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The Book of Negroes is relevant now more than ever as the fight for Black rights takes centre stage

By | July 26, 2020

The Book of Negroes is coming back to a TV screen near you. The six-part miniseries, based on author Lawrence Hill’s best-selling and award-winning novel, first aired on CBC back in 2015 to great acclaim from critics and audiences alike. It tells the story of a West African-born woman named Aminata Diallo who is kidnapped as a child and forced… Read More »

Canadian artists, writers, performers call for national basic income

By | July 17, 2020

A group of Canadian artists, writers, technicians and performers is calling on Ottawa to guarantee a basic income for anyone in need. Novelist and screenwriter Emma Donoghue, poet George Elliott Clarke and opera singer Adrianne Pieczonka are listed among those supporting a call to “provide financial security to meet people’s basic needs, regardless of their work status.” The… Read More »

On with the show: Drive-in theatres see boost in popularity during pandemic

By | May 23, 2020

For Dixie Thomas and her granddaughter Torrie Kuiper, it’s an annual tradition to grab their dogs and hit the road to visit the Twilite Drive-In Theatre in Wolseley, Sask., for opening night. “The only thing I was upset about, with the pandemic, was that I wouldn’t be able to come to the drive-in,” declared Thomas. Kuiper reached out to Twilite owner… Read More »

Little Richard dead at 87, pastor says

By | May 9, 2020

Little Richard, the electrifying and flamboyant showman whose classic tunes cut over a two-year span helped spur the explosion of rock ‘n’ roll and influenced countless musicians, has died. He was 87. Pastor Bill Minson, a close friend of the rocker, told The Associated Press that Little Richard died Saturday morning. Minson said he also spoke to Little Richard’s… Read More »

Rock ‘n’ roll legend Little Richard dead at 87

By | May 9, 2020

Little Richard, the electrifying and flamboyant showman whose classic tunes helped spur the explosion of rock ‘n’ roll and influenced countless musicians, has died. He was 87. Pastor Bill Minson, a close friend of the rocker, told The Associated Press that Little Richard died Saturday morning. His son, Danny Jones Penniman, also confirmed Richard’s death, which was first reported… Read More »

Canadian stars to unite in Stronger Together COVID-19 broadcast benefit

By | April 26, 2020

Céline Dion, Justin Bieber and Ryan Reynolds are among the stars slated to appear in a Canadian COVID-19 broadcast benefit tonight. Stronger Together, Tous Ensemble is a multi-platform event centred around a $150-million campaign to provide support to Food Banks Canada. The show starts at 6:30 p.m. across all markets and 7 p.m. NT on Sunday. It will be broadcast on… Read More »

Canadian stars unite in Stronger Together COVID-19 broadcast benefit

By | April 26, 2020

Canadian rocker Sam Roberts kicked off a star-studded Canadian COVID-19 broadcast benefit with a performance of his 2014 single We’re All In This Together. His at-home appearance, with three kids by his side playing music, set off an uplifting tone for Stronger Together, Tous Ensemble. The multi-platform event is in support of frontline workers and Food Banks Canada’s… Read More »

Winnipeg folk fest headliner John Prine dead at 73 of COVID-19 complications

By | April 7, 2020

John Prine, the plain-spoken singer-songwriter whose body of work saw him shift effortlessly between poignant reflections on mortality and humorous takes on life’s absurdities, has died. He was 73. His family announced his death from complications from the coronavirus; he died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Prine took ill on March 27 with what was… Read More »

#QuarantineAndChill: Streaming, podcasts, virtual tours are your best companions during this pandemic

By | March 14, 2020

As museums close, travel and large gatherings are restricted and major events, including professional sports, come to a grinding halt to limit the spread of COVID-19, there will be a heavier reliance on entertainment that can be enjoyed at home. During periods of crisis, people might be more mindful of their spending but also have much more idle time, says… Read More »