OTTAWA — A disgraced senator who was convicted of fraud is the face of a new ad campaign. Former Liberal senator Raymond Lavigne is the poster boy for the Canadian Taxpayers’ Federation newly launched advertising campaign that lobbies Parliament to pass bill […]
Forget trying to call anyone in Canada now. pic.twitter.com/YBokwOvUf5
— Rod Gilbert (@rodgilbert7) February…
I turn off the mute on the radio, to check if the nauseating ads are finished and we can get back to the music, and I hear, “New York steak…” – so I mute it again immediately; and I think: Advertising = the intensification and multiplication of human wants and desires = the diminishing of […]
If you can’t cling to a loved one during a scary movie, a new Canadian study suggests you’ll seek solace in a nearby brand. Whether it’s the soda you’re sipping or the chips an on-screen character is noshing, researchers find […]
TORONTO — The millions of Canadians tuning in the Super Bowl on Sunday night are more eager to take in the lavish television ads than the football game itself, a new survey suggests. A recent Harris/Decima poll found that while […]
Joe Oliver v. American billionaires
The Super Bowl, like many major sporting events, has long had the capacity to make grown men cry. But this year, the guys may be dabbing their eyes for a different reason – not that they’d admit it. Sentiment is […]
Every year when Super Bowl time rolls around, there is more than just gridiron talk around the Monday watercooler. For some inexplicable reason, many football watchers care passionately about Super Bowl commercials, even though they eventually will be seen countless times […]
OTTAWA – Opposition critics are accusing the federal government of bad fiscal management following revelations it took a cash advance from a $34-million reserve fund to rush a 2012 advertising campaign to television airwaves. “I think they’re scrambling to counter […]
OTTAWA — The federal government had to dip into a senior bureaucrat‘s special reserve fund for a cash advance before it could launch a $9.5 million advertising campaign that responded to criticism about Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s 2012 budget, says an […]
Assorted content to end your week.
- Robert Reich (via GlenInCA) points out the connection between a strong middle class and curbs on corporate excesses – with may go a long way toward explaining why the business lobby is working so hard to eliminate the concept of a secure livelihood for most workers: Last week’s massive toxic chemical spill into West Virginia Elk River illustrates another benefit to the business class of high unemployment, economic insecurity, and a safety-net shot through with holes. Not only are employees docile, eager to accept whatever crumbs they can get. The public is also (Read more…)
OTTAWA — A $2.5-million government ad campaign to promote the not-yet-existent Canada Job Grant appears to have resonated with few outside the office of the country’s advertising watchdog. Eighty-five per cent of Canadians who participated in a public opinion survey […]
OTTAWA — Canada’s official languages commissioner is turning to the Internet to inform airline travelers of their language rights after his initial plan was kiboshed by airport authorities last fall. Graham Fraser said he was all set to roll out […]
A former Liberal Party of Canada organizer has been charged with fraud, forgery and laundering the proceeds of crime as part of a “far-reaching investigation” into the former federal sponsorship program, the RCMP said Friday. In a statement, the RCMP […]
Twitter is aiming to rake in somewhere around $1-billion in advertising revenue in 2014. The target will largely be achieved by allowing advertisers to pay to feed their messages into streams. But the full extent to which tweeters are willing […]
Miscellaneous material to start your week.
- David Simon laments the division of the U.S. into the few who are rewarded by market forces and the many who are constantly under siege – while also pointing out that concentration of wealth may prevent democratic forces from offering a counterweight: The idea that the market will solve such things as environmental concerns, as our racial divides, as our class distinctions, our problems with educating and incorporating one generation of workers into the economy after the other when that economy is changing; the idea that the market is going to heed (Read more…)
The following tweets were originally posted by Martin Bell on Twitter via his account (https://twitter.com/postcrunk), respectively, on July 22, 2013 and September 17, 2013.capitalism takes the specters of displaced community figureheads and uses them …
Assorted content for your weekend reading.
- Alison chronicles how the definition of “accountability” has changed since the Cons’ own actions started to come under the microscope, while Paul Wells writes about the three different interests at play in the Cons’ scandal. And Tonda MacCharles explores how the Senate bribery scandal developed – though her willingness to take Con talking points at face value seems questionable given how consistently they’ve crumbled when compared to actual evidence, particularly when the likes of Chantal Hebert and Don Martin are eviscerating the Cons’ ever-more-farcical spin.
- Meanwhile, Don Lenihan discusses why gratuitous secrecy (Read more…)
We’re no stranger to digital billboards — Engadget made its own big-screen debut in Times Square back in 2011 — but British Airways’ latest endeavor is unlike any we’ve seen before. According to The Drum, the new advertisement, installed front a…
Kim Dotcom built his reputation on free services — much to the chagrin of some people — and he’s revisiting that turf with his upcoming music offering, Baboom. As he explains in an interview with Wired UK, the service will be an “iTunes-Spotify …
Think you’re safe from prying eyes when you turn off your computer or smartphone and flip on the TV? That might not be the case if you have a recent LG Smart TV, according to a UK blogger called DoctorBeet. He noticed that his new HD set was sendi…
The final fashion film for The One fragrance from Dolce & Gabbana is now out.
The film, STREET OF DREAMS, directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Scarlett Johansson and Matthew McConaughey, mirrors the advertising campaign photogr…
Toilet paper seller Charmin had the most winning Thor 2 tie-in with this punny image, complete with a toilet paper roll forged for the butts of the worthy.Read more…
Photographer Steven Meisel is once again behind the lens for a Prada advertising campaign. Meisel has lensed the campaign for Prada Resort 2014 featuring models Anna Ewers, Amanda Murphy and Cameron Russell.
Have a look at the Louis Vuitton “L’Invitation Au Voyage” fashion film starring model Arizona Muse and rock royalty David Bowie.
The advertising campaign, lensed by photographer David Sims, features Arizona taking off from an air balloon outside the Louvre in Paris to Venice, Italy where she encounters Bowie.
Well colour me surprised.
Bollywood actress and now singer, Priyanka Chopra, has made history. Priyanka is the first woman-of-colour to be named a “Guess Girl” for the fashion brand Guess.
Guess hired its first non-white model in 2013,…
Model Laura Love stars in the new advertising campaign for Bottega Veneta. The well connected model, her mother is Lisa Love, senior west coast editor of Vogue and Teen Vogue (you might remember her from THE HILLS), is featured in the campa…
Across the pond and over the hills to India, a new ad by jeweller Tanishq is the talk of the town for pushing boundaries.
Created by one of India’s largest communication groups, LOWE Lintas, Tanishq’s latest ad features a gorgeous dusky bride on her wedding day. After having her jewellery put on by friends and family, a young girl comes in. Is she a neice? A family friend? As the ad progresses, we discover that the little girl is the woman’s daughter. No taboo-busting here in North America (hell, I was part of both my mom’s and my (Read more…)
Photographer Mario Testino continues to partner with Michael Kors on the creative visuals for the brand.
Testino lensed the glossy advertising campaign for the Michael Kors Holiday 2013 Collection. The campaign features models include C…
Have a look at the first images of Blake Lively for L’Oréal Paris, photographed by Terry Tsiolis. The former GOSSIP GIRL actress joins top model Lara Stone and GLEE’s Lea Michele who also became global ambassadors for the brand in 2013.
Goregeous shot! I’m not a fan, but I do think Blake is a great choice for L’Oréal Paris.
OTTAWA — The federal government spent tens of millions of dollars in advertising in the last fiscal year led by major multimillion dollar marketing offensives from the Finance Department, and others touting their own policies, say new accounting records tabled […]
Have a look at the new advertising campaign for the highly anticipated Isabel Marant for H&M Fall 2013 Collection.
Shot by photographer Karim Sadli, the campaign features simple portraits of a bevy of top models and actresses. The campaign feat…
Model Suzanne Diaz is featured in the Hervé Léger by Max Azria Fall 2013 advertising campaign. The New York City-native was photographed by Meredith Bruner and styled by Laura Ferrara for the campaign.
James Franco is the face of the new Gucci menswear scent, Made to Measure. James, who seems like an odd choice to sell anything other than weed, was photographed by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott.
Looking for a haunted vacation destination this October? This series of wonderfully creepy ads channels horror movie posters to promise a spooky stay in America’s haunted hotels.Read more…
Assorted content to end your week.
- Gordon Hoekstra reports on a study by British Columbia determining that Canada lacks any hope of containing the types of oil spills which will become inevitable if the Cons’ pipe-and-ship plans come to fruition. But once again, the Cons’ response is to make clear that they consider an ounce of self-delusion and denial to be worth a pound of cure.
- Meanwhile, the Star-Phoenix’ editorial board recognizes the desperate need for resource-rich provinces to handle their wealth responsibility: (P)rovinces such as Saskatchewan and Alberta are dipping ever deeper into their one-time resource revenue (Read more…)