A selection of recent articles written by Stephen Weir and published in newspapers, magazine and websites. The articles are posted in chronological order. Stephen Weir lives and works in downtown Toronto, Canada. His motto? Always busy. Never bored.
NORTH AMERICAN PRESENCE WITH AMAZON PRIME VIDEO CHANNELS LAUNCH FOR CANADA
Stephen Weir first reporter to talk to this popular streaming service
Black TV/Film comes to Canada via Amazon Prime Video Channel
By Stephen Weir: UMC, the first streaming service ever created for Black TV and film from AMC Networks, is coming to this country. The company announced yesterday afternoon that it is extending its reach into Canada with its debut on Amazon Prime Video Channels this week.
Prime Video Channels launched for Canada in June of last year and currently offers 18 channels, including AMC Networks Acorn TV, Shudder, and Sundance Now. UMC’s addition is the first that specifically caters to Black and Afro-Canadian audiences.
The rapidly growing Black-focused streaming service features an array of programming that includes exclusive UMC original series; independent films; stage plays; popular network TV, nostalgic Black cinema, and much more.
“We will offer diverse content that captures the essence of the Black experience, no matter which continent you live,” Brett Dismuke, Chief Content Officer of UMC told me last night in an online interview. (Brett Dismuke pictured above)
“Currently, we have titles like Home Again, Trash vs. Treasure, Love Lives Here, Baby Mamas, Mrs. Right Guy, Everything But a Man, The Other Side and A House Divided that feature cast and/or storylines that are based in the Caribbean and/or from African Nations. Also, in 2021, we will be premiering our very first original series, Dead Places, that is completely shot on location in South Africa.
Recent premieres on UMC that will be available for Canadians to stream include the intimate docuseries A Closer Look, featuring New Edition lead singer Ralph Tresvant; hilarious half-hour comedy Here We Go Again starring LeToya Luckett and Wendy Raquel Robinson; and premiering this week – a new original series that showcases the male perspective of dating after 30 – For the Love of Jason.
“UMC first became available on Amazon Prime Video Channels for the U.S. in 2015,” said Dismuke. “Amazon Prime Video Channels has been a great contributor to the growth and success of UMC in the U.S. Now with the launch of UMC on Prime Video Channels for Canada, we are excited to begin our expansion and extend our reach to include Black audiences across the continent.”
The network does not have a facility in this country but does want to hear from Canadian filmmakers and TV programme producers.
“Yes...we are open for business. If any content providers want to submit their work for consideration, it can be sent to myself (Chief Content Officer, Brett Dismuke.)
UMC launched in November 2014, UMC is the first streaming service created for Black TV and film. Dedicated to highlighting Black voices across the diaspora, UMC displays fresh original series, feature films, documentaries, stage plays and other popular Black entertainment with new and exclusive content added every week. UMC is available everywhere streaming services are found – iOS, Android, Amazon Prime Video Channels, Apple TV and Apple TV Channels in the U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean; Roku and Roku Channels, Amazon Fire TV, YouTube TV, Cox, DISH, Sling TV, Charter and other service.
This English only service is $4.99 US per month or $49.99US per year.
GEORGE HUNTER, PASSES AT 91 George Hunter, a Canadian photography pioneer, has passed away in Mississauga at the age of 91. Hunter, a long-time National Film Board photographer captured the disappearing nomadic Inuit way of life in Canada's Arctic. His career spanned 70 years and took pictures all over Canada, the United States and the world. he considered himself as a visual historian and "Canada's Location Photographer". Two of his pictures have been used on Canadian paper bills - salmon ($5 bill) and a petro-chemical plant ($10 bill). Hunter took pictures for many news sources and high profile clients including the Winnipeg Tribune, Expo 67, and the Royal Family. In the fifties after leaving the National Film Board, Hunter learned how to fly, purchased a Piper Cub and soon became an expert at low-level photography. In the 60s he built a photography bus (complete with a 7 metre ladder on the roof for high-angle shots) and spent ten years traveling a
. Curtain Call for the cast of Salome Photograph - George Socka Photographs from the Salome Dress Rehearsal Toronto Canadian Opera Company Directed by Atom Egoyan . Atom Egoyan - Four Seasons Centre For the Performing Arts. Photograph by Stephen Weir Salome's Dance of the Seven Veils. Salome danced by Linnea Swan Space Time Continuum impacts the costumes. photograph by Stephen Weir Atom Egoyan - Four Seasons Centre For the Performing Arts. Photograph by Stephen Weir Salome Dress Rehearsal Jochanaan ( Martin Gantner) emerges from his cell Photograph Stephen Weir Erika Sunnegardh - Salome with the head of John the Baptist Photograph George Socka Erika Sunnegardh - Salome Photograph George Socka
Ontario Court Wants To Let G98.7 Groove The Way It Used To By Stephen Weir On air G 98.7 has been “Groovin” just fine since the death of Fitzroy Gordon eight months ago. But, in the boardroom and the courts, there are serious ruts in those grooves following the passing of the founder and boss. Last Thursday the fate of the station that bills itself as “The Way We Groove” was once again in front of an Ontario Supreme Court Justice. At stake was the ownership of the station, the ownership of the estate of the late Mr. Gordon and the settling of the management team to handle the Kern Street station’s crushing debt. The case is not closed yet, however, last week the Ontario Supreme Court of Justice issued a partial decision that settles who is exactly in charge of the beloved Caribbean Canadian FM Station. Although the Caribbean Camera has not seen Thursday’s direction, the paper has learned that control of the G-97.5 is now in the hands of two people, Gordon’s widow