room.
- Privacy Glass.
Privacy is critical in bathroom replacement Mississauga windows. That is why bathroom windows should be fitted with privacy glass to prevent visibility but at the same time, be able to let in natural light in the bathroom.
However, if you are considering to use a privacy glass in your windows, remember different privacy glasses offer a different amount of light. So, be specific about what you need.
Following the release of the results from the most recent Vividata study, KO Média is proud to announce that its brand readership has grown significantly over the past year.
VÉRO, the best-selling Quebec women’s magazine on newsstands, saw its readership increase by 11%, reaching nearly 560,000 passionate readers, across all platforms per month. The province’s favourite brand is also experiencing a meteoric increase of 52% on its digital platforms.
ELLE Quebec and ELLE Canada, two new KO family brands who joined last spring, have also seen their readership grow: The number of readers on all platforms combined is up 9%, and up by 17% for ELLE Canada. This makes ELLE the fashion and beauty brand that reaches the largest number of followers in the country, with more than 2.4 million readers per month from coast to coast.
“I am very proud to see that all the effort and love we have put into these strong brands is also reflected in the numbers. When you make good content, your readers respond.” – Sophie Banford, Executive Director and Editor of KO Média.
Source: Vividata Fall 2019 Study, Canada Total, 18+ /Variations vs Vividata Fall 2018 Study
About the Group KO
The Group KO is made up of Productions KOTV, Productions KO Scène, KO 24, KO Média and KO Éditions. Run by the screenwriter-humourist-comedian-producer Louis Morissette, the group is motivated by the desire to tell stories that captivate the public, and to do so by mastering each creative aspect that goes into doing that. Whether it’s television shows, performances, films or magazines, the mission of the group is very simple: conquer the world, and then entertain them. In an industry full of possibilities, the KO Group sees opportunities and takes them.