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Cafe 23 has a backroom, a backyard and an enchanting rooftop patio

Café 23 is an unassuming little coffee bar from the outside. Upon entering for the first time, it may take a few minutes for you to realize that you’re someplace quite unique. There’s a garden patio out back and a rooftop patio on the second floor. The backroom is a beautiful book nook hideaway and the entire place is like a maze. Explore this coffee shop with me and find out about the magical tree in the backyard.

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This vital voice in rock music belongs to a woman

Her voice is like a powerful wave that washes over you, giving you the chills when she’s in full force. That’s how Halestorm’s lead guitarist Joe Hottinger described frontwoman and guitarist Lzzy Hale’s voice.

Singer-guitarist Lzzy Hale screaming with her new namesake cardinal red Gibson Lzzy Hale Explorerbird held out in front of her by the neck with her left hand. She wears a black leather jacket and leather pants and stands in front of speakers on a stage with clouds of grey smoke at her feet.
The singer-guitarist with her new Gibson Lzzy Hale Explorerbird
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On the Fleurs de Villes FEMMES flower trail in Yorkville

I went on a 90-minute walk on the flower festival trail through Yorkville with the co-founders of Fleurs de Villes and got close-up to the best local floral designers and their creations. | article | video |

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Billie Eilish launches sultry new fragrance in Canada

The new fragrance from singer Billie Eilish debuts in Canada today, May 11. Until now, it was only available in the United States.

A blond Billie eolith, right shoulder toward the camera, left hand holding the bottle of perfume on her right shoulder, head turned right, eyes cast upward. No sign of clothing. Black background.
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Life-size flower arrangement artwork shaped like Betty White

The Betty White Mannequin is a full-size flower art installation piece in tribute to the late actress and her love of dogs. | Video |

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Arcade Fire to headline Osheaga festival after Foo Fighters cancel appearance

Alternative rock band Arcade Fire will headline the Osheaga Music and Arts Festival in Montreal in its 15th year. The city and the band have had a long history together. It’s only fitting that they were chosen to fill the spot left open when the Foo Fighters cancelled.

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Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey’s new title is Block Head

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey certainly has a sense of humour and he just made it possible for others to laugh along with him. This joke gets an A+ for the extra effort, planning and execution. But, could this be a form of self-punishment instead of just self-deprecation?

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I-Octane’s reggae lyrics rise above  

Inside: Is the Jamaican dancehall musician a playboy or a conscious lyricist? Plus, the new album, video release, live shows in Florida, New York and Ontario, Canada and a critique of Sorry.

I-Octane on leans forward into the mic on stage
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Canada’s biggest lottery drops scannable fashion collection

An entertainment and gaming brand launched a campaign with a hot new Canadian design label to create a clothing collection that customers use to redeem their lottery tickets locally. So essentially, the shirt on your back can double as a lottery ticket that could win its owner a cool $70 million.

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Country music legend given more life

Randy Travis sits in front of a concrete wall

The documentary about Country Music Hall of Famer Randy Travis originally premiered on Circle Network as a concert special in 2011 to honour the 25th anniversary of Travis’ album Storms of Life. After a near-fatal illness, the special moved beyond just a concert film to the telling of the story of the artist’s life and recovery. 

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