Canada is slowly reopening, but is live theatre being left behind? 3 insiders weigh in
News/Entertainment: Provinces are rolling out step-by-step reopening plans. But as COVID-19 lingers, can live theatre in our country make the comeback that performers need and audiences want? Three performing arts insiders share their views.
Jeffrey Toobin returns to CNN in first appearance since Zoom call incident
News/Entertainment: CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin returned to the network Thursday for the first time in more than seven months, when he exposed himself on a Zoom call with former colleagues at The New Yorker.
India blocks Canadian bhangra-rap star Jazzy B's Twitter account after he supports farm protests
News/Canada/British Columbia: Surrey's Jaswinder Singh Bains — known internationally as Jazzy B — says he was shocked when messages began coming in from fans who couldn't see his Twitter account in India. That's when he realized he'd been censored.
To Kill a Mockingbird is returning to Broadway with original stars
News/Entertainment: Fans of the Broadway adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird will get a treat when the show restarts on this fall —Jeff Daniels and Celia Keenan-Bolger, two of the play's original stars, are returning.
Michelle Good's Five Little Indians to be adapted into limited TV series
Books: Five Little Indians by Michelle Good has been optioned by Prospero Pictures to be adapted as a limited series. Shannon Masters, who is of Cree Métis and Ukrainian descent, will serve as writer and showrunner. She has previously worked on series such as CBC's Coroner and Burden of Truth.
Meghan Markle's picture book The Bench is a celebration of fathers and sons
Books: The first children's book by Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, is a multicultural tribute to fatherhood. The Bench, published June 8, 2021, celebrates the bond between Meghan's husband Prince Harry and son Archie and fathers and sons in general.
'Diving into my culture': After historic Juno win, Crystal Shawanda reflects on journey
News/Canada/North: The Ojibwe singer became the first Indigenous person to win for best blues album. "It's always been very important to me to try to break through the barriers into mainstream circles," said the 37-year-old from Wiikwemkoong First Nation on Manitoulin Island, Ont.
Construction podcasters dropping $15M lawsuit against carpenter who called out sexual harassment comments
News/Canada/Toronto: The hosts of a construction podcast that aired comments about cat-calling and potential sexual assault say they are dropping a $15 million defamation lawsuit against a female carpenter who called out the offensive remarks online.
Chris Harrison officially exits The Bachelor after racism controversy
News/Entertainment: Chris Harrison’s 19-year journey with The Bachelor franchise is over following off-screen drama that unfolded last February over racially insensitive comments he made defending a contestant from the show.
Ellie Kemper apologizes for participation in group with 'unquestionably' racist past
News/Entertainment: Actor Ellie Kemper has apologized for participating in a debutante ball hosted by a St. Louis organization that she now says had "an unquestionably racist, sexist and elitist past."
Carpenter faces $15M lawsuit for criticizing sexual harassment comments in construction podcast
News/Canada/Toronto: Two men who run a prominent construction industry podcast that aired remarks about cat-calling and trying to grab women have filed a $15 million defamation lawsuit against a carpenter who criticized the remarks on social media.
Calgary company goes medieval on cosplay world with lightweight, foam chain mail
News/Canada/Calgary: Ben Eadie, who does special effects and props for movies, was looking for a lightweight material for a work project, but thinking about cosplay costumes. He picked up a piece of flat craft foam and realized it could be used for chain mail.
Exhibit looks at Winnipeg, other Canadian cities masquerading as international locations in film
News/Canada/Manitoba: The streets of Winnipeg’s Exchange District are on display as part of an exhibit exploring why Canadian cities stand in for other international destinations in so many films at this year’s Venice Biennale of Architecture.