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JFL cancels live performances for Toronto festival because of COVID-19 concerns

JFL cancels live performances for Toronto festival because of COVID-19 concerns

TORONTO — Just For Laughs says it won't be hosting live performances as part of its Toronto festival this fall because of concerns about COVID-19. The JFL42 festival was set to take place at venues across Toronto from Sept. 24 to Oct. 3.

Audible bestsellers for week ending July 3rd

Nonfiction 1. The Real Sherlock: An Audible Original by Lucinda Hawksley, narrated by Lucinda Hawksley (Audible Studios) 2.
Ismaila Alfa to host CBC Radio's 'Metro Morning' beginning Aug. 24

Ismaila Alfa to host CBC Radio's 'Metro Morning' beginning Aug. 24

TORONTO — Winnipeg-based broadcaster Ismaila Alfa is the new host of CBC Radio One's "Metro Morning." The public broadcaster says the Nigerian-born journalist and musician will start helming the Toronto morning show beginning Aug. 24.
Pussy Riot member faces new charges in Russia

Pussy Riot member faces new charges in Russia

MOSCOW — A member of the Pussy Riot protest group has been charged with failing to properly notify Russian authorities about his Canadian citizenship, officials said Tuesday.
Venice Film Festival forges ahead with reduced lineup

Venice Film Festival forges ahead with reduced lineup

The show will go on for the Venice Film Festival in September, but with a few modifications due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Review: 'Conspiracy' tells of gold rush and Gilded Age greed

Review: 'Conspiracy' tells of gold rush and Gilded Age greed

“A Most Wicked Conspiracy: The Last Great Swindle of the Gilded Age,” by Paul Starobin (Public Affairs) Rules, laws and honesty meant little to Alexander McKenzie, a Gilded Age political boss in North Dakota who chummed around with deep-pocketed capi

The MacDowell Colony artist retreat renames itself MacDowell

NEW YORK — One of the country's oldest retreats for artists — The MacDowell Colony — will drop “Colony” from its name and call itself “MacDowell.
Posthumous memoir by Sargent Shriver scheduled for January

Posthumous memoir by Sargent Shriver scheduled for January

NEW YORK — The late Sargent Shriver, the Peace Corps' founding director and an architect of President Lyndon Johnson's “War on Poverty,” left behind at least one unfinished project.
Spaghetti Western movie composer Ennio Morricone dead at 91

Spaghetti Western movie composer Ennio Morricone dead at 91

ROME — Ennio Morricone, the Oscar-winning Italian composer who created the coyote-howl theme for the iconic Spaghetti Western “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” and often haunting soundtracks for such classic Hollywood gangster movies as “The Untouchab
'Powerhouse' theatre star Nick Cordero remembered for big voice, big heart

'Powerhouse' theatre star Nick Cordero remembered for big voice, big heart

TORONTO — Even as a gangly student in Hamilton and Toronto, Nick Cordero was seen as a big-hearted rock star destined to make a great mark on both the theatre world and his circle of friends.