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  • In both Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and Charmed, the witches are woke

    October 24, 2018 4:55 PM 20

    In the three episodes I’ve seen, this series both serves as a rallying cry — women unite to fight! — and holds a mirror to the current culture. Harvey is the ideal model of a respectful boyfriend. Sabrina’s fight with Satan is rife with #MeToo overtones: “A lot of people are facing their fears right now, fighting battles they know they’re not going to win,” she says. And when she says, “The Dark Lord’s

  • Esi Edugyan’s book Washington Black named finalist for Carnegie literary prize

    October 24, 2018 4:21 PM 20

    NEW YORK—A Canadian novelist whose latest book has already been shortlisted for some of the world’s most coveted literary prizes has been named a finalist for the Andrew Carnegie Medal. Victoria-based author Esi Edugyan’s Washington Black, which follows a boy’s escape from slavery at a Barbados sugar plantation with the help of the owner’s brother, was named

  • Diddy pledges $1 million to new Bronx charter school

    October 23, 2018 1:57 PM 18

    The music mogul and Harlem native is a longtime education advocate. He worked closely with Capital Prep founder Steve Perry to expand the network that already has schools in Harlem and Bridgeport, Connecticut. “I came from the same environment these kids live in every day,” he said in a statement. “I understand the importance of access to a great education

  • Toronto Star theatre critic Karen Fricker wins a Nathan Cohen Award

    October 22, 2018 9:29 PM 19

    Toronto Star theatre critic Karen Fricker has won a Nathan Cohen Award for excellence in critical writing. Fricker, a freelancer based in Toronto, won in the short category for her Oct. 3, 2016 review of Michel Tremblay’s Hosanna, a 1973 play about a Quebec drag queen revived by Soulpepper Theatre. The winner in the long category is University of Toronto

  • Twists and turns of Marivaux’s La Seconde Surprise de l’amour are underdeveloped in Théâtre français production

    October 22, 2018 5:23 PM 18

    Théâtre français de Toronto opened its 51st season this week and it did so with a playwright the company has performed only three times in its history. That playwright is Pierre de Marivaux; he’s not as well known as Molière, born in 1688 (15 years after Molière’s death), but Marivaux was a very popular followup. Yet in this production, directed by TFT artistic

  • Classified unites rappers, Trailer Park Boys actors, for all-star track

    October 21, 2018 5:51 PM 16

    Among the names heaping praise on their Maritime stomping ground is Mike Smith, best known as Bubbles from Trailer Park Boys, as well as R&B singer JRDN. “It was a Monday and Tuesday night, and everybody came out. We had some great times in the studio,” said Classified. Veteran battle rapper Pat Stay, of Dartmouth, N.S., is first out of the gate to spit rhymes

  • Marcia Kaye’s In Other Words tells the inside story of Canada’s golden age of publishing

    October 19, 2018 11:00 AM 14

    In Other Words: How I Fell in Love with Canada One Book at a Time tells the inside story of Canada’s golden age of publishing, starting amid the simmering nationalism of the late ’60s. That’s when our country began to fall in love with itself, creators were larger than life and books were not yet saleable “units” in big-box stores. At its heart was Porter

  • Michael Bublé shuts down rumours of retirement from music

    October 18, 2018 4:33 PM 16

    The report suggested the Grammy-winning singer was stepping away from music for good following his son Noah’s cancer battle in 2016, but Bublé said the story is false. “I’ll keep going until the news of my death comes out, which will probably be fake too,” he said with a chuckle. “At that point, you’re really famous now. Things are really going well on this record

  • Cannabis-filled films you can watch legally

    October 17, 2018 8:30 PM 19

    TORONTO—Mary Jane and the movies have been a long-time pairing, from 1936’s propaganda film Reefer Madness to contemporary onscreen stoners like Vancouver’s Seth Rogen. Reefer Madness: Worth watching just to see how far viewpoints on cannabis have changed since the 1930s. Louis J. Gasnier’s black-and-white fictional film became unintentional satire over the years

  • ‘I ain’t dead,’ Roseanne Barr retorts after Conners premiere

    October 17, 2018 6:21 PM 18

    “While we wish the very best for the cast and production crew of The Conners, all of whom are deeply dedicated to their craft and were Roseanne’s cherished colleagues, we regret that ABC chose to cancel Roseanne by killing off the Roseanne Conner character,” Barr and Boteach said in the statement, which Barr linked to on Twitter. “That it was done through