Celebrities, music, gaming, extreme sports and fashion . . . Family Channel's Latest Buzz Bashes give kids the ultimate March break destination

    FREE events at select Cineplex Entertainment theatres feature the stars
    of The Latest Buzz and Life with Derek, Canadian rockers Social Code,
    Olympic snowboarder Crispin Lipscomb, a West 49 how-to-skate demo and
    awesome prizes

    TORONTO, March 5 /CNW/ - Astral Media's Family Channel will host red-hot
launch parties at select Cineplex Entertainment theatres across Canada this
March to introduce kids to the stars of the highly anticipated new Canadian
original series The Latest Buzz, which premieres on Family Channel on Friday,
March 14 at 6:30 p.m. ET/PT.
    Held at select Cineplex Entertainment theatres across Canada, Latest Buzz
Bashes will give kids an exclusive look inside the ultra-glamorous world of
the magazine industry and offer a jam-packed day of activities to match the
beats covered by The Latest Buzz characters. The best part? It's all free!
    All visitors will walk the red carpet and have a chance to get their
picture on the cover of The Latest Buzz magazine. Family Channel will also
have a camera set up on location to record shout outs for broadcast on air.
Adding to the fun, video game lovers will get a chance to play Xbox 360(TM) on
the big screen with a Latest Buzz star. Prizing includes Hannah Montana prize
packs, West 49 and LaSenza Girl gift certificates, and, the ultimate grand
prize, a signed Jonas Brothers Gibson guitar. The event will wrap up with a
screening of a never-before-seen episode of The Latest Buzz on the big screen.
    Region-specific headline acts will make each Latest Buzz Bash unique:
Ottawa gets a learn-to-skate clinic hosted by West 49; Oakville and Toronto
have Life With Derek stars Michael Seater and Ashley Leggat, as well as the
West 49 learn-to-skate clinics; in Vancouver, Canadian National Snowboarding
team member Crispin Lipscomb hosts an extreme Q & A session; in Edmonton,
Canadian alt-rock band Social Code delivers an acoustic performance; and
Winnipeg has a giveaway for a VIP Cineplex Entertainment card - the card with
unlimited movies for a year.
    The only way into the Latest Buzz Bash is with a free wristband, and kids
should plan to line up early to secure a spot. Doors open at each location on
the day of the event, starting at 10am, except for the Edmonton bash, where
doors open at 9am. See detailed schedule below for more information.
    The Latest Buzz Bashes are inspired by the new Canadian original teen
series premiering on Family which features five 14-year old students who are
given the unlikely assignment of their lives when Teen BUZZ hires them to help
save the magazine. Intense story deadlines, unpredictable celebrity
interviews, fashion tips, and gritty music reviews, these are just some of the
issues the kids get into during what they call "eighth period." The series
makes its Canadian Television Premiere on Family on Friday, March 14, at 6:30
p.m. ET/PT, with a special "spring break sneak peek" of the first four
episodes airing Monday to Thursday, March 10 to March 13 at 6:30 p.m. and
Monday to Thursday, March 17 to 20 at 6:30 p.m. ET/PT.

    The Latest Buzz Bash is scheduled to visit the following locations:

    -   March 13 (10 a.m. ET) - SilverCity Gloucester Cinemas, Ottawa,
        Headliner: West 49 learn-to-skate clinic
        The Latest Buzz cast: Vanessa Morgan (Amanda), Munro Chambers

    -   March 15 (10 a.m. ET) - Cineplex Odeon Queensway Cinemas, Toronto,
        Headliner: Life with Derek stars Michael Seater (Derek), Ashley
        Leggat (Casey), plus West 49 learn-to-skate clinic
        The Latest Buzz cast: Munro Chambers (Wilder), Justin Kelly (Noah),
        Zoe Belkin (Rebecca)

    -   March 16 (10 a.m. ET) - SilverCity Oakville Cinemas, Oakville,
        Headliner: Life with Derek stars Michael Seater (Derek), Ashley
        Leggat (Casey), plus West 49 learn-to-skate clinic
        The Latest Buzz cast: Vanessa Morgan (Amanda), Demetrius Joyette

    -   March 20 (10 a.m. PST) - SilverCity Coquitlam Cinemas, Coquitlam,
        British Columbia
        Headliner: Crispin Lipscomb, Member of Canada's National Snowboarding
        The Latest Buzz cast: Munro Chambers (Wilder), Justin Kelly (Noah)

    -   March 31 (9 a.m. MST) - Scotiabank Theatre Edmonton, Edmonton,
        Headliner: Social Code
        The Latest Buzz cast: Zoe Belkin (Rebecca), Justin Kelly (Noah)

    -   April 2 (10 a.m. CST) - SilverCity St.Vital Cinemas, Winnipeg,
        The Latest Buzz cast: Zoe Belkin (Rebecca), Demetrius Joyette
        Giveaway for a VIP Cineplex Entertainment card - the card with
        unlimited movies for a year

    Family Channel is a premium, commercial-free network offering the best in
family television entertainment in 5.6 million homes across Canada. Dedicated
to celebrating family life and providing a fun experience for all, Family airs
a unique mix of series, movies and specials, with a large portion of
programming supplied by Disney. Visit us at family.ca. Family is an Astral
Media network.

    Family Channel, an Astral Media Television Network; Astral Media is a
leading Canadian media company, active in specialty and pay television, radio,
outdoor advertising and iMedia. Astral Media's solid and dynamic presence in
the country's major markets rests on its commitment to offer a unique
combination of high-quality, targeted media for all its audiences.

    For artwork and series information, visit http://tv.astral.com.

For further information:

For further information: Geneviève Parent at (416) 956-8547, or

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