This fall, teens participating in a safe driving program have the opportunity to help their high school win a $100,000 grant and a private concert from acclaimed indie-pop siblings Echosmith, known for their hit single ‘Cool Kids’.State Farm and Echosmith team up for Celebrate My Drive and offer high school students a chance to win a private concertDuring the 2015-2016 high school year, State Farm is collaborating with Echosmith as part of its annual Celebrate My Drive program. The program, which initially began in 2012, emphasizes the positives of safe driving and celebrates teens across the country for their dedication to safe driving habits, like Drive2N2 – 2 eyes on the road and 2 hands on the wheel. In 2014, more than 6 million safe driving commitments were made by teens and their communities.Video: Celebrate My Drive® 2015 Overview featuring Echosmith“It was only a few years ago that some of us were getting our driver’s licenses and we remember that exciting time,” said Sydney Sierota, lead singer of the LA-based Echosmith. “Safety for teen drivers is a major issue today, so we’re thrilled to be working with State Farm on Celebrate My Drive to encourage safe driving during teens’ first years behind the wheel. We hope through this program, we’ll bring awareness to this important issue and potentially help save lives.”This year’s celebration puts teens and their high schools front and center. From Oct. 12 starting at 7:00 a.m. CT through Oct. 25 ending at 12:59 p.m., high school administrators will submit their high school’s creative proposals addressing teen driver safety issues in their communities via www.celebratemydrive.com. Submissions are to include creative elements showcasing the key program message, #Drive2N2. High schools that submit a proposal will be in the running to be the top 100 Finalists for public voting and the chance to win one of the 22 $100,000 grants available. The 22 winners will include 11 small high schools and 11 large high schools, based on student enrollment. In addition to the grant, one high school will win a private Echosmith concert at their high school.Once creative proposals, including photos and videos, are submitted and finalists identified, the public will vote on their favorite entries. The voting process is open to any U.S. resident (ages 14 and up) beginning at 12:01 a.m. CT on Nov. 9 and will remain open through 11:59 p.m. CT on Nov. 13.“Getting a driver’s license is an awesome opportunity for a teen, but is also a huge responsibility for themselves and others they share the road with”, said Ed Gold, Advertising Director for State Farm. “Building this relationship with Echosmith allows us to connect directly with the young adult audience to remind them to #Drive2N2. As the leading Auto Insurance company in the U.S. for over 70 years, we want all teens and all drivers to drive safely. Our Celebrate My Drive program encourages teens to understand that driving safely is cool and can save lives, while they celebrate the opportunity and the freedom that comes from learning to drive.”The Celebrate My Drive program engages teens and the adults who influence them to have supportive and positive conversations about safe driving. Sadly, for more than 30 years, car crashes have been the leading cause of teen deaths. For official rules, visit www.celebratemydrive.com.
A spokeswoman for the Department of Canadian Heritage says the Irish rockers will perform one song around noon at the July 1 Canada 150 festivities on Parliament Hill. Other artists set to perform on Parliament Hill that day include Gordon Lightfoot, Walk Off the Earth, Dean Brody, Serena Ryder and Alessia Cara. U2 will perform in Cleveland that night as part of “The Joshua Tree” tour. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment OTTAWA — U2 band members Bono and the Edge will perform at next week’s Canada Day celebrations in Ottawa. Officials predict upwards of 450,000 people could descend on Parliament Hill and venues in the capital for the massive event. Advertisement “It’s a beautiful (Canada) Day!” Heritage Minister Melanie Joly tweeted Friday, referencing one of the band’s biggest hits. Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Twitter
Facebook Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement TORONTO — The management team representing the pop-rock group Hedley has terminated all “business relationships with the band.”A statement released Friday by Watchdog Management and the Feldman Agency cited “the multiple allegations against Hedley” as the reason for the decision.Given the multiple allegations against Hedley, we have taken the decision to terminate our business relationship with the band, effective immediately. #cdnmusic— Watchdog Management (@watchdogmgt) February 16, 2018 Advertisement Login/Register With: The rockers — fronted by Jacob Hoggard and including Dave Rosin, Tommy Mac and Jay Benison — are under fire in the wake of a flurry of claims from anonymous Twitter users who alleged inappropriate encounters with the band.A statement issued by the band calls the allegations “unsubstantiated.”On Thursday, Corus Radio announced it had suspended all airplay of Hedley songs across its 39 music stations, as did other stations in Edmonton and Vancouver.The Junos also dropped the Vancouver group from the upcoming televised awards bash in what was called a joint decision with the band “after careful consideration of the situation.”Wednesday’s move by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences came shortly after band members issued a statement addressing claims of impropriety involving young fans.“We realize the life of a touring band is an unconventional one,” reads the statement.“While we are all now either married or have entered into committed, long-term relationships, there was a time, in the past, when we engaged in a lifestyle that incorporated certain rock ‘n’ roll cliches. However, there was always a line that we would never cross.”The band said they “respect and applaud the #MeToo movement” and say it is especially important within the music industry, “which does not exactly have an enviable history of treating women with the respect they deserve.”“We appreciate the bravery of those who have come forward with their own stories, and we realize that all of us, as individuals and as a society, can and must do better when it comes to this issue,” says the statement.“However, if we are to have a meaningful, open and honest discussion, we all have to accept and respect that there are at least two sides to every story. The recent allegations against us posted on social media are simply unsubstantiated and have not been validated. We would hope that people will bear-in-mind the context in which these unsupported accusations have been made before passing judgment on us as individuals or as a band.”