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  • Alvvays, Daniel Caesar among Polaris Music Prize short list contenders

    July 17, 2018 2:58 PM 6

    A number of Indigenous artists are represented among the short list. Newcomer Jeremy Dutcher duets with recordings captured on the East Coast a century ago in the Wolastoqey language, and rappers the Snotty Nose Rez Kids level honest takes on racism in Canada. Projects by Quebecois artists Jean-Michel Blais, Hubert Lenoir and Pierre Kwenders are also among

  • Timothy Winton’s The Shepherd’s Hut ‘thrilling, thought-provoking’

    July 13, 2018 10:30 AM 8

    The first third of the novel, which follows Jaxie as he struggles to stay alive, is enthralling storytelling. Winton, who is one of Australia’s most celebrated writers, twice shortlisted for the Booker Prize, makes Jaxie’s isolation compelling: there may not be dialogue, or character interactions, but Jaxie’s voice propels the story, and is revealing

  • Fantastical creatures feature in these five new books

    July 13, 2018 10:30 AM 9

    Fantastical creatures — fairies, dragons, elves, slithy toves and more — take centre stage in these new reads. This splendid book will appeal to admirers of John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892-1973). It is published by the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Library to commemorate its current Tolkien exhibition, running from June 1 to Oct. 28. The Bodleian is the keeper

  • Luminato artistic director departing after two seasons

    July 12, 2018 7:03 PM 10

    Josephine Ridge, artistic director of Toronto’s Luminato Festival, has resigned after only two seasons. Luminato’s board of directors issued a statement praising ridge for her “hard work, passion and vision” and noted she has left the annual cultural event well-prepared for the future. “(Ridge) has been instrumental in transitioning Luminato into its next decade

  • Soulpepper Theatre features female, minority artists in 2018-2019 season

    July 10, 2018 7:06 PM 11

    Soulpepper reported more than $12.5 million in revenues in 2017, around 16 per cent of which came from grants, according to an annual report released in June. After an embattled year, the theatre’s lineup for next season will showcase female and minority playwrights, directors and characters. Productions include Oraltorio: a Theatrical Mixtape, which

  • Justin Bieber reportedly engaged to model Hailey Baldwin

    July 9, 2018 1:07 PM 9

    Young hearts were broken around the world over the weekend with news that Canadian superstar Justin Bieber got engaged. The 24-year-old heartthrob proposed to model Hailey Baldwin, 21, at a restaurant in a resort in the Bahamas on Saturday (after security told everyone to put their phones away), according to gossip website TMZ. CNN also confirmed the report

  • Tabloids: Meghan Markle’s monarchy misery (and other false filler)

    July 8, 2018 11:00 AM 8

    Cover: Meghan’s only been a royal for a month and a bit and she’s already miserable as a royal. Apparently, she’s feuding with the Queen AND Kate, and nobody likes her except Harry. All this according to a palace spy who is either entirely made up, or an actual snake, judging by how Star says the insider “hisses” the secrets. A feud is born: Speaking

  • Only Elton John can save the world from Donald Trump

    July 6, 2018 10:49 PM 27

    Trump: “You know, I was with Elton John. Elton John. Anybody like Elton John? I like him. And a lot of times like he’ll do this last song. And it’s so great. It’s so unbelievable. The place is standing and roaring and going incredible. And then there’ll be like — he’ll come back for like three more, right? And the three aren’t as good as the last one. And people

  • TV producer found dating inspiration in The Bachelor and The Bachelorette

    July 5, 2018 11:00 AM 81

    The first season of the show, in which host Tommy Smythe helps couples find their dream wedding venue, is reairing this month on the specialty channel. Nahmias, a graduate of Western University and Syracuse University, got her start in entertainment news with an internship at Extra in L.A., but she changed her focus after the rise of TMZ, deciding “I don’t

  • It’s ‘Theatre Christmas’ in July with 158 shows at the Toronto Fringe Festival

    July 4, 2018 11:00 AM 13

    KF: I am interested in the “burlesque cabaret dream play” Josephine, about the groundbreaking entertainer Josephine Baker, which has awards and great reviews from the States. And I’m also interested in performers who thrive on the Fringe circuit. One is Gemma Wilcox, whose solo shows are Toronto Fringe favourites (this year she’s bringing back her 2008 hit The Honeymoon