Masterclass Lady’s Media Blitz: Monday, September 8th, 2008

Entertainment News Updates

Jordin Sparks Fires Back at MTV Video Music Awards Host Over …

By Hollie McKay AP MTV Video Music Awards host Russell Brand took several digs Sunday night at young stars wearing “purity rings” to pledge their virginity …read more

American Idol News

Fall preview: Pop music
Los Angeles Times – CA,USA

“Idol” worship is a year-round activity, what with former winners, contenders and also-rans producing a steady stream of product…read more

American Idols Tour provides mixed bag at the Dunk last night
Providence Journal – Providence,RI,USA

Winner David Cook can make anything into a post-grunge rock ballad, and he did, putting Lionel Richie’s “Hello” and Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” into his …read more

After ‘Idol,’ recording, Pickler’s ready to host
Arizona Republic – Phoenix,AZ,USA

Pickler, surprisingly frank, called to talk up the TV gig. Question: Is hosting something you’d like to pursue? Answer: Absolutely…read more

Broadway News

‘Rent’ past due: Musical ends 5124-performance Broadway run
New York Daily News – New York,NY,USA

By Jane H. Furse and Oren Yaniv Twelve years and 5124 performances after it became a theater sensation, the musical “Rent” said goodbye to Broadway…read more

Zoo Story: A Preview of the Fall 2008 Broadway Season – New York,NY,USA

By Robert Simonson All sorts of strange animals will be herded through Broadway’s many stages during the coming autumn months. Human animals, too, of course …read more

Canadian Idol News

Idol winner still a toss-up
Jam! Showbiz – Toronto,Ontario,Canada

When it comes to choosing this year’s Canadian Idol, it’s all a matter of personal preferences. Whether Mitch MacDonald — the dark-haired, strumming pride …read more

Teacher saw talent
Lethbridge Herald – Lethbridge,AB,Canada

By By DELON SHURTZ If talent was the only criteria upon which Canadians could choose their next Canadian Idol, Theo Tams would be a shoo-in…read more

Another Canadian idol winds down, but there’s some spring in it yet
Ottawa Citizen – Ontario, Canada

OK, so tonight’s Canadian Idol final performance show may not have captured the public’s imagination the way David vs. David did last May, but the contest …read more

General Entertainment News

It’s Time to Learn Who Was Killed and Who’s in Love
New York Times – United States

AMERICAN IDOL (Fox, January) This isn’ta fall show, but one of the biggest questions of the season will be how the new arrival Kara DioGuardi fits into the …read more

List of winners at MTV Video Music Awards
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Following is a complete list of winners at the 25th annual MTV Video Music Awards, which were held Sunday at the Paramount Pictures lot in Hollywood.
Top Music News on AOL –

Stand Up to Cancer” tops Friday ratings
Reuters – USA

By Paul J. Gough NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) – The industrywide “Stand Up to Cancer” telethon averaged a modest 10.3 million viewers during its hour-long …read more

Britney Spears sweeps at MTV Video Music Awards
– A year after her disastrous comeback attempt at the MTV Video Music Awards, Britney Spears swept the event Sunday, winning the first three “Moonman” statuettes of her career. Read More At Top Music News on AOL –

Pop News

Fall preview: Pop music
Los Angeles Times – CA,USA

“Idol” worship is a year-round activity, what with former winners, contenders and also-rans producing a steady stream of product…read more


Obama Hits McCain’s New Ad Claiming Palin “Stopped the Bridge to …
ABC News – USA

Barack Obama, D-Illinois, said today in Flint, Michigan. Obama was referring to this new TV ad from the McCain campaign, titled “Mavericks,” which states …read more

Canada’s PM Dissolves Parliament and Calls Elections
Voice of America – USA

“In fact, they are the largest spending government in Canadian history. But they spend with no plan. Because they govern for the next day, the next poll,…read more

Government alone can’t keep our food safe
Ottawa Citizen – Ontario, Canada

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) was created in 1997, due, in part, to the recognized need for Canada to develop a modern, innovative way to deal …read more

New York Post – New York,NY,USA

But after she came out for Obama – and even campaigned for him – last winter, the talk-show host says she’ll keep politics off her show until after the …read more

Sarah Palin’s Heart-less use of soft rock – UK

While at one time rock music was a symbol of hedonism and protest, today it communicates energy, youthfulness and cool. And that is something that …read more

Special thanks to Wadahoot for this wonderful idea. I welcome your news items in the comments section below this article.

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Rosanne (Giallonardo) Simunovic began her musical career in Timmins, Ontario. She studied piano with Anne Pizzale and later, at an advanced level, with Soeur Anita Vaugeois (Sister Cecile of Les Soeurs De L’Assomption in Timmins). Her vocal and accompaniment skills were nurtured by her aunt, the late Dorothea Mascioli. When Rosanne graduated from O’Gorman High School, she moved on to the University of Toronto where she continued her piano and vocal studies while attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She was hired as a piano accompanist for several musical companies, most notably, the National Ballet Of Canada. She presently holds an A.R.C.T. Teacher’s Diploma in Voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Rosanne has studied choral conducting with numerous well known Canadian Conductors, including Wayne Riddell of Montreal, Quebec and the internationally renowned Dr. Elmer Iseler. She has been a founding member of numerous community-based arts organizations: the Timmins Arts Council, later known as Arts & Culture Timmins, the Timmins Symphony Orchestra, and, the Timmins Youth Singers…as well as the TYS Alumnus choir, the Timmins Concert Singers. In 1987, she was also selected to be the conductor of the Timmins Board Of Education Choir, comprised of talented students from Grades 5 to 8. In 1988, she was elected to the Board Of Directors of the Ontario Choral Federation (now known as Choirs Ontario), where she served as Chair of the Festivals Committee for six consecutive seasons. In 1996, in honour of the Ontario Choral Federation’s 25th Anniversary, Rosanne was selected as one of 25 recipients of the OCF’s Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution to the choral art. The ceremony was presided by Lieutenant Governor, Hal Jackman. In November 1997, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Rotary Club Of Timmins to receive the prestigious Paul Harris Award for her years of dedication to the artistic development of young musical talent in Timmins. In August of 2002, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Board Of Directors of Choirs Ontario to serve as Conductor of both the Provincial Junior and Teen Choir Camps, now renamed in honour of the Camp Benefactors, Don and Lillian Wright. In November 2002, Rosanne was the one of the recipients of the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, honouring her work in the development of the arts in Timmins. Under Rosanne Simunovic’s direction, the Timmins Youth Singers and the Timmins Concert Singers have been featured in numerous choral festivals and performing opportunities outside of Timmins. In 1985, they were selected to partici

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