Dr Chris Brown & budding photographer becomes ambassador for Canon

Dr Chris Brown kicks off his Ambassadorship as the judge for the Canon Light Awards this month, calling for responses to his brief ‘Pet Personalities’

“This is ‘Stubby’, a pet piglet from country Queensland. He was born with only one trotter and three deformed legs, but as you can see, he has an irresistible spark. I love his story and this photo because it shows not his deformity, but how curious and full of life he is.”

Sydney, Australia, 6 September 2015 – Joining the ranks of Australian personalities Steve Waugh, Lisa Wilkinson, and Guy Sebastian, Canon is thrilled to announce the appointment of beloved veterinarian, television personality and author, Dr Chris Brown, as an official brand ambassador. Sharing his love for animals with a passion that lies behind the lens, Dr Chris Brown will inspire and engage Australians with his journey in photography.

“Besides being an esteemed veterinarian and highly-regarded TV personality, Chris is great with a camera and has an incredible dedication to capturing moments in new and creative ways,” says Jason McLean, Director – Consumer Imaging, Canon Australia. “No one sees it like Chris does; we’re thrilled to have him on board as a Canon Ambassador, where he can share this perspectives and skills.”

Kicking off his ambassador role from 1 September 2015, Dr Chris Brown features as a judge for the Canon Light Awards – a monthly competition by photographers, for photographers – setting September’s brief as Pet Personalities. In line with his love for all creatures big and small, Dr Chris Brown invites participants to submit entries that capture their pets’ personalities in a way that almost shows what they are thinking, and brings to life their most special characteristics.

“I’m lucky that I get to travel for work, so I do come across a lot of animals and try to photograph as many as possible,” says Dr Chris Brown. “Photography is my secret pleasure no one really knows about. Most people are used to seeing me in front of the lens but actually I’ve been behind the lens using Canon cameras since I was a kid. I use them every single day to document both animals and landscapes, so to be a Canon Ambassador is really exciting. I’m especially keen to see all the fantastic submissions for the Canon Light Awards this month, and invite everyone to take up the challenge to capture their pets’ personality and condense it into a frame!”

For more details on the Canon Light Awards and Dr Chris Brown’s brief on Pet Personalities, please view his video, tips and current entries here.

See more of Dr Chris Brown’s photography here.

HOYTS launches Recliner Seating at no extra cost!

HOYTS is currently undergoing full refurbishments at six cinema locations, and in the process upgrading every seat in every auditorium to powered HOYTS Recliners! Cinema goers will be treated to an all new reclining movie experience, boasting extra room and extra comfort – at no extra cost*.

As part of a five year plan led by Damian Keogh, CEO of HOYTS Group, the HOYTS Recliners are a huge leap forward in cinema seating. Created for ultimate comfort, each Recliner features extra leg room, wider seating and a side-table with a large cup holder. It is about reinventing the cinema experience, giving customers greater comfort and quality all without charging them more than the normal movie ticket price.

“It’s a concept we know our guests will love. We believe customers should Experience More every time they go to the movies,” said HOYTS Group CEO, Damian Keogh. “We are putting our customers at the heart of our business and improving our offer to enhance the movie-going experience. This is extra comfort and extra room for every customer at these cinemas at no extra cost.”

“Being the first to market with this offer, we know that when you’re laying back in total comfort with your feet up – that’s when you’re really experiencing the real thrill of the movies. That’s when you Experience More.”

The HOYTS Recliners are also being installed into two Xtremescreen auditoriums (which boast the biggest screens and sound in the complex) at each of the six refurbishment locations.

“Customers absolutely love the Xtremescreen experience. And now that we’re adding the HOYTS Recliners into Xtremescreen, we believe we’ll be offering the best Big Screen cinematic experience,” said Damian Keogh.

The six locations currently undergoing refurbishments are HOYTS Eastland and Frankston in Victoria, HOYTS Eastgardens in NSW, HOYTS Sunnybank in QLD, and HOYTS Belconnen and Woden in ACT.

The refurbishments will be 100% completed in time for superstar Daniel Craig’s return to the big screen as James Bond in SPECTRE, releasing November 12 and the eagerly anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens on December 17 – both expected to be the highest grossing films in 2015. However, as individual auditoriums are completed and fit with recliners, they will be open to the public. HOYTS Frankston currently has two recliner auditoriums open for business.

“This is part of us reinventing the cinema experience,” said Keogh. “We’re paving the way now, but there’s so much more to come.”

*Additional costs may apply on discount offers.

Best BYO event at Otto raised over 170k for Cure Cancer Australia. Great stuff.

On Wednesday 26th August 2015, Sydneysiders raised their very best glass and reached for their chequebooks to support vital cancer research at the annual World’s Best BYO.

Now in its eighth year, the Fink Group and Cure Cancer Australia joined forces with the popular epicurean event held at OTTO Ristorante at Woolloomooloo’s Finger Whalf for the first time and hosted by Masterchef judge Matt Preston.

200 guests from the media, fashion, food and business worlds had the rare opportunity to bring their most prized vintages of wine and champagne to match an extraordinary Italian menu prepared by Executive Chef Richard Ptacnik and a the same time, helped to raise funds to support cancer research through Cure Cancer Australia.

Floyd Larsen Chief Executive Officer of Cure Cancer Australia said “This year’s World’s Best BYO was a huge success. Not only did we raise over $170,000 for Australia’s brightest emerging cancer researchers but we also welcomed many new members to the Cure Cancer Collaboration, an initiative which was launched on the evening. The level of interest we have indicates there are many Australians who are committed to raising funds, and having a better understanding of cancer research.”

Some of Australia’s best sommeliers from Bennelong, Quay, Firedoor, OTTO and Rockpool were on hand throughout the night to pour guests’ special vintages into varietal-specific Riedel glassware and they also recommended particular wines for each course. Guests also had the opportunity to bid for some exceptional auction and raffle prizes from Jaguar, One & One Resorts, Louis Vuitton, Paspaley, Riedel, Simon Johnson and Bvlgari.

Dr Phoebe Phillips, former Cure Cancer grant recipient and President of the Australian Society for Medical Research, addressed guests on the night about the importance of supporting Australia’s emerging cancer researchers.

“Cure Cancer Australia is filling an important gap in cancer research by offering long-term sustained support which is the only way to make a real difference when it comes to solving the pieces of the puzzle to find a cure”.

Cure Cancer Australia says the money raised from this year’s Worlds Best BYO will provide at least one brilliant emerging researcher which a funding vital grant.

Grey Goose impresses the vodka A team . . .

Sydney – 26 August, 2015: Saw the launch of the exclusive Salon De Martini, opening for one weekend only at the Grey Goose La Boulangerie. Attendees included The Block judge Darren Palmer and husband Olivier Duvillard, former MasterChef contestant Alvin Quah, GQ Editor-in-Chief Nick Smith, Stylists Romy Frydman, Michael Azzollini and Karolina Karolina and Grey Goose Ambassador Andy Wren.

Guests sipped a selection of mouth-watering Grey Goose cocktails including the Grey Goose Le Fizz, the Grey Goose Dry Martini, the Grey Goose Wet Martini and the Grey Goose In Fashion. Guests dined on an array of delectable canapés made with the same soft winter wheat used in Grey Goose Vodka.

Cognac Maître de Chai, François Thibault had a vision for a vodka with taste. He believed that by using the finest soft winter wheat from Picardy and the purest spring water, he could craft the extraordinary. Defying those who said it could not be done, Francois’ courage and dedication led him to his greatest creation – The World’s Best Tasting Vodka.

To celebrate François’ vision and the finest French ingredients contained in each bottle, Grey Goose has teamed up with Chef Brent Savage from acclaimed restaurant Yellow, as well as the Luxe Bakery powerhouse to create La Boulangerie, an innovative artisan bakery: La Boulangerie.

By day, Yellow has transformed into a French inspired bakery where freshly baked bread and pastries will be fashioned from the same soft winter wheat that has made Grey Goose the finest vodka it is today. To accompany these patisserie offerings, guests can expect a selection of limited edition Grey Goose confitures produced from Grey Goose La Poire, Grey Goose L’Orange, and Grey Goose Le Citron.

By night, guests can enjoy a five-course tasting menu showcasing notes of the spirit along with matched Grey Goose cocktails for the ultimate epicurean experience.

Espousing the traditionally French heritage of the iconic Yellow House building, Grey Goose has gone beyond La Boulangerie and for three nights only, will open the doors to Salon de Martini, a bespoke martini bar personifying the luxury of Grey Goose Vodka as it stands today.

La Boulangerie launched on 21st August and is currently stirring up the Sydney drinking and dining scene, showing to all that #frenchisbest

La Boulangerie Pop-Up Run Information:

  • La Boulangerie Bakery runs from Friday 21st of August, through until 6th September (weekdays 9am-2pm & weekends 8am-3pm)
  • La Boulangerie Restaurant runs from Friday 21st of August, through until 6th September (opens from 6pm, daily)
  • Salon De Martini runs from Thursday 27th August, through until Saturday 29th August (opens from 6.30pm-11.30pm)