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  • Ariana Grande adds Toronto date to Sweetener world tour

    December 10, 2018 10:26 PM 124

    It’s been quite the year for the 25-year-old Florida native. The former Nickelodeon TV star racked up professional honours — including “Thank U, Next” breaking the record for most Spotify streams of a song by a female artist in a week, and Grammy nominations for album Sweetener and single “God Is a Woman” — while enduring personal trials, including the death

  • Tabloids: Meghan vs. Kate in a double-duchess cage match

    December 9, 2018 12:00 PM 118

    You walkin’ on me: Robert De Niro’s camp says his estranged wife, a 63-year-old “aspiring singer” (hoo boy), was spending him blind, and “Bobby’s definitely made some movies just to pay the bills.” I think this was deduced by anyone who saw The Comedian. Or Last Vegas. Or New Year’s Eve. Or ... Cover: Brad Pitt gets the kids (Pentax, Lax, Kalahari, Manassas

  • Drake, Cardi B, Kendrick Lamar, Weezer: Who got nominated for the 2019 Grammys

    December 7, 2018 2:31 PM 146

    — Album of the year: Invasion of Privacy, Cardi B; By the Way, I Forgive You, Brandi Carlile; Scorpion, Drake; H.E.R., H.E.R.; Beerbongs & Bentleys, Post Malone; Dirty Computer, Janelle Monae; Golden Hour, Kacey Musgraves; Black Panther: The Album, Music From and Inspired By, Kendrick Lamar. — Record of the year: “I Like It,” Cardi B, Bad Bunny and J Balvin

  • Anna and the Apocalypse not quite dead, but not lively enough

    December 6, 2018 4:30 PM 156

    In brief: Instead of going off to “uni” (university), cool-but-relatable Anna (Ella Hunt, better than her material) crushes the hopes of her grieving widower school janitor dad (Mark Benton) by announcing her intentions to travel. First, though, a local problem arises, part of a global zombie pandemic glimpsed on the occasional TV screen. Side characters

  • Russell Peters reveals his girlfriend is pregnant with his second child

    December 5, 2018 6:18 PM 122

    The Toronto-born Brampton-raised Peters, 48, has one previous child, a girl, Crystianna, born in 2010 to Monica Diaz, now his ex-wife. The comedian — who credits the early days of YouTube for his attainment of a vast international following — recently completed an arena tour in Canada, including a stop at Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena. A rap aficionado

  • CBC TV star Mark Critch among nominees for book prize

    December 5, 2018 4:11 PM 136

    A comedian, a former governor general and several of this year’s literary awards darlings are among the 10 writers in the running for the RBC Taylor Prize. Mark Critch, anchor of CBC’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes, earned a spot on the long list for the $25,000 non-fiction prize with his memoir about growing up in Newfoundland in the ‘80s. Elizabeth Hay made the cut for All Things

  • Trevor Noah loses his voice in an unusual ‘Daily Show’

    December 5, 2018 1:28 PM 144

    Speaking as Noah, Acosta said, “over the weekend, I lost my voice and my doctor told me not to speak at all or I might get surgery, so I cannot say a word. Luckily, I have Mike Acosta to be my voice for today.” Acosta went on to read the monologue as Noah made hand and facial gestures to go along with the set-ups and punch lines. Using Noah’s words

  • ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ pulled from some Canadian radio stations

    December 4, 2018 7:00 PM 119

    At least two of the country’s biggest radio operators — Rogers Media and Bell Media — say they’ve decided to pull the controversial Christmas favourite out of their rotations this year. That comes as the duet, written back in 1944, faces renewed scrutiny over what some say are inappropriate lyrics in the wake of the #MeToo movement. Earlier this week, Cleveland

  • Vegas grabs Gaga, Aerosmith, Lady Antebellum in 2019

    December 4, 2018 5:46 PM 116

    In August, when tickets went on sale to Aerosmith’s “Deuces are Wild” show at Park MGM, fans took to social media to brag about getting tickets and planning their Vegas getaway. Schwartz said today’s Las Vegas music lineup offers something for everyone in contrast to the days of Frank Sinatra and Wayne Newton. Here’s a look at seven new concert residencies

  • Shawn Mendes to play the Rogers Centre to end 2019 tour

    December 3, 2018 8:28 PM 147

    “Playing Rogers Centre is truly a dream come true for me. Having grown up going to games, playing as an opener just a few years ago, and now being able to headline a show here, is just surreal,” Mendes is quoted as saying. It’s the latest step in the meteoric rise of the 20-year-old, who was raised in Pickering before gaining attention on the social-media