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PureBites Donates $500,000 Worth of Dog and Cat Treats to Toronto Humane Society and ASPCA to Support Pets and Pet Parents Amid COVID-19

The bond between people and pets has grown stronger than ever. As having man’s best friend by your side is great to provide companionship and support mental health – it’s important to ensure they’re also cared for and nourished with healthy treats and food. PureBites®, a leading Canadian Company of natural dog and cattreats and food, has donated over $500,000 worth of its Dog and Cat Treats, as well as Food and Toppers to the Toronto Humane Society and ASPCA to support pets and pet parents in need amid COVID-19. While many have more time to welcome a new pet into their lives, with lost jobs and hardships experienced due to the coronavirus – individuals and animal rescue organizations are faced with financial restraints, limited resources, and are in need of additional support to continue to keep our beloved animals healthy and safe.

“We are currently living through an unprecedented time in our lives,” says Marc Cathcart president of Pure Treats Inc. the makers of PureBites®. “People are going through financial hardship and social distancing, but one bond that holds true during good and bad times is the one between a pet and their family. At PureBites® – we have always believed this, which is why we have donated over $500,000 worth of PureBites® products to the Toronto Humane Society and the ASPCA.”

Animal welfare organizations across the country are reporting a surge in demand for rescue dogs and cats as Canadians look for furry companions to keep them company during self-isolation. PureBites® is supporting the Toronto Humane Society who has continued to find placements via digital applications and provide aid in keeping their tummies full during this challenging time.

“The impact that this donation has is massive. Our animals, and the animals across the GTA thank PureBites,” said Hannah Sotropa, Toronto Humane Society Public Relations Specialist.“Toronto Humane Society is a non-profit organization that relies solely on donations and public support. Because we have no government contract, when we are lucky enough to receive donations like this, we are so abundantly grateful. All of our animals receive enrichment 365 days a year which includes positive reinforcement training with our robust training department; this involves a lot of praise and A LOT of treats!”

With a wide assortment of one-ingredient treats and its NEW RAW Freeze Dried Food or Topper, PureBites® is the ideal choice for health conscious pet parents. “We are hearing so many great stories about people adopting pets during these difficult times”, says Marc Cathcart. “Giving away PureBites® treats or food to new pet parents will only help foster the human animal bond. We are hoping that this donation will bring some joy to people and their pets because we all need a little cheer right now.”

About PureBites® (Pure Treats Inc.)

Founded in 2005, PureBites® is a Canadian company from Montreal Quebec. Over the past 15 years, PureBites® has become a leader in natural dog and cat treats and food. Focused on its core principle ofasking pet parents to turn the bag around and look at their natural and pure ingredients, PureBites® isbuilding a loyal following of pets who are crazy about PureBites® nutrient rich treats, food and toppers.PureBites® dog and cat treats, food and toppers are available throughout leading North American petspecialty chains like PetSmart, Pet Valu, Petland, and Ren’s, as well as thousands of neighborhood petstores.

PureBitesâ are available at the finest pet specialty retail stores nationwide and are available in different sizesranging from a Suggested Retail Price of $1.49 to $29.99. For additional information on PureBitesâ, pleasevisit www.purebites.com or follow them on Facebook (www.facebook.com/purebites) or Instagram @purebitespettreats on Instagram.

About Toronto Humane Society

Toronto Humane Society is an animal welfare organization whose mission is to promote the humane care and protection of all animals and to prevent all forms of cruelty and suffering.  One of Toronto’s oldest charities, they operate as an animal shelter and high-volume clinic with spay/neuter and vaccination services. In recent years, they have sought to expand beyond shelter activities to further improve the lives of animals. Their new initiatives include an expanded pet food bank, dog training programs, educational outreach and animal rescue operations at both the local and international level.  For more information, visit www.torontohumanesociety.com. 

About the ASPCA

Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Premier Below-the-Waist Hygiene Brand Asks Canadians an All-Important Question on a Totally Taboo Topic: Have You Embraced the ‘Scape?

MANSCAPED, the first and only brand dedicated to men’s below-the-waist grooming, is venturing… above-the-belt. The leading and fastest growing male hygiene company is bursting at the drawstrings, having officially announced its hotlyawaited arrival in Canada. This milestone launch answers the strong Canadian demand the brand has received across multiple platforms for MANSCAPED‘s sought-after products.

“We’re beyond excited to pioneer the men’s below-the-waist grooming movement in Canada, catapulting off a successful groundswell in the U.S. and, most recently, Australia,” said Stephanie Hinze, Director of Global Operations at MANSCAPED, who hails from U.S.’s neighbor to the north. “Canadians across provinces and territories are embracing the global trend toward more progressive male grooming. Now, they will finally have access to the right tools for the job.”

MANSCAPED has developed a full line of top-tier products that have quickly become a staple and part of the daily grooming regimen of more than 1,000,000 consumers in the U.S. – and counting. The intelligently designed product range includes precision-engineered tools, unique formulations and innovative accessories that ensure a simple, effective and hygienic manscaping routine.

With a reported 85% of women who prefer men who groom their goods, MANSCAPED is sure to be warmly welcomed by Canadian ladies and gents alike. “We believe our notion of Refining the Gentleman aligns with the multi-faceted culture in Canada and will spearhead a new era for the country’s modern consumer, across all genders and walks of life,” added Hinze.

“The MANSCAPED Movement is more than providing the proper tools for the job; we’re on a mission to empower men and end the stigma that comes with tending to one’s nether regions,” said Paul Tran, Founder and CEO of MANSCAPED. “Together with our amazing partners at the Testicular Cancer Society, we are opening up the conversation, answering questions and clearing up any misunderstandings about the subject – and in our signature light-hearted and humorous way that Canadians have been very receptive to already!”

Dedicated to cultivating relationships directly with their customers, MANSCAPED offers a one-stop-shop online at ca.manscaped.com. Here, manscapers can purchase a range of packages and hygiene plans, get limitedtime offers, and even learn some trimming tips and tricks on the highly educational and entertaining blog, The Man Cave. In addition, Canadians can find MANSCAPED products on Amazon.ca, with Prime and pickup options available. Major retail updates throughout Canada are to follow, after a successful national rollout in Target stores in the U.S. last fall.

About MANSCAPED:

Founded in 2017, San Diego, California-based MANSCAPED is the only brand dedicated to men’s grooming and hygiene below-the-waist. The product range includes top-of-the-line precision-engineered tools, unique formulations and accessories to ensure a simple and effective manscaping routine. With direct-to-consumer shipping in the U.S., Australia and Canada, as well as in-store options across the U.S., MANSCAPED is a one-stop shopping destination for men looking for a brand that is focused on the needs of what has, for too long, been a sensitive and often taboo subject. For more information, visit MANSCAPED.com or follow on FacebookInstagramTwitter, and YouTube.

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Nabis Holdings Launches BIS, A New CBD Exclusive Brand

Nabis Holdings Inc.(CSE:NAB) (OTC: NABIF) (FRA: A2PL) (“Nabis™” or the “Company”), a leading Canadian investment company with specialty investments in assets across multiple divisions of the cannabis sector, announced the launch of BIS (Be In Synergy), its new exclusive brand of cannabidiol (“CBD”) product lines. BIS was created with the mission to develop innovative, high quality, efficient and safe consumer products through unique formulations and technologies that optimize the use and effects of cannabis. The BIS inaugural line of products is anticipated to be available for sale in late 2019.

The BIS brand includes a variety of exciting product lines to meet consumers’ medical, lifestyle and wellness needs. The BIS launch will include SKUs for edibles, vapes, patches, cosmetics, skincare and hair products. In addition, BIS has exclusive rights in the U.S. for a state-of-the-art spray oral delivery system for various cannabis-based products such as oils and liquids. This unique delivery system has an air and watertight design that will prolong shelf-life and enhance product quality.

Of note, the BIS brand will launch the BIS sublingual films developed with Cannova, a provider of innovative solutions for cannabis consumption that are designed to mask the taste of cannabinoids and increase solubility. Sublingual strips, which are consumed by under-the-tongue placement, allow for rapid absorption in which cannabinoids bypass the liver metabolism.

“Nabis has always been dedicated to the development and distribution of only the highest quality products,” said Shay Shnet, CEO & Director of Nabis. “Our creation of the BIS brand of CBD products reflect our commitment to excellence and consumer satisfaction. As we continue to expand the BIS brand, we are excited to present an elegant product line that we believe will fill a demand that has remained unmet in the cannabis and CBD industry until now.”

BIS products will be available for purchase in the U.S. in-store at Nabis dispensary locations and online at the BIS ecommerce site www.beinsynergy.com anticipated to launch late 2019.

Nabis announces that further to its press release dated January 29, 2019, its intention to acquire 100% of the membership units of Organica Patient Group Inc. (“OPG”), and RDF Management Group (“RDF”), and its press release dated January 28, 2019 to invest in a 70% interest of Hivemind Refinery (“HIVEMIND”), has been terminated. Nabis intends to pursue other opportunities and is no longer proceeding with the transactions.

About Nabis Holdings Inc.

Nabis Holdings is a Canadian investment issuer that invests in high quality cash flowing assets across multiple industries, including real property, securities, cryptocurrency, and all aspects of the U.S. and international cannabis sector. Led by two of the co-founders of MPX Bioceutical, one of the largest takeovers in the U.S. Cannabis space to date, the company has a proven track record in emerging markets to create significant shareholder value. The Company is focused on investing across the entire vertically integrated aspects of the space with a focus on revenue generation, EBITDA and growth. For more information, please visit https://www.nabisholdings.com/.

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Chilly Gonzales and Chico Marx: New album Solo Piano III

 The tempo shift happened when Chilly Gonzales discovered Chico Marx. Through a screening of the Marx Brothers film A Night At The Opera, it was the childhood moment when he unsnarled his strict classical piano training and glimpsed a new way to play piano. To see Chico Marx play the piano and blow the mind of his audience while creating such a playful yet sophisticated, but silly childlike experience really stood out in contrast to the pretty stiff atmosphere of my music lessons. I credit Chico Marx with showing me that the piano could be used as a tool of righteous entertainment.

Today he unveils his new song, Chicofrom his upcoming album ‘Solo Piano III’, out via Gentle Threat on September 7, 2018. Named for this early childhood inspiration and dedicated to the modern-day equivalent of Marx (and accomplished Berklee-trained bassist) American Comedian Eric André, the song embodies both Marx’ and André’ ethos; Chico is playful stopping/starting, shifting, edge-of-your-seat musical storytelling.

Watch and share ‘Chico’ in PIANOVISION here: https://youtu.be/hfFyO65ufIg

 

Find links to all of Chilly Gonzales’ music on various platforms at chillygonzales.com
ABOUT CHILLY GONZALES & SOLO PIANO III

Grammy-winning Canadian pianist, entertainer and composer Chilly Gonzales will release the final album of his Solo Piano trilogy, Solo Piano III, on September 7th, 2018. The album comes six years after Solo Piano II and, according to Gonzales, at “more problematic inflection point”.  “Like its predecessors, it’s a mostly happy ending in C major, but there is more dissonance, tension and ambiguity along the way… The musical purity of Solo Piano III is not an antidote for our times, it is a reflection of all the beauty and ugliness around us.”

Known as much for the intimate piano touch of best-selling albums Solo Piano I and Solo Piano II as for his showmanship and composition for award-winning stars, “Gonzo”, as he is known to close collaborators, aims to be a man of his time, approaching the piano with classical and jazz training but with the attitude of a rapper. He holds the Guinness world record for the longest solo concert at over 27 hours. He performs and writes songs with Jarvis Cocker, Feist and Drake, among others, with recent collaborators including the likes of Ibeyi and Toddla T. With Never Stop, Chilly Gonzales composed a global hit for the inaugural Apple iPad 2 campaign. In 2014 he won a Grammy for his collaboration on Daft Punk‘Best Album of the Year’ and composed the best-selling book of easy piano pieces Re-Introduction Etudes. With his last album Chambers, Chilly Gonzales devoted himself to finding a modern take on chamber music.

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TOUR DATES
2018 
Fri 31 Aug – GENEVA – Centre des Arts of École Internationale de Genève
Sat 01 Sept – GENEVA – Centre des Arts of École Internationale de Genève
Sun 02 Sept – GENEVA – Centre des Arts of École Internationale de Genève
Fri 7 Sept – LONDON – Cadogan Hall
Sat 8 Sept – LEEDS – Howard Assembly Rooms
Mon 10 Sept – LONDON – Queen Elizabeth Hall (Southbank Center)
Tue 11 Sept – MANCHESTER – Royal Northern College of Music
Tue 18 Sept – KÖLN 1LIVE – SPIII Pop Music Masterclass Concert LIVESTREAM
Sat 22 Sept – PARIS – Collège des Bernardins
Mon 24 Sept – PARIS – Salle Gaveau
Tue 25 Sept – PARIS – Salle Gaveau
Wed 26 Sept – PARIS – Salle Gaveau
Thur 18 Oct – TORONTO – Koerner Hall
Sat 20 Oct – TORONTO – Koerner Hall
Mon 22 Oct – OTTAWA – Southam Hall at National Arts Center
Wed 24 Oct – QUEBEC CITY – Palais Montcalm
Fri 26 Oct – MONTREAL – Maison Symphonique at Place des Arts
Sat 27 Oct – MONTREAL – Maison Symphonique at Place des Arts
Wed 21 Nov – BERLIN – Haus der Berliner Festspiele
Thur 22 Nov – BERLIN – Haus der Berliner Festspiele
Fri 23 Nov – BERLIN – Haus der Berliner Festspiele
Sat 8 Dec – AMSTERDAM – Koninklijk Theatre Carré
Tue 11 Dec – HAMBURG – Laeiszhalle
Sat 15 Dec – DORTMUND – Konzerthaus
Fri 28 Dec  – KÖLN – Philharmonie
Sat 29 Dec – KÖLN – Philharmonie

2019 
Fri 15 Feb – BORDEAUX – Théâtre Femina
Sat 16 Feb – BORDEAUX – Théâtre Femina
Sun 17 Feb – TOULOUSE – La Halle aux Grains
Sun 3 Mar – LUXEMBOURG – Philharmonie
Tue 5 March – BRUXELLES – Bozart
Fri 8 March – FRANKFURT – Alte Oper
Sun 10 March – STUTTGART – Beethovensaal
Thur 21 March – DÜSSELDORF – Tonhalle
Mon 22 April – LEIPZIG – Gewandhaus
Tue 23 April – BERLIN – Philharmonie
Sat 27 April – MUNICH – Herkulessaal

ON TV THIS FALL
Chilly Gonzales profiled as part of In The Making on CBC TV
Episode airs October 19, 2018.
Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TatE4Oj8rug

IN CINEMAS THIS AUTUMN
Shut Up and Play the Piano
82 mins. career retrospective documentary directed by Philipp Jedicke
First premiered at 2018 Berlinale Film Festival. Being released on October 5, 2018 in North America. The film will screen at Pop Montreal as Film POP 2018’s official closing film on Sunday, September 30, 2018. https://popmontreal.com/en/calendar/enspectacle/shut-up-and-play-the-piano/2018-71216/

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Pumpkin Spice Latte Inspired Beauty

It is finally starting to feel like fall around New York City, and that can only mean one thing: Pumpkin spice everything! Yes—that includes your beauty routine! Try a PSL-inspired look using glimmering bronzers, warm-toned eyeshadow, orange-hued lipstick and more. Shop our favorites below!

 

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Emmy Looks for Less From Azazie

Television’s elite rocked the red carpet to celebrate the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards and a rainbow of fashion frocks took center stage.  If you want to sport a similar style, but not sure you can handle the price tag, don’t fear!  Azazie.com – an online bridal wear retailer that boasts made-to-measure dresses at a fraction of industry costs – has an array of stunning styles to make sure you look like a million dollars, without spending it. For some style inspiration, highlights of the night include:

 

Wonderful in White – With summer wedding season barely in the rearview mirror, many celebrities – such as Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things), Uzo Aduba (Orange is the New Black) and Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld) – opted to wear white for television’s big night.  Trying to extend her newlywed status a little longer, Sofia Vergara joined the club, donning a beautiful strapless white Marx Zunino mermaid gown that showed off her amazing figure. For a similarly stunning look, Azazie’s Misty ($249) gown is a flattering sweetheart tulle strapless gown with a full pleated bodice and corset back that is sure to fit you like a glove, without breaking the bank.

 

Red Carpet Ready  – Red is always a sizzling color that ensures you’ll stand out in a crowd. Helping her to do just that, Edie Falco wore a beautiful one-shouldered red gown that accentuated her curves in all the right places.  Similarly stunning, Azazie’s Carissa floor-length one-shoulder chiffon dress boasts a trumpet/mermaid silhouette, twisted flare in the back and one-sided ruching at the hip, all for the incredible cost of $129.

 

Orange is the New Black – Color dresses were abundant at the award show and Viola Davis is always one to embrace a bold hue. Tonight was no exception, as she wore a bright orange Zac Posen gown with thick straps and front detailing. Azazie carries several similar styles that offer a ton of bang for your buck.  The floor-length Melinda dress (shown in Tangerine; $129) features spaghetti straps leading up to a halter neckline, pleating throughout the top of the bodice and pockets to stash some money and your favorite shade of lip-gloss.  Kaitlynn (shown in papaya; $119) is a floor-length, empire style dress with a heavily pleated bodice that is sure to flatter any figure.

Back to the Basics – Celebrities were looking to make their mark at the Emmys and did so with interesting necklines (plunging galore!), embellishments and back detailing.  Shailene Woodley showed off her sexy side, wearing a green spaghetti strap dress with double back strap detailing for a little edge.  Azazie’s floor-length Kailyn ($119) dress boasts a similar strappy look, featuring an overlay of chiffon for an illusion halter neckline and back straps held together with a jewel button.

All Azazie.com dresses range in size from 0-30, as well as custom sizing and come in over 60 colors.

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