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Telelatino Network Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with Community Initiatives and TV Specials

October is a significant month for Hispanic/Spanish-speaking communities worldwide. As Canada’s most influential ethnic media company, Telelatino Network has announced a calendar of initiatives and special programs for October in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month in Canada.

Telelatino Network President Aldo Di Felice stated: “We are very proud to be in our fourth decade as a media company that was founded upon and has been part of the fabric of Canada’s Latino communities in so many ways. While we started as a single multilingual TV channel that mainly helped reconnect newcomers with news, entertainment and sports from their countries of origin, like the communities we serve we have grown to serve multiple generations in various languages on many TV channels, and through other platforms. We are happily embedded in our communities in Canada even as those communities have evolved in many different directions. And we see our role as evolving with them all. That includes initiatives that showcase various aspects Latino culture and provide opportunities for cross-cultural appreciation and understanding”.

Hispanic Canadians represent a fast-growing foreign language community with nearly 2 million Spanish speakers from coast to coast.* Click here to learn more about Spanish Speaking Canada.

The Telelatino Hispanic Heritage Month Calendar of Celebrations includes:

Community Involvement

Every day in cities and towns across Canada, Hispanic Canadians gather together to celebrate their culture, traditions and their community. Telelatino is committed to unifying and encouraging engagement and development within these communities that we have served for nearly 35 years.
Telelatino Hispanic/Latino Student Awards With Ryerson University - Thursday, October 5th
Telelatino will proudly attend and showcase the announcement of the 2017 winners of the annual Hispanic/Latino Student Awards with Ryerson University.
Telelatino Awards with York University – Call for 2017/18 Award Submissions
This October, Telelatino and CERLAC invite eligible undergraduate and graduate students of York University to participate in the annual TLN Telelatino Awards. The Telelatino Award was established in 2009 and has given annual prizes to students of Hispanic heritage in recognition of exceptional work on the experiences of the Latin American diaspora. Download an application form and see video and links to the winning essays here.
Canadian Hispanic Bar Association event in Toronto, Legal Professionals as Leaders for Diversity: Tackling Service Delivery 
October 26, 2017, at 5:30pm, Osgoode Hall, Toronto
Univision Canada and TLN Television are lead sponsors of the Hispanic Heritage Day event organized by the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Canadian Hispanic Bar Association at Osgoode Hall Toronto. The discussion will focus on how lawyers and other professionals can best serve the needs of Latin American/Hispanic clients, and how Latin American/Hispanic lawyers and other professionals can use their diversity to deliver services to clients.
Canada Salsa & Bachata Congress - October 5th to 9th, Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Toronto
Salsa music and dance are at the heart of the Hispanic culture, demonstrating its vibrancy and passion. For nearly a decade, Telelatino Network has been at the forefront of the longest running Salsa Congress in Canada and one of the largest and most anticipated salsa events in North America as presenting sponsor.

Mexican Earthquake Victims Benefit Concert Sunday, October 1st from 1-7pm at LIUNA local 183, North York.
Telelatino’s channels attended and supported the event organized by Vanguardia MexiCanadiense (a non-profit organization that brings together the Mexican community to keep and promote their culture and values).

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration Reception by federal and provincial elected representatives, Thursday, October 12th at Montecassino Place
Telelatino’s channels will proudly attend and showcase the event.


Univision Canada, the country’s leading Spanish language TV channel, available in nearly 2 million Canadian homes will also broadcast a series of TLN Studios Originals and special programming throughout the month of October.
Nuestra Historia: Hispanos en Canada (A TLN Studios Original) Sunday, October 15th at 8pm/et & Saturday, October 21st at 12 noon.
This TLN Studios original documentary traces the history, growth and, ultimately, the success of Canada's fastest growing community, Hispanics in Canada, from the 1960’s to present day. Told through the revealing personal accounts of five individuals, each from five different countries: Chile, El Salvador, Mexico, Colombia and Tanger, Morocco, this is a story of resilience and self-determination in the face of overwhelming challenges and obstacles, and of triumph and achievement in the building of a new life in Canada. From stories of persecution and political oppression to unique immigration experiences to a common connection to our country, Nuestra Historia: Hispanos en Canada, pays tribute to a thriving and growing community making a significant impact on Canada’s social, political and cultural identity.
Cronicas (A TLN Studios Original) Sunday, October 15th at 9pm/et & Saturday, October 21st at 1pm
Cronicas is a TLN Studios Original special hosted and produced by Montreal based TLN/Univision journalist Jorge Contreras.
This half-hour special features 2 stories:
  • El silencio de la frutas y verduras de Canada: Since 1974, there has been a program for Mexican foreign farmers who come to work in Canada. Today, migrant workers come from Guatemala, Honduras and other Caribbean countries. Cronicas takes an inside look at the lives of professionals, activists and workers claiming that their rights are being violated, and the response of those who defend this agricultural program. Is it right to believe that what we put on our plates (fruits and vegetables) is a new form of slavery?
  • Venezolanos: La nueva realidad del refugio en Canada: Venezuelans constitute the new wave of immigration asking for refugee status in Canada, a new reality for the citizens of the country of President Maduro. Families separated by distance as well as political view, Cronicas speaks to the leaders of this community-based in Toronto and Montreal revealing how Canada has included Venezuelan expats on an equal footing as Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Afghanistan and Syria.

TeleNiños, Canada’s First and Only All Spanish-Language Kids TV Channel on Free Preview on Rogers TV
All month long the Free Preview on Rogers Channel 664 in 1.5 million homes across Ontario continues for TeleNinos, Canada’s First and Only All Spanish-Language Kids TV Channel dedicated to heritage language preservation.

About Hispanic Heritage Month in Canada
Each year, during the month of October, people of Hispanic origin around the world come together and pay tribute to their shared culture. Celebrations are held around the world, such as Hispanic Day (Dia de la Hispanidad), the Day of the Cultures (Dia de las Culturas), Day of the Race (Dia de la Raza), Day of Respect for Cultural Diversity (Dia del Respeto a la Diversidad Cultural), Day of Indigenous Resistance (Dia de la Resistencia Indigena), and the commemoration of Hispanic Heritage Month in North America.

In 2014, the City of Toronto joined in this commemoration and officially named October as Hispanic Heritage Month. Since 2015, by proclaiming the month of October as Hispanic Heritage Month in Ontario, the province recognizes the rich contributions of Hispanic-Canadians to our social, economic, political and multicultural fabric. Hispanic Heritage Month is an opportunity to remember, celebrate and educate future generations about the outstanding achievements and contributions of Hispanic people in the province.

About Telelatino Network Inc. tln.ca
Telelatino Network Inc. is Canada’s most influential multilingual media company, uniting cultures and sharing conversations with Canadians and the world. Telelatino is home to 11 television channels reaching millions of Canadians, the country’s largest Latino street festival, state-of-the-art digital production and distribution facilities and hundreds of hours of unique and culturally significant programming for Canadian and worldwide audiences. The Company’s primary TV channel is TLN, Canada’s Culturally Connected English-language speciality channel seen in 6 million homes. Telelatino also offers Canada’s most widely distributed foreign language television channels, including multiple Spanish-language and Italian-language channels. Telelatino Network Inc. is majority owned by Corus Entertainment, a leading Canadian media and content company.

About Univision Canada univisioncanada.ca
Univision Canada is the #1 all-Spanish language television channel serving Canada’s 1.8 million Spanish speakers. Univision Canada combines the best programs from the TV channels of America’s leading Hispanic media company Univision Communications. The TV lineup includes award-winning daily news, telenovelas, top soccer matches and tournaments, popular talk shows, and spectacular specials, complemented with Made in Canada community pleasing original shows. Featured programs include Noticiero Univision, Despierta America, Primer Impacto, El Gordo Y La Flaca and the annual Latin Grammy Awards. Univision Canada is a Telelatino Network owned channel and can be seen from coast to coast in over 3.4 million homes on all of Canada's largest pay-TV platforms. (Rogers 780, Bell 699, Bell Fibe 867, Vidéotron 252, Shaw 508, MTS 517).


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