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Arts & Entertainment, Economy

Ontario government reacts to increase in COVID cases

The Premier of Ontario on several occasions has sharply criticised citizens who are not obeying the health restrictions imposed to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The province had been slowly moving towards  fewer restriction and is in what was called »

Arts & Entertainment, Economy, Health, Society

Canada’s largest city cancels all city-led events to the end of the year

In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, virtually all major events across the country were cancelled this year. This includes parades, festivals, large ethnic and religious celebrations, fairs, exhibitions and sporting events. The loss of these events has »

Arts & Entertainment, Economy, Health

The COVID grinch that may have stolen a big Christmas event in Toronto

it may be that another major annual event in Canada’s biggest city has become a victim of COVID-19. The Toronto Christmas market is modelled loosely on European Christmas markets such as Germany’s Chriskindlesmarkts. This was to be the 11th year »

Arts & Entertainment, International

Canadian comedy show sweeps U.S. Emmy awards

For the first time in Emmy Awards history, a single show has won seven categories in the comedy section. It was also the first time that a single show won all four acting categories and the most awarded show in »

Arts & Entertainment, International, Politics, Society

Canada history: Sept 13.1965: Toronto takes a bold architectural risk

Architecture should be functional but also aesthetically pleasing in a style that survives time and taste. That is clearly the case for the ‘new’ city hall in Toronto, Canada’s largest city and capital of the province of Ontario. On yesterday’s »

Arts & Entertainment, Indigenous

In Eastern Canada, Musique Nomade stands by Indigenous musicians

Since my first Safe&Sound column on throat singing, I meant to explore Canada’s Indigenous music scene. In Quebec, the most important stakeholder is undoubtedly Musique Nomade, a Montreal-based, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and producing up-and-coming Indigenous musicians.  Based on »

Arts & Entertainment, Health, Politics

COVID-19 scores another victory: a TKO over Quebec’s karaoke bars

COVID-19 has taken another hostage. This time, it’s Quebec’s karaoke scene: 500 to 600 bars across the province that–depending on your sensibilities–can be a joy to behold or a place you want to get the heck out of as fast »

Arts & Entertainment, Environment & Animal Life

The farmer vs the giant biotech multinational: Percy – the film

The story of an independent farmer in Saskatchewan in an epic legal battle against biotechnology and chemical giant Monsanto over 20 years ago is now going to the big screen. The legal battle between canola farmer Percy Schmeiser and Monsanto »

Arts & Entertainment, International, Internet, Science & Technology

Orientalys festival brings music to the virtual stage, ‘as if you were there’

Montreal, the city of 100 festivals, was to celebrate this August the 10th anniversary of one its most recent cultural events, Orientalys Festival. Although there won’t be any food stands nor big stages erected on the Old Port this year, »

Arts & Entertainment, Immigration & Refugees, International

US and Canadian festivals team up for a month of virtual world music shows

When festivals wish to bring in international artists, their task is facilitated and the tour costs are reduced if they can book the same artists, especially if the dates and locations of the shows are close enough. This collaborative practise, »