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January 11, 2019 12:48 PM Keyboardist Geraci leads Blues Music Awards nods with 6

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Keyboard player Anthony Geraci, singer Shemekia Copeland, and guitarist and songwriter Nick Moss lead the nominations for the annual Blues Music Awards. The awards are scheduled on May 9 at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, Tennessee. Geraci leads with six nominations, including song of the year, album of the year and band of the year with his group 6

January 7, 2019 5:45 PM Five Golden Globes surprises that shake up Oscar predictions

The group’s golden choices are often ignored by the nearly 8,200 Oscar voters, the members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences who last year gave their Best Picture prize to The Shape of Water, rather than either of the HFPA’s top winners: Lady Bird (musical/comedy) and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (drama). Sunday’s play-it-safe 11

January 7, 2019 2:29 PM Moshe Arens, former Israeli defence minister, dies at 93

Arens was born in Lithuania in 1925 but grew up in the United States, where he was active in the Beitar youth movement of Likud’s precursor, the Herut party of Menachem Begin. He served in the American military during World War II before immigrating to Israel in 1948. After completing his engineering degrees at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology 7

December 12, 2018 5:53 PM Snubs abound but A Star Is Born tops SAG Awards nominations

Unless a new trend is forming, that’s bad news for Oscar hopefuls like Vice, Adam McKay’s Dick Cheney biopic; Alfonso Cuarón’s Netflix drama Roma and the 1962 road trip Green Book. Vice still scored SAG nods for Christian Bale and Amy Adams, just as Green Book won nominations for Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali. But Roma was shut out entirely, as was Damien 22

December 8, 2018 8:49 PM Raptors’ Kawhi Leonard vs. Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo should be fun to watch

It’s still far too early to start thinking about awards and honours, but fleeting thoughts about all-star and all-NBA and, yes, most valuable player awards aren’t far away. “The guy, he’s talented, man,” Raptors teammate Pascal Siakam said of Leonard. “I think people forgot that a little bit, how talented he is, the things he can do at the level he can do them at. “Not just (score) 19

December 5, 2018 4:11 PM CBC TV star Mark Critch among nominees for book prize

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 27

November 30, 2018 5:13 PM Canadian Joe Fletcher voted Major League Soccer assistant referee of the year

Alan Kelly, slated to officiate this year’s MLS Cup, was voted referee of the year for the third time in four years. The awards were announced by Major League Soccer and the Professional Referee Organization. Fletcher, who worked the 2014 and ‘18 World Cups, reached a milestone with his 100th MLS match on Aug. 25. His resume also includes two MLS Cups (2014, 2016), CONCACAF 19

November 28, 2018 1:58 PM Ex-Blue Jay Granderson voted man of the year for third time by players

IRVING, TEXAS—Former Blue Jays outfielder Curtis Granderson became the first three-time winner of the Marvin Miller Man of the Year, part of the players’ association’s Players Choice Awards. The 37-year-old free agent, the winner in 2009 and 2016, split last season between Toronto and Milwaukee. He was followed in the voting by Arizona first baseman 21

November 27, 2018 6:10 PM Why most Canadians won’t see Oscar-contender Roma at their local cinema

With director Alfonso Cuaron’s sweeping epic Roma floating on a cloud of positive buzz, the Netflix film seems destined to be a major awards contender. But unlike other Best Picture Oscar bets A Star Is Born, Black Panther and Widows, it’s angling to get there without playing theatres across the country. Despite a critically acclaimed premiere at the recent 29

November 19, 2018 7:56 PM Taylor Swift announces new record deal with Universal Music

After more than 12 years, six albums and 10 Grammy Awards as the star of the Nashville-based Big Machine Records, Taylor Swift has a new label. The singer — who became a free agent this month, a year after the release of her latest album, “Reputation” — announced Monday on Instagram that she had signed a multiyear, multialbum agreement with Universal 28