Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. referred to as Warner Bros. and abbreviated as WB, is an American entertainment company headquartered in Burbank, California and a subsidiary of AT&T's WarnerMedia. Founded in 1923, it has operations in film and video games and is one of the "Big Five" major American film studios, as well as a member of the Motion Picture Association of America; the company's name originated from the four founding Warner brothers: Harry, Albert and Jack Warner. Harry and Sam emigrated as young children with their parents to Canada from Krasnosielc, Poland. Jack, the youngest brother, was born in Ontario; the three elder brothers began in the movie theater business, having acquired a movie projector with which they showed films in the mining towns of Pennsylvania and Ohio. In the beginning and Albert Warner invested $150 to present Life of an American Fireman and The Great Train Robbery, they opened their first theater, the Cascade, in New Castle, Pennsylvania, in 1903. When the original building was in danger of being demolished, the modern Warner Bros. called the current building owners, arranged to save it.
The owners noted people across the country had asked them to protect it for its historical significance. In 1904, the Warners founded the Pittsburgh-based Duquesne Amusement & Supply Company, to distribute films. In 1912, Harry Warner hired. By the time of World War I they had begun producing films. In 1918 they opened the first Warner Brothers Studio on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. Sam and Jack produced the pictures, while Harry and Albert, along with their auditor and now controller Chase, handled finance and distribution in New York City. During World War I their first nationally syndicated film, My Four Years in Germany, based on a popular book by former ambassador James W. Gerard, was released. On April 4, 1923, with help from money loaned to Harry by his banker Motley Flint, they formally incorporated as Warner Bros. Pictures, Incorporated; the first important deal was the acquisition of the rights to Avery Hopwood's 1919 Broadway play, The Gold Diggers, from theatrical impresario David Belasco.
However, Rin Tin Tin, a dog brought from France after World War I by an American soldier, established their reputation. Rin Tin Tin debuted in the feature; the movie was so successful. Rin Tin Tin became the studio's top star. Jack nicknamed him "The Mortgage Lifter" and the success boosted Darryl F. Zanuck's career. Zanuck became a top producer and between 1928 and 1933 served as Jack's right-hand man and executive producer, with responsibilities including day-to-day film production. More success came. Lubitsch's film The Marriage Circle was the studio's most successful film of 1924, was on The New York Times best list for that year. Despite the success of Rin Tin Tin and Lubitsch, Warner's remained a lesser studio. Sam and Jack decided to offer Broadway actor John Barrymore the lead role in Beau Brummel; the film was so successful. By the end of 1924, Warner Bros. was arguably Hollywood's most successful independent studio, where it competed with "The Big Three" Studios. As a result, Harry Warner—while speaking at a convention of 1,500 independent exhibitors in Milwaukee, Wisconsin—was able to convince the filmmakers to spend $500,000 in newspaper advertising, Harry saw this as an opportunity to establish theaters in cities such as New York and Los Angeles.
As the studio prospered, it gained backing from Wall Street, in 1924 Goldman Sachs arranged a major loan. With this new money, the Warners bought the pioneer Vitagraph Company which had a nationwide distribution system. In 1925, Warners' experimented in radio, establishing a successful radio station, KFWB, in Los Angeles. Warner Bros. was a pioneer of films with synchronized sound. In 1925, at Sam's urging, Warner's agreed to add this feature to their productions. By February 1926, the studio reported a net loss of $333,413. After a long period denying Sam's request for sound, Harry agreed to change, as long as the studio's use of synchronized sound was for background music purposes only; the Warners signed a contract with the sound engineer company Western Electric and established Vitaphone. In 1926, Vitaphone began making films with music and effects tracks, most notably, in the feature Don Juan starring John Barrymore; the film was silent. To hype Don Juan's release, Harry acquired the large Piccadilly Theater in Manhattan, New York City, renamed it Warners' Theatre.
Don Juan premiered at the Warners' Theatre in New York on August 6, 1926. Throughout the early history of film distribution, theater owners hired orchestras to attend film showings, where they provided soundtracks. Through Vitaphone, Warner Bros. produced eight shorts in 1926. Many film production companies questioned the necessity. Don Juan did not recoup its production cost and Lubitsch left for MGM. By April 1927, the Big Five studios had ruined Warner's, Western Electric renewed Warner's Vit
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Daniel Richard Powter is a Canadian musician. He is best known for his self-penned hit song "Bad Day", which spent five weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100. Powter grew up in Vernon, in the Okanagan-Shuswap region of British Columbia, alongside Tyrone and Susan Powter; as a child, Powter played the violin at the age of 4. He changed to piano at 10 years old after a group of children destroyed his violin. Suffering from dyslexia, Powter had trouble in university reading music, dropped out at the age of 20 in order to pursue his own musical career, learning all songs by ear and recording new melodies that he created, he started writing songs. Powter met producer Jeff Dawson in 1997 and released his debut studio album, I'm Your Betty, on June 21, 2000; the album, limited to a small print, contains ten songs, two of which—"More Than I" and "Negative Fashion"—were featured on the television show Higher Ground. Powter's first single, "Bad Day", was first released in Europe in mid-2005, in advance of his second album, Daniel Powter.
Warner Bros. Records submitted the single for commercials, it was subsequently chosen by Coca-Cola as the theme song for an ad campaign in Europe; the song achieved heavy airplay in most European countries, peaking at number three on the overall European airplay chart. It reached number one on national airplay in Germany, number one on the singles charts in the Republic of Ireland and Italy, number two in the United Kingdom—where it stayed in the top ten for thirteen weeks—and number three in Australia. In the United States, "Bad Day" was used extensively on the television series American Idol in its fifth season. Powter sang the song live at the end of the final show of that season on May 23, 2006; the song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, Adult Top 40 and Adult Contemporary charts, making Powter the first solo Canadian male artist to top the Hot 100 since Bryan Adams in 1995. The song reached number one in Powter's homeland, Canada. On May 31, 2005, Powter released his first extended play known as "Free Loop."On July 2, 2005, Powter performed at the Berlin installment of Live 8, a simultaneous group of concerts in nine countries intended to raise awareness of poverty in Africa and put pressure on world leaders for aid.
"Bad Day" came in fifth in the British Record of the Year 2005. In 2006, Powter won in the New Artist of the Year category at the Canadian Juno Awards, was nominated for Best International Breakthrough Act at the BRIT Awards. "Bad Day" was nominated at the 2006 Billboard Music Awards for Hot 100 Single of the Year, was named Billboard magazine's song of the year in 2006. At the 2007 Grammy Awards, Powter received a Best Male Pop Vocal Performance nomination for the song; the subsequent singles from Daniel Powter – "Jimmy Gets High", "Free Loop", "Lie to Me" – were released in different parts of the world, each failing to match the success of "Bad Day". "Free Loop" was deemed chart ineligible in the UK and failed to chart in the U. S. though it reached the top forty on the Adult Contemporary chart. Following the release of "Lie to Me", "Jimmy Gets High" was to be the fourth single from the album in the UK, but its release was cancelled. A new track called "Love You Lately" was released as the next U.
S. single, preceding a re-release of the album Daniel Powter, cancelled. Powter was never able to have another major hit after "Bad Day" and never cracked the U. S. Hot 100 again. In March 2008, a song by Japanese singer Haru featuring Powter, "Find My Way", was released. In September, Powter released his third album, Under the Radar; this was the same year in which he embarked on the Wolfbaggin' Tour, joining the likes of Alphabeat and Lil Chris. Powter performed piano on tracks for what was scheduled to be Marcy Playground frontman John Wozniak's solo album, Leaving Wonderland...in a fit of rage, but the album was released under the band's name. Powter was still given credit for his contributions to the song "Gin and Money". On March 16, 2009, Powter performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival in December 2009, Powter was named as the decade's top One-Hit Wonder by Billboard; the magazine describes one-hit wonders as acts whose second hit did not reach the top 25. Powter's notoriety is unmistakable.
On January 1, 2010, he performed O Canada at the NHL Winter Classic. In that same year, he released his greatest hits album, Best of Me, with it, recorded three new songs and a new version of the title track to go along with'Bad Day','Jimmy Gets High','Next Plane Home' and his other singles. Only one was released as a single:'Lose To Win.' On December 1, 2010, Powter made a tribute to English singer and songwriter John Lennon with his cover version of Happy Xmas. This single was released in the UK and Japan. Powter again failed to re-capture the success of "Bad Day." In 2011, he took a hiatus. On April 10, 2012, Powter's new single "Cupid" was released to Canadian iTunes stores. Powter's latest album, Turn on the Lights, was released in July 2012. On June 13, 2012, Powter made a tribute to L'Arc-en-Ciel with his variation of the song Stay Away. On December 5, 2012, Powter was featured in a song with Japanese singer May J. titled "Back To Your Heart". On the 18 he released the single "Christmas Cupid", a Christmas version of his song "Cupid".
On April 10, 2013, he released "Crazy All My Life". On June 5, Powter announced on Twitter that he was working on a new album with Jeff Dawson, who co-produced most of his songs in the
Christina Maria Rieder, better known by her stage name Rykka, is a Swiss-Canadian singer and songwriter from Vancouver, British Columbia. Her songs have been featured on TV, she has been nominated for several music awards both in British Columbia, across Canada. On May 12, 2016, she represented Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Stockholm with the song "The Last of Our Kind", she sang in the second semi-final of the event. Rykka was born Christina Maria Rieder in British Columbia, Canada, she began guitar lessons at age 15 performed at local community festivals. During her two-year program at Vancouver Community College, Christina studied voice with Paula Kremer, while busking around Vancouver’s Granville Island. In 2009, she moved to Toronto to record her third independent album Straight Line under the performing name “Christina Maria”; the album was produced with the help of several Canadian producers such as David Baxter, Russel Broom, Ryan Guldemond of Mother Mother. In 2010, her album Straight Line was released in Switzerland under Little Jig Records.
Rykka stayed and performed both in Switzerland and in Germany, highlighted by a performance on "Sat.1 Frühstücksfernsehen". She received a nomination for Demotape Clinic at M4Music in Switzerland. Kodiak was Rykka's 2012 album, it marked a significant change in her musical career since she formally changed her stage name from Christina Maria. She recorded “Kodiak” under the new name Rykka; the record was produced by Ryan Guldemond of Mother Mother, engineered by Shawn Penner, mixed by Warne Livesey and mastered by Andy VanDette. It was released that year in Switzerland by Little Jig Records. In 2013, Rykka released her fourth studio album Kodiak under Vissen Record in Canada, following a release of the same album in Switzerland the year before. In 2013, she won $100,000.00 in The Peak Performance Project. Rykka played a slot in BC’s well-known Squamish Valley Music Festival, opening for another Peak Performance Project winner, We Are the City, she represented Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 with the song "The Last of Our Kind" after winning ESC 2016 – Die Entscheidungsshow.
She placed last in the second semifinal of Eurovision 2016. Rykka splits her time between her hometown of Vancouver, she cites Heart, Madonna, Björk, Cyndi Lauper, Kate Bush, Pat Benatar as her main influences. Her paternal grandfather is Swiss, her maternal ancestry is Dutch, her maternal grandfather comes from Bodegraven and her maternal grandmother is from Woerden. Blackie was featured on TV series Rookie Blue The Brink was featured on TV series “Tessa & Scott” Kodiak nominated for Spiritual Album of the Year Map Inside won Best of BC Rykka wins The Peak Performance Project "Rykka" official website
Canadians are people identified with the country of Canada. This connection may be residential, historical or cultural. For most Canadians, several of these connections exist and are collectively the source of their being Canadian. Canada is a multilingual and multicultural society home to people of many different ethnic and national origins, with the majority of the population made up of Old World immigrants and their descendants. Following the initial period of French and the much larger British colonization, different waves of immigration and settlement of non-indigenous peoples took place over the course of nearly two centuries and continue today. Elements of Indigenous, French and more recent immigrant customs and religions have combined to form the culture of Canada, thus a Canadian identity. Canada has been influenced by its linguistic and economic neighbour—the United States. Canadian independence from the United Kingdom grew over the course of many years since the formation of the Canadian Confederation in 1867.
World War I and World War II in particular, gave rise to a desire among Canadians to have their country recognized as a fully-fledged sovereign state with a distinct citizenship. Legislative independence was established with the passage of the Statute of Westminster 1931, the Canadian Citizenship Act of 1946 took effect on January 1, 1947, full sovereignty was achieved with the patriation of the constitution in 1982. Canada's nationality law mirrored that of the United Kingdom. Legislation since the mid-20th century represents Canadians' commitment to multilateralism and socioeconomic development; as of 2010, Canadians make up only 0.5% of the world's total population, having relied upon immigration for population growth and social development. 41% of current Canadians are first- or second-generation immigrants, 20% of Canadian residents in the 2000s were not born in the country. Statistics Canada projects that, by 2031, nearly one-half of Canadians above the age of 15 will be foreign-born or have one foreign-born parent.
Indigenous peoples, according to the 2011 Canadian Census, numbered at 1,400,685 or 4.3% of the country's 33,476,688 population. While the first contact with Europeans and indigenous peoples in Canada had occurred a century or more before, the first group of permanent settlers were the French, who founded the New France settlements, in present-day Quebec and Ontario. 100 Irish-born families would settle the Saint Lawrence Valley by 1700, assimilating into the Canadien population and culture. During the 18th and 19th century; this arrival of newcomers led to the creation of the Métis, an ethnic group of mixed European and First Nations parentage. The British conquest of New France was preceded by a small number of Germans and Swedes who settled alongside the Scottish in Port Royal, Nova Scotia, while some Irish immigrated to the Colony of Newfoundland. In the wake of the British Conquest of 1760 and the Expulsion of the Acadians, many families from the British colonies in New England moved over into Nova Scotia and other colonies in Canada, where the British made farmland available to British settlers on easy terms.
More settlers arrived during and after the American Revolutionary War, when 60,000 United Empire Loyalists fled to British North America, a large portion of whom settled in New Brunswick. After the War of 1812, British and Irish immigration was encouraged throughout Rupert's Land, Upper Canada and Lower Canada. Between 1815 and 1850, some 800,000 immigrants came to the colonies of British North America from the British Isles as part of the Great Migration of Canada; these new arrivals included some Gaelic-speaking Highland Scots displaced by the Highland Clearances to Nova Scotia. The Irish Potato Famine of the 1840s increased the pace of Irish immigration to Prince Edward Island and the Province of Canada, with over 35,000 distressed individuals landing in Toronto in 1847 and 1848. Descendants of Francophone and Anglophone northern Europeans who arrived in the 17th, 18th, 19th centuries are referred to as Old Stock Canadians. Beginning in the late 1850s, the immigration of Chinese into the Colony of Vancouver Island and Colony of British Columbia peaked with the onset of the Fraser Canyon Gold Rush.
The Chinese Immigration Act placed a head tax on all Chinese immigrants, in hopes of discouraging Chinese immigration after completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway. The population of Canada has risen, doubling every 40 years, since the establishment of the Canadian Confederation in 1867. In the mid-to-late 19th century, Canada had a policy of assisting immigrants from Europe, including an estimated 100,000 unwanted "Home Children" from Britain. Block settlement communities were established throughout western Canada between the late 19th and early 20th centuries; some were planned and others were spontaneously created by the settlers themselves. Canada was now receiving a large number of European immigrants, predominantly Italians, Scandinavians, Dutch and Ukrainians. Legislative restrictions on immigration that had favoured British and other European immigrants were a
Bad Day (Daniel Powter song)
"Bad Day" is a pop song from Canadian singer Daniel Powter's self-titled second studio album. It was produced by Jeff Dawson and Mitchell Froom. Powter and Dawson recorded the song in 2002 but they could not find a record label to release it at first; the song was first used in a French Coca-Cola television advertisement in Christmas 2004 before its official release. Tom Whalley, Warner Bros. Records' chairman and CEO, offered Powter a contract after hearing a demo tape of it; this track ended up being released as the aforementioned album's lead single in Europe in early 2005. Although "Bad Day" received mixed critical reviews, with some music critics praising its "universal appeal" while others felt it lacked depth in its lyrics, it was a commercial success. In 2005, the single charted in the top five in more than ten countries worldwide and became the most played song on European radio. After its European success, it was released in the United States where it topped the Billboard Hot 100, Pop 100, Adult Top 40, Adult Contemporary charts.
In 2006, it became the first song to sell two million digital copies in the United States. After another million were sold, it was certified three-times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America in 2009, it was certified platinum in Australia and the United Kingdom, gold in Denmark and Germany, received a certification in France and Japan. The accompanying music video for "Bad Day" was directed by Marc Webb and reached 9.8 million views in 2006. The video depicts two downcast people sharing a similar routine until they meet each other at the end of the video; the song was used for advertisements and television programs, most prominently as American Idol's elimination song. Different shows and artists covered and parodied "Bad Day", including Saturday Night Live and Alvin and the Chipmunks. Powter has performed the song on television shows including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Ellen DeGeneres Show, during his concert tours in North America and Europe; the song's success made it Powter's "anthem" and would be included on his compilation albums B-Sides and Best of Me.
After leaving MacEwan University in Edmonton at 20, Powter moved to Vancouver, British Columbia where he played keyboards before he started composing songs. In 1997, he partnered with music producer Jeff Dawson. For two weeks, Powter had a melody from his mind. Thinking of a lyric that would fit the melody, he thought an "up and poppy" lyric would make it "the cheesiest song of all time", he thought "bad day" would be a good choice for the chorus, wrote the lyrics based on his life as "a struggling musician". It was the last song to be composed for his album, with Powter writing it in an hour during a ferry journey between Victoria and Vancouver. Powter said it was not a lyrically elaborate song, but that: "mostly it's about phonics. It's about words. I was mumbling something, those words came out."Dawson and Powter included the song on a disc, offered to record labels that asked Powter to audition in New York, but his lack of stage presence led to the labels turning him down. Disappointed, he returned to Vancouver to move on because: "once a record company says no, it's difficult to come around again".
After this failure, his new representative, Gary Stamler, played a demo tape for Tom Whalley, chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. Records. Whalley offered Powter a contract but he was reluctant to sign it because he considered himself a songwriter, he accepted the offer in April 2003 and, along with Dawson and producer Mitchell Froom, worked on his album and the song in Los Angeles, California. The album was recorded in Powter's Vancouver apartment but Warner Bros. asked that it be rerecorded. However, because Froom wanted to keep its "original feel", in Powter's words it was just "touch up"."Bad Day" was first released to three French radio stations—RTL, NRJ, Europe 2—in early 2005. On February 8, Barnes & Noble released it on an exclusive extended play, which contained "Free Loop", "Lie to Me", "Song 6". In the United States it was digitally released on February 22, 2005. In 2005, Warner Bros. Records released it as a CD single in Switzerland on March 4, in France on March 22, in Italy on May 18, in Germany on May 30, in Australia on June 27, in the United Kingdom on July 25, in Canada on July 28.
The Swiss and Canadian release included "Stupid Like This", a non-album track, while the Italian and Australian versions included "Stupid Like This" and "Lost on The Stoop". In France and the United Kingdom, both versions were released, the British release contained the music video for "Bad Day". A live-recorded version for Austrian radio station Hitradio Ö3 was included on the 2005 EP Free Loop. On August 6, 2008 an EP live from Tokyo was released on iTunes and it included "Song 6", "Free Loop", "Best of Me", "Love You Lately" and "Bad Day". "Bad Day" was included on Powter's compilation albums B-Sides and Best of Me. "Bad Day" is a midtempo pop power ballad, accompanied by a piano. The song is composed in the key E♭ major, uses syncopated 16th-note rhythms. According to the sheet music published at Musicnotes.com by Warner Bros. Powter's vocals range from the note of E♭4 and D♭6, its instrumentation differs from "the scores of adolescent thrust-rockers" and includes, as Powter referred to it, "aggressive" drums.
David Browne of Entertainment Weekly said it is: "addressed to anyone who's feeling depressed... but its grand, panoramic arrangement wants to pump you up". Simon Donohue of the Manchester Evening News commented its s
Brandon Paris Band
Brandon Paris Band is a Canadian rock band from Vancouver, British Columbia, Brandon Paris started the band in 2002. The band performs a fusion of pop, reggae and soul, they have gained a huge amount of popularity in many parts of Canada and attained an significant fan base across Canada before they signed a deal with Koch Entertainment in January 2006. They released their first song "Rewind and Start Again" in March 2006, from their debut album titled On My Own, which after a few months hit Top 20, peaking at No. 17 on the Canadian CHR charts. The second single reached top 40 at No. 53 CHR, Topping off an exceptional year, Brandon Paris Band was nominated for Best New Group or Solo Artist by the Canadian Radio Music Awards in spring of 2007 in 2006. The band is named after the lead singer, Brandon Paris, a solo artist and changed the name from "Brandon Paris" to "Brandon Paris Band" in 2006 right before the official release of the album, he decided to add "Band" at the end of his name as he thought it was easier than having to start over from scratch with marketing a new band name.
In 2002 Paris was approached by Dave Devindisch at a concert where he asked if he would be interested in recording a demo at his home studio. Brandon agreed and soon after and Brandon formed a two-man band playing at local venues. In 2003, Paris decided to record a full album with Ninjabeatz Studios in Burnaby, British Columbia, where reggae artist Dagriff was recording his solo album. Dagriff was approached by Paris and asked if he would be interested in collaborating on one song from the album he was recording. Soon after, Dagriff became a huge influence on the band's music. Dagriff was featured on more than half the album which took over two full years to complete. In 2004, Greg Ellis was asked if he would play guitar on a couple songs for the album which resulted in him joining the band as well. In 2005, Chris Murray Driver, friends with Dave Devindisch, joined the band, only a few months talked his friend Marc Gladstone into joining the band. Both Marc and Chris are former members of the band Doug and the Slugs.
In spring 2005, Paris tried to release the songs independently to radio with no success. A few months he approached Vancouver-based record producer Troy Samson of Hipjoint Productions and Jeff Dawson, to rework six of the original recordings; this took the whole project to a new level. Paris changed the name from "Brandon Paris" to "Brandon Paris Band" and decided they were ready to shop their debut album now titled On My Own. in January 2006, Brandon Paris Band signed a deal with Koch Entertainment overnight just days after sending out their album to record labels across Canada, with many offers following. Their debut albums' first single, "Rewind and Start Again", was a huge success on commercial radio after being released on March 13, 2006; the song climbed up to top 20 on the Canadian CHR charts. "Somebody to Hold" was well received in many cities and reached top 40 status peaking at No. 53. Koch Entertainment, Brandon Paris Band's record label, decided to release "Give Me a Reason |Give Me a Reason" only a month after the release of "Somebody to Hold", in hopes of getting better results, but to their dismay it wasn't enough to reach top 40 status.
"Give Me a Reason" peaked at No. 77 on CHR. Topping off an exceptional year, Brandon Paris Band was nominated for Best New Group or Solo Artist by the Canadian Radio Music Awards in spring of 2007. In January 2007, Ellis and Devindisch were replaced by Bryan Jasper on guitar and Brian Sanheim on bass. On November 3, 2008, Brandon Paris Band independently released their first single called "Say Goodbye" from their 2nd album titled "Pocket Full of Holes" to radio. "Say Goodbye", mixed by Mike Fraser and mastered by Adam Ayan, is receiving airplay across Canada, including reporting stations, digital stations and satellite. Additional credits on "Pocket Full of Holes" include Jeff Dawson and Sheldon Zaharko at Vancouver's legendary Factory Studios. To add to the success of "Say Goodbye", a video was filmed for the song, directed and edited by the lead singer himself with a $4.00 budget. The band put the video on iTunes and received so much attention that it got mentioned on radio stations across Canada and ended up getting airplay on Much Music.
"Pocket Full of Holes" was released in Canada December 1 of 2008. On My Own Pocket Full of Holes Brandon Paris – Lead vocals Dagriff – Reggae/lead vocals Marc Gladstone – Keys and backing vocals Chris Murray Driver – Drums Bryan Jasper – Guitar Brian Sanheim – Bass backing vocals Dave Devindisch – Bass and backing vocals Greg Ellis – Guitar The initial band members were: Best New Group CHR in 2006 Brandon Paris Band Official Website Brandon Paris Band on Myspace Youtube Biography video Youtube Music video "Rewind & Start Again"