All posts by Cherryl Bird

Cherryl is the founder and editor of Core Magazines, co-founder and marketing director of Voice of Montreal, now Vice Magazine, and former English editor and ad pusher for Images Magazine, an award-winning bilingual, ethnocultural publication. She can create a campaign for you on the spot, loves music, travel and all things cultural.

Prodigy’s Lyrical Legacy Will Impact the Culture Forever – Havoc, Mobb Deep

Everyone who has ever worked with Prodigy seems to have something to say about his passing. The words of these music industry colleagues and friends give us a glimpse of the man and the artist, who was skilled at turning social injustice into lyrical poetry.

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Explore the Roots of Bestival from Sunday Best to Common People

According to the music festival’s director and partner Ben Turner, Bestival got its start as a series of parties created by BBC Radio DJ Rob Da Bank called Sunday Best, which took place at a tea shop in London, UK. Da Bank would invite “legends of our nightlife world and DJs to play for nothing” and the audience would pay a mere 99p (.99 cents) per person to get in, says Turner.

Bestival in Woodbine Park, Toronto. Photo: Cherryl Bird
Bestival in Woodbine Park, Toronto. Photo: Cherryl Bird

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Explosion at Ariana Grande Concert in Manchester Arena Being Treated as a Terrorist Attack

UPDATE –  “Families and many young people were out to enjoy a concert and have lost their lives,” said Chief Constable Ian Hopkins, referring to the many young fans of Ariana Grande who died in an explosion in the Manchester Arena last night shortly after the singer completed her last set and left the stage.

The death count has risen to 22 and the number of injuries along with it; some 59 people are spread among eight hospitals in the Greater Manchester area. There may be more to come and more too, may succumb to their injuries.

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Popular Journalist, Documentary Producer Desmond Cole Released from Toronto Star for ‘Political Disruption’

Popular journalist Desmond Cole posted a letter to his followers on Facebook about his recent release from his columnist position at the Toronto Star. Cole takes an activist stance on racial issues in his bi-monthly column in the newspaper, writing on “anti-Black racism and white supremacy in Canada.”

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Migratory Bird Layout at the Royal Ontario Museum is an Art Piece Made From Dead Birds

The Fatal Light Awareness Program (FLAP) Canada’s ‘Annual Migratory Bird Layout‘ at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is an art piece made out of dead birds.

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Baroque-Pop Singer Dia’s New Single ‘Gambling Girl’ Inspired by Cher’s ‘Bang Bang’

Dia’s hauntingly beautiful new single “Gambling Girl” evokes a nostalgia for the melodies of 60s rock ‘n roll. More bitter than sweet in this case. It’s a psychedelic east-meets-American-southwest  ballad of the cowgirl, infused with modern influences.

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Strube’s Fiction, Real-Life Issues and Rebellion, Wins Toronto Book Awards

Author Cordelia Strube stands comfortably in front of an audience in the Bluma Appel Salon reading from her latest novel that just won the highest honour at the Toronto Book Awards.

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Get Noticed – New Visual Artists You Must See

The curators of Get Noticed seem to be saying that one single work of art should be compelling enough to signal the talent of an artist. Artists could only submit one piece of work to the competition for the current exhibition at The Red Head Gallery.

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Get Noticed opening party at The Red Head Gallery. Photo: Cherryl Bird

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Poet Laureate of Toronto Anne Michaels Likes to Party [Article | Video]

As Poet Laureate of Toronto Anne Michaels is actively promoting our common heritage not just through poetry but via projects involving youth, language, art, music, history and the outdoors. In other words, she plans a great party. At the Toronto Book Awards on Tuesday, Michaels announced several projects she has underway, one of which is happening this weekend.

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