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East Coast? West Coast? It's never mattered less in rap music where you're from.
It's been 20 years since his iconic "Loser." But like his pop-weary audience, the chameleon-esque Beck changes with the times
You might believe that it was brave of Laura Jane Grace, the lead singer of punk band Against Me!, to begin her transition away from life as Tom Gabel and come out in 2012 as a transgendered woman-but she doesn't think so.
Sharon Jones, the 58-year-old firebrand frontwoman of soul purveyors Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, has been leaving barriers and bad news in her dust her entire life. Her next challenge: cancer.
Florence Welch has taken the world by storm as part of the duo Florence and the Machine. But she is a true old soul: 25 years old, forlorn in love, and ready to deploy her remarkable voice in its name.
Film & Television
Bob's Burgers is a prime-time cartoon about a happy, loving family – which makes it one of the most radical animated shows on TV.
AMC's artful, stylish show enters its final season. But the end of the series doesn’t really matter–and that’s kind of the point.
"The World's End" may complete the trilogy that began with zombie rom-com "Shaun of the Dead" and was followed by the police-parodying "Hot Fuzz," but it's not doomsday yet for the three friends who made the films.
Yoga is about mindfulness-the pursuit of mental clarity and a spiritual life. B.C. apparel firm Lululemon Athletica has traded on that ideal for years, earning fans not just for its high-end athletic wear but also for its commitment to yoga's high-minded principles. This is, after all, a company that hawks not sweaters, but "enlightenment pullovers."
About a year ago, while Canadian shoppers and the retail industry were obsessing over the arrival of Target-and the question of whether the giant U.S. chain would play champion to consumers frustrated by cross-border price gaps-another American outfit, Tommy Bahama of Seattle, quietly reacquired its nine Canadian stores from a franchisee who'd operated them for several years.
Etsy now boasts more than 30 million members and more than a million sellers around the world–and it's starting to deal with the backlash that comes with that degree of scaling within an intimate community.
When Jeff Sloychuk was 17, starting out as a summer student reporter at the Alaska Highway News in Fort St. John in B.C., he had no real idea of what a union was-where his dues went, or what he got in return. That changed when a shop steward came to meet him and shake his hand.
For years, job seekers saw the mining industry as flush with promise. A skills shortage made for plentiful job opportunities, generous salaries and lots of chances to travel. "That's actually what attracts them: money first and travel second, by a huge proportion," says Scott Dunbar, the interim head of the University of British Columbia's mining engineering department, citing frequent inter-program surveys.
Punditry and Commentary
Maclean's writer Adrian Lee speaks to Breakfast Television's Kevin Frankish about Rob Ford's return from rehab, his real chance for re-election and mayoral candidate John Tory's new call for Ford to resign.
We're still eons, really, from Toronto's election day on Oct. 27. So what made this debate special? It's only the second to feature all five of the major candidates, and the debate-put on by the Canadian Tamil Congress in Scarborough-is late enough in the campaign that the candidates have had time to firm up their talking points and identities.
The Juno Awards are this Sunday night (9 p.m. EST on CTV) but if you didn't know, you can be forgiven. Undeniably, the awards are Canadian music's biggest night, and the ratings have generally held strong.
He's baaaaaack. On Monday, Canada's most controversial mayor returns to work-in the later part of the afternoon, of course-with city council facing two more meetings before the end of the season. The feeling is like a ticking time bomb-a feeling in no way allayed by Ford's own campaign Twitter account, which has been breathlessly ticking down the days since June 10 with an ominous (and arbitrarily set) countdown.
Mawkish, thy name is Robin Thicke. There's nothing blurred about his lines these days: The dual U.S.-Canadian singer who owned the song of last summer is dead-set on reuniting with his wife, Paula Patton-estranged since alleged infidelities in February-and is using every tool in his toolkit to do so.
Hoffman was the beige of our cultural wallpaper, the postman on his regular route, the bus driver that picks you up when you leave work, the friend of a friend you hung out with on occasion and you wish you saw more.
There's a sentiment that floats around whenever we think about culture. And that sentiment is this: we believe that artists should just stick to their one thing.
Much ink will be spilled today bemoaning the snubs (Idris Elba!) and celebrating the underdogs (Her!) named by the Academy as this year's Oscar nominees. But it also makes it even more difficult to spot an extreme inefficiency in the already plodding Academy Award ceremony: the profound lack of surprise in the least exciting of categories, Best Original Song.
Arts, Books & Style
Talia Brown has been a personal shopper in Toronto for about a decade, and she's gotten all kinds of unusual requests. But when a man approached her earlier this summer looking to attend a wedding in Italy wearing a shorts suit-a Frankensteinian fusion of a blazer with cropped trousers-it took her aback.
He's been named the most powerful artist in the world by ArtReview magazine -- but when a retrospective of his work opened Toronto's Art Gallery of Ontario, Ai Weiwei was not allowed to attend.
Pop-culture savant Chuck Klosterman sits down for a long interview about "I Wear The Black Hat," his new book about the nature of evil.
If there was a Mount Rushmore for musical theatre, "Les Miserables" creators Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg would be on it. But even to this day, things still terrify them--like the smash 2012 film.
Shellie Correia lives in West Lincoln, Ont., and volunteered for Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak's campaign in Niagara West-Glanbrook, saying only he listened to her complaints about wind turbines that affected her son. She says she's grown to know Hudak and his family, and says that when Hudak tells her a story, she gets the sense that "it's not just because it's what you want to hear.
Early one April morning, in the Brentwood neighbourhood of northwest Calgary, five young people between the ages of 22 and 27 became victims of the worst mass homicide in Calgary's history. Here are their stories.
A stunning terrorist attack at a shopping mall in Kenya's capital struck home in Canada with the death of two Canadians, including a 29-year-old diplomat who worked at the Canadian embassy.
A tick-tock play-by-play of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's activities on St. Patrick's Day in 2012, which allegedly involved cocaine, partying with a prostitute, use of racial epithets, according to court documents.
While Rob Ford's antics are the focus of a scandal gripping Toronto, his exploits have gone well beyond Canadian borders. A look at why the story has fascinated the world.
The best basketball player on the planet returns to Cleveland and single-handedly fixes his legacy.
The ascent of Jason Collins is a wonderful, inspiring story. It's the story of a gay man breaking a huge barrier in the major sports leagues, of a player who-when he signed a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday, and stepped onto the court that same day against the Los Angeles Lakers-became proof that the claims that professional athletes would dissolve into a heap of ineffectual terror if a gay man were let onto the playing surface were as preposterous as they sounded.
She pursued her love for the art form through her studies, attending York University for a bachelor's degree in dance. But when she came across dance therapy in her fourth year, while looking to simply fulfil a thesis project, even she didn't foresee dance being involved in helping her deal with some mental health issues that had begun to creep in.
When Gwen Danson began displaying symptoms of bipolar disorder during her first year of university in 2006, being away from home was difficult enough. The fact that she didn't know who to turn to made matters worse.
TORONTO - Pat Sedgwick awoke earlier than usual on an August morning last summer to a rolling curtain of black dots blocking the vision of her right eye. A 79-year-old from Toronto, Sedgwick had been anticipating a rare day of complete solitude in her P.E.I cottage. But that's not the way the day unfolded.
TORONTO - In the summer of 1991, Jim Wilson was in the process of leaving a home behind, moving from Nova Scotia to British Columbia. Unbeknownst to Wilson, he was also embarking on an odyssey that would leave him sick and weakened for years.
In the wake of significant floods in Calgary and Toronto, picking up the pieces and cleaning up a possible disaster zone needs to be handled carefully. Health officials give their suggestions.
Mothers-to-be in rural and remote parts of Canada face a different experience than their urban counterparts when they are giving birth, with longer trips to hospital and less access to the specialist doctors that women in urban centres might see.