, referred to as The GATE, is a Canadian online entertainment website that reports on movies, television, music, video games, leisure travel and events, with reviews, news, and interviews.
Type of site
Online Entertainment Magazine
OwnerW. Andrew Powell
LaunchedNovember 2000
Current statusActive

Launched in November 2000, The GATE is owned and operated by W. Andrew Powell with contributions from a variety of writers, including author Christopher Heard, among other freelance contributors.

In June 2014, The GATE reported serving 124,000 unique visitors per month [1] with a Klout score of 78.[2]

Major coverage highlights throughout the year include the Toronto International Film Festival, Juno Awards, Canadian Music Fest, North by North East, and the Academy Awards.


Founded in 2000 by W. Andrew Powell, The GATE covered only music until 2001 when the website expanded to cover movies, followed by television, and video games by late in 2002.

Between 2002 and 2004 The GATE was also produced as a small zine[3] that was available in bars and restaurants in downtown Toronto.

For several years, The GATE's film reviews by Powell were syndicated to publications across Canada, including Lighthouse Publishing in Nova Scotia, CFB Esquimalt Lookout newspaper in British Columbia, and The Squamish Chief [4] in Alberta.

Since 2001, Powell has represented The GATE as a guest entertainment expert on U8TV's Shower Hour, Much Music's Ed's Big Wham Bam, AM640's travel radio program Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Hamilton's CHAM 820 Nabuurs and Friends, and in Eye Weekly's Annual Cross-Canada Music Critics Poll.[5][6]

Notably in 2011, Canadian newspaper advertising for the opening weekend of the Walt Disney Pictures release Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides featured a quote from Powell, "Pirates is back and it's better than ever!"[7]

On September 7, 2012, Government of Canada announced [8] an investment of $15,000 "through the Business Innovation component of the Canada Periodical Fund" which was used "to redesign its website, develop a marketing strategy, and expand its Canadian content."

The Government of Canada once more contributed to The GATE in 2014, through the Business Innovation component of the Canada Periodical Fund, following an announcement on March 17, 2014.[9] A total of $19,000 was contributed for marketing efforts related to The GATE's 14th Anniversary Concert, which was held at The Great Hall in Toronto on June 26, 2014.[10]

Notable InterviewsEdit

StatisticsEdit is ranked in the top 25,000 most visited websites in Canada according to Alexa.[15]


  1. ^ "CARDonline". CARDonline. 2015-01-05. Retrieved 2015-01-05.
  2. ^ "The GATE". Klout. 2013-10-28. Retrieved 2013-10-28.
  3. ^ Toronto Zine Library
  4. ^ The Squamish Chief - James Bond returns
  5. ^ "The 17th Annual Cross-Canada Music Critics Poll". Eye Weekly. 2008-01-16. Retrieved 2011-03-16.
  6. ^ "The 17th Annual Cross-Canada Music Critics Poll Comments". Eye Weekly. 2008-01-16. Retrieved 2011-03-16.
  7. ^ "The Toronto Sun". The Toronto Sun. 2011-05-20. Retrieved 2011-05-22.
  8. ^ Harper Government Invests in The Gate Magazine
  9. ^ Investing in Arts and Culture in Toronto
  10. ^ Young Rival & Rival Boys at The GATE’s 14th Anniversary
  11. ^ "Colin Farrell scares up revered role for Fright Night remake". 2011-08-18. Retrieved 2012-09-26.
  12. ^ "Cobie Smulders takes charge as Maria Hill in The Avengers". 2012-05-03. Retrieved 2012-09-26.
  13. ^ "TIFF 14: Priyanka Chopra & Omung Kumar discuss 'Mary Kom' biopic". 2014-09-05. Retrieved 2015-01-05.
  14. ^ "On set with 'Orphan Black' star Tatiana Maslany". 2013-03-26. Retrieved 2015-01-05.
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