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Can I wear black to a wedding?

Wedding season means many things: piles of wedding invitations on your counter, hours upon hours spent browsing through gift registries, and countless outfit options for you to try. When figuring out what to wear, we all know the universal wedding guest rule – don’t wear white! Although this option is clearly cut out, there aren’t many tips when it comes to other colours. One common question that wedding guests usually ask themselves is “can I wear black to a wedding?”

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Abuse victim to published author: the woman who rewrote her destiny

Author Sandy Maeck's new husband hugs her from behind while they stand under a giant willow tree; black and white photo
Author Sandy Maeck and her new husband

Your wedding day is meant to be where the fairy tale begins. For some, it is the beginning of a nightmare. For too many forced into arranged marriages, the nightmare has already begun.

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Music Events 2022

Welcome to the new Music Events listing. Updated on Thursdays.

The definitive guide for music performances, live shows, concerts, festivals, conferences and streaming events in your city.

The Cure on the Main Stage at Bestival Toronto finale

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The Cure on the Main Stage at Bestival Toronto finale. Photo: Cherryl Bird

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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. 

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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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