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Tragically Hip fans bask in celebration and sadness at Gord Downie memorials

KINGSTON, Ont. — What began as a subdued memorial for Gord Downie organized by city officials in his Kingston, Ont. hometown erupted into an improvised candlelight vigil on Wednesday night with residents taking over the proceedings. Tearing a page from the Tragically Hip frontman’s own taste for the unexpected and impromptu, fans paid tribute to …

Musician Liona Boyd says Weinstein reports echo memories of sexual harassment

TORONTO — Classical guitarist Liona Boyd says the mounting allegations of sexual harassment against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein have stirred up painful memories. The five-time Juno Award winner says she encountered powerful entertainment leaders in the 1970s and 1980s who pressured her to trade sex for a chance at fame. “I was in that position too many …

Hamilton plans 2019 Juno Awards bid with hopes of becoming permanent home

TORONTO — Hamilton is bidding to host the 2019 Juno Awards with an extra request: it wants to become the permanent home of the coveted Canadian music event. The city council general issues committee reached an agreement on Wednesday to submit an offer that will be hitched to the belief that Hamilton’s burgeoning arts community offers enough …

Producers seek answers as they digest Netflix’s $500M pledge to Canadian content

TORONTO— Canadian producers expressed hope and skepticism as they weighed Netflix’s promise Thursday to spend $500 million over five years on homegrown content. The announcement to support Canadian made film and TV series was enthusiastically unveiled by Heritage Minister Melanie Joly, part of the first major overhaul of cultural funding in a quarter century. But …

Lido Pimienta wins Polaris Music Prize for ‘La Papessa’

TORONTO— Colombian immigrant Lido Pimienta has won the 2017 Polaris Music Prize for her album “La Papessa.” The Spanish-language independent release which translates to “high priestess” was selected by an 11-member jury based on its artistic merit. Pimienta, who takes home a $50,000 award, was considered an underdog contender for the Polaris award, but was …

Indigenous musicians and stories in spotlight at this year’s Polaris Music Prize

TORONTO — Some of the country’s best-known Indigenous musicians and Gord Downie’s recounting of the Chanie Wenjack story are vying for the Polaris Music Prize tonight. An 11-member jury will choose a winner from the list of 10 nominees for Canadian album of the year, which also include Leonard Cohen, Feist and electronic-jazz quartet Badbadnotgood. …

Five to watch: Standout Toronto film festival movies that flew under the radar

TORONTO — Celebrity red carpets, Hollywood premieres and lavish parties dominate the Toronto International Film Festival, but many avid filmgoers will tell you the best part is finding a hidden gem. Here are five standout movies that slipped under the radar at this year’s fest, but offer fresh, challenging and unforgettable experiences worth a spot on your …

Tragically Hip documentary makers say tour film ‘started on a dime’

TORONTO — Making the Tragically Hip tour documentary “Long Time Running” was a shotgun project of sorts for its filmmakers. “It started on a dime,” explained co-director Nicholas de Pencier on Wednesday during the film’s red carpet premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. “Five days before the first show,” added Jennifer Baichwal, the film’s …

Globe and Mail to tap into online data to help reshape daily newspaper

TORONTO — The Globe and Mail is putting more faith in algorithms as part of a newspaper redesign that’s influenced by what’s trending on its website. A print revamp that launches Dec. 1 will incorporate news and topics that already have a proven track record with readers online, publisher Phillip Crawley said in an interview …

Hudson’s Bay steps outside Canada with its flagship brand in the Netherlands

TORONTO — Hudson’s Bay Co. chief executive Jerry Storch says bringing the iconic department store brand to the Netherlands wasn’t his original plan, but feedback from local shoppers suggested the country could use more Canadiana — and a few of those Bay blankets. When the retailer opens its doors on Tuesday in Amsterdam it marks …