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Book review: an unvarnished life of Aretha Franklin

Posted October 25, 2014 by macleans.ca

Warts and all, a comprehensive and accurate account of a life

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Book review: A most Irish novel

Posted October 25, 2014 by Anne Kingston

This strangely mesmerizing tale of an Irish widow is a literary triumph, writes Anne Kingston

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When Doctor Who Gets Lost In The Forest, It REALLY Gets Lost

Posted October 25, 2014 by Charlie Jane Anders

When Doctor Who Gets Lost In The Forest, It REALLY Gets Lost

Another week, another Doctor Who story that stretches the limits of the show’s format — to the point where it’s hard to say if it’s a total work of genius, or just kind of a weird mess. Unfortunately, this week’s “In The Forest of the Night” chases a ton of ideas that it never quite catches up with.

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Canada

Hockey Night across Canada pays tribute to fallen soldiers in show of solidarity

Posted October 25, 2014 by The Canadian Press

By Neil Davidson TORONTO – The Air Canada Centre stood up and sang in solidarity Saturday to honour two soldiers killed in separate incidents. The crowd was an enthusiastic part of a co-ordinated rendition of “O Canada” with the Canadian […]

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Just in Time for Election Day, a Post-Apocalyptic Toronto in Pictures

Posted October 25, 2014 by Annalee Newitz

Lo-fi scifi auteur Jim Munroe worked with three artists, Mathew Borrett, Terry Lau and Sanford Kong, to create these gorgeous images of a fallen Toronto. It’s just in time for the Canadian election, where notorious politician Rob Ford’s older brother …

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Aang’s Grandkids Get Their Own Adventure On Legend Of Korra

Posted October 25, 2014 by Lauren Davis

One of the particularly great things about Legend of Korra Book 4 is the way it has managed to, ahem, balance the show’s enormous cast. In this week’s episode, Tenzin’s kids take center stage when they journey to find Korra. And, in the meantime, we …

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How does a viola cross the ocean?

Posted October 25, 2014 by macleans.ca

At great peril, thanks to an anti-viola stance taken by some airlines

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Food and Drink

Don’t put that keg of ale away just yet

Posted October 25, 2014 by macleans.ca

Canada is infatuated with cask ale, but just ask Britain—love isn’t forever

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Who, me? Taylor Swift, famous? Nah.

Posted October 25, 2014 by Anonymous

An everygirl realness is vital to Taylor Swift’s success. But the illusion is getting harder to keep up.

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Comics

Age of Ultron is the Greatest Love Story Ever Told thanks to Celine Dion

Posted October 25, 2014 by Anonymous

As if you needed more excuses to watch the trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron on loop this week, but here’s another one anyway: Turns out, the trailer goes pretty fantastically with more than just creepy Pinocchio songs.Read more…

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Why Madonna’s Unapologetic ‘Bedtime Stories’ Is Her Most Important Album

Posted October 25, 2014 by Anonymous

Why Madonna’s Unapologetic ‘Bedtime Stories’ Is Her Most Important Album

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On Vampire Diaries, The Worst Part Of Immortality: You Can’t Start Over

Posted October 24, 2014 by Charlie Jane Anders

On Vampire Diaries, The Worst Part Of Immortality: You Can't Start Over

Last night’s Vampire Diaries had a pretty interesting set of metaphors for what it’s like to be immortal and yet bound by the past. On the one hand, Stefan tries to explain to Elena the need to start a new life every 30 years. On the other, we see how badly Damon’s attempt at a “clean slate” turned out.

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Excellent Doctor Who Proposal Includes Gorgeous, Life-Size TARDIS

Posted October 24, 2014 by Meredith Woerner

Getting engaged is OK, but do you know what’s even better? Getting your own, personal TARDIS to sweeten the deal. And that’s exactly what happened to this adorable couple.Read more…

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Heads Up: The Next Gotham Was Written By The Tick Creator Ben Edlund

Posted October 24, 2014 by Charlie Jane Anders

When Ben Edlund joined the writing staff of the Batman prequel show Gotham some months ago, it was an encouraging sign. Besides creating The Tick, Edlund wrote some of the best Firefly, Angel and Supernatural episodes. And his first credited Gotham sc…

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5 Seconds Of Summer Curated A Rockin’ Playlist Just For You!

Posted October 24, 2014 by Melody

The guys from 5 Seconds of Summer clearly know their pop-punk history. The chart-topping Aussies not only draw influence from some of the genre’s most beloved acts such as Blink-182 and Green Day, but they were also huge fans of the bands growing up. So when we asked the band to curate the perfect music […]

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Join Kiesza’s Magical Dance Party Now With ‘No Enemiesz’!

Posted October 24, 2014 by Melody

We all fell in love with Kiesza this summer when we saw her amazing music video for Hideaway. The combination of her cool moves and her risky throwback to ’90s deep house a la Robin S made for an exciting addition to the pop charts and the one-take video was just jaw-dropping. Even though Kiesza […]

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Wiz Khalifa’s “Stayin Out All Night” & More Music Videos That Make You The Director

Posted October 24, 2014 by Jessica F

Wiz Khalifa has a new music video and this time he is letting you be the director. Kind of. The video for “Stayin Out All Night” is the type of Choose Your Own Adventure that takes you back to your days reading Goosebumps. If they had wedding crashing, tazering and Tia Carrere. In the video […]

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Books

What’s The Greatest Speech In Science Fiction And Fantasy History?

Posted October 24, 2014 by Charlie Jane Anders

What's The Greatest Speech In Science Fiction And Fantasy History?

The best science fiction and fantasy stories capture our imaginations in all sorts of ways — with cool visuals, with neat ideas, with clever worldbuilding. But sometimes the most powerful thing of all can be just one person, speaking eloquently. What’s the greatest speech in any work of science fiction or fantasy?

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Animals

Meet the “Snot Otter,” North America’s Biggest Salamander

Posted October 24, 2014 by Anonymous

If you’ve splashed around in the creeks of Appalachia, you may have been close to the largest salamander in North America, the Eastern hellbender, but you probably wouldn’t have known it. Learn about this magnificent critter in a short documentary pr…

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The Crappy Diagram That Reveals The Hobbit Trilogy’s Epic Final Battle

Posted October 24, 2014 by Rob Bricken

When The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies finally comes out on December 17th, its ending will be suitably epic. In fact, the titular battle will apparently last 45 minutes, and is so huge and complicated that director Peter Jackson had to diagram…

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Learn The ABCs Of Drake

Posted October 24, 2014 by Melody

Today is Drake’s birthday (HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DRIZZY) and to celebrate, we thought we’d take a look back at Drake’s life and the things that made him who he is today. We broke down the ABCs of Drake so take a look below and learn a little more about Canada’s favourite rapper: — As we all […]

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Kenny G Tried So Hard to Be Inoffensive About Tweeting a Selfie in Hong Kong It’s Offensive

Posted October 24, 2014 by Anonymous

Kenny G Tried So Hard to Be Inoffensive About Tweeting a Selfie in Hong Kong It’s Offensive

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Entertainment

Gisele Bundchen Offers Motherhood Advice You Might Agree With

Posted October 24, 2014 by Anonymous

Okay, moms. Gisele Bunchen has some advice for you, advice you might hesitate to agree with at first, but let’s hear her out. “It’s very important to nourish yourself, take care of yourself,” the mother of two told the The […]

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A Long-Winded, Discursive, and Possibly Educational Review of ‘Shada’

Posted October 24, 2014 by John Seavey

It occurred to me that the novelization of ‘Shada’ might be something that readers here would be interested in, if they knew about it, and that it might also be something that readers here might not know about. So this is both a review, and an explanation of what exactly ‘Shada’ was, and how there […]

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We Have So Many Questions About The New One Direction Video

Posted October 24, 2014 by Melody

It’s finally here: One Direction’s new music video for Steal My Girl! After days of teasing us with sneak peeks, the video starring the band, Danny DeVito, a chimp named Eli and just about everything else but the kitchen sink is here for our viewing pleasures. And we’re not gonna lie, it was a little […]

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Taylor Swift Brought Some Grease Lightning Realness to Jimmy Kimmel

Posted October 24, 2014 by Allison

Taylor Swift is in full promo-mode for Monday’s release of 1989, Swift’s highly anticipated fifth studio album. Much will of course be celebrating with the premiere of Much Presents: Taylor Swift on Monday October 27 at 6:30E/3:30P In addition to hanging out at Much, Swift appeared on Jimmy Kimmel this week and gave a smokeshow […]

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Believe it or not, these do come in red

Posted October 24, 2014 by James Bow

I received the following image in my e-mail as part of a promotion by the Geek shop ThinkGeek.com. They are, indeed, Star Trek Original Series hoodies. Available in yellow, and blue. Oh, they do come in red. Make no mistake….

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Events

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Posted October 24, 2014 by Rebecca Bollwitt

© 2004-2014 Rebecca Bollwitt – Miss604. This weekend Vancouver Whitecaps FC hope to clinch a playoff spot, zombies will dance in Surrey, the West Coast Women’s Show will entertain in Abbotsford, and local attractions will host Halloween-themed events. Rain or shine you can check out some Halloween Walking Tours, Watch Halloween Movies, visit Haunted Houses, […]

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Culture

The CBC Respects Dignity Better than Corporate Media

Posted October 24, 2014 by Stephen Elliott-Buckley

Corporate media, being owned by corporations, needs to maximize shareholder wealth. That means news is a loss leader. News is about generating sensationalism, excitement or hysteria. News is about generating ratings to charge more for advertising to maximize shareholder wealth. Thus, when the CBC characteristically doesn’t sensationalize something, it’s noted around the world. CBC is […]

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Ella Henderson Is Going To Be The Next Big Pop Star

Posted October 23, 2014 by Melody

Say hello to Ella Henderson! Some might recognize her as a contestant on the British version of The X Factor. She finished in sixth place, but she’s already number one on the UK charts. Following her success on the reality show, she signed with Simon Cowell’s record label Syco Music. And as you know, Simon […]

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What Would Toronto’s Mayoral Candidates Do for Its Music Scene?

Posted October 23, 2014 by Anonymous

What Would Toronto’s Mayoral Candidates Do for Its Music Scene?

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Kiesza Taught Us the Dance Moves from ‘Hideaway’

Posted October 23, 2014 by Drew Millard

Kiesza Taught Us the Dance Moves from ‘Hideaway’

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15 Songs From The ’90s Every Canadian Will Remember

Posted October 23, 2014 by Melody

There is a distinct difference between growing up in Canada and everywhere else in the ’90s. While we can all remember the hits by the Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears or even Nirvana, only Canadians will look back fondly on acts like Moist or Love Inc. Back in the day, Much would spin those videos so […]

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Events

Dress For Success Vancouver Success Luncheon

Posted October 23, 2014 by Rebecca Bollwitt

© 2004-2014 Rebecca Bollwitt – Miss604. Dress for Success will host the Success Luncheon on October 29th to celebrate and inspire business leaders in our community. Featured panelists include Nancy MacKay, Founder & CEO of MacKay CEO Forums; Jill Schnarr, VP, Community Investment & Engagement, TELUS; and Donna Wilson, SVP, People, LifeLabs. Dress for Success […]

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Shawn Mendes and The Other Top We Day Vancouver Music Moments

Posted October 23, 2014 by Jessica F

We Day again made a huge splash at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver yesterday. The place was packed with students all ramped up to make a difference. We Day is a day long event that takes place all over North America event that brings together young people who have already shown interest in learning how […]

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Hello Movie Lovers! Win 52 FREE Movie Rentals Redbox!

Posted October 23, 2014 by Stephanie

*Please note the following giveaway is open to Canada only. Ready for a great big fat confession?  I love nothing more in the world than to curl up on the couch with my SassyHubby, dim the lights, listen to the roar of a crackling fire and then crank the TV really loud for a ridiculously […]

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Events

All Souls at Mountain View Cemetery

Posted October 23, 2014 by Rebecca Bollwitt

© 2004-2014 Rebecca Bollwitt – Miss604. Mountain View Cemetery, Vancouver’s only cemetery, is as old as the city itself. Made up of 106 acres along Fraser St between 21st Ave and 43rd Ave, it is home to several specialized tours and events throughout the year. Photo credit: John Allison on Flickr All Souls at Mountain […]

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Party With Cobra Starship And Icona Pop In ‘Never Been In Love’

Posted October 23, 2014 by Melody

This summer, Cobra Starship enlisted Swedish pop duo Icona Pop for their latest single Never Been In Love and now we have the fun new music video for the track! The video is what we assume a day off with the two acts would look like: running away from paparazzi and fans, exploring the cities […]

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Meet One Direction’s Newest Band Member, Eli!

Posted October 23, 2014 by Melody

One Direction are already packed with talent between its five members Harry, Zayn, Niall, Liam and Louis, but the band has added a very important new member to the group: Eli! So yes, Eli is a chimp, but he will be making his debut in 1D tomorrow when the music video for Steal My Girl […]

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Entertainment

Country Star Victoria Banks Drops A New Album

Posted October 23, 2014 by Sonya

Award-winning Country singer-songwriter, Victoria Banks has just released her third studio album Indigo on October 7. The album will feature her current single “Ruined” which hit airwaves in August and showcases her evolved sound that can bridge various genres from […]

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