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Cockroach earns the book nomination hat trick

Vit Wagner Toronto Star 22.10.2008
Cockroach earns the book nomination hat trick

Rawi Hage's Cockroach, already nominated this year for the Scotiabank Giller and the Rogers Writers' Trust prizes, added a Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction nomination to the list yesterday. It is the only novel in the running for all ...

Artists mobilize against funding cuts

Ottawa Citizen 07.10.2008
Artists mobilize against funding cuts

Artists across Canada united in protest against cuts to arts funding on Monday. The series of cross-Canada performances, dubbed the "Wrecking Ball," had been organized to draw attention to of the $45 million in arts funding cuts recently made by t...


Toronto's Gil Adamson wins First Novel Award for 'The Outlander'

TORONTO -- Gil Adamson has won the annual First Novel Award for "The Outlander." The prize is worth C$7,500. Set in the early 1900s, "The Outlander" (House of Anansi Press) tells the story of a woman on the run in Alberta after killing her husband.

Vancouver artist takes home $50,000 Sobey Art Award

TORONTO -- A Vancouver artist who has drawn on Neil Young and the Beastie Boys for inspiration has been handed this year's $50,000 Sobey Art Award.


Writer's Trust short list announced

The Globe and Mail 02.10.2008
Writer's Trust short list announced

Sixteen writers, including Miriam Toews, Rawi Hage and Margaret Visser, are in competition for a total of $155,000 in prize money as part of the annual Writers' Trust of Canada awards honouring excellence in fiction and non-fiction.

Toronto actress Jane McLean joins Dexter

Guy Dixon The Globe and Mail 26.09.2008
Toronto actress Jane McLean joins Dexter

Toronto -- The Philippines-born, Toronto-raised actress Jane McLean is joining the cast of Dexter.


Neil Diamond set to shine on Toronto

JANE STEVENSON Toronto Sun 23.09.2008
Neil Diamond set to shine on Toronto

Neil Diamond, Yes and Usher all announced Toronto concert dates yesterday. Diamond touches down at the Air Canada Centre on Dec. 2 in support of his latest album, Home Before Dark, produced by previous collaborator Rick Rubin.

Extensive Norman Jewison archives on display at University of Toronto

Canadian director Norman Jewison's prized mementoes, including the screenplay for "The Statement," production photos from "Fiddler on the Roof" and wardrobe notes from "Moonstruck," are on display at his alma mater, the University of Toronto.


Luminato, Toronto Arts Council launch new grant

JAMES BRADSHAW The Globe and Mail 18.09.2008
Luminato, Toronto Arts Council launch new grant

The Toronto Arts Council and the city's Luminato festival will announce a pilot project today called Incubate, which will provide seed funding for innovative musical endeavours, The Globe and Mail has learned.

Meet your new Canadian Idol

Martha Worboy Canada.com 11.09.2008
Meet your new Canadian Idol

Theo Tams showed he had both the hat and the cattle Wednesday night, as the Lethbridge, Alta., pianist-singer won Canadian Idol season six. Fighting back tears, an emotional Tams could barely get out a thank you to his fans after host Ben Mulroney...


Former Stratford Festival director Monette dies

Accolades are pouring in for Richard Monette, long-term artistic director of the Stratford Festival, who died Tuesday night at age 64.

Canada nets pick up Toronto party tabs

Etan Vlessing Hollywood Reporter 04.09.2008
Canada nets pick up Toronto party tabs

TORONTO -- Major U.S. specialty distributors have come up with a novel way to reduce movie launch costs at the Toronto International Film Festival -- get a local network to provide the red carpet and velvet ropes and pick up the tab.


Toronto After Dark Announces The Usual, Unusual Fare For 2008

The Toronto After Dark Film Festival (TAD) could be considered to be the anti-TIFF festival thanks to its share of non-mainstream horror/sci-fi/offbeat cult films, but it's also one of the coolest festivals this city has to offer (outside of TIFF ...

Earl Stevenson plans to keep on going with music career

Earl Stevenson's journey on Canadian Idol may have come to an end, but the competitor from Lloydminster, Alta., is going to keep on going with his music career. "The whole reason I came on here was to get exposure and to show people something," sa...


14 Gemini nominations for Murdoch Mysteries

Raju Mudhar Toronto Star 27.08.2008
14 Gemini nominations for Murdoch Mysteries

Period dramas and mystery series led the pack in 2008 Gemini Award nominees, with Durham County, The Tudors and the miniseries The Englishman's Boy at the top of the heap. With those criteria in mind, it makes sense that Murdoch Mysteries, a perio...

Trudeau and wife expecting second child: 'eTalk'

TORONTO -- Justin Trudeau and Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau are expecting their second child. Gregoire-Trudeau made the announcement Tuesday on the CTV's "eTalk," where she is the show's Quebec correspondent.


'Jersey Boys' hits the right notes

JOHN COULBOURN Jam! Showbiz 27.08.2008
'Jersey Boys' hits the right notes

TORONTO - If you've always harboured a secret desire to hang out with the coolest guys in the neighbourhood, the wait is over. In fact, the Jersey Boys might just be the coolest guys on the planet -- at least as portrayed in Des McAnuff's jubilant...

Anne Murray comes to Canadian Idol

Sheri Block CTV.ca 26.08.2008
Anne Murray comes to Canadian Idol

Anne Murray doesn't envy the Canadian Idol competitors. As someone who has established herself as a musical icon over the past 40 years, she says she still wouldn't be able to do what they do.


Poetry peepshow staged for literary voyeurs at Toronto arts festival

TORONTO — The 16th annual Junction Arts Festival is offering what it calls a "Poetry Peepshow," giving participants the chance to "peer into an open window of a poet's soul."

TORONTO — Movie fans in town for the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival may want to drop by the Stephen Bulger Gallery to take in an exhibition of classic Hollywood photos.



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