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RACISM ISN’T BLACK OR WHITE IN DIRECTOR X’S DEBUT FILM ACROSS THE LINE

RACISM ISN’T BLACK OR WHITE IN DIRECTOR X’S DEBUT FILM ACROSS THE LINE
Set in small town Nova Scotia, the film casts Torononian Stephan James (Selma) as Mattie Slaughter, a talented black teen being scouted by the NHL. But Mattie’s ascension to the cover of the Wheaties box is made difficult by a number of factors, including his older brother’s links to crime and growing racial tensions between white and black students at... Read More

Do Make Say Think duo scores with new dramatic comedy Algonquin

Do Make Say Think duo scores with new dramatic comedy Algonquin
Given that he and creative partner Ohad Benchetrit composed the soundtrack for Algonquin, a new dramatic comedy film set partly in the titular Ontario park, I feel obliged to ask Justin Small if he has ever visited Algonquin. He has. Some 30 years ago with his family, although his memories are understandably hazy. “At one point they took us out... Read More

Assessing Drake’s SNL Hosting Debut

Assessing Drake’s SNL Hosting Debut
When it comes to actors turned musicians, Drake has certainly set the standard for seamless transformations. In fact, the Toronto-born rapper—AKA the man who coined that word your annoying friends won’t stop saying, YOLO (you only live once)—has spent so long reigning supreme as one of the most successful hip hop artists in the world, it’s easy to forget just... Read More

REEL Indie Film Fest bringing film and music together for IndieWeek

REEL Indie Film Fest bringing film and music together for IndieWeek
The Reel Indie Film Festival (RiFF) launched this week with it’s lineup of six features, six shorts and six music videos, for the inaugural music-themed film festival. RiFF is an extension of the international music festival Indie Week  and seeks to cover the gamut of musical inspiration, from the teenage dream of following in the footsteps of the Rolling Stones, to using music... Read More

Keeping The Faith – Power Executes Goddo Rejuvenation

Keeping The Faith – Power Executes Goddo Rejuvenation
John Power is determined to set the record straight. Thirty Four years ago he was recruited to be the tour manager of Goddo, hired by the band’s management to help execute two major national tours in support of their “Act Of Goddo” (1990) record release “Goddo was at the peak of their popularity at that time,” noted Power, head of... Read More

Rush announce Clockwork Angels Tour DVD!

Rush announce Clockwork Angels Tour DVD!
Legendary rock trio Rush have unveiled details for their first new recording since being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year. RUSH: Clockwork Angels Tour will be released on November 19. The DVD was filmed and recorded last November at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas, during Rush’s highly successful Clockwork Angels Tour. The... Read More

Documentary Caps Frantic Year For The Sheepdogs

Documentary Caps Frantic Year For The Sheepdogs
The Sheepdogs earned a standing ovation Friday night in Toronto, but not for any concert or club gig appearance (although that was them performing acoustically on the cinema’s rooftop). What had the fans out of their seats was their response to the Saskatoon band’s performance in John Barnard’s The Sheepdogs Have At It documentary movie which premiered at Toronto’s Cineplex... Read More