By Doug Smith Sports Reporter Sun., Sept. 16, 2018 Once more into the breach. Here’s this week’s mail offering, it’s a bit down from the usual length but it’s also that time of year when we’re mostly waiting for things to get going. But enjoy this and we’ll do it all again a week from today. Q: Applause to Canada Basketball for hiring Glen Grunwald. As one very minor facet of his job, he may want to consider why it is that when the men’s national team is playing a significant game against Brazil, a plausible opponent, leading to the FIBA World Cup, Canada’s television sports networks are instead choosing to show, among other things, “Premier League Darts”, the “World Poker Tour”, a riveting American college football contest between Boston College and Wake Forest, and “Super League Rugby”. Meanwhile NBA-TV Canada offers a rebroadcast of a 22-year-old game. The lack of respect … [Read more...] about This week’s mailbag — Kudos to Canada Basketball for hiring Glen Grunwald and more
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By Carly Maga Theatre Critic Wed., Sept. 5, 2018 The uproar has calmed since Kanata, a new production from Robert Lepage and Ariane Mnouchkine meant to be an exploration of Canadian Indigenous history through contemporary circus, was cancelled. But the chasm between those who called the production cultural appropriation and those who called the outcry an assault on freedom of speech and artistic expression has only highlighted the fact that the issue of who gets to tell whose stories and how is a deeply complex and potentially painful one, especially when it comes to the stories of Indigenous people in settler countries like Canada and the United States. Lepage and Mnouchkine, of Paris’s Théâtre du Soleil, were criticized for not consulting with Indigenous people (or not in any meaningful way, according to those who participated in a last-minute roundtable discussion with the theatre creators) or casting any performers of Canadian Indigenous … [Read more...] about Forgotten Indigenous opera singer Tsianina Redfeather has her story spotlighted on a Toronto stage
By Garnet Fraser Toronto Star Mon., May 14, 2018 This probably means there’s no OVO Fest this year in Toronto, but here’s an excellent consolation prize: Drake is doing two shows at the Air Canada Centre, Aug. 10 and 11, with Migos opening. The Aubrey and the Three Amigos Tour tour announced Monday starts July 26 in Salt Lake City and ends Nov. 17 in Atlanta, doing six dates in Canada in between: two in Toronto, two in Vancouver, and single nights in Edmonton and Montreal. American Express card holders can buy tickets starting Tuesday, while the rest of us must wait until May 18 to get them via Ticketmaster and Live Nation. Toronto’s own Aubrey Drake Graham is riding high, with his single “Nice For What” topping the Billboard top 100 chart in the U.S. for four weeks; it was certified platinum in Canada within three weeks of its release. Previous summers in his hometown have, since 2010, involved a star-stuffed August concert or … [Read more...] about Drake and Migos play the Air Canada Centre on Aug. 10 and 11
By Allan Woods Quebec Bureau Fri., March 23, 2018 MONTREAL—Comedian Howie Mandel rejoices that after leaving his native land for a life in entertainment south of the border, his latest career move is a homecoming. “I have a need to put Canada on a bigger world stage,” he says on the telephone from Los Angeles. Mandel joined with American talent agency ICM Partners to purchase the Montreal comedy and production company Just For Laughs. He insists it is the perfect vehicle to make Canada shine around the world. “We could make it bigger and more relevant outside of the industry and outside of the country than it is right now.” But in discussing his big plans, the Toronto-born Mandel brushes over the sex scandal that erupted last October when multiple women came forward alleging sexual assault and harassment at the hands of Just For Laughs founder Gilbert Rozon. Article Continued Below “Obviously they had their internal … [Read more...] about Should Quebec’s comedy industry laugh or cry over Just For Laughs sale?
By Justin Wm. Moyer The Washington Post Wed., March 7, 2018 WASHINGTON—After 11-year-old Rylan Thai Hagan hanged himself with a belt from his bunk bed three days before Thanksgiving, people wanted to know why he did it. He was a model sixth-grader at Perry Street Prep in northeast Washington, where he received a stipend to tutor other students. He was a basketball player whose team had just qualified for a tournament at Walt Disney World. He played the trumpet. Standing in the room where her only child had taken his life less than two months earlier, that question tortured Nataya Chambers. The apartment, where she had not slept since his death, was in disarray, belongings spilling out of boxes as she prepared to search for a new start. “He was the perfect son,” she said. “Very smart. He was happy. So far as I know of.” Rylan appears to be the youngest person to take his own life in Washington, D.C., since at least 2013, though data for … [Read more...] about He hanged himself at 11 years old. His family is reeling over their ‘happy’ child’s suicide