Ontario Liberal’s Post Secondary Bias is Unfair – John Harris, President, Harris Institute

TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA, May 31, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Liberal government of Ontario treats private colleges unfairly while misleading the public about the performance of publicly funded colleges.

Full disclosure: I have operated a private college in Toronto for 29 years; served on Advisory Boards at Humber College for 7 years and Ryerson University for 4 years; was a Task Force member for 4 years for Dianne Cunningham (former Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities) and have established two unprecedented educational partnerships in the UK.

Private colleges have contributed to Ontario’s economy since 1871. There are currently over 500 regulated private colleges in Ontario delivering essential training in more than 900 programs. Graduates of private colleges save Ontario taxpayers over $1 billion a year in educational subsidies and the colleges pay more than $90 million in business and payroll taxes.

As a member of Minister Cunningham’s Task Force from 2001 to 2005, I urged the ministry to publish what I believe are the most valuable statistics for prospective post secondary students – ‘the percentage of graduates working in their field of study’. At that time the ministry published the percentage of graduates working in any field six months after graduating and included no disclaimer that they were not necessarily working in their field of study. This misled the public about the outcomes of all post secondary programs and the job market reality.

Now, 12 years later, the ministry has begun publishing the percentage of private college graduates ‘working in their field of study’. Private colleges pay Forum Research to assemble the statistics and the ministry publishes the results. This information will vastly improve the outcomes of the sector and will be extremely valuable for students choosing schools, programs and career paths in the future.

Recently published ministry statistics for the publicly funded colleges in Ontario still prominently feature the percentage of graduates working anywhere six months after graduating. Although Forum Research collects ‘field of study’ statistics for the community colleges, the ministry does not publish them. This information should be made public.

The government of Ontario also opposes ‘Post Graduate Work Permits’ for international graduates of private colleges but supports them for international graduates of publicly funded institutions. The C.D. Howe Institute states, “The potential pool of international students is limited because international students in private career colleges cannot obtain a work permit”. This is unfair and detrimental to Ontario’s economy.

As well as this inequitable treatment, the ministry punitively over-regulates private colleges with excessive and costly administrative requirements because of a small number of colleges that have failed. Examples are the mandatory requirement for Audited Financial Statements from all private colleges regardless of size and the ineligibility for claiming HST input tax credits, which is a direct cause of higher tuitions. On multiple occasions I have needed both the provincial Ombudsman and corporate attorneys to deal with unwarranted disruptive treatment by the ministry.

The ministry’s abrupt closure of Everest College in 2015 created unnecessary disruption for 3,000 students and faculty at a cost to Ontario taxpayers of $7.4M. There would have been no disruption and minimal cost if the ministry had simply prohibited the college from admitting new students and required it to complete the training of current students.

It is essential students; parents and taxpayers demand that Premier Kathleen Wynne and Minister Deborah Matthews treat both public and private post secondary schools equally. To express concerns about these issues contact:

Kathleen Wynne, Premier

Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD)

About Harris Institute

Harris Institute ranked best school of its kind for a 6th year in the ‘Media Arts Education Report’ and it is the only school outside the US in Billboard Magazine’s ‘Top 11 Schools’. It has the lowest ‘Student Loan Default Rates’ of any post secondary school in North America and is the only college that offers graduates full scholarships for university degrees.

The college has the highest percentage of award winning faculty of any school and its graduates have won or were nominated for 246 awards in the last two years. An unprecedented partnership with the University of the West of Scotland enables double Diploma graduates from Harris to also earn Master’s Degrees in a total of 32 months.

For further information:
John Harris, President, Harris Institute
416.367.0178 or john@harrisinstitute.com

Sarah Kelly
Harris Institute
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Singer-Songwriter Eddy Mann Announces the Release of the 'Cowboy in the Badlands' Official Lyric Video

Singer-Songwriter Eddy Mann releases 'Cowboy in the Badlands' as the third in a series of lyric videos from the "Simple Things" album.

There between the brushstrokes of each painting I saw a story, I heard a song, and there in that moment the album began to take form.”

— Eddy Mann

PHILADELPHIA, PA, UNITED STATES, May 31, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Singer-songwriter Eddy Mann is announcing the release of “Cowboy in the Badlands” as the third in a series of lyric videos from the "Simple Things" album.

Eddy said, "The album's songs were inspired by the paintings of realist artist Thomas Eakins from Philadelphia, PA. There between the brushstrokes of each painting I saw a story, I heard a song, and there in that moment the album began to take form. It’s my hope that we can teach a new generation to love and appreciate the arts in new and creative ways while still preserving and passing down our varying cultures."

JamSphere called the album "Awe inspiring!" The Beach Sloth publication wrote that, “Cowboy in the Badlands” goes for a playful quality as the entire piece has almost a flirtatious tone to it."

Visit eddymann.com for all of Eddy's albums and tour dates.

Edward Lewis
One:27 Artisans
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Country Rocker Matt Westin Releases New Single And Lyric Video For "Farm Town"

Pittsburgh-based country artist Matt Westin has released the single and official lyric video for "Farm Town."

Matt Westin rocks our socks off on new country radio-ready single, "Farm Town." …packed to the gills with a potent mixture of high energy, top class production (and) Westin's intense delivery.”

— Middle Tennessee Music

PITTSBURGH, PA, UNITED STATES, May 31, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — "Matt Westin rocks our socks off on new country radio-ready single, "Farm Town." …packed to the gills with a potent mixture of high energy, top class production, soaring guitar solos, in your face drums, Westin's intense delivery not to be outdone by contagious melodies and a strong, memorable hook."
– Middle Tennessee Music

"(Farm Town)" is a get you up and dancing, with a step, step, turn, shuffle song. It a kicking up dust in your boots song." – Life of Creed

Pittsburgh-based country rocker Matt Westin won over country music fans with his single, "Our Redneck of the Woods." The first release from his Bryan Cole-produced debut, Legacy (MTS Records), the track has received international airplay and charting, while helping Matt received multiple award nominations.

Now, Matt returns with his second single release, "Farm Town." Already garnering favorable reviews from critics, "Farm Town" is on it's way to eclipsing the popularity of "Redneck." Written by Carlene Thissen, "Farm Town" is available for worldwide streaming and downloads.

Watch the dynamic new lyric video for "Farm Town" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iH4e_na8a0M&t=124s

After the untimely 2016 death of his father from cancer-related causes, Matt Westin decided to honor his father's memory by walking away from a promising engineering career, to focus on his music, something his father had staunchly supported. Matt is an International Music and Entertainment Association nominee. He is currently #44 on the International Country Artists chart at http://www.countrymusicchart.net/1-7-april-2018.htm. For more information on Matt Westin, please visit http://www.mattwestin.com.


Michael Stover
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Farm Town Official Lyric Video

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History In The Re-Making: Clayton Morgan Signs With MTS

Clayton Morgan, son of Four Sonics great, has signed with MTS Management Group for exclusive publicity and promotions of his upcoming release, "Taste For Love."

I can only imagine the memories he has of his father, and the pride he must feel in his musical legacy. That's the feeling you get when you listen to the man sing.

— Michael Stover, President, MTS Management Group

DALLAS, TX, UNITED STATES, May 30, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Clayton Morgan is history in the re-making, but with a fresh new flavor for 2018. Growing up, the son of Eddie Daniels, a founding member of legendary 60s Detroit pop group, The Four Sonics, Clayton knew from a young age that music was in his blood. He greatly admired what his father had accomplished with The Four Sonics, and the impact that the iconic soul foursome had on the world. Clayton often envisioned following in his father's footsteps…

Now, MTS Management Group is happy to welcome Clayton Morgan to the MTS Family of artists. Morgan has signed for exclusive publicity and promotions representation with the award-winning company. Morgan's debut single, "Taste for Love" is scheduled for worldwide release June 29, 2018. Morgan will be undertaking a media blitz to promote the single. A full-length release is planned for later in the year.

"From the moment I heard Clayton Morgan's vocals, I knew there was an old soul-quality to his tone and delivery," said Michael Stover, President of MTS. "I can only imagine the memories he has of his father, and the pride he must feel in his musical legacy. That's the feeling you get when you listen to the man sing."

An official lyric video and full-production music video are in the works for June release.

Music played a big role in Clayton Morgan's upbringing, both at home and at school. Clayton was regularly part of school musicals, choir groups and drama clubs. Outside of school, he always looked up to his father as his mentor and was also heavily influenced by a wide range of singers, including Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Prince, Madonna and Whitney Houston, to name a few. All of these ingredients combined, have no doubt, been the main contributing factor toward Clayton's unique and authentic vocal style.


Clayton Morgan is available for interview.

Michael Stover
MTS Management Group
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Afterball™ Introduces a Solution to Combat the Negativity Surrounding the Hoodie Called, the Hoodless™

Afterball™ Specializes in Reinventing Popular Clothing Items and Creating Practical Alternatives

Afterball™ products are the answer to how you want to wear your favorite gear!”

— D Griffin

LAKE OSWEGO, OREGON, UNITED STATES, May 30, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Daniel Alexander Griffin, a sports industry executive and the founder of Afterball Solutions, recently unveiled his latest product, the Hoodless™. The Afterball™ Hoodless™ gives you everything you want from your hoodie, minus any negative stereotypes associated with it. By removing the hood, you still have the same fit, comfort and functionality you love without any unnecessary fabric getting in the way.

Over the years the hoodie as gotten a bad rap. The history of the Hoodie dates back to the medieval times when monks wore robes with hoods attached. When they were introduced into American fashion, hoodies were worn mostly by laborers and athletes as protection from the cold. Hoodies are now worn by celebrities, billionaire tech moguls, ballers, hip-hop musicians, soccer moms and weekend reality show binge watchers. The hoodie has also been adopted by skaters, surfers, rural hooligans,
skinheads, punks, gang members and thieves.

The hoodie could be the most complicated garment in history!

About the Hoodless™:
The new Afterball™ Hoodless™ will rival the entire hoodie/sweatshirt industry. Hoodies are one of the most popular pieces of clothing in the world. Sweatshirts make up over 11% of the of the apparel industry. In 2018, retail sales of sweatshirts are projected to exceed $53.4 billion in the US alone. Not only do millions of people own multiple hoodies – many of them wear them every day.

“Whether it's for a fashion statement, comfort or showing support for your favorite team, the Afterball™ Hoodless™ will have a special place in consumer's lives" said Griffin.

Individuals interested in learning more about Afterball™ products or purchasing the new “Hoodless™, please visit the company website http://www.afterball.net/ for additional information. You can also email at dagrif1@gmail.com or call: 971.409.0009.

Daniel Alexander Griffin
Afterball Solutions
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J Chamberlain – The New Era of Music

Future Club Life New EP Coming Soon

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, May 29, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — J Chamberlain is an American Edm, Pop, Dance, and Progressive House producer/composer from the United States (TX). Chamberlain's Size Up Independent Label works with artist and vocalist to produce high quality music, which he calls "That Sound". With the release "Tell Me" on the Affluent – Orchard Sony (NY) label and music licensing with Skybound Entertainment and Rochad Holiday of Urban Twist Music, Chamberlain looks to continue to deliver great music. His music has been featured on MTV, Oxygen Network's Best Ink, and Coast to Coast Mix Tapes. Chamberlain's new EP Future Club Life will be released this summer featuring the single "Brand New Me".

J Chamberlain has been featured in The Source.com, This is 50, and more online publications. New Music will be following for release later this year or early 2019. Visit and contact J Chamberlain at jchamberlainmusic.com. Get more updates, new music, free downloads, and remixes.

Jeremy Simple
Size Up Entertainment
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John, Paul, George & Ringo: Fifty Years Later – The Beatles Like you've Never seen them Before!

Tom Murray's Beatles Collection, The Mad Day: Summer of '68 is now at Soho Contemporary Art May 31-June16

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, May 29, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — July 28th, 1968 was one of those perfect English summer days when British photographer, Tom Murray, photographed the famed rock and roll group. The shoot was done on the run (literally) all over London in over to escape the hordes of screaming Beatles fans that followed then everywhere. Rushing from location to location inspired the name of the famous collection: The Mad Day: Summer of '68. These images would become the LAST publicity shoot of all four Beatles together – and represent the quintessential Beatles at the height of their psychedelic period and are considered the most important color photographs of the group, The Beatles officially disbanded in 1970.

After Tom created the photographs, he edited then to twenty-three slides on the advice of renowned photographer and friend, Eve Arnold who said, "keep the best, ditch the rest." And in his desk, the negatives stayed for 23 years. In 1986, Tom found the original slides of the Mad Day when he moved to LA to work with famed director John Schlesinger. Tom did not publish the. full series of photographs until he met gallerists Rick and Irene Rounick. The photographs, available in a 20X24 format size, are hand signed and numbered from a limited-editioin series of 185. They are also available in a 30X40 format size, hand-signed and numbered from a limited-edition series of only 50.

The Mad Day Collection, which originally debuted in New York, is back with Irene and Rick Rounick founders and owners of Soho Contemporary Art. The Rounick's, are ecstatic to bring Tom and the Mad Day Collection home. "Tom is a great photographer and our Gallery is thrilled to welcome him back to the family." The full collection
will open Thursday May 31 with a private VIP reception celebrating the 50th year and will be open to the public starting June 1st. The show runs through June 16th,

The Mad Day Collection has showed internationally in museums and galleries in cities such as New York City, Los Angeles, Paris, Sweden and London where the opening ceremony of a permanent collection at the Museum in Docklands was officiated by the Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, and Stockholm where the collection was presented in honor of the Queen of Sweden, The Museum of Radio and Television in Los Angeles also has a selection of the photographs in its permanent collection,

Tom Murray's Book with Paul Skillet and Simon Weitzman titled Mad Day Out will be re-released on Amazon July 1st

About Tom Murray:

Tom Murray is an award winning photographer whose work spans portraiture, theater, fashion, advertising, newspapers and magazines. Murray perfected his craft working for newspapers, becoming the head of photography for The London Sunday Times Color Magazine, London's first Sunday Magazine. He then work alongside master photographers Helmut Newton and Lord Snowdon.

At twenty-five, he received a commission from the Royal family, becoming the youngest person to receive this honor, and has sine immortalized subjects such as Elizabeth Taylor Angelica Huston, Dustin Hoffman, Visconti, Armani and Ralph Lauren, etc.

His success has enabled him to donate his photographs to a number of causes close to his heart. He has been involve with the Make a Wish Foundation, Project Angel Food, Friends In Need, Cancer Care, Help the Hospice, and many others. In addition to having raised over 2.5 million dollars directly through his photographic donations he has helped raise over 6 million dollars by donating as part of group shows.

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Exciting Entertainment Lineup at the Third Annual Jeffco Fair & Festival

Live@Jack's partners with the Jeffco Fair & Festival to offer live music offerings!

GOLDEN, CO, UNITED STATES, May 29, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — An outstanding music lineup is slated for the third annual Jeffco Fair & Festival, taking place August 10 – 12, 2018 at the Jeffco Fairgrounds. Together with Live@Jack's, the Jeffco Fair & Festival will offer an exceptional bill of some of the region’s best artists performing on two stages throughout the weekend.

Below is a list of this year’s scheduled Main Stage and Saloon Stage entertainment.

Main Stage Performances

Taking the Main Stage this year are Buckner Funken Jazz, The Hot Lunch Band, Kerry Pastine and the Crime Scene, The Hazel Miller Band, Walker Williams Band, Erica Brown Band, Dotsero and Delta Sonics. Located in the Hub zone, all Main Stage performances are included with paid event admission to the Jeffco Fair & Festival.

Saloon Stage Performances

Always a favorite for event attendees, the Saloon Stage returns with a lineup that will keep crowds rocking each day. Artists scheduled this year include Eef of Destruction, Laura Newman & AOA Band, Mitch Summers, Jack Hadley Band, Wild Mountain, Wild Road Band, Stephan Hume & Rocky Mountain Way and CC & The Riders. Located in the Fair Central zone, all Saloon Stage performances are included with paid event admission to the Jeffco Fair & Festival.

Entertainment and schedules are subject to change.

Don’t miss a beat—get connected with the Jeffco Fair & Festival and learn about all the attractions, entertainment and happenings at celebratejeffco.com.


About the Jeffco Fair & Festival

2016 is the inaugural year for the Jeffco Fair & Festival; a re-imagined event that builds off previous fairs and festivals held throughout Jefferson County history. The new Jeffco Fair & Festival will add a dash of fun, interactive, engaging and traditional experiences with a focus on locality to ensure there is something for everyone. For additional information on the Jeffco Fair & Festival, visit celebratejeffco.com.

About Live@Jack's

Live@Jack's, a local room with a national reputation. Established in 1998, the award winning locally owned and operated live music and cultural venue features live music of all musical genres six nights a week. For additional information on Live@Jack's, visit liveatjacks.com.

Media Contacts:
Dexter Foxworth

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Eurovision Semi-Finalists And Pop Songwriting Duo Fitzsimon And Brogan Sign With MTS

Fitzsimon and Brogan will release “Big Blue World” in June

London-based songwriting team and pop duo, Fitzsimon and Brogan have signed with MTS Management Group for publicity and promotions.

We are not a band, but more of a songwriting production team that release our own material. We're not really interested in projecting images of ourselves..we would prefer quirky images and logos.”

— Neil Fitzsimon

LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM, May 29, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Based in London, Neil Fitzsimon and Bee Brogan aim to produce "pure pop for now people." Preferring to remain faceless in an industry that holds image in high regard, the duo is bucking trends with their upcoming June album release and subsequent videos for, "Big Blue World." They model their image, or lack of one, along the lines of Fat Boy Slim, Talk Talk, and Tin Tin Out.

Neil and Bee were both members of the band, Pretty Blue Gun, who were signed to an indie label, licensed to Sony. The albums were produced by Pat Collier, who produced Katrina and the Waves' international hit, 'Walking on Sunshine'. The band went on national tours across the UK, until disbanding.

Now, Fitzsimon and Brogan have signed with MTS Management Group for publicity and promotions of their music, including two upcoming 2018 album releases.

"We are not a band, as such, (we are) more of a songwriting production team that release our own material," said Neil Fitzsimon. "We're not really interested in projecting images of ourselves, but rather than that, would prefer quirky images and logos. The name, Fitzsimon and Brogan, we chose because it's our name, but also because the initials spell FaB, which we hoped would be a lucky omen.. We base ourselves on outfits like Talk Talk, Tin Tin Out, who had a number of hits and to this day, I could not tell you what they looked like. One track in particular that we liked was 'eleven to fly' – Tin Tin Out never appeared in any of their videos or promotions. The same goes for Fat Boy Slim – great music, but not many people would even recognize him… again, he uses actors for his videos."

Fitzsimon and Brogan's new album, "Big Blue World" is due for release in June, with another scheduled for fall 2018 release.

ABOUT FITZSIMON AND BROGAN: Neil Fitzsimon, the songwriter, and Bee Brogan, the vocalist, then went on to form a songwriting/production partnership that led to placement of their songs in Film and TV. They also wrote a musical, Jack Dagger, which was showcased at the Greenwich Theatre, London for the Musical Futures Award. It was also showcased at the Bridewell and the Royal College of Music in London. They have also just had a song placed in a USA Sci–Fi Feature film. The duo recently had a track reach number 3 on a French national download chart. Their track, "This Is Love" earned the duo Semi-Finalist status in the Eurovision Contest.

For more information, please visit http://www.facebook.com/fitzsimonandbrogan.


Michael Stover
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Fitzsimon and Brogan – “The Cutest and the Cruelest”

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MTS Artists Receive 22 Nominations In World's Largest Indie Music Awards To Be Held At Dollywood

MTS Management Group and their artists have received a total of 22 nominations in the 2018 Josie Music Awards, the world's largest indie music awards show.

NASHVILLE, TN, UNITED STATES, May 25, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — MTS Management Group is proud to announce they and their artists have received a total of 22 nominations in the 2018 Josie Music Awards. The JMA's are the world's largest independent music awards show. This year's red-carpet ceremony will be held on Saturday, September 8, 2018, in the Celebrity Theater at Dollywood, located in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

MTS Nominees include:

Ed Roman

MTS Management Group/MTS Records


MALE ARTIST (Folk/Americana)
Ed Roman
Jeremy Parsons

MALE ARTIST (Traditional Country)
Richard Lynch

FEMALE ARTIST (Modern Country)
Heather Whitney Music
Cherish Lee

MALE ARTIST (Modern Country)
TJ Leonard

JJ McGuigan

Across The Board

FEMALE ARTIST (Traditional Country)
Margie Singleton

FEMALE ARTIST (Gospel/Christian)
Christa Déanā

Hicks "Stomp A Little Louder"
Rahn Anthoni "Highway"

Richard Lynch "Mending Fences"
Jeremy Parsons "Things I Need To Say"
Across The Board "Sonic Boom"
Heather Whitney "Moving On"

SONG OF THE YEAR (Contemporary Country)
Rahn Anthoni "Highway"

Across The Board – "Sonic Boom"

SONG OF THE YEAR (Gospel/Christian)
Christa Deana "If God Doesn't Want It"

Entertainer of the Year nominees have yet to be announced. For a full list of nominees, please visit https://www.josiemusicawards.com/2018-nominees.html.

The Josie Music Awards is a brand of The Josie Network, LLC owned by the highly-respected partnership team of Josie Passantino and Tina Passantino. This team set out and successfully created an award show where winners are selected on their talent, skill, material, professionalism, and more and NOT by button pressing voting. Nominee suggestions go through a lengthy review process by a team of industry leaders and the official nomination list is created from their final decisions. Winners are also selected by this industry leader team (this review team has no connection to independent artists).

The Josie Music Awards is an all genre music award show ceremony which includes a lavish red carpet and many performances. Since its inaugural celebration in 2015, the Josie Music Awards was, is, and remains the largest independent artist award show globally. Certainly, the most gala from the red carpet to the breathtaking venues the award show has been held in such as The Gaylord Opryland Resort "The Springs" building and the world-renowned Schermerhorn Symphony Center Concert Hall, & The Nissan Stadium (all located in Nashville, Tennessee). Thousands of people from around the globe attend such as independent artists, songwriters, record labels, talent agencies, promotion companies, producers, engineers, management companies, press, music industry businesses, family/friends/fans, and more come out each year to enjoy the performances, award recognition, and the elaborate celebration.
The Josie Music Awards was created solely to celebrate those in the independent music industry that work so hard every day and deserve to have a night of their own. This night is not only a celebration, it is also an outstanding way to connect with others in the industry and be seen by some of the top names/companies in the business. https://www.josiemusicawards.com

For more information on MTS Management Group, please visit http://www.mtsmanagementgroup.com.

Michael Stover
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Josie Music Awards Nominee For Best Music Video – Rahn Anthoni “Highway”

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