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  • A year of surprises and shakeups

    December 23, 2013 9:45 PM 23

    I think the greatest gift of all is to be surprised, to be shaken out of a point of view, or maybe just shaken up, period. I kept only a distant eye on the story of this young woman’s kidnapping in Somalia in 2008. In my defence, as Lindhout herself notes, such stories – there are many — usually disappear quickly from the headlines. In my prosecution

  • Kiss or kill: 10 tips for surviving your in-laws during the holidays

    December 23, 2013 9:11 PM 38

    1. Get a game plan. You’ll better understand why your in-laws drive you nuts if you write down what bugs you ahead of time. Face the fact that you’re not going to change them and instead learn how to control how you respond to their remarks. Do they constantly comment on your parenting style or appearance? Bring up uncomfortable political discussions

  • Dave Gunning advances in CBC Song Quest

    December 23, 2013 7:55 PM 31

    “A Game Goin’ On” has made it into the final round and top ten of CBC and Hockey Night in Canada’s Song Quest. Gunning wrote the song with David Francey for Gunning’s album “No More Pennies.” More than 900 musicians entered the contest, hoping to provide the next great hockey song. One hundred made it into the first period, which was then cut down to the top 50. The winner

  • Gazette music critic Erik Leijon’s Top 10

    December 23, 2013 6:10 PM 50

    Mutek straddles the mainstream and the margins and it was worth jumping through hoops to experience Arcade Fire’s Salsathèque showcase 1. Mutek festival, May 29 to June 2. As electronic music pushes farther into the mainstream, so does the city’s premier electronic music festival — no sacrificing of street cred needed. Pantha du Prince and the Bell Laboratory

  • 'Tis the Season to Be... Lonely

    December 23, 2013 4:11 PM 140

    People often ask me how it feels to celebrate the holidays in a place where the chances of a white Christmas are slim to none and Santa's sleigh might be pulled by camels instead of reindeer. No snow there. No decked halls or donning of "fun" apparel either -- remember, it's not "gay" apparel anymore. Didn't you get the memo from Hallmark? In fact... didn't

  • Cab driver robbed, carjacked on South Shore

    December 23, 2013 4:10 PM 34

    A cab driver was robbed and carjacked early Monday morning on the South Shore. At around 1:30 a.m., a man called for a taxi at the corner of Simard and Dauphine in St. Lambert. When the driver pulled up, a man in his mid-20s got in the back seat and told the cabbie to give him his wallet and to get out of the car, police say. Police have very few details

  • Kanye West delivers bold spectacle at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre: review

    December 23, 2013 3:20 PM 38

    Kanye West gave us hip-hop performance art, which happened to be highly entertaining, in the first of two sold-out concerts. Two consecutive sold-out nights at the Air Canada Centre? Just further confirmation to Kanye West — as decreed by Yeezus himself at the conclusion of a combative 15-minute tirade dropped between the third and fourth acts (and, yes, there

  • Celebrity deaths of 2013

    December 23, 2013 2:11 PM 41

    October 25, 2013: Voice of "The Simpsons" character "Edna Krabappel" Marcia Wallace. AGE: 70. CAUSE OF DEATH: Pneumonia, breast cancer. (Handout/WENN.COM)

  • Rappers Mac Miller, Shad reflect on a huge year for hip hop

    December 23, 2013 10:43 AM 31

    TORONTO – Recently returned from a long tour, Canadian rapper Shad kicked back and posted an innocuous message to his Facebook page linking to three recent "amazing'' Kanye West interviews. Then he sat back and watched as the vitriolic comments poured in, a dynamic range of rage targeting the provocative Chicago hip-hop hero. Shad responded personally

  • Soulja Boy hit with paternity lawsuit

    December 23, 2013 8:50 AM 34

    Rapper Soulja Boy might have a family to start worrying about - that is if a woman claiming he is father to her son is proved right. The Crank That (Soulja Boy) star could be heading to court after being slapped with a paternity suit by a woman who claims her five-year-old son Portlon is the result of a night spent with the rapper. Diamond Shantaniece