The makers of SMIRNOFF™ Vodka announced today that Smirnoff Sound Collective™, the brand’s international music platform committed to becoming the biggest contributor to the inclusive electronic music culture, have partnered with Toronto Artists – Zeds Dead on a new documentary titled, “LEAP” which will be released on October 3rd, 2016.Dylan Mamid (aka DC) and Zachary Rapp-Rovan (aka Hooks) formed Zeds Dead in 2009. LEAP chronicles the ambitious rise of Zeds Dead from their early Toronto beginnings in the electronic music scene, to becoming a respected staple of the international touring circuit. “When you talk about a group like Zeds Dead, you hear the bass lines, you hear the drum and bass and the breakbeats that exploded here in the 90’s, the huge ragga influence, UK funky and the whole UK bounce stuff, you hear… Toronto” explains author and nightlife historian Denise Benson in LEAP. Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement The latest musical contributors who are bringing Toronto’s legacy to the global stage, Zeds Dead are also celebrating their recent launch of their newest entrepreneurial platform – their own music label, Deadbeats – and the upcoming release of their new album Northern Lights on October 14, 2016. Featuring collaborations with Diplo, Rivers Cuomo, Twin Shadow, Pusha T and fellow Canadian singer Martina Sorbara (Dragonette), the new album shows off the depth of their success.“Toronto’s music scene is no longer our best kept secret. The Smirnoff Sound Collective™ has been committed to collaborating and supporting the inspiring work of Zeds Dead since early 2014. We’re thrilled that we can continue to support Dylan and Zack on this exciting next phase of their growing career.” said Amber Zwolak, Brand Manager, SMIRNOFF Canada.“Supporting the long-term goals and passions of unparalleled talents like Zeds Dead, is the vision behind the Smirnoff Sound Collective™. The release of the film – LEAP – is a continuation of our global goal to become the biggest contributor to electronic music culture. We believe this type of collaborative brand support is an important step in our continued commitment toward telling the diverse stories of artists like Zeds Dead.” said Justin Medcraft, SMIRNOFF Global Senior Brand Manager.Launched in 2014, Smirnoff Sound Collective™ brought their initiative to North America in March 2016 in Miami by transforming a South Beach Hotel and filling it with world famous line-up of exceptional electronic DJ’s including Zeds Dead, Gorgon City, What So Not, MK, Claptone, Tokimonsta and many others. Smirnoff Sound Collective™ celebrated International Womens’ Day by launching a documentary called “Tribes: Discwoman” which highlighted female DJ’s worldwide. In June, they live-streamed and hosted a same-sex couple’s wedding during Insomniac’s EDC Las Vegas weekend, further promoting the inclusiveness of the electronic music genre.For more information, check out our Smirnoff Sound Collective™ social media channels including Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.Smirnoff Sound Collective™ wants to remind music fans that whether you’re mixing music or cocktails, to be sure and do so responsibly.About Smirnoff Sound Collective™ The Smirnoff Sound Collective™ is SMIRNOFF™ brand’s international music platform that aims to become the biggest contributor to the inclusive electronic music culture. The Smirnoff Sound Collective™ will achieve this through the development of short-form and long-form content pieces that share inclusive stories told through music, artist collaborations and by hosting unique experiences that bring artists and fans together. The Smirnoff Sound Collective™ is also a sponsor of Mixmag Labs across the world in cities including New York, Los Angeles and Sydney.About SMIRNOFFThe SMIRNOFF brand that boasts the world’s number-one selling premium spirit and the top-selling flavored vodka in North America, traces its heritage back to 19th century Russia. As the most awarded vodka brand in the world, SMIRNOFF has always been known for quality and is enjoyed responsibly in 130 countries around the world. For more information, log on to www.smirnoff.com.About DiageoDiageo is a global leader in beverage alcohol with an outstanding collection of brands including Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, Bulleit and Buchanan’s whiskies, Smirnoff, Cîroc and Ketel One vodkas, Captain Morgan, Baileys, Don Julio, Tanqueray and Guinness.Diageo is listed on both the New York Stock Exchange (DEO) and the London Stock Exchange (DGE) and our products are sold in more than 180 countries around the world. For more information about Diageo, our people, our brands, and performance, visit us at www.diageo.com. Visit Diageo’s global responsible drinking resource, www.DRINKiQ.com, for information, initiatives, and ways to share best practice. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Twitter
Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki embarks on US$55.4m reno, including name change Posted by Tags: Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki Share Tuesday, December 6, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group With the next generation of Hawaii travellers in mind, Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki and Golf Club, a Waikiki favourite for more than 25 years, has begun an extensive US$55.4 million redevelopment and repositioning.Aimed for completion in spring 2017, the property will emerge as a brand new hotel with a brand new name: Prince Waikiki. All of its new design and rebranding elements will share the story of its Waikiki location history and heritage as a prominent gathering place. The refurbishment marks the hotel’s first major remodel since its grand opening on April 20, 1990.Situated at the gateway to Waikiki overlooking the Ala Wai Yacht Harbor, Prince Waikiki is a choice location at the epicentre of four of Oahu’s popular neighbourhoods: downtown/Chinatown Honolulu, Kakaako, Ala Moana and world-famous Waikiki.Such a central location allows guests to explore everything modern Honolulu offers, from the world-class beaches and shopping of Waikiki and Ala Moana, to all the multicultural and multifaceted food and restaurant neighbourhoods residents love, to rainforest and waterfall hiking trail escapes bordering the city.The property will heighten its guest experience with 563 transformed oceanfront guest rooms and suites, all-new dining options, a modernized lobby with elevated personalized services, a new infinity pool and enhanced meeting space. Hawaii-based G70 (formerly Group 70 International) is the project’s lead architect. Los Angeles-based Creative Resource Associates (CRA) Design will focus on interior design.“We’re innovating the overall resort experience to meet the needs and expectations of today’s traveller by creating a sanctuary within Waikiki that focuses on setting a higher standard for guest services with an eye on quality,” said hotel general manager, Chuck Abbot. “Our remodeled guest rooms with floor-to-celling panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean will emphasize relaxation with their natural colour scheme, décor, furniture and appointments.”With a focus on upgrading services, Prince Waikiki will offer an all-new experience with thoughtful design touches and new amenities. Guests will immediately feel a Hawaii sense of place at the hotel and discover the rich history of its location.“In working with our design team and identifying our Hawaiian heritage we decided to focus on key elements that would really elevate our sense of place and bring our story to life throughout the resort,” said Donn Takahashi, president, Prince Resorts Hawaii. “They are the muliwai, or abundant, thriving esturary; the Piʻinaio, a convergence of three fresh water streams from the mountains; the naio flower, which is an indigenous restorative plant; the hinana, which is a nourishing juvenile fish; and limu ʻeleʻeie which is a rejuvenating seaweed.”Takahashi added, “History tells us that each of these natural elements flourished in the abundance of the meeting of the waters at this site in ancient times. Honouring our guiding value of lokomaikaʻi (good will) in this process, it is our responsibility to share this story with our guests as stewards of this precious site.”As the hotel repositions itself as a sanctuary in Waikiki, becoming more intimate in scale and offering exceptional services, guests will also discover a connection to the area’s history and find artful touches throughout the property. These include a newly commissioned art sculpture designed by acclaimed local artist Kaili Chun.Coinciding with the renovation project, Prince Waikiki is excited to announce new partnerships with KatsuMidori Sushi Tokyo, Watabe Wedding Corporation and Honolulu Coffee. For more visit hawaiiprincehotel.com/evolution.
<< Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: JetBlue, WestJet Share By: The Canadian Press FARNBOROUGH – One of the founders of WestJet Airlines Ltd. and JetBlue Airways Corp. has committed to buy 60 Airbus A220-300 aircraft for a new U.S. airline he’s launching.A memorandum of understanding for the aircraft which was developed by Bombardier Inc. was announced at the Farnborough Air Show.The deal is worth US$5.4 billion at list prices, but airlines typically receive large discounts.Deliveries of the former C Series jets are slated to begin in 2021, a year after the planes are expected to start coming off a new assembly line in Mobile, Ala.The new airline is backed by a group of investors led by David Neeleman, who is also an investor in TAP in Portugal and controlling shareholder in Azul airlines in Brazil.The commitment is the second since Airbus took control of the aircraft program. Last week, JetBlue ordered 60 of the same aircraft for delivery starting in 2020 with the option for another 60 starting in 2025. A founder of WestJet and JetBlue commits to order 60 A220s for new U.S. airline Tuesday, July 17, 2018