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  • Kanye West delivers problematic monologue on SNL

    October 1, 2018 2:05 AM 38

    West has found himself at odds with many of his hip-hop peers since he visited with Trump in 2016 after the election, and reaffirmed his appreciation for him earlier this year. “You don’t have to agree with trump but the mob can’t make me not love him,” he wrote on Twitter in April. “I don’t agree with everything anyone does. That’s what makes us individuals

  • Alessia Cara named halftime performer for 2018 Grey Cup game in Edmonton

    September 30, 2018 1:10 AM 17

    “Performing at the Grey Cup as a Canadian is such an honour,” Cara said in a statement. “Excited to be part of the halftime show and freeze all my fingertips off with you guys.” The native of Brampton won a Grammy Award in January. She followed up her groundbreaking run of six multi-platinum hits with the release of “Growing Pains,” the first single

  • Led Zeppelin to face retrial over ‘Stairway to Heaven’ theft claims

    September 28, 2018 7:09 PM 21

    Led Zeppelin must go back on trial in a lawsuit that accuses the classic rock grandees of stealing the opening chords of “Stairway to Heaven” from an obscure 1968 instrumental. A U.S. federal appeals court in San Francisco on Friday uninamously voted to overturned a 2016 jury verdict that Jimmy Page and Robert Plant’s 1971 song didn’t use anything that was unique

  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz shines a light on mankind’s darkest time

    September 28, 2018 11:30 AM 17

    Killing becomes more efficient and more prisoners arrive, but Lale survives. His languages help, as does his charm. Saved by a friend impressed by his optimism, he learns a new trade: tattooist. His attempt at a joke after an SS man approves him — “I take it I got the job?” — is met with quiet fury by the French tattooist who rescues him. “Lose your bravado

  • Author Eden Robinson’s Trickster returns with humanity and empathy

    September 28, 2018 10:30 AM 18

    In part, this is due to contemporary publishing wisdom. Writers embarking on a trilogy are often advised that the first book should stand alone, providing a satisfying and ‘complete’ reading experience, in case there isn’t enough demand to merit the publication of two additional books. As a result, when there are enough sales to continue a trilogy, the second

  • Hold the Dark a brooding and unnerving tale set in the Far North

    September 27, 2018 5:30 PM 16

    Wright plays the quintessential everyman and outsider with quiet conviction as he embarks on a journey that will spin itself into an increasingly bloody and enigmatic mystery. He encounters a bison standing placidly on the road as he approaches the village. Yep, the North is an odd and quirky place. But almost nothing is what is seems as he becomes a witness

  • Youtuber and ex-McGill student gets Will Smith to heli-bungee

    September 26, 2018 10:17 PM 14

    But the group was surprised when Smith actually said yes, and then planned a huge YouTube event surrounding the moment. Yes Theory member Kandil bungee jumped separately from Smith due to safety issues, Dajer said, but it too was captured on video earlier the same day. That didn’t make it any easier watching the star of Men in Black and The Fresh Prince

  • Esi Edugyan, Craig Davidson, on shortlist for $50,000 Writers’ Trust fiction prize

    September 26, 2018 10:00 AM 17

    Meantime, fellow Giller nominee Rawi Hage also appears on the list for this Writers’ Trust award, now being presented for the 22nd time. Each finalist will receive $5,000. Those other finalists are: The Saturday Night Ghost Club by Craig Davidson, a coming-of-age novel set in Niagara Falls, with ghosts, grief and growing up providing the backdrop, published

  • PG proves profitable for horror’s Eli Roth, director of The House With a Clock in Its Walls

    September 25, 2018 9:00 PM 17

    “The main thing he said was, ‘Don’t be afraid to make it scary. Kids love to be scared,’” Roth said. “Amblin is using this movie to really relaunch the brand to make it what it was in the ’80s. For me, it was a huge honour. Those Amblin movies were so important to me. I wanted this to have my sense of humour and my personality but feel like you could

  • New York Review of Books admits ‘failures’ in handling Ghomeshi essay

    September 24, 2018 10:54 PM 20

    NEW YORK—The New York Review of Books is acknowledging its “failures in the presentation and editing” of a much-maligned essay by disgraced former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi. A statement released by the esteemed outlet says Ghomeshi’s piece, Reflections from a Hashtag, was shown to only one male editor and that most members of the staff were excluded