Toronto FC acquire Midfielder Matty Longstaff


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Toronto FC announced that the club has signed midfielder Matty Longstaff to a two-year contract through 2025 with an option for 2026. Longstaff will be added to the roster pending the receipt of his medicals and the International Transfer Certificate (ITC).

Im thrilled to welcome Matty to our squad, said Toronto FC Head Coach John Herdman. His Premier League experience and dynamic playing style will add depth to our midfield and complement our tactical blueprint.

Longstaff, 23, joins Toronto FC after spending the past four seasons at English club Newcastle United, where he appeared in 20 matches, including 14 Premier League appearances. He registered his first goal for the Magpies when he scored the winner against Manchester United on his Premier League debut on October 6, 2019. The low strike from outside the box was voted as the Premier League Goal of the Month, and it marked the first time a player won a Premier League Goal of the Month award with a goal on their debut day since August 2016. The Rotherham, England native began his career in his home country at Newcastle United, coming through the ranks and making his professional debut as a 19-year-old when he started in the Carabao Cup against Leicester City on August 28, 2019.

During his time with Newcastle, the midfielder was sent on three different loan spells. In August 2021, Longstaff joined Scottish club Aberdeen FC on loan before moving to EFL League Two side Mansfield Town in January 2022, making a combined 23 appearances for the two clubs. Longstaff also spent time on a short-term loan with Colchester United of the EFL League Two, where he made 10 combined appearances in 2022.

Internationally, Longstaff has represented England at the youth level and made two appearances for England U20 team, including his debut against Portugal U20 on November 14, 2019.

TRANSACTION: Toronto FC sign midfielder Matty Longstaff to a two-year deal through 2025 with an option for 2026.


Position: Midfielder

Height: 57

Weight: 155 lbs.

Birthdate: March 21, 2000 (Age 23)

Birthplace: Rotherham, England

Nationality: English

Last Club: Newcastle United

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Toronto Pearson Marks Successful Summer Travel Season with an Innovative New Campaign


The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) is launching its new marketing campaign At Your Airport this Summer to recognize a successful summer travel season at Toronto Pearson.

This campaign aims to celebrate and share Pearson Airports achievements over the course of the summer 2023 travel season, showcasing the scale of our operations and highlighting the smooth movement of people and bags.

Here are some of the numbers that are highlighted in At Your Airport this Summer:

1.12.6 Million Passengers:Pearson Airport welcomed 12.6 million passengers at the airport which is an increase of close to a million passengers from the same time period in summer 2022

2.8.3 Million Pieces of Luggage:Our team processed 8.3 million pieces of luggage which is an increase of over a million pieces of luggage from the same time period in summer 2022

3.100,000 Flights:Pearson Airport had an impressive 100,000 flights depart and arrive from our runways including more commercial, general aviation and cargo planes than in summer 2022.

4.4.0 Million Cups of Coffee:4 million cups of coffee were served at the airport, keeping people energized and ready for the next step of their journey!

We are proud of the successful operations that took place during summer travel season at Toronto Pearson said Karen Mazurkewich, Vice-President of Stakeholder Relations and Communications, GTAA. These numbers not only reflect the volume of passengers that travelled through Canadas largest, and most connected hub, but speak to the progress our employees and partners have made since summer 2022.

At Your Airport this Summer was designed to reflect flight boards and gates at Pearson Airport, and reflects our ongoing milestones for the year.

For more information on the campaign, follow along on Twitter.

About the Greater Toronto Airports Authority

The Greater Toronto Airports Authority is the operator of Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport, Canadas largest airport and a vital connector of people, businesses and goods. Toronto Pearson has been named Best Large Airport in North America serving more than 40 million passengers for five years in a row by Airports Council International (ACI), the global trade representative of the worlds airports. In recognition of its Healthy Airport program, ACI has also

awarded Toronto Pearson the Best hygiene measures in North America award for three years running, and Toronto Pearson was the first Canadian airport to receive ACIs global health accreditation for its response to COVID-19. For our corporate twitter channel, please visit@PearsonComms. For operational updates and passenger information, please visit@TorontoPearson/@AeroportPearsonon Twitter. You can also follow us onFacebookorInstagram.

Toronto International Film Festival to honour actor Patricia Arquette with TIFF Share Her Journey Groundbreaker Award

Cameron Bailey, CEO of TIFF, is delighted to announce that Academy awardwinning actor, womens rights activist, and entrepreneur Patricia Arquette will receive the TIFF Share Her Journey Groundbreaker Award presented by Bulgari during the 48th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival. Arquette is the final honouree to be announced ahead of the 2023 TIFF Tribute Awards, taking place Sunday, September 10 at Fairmont Royal York Hotel, presented by Bulgari.

The TIFF Share Her Journey Groundbreaker Award, presented by Bulgari, recognizes a woman who is a leader in the film industry and has made a positive impact on women throughout their career. The award is inspired by TIFFs Share Her Journey initiative, created to address gender parity in the film industry, to champion women at every stage of their creative journey, and to shine a spotlight on women creators making a significant difference in the industry. Academy awardwinning actor Michelle Yeoh was honoured at last years Awards.

We take great pride in recognizing Patricia Arquettes remarkable contributions both in front of and behind the camera, as exemplified by the Share Her Journey Groundbreaker Award and the premiere of her directorial debut, Gonzo Girl, at the Festival, said Bailey. Being one of Hollywoods most audacious talents, Patricia consistently challenges conventions and elevates the discourse on salary equity for women through her influential platform.

Her career has spanned genres and decades in film and television, from her breakout role in Tony Scotts True Romance, to her memorable performances in Tim Burtons Ed Wood, David Lynchs Lost Highway, and Richard Linklaters Boyhood. Arquette returns to the Festival with her directorial debut Gonzo Girl, starring Willem Dafoe and Camila Morrone, based on Cheryl Della Pietras semi-autobiographical novel chronicling her time as Hunter S. Thompsons personal assistant.

The Tribute Awards gala is TIFFs largest annual fundraiser, having raised $1.3 million in 2022, and is presented by Bulgari, sharing their commitment to arts and culture along with TIFF. This year, the Tribute Awards gala will support the Viola Desmond Cinema campaign, which was launched through the Every Story Fund in 2022. For more information, visit

TIFF Tribute Honourees at the 2023 Awards

Pedro Almodvar, Jeff Skoll Award in Impact Media presented by Participant
Patricia Arquette, TIFF Share Her Journey Groundbreaker Award
Colman Domingo, TIFF Tribute Performer Award
Vicky Krieps, TIFF Tribute Performer Award
*Andy Lau, Special Tribute Award
Spike Lee, TIFF Ebert Director Award
Shawn Levy, Norman Jewison Career Achievement Award presented by The Budman Family
Carolina Markowicz, TIFF Emerging Talent Award presented by MGM Studios
Łukasz Żal, TIFF Variety Artisan Award

*Lau will be honoured in a special presentation on September 15 at Roy Thomson Hall.

The TIFF Tribute Awards have served as an awards-season bellwether, with past honourees such as Jessica Chastain, Roger Deakins, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Joaquin Phoenix, Taika Waititi, and Chlo Zhao going on to win awards on the international stage. The TIFF Tribute Awards honour the film industrys outstanding contributors and their achievements, recognizing leading industry members, acting talent, directorial expertise, new talent, and a below-the-line artist and creator.

Patricia Arquette bio
Patricia Arquette is a fourth-generation actor and first-time feature film director with Gonzo Girl, which will make its World Premiere at TIFF this year. She received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2015 for her work in Boyhood, the critically acclaimed, 12-year project from Richard Linklater, for which she also won the Golden Globe, BAFTA, SAG, New York Film Critics Circle, Los Angeles Film Critics, and Independent Spirit awards.

Arquette has worked with a stellar list of directors, acting in critically acclaimed films including Sean Penns The Indian Runner, Tony Scotts True Romance, Martin Scorseses Bringing Out the Dead, David Lynchs Lost Highway, Tim Burtons Ed Wood, John Maddens Ethan Frome, David O. Russells Flirting With Disaster, and Michael Gondrys Human Nature.

Arquette developed, produced, and currently stars in the half-hour dramedy High Desert for Apple TV+, along with the streamers recent, Emmy-nominated hit Severance from director Ben Stiller. Stiller previously directed Arquette in Showtimes 2018 miniseries Escape at Dannemora, which won her the Golden Globe, SAG, and Critics Choice awards for Best Actress in a Limited Television Series. Other recent works include the critically acclaimed series The Act for Hulu, for which she won an Emmy and a Golden Globe.

The granddaughter of comedian Cliff Arquette (best known for his television personality Charlie Weaver), Arquette comes from a family ensconced in the entertainment industry. Her father was actor Lewis Arquette, and her siblings ― Rosanna, Richmond, David, and her late sister ― are all actors.

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MOCA Toronto Announces Relaunch of the MOCA Award and 2022 Recipients

Awards will be formally presented at the MOCA Award Gala

on Thursday, November 3, 2022


The Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto (MOCA) is pleased to announce the reinstatement of the MOCA Award in recognition of leaders in visual arts for their innovation, accomplishment and contribution to contemporary art. The awards allow MOCA to lean into its values of equity, inclusion and access while supporting and amplifying the work of cultural changemakers. This year’s selections are Rajni Perera, chosen to receive the 2022 MOCA Artist Award with a $25,000 monetary prize, and Nada Ristich, Head of Community Giving at BMO Financial Group for the MOCA Luminary Award.

“At MOCA we’re striving to serve as an inclusive cultural hub, celebrating our hyper-diverse city and world through artwork that provokes active dialogue and celebrates complexity,” said Kathleen Bartels, Executive Director and CEO, MOCA. “Our criteria for the 2022 MOCA Artist Award was a reflection of this ethos, and our Luminary Award acknowledges those who share in our aspiration to support artists creating transformative, dialogue-provoking work.”

Rajni Perera is a painter and sculptor known for exploring ideas of systemic power through science fiction imagery. Perera lives and works in Toronto, with roots in Sri Lanka. Issues of hybridity, ancestorship and immigration identity are explored through her work. Perera was one of the participating artists in the inaugural exhibition BELIEVE presented at MOCA Toronto in 2018. Along with the monetary award, Perera has the opportunity to create a new commission that will be exhibited at MOCA in 2024.

“I humbly accept this award from the MOCA,” said Rajni Perera. “I feel grateful for their support and hopeful for the future of this institution as a place of dreams, truth, and light.”

Nada Ristich, selected for the 2022 MOCA Luminary Award, has been a significant voice in transforming the role of corporate giving in Canada for over twenty-five years. Long recognized for her advocacy of the arts, Ristich has received numerous awards including the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for voluntary service, an honorary doctorate from the University of Toronto in June 2022, and in the fall she will receive a “Special Recognition Award” from the Council for Canadian American Relations in New York.

“In my role as Head of Community Giving at BMO, it’s been an absolute joy to support MOCA and help further its mission to support culturally diverse artists from Toronto and beyond,” said Nada Ristich. “As a long-time supporter and member of the Board of Directors, I’m honoured to be receiving the 2022 MOCA Luminary Award.”

This fall, a gala will be hosted to formally present the MOCA Awards and celebrate the 2022 recipients. The event will feature a cocktail reception followed by a seated dinner and award programme at The Symes. Confirmed honorary chairs of the gala include Julia Ouellette, Carol Weinbaum, Dr. Parambir S. Keila and Anjli Patel, with Hesty Leibtag and Bruce Munro Wright serving as gala co-chairs. For more information about the gala and sponsorship opportunities, visit or contact

About MOCA Toronto

The Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto (MOCA) presents rotating exhibitions that prioritize twenty-first-century artistic production, primarily through commissioning of new work. Artists, partnerships, experimentation, and reciprocal initiatives are at the centre of MOCA’s mission as a locally rooted and internationally connected organization. Focused on core values promoting equity, inclusion, access, courage, and responsibility. MOCA fosters active participation and engagement to serve as a welcoming cultural hub in the hyper-diverse city of Toronto.

PHF Announces Sale Of Toronto Six To BIPOC Canadian Hockey Leaders

Toronto Six

Toronto Six

BOSTONMarch 7, 2022PRLog — The Premier Hockey Federation ( (PHF) today announced that the Toronto Six has been sold by BTM Partners to new owners who represent the first BIPOC (Black, Indigenous And People of Color) and Canadian investors in PHF history. The group is led by retired National Hockey League forward Anthony Stewart, joined by Hockey Hall of Famer Angela James, Carnegie Initiative co-chair Bernice Carnegie, and former NHL Coach of the Year Ted Nolan. The full list of participants in the new ownership group will be announced at closing. Together they provide invaluable hockey experience, community leadership, and diversity to the PHF’s first team north of the border.

“Local ownership who believe in our vision to grow women’s hockey and are committed to supporting these phenomenal professional athletes represents another significant step forward in the overall growth and sustainability of the PHF,” said Johanna Boynton, founding Chair and Principal Owner of the Toronto Six. “We are beyond excited for the PHF family to evolve by welcoming diverse leaders who will be difference makers and take the organization to the next level by enhancing the experience for our athletes, community partners, and passionate fans.”

Stewart is Chairman of Hockey Equality which is working to create sustainable change in the hockey community and creating diversity and inclusion at all levels across the sport. He also created Stewart Hockey, an organization that provides a space where players of all ages and backgrounds can grow their hockey skills, to give back to the hockey community that went above and beyond to help him and his brother Chris reach the NHL. On the ice, the Scarborough, Ontario native grew up playing in the Greater Toronto Hockey League and Ontario Hockey League before enjoying 10 years professionally including six NHL seasons. The 37-year-old is also an on-air hockey analyst with Sportsnet.

“This is a really amazing time to be part of professional women’s hockey and I am thrilled to lead a new ownership group to support elite athletes in my hometown,” said Stewart. “Together with my partners, we know how much representation matters and how important role models are for young hockey players. It brings me great joy to be part of something special and help strengthen a platform that will make the game better for the next generation and grow the game in the community that I love. We believe the PHF is well-positioned to become a leader in professional sports and look forward to continuing to build the Toronto Six into a winner on and off the ice.”

James is widely considered the first superstar in women’s hockey and remains the only Black player to captain Canada’s National Women’s Team. On the national stage she was a four-time gold medal winner at the IIHF Women’s World Championship, including the very first event in 1990 where she set a tournament record with 11 goals. The Torontonian became the first Canadian woman to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2010 and is also a member of the Black Ice Hockey and Sports Hall of Fame, Canadian Sports Hall of Fame, IIHF Hockey Hall of Fame, and has been awarded the Order of Hockey in Canada. This season she’s been serving as an assistant coach for the Six.

Carnegie is the daughter of the late Herbert H. Carnegie, who was part of the only “All Black Line” in 1940’s semi-pro hockey. She co-founded the Herbert H. Carnegie Future Aces Foundation with her father and mother in 1987, helping countless individuals develop the confidence to become better citizens. As President of Bernice Carnegie and Associates, she works to address social injustice by bringing awareness to and affecting behavioral changes related to equity, fairness, and inclusiveness. The Carnegie Initiative works to ensure that hockey is inclusive, supportive and welcoming to all.

Nolan co-founded the program 3NOLANS, with sons Brandon and Jordan, to specifically work with First Nation youth to further develop their hockey skills and knowledge. Hailing from Garden River First Nation near Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, the 63-year-old played eight seasons of professional hockey including three in the NHL before transitioning his career into coaching. He has enjoyed success at every level behind the bench for more than 30 years, including seven NHL seasons, notably winning the 1997 Jack Adams Trophy with the Buffalo Sabres.

New and diverse ownership groups are part of the evolution of the PHF that will see substantial growth in years to come, driven by the Board of Governors’ commitment to investing $25 million over the next three years to directly enhance the player experience. Expansion to eight teams for the 2022-23 season along with a salary cap of $750,000 per team, full healthcare benefits and equity in the teams, facility upgrades, new equipment, and increased ice time is all part of the pledge to support professional PHF athletes.

The Six joined the PHF in 2020 and immediately captured a regular season title during the shortened 2021 campaign. They are currently in first place in the overall PHF standings with a 13-2-1 record and are a perfect 8-0 on home ice during this historic first season in Canada. The club, led by reigning MVP and current PHF top scorer Mikyla Grant-Mentis, will pursue their first Isobel Cup crown in playoff action March 25-28 in Tampa Bay, Florida.

About the Premier Hockey Federation

The PHF is the home of professional women’s hockey in North America. Established in 2015 as the National Women’s Hockey League, the NWHL rebranded to become the PHF in 2021 and provide opportunities for elite athletes to earn a living playing the game they love while fueling the continued growth of the sport. The league is made up of the Boston Pride, Buffalo Beauts, Connecticut Whale, Metropolitan Riveters, Minnesota Whitecaps, and the Toronto Six who all compete annually for the Isobel Cup. For more information visit