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Influential Louis Vuitton fashion designer Virgil Abloh passes

The fashion world is in shock to hear of the passing of one of the industry’s most influential designers, Virgil Abloh, who passed away on Sunday at the age of 41.

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Designer Virgil Abloh. Photo courtesy of LVMH Group
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TIFF, Lincoln Center and Academy Museum premiere Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Nightmare Alley’

In a one-night-only special event, three global centres for the arts team up to present the world premiere of renowned filmmaker Guillermo del Toro’s new film Nightmare Alley on Dec. 1.

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Cate Blanchette & Bradley Cooper in Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Nightmare Alley’. Photo: Courtesy of TIFF
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Best 20th century film noir selected by Guillermo del Toro

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Guillermo del Toro’s top 5 picks

Leading up to the release of Nightmare Alley, director Guillermo del Toro hand-picks a selection of classic films in the film noir genre to be shown on-screen in Toronto theatres until mid-December.

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Taiwanese film wins five Golden Horse Awards 

But will I gain the courage to watch it?

They say it’s good; however, I’ll have to take their word for it. I was given the opportunity to watch Detention, labelled a “supernatural screamer,” since September. I opened my email at night when the lights were so low in my apartment that just seconds into watching the preview I got so scared I decided that was as much as I could handle. So now I’m reviewing a film that I haven’t watched.

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Singer Estelle joins Wes Iwundu and Eric Archibald for Diplomacy’s Free The Future pop-up store opening in LA

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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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Cooking competition plans to spark revival of Canada’s restaurant industry

Chefs, sharpen your knives and perfect your food presentation skills for the Garland Canada Culinary Competition, a virtual and in-person cooking challenge that showcases Canada’s top emerging culinary talent and has produced finalists like Niagara’s Chef Nick Chindamo and MasterChef Canada runner-up Chef Andy Hay. The annual culinary competition’s presenters are partnering with foodservice industry mainstay Restaurants Canada (RC) to accomplish an important mission.

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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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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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NKOTB announce tour with Salt-N-Pepa, Rick Astley and En Vogue

While performing in front of a live audience on The Kelly Clarkson Show, New Kids on the Block (NKOTB) announced their upcoming Mixtape Tour 2022 with artists Salt-N-Pepa, Rick Astley and En Vogue.

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The Difference Between the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day

  • New statutory holiday in Canada – September 30, 2021

Orange Shirt Day is based on the story of Phyllis Webstad, a Northern Secwepemc (Shuswap) from the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation, who was sent to St. Joseph Mission Residential School when she turned six. The shiny new orange shirt she was wearing when she arrived at The Mission was taken away from her and she was forced to wear a uniform. Webstad introduces each video on the Orange Shirt Day website and she tells her own story.

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