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OMNI_logoOMNI Television has confirmed it will air the very first Mandarin broadcast of an MLB game in Canada this week.

The Toronto Blue Jays match against the Boston Red Sox on June 27 will be broadcast in the Mandarin language, with Taiwan-native Chien-Ming Wang scheduled to start as pitcher for the Blue Jays.

To anchor the special coverage, OMNI Television’s Wei Lee will call the play-by-play with former Taiwanese baseball player Robert Wu as analyst. Continue reading »

Rogers Media Television receives 13 nominations for its leading Canadian programming on Citytv, OMNI Television, and OLN from the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television’s 26th annual Gemini Awards. 

Citytv received six nominations for its local and original programming including nods to CityLine host, Tracy Moore for Best Performance or Host in a Variety Program or Series (Individual or Ensemble) and Francis D’Souza for Best Breaking Reportage, Local, CityNews – G20 Summit.

Please see below for a full list of Rogers Media Television Gemini nominations. 

 

Citytv Programming: 

 

Best Breaking Reportage, Local 

CityNews – G20 Summit 

Francis D’Souza, Alfred Colangelo 

 

Best Performance or Host in a Variety Program or Series (Individual or Ensemble) 

CityLine 

Tracy Moore 

 

Best Direction in an Animated Program or Series 

Glenn Martin DDS – Date with Destiny 

Ken Cunningham 

 

Best Reality Program or Series 

Conviction Kitchen 

(Cineflix (Dinners 2) Inc) 

Simon Lloyd, Gerard Barry 

 

Best Direction in a Reality Program or Series 

Conviction Kitchen – Episode 5 

Dwayne Beaver, Karen Duthie 

(*OLN also nominated in this category) 

 

Best Direction in an Animated Program or Series 

Glenn Martin DDS – Date with Destiny 

Ken Cunningham 

 

 

OMNI Television Programming: 

 

Best Original Music Score for a Documentary Program or Series 

T O in 2 4 

Claudio Vena 

 

Best Photography in a Documentary Program or Series 

T O in 2 4 

Dale Hildebrand 

 

OLN Programming: 

 

Best Original Music for a Lifestyle/Practical Information or Reality Program or Series 

Mantracker – Dylan & Travis 

David Krain 

 

Best Sound in an Information/Documentary Program or Series 

Beyond Survival with Les Stroud – The Hewa and the Hidden Secret Ceremony 

Brian Eimer 

 

Mantracker – Dylan & Travis 

Terry Wedel, Euan Hunter, Michael Mancuso 

 

Best Picture Editing in an Information Program or Series 

Mantracker – Dylan & Travis 

Jesse James Miller 

 

Best Direction in a Reality Program or Series 

Mantracker – Jason & Clayton 

Ihor Macijiwsky 

(*Citytv also nominated in this category) 

Bollywood fever swept Toronto last weekend and OMNI Television was there to bring viewers unprecedented coverage of the all-things IIFA.

Broadcasting LIVE from on the green carpet Saturday night, Bollywood Boulevard: LIVE at IIFA 2011 brought viewers an up-close-and-personal look at the big event with 2-hours of exclusive coverage followed by the Canadian premiere of IIFA “Best Film” winner, Dabaang.

Record numbers of Torontonians tuned in to the pre-awards special and film, pushing OMNI to #1 spot in key demos 18-49 and 25-54.*

“Hundreds of thousands of Canadians across the country came together to watch one of the largest events to ever come to Canada and OMNI Television is proud to be the broadcaster that made that possible,” commented Alain Strati, VP of OMNI Television. “As a multilingual/multicultural television system, OMNI Television’s coverage and immense array of South Asian entertainment leading up to the three-day weekend, confirmed the station’s commitment to multiculturalism in Canada. “

Touching down on North American soil for the very first time, the IIFA 2011 Awards Ceremony took over the Rogers Centre in downtown Toronto Saturday night. From the glamourous green carpet events to coverage of the hottest stars around the city, as the Official Broadcast Partner of IIFA 2011, OMNI television took to on-air and online for four full days of programming to bring viewers an exclusive, up-close-and-personal look at the big event.

In addition, OMNI Television delivered a vast array of South Asian entertainment leading up to the special coverage of the IIFA Weekend and Awards, from locally produced South Asian news in all markets, to IIFA themed Indian blockbuster hits on Bollywood Freetime Movies, to daily and weekly coverage of the IIFA celebrations on Bollywood Blvd., and the launch of two new series, Best of the IIFAs and Bollywood Top 10 Best, starring Canadian actress, Lisa Ray.

The IIFA 2011 excitement continues to thrive on OMNI Television with even more IIFA programming. This week, Bollywood Boulevardcontinues to air daily, bringing viewers more coverage of the three day extravaganza. Watch the IIFA 2011 winner of best film, Dabaang, starring Shah Rukh Khan on Sunday, July 3.

Relive the best moments of the IIFAs with two specials, IIFA Curtain Raiser and IIFA Flash Backon Sunday, July 17. Watch the much anticipated, Canadian broadcast premiere of the IIFA 2011 Awards Ceremony on July 24 at 8pm. Tune in for the glitz and glam of IIFA Rocks, featuring performances by Jermaine Jackson and Sonu Nigam on Sunday, July 31.

One of the biggest nights in Bollywood is coming to Canada and OMNI Television’s Bollywood Boulevard is bringing viewers an exclusive, up-close-and-personal look at the big event with 2-hours of LIVE coverage from the Rogers Centre.

Join OMNI Television for Bollywood Boulevard: LIVE at IIFA 2011 on Saturday, June 25 at 6pmon OMNI.2 in Ontario, 4pm on OMNI Alberta and 3pm on OMNI B.C.

The IIFA 2011 Awards Ceremony will be available live via Pay Per View starting at 8pm. Viewers can tune in to OMNI Television for the Canadian broadcast premiere of the IIFA 2011 Awards Ceremony on Sunday, July 24 at 8pm.  

Co-hosted by Veronica Chail and Mohit Rajhans, Bollywood Boulevard: LIVE at IIFA 2011grants viewers an all-access pass to the unique IIFA green carpet experience. Featuring exclusive interviews with some of Bollywood’s biggest names, a look at the gorgeous gowns and a glance at IIFA 2011 events happening around Toronto, OMNI gives viewers an unparalleled glimpse into Bollywood’s most glamourous event.

Then, tune into OMNI at11pm for a LIVE Post-Awards Special. With OMNI News reporter, Monica Dogra in studio and Veronica and Mohit live on the green carpet, viewers will be the first to hear about the big winners, alluring performances and all the extravagant details from the night.    

Bollywood Boulevard brings viewers the best in South Asian entertainment.  From the glitz and glamour of Indian Cinema, to the juiciest industry gossip, the entertainment series is Mumbai’s answer to Hollywood.  Starting Monday, June 20,Bollywood Boulevard will air daily at 8:30pm on OMNI.2 in Ontario and Alberta, 9:30pm in B.C. for two full weeks, bringing audiences the latest in IIFA 2011 news, special features and exclusive interviews with top stars, and later, recapping the entire IIFA 2011 weekend.

Check out OMNITV.ca for full episodes and exciting extras from some of your favourite South Asian programming, including Bollywood Boulevard, Bollywood Top Ten Best, South Asian News and more! 

IIFA 2011 Awards Ceremony will be available to Canadian viewers live on Pay Per View. Contact the local cable or DTH satellite provider for more information.

OMNI Television has launched a unique and exciting webpage dedicated to fans of India Cinema as part of its official Canadian Broadcast Partnership of IIFA 2011. 

The OMNIIIFA 2011 webpage is Canada’s source for everything IIFA. With the 2011 IIFA Weekend and Awards fast approaching, this site gives Bollywood fans the chance to relive the spectacle of past IIFA awards ceremonies from London, Sheffield, Amsterdam, Bangkok, Singapore and Dubai and more. As well, visitors can view the previous four breathtaking IIFA fashion shows; enjoy profiles of legendary IIFA nominated films and stars; and watch episodes of OMNI Television’s South Asian entertainment programs, Bollywood Boulevard and Bollywood Top Ten Best.

Canadian Bollywood fans will stay in-the-know with daily updates on the most recent IIFA news, view listings of exciting Bollywood and IIFA themed events happening around Toronto and the GTA, and stay connected with our IIFA Twitter feed, featuring tweets from today’s top Bollywood stars. Plus, viewers can also enter online for a chance to win the OMNI IIFA Bollywood Contest, featuring the grand prize of a VIP all access IIFA weekend in Toronto.

Looking for the ultimate Bollywood experience? OMNI Television wants to award one lucky viewer the opportunity of a lifetime, to experience the IIFAs like a star with an all access VIP IIFA weekend in Toronto.

Catch all of the action with two VIP tickets to the IIFA Awards Ceremony and the star studded fashion show, IIFA Rocks. Get up close and personal with Bollywood Boulevard personalities before the awards show. Then, party it up with biggest names in Indian Cinema with two tickets to the IIFA Awards after party.  The winner will receive star treatment with VIP limo transportation to and from the IIFA awards, return airfare and hotel accommodation.

Starting May 2nd, contestants must tune in to OMNI Television’s South Asian programming line up including Bollywood Blvd, Bollywood Top Ten Best and OMNINews: South Asian/Punjabi Edition for four consecutive weeks to learn the weekly secret word. Then, visit OMNITV.ca each week to correctly identify the secret word from a multiple choice list. Entrants that successfully select the correct word of the week, for four consecutive weeks will be automatically entered into the final draw. A random draw from all entries will determine the winner, which will be announced by Veronica Chail during Bollywood Boulevardon Sunday, June 5 on OMNI Television.  

In addition to the grand prize, OMNI Television is offering two AMAZING prizes to second and third prize winners. Second prize includes two VIP tickets to the IIFA Awards Ceremony, a meet and greet with OMNIon-air personalities, two tickets to IIFA Rocks, as well as hotel accommodation and return airfare. The third prize winner will receive two tickets to the IIFA Awards Ceremony, two tickets to IIFA Rocks and an OMNI IIFA VIP prize pack.

Join OMNI Television and celebrate IIFA 2011 with a special selection of films on Bollywood Free Time Movie from Sunday May 8 to Sunday, July 3 at 12pm ET/MT (2pm PT). This will lead up to OMNI Television’s special coverage of the much anticipated IIFA Weekend, along with the live-to-tape special broadcast of the IIFA Awards.

Shake, shimmy and sing to this amazing line up of Bollywood movies. Tune in to OMNI on Sundays to catch some of Bollywood’s most notable movies to date including the 2011 IIFA nominated film, Once Upon Time in Mumbai, the Canadian television premiere and the 2007 IIFA nominated film Taal. Get into the spirit of IIFA with nominated actress Kareena Kapoor in Golmaal 3 and the 2004 best actress winner Preity Zinta in Koi Mil Gayaa. Looking for comedy? Laugh along with last year’s winner for best film, 3 idiots and the 2001 movieDil Chahta Hai.

OMNI Bollywood Freetime Movie airs every Sunday on OMNI. 2 in Ontario, OMNIAlberta and OMNIBC. Offering a variety of both new and classic Bollywood feature films. OMNI Bollywood Freetime Movie includes the hottest and most sought after blockbuster hits in Indian Cinema. A new smash hit film is featured weekly in Hindi, with English subtitles and many of these films are Canadian television premieres, never before aired on terrestrial television.

OMNI Television is the Official Canadian Broadcast Partner of IIFA 2011. Leading up to the big celebration, OMNI will provide viewers with an exclusive, all access pass to extensive coverage of the star studded fashion show, IIFA Rocks; must-see film festival highlights; and the highly anticipated IIFA Awards Ceremony. One of the biggest nights in entertainment, the live-to-tape special broadcast of the IIFA Awards on OMNIwill showcase the best in Indian Cinema, giving viewers behind-the-scenes access to their favourite stars, show stopping fashion, and breathtaking performances. To find out more about OMNI South Asian programming visit www.rogersmediatv.ca. See below for the full line-up of IIFA themed films on OMNIBollywood Freetime Movie.

Om Shanti Om: Sunday, May 8, 2011 at 12pm ET/MT (2pm PT)

Set in the 1970s, small-time actor Om falls in love with superstar Shanti, but the two of them are later killed in a suspicious on-set fire. When he’s reincarnated 30 years later, Om is determined to punish the person who ignited the blaze.

 

Milenge Milenge: Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 12pm ET/MT (2pm PT)

Two former lovers leave their happily ever up to destiny, when they attempt to locate one another before getting married to other people. 

 

3 Idiots: Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 12pm ET/MT (2pm PT)

While attending one of India’s premier colleges, miserable engineering students and best friends Ryan, Hari and Alok struggle to beat their school’s draconian system, which in their eyes, unfairly values grades over creativity.

 

Taal:Sunday, May 29, 2011 at 12pm ET/MT (2pm PT)

During his travels a wealthy businessman falls for a small-town singer and dancer, but then finds he must return to the city. In his absence, she becomes a big star under the guidance of a successful composer.

 

Koi Mil Gayaa: Sunday,June 5, 2011 at 12pm ET/MT (2pm PT)

A developmentally disabled young man tries to continue the work of his father, by communicating with extra-terrestrials from outer space. 

 

Krrish: Sunday, June 12, 2011 at 12pm ET/MT (2pm PT)

A powerful, young superhero is forced to do battle with a mad scientist after following his true love to Singapore.

 

Dil Chanta Hai: Sunday, June 19, 2011 at 12pm ET/MT (2pm PT)

Following the lives of three distinct characters, Akash, Sameer and Siddharth, this film examines their individual relationships and the effect that these relationships have on them.

 

Golmaal 3: Sunday, June 26, 2011 at 12pm ET/MT (2pm PT)

India’s first ever trilogy Golmaal 3 highlights the story of hatred between two groups of siblings within a family. One of nature’s masterpieces, this is a family that eats together, prays together, lives together and a family that can’t stand each other.

 

Once Upon a Time in Mumbai: Sunday, July 3, 2011 at 12pm ET/MT (2pm PT)

A tale of two gangsters from the eras of past and present, whose lives enter parallel paths as they struggle to survive within Bombay’s criminal underworld.

OMNI Television announced today that, as the Official Canadian Broadcast Partner of the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) 2011, it will broadcast unprecedented coverage of the three-day long weekend and awards celebration to Canadians when it makes its North American debut in Ontario this June. 

“Our partnership with the International Indian Film Academy is a natural fit for OMNI Television, to build upon our already well established South Asian entertainment and news,” commented Alain Strati, Vice President, OMNI Station Group, Specialty and Development. “With the addition of new shows and specials to our already strong Bollywood programming lineup, our viewers will have access to more exclusive, Canadian-produced, South Asian content leading up to and beyond this world class event.” 

IIFA 2011 is a celebration of Indian Cinema, consisting of fun-filled activities, that brings the fans close to their favourite stars. OMNI Television is the only all access pass, with extensive coverage of the star studded fashion show, IIFA Rocks; must-see film festival highlights; and the highly anticipated IIFA Awards Ceremony. One of the biggest nights in entertainment, the live-to-tape special broadcast of the IIFA Awards on OMNI will showcase the best in Indian Cinema, giving viewers behind-the-scenes access to their favourite stars, show stopping fashion, and breathtaking performances. 

“We are happy to partner with OMNI Television as our Official Canadian Broadcast Partner of IIFA 2011. IIFA has a reach that goes well beyond international borders. For the Indian Cinema fans in Canada, we find that OMNI, with its entertainment focus and large television base is a natural choice to spread the IIFA magic,” commented Sabbas Joseph, Director – Wizcraft International Ent. & IIFA. 

OMNI Television will deliver a vast array of South Asian entertainment leading up to the special coverage of the IIFA Weekend and Awards, from locally produced South Asian news in all markets, to IIFA themed Indian blockbuster hits on Bollywood Freetime Movies, to daily and weekly coverage of the IIFA celebrations on Bollywood Blvd., including a pre-awards special from IIFA’s unique green carpet at the Awards Ceremony. OMNI is also launching a new four part series, Best of the IIFAs, which will showcase the best moments in IIFA history. Starting in March, a new entertainment series, Bollywood’s Best Top 10, starring Canadian actress, Lisa Ray, will celebrate the very best of Indian cinema – past and present. 

The coverage of the IIFA 2011 celebrations will continue well beyond the event as OMNI will bring Canadians even more programming, including: an in-depth look back at all the highlights from the IIFA Weekend and Awards in Toronto, a celebration of Bollywood’s top stars; and favourite moments from the Award show and Green Carpet. These specials will compliment OMNI News: South Asian Edition in English on OMNI.2 in Ontario; OMNI in Calgary and Edmonton; as well as OMNI News: Punjabi Edition in language on OMNI in B.C., Bollywood Freetime Movies and South Asian entertainment magazine shows. Additional South Asian programmes on OMNI Television are also offered in Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu, Tamil, Bengali, Sinhalese, and English. For more information visit www.rogersmediatv.ca.

Join OMNI Television in celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with special programming to welcome the New Year.

Watch OMNIoriginal productions inMandarin and Cantonese; news coverage of the sights and sounds of local celebrations; broadcast specials from Beijing and Taiwan; Chinese New Year movie presentations; and Just For Laughs Toronto: The Chinese Comedy and Variety Show!  

 

OMNI Chinese New Year Special Programming is as follows:

 

OMNI Television Present’s: Mandarin WeekendNew Year Special: Saturday, February 5 at 6pm ET/MT and Sunday, February 6, 2011 at 10pm PT

Hosted by OMNI News: Mandarin Edition’s Grant Guo, this one hour special will feature the telling of traditional folklore surrounding the Year of the Rabbit, cooking demonstrations of traditional Chinese New Year dishes and news coverage of local B.C. and Alberta Chinese community celebrations. Plus, greetings from Prime Minister Stephen Harper; Ontario Premier, Dalton McGuinty; Alberta Premier, Ed Stelmach; and B.C. Premier, Gordon Campbell.

 

OMNI Television Present’s: Cantonese New Year Special: Saturday, February 5 at 7pm ET/MT and Sunday, February 6, 2011 at 11pm PT

Hosted by on-air OMNI News: Cantonese Edition personality’s Stanley So, Jason Leung, Kenneth Li, Josephine Au, Tina Tse and Eric Chan, this one hour special will highlight extraordinary Chinese New Year celebrations from around the world, fromToronto to China, to Taiwan, and Hong Kong. The special will also feature delicious Chinese New Year cuisine, plus greetings from Ontario Premier, Dalton McGuinty; Chinese Ambassador of Canada Zhang Junsai; Director of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, Maureen Siu;and other Canadian Chinese politicians.

 

Chinese New Year Movie Presentation: All’s Well, Ends Well Too 2010: Saturday, February 5 at 8pm ET/MT (11pm PT)

After spending a decade honing her ceremonial skills in the Midland, Princess Pearl (Angela Yeung Wing) of Flowerland begins her journey home. Along the way she meets General Wing (Ronald Cheng), a strong leader in the Midland Army, who joins her on her travels. An unexpected series of events turns this trip upside down when General Wing rescues a young woman from taking her own life. When the three travelers are later attacked by a gang of pirates Princess Pearl falls overboard and suffers from amnesia. General Wing knows that Princess Pearl is still alive and he won’t rests until his true love is back in his arms.

 

CCTV Beijing Chinese New Year Gala: Saturday, February 5 at 10pm ET/MT (8pm PT)

A mainland Chinese Television event, the CCTV Beijing Chinese New Year Gala will feature various dramatic and comedic skits as well as song and dance performances direct from Beijing.

 

Taiwan Chinese New Year Special: Sunday, February 6 at 7:30pm ET (9:30pm MT)

Celebrate New Year with the brightest stars of Taiwan’s entertainment scene.

 

Just For Laughs Toronto: The Chinese Comedy and Variety Show: Sunday, February 6 at 8:30pm ET/PT (10:30pm MT)

Alongside some of his funniest countrymen and women, Chinese comedy megastar Jiang Kun will be featured on stage in Toronto, combining hilarious Xiangsheng (two-performer comedy ‘crosstalk’) in Mandarin, non-verbal slapstick physical comedy, masterful sound-effects, eye-popping shadow puppetry, mesmerizing comedy magic and stunning musical and dance performances.

Chinese New Year Movie Presentation: 72 Tenants of Prosperity: Saturday, February 12 at 8pm ET/MT (11pm PT)

Back in the 1970s, Ha Kung (Eric Tsang) and Shek Kin (Jacky Cheung) prevented a greedy pair of slumlords (Lam Ka-Tung and Charmaine Sheh) from evicting 72 destitute tenants and saved a young woman named Pinky (Anita Yuen) from entering into an arranged marriage. Torn between the two men who both declared their love for her, Pinky flipped a coin to determine who she would marry and Ha won. In the years that followed, the goodwill between Ha and Shek gradually eroded and the two former brothers grew into sworn enemies. Forty years later, the two rivals are both working in Mongkok, trying to corner the electronics market as the tenants they once stood up for observe the fierce competition from afar.

 

Grand Festive Music Concert 2011: Saturday, February 12 at 10pm ET/MT (8pm PT)

Broadcasted from the Concert Hall of the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, the concert will feature the China National Symphony Orchestra, featuring internationally renowned artistic director, Mr. Chen Zuohuang and the outstanding Mr. Lu Jia as the conductor.

 

OMNI B.C. Year of the Rabbit Celebration Special: Sunday February 13 at 8pm ET/PT (9:30pm MT)

The OMNI B.C. Year of the Rabbit Celebration Special brings viewers lion dancing, fun and fortune. Celebrate Chinese New Year with OMNI B.C. news personalities Carol Wang and Fiona Law as they deliver stories about Chinese New Year cuisine, family traditions and art to viewers at home. They’ll also hop into the Year of the Rabbit with the sights and sounds from the Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade.

OMNI Television is pleased to present the world broadcast premiere of the Canadian documentary Falafelism to English and Hebrew audiences this August.

Food is intimately tied with tradition, culture and nostalgia. For anyone who has lived far from home, one bite of a familiar dish can conjure up strong memories, emotions and passion. Canadian, Moroccan, and Jewish, filmmaker, Ari A. Cohen’s journey to taste some of the best falafel incurs the tales, the history, and the soul impact connected to this humble sandwich.

“Falafelism demonstrates the importance that food and hospitality can have on a culture, while aiming to show audiences the beauty and significance of sharing it with the world,” commented Madeline Ziniak, National Vice President, OMNI Television.

The story of the falafel dates back to biblical times, where traces of mashed chickpeas have been found in the tombs of pharaohs. Throughout Falafelism this popular meal serves as a window into the cultural identity of the Middle East by introducing us to people who are connected to falafel in one way or another. Whether they are hungry eaters, street vendors, food critics, musicians or academics, the falafel presents a unique approach to the notion of peace building and shared values.

“I set out to devour the best falafel and along the way discovered nations that gave birth to it, argued over it and shared the love for it,” commented Ari A. Cohen, creator of Falalfelism.  “After a few hundred bites, it became less about food and more about cultural identity, international politics, and even, a dialogue for peace.”

Join OMNI Television and Follow Ari A. Cohen on his mouth-watering adventure as he indulges in a delicious journey filled with unexpected discoveries.

 

Falafelism launches to English Audiences as follows:

Sunday, August 15 at 9pm ET on OMNI. 1

Sunday, August 15 at 10pm MT on OMNI Alberta

Sunday, August 15 at 7pm PT on OMNI in BC

 

Falafelism launches to Hebrew Audiences as follows:

Sunday, August 29 at 7pm ET on OMNI. 1

Sunday, August 29 at 7pm MT on OMNI in Alberta