Tuesday, January 14, 2014

"Oh Canada" Gifting Suite to Kick Off Golden Globe Awards' Weekend

2nd Annual Gift Lounge returned to Los Angeles to kick off
Golden Globe® Awards Weekend with a cocktail party
to benefit new Canadian Museum for Human Rights
with host committee led by actress/comedienne Catherine O’Hara
and comedian/director David Steinberg.

Beverly Hills, CA (West Hollywood Today)
Photos & story by Karen Ostlund
Canadian Museum for Human Rights
September 20 2014

The 2nd annual Oh Canada Gift Lounge returned to the exclusive The Peninsula Beverly Hills Hotel the weekend of Golden Globe Awards, and offered nominees, presenters and celebrity guests Canada’s finest lifestyle products and services.

The inaugural Oh Canada Gift Lounge and Benefit Cocktail Party marked the first time Canadian products and services from Manitoba, Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal have been put together in a single gifting suite, and welcomed a steady stream of American and Canadian filmmakers, movie and television stars, and journalists who stopped by to learn about and celebrate some of Canada’s most coveted artists, creators and manufacturers.
Lilyfield Cakes Heather Stewart
Organized and hosted by Winnipeg-based Heather Stewart of the popular Lilyfield Cakes, the 2nd annual Oh Canada Gift Lounge featured a selection of prominent as well as up-and-coming Canadian artisans and companies hand-selected to introduce their cutting edge and top quality products and services to the influential Los Angeles market.( Lilyfield Cake's donate
a portion to REACH, in support of Hirschsprung's Disease.

 "We are very excited to return to Los Angeles with our Canadian gifting suite and to introduce Hollywood to the extraordinary new Canadian Museum for Human Rights that will open September 20th this year," said Heather Stewart of Lilyfield Cakes. "Hollywood is at the forefront of creative collaboration and we are thrilled to come together with celebrities and global trendsetters in the entertainment industry to spread the word about this important institution, which is founded upon tolerance and respect, and is an incredible accomplishment in recognizing and celebrating humanity."
At Oh Canada reception, Burton Cummings
The opening night Oh Canada Benefit Cocktail Party, was  held on The Peninsula’s  Roof Garden to benefit the Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, a brand new national museum scheduled to open September 2014 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

When the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) opens, it will feature many exhibits about the rights of Indigenous people in North America and around the world.  Many of the Museum’s inaugural exhibitions will focus on Indigenous Rights in Canada, but as the CMHR grows new voices will be added to the galleries, such as those of the Indigenous women of the Philippine’s Cordillera region.

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is the first national museum in Canada since 1967.
Shit Happens Tshirt to
 benefit Hirschsprung
With a host committee led by acclaimed Canadians: actress/writer/comedienne Catherine O’Hara and comedian/director David Steinberg, this special event featured Canadian entertainment, libations and cuisine, including the U.S. debut performance for 2013 Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) Awards CBC Rising Star Award-winner Bobby Wills. He was accompanied by Alabama Music Hall of Fame Walk of Fame bronze star recipient Walt Aldridge and Mike Pyle.

 Bobby Wills’ CCMA was nominated and Canadian #1 hit single, "Show Some Respect," co-written by Aldridge and Pyle.Wills has intention to donate half of all proceeds from iTunes downloads worldwide from January 2014 through December 2015 in support of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.
Makeup artist Paul Venoit
did touch-ups

Highlights of the two-day Oh Canada suite included:
Hirschsprung's Community gave away T-shirts with the slogan “Shit Happens”. They serve as a forum for anyone with a family member living with Hirschsprung's disease. Hirschsprung's disease is a blockage of the large intestine due to improper muscle movement in the bowel. It is a congenital condition, which means it is present from birth.
Canadian Pickles Elman's Kosher Deli Food

 Elman's Kosher Deli Food Pickles ( Today, in addition to horseradish and pickles, Elman's product line includes sauerkraut, hot and honey mustard, pickled herring, pickled eggs, and sauces.

The “Bite Me Campaign” hoody, is another marketing plan also hit a wider market. When it first hit advertising billboards people were phoning the company just to express their delight in the punchy phrase. As a result, the caption went on the company truck along with the message 'Drink Pickle Juice'.
High Tea Bakery at Oh Canada


  High Tea Bakery, is where Winnipeg's favourite one-of-a-kind custom cookies, cakes, and cupcakes are made, along with all things wedding! (
Farmery Estate Brewery is Manitoba’s new beer:
“The point of The Farmery is to grow the ingredients on the farm that go into our beer,”
said Lawrence Warwaruk, co-owner of The Farmery Estate Brewery.
This concept makes The Farmery beer a unique brewery not only in Manitoba,or Canada but in
North America as well. Nowhere else in North America is there an estate brewery. This grassroots business is made of traditional ingredients,with no rice, corn or corn syrup.
Farmery also produce their own handcrafted artisan soap made of lemongrass, oil of hops, prairie canola oil, olive oil and Farmery Lager.
Dr Bruce McFarlane

Dr. R. Bruce McFarlane moved after 22 years orthodontic practice in Canada to 153 South Lasky Drive in Beverly Hills, and he made his debut launch at Oh Canada suite. He does everything  from Clear Aligners and Behind-the-Teeth Braces to White and colored braces.

Advanced technologies, such as Invisalign® and Incognito®, are often best applied in conjunction with more traditional treatment methods and as a progression in the smile solution process, said Bruce McFarlane.
Gris Gris jewelry for both sexes, from Montreal
                           Gris Gris Jewelry Design ( The name comes from Gris-Gris, which is an amulet originating in Africa believed to protect the wearer from evil and can even bring luck. It consists of a small cloth bag and contains a ritual number of small objects, worn on the person. In other words, it is a sachet of luck-filled charms!
Jewelry designer Barry Richards, created the brand to celebrate spirituality, tradition, superstition and all things beautiful. Gris-Gris Factory prides itself on working with local artisans and ethically sourced materials.
Janie Jewels by Janie Fontaine at Oh Canada

Janie Jewels Inc.( features eco-friendly earrings, bracelets and necklaces sold at Goodwill stores of Alberta in Canada. Designer Janie Fontaine's recycled jewels have also been featured on CBC Dragon Den show in Canada.
The Hartmont Candle Company
    The latest edition to the Canadian Hartmont Candle Company hand crafted line, is the Aurora Collection which  features Hartmont’s 100% Soy with just a touch of Beeswax that is hand-painted for a unique effect that varies from candle to candle. No two Aurora candles are exactly alike.
Each Aurora candle also features an all-natural wood wick that has no chemical additives to assist in its burn. As a result, the Aurora candle has an auditory crackling effect as it burns to a full melt pool.

Bead A Bling Inc for hair and earrings, Canadian handcraft″ two brass chain bracelets
 with fabric details



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