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Geo-diverse, hyper-local expression

Contagious monkeypox virus found in traveller returning to the United States

A case of a rare, viral disease was found in a traveller returning to the United States from Nigeria. Scientists confirmed late Tuesday that the person was infected with the monkeypox virus.

Electron microscopic image of monkeypox virion
Monkeypox virion, 2003. Image: CDC/Cynthia S. Goldsmith, Russell Regnery
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Singer Estelle joins Wes Iwundu and Eric Archibald for Diplomacy’s Free The Future pop-up store opening in LA

Wes Iwundu poses with Estelle
Wes Iwundu and Estelle. Photo: John Sciulli/Getty Images for Diplomacy x Free The Future

Premium streetwear brand Diplomacy struck up a partnership with NBA player Wes Iwundu and enlisted the timeless, genre-defying, GRAMMY-winning, singer-songwriter Estelle from West London for the opening of the brand’s first ever Free The Future pop-up store in Los Angeles on Friday, Nov. 12. | Photos | Video |

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Scotland is full of friends you haven’t met yet

My Scottish love affair is steeped in a need for mountains and water to soothe my easily-overwhelmed nature, and marked by my affection for its people, many of whom are lifelong friends now: they are warm, friendly, generous, and chat as readily as I do with newcomers back in Canada. 

Dunnottar, Scotland. Hillsides leading to the medieval castle above the sea
Dunnottar, Scotland. Photo: Anne-Marie Klein
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Rock fiction writer’s first live concert since lockdown on trip to the UK

On Dec. 10, 2019, I stepped out on a whim to see Frank Turner reunite with his former band Möngöl Hörde at Lee’s Palace in Toronto. It was a loud punk rock set, and a great end to the year’s busy concert calendar.

And then the world pressed “pause.”

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Sultans of String go global with local ambassadors of world music [article | video]

This ambitious, diverse, inclusive and passionately political album puts the band face-to-face with a VIP roster of global ambassadors of music, some of whom are recent immigrants and refugees to Canada, as well as important Indigenous voices. All are masters of world music who communicate with each other through the global language of sound.

Sultans of String on left, Juan Carlos Medrano on right, all holding their instruments
Sultans of String and Juan Carlos Medrano
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Afro-Colombian musician finds refuge in Canada’s largest city

Toronto-based, New York Times and Billboard-charting global music supergroup Sultans of String have released their brand-new single, Mi Santuario, featuring the four core Sultans as well as an incredibly talented and inspiring special guest, Juan Carlos Medrano.

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STACKS earns veteran actor Daytime Emmy nomination

Actor and comedian Mark Christopher Lawrence shines as the lead in his co-produced project, $TACK$ (STACKS) earning himself a 2021 Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Daytime Fiction Program. Along with his Daytime Emmy nomination, he also received a nomination for a Regional Emmy for his work on The Flourish

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