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Winnipeg Free Press (Newspaper) - June 22, 2015, Winnipeg, Manitoba C M Y K PAGE D2 D 2 WINNIPEG FREE PRESS, MONDAY, JUNE 22, 2015 ENTERTAINMENT winnipegfreepress. com N EGEV GALA RAPPER: To everyone’s surprise, honoree Bob Freedman joyfully rapped and danced at the Negev Gala 2015 on Wednesday in front of a cheering audience of 1,000. He was onstage with famous improv artists Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood and some bashful- looking background dancers who’d been “ volunteered.” The improv duo from Whose Line Is it Anyway? dubbed Freedman “ Snoop Bob” and led a full rap- and- dance number about Freedman’s life. His role was to belt out the refrain “ I am SNOOP BOB!” This unpretentious gala, a fundraiser for the Jewish National Fund of Canada Manitoba/ Saskatchewan, was a big success. In a snoopy onstage interview, Mochrie and Sherwood elicited many details of Freedman’s private life for the improvised rap song — including his dream to have lunch with his hero, Mel Brooks . How did Freedman feel after the evening was over? “ He was on Cloud 9,” said local JNF executive director Rob Berkowits . The two- hour cocktail bash, followed by the improv show at Club Regent Event Centre, honoured Freedman’s 28 years as CEO of the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg. He retired last summer. The fund was hoping to net about $ 150,000, Berkowits said. The proceeds will build six outdoor “ green classrooms” for children in Israel to learn more about environmental issues. Greetings and gratitude came from DJ Schneeweiss , Israel’s consulgeneral for Toronto. Also spotted: Asper Foundation’s Gail Asper ; Vickar Automotive Group’s Larry Vickar ; Mayor Brian Bowman ; James Cohen of Gendis; Melanie Wight , Manitoba’s minister of children and youth opportunities; Jewish Foundation of Manitoba’s Marsha Cowan ; Winnipeg South Centre MP Joyce Bateman ; Riel MLA Christine Melnick ; River Heights MLA Jon Gerrard ; and Jewish National Fund CEO Josh Cooper . Also making the scene were software developer and geocaching enthusiast Danielle Carriere and comedians Heather Witherden and Claudine Davidson . Jewish National Federation president Karla Berbrayer and vice- president Jessica Cogan MCed the show in stunning spring floral dresses. After the gig, Mochrie and Sherwood jetted off to do a three- week tour in England. TOM OLESON SCHOLARSHIP: The first Tom Oleson scholarship will be awarded to Kathleen Maddocks Tuesday night at Churchill High School’s convocation ceremony at Calvary Temple. Oleson, who attended Churchill High School, was a devoted newspaperman who worked at the Winnipeg Free Press for 45 years. He died in 2012 at age 66. His friend Peter Kaufmann was the mastermind behind the $ 1,000 scholarship, established with the Winnipeg Foundation, to be presented every year to a Churchill student to use for education in the liberal arts or journalism, and one who demonstrates social responsibility, ideally helping the disadvantaged. “ If a homeless person asked Tom for money and he had $ 5 in his pocket, he’d give him the whole $ 5 and have nothing left for himself,” Kaufmann says. “ He was the most humble man, for all his knowledge. I don’t think he ever knew what a great writer he was.” But people who knew him only through his writing did. They gave generous donations to the scholarship fund; some signed cheques for as much as $ 2,500. “ It will be awarded every year now,” says Kaufmann. “ I think this was the best way to honour his memory, because writing was his life and he was passionate about other people coming into the field.” Kaufmann raised $ 13,000 and says he is committed to raising another $ 12,000 for this perpetual scholarship to stay at the $ 1,000 level. “ Dad would have been so humbled and so very honoured,” says Oleson’s daughter, Katie Oleson- Hodges , now a 911 operator. Adds her sister, Jen Oleson , who’s in university and headed for law school: “ Dad would be proud, and but he’d be feeling disbelief anyone would do that for him.” LENNARD POPS UP: Designer, clothing- maker and factory owner Lennard Taylor has just opened a popup shop with his name on the window at 223 McDermot Ave. The paint is barely dry, but it’s already fully stocked with funky clothes he designs in- house for men and women. From the street you can see Taylor in his porkpie hat, sewing fancy designs at his machine. His business has jumped around central Winnipeg for several years. “ I finally feel really at home at this location. This is really me,” Taylor says. He has a three- month lease on the space, but he’s hoping CentreVenture will extend it beyond the initial summer months. Taylor still operates his factory on south Osborne, but says he missed having a storefront and seeing people. Got tips, events, special events going on? Call the tip line at 204- 474- 1116 or write Maureen Scurfield c/ o Winnipeg Free Press, 1355 Mountain Ave. Winnipeg, MB. R2X 3B6. SCENE & HEARD By Maureen Scurfield Improv stars had Snoop Bob hip- hoppin’ at gala TODAY ON TV Murder in the First Terry English ( Taye Diggs) and Hildy Mulligan ( Kathleen Robertson) continue to investigate murders in San Francisco. This season, the men and women of the police force navigate the line between friends and enemies, loyalty and corruption. Bravo, 9 p. m. Halifax Comedy Fest CBC heads east for comedy in this season première. First, Greg Proops goes to Ireland, and Pete Zedlacher asks what’s up with the luggage store at the airport. Later, international master of misery Jeremy Hotz says he’s moving more slowly these days. CBC, 9 p. m. Requiem for the Dead: American Spring 2014 Filmmakers Shari Cookson and Nick Doob shine a light on stories of gun violence in this première documentary. Using news accounts, police investigations and social media, they bring victims to life in their own words. HBO Canada, check listings for time. Talk Shows Jimmy Fallon: Seth MacFarlane, Amber Heard Jimmy Kimmel: Mark Feuerstein, Robert DeLong James Corden: Russell Crowe, Kathryn Hahn Seth Meyers: Maya Rudolph, Joe Manganiello Jon Stewart: Sen. Al Franken Conan O’Brien: Judd Apatow, Ashley Tisdale ‘ Snoop Bob’ Freedman Mochrie ( left) and Sherwood Tom Oleson, who died in 2012, worked at the Free Press for 45 years. Fashion designer Lennard Taylor at home in his Exchange District shop. the Scene A TRIP AROUND THE WORLD OF ENTERTAINMENT WALTERBORO, S. C. — A former child actor who starred in one of the Star Wars movie sequels faces charges after leading South Carolina deputies on a high- speed chase. Colleton County Sheriff’s deputies on Wednesday arrested a 26- year- old man they confirmed through a former talent agent was Jake Lloyd, who played a young Anakin Skywalker in the 1999 movie Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace , Sgt. Kyle Strickland said Sunday. The man gave his name as Jake Broadbent, Strickland said. The man’s birthdate matched the actor’s listed by movie database IMDB. com and a hometown of Fort Collins, Colo., where Lloyd was born. The man was charged with failing to stop for officers and reckless driving after hitting speeds in excess of 160 kilometres an hour, Strickland said. Deputies in coastal Charleston County initially tried to stop the fleeing vehicle early Wednesday afternoon, but quit chasing after the man drove into neighbouring Colleton County, Sheriff’s Office Major Eric Watson said Sunday. The chase lasted for more than 40 km before Lloyd drove off Interstate 95, plowed through a fence, and continued speeding along a parallel frontage road, authorities said. — The Associated Press TWO days after Taylor Swift announced she’ll hold back her 1989 album from Apple Music, the pop superstar has taken to Tumblr to explain her decision. Swift won’t allow the album, which has sold nearly five million copies since its release last October, to be played via Apple’s new streaming service. Swift’s 1989 was the top- selling album of 2014 and holds the same title so far this year. In a post on her Tumblr page titled To Apple, Love Taylor , Swift notes Apple Music plans to forego royalty payments to writers, artists and producers during the three- month trial window when customers who sign up for the service can use it for free. “ I find it to be shocking, disappointing and completely unlike this historically progressive and generous company,” she writes. Apple Music, which will debut on iOS9 and Android June 30, will offer both a free tier and a paid subscription service that will cost $ 9.99 a month after the three- month free trial. The service will combine on- demand listening with stations programmed by DJs instead of computerized algorithms. In the open letter, Swift insists the decision isn’t about her, since she’s perfectly capable of paying herself and her entire team through concert appearances. “ This is about the new artist or band that has just released their first single and will not be paid for its success,” she writes. “ This is about the young songwriter who just got his or her first cut and thought that the royalties from that would get them out of debt. This is about the producer who works tirelessly to innovate and create, just like the innovators and creators at Apple are pioneering in their field... but will not get paid for a quarter of a year’s worth of plays on his or her songs.” Swift adds her opinions about Apple’s decision not to make royalty payments for the threemonth “ freemium” period are echoed by “ every artist, writer and producer in my social circles who are afraid to speak up publicly because we admire and respect Apple so much. We simply do not respect this particular call.” — USA Today Let the force be after you; Star Wars ex- child actor charged A Swift response to no- royalty plan T ORONTO — After weeks of captivating Canada on tour, Ed Sheeran can “ x” another accomplishment off his list after a load- bearing hosting performance at Sunday’s Much Music Video Awards. Sheeran rarely strayed from the stage, ad- libbing raunchy one- liners, verbally sparring with presenters, hauling in two awards — for best international artist and most buzzworthy international artist — and performing on two separate occasions. Just prior to the show, he vowed he would say whatever he wanted to onstage, and indeed some of his remarks — such as an off- colour joke about presenter Gigi Hadid or a comment to Sarah Hyland about the time his “ mate” threw up on her lawn — seemed convincingly off- the- cuff. His candour even extended to his acceptance speeches. “ This is my fourth year ( and) I’ve never won one — I feel like it’s just because I’m presenting,” he said while accepting his first award, for best international artist. “ So thank you very much for this.” The Weeknd was the weekend’s big winner, with the downcast crooner continuing his real- life recent winning streak by picking up a leading four awards, including video of the year and most buzzworthy Canadian. A man of famously few words, the singer born Abel Tesfaye — who has three Top 15 hits already this year — was gracious if concise in acceptance. “ I want to thank the fans of course — XO, wouldn’t be here without you guys,” he said. On a bright and balmy day in Toronto, lines of fans snaked for several blocks around Much’s downtown headquarters awaiting the performance extravaganza. Those who queued in the sticky conditions were rewarded with a close- up gander at performers including Florida Want to Want Me hitmaker Jason Derulo, resurgent Chicago emo institution Fall Out Boy and newly single, newly solo Disney graduate Nick Jonas, who passionately sang Chains in front of a three- metre- high screen, opposite a gyrating dancer. Still, the biggest roar of the evening was elicited from its biggest unannounced star: a bearded Drake. The superstar Toronto rapper dropped by when his friend P. Reign won for best hip- hop video ( Drake co- directed the video and buoyed the song with a guest verse). Drake only briefly took the mike before ceding the spotlight to his gobsmacked pal. “ Aww, man!” said P. Reign with wonder. “ You know what, I just need y’all to know first of all, I never planned this. I had no idea it was going to happen. “ My brother Drizzy Drake is in the building! That’s my brother for life.” — The Canadian Press CHRIS YOUNG / THE CANADIAN PRESS Ed Sheeran held nothing back as he hosted the 2015 Much Music Video Awards in Toronto Sunday. Candid Sheeran shines at MMVAs D_ 02_ Jun- 22- 15_ FP_ 01. indd D2 6/ 21/ 15 10: 48: 25 PM

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