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Globe and Mail to scrap print edition in Atlantic Canada later this year

TORONTO — The Globe and Mail is putting a stop to its daily print edition across Atlantic Canada later this year. Publisher Phillip Crawley said the national newspaper plans to halt production for the East Coast on Nov. 30. Costs of printing and distribution in the region are “unaffordable” because more readers are going online …

Shania Twain accentuates the positive on new single, picks album release date

TORONTO—Shania Twain promises fans will hear more new music this summer, starting with her positively optimistic new single “Life’s About to Get Good.” The Timmins, Ont.-raised country star released the track online Thursday to coincide with the announcement that “Now” — her first full-length album in nearly 15 years — arrives on Sept. 29. “The …

Junos apologize for co host Russell Peters’ ‘off script’ remarks about women

TORONTO — The head of the Juno Awards is apologizing for comments that co-host Russell Peters made during Sunday’s telecast. In a statement, Allan Reid distanced himself and Juno organizers from jokes that have been criticized for sexualizing women. The comedian opened the show with a monologue that referenced young girls in the audience as …

All star rendition of ‘Summer of ’69’ closes Junos, which honoured Cohen, Downie

OTTAWA –Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asked for it, Bryan Adams delivered. Sunday night’s Juno Awards opened with a skit that had the prime minister phoning in a request for “Summer of ’69” and the show closed with an all-star performance that also included Sarah McLachlan, Alessia Cara and members of rock bands Billy Talent and …

Bryan Adams, Russell Peters get help from Justin Trudeau for Junos opening skit

OTTAWA –Bryan Adams and comedian Russell Peters kicked off the Juno Awards on Sunday night with a little help from Justin Trudeau. The show opened with a skit set backstage and Peters being waved into Adams’s green room. An incredulous Peters is told Adams is on the phone with the prime minister and the rock …

Gord Downie, Tragically Hip together win three awards at non televised Juno gala

OTTAWA –Gord Downie didn’t attend Saturday’s Juno Awards gala celebration to pick up his awards, but his presence was still felt strongly. The Tragically Hip frontman was linked to three Juno wins at the celebration of Canada’s music industry. One was shared with his band while the other two came from his “Secret Path” album. …

Leonard Cohen’s son says the singer was confident Donald Trump would be elected

OTTAWA –Leonard Cohen told his family, in his final days, he was confident Donald Trump would be elected president of the United States. The Montreal singer-songwriter’s son Adam recalled the prediction at Saturday’s Juno gala dinner, where his father received a posthumous artist of the year prize. Cohen’s son says the notion of Trump winning …

Tegan and Sara join YouTubers in questioning LGBTQ video filtering

TORONTO — A chorus of Canadian LGBTQ YouTubers, including pop duo Tegan and Sara, is calling for the video service to stop filtering out gay and trans-themed videos for some users. The Calgary-raised sisters took to social media to question why YouTube’s “restricted” setting blocks a wide variety of LGBTQ-friendly content for no clear reason. …

Nelly Furtado writing stage play on Brazilian composer Caetano Veloso

TORONTO—Nelly Furtado says she’s been working on writing a stage play based on Brazilian composer and activist Caetano Veloso in her downtime between albums. But she doesn’t want to rush its completion. “I don’t like to put time constraints on myself,” Furtado said in an interview Wednesday. “I realize that good things take time.” After …

Canadian producer finds Oscar nod through Netflix doc helmed by Ava DuVernay

TORONTO—Howard Barish wasn’t thinking about an invite to the Oscars when upstart filmmaker Ava DuVernay stepped into his Los Angeles office about a decade ago. The Winnipeg-born producer was happily managing his own company making TV network ad campaigns when DuVernay knocked on his door with a pitch to invest in her as a director. …

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